Archive for October, 2010

Dogs’ sellout streak reaches 61

ATHENS – Less than 45 minutes before the start of today’s game against Vanderbilt, Georgia sold its last available ticket, extending the Sanford Stadium sellout streak to 61 games.

Georgia has sold out every home game since Mark Richt became coach in 2001. The last UGA home game not to sell out was the Nov. 25, 2000, game against Georgia Tech.

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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 …

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Video: 3 keys to Georgia-Vanderbilt

CineSport’s Noah Coslov and the AJC’s Tim Tucker discuss Georgia’s three keys for success on Saturday against Vanderbilt.

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Tailback update: Ealey wants to regain trust ‘I’m pretty sure I lost’

(Updated 10 a.m. Thursday)

ATHENS — With Caleb King suspended for two games and Carlton Thomas still bothered by a hamstring injury, Georgia suddenly is in a precarious position at tailback.

Washaun Ealey, whose playing time has been limited the past two games because of his problem with fumbles, will start Saturday against Vanderbilt. “He’s going to be the guy this week,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said.

Ealey sees this as his chance to make amends for critical fumbles against South Carolina and Mississippi State.

“I’m pretty sure I lost the trust of most guys on the team,”  Ealey said after practice Wednesday. “Hopefully I can go out there and gain their trust back this week.

“I know my team really needs me this game,” he added.

Georgia’s tailback situation behind Ealey remains in flux.

Thomas, who missed last week’s game, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. Freshman Ken Malcome, whom the coaches are considering playing for the first time, missed part of …

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Richt: King’s 2-game suspension reflects tougher penalties for arrests

(Updated 4 p.m.)

ATHENS — Caleb King, Georgia’s starting tailback in both of its victories this season, won’t play in the next two games because of his arrest for failure to appear in court to address a speeding ticket.

Coach Mark Richt on Tuesday suspended King for the two games, saying he hopes the punishment teaches a lesson to the tailback and other players.

In years past, a case such as King’s might have drawn a shorter suspension, if any at all. But with King the 11th UGA football player arrested this year, Richt acknowledged the two-game ban reflects a tougher approach to punishing players for off-field incidents.

“Oh yeah, no doubt about it,” Richt said. “But they knew that.”

King won’t play in Saturday’s home game against Vanderbilt or the Oct. 23 game at Kentucky. He’ll return for the Oct. 30 game against Florida in Jacksonville.

The 11 Georgia players arrested this year, on charges ranging from battery to public intoxication, have drawn varying penalties from Richt. …

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Caleb King’s status on team unclear after arrest (updated w/ Richt comments)

(Updated 9:10 p.m.)

Two days after Georgia’s football team won its first game in more than a month, the bad news resumed for the Bulldogs: The team had its 11th player arrested this year.

Tailback Caleb King spent about six hours Monday in the Clarke County Jail on a bench warrant issued after he failed to appear in court in Walton County to address a speeding ticket.

By late morning, King was released on $380 bond, which officials said would be used to satisfy the speeding fine. But how the issue will affect his status on the Georgia team remains unclear.

Coach Mark Richt did not make an announcement or meet with reporters Monday. He discussed the issue on his weekly radio show Monday night but did not say what action he will take.

“Getting a speeding ticket, not paying it and not showing up for a court date is certainly not a very responsible thing, but I can’t say it’s some kind of awful act that we all should just be ashamed of,” Richt said. “But certainly … …

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Georgia-Kentucky game time set; SEC honors Murray

Georgia’s Oct. 23 football game at Kentucky will start at 7:30 p.m., the SEC said today.

The game will be televised regionally on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS).

In other news from the SEC office today, UGA quarterback Aaron Murray was named the league’s Freshman Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday’s victory over Tennessee.  Murray accounted for four touchdowns in the game, passing for two and running for two. He completed 17 of 25 passes for 266 yards.

He is the first Georgia player to receive a weekly honor from the SEC this season.

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Boss Bailey’s speech to Dogs: ‘He pretty much called them out’

ATHENS – That must have been quite a speech Boss Bailey made to the Georgia football team on Friday.

Here’s the background: Bailey, a former Georgia linebacker, first-team All-SEC as a senior in 2002, was honorary captain for Saturday’s game against Tennessee. Honorary captains typically are asked to speak to the team on the day before the game. Bailey did so in the team meeting room at the Butts-Mehre building on Friday afternoon.

