Practice update: Big John goes down, TBs return, Wooten impresses

ATHENS – As for A.J. Green fans, there are none bigger than Georgia’s Rantavious Wooten. The junior wide receiver from Belle Glade, Fla., spent two seasons getting to know Green up close and personal and witnessing his daily feats in games and on Woodruff Practice Fields.

That said, Wooten doesn’t feel the wide receiver position is suddenly the weak link of the Bulldogs’ football team. He has heard it described that way and doesn’t much care for it.

“The whole receiving corps takes that personally,” Wooten said. “Of course, A.J. and Kris Durham came here and made plays. But as a group of receivers, we all can make plays. Actually I think we have more depth this year than we did last year and I think we made big strides in this camp. We’re going to show the Bulldog Nation what we can do and we’re going to show everybody we can get it done without A.J.”

Wooten has been one of reasons for optimism. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound speedster from Belle Glade, Fla., is showing the same type of form he did as a freshman when he caught 10 passes and scored two touchdowns.

Wooten played in 12 games and started three that first season. But he actually got on the field less as a sophomore and finished with 7 catches for 41 yards and one touchdown.

“It was disappointing for me and I took it to heart,” Wooten said. ” I took it personally. I came out this year and I knew what I had to do and I knew what the coaches expected from me. I just need to be consistent. I’m trying to show them that I can be consistent and they can depend on me.”

He’s apparently getting his message across. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Wooten is position to be among the Bulldogs’ first three receivers behind Tavarres King and Marlon Brown. He’s being pushed by Michael Bennett and Malcolm Mitchell.

“Rantavious has had a very good preseason,” Bobo said. “Coach [Tony] Ball challenged him. He had to be more consistent. He had shown flashes of making plays but hadn’t been consistent. He’s being more consistent now and has had a great camp.”

Big John goes down

The Bulldogs got a big scare Friday when nose guard John Jenkins had to be helped off the field during the full-contact practice. But it wasn’t as bad as it looked. Jenkins suffered what was described as a “mild hamstring pull,” according to Ron Courson, UGA’s director of sports medicine. Jenkins’ recovery time was called “day-to-day” but Georgia has said in the past the injuries generally take seven to 10 days to heal.

Jenkins is a 6-foot-4, 350-pound junior college All-American who transferred to Georgia from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He was expected to step in as the starting nose guard but thus far has been unable to unseat 6-6, 350-pound sophomore Kwame Geathers.

Crowell, Samuel back on field

The Bulldogs got a welcomed sight with tailbacks Isaiah Crowell and Richard Samuel back on Woodruff Practice Fields on Friday. Crowell has been out a week with the groin pull while Samuel was sidelined with an quad strain since last Saturday. Both players remained in green jerseys, signifying their non-contact status. Crowell was able to participate throughout the entire practice while Samuel said out for the teamwork and scrimmage portions.

Asked if the duo would be ready if there was a game this weekend, running backs coach Bryan McClendon said, “oh, definitely.

“Isaiah got to do everything we did out there today,” he said “Richard, we’re having to slow him down a little bit. But he’s doing great. He got to do all the individual work. He got to do everything except for contact stuff. Both of those guys are doing great and healing up well.”

Bobo said Brandon Harton and Ken Malcome have been working first team in the meantime.

Dogs plan to ‘Spread the Red’

Can’t make it to Athens for Fans Picture Day and the big unveiling of Georgia’s Nike Pro Combat uniforms? Have no fear because UGA is providing a sneak preview via Facebook.

According to UGA promotions director Emily Deitz, pictures of the Bulldogs in the new uniforms they’ll wear against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will be posted at www.facebook.com/georgiabulldogs at noon on Saturday. The real live Bulldogs won’t appear in the actual uniforms until 3 p.m. during Picture Day at Sanford Stadium.

Deitz, in an interview with Chuck Dowdle on 680 The Fan, provided a hint as to what the uniforms might look.

