Richt coaches fans on crowd noise; McClendon weighs in on ‘Boo’

Here’s a link to Tuesday’s football notebook and another to my profile of free safety Bacarri Rambo, who played this past Saturday’s game with a heavy heart. It was a busy, newsy day around the Butts-Mehre Building, however, and I couldn’t fit everything in. So following is some stuff that didn’t make the cut for print. Call it “bonus material.” . . .

Georgia coach Mark Richt, playing Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf, demonstrates exactly when Bulldogs fans should "go berserk." (Photo by Chip Towers)

Georgia coach Mark Richt, playing Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf, demonstrates exactly when Bulldogs fans should "go berserk." (Photo by Chip Towers)

Richt coaches fans on crowd noise

Georgia coach Mark Richt is counting on the Bulldogs’ fans to be a 12th man against Mississippi State on Saturday. He’s so adamant that they produce crowd noise that he stood up during his opening remarks at his weekly press conference on Tuesday and demonstrated exactly when and how he wanted them to be noisy.

“I want to talk to our fans and educate them a little bit,” Richt said. “We need a lot of crowd noise and I know fans know that. But when teams no huddle [like Mississippi State] and you’re cheering, you might not be cheering at the right time. So I want to try to tell you what we hope happens in the game.”

Standing up, Richt demonstrated how State’s quarterback Chris Relf looks to the sideline for a play call after lining up in the shotgun and starting the cadence.

“When he looks to the sideline,” Richt said, turning to face the side of the room, “that’s the time when we need the fans to go berserk. That’s when they’re going to try to communicate to their line what they’re going to do. We don’t want them to communicate well. We want them to have trouble hearing each other and we want offensive linemen to jump offsides. So, UGA fan base, that’s the time when we want you to go crazy, when he looks to the sideline after he starts his cadence.”

What’s up with Malcome?

There was a lot of rumor and innuendo bouncing around Tuesday about tailback Ken “Boo” Malcome, who didn’t make the trip to Ole Miss and was absent for Tuesday’s practice. Even running backs coach Bryan McClendon heard the scuttlebutt that Malcome was itching to transfer.

“It sort of took me by surprise to be honest with you,” McClendon said. “Every time I’ve talked to him, he’s been happy here and this is definitely the place that he wanted to come to and this is the place where he wants to be.  . . . The bottom line is the guys that have been able to come out and perform out there at practice, those are the guys that have been able to play.”

As it turns out, Malcome missed practice because of “some sort of stomach problem,”  according to McClendon. But therein lies the problem with Malcome getting playing time.

The 6-foot, 221-pound redshirt freshman from Decatur was expected to step to the forefront this season with Georgia’s attrition at tailback. But since preseason camp opened in August he has fallen behind true freshman Isaiah Crowell, linebacker convert Richard Samuel, junior Carlton Thomas and former walkon Brandon Harton on the depth chart.

“The biggest thing for Ken is he just has to come out there and be able to practice so he can keep progressing,” McClendon said. “Obviously, that’s something that’s sort of held him back last season, this season, this past spring, this past summer. I think he has a bunch of talent. Once he is out there and once he does get better, you’ll see the player that he can become. But he just has to be out there.”

Robinson spotting

All indications are that inside linebacker Christian Robinson will be available to play on Saturday.

To be clear, that’s “available,” not “will play.” But the 6-foot-2, 226-pound “Mike” linebacker was practicing without any obvious limitations on Tuesday, the second day in a row Robinson has been on the field. Robinson has been out since the fourth quarter of the South Carolina game with foot injury. He was a starter and the Bulldogs’ leading tackler in the first two games and is considered the unofficial defensive captain.

474 comments Add your comment

Dawg48

September 27th, 2011
10:56 pm

Let’s go malcomb step up man we need you

Snoop Dawg

September 27th, 2011
10:56 pm

Why are so many UGA football players not motivated and transferring to other schools? Why do all our better players do everything they can to leave UGA early and go pro instead of finishing up their degrees and helping their team?
Could it be the climate of the coaching leadership?
What else could it be?
ISn’t Richt responsible? After all, he recruited every single one of these unhappy players….
When we get rid of Richt and get a real coach (instead of a CEO continuing education student of football) who has genuine leadership ability. these problems will fix themselves..
Something very serious is wrong with Georgia Football.
Mark Richt.

