Practice update: The latest on Samuel, Smith, Rambo and Boykin

ATHENS — Georgia held its final full-pads practice of the preseason Monday, with two key players still limited by injuries.

Tailback Richard Samuel sat out half of the practice to protect a quadriceps injury, and cornerback/punt returner Branden Smith did only some jogging and rehabbing because of a foot injury.

Both, however, said they expect to play in Saturday night’s season opener against Boise State in the Georgia Dome.

“I’ll be ready by Saturday, no doubt about it,” Smith said. “It’s not a major injury. Just trying to be on the safe side.”

Smith has not practiced since injuring the foot on Thursday but vowed that it won’t slow him against Boise.

“I’m still at a 4.3,” he said, referring to his 40-yard dash time. “I still have my speed.”

Samuel, meanwhile, said he has “no doubt” he’ll play Saturday despite the quadriceps injury that has bothered him for 2 1/2 weeks.

“I went half of the practice [Monday],  so it was not too much of a setback,” he said. “It felt fine. Just didn’t want to push it too far too fast.”

Coach Mark Richt said Samuel is “not 100 percent yet, but he’s getting there.” If healthy, Samuel is expected to share carries with freshman Isaiah Crowell against Boise. As of Monday night, Richt said Samuel remains the Bulldogs’ No. 1 tailback.

“He has been the projected starter,” Richt said of Samuel. “Today he is still our projected starter.”

Rambo’s status

Richt declined to say whether safety Bacarri Rambo, who started all 13 games last season but is not currently listed as a first-teamer,  has been suspended from Saturday’s game.

“No, I’m not going to address that,” Richt said Monday night. “At the appropriate time, if anybody has anything like that, I’ll let you know, though.”

Asked when the appropriate time would be, Richt replied: “I don’t know. I’ve got to figure that out. Still working on that.”

Richt said on Saturday that Sanders Commings and Shawn Williams are currently the No. 1 safeties.

Boykin’s challenge

Georgia cornerback/kickoff returner Brandon Boykin issued a challenge to Boise State via Twitter over the weekend.

“Dear Coach Petersen,” Boykin tweeted, referring to Boise coach Chris Petersen, “I DARE you to kick to me. Sincerely, Me and my Dawgs.”

Boykin was hardly backing down from his tweet Monday.

“It did exactly what I wanted it to do. It created a buzz and got the fans excited,” Boykin said. “I didn’t say anything disrespectful, I don’t feel like. So if they didn’t like it, I mean, whatever.

“Me and my teammates and the coaches are excited and feel like we’ve got to come out and be confident and have that swagger in order for us to be successful against a team like Boise.”

He acknowledged the tweet generated a mixed buzz from fans.

“I knew some of our fans would be like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s great.’ And some of them would be, ‘What are you doing? You’re going to give them an advantage,’” Boykin said. “I mean, that’s their job to come and tackle me. Maybe it did give them an extra incentive, but we’ve still got to do what we’ve got to do, regardless.”

Boykin said he informed Richt of the tweet shortly after posting it.

“He said, ‘OK, now you’ve got to back it up,’” Boykin said.

Etc.

Nose guard John Jenkins, who had been sidelined with a hamstring injury, and wide receiver Marlon Brown, who had been out with an ankle sprain, practiced Monday. . . . . “I felt pretty good, actually,” Brown said. He had missed the past several practices but said there’s “no doubt at all” he’ll play Saturday. . . . Also back at practice Monday: fullback Bruce Figgins, who had been sidelined with an injured hamstring. . . . Boise State’s team will arrive in Atlanta late Thursday and plans a walk-through practice in the Georgia Dome on Friday.

260 comments Add your comment

JAWJeRDAWG

August 29th, 2011
9:15 pm

Good practice news; no new injuries and those that have been are well on the mend and expecting to play Saturday! .. Go Dawgs!

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
9:19 pm

Good news! All the injuries are good! Looks like we should have everybody ready and that’s greatttt!

I love Brandon Boykin’s attitude. He’s giving Boise the incentive but sometimes it’s good to get inside your opponents’ head like that. It’s called reverse psychology. Now they are going to kick to him, and he’ll make them pay and they’ll try too hard to tackle him and miss. I’m willing to bet he runs one back Saturday. He has room to spout off because the guy has the most kickoff returns over 100 yards in SEC history.

