Georgia WR Tavarres King has already forgotten Boise State debacle

This is the second of two passes wide receiver Tavarres King dropped against Boise State in the Georgia Dome. (Photo provided by Rob Saye)

This is the second of two passes wide receiver Tavarres King dropped against Boise State in the Georgia Dome. (Photo provided by Rob Saye)

ATHENS – Asked if the Boise State game was one he’d just as soon forget, Georgia wide receiver Tavarres King shot back, “What game?”

In addition to having quick feet, the junior flanker from Mt. Airy is quick witted. He’s also resilient, which he has needed to be since last Saturday in the Georgia Dome.

Known as the leader of the Bulldogs’ receiving corps as well as one of their most dependable receiving targets, everybody was surprised when King ended up dropping two passes against Boise State. He finished with a single catch for three yards as the Bulldogs fell 35-21.

“Individually it wasn’t up to par,” said King, who had 27 catches for 504 yards last season. “Everybody knows that. Everybody knows that I make plays. But for some reason in that game I lost focus on two plays and didn’t execute.”

One of the plays was particularly big. Georgia was down 21-7 but on the move in Boise State territory midway through the third quarter when quarterback Aaron Murray found King open deep over the middle on second-and-12. The ball was delivered right on target, but King dropped it.

Murray was sacked on the next play, then Blair Walsh missed a 54-yard field goal attempt.

King had another drop late in the third quarter but was bailed out later in the possession when Orson Charles hauled in a 36-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-two.

“In this business you’ve got to have a short memory,” said King, who needs just 50 receiving yards to go over 1,000 in his career. “That’s in the past. I put it behind me as soon as it happened. Even the greatest drop balls, so I’m fine.”

The question for the Bulldogs is whether this what life after A.J. Green is going to be like. Wideouts accounted for just seven catches for 92 yards in the first game. Freshman Malcolm Mitchell led the way with three for 64 and a touchdown, Marlon Brown added two for 12 and Rantavious Wooten had one for 13

Charles, a tight end, led all receivers with 6 catches for 106 yards and a score.

Head coach Mark Richt indicated the competition for playing time this week was wide open. But he said he still feels confident in the play-making abilities of the wideouts.

“I think we have a talented wide receiving corps, I really do,” Richt said. “If you’re watching them in practice every day, they’ve got ability. But we’ve all got to make the plays when our numbers are called. We’ve got to get some momentum and everybody will join the party, but we’ve got to get it going.”

Crowell longs for Lattimore-like carries

Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell said he has been impressed with what he’s seen from South Carolina’s star runner Marcus Lattimore. What he likes about him most is how many times he gets to run the football.

“That’s a tailback’s dream,” Crowell said.

Lattimore had 37 carries for 182 yards and 2 TDs in South Carolina’s 17-6 win over Georgia last year. Later he surpassed it with 40 carries for 212 yards and 3 TDs in a win over Florida. He finished with 249 carries and 1,197 yards and 19 TDs in 13 games last season.

Crowell had 15 carries for 60 yards in his Georgia debut last Saturday. “I think I did pretty good. I could have done a little better on pass protection, but overall I think I did pretty good for my first game,” he said.

He’d like to get significantly more against the Gamecocks.

“I know everybody’s going to be comparing me and Lattimore with each other,” Crowell said. “I just have to go out there and do my best. Hopefully I’ll get as many carries. But I’m just trying to help my team win, that’s the main thing.”

Alec Ogletree out longer than anticipated

Fullback Zander Ogletree told reporters Wednesday that his injured twin brother Alec Ogletree plans to make it back for the Florida game on Oct. 29. If that’s the case, he will be out longer than originally expected.

Alec Ogletree, Georgia’s starting “Mo” linebacker, broke a bone in his right foot in the first quarter of last Saturday’s loss to Boise State. Afterward, Richt said Ogletree would be sidelined for four to six weeks. It will have been eight weeks by the time the Bulldogs play the Gators. Ogletree underwent surgery Monday at St. Mary’s hospital.

Charles not to blame

It looked like tight end Orson Charles was to blame when Boise State’s Shea McClellin came free to stop Richard Samuel for a loss on crucial fourth-and-one play at the Broncos’ 26 in the second quarter last Saturday. Charles was coming in motion to the right and ran right by McClellin and up the field.

“It wasn’t him,” Richt said of Charles. “The look was a little different than what we had seen on film throughout the offseason study, but there was no excuse for letting the guy go free. But it wasn’t Orson. It looked like it was him, but it wasn’t.”

Fullback Zander Ogletree and tackle Justin Anderson both blocked the tackle on the play.

Lots of eyes on UGA-Boise State

ESPN’s telecast of the Georgia-Boise State football game was a big winner on Atlanta television Saturday night. The game drew a 16.7 local Nielsen rating, meaning 16.7 percent of TV households in the market tuned in on average. That translated to an audience of about 402,000 homes.

How other televised sports events Saturday night fared in the Atlanta market: the LSU-Oregon football game on ABC: 5.6 rating, 134,800 homes; the Nationwide Series race from Atlanta Motor Speedway on ESPN2: 2.3 rating, 55,400 homes; and the Braves-Dodgers game on SportSouth: 2.0 rating, 48,200 homes.

