Starting or not, Big John Jenkins fired up about his first game with Bulldogs

Junior college transfer nose guard John Jenkins won't start on Saturday but he's expected to play a lot. (UGA photo by Rob Saye)

Junior college transfer nose guard John Jenkins won't start on Saturday but he's expected to play a lot. (UGA photo by Rob Saye)

ATHENS – John Jenkins won’t start the game when the Georgia defense takes the field against Boise State at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, but that has done nothing to lessen the anticipation of the big nose guard from Connecticut, who was one of the Bulldogs’ biggest signees last February.

“Let me give you an analogy,” said Jenkins, a 6-foot-4, 350-pound junior college transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. “Think about when you were young and Christmas is right around the corner and you see all your presents underneath the tree, and it’s Christmas eve and you want to open that first present, but you can’t and you stay up all night. That’s the way I feel.”

When Jenkins inked with UGA the Saturday after national signing day, it was anticipated he would be starting for the Bulldogs when they opened the 2011 season. But a couple of things happened that nobody anticipated seven months ago.

One, Kwame Geathers came into his own. The 6-6, 350-pound redshirt sophomore out of Georgetown, S.C., perhaps motivated by coaching staff’s feeling it needed to recruit over him at the position, ended up being named the Bulldogs’ defensive MVP during spring practice and carried that momentum into preseason camp.

Two, Jenkins went down with a hamstring injury midway through camp. With him on the sidelines, Geathers operated unchallenged. Meanwhile, defensive line coach Rodney Garner expressed frustration with Jenkins’ absence. “You can’t make the club from the tub,” Garner told reporters before Jenkins returned to the practice field earlier this week.

But Jenkins said all as well. As for incurring the wrath of Garner, he said. “That’s love; that’s love. That’s all that is.” And he insists he is not at all disappointed to not be starting his first game as a Bulldog.

“I just want to win,” Jenkins said. “Being in a green jersey (signifying injured), I just got a chance to see things. The things that I missed showed me that I don’t want to miss anything. That’s all that did.

“As far as losing ground to Kwame, he’s a worker. He and I are on the same line, just like DeAngelo Tyson and Abry [Jones] and [Derrick] Lott all those guys. We look at each other as a whole. I’m not trying to do better than anybody. I just want to be as good as I can be.”

Regardless of who starts, Jenkins was always going to share the nose guard position with Geathers.

“Me and Kwame together, that’s a one-two punch, you know what I mean?,” Jenkins said. If we get this W, what’s next?”

Tamburo’s role minimal

Michael Tamburo told the AJC early last month he didn’t plan on having any pow-wows with Georgia coaches about Boise State’s offense. This week, the Bulldogs’ coaches insisted they resisted the urge to ask.

Tamburo, a sophomore from Suwanee, transferred to Georgia from Boise State this summer in order to get closer to home and finish complete his degree requirements at UGA.

“It’s obvious that we have everybody’s film,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “We can study everyone’s film. We can talk to all the coaches that have played them in the league. So that’s where we get our information from. Now [defensive coordinator Todd Grantham] might’ve spent time with him. I don’t know.”

Said Grantham: “You know, we really just watch tape and the plays that were run and the way they run them and all that stuff tells them what you’ve gotta know,” he said. “So really it’s just about preparing off the footage that we got. There’s no insights.”

Injury report

Starting tailback Richard Samuel, who has been out the last two weeks with a strained quadriceps, was expected to practice full speed for the first time as the Bulldogs conducted a dress rehearsal practice at Sanford Stadium on Thursday.

Meanwhile, third-string tailback Brandon Harton continues to battle an ankle injury. The former walkon, placed on scholarship this summer because of his impressive practice performances, has been in a walking boot and on crutches when not on the football field.

“I’m maybe not quite at 100 percent, but before Saturday I should be,” Harton said. “I feel confident that by game time I should be ready.”

Every tailback Georgia has been sidelined with some sort of injury this fall, including freshman Isaiah Crowell (groin), redshirt freshman Ken Malcome (groin) and junior Carlton Thomas (ankle).

Etc. . . .

Boise State was scheduled to arrive in Atlanta between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Friday morning. An NCAA rule prevents teams from arriving earlier than 48 hours before a competition while school is in session. . . . Boise State coach Chris Petersen and Richt will hold a joint press conference in advance of the game Friday at 1:25 p.m. at the Omni Hotel. . . . Boise State’s radio play-by-play man Bob Behler is a 1985 graduate of UGA. . . . Georgia’s tennis team plays Boise State at the Atlanta Athletic Club at 4 p.m. Friday. . . . Sports radio station 680 The Fan is has organized a concert in Centenniel Olympic Park in conjunction with the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. O.A.R is the featured band for what they’re calling the Downtown Touchdown Concert. Gate open at noon with music set to start at 1 p.m.

