Inside LB remake; Crowell’s honor; Ole Miss game time; TV ratings; more

(Updated 9 p.m.)

ATHENS –- Georgia’s remaining healthy inside linebackers — yes, there are a few — marvel at how the position has been decimated by injury.

“It’s just crazy, how one week Alec [Ogletree] goes down and the next week Christian [Robinson] goes down,” Mike Gilliard said.

“It’s unbelievable, the way our linebackers are getting hurt,” Amarlo Herrera said.

Ogletree suffered a broken foot in the season’s first game and will be sidelined for up to six weeks. Robinson suffered a less severe foot injury in the second game and will be out for two or three weeks. So with both of their starting inside linebackers sidelined, the Bulldogs got to work Monday on Plan C.

The latest depth chart lists Gilliard, a junior, and Herrera, a freshman, as the starters. Also working at inside linebacker in practice Monday were freshman Ramik Wilson, who shifted from outside linebacker, and Jeremy Sulek, a senior walk-on.

“The coaches said whoever practices the hardest at linebacker will start,” Wilson said. “It’s an equal game for all of us.”

Gilliard, in his third year in the program, sees this as an opportunity he needs to seize, albeit under undesired circumstances.

“I feel like it’s just one of those times I’ve got to step up and play ball,” Gilliard said. “It’s my opportunity, and I’ve got to go out there and take full advantage of it.”

Crowell shares honor

Isaiah Crowell’s introduction to Sanford Stadium drew notice from the SEC office on Monday.

The Georgia tailback shared the league’s freshman-of-the-week honors for his productive home debut against South Carolina. Crowell had 148 yards offense Saturday, including 118 rushing yards on 16 carries (7.4 yards per carry), and scored his first two collegiate touchdowns.

“You see he’s pretty special when he has the ball in his hands,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said afterward. “He’s got to continue to get himself in shape where he can carry it more and be in the game more.”

Crowell shared the SEC’s weekly top-freshman honor with Kentucky running back Josh Clemons, who is from Whitewater High in Fayetteville.

In Kentucky’s 27-13 victory over Central Michigan, Clemons rushed for 126 yards on 14 carries. He did most of his damage on a single play, an 87-yard touchdown run that was the longest rush by a Kentucky player since 1970 and the longest ever by a Kentucky freshman.

Not surprisingly, South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram was named the SEC’s special-teams player-of-the-week for his performance against Georgia. Ingram rambled 68 yards for a touchdown after taking a direct snap on a fake punt, and he fielded an onside kick near the end of the game to clinch the Gamecocks’ victory. What’s more, on defense, he scored a touchdown on a five-yard run with a late-game fumble recovery.

TV ratings up

The Georgia-South Carolina game posted a 17.3 rating in the Atlanta television market Saturday, up from a 16.7 for the Bulldogs’ season opener a week earlier.

The rating is the percentage of TV households in the market tuning in on average. Saturday’s rating translated to an audience of about 416,000 local homes.

Ole Miss time set

Georgia’s Sept. 24 game at Ole Miss will start at 12:21 p.m. and be televised on the SEC Network, it was announced Monday.

Georgia’s first two games were televised nationally on ESPN, and Saturday’s 1 p.m. home game against Coastal Carolina will be shown on pay-per-view.

A deep hole

History isn’t very comforting for Georgia fans trying to deal with the back-to-back losses to Boise State and South Carolina.

This is just the 11th time in UGA football history, which dates to 1892, that the Bulldogs started a season 0-2. And on the 10 previous occasions, the Dogs finished the season with a winning record only once: 6-5 in 1979.

Checking the stats

Two weeks into the season, Brandon Boykin ranks No. 1 in the SEC and No. 6 nationally in all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, punt returns and kickoff returns) with an average of 194 per game.

He had an 80-yard rushing touchdown against Boise State and seven kickoff returns for 184 yards against South Carolina.

“This is my last year, so I’m going to do whatever it takes,” Boykin said. “Maybe next week, or whenever, we’ll try to put some more stuff in.”