“I would definitely plan on wearing a lot of red that day,” she said of the Sept. 3rd game in the Georgia Dome. “A lot of red.”

Etc. . . .

Redshirt sophomore Dallas Lee is currently running second team at both left and right guard and center. Line coach Will Friend has been extremely impressed with the Buford High grad. . . . Offensive lineman Austin Long has returned to practice and his fully participating after missing two weeks with mononucleosis. . . . Receiver Israel Troupe is sidelined with a groin injury. . . . Secondary coach Scott Lakatos said safety Bacarri Rambo is still running with the first team. . . . Freshman outside linebacker Ray Drew is still out with a separated shoulder. . . . Defensive back Nick Marshall is back from a hamstring injury.

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Go Dawgs

August 19th, 2011
8:53 pm

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Augusta dawg

August 19th, 2011
8:54 pm

Second at least

merbertmoover

August 19th, 2011
8:55 pm

merbertmoover

August 19th, 2011
8:55 pm

why do i read the article? why? so close….

merbertmoover

August 19th, 2011
8:57 pm

sorry to hear about big john, but kwame is the man! he be spreadin the o-line like they was cheese grits, you know what im sayin?

Augusta dawg

August 19th, 2011
8:57 pm

I hope people and traditionalist don’t complain about the new unis. These are 18-22 year olds who like a new look from time to time. Once a year in black jerseys or pro combat isn’t bad. I’m not saying becoming Oregon but recruits like the new look.

Natureboy809

August 19th, 2011
8:58 pm

The part about “wear a LOT of red” scares me. Someone please reassure me we are not wearing red pants with our red jerseys and helmets. Of course, even if we did it probably wouldn’t look any worse than those uniforms that Richt borrowed from Grambling for the Florida game 2 years ago.

Warhorse

August 19th, 2011
8:59 pm

The poodles always worry about stuff like uniforms. Just play the game if you are going to play with the big boys like Bama and the Gators. Uniform stuff is for girlies.

Augusta dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:02 pm

I’ve never heard of so many groin and hamstring injuries. Boo malcome has had problems since the spring. At Miami they probably go to those illegal spas.

Augusta dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:04 pm

Even Bama and other “big boys” aka Florida etc wore pro combat unis

I love this time of year

August 19th, 2011
9:05 pm

Can’t we just talk bout how great we are? I hate when the season starts and teams start whooping our bhinds.

Augusta dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:06 pm

Florida also had to worry about their 100th anniversary unis white helmets etc…it’s all about the $$$

guy

August 19th, 2011
9:07 pm

Something tells me Big John won’t be in shape enough to be a difference maker.Hope I’m wrong.LAZY?

DougsMugs

August 19th, 2011
9:07 pm

The AJC knows how to give us all heart attacks. There is nothing little about big John. If he has a “little” hamstring pull, then it would be huge to the rest of us.

Get well Big John, we need ya!

HOUDAWG

August 19th, 2011
9:07 pm

Keeping an open-mind about the new uni’s …… & I’m a huge traditionalist for sure. Really wondering if the ” one-time ” deal will feature a drastic helmet look though. That would be odd , but as said, couldn’t possibly be worse than those putrid black things …

If we’re in all red , gotta think the helmets might be a silver / gray w/red stripe down the middle. We’ll know soon …..

Paddy

August 19th, 2011
9:08 pm

Big John needs to understand what playing in the SEC is all about. Once he gets into top condition, he will be a beast. Until then it is all on the big shoulders of KG.

Augusta dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:09 pm

Two weeks from tomorrow and we can talk about games instead of injuries, scandals and other meaningless info. Especially these same rehashed stories on the ajc…..other than practice updates. Will tomorrows headline be what will UGAs season be like again???

Augusta dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:12 pm

Check out the Boise blogs and some of their talk. Some Boise fans think they are going to blow UGA out and that their lines will dominate UGAs

DougsMugs

August 19th, 2011
9:12 pm

@Paddy @guy , give the man a break. He has only had two issues and is hanging in there. He is the fastest of the big linemen. I am guessing he hasn’t moved ahead of Kwamme because Kwamme has dramatically improved over the last year and he knows the system.