Dawg48

September 27th, 2011
10:58 pm

Snoop your wrong!

Snoop Brave

September 27th, 2011
11:03 pm

If you think UGA has problems, check out the Braves. And, the Falcons don’t seem to be as good as last year.

YellerSkeeters Are PeterEaters!

September 27th, 2011
11:07 pm

I think Snoop is pretty much spot-on. Richt would be a much happier man if he were a Missionary. I think he’s a great guy/person, but he is not ever going to Win the “Big One” for UGA.

Frank Lane

September 27th, 2011
11:11 pm

Guys, we are keeping the best players and producers. We are losing players who know that they are too deep in the depth charts. As for going pro early, Herschel did it first. No one criticizes Herschel. He started something that has turned out badly for college football and UGA.

Matthews Dawg

September 27th, 2011
11:12 pm

Dawg48… i agree with you. Maybe someone who leads our recruiting of athletes is not evaluating these prospects well. Also, some of these guys need to be a little more tough and battle for playing time. A player gets what he earns!! Sounds like some may want it given to them. Also, I don’t ever expect them to admit to that either. I have no idea if Boo feels this way, but Players get better by competition!! Again, maybe our recruiting coordinator is making several bad observations. We need guys who want to be Dawgs and I hope that Boo wants to be and the other DB too (sorry I can’t recall his name right now). I’m behind all who want to be a Dawg. As I always say…Get on the Bus or off the Bus! Either is fine, just make a choice!! Go Dawgs!!

Troll Power Ratings

September 27th, 2011
11:14 pm

@snoop: “all our better players” Really? How about the players that can’t follow the rules (good riddance) or the ones that see the reality of the depth chart at their position (wish them the best). Both are small numbers that every program has at one time or another, Sport. I seriously doubt you’re a Dawg.

Matthews Dawg

September 27th, 2011
11:14 pm

Snoop Brave….you are correct the Braves are killing me! Hard to believe that they have sunk this far! They have no confidence at all, maybe we can pull one out tomorrow! Go Dawgs and Go Braves!!

NiquePhotog

September 27th, 2011
11:18 pm

Miss State players are accustomed to the cowbells, so I seriously doubt they will be hindered by the little noise that mutt fans can muster up.

Class of 93

September 27th, 2011
11:18 pm

All I care is we won. The fact that we covered is gravy. Now beat Mississippi State. Hope by more than 7.

Dawg48

September 27th, 2011
11:21 pm

The players that left or wanting to leave they 1 don’t care 2 no work ethic 3 falling in the depth chart 4 better incoming freshmen. The guys I see playing reading their comments they are hungry to win and win now.

Class of 93

September 27th, 2011
11:25 pm

Their stadium is small by SEC standards and not that loud. The cowbells cannot match the potential noise that we could make saturday if we get behind this team and they play well.

William

September 27th, 2011
11:27 pm

Maybe the recruiting is good since they all are good enough to go pro after 3 years. Every team has its malcontents. Georgia is no exception. Boo needs to man up and practice. No practice no play. He could be a big part of the offense but has not worked hard enough to get playing time. We need every player to have a chance to beat every team left on the schedule. It can be done. It will take a few upsets though. We are not the best team in 3 of the remaining games. We need three upsets and play up to potential in all the others. Go Dawgs. Go Richt and Bobo.

Dawg48

September 27th, 2011
11:29 pm

I wish all the so called dawg fans would leave the program! Support your team the players who want to PRACTICE and PLAY and WIN!! I’m sick of the negativity your not go be on the top every friggin year!!!! All of you who want richt fired and want to go back to our winning ways under richt we were winning and winning championships I guess y’all want goff or donnan back or were y’all all a sleep from 1982 to 2002? That was 20 years till richt brought us a championship! We don’t want to be like auburn and buy one!

Oh NO BOBO - you are doing better.

September 27th, 2011
11:30 pm

My best wishes for Bacarri Rambo. http://www.ajc.com/sports/uga/georgias-bacarri-rambo-plays-1190178.html I am so sorry he lost his son.

The article made me cry and remember two we lost before birth. God Bless you and your family Bacarri.

