Dogs-Vandy preview: Ealey’s chance, UGA’s homecoming and Uga’s debut

Georgia-Vanderbilt (12:21 p.m. Saturday in Sanford Stadium) at a glance:

3 storylines

  • 1. Washaun Ealey’s opportunity. Two weeks after losing the starting tailback job because of fumbles, Ealey regains it because of the suspension of Caleb King and the strained hamstring of Carlton Thomas. Ealey said he sees this game as his chance to make amends and win back the trust of his teammates and coaches. Thomas has practiced on at least a limited basis the past two days, but even if Thomas is able to play, Ealey is expected to get the bulk of carries — provided he holds on to the ball.
  • 2. Homecoming. After reaching the season’s halfway point with a 2-4 record -– Georgia’s worst six-game mark since 1993 –- the Bulldogs hope to celebrate homecoming by building on last week’s victory over Tennessee. Vanderbilt has been Georgia’s homecoming opponent on 21 previous occasions. The Bulldogs won 18 of those games, but lost to Vandy 24-22 at the 2006 homecoming game in Sanford Stadium.
  • 3. Uga VIII’s debut. The great-great-great-great-great-grandson of the original Uga will take over as the Georgia mascot in a pregame “collaring” ceremony. “What a wonderful choice,” Mark Richt said. “Thirteen months [old], 55 pounds and undefeated. I like that. Hope he stays that way.”

A Georgia win would …

  • Be the Bulldogs’ 15th victory in 16 years over Vanderbilt.
  • Give the Dogs consecutive regular-season victories for the first time since Nov. 7-14.

A Vanderbilt win would …

  • Give the Commodores (2-3, 1-1 SEC entering the game) their second consecutive conference road victory, following a Sept. 18 win at Ole Miss.
  • Have special meaning for the 22 players on Vandy’s roster from the state of Georgia, which is more than from Tennessee (16) or any other state.

Keep an eye on …

  • For Vanderbilt: Sophomore running back/kick returner Warren Norman, from Stone Mountain, ranks fifth in the SEC in all-purpose yards with 142.8 per game. He’s averaging 6.2 yards per rushing attempt and 30.2 yards per kickoff return. He was the SEC Freshman of the Year last season.
  • For Georgia: Wide receiver A.J. Green has caught 13 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns -– as well as producing Georgia’s longest rushing play of the season on a 40-yard end-around –- in two games since returning from NCAA suspension.

The numbers game

  • 2: First-time head coaches in the SEC this season – Vanderbilt’s Robbie Caldwell and Kentucky’s Joker Phillips. (Georgia plays at Kentucky next week.)
  • 4-4: Georgia’s record during the reign of interim mascot Russ (2-0 at the end of last season, 2-4 this season.)
  • 69-17-2: Georgia’s record in homecoming games since 1922.

The history book

  • Series record: Georgia leads Vanderbilt 50-18-2, including 21-3-1 in the past 25 meetings.
  • Last meeting: Georgia won 34-10 at Vanderbilt last season as King, who won’t play this time, scored two touchdowns.

The bottom line

  • After being favored by 11.5 points against Tennessee last week — and winning by 27 — Georgia is favored by 15 against Vanderbilt.

142 comments Add your comment

T-dawg

October 15th, 2010
8:39 am

T-dawg

October 15th, 2010
8:40 am

'Boro Dawg

October 15th, 2010
8:42 am

First, and loving it, because that’s the only good feeling I’ve had all year.

SimpleDawg

October 15th, 2010
8:43 am

Vandy takes a whipping back to Nashville.

Lots of pressure on Washaun Saturday…….he better hold on to that ball.

'Boro Dawg

October 15th, 2010
8:43 am

SimpleDawg

October 15th, 2010
8:45 am

Oh…and UGA VIII gets started on a very successful career.

Come on Dawgs!

October 15th, 2010
8:45 am

Let’s keep the train moving. No time for steps backwards anymore.

edumacated

October 15th, 2010
9:03 am

Why is it Richt’s players always have problems with fundamental skills like catching, tackling, and holding on to the dang ball?

