Where’s Marlon Brown? And other stuff.

Athens –  A few things I thought you might find of interest from Tuesday that didn’t make it into my stories:

–   Surprisingly, Marlon Brown and Rantavious Wooten –- the touted freshmen receivers –- have been non-factors in the first two games.  They didn’t get into Game 1 and barely got into Game 2.  Quarterback Joe Cox offered an explanation   for why they haven’t been part of the receiving rotation yet:

“I definitely think they can help us, but we want to make sure they know what to do,” Cox said.  “It gets crazy trying to hear my call in the huddle, and then we start moving tight ends and doing certain motions with them. We just want to make sure they have it down. They definitely have the ability, but you don’t want to have them come in and miss something important because they weren’t sure. . . . You can tell they are learning every week, and they’re anxious to play . . . and that’s good.  I can’t wait for them to get in there and help us out because I know they can.”

– As I noted  yesterday, Georgia ranks  108th among major-college teams in penalties with 83 yards per game through two games. That’s after being assessed 13 penalties for 108 yards vs. South Carolina. Mark Richt addressed the issue,  saying he doesn’t like it “but it doesn’t make me crazy.”

“We’ll keep disciplining it,” he said of penalties.  But he added: “The way we played with energy, fire and enthusiasm the whole game –- if the byproduct of that is penalties, I’ll take that over a team that doesn’t have a penalty but doesn’t have a pulse to go with it. ”

Richt said certain penalties, like being offsides or having too many players on the field, are inexcusable.  Others, he indicated, can be subjective or the result of playing with passion.

–   Justin Houston is happy to be back from a two-game suspension,  but he is  pained by the loss of fellow defensive end Rod Battle to a season-ending and maybe career-ending ACL tear.  “That hurt me to my heart when I saw him go down,” Houston said.

On a lighter note, Houston figures one of the happiest people to see him back in action will be Jeff Owens, the defensive tackle who got  considerable action at D-end after Battle was injured in the second quarter of last week’s game. Owens wound up playing 33 snaps at D-end, Houston said, “so I think he appreciates me coming back.”

– A few other things, quickly:  Richt said the blocking on the kickoff  return team showed “astounding” improvement from Game 1 to Game 2. . . . Backup safety Quintin  Banks has been cleared to play after a preseason knee injury, but didn’t get into last week’s game because of missed practice reps. “I wouldn’t say he’s 100 percent back to the best Quintin Banks can be,” Richt said. . . . Injuries at linebacker have resulted in Marcus Washington shifting back to that position from defensive end, where he worked most of preseason. . . . . And here’s a story I enjoyed doing on  Branden and Brandon.

123 comments Add your comment

Cuz

September 16th, 2009
2:00 am

I appreciate Houston coming back. Lets get a pass rush going.

Cuz

September 16th, 2009
2:04 am

Tim that was a great story on BxB. B square no less.

ceph

September 16th, 2009
5:18 am

It’s too bad when Richt is talking about the team playing with energy, fire and enthusiasm that he couldn’t include himself in that mix. Talk about someone with no pulse!!! He is too busy adjusting his sunglasses or hanging out with the water girl to be concerned about what is going on. I don’t know if he is aware of it (apparently not) but you can do all those things without committing penalties, but typical Richt has to alibi or have an excuse for all his coaches faux pas.

Shane

September 16th, 2009
5:25 am

ceph

Did you bump your head this morning? Or did you just get mugged on Tech campus?

#2 BAMA FAN

September 16th, 2009
6:45 am

Hope Marlon Brown picks up the offense sooner than later!! He will be a great player one day!!
GO DAWGS!!

AltamahaDawg

September 16th, 2009
7:20 am

Look at the lowest ranked team in terms of penalties and you are going to see many of the top ranked teams in term of success every single year. At the point where UGA got such chatter about it last year, you could see, Fl, OK, OSU, TX, USC right there too in the 90s, and 100s.

It’s not the number of penalties, as much as the timing and situation that they need to work on.

Sautee Dawg

September 16th, 2009
7:27 am

Marlon Brown and Wooten will see playing time, but as Cox said don’t want any mistakes on assingments during a close game, besides AJ Green didn’t get nearly enough passes thrown his way against SC. The other starting reciever Taveres King has been playing very well with some good catches and CMR stated how well he is at blocking. AJ green had major block on the 61 yard touchdown run by Smith so why would you take a chance on a younger reciever in a close game. No doubt when their time comes Brown and Wooten will make a big impact.

