Notebook: CB/KR Brandon Boykin delivers postgame message to team

After Georgia’s 35-21 loss to Boise State was in the books and the Bulldogs had slogged their way back to their locker room in the depths of the Georgia Dome, senior cornerback Brandon Boykin stood up in the center of the room and yelled for his teammates’ attention.

“Before Coach Richt talked, I just told them we have a whole season left to play,” said Boykin, one of four captains for the game. “I told them, ‘this was a hyped game and everybody wanted us to do what we’re supposed to do, but it didn’t happen. We can’t get our heads down because we’ve got a whole season to go.’ Everybody’s positive now and we’re going to be ready for this next ballgame.

Boykin certainly did all he could. The cornerback from Fayetteville, in addition to playing the whole game on defense and finished with six tackles, a pass breakup and a tackle for loss, also ended up with 190 all purpose yards.

Eighty yards came on the first and only offensive play of Boykin’s career, a touchdown on a counter play after lining up in the backfield.

“That’s something we worked on,” Boykin said. “I was just fortunate for it to open up like it did with the blocking and everything. But the bottom line is it means nothing because we didn’t win the game. But if coach Richt or Coach Bobo wants me to play offense any time I’m all for it.”

Samuel gets starting nod over Crowell

Junior Richard Samuel said he was surprised to get the start at tailback over freshman Isaiah Crowell at tailback.

“I was surprised because I felt like he got more reps than me the last two weeks,” said Samuel, who was sidelined a quadriceps injury toward the end of preseason camp. “We run an equal rotation at the position but, yeah, I was a little bit surprised.”

Samuel, who played his first two seasons on offense, was moved from linebacker late this summer after attrition robbed Georgia of its top two rushers from last season, Washaun Ealey and Caleb King. Samuel opened the game with a two-yard run. He finished with 12 yards on seven carries.

Crowell  had impressed his coaches and teammates while getting the majority of work with the No. 1 offense during the preseason. He came in the game on Georgia’s second possession and lost a yard on his first carry.

“Aaron [Murray] tripped me a little bit,” he said with a slight chuckle.

But overall Crowell fared a little better, finishing with 60 yards on 15 carries. So he could get the nod against South Carolina.

“It was tough to find holes,” he said. “Boise did a good job running to the ball.”

Injuries take toll

Starting inside linebacker Alec Ogletree left early in the first quarter with an injury to his right foot. Early indications are Ogletree is doubtful for next week. The majority of Ogletree’s snaps were filled by walk-on Jeremy Sulek and junior Michael Gilliard.

Also late in the first half, Boykin and the other starting inside linebacker, Christian Robinson, went down with injuries. Both players returned in the second half. Robinson said he got a “couple of hip-pointers.”

“Between Christian Robinson and Ogletree, we couldn’t really afford to lose one of those two guys,” Richt said. “The drop off was going to be pretty steep, with true freshmen and a walk-on in there. They’re good kids and they’re busting their tails, but it was a position we felt we really couldn’t afford that type of an injury.”

Richt did not know the extent of Ogletree’s injury. His right foot was in a walking boot after the game.

Starting left guard Kenarious Gates left the game with a “lower left leg” injury in the second quarter. That was also an area the Bulldogs could ill-afford an injury. Gates was expected to be Georgia’s fill-in if a tackle went out with an injury. Sophomore Dallas Lee, who previously hasn’t played in a game, replaced Gates.

“Gates leaving was not good for Georgia and not good for Gates,” Richt said. “But Dallas [Lee] was a guy we felt comfortable could go in there and play guard. I’ll have to watch the film to see how he did.”


Seven true freshmen made their debut for Georgia in the first half: wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell — who started — cornerback Nick Marshall, safety Corey Moore, cornerback Damian Swann, cornerback Chris Sanders, inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera and Crowell.

Several other players played in their first games. Junior college transfer nose guard John Jenkins, redshirt freshman defensive backs Mark Deas and Connor Norman, linebacker Kosta Vavlas, wide receiver Michael Bennett and wide receiver Michael Erdman. Also sophomore linebacker Jarvis Jones started following a redshirt season in 2010 after transferring from USC.