175 comments Add your comment

cantondawg

September 1st, 2011
7:55 pm

happydawg29

September 1st, 2011
7:55 pm

Big John’s the man!!!

chilidawg

September 1st, 2011
7:57 pm

Let’s do this thing!!!

Anteater

September 1st, 2011
8:02 pm

Open a can of whoop a$$ on em JJ & KG !!!!!

Daytona Dawg

September 1st, 2011
8:03 pm

Can’t wait for the Boise game.
Their starting center is listed as weighing 288lbs.
Jenkins and Geathers are going to have some fun.
I’m not sure of the final score or the outcome…but I predict at least 3 sacks!!!

Easssyy

September 1st, 2011
8:11 pm

Crush everything in blue and white. the end

Tdawg

September 1st, 2011
8:12 pm

Why would anyone be suprised at Kwame winnging the starting ng position? If you had seen him in that Army All-American game then you would know that one day he would be a monster at ng. Shoot he dominated in that All-American game.

TXDawg

September 1st, 2011
8:15 pm

Smash em Dawg

Beast from the East

September 1st, 2011
8:15 pm

Go get ‘em, Dawgs! Show ‘em how we do things do here in SEC country!!!!

college is forever

September 1st, 2011
8:16 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com Lets get the season off on the right track and kick some Boise Butt, Go Dawgs!!.

dawgfan

September 1st, 2011
8:20 pm

lets get the W dawgs!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 1st, 2011
8:33 pm

Glad to know we have one player thats excited to play for UGA and doesnt need a uniform change to motivate him

JAWJeRDAWG

September 1st, 2011
8:36 pm

Great to see that Big John is physically ready to play. Having him ready to rotate with bigger Kwame Geathers should really help shut down the inside run between the tackles for Boise.

Expect to see a couple TFL’s from these two guys. Let’s get this year started with a big W. .. Go SEC and Go Dawgs!

JDawg1785

September 1st, 2011
8:37 pm

Loving the enthusiasm. GATA, Big John!

JB

September 1st, 2011
8:38 pm

The game will come down to the Georgia D and QB Moore. He is the guy who makes that high octane offense go. Allow him to sit back and look things over, he’ll lay it on the money and move the chains and wear out our D. Make him, shall we say uncomfortable, we can win this game.

we-SAID-IT-2

September 1st, 2011
8:38 pm

Georgia.
I believe in you,i feel this is the year you will go all the way.
It’s you against the world.
I think coach richt is the man for the job.
please prove me right.

from
A real Georgia Fan!

anthony

September 1st, 2011
8:41 pm

Y’all should see all of the Boise St. fans talking trash on espn in the conversation section when you click on the game icon. Lots of ignorance and false hope. I think we all knwo how this is going to turn out when we let the DAWGS off of the leash.

DAWG07

September 1st, 2011
8:42 pm

Interesting that an UGA grad is radio announcer for Boise State.
GA has long arms with tremendous outreach. Interesting.

Athens Dawg

September 1st, 2011
8:45 pm

GATA Jenkins and that nasty Georgia defense! GATA against Boise and make them regret playing you.

how2fish

September 1st, 2011
8:46 pm

Chip great article thanks for all your hard work this pre-season . Great attitude from big John..best of luck to him and the Dawgs.

441North

September 1st, 2011
8:48 pm

Our D line is going to be a LOAD……….GATA

CHDawg

September 1st, 2011
8:50 pm

We need some good sobriquets for our big NGs like Mt. Cody: I like Motel 6 (if you check in once, you never want to come back again), and The Kwame Sunami. AKA–99 reasons why you don’t want to run up the middle on UGA! (of course they have to earn them first).

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 1st, 2011
8:52 pm

I hope to see our team fired up for once. Havent seen us fired up since the beat down of LSU in the SEC championship game

And I dont mean dancing during the ball game

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 1st, 2011
8:53 pm

Kwame Sunami now thats one of the best nick names Ive heard

Hope that one takes off

Well said. LET'S DO THIS !!!

September 1st, 2011
8:54 pm

It’s time to let “THIS JUNKYARD DAWG D” loose and make Kellen extremelly unconfortable !!!! LET’S GET THIS WIN BABY !!!!!!!!!!!

Jordan

September 1st, 2011
8:56 pm

How good will Georgia be this year? Check out my predictions here: http://isportsweb.com/2011/09/01/2011-georgia-bulldogs-predictions-edition/

NRBQ

September 1st, 2011
8:58 pm

Broncos, meet “Motel 6.”

4 goodness sake. I said....

September 1st, 2011
8:58 pm

IT’S GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG !!!! To the entire UGA Football team. Goodluck tomorrow night. PLAY HARD AND FINISH THE 4TH QUARTER !!!!

meant Saturday Night. getting exited here !!

September 1st, 2011
9:00 pm

GATA DAWGS !!!