CJ_NC_DAWG

October 15th, 2010
9:03 am

Am I the only one who wishes we would run the PISTOL with Aaron Murray in the SHORT SHOTGUN and Washaun close behind him?… We could run it SPREAD with 4 WR, SLOT with 3 WR and a Big Tight End, or my favorite, BIG with 2 WR and 2 TE.

Can someone forward this to Coach BOBO! C’mon Coach…. USE YOUR WEAPONS!

We Need FASTER DEVELOPING PLAYS… QUICK PASSES and RUNS that EXPLOIT the HOLES in the DEFENSIVE SET.

ALLOW MURRAY to FACE THE DEFENSE and READ the WEAKNESS. CHECK to RUNS and HOT PASS ROUTES against the blitz. HE IS A GREAT, INSTINCTIVE QB with A GOOD ARM and GREAT LEGS!

I FORMATION PLAY ACTION on 2nd and Long requires MURRAY to TURN HIS BACK to the DEFENSE… THIS CREATES SACKS and INTERCEPTIONS and takes WAY TO LONG TO DEVELOP against SEC DEFENSIVE BLITZ schemes. When they BLITZ, they STUFF the RUN and KILL the PASSER… AND our MAN has his BACK to the DEFENSE and CANNOT SEE the HOT READ.

Break it out on the GATORS! GO DAWGS

bwell

October 15th, 2010
9:06 am

I hope CMR and Coach Bobo take the redshirt off Ken Malcome and let him run wild this weekend. Another true freshman playing and gain that experience for next year. Go Dawgs

roughrider

October 15th, 2010
9:11 am

I would start Malcome and if he can play, Ealey and King would ride the bench the rest of the season.

Frank Lane

October 15th, 2010
9:12 am

Hope Malcome gets to play also.

whit

October 15th, 2010
9:17 am

georgia is beast we love the i-formation and if a.j. green has anything to do with the long ball out of it then we will definitely win this game.

Wandering Dawg

October 15th, 2010
9:18 am

Let’s go, Dawgs. No looking back.

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edumacated

October 15th, 2010
9:25 am

CJ_NC_Dawg,

I agree. Why can’t these guys change their offensive philosopy? I’ve seen high school coaches successfully change their primary formation over a couple of weeks, so don’t tell me you can’t do it at the college level. If ever there was a team that needed to spread the field, it’s GA. Our O-line can pass block, but doesn’t dominate on the run. We do not have decent tailbacks that can consistantly break through to the secondary. So why are we still crowding our O-line together and trying to cram it down other team’s throats? Earth to Bobo and Richt, spread the field, and put some weapons in. Take your slow, lumbering fullbacks out of the game for Pete’s sake.

Vance Duuley

October 15th, 2010
9:26 am

Vandy 27, Dawgtards 24.

O'Malley

October 15th, 2010
9:28 am

No UGA thugs arrested in four days now. The suspense is unbearable.

Ulrich

October 15th, 2010
9:31 am

I’ve never understood how anyone – even an alumnus – could support and take pride in UGA’s football team. When you look at their history for the past forty years, how can anyone ignore Jan Kemp and the “remedial studies” scam, the Jim Harrick fiasco, the DUIs in the athletic office, the DUIs and other arrests of players, the #1 party school tag (i.e., the most drunk students), the suspensions and outright dismissals, the Fulmer Cup, and on and on?

As disgraceful and humiliating as it is, I don’t see many alums and fans demanding an end to this sordid activity. It sets UGA apart as the kind of school most people abhor, and it’s become an embarrassment to the whole state of Georgia.

Will it never end? Apparently not while Mark Richt is at UGA. Richt is perhaps the biggest hypocrite in the United States. But even with all the cheating and lawlessness that he ignores, he still can’t win the SEC.

So you’re paying him to be BCS champions, but he can’t even win his SEC division. So why do you pay him millions of dollars a year?

