With Cornelius Washington suspended 2 games, is it now Ray Drew’s time?

With Cornelius Washington's suspension, 5-star freshman signee Ray Drew could be in position to step into the spotlight. (UGA photo)

With Cornelius Washington's suspension, 5-star freshman signee Ray Drew could be in position to step into the spotlight. (UGA photo)

Lots of things going on in the wake of Georgia’s 24-10 win over Mississippi State on Saturday. Of course, the big news was starting outside linebacker Cornelius Washington, who had served as defensive captain and starred in the game, getting arrested for DUI about 10 hours after the game was over.

As Tim Tucker reported, Washington is now going to be suspended “at least” for the upcoming road games against Tennessee and Vanderbilt. That’s obviously a major blow as Washington was playing his best ball and was emerging as perhaps the Bulldogs’ best pass rusher.

The question is, what happens now?

Fans have been calling all season to see more of five-star signee Ray Drew. One of the things that was holding back Drew, if you will, has been the stellar play of Washington. We’ll see very whether Washington’s suspension will automatically result in more playing time for Drew. You’d think it would, but defensive coordinator Todd Grantham coulld decide to shift some things around.

Here’s what coach Mark Richt had to say about Drew Sunday night:

“It’ll be an opportunity for him certainly. He’ll be part of the mix, as far as our discussions. Any time a guy goes out of the game, whether it’s by suspension or whatever it is, it always creates opportunities for guys. Will Ray be the sole beneficiary of that playing time or part beneficiary of it? I don’t know. That’s what we’ve got to decide. Some of it might be decided in practice as far as how their performance goes in practice.”

Drew will certainly get a hard look and likely will get more snaps. But chances are good that the starting nod will go to redshirt sophomore Chase Vasser. Vasser already has two starts under his belt and actually started the Ole Miss game ahead of Washington because of his superior ability to drop into pass coverage. Redshirt sophomore Reuben Faloughi will also get a hard look this week.

One thing that’s certain about playing the Vols on Saturday, Georgia will see a lot of passing. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray leads the SEC in passing at 332 yards per game and pass efficiency (176.1) with 14 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions. Meanwhile, Tennessee has allowed just 7 sacks in four games, third least in the league.

Said Richt: “There’s no doubt, they are very good at what they do. Tyler is very accurate, as you can see. He’s got a quarterback rating that may be the best in the country. I know he’s the best in our league. So it’s definitely going to be a great challenge for us.”

Here’s a rewind of everything we’ve written since Saturday’s game:

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Go Dawgs

October 3rd, 2011
9:54 am

Go Dawgs

October 3rd, 2011
9:54 am

richmondDawg

October 3rd, 2011
9:55 am

Go Dawgs

October 3rd, 2011
9:55 am

Ricky Cochran for Heisman!!

TampaDawg

October 3rd, 2011
9:57 am

TampaDawg

October 3rd, 2011
9:59 am

Is this the blog where despite a win over a team that many felt UGA would lose to, people like Rooster, Thomas Brown, Bugsquacher, and Pollyanna come one here ranting about the negative stuff, calling for Richt’s job, wanting Murray to be benched and complaining about IC’s stamina?

G-Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
10:01 am

96 mph? You’re just asking for trouble at that point!!

And where were his so-called friends? why didnt they stop him from driving?

you would think fans, especially friends, would have reminded him of how much he has to lose!! instead…they get in the car with him…and put their own lives at risk!!

marc da gator

October 3rd, 2011
10:03 am

Another dawg arrested…..what are these KIDS thinking? It,s time for some tough love in college athletics.Suspend these guys for the year and this stuff will stop! He had passengers…underage passengers to boot. Ninety miles an hour in a Dodge,drinking ,with passengers ….that is three strikes….you should be out !!!

gdawginkalamazoo

October 3rd, 2011
10:05 am

So I guess he would now be an “Energy Vampire”?

DawginLex

October 3rd, 2011
10:09 am

Drew couldn’t start before, you sure don’t start him on the road against this offense that will throw it 50 times.

Anybody else notice what Stafford can do when he has a defense to help him get the ball back?

Dang Martinez

Put Grantham with Stafford and we would have been so much better

voldog

October 3rd, 2011
10:12 am

If Washington wanted to drink in college and play football, he should have gone to Tennessee. Up here the case gets dismissed or players get ‘handled’ inside by extra running. Knoxville is soft on crime

Maybe it is TIME for ........

October 3rd, 2011
10:18 am

Ray Drew is a vocal leader and now, maybe it his HIS time to play and lead. He is supposedly a great D player, so let him play.

We all know (folks my age) that Jake Scott was not a practice player but come game day he usually played well. He went on to be called even today, one of the “best safeties in the NFL” with his 2? MVP Super Bowl awards with Miami and the Redskins.

