Cleaning out the notebook heading into Ole Miss week. . . .
Georgia coach Mark Richt indicated that tailback Isaiah Crowell aggravated his injured ribs against Coastal Carolina this past Saturday because he didn’t wear the special rib protection padding sports medicine director Ron Courson laid out for him. Crowell admits he hurt his ribs but that it wasn’t from a hit.
“I didn’t get hit on them this time,” said Crowell, who was initially injured in the first half of the South Carolin game. “I just twisted the wrong way. I hurt the myself, really. So I’ll have to go to treatment and stuff and get them worked on. But I’ll be ready for next week.”
Asked about Crowell in his postgame press conference, Richt said: “He didn’t wear his rib protectors to start the game and he probably should have. That’s what freshmen do. I’m sure he felt good by the end of the week and didn’t feel like he needed them.”
Update: Crowell is expected to wear rib protection for the Ole Miss game.
Orson Charles denied defensive debut
If Orson Charles and Todd Grantham had their way, the junior tight end would have played some defense late in the Coastal Carolina game. Charles somehow convinced the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator to let him have a crack at that side of the ball should the opportunity arise, which it did in the 59-0 win this past Saturday. But Grantham told him to get an OK from Richt and Charles was summarily denied.
“Before Todd did it, he asked me could he do it, and I said, ‘No.’ There’s no way,” Richt said. “He was mad at me, but I said, ‘Look, Coach Grantham kept his promise to you; I made him break it.’ But Todd was ready and willing and able to put him in there. I said, ‘No way.’”
Dogs vs. Dogs get noon start
The Oct. 1 Georgia-Mississippi State game was picked up by television on Monday and slated for a noon start. It will be broadcast by the Fox Sports Network (FSN).
It will mark Georgia’s first appearance on FSN this season. The Bulldogs have appeared on FSN six times overall and are 4-2 when playing on the network.
Georgia got passed over by Alabama at Florida, Auburn at South Carolina and Arkansas-Texas A&M, all of which are being considered for a CBS 3:30 p.m./8 p.m. doubleheader