Three Bulldogs don’t make Ole Miss trip due to injuries

Oxford, Miss. — Greetings from The Grove. Well, actually the press box at Mississippi’s Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. But I was just in The Grove, the legendary tailgating area in the center of the Ole Miss campus. I always make it a point to make a pass through there whenever I come here. It’s a truly beautiful campus with some great SEC traditions.

After my tour of the Grove, I spent some time on the field watching the Georgia Bulldogs warm up. Here’s a few things I found out before today’s 12:21 p.m. kickoff:

  • Damian Swann did not make the trip. The sensational freshman cornerback from Atlanta, who made his first start last Saturday against Coastal Carolina, suffered a groin injury and was not going to play.
  • Also not here is freshman cornerback Chris Sanders. He injured a shoulder during practice this week. So the Dogs will be a little thin in the secondary today. As it is, though, Sanders’ main duty was on the kickoff return team.
  • That probably explains why Shawn Williams is starting at strong safety today. So his stint at “Mo” inside linebacker was just one week. Sanders Commings, who played safety while Williams was at linebacker, is expected to start at cornerback.
  • True freshman Amarlo Herrera was announced as the starter, or at least first-team, “Mo” inside linebacker.
  • Also, wide receiver Rantavious Wooten got into some sort of auto accident — as in car, not scooter — in the last few days and did not make the trip. He has a concussion, according to UGA spokesperson Claude Felton.
  • As for those who did make the trip, offensive linemen Kenarious Gates (ankle) and Chris Burnette (knee) both are present. Gates will start at right guard after Burnette fell out with a knee injury this week.
  • Isaiah Crowell is here and he’s wearing his rib protector.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for updates.

81 comments Add your comment

Indian Dawg

September 24th, 2011
12:16 pm

GO DAWGS!!!! GET AFTER THAT ASS! This office is about to get ROWDY!

Indian Dawg

September 24th, 2011
12:16 pm

First? A good omen indeed!

Mr Charlie

September 24th, 2011
1:15 pm

Who did we score 10 points in 10 minutes?

JAWJeRDAWG

September 24th, 2011
2:38 pm

Except for two Ole Miss trick plays so far, UGA looks good on O and D.

The two trick plays have really made us look bad, especially the reverse. Well both; the reverse for a TD and the on-side kick.

Gotta correct for those, play more focused on special teams, continue the good offensive and defensive play, and get the win.

I know some will say, it’s just Ole Miss and we should win, but a win is a win. Hope we get it! .. Go Dawgs!

JAWJeRDAWG

September 24th, 2011
3:18 pm

Good play calling. Good execution on offense, mixing up the run and pass plays.

But, yet another 3rd FG miss by Blair Walsh. Dang.

JAWJeRDAWG

September 24th, 2011
3:32 pm

Glad to see Blair come back and kick a good, solid 43 yd FG!

JAWJeRDAWG

September 24th, 2011
3:41 pm

Some really good individual play on both the offense and defensive side of the ball.

Seemed to be an overall, good team effort.

Never could quite put the game away, but it was never in doubt.

Glad to get the win; 27 – 13.

Still got some work to do to get ready for Miss State. .. Go Dawgs!

UGA grad 90

September 24th, 2011
3:50 pm

Vandy 30 Ole miss 7
UGA 27 Ole Miss 13

Nuff Said. Those of you questioning it, we are clearly part of the new SEC cellar dwellar list. Watch Vandy take us out this year…

JAWJeRDAWG

September 24th, 2011
4:00 pm

UGA grad 90

I’m pretty happy with our 475(?) to their 173(?) total yards.

O moved the ball well, and D looked great!

Just gotta correct the special teams D on punts and on on-side kicks.

Dawg Tired

September 24th, 2011
4:06 pm

How times have changed. Our fans actually seem satisfied with a 14 point win over a horrendous Ole Miss team that lost by 23 to…uh, uh… well, it was, uh, uh.. Vandy.

dawg from a distance

September 24th, 2011
4:06 pm

Sluggish to say the least and many areas that need improvement….
but a win is a win.

Go DAWGS!

JAWJeRDAWG

September 24th, 2011
4:11 pm

Dawg Tired

Satisfied no. Happy for a win; yes.

BG

September 24th, 2011
4:19 pm

Good win today. GO DAWGS!!!

marc

September 24th, 2011
4:29 pm

Richard Samuel is a LINEBACKER. Not a running back. Tired of seeing him run like his head weighs 450lbs. He trips over his own feet and I know he is all we got right now to back up crowell but Im just saying….

The Death March continues after a very .....

September 24th, 2011
4:43 pm

Murray still hums the ball too high, is inacurrate and is constantly in a panic due to his O line woes. We continue to drop easy balls, such as # 82 Mike Bennett and his TD MISS. Easy catch he muffed it.

