Emptying the notebook before heading to Colorado …

  • An interesting observation from Mike Bobo about running back Carlton Thomas, the Bulldogs’ smallest player:  “Carlton has never been in a green jersey his whole career here.” Green jerseys are worn at practice by players who have injuries that preclude them from contact.
  • Drew Butler and Blair Walsh can’t wait to kick in Colorado’s mile-high air.

Butler visited a friend in Denver in May and took the opportunity to punt a few balls while he was there. He said they traveled about 3-5 yards longer and were in the air about two-tenths of a second longer, adding to his hang time. “When it’s humid and it’s wet here in the summer, the thick air just holds the ball down, but out there, it’s crisp and the ball flies,” Butler said. “It’s fun kicking.”

Walsh, whose career-long field goal is 53 yards at Oklahoma State in 2009, said he’d like to try a field goal of 60-plus yards in Saturday’s game and will try a kick from 70 yards in warm-ups.

  • A 1-3 record is a shock to the system of Georgia fans — and players.   “I don’t think anybody on the team right now had ever started any season of playing football one and three,” defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson said.
  • Georgia will be just the second SEC team ever to play a game in Boulder. The only other time an SEC team played there was on Sept. 15, 1979, when LSU beat the Buffaloes 44-0.
  • Counting road and bowl games, Colorado has played a dozen games against SEC teams. The Buffaloes are 2-9-1, including a 14-13 loss at Georgia in 2006.
  • This will be Georgia’s third game against a Big 12 team since the start of last season. The Bulldogs opened last season with a loss to Oklahoma State and ended it with an Independence Bowl victory over Texas A&M. Of course, Colorado won’t be in the Big 12 much longer; the Buffaloes join the Pac-10 next year.
  • As A.J. Green returns from suspension, it’s not clear if Kris Durham, Georgia’s top receiver in Green’s absence, will be able to play. Durham suffered what he called a stretched nerve in his neck late in last week’s game. Durham said he’ll “be fine by Saturday,” but coach Mark Richt called him questionable.
  • Offensive lineman Trinton Sturdivant continues to work his way back. He played 20-plus snaps last week. The plan is for him to play more each week.
  • Todd Grantham has been stressing two things with the defense this week: “start and finish.” The defense has given up touchdowns on the opponent’s opening possession in the past three games.  And then it’s tended to play pretty well until struggling again near the end of the games.

“If you go back to the South Carolina game, the score is 14-6 and it’s late in the fourth quarter and we can’t stop them and get the ball back,” Grantham said. “Go to Arkansas; the score is 24-24 and we have had some stops, we do stop them, then we have to go back out for a two-minute drive and we don’t stop them then. And then you go to this past game [against Mississippi State] and it’s 10-6 late in the fourth quarter and we don’t stop them.

“You’re going to be in all sorts of games, and whatever has happened up until then . . . you got to finish that game,” Grantham said. “That’s the thing in the last three games: We haven’t finished.”

(Andy Johnston contributed to this blog.)

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5150 P.O.A.D

September 30th, 2010
11:09 pm

Should I say First to GET on the BLOG? Is that like saying I am the first DAWG to get bonded out of jail? No, maybe that means I was the first dawg that didn’t be Damon’s co-pilot.

and you wonder why

September 30th, 2010
11:13 pm

why real fans dont come here more?? look no further than the first message response. totally unrelated and uncalled for.. wheres the USERNAME REGISTRATION AND SIGN ON ACCOUNTABILITY?? of course, this is the same rag of a paper with Bill King and Jeff Schultz writing for them… nevermind, it all adds up now.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 30th, 2010
11:13 pm

Can I be the first to say are we sure Cam actually knows how to type on a laptop muchless read a book.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 30th, 2010
11:17 pm

Do you really need to ask? I mean UGA fans mever attend a class at UGA but they know what is best for the school and the PLAYERS that don’t actually take real college classe. Be a UGA fan and keep spending your money at WALMART. Woof Woof DAWG. Waht is a DAWG? I know what a dog is. I know what a bulldog is. What is HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS? I just don’t understand. I guess I didn’t go to school in Georgia.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 30th, 2010
11:20 pm

Whyz am de Dawgs so dFinzit biut deir Temz?

