‘Concussion-like symptoms’ sideline Branden Smith

ATHENS – Georgia might be without cornerback and punt returner Branden Smith for Saturday’s game against Arkansas.

Smith did not practice Wednesday because of what coach Mark Richt called “concussion-like symptoms.”

“He actually got knocked out of bounds at yesterday’s practice and had a contact-related headache,” Richt said Wednesday night. “I’m not even sure on his status [for Saturday], to be honest with you.”

If Smith doesn’t play, Carlton Thomas and Logan Gray “would be the top two candidates” to return punts, Richt said. Sanders Commings and Jordan Love would get more work at corner, Richt said. Smith also would be missed on offense, where he tends to be used for a few plays per game.

Other injury updates: Fullback Shaun Chapas, who sprained an ankle against South Carolina, did not practice Wednesday. He was in a walking boot and remains questionable at best for Saturday. . . .  Nose Justin Anderson is doubtful for the game, Richt said, because of “a turf toe issue that was reaggravated.”

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September 15th, 2010
10:03 pm

Not gonna happen this time.

Big Dawg

September 15th, 2010
10:10 pm

Step it up, Dawgs! No excuses!


September 15th, 2010
10:20 pm

Oh great!

These injuries will give Bobo and Richt more excuses to use in an effort to camoflauge their pathetic play calling.


September 15th, 2010
10:21 pm

It just got a little tougher to slow Mallet down. We needed the secondary at full strength this week. Hope the line brings the heat Sat.

Go Dawgs

September 15th, 2010
10:22 pm

Sign that Cochran kid form Madison PLEASE!!!

Since Vince

September 15th, 2010
10:27 pm

this season is now OVA…..

Droppin like flies

September 15th, 2010
10:37 pm

UGA needs studs not thugs.


September 15th, 2010
10:47 pm

Studs not thugs–huh? Wow…that is inciteful. B. Smith is a stud…and he has not broken any rules yet. He had some trouble in a class but got it together. Why would you say something like that? Maybe he got his bell rung in practice going all out–trying to get better. We got clowns like ‘Dropping like flies’ shaming a kid. You think Branden wants to miss the game!?

If that totally ignorant post was directed at all the players, it is just as bad. Players don’t want to get hurt stupid. And Studs get hurt too. You think T Sturdivant said “Man, I sure hope I can get hurt and miss 2 consecutive years…and if that works out I can’t wait to read some coward on a blog question my toughness!”

Seems like the Heisman trophy winner from last year missed the first 2 weeks. What did he do wrong smart person?

Some of you make me embarassed to be a UGA fan.


September 15th, 2010
10:51 pm

This is not the game to be injury riddled. I hate Bobby Petrino and would love to see UGA whoop their arse! UGA needs to win this for all the Falcons fans Bobby left so quickly.

Let the excuses begin

September 15th, 2010
10:57 pm

Here we go again changes need to be made!

Uncle Jed

September 15th, 2010
11:04 pm

Its gonna be a looooooooong season granny ! Better have Jethro fetch sum vittles and grits for them boys.

col fot

September 15th, 2010
11:04 pm

What is all this little bumps and sprains keping these players from playing. Players in the past were knocked out and were only out two or three plays, some even played with broken bones and never complained. Now it seems their pampered to the point they look for an excuse not to play. Your going to get your bell rung and get bruised and bleed some..thats football! These guys need to be men and not little pamperd children. Football teams in the past played both ways offense and defense, now they rotate in and out so much they don’t get the chance to really crack somebody. Football is a violent and agressive game and meant to be played that way. Remember whimps finish last!!!

BoBo da baby maker

September 15th, 2010
11:11 pm

Boo BOO needs to just stay home in the sack. That clown didn’t even utilize Branden last week. Fire that clown now.


September 15th, 2010
11:13 pm

Hope the coaches and staff do the right thing here. Concussions are nothing to be trifled with – better safe than sorry for Smith’s sake.


September 15th, 2010
11:29 pm

Let the excuses begin- Why are you saying changes should be made. So, I suppose it’s Richt’s fault that B. Smith had a concussion? So, he should go bc of stuff like htat that he can’t control? Give me a break!


September 15th, 2010
11:31 pm

col fot- That’s bc people in the old days didn’t know what they do now. It’s a rough sport, & there are times when people shouldn’t play.

