Practice report: Dogs 19th, Crowell wows and uniform debate

UGA and Nike showed off the Bulldogs' Pro Combat uniform that the team will wear for its opening game against Boise State. (Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com)

UGA and Nike showed off the Bulldogs' Pro Combat uniform that the team will wear for its opening game against Boise State. (Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com)

ATHENS – Online fan reaction to Georgia’s new Nike Pro Combat uniforms, publicly unveiled on Saturday, was generally negative. This came as no surprise to Bulldogs coach Mark Richt.

“I think there are a lot of people that just don’t want to get away from [tradition] and I don’t blame them,” Richt said. “That’s the reason we’re sticking it out there two weeks in advance, so everybody can get over it.”

The new design features a silver helmet with a wide red stripe down the middle, red jersey, red pants, llong black socks, all in the Nike “Pro Combat” style. UGA and Boise State both agreed to wear the specially-designed uniforms for one game only when they play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Sept. 3 in the Georgia Dome.

Georgia has a 2-2 record under Richt when it has changed its uniforms. The Bulldogs famously beat Auburn 45-20 in their first-ever “blackout” in 2007. They also rolled Hawaii 41-20 in black jerseys and pants in the 2008 Sugar Bowl.

But the last two times it hasn’t gone well. Georgia lost to Alabama 41-30 – after trailing 31-0 at halftime – in 2008. Wearing black helmets and black pants in 2009, the Bulldogs fell to Florida 41-17.

“We’re due,” Richt said. “I doubt we’ll do any surprise uniforms anymore. At least everybody’s got time to digest it this time. If everybody just thinks about what’s most important and that’s playing the game, I think we’ll all be fine.”

Richt said it’s not about motivation or breaking with tradition.

“When the players saw it, they liked it and that’s the big thing,” he said. “And it’s a special game. It’s not what we would call a traditional uniform but it’s not a traditional game either. That’s kind of why we did it.”

Meanwhile, the players love them.

“I think they’re awesome,” junior wide receiver Tavarres King said. “We’ve still got to play so it’s not a magic potion or anything. But I love what Nike has done for us. We’re blessed to have those uniforms. I’m excited about them.”

Said linebacker Christian Robinson: “I do like tradition, but I think one game out of the year you can do something new. It’s not like we’re changing our whole style for the whole season. It’s one game. If it’s upsetting somebody that bad, I’m sorry.”

Dogs 19th in AP poll

The Associated Press Top 25 was released Saturday and Georgia was ranked 19th. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 22 in the coaches’ poll released earlier this month.

“That’s good,” Richt said. “It’s nice to be ranked.”

Said senior defensive end DeAngelo Tyson: “That’s pretty good. We can’t go anywhere but up starting at 19. We just don’t want to go down.”

Boise State, Georgia’s opening opponent, was ranked No. 5.

“Good. I’m very excited,” Georgia’s King said of the Broncos. “They should be 5, if not even higher.”

Crowell wows team at practice

Tailback Isaiah Crowell apparently is completely recovered from the groin injury that sidelined him for six days. In his second practice back, Crowell wowed his coaches and teammates in the scrimmage portion of Saturday morning’s practice.

“Isaiah went live today and he made some plays,” Richt said. “He had a couple of great runs and a great catch and run after the catch for a touchdown.”

Said King: “Isaiah Crowell came in and was just making plays all over. I was excited about that.”

It was the first time Crowell has gone full speed since injuring the groin on Aug. 12.

“He went a little yesterday and that was enough for him, I think, to realize he could go,” Richt said. “We had a great competitive day and he wanted to be a part of it. So I think his adrenalin took over and he competed and he competed well. It was great to see.”

Injury report

Crowell’s backfield mate Richard Samuel was not about to return. Richt said the junior will be out at least until “early next week” with a strained quadricep muscle.