Just asking.

PMC

October 15th, 2010
9:37 am

why do people keep posting this under different names… Ulrich this time?

At least refresh the wording a bit, be a little more original. This is the 400th posting with exactly the same wording. Thus far you haven’t changed a thing friend. You’re ranting on a street corner with a bull horn. Maybe change the message and gain some cult followers who enjoy that particular brand of kool aid.

PMC

October 15th, 2010
9:39 am

People who want to be drunken baffoons…will be drunken baffoons.

College Athletes who cheat thier way through college… cheat only themselves in the long run.

Why do you care how much money a coach makes? Especially when his program generates his entire salary and then some for his school?

harold

October 15th, 2010
9:46 am

GEORGIA KILLS VANDY IN A CAKEWALK. DOOLEY INTERVIEWS TO A SENIOR PARTNER IN A LAW FIRM VOL FANS HOPE!

edumacated

October 15th, 2010
9:46 am

Ulrich,

You are one sick puppy. To take the time to post the same message, under different names, on this site every day for months takes a serious mental imbalance.

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Ralph

October 15th, 2010
9:49 am

But it is a good unanswered question why the alumni aren’t up in arms over the character quality of who is being recruited to represent the University. Or why such a cancer is being tolerated with wrist slaps for starters. It has become a gang mentality instead of a team effort. Just accepting the helmut tossing, sideline and endzone dancing, individual displays after a good play is part of the problem.

Where are the alumni, other than more shouts of Go Dawgs?

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

October 15th, 2010
9:55 am

dawgs should win, hopefully covers the spread. any news if malcome will play at all?

HEY CJ dawg

October 15th, 2010
9:59 am

why DONT YOU send your BRILLIANT (jk) suggestions to CMR yourSELF?? doo SH. HOT read THIS.
mricht@sports.uga.edu

The Dogfather

October 15th, 2010
10:04 am

All ball handelers should have to take a class with our flame baton majorette. Have you seen her at halftime twirlling those batons of fire? She NEVER drops one of them–FIRE– I wonder if her suit is flame retardent?

Kaleb Cing

October 15th, 2010
10:10 am

Vandy spoils homecoming for the dawgs, 27-24.

Tim Tucker

October 15th, 2010
10:13 am

Dr.: The latest from CMR is that the decision on Malcome might hinge on whether Thomas is able to play. Thomas’ hamstring has improved enough the past couple of days for him to practice, and Richt is optimistic about his chances of playing. But that’ll be a game-time decision, so the decision on Malcome probably will be, too.:

edumacated

October 15th, 2010
10:17 am

Ralph is it now?

Don't Fumble

October 15th, 2010
10:23 am

pssst: Ealey, don’t drop it.

Ralph

October 15th, 2010
10:33 am

Yep, different guy from Ulrich – just have similar questions.

droopydawg

October 15th, 2010
10:38 am

This should say Washaun Ealey’s (and the O-Line’s) last chance.

Dawg_Mike

October 15th, 2010
10:42 am

Thomas cannot run between the tackles and it’s not his fault…..What the _ are we waiting for with Malcome? Didn’t the coaching staff make the same mistake with Knowshon by redshirting him?

What are they afraid of- that he will fumble, not be elusive , not pass block, or be able to break tackles? Been there done that…

jtdawg

October 15th, 2010
10:47 am

You know what amazes me? The amount of North Avenue Trade School nerdterds that are soooooo obsessed with the University of Georgia that they spend more time on UGA blogs than their own.

I guess the crowd they hang around aren’t the best company-keepers.

BTW, I love it when they spew venom about a fooball program by laying the blame of an idiot basketball coach at the footsteps of the football program directors.

And here I thought geeks were well educated?? Hmmm….

Dawglasville

October 15th, 2010
10:47 am

His pass blocking, or lack of pass blocking, is what scares me.

Ulrich – Tolerance and forgiveness is a pretty big part of Christianity. I’m not sure how that makes Richt a hypocrite.