Etc. . . .

Georgia has added Southern University and Louisiana-Monroe to its 2015 home schedule, according to open-record documents obtained by the AJC this week. The Bulldogs will pay Southern $650,000 to come to Athens on Sept, 5, 2015, and will pay Louisiana-Monroe $1.2 million to play on Nov. 7, 2015. . . . The Bulldogs held a closed “dress-rehearsal” practice at Sanford Stadium on Thursday. No players or coaches were available for interviews afterward.

242 comments Add your comment

JAWJeRDAWG

September 8th, 2011
6:56 pm

Just hope TK and all Bulldogs are more focused Saturday! .. Go Dawgs!

Rusty

September 8th, 2011
7:02 pm

Saban

September 8th, 2011
7:03 pm

South Carolina 66 DAWGS 3

UGA Alumnus

September 8th, 2011
7:06 pm

Let’s Go Dawgs!

Worm

September 8th, 2011
7:06 pm

Shake it off tavarres…we need you and Mitchell to step-up this weekend..Feed Crowell and get into a kicking game.

UGA Alumnus

September 8th, 2011
7:13 pm

Looking forward to seeing the adjustments this coming game day.

I know you Dawgs have been working hard all year.

Go Dawgs!!!

Indian Dawg

September 8th, 2011
7:17 pm

Maybe you forgot….but we haven’t. But whatever helps you guys get on that field and whoop some Carolinian tail! GO DAWGS! GATA!!!!!

bulldawgbill

September 8th, 2011
7:20 pm

GOOD TO SEE US SCHEDULING TEAMS IN OUR ABILITY CLASS LIKE SOUTHERN U. AND LOUSIANA SOMEWHERE.

I AM A LONG TIME FAN, BUT WE REALLY AREN’T VERY GOOD RIGHT NOW. TIME TO MOVE ON AND SAY GOOD BYE TO RICHT & CO.

Bronco

September 8th, 2011
7:21 pm

They way they played, I’d try to forget too if I was on the team, lol.

go dawgs

September 8th, 2011
7:22 pm

crowell was pretty impressive to me. he ran hard, he always fell forward, and he had 60 yards with ZERO holes to run through. its nice to have a back on the team who ACTUALLY makes defenders miss

hunkerdown

September 8th, 2011
7:24 pm

….And I have already forgotten those gosh awful uniforms :-)

Valdosta Cat

September 8th, 2011
7:25 pm

Two words……..Malcolm Mitchell

trupert

September 8th, 2011
7:29 pm

We know the Ga players have been working hard and we’ll be in sanford stadium in full support. Go dawgs, beat SC!!!

Burdell

September 8th, 2011
7:31 pm

The national TV ratings were abysmal though Chip…tell the whole story for a change.

RomeDawg

September 8th, 2011
7:35 pm

I love what TK said. He took responsibility and as a WR you have to have “move on”. You learn more from mistakes than makes.

I actually think we are gonna beat the chickens this weekend! GATA!! GO DAWGS!!

Nothing Could Be Finer

September 8th, 2011
7:37 pm

Tarvarres King is all bark and no bite.

WOOF

Uncle Tom

September 8th, 2011
7:39 pm

I’m not worried about Saturday at all. I’ve got my grainy VHS Larry Munson Greatest Calls ready to pop into the player.

Herschel's 8 pack

September 8th, 2011
7:40 pm

He’ll remember soon enough.

Pago Pago DAWG

September 8th, 2011
7:41 pm

Maybe the SEC should invite Rutgers to join to get the NYC tv market and Kansas to get the Lawrence tv market… pitiful.

Nothing Could Be Finer

September 8th, 2011
7:48 pm

“I know everybody’s going to be comparing me and Lattimore with each other,” Crowell said
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News flash: There Is No Comparison

Crowell has taken the High School Hype to his head.

Once again, all bark and no bite from another Ga player.

Pierce CO Dawg

September 8th, 2011
7:49 pm

SABAN WAKE UP, YOU ARE IN OUR HOUSE LOOSER. WE WON 8 OUT OF THE LAST 12

chickenman

September 8th, 2011
7:52 pm

expect TK to get his number called early… i may be crazy but i expect to see a diff team show up on sat. The time for questions is over. put up or shut up time… but the dogs will show up… if not at least we got the falcons… >< but again 0-2 isnt the end of the season… sc lost 5 games last year and took the east

Pierce CO Dawg

September 8th, 2011
7:53 pm

Athens Dawg

September 8th, 2011
7:54 pm

Well if Crowell wants the rock. Feed it to him. I have confidence that this guy can run for over 100 yards every game if given the right amount of carries. He could be a 1,000 yard rusher his freshman season if Bobo and Richt would RUN THE BALLLLLLL!!!!!! They don’t run it enough! Did you see how many carries Spurrier gave Lattimore?! Particularly in the UGA and Florida games. The guy ran the ball 77 times when you combine the UGA and Florida games only. My goodness. Let Crowell tote the damn ball Richt and Bobo!