JB

September 16th, 2009
7:38 am

Jimmy Carter needs to go back to growing peanuts.

Hunting Dawg

September 16th, 2009
8:00 am

I agree with Ceph that Richt needs to show more fire and get the surgeries scheduled to have the coordinators heads taken out of their rears.

Go Dawgs!

takedowndawg

September 16th, 2009
8:08 am

I personally just want Cox to not to telegram which receiver he plans to throw to. He is off sec or so on his release on most throws to receivers he is eyeballing. I haven’t seen good pump fakes or crisp throws where the receiver can run and not break stride. (Two good touch passes to Green in Columbia, though). Brown and Wooten and the other receivers will thrive if Cox can make improvement in a hurry! Bobo, the ball is in your court. Be identified as a CLEVER SEC OC not a predictable one. We have the receivers: you and Cox are going to need to start executing your respective jobs at a higher level if we are going to beat our predicted year end record.

Cuz

September 16th, 2009
8:31 am

I guess I am a fan of the other form of management style. In a crisis, I do not want my coach throwing things, yelling at players or kicking dogs(pun intended). I want him to be calm in the face of the storm. Save the ranting and raving for the lockerroom. Stalk the sidelines with the look that says, I have it under control. The players will gain inspiration from that mannerism.

1eyedJack

September 16th, 2009
8:43 am

Yeah Cuz, give me Eisenhower on the sideline and Patton in the locker room.

GTDog

September 16th, 2009
8:44 am

I’m with you on that one Cuz…2 pts.

AltamahaDawg

September 16th, 2009
8:49 am

Yea, that’s what we need, our head coach worried about faking some display on the sidelines instead of doing what he does best to try to win the ballgame.

GTDog

September 16th, 2009
8:50 am

I say Ike as AD, Bradley on the sideline…and Patton in the locker room

AltamahaDawg

September 16th, 2009
8:51 am

Maybe he can wear an “it factor” wristband too.

kydawg

September 16th, 2009
8:53 am

I agree with Cuz. CMR could probably “work the refs” a little more, but he needs to keep a cool head. The assistant coaches are another story; they should show more emotion. Look at Texas, Mack Brown holds it down while Muschamp goes NUTS!!! (some of Browns looks at him are quite humorous)

AltamahaDawg

September 16th, 2009
9:02 am

I recall seeing Muschamp going nuts on the opposing side of the field a few times. I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Dawg Pound

September 16th, 2009
9:02 am

Man ya’ll some negative folks on here. I dont see how ya’ll make it through the day as negative as you are. I’m sure you guys are a “joy” to live with. I agree we gotta get better but diff coaching styles benefit diff guys. We’re gonna be fine this year. Prob not win the East but that is bout to start happenning soon!

AltamahaDawg

September 16th, 2009
9:06 am

What happened to Israel Troupe, did I miss the story?

Topp Dogg

September 16th, 2009
9:09 am

I just want to see the best product put on the field that is available with hope it will win us many games and represent UGA well.

Shannon

September 16th, 2009
9:11 am

Where’s Caleb King? I love the job Richard Samuel is doing but we haven’t seen King yet. Is he still injured?

Georgia Headlines – 9/16/09 | MrSEC.com

September 16th, 2009
9:27 am

[...] — Marlon Brown and Rantavious Wooten — have barely been heard from and it sounds like they don’t know the offense yet.3.  The return of defensive end Justin Houston from a two-game suspension couldn’t come at a [...]

Realitycheck

September 16th, 2009
9:28 am

I’d say Cox needs to be given a chance…

Year QB CompAtt Yards TD INT
2001 David Greene 21 33 169 0 1
2002 David Greene 11 19 169 0 0
2003 David Greene 16 27 208 2 0
2004 David Greene 19 38 213 2 1
2005 DJ Shockley 8 17 112 0 2
2006 Matthew Stafford 8 19 171 0 3
2007 Matthew Stafford 19 44 213 0 1
2008 Matthew Stafford 15 25 146 0 0
2009 Joe Cox 17 24 201 2 1