Here’s what Mark Richt had to say Saturday about what Bailey had to say Friday:

“Boss, he pretty much called them out. But he did it in a way where it was very compassionate. It was very obvious that he loves Georgia, obvious that he loves those guys, but he felt like he needed to tell them that they weren’t playing ball the way ball should be played here at Georgia.

“He mentioned some things to the defense. He mentioned a couple of things to the offense. But the thing that stood out the most was his passion and his sincerity in his voice that he …

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Read all about it: Georgia’s victory over Tennessee

A roundup of the AJC’s coverage of Georgia’s 41-14 victory over Tennessee:

My game story, which notes that Georgia took out a month’s worth of frustration and failure on Tennessee:

. . . This was not the Georgia of the past month. The team that had fumbled away its chances in three games committed no turnovers in this one. The team that had allowed the opponent to score a touchdown on its opening possession in four consecutive games held Tennessee scoreless through the first quarter, which was long enough to build a 17-0 lead.

And the quarterback who had played pretty well throughout the losing streak played his best game yet.

Mark Bradley’s column, which captured the postgame mood:

ATHENS — The best 1-4 team in the land was so excited to be 1-4 no more that it did a victory dance in the locker room. Chief among the celebrants was the head Bulldog.

“Coach [Mark] Richt was the main one,” said Demarcus Dobbs, the defensive end. “He loves to get crazy after games.”

The …

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Video: UGA reacts to bounceback victory

Reaction from the Georgia Bulldogs after Saturday’s 41-14 win over Tennessee:

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LB Washington, RB Thomas won’t play today

  • Outside linebacker Cornelius Washington and tailback Carlton Thomas won’t play for Georgia in today’s game against Tennessee. Washington is out because of a concussion and Thomas because of a strained hamstring, UGA says.
  • Players previously known to be out for today’s game include cornerback-punt returner Branden Smith (concussion), wide receiver Marlon Brown (shoulder) and linebacker Richard Samuel, who hasn’t played all season (knee).
  • Freshman Kenarious Gates was announced as the starter at right guard. Other starters on the offensive line: LT Trinton Sturdivant, LG Cordy Glenn, C Ben Jones and RT Clint Boling.
  • Spotted on the field: Tennessee coach Derek Dooley chatting with Mike Cavan, a member of the UGA Athletic Association fund-raising staff. When Cavan was head coach at SMU, he helped launch Dooley’s coaching career by hiring him as an assistant in 1997.

Please follow Mark Bradley’s live blog during the game.

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Video: 3 keys vs. Tennessee

CineSport’s Noah Coslov and the AJC’s Tim Tucker discuss Georgia’s three keys for success on Saturday against Tennessee.

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Dogs-Vols: a Dooley coaching in Sanford Stadium, two win-starved teams, etc.

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

3 storylines

  • Familiar name in Sanford Stadium. In the stadium where his father coached Georgia’s football team for 25 years, Tennessee’s Derek Dooley will coach against the Bulldogs.
  • Two victory-starved teams. The game matches two teams that still don’t have an SEC victory this season and two teams coming off bitter defeats.  Georgia is 0-3 in the league (1-4 overall), while Tennessee is 0-2 in the league (2-3 overall).  The Dogs lost to Colorado last week after a fumble denied them a shot at a potential game-winning field goal, while the Vols lost to LSU on the final play of the game. This will be the first Georgia-Tennessee game since 1906 that both teams enter with losing overall records. The 1906 game, by the way, ended in a 0-0 tie in Athens.
  • Looking for signs of change. Georgia had more physical practices this week, donning full pads on the Monday following a game for the first time …

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UGA puts another football player on probation

ATHENS – Another recently arrested Georgia football player has been placed on probation by the university for a violation of student conduct regulations.

Freshman safety Alec Ogletree admitted to the violation by signing an informal resolution agreement with UGA’s Office of Judicial Programs on Wednesday, according to a university document obtained by the AJC today under an open-records request.

The agreement states that Ogletree “had in his possession without authorization a helmet belonging to another person.” The agreement  calls for Ogletree to be on university probation until May 10, 2011, and to complete 20 hours of community service.

As previously reported, Ogletree was arrested on a misdemeanor theft-by-taking charge last month in connection with a June incident in which a motor-scooter helmet, valued at $35, allegedly was taken from outside a campus building.

Three other Georgia football players with recent arrests previously were placed on probation and/or …

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Richt: ‘I’m coaching my tail off’

With Georgia on its first four-game losing streak in 20 years, Mark Richt was asked by a reporter Wednesday night if he feels like he is coaching for his job.

“You always are,” Richt replied. “I think you always are. I can tell you I’m coaching my tail off, though.”

