Cam Newton is on SI cover — and on Bulldog Nation’s mind
A few notes to start the day . . .
- The quarterback that Georgia’s defense will be chasing Saturday is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. Cam Newton is the first Auburn football player to make the cover of SI’s weekly issue since Bo Jackson 25 years ago, according to the school. Newton shares this week’s cover with TCU’s Andy Dalton and Oregon’s LaMichael James as SI takes a look at the BCS and a possible Auburn-Oregon national-title game. Jackson shared the Dec. 2, 1985, cover with Iowa’s Chuck Long and Plymouth (N.H.) State’s Joe Dudek.
- Not surprisingly, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Newton was a big topic of conversation on Mark Richt’s weekly radio call-in show Monday night. As an example of Newton’s powerful running, Richt mentioned something he saw on Auburn film: a third-and-1 situation against Mississippi State on which Newton ran for the first down and collided with a middle linebacker. “The linebacker, you would think, would just knock his rear end back and make the stop,” Richt said. “But Cam jumps up and runs back to the huddle, and the linebacker is just laying there and they had to carry him off the field. Now, he did finish the game, so he didn’t get hurt too badly, but he got stunned by the big guy.”
- Richt said after last Saturday’s game that he hoped Auburn would be ranked No. 1 in the country this week. A caller asked Monday night why the coach felt that way. “If everyone thinks Auburn is the No. 1 team in the nation and we beat Auburn, they might think Georgia is a pretty darn good team, too,” he said. “That is the opportunity and challenge we want.” Auburn is actually No. 2 in the polls and the BCS standings this week. “1 and 2, it’s about the same — this time of year, anyway,” Richt said.
- As expected, Trey Thompkins‘ high ankle sprain will keep him out of Georgia’s basketball opener Friday night against Mississippi Valley State, coach Mark Fox said during the second hour of the “Bulldog Hotline” show Monday. “It’s a third-degree sprain,” Fox said. “It’s a significant injury, and he’s not close to being back. He will not play in the opener. . . . He made a decision to come back to school, and we owe it to Trey to make sure he’s healthy before he steps on the floor. He’s chomping at the bit to come back tomorrow if he could. But our trainers are doing a terrific job, and he’s getting treatment around the clock, basically. So we hope he’ll get back soon, but it’s going to be a little while.” Fox indicated previously that the injury, suffered during a scrimmage on Oct. 30, could sideline Thompkins for two to six weeks.