Realitycheck

September 16th, 2009
9:29 am

BTW- the above is agains South Carolina…

Big Dawg

September 16th, 2009
9:29 am

Fellow Dawgs In my playing days I played for headcoaches who were the fiery guys on the sidelines and also those who were calm and I can tell you I preferred the calm/level headed coach because they generally had a better feel for the game. Now having said that they still would let the officials know when they had made or were making horrible calls and IMHO while I generally like it that Coach Richt keeps a calm head about himself on the sidelines he still needs to be getting onto the officials about bad calls, especially spotting of the ball. In both of our games so far the officials have been spotting the ball forward for our opponents- OK ST and South Carolina and spotting it back on us. This has caused us to be 3rd and 2 to 3 yards instead of first down and 10 or 3rd and less than a yard which has caused some of the inconsistency on offense. He also needs to be more observant on our play calling in that we have had very good success running the ball but for some reason have abandoned the run for multiple series in both games which also has led to some of our inconsistency on offense and also left our defense on the field way too much.

Hopefully with Houston returning we can actually get a rush on the opposing QB and we can start disguising our defensive schemes better as it has seemed in both ballgames that they knew exactly what to go to whenever we made adjustments on defense and they were able to stay one step ahead of us.

Go Dawgs

DOG FAN

September 16th, 2009
9:47 am

THE ONLY THING COX NEEDS TO DO IS START LOOKING OFF WITH HIS EYES THIS IS WHAT JR AND SR QBS SHOULD DO.

AltamahaDawg

September 16th, 2009
9:50 am

RC, I had said a couple of days ago, that when Our last QB had completed less than 50% of his passes, and had 4 Ints. 0 TDs, in 3 yrs worth of SC games, maybe this boy Joe didn’t do too bad. The guys before him, didnt exactly light it up either I see.

Seems to me if MS had a game at 70%, 200+ yds, 2TD, 1 Ints, everybody used to say he had done all he could.

Will

September 16th, 2009
9:56 am

We will miss Rob Battle, But the time has come for Justin Houston, Montez Robinson and Cornelious Washington to step it up for the rest of the season. It’s also time for Sweet Willie to call a blitz every once in awhile on passing downs.

J Dub

September 16th, 2009
10:00 am

I am with Altamaha, what happened to Israel Troupe? He made some very nice catches last year, along with some rookie mistakes. I thought he would step up this year with half of our receiving corps being freshmen. Although, I am ready to see Marlon and Wooten, I have been pleased with the contributions of Mikey and King. Mikey belongs in the slot so if Brown steps up as an outside receiver as we expect him too, we will be very difficult to game plan for. I also hope that Houston brings the pop that we are expecting. We need our defensive ends closing the pocket around QBs. Our DT’s are fully capable of stuffing the middle as we have seen against the run the last two weeks but we need some pressure and contain from the DEs to really free up our secondary to start getting those crucial takeaways that we have been lacking. Looking for a big statement against the pigs!!

Seabass

September 16th, 2009
10:06 am

If Brown and Wooten can’t learn the playbook, hire someone to tutor them. We can definitely afford it. Why not put Abry Jones at defensive end? Thats what he played in high school and is allot faster than Jeff Owens. And Alabama plays mistake free football and I don’t see a passion problem with them.

billytdoogan

September 16th, 2009
10:17 am

Attn Tim Tucker and the AJC staff:

Boykin’s 100-yard KO return is not the longest TD in Sanford Stadium History. It is the longest Kickoff return in UGA History.

in 2003 vs. Auburn, Odell Thurman had a 103 or 104 yard INT return for a TD. See You Tube Clip below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQbFlZJg8lY

ChattaDawg

September 16th, 2009
10:41 am

Seabass,

Check your facts…Alabama committed 17 penalties just a couple of weeks ago against Virgina Tech. I agree on penalties.. Our first game, we had 4. Last week, 13 penalties (it is widely known that the officiating crew last week loves to throw flags). Keep up the aggressive play, cut out offsides, too many men on field, and motion penalties and we will be fine!

UGA NATION

September 16th, 2009
10:57 am

Tallcarl

September 16th, 2009
11:00 am

I believe the offence will be fine when we develop some rhythm which I believe means running the ball and short passes to help Joe. Blitzes are usaly a sign that your defence in not getting enough penetration and leaves others to cover your territory and that is a gamble that often burns. CMR will get this team in the position to win and we (Bulldogs) will have a very sucessfull year. I am a glass half kind of pearson and use my strong faith accordingly. Just saying.