Dirty Dawg

October 15th, 2010
10:48 am

I still say that this is the time to see if Logan Gray has got any Hines Ward in him. Try him at running back on some plays that use whatever running talent he may have – not sure I’d run him up the middle unless he’s got some power toughness that we haven’t seen as yet. Of course, you don’t run across a Hines Ward all that often, but when times were tough back when we needed Hines to do something else, he did….and well.

RiffRaff

October 15th, 2010
10:53 am

Ealey has not gotten any better since last year. In fact he looks worse. Three fumbles in the redzone ( SC, Miss. St., and Tenn. ). Cannot block a pass rusher. No cutback movement, seems unable to find gaps. Play Malcome, see what he’s got.

this will put a smile on your face

October 15th, 2010
11:03 am

just imagine….hines ward in the spread offense……scary….

etvu man

October 15th, 2010
11:13 am

Go Vandy. 22 Georgians can’t be wrong!

Dawglasville

October 15th, 2010
11:18 am

Imagine Hines’ head and heart in some of these kid’s bodies. I’m not sure that we have anyone with that mentality. That is what scares me about pumping these kids up we are recruiting and billing them as “The Dream Team.” I wish we had the Tom Izzo approach to recruiting.

S FL Chapter of the Bulldog Nation

October 15th, 2010
11:28 am

Ulrich….you sir are an idiot!! What I don’t understand is how you haven’t been castrated yet to prevent you from contaminating the rest of the world?!?! I suggest you go lube up the rear-end real good, and take it out on the highway full speed for a couple of miles into oncoming traffic and see how everything works out for ya….that is on foot of course! That may just be one way to cure stupid…let me know how it works out for ya! Douche Bag!!!

UGA is a proud institution and has always worked to get past, learn from, and improve as a whole from any thing that has been a blemish on the university. No school is without some sort of incident that they wish didn’t happen on every level. UGA is in no way a disgrace to the state of GA. They are the pride and joy of the state. Go drive around and you’ll see. GA is a beautiful state with a large amount of kind and gracious people. I do love the state of GA and the Georgia Bulldogs!!!

It’s Great To Be A Georgia Bulldog!!!! Year Round!!!! How Bout Them Dawgs!!!!

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Nate the Great

October 15th, 2010
11:32 am

Play Malcome!! I really hope ealey shuts us doubters up, but he has done nothing but fan the flames under Richt’s hot seat. He is a terrible running back!! But honestly I’m not that hyped on Crowell either. Does the name Jasper Sanks ring a bell with anyone? Supposed to be a great running back, but ended up being better at snorting lines with Quincy Carter. Caleb King was supposed to be the next great one also, but he’s proven to be a much better thug. Reshad Jones was ranked higher coming out of HS than Eric Berry, that as well proved to be accurate as well. I want someone who wants to prove themselves (a la Moreno) and hasn’t had their butt kissed their entire senior season (a la Crowell).

McDawg

October 15th, 2010
11:37 am

hey Nate are black people inherently thugs??? any white thugs out there?

Nate are you a stupid redneck or what??

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Nate the Great

October 15th, 2010
11:41 am

Crowell had the gall to insult our program saying it was undisciplined. That’s enough for me to think he’s gotten a huge head about who he is. He hasn’t played a down of college football and he insults one of the most storied programs in history.

Crowell go to Alabama and then complain about playing time and how he should be out there when he’s proven nothing at the college level. Then Saban will leave after next year anyways and you won’t compete for another championship while you are there, except for when you rode the pine!! I think this kid has a great chance to be the nest T.O. (team obliterator)

K-Town Dawg

October 15th, 2010
11:44 am

I think they should play Malcome also.
If he does half as well as Lattimore, that would be better than what we have and it would indicate that CMR is serious about playing the most talented players he has. Additionally it could serve as a recruitment advantage for the services of Mr. Crowell. Play earlier and often.

Go Dawgs