Richt also was asked if the speculation about his job security is fair, given his 10-year record.

“I’m not going to get into all that,” he said, adding that he will focus on things he can control.

A few other notes:

  • As of Thursday morning, Georgia had 142 tickets still for sale from the 400 that Tennessee returned from its allotment for Saturday’s game. If the remaining tickets are sold, the game will be the Bulldogs’ 60th consecutive sellout at Sanford Stadium -– every game since Richt became coach.
  • Also as of Thursday morning, Georgia had 467 tickets available for the Oct. 16 game against Vanderbilt and 755 for the  Nov. 6 game against Idaho State. Those are from the 1,200 tickets returned by Vanderbilt and …

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Three football players draw sanctions from university

Three recently arrested Georgia football players have been placed on probation and/or reprimanded by the university for violations of student conduct regulations.

Running back Washaun Ealey, wide receiver Tavarres King and defensive back Jordan Love admitted to violations by entering informal resolution agreements with UGA’s Office of Judicial Programs, according to university documents.

The players’ arrests had been previously reported. Details of the university’s actions were revealed in documents obtained by the AJC today under an open-records request.

Ealey admitted to two violations, according to the documents.

One was that he “engaged in disorderly conduct” by failing to comply with directions of Parking Services staff to stay at the scene of an accident in a campus parking deck. Ealey was arrested and charged with hit-and-run of a parked vehicle and driving with a suspended license in connection with that August incident.

A second violation involving Ealey was for …

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More bad news for wide receivers (updated)

(Updated Wednesday night)

For the sixth consecutive game, Georgia won’t have its full corps of wide receivers available Saturday against Tennessee.

Sophomore Marlon Brown won’t play because of a shoulder injury suffered during Georgia’s practice on Monday, coach Mark Richt said Wednesday.

That continues a string of bad news for the Bulldogs’ wide receivers.

Georgia played the first four games of the season without A.J. Green, who was suspended by the NCAA for selling his Independence Bowl jersey, and the fifth game without Kris Durham, who was sidelined with what he called a stretched nerve in his neck. Also, Tavarres King missed the first game because of a suspension for an underage-possession-of-alcohol arrest.

Durham has said he hopes and plans to play against Tennessee Saturday, but he practiced in a green non-contact jersey Tuesday and Wednesday. Richt said after Wednesday’s practice that Durham’s chances of playing Saturday are 50-50.

Brown has caught seven passes for 92 …

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With Smith sidelined, Green hoping to return punts vs. Vols (updated)

ATHENS — Georgia coaches are looking for ways to get the ball in A.J. Green’s hands more often, and they’re seeking a temporary replacement for Branden Smith as the punt returner.

Green would love for the coaches to address both issues simultaneously by letting him return some punts Saturday against Tennessee.

“I hope so,” he said Tuesday night. “I would love to do that, but who knows?”

Green said he has returned punts in practice this week, as have Carlton Thomas, Logan Gray and freshman Derek Owens, but Green said the coaches haven’t told him whether he’ll do so in the game Saturday.

“They said, ‘Just be ready,’” Green said.

Green lobbied for the punt-return job in the spring and summer, triggering much debate about whether the coaches should risk injury to the star wide receiver in that role. The punt-return  job ultimately was won by Smith.

Smith suffered a concussion last week against Colorado, his second in less than three weeks, and it’s not known when he’ll be able …

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Richt: ‘Two teams really fighting like mad … to show people we can play football’

Partial transcript of Mark Richt’s news conference on Tuesday:

Opening statement:

“We have two teams in very similar situations. Both are coming off heartbreaking losses. Both of them are looking for a Southeastern Conference victory. Both of them are teams that have tremendous fan bases and tremendous tradition and history of playing winning football so we are both, I would say, pretty desperate for a victory right now. Of course I don’t want to speak for Tennessee.

“Coach Derek Dooley is heading up the team as we all know. I would think it would have to be an emotional homecoming for him of some sorts, being in Athens so long. I think he’s doing a fine job. He’s a heck of a coach.

“I would think it’s going to be a highly-emotional game, a highly-charged game with two teams really fighting like mad for a victory and fighting like mad for the ability to show people we can play football. It ought to be a good one. Tennessee-Georgia, enough said I guess.”

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Video: A first for Richt

CineSport’s Noah Coslov and the AJC’s Tim Tucker try to diagnose UGA’s problem and if there’s anything positive to take from the loss to Colorado.

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A 1-4 team as a 13-point favorite? ‘Wow,’ Richt says. ‘Hope they’re right.’