– Tim Tucker

233 comments Add your comment

JAWJeRDAWG

September 12th, 2011
7:06 pm

Stay focused, Bulldogs. Practice hard, and play hard like you did Saturday. UGA fans are behind you. .. Go Dawgs!

bulldawgbill

September 12th, 2011
7:08 pm

FIRE RICHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kramer

September 12th, 2011
7:11 pm

These pretzels are making me thirsty!

Bulldog Papi

September 12th, 2011
7:16 pm

1 winning season after starting 0-2????

http://www.philsteele.com/Blogs/Individual_Team_blogs/Georgia_Blog.html

Read the above for an absolutely honest take on our situation. Good read.

And go Mark Fox!!!!! Great get in Morris!!!!!!!

Frank Lane

September 12th, 2011
7:18 pm

I think we would be better off firing some fans rather than Richt.

Janes

September 12th, 2011
7:20 pm

You win in the SEC with offense. UGA needs to load up playmakers on the offensive side of the ball and just outscore opponenets like Auburn did last year. Stack 8 in the box on defense to stop the run and trust Commings/Rambo/Love to do their jobs.

Last 3 SEC winners have averaged over 40 points a game on offfense.

Let’s get Boykin more involved.

Janes

September 12th, 2011
7:22 pm

This team will either go 9-4, which is a 50% improvement over last year’s 6-7 record, or 8-5, which is a 30% improvement. Let’s just get to 8 or 9 wins this year, and then in 2012, let’s blow the top off.

War Dang Dawg

September 12th, 2011
7:26 pm

Well, who knows. If we play like we did Saturday and eliminate a mistake or two, this team could go on a run. The stats aside, I don’t see a losing season. The schedule just sets up too well for that.

Oh NO BOBO

September 12th, 2011
7:27 pm

Did Bobo make all the calls Saturday? It seemed more creative than usual. I like the short passes and the passes to the FB and RBs. I still hate the shotgun.

Can we see some Christian LeMay mixed in? How about Chase Vasser and Boo Malcom?

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 12th, 2011
7:27 pm

Yea Bobo we see that Crowell is special so why did we only run him 16 times

Did he pass the test for you. Does he get the ball 17 times this week

01HAWK

September 12th, 2011
7:28 pm

UGA missed on this guy:

GEORGIA never offered this guy. Dad palyed at UGA. They could sure use him now.

Biography

Josh Clemons says he can bench 325-pounds, squat 465 and claims a 36-inch vertical jump. His personal best 100m time is 10.89. Clemons will on play football in college.
Clemons plans to major in business and reports a 3.6 core GPA and a 900 two-part SAT, which he is retaking on Dec. 4.

Partial senior (8-2) stats: 1,600 yards rushing with 23 touchdowns

Clemons: “I run with power and use my speed well. I’m more of a downhill runner and can usually make something happen.

“I want to accelerate better and just be able to break on the ball and be gone.”

Clemons has big-time football in his genes.

His dad, Charlie, played linebacker at Georgia and then for three NFL teams, including the St. Louis Rams Super Bowl championship squad (1999 season). One of Josh’s cousins, Chris Clemons, is a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks. Another cousin, Nic Clemons, also played for the University of Georgia.

At Whitewater High School, “we knew Josh was going to be a college back real early,” says Wes Hardin, the school’s offensive coordinator. “What we didn’t know as far as him being a real, big-time, SEC-kind of back was whether he was going to get tall enough.”

After shoulder and ankle injuries limited Clemons’ sophomore-year production at Whitewater, the back emerged as a star as a high school junior.

As a senior, Clemons averaged 8.3 yards a carry and ran for 2,003 yards. He was named Georgia Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Schools such as Central Florida, Maryland and Mississippi State vied for his services. Tennessee and Kentucky got in on Clemons later, Hardin says.

Georgia — where, remember, Clemons’ dad had played — never offered. “I think that was his dream school,” Hardin says of Josh.

Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2011/09/08/1873026/kentucky-hoping-freshman-rb-clemons.html#ixzz1Xmeokhsy

Calhoundawg

September 12th, 2011
7:28 pm

I’ll take this early opportunity to express my opinion concerning the future of Mark Richt as our head football coach. Namely, that any one who thinks he should be fired is a self-centered, egotistical, fool who doesn’t deserve to be called a Georgia Bulldog fan. These people are only showing their short-sighted, spoiled-a** backsides and, quite honestly, make me sick. Mark Richt is the ONLY reason Georgia Football is where it is, and getting rid of him only sets us up for rebuilding for another ten years. I say once again, look what trashing Phil Fulmer did for a once-proud program like Tennessee, whose fan’s lust for glory put them through the shame of Lane Kiffin. They still suck and their recruiting has bottomed out to nothing. Is that what you morons want?

This is to say nothing of the message you all are sending to the heart and soul of our program — the players. Elite talent who would rather quit playing the game rather than play for another coach. Why do you think these guys still come and are still coming? To play for Coach Richt. I’m embarrassed and deeply ashamed to be a part of a fan base who is trashing such an esteemed and beloved coach two games into the season front of the warriors who actually play the game on Saturdays. You all are a bunch of spoiled brats (because of Richt’s success) who don’t deserve to wear the name.

God Bless you Coach Richt. God Bless Georgia. Go Dawgs !!!!!

dawgfan

September 12th, 2011
7:32 pm

Richt was holding play cards for the first time in a long while, so im betting he had a good say in most of these plays. we dominated this game just got unlucky on 4 or 5 plays. and crowell had bruised ribs thats why he didnt get as many touches

Snoopy

September 12th, 2011
7:33 pm

Lots of firepower on display for Georgia on Saturday. Georgia should score 40+ from here on out if they don’t have a lot of injuries. Biggest concern is Murray plays great when we’re down 2 scores, but makes mistakes taking sacks, overthrowing open receivers and turning the ball over with the game on the line. I hope he can learn how to close out a game because he’s very talented.

01HAWK

September 12th, 2011
7:34 pm

You see he’s pretty special when he has the ball in his hands,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said afterward. “He’s got to continue to get himself in shape where he can carry it more and be in the game more.”

He was the featured back at his high school. What do you mean when he gets in shape BOBO ?

Shouldn’t he alrady be in shape ?

Oh NO BOBO

September 12th, 2011
7:35 pm

dawgfan, I was guessing that Bobo had some help in play calling. Just the same, I think the shot-gun should be used only 10 to 20% of the time.

Good things seemed to happen when we had the QB under center and the back or back and fullback behind him. BTW, did Figgins get any handoffs? I know he rumbled on a couple of passes.

01HAWK

September 12th, 2011
7:36 pm

JOHN JENKINS is not who you thought he was

Snoopy

September 12th, 2011
7:36 pm

Oh yeah very impressed with the freshman receiver Bennett, his touchdown catch and third down grab were very clutch.

Oh NO BOBO

September 12th, 2011
7:37 pm

Snoopy, Murray does seem to loose focus. I kept hoping we could open a two td lead, but he only seemed really focused after he threw the pick 6. When we got the lead, boom!, he gets sacked and doesn’t tuck the ball away.

He is talented, but I think he must be looking at the cheerleaders or something.

Snoopy

September 12th, 2011
7:42 pm

01HAWK- Crowell had a groin injury most of preseason and missed a good bit of practices so his conditioning is probably not where it should be.

01HAWK

September 12th, 2011
7:45 pm

Thanks SNOOPY………………………Forgot about his injury. I guess you could say that about John JENKINS also the reason he has not looked very good.

