UGA linebacker Robinson out ‘at least’ two weeks, plus other updates

Another week, another injury to a key Georgia linebacker.

Christian Robinson will miss “at least a couple” of games with a foot injury sustained in Saturday’s loss to South Carolina, UGA coach Mark Richt said Sunday.

The injury, coming one week after Alec Ogletree suffered a broken foot in the season opener, leaves Georgia (0-2, 0-1 SEC) without both of its starting inside linebackers.

Compounding the problem, inside linebacker was probably the thinnest position area on Georgia’s defense and the one at which the team was least equipped to withstand injuries.

“We’ve definitely got a challenge at the linebacker position right now,” Richt said.

Ogletree, who underwent surgery last week, is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks. Richt did not have medical details on Robinson’s injury — he suggested it might involve a hairline fracture — but said it is not as severe as Ogletree’s.

The first names Richt mentioned as candidates to fill in for Robinson in the next two games — Saturday at home against Coastal Carolina and Sept. 24 at Ole Miss — are from the same trio that competed last week for Ogletree’s spot: junior Michael Gilliard, freshman Amarlo Herrera and senior walk-on Jeremy Sulek. Herrera started against South Carolina, but all three played.

Richt suggested that freshman Ramik Wilson or perhaps Chase Vasser might shift from outside linebacker to get some work at the depleted inside position. Moving Richard Samuel back from tailback to linebacker, or moving Jarvis Jones from outside linebacker to inside, are not wise options at this point, Richt said.

“You might weaken two spots if you take Jarvis away from what he’s doing and put him inside,” Richt said.

Robinson’s position is the on-field leader of Georgia’s defense, and “somebody is going to have to really get in there and be able to handle a lot of the communication issues,” Richt said.

Robinson, a junior, had a team-leading eight tackles Saturday before being injured late in the game. He was unable to play on the Bulldogs’ final defensive series. He was in the locker room afterward with a bag of ice on his left foot.

Among other topics Richt discussed Sunday:

  • Although left guard Kenarious Gates is expected to play this week after missing the South Carolina game with an injured ankle, he “is going to have to compete to get back in the starting lineup,” Richt said. That’s because of a strong performance by Dallas Lee in his first collegiate start Saturday. Right guard Chris Burnette also played well against the Gamecocks after he “quite frankly didn’t play all that well in the first game,” Richt said.
  • After reviewing film of Isaiah Crowell’s costly third-quarter fumble, which led to a South Carolina touchdown, Richt indicated the freshman tailback might have taken too much responsibility when he said after the game the botched handoff was entirely his fault. Quarterback Aaron Murray was “hobbling” from a hit on the preceding play and “didn’t bring the ball as deep as he normally would,” Richt said. “Isaiah should have been more patient, but certainly the timing in my opinion was different because of Murray hobbling back there instead of really sprinting.”
  • Although tight end Orson Charles did not catch a pass Saturday, he “had his very best game as a blocker,” according to Richt. “Run blocking, pass protecting –- I don’t think I’ve seen him play with that kind of intensity.”
  • Richt liked what he saw from the wide receivers. “You see Malcolm [Mitchell] coming on and Michael Bennett having a big day and making some plays. I think we have at least six guys who can make plays out there. I’m encouraged, definitely.”

– Tim Tucker, UGA blog

392 comments Add your comment

GT GRAD

September 11th, 2011
6:33 pm

Not good news for UGA.

I sincerely hope the players get well and are able to return soon. These are college kids we are talking about; anyone who is glad they are injured should reflect on personal priorities.

Mark Richt and company do not need any more injuries……….they are already on a VERY hot seat.