The Bulldogs had five first-time starters. On offense, WR Marlon Brown, OG Chris Burnette and Mitchell lined up during the first play of the game. Mitchell was not in the game on the first snap, but the original first down play was called back after a false start penalty. CB Jordan Love lined up for Georgia its first down on defense.

Rambo, Thomas don’t play

Free safety Bacarri Rambo and tailback Carlton Thomas both were held out due to suspensions for unspecified violations of team rules. Both will be back for South Carolina.

Richt had confirmed Thomas’ suspension but didn’t say anything about Rambo until after Saturday’s game.

“He is eligible to play next week,” Richt said. “He was suspended for the first game for the usual team rules violation. Carlton Thomas will play next week, too.”

Rambo started all 13 games at free safety last season. Thomas was Georgia’s leading returning rusher, but was not expected to start this season

Bobo back in press box

Mike Bobo was calling plays from the pressbox again on Saturday. It was part of a ploy by Georgia to play a hurry-up offense and make call from above.

The Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator had been calling plays from the sidelines since October of 2009, when he moved down to the field midway through the season “to get a better feel of things” and talk face-to-face with quarterback Joe Cox after a few poor offensive efforts in a row.

Now in his fourth season as Georgia’s offensive coordinator and 11th as quarterbacks , Bobo started out coaching from the press box in 2007 and 2008.

Rocking in the ATL

Georgia-Boise State wasn’t the only game in town this weekend. In fact, there were all kinds of events taking place in Atlanta, including a Braves game, Dragon*Con, the Black Gay Pride Parade and NASCAR racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Also, the Sports Radio 680 The Fan was organized a concert in Centenniel Olympic Park for the rock band O.A.R. Needless to say, downtown Atlanta was jam-packed and jamming on Saturday.

All of which made Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan very happy. He hadn’t taken an official census, but he was pretty certain all the major downtown hotels were booked Friday and Saturday night.

“There are 12,000 rooms downtown and I can’t imagine there’s one of them that has availability,” Stokan said on the Georgia Dome field before the game. “Imagine what it’s going to be like next year when we have two games.”

Next year the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will hold a doubleheader on this weekend, with games between Auburn-Clemson and Tennessee-N.C. State. And yes, Dragon*Con.

What the Big Dawg ate

Georgia’s new head nutritionist Jenn Ketterly traveled with the team and planned all the Bulldogs’ meals in advance of and after Saturday’s game, down to what kind of oil in which to cook the food.

UGA stayed at the Omni Hotel downtown and Ketterly dictated every meal the Bulldogs ate while there. She said Saturday’s pregame meal was chicken, steak, green beans, roasted potatoes, macaroni and cheese and a full fruit bar.

Scene and heard

Tight end Orson Charles was rocking a newly-acquired mohawk haircut. Perhaps in honor of UGA’s “spread the red” promotion for the game, it was dyed red. . . . UGA legend Herschel Walker and former Boise State star defensive end Ryan Winterswyk delivered the official game ball in pregame ceremony. They were actually driven to midfield in a car. . . . Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced that it was time for the kickoff. . . . Georgia won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. . . . Former Bulldogs fullback Shaun Chapas (Dallas Cowboys) and tailback Caleb King (Minnesota Vikings) were cut by their respective teams on Saturday. . . . Before Saturday, Georgia was 7-8 in domes, including 4-3 at the Georgia Dome. Two of those wins clinched SEC championships.

272 comments Add your comment

Paul Johnson

September 4th, 2011
3:13 am

Bums. Bunch of Bums.


September 4th, 2011
3:24 am

seriously? this one hurts bad

Sad Dawg on the Flint

September 4th, 2011
4:26 am

We stunk up the Georgia Dome! It might take them weeks to get the stinch out of the air!.!.


September 4th, 2011
4:31 am

Boykin did play hard….the others, not so much, coaches……worse


September 4th, 2011
5:13 am

Well, I for one have had all my questions answered.

Time for the old report card.

Defense: C………Looked some better than last year
Offense: D-……..Did you watch the game????
Coaching:C-…….This is only because T, Grantham improved the defense….slightly
Uniforms F-……..I don’t think anymore needs to be said about this.
Execution:A……..Yes, I’m in favor of that.
Intangibles A+…..Providing Greg Mcgarity has Kirby Smart on speed dial, and makes the call.

