Practice report: Boise State’s Tommy Smith will feel at home in the Dome

ATHENS – Everybody in Boise, Idaho, is excited about playing Georgia in the Georgia Dome on Sept. 3, but no one is more excited than Tommy Smith.

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Smith is a junior inside linebacker for the Broncos and, thanks to quarterback Michael Tamburo’s transfer to UGA, the only Boise State player from Atlanta, or Georgia, for that matter. As such, he has been the No. 1 thorn-in-the-side of his teammates the past few weeks.

Players get just two tickets apiece for away games. Smith said he needs 27 — at least.

“I’ve got 17 right now,” Smith said in a telephone interview this week. “I thought this would be an easy game to get tickets for but it’s been pretty hard. Hopefully I can get 10 more.”

It’s a problem Smith is happy to have. Playing Georgia in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game – playing Georgia anywhere, in fact — is something Smith never dreamed of when he signed with the Broncos out of North Atlanta High.

“Definitely not in the Georgia Dome,” Smith said. “I’m really excited about getting back home and playing in the Georgia Dome in front of my friends and family. I found out when it was released to the newspaper. I started thinking then about how many tickets I could get.”

Smith said he and his family used to attend Atlanta Falcons’ games regularly at the Dome. But he’s never had the pleasure of playing in it. His North Atlanta teams never made it that far in the high school playoffs.

Smith is currently a backup linebacker to Byron Hout, a senior who’s best known for being knocked out by Oregon’s LaGarrett Blount in 2009. Smith plays regularly, though, and filled in last season when Hout was out with a broken foot. He has had 49 tackles the last two seasons and was named to the All-WAC academic team both years.

So how did this Atlantan end up all the way out in Boise?

“It was all about how recruiting played out,” said Smith, a two-star rated recruit. “I wasn’t that highly recruited out of high school. I had a couple of offers but nothing major. Somehow I found myself all the way out Boise on a recruiting visit and I liked it. It was in the winter, like a couple of days before the Super Bowl. There was snow everywhere. I thought it was pretty cool.”

Tailback talk

There were conflicting reports after practice Thursday as to how much tailback Richard Samuel was able to participate. Running backs coach Bryan McClendon said the big junior was able to do everything, including 11-on-11 work. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo insisted he did not have Samuel for 11-on-11.

Suffice it to say, Samuel is back and is involved in preparations for the Boise State game. The 6-2, 238-pound running back has been out for nearly two weeks with a strained quadriceps.

Nevertheless, McClendon indicated that, barring further injury setbacks, Samuel will likely be the starter against Boise State.

“If they’re healthy it’d be Richard and Isaiah right now,” he said when asked the order of appearance. But he said Crowell will play a significant role against Boise State and may eventually start this season.

“You definitely want to see him just keep improving,” McClendon said. “He’s put himself in great position to get a lot of work in that first ballgame. He’s a guy we’re going to have to depend on a lot.

McClendon also listed Brandon Harton ahead of Ken Malcome for the third and fourth spots.

Injury report

Asked to comment on the play of nose guard John Jenkins, defensive line coach Rodney Garner groused. “If you want to know about him you have to ask Ron Courson,” he said.

Courson is, of course, Georgia’s director of sports medicine. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, Jenkins remains in Courson’s charge. He has now been out a week with a pulled hamstring.

Harton was also out Thursday with an undisclosed leg injury suffered in Wednesday’s scrimmage. McClendon indicated it was not serious. Fullback Bruce Figgins (hamstring) and wide receivers Marlon Brown (ankle) and Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring) also sat out.

Etc. . . .

Georgia practiced for 90 minutes Thursday in a workout that focused mainly on special teams. . . Offensive line coach Will Friend said sophomore Dallas Lee will be the “first guy in” off the bench for the Bulldogs at either guard position or center. He’d be followed by David Andrews, then Austin Long. However, Kenarious Gates would shift from guard to either left or right tackle if one has to come out of the game. Lee would actually be . . . Outside linebacker Ray Drew has recovered enough from the separated shoulder he suffered in a scooter crash to be counted on to play against Boise State. “He’ll play and he’ll give us some depth,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “I think he’ll be a guy that will continue to rise as the season goes.” . . . Safety Corey Moore and cornerback Damian Swann are freshmen currently playing on the second-team defense.

268 comments Add your comment

mvdawg

August 25th, 2011
8:41 pm

go dawgs can’t wait sat night

rex

August 25th, 2011
8:41 pm

HairyDawg

August 25th, 2011
8:42 pm

Will be ready for you too Tommy! GO DAWGS!!!

HARTDAWG

August 25th, 2011
8:43 pm

Paul

August 25th, 2011
8:44 pm

tuckerdawg

August 25th, 2011
8:44 pm

Mobile Dawg

August 25th, 2011
8:46 pm

Well, some of what I asked for I got, maybe. Will be good to see Samuel back.

