Notebook: King’s return, Green’s absence and, oh yes, cowbells

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(Updated 11:45 p.m.)

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Georgia got a number of players back on the field from injuries Saturday night.

Tailback Caleb King, who had missed the previous 2 ½ games with a sprained right ankle, entered the game against Mississippi State late in the first quarter.

He was the third Georgia tailback into the game, following starter Washaun Ealey and Carlton Thomas. King entered the game on Georgia’s next possession after a goal-line fumble by Ealey thwarted a scoring opportunity. King broke free for a 12-yard gain on his first play since the season opener, but that proved to be the highlight of his night. He finished with 23 yards on nine carries.

Meanwhile, Branden Smith, Shaun Chapas and Marcus Dowtin returned to action after missing the previous game with a concussion, sprained ankle and shoulder stinger, respectively.

Smith started Saturday at cornerback. Chapas entered at fullback, in relief of Fred Munzenmaier, on the first play of the second quarter. And Dowtin came into the game at linebacker early in the second quarter.

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Football games here have a unique sound: cowbells.

Before Saturday night’s game, messages played on Davis Wade Stadium’s video board, imploring fans to “respect the bell” and “ring responsibly.”

The SEC has a rule against artificial noisemakers, but the league in June passed an exception on a one-year trial basis to officially allow Mississippi State fans to continue their decades-old tradition of ringing cowbells. The catch is that the bells are supposed to be rung only at certain times -– pregame, between quarters, halftime and after MSU touchdowns. The school will be fined by the conference for violations of the policy.

Early-arriving fans started ringing the bells two hours before kickoff Saturday. During the game, the upper right corner of the video board offered a constant reminder of whether it was time to “ring” or “yell.”

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Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green was not allowed under NCAA rules to accompany the team to Mississippi State. He was serving the final game of his suspension for selling his Independence Bowl jersey to a person the NCAA considers an agent, former North Carolina football player Chris Hawkins. Green is scheduled to return to action next Saturday at Colorado.

He has played in only two of Georgia’s past nine games, missing three of the final five last season because of lung and shoulder injuries and the first four this season because of the suspension. In one of the games Green played late last season, he left with a shoulder injury early in the second quarter against Auburn. So his only full game out of Georgia’s past nine was the Independence Bowl victory over Texas A&M.

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Georgia has more former players currently serving as captains of NFL teams than any other school.

That’s according to this report by the Dallas Morning News, which counted the colleges of the 124 players who were elected full-season captains by votes of their teammates on 26 NFL teams. The other six NFL teams have captains appointed weekly by their coaches.

Six of the 124 permanent captains are former Georgia players: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, Saints offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb, Bills defensive tackle Marcus Stroud and Panthers kicker John Kasay.

Stafford was quoted by the Dallas paper as attributing his captaincy to this: “We have a great coach, a great leader at Georgia [in Mark Richt]. It probably rubs off on us.”

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Davis Wade Stadium is the nation’s second oldest Division I-A on-campus football stadium. It was built in 1914, making it one year younger than Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. But Mississippi State’s old stadium has a new-age feature the largest high-definition video board in the SEC and the second largest (behind Texas’) in college football. The screen is 111 feet wide by 47 feet high. In square footage, it is slightly smaller than Turner Field’s video board.

308 comments Add your comment

william cranman

September 25th, 2010
5:55 pm

First? Love Stafford’s comments.

Agitated Dawg

September 25th, 2010
5:59 pm

I hate Cowbells? I like Staffords comments too. To bad the players have to get to the NFL before it rubs off! Go Dawgs!

The Cobra

September 25th, 2010
6:09 pm

If we loose again I will write a very threatening letter to the AD!

BiPolar Dawg

September 25th, 2010
6:10 pm

Great news on so many Dawgs in the NFL being team captains! But with so many former UGA being NFL captains, why can’t we win a College Football Championship?

my eyes

September 25th, 2010
6:16 pm

Will this game be shown locally (ATL) on DirecTV? I can not find it in the channel lineup. ESNa list “ESPN Alternate Programming” at 7pm. Might that be it?

elvisaintdead

September 25th, 2010
6:20 pm

@BiPolar Dawg -
*cough* Richt *uncough*

JB

September 25th, 2010
6:22 pm

Tech catching Hell on Bradly’s blog. Realizing they aren’t very good. D has no playmakers and no depth.