Overview of personel:
Mike Bobo: Doesn’t appear that it matters where he is, either the press box or sideline, he is suspect.
Mark Richt: Maybe this is not his true calling.
A. Murray: Good player on a so-so team
I. Crowell: First game. “Maybe” he gets better…. Let’s hope so.

This was certainly a learning experience. We learned that you should not tweet, blog, text stuff that you can’t back up (hope “someone” hears this). We learned that we should not make “anymore fashion statements” (except for the black jersey, silver pants version, which I think looks really good) no matter how much money some corporate entity offers us. I hope no one uses the term “kids” when referring to these players. After all there are 18, 19, 20 year olds in Iraq and Afganistan that are referred to as men. And rightfully so. A “dream team” is one that beats teams like BSU, and is not owned by Fla. Right now, we are about on the same level as Tech, and that is not good. The only “leadership” I can see is someone can easily lead this bunch to the table to eat. That said, some of them may even get lost on the way to that destination. Yes, they can get better, but right now it appears they have the same chance of that, as I do of winning the lottery. So, in closing until changes are made, we will continue to be the “bitch” for other teams in the SEC. Now if you will excuse me I need to check my lottery tickets, and go to bed. Night all…….


September 4th, 2011
5:15 am

horrible play calling by bobo, we should hav euse dthe same short pass strategy that Boise used.


September 4th, 2011
5:24 am

GT grad here, you don’t put in walk-ons at LB in a key game like this one, you play another OLB (like Stripling or Drew) and move one of the talented OLB starters inside, that way you still have 4 BCS caliber LBs in the game and you don’t get caught with a walk-on in the game against Boise.

When that walk-on went in at LB, Boise’s QB seemed to find a lot of underneath routes in the middle of the field.

Also, the time has come to start Damian Swann oven Branden Smith, I have never seen a more cowardly, non-physical, crappy tackler on a BCS-level Team than Branden Smith, he needs to be moved to nickel back where he can play on obvious passing downs and play bump-n-run man coverage which seems to be his only strength. Smith’s tackling is so poor, he make Deion Sanders look like Kenny Easley (UCLA) or Ronnie Lott(USCw).

Boise scouted Ga. well and knew that B. Smith hates to tackle, they seemed to target him on all their outside running plays.

You guys played a brutal team for an opening game, that Boise Team probably beats 8 of the top-10 including Bama ,given their 4 ints. vs. Kent St. combined with the fact that Richardson only had 37 yds. on 13 carries.

You guys will definitely beat USCe, their Defense won’t be as assignment-perfect as Boise was, they might have better athletes at a few positions, but they won’t play as sharp on Defense as Boise did.


September 4th, 2011
5:48 am

@WnE. You are confusing us/UGA with a BCS caliber team. While we appreciate your compliment the truth is we wouldn’t make a scab on a BCS team’s butt right now. But thanks all the same. And you are right about B. Smith.

buck blew

September 4th, 2011
6:06 am

same ole same ole…make muschamp an offer right now and get him back to athens where he belongs.


September 4th, 2011
6:40 am

I want all the “bulldawg nation” to understand one thing , and then we wil not hear so much about our 3 star recruits. If you go to, and look up boise and their last 4 years recruiting,they have more 2 star recruits than 3 star , with one 4 star in four years.The “bulldawg nation” enjoys top 5 recruiting classes every year for the last 10 years.GT recruits heads above boise states, som it’s not how you sign em, its how you coach em.

They Serve Gruel In Prison

September 4th, 2011
6:46 am

I was concerned that we could score enough points given the new OL, new RB corps, new receivers… sum, a new offense……I do not like the zone read/spread option call…..I was disappointed that our OL could not get any push up front and pass protection was awful. Murray is still only effective running play action out of the I……fortunately, given the schedule we can lose to South Carolina and still win 9-10 games……the OL has a long way to go.

Malcom Mitchell looks legit…..

Joe Schuster

September 4th, 2011
6:47 am

C’mon man, silver shoes? U kidding me? Heard there was gonna be a big bonfire for those uniforms-please post on You tube. Otherwise,the butt whupping came from lots of true freshmen, a couple of injuries, no Rambo and playing the #5 in the country. Just bring the heat to Spurrier and crew next week and we’ll all feel alot better.