Gravy Train

September 30th, 2010
11:28 pm

Hey 5150 CHOAD, or whatever d-bags call themselves these days, get a life dork.

bardawg

September 30th, 2010
11:32 pm

Way past time to man-up boys. Don’t know the species of bug that’s crawled up your rectums, but it’s way past time to eject’em. I just can’t concieve what you don’t get about playing the game. It’s time for some smashed-mouthed football. GET ALL THAT A$$! Hunker Down you M-F-ing HAIRY DAWGS! Sic’Em

5150 P.O.A.D

September 30th, 2010
11:33 pm

Gravy Train is not a dog food that people feed a real dog.You trailer Trash UGA fans might feed your mutts that, but people that have jod=bs and make MONEY would never feed a FAMILY PET that Gravey Trin crap. Russ would P… on you if you tried to put that s..t in his food bowl.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 30th, 2010
11:35 pm

TOGA TOGA TOGA TOGA TOGA

georgiagirl

September 30th, 2010
11:41 pm

5150 P.O.A.D the only TRASH on here is DUMB A@@. Get a life FOOL.

Wandering Dawg

October 1st, 2010
12:09 am

Coach Grantham is right: Finish the drill!!

Sic ‘em, Dawgs!!!

TheTaxJacket

October 1st, 2010
12:11 am

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

smart dawg

October 1st, 2010
12:21 am

I never saw a good video clip of the Ben Jones incident against Miss St. I did see Richt deliver a mini sermonette on the sideline. What happened?

Cornelius Washington

October 1st, 2010
12:41 am

Jones apparently took a cheap shot by diving at a defensive lineman’s feet from behind….he was the ‘clipping’ call right before the touchdown pass to Tavares King.

it was disgusting

October 1st, 2010
1:00 am

jones rolled a guy from behind 5 yds downfield and nearly blew out the guy’s knee. cheap. low. lazy. that’s UGA football these days

HeHateGator

October 1st, 2010
1:16 am

Will this week be the start of a long arduous climb back to mediocrity or will we again see a team that can’t come through in the clutch…

smart dawg

October 1st, 2010
1:49 am

So…Jones committed an intentional, flagrant foul–which possibly could have ended the other player’s career. Where is your integrity richt? I suppose you need Jones more than the freshman dui guy (#10, but who’s counting…)who got booted. Shades of FSU. You learned well from the master.

Pup

October 1st, 2010
4:31 am

The Dawgs will come out and play a great 45mins of football and lose in the last quarter due to the elevation. They better take it conservatively in the begging and adjust to the thin air. I hope Richt does not try some embarrassing motivation idea to pump up the team like past years. Also A.J. will more then likely come out and try to prove something and sprain something. Sorry I’m a pessimist, but how much worse can it get.

naganole

October 1st, 2010
4:51 am

@smart dawg Seriously going to take a shot at FSU when you program is 2nd for most arrest in the past 5 years just behind UF?? LOL, dawg, very classy…

UGA Friend

October 1st, 2010
5:22 am

Dawgs win easily 24-10!! No problem with thin air. They are climbing
the ladder back up to where they should be and will finish no worse than 8-4.

Big time?? Not

October 1st, 2010
5:39 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

Dawg_Mike

October 1st, 2010
5:58 am

Bobo- Keep calling plays for Carlton Thomas up the middle and you will get him killed.

red&black

October 1st, 2010
6:04 am

Who do the Maggots lose to this week?

FalconUGAFan

October 1st, 2010
6:13 am

@naganole I don’t think he was really taking a shot at your school but more at Bowden and the fact that Richt served under him. And yes UGA deserves every shot that you can take at it right now. Our arrest rates are embarrassing and its been tolerated too long.

Free Shoes University

October 1st, 2010
6:35 am

naganole, you have some room to talk. Remember Sebastian Janikowski? He has done more drugs than all the members of the Rolling Stones combined and that may explain why he can’t seem to get the ball through the goal posts.

RomeDawg

October 1st, 2010
7:09 am

Let’s start a benefit to get 5150 P.O.A.D. some $ so he can start a life. Is your team so insignificant that they don’t have a blog?

RomeDawg

October 1st, 2010
7:10 am

TaxJacket,

I am pretty sure the “Nesbitt for Heisman” campaign is over. Sorry.

