Caleb King’s twisted ankle, and other notes

ATHENS – Notes that have nothing to do with A.J. Green:

  • Wondering why Caleb King got only one carry in the second half last Saturday? “I twisted my ankle right before the first half ended,” he said Tuesday. He called it “nothing serious” and said he is practicing without problem this week.
  • Mark Richt reconfirmed that three players who were suspended from last week’s game because of recent arrests — tailback Washaun Ealey, split end Tavarres King and safety Alec Ogletree –- will play this week “if they behave.” King is No. 1 on the depth chart at split end (ahead of Marlon Brown), and Ealey is No. 2 at tailback (behind Caleb King). Ogletree, a freshman, is slated to play on special teams.
  • Logan Gray will get a few practice snaps at quarterback “here and there,” Richt said, but is basically considered a receiver “right now.” Richt: “He’s a guy who we all believe can play. He knows what to do; he runs good routes; he’s got good hands; he’s a physical blocker. He’s definitely going to play.”
  • Interesting comment by Richt on the botched coverage by Bacarri Rambo that allowed Louisiana-Lafayette’s only touchdown last week: “I’m glad in some sense there was a little mental error that happened that didn’t cost us the game but that you can teach from. Not only to Rambo, but everybody. One mistake and a team could score. That was probably good to have that point driven home for everybody.”
  • “I think we played physical without playing stupid,” Richt said of the defense’s overall play last week. Notably, there were no penalties on defense.
  • Offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant, who missed the opener with a stomach ailment, is “fine now” and expected to play against South Carolina, Richt said.
  • Todd Grantham summed up his high regard for Steve Spurrier’s coaching ability with this: “First off, he won at Duke. That’s not a knock. He won at Duke, then really he got Florida to where it is now.”
  • Tailback-turned-linebacker Richard Samuel is sidelined with a knee injury, but Grantham says it remains too early to think in terms of redshirting Samuel. Grantham still thinks there’s a role for Samuel this year, on defense and/or special teams.
  • Missouri athletic director Mike Alden will succeed former Georgia AD Damon Evans as chair of the Division I Leadership Council, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

128 comments Add your comment


September 8th, 2010
5:21 am

Goooooooo DAWGS!!!!! Go Russ!!!!!

Loganville Dawg

September 8th, 2010
5:23 am

With all those players back, we’ll be ok even if A J can’t go. The Dawgs are ready to play some football!

tell me again

September 8th, 2010
5:43 am

Durham did just fine last week and King returns this week – Gray is a weapon too…..we are going in the right direction.

Bean Counter

September 8th, 2010
5:49 am

It appears the NCAA is in no hurry to settle the A. J. Green investigation. If he is guilty of something go ahead and release it so it can be dealt with. If there is nothing to it then release him so he can play. By doing nothing they are punishing him and the team. Alabama got their’s resolved quickly why don’t we deserve the same consideration?


September 8th, 2010
5:50 am

Damon Evans was the chairman of the “Leadership” committee? Did I hear that right? You can’t make that kind of stuff up.

Mystery at UGA

September 8th, 2010
5:54 am

The mystery goes on … what did AJ do or not do? It has to be a serious matter for it to take this long for the NCAA to investigate and release their findings. I think CMR knows there’s trouble in this. I don’t think AJ will play this week and the investigation will continue. I think it’s more serious than selling a game worn jersey. I think it has to do with agents and money and insurance and issues that could totally affect his eligibility. CMR seems resigned that Green will not be there. What is the IQ and intelligence level of UGA football players. Stupid is as stupid does and it does seem lots of UGA football players do stupid things. I am getting tired of the “thug” appearance of UGA football. It’s time for a change. It’s time for CMR to change or it’s time for us to change CMR.

Bama Fan #2

September 8th, 2010
6:08 am

Alabama player told the truth and did not hide anything from the NCAA. Hope AJ can play
against the war chickens. Damon Evans chairman of the Leadership committee that likes
Bill Clinton saying I never had sex with that woman!! RTR


September 8th, 2010
6:13 am

Mystery at UGA – you think to much when you aren’t used to it….. A.J. sold ONE football jersey that belonged to him for a profit. That’s all there is to it. Sorry to disappoint you. It was not illegal but the Hitlers at NCAA consider that to be a violation. He will probably get cleared to play this week.


September 8th, 2010
6:29 am

South Carolina fans are telling me we don’t have a chance against them, said our defense cannot stop Garcia. Gamble needs to pick it up and open up a can on whop azz.


September 8th, 2010
6:31 am

If AJ has to sit out another week it’s okay as long as we show up and play the way we did last week. No penalties on defense? Now that is a stat we could never ever fathom under “Slick Willie”. With all the other players we get back this week I’m confident we will handle business this weekend. I really hope Sturdivant can come back, stay healthy, help lead us to a NC victory before he leaves, become his once dominant self again, and have a career in football.