Robert

September 12th, 2011
7:50 pm

Jim Donnan deserves an apology……8 and 4 and you get fired!!!!!!!!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 12th, 2011
7:51 pm

Calhoundawg

Since 2006

Richt is 13-13 in the SEC east
23-18 in all SEC games
1-4 vs FL
3-10 vs top 10 teams
We are now 14-14 the last 28 games

Also UGA was something way before Richt got here

And you bring up Tenn and Fulmer

Then lets take AL

When Bear left AL struggled until they got Stallings and won a NC, When Stallings left AL struggled until they got Saban and a NC

Great programs will struggle but great programs will rebound with the right coach

And your Tenn example, Fulmer was exposed when Cutcliff left pure and simple

Im glad your ashamed of some fans wanting better. now go pull for Ole Miss, Ky or Vandy where moral victories like what happened Saturday get you contract extensions

icedawg

September 12th, 2011
7:55 pm

Ok. 8-4. Lost to BS, SC, UT, FL and could very well lose to MsS, AU and Tk.

joseph

September 12th, 2011
7:56 pm

calhoundawg
i agree with you that mr is the reason that uga football is where it is at today. if you like losing mr is the coach you want. but if you want to win you had better get someone else.

hipdawg

September 12th, 2011
7:59 pm

ok trolls, let CMR go and get Boise coach.If you look at trends and patterns, it is time for a hard nose coach and yes ga actually played football before CMR .p.s. tenn is trending up and so is fla.

Calhoundawg

September 12th, 2011
7:59 pm

Mark Richt didn’t lose the game in Athens, Saturday. Aaron Murray and Isaiah Crowell did. CMR had the team as prepared as was humanly possible. I suppose you blame Barack Obama for this country’s current financial crises, too. Whatever.

Desert Dawg

September 12th, 2011
8:00 pm

@ Flat Tire: I was thinking the same. Now that we and the rest of the SEC knows that Crowell is the real deal the million dollar question is does Bobo know?

Snellville GT

September 12th, 2011
8:01 pm

Mike Bobo, you say Crowell has to get himself in shape…Is Crowell not in shape???

Beast from the East

September 12th, 2011
8:01 pm

Bulldog Papi,
That’s quite a telling aticle you posted the link to. We’ll all just have to wait and see how the season plays out, but it doesn’t look promising.

icedawg

September 12th, 2011
8:01 pm

Dawgs do have some talented players at a few positions. Murray, Crowell and several receivers, Figgins. Special teams. Offensive line at this point is so, so. Defense continues to be the killer. It cannot stop anyone and get off of the field. This has been the case for 4 years. Dawgs are average, 2nd tier SEC.

GTJeff

September 12th, 2011
8:02 pm

Calhoundawg. College football is not about how good of a Christian man you are. Its about winning games. UGA’s program was something LONG before Richt arrived. He took the program as far as he could & did a good job in the early to mid 2000s. Now he is too busy with his life outside of football to really do what is necessary to get it back where it should be. As a diehard Tech fan I would LOVE to have the talent UGA has. Richt can get the 5 star recruits but does not know how to coach them to function at a 5 star level (like Bama, LSU & Auburn).

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 12th, 2011
8:04 pm

Calhoundawg

Spoken like a true Obama supporter

Blame blame blame for 3 years and the economy still gets worse

Oh and blame players but not the coach yea your ashamed of people on here wow

I guess Murray is to blame for being 2-8 vs FL right
I guess Murray is to blame for being 13-13 in SEC east since 2006

Calhoundawg

September 12th, 2011
8:06 pm

hipdawg, Tennessee is trending up? Oh yes, monstrous wins over Montana and Cincinnati. What would they have done with Boise? south Carolina has beaten them two of the last three years, and they lost their bowl game. Case in point for the intelligence quotient of many people on these blogs. Oh, and Georgia kicked their butts last year (with a 6-7 team). Up, yes, most definitely.

Old Coach

September 12th, 2011
8:06 pm

I can not believe that an absolute moron states that Crowell was a feature back in HS and wanting to compare that to the SEC! UNBELIEVABLE. And yes Bobo did call the plays and did an outstanding job. Get with this program or find another team to support like most of you idiots calling for the staff to be fired after 2 games ever really supported UGA. You are probably athletic supporters for sure!