So ready for Saturday to get here! Let’s GO DAWGS!

dawg fan

August 29th, 2011
9:21 pm

I cant wait till saturday

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
9:21 pm

Rambo may have lost his chance to start for UGA. Commings and Williams might prove to be great safeties. I know Commings is a great cover guy and Williams is a ballhawk as well but is more of a hitter. In Commings we have a complete ballhawk, in Williams we have a guy that can be a ballhawk but he’ll strike you and make you fear the middle. I don’t know what Rambo done, but if he’s not available for the game, maybe it’s a good thing? He often gets beat in coverage and you know Kellen Moore would pick on him if he smelt that Rambo can’t cover.

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
9:23 pm

“I mean, that’s their job to come and tackle me.”- Boykin

Legendary statement. Now go out and prove it Boykin! Let’s do it!

I love it!

Dalton Dawg

August 29th, 2011
9:27 pm

It’s a shame that Branden Boykin has to try to motivate the Dawg nation. This is something the coaching staff is suppose to do. Kind of like the uniform changes, I hope it don’t back fire. But I’m glad he feels that strong and conifdent & can’t wait until SATURDAY! GO DAWGS!

JAWJeRDAWG

August 29th, 2011
9:28 pm

I hope Boise State’s injury report is good as well.

I want both teams at their physical best where when we beat them, nobody can blog, “Yeah, UGA won because Boise didn’t have their best RB / WR / DL, LB, whomever in the game.”

No excuses. Our best against their best and we win; best hopeful outcome! .. Go SEC and Go Dawgs!

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
9:29 pm

Before all the haters come on here spouting off about UCF (their usual fall back option) just read the new attitude and swagger our team has. You can’t honestly say that this team isn’t different from years’ past. There’s no way you can say that and actually believe it. Our attitude has changed and it’s a good thing. We want blood. We want it now. Boise, Boise, Boise. You shoulda played us in 2012 instead of now because we’re coming off a sucky season and we’re ready for redemption.

Zoli

August 29th, 2011
9:29 pm

I like Boykins comment too. I’m hearing the word team “Me and my DAWGS” by, one of if not, the leader of this team. When players realize this they will play their hearts out for each other in battle! This summer is unlike the 18 injuries/suspensions from years back. I will be rootin and hollerin at the Dome. Let’s show em the TEAM we are now!

Fridawg

August 29th, 2011
9:30 pm

I love Boykin’s attitude. I have a feeling that Kellen Moore is gonna be feeling alot like Colt Brennan from Hawaii looking up at the ceiling of the Dome. Go Dawgs!

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
9:33 pm

Ealey= Gone
King= Gone
Gray= Gone
Green= Gone
Houston = Gone
Dowtin= Gone
Nick Williams= Gone
A.J. Harmon= Gone
Brent Benedict= Gone

I feel like all these guys were cancers to the team and now we’re clean. We’re ready to go out and fight to the death for our city, our school, and our coach. Saturday will be the beginning of a great season. No doubt about it. Boykin’s comments just got me fired up. I just hope he doesn’t come out of the gate and do something stupid, like fumble or something. That would be bad and wouldnt look good on his resume’. That would suck. But I don’t think he will.

This team will be so jacked and pumped with the crowd behind them, they’ll play hard as they can play all game. Boise may keep it close for a half, but in the 2nd half that’s when the emotions and hype start to wear off and it just comes down to football. Boise will be tired of being beat up on and they’ll quit. Georgia will win.

a.bishop

August 29th, 2011
9:34 pm

Boykin is a legit concern of Boise seeing as they have problems with giving up a lot of yards of kick-offs. That is apparently one thing they were trying to work on this summer.

dawgfan2003

August 29th, 2011
9:34 pm

I can’t wait until Saturday and hope that we come out ready to play and intimidate on Defense. I want Kellen Moore to experience the Colt Brennan Syndrome. I like Boykins statement. Confidence for this team is a good thing. A little concerned about Richt’s statement on suspensions. If there are no suspensions (other than Carlton Thomas) then tell us there are no other suspensions. Seems like someone else is suspended and we don’t want Boise to know. If its Rambo, then no big deal. He’s never been the same since the concussion. But if its….???

I love this time of year

August 29th, 2011
9:35 pm

Classy as always, glad u is a dawg dog

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
9:41 pm

Imagine Boise’s center Thomas Byrd (5′11, 288) having to block both Geathers and Jenkins all 4 quarters. He’s going to be so tired. Not to mention trying to stop linebackers coming through his gap. I think he’s going to have a rough, rough time. Ask Ben Jones how hard it is to block Geathers one on one. He’s a tank. He’s a motivated big man and he’ll be exploding on Byrd. All 6′6, 350 pounds of him. Woooooo, that’s a big man.