Frank Lane

September 15th, 2010
11:37 pm

At least somebody got hit hard. Too bad it was one of our own.

joe cox' Shadow

September 15th, 2010
11:44 pm

All this turmoil can be directly related to Coach being so darn loyal to me…gosh darn i love that guy….Bring the pain D, Mallet can’t throw from his back!!!!

Let the excuses begin

September 15th, 2010
11:56 pm

aarh….. Its not a concussion dude. Go watch Richts presser today. You think ole Erk Russell had concussions banging his raw head against players helmets? Why does this team each and every year have more than its fair share of injuries? Something aint quite right homer !

Botox dad

September 16th, 2010
12:02 am

aarh probably doesnt like for kids to play dodge ball on the playground. He must be a softee.

David Polelock

September 16th, 2010
12:03 am

It’s time to bring me back as coach. I’ll make those guys perform or they will take a pay cut. Hey, did you know I can use a hole lot of new words sense I left UGA. I’ve been using prestidigitation a lot. Don’t know what it means but it sure sounds good.


September 16th, 2010
12:08 am

Who is David Polelock?

back in the day

September 16th, 2010
12:09 am

We rode our bicycles without helmets when we were kids. If and when we fell off and banged our heads on the hot asphalt we jumped up and brushed ourselves off and got back on our bikes.


September 16th, 2010
12:11 am

dogs rebound against AR! Timid no more!!! Mallett gets a concussion!! DAWGS WIN!!!!


September 16th, 2010
12:15 am

Arkansas was ahead of Madison High by 7 at thealf and didn’t take control of the game until mid-way through the 4th quarter. They are there to be had if UGA can get it’s act together. Losing Branden Smith is a big blow to the special teams and DB depth.


September 16th, 2010
12:16 am

Col fot – you must be a wimp- takes one to know one.


September 16th, 2010
12:20 am

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

Hey "TheTaxJacket"

September 16th, 2010
12:47 am

How is your seasonal work for H&R Block working out for you?

Bragging about a score a from a couple of seasons ago is pretty desperate. How long will you hold on to the dream? Oh well I guess that was a resurgent Kansas team gt lost to last week.

Right On Time

September 16th, 2010
1:06 am

I guess that means they are getting after it in practice… good sign. Football is sometimes survival of the
fittest which means the toughest players will be out there Sat. Hope Smith gets well soon, though.

What about Boykin returning punts? I think he can do a fine job. Logan is sure handed back there, but
it seems like he always calls a fair catch.


September 16th, 2010
1:47 am

Welcome to UGA’s rebuilding process.

Lots of 4 and 5 star athletes (Marlon Brown is a bust by the way) on the field but not a single leader out there on either side of the ball that commands the respect of not only his teammates but his opposition as well. Green is uber talented but not a vocal lynchpin for the offense. Leadership starts from the top and in that regard Richt has dropped the ball. An offensive line that lacked the fire or desire to bust open some seams for Ealey in Columbia…a defense that was “timid” in their tackling and aggression. There’s just no excuse for not having a fire up your butt to go out and light someone up every Saturday in front of 90000 plus rabid fans that would do anything to have the opportunity to suit up in the Red and Black.

Here’s to hoping we get some 3 star recruits that have a competitive fire in the mold of a Pollack, Greene, or Moreno.


September 16th, 2010
2:46 am


That is ALL we have EXCUSES

1ST everyone was giving Coach Richt’s “coaching staff” now in year 10 of this regime, a bye for this season since we have only freshmen quarterbacks.

Then we won the national championship in arrests / suspensions Fulmer Cup 2010, and # 2 All-Time Fulmer Cup Standings which started after our last visit to The SEC Championship Game 2005. All these distractions off the field was our next excuse.

Now, oh heavens alive who would have guessed it, Caleb King doesn’t feel good, poor little thing; and now it is injuries are our excuse.

10-11 LOSING RECORD vs SEC East after the 2005 SEC Championship Game to-date, amid a PROMOTION of the former 1-year Quarterbacks Coach we stole from Jacksonville State to be our Offensive Coordinator. And, we lose 15 seniors, 4-5 juniors after this season and a still suspended player we lose after this season not to mention the 5 walk-ons we gave Scholarships to for all the players booted from the team.

Someone is injured Coach Richt ? Poor guy. Jeez, you have no luck at all, do you ? You better feast on the Arkansas “Defense” of Bobby Petrino Coach Richt with your sorry-butt “coaching staff” or you and they can all hit the road GD it.