ATHENS – Despite Georgia’s 1-4 record, Vegas oddsmakers have the Bulldogs as a heavy favorite over Tennessee on Saturday in Sanford Stadium. One line had the Dogs as a 13-point favorite earlier this week.

“We’re a 13-point favorite?” coach Mark Richt replied, incredulously, when I brought that up. “Wow! Hope they’re right.  Are you kidding me? I don’t look at those things, I really don’t, but wow.”

By Tuesday afternoon, Georgia had dropped to a 12-point favorite.

Tennessee was a 16-point underdog to LSU last week but lost by just two points on the final play of the game.

The Vols, like the Bulldogs, are seeking their first SEC victory of the season. Tennessee is 2-3 overall, 0-2 in the conference. This is the first Georgia-Tennessee game since 1906 that both teams enter with a losing record.

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Despite fumble, tailback King ‘has made a good case to be the starter,’ Richt says

ATHENS – A few quick notes from Mark Richt’s news conference today:

  • Despite  his late fumble against Colorado, Caleb King seems likely to start at tailback this week. Richt said the decision will come later in the week, but “Caleb certainly has made a good case to be the starter.” King had 100 yards rushing on 12 carries last week. “No one’s happy about the last play,” Richt said of the fumble. “There were circumstances. That wasn’t just your normal fumble in my opinion. It was right in the middle of an exchange.”  King fumbled upon being hit by an unblocked Colorado linebacker.
  • With cornerback/punt returner Branden Smith out for this week’s game and likely longer because of his second concussion in three weeks, Richt said Carlton Thomas, Logan Gray and, yes, A.J. Green are returning punts in practice.  Richt was unsure when Smith might be able to play again, saying “probably not anytime soon.”
  • Richt was asked if he intends to be more actively involved in the …

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New mascot, Uga VIII, will make debut next week

ATHENS – Help is on the way for Georgia’s beleaguered football team.

New mascot Uga VIII is scheduled to make his long-awaited debut at the Oct. 16 homecoming game against Vanderbilt in Sanford Stadium, Sonny Seiler told the AJC today. Seiler, of Savannah, owns the line of white English bulldogs that have served as Georgia’s mascot since 1956.

Seiler said the plan is to hold a “collaring” ceremony for Uga VIII before kickoff of the Vanderbilt game. He said UGA President Michael Adams, athletic director Greg McGarity, Seiler family members and interim mascot “Russ” will participate in the ceremony.

Seiler said he could not provide details about Uga VIII until next week, when he said the university will issue a news release and distribute a photograph. The photo will be taken in Savannah later this week, he said.

Seiler did offer a couple of hints today, saying Uga VIII is a “big” dog and a direct descendant of Uga VI.

Seiler previously had said there were several …

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Richt makes two changes, including one suggested by talk-show caller

Amid a four-game losing streak, Mark Richt decided on at least two changes Monday:

  • First, the Bulldogs practiced in full pads on a Monday during the season “for the first time since I’ve been at Georgia,” Richt said on his weekly radio show shortly after the practice ended.

In the past, the team has practiced in shorts and helmets on Mondays, focusing on conditioning and special-teams work. But Richt had the team don full pads because, as he put it on his radio show, “We’re not tackling good enough. We’re not blocking good enough. We’re not physical enough.”

The first-team offense went against the first-team defense, and the second-team offense vs. the second-team defense, in Monday’s practice. Richt called it “a  very high-spirited, high-contact scrimmage.”

  • The second change will come just before the start of Saturday’s game against Tennessee in Sanford Stadium. A caller on Richt’s radio show,  “Jill in Hoschton,” told the coach that she’d love to see him lead the team …

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Georgia-Vanderbilt game time set

Georgia will have no more than one home football game,  if any, played at night this season.

The Bulldogs’ Oct. 16 game against Vanderbilt in Sanford Stadium will start at 12:21 p.m. and be televised on the SEC Network, it was announced today. That means the Dogs’ first five home games this season have been scheduled in the noon hour.

The Sept. 4 season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette started at 12:21 p.m. and the Sept. 18 game against Arkansas at noon. Saturday’s game against Tennessee is scheduled for a 12:21 p.m. start and the Nov. 6 game against Idaho State for a 12:30 p.m. start.

That leaves only one UGA home game for which the starting time has not been set: the Nov. 27 game against Georgia Tech.

Starting times are driven by TV, depending on which network picks up each game. The next two Georgia games (Tennessee and Vanderbilt) will be on the SEC Network.