Mobile Dawg

August 29th, 2011
9:43 pm

Thanks for the reports Chip. Why can’t the Dawgs “under Richt” do their talking on the field? Shut your ignorant pie hole and just play football. Richt doesn’t have control of his football team. I would bet that the majority of “true fans” would like to hear a little less mouth and see a little more substance.

jp

August 29th, 2011
9:45 pm

and on the 6th day God created college football and He said this is good and it pleased God .on the 7th day he rested .and wathched the nfl

Carz

August 29th, 2011
9:45 pm

Shut up and win games, Boykin. I hope Richt runs yous a$$ off for that stupid crap.

BG

August 29th, 2011
9:48 pm

GO DAWGS! Let’s go out saturday night and kick boise state in the mouth.

Do they teach English at UGA?

August 29th, 2011
9:48 pm

“Me and my teammates and the coaches are excited ….

Yes – “Me is excited..

And to think, Boykin is on the Honor Roll – majoring in “magazines”, whatever that is.
http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/boykin_brandon02.html

jim

August 29th, 2011
9:50 pm

Mobile Dawg & Carz = Grumpy old turds

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

August 29th, 2011
9:52 pm

I am a little surprised by Boykin’s tweet. UGA’s football players had made a remarkable improvement in discipline and attitude this off season compared to 2010.

Its The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

August 29th, 2011
9:52 pm

I just drafted my fantasy team. Its official.

LETS GO DAWGS!!!

Dawg Fan

August 29th, 2011
9:53 pm

Considering what I’ve seen happen to the state of our program over the last few years I’d rather BOYkin shut his mouth and perform on the field. Nothing worse than some big-mouth kid who thinks they’re more than what they really are.

Just shut up and be ready to play. Leave it on the field because THAT’s where it matters and not the little twitter stir you made for yourself.

Mobile Dawg

August 29th, 2011
9:54 pm

Yeah jim, I see what all the lip service has done for us the last several years. Made us the laughing stock of the SEC. You want respect sport, you earn it, running your mouth doesn’t get it done.

Athens, it’s likely Boise has to dip into their depth chart, especially at center. One guy doesn’t get it done I don’t think.

mike w. on lake hartwell

August 29th, 2011
9:54 pm

Gata u junkyard dawgs!make us proud!

Tennessee Dawg 4 Life

August 29th, 2011
9:56 pm

Just got through watching the replay of “The Miracle On The Plains” don’t know how all of you can hate bobo after watching that game. Going to be fun Saturday boys are ready coaches are ready and fans are ready!

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
9:56 pm

Maybe it did give them an extra incentive, but we’ve still got to do what we’ve got to do, regardless.”

Doesn’t sound like a person that’s on a team that expects to lose to me.

bitter trolls

August 29th, 2011
9:59 pm

glad to see satur-day——————please trolls act like you got a pair

——————-did your momma have any children that lived—-O—–sorry to here that

————————–you maggits—–dont learn————–kellen moore is the real deal

———–young dawgs we are in for the fight of our life’s———then its lattimore next week

————-no team has that tough of a week 1@2————no time for the weak hearted

——————-could you –would you like a 50 year old larry munson calling these games

————–god all mighty—-that moore kid through for 90,000 yards last year

——————that lattimore kid broke our linebacker in half—-god all might—-hucker down dawgs

—————————————-chill bumps——————-go dawgs———–love you munson

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
9:59 pm

Dawg fan,

You haven’t seen Boykin play have you? “Thinks he’s more than what he really is?” Hmmm; go watch some youtube videos of him returning kicks for touchdowns. That’s like telling Jerry Rice not to talk junk about catching footballs. He knows he can do it, why not talk? How did talking fare for ALI? How did talking fare for Mike Tyson? When you talk it, that also gives you extra motivation to walk it. Like I said, I’m willing to bet he runs one back.

reebok

August 29th, 2011
10:01 pm

grow up, brandon.

Mobile Dawg

August 29th, 2011
10:01 pm

So if it gives them an extra incentive wouldn’t you agree that it’s a “stupid” thing to do? You see, it’s like Paul said, this is just seems out of character for “one” person to try and draw attention to “himself”. Unfortuately, for his team, Richt should bench him to start the game. That would send a message as to who’s in charge of this team.

