Notebook: WR Marlon Brown used to extra attention Tennessee week

ATHENS – It is Tennessee week, so Georgia’s Marlon Brown knows exactly what that means for him. It means he will be the subject of multiple media interviews.

“What a surprise,” he said sarcastically when surrounded by reporters after a recent practice.

It has become routine for the junior receiver from Memphis. When it comes time to play the Vols, everybody wants to know how he feels his decision to choose Georgia over the home state university and when he might finally have that breakout season.

And when the Bulldogs are heading to Knoxville as they are this year, Brown knows he’ll be booed every time his name is announced over the public address system.

“I already knew the day I committed [to Georgia] when I was sitting there chilling with my family and friends, I was like, ‘every time we play Tennessee I’m going to get booed. I know I am,’” he said. “So I’m ready for it. It doesn’t matter to me.”

And he did. In his first game at Neyland Stadium two years ago, the 6-foot-5, 222-pound split end was booed mercilessly after hauling in his first reception. “It was pretty loud,” he said with a laugh.

The reason Brown draws such ire from Tennessee fans is the same reason Georgia fans get after Da’Rick Rogers so badly. Like Rogers, Brown was a five-star prospect and the No. 1-rated recruit in the state when he chose to sign with the Bulldogs.

Unlike Rogers, who was a UGA commitment for seven months, Brown never committed to the Vols. But Brown was generally considered a UT lock when former head coach Phil Fulmer was there.

“I guess they just felt like I should have gone there,” Brown said of Vols’ fans. “Whatever.”

That would seem to make Brown and Rogers kindred spirits, if not friends. But they’re not really.

“I met him a few times on his visits here and I’ve talked to him via Twitter and Facebook,” Brown said. “But I don’t really know him too well.”

Brown has had his own concerns in Athens. While Rogers is having his breakout season as a sophomore, Brown is still waiting for his. He toiled in the shadows behind A.J. Green his first two seasons and has battled injuries in this one.

Brown was the toast of preseason practice, drawing profuse praise from coaches and teammates alike. But then he suffered a serious ankle sprain on the last play of the last day of camp. He tried to wrap it up and play on it in games against Boise State and South Carolina before finally succumbing to the pain.

He came back for spot duty against Mississippi State but hopes to be “full go” against the Vols on Saturday.

“I’m a lot better than I was the first few games of the season when I played on it,” Brown said. Even last game when I played on it I felt a lot better.”

Fortunately for Georgia true freshman Malcolm Mitchell has stepped up and carried the torch nicely. Mitchell leads the Bulldogs with 22 catches for 312 yards and three touchdowns.

Brown’s happy about that, too. But he’s still eager to prove that he was worthy of fuss he caused with his signing 3½ years ago.

” I’m just trying to get back in the groove of things and get back to 100 percent so I can earn my spot back,” said Brown, who has just 17 catches for 182 yards and TD in his career. “That’s what I’m trying to do right now. Definitely I feel an urgency. I have this year and next year and that’s it.”

He figures there’s no better time to make a big splash than Saturday. “It’ll be awesome to do it any game, but probably even better to do it in this game.”

Robinson ready

Junior linebacker Christian Robinson came back from an ankle injury and played about 25 snaps against Mississippi State last week. He expects to play more at Tennessee on Saturday.

“I think they feel more confident after seeing me get some reps in the last game,” Robinson said. ” I think they want me out there to help us communicate and get everybody on the same page. That’s the biggest thing for us. Whatever I get I’ll take. I know Coach O [Kirk Olivadotti] has been telling everybody it’s on our shoulders. He expects a lot out of our group.”

The question is how the Bulldogs might look with Robinson taking most of the reps at “Mike” linebacker. Junior Michael Gilliard has led the Bulldogs in tackles starting there in each of the last three games while freshman Amarlo Herrera started at the “Mo” position.

Georgia coaches and players declined to discuss it other than to say “they’ll all play.”

Georgia Vols

There are 17 players on the Tennessee roster who call Georgia home, including several that are in the starting lineup.

In addition to Rogers, right tackle Ja’Wuan James of Suwanee, tailback Tauren Poole of Toccoa, and inside linebacker A.J. Johnson of Gainesville are all expected to start against the Bulldogs on Saturday and several other Georgians are expected to play frontline roles.

“It’s an important state for us in recruiting,” Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said. “But it’s an important state for about five other schools in recruiting who are close by. Not only does the home-state school depend on all that talent — they’re going to make up probably 80 to 90 percent of their clas — but then you have Alabama and Auburn and Florida and Florida State and Clemson and South Carolina who are all are just as close or really closer than Tennessee.”

Etc. . . .

Jim Booz has been named Georgia’s new senior associate athletic director for compliance. He comes from Virginia to replace Eric Baumgartner, who left to UGA to take the same job at Virginia. . . . Senior flanker Israel Troupe is expected to return from a leg injury on Saturday. . . . Georgia held a closed “dress-rehearsal” scrimmage at Sanford Stadium on Thursday. The Bulldogs will depart for Knoxville Friday evening.

143 comments Add your comment

DawgLifer

October 6th, 2011
7:35 pm

WestOfAthens

October 6th, 2011
7:38 pm

Frank Lane

October 6th, 2011
7:50 pm

time for Brown to step forward.

funny

October 6th, 2011
7:50 pm

run the ball

October 6th, 2011
7:58 pm

If Murrey throws the ball to the other team we will get beat. If we can’t get to their quarterback: like against Boise