Nose guard John Jenkins sat out after being sidelined with a mild hamstring pull on Friday. Fellow nose guard Kwame Geathers returned from an undisclosed injury that kept him out on Friday. Also, freshman wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell was out Saturday due to a pulled leg muscle. Freshman outside linebacker Ray Drew will be out at least another week with a separated shoulder suffered in a scooter accident.

797 comments Add your comment

Athens Dawg

August 20th, 2011
1:33 pm

Good to hear these thing. I think it’s going to be a special season. Mark Richt was basically telling people that didn’t like it to “get over it” because we’re wearing them regardless whether you like them or not. I love his attitude. I love the team’s attitude. Let’s get it done on 9/3

Jonesborodawg

August 20th, 2011
1:35 pm

The uniforms are not good. Let’s hope the season will be so good we forget about them.

Brooksdawg

August 20th, 2011
1:37 pm

Let the BIG DAWG eat!! If any of you who dont like the DAWGS uniforms for the game want to sell your tickets, let me know….Boise #5…can’t wait to knock them off that perch!!! GATA

D A DoubleU G

August 20th, 2011
1:37 pm

The uniforms have grown on me every time I have looked at them.

Sure the red pants would be better silver.

But the players are hyped, and from what I have read about this team ever since Jan 1st, they MORE THAN DESERVE to wear what they want.

Cannot wait to see them in action!

GO DAWGS!!!

441North

August 20th, 2011
1:40 pm

I’m down with it for just one game.

Southernboisb

August 20th, 2011
1:41 pm

Mark Richt should have had input on this design. This looks NOTHING like UGA red. & why isn’t the helmet red & pants silver? They would be easier accepted then.

badada

August 20th, 2011
1:42 pm

everyone is hating on the helmets but i personally like them. I wish the pants were silver though. I would like to see a blackout version of the uniform

Brooksdawg

August 20th, 2011
1:42 pm

Maybe I am “reading” too much in the players with injuries or working second team but….is Richt playing mind games with Boise—to keep them off guard about WHO is playing when and where?

bob

August 20th, 2011
1:43 pm

dawgfan

August 20th, 2011
1:43 pm

Gimmick uniforms for a gimmick game. It makes sense.

Athens Dawg

August 20th, 2011
1:43 pm

Geathers will be player of the game on defense. Watch and see.

For Real Dawg? FOR REAL DAWG!

August 20th, 2011
1:43 pm

D A Double U G, The uni’s are growing on me too, but have you seen the video for them on georgiadogs its amazing!

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

August 20th, 2011
1:44 pm

Enter your comments here

They like pitiful.

Athens Dawg

August 20th, 2011
1:45 pm

I think these injuries are not really “injuries”. I think someone’s lying here. Of course Richt isn’t going to say so and so is healthy and will play game 1. He’s going to mix it up a bit so that it’ll be a surprise. Samuel is probably resting. Wait until he stolls out there on the field (6′2, 240 lbs) in that uniform. Boise is going to think it’s a bull. But guess what Boise? You gotta stop him.

Big time?? Not

August 20th, 2011
1:45 pm

Lookl like security guards at a hip hop concert. Horrible.

Big time?? Not

August 20th, 2011
1:46 pm

Oh. Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes………tech still sux.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

August 20th, 2011
1:49 pm

Bottom line: players love them. Get on board. Hating on the unis isn’t going to do one single positive thing for the team.

Mr.Fan

August 20th, 2011
1:50 pm

Some of you guys are complaining that CMR should have asked for fan input…!?
First of all, he runs the team. NOT the fans.
Secondly NIKE designed the unifroms not RICHT!

Brooksdawg

August 20th, 2011
1:51 pm

Figgins and Samuel–running down hill—early and often…get ‘em tired.. draw in the safety and BOOM hit King deep…Orson over the middle..PICK YOUR POISON…Keep that offense off the field!! GATA

savannadawg

August 20th, 2011
1:51 pm

I like the uniforms. they look intimidating, I hope we play that way. Actually I would like to see the uni’s jacked up alittle more. Other than the helmet, I think they are on the conservative side. No stripes on the pants??? And I’d like the red alittle briter.