I don’t think their is anything “lazy” about a 350 pound man that gets out and runs and plays football in this heat. seriously, don’t be “Energy Vampires”.

ryan

August 19th, 2011
9:13 pm

Not a big deal some of you need to stop being chicken little your going to get gray hair worrying so much its a mild sprain geeeez take a chill pill but this why we need a indoor practice facility because the extreme heat .

zulucanibal

August 19th, 2011
9:13 pm

All red…even red face mask….black G on the hip….mabay a silver helment…geez.

DougsMugs

August 19th, 2011
9:14 pm

@Augusta dawg, Boise and Sports Illustrated are crazy as moon bats. The more I learn, the more I actually am feeling a little sorry for what is going to happen to the smurfs. The dawgs are a can of woop arse waiting to be opened.

Paddy

August 19th, 2011
9:16 pm

Augusta Dawg……I may be alone here but I am not sold on our strength and conditioning program. Sounds like we are going to look great in the hotel lobby but not country strong. So many programs have reduced these injuries that our Dawgs are experiencing every year. U. of Iowa figured this problem out years ago and 4 outof the last 5 years have been voted the best conditioned football team in the country. Why not our Dawgs????

Spivey

August 19th, 2011
9:18 pm

Hey Chip, will you please remind me if you copy and paste your inside info from Rivals or from Scout? I remember in a blog last year that you said that you get your info from one of those sites, I just can’t remember which one.

Thanks a lot man.

BobDawg

August 19th, 2011
9:22 pm

@Augusta Dawg… where is their blog at…. They blew out Va. Tech last year in DC so why shouldn’t they feel confident???

ryan

August 19th, 2011
9:22 pm

How about Wooten and Williams what a great story hopefully they bring it gameday .

Augusta dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:23 pm

I agree. Even Florida has said their strength and conditioning program has been credited for the lack of injuries. We have the size and hopefully the desire to make it back to the top

441North

August 19th, 2011
9:24 pm

Chip, don’t appreciate your headline at all. My BP is high enough as it is……

Augusta dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:25 pm

Idahostatesman.com. Didn’t va tech lose to James Madison the following week???

Prozac Dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:26 pm

Don’t even care about what we wear. I am concerned about Big John. Kwame will need a breather every now and then. 7-10 days brings us pretty close to game time. Sorry, but I don’t get the groin and hamstring injuries. Is this normal for the time of year? Are other teams having similar issues?
@Augusta,
I have been keeping up with the Boise blogs a little bit. You’re right, they really do believe they are going to beat us. They kinda remind me of valley girls, they’re just not all there. I am going to be embarrassed as hell if they beat us (not to mentioin having to increase the meds).

Bulldawg Rick

August 19th, 2011
9:28 pm

Good Newz on Dallas Lee… Go Wolves errrr Go Dawgs!!!!!!

Now bring Vadal to the Classic City!!

Prozac Dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:30 pm

@BobDawg
Try obnug.com as well for their blog. You’ll see what I mean about the vally girl mentality.

Augusta dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:30 pm

Im not too worried about Boise. It’s that USC follows. When is the last time we have gotten up for back to back games? Fearful of the letdown

NWGADawg

August 19th, 2011
9:31 pm

Facebook is so f-ing lame, I am more upset they are planning on using it as opposed to the uniforms. All the nay-sayers will have to find a new target after Sept. 3rd..GATA…Warhorse, you probably have time carved out in your day to tend your web-crops and message people about getting geared up for the weekend, such a sad little man you are.

Athens Dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:31 pm

Big John goes down? Are you serious? The injury isn’t that serious. You made it seem like he tore an ACL or something. Kwame will be ready when Boise comes calling. They will have a tough time blocking him. I’m telling you. Ask Ben Jones. I wish they’d realize it. Virtually everyone’s healthy, just the usual bumps and bruises but everyone should be fine come September 3rd.

ryan

August 19th, 2011
9:32 pm

I hope your right about Vadal but going to hard to pull him away from LSU we need linemen bad .