NC-Dawg

September 27th, 2011
11:31 pm

The DawgRant guys would eat you disney’s for lunch and spit you out. Sissy boys! Boo is flat out scared to get out there and take his lumps. Send him down the road! He’s a waste od space.

Fair and Balanced

September 27th, 2011
11:39 pm

Frank Lane is right.

SEC expansion

September 27th, 2011
11:41 pm

Get a clue people. The guy might want to transfer because he’s FIFTH string. When you have 5 running backs somebody has to be last on the depth chart. How is that the coaches fault? Y’all are just dumb.

Matthews Dawg

September 27th, 2011
11:42 pm

I agree with Frank too! He is speaking the way most of us think! If they don’t want to take on the competition and get after it, fine, move on to another. That will free us up a scholarship! Go Dawgs

slydog

September 27th, 2011
11:51 pm

Frank Lane
September 27th, 2011
11:11 pm

Guys, we are keeping the best players and producers. We are losing players who know that they are too deep in the depth charts. As for going pro early, Herschel did it first. No one criticizes Herschel. He started something that has turned out badly for college football and UGA.

Yeah, he helped stem some of the tide of “paid’ slavery.

Dawg 90

September 27th, 2011
11:51 pm

Frank Lane is right; Snoop Dawg just doesn’t like Richt. If a player falls to 4th on the depth chart and then decides to leave, is he one of Georgia’s “better players”? Where are all of these “unhappy players” anyway?. Sure, if they are not playing they are unhappy.

NiquePhotog

September 28th, 2011
12:01 am

Sounds like a motivation problem to me. Look no further than 50 miles west of Athens at GT’s David Sims. Transitioned to B-back from QB during spring practice and was initially the 4th string. Worked his butt off and is now 1st string and producing.

KB

September 28th, 2011
12:11 am

@Niquephotog, Please take your little small time play nonne team and go where you have relevance like the Duke board, Not player on Tech offense would be on UGA depth chart except Uzzi, And what little noise 92,000 can muster compared to the 30-35 tech gets. Go away minor leagues.

Mountain Dawg

September 28th, 2011
12:13 am

Boo Who? So he’s had a tummy ache for nine months? Well, we sure don’t need this guy toting the rock with the game on the line, not that that is very likely to occur. He should move on down the road; perhaps to the place Washout went.

War Dang Dawg

September 28th, 2011
12:28 am

Now Richt is trying to teach fans how to cheer. Who’s going to teach him how to coach? Resign already, please.

Cindy Hendrix

September 28th, 2011
12:31 am

My prayers go out to Baccari Rambo & his family in the loss of his son. Hang in there & pray.

dawgforlife

September 28th, 2011
12:46 am

The problem with guys like Boo is not coaching, motivation, or coaches missing on talent evaluations. Johnson, Neal, Brown, and Bennett, all went to other schools and UGA took Boo. So, its not an evaluating problem. Its a recruiting problem. Yes, I know UGA has a very good Freshman class; however, I think we would all agree over all the recruiting has not been what it once was under Richt. Now don’t get me wrong. I am a huge Richt supporter. But, with all the negative comments, and uncertainty surrounding the program, and with all the recruit visitors hearing all the booing and name calling from fans, it becomes increasingly difficult to get the kind of players needed to compete in the SEC.

I may be wrong..

September 28th, 2011
12:51 am

…but maybe the guys that are transferring or aren’t competing (stomach ailment? take some midol, Boo) just don’t like to compete with young talent they know is better. young talent that is hungry. young players with different agendas from the core recruits of uga’s recent backsliding teams. No one likes to be replaced. Some people just handle taking the backseat to superior talent as a challenge, while others back down and go to north alabama. We’ve got some fine athletes, let’s support the ones who continue to fight. GATA