CHDawg

August 20th, 2011
1:52 pm

We need to lighten up a little Dawg fans. It is football, and it is supposed to be fun. The unis will be fun, and taking it back between the hedges in three weeks against SC will make the traditional red and black seem that much better. I think when they roar into the Dome together, you will be excited. Didn’t the old bullpup teams have silver helmets back in the days of freshmen games? I can’t remember.

Old School

August 20th, 2011
1:53 pm

Uni’s don’t matter, lets feast on some taters to start the season

Pete

August 20th, 2011
1:53 pm

It doesn’t matter what Mark tries to do to keep Boise guessing with whose playing.

Boise is a National Power and Georgia is a mediocre SEC team in the East, and that ain’t saying much.

BSU 55-0 Boise jumps to #2-3 in polls after the beat down on the pups.

Big Albany Dawg

August 20th, 2011
1:53 pm

“I think there are a lot of people that just don’t want to get away from [tradition] and I don’t blame them,” Richt said. —-I chalk that up as “I don’t like them either”

Old School

August 20th, 2011
1:55 pm

Boise won’t be playing a Big 12 or ACC school this time around. Remember what happened last time the Broncos went down to Georgia?

Old School

August 20th, 2011
1:55 pm

When will the NCAA come out with the penalties for Boise State?

savannadawg

August 20th, 2011
1:58 pm

If you’d of read the nike report before you blogged you would know that players, coaches and a few others had input to the design of the unis.

BlazerDawg

August 20th, 2011
1:58 pm

CMR better bring it this year after that “get over it” comment. Anything less than winning the SEC and he should be fired. And this is coming from a guy who’s supported him from day one up untill….I read that 2nd paragraph.

savannadawg

August 20th, 2011
2:00 pm

@Pete. GO PLAY ON YOUR OWN BLOG!!! JERK OFF.

Pete is on drugs

August 20th, 2011
2:00 pm

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bubba4dawgs

August 20th, 2011
2:00 pm

Uniforms does not a team make! Just so the team does not get caught up in the difference and forgets who they are. Coach Richt wants them to get over it without a shock on game day. Boise might be used to crazy stuff like blue turf. Glad to see Crowell showing his stuff. Hope he doesn’t strain anything before game time. We need good health thru the SC game. Gotta get big John going to help KG…..he’s gotta rest sometime! GO DAWGS!!!!!!

2Dawgs

August 20th, 2011
2:00 pm

I don’t care what colors they wear, as long as they win!!

suwaneedawg

August 20th, 2011
2:01 pm

I am 50 years old and I am with the players on this one. Nice change. BlazerDawg, take a damn pill and chill! If you don’t support him then feel free to jump on the Tide or Gator bandwagon.

Roaddawg80

August 20th, 2011
2:02 pm

Chip

Don’t speak for fans as in general. Just because a few couple of old farts don’t like them. Everyone I talk to at our tailgate which is about 20 people like the change in uniforms. You want to talk about tradition well the silver pants are not are tradition. Look at Walker in red pants running over Bates.

Oregon has like 200 combinations. I hate the silver britches on away games with the white jerseys. People make a big deal out of it if you lose but like it when you win. Just play the game and look good is all I say.

Russ Casper

August 20th, 2011
2:06 pm

Go check out the video, if it doesn’t get you going nothing will!!
Get on board, these players bust their butts for, as many of you say “OUR” school, if it were “OUR” school you would support “OUR” players!
Go join the Jacket or Gator nation if “WE” suck so bad!!!!

J Clay

August 20th, 2011
2:06 pm

At least they’re not the Grambling helmets from Halloween a few years back

UGA Alumnus

August 20th, 2011
2:09 pm

I’ll suspend judgement on the uniforms until I see the whole team wearing them on the field on the 3rd. Of course we love our traditional uniforms, and we don’t want to lose them. But I’m okay with this uniform change. It gets the rest of the nation more interested in the game, and it excites new recruits who are excited about being on the cutting edge of college sports. I’m completely fine with that.