SandySpringsDawg

September 25th, 2010
6:24 pm

Don’t know guys…..I am watching a Arkansas team that we lost to in the last 15 seconds of the game last week outplay the #1 team in the country with 9:00 left in the game…..we are that bad or is Arkansas and SC just that good this year……

@my eyes

September 25th, 2010
6:42 pm

Yep, it’s on FSN, which in Athens is like 640 something.

DawgNation

September 25th, 2010
6:42 pm

my eyes,

It is on Direct TV channel 646 Fox Sports South.

SandySpringsDawg

September 25th, 2010
6:51 pm

Wow….Bama dodges a bullet……10 minutes till game time…….GO DAWGS!

DawgNation

September 25th, 2010
6:52 pm

Oh well. ARK choked in the final minutes. God I can’t believe I am going to be an Auburn fan tonight.

SandySpringsDawg

September 25th, 2010
6:54 pm

DawgNation……never though I would pull for Auburn (unless they are playing the gators)…..but, I am with you……

LISA

September 25th, 2010
6:55 pm

What FRIGGIN channel is this game on?? DIRECT TV HERE… Thanks!

SandySpringsDawg

September 25th, 2010
6:55 pm

LISA…..Fox Sports South

DawgNation

September 25th, 2010
7:02 pm

Yea SandySpringsDawg it goes against every bone in my body pulling for them but what ever it takes to give the Dogs a chance.

DawgNation

September 25th, 2010
7:07 pm

OK Dawg fans. Game on!!!!

SonofaDawg

September 25th, 2010
7:14 pm

Our defense sucks!

KJ

September 25th, 2010
7:15 pm

Christ, Penn Wagers is on the job. GG Georgia.

Tj

September 25th, 2010
7:25 pm

We have a tough team this year, just make bad calls. I agree richt needs to get his stuff together. And defense needs to lock tackles and we’d might win some.

Whitwell Dawg

September 25th, 2010
7:37 pm

Can someone explain to me why Ealey made no attempt at all to recover his own fumble.

svannahdawg

September 25th, 2010
7:39 pm

That’s twice Ealey!!!! Someone tell this damn kid to hold on to the damn football!!

UGA Fan In KC

September 25th, 2010
8:24 pm

Curious what the lime green football emblem on Coach Richt’s sleeve is. Anyone know?

Whatsgoingon?

September 25th, 2010
8:26 pm

I just can’t put my finger on whats going on with UGA? They just don’t have that killer instinct.

my eyes

September 25th, 2010
8:26 pm

Thanks DawgNation. Got it!

Flatley

September 25th, 2010
8:39 pm

Attention, everyone, especially dawgtards. We will now observe a moment of silence in memory of Saint Jan Kemp, who exposed the shameful practices at UGA that were initiated and carried out by slimeball Vince Dooley. Dooley’s image as a coach and a nice guy were forever shattered during the trial, not to mention the one million dollars that dawgtards had to pay Saint Jan. These practices of recruiting morons and coddling them for four years, them tossing them out like garbage, are still going on, but at least the world knows what’s happening in Athens now.

And now, the moment of silence…
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Thank you, dawgturds may resume your normal activities now.

bummed

September 25th, 2010
9:00 pm

This is the most immature GA team that I’ve seen since …last week. This team looks like 10 or 11 guys got arrested in the offseason. This Miss State team is terrible and they’re keeping them in the game. Enough Mr. nice guy Richt. GET TOUGH!!

bummed

September 25th, 2010
9:01 pm

Enter your comments here

Russ the Dog

September 25th, 2010
9:13 pm

We are soooooooooooooooo bad, and I mean that we SUCK.

lovethemdawgs

September 25th, 2010
9:29 pm

How many Willie haters wish he was still at Georgia???

wildbill

September 25th, 2010
9:31 pm

Not many positive things I can say about tonite’s game. Overall, the dawgs look really bad. Maybe they will luck out and score a real touchdown.

Still love the dawgs

September 25th, 2010
9:53 pm

What can I say they played terrible. Did not deserve to win last or tonight.. But I am still a dawg lover

JD

September 25th, 2010
9:57 pm

No TD’s by Georgia with 3:15 left. Can’t believe Miss State didn’t run the clock out. 0-3 in the SEC with predictable play calling.

Nick

September 25th, 2010
9:57 pm

I’m embarrassed to be a Georgia fan. I wish I could scratch this UGA tattoo off my arm.

For the first time, I want to start saying that I want the entire staff gone. Talk about a group of losers who haven’t even come close to earning their salaries.

Fire them all.

You guys suck.

Hunker Down

September 25th, 2010
9:57 pm

undiscipline on and off the field still an issue with my Dawgs

BoWeevil

September 25th, 2010
9:58 pm

That is a VERY POORLY coached football team.