rally

September 28th, 2011
12:56 am

BOO GOT SHOT……its epic. RIP ROYAL MARSHALL

http://youtu.be/pvLAh8LLl7o

dawgforlife

September 28th, 2011
1:02 am

7-3, 6-4, 10-1 Title, 7-4, 8-2 Title, 5-5, 5-5, 11-1, 7-4, 7-4, 6-6, 9-3…this is Vince Dooley’s coaching (minus ties) for the first 11 years. Two SEC titles and some disappointing seasons, sound familiar. Take out the Walker years, and Dooley won 3 titles in 22 seasons. Richt has become Dooley; yet, Dooley is reveered and people want Richt fired. Dooley had two advantages. First, he did win a National Championship in his SIXTEENTH year and with the greatest player any of us have ever seen. Second, fans we more patient and there was no internet with all this scruntiny. To the fans I say, relax. If Richt wins 1 more SEC title in the next eleven years, he will match what dooley did in 22 years. Lets just hope he can recruit his own version of Walker to make sure and win 3 in a row those other years. Richt has become Dooley and most fans want him fired for it. Hate to say it but Dooley would have been on the hot seat if he coached in 2011.

They Serve Gruel In Prison

September 28th, 2011
1:07 am

Snoop is a jackleg. The defense has turned the corner and offense is getting better each game…..stick with this team and CMR.

dawgforlife

September 28th, 2011
1:08 am

that should be “greatest player any of us “has” ever seen. Second, fans “were”…wouldn’t want anyone complaining about my grammer…lol

dawgforlife

September 28th, 2011
1:09 am

uh grammar…lol

UGA Dawgs

September 28th, 2011
1:19 am

Im glad someone finally said something about whats going on with Boo….Ive been waiting to hear why he hasnt been playing especially how he ran in the G-day game…I though he at least should be the 3rd string back if not the 2nd……GATA Boo Malcome

Dawg Squeeze

September 28th, 2011
1:32 am

“I want to talk to our fans and educate them a little bit,” Wow, even your own coach knows you all are morons.

Dawg Squeeze

September 28th, 2011
1:35 am

As does your president….There was urination, there was defecation, there were 70 tons of trash. Buildings like the Law School or the library, we’ve had to close because when we left them open the destruction was too significant.

Dawg Squeeze

September 28th, 2011
1:36 am

And loyal too…”Some of them, they got the ‘G’ on their picture,” he said. “I’ve seen some [of the same people] tweet me before, positive things. And the moment you don’t do well, they can turn on you. You’re never as good or as bad as you think you are.”

Really????

September 28th, 2011
1:37 am

All you whiners and nay sayers need to get a life! I’m sick of you. Our team is poised to make a great run through the rest of this schedule. We are legitimately better than the rest of the teams on our schedule maybe minus Florida. We start turnin heads the starting this week. After that, if we can get through a tough road venue in Knoxville, there is only one other big hurdle the rest of the way in Jacksonville. Either get on board or find another team!!! These guys deserve and need support, and we can start by being SEC, Sanford Stadium loud this Saturday! Gooo Dawgs!!!!

Dawg Squeeze

September 28th, 2011
1:37 am

Don’t get mad at me hush puppies….I’m just using the very words of the people who know you best.

KB

September 28th, 2011
1:45 am

I like guys, especially a 90,000 man pile.

captguitarman

September 28th, 2011
2:21 am

Some pretty interesting coaching here by the Puppie coach. But it is only Wednesday. By game time on Saturday, the MS Bulldogs will have worked out their silent signals for their offensive plays if it gets too noisy. They will certainly not be the first team to have figured that one out when traveling to a very loud venue. Thanks for the tip, coach, I guess. Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida, Tennessee – all SEC and BCS/national champs in recent years, and LSU and Alabama, schools that did what needed to be done, are once again hot on the national championship trail, and for the 6th year in a row, an SEC team will be the national champ. That is not a coincidence for some schools, by the way. From what I read on these blogs, the majority of the ever hopeful and optimistic Puppie nation is good to go with where things are (and where they will stay), and if they can get a game in the Georgia Dome in December (and win or lose) that will be more than plenty enough for them. And that is fine if that is what UGA and its fans are satisfied with, and they will be be happy to live with it in the future. At the other named schools it is clearly not enough, as a coach named Mike Shula once learned the hard way.

Fragglestickkar

September 28th, 2011
2:54 am

Players transfer from everywhere all the time at big time schools (so GT isnt included). All these kids come in expecting to start and never sit out because thats what they did in high school and when they dont get to play or when they redshirt and then dont get to play they want to transfer. You dont see many 1 star OGs transfering its always the superstar high school kids who dont like sitting. You dont see starters transfering if you did that would be problem. Transfers happen that is why you must always sign big classes, not oversign mind you, but sign as many as you possible can each year because players leave.