September 4th, 2011
6:59 am

Who else here wishes we saw an AJC headline this morning headline something like “McGarity secretly meets with Peterson after the game for his first interview”?

Bama Fan#2

September 4th, 2011
7:10 am

Peterson would never take the Georgia job but Kirby would in a heartbeat.

Herschel Talker

September 4th, 2011
7:11 am


Throw in several other candidates too. McGarity should meet with all of them this week. But the Richt supporters will simply keep making excuses.



September 4th, 2011
7:19 am

Still waiting to see this defense of Grantham work. Zero sacks last night? The team looked like the same sorry bunch from last year, different faces in some places but same script.

Oh Nooo! We Su*ck AGAIN!!!

September 4th, 2011
7:19 am

First, hats off to the Boise coaching staff for their game plan and their players execution they did an outstanding job.

I’ve been a supporter of CMR but I’m EXTREMELY disapointed in the team’s performance. Losing Tree was a huge swing, however I’m not going to put this loss on the D, as we should have been prepared for a shootout against one of the greatest QBs in college history, but our coaching plan/adjustments were horrible.

Coaching gaffe 1.
Boise staff neutralizes the PR game by rugby style punting to give the coverage team time to get down field. Brilliant.
UGA Staff response – stay in punt protection
What the reponse SHOULD have been- Ok, you want to take 6-7 seconds to punt the ball, then we’re going to sellout on the block and bring everybody!

Coaching gaffe 2. The Offense played right into the strength of the Boise D. Once AGAIN Bobo miss uses his talent on offense. Time and time again we ran right up the middle for modest gains at best. It was obvious on 3 occassions that Boise’s lateral speed was lacking. The Boykin reverse, the Mitchell reverse and one of Crowell’s few runs that was bounced to the outside.
What Bobo SHOULD have done- TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR SPEED!!!! All we heard all summer long was how M.Mitchell was getting behind defenders. Why did we wait until the END of the game to take advantage of this. Also, why didn’t we do some of the toss sweeps that we heard were so effective in practices? Why hasn’t CMR and Bobo figured out that AM is most effective when he’s rolling out? Why didn’t we put the Boise D off balance by letting AM run? Why didn’t we get the ball to the RBs in SPACE?

Bottom line- the COACHES let the PLAYERS down with yet another p*ss poor game plan.

@ red&black we have BCS caliber TALENT we don’t have BCS caliber COACHING.

Oh Nooo! We Su*ck AGAIN!!!

September 4th, 2011
7:32 am

Coaching Wish List- no particular order:

Chris Petersen
Skip Holtz
Kirby Smart
Dan Mullen
Derek Dooley

With the exception of Smart, all of the coaches listed above are COACHES, they have all proven that they know how to win with lesser talent. Imagine what any of them could do with our current talent and the talent base in Ga.


September 4th, 2011
7:35 am

The defense didn’t defend the short pass well, but losing Ogletree couldn’t have helped. But the onus for this loss falls on Mike Bobo. If we had mounted even a little offense, the game would’ve been different. We never managed to swing field position.

I told my wife repeatedly that we needed to change over to the I formation and run play action. When we finally do, in the third quarter, we quickly move down the field, only to go back to the spread and end up missing a 54 yard field goal.

We didn’t use our speed advantage on the corners, and that fourth and one call was sheer horror, leaving a defensive end unblocked on a deep handoff.

No, we didn’t get a sack, but I believe he only had one seven step drop all game, and we intercepted that pass because of pressure.

A team with this many offensive options shouldn’t look this confused.


September 4th, 2011
7:35 am

Wouldnt trust these coaches to walk my dog….


September 4th, 2011
7:46 am

O amd D line look slow and were beat bad. for UGA

Trent Richardson only had 37 yards due to it was a BLOWOUT. BAMA could have scored 80 on KENT STATE.

4 running backs played for BAMA,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,. BOISE would have lost against that BAMA DEFENSE.