It’s sad to think what could have been for him. Had he never gotten hurt, he would have been a top ten pick in this past April’s draft, getting the fat contract before the rookie salaries get cut after the new CBA kicks in next year.

Grantham has the defesnse headed in the right direction. They look like they are more fundamentally sound and know where they are supposed to be in every situation. If Mike Boo-Boo continues to stick with the running game this year and allow AM to let his game come into it’s own gradually and not rush him to be the next Matthew Stafford, we will do great things this year and beyond!


Willie Martinezz

September 8th, 2010
6:46 am

The next “Matthew Stafford”??

Matthew Stafford sucked if you really want to think about it. Next to Joe Cox, he was the worst UGa QB in the last 20 years.

Hey, Mystery at UGA

September 8th, 2010
6:47 am

“stupid is as stupid does” seems to best apply to your inane post and reasoning.

Hey, Willie Martinezz

September 8th, 2010
6:49 am

Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t Stafford the #1 player taken in the NFL draft?


September 8th, 2010
7:10 am

Funny when Ealey is out of the picture Caleb is back to his old ways….I’m hurt…half hearted effort….same old stuff. Poster child for someone that never lived up to all the hype…..

Mike on Lake Hartwell

September 8th, 2010
7:14 am

can anyone tell me the last time we had no penalties on D for
the entire game? i’m guessing many years.


September 8th, 2010
7:18 am

How would any of that have to do with a young mans’s IQ? As if he might just not have had the mental capacity to know what an agent does or understand the concept of insurance or money? That comment raises the question about your own IQ. Or age.


September 8th, 2010
7:19 am

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

September 8th, 2010
7:28 am

green or no green, dawgs will be fine. look forward to having ealey back. murray needs to keep the scrambling under control- these SEC boys will not take it easy on him.


September 8th, 2010
7:30 am

I’m not concerned about AJ, I’m concerned about the O-Line playing better


September 8th, 2010
7:33 am

2 all u PERFECT ppl, us common folk make mistakes from time 2 time. D Evans being da chairman of da leadership committee, shows da respect he has around da NCAA, & players getting n trouble all da time, each arrest happens on campus and they r disciplined,no1 was robbed, r jumped on their girlfriend, but u don’t here about da frat party arrest, some1 on dat campus has it n 4 Richt!

destin dawg

September 8th, 2010
7:34 am

Go Dawgs….. it’s great to have a disciplined defense and put the best athletes on special teams… kicks and coverage will win the field position war…. go Dawgs !!! this could be a special year !!!


September 8th, 2010
7:37 am

The DawgPost is reporting that AJ will play and that it will be announced to day or tomorrow, at the latest.

On a side note, we scored 55 points without AJ, Ealy and T King.

Only one penalty on the D.

8-1 vs SC in the last 9 and a studly road record. Dawgs win by 7 or so.

If USM could get 400 yds, what can UGA do.


crack Baby

September 8th, 2010
7:44 am

“I’m glad in some sense there was a little mental error that happened that didn’t cost us the game but that you can teach from. Not only to Rambo, but everybody. One mistake and a team could score. That was probably good to have that point driven home for everybody.” Heck… how is CMR gonna drive this home when he cant even control his players staying off the jail blotter from week to week? BTW Caleb King is a bust. WHY cant CMR land a premier running back at UGA that doesnt stay hurt.

Damon Evans

September 8th, 2010
7:46 am

Red Panties on E bay for $.99


September 8th, 2010
7:52 am

dear bloggers let us get one thing straight, if CMR


September 8th, 2010
7:58 am



September 8th, 2010
8:05 am

Glad to get Ealey back. someone that can actually cut back and make something out of a run.
AJ or no AJ, we will still beat the chickens.

Gamec0ck Pete

September 8th, 2010
8:09 am

AJ aint cleared and the puppies are Skeered . BWAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH


September 8th, 2010
8:17 am

Scared of SC??? Now THAT is funny!!!


J Town

September 8th, 2010
8:18 am

Richt’s right, it CAN BE a positive if the botched coverage by the defense, is a lesson.

You can’t just blame Rambo. The D-Line got no pressure on the QB as he rolled right. The LB’s didn’t get to the QB or drop in short coverage. Rambo didn’t jam the receiver at the line, so he got a clean start, and then bit on the double move. Last, you have to also include Lakatos as part of the responsibility, Lakatos’ DB’s/Safety’s showed MASSIVE improvement, but will need to rep double moves a bunch, to correct that.


September 8th, 2010
8:24 am

Of course Grantham will say nice things about Spurrier. But the reality is, Spurrier was the beneficiary of superior talent at Florida. Spurrier wasn’t a good coach at duke, and he’s not been a good coach at South Carolina. Spurrier brags that his 5 years at SC have been the best 5 years ever in the history of the school. SC’s a 5 or 6 loss team, every season under Spurrier. Without superior talent, Spurrier hasn’t done anything at Duke or SC, that falls on coaching.