Quit your whining and beat someone, Coach Richt with your “coaching staff” you hired all of because they sit in your room with their eyes closed praying.


September 16th, 2010
2:56 am

Anderson missed the first game because CMR wasn’t very smart. Anderson may have been able to handle the nose tackle job . But we will never know now because he wasn’t even given a chance.Now we here Anderson has turf toe and will probably miss the second game.That’s why my philosophy is play everybody especially Freshmen, Nobody red shirts unless they just are that bad learning the system.


September 16th, 2010
3:07 am

You cannot do that 76-DAWG when ALL you do is play FAVORITES


September 16th, 2010
3:51 am

Just head-scratching personnel moves by this “coaching staff” in the Coach Richt Era.

Caleb King made 6 straight starts at Tailback. Until he didn’t feel good last week. God Almighty is all I can say. Washaun Ealey is our leading rusher, not Caleb King who NEVER has been. And, they say we cannot run the football.

Washaun Ealey you recall had his Redshirt ripped off in the 3rd quarter of the 5th game, yet he was the # 11 best running back in America. They said we could not run the football, I point out again.

Branden Smith who had 1085 receiving yards his senior season, thrown 2 passes all season long last year. Void of Wide Receivers this season, we have thrown him 1 pass all this season.

Aron White, for catching all of a grand total of 3 passes his freshman year is made starter at TE until game 12 of our 13-game season in these 14-game seasons for the top teams, yet Orson Charles by direct comparison had 23 catches his freshman campaign. Has Aron White even made a catch this season ? No.

Zach Mettenberger, LSU scholarship offer in hand, had the best scrimmages of all UGA Quarterbacks, yet the coaching staff announced that he would redshirt with no injury and only Joe Cox with his chronic sore shoulder and record 17 interceptions we threw last season. Then, Joe Cox got the flu and even then only he played against un ranked in the Final AP Poll Top 25 Okie State who beat us. I called for Zach Mettenberger to be the QB at the time pre-game Okie State. He will have 3 years with LSU. 3 years. And, then he will go in the NFL Draft.


September 16th, 2010
3:52 am

With no wide receivers and with AJ Green playing what is it 4 games of the last dozen, we throw the football to the # 2 Wide Receiver in the nation Marlon Brown two times all season long. For this, he isn’t redshirted.

All these TE on the roster, and Orson Charles is not moved to WR.

All these WR issues, and Branden Smith thrown 1 pass all season this season. Again. Same as last year. You want a man like this, open in space. Duh. South Carolina was running the football. How much work did Branden get on defense with 37 carries by a true freshman who eschewed UGA’s offensive coaching staff for Steve Spurrier’s. Duh.

Move Bean Anderson to the DL because we had 3 DL drafted by the NFL. Then, don’t play him.

Recruiting coup of Kwame Geathers with half his family playing DL in the NFL and we don’t play him either. Give up 187 yards to a freshman tailback who refused to play for UGA. Us, with no TB I point out.

Another true freshman Tailback in this state, chose Florida over Georgia and left for there. Wait until you see what he does down there.

In the mealtime, we recruit an injured tailback here. He hasn’t played. In fact, our Starting Tailback told Ken Malcome that being TB at UGA is a “grind” and no fun at all. That is Caleb King’s resounding welcome to Ken Malcome to Georgia this year.

Our OL who have yet to block 1 game against a good run defense EVER, are said to be the best in the nation. So far they couldn’t block Louisiana Lafayette and made a poor South Carolina defense look like they all are Lombardi Trophy Winners.


September 16th, 2010
3:54 am

Then, the Defensive Coordinator blasts Steve Spurrier for having a poor career in the NFL both as coach and as player. This AFTER they beat us 17-6 with 3 dropped touchdowns wide open in the end zone against his defense or the score would have been 50-6.

Coach Richt says he stays out of the way of these obvious men, who don’t need pre-game hyping to get them ready to NOT have a LOSING RECORD vs SEC East since SEC Championship Game 2005.

Mike Bobo says he has NO IDEA WHAT COACH RICHT MEANS BY OPENING UP THE OFFENSE. Mike, what that means is letting the only QB on the team with all receivers (0) covered, make a play by scrambling, D.A. He was the only 1 on the team making any plays in the first game. All with Coach Richt running the sidelines yelling at Aaron Murray to CUT IT OUT on national TV.