As for Walsh, his mind is elsewhere. He needs to be told that we will use Bogatay if need be. Walsh has hurt UGA all year and in fact, cost UGA the SC game with his botched FG and PAT.

Tirck plays continue to make CMR look utterly clueless. We seem to not have any awareness of those possibilities. None.

Next week MSU. Win and live to coach another day, lose and bye bye CMR. It is what it is and it should be with his $3.6 million package, plus perks and tv and radio product endorsements.

10-2, SEC East Champs and a trip to the Dome and a chance to win 11 in the Cap One Bowl is what we alumni are expecting now.

Next week could be Dan Mullen’s dress rehearsal, although UGA could do far better than he.

Go Dogs.

Dawgzone77

September 24th, 2011
4:50 pm

Big game on the road and we got a w. Get on the bus and get back to Athens and start working on Miss State. Proud of our team for taking care of business.

PIERCE CO DAWG

September 24th, 2011
4:57 pm

UGA GRAD 90 you are a tech fan.You do not fool us.

MY 2 cents

September 24th, 2011
4:58 pm

Richt again played nice. Too much of a gentleman to beat the breaks off of Nutt. Great to have a road win though.

oakwood dawg

September 24th, 2011
5:22 pm

cmr needs to go and take blair walsh with him. we should have beat this team by at least 30 points. Unless we get much much better we will do good to win 4 more games. todays defensive performance was awful. we seem to have no defense against trick plays. i’m a uga grad and love the dawgs but lets face it—we are not very good.

Bob

September 24th, 2011
5:34 pm

JAWJerDAWG…what are you smoking? Against any other SEC or Duke from the ACC, we get beat. Bad special teams play for the past three years and nothing changes. BTW, who is in charge of our special teams?

UGADawg 84

September 24th, 2011
5:48 pm

Oakwood dawg

todays defensive performance was awful? What the hell are you talking about? We gave up 1 TD, 183 yards, had 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, and numerous tackles behind the line. What more do they need to do? Get your head out of your ass and be a little positive about the team. We WON for Christ sake!

JAWJeRDAWG

September 24th, 2011
5:52 pm

Bob

Read it again. I didn’t say the special team play was good; just the opposite.

And, we weren’t playing any other SEC or Duke from the ACC team today; we were playing Ole Miss.

And we won. Can we play better? Hope so.

JAWJeRDAWG

September 24th, 2011
5:53 pm

And, we played good enough to win.

JAWJeRDAWG

September 24th, 2011
5:57 pm

And, Bob

Wasn’t winning the focal point of playing the game?

Oh NO BOBO

September 24th, 2011
6:02 pm

Come on guys, Blair Walsh is a great dawg and has done great for us. He needs to stop thinking about this being his last year and stop hoping for the NFL and just do his thing. He needs to get his mind right.

Indian Dawg

September 24th, 2011
6:07 pm

Dear God, we could win by 200 and some of y’all STILL wouldn’t be happy. You would say “It’s just Ole Miss”. This game was a lose-lose situation to begin with. Just be happy we got a win and go drink or get laid or something to make you smile. Goodness.

Tech Guy

September 24th, 2011
6:10 pm

So when are the dawgs gonna beat a team with a winning record?

leem

September 24th, 2011
6:43 pm

Tech guy
When we play tech

Ga Wins

September 24th, 2011
7:35 pm

An ugly win is still a win. Could it be that we are just playing at the same level of our opponents? Next week will be a more serious test. One game at a time is how we should be approaching this season a win next will go a long way to instilling confidence in a very young team. Give them time to mature.

Bulldog Bob

September 24th, 2011
7:39 pm

I am happy to get a win on the road in the SEC. Good job Dogs! Got to clean up the slop on special teams or we will not have a chance as our schedule gets into our October opponents.

Dnice

September 24th, 2011
8:28 pm

Well like you said at least it was a car and not a scooter (so wrong) My apologies LOL. I remember when Ole Miss meant 4 TDs game by a running back and backups galore playing. Be gone quickly Mark RIcht we need a new direction because this program is going SOUTH quickly.

Pollyanna

September 24th, 2011
8:56 pm

Mark Richt’s Entire Tenure at UGA :

03-10 vs teams who finished in the AP Poll Top 10
17-26 vs teams who finished in the AP Poll Top 25
Lost to 10 more teams who did not finish AP Poll Top 25

MattUGA1

September 24th, 2011
9:28 pm

Pollyanna take the win and be happy. The dawgs will get better every week. Do I think Bobo should go?…Yes. Richt will bring us another SEC title within the next two years. Take it to the bank. How many SEC title’s did we win post Dooley ?…That’s right zero.