Pollyanna

September 28th, 2011
3:49 am

1.DE Justin Houston – would have been senior 2011
2.RB Caleb King – would have been senior 2011
3.WR AJ Green – would have been Senior 2011
4-ILB Brandon Burrows RFr waited until Fall Camp for surgery lost for year
5-RB Dontavius Jackson transferred to UAB
6-WR Lonnie Outlaw – failed Qualify 2010, WR Ga Military
7-WR Walter Hill – kicked off team or would be Senior 2011
8-OL Chris Little – transfer NW C College then Southern U then ineligible academics
9-OG Ben Harden – would be Senior 2011
10-WR Logan Gray- Senior Transfer Colorado
11-DE Montez Robinson – would be redshirt sophomore 2011, kicked off
12-QB Zach Mettenberger – LSU,would be redshirt sophomore 2011, kicked off
13-DL Chris Mayes – Dream Team 2011 failed Qualify, MS Gulf Coast Nose Tackle
14-LB Kent Turene – Dream Team 2011 failed Qualify, Jireh Prep NC
15-DE Jalen Fields, failed to Qualify 2010
16-OL Brent Benedict, RFr. — Transferred to Virginia Tech
17-SS Nick Williams – Senior 2011, transferred North Alabama Strong Safety
18-OL A.J. Harmon, Jr. — Transferred to Alabama State
19-TB Washaun Ealey, Jr. – Transferred to Jacksonville State
20-LB Marcus Dowtin, Jr. — Transferred to North Alabama
21-FS Jakar Hamilton – Senior, transfer out
22-OG Kolton Houston R Fr NCAA eligibility
23-OT Jonathan Owens – Redshirt Junior 2011, medical disqualification
24-DE Jeremy Longo, Jr. — Medically disqualified
25-OL Tanner Strickland, Sr. — left program not playing senior year injury
26-OL Trinton Sturdivant, Sr. — knee injury
27-CB Derek Owens – transfer 9/26/11
?28-?RB Ken Boo Malcome – transfer ? You get 85 Scholarships – here are 27 Scholarships 2011 gone

Pollyanna

September 28th, 2011
4:06 am

I-A Wins 2006-2011 ( 6 Seasons )

1. Boise State 64 wins

2. Florida 59 wins

3. Texas Christian 57 wins

4. Oklahoma 57 wins

5. Virginia Tech 55 wins

6. LSU 54 wins

7. Southern California 53 wins

8. Texas 53 wins

9. BYU 52 wins

10. Utah 52 wins

11. Wisconsin 52 wins

12. West Virginia 51 wins

13. Missouri 50 wins

14. Auburn 50 wins

15. Oregon 50 wins

16. Alabama 50 wins on the field

17. Penn State 49 wins

18. Hawaii 48 wins

19. Cincinnati 48 wins

20. Texas Tech 48 wins

21. Navy 46 wins

22. Boston College 47 wins

23. Ohio State 47 wins I thought they are supposed to be great ?

24. Oklahoma State 46 wins

25. Nebraska 46 wins

26. South Florida 45 wins

27. Nevada-Reno 45 wins

28. Georgia tek 45 wins – outside Top 25 over these last 6 seasons now

29. Georgia Bulldogs 45 wins 2006-2011 – six (6) seasons

I-A Wins after 2005 through today

Pollyanna

September 28th, 2011
4:10 am

*2002 only 1 other SEC team ended up ranked in the Coaches’ Poll Top 25 # 14 Auburn
*2002 we LOST to unranked team Florida when 0-11 on 3rd Down Conversions
*2005 we LOST to 3 teams ended up the # 3 ranked SEC team in AP Poll 2005

WHAT SEC Championships?