Oh NO BOBO

September 12th, 2011
8:06 pm

tide roll, I loved it when we blind sided that drunk Garcia. Was it Jarvious or Boykin? I just wish we could have nailed him a few more times.

Calhoundawg

September 12th, 2011
8:08 pm

Richt didn’t throw the interception or fumble the ball. let’s just quit football altogether since everyone at UGA is inept. and, the Obama comment was tongue-in-cheek sarcasm. Guess you missed the joke.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 12th, 2011
8:08 pm

Desert Dawg

Well maybe if we are good UGA fans Crowell gets to run the ball 20 times

Now if we leave early because we are getting beat expect to be punished the following week with Crowell getting less than 10 carries

Burbank Dawg

September 12th, 2011
8:09 pm

When was the last time a “moral victory” saved a coach’s job? Guess we’ll find out this season.

Beast from the East

September 12th, 2011
8:11 pm

Calhoundawg,
Who should be held accountable for the current state of affairs with the UGA football team and their inferior production if not the head coach? You may be satisfied with the results, but you have become the minority. Don’t believe me? Read the news, read these blog comments, look at the fans exiting early. They’re fed up.

Going forward . . .

September 12th, 2011
8:12 pm

If Bobo runs sufficient amount of I formation and the o-line reaches their potential, we will beat ranked teams down the line (such as Florida, Miss. State, and Auburn). Give Richt the rest of the season (after all can’t fire him now), and then evaluate. For now, I hope all Dawg fans rally around their coach and team.

David

September 12th, 2011
8:12 pm

HAHAHAHAHA!!!
UGA SUCKS

Oh NO BOBO

September 12th, 2011
8:12 pm

Calhoundawg, “I suppose you blame Barack Obama for this country’s current financial crises, too.” – Over and over.

I hear that this is an athletic board and not political board. Obama is so horrible that is is hard for some people not to vent about him, but we should try not too. Yeah, his policies are bankrupting the nation, he golfs and vacations all the time, and he has to read his speeches, but those of you who want to call him out as a fool, should be considerate of others who don’t know it or love him anyway.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 12th, 2011
8:13 pm

Calhoundawg

I guess Richt and his staff didnt know there was such a thing as a fake punt or sitting Cordy Glenn for letting Clowny go unblocked on both those sacks

I guess they didnt know Lattimore was going to run the ball either all game

Calhoundawg

September 12th, 2011
8:14 pm

GT Jeff, college football is about coaching student athletes playing a game and mentoring young men in the “game” of life. No one does it better than Mark Richt. I guess your “winning games” comment says more about society itself than anything else.

bitter HERSHALtavius-walkerdontavis

September 12th, 2011
8:15 pm

my 5th personnlity says dawgs start running over folks————or im coming back for my senior year

—————dawgs rule rest of year———-butt please allow mason some playing time he will prove

—————to be the QB that does not fumble the ball——-murry its not your show—-

——————dont be another out of state flucky

hipdawg

September 12th, 2011
8:15 pm

Yea my bad calhounclown.I was using the example of two teams that have new coaches and about tenn.they had lsu beat last year and they have a pro qb that is great, so I WANT a change now and coaches can turn around a team in 2 years

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 12th, 2011
8:15 pm

Anyone have a link to the Mark Richt call in show. WSB isnt playing it online

I want to make sure I can hear Calhoun kool-aid drinker call in

Calhoundawg

September 12th, 2011
8:17 pm

Jacksonville, I’ll concede the fake punt. Probably never would have happened to Saban, true enough.

rincon dawg

September 12th, 2011
8:17 pm

you people make me sick. why play the game if not to win? so you can get drunk and party with your friends and family? Is it that cmr is just a great and lovable christian man? Let me ask you one question, if religion belongs in football then why is there not a priest coaching for Notre Damme? Thanks, keep thinking cmr is the greastest coach ever. This university is a fine institution for the great state of georgia since 1785 and he didnt not put georgia on the map. Look at the building names and monuments around campus to see who put uga football on the map.