The Monger

September 24th, 2011
9:39 pm

Please Read Pollyanna’s post….Mark Richts Entire Tenure at UGA….

He is not a BIG GAME COACH. Those stats by pollyanna

3-10 vs top 10
17-26 vs top 25
and 10 more losses against Unranked…

sad….just sad…Mark Richt is one of the worst Big Game Coaches in SEC history, and when he starts losing to Colorado and Central Florida, he is pathetic. Very bad coordinators, make for a truly undisciplined, undercoached, out of shape, and just lousy team…

The Monger

September 24th, 2011
9:44 pm

Even when we outplay a team like South Carolina on pure talent, we give it away with an insane amount of penalties, stupid and costly turnovers, undisciplined coverage assignments, horrid and utterly confusing playcalls, very poor special teams plays, defense is not conditioned well for 4th quarter, missed tackling, players just look generally lost….take your pick of ways Georgia messes up on a routine basis….Its hard enough to beat well-coached SEC teams (of which we are not), but when you commit 4 turnovers and 8 penalties a game it is almost impossible and this is why Mark Richt is ….

3-10 vs. teams finishing in the AP top 10…

Not a good coach at all, with horrid coordinators, we need to run Richt out of town before this gets worse, and he wastes EVEN MORE terrific, talented football players that pass through Athens…

The Monger

September 24th, 2011
9:55 pm

Can someone Please pull the stats on Saban’s teams the last 3 years, specifically looking for number of penalties, and also number of turnovers, and than compare to UGA’s and that should give people an idea of what good coaches, who are prepared and understand the game can do (Bama), and what poorly executed plays of an even poorer gameplan (UGA)looks like. Those of course are things that show up for a good coach in the stat sheet for the most part, but things like having your offensive line playing well, executing perfectly, having your recievers run fluid, smooth routes, having your defense disciplined and attacking their assignments perfectly, tackling and wrapping up, making sure quarterback and running back know how to secure the ball and what ball security in general is, and having your defense know when to attack and when to not take a risk….Basically a good team like Alabama runs their offense, defense, and special teams to as close to perfection as they can get, and UGA is FALLING HARD on this coaching spectrum. Richt doesnt have his team ready in ANY of those regards…just sad…

BobDawg

September 24th, 2011
9:57 pm

MattUGA1… agree totally…. Enjoy the night, ring the bell a few times and get ready for the Muddy Brown Bulldogs. Team is youthful but really talented and getting faster on D and much more confident at the skill positions… I like how the schedule is playing out now with a tougher team each week.
Let’s see how this plays out now…

BobDawg

September 24th, 2011
10:00 pm

The Monger.. you sound like one of the 18 to 30 “utes”… right??? Yeah, the SEC has gotten better and we have to get better also… Let’s see where this season goes now….

Love CFB

September 24th, 2011
10:11 pm

monger….u ever coached before….2-2 got beat by 2 better clubs….almost beat 1….we’re still very young in some key positions…..work harder next week…..learn from our mistakes….good job Dawgs

Pollyanna

September 24th, 2011
10:33 pm

Texas Dawg September 24th, 2011 5:59 pm

“Is anyone other than me worried about Murry? He misses wide open guys..throws behind his receivers..has not beat an sec foe with a winning record!!!! I know I know look at his numbers yada yada yada…………………..don’t get me wrong I hope he wins every game for UGA from here on out but i just don’t think he gets it done when it’s on the line…..we shall see…hope he proves me wrong!”

I hope he proves you wrong too, Texas Dawg, sir. If he does, it will be the 1st time in his career. 11 carries for minus – 17 yards today, is in keeping with his career average of 1 yards per carry. “He is a college QB,” they say in reply to his inability to be a dual-threat QB – exactly. And, he runs up his stats vs 8 cupcakes in his entire career here – such as ball-hogging the TD run and ball-hogging the TD pass – the only 2 times we got to the 3-yard line of Ole Miss, seizing his opportunity to run up his stats vs cupcakes. 11 carries. 1 yard a carry career avg. Today minus 1.7. He threw himself to the ground all game long. 11 times he threw his little body to the ground. Actually more than that. He hasn’t beat an SEC opponent with a winning record ? He has not beat any team with a winning record, and will have been on this campus since practicing with the team for the bowl game 2008. In a little over a month, he will have been on this campus for 3 years. He has played 10 teams with a losing record for the season and beat 8 of them. He has played 7 teams with a winning record for the season, and lost all 7. He had 8 interceptions last season and 9 fumbles. This season he has 3 interceptions and 4 fumbles in 4 games, 2 vs cupcakes, again this season. He averaged 1.9 yards a carry last year and minus – 1.2 yards per carry this season. We have 9 fumbles on the season this year, and he is the main culprit with 4. We had 20 fumbles last year and he was the main culprit with 9. His interceptions and fumbles have come at key moments that cost us the losses, both years. Did you see anyone else get in the game for 1 play at QB today vs a patsy football team who lost last week to Vandie 30-7 ?