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
10:05 pm

If they need a tweet to get pumped and extra incentive to make a tackle against one of the best return men in college football, then they have issues.

Hard Truth Soldier

August 29th, 2011
10:06 pm

ATHENS DAWG, Was with you all the way till you included A.J. GREEN, and JUSTIN HOUSTON, in the cancer pack. I mean what did green do wrong? Oh try and put a few dollars in his pocket while UGA raked it in by people coming to see him play. I know people will say “He got a free ride”, but what’s free? Working out in the 8th or ninth grade, while hoping your good enough to just get there? Or having to work you tail off in the summers, and all through the year to perform at a high level, Justin Houston who was clearly one of the best in the SEC, and now is starting with the Chiefs, just lost millions over a “character” issue, but coaches like Tressel, Pete Carroll and others whom have shown questionable character walk away with Million dollar buy out clauses..Players at 19 and 20 years of age take all the blame, but 45 and 50 year old Men go retire with a loaded bank account! Cancers, none of these kids are, what is cancerous is this whole corrupt system we call the NCAA.

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
10:08 pm

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
10:08 pm

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
10:09 pm

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
10:09 pm

http://youtu.be/Dx1WVJQWhOo

There are you some videos of Boykin BroncoBlue…enjoy. Try to stop him ok.

Nub

August 29th, 2011
10:09 pm

Blah…. Blah … Blah … Win the east….. Dag gum it!!!!!! Then we get a shot at bamer…. Remember the last time we played them…..!!!!

bgdawg

August 29th, 2011
10:10 pm

tennessee dawg- so did I !! bobo had a strong arm on him and threw some pretty accurate passes,.

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
10:12 pm

Oh and BroncoBlue, while your watching those videos, please tell me your joking about comparing Riley Cooper and Tyler Shoemaker. The only thing they have in common is the color of their skin. That’s it.

@sportsguru95

August 29th, 2011
10:13 pm

Loving Boykins statement! Players have 2 set the tone on GAMEDAY! He’s issuing a challenging 2 UGAs special teams unit! Peterson will kick 2 him! I don’t believe in rah-rah speeches from coaches! Either u want 2 compete or u don’t! Players bring energy, & that statement by Boykins has set the tone for the week!

Prozac Dawg

August 29th, 2011
10:16 pm

The tweet by Boykin is actually clever. If they kick to him he may go all the way. If they don’t, they’ll appear to be cowards. Like he said, he wasn’t disrespectful. It’ll be OK.

Mobile Dawg

August 29th, 2011
10:17 pm

Anyone else losing their posts this evening? My last three evaporated.

bgdawg

August 29th, 2011
10:19 pm

@ bronco blue- really man? you’re gonna show a video from his sophmore year? this dude is a redshirt senior now, he is a true cover corner now. he is getting taught by one of the best in scott lakatos now. back then we still had the dreaded willie martinez as our dcoordinator

Prozac Dawg

August 29th, 2011
10:20 pm

I wonder what sort of things Boise might be concocting to improve their special teams play. I don’t see their talent level anywhere near UGA for this part of the game.

tide roll

August 29th, 2011
10:23 pm

Looking at Georgia’s starting line up, it’s hard to find one player who isn’t NFL caliber. Talent has never been a problem at UGA, but motivation has. I wish Richt would reconsider his decision to not let coaches yell at the players during games. These players are conditioned to expect it, even since their youth league days. When they screw up, there are consequences, including a coach getting in your face. Uga coaches are professionals, and they should know how to use it as a motivational tool. The kids realize they still love ‘em. I wish Coach Richt would reconsider his position on this.

pirtdawg

August 29th, 2011
10:24 pm

Mobile Dawg- I’m a true fan and I love his comments. Don’t get me wrong I’m a firm believer that you have to be able to back your mouth up, however Boykin has been quiet (in speech) since he came on campus. If he wants to hype it up a bit, his play and leadership have given him that right. And as for Richt not having control of his team, if that were true then we’d have another 12 arrests this off season. Just curious, how well do you think you would do if someone gave you the responsibility of 85 young men coming out of high school?

Prozac Dawg

August 29th, 2011
10:28 pm

@ide roll,

Seems like I remember a fan becoming very upset because she thought CTG might be cursing at a player who just screwed up (imagine that). Might be where that’s coming from. But I don’t remember UGA coaches not being allowed to yell at players, that’s part of football

AltamahaDawg

August 29th, 2011
10:30 pm

Bench him for that tweet? dude, come on.