Injuries piling up at inside linebacker for Dogs

ATHENS – Injuries have hit hard at inside linebacker for Georgia.

Four players at the position were sidelined from practice Wednesday: Akeem Dent (toe surgery last month), Marcus Dowtin (scrapes from  a minor scooter accident, according to coach Mark Richt), Richard Samuel (unspecified leg injury) and Mike Gilliard (unknown injury).

No position moves are planned to shore up the position, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said after Wednesday’s practice, because none of the injuries are long-term.

“They are injuries that are a nuisance right now, but when you look at status for the first game, [the players] are probable,” Grantham said. “Because no one is out for the year or expected to miss games, I think we just stay the course.”

Samuel is expected to miss a week or two, and that “hurts him a lot,” Grantham said. “Just because he’s young as a linebacker anyway, and he basically needs reps. . . . Anytime you miss an opportunity for that, it’s going to slow you down a little bit.”

Might the missed time increase the chances of Georgia redshirting Samuel, the converted tailback, as he adjusts to defense?

“I think we’ve still got a ways to go with that,” Grantham said. “How soon he would get ready could indicate what we would do. But right now I would still plan on using him and just see how he can come along.”

Georgia currently has only three scholarship players practicing at inside linebacker: redshirt sophomore Christian Robinson, a projected starter who Grantham said “is having a great camp”; senior Akeem Hebron, who had a scrimmage-high six tackles Tuesday; and freshman Demetre Baker.

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Cornerback Branden Smith was absent from practice again Wednesday. He is not expected to rejoin the team until, or unless, he is cleared academically for fall semester.

Jordan Love and Sanders Commings are getting more reps at cornerback with Smith out, secondary coach Scott Lakatos said.

Lakatos on Smith’s absence: “Any time you’re missing one of your players, it’s disappointing. But whatever he’s doing –- and I don’t know any more than you guys –- I just hope everything works out and we get him back.”

152 comments Add your comment

dawg fight

August 11th, 2010
7:51 pm

Borodawg

August 11th, 2010
7:52 pm

I think defense should be a concern for DawgNation; “ya win games with defense”. (Along with starting a new QB.) We haven’t really recruited for the “3-4″…yet. We hope these are just ‘nagging’ injuries and we hope R.Samuels pans out. We’re gonna need everybody healthy.

Jborodawg

August 11th, 2010
7:53 pm

Dangit! I’m usually 40th!

bwell

August 11th, 2010
7:58 pm

Prayfully Branden get his act together and pass the grade in the class room and be part of the team.

Yeah come on

August 11th, 2010
7:58 pm

I can’t wait for the first college football game of the year between South Carolina and Southern Mississippi. You gotta love college football if you are looking forward to those two teams playing each other.

CMR Titanic

August 11th, 2010
8:01 pm

Branden is toast and now the injury excuses are starting to flow.

Scooter dawgs

August 11th, 2010
8:04 pm

Did Downtin have his license emerging from the Alley?

beatdowns galore

August 11th, 2010
8:08 pm

Gators and Meyer are licking their chops already and smell another beatdown on the dawgs. CYA Mark Richt !

CMR Titanic

August 11th, 2010
8:09 pm

I like boys and CPJ’s man-boobs get me real excited!

VA DAWG

August 11th, 2010
8:15 pm

Look for Akeem Hebron to have a breakthrough year and live up to his high school all american talent. The extra reps should give him the chance to make a big difference this year. GO DAWGS!

ben

August 11th, 2010
8:20 pm

No matter the subject the Techies will be here to talk about how special they are and how terrible Georgia is. I took a look earlier to see what they talk about on their blogs and its the same as here. Its all about Georgia Football. That says more to me than scores or records. I said its GREAT – to be – A Georgia Bulldog!!

poopdawg

August 11th, 2010
8:27 pm

Nice headline Tim . Might get a few more people wanting to read . Bottom line no injurys are thought to be serious, no PT missed.