Redshirt best TB at UGA in 30 years, Knowshon Moreno so we only got to see him only 2 years. 1 of those 2 years with Knowshon Moreno we are the # 57 NCAA Rushing team in the country.

Tell us all Joe Tereshinski III is # 1 QB, Joe freaking Cox is # 2 and Matthew Stafford # 3 QB at UGA. Later on, with same Matthew Stafford who played every game for UGA while he was here, we are the NCAA # 87 Passing Offense. With Matthew Stafford.

Dontavius Jackson who should have been # 2 Tailback at UGA vs Louisiana Lafayette instead never got a single carry. No one knows what he might have done. No one but me. Presumably. He is duped by Tavarres King into driving TK’s SUV around Athens with 7 teenagers in it to go get drunk in TK’s SUV. TK suspended 1 game for that. Dontavius quit the team because of the lack of discipline given Tavarres King.


September 16th, 2010
3:55 am

In the same SUV, Vance Cuff is given NO SUSPENSION for providing his own valid DL to the 7 to go buy alcohol with.

And, Branden Smith ALSO NOT SUSPENDED at all uses Vance Cuff’s DL to go buy the alcohol with it.

5 Walk-ons none of whom have YET to hit the field, ALL given Scholarships for all these players who quit or were kicked off the team.

Another Mike Bobo recruit, Top 10 QB Zach Mettenberger gropes a lady a coed in a Sorority he never met on her chest and backside. Another Mike Bobo recruit has sex with a 14-year old, whom everyone ran in here to say it was consensual sex in front of the Principal in a classroom. Also top 10 at his position. And, Coach Richt says he can still come here. He said the same about Michael Grant. You saw how that turned out, him whining to Admissions through the papers. Another Mike Bobo top 10 at his position recruit, beats up a coed little student at UGA. Coach Richt does nothing. Then he beats up her car, and Coach Richt suspended him for Louisiana Lafayette and for South Carolina. Then, he beats her up again at McWhorter Hall repeatedly picking her up and slamming her to the floor. Only then does FORGIVING Coach Richt throw him off the team.

We scored 6 points on offense against a defense certain to give up 40 this season, and you want to know why while you rush to make excuses for the QB who made the 6 points.

10-11 vs SEC East since the 2005 SEC Championship with the last Jim Donnan recruits, and you wonder why we cannot recruit the top offensive all-stars in this state of Georgia in the 2010 Signing Class and now again in the 2011 Signing Class.

Duh is all I can say.


He ain’t on no damn hot seat.


September 16th, 2010
4:32 am

Braden Smith hasn’t broken any rules.




Branden Smith used Vance Cuff’s driver’s license, because he is the exact same size, build and face and because Vance Cuff’s DL shows he is 22.

He bought alcohol for the 7 teenagers in Tavarres King’s truck. Branden Smith still had Vance Cuff’s Driver’s License on his person when everyone in the vehicle either had their driver’s license suspended or were otherwise arrested on the spot.

THEN, Branden Smith ran afoul of the NCAA and we got ALL THAT BAD PRESS. They NEVER would tell us what that was all about. We know he was taking remedial course work. We know he had some kind of standardized test he had to take. Again. A year and a half AFTER he was accepted into Georgia.

Branden Smith is the only remaining on the team member of the 2009 Signing Class.

Coach Richt has not suspended him yet. Not that we know of. But lack of discipline on Coach Richt’s part, does not in the least mean that you can run in here and state that “Branden Smith has not broken any rules yet.”

We cover up so many illegal incidents here at UGA if the player is not arrested and thrown into jail, that you cannot run in here ugghh and make a single such statement about a single recruit of Coach Richt ever because it is MORE LIKELY they HAVE, then they have not. What are you going to say when the Judge asks Branden Smith where he got Vance Cuff’s DL and for what purpose ? What will Vance Cuff say ?

“Branden Smith has not broken any rules yet.”

Football Bat

September 16th, 2010
4:35 am

Dang, Bo Weevil. Lots of good info, but so often incoherent I can’t tell exactly what you mean. You ought to clean it up and submit an article.


September 16th, 2010
4:50 am


September 15th, 2010 11:29 pm

“So, I suppose it’s Richt’s fault that Branden Smith had a concussion? So, he should go bc of stuff like that? Give me a break!”