Bigdsel

August 25th, 2011
8:47 pm

Goo dawgs, spank them broncos in the rear

Bogey

August 25th, 2011
8:48 pm

Brown and Mitchell been down a while now. Any idea if they will be ready on the 3rd? Does anyone know what’s wrong with Malcome?

SmyrnaGuy

August 25th, 2011
8:48 pm

heck yeah. slight of hand baby. who cares, it’s just boise. they’re a bunch of 2 or 3 stars.

tide roll

August 25th, 2011
8:51 pm

Samuel is a man. NFL ready now.

Brucerugby79

August 25th, 2011
8:51 pm

8 days –after waiting so long i almost want it to slow down—ya’ll know how it goes it will be Dec. before we know it–the fastest time of year!!! GOOOOOOOO DOGS SIC EM

Advocati

August 25th, 2011
8:52 pm

Let’s hope the Dawgs make Tommy Boy thankful he didn’t play in the SEC.

I don’t know about you, but the anticipation for next Saturday night underscores why college football is so awesome. The next eight days can’t pass fast enough!

guy

August 25th, 2011
8:55 pm

Does first mean what grade in school these people are?

tide roll

August 25th, 2011
8:55 pm

Crowell fitting in? Calhoun folks said he was yelling at teammates and fans during Carver’s loss to them last year. Dell McGee said he needed to mature. Strange that he was all but named the starter, then after two scrimmages, neither of which Samuel participated in, samuel is named starter. IC needs to take his offensive line out to dinner, not btch at ‘em.

Delbert D.

August 25th, 2011
8:55 pm

“The Big 12 has already formed a committee to find a replacement for Texas A&M.” Quote from Pete Thamel, following Texas A&M’s notification letter to the Big 12 today.

Prozac Dawg

August 25th, 2011
8:57 pm

Am I the only one that is beginning to intensely dislike the Smurfs. They are not in the same solar system as the rest of us. I hope we kick the living crap out of them

Delbert D.

August 25th, 2011
8:58 pm

There first three choices in order are Notre Dame, Arkansas and BYU. (from the same source, nytimes)

Delbert D.

August 25th, 2011
9:01 pm

Prozac – The other night, you were alternating between scared to death and hoping for a blowout. You’re gonna be a mess by next Saturday.

KeepDreaming

August 25th, 2011
9:03 pm

Sounds like Big J.J. is going to be the proverbial BUST-O-RAMA

Athens Dawg

August 25th, 2011
9:03 pm

These injuries are starting to get on my nerves. Hamstring, pulled leg muscle, come on man. That’s annoying. Damn

Prozac Dawg

August 25th, 2011
9:07 pm

Already am Delbert D. I just got nothing to go on but Kool Aid and meds. Read an article on obnug.com. Rude dude there! I just want to shut up those blue ‘Valley Girl’ potato heads. Sorry for the minor rant!

Athens Dawg

August 25th, 2011
9:08 pm

Jenkins needs to get his act together. All that size with nothing to show for it. He better be ready to play by next Saturday because Geathers won’t be able to last all game by himself. We need to keep that nose guard fresh. Hope Jenkins is ready and everybody else that’s “injured.” “Oh I stubbed my toe.” For goodness sakes boys this is football. Football is getting soft these days. Back in the day people would break fingers and play in the same game. These guys need to get tough and play through some injuries.

tide roll

August 25th, 2011
9:08 pm

Terrible offensive line depth. Richt/Bobo don’t see the train coming till it hits ‘em. It’s left the program extremely limited as to how much work can be done from a physical standpoint. A program of Georgia’s status should never have been put in this position. Those two, and their lack of foresight, are the real energy vampires.

Go Dawgs

August 25th, 2011
9:09 pm

I for one will take the pulled muscles over the torn ACL any day -

Go Dawgs

August 25th, 2011
9:10 pm

@ Athens Dog – yes I bet you played back in the day with a broken finger – obviously you have never pulled a muscle or probably don’t have a muscle in your chicken leg to pull one

Prozac Dawg

August 25th, 2011
9:11 pm

I’m with you Athens. All the closed practices and limited info regarding scrimmage stats is just part of strategy I suppose. But there is no need to fake an injury. I did notice that McClendon said Samuel was available for 11-11 but CMB said not! Wonder what gives?

Delbert D.

August 25th, 2011
9:12 pm

Prozac – Did you see the Boise St. car for the NASCAR race in Atlanta nest Saturday?

Go Dawgs

August 25th, 2011
9:13 pm

Why does the coaches have to give any info regarding injury – let BS keep wondering who will be playing and who want – just part of the game

Delbert D.

August 25th, 2011
9:15 pm

Athens Dawg – Long, long ago we had a starting end in HS that played with 4 finger taped together on 1 hand and 3 on the other.

Athens Dawg

August 25th, 2011
9:16 pm

I’m not old lol. I’m 26. I played high school football and I played all 4 years. I was tough. I have been injured but I played through it. I understand a pulled muscle but this seems to happen like everyday. I’m like what the crap? What is going on?