SatchelBuzz

August 11th, 2010
8:28 pm

Get over yourself ben,….you guys have a lot of work to do, and please,..don’t start with the excuses about the injuries like you nadlickers typically start with this time of the year. And to the ugag fans that make crude comments about CPJ,…….your fear and concern is showing. Keep it up,…payback’s coming!

THWG!!

UGA, UGA, UGA

August 11th, 2010
8:29 pm

To the doubters posting on this board: The Dogs play “big boy” football, and we have talented depth. Unless a rash of injuries hit at one or two positions as in 2008, we will be fine.

seriously

August 11th, 2010
8:37 pm

dent and samuels well known. Samuels a projected redshirter. Dowtin has scrapes and gilliard unknown. Sounds like you are fear mongering. Please report on stories with details and facts, otherwise don’t report.

snapshot

August 11th, 2010
8:39 pm

ben, the athens cesspool is ranked #1. they are a special bunch of inbreeds that feel no pain.

Army Vet

August 11th, 2010
8:44 pm

Congratulations dawg fight….you must be proud.

reebok

August 11th, 2010
8:47 pm

as a tech fan, i am absolutely confident that branden smith’s academic issues will be magically resolved and he will be eligible for the dogs’ second game of the season…

GoDOGS1

August 11th, 2010
8:49 pm

“Marcus Dowtin (scraped up in a minor scooter accident, according to coach Mark Richt)” Seriously? No! I mean seriously? You got to be fricking kidding…Knowing this is a huge season for CMR and the Dogs, and Richt is allowing these morons to ride GD scooters in a college town with half asleep students driving cars around just waiting to hit them? Whoops! Sorry…didn’t see you. Uhhhh you okay?I mean there is stupid and then there is F ing STUPID. Wow!

whatever

August 11th, 2010
8:50 pm

how come Granthum is huge

McDawg

August 11th, 2010
8:53 pm

Dent’s injury was not a football injury either

whatever

August 11th, 2010
8:54 pm

all that nfl money gave you lot to do, huh, Granthum, eat eat eat
focu s on football at uga
story i s crap
they just wanted to post pic of fatathum

McDawg

August 11th, 2010
8:54 pm

Grantham is huge b/c he is from the NFL (Cowboys) and ran the 3-4

The #3 Team in the nation

August 11th, 2010
8:55 pm

The jokes keep happening.

The #3 Team in the nation

August 11th, 2010
8:57 pm

He’s huge because he eats too much.

whatever

August 11th, 2010
9:00 pm

3 steaks and 4 potatoes
3 beers and 4 desserts
3 u get it 4 naps

whatever

August 11th, 2010
9:02 pm

shut up Mcdawg
Mcdongle

Tell me again

August 11th, 2010
9:04 pm

Hey Techies – tell me again how corrupt and academically challenged the Dawgs are? You had a guy named Houston in 2005 arrested for having in his possesion a 100 pounds of weed and was it in 2006 you had 11 players ruled academically ineligible AT ONE TIME and WE have academic issues???? Oh yeah, we won’t mentioon the on campus pipe bombs and the drug cartel you guys were running out of your locker room…you guys are a joke – if there is a THUG U in this state it’s TECH!

Tell me again

August 11th, 2010
9:06 pm

I have to tell you – compared to a few Dawgs riding around on scooters with expired licenses and being picked up in the wee hours with a beer -we look prety tame compared to the Tech players! LOL

SportsFan

August 11th, 2010
9:07 pm

Word is that he failed a remedial course. How pathetic is that? He should have never been admitted into college.