I see now. We are 10 wins 11 losses to SEC East teams since the 2005 SEC Championship Game, a LOSING RECORD in our own DIVISION of our own conference. Coach Richt was touted as having the # 9 best recruiting class 2009 with Branden Smith, none of whom will play the day after tomorrow. Instead, they led us to the FULMER CUP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, a 5-Loss Season and now 1-1 this season, losing 15 seniors after this season and 4-5 juniors. We have no Tailback. No OL. No one who can tackle. Just itty bitty corners. No bruiser at any safety position. No DL. Only just all freshmen Quarterbacks, 1 of whom looked scared and lost out there Saturday scoring 6 points on a pedestrian defense. We have too many TE but only 1 of them has even 1 catch all season, the rest all dropped. We have no 1 at all at wide receiver. We stole snaps with # 1 all Spring for what is now a WR so the QB would not be prepared. He the same QB whom the coaches let throw his arm out last Fall, missing 21 Fall Practices last year and of course, he was recruited here INJURED.

Coach Richt is a NICE GUY.

So, judge him on THAT, and not on coaching football, not on recruiting, not on personnel decisions of the players, not on his won/loss record vs SEC East teams the last now 5 years since the 2005 SEC CG, and do not hold Coach Richt responsible and accountable for his “coaching staff” all so sought after as they every one are.

Does that pretty much sum it up aarh ?

Nothing is Coach Richt’s fault. Just God’s.


September 16th, 2010
5:11 am

I am so damn disappointed in this football program since the 2005 SEC Championship Game that I really don’t want to read any more about the latest excuses of our head coach the entire rest of the 2010 season, which is ALREADY OVER anyway.

The only good reads for me any longer are the ones by DISNEYdawgs.com, who by the way, have quit telling ANY ONE how GREAT Coach Richt has been since the 2005 SEC Championship Game, which marks half way through his tenure by the way.

If you cannot understand what I am saying, that is your problem. I certainly have made it abundantly clear that I am tired of the excuses – NONE of which hold ANY water.


September 16th, 2010
5:16 am

Who in the Hell is accountable for all this anway ?

Not Coach Richt ?



September 16th, 2010
6:21 am

BoWeevil, I see you changed your screen name. Since your more knowledgeble than UGA’s coaches. Who’s coaching staff are you on? From all your insight I’m just trying to figure out which college your a coach at?


September 16th, 2010
6:25 am

To claim to be a bulldog fan but he delivers a lot of hate. If you don’t like Mark Richt start donating money to the athletic association and have your say. From your posts it sounds like you would be doing a better job coaching than Richt. Which leads me to ask one again, which university do you coach football? I’ve asked you this question probably a dozen times, especially when your call sign was BuLLdawg. Still waiting sir….


September 16th, 2010
6:28 am

C’mon these guys are 20 year olds. What’s with all the injuries? Why does this happen every season? And, it’s only the third game. Do other teams have this many injuries every season? Is it the result of strength and conditioning? what gives?


September 16th, 2010
6:39 am


September 16th, 2010
6:50 am

We are the # 11 All-Time Winningest 1-A Football program.

There were 18 teams whom Coach Richt did NOT have more wins than over the 4 years prior to this one, and NOW we are NOT even in the Top 25 again.

After this season, we lose 15 seniors and 4-5 juniors. So 2011 is not going to be a great year, now is it ?

2005 we went to the SEC Championship Game last. This is 2010. Next year is 2011. We are in fact since that SEC Championship Game 10 wins 11 losses vs SEC East teams a LOSING RECORD in our division.

There is NO ONE HAPPY with all the arrests / suspensions.

I have to be a head football coach to notice this jasont13 ?

Your own mom notices this, jasont13

What team does your mom or you for that matter coach for, jasont13

We are UNDERPERFORMING whether that is difficult for you to realize or not, jasont13

And, I do not give a DAMN if Coach Richt is a nice guy, jasont13

When are you going to address any 1 of these points, jasont13

Dawg house

September 16th, 2010
6:54 am

Dang, BoWeevil go to bed, it must be a grind blogging to yourself.


September 16th, 2010
6:56 am

Rub some dirt on it and get back in the game.

crap sandwich

September 16th, 2010
7:10 am

Look BoWeevil, do you hide in a closet with dart boards of Richt’s picture on it? We all know you are the former BuLLdawg moniker. It is obvious to me that you have never set foot on UGA’s campus, and are not a graduate of UGA. Why not keep your opinions to yourself or go masturbate to your own picture.