2-7 is just sad

October 1st, 2010
7:18 am

Sorry would rather see Durham than Green, just needed some cash for spring break. Guys that want to play for GA first, NFL later if ever.
Smart dawg it sucks, guys at the top get all the breaks and then some, just business, guys at the bottom get booted to make staff look tough on crime. This is not a team right now, it’s divided, believe me. We’ll pull off an easy win tomorrow and a few more in the next weeks, but it will prove nothing and nothing will change till all the Ls are tallied after Tech…….

Band Aid

October 1st, 2010
7:30 am

Little Carton Thomas is a lot tougher than Caleb King.
King is always hurting from something.

poopdawg

October 1st, 2010
7:44 am

Aleast Grantham is telling like it is.

ChihuahuaDawg

October 1st, 2010
8:00 am

Who would have ever thought the program would get this low that we were worried about losing to Colorado?

Randy

October 1st, 2010
8:19 am

Grantham will be great, the defense is just learning how to play the 3-4. Saban went 7-6 1st year with installing the 3-4 defense at Bama, let’s see if Grantham can equal or top that, I think he will. It just takes time, the guys have to learn how to ADJUST to new stuff, that’s why the 1st quarter has been so bad. By the 4th quarter, the guys are just tired, probably due to the poor conditioning program.

Randy

October 1st, 2010
8:20 am

If Gorgia put 8 in the box, jammed the run, and played deep first with the secondary, that would be a tough combo to beat.

Randy

October 1st, 2010
8:21 am

RB’s have to start break tackles if they want to break some long runs, help out the O-Line and the young QB, everybody has to step it up.

Paddy

October 1st, 2010
8:25 am

Troy, UAB and So Miss are all better than this Colorado bunch. What ever happened to their proud tradition? Coach is on the way out after this season. On another note; attending a game in Boulder is one of college footballs great experiences. What a great atmosphere!!!!!!

tt

October 1st, 2010
8:33 am

Its clear to me that motivation has been a problem with this team for YEARS! Going way back to to before the black jerseys and all what not. The Florida game where they got the end-zone penalty….that just goes to show how desperate they were then to get the players pumped up. I have often thought this over the past 5 years.

Watch the Ark game again…..there were players on their offense laying hits on our D and then standing over them as if to say, “Thats your place…on your back!”…there was a receiver that stiff armed a Georgia player to the ground, and then he just stepped over him. People are not afraid to play Georgia at all. Save for the occasional Greg Blue type player these guys just seem to be an unmotivated assemblage of individuals……not a team. Play calling, new scheme, fumbles and untimely STUPID penalties aside…the guys dont have the DESIRE instilled in them to win. They lack heart and pride…I hate to say it. But I really feel that it is true.

Watching interviews with Richt is painful….he is sleep walking!!! What is his deal? On one of the other blogs someone who “sounded” like they have some inside info talked about the lack of chemistry. You can see that when you are at a game! Its no wonder! Richt may have been a great offensive mind and Im sure a decent man…..but this is football! As well he doesn’t seem to be doing the guys any favors OFF the field. So what is he doing?

Its gotten pretty hard for me to root for these guys…………

bill_in_atl

October 1st, 2010
8:35 am

Hey 2-7…how do you know what Durham would have done if someone offered him $1,000 for his jersey right before spring break? We’ll never know because they never will.

Frankly at this point I honestly think the NCAA should just comb through EVERY star player’s bank account to see what they can find. I don’t condone AJ’s decision. It was dumb….and he knows it, but I am 100% sure there a lots of kids who have done a LOT worse things (financially or otherwise) who were playing the past 4 Saturdays.

The NCAA had NO REASON to check his bank statements. He already had plenty of evidence to prove the rumor about Miami was false. So…if they can check his…they need to check everyone else’s.

tt

October 1st, 2010
8:40 am

Furthermore Richt NEVER says the right thing…we lose to USC and he says “Its a tough Conference…you can’t win em all.”!!!!! Can you here Myer or Saban saying that?

Then he says they are getting better week to week……..well guess what…They are not.

Then hes says they gotta keep grinding and stay the course………YOU HAVE TO CHANGE COURSE buddy! Do something! ANYTHING! A win this weekend means nothing…a loss…????