September 8th, 2010
8:25 am

Looking back to last year, SC outgained us 425 to 320. They jumped out 14-0 and only because of a KO return and a reverse were we able to get back in. If they jump out 14-0 Saturday, we are in big trouble.

Anyone predicting a beatdown is delusional. This game will be a war. The game will be won by our defense if we win. The 2 offenses will struggle and as the day wears on in the heat, the offenses will get worse.

Depth on the DL could bite us in this game but our depth on the OL could win the game.

Total points scored on’t be over 45 at the most.

Blair Walsh FG to win it at the end? I’d take that.

Gamec0ck Pete

September 8th, 2010
8:32 am

Dogs offensive line is overrated. Richty Richts teams always have had problems in short yardage and TD red zone scoring. The midget is gonna get thumped into the ground. SC always dominate the games in field stats but the dawgs luck comes to an end Saturday. BANK ON IT !


September 8th, 2010
8:35 am

Did anyone notice Oklahoma struggled against Utah State? Utah State had 341 yards of passing against the Sooners. Is it just a coincidence that Willie Martinez is their secondary coach?

I dont know what the season holds, but I do know the Dawgs defense appears to be much better coached this year.


September 8th, 2010
8:37 am

Gamec0ck Pete repeats mantra from 2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2008,2009 and we are supposed to BANK ON IT! ????????????????


September 8th, 2010
8:40 am

You nailed it Lexdawg, This one will most definitely be a war. I’d be surprised if 45 points was the over/under.

You Betcha!

September 8th, 2010
8:50 am

Word is Green will be playing against SC


September 8th, 2010
8:56 am

Want to see where your team is going bowling?

Isn’t that just stupid before the second week of the season?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 8th, 2010
9:03 am

Not for sure if this has been mentioned in any other blogs…

It looks like AJ will be cleared. According to the Times Free Press AJ apparently sold a Jersey to a private collector for $1,000. This violated his amateur status and the NCAA has made him repay the money. This has now been repayed and the University is awaiting the NCAA to officially sign off on it….

Thats from this mornings paper.


September 8th, 2010
9:03 am

The SC game will be nerve wracking. It always is. If you watched that game, SC looked totally in control….though I was surprised to see how many yards S Miss had against them. I dont know what it will come down to, but Im glad we have the kickers we do. That is one of the loudest stadiums I have ever been to. Glad Murry has a game, and a good one, under his belt. There is gonna be some serious hitting…this is gonna be fun.

BTW if you have a sense of humor Machete is a must see………..


September 8th, 2010
9:04 am

From the way King was running, I thought he twisted his ankle before the game started.


September 8th, 2010
9:06 am

Sorry about that. Mike @ 8:24 a.m.


September 8th, 2010
9:10 am

“I think we played physical without playing stupid,”

That was the best thing I took from this game. Say what you want about whats been wrong the past 2 years. What’s been the worst to me is that we just have been playing dumb football. It’s refreshing to see a complete game for once, despite the competetion. Now lets keep it going against South Carolina. If they beat us, so be it. But don’t let Georgia beat Georgia.


September 8th, 2010
9:10 am

Gamec0ck Pete how many of your guys are awaiting NCAA clearance or has that been cleared up yet?


September 8th, 2010
9:17 am

If South Carolina doesn’t beat the Dawgs this year, then they missed their best chance for at least the next 3-4 years.

Ghost of Johnny Cochran (aka Bama in Atlanta)

September 8th, 2010
9:18 am

The NCAA are a bunch of fools;
My client did not break the rules.

He is not trying to be a Smarty;
AJ did not attend the party.

This investigation is beyond comprehension;
There should be no fine and no suspension!


September 8th, 2010
9:22 am

Was it just me, or did anyone else see a player with “A. Ogletree” make two tackles in the game Saturday? On two consecutive kick-offs, the camera zoomed in on him as “he”, whoever it was, left the field. Just curious to me. Was his brother where his jersey?


September 8th, 2010
9:25 am

It was Zander, his brother.


CMR's discipline?

September 8th, 2010
9:29 am

Since the punishment for deliberately disobeying coaches is to sit out 1 meaningless game (in the case of Ealey), CMR should just accept that his same old discipline is going to give the same old results. He should not complain if there are other stupid actions from the players.

Dirty Dawg

September 8th, 2010
9:47 am

I don’t know if the ‘jersey selling’ thing is accurate about AJ, but it seems to me that what we need is a round of ‘I’m Spartacus’ for the NCAA. I’ll start…’It was my jersey’…I got it signed last picture day and needed the money’…now can we just ‘move the hell on’?