Athens Dawg

September 11th, 2011
6:34 pm

Uh-Oh. Robinson was playing great for us. Good thing our next two games are against Coastal Carolina and Ole Miss. Get well soon Robinson! Move Samuel back to LB. He should have stayed over there anyway. Crowell is our guy anyway. Where is Boo Malcome?

chuck

September 11th, 2011
6:37 pm

CMR is overmatched in his position. The most ecent example is the roster management is horrible. How can a team with 85 potential scholarships have to resort to having a walk on take the majority of snaps at ILB after ONE injury? Now we are out of ILB after 2 injuries. Already, UGA doesn’t have enough OL on scholarship. How can this keep happening? OL has had 5 of 22 starters for as long as the sport has existed. That means sign 4 to 5 EVERY year. Apparently the entire campus except CMR and the football coaches knew that Caleb King wasn’t going to pass enough classes to be eligible this fall. How could CMR not use one of those 8 extra scholarships on a RB? The same goes for ILB. CMR can’t get the concept that recruiting is an every year job. For 2012, UGA currently has two commitments from the ESPN top 20 in Georgia. UGA doesn’t have a commitment from ANY LB or RB. UGA’s recruiting class for 2012 is ranking 31st and that just won’t cut it.

MarineDog

September 11th, 2011
6:38 pm

Boy, we just can’t catch a break with these key injuries!

Randall "Pink" Floyd

September 11th, 2011
6:40 pm

Samuel back to LB should be a no-brainer now. It’s better for UGA, and it’ll be better for Richard despite everything that’s already been said.

Seemingly

September 11th, 2011
6:45 pm

It is easier to run a 4-3 in college when that is the personnel you have equipped yourself for.

Dwayne

September 11th, 2011
6:45 pm

Fire Richt….Offer Kirby Smart alot of money…look at Alabama’s D….we need to do it NOW…..!!!

freshd

September 11th, 2011
6:45 pm

when are we gonna see Ray Drew? I heard all this buildup about the guy, lets see him play. Also UGA can move Samuel back to defense because Crowell needs to play more, and keep Figgins in there to help block. He played a hell of a game.

DamntheButcher

September 11th, 2011
6:45 pm

Thin at LB… Thin on the O line… Thin at DB… Where in the hell are these top recruiting classes at???????????

John Galt

September 11th, 2011
6:45 pm

CMR has got to get over his commitment to loyalty over ability. Well before the end of the 1st quarter it was obvious that Crowell is the real deal and that he didn’t need to leave the field unless he asked for a breather. However, he continued to give Samual carries; I guess it was because he is a DGD (no argument), but everytime he carried the ball it was a wasted opportunity because of what IC might have done if HE had the rock.

All of that is to say that Samuel is not needed at TB- get him back on defense IMMEDIATELY, and let him gain some on the field experience against CC.

DamntheButcher

September 11th, 2011
6:46 pm

Mark Richt is holding these players out so he will have an excuse.

MarineDog

September 11th, 2011
6:51 pm

Crowell and Figgins in the backfield at the same time would be a good combination.

Dawgs Run This State!

September 11th, 2011
6:52 pm

We need to get behind this team… And coach. I see great things in the making from these you guys and lack of support will hurt. See you Saturday.

trupert

September 11th, 2011
6:52 pm

Christian, I hope you make a fast and complete recovery. You played a great game and you will be missed.

All you trolls on here pretending to be real UGA fan’s really need to get a life.

Athens Dawg

September 11th, 2011
6:53 pm

Crowell should touch the ball at least 25 times from here on out. Make him your workhorse. That way Murray won’t have so much pressure on him to win games because I assure you once teams get a whiff of Crowell and how good he is, they’ll start to stack that box, then unlike Garcia, Murray will pick them completely apart.

ryan

September 11th, 2011
6:53 pm

Bad weekend all around UGA and the Falcons i never thought i would say can’t wait till Monday .

Sufferingfalondawg

September 11th, 2011
6:53 pm

Dwayne,

You’re right, BoBO today, but might save recruiting to fire both now! time for action……..It is making the program weak!

Concerned Dawg

September 11th, 2011
6:55 pm

Lack of depth at ILB is not the problem, turnovers are. UGA has as much individual talent as any other team in the country. It is the duty of coaches to mold those individuals into the most talented “team”.

chilidawg

September 11th, 2011
6:56 pm

Yep, time to move Samuel. AGAIN. I feel for the guy. What a waste of time and talent.

