Practice update: UGA TBs Isaiah Crowell, Richard Samuel battle injuries

Richard Samuel, in the dreaded green jersey, the latest Georgia tailback to be sidelined with injury. (Photo by Kyle Sears/DawgTime.com)

Richard Samuel, in the dreaded green jersey, the latest Georgia tailback to be sidelined with injury. (Photo by Kyle Sears/DawgTime.com)

ATHENS – Despite appearances, Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon said the Bulldogs’ tailback situation is not dire as one might think.

McClendon opened Saturday morning’s practice with just one scholarship tailback that will be available for the season opener against No. 7 Boise State in three weeks. The top two players at the position – Isaiah Crowell (groin) and Richard Samuel (thigh) – were both sidelined with injuries.

McClendon said that’s no cause for concern.

“It dwindles down in camp. That’s normal, especially with [running backs],” McClendon said. “Those guys take a beating every practice in pads, it doesn’t matter if it’s just shoulder pads and helmets, shells or full pads, those guys are getting hit on. You want to minimize it when you can.”

As for Crowell, McClendon said he returned later in the practice and was able to participate in practice. Samuel remained on the sidelines with a strained leg muscle from yesterday’s full–contact work.

Fortunately for the Bulldogs, Brandon Harton, who was awarded a scholarship on Thursday night, returned from missing three days with a concussion. Junior Carlton Thomas was also on hand but he is suspended for the first game.

“If we had to play a game tomorrow I’d be confident both of those guys could step out there and do a darn good job,” McClendon said. “But you don’t want them practicing banged up because you know they’re going to have to play banged up.”

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo wasn’t concerned about either player falling too far behind on installation. With school out they are not limited by the 20-hour-per-week rules they’re able to spend extra time with them. UGA classes begin on Monday, however.

Amarlo Herrera sidelined

Freshman inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera had his right arm in a sling and was unable to practice Saturday morning. But linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti said it looks worse than it is.

“He’s fine,” Olivadotti said. “He just dinged his shoulder a little bit. He’ll be back.”

Herrera, a 6-foot-2, 231-pound graduate of North Clayton High, has bee one of the bright young stars of camp. He’s backing up Alec Ogletree at Mo linebacker.

“He’s progressing well,” Olivadotti said. “He’s finding new stuff to screw up every day and that’s a good thing. As long as he’s not screwing up the same stuff he’ll be fine.”

‘Tree’ laying wood

Speaking of Alec Ogletree, aka “Tree,” Olivadotti said his transition to inside linebacker from safety is going remarkably well.

“Tree can uncoil on some people, he really can,” Olivadotti said. “He has really good vision in zone coverage and recognizes routes real well and he can lay you out, quite frankly.”

Practice update

Georgia wrapped up its “camp” portion of preseason practice on Saturday with its traditional “watermelon cutting” after its second practice of the day.

The Bulldogs used to do that to signify the end of a couple of weeks worth of two-a-days. But the NCAA now requires a five-day acclimation period and days off between any twice-a-day work, so logistically it’s not possible to get in as many before school begins. So Georgia had only two true two-a-days. UGA’s fall class begin on Monday.

The Bulldogs will now have a day off Sunday after enduring 12 practices in 10 days without a break. They’ll also move to afternoon practicing after holding the majority of them in the relative cool of the morning.

Etc. . . .

Defensive end Derrick Lott is now back to participating fully. He had been out of action since July after cutting his leg in a scooter accident at the football complex. . . . The official UGA jerseys fans will be able to buy this season are 1, 7, 11, 18 and 34, UGA’s Alan Thomas confirmed. . . . Former Georgia All-American David Pollack is leaving his job as a sport talk radio host at 790 The Zone (WQXI-AM) to work full time for ESPN. Earlier this summer it was announced that Pollack would be joining ESPN’s Game Day show as a part-time contributor.

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maddawg

August 13th, 2011
10:20 am

reebok

August 13th, 2011
10:22 am

puts Georgia’s staff in a tricky place…push these guys hard and risk injury to a very thin group…don’t push and risk not being physically ready for 2 tough games to start the season.

maddawg

August 13th, 2011
10:23 am

even a blind squirrell will find a nut from time to time!!