Prozac Dawg

August 25th, 2011
9:16 pm

Yes, I did get a glimpse at it. The headline said it made a lot of Ga people mad because of the timing.
I have been to other types of races but not to a NASCAR event. Always wanted to though. But not on 9/3/11.

JAWJeRDAWG

August 25th, 2011
9:17 pm

Tommy Smith, hope your homecoming will only be a happy occasion with the chance you’ll have to visit family and friends, and not a Boise State win!

Good to read that Richard is back and working in preparation for next Saturday. Hopefully Big John will also soon be! .. Go Dawgs!

Delbert D.

August 25th, 2011
9:17 pm

And I still have a deformed little finger from being broken in practice. That’s my excuse for all the typos I’m creating.

Athens Dawg

August 25th, 2011
9:19 pm

Just as long as everyone’s ready for next Saturday then it’s all good. I just hope we crush Boise. I think we’ll win by at least 2 touchdowns. I’m just tired of reading practice reports, tired of hearing the “experts’” opinions on how people will do. How Alabama is a lock to win the NC even though they have a new QB, lost Ingram, lost Jones, lost Dareus, etc. I’m just sick of it all. I want some action and I want it now. We will shock the CFB world next weekend.

Prozac Dawg

August 25th, 2011
9:22 pm

Delbert – did you see the Boise unis? They will be in all white including the helmets. Then the white will slowly become red!

Rhall55

August 25th, 2011
9:23 pm

Athens Dawg hit the nail on the head!! These minor injuries are piling up: hamstring pulls, groin pulls,ect!! Need to keep an eye on these so we can monitor CJT’s S&C program on getting these players ready for the season: not weight lifters, football players!! “Win, Baby, Win”!!!

animaldr

August 25th, 2011
9:23 pm

The BS center is 5-11, 288. I cannot figure how that is a good match for 6-6, 350 Geathers. But the dogs have got to be on Moore all night.

CHDawg

August 25th, 2011
9:23 pm

T roll, IC is competitive–hates losing. Many great athletes have to mature in that area, but most of the great ones have that fire in their belly. Agree that yelling at the line usually isn’t a good idea for a TB. JJ may take a while to learn the system, folks. His coach said he was very good. Give it time.

run the ball

August 25th, 2011
9:23 pm

I really wish Richt would commit to running Samuel 25 times next weekend. We seriously out man them in terms of size, and the Ga Dome is going to be hot. We average 315 upfront, have a 260lb fullback and a 240lb tailback that runs a 4.5. If we can hold the ball and keep their offense off of the field we have a legitimate shot at winning. But alas…we all know that won’t happen.

Delbert D.

August 25th, 2011
9:24 pm

Still cruising the bs.omigod site or whatever it is. Boise St. has the entire home schedule mapped out with apparel colors for every seating section in the stadium.

Prozac Dawg

August 25th, 2011
9:25 pm

Athens – I promise, you are not alone. It ain’t easy to wait. Are you going to the game?

Delbert D.

August 25th, 2011
9:26 pm

Prozac – You don’t want to see blood on the outside of those helmets; pants and jersey okay.

Idaho Potato Bowl

August 25th, 2011
9:27 pm

Hm. So many Boise State haters on here. I will be back on this page come 8 days from now with one of two scenarios. One, praising Georgia for a great game and admitting that 5 Star recruits, gobs of money, performance enhancing drugs and physically (but not academically) gifted athletes DO really make a succesfull team. Or two, that great coaching, excellent team focus and work ethic, high personal and moral standards, squeazing tons of talent from 2 and 3 Star recruits as well as all around gifted athletes can be just as competitive as any SEC rival. So, let the debate begin but I personally hope that these smurfs can show you that blue in the blood means nothing about our BITE. Gooooo DAw… I mean BRONCOS!

JAWJeRDAWG

August 25th, 2011
9:27 pm

@ Prozac Dawg

This will definitely be one game where their uniforms won’t be blend in with the field.

And, at the end of the game, I expect to see them quite a bit red-tinted! .. Go Dawgs!

CHDawg

August 25th, 2011
9:28 pm

Prozac, I noticed CMR said he wasn’t happy with anybody but the D in the BSU scout half, but Murray said it went great???

Go Dawgs

August 25th, 2011
9:28 pm

Athens Dawg – I was just giving you a hard time – anyway I agree these pulled muscles seem to always be an issue – maybe more stretching or something

Delbert D.

August 25th, 2011
9:29 pm

animaldr – Expect to see a lot of center-guard double-teams on the NT. That’s done a lot against the 3-4. How well the NT handles those allows the inside LBs to make plays.

Prozac Dawg

August 25th, 2011
9:31 pm

Delbert – that’s what I’m talking about. “Valley Girls’ What sane person would care about color coordinating their stadium (wonder what goes with a blue field)

tony

August 25th, 2011
9:31 pm

Crowell is the best rb on the team so stop messing around coach.