September 4th, 2011
7:52 am

Like Richt, his values and demeanor, however, his loyalty to bumbling assistant coaches will be the end of him here at GA. Defense looked slow and unprepared, offense was way to predictable, and what about BSU shuffling players in and out on offense? Why did it take 2 quarters to understand that and make changes? I, for one, do not plan on wasting anymore money to see these bunch of clowns coach at a division 1 school. Even though my money goes there with two kids in school, I cannot afford to waste money when I have a choice to do things I enjoy and bring contentment.

Dawgtired of this

September 4th, 2011
7:55 am

Crowell said it best: “It was hard to find holes.”

Game was lost in the trenches. Simple as that. No blocking, no pass rush. What good is a guy 6′ 4″ 350 lbs. if he can’t block or shed his blocker?

Coach ‘em up fellas ’cause if this happens next week kiss your jobs goodbye.

Palm City Dawg

September 4th, 2011
7:56 am

Very sad and painful beginning. But let’s not give up on our Dawgs.

Old Dawg

September 4th, 2011
7:58 am

I was not that disappointed in the loss. I guess it is because I am getting used to the Dawgs not performing under Richt. The time has come for him to go. He is a minister not a coach. Out of the playing field into the pulpit for Richt.

Dawgtired of this

September 4th, 2011
8:07 am

@Old Dawg -

With all respect, don’t bring the man’s faith into it. I’ll agree regarding the lack of Lombardi-esque preparation/discipline, but his faith has nothing to with that. Frankly, I’d like to see him take over the play calling again. We did go to 3 SEC title games when he did that. Of course we also had Brian VanGorder.


September 4th, 2011
8:16 am

I have held my peace about CMR for the last couple of years and everybody knows by now how I desise BoBo, but the bleeding has to stop from Bobo; if CMR ha nnot got the balls to fire him, he needs to go also. I’m willing to give “The Dream
Team” 2 years to get ready, but last night, the entire team was not ready to play. At the start of the game it was evident and especially at the begining of the 2nd half. Boise was more fired up than UGA on the sideline before the kickoff, we looked like a bunch of middle schoolers! UGA was team may be inexperienced in places, but UGA got out coached again. What does it take to get Bobo out of the state of Georgia? Bobo needs to go spend more quality time with his 5 kids rather than try to run a quality offense at this level, he is incapable.
I love the Red and Black, but all I saw last night was a bunce S___ from coaches on down. It is time for Richt to go, he can”t get the job done; his coaches are uncoachable thus making kids uncoachable. I have no confidence in this staff, UGA deserves better.
You think we suck now, just wait until the league expands! This coaching staff is the laughing stock of the SEC; who in their right mind would to come to UGA and play for a bunch a nothings!


September 4th, 2011
8:21 am

Coach should be fired. Not for losing, but letting his players wear the ugliest uniforms in the U.S.!

Conyers Dawg

September 4th, 2011
8:25 am

Well said Georgia87, I screamed for the I formation the entire first half.


September 4th, 2011
8:25 am

I have two words for Mark Richt and the entire coaching staff: YOU’RE FIRED!!!!!!

Football Fan

September 4th, 2011
8:26 am

You UGA fans truly are delusional. You blame the coaches, the uniforms, etc. But you still think you have the best talent. Face it, you don’t. Talent is more than size. Boise hit you in the mouth.


September 4th, 2011
8:27 am

BLUE IS MY NEW FAVORITE COLOR!! Way to go Boise!! Dawgs are legends only in their own minds.

Brandon "Little Boy"-kin

September 4th, 2011
8:30 am

Ok, let me try this again… I dare Spurrier to kick to me. If he does I’m gonna run it out past the 15 just like I showed Boise…

Nauti dawg

September 4th, 2011
8:32 am

Nauti dawg

September 4th, 2011
8:33 am

Ditto mr SEC.

Buckhead Dawg

September 4th, 2011
8:38 am

Lose to SC and this entire coaching staff has gotta go. Hire Peterson…they looked really good.

Never Play the Game

September 4th, 2011
8:41 am

3 years now, no pressure on punter. ONE second “extra time to punt” = 10 more yards downfield covering. This is why Branden faircashed just about every opportunities. Go ahead don’t change anything because we have many ‘old timer cosches’ who listen to no one. Still love to have CMR around, but …


September 4th, 2011
8:51 am

Well, at least the stupid National Championship talk ends early this year. GO DAWGS!

gt in sc

September 4th, 2011
8:52 am

what a great opening week; 63-21 and 21-35! p.s. love the uniforms.