Beast from the East

September 1st, 2011
9:06 pm

JB,
You going to the Dome or watching on the big screen? Can’t lose either way.

CHDawg

September 1st, 2011
9:11 pm

We probably need to watch that before they play a snap this year. Let’s hope they earn them. (I saw Motel 6 on here).

CHDawg

September 1st, 2011
9:15 pm

That would make a great calling card after wrapping up a QB on a sack–welcome to Motel 6, sir!

T.O

September 1st, 2011
9:17 pm

Of course the Dawgs are fired up for a big time home opener. After coming off a 6-7 season what do you expect. My only concern is that they are so hyped that they make stupid mistakes i.e get beat on a big play or fail to execute. I also worry about getting outcoached in this game. If our D shows up and can slow down Boise’s offense we should we win this thing by double digits. Our offense should be able to move the ball with ease as long as we dont make silly mistakes. We also have the advantage on special teams in both the kicking and return game. We’re bigger, faster, better and stronger than these guys. If we play smart and controlled we’ll be fine. Time to make a statement! Go Dawgs!

Athens Dawg

September 1st, 2011
9:17 pm

I’ll have the big screen in front of me, with my family surrounding, pizza, wings, drinks, etc. We’ll all be locked into the game on Saturday night. It’ll feel so good this time tomorrow to say that the game comes on tomorrow night. AHHHH I’ve waited so long. It’s finally here. Good time with family, and friends and a good time to just watch your favorite team. Go Dawgs!

TeeJayy

September 1st, 2011
9:21 pm

For anyone who likes the Braves, I was watching the game, and I heard the faint chants of “Bulldogs!”

Thought it was pretty cool.

Prozac Dawg

September 1st, 2011
9:33 pm

Nike Pro(zac) Combat ready to go Sat nite!!!

MAYRETTA DAWG

September 1st, 2011
9:41 pm

Ray Drew-”The Pastor of Disaster”

bigroot

September 1st, 2011
9:42 pm

play SMART football don’t bit on trick plays and UGA just win get GEORGIA respect back

Athens Dawg

September 1st, 2011
9:48 pm

That’s what worries me. The trick plays. Those things are so easy to bite on especially when your very eager to make a play which I know our defense will be. If you bite too hard, it could go for a big play. I just hope our coaching staff has prepared us for that and I’m sure they have. I really, really look forward to our defense coming out fast and playing strong. Crowell is going to explode and Samuel will get tough yards and may break some himself. He’s capable.

MAYRETTA DAWG

September 1st, 2011
9:48 pm

John Jenkins…Motel 6…he won’t leave the lights on for you!

Prozac Dawg

September 1st, 2011
9:54 pm

Alec Ogletree “He lay heavy”

Mobile Dawg

September 1st, 2011
9:59 pm

I hope the Dawgs play loose, confident, have some fun, and play with class. Good Luck, remember your roots and your tradition.

SatillaDawg

September 1st, 2011
10:18 pm

Cannot wait!

Countin’ down the seconds ’til kickoff!

Go you Hairy Dawgs!

Sic ‘em! Woof, Woof, Woof!

Miltone806

September 1st, 2011
10:19 pm

Exciting GT game tonight, way to play on the FLATS. I am just so like sure it’s going to be a great year. My favorite Varsity food is onion rings and Coke, with a naked dog once in a while. Goooo Jackets!!

Athens Dawg

September 1st, 2011
10:41 pm

The game is getting closer and the haters leave. How convenient? All summer long they talked crap, where are they now with the game merely 48 hours away.

TL's Dawgs

September 1st, 2011
10:59 pm

LET’S GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Daytona Dawg

September 1st, 2011
11:01 pm

Alright here’s my contribution…
Nickname for the tagteam of Geathers (350lbs) and Jenkins (350lbs):
The 700 Club

Shawn

September 1st, 2011
11:13 pm

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

I have faith in the Dawgs!

DS

September 1st, 2011
11:16 pm

My nickname…. at fullback…. Bruce Figgins.. AKA.. Big “back” bruce…..

Athens Dawg

September 1st, 2011
11:26 pm

All I’ve heard all off-season is that Boise wins this one going away meaning they’ll blow us out. I’ve heard that from the media, the fans, pretty much everybody and I know the players have. The funny thing is, is that nobody is going to see it coming. Nobody is going to see what we have coming. This off-season has changed so much for us. No arrests, no off-field distractions whatsoever, better conditioning, more emphasis on what we eat as far as nutrition, etc. And our attitude is just different. It’s just how it is. The media and everybody else is basing their predictions on last season and the little things are going to make us a better football team.

Boise lost their top two receivers, as we did. They have a new OC. A new kicker, a new punter. They lost some key secondary players, etc. Yes Boise is good, but can they handle the speed, power, and size of SEC football? The media thinks so, as a matter of fact they think we won’t be able to handle Boise. Let’s shut em up on Saturday. Go Dawgs