whatever

August 11th, 2010
9:07 pm

mentioon go back to school u dum azz
ur one to talk stoopid techie loving az wipe

whatever

August 11th, 2010
9:09 pm

mentioon Tell Me Again thats u idiot

Tide Roll

August 11th, 2010
9:11 pm

Why Didn’t Uga sign Cam Newton? He’s from Atlanta Westlake. The kid’s 6′6″ 250 lbs. Runs like a deer and has a rocket for an arm. Led his team to the Juco National title. He had one unfortunate incident and obviously learned from it. I mean this is an atlanta kid, Uga has had other kids from Westlake, including Kiante Tripp. How could Richt and Bobo fairly evaluate this Kid and not go get him. Have you seen his Juco stats. I would think you would sign him to prevent Auburn from getting him. I know ya’ll will get mad at me but I don’t care. Ya’ll got a strange bunch of coaches up there. Roll Tide.

Rv Parking

August 11th, 2010
9:13 pm

RV Parking, UGA Home Games. 3/4 mile walk to Gate 1. 651 W Broad Street, between Pope & Finley Streets. Plenty of room for 2 RV’s and space to tailgate. $400/game. For more information email rv.651wbroad@spamgourmet.com.

Shech aint tit

August 11th, 2010
9:14 pm

Sackfull of buzz, so what your excuse? 30-24 8 of 9. We run this state!

PDawg

August 11th, 2010
9:18 pm

Man we sure have enough problems to suggest we will have another down season. At this point I just don’t see us beating USC and Arkansas early.

timdrama

August 11th, 2010
9:22 pm

Tim…. No drama please… Just real news

Vince

August 11th, 2010
9:27 pm

Dogs will be fine. Just taking extra pre-cautions to make sure every man is ready for game 1. Richt said Dogs are overall healthier than ever, less injuries than ever. Looking good.

Scooby

August 11th, 2010
9:33 pm

Ruh roe, Raggy!

The Real SugarHillDawg

August 11th, 2010
9:50 pm

Let’s just be thankful none of these injuries look to be season ending.

Rex

August 11th, 2010
9:52 pm

@Tide Roll – We didn’t sign Newton because he was busy stealing laptops at FU before he got kicked off the team.

Gratefuldawghead

August 11th, 2010
9:52 pm

Tide Roll…. even we don’t want Gator Rejects! Praying the injuries are small! GO DAWGS!

UGAfan18

August 11th, 2010
9:55 pm

Come on Smith, smarten up! We need u out there!!!

Realistic Dawg Fan

August 11th, 2010
10:00 pm

Much to do about nothing…. slow day for the sports page. Gives the tek fans hope…. They need all the help they can get. We beat them last year on their field without our best player. We are ACC Champs

ryan

August 11th, 2010
10:05 pm

Everyone relax this is what happens in the hot south it happens Murray is living up to the hype A J Greene has caught every ball thrown buy Murray and Gator fans he not Joe Cox .

Dawg House

August 11th, 2010
10:06 pm

Before any Tech fans make ANY more Scooter jokes or comments…. please watch below…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYwm7XQQq9k

This is why you have the title “Nerd” across the nation.You obsessed with tricycles!!!!!!

Tide Roll

August 11th, 2010
10:13 pm

If Cam Newton were a Dawg, He would kick Florida’s butt. I can’t believe Uga didn’t offer. A 6′6′ 250 lb man at QB, and Bobo goes and gets Hutson Mason. Ya’ll got some strange cats up there. Roll Tide.

chucky

August 11th, 2010
10:20 pm

ahhhh gonna be a long season for Richt again
cuz the injuries are piling up n yes the spin
is on from many fans and coaches this early.
If we lose to KY again im gonna jump off a
bridge!

Paul Johnson's Sagging Teets

August 11th, 2010
10:28 pm

ALL TOGETHER NOW: 30-24!!!!

Idiots...all of you

August 11th, 2010
10:31 pm

Tide Roll — If you really are a Tide fan and not a Maggot troll, why don’t ask Coach Saban why he didn’t sign Newton….why don’t you redirect your race baiting comments to Bama or Tech, or whatever program you really support and let Ga worry about what players they choose to sign or not.