Nothing New

September 4th, 2011
8:53 am

Same results with ga. Cannot win the big ones. About to jump off the bandwagon, if anyone wants a seat.

Nothing New

September 4th, 2011
8:56 am

Who cares about uniforms. Would you rather look good and lose or wear old uniforms and contend

Kellen Moore

September 4th, 2011
8:56 am

You are all correct that UGA was out coached. But the hardest thing to let out is the fact that Boise State was better than UGA last night andnis a better program than Georgia right now. If this game was played on the blue turf it would have been 49-14. Boise State would be a very good team in the SEC right now. They win the SEC east and it would depend on their league schedule and who would have to go to Boise on the West.
Recruits are only good if they live up to their hype.
Kellen Moore is a legit HT front runner and NFL qb. UGA may still win the SEC East and have a good season, but Boise State is now a better football program than UGA.

dawg man

September 4th, 2011
8:58 am

25 5th yr seniors play better than 25 freshman. enough said!!!!!!


September 4th, 2011
9:05 am

We come out for our first drive in the second hald in the I-formation and run 5 plays, all successful. Then we go into that zone read spread crap and the drive stalls. If something is working, STICK WITH IT! When you have a back with Crowell’s speed and quickness, you want him to get the ball when he’s moving. Handing him the ball when he’s standing still won’t work! He’d be much more effective in the I and following the lead block of a 260 pound fullback. I don’t get it!


September 4th, 2011
9:05 am

King dropped how many passes? My biggest concern isn’t the loss, it’s the injuries. UGA always seems to lose a lot of players to injury. Honestly, I saw some bright spots and think we will be ok against teams that don’t have Peyton Manning jr as their qb. You can bet the ole ball coach will be looking hard at the short pass defense weakness and planning accordingly. Run defense did prety good considering how much attention we had to give the passing game. Lattimore is a better rb than BS had, and they had a good one, so we’ll need to stuff him. This next one is a must win, and if it happens, last night will be a distant memory. It’s not like we are concerned with rankings, the focus is the SEC east. To me, the OL was the biggest disappointment….run blocking and pass protection were pretty ineffective.


September 4th, 2011
9:07 am

First ‘tip of the hat to Boise, they out played and out coached GA..I will eat my crow…..I really thought GA would field a well coached team. 2 things stood out to me besides the players body language…I saw Richt clapping after Boise scored the first time (to try and keep his teams head up)…I coach, I would never ever clap after my team was scored on NEVER…Grantham did not have the same fire he came here with 2 yrs ago….Just like the players-the coachs have taken on Richts deamenor..That said–the DAWGS need a new leader…

Remembering Shockley

September 4th, 2011
9:11 am

@ Oh No we S*CK again!! – I completely agree with all your comments, and want to add that we seemed unprepared and slightly un-disciplined. I can’t possibly believe that we couldn’t have been more prepared for our first drive of the game. We had 7 MAJOR penalties that all hurt our field position really bad. And running on 1st and 15? Or throwing down the field for the first play of drives (at least twice).

Our play calling is so predictable (which wouldn’t be bad of course if we ever got anywhere with it).

I was most disappointed with our line play on both sides of the ball. We didn’t even sack Moore once. I’m not so sure I’m sold on the 3-4.


September 4th, 2011
9:12 am

I saw two teams BYU and Boise beat two SEC teams with well coached players without any 3,4,5 star rated players. The players played hard but more importantly they played SMART. Maybe we could do with a little less Swagger and trash talking and a little more smarts and effort. We look and play confused and frustrated and dumb.


September 4th, 2011
9:16 am

What the dogs eat appears to be super sized. All of the talk of conditioning and strenght appears to be running to the trough to eat. Fat and out of shape comes to mind. The dogs tongues were hanging out. If not for boykin running a Jacket play, the dogs were flat. As usual, the dogs have no heart.

Law Dawg

September 4th, 2011
9:16 am

It is sad too watch this. We have the players just not the coaches.