If Kris Durham can't go

October 1st, 2010
8:45 am

Now is the time for UGA to show to the entire world that they are serious about dealing with punk, thug behavior. Show the world that UGA WILL BENCH GREEN until late, late in the 3rd qtr. If Kris Durham can’t start ……………………then go with the third teamer. AJ can come in late game. His stats do not matter to anyone ………….he is toast.

UGA has lost w.o. green for the last 3 weeks …………..I say show him that he is not the only one on this team. He will be gone come 2011 and good riddance. Ealey too, hopefully.

UGA ended up the year AFTER Walker left UGA ranked # 4 having defeated # 1 Texas in the Cotton Bowl without Hershel Walker. Now, them Dogs were men ……….unlike this current crop of players.

Go Dogs and start acting like men, instead of selfish punk thugs.

Tide Roll

October 1st, 2010
8:58 am

SadDawg

October 1st, 2010
9:01 am

““Carlton has never been in a green jersey his whole career here.”
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That’s because he gets pulled down by his jersey, Mr OC.

Tide Roll

October 1st, 2010
9:08 am

Jones roll blocked the kid from the side probably 20 yards away from the play which was effectively over. It was similar to the shot Chris Davis gave his own teammate, Trinton Sturdivant, basically ending Trinton’s career. Richt and Jones’s explanation is a lie, and should result in Miss. State submitting the tape, to the SEC which should take action. The Miss. State kid was taken to the locker room and will miss at least one game and of course Coach Integrity has done nothing and in fact put Jones back in the game the next series. You need to read Jones and Richt’s version of the play. It’s an insult to everyone who’s seen the tape.

SadDawg

October 1st, 2010
9:08 am

Grantham: ““Go to Arkansas; the score is 24-24 and we have had some stops, we do stop them, then we have to go back out for a two-minute drive and we don’t stop them then.”
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Nice way of not saying Bobo rewarded your D’s stop with one of his patented 3-and-outs.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

October 1st, 2010
9:09 am

Evertbody seems to like Coach Grantham and a jolly fella like him is going to have some friends. How many doughnut eaters do you know that aren’t likeable? Soon, he is going to make his move and when he does I don’t want to cross him. Coach Spurrier sized him up and had some things to say. I hope Spurrier doesn’t wake up with a horse’s head in his bed. Being temporary and wanting to be permanent is tough on a little dog.

Cool Hand Luke

October 1st, 2010
9:13 am

Dawgs win 24-14. It’s been my gut feeling this entire week.

Let's Roll Another One (Knee)

October 1st, 2010
9:15 am

Hey TIde, where are the comments from Jones and RIcht? I would love to read them.

smart dawg

October 1st, 2010
9:17 am

Tide Roll,
That’s exactly what I was trying to say earlier. (And thanks to Falconugafan for explaining to naganole what I was saying).
Football is football: It should be 100% in your face, as hard as you can go until the whistle blows the play dead. Nothing impresses me more than some huge back who lowers his head and meets the defense head on and then offers his hand to the guy on the ground when the play is over.
Cheap shots 20 yards from the play are inexcusable.

SadDawg

October 1st, 2010
9:18 am

Dang, give it a rest, Tide Roll. I saw the film and you can’t hardly see anything. I know he clipped because he got flagged for it and Richt got on him on the sideline. But you can’t tell where he hit the guy. What if Jones tripped as he attempted to get him from the side?

I hope you were this indignant last season about UF’s Spikes obvious attempt to end UGA’s Ealey’s eyesight. Did you go on the UF’s site over and over, harping on that move. I would think losing one’s eyesight is a bit more serious than a sore knee.

Let's Roll Another One (Knee)

October 1st, 2010
9:18 am

Who was the player that got away with decking Tebow long after the play was over down in Jacksonville? Thugs on and off the field.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

October 1st, 2010
9:18 am

I have refrained all season, but I am going to predict a victory this weekend. UGA 34 Colorado 17

While the team is down, lets not forget just how bad Colorado has become under Hawkins. They may have the momentum with the celebration of the 1990 team, but Beienemy,Pritchard and who ever else was on that team is not suiting up.

Dawgs Roll!