Jordan

September 25th, 2011
12:11 am

7576DAWG

September 25th, 2011
4:04 am

We had 475 yards of offense and only scored 27 point’s on the worst team in the SEC this year and only used Murray at QB. Murray is 2-9 against ranked opponents in the last 2 years. If CMR and Bobo wasn’t snowed by Murray and evaluated him fairly they would see that he doesn’t have what it takes to be a great SEC Quarterback. This was the perfect game to let Mason play the second half and see what he has but CMR continues to hope Murray becomes the leader they expect him to be. It will be interesting to see how far CMR will go with Murray and nobody should be surprised if LeMay and Mason both transfers without us even seeing what they have.

all I remember is

September 25th, 2011
5:52 am

the three missed field goals.

heeldawg

September 25th, 2011
6:58 am

Wow. Lots of complaining here. I was at the game, and i can tell you–we dominated this one. Outgained them by 300 yards, 25 first downs to 9, completely shut down their running game, held their QBs to less than 50% completions with two picks. There were at least 5 drops by wide-open receivers or Murray would have completed 75% of his passes. Were it not for the trick plays (which we need to work on the recognition of) and the three missed FGs, we would have won this game 36-0.

Take the win and build on it. We need to keep getting better. Cut down on the mistakes and we could run the table. And there is NO team we play that outclasses us in the skills department.

Chopdawg

September 25th, 2011
7:51 am

The Grove is overrated IMO–just a big space with side-by-side tents as far as you can see. Nothing to break up the monotony! I got lost looking for my stuff, after the game. I like our tailgating spots a whole lot better.

Big Al

September 25th, 2011
9:05 am

Who cares which players did not make the trip.

Jborodawg

September 25th, 2011
9:27 am

I couldn’t agree more with….

“…UGADawg 84…todays defensive performance was awful? What the hell are you talking about? We gave up 1 TD, 183 yards, had 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, and numerous tackles behind the line. What more do they need to do? …”

“…Indian Dawg…Dear God, we could win by 200 and some of y’all STILL wouldn’t be happy….”

“…Bulldog Bob…I am happy to get a win on the road in the SEC. Good job Dogs! Got to clean up the slop on special teams…” Emphasize a “road” win; tough to do in the SEC.

“… heeldawg… Lots of complaining here…. i can tell you–we dominated this one…There were at least 5 drops by wide-open receivers or Murray would have completed 75% of his passes…” Dunno about 5 drops, but there were several. And the INT was a deflection off a missed pass.

“Monger and Polyanna”…please go root for Aldambama or LSU or… We rack up 475 yards offense, miss three FGs and it’s still Bobo must go. We get a win on the road in the SEC and it’s still fire Richt. You bring up S.C., even Darth Visor said we out played them and they were lucky to get the win. And, what’s last year got to do with a win at Ole Miss? Continually finding fault does not help the cause.

Lotsa positives: first, a win; 4 starters out; makeshift O line; held em to 34 yards rushing!; very good balance between rush and pass; Crowell is one thing, but Samuels IV and Thomas looked pretty good too; TEs had a good day; won by 14, shoulda been more but for the missed FGs…and beat the spread handily.

Yeah, lots of work to be done, especially special teams. But a win is a win.

Go Dawgs…get ready for Miss State!

Destin Dawg

September 25th, 2011
9:37 am

MSU will have some trick plays… reverses… etc… Grantham’s Junkyard Dawgs are good and improving… need to stay disciplined and be ready for trick plays….. Murray needs to be more accurate in passing and scramble some … or give Hutson Mason a chance if Murray if off again…. what about Ken Malcome… to back up Crowell ?????? Go Dawgs !!

southgadawg

September 25th, 2011
10:22 am

Ole Miss also had 2 long runs called back. We got lucky on those. I am thrilled with the win and the fact the O ran up a lot of yardage. I am also happy with the D holding Miss under 200 yards. It does concern me that we that many yards on O we couldn’t put the ball in the end zone! Like I said the D played fairly well but add those 2 long runs for TD’s back in and they have over 300 yards.
I will take the win and look forward to next week, but they have a lot to improve before they can beat Florida or some others at this point.

Still proud of my Dawgs though!!!

fshrmnglf

September 25th, 2011
10:28 am

UGA grad 90 So What? USC 45 UGA 42 VU 3 USC 21