Malcolm needs one more big showing vs. an SEC defense and I think he needs to be named a starting WR. If he’s better than King or Brown, LET HIM PLAY. I don’t care what year he’s in! If the kid can play, he can play. Let him become a Bulldog legend. Dang, when will this coaching staff get it?!!!!

Pierce CO Dawg

September 8th, 2011
7:55 pm

I agree Chicken man. I hope usc plays like they did the first half last week. The little team man handled them.

Agridawg

September 8th, 2011
7:56 pm

NCBF – loves Crowell’s confidence, love his effort, especially after the rb play last year.

NRBQ

September 8th, 2011
7:57 pm

Hey Burdell!

What were the television rankings for the Tech game last week?

bart

September 8th, 2011
7:58 pm

It’s hard to see how the Dawgs win if they play like they played against Boise.

Pierce CO Dawg

September 8th, 2011
7:59 pm

Let Malcolm and Crowell have the ball. My gosh turn them loose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These are the players we need to start.

edumacated

September 8th, 2011
7:59 pm

The only chance we have is if Garcia is hungover all day Saturday. That is about it.

Contractor

September 8th, 2011
8:04 pm

Was he even at the game? Is that what he meant by “What game?” Cause I sure didn’t see anything resembling the trash he talked about filling even a quarter of A.J’s shoes.

mark

September 8th, 2011
8:04 pm

sc42 dogs 13 yall boo loud and maybe we can get him run out sunday morning.

Pierce CO Dawg

September 8th, 2011
8:12 pm

Lets get ready to roll DAWGS?????

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 8th, 2011
8:16 pm

Hopefully after this week I wont have to endure anymore photos of those power ranger uniforms

Every sports talk radio has been laughing about how horrible they look

Maybe thats why Bobo couldnt call a good game. He was dumbfounded and couldnt consentrate because they looked so ugly

mike w. on lake hartwell

September 8th, 2011
8:17 pm

Gata Saturday dawgs! Boise was pleasure. Time to get down to business!

Pierce CO Dawg

September 8th, 2011
8:17 pm

Mark you need to quit being a critic. Maybe you want turn the TV on,Georgia does not need fans like you! You remind me of a couple of losers we had on our high school football team! Always belly aching.

Bill Collins

September 8th, 2011
8:19 pm

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY AND LOUISIANA-MONROE!! This is so insulting to Georgia Football that it makes this old fan(70 yrs of living and dying with GA) so sick at his stomach that I will never buy another ticket! Mcgarity’s plan is to lessen the quality of the competition rather than improve the coaching staff! WHAT A BUMMER!

Pierce CO Dawg

September 8th, 2011
8:19 pm

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rev. Richt

September 8th, 2011
8:22 pm

Good evening everyone! Coach Bobo and I will be meeting at the UGA pool this evening for a swim, and to discuss our new no huddle (pass on 1st down) offense. See y’all on Saturday! God bless!

Pierce CO Dawg

September 8th, 2011
8:23 pm

Bill Collins i am glad they did not throw Dooley under the bus. He had 5 or 6 straight seasons under 500 before he won the national championship.

CHDawg

September 8th, 2011
8:25 pm

Cat, Agreed. MM looks like he can play this game. On Crowell, there was one run where he nicely bounced outside and our WR just ran by his block. The safety was able to slow him down for a decent gain. Had we blocked him Crowell would have had at least 10 more yards and maybe more. I think it was Bennett, but I could be wrong on that one. The play where Charles ran right by the guy would have easily made the 1st if anybody had blocked the BSU player. A block here, and a block there–could have made a difference. It bothered me that Charles left him untouched, so it is good to know he was doing his job.

Pierce CO Dawg

September 8th, 2011
8:26 pm

GA 14 USC 10

You Got That Right

September 8th, 2011
8:26 pm

Crowell could gain 1,000 yard this freshman season,,,,,if there was a 37 game season.

You Georgie fans are funny peoples.

Rad Penties

September 8th, 2011
8:27 pm

They dress like clowns, they play like clowns. Not even their lucky red panties would help them this week.

South Carolina by 17. Another humiliating beatdown of Richt’s goons.

Pierce CO Dawg

September 8th, 2011
8:28 pm

CH Dawg maybe we can get things rolling Saturday. I pray we can.

CHDawg

September 8th, 2011
8:28 pm

Although I do wonder on 4th and one, why Charles would consider blocking anybody past the immediate line of scrimmage area? Maybe keeping the safeties honest? I don’t know.

dawg from a distance

September 8th, 2011
8:29 pm

FOCUS Dawgs FOCUS. We have to have this game against the chickens.

GO DAWGS!

CHDawg

September 8th, 2011
8:29 pm

Me, too, Pierce/Dawg.

Georgie Fans

September 8th, 2011
8:32 pm

That’s a great one. I haven’t heard that in a long time.

Pierce CO Dawg

September 8th, 2011
8:32 pm

You non- supporters will be the first to jump on the band wagon when we win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!