Georgia has played night games on the road the past two weeks at Mississippi State and Colorado.

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Branden Smith not expected to play against Vols; Stripling’s season over

A couple of injury updates:

Georgia expects to be without cornerback-punt returner Branden Smith for Saturday’s game against Tennessee in Sanford Stadium.

Smith suffered a concussion in the first half of the Colorado game, his second in the past three weeks.

“I don’t think he’ll play” this week,” coach Mark Richt said Sunday.

Also, Richt said freshman linebacker T.J. Stripling, who left the Colorado game with a knee injury, will undergo surgery this week to repair a torn patellar tendon.

Richt said Stripling won’t play again this season but should make a full recovery. Stripling has been playing on special teams.

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Dogs are fumbling away the season (and other lessons from Saturday’s debacle)

BOULDER, Colo. – Three things gleaned from Saturday’s 29-27 loss to Colorado:

1. Georgia is fumbling away the season. Washaun Ealey barely played Saturday -– he got just one carry -– as a consequence of his critical fumbles inside the opponent’s 5-yard line in losses at South Carolina and Mississippi State. Ealey’s benching created more playing time for Caleb King, who gave Georgia its first 100-yard rusher of the season. But in the final two minutes, with Georgia well within range to kick a potentially game-winning field goal, King fumbled the ball and the game away. (Also, of course, someone should have blocked the linebacker who forced the fumble by striking King a split-second after he took the handoff on what coach Mark Richt called “as basic of a play as we’ve got.”)

2. Georgia desperately needs a full game from A.J. Green. The star wide receiver caught seven passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 40 yards on an end-around, but he still hasn’t …

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Richt on late fumble: ‘That’s as basic of a play as we’ve got’

BOULDER, Colo. — Comments by Georgia coach Mark Richt after the Bulldogs’ latest loss, 29-27 to Colorado on Saturday night:

On the fumble on Georgia’s final drive: “That’s as basic of a play as we’ve got. You say, ‘What’s our No. 1 running play?’, and that was it. They got penetration, obviously, but you’ve still got to be able to secure that ball for a 4- or 5-yard loss. You’ve got to hold on to it, but we didn’t. They made a play.”

On Caleb King’s night otherwise [100 yards rushing on 12 carries]: “Yeah, Caleb played real good. He broke a lot of tackles. [On the fumble] I think he was trying to make a spin move as he was getting the ball. It was his instinct to try and make somebody miss. But you’ve got to get the ball first, and we just didn’t do that. Caleb gave great effort; he gave great runs. When the ball was secured to him, he wrapped it up real well. Unfortunately on the exchange, he didn’t.”

On the team’s morale: “Am I worried about it? It’s hard. It’s not easy. But …

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UGA player: Game-deciding fumble ‘felt like death to me’

(Click here for Mark Richt’s post-game comments.)

BOULDER, Colo. – What Georgia players had to say after their latest loss, 29-27 to Colorado here Saturday night:

Wide receiver A.J. Green on being 1-4: “It’s tough. I’ve never been 1-4 in my life. We’re going to stay together, and we’re going to keep fighting.”

Green on why he left the game in the third quarter: “I was just cramping. A lot of cramping.”

Quarterback Aaron Murray on Caleb King’s fumble in final two minutes: “I don’t know where the guy [defender] came from. I handed the ball off, and it just came out. That’s pretty much how it happened. You can’t blame Caleb King for that. It just happens sometimes. You have to make sure you pick that guy up and he comes out and has a great week at practice.”

Murry on Green’s leaping, one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter: “That was unbelievable. No other receiver in the nation can make that catch. That was special right there. To go up and catch it with one arm, and …

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Georgia center Ben Jones benched for first half of tonight’s game

BOULDER, Colo. – Georgia center Ben Jones won’t play in the first half of tonight’s game at Colorado as punishment for a late clipping penalty in last week’s loss at Mississippi State.

Georgia coach Mark Richt and SEC commissioner Mike Slive conferred after reviewing video and agreed a half-game suspension was in order, UGA announced just before the start of tonight’s game.

“It was poor judgment on Ben’s part,” Richt said in a statement.  “He feels very badly about the incident and has sent a note of apology to the Mississippi State player. I have talked with [Mississippi State coach] Dan Mullen, and he appreciated the concern and Ben’s apology.”

Jones clipped Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox on Georgia’s next-to-last play of last week’s 24-12 loss.

In an interview earlier this week, Jones said: “There was a pass downfield, and I was trailing the play because I didn’t know if it was caught yet. I went to cut a guy downfield because I thought …

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