Sufferingfalcondawg

September 11th, 2011
6:56 pm

The state of Georgia can’t find a decent offensive coord…..???? Georgia seems to be trying out for the ACC!

CHDawg

September 11th, 2011
6:57 pm

I thought that was Robinson’s best game far and away. He was everywhere, and his leadership really made a difference. Hope he is back soon! The whole D played well.

Dawgs Run This State!

September 11th, 2011
6:58 pm

I’m not a Bobo fan myself but give the guy a break… They scored 42 offensive points against a decent D yesterday.

Sufferingfalcondawg

September 11th, 2011
6:59 pm

I thought the D played well, Special teams were not special!

chilidawg

September 11th, 2011
7:00 pm

chuck, we just got worked by a Mountain West team whose recruiting classes are normally in the 60’s. It’s not talent we lack, but rather coaching.

MarineDog

September 11th, 2011
7:02 pm

@AthensDawg,

I don’t think they have much of a choice but to give Crowell the 25 times a game. It is one of the keys to success for the rest of the season. I’m concerned, but not quite yet in full panic mode. They have just take care of business for the rest of the year. No more room for error. I will continue to support the team regardless of whether the current staff remains or if they change the staff. It’s a huge distraction to the team with all the “hot seat” talk. Should wait until the end of the year and if changes are warranted, then make them. We should not be saying it’s a losing cause with 10 games left.

nash

September 11th, 2011
7:02 pm

I feel the same way as most fans at this point about Samuals. If he has the speed and size to play the position put him back there. I think the young man has his degree at this point and, is smart enough to handle the transition if he only plays a few snaps over the next two or three weeks and, consider that Boo was the 9th best back in thecountry when he came out he should at least get a shot at being IC back up

bigdaddy J

September 11th, 2011
7:05 pm

and the hits keep on coming….move Samuel back to LB. We have Malcomb and the little squirt back to run when Crowell come soff for a breather.

MarineDog

September 11th, 2011
7:07 pm

Is Malcome still hurt?

Michael

September 11th, 2011
7:10 pm

We have to move Samuel back to linebacker. Crowell proved he’s an impact player, so I will live or die with him as the feature tailback. Carlton Thomas and Boo Malcome should give depth.

CHDawg

September 11th, 2011
7:13 pm

Malcome may be hurt, but he clearly has the potential to be a great back. He has the size, and he has good speed when he is healthy. The problem is that he has been getting a lot of nagging injuries, and I gather from Richt’s comments that he hasn’t looked that great in camp. But, like Richt himself, a weird series of injuries can make great players and great coaches look bad. I think Malcome has the potential to be a great back. A one-two punch of Crowell and Malcome could be awesome over the next couple of years.

Keith

September 11th, 2011
7:16 pm

If Saban doesn’t come with K. Smart he ain’t sheit! Get real folks, we need an experienced Head Coach.

MarineDog

September 11th, 2011
7:16 pm

Thanks CHDawg!

Hopefully, we will see that lineup sooner rather than later. I have to say, that I’m pretty impressed with Crowell. I’m glad they didn’t red-shirt him. Don’t see him staying more than 2 years.

dawggirl

September 11th, 2011
7:19 pm

Get better soon, Christian! You had a wonderful game, just concentrate on getting healthy. Best of luck for your recovery.

GoForTwo

September 11th, 2011
7:21 pm

On the four screen plays I saw, the line held their players less on each play.
On the fourth screen, it looked as if the line just let their player go bye and they where
in the back field almost before the ball. Sack, fumble, score. Run the screen, but
hold you man for several counts.

Kyotophantasy

September 11th, 2011
7:23 pm

With Robinson out, I guess it is onside kicks until he returns.

freshd

September 11th, 2011
7:25 pm

The year Malcome came out UGA should have went after Storm Johnson who put up better numbers than BOO. This guy has been hurt for two years with little nagging injuries. You cant play by sitting in the tub.