UGA NATION

September 16th, 2009
11:03 am

I think the Dogs offense will have some wrinkles in it this week. I think you might see more 4WR sets to expose the week secondary of the pigs. I predict it will be this week that Wooten and Brown get in about 7-12 snaps. On top of spreading the field the Dogs will go back to a power eye and pound the ball. The more time taken off the clock the less Petrino can do.

Go Dawgs!

Tim Tucker

September 16th, 2009
11:23 am

Cuz (2:04 a.m.): Thanks.
Shannon: Caleb King practiced yesterday and showed progress from last week, according to Mike Bobo. Whether he plays this week depends on how his hamstring holds up at practice today and tomorrow. CMR said yesterday he again hopes Caleb will play this week.
Realitycheck: As your stats show, Cox became the first UGA QB since 2004 to throw a touchdown pass vs. South Carolina.
billytdoogan: UGA records have Thurman’s interception return vs. Auburn in 2003 as a 99-yarder.

Coach

September 16th, 2009
11:27 am

He’ll take penalties over no life in his players??? That’s one of the dumbest things i’ve ever heard as a coach. It is possible to play with energy and not play undisciplined, teams do it at every level all of the country. Penalties just like errors in baseball and fouls in basketball will come back to haunt you against the good teams. You squeaked by a S.C. team that has been offensively inept for years. Do the Math.

J Dub

September 16th, 2009
11:28 am

Tim, what about Isreal?

Dr Mac,sat,tx

September 16th, 2009
11:39 am

How about Robert E Lee on the sidelines…and Stonewall Jackson in locker rm ckmc

Duke

September 16th, 2009
11:48 am

Troupe is from tifton, I know I expected him to be a bust for that reason alone.

Tim Tucker

September 16th, 2009
11:56 am

J Dub: I’ll ask about Troupe after practice today. He’s appeared in both games, but that’s about it. From the six scholarship WR’s, the only ones with catches are A.J. (10), Tavarres King (4) and Michael Moore (4). Anyway, will ask about Troupe.

wishuhadit

September 16th, 2009
12:01 pm

hey coach. read this again dude.

“We’ll keep disciplining it,” he said of penalties. But he added: “The way we played with energy, fire and enthusiasm the whole game –- if the byproduct of that is penalties, I’ll take that over a team that doesn’t have a penalty but doesn’t have a pulse to go with it. ”

Cedric

September 16th, 2009
12:09 pm

Our linebacker play has been spotty outside of Curran. Gamble just whiffed on Garcia when he was scramblin around last weekend, but we need an upgrade at the linebacker position. Once we begin to tackle well i think our defense has a chance to be decent. I thought going into the season we had a chance to be the backbone of the team but now it seems like we are strugglin once again on that side of the ball.

WTF

September 16th, 2009
12:10 pm

You’re right Dog Fan, when you were the starting quarterback for the Dawgs you always eyed every potential receiver before you completed those long TD passes. Fire CMR and put Dog Fan in as the head coach! And take the frigging caps off!

Rick

September 16th, 2009
12:16 pm

What fans. They put the trash in white trash.

GSB: “Clean your crap up after you tailgate”
Posted by RSD on 09/15/2009
The Georgia Sports Blog has posted an article that every Dawg fan should read. If you tailgate on North Campus, clean up your mess afterwards!

The amount of trash tossed on the ground during and after UGA football games is disturbing. It’s not that hard to bring a trash bag and put your crap in it. UGA will pick them up later. As they mention, President Adams can and will crack down on tailgating if this continues.

While we are on the subject, always pick up your trash no matter where you are tailgating

Yellow Fuzz

September 16th, 2009
12:19 pm

Lane Kiffin

September 16th, 2009
12:28 pm

Marlon…next time don’t listen to your Grandmammy. You should have come to Tennessee where you would be in the games. At UGA you will be riding the pine getting splinters in your butt. Grandmammy’s are good for nursing boo-boo’s and baking apple pies. They should not decide your college choice which will affect you the rest of your life. You could be in the game Saturday when we spank the Gators at the Swamp! Love, Lane Kiffin

kurupt

September 16th, 2009
12:36 pm

Pago Flyer

September 16th, 2009
12:43 pm

Actually, The Big House tries to intimidate the fans to carry their trash to garbage cans. And believe it or not, it’s funny to see these poor fans carrying trash up 60 steps etc. But, we figure at $65.00 a tkt, The Big House can hire their own stadium cleaners.