Athens Dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:33 pm

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

QB: Aaron Murray
HB: Crowell & Samuel
FB: Bruce Figgins
WR: Tavarres King
WR: Marlon Brown
WR: Rantavious Wooten

TE: Orson Charles

Let’s go!

Go Dawgs

August 19th, 2011
9:34 pm

I love having two tough games to start the season – makes the players have to focus and learn v/s thinking they can patty-cake along into an easy win and then get serious – we will see what these boys are made of – I just want to see some dawgs lay the wood on someone – early and often – play some real SEC football and send the horses back home in body cast – and you pansies talking about the VA Tech game last year – get real – VA Tech is in the ACC – WTF? That is just a step above the WAC and MAC

Athens Dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:35 pm

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

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

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

Let’s go D!

Augusta dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:35 pm

We have them 40-60 lbs per lineman and more speed, better skill positions etc. Gotta do better on 3rd and long

Augusta dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:37 pm

Go Dawgs is right. ACC is the SECs junior varsity

red&silver

August 19th, 2011
9:39 pm

Every team has injuries. The difference is that you are a UGA fan and you follow the team.

trupert

August 19th, 2011
9:39 pm

I read that the Pro Combat uniforms will consist of red jersey, red pants, black belt, silver helmet/red stripe and black/silver shoes.

I like the traditional but I also thought the Black jersey worked well. If the players d recruits get excited about the uniforms then it’s just fine with me. Go dawgs!!!

RedandBlackDAWG

August 19th, 2011
9:39 pm

Good news about the running backs. Now let’s get them ready to take and deal out some punishment and we will be OK. Big John, is probably feeling the heavy pressure of expectations placed on him and he may be trying a little too hard and not thinking before he makes a play. His ham string will be Ok by opening day, and he will surely be an acceptable back up for Geathers at least. I personally hope to see them both on the field a few plays at least and I hope our DC has plans to make that happen. You are talking about 700 pounds of strong and relatively fast big men to contain then. That is a tall order for any offensive lineman to have to worry about.
I also think the WR’s will be just fine and will show game improvemnet through out the year. I think the DAWGS have to play the first three or four games being defensive minded and letting the offense get it’s feet wet. If after, the first four games, UGA is 3-1, they will have a very successful season.

GO DAWGS and GATA

Dawg Squeeze

August 19th, 2011
9:42 pm

UGA football….31 years and counting.

BobDawg

August 19th, 2011
9:48 pm

Does anyone know what to expect from us the first 2 games??? I have no idea. We can’t play sloppy against these 2 team and win… and if we get up early in either game we can’t hotdawg it and lose our edge… Like I said, I have no idea….

bardawg

August 19th, 2011
9:48 pm

Hey MerbertMover, damn if you eloquent! Go Dawgs, GATA!

Athens Dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:50 pm

The pro combat uniforms will be hot. We’ll be the sharpest team in the country.

My reality is bigger than your dreams are, got your dream girl, riding in your dream car.

UGA will rock this season! Everybody’s healthy…new attitude=great season

Go Dawgs

August 19th, 2011
9:52 pm

Bobdawg – no one knows what to expect – but what we want is the team to show the fire that we have not seen in a few years – we want some BS players helped off the field – we want to see a team get ahead and not play prevent “D” – the dawgs need to make a statement in a big way and it starts with the 1st play of the game until the last play of the game -

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 19th, 2011
9:56 pm

Wootens been in the program 8 years, good job you’re finally getting it. Thats the lead story? Damn Jenkins goes down and pushed the start date to the season? Boys that is a problem with his hammy. Where is the S&C to get these guys in shape not only strength wise but also flexibility and muscle endurance? Wasnt that our problem last year? Now Jenkins cant make it through a practice? How does that bold for 9/10?