Dogs Smell

September 11th, 2011
7:25 pm

Go ahead dogs , tell us how good your team is and how the SEC crown is only 10 games away?

CHDawg

September 11th, 2011
7:26 pm

He has to stay three, doesn’t he? I loved watching Crowell, too. Love his acceleration on his cuts. It looks a little odd, doesn’t it? That is a gift. The fact that he is doing that in the SEC in his second game is a very good sign. The folks in Columbus had to have been proud of their boys on Saturday: Figgins, Jones, and Crowell all had great games. I suspect Figgins was open because they ignored him to cover Charles. Credit to Bobo for seeing that. He does get some serious criticism here. Malcome has the potential to be a true power back. He has the instincts that can’t be taught. Having an irritated groin for that long isn’t good, though. If he is hurt, we will likely have to wait to see him excel, but if we get him well and keep him encouraged, I think truly makes a difference for the Dawgs in the future. And he and Crowell complement each other beautifully. It certainly isn’t either or in their case. In the SEC you need depth, as we saw Sat.

Timmy

September 11th, 2011
7:29 pm

I’m taking Coastal Carolina and the points.

CHDawg

September 11th, 2011
7:30 pm

Go for two, not only that a couple of those screens were wide open! Crowell would still be running. If our line had checked the D linemen like they were supposed to, we would have won easily. The fumble six was a blown screen. Murray didn’t have time to let the screen develop because the lineman wasn’t touched. We need to 150 of those in practice. The press is covering that like it was pressure on a regular pass; looked like a blown assignment on the screen to me.

Why

September 11th, 2011
7:34 pm

I still want to know why is it when GA is behind that a player does something and that player beats his chest like an Ape? WHYYYYYYYY

ed f

September 11th, 2011
7:35 pm

Take away the Turnovers and what do you have. This team could easily win 10 in a row. Even the Ole Ball Coach said UGA outplayed them. Changing coaches will bring a Spark. I believe the Team has had way too much Pressure from all of us and the Media. We as the Media have helped make this what it is. So keep it up get a New Coach and 5 years will do it again. CMR has made Mistakes.
Take Time and get the Program Ready for a Change that Won’t cause a Setback.

This all Started when CMR gave up the Offense. No going back so on to the Next Coach. Iowa State has another Good one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why

September 11th, 2011
7:36 pm

How fat can Pam Oliver get in one off season???? Have you guys say her?

Why

September 11th, 2011
7:37 pm

DamntheButcher

September 11th, 2011
7:39 pm

All the Mark Richt lovers say give him time to turn the program around…. He as turned it around.. From a good team to a terrible one the last 5 years. This is not a situation of him coming into a program that needs to be turned around. He caused this mess and his Ass MUST BE FIRED!!!!!!

SAWB

September 11th, 2011
7:54 pm

“Stop trying to recruit only blacks to play football”.

Read some history Dude Coach Bear Bryant answered this question many years ago.

Roadrunner

September 11th, 2011
7:54 pm

The team looked 100% better this week, if they had fought & lost this same way against Boise I would hope there would be alot less criticism here. Starting out your schedule with the additional game against a #5 team was just stupid when you’re in the steep curve of a rebuilding process, and I doubt it was Richt’s idea to do so. The team looked good and I believe we’re going in the right direction. GO DAWGS!!!!

ole dawg

September 11th, 2011
7:56 pm

where are the dream team line men on both sides of the ball?? yes i am ole but has the game changed and we do not need line men. hard to run or pass when the other team is always in your backfield. does CMR have a secret dream team of line men, oh yes, i forgot wait till next year and the next and the next and the next. i will be dead by then.

MarineDog

September 11th, 2011
7:57 pm

@CHDawg,

I think it’s 2 years removed from high school before you’e eligible for the draft; I could be wrong though. However, the Columbus crew looked pretty good. I understand why the fans are so upset with the losses, but to even contemplate a coaching change once the season starts will do more harm than good.

Now, not later

September 11th, 2011
8:02 pm

Dump Richt, now and the bleeding and grieving will end. Go ahead and pay his buyout.