It is Ray’s time to star. Let him play. Let Washington sit and watch for two or three or four games. It is what it is. HE MADE the decision to get blitzed and DRIVE. THAT DECISION WAS HIS MISTAKE, so let him watch the next three or four games. Oh well.

GO Dogs!

JDawg1785

October 3rd, 2011
10:22 am

Drew should get a serious look at playing time, but if Vasser is more effective against the pass, he should start.

Go Dawgs!

Dawglasville

October 3rd, 2011
10:25 am

I have total faith in the d-staff to put the best available players in the right positions. I have big concerns about Murray and Walsh. Hopefully both of them have experienced their worst moments and it will be smooth sailing from here.

Georgia Tech

October 3rd, 2011
10:25 am

At the end of the day Tech and Georgia both hope to play these guys right here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gu17MFr5-M&feature=related

Nuf said..

Embarrassing

October 3rd, 2011
10:26 am

We fired an AD for this and we should kick this loser (energy vampire) off the team. BTW did he have red panties in his lap when he got pulled?

reebok

October 3rd, 2011
10:26 am

i’m one of the Tech fans who sometimes strolls over to the UGA blogs to see what’s going on, and I confess I thought the Miss State Dogs had a great chance to win the game. Your defense has come a long way. Good luck against the Vols…Neyland has a great gameday atmosphere and is s tough place to play for the visitors.

TampaDawg

October 3rd, 2011
10:28 am

Vasser should probably get the majority of playing time as a result of this. But Drew is a fast kid for his size and may be pretty effective against the passing game as well. He should see a jump in his PT as well so the staff can get a look at what he is capable of. If he shines, who knows, the defense may just get exponentially stronger.

frannie mae

October 3rd, 2011
10:28 am

UGA offense is in BIG BIG trouble……

PTCDAWG

October 3rd, 2011
10:29 am

You remember what happened when Lou Gerig replaced a player that couldn’t play that day? If Ray Drew starts Satuday, Washington may never start again! GO DAWGS!!

Red Panties

October 3rd, 2011
10:30 am

A dui is perfectly acceptable at UGA! 2 game suspension. . .what a joke! I wonder if Richt “prayed” about that decision?!?

JDawg1785

October 3rd, 2011
10:31 am

I agree, TampaDawg. If anybody’s up for a challenge, it’s Ray Drew. Not to take anything away from Washington, who was having a terrific season, but I’ve wanted to see Drew get in there more all season.

Worm

October 3rd, 2011
10:31 am

Time for Drew,Vasser and T.J. Stripling to step-up.

DJ Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
10:31 am

I have been behing Murray all year but it may be time to mix it up a bit. These turnovers(picks) are not something that can continue to happen.

93 DOG

October 3rd, 2011
10:32 am

One of the things that sets UGA apart from other schools is the consistency of the punishment for these things. Everybody knows that the punishment for a 1st offense DUI is 2 games suspended. More offenses leads to even more severe repurcussions. What punishment did that receiver for Notre Dame get for his spring DUI – an indefinite suspension but no games. Stephen Garcia at SC is the poster boy for indefinite suspensions but no games. Not saying that UGA players are necessarily better citizens, but the UGA punishment is a heck of a lot stiffer and more predictable.

Boozing Bulldogs

October 3rd, 2011
10:34 am

Why was yesterday’s blog about Cornelius Washington’s drunken spree closed so quickly? Oh, yeah, I guess it was getting a bit ugly. Well, it should be ugly when a drunk jerk jeopardizes so many innocent people’s lives.

And for that, he gets only two weeks’ suspension? What a freaking joke. If Mark Richt had any integrity, this punk would have been dismissed outright.

gdawginkalamazoo

October 3rd, 2011
10:35 am

I am proud of our D’s performance Saturday. Good job of stopping that spread offense of MSU. I am hoping an praying that Richt & Bobo have been doing just enough to win the games and that they are holding something back to spring at a later time. The game was never in doubt which is always fun to watch. Go Dawgs!

Saint R

October 3rd, 2011
10:36 am

One of the things that sets UGA apart from other schools is the NUMBER of arrests of football players over the last five years. You would think all the religious crap would have helped. . .

Destin Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
10:37 am

coaching please Bo Bo / Richt ?? Play Hutson Mason… after Murray’s 1st interception… Grantham should have no trouble motivating D Backs to get after Duh Rick…. UGA wins 31 to 21.. Go Dawgs !!!!

DJ Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
10:37 am

@Boozing Bulldogs

Read the post above yours! You think GA goes easy on the kids that mess up?? How many times has Garcia been in trouble for boozing and how many games has he missed??

TampaDawg

October 3rd, 2011
10:40 am

well thank you Red Panties for your maturity of a 12 year old. You’ve added such great insight with your trolling comments and trying to make fun of a man for his faith. Loser!