Pollyanna

September 28th, 2011
4:19 am

Greatest Wins over 11-season career Mark Richt’s coaching staff :
(based upon where the teams ended up in the final polls)

2006 Auburn # 9 great team, but we # 5 team in SEC in AP Poll LOST 4 games including 4-win Vandie
2005 LSU # 6, great team, but we ended up the # 3 team in SEC AP Poll & lost 3 games
2001 vols # 4, great team, but we ended up the # 5 team in SEC AP Poll & lost 4 games

Tally : The last win over any team who finished that season in the AP Poll Top 10, was 2006 Auburn, Six (6) seasons ago now. If you beat a team in week 2 who at game time is ranked # 9 in the nation, but they end up losing 6 games and finish outside the Top 25, were they a great team ? Obviously, not. The greatest years of Vince Dooley, his teams BEAT the top teams. The greatest years of Mark Richt, he beat nobody, such as 2002, 2005, and 2007. 2002 there was only 1 other SEC team ranked in the Coaches’ Poll Top 25 and that was # 14 Auburn. I have heard it asked, is that Mark Richt’s fault ? Obviously, not, but how great then were we in 2002, is what you have to ask yourself, especially given our head-scratching loss to Florida 2002 who ended that season, even with their win over us, not ranked in either the Coaches’ or the AP Polls.

Pollyanna

September 28th, 2011
4:28 am

-2002 only other SEC team finished in Coaches’ Poll Top 25 is # 14 Auburn*tainted
-2005 Mark Richt finished the # 3 SEC team in the polls*tainted
-2007 Mark Richt says he was hosed by BCS yet LSU beat 2 Top 10 teams to his 0

Go ahead

What is another better year for Mark Richt than these 3 ?

Pollyanna

September 28th, 2011
5:01 am

Ken Boo Malcome

Is this yet again, another, Discipline Issue ? Well, what we know is that Mark Richt and now his coaching staff BLAME Ken Boo Malcome. He, and they, run to the PRESS (AJ-C press mind you) and BLAME the player. All season Mark Richt has constantly stated that Boo has 1 ailment after another, running to the PRESS to announce this puts Boo in Mark Richt’s doghouse. How big is this doghouse ? When it gets too full, he again RUNS TO THE PRESS and announces that it is best for the player and for the team, for him to just leave. DISNEYdawgs.com say ADDITION by ATTRITION. Now, we are up to 27 – not even counting Boo – who already are gone for 2011. 27 of 85 Scholarships gone for 2011 who would have been here playing. Now, I realize that Mark Richt and all you DISNEYdawgs.com are ALL so much smarter than I, but you say I can have my say too. I have a question. Certainly, with your brilliant succinct minds, can formulate an answer to little ole me, if you are so much smarter than I. Right ? How can ANY football program be getting better by not having our Depth to give guys like Isaiah Crowell a blow – does he need a blow or not ? So, 27 of 85 Scholarships who would have been playing 2011, are GONE. That is

ONE-THIRD of the entire Scholarships entrusted to Mark Richt for 2011, GONE.

This is better for us ?

DISNEYdawgs.com run in here and say how absolutely AWFUL it is at Alabama that Nick Saban, Satan you call him, RUNS OFF his SCHOLARSHIPS.

Pardon me, are you 2-faced, or am I the hypocrite ?

Are you the Pollyanna, or is it me ?

They called me for a donation today. Did they call you ?

Since a business degree is applied psychology, little ole me, I have a question for you ?

What kind of psychology is it, that the coaching staff runs to the AJ-C PRESS and in public ridicules a guy who they, not the press and not us fans, recruited to be 1 of the 85 Scholarships for 2011.

47 Ray Drew, Thomasville, Central – Outside Linebacker 6′ 5″ 243 lbs he played a couple snaps vs Coastal Carolina and that is it all season long

24 Ken Malcome, Decatur, SW DeKalb – Tailback 6′ 226 lbs he played a couple snaps vs Coastal Carolina and that is it all season long

26 Malcolm Mitchell, Valdosta – Wide Receiver 6′ 1″ 187 lbs he did not start vs South Carolina, excuse me, what in the world is that ?

I am not going back over 6 seasons ago, I am talking this season.

The Question, again, is : What kind of psychology is this we practice in this football program that we RUN to the PRESS, AJ-C no less, and COMPLAIN to them that Boo doesn’t want to go to practice, that he has 1 ailment after another ?

Nub

September 28th, 2011
5:28 am

Is the football team getting better… Excluding the play of Crowell … ? After watching a reply of the Ole Miss game no wonder Coach is trying to coach up the fans on when to scream…. How far we have fallen… At this point the gators beat us by more than 30 points….