3 SEC games and 3 times their Quarterback was better than our Quarterback.

And, our Quarterback is our best player.

JD

September 25th, 2010
9:59 pm

Tj, I think Ealey thought his head was still in his helmet when he got hit.

Xenophon

September 25th, 2010
10:01 pm

Reverend Richt, we hardly knew ye.

oh my

September 25th, 2010
10:02 pm

we suck. richt gone end of year. dropping my season tickets. pathetic. . .

Brian

September 25th, 2010
10:03 pm

Nick i cudnt agree more

JD

September 25th, 2010
10:05 pm

Wow a TD, does this mean Bobo is a great play caller????

stendek

September 25th, 2010
10:06 pm

The UGA football Bulldogs have hit rock bottom! It simply does not get any worse than this shet. Time to fire not only Mark Wretch and Mike Dodo but the whole bunch of clueless losers! This was a total embarrassment from start to finish. What is it with that idiot #3? The football was less than a foot from him. All he has to do is make one football play, one, for a touchdown! How did this ignoramus get into college. Oh. I forgot. It is UGA also known as Thug U! Completely unspirited debacle. Enough to make every true Bulldog fan outraged. I AM! Very much so. This cannot be tolerated. Firings are long past due. Bulldogs are official laughingstock of Southeastern Conference! Truly sad. I am too utterly disgusted and nauseated to comment further. Damn this!

boots

September 25th, 2010
10:07 pm

This season is over and it is time to start seriously discussing the end of the Richt era at UGA. It wasn’t Willie Martinez. It wasn’t injuries or suspensions. It is just that the team is the worst coming out of Athens in the past 40 years. They are that bad. I know these boards allow us to vent and exaggerate a lot, but I honestly don’t think I am. It is time for change, and it starts with Bobo on Monday morning. He needs to go.

Brian

September 25th, 2010
10:09 pm

IM embarressd to be a uga fan 2nite i will not go to another uga game this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its goin to be along next couple of years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

aladawg

September 25th, 2010
10:12 pm

Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, every member on the Georgia football sucks except for Murray, Butler and Walsh. If some one will rent a moving van I will go over to Gerogia and help you load Bobo’s belongs and run that stupid SOB plum out of the state of Georgia.

USNBULLDOGFAN

September 25th, 2010
10:12 pm

What is wrong with our dawgs there playing like a D-2 school. The new defensive coach needs to do his job correctly, i think hes brought some bad karma to the locker room and has caused the dline moral to be at an all time low. Now its caused a cascade effect throughout the team!!

87RxDawg

September 25th, 2010
10:14 pm

Y’all, we are now fighting for our life against Mississippi State, a team that we are 16-5 against. We haven’t lost a game in Starkville since 1951. We have not scored. We have not converted on 3rd down. Penalties have cost us, probably, the game. Our offense is pathetic, our defense is worse. Defense has had absolutely no answer to our opponents passing game or running game. We are totally lost on both sides of the ball. At least we are seeing some reaction on richt’s face, but the bad news is it is a look of worry. We must face facts, we are at best a 3rd rate team. This will have a tremendous negative impact on recruiting. It will take us years, if ever, to regain credibility.

We all know what has to be done. I hate it as bad or worse than anyone but we must have a change. It’s way out of control.

And seriously, will someone please explain to me what people see in that moon faced doughboy, Grantham?? What am I missing? aside from the jumping up and down acting like a fool against Louisiana Lafayette, what has he done? Defense is pathetic and we know what Coach Doo Doo is worth. Folks, we are no longer junkyard dawns and sadly may never be again.

Go dogs!!!

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

September 25th, 2010
10:14 pm

Well…Well….Well…The DAWGS lost again…..Maybe the fans will now have a reality check and realize that UGA is really NOT a good football team this year……SURPRISED???….NOT !!!!!! How is it that UGA supposedly gets all these type tier recruits each and every year yet can put together a winning Top 10 team????…….SURPRISED??? ……NOT!!!!

Clueless Dawg

September 25th, 2010
10:14 pm

Hunker down hairy Dawgs!! I predict we’ll win the rest of ‘em and then beat the trunk off Bama in Atlanta. National champs 2010 and 2011. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!???!

UGA4EVER

September 25th, 2010
10:16 pm

I’m one of the biggest CMR fans alive but it’s time for him to go.We have gotten out coached in all 4 games this season if it wasn’t for the talent difference in game one we’re 0-4.I don’t blame him for everything but he is the captain.We need a new leader. CMR thanks for everything