Obviously it would be better if they were able to practice but these injuries don’t sound like lengthy ones. We’ll be ok!

Great!

August 13th, 2011
10:23 am

I hope the cheerleaders are ready to put on some pads! We’re running out of players fast!

AFAN

August 13th, 2011
10:26 am

Groin injuries dont heal real fast. He is going to be missing out on the practices that would make him ready to understand the offense.
this is concerning for the season opener.

doug dawg

August 13th, 2011
10:26 am

hold on dawg nation. cool down. relax. not the time to panic. i’ll bet lots of teams have minor injuiry problems at this juncture. three weeks to get them ready; and they will be. physically, they are all in good hands; people who know what they are doing. the first few days of fall practice are always the toughest; not the last week. the ‘horse is out of the barn’ by then. time for gameday prep for real. it used to be said of coach butts that he drove his players to the final second of practice, leaving a lot on the practice field. not now. we’ll be fine. just keep the faith oh doubting ones. doug dawg

doug dawg

August 13th, 2011
10:28 am

a p.s. to my note above. you can’t tell me that tech, for instance, doesn’t have minor injury concerns at this point; it is just that the dawgs own georgia and a lot of people care deeply. relax.

Charles

August 13th, 2011
10:30 am

Attaboy, Chip…create that drama. Relax, folks, both are minor injuries, and Crowell was not ’severely’ slowed yesterday. Wasn’t even in green. Both are getting a little extra rest with the off day tomorrow and will be ready to roll in the coming days. Chip, of course, realizes this, but gotto drum up those hits.

Drama Queen

August 13th, 2011
10:36 am

Crowell is going to be a bust like King and Ealey, but much worse.

this aint no jasper

August 13th, 2011
10:39 am

he will be fine

Destin Dawg

August 13th, 2011
10:44 am

run the Full Backs !!! come on Boo Malcome…. man up…. play hurt.. get out there

Newnan

August 13th, 2011
10:44 am

Hoping for the best,

but I am really not convinced that this was the right year to play in this Chick-fil-A thing.

We will have a lot of fun in Atlanta, but if there was EVER a year we needed to open against a Western Carolina of Florida Atlantic, this would have been the one.

Get well boys!

chris

August 13th, 2011
10:47 am

I see the haters out already. Drama Queen is really a Drag Queen.

trupert

August 13th, 2011
10:49 am

These dawgs are getting after it in practice. No serious injuries so far is very good news.

For those who say things like ”Crowell will be a bust”. Quit wishing out loud, it only makes you look desperate and stupid. All reports on Crowell have been outstanding.

Keep up the good work guys. Go dawgs!!!

shipyard dawg

August 13th, 2011
10:50 am

Nice Drama Queen.

shipyard dawg

August 13th, 2011
10:52 am

Good One Chris. They will be fine.

Student Athlete

August 13th, 2011
10:52 am

Every year it is the same crap with these preseason injuries – usually on the offensive line (5 starters in 2009). Just don’t seem to hear about these problems at Bama and Florida. Hmmmm….

Bdawg

August 13th, 2011
10:57 am

Oh nooooooooooooooo!

Bird

August 13th, 2011
10:59 am

Drama Queen is a tool. Just like his yellow jackets. Tickle Pile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Davsag8r

August 13th, 2011
11:02 am

UF 31
UGA 17

teewest

August 13th, 2011
11:04 am

Need a little help here Chip! My esteemed feline cohort Clyde Boogie, saw the term “scatback” and thinks he can be a “catback” yes i have told him cats don’t play but he swears scatback was a typo. He thinks if Russ can be on the team he thinks he can play catback! Swears he would rush for 400 on Tech.

He Hate Me

August 13th, 2011
11:04 am

That 0-2 start is going to hurt. No running game = lose. Enjoy your season!

Big Earl

August 13th, 2011
11:08 am

Of course they need the reps, but the main thing is that both Crowell and Samuel are healthy and fresh on Sept. 3.