Milan Big Dog

August 20th, 2011
2:11 pm

What about a total red out in the Dome for this game with everybody decked out like the players? Can you imagine the distraction it would be for the Boise players to see the stands full of screaming Dog fans dressed in red from side to side when the game starts. This would be like a Georgia version of their blue field. It is time for all of the fans to show your support for the team and stop worrying about last year. This is a new year and a different team so all of you true Bulldog fans unite and give this group of players and coaches the support they deserve for all the hard work that they have been putting into making this a special season.

Brooksdawg

August 20th, 2011
2:12 pm

Pete—Really? Georgia will not score? Boise will put 55 on an SEC defense?? Use your brain not your ego…#5 Boise will leave the Dome falling to earth like your EGO! GATA

Dawg Gawn

August 20th, 2011
2:15 pm

Nobody wears the same style of clothes they wore thirty years ago, so why should the players have to wear uniforms from a by-gone era. Football is supposed to be fun, so lets have some fun with it. Bottom line: The player makes the uniform, the uniform doesn’t make the player.

Tampa Dawg

August 20th, 2011
2:15 pm

Get on board and “SPREAD THE RED”. All true DAWG FANS show up in the dome wearing RED. Check the UGA blogs.

ringleader

August 20th, 2011
2:18 pm

Well for your information, McGarity was given three uniform options to make his comments on, and he single handed made the final approval. The silver helment was chosen because of the hate for the black one used in the Florida game. Red
was not an option. I don’t mind the red pants, but there is too much red.

pdawg

August 20th, 2011
2:21 pm

I HEREBY DECLARE A REDOUT FOR THIS GAME…..GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!

Tuckdawg

August 20th, 2011
2:21 pm

Blazerdawg = jackass if what CMR said about a uniform can make you turn on him go be a tech fan

lawdawg

August 20th, 2011
2:22 pm

The Dawgs will come out holding their hands so the gloves make the G. I guarantee it. Coolest part of the uniform.

G

August 20th, 2011
2:22 pm

As a fan I think they are sharp. Everyone loved the black jerseys when we destroyed Auburn.

AltamahaDawg

August 20th, 2011
2:24 pm

Hey, don’t attribute the negative uni comment to “old farts”. Old farts take it for what it is. The ones I have seen have come from the same young, what have you done for me lately, hate everything about eveything, crowd. The same crowd taht always complain that we don’t have enough cutting edge offence or training, gets a wooody for every next new hot young coach to win a few games, but NOW if it aint tradition unis in this oddity of a ballgame, that’s just another thinbg Richt has screwed up.

Red-N-Black

August 20th, 2011
2:27 pm

The new uni’s aren’t that bad, the helmet is really cool! Younger players like a little change!

Let the "BIG" Dawg eat!!

August 20th, 2011
2:29 pm

Enough of this b.s. about uniforms. Could care less what they wear, i’m more concerned about Richt and his coaching staff. At this point, all of his talk, and all of BoBo’s comments mean nothing to me. Either produce or get the hell out of town. Richt has been given alot of rope for some reason, but i personally think he will hang himself with the rope that McGarity has given him. Results on the field is all that matters now, and it’s time to put up or shut up. Hope he put’s up, but i don’t see it in this guy anymore. And i don’t see another VanGorder in this Grantham to bail Richt and Bobo out. Hope i’m wrong, but time will tell on this one.And could we please stop getting quotes from Robinson, this guy is like Rambo, neither one of them have made a play that matters in the past 2 seasons, and those 2 are the only players we ever hear from on defense. If those are the best leaders we have on defense, then Richt’s fate will be sealed soon enough.

D-MAN

August 20th, 2011
2:29 pm

What should you expect out of Nike,get over it!2 weeks away and it will
be time to smack Boise in the mouth!