Send'em U hauls

October 3rd, 2011
10:41 am

Richt is a clown and a hypocrite , the 2 game suspension is a joke. This loser should have been kicked off the team period. Our offense is a joke and cant convert a 3rd and inches. Twice on the 14 yard line of the opponents and only come away with 3 measley points. Thius football program is a joke.

DJ Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
10:42 am

@gdawginkalamazoo

I agree. I just cant figure out have we can start two possesions inside their 20 and only come away with three points. We need to step on somebodys throat when we get the chance. I hope its play calling. Also worried about 2nd half offense. It seems that MSU adjusted to stop the run but we didnt adjust.

TampaDawg

October 3rd, 2011
10:43 am

DJ Dawg, I agree with you. And to that, when a player, Mettenberger, did get kicked off the team, all we hear is “wow, he sure could have helped us this year, stupid coaches”.

Go_Bravos

October 3rd, 2011
10:47 am

I did not realize that constructive criticism was such a negative thing. Unless your praising your team and talking about how great they are and ignoring the mistakes then your not a “true” fan? Im a Dawg fan I just want them to be successful and with the talent and resources UGA has they should be a Top 15 team every year; however, this team plays down to its competition and is very mistake prone, especially in big moments, AM.

gdawginkalamazoo

October 3rd, 2011
10:49 am

DJ, yes, either they are horrible and have no clue or they are sly and have a bag of tricks to unleash the rest of the year. Mayeb Boo is one of those tricks. We have the biggest freaking line in ALL of football, college or the NFL. And we can’t move the ball a yard at the goal line for 4th and 1?

Dirty Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
10:50 am

Hey rad-penties…as a matter of fact he did – Yo Mamma’s.

Has anybody posted anything about what the Miss State coach Mullen had to say to CMR after the game. He certainly was giving him an ‘ear-full’ on something. Watched the Mark Richt Show last night in hopes that something might be said, but no. In fact, is it just me or is that thing – the show – the sorriest excuse for finding out anything about the team or the game that you’ve ever seen? Dowdle is almost as bad as Loran in not knowing what questions need to be asked and the format of the show simply doesn’t lend itself to much of anything except commercials for lumber and pick-up trucks.

Saban the Great

October 3rd, 2011
10:50 am

I would have kicked his rear and then kicked him out! Oh, but I haven’t had to make that decision in how many years. . .

LHarding Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
10:52 am

U-Haul – This guy is a total joke. He uses the term “our” but by reading his post he is not a Bulldog fan. He’s so dumb, he can’t even spell this.

Texas Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
10:53 am

“Stellar play by Washington” is why we haven’t seen Drew……………………Really?

Being blown off the ball by BS and Sc with i think one tackle is stellar? Look at the film of those two games….not much better against Miss……

looked decent against Miss State and what does he do……

Bench him the rest of the year and let him back up Drew…….10-1 he transfers if he is not named the starter………we don’t need his type in the program……….

Taco

October 3rd, 2011
10:53 am

I am shocked a UGA player has been arrested, such good kids. Anyone see the picture of the MSU player peeing on the hedges during the game? I have always wanted to do that.

Spaceman Spiff

October 3rd, 2011
10:53 am

Cancer (whoever you may be – rooster, thomas brown, etc?), do you just say stupid stuff?

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 3rd, 2011
10:53 am

I see where UGA has received some votes in the AP. Congratulations on that. Another win and maybe you’ll receive some in the Coach’s poll.

Did y’all see where GT is #13 in both polls?

DawginLex

October 3rd, 2011
10:53 am

DUI at UGA-2 game suspension

Bar brawl including an arrest for assault for kicking a man in the head at LSU-4 game suspension

Why does Richt get bashed and Miles gets a pass?

4WhatIt'sWorth

October 3rd, 2011
10:55 am

Embarrassing & Red Panties are the same person.
Probably a Gator Fan.
One who thinks it is OK for Chris Rainey to stay on the team & get his carries after what he did.
Don’t worry, you guys. Washington will be reinstated in time for the Florida game. That way he and Rainey will be on the field at the same time.
By the way, with your issues at QB, Dawgs win big and seal the east, as SC will lose to Arkansas on the road.

Spaceman Spiff

October 3rd, 2011
10:56 am

Saint R, your little insights are so very, very intelligent…please grace us some more…. yawn…

Damon "red" Evans

October 3rd, 2011
10:56 am

Everyone gets a pass except me! I should have gone on that “mission” trip with Richt:-(

LHarding Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
10:56 am

DawginLex – Because the Baton Rouge papers don’t let 12 year old Tech fans on their blog.

Texas Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
10:56 am

Washington was having a terrific season?

I don’t get that or see that….what has he done?

Please someone define why he has had such a “great” season?

4WhatIt'sWorth

October 3rd, 2011
10:57 am

Don’t worry “Ramble On”. After a soft ACC schedule and a loss at home to Clemson, the DAWGS will bring Tech back to reality.