NC Dawg

August 13th, 2011
11:12 am

It would be better for my health not to visit this site daily, but Im addicted. Cross my fingers that this is just drama, but anything keeping guys in green jerseys gets my blood pressure up a tick.

MJ

August 13th, 2011
11:33 am

#22 in green is one big dude. doesn’t look like the 17 year old kid that was running the ball before. looks like a bruiser that can get a full head of steam going and pound through some people. speed and power and a DMG.

Destin Dawg

August 13th, 2011
11:35 am

Come on Boo Malcome get well…. we need you… run Mitchell… Full Backs !! Zander Ogletree could suprise at RB….

Troll Power Ratings

August 13th, 2011
11:36 am

@Davsag8r: Its a pretty day. Go outside and chase girls with the other teenagers, sport.

@He Hate Me: We will; more than you will enjoy yours (you can always tell….)

Draggin' Fly

August 13th, 2011
11:48 am

Who you callin’ “boys”, BoyBlue?

Trolls.......Trolls.............Trolls

August 13th, 2011
11:58 am

GT and UF will suck this year so their fans come over here – LMAO.

I’d suggest you trolls worry about your own team but I doubt you will.

edumacated

August 13th, 2011
12:05 pm

Whatever happened to playing a little banged up? Are we hurt more than other teams, or is it that our players are not being asked to push through a little pain?

Bronco Buster

August 13th, 2011
12:10 pm

Broncoblue,It won’t be as bad as 2005 but Georgia wins by 17, nice little team you have , but 8 SEC schools would finish with 11 wins playing that schedule.

SportsFan31313

August 13th, 2011
12:12 pm

I could only hope that the defense will be clicking on all cylinders opening game. It is important that the Dawgs beat Boise State.

ARdawg

August 13th, 2011
12:22 pm

The trolls are attracted to these type stories like flies to sh!+. Granted it is very much the same

macrotech

August 13th, 2011
12:26 pm

Groin pulls can be tricky. If he let the coaches know the moment he felt a pull, he could heal up quickly and all is well. If he kept playing with it, this could be a lingering injury that WILL effect his play throughout the season. Being the “next great tailback” COULD have put him in a spot where his inexperience MAY have inspired his silence. That’s a lot for a young man to live up to. I hope they both heal up quickly and completely. UGA is going to need them both! Best of luck!

Davsag8r

August 13th, 2011
12:33 pm

Troll….I was doin your mama when I was a teenager boy!!

papadawg

August 13th, 2011
12:40 pm

The SEC may be too much for Crowell. It’s a long way from high school ball

mizzouridawg

August 13th, 2011
12:58 pm

Patience everyone! These Dawgs will be good this year. All the trolls are just jealous wannabes.

D A DoubleU G

August 13th, 2011
1:00 pm

Chip Towers!!!

Have your people call my people. You deserve a raise, and I am here to get it for you!

mizzouridawg

August 13th, 2011
1:03 pm

Broncoblue makes me lmao. What a dreamer you are to actually think yall got a chance.

italian_29

August 13th, 2011
1:22 pm

Where did my post go? Chip, you let a post about someone being a Bas*ard son of Davsag8r, but when I call him out for being a COWARD hiding behind his computer and a Jort wearing, mullet sporting, DOUC|-|BAG you sensor it?

"Paul" the Alien

August 13th, 2011
1:29 pm

Georgia wrapped up its “camp” portion of preseason practice on Saturday with its traditional “watermelon cutting” after its second practice of the day.

…………………What no Diving Board for Mark Richt this season? He must be taking his job serious after 4 years of underacheiving seasons.

Have to love the spin these coaches are putting on all the setbacks and injuries. People tend to do that when their jobs are in jeopardy.

Athens Dawg

August 13th, 2011
1:43 pm

Athens Dawg

August 13th, 2011
1:48 pm

DE: Abry Jones
NG: Kwame Geathers & Jenkins
DE: DeAngelo Tyson

OLB: Jarvis Jones
ILB: Alec Ogletree
ILB: Christian Robinson
OLB: Cornelius Washington

CB: Branden Smith
FS: Sanders Commings
SS: Bacarri Rambo
CB: Brandon Boykin

TOUGH!!! Our secondary will be one of the best in the country this season. They were ranked 17th last season! In their FIRST season! Man, oh man!

TampaGator

August 13th, 2011
1:49 pm

Student athlete………

You need to read more…

Florida last TE, A.C. Leonard, to a knee injury this week. He is most likely going to be redshirted now. He is only a freshman, but he enrolled early and was looking very good as the 3rd TE in Weis’ system, which uses 2 and 3 TE sets. Omaris Hines will not play the 3rd TE role. There have been a lot of unfortunate injuries this summer, especially at Arkansas, which lost perhaps the best RB in the conference for the entire year. I don’t wish injuries on any SEC team, and I hope Crowell and Samuel return and play to form soon. No excuses in JAX for either them…..but I am sure there will be…..refs, injuries, bye week…….some excuse….there always is…..for teams that lose.

Athens Dawg

August 13th, 2011
1:52 pm

I see us going to a lot of 4-2-5 sets. That would look like:

DE: Abry Jones
DT: John Jenkins
DT: Kwame Geathers
DE: DeAngelo Tyson

LB: Alec Ogletree
LB: Christian Robinson

CB: Sanders Commings
FS: Bacarri Rambo
SS: Shawn Williams
CB: Brandon Boykin
CB: Branden Smith

That’s shutdown defense!

Pago Pago DAWG

August 13th, 2011
1:55 pm

Hey, this is Georgia…..we’ll just re-load.

Davsag8r

August 13th, 2011
1:56 pm

I don’t know about that 4-2-5 Athens Dawg….how big are they and how many safties do you guys have?? That puts a serious strain on your db’s…but I am not as familiar with your depth chart as you probably are.

Athens Dawg

August 13th, 2011
1:57 pm

SN: I HATE scrimmages between the same team. If the offense does good, you bash the defense for not playing good, and if the defense shines, then the offense gets the criticism of not playing well or being out of sync. CROWELL WILL BE FINE, and SO WILL SAMUEL. Our offense will be clicking in game 1. Those guys will be too pumped! If we as fans are pumped, how do you think they feel?!

Motivation WILL NOT be a problem on Sept 3rd. They know what’s at stake and they have the crowd behind them…extra hunger…2nd year in the 3/4 defense…better personnel…new attitude…2nd year under Murray’s belt…best special team unit in the country…upgrade in S & C…etc. We’re going to have a fantastic season if everyone can stay healthy!

GO DAWGS!

Athens Dawg

August 13th, 2011
2:00 pm

Well everybody on that D-line in the 4-2-5 would be 300+ pounds. Specifically Jenkins and Geathers weight 340-350 a piece. So that’s over 700 pounds just in the middle. That would be over 1000 pounds worth of D-line right there!!! We have safeties, some freshman, and some with tons of experience. We have Rambo, Williams, Moore, Swann, Commings, etc. We have enough bodies to play the 4-2-5.

Granted some freshmen would have to play but the 4-2-5 consists of 2 corners. So you’d need 3 safeties. We HAVE that. So it wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Athens Dawg

August 13th, 2011
2:04 pm

QB: Aaron Murray
HB: Crowell & Samuel
FB: Bruce Figgins
WR: Tavarres King
WR: Marlon Brown
TE: Orson Charles & Aron White

LT: Cordy Glenn
LG: Kenarious Gates
C: Ben Jones
RG: Chris Burnette
RT: Justin Anderson

That’s an offense that can put up points! Ealey & King WON’T be missed! I can guarantee you that! People laugh at our RB situation but maybe, just maybe, it was addition by subtraction. We may not have a Trent Richardson yet, or even a Marcus Lattimore or Michael Dyer, but maybe one comes up this season. Samuel or Crowell have the potential to be All-SEC performers and if that line blocks like I heard they have in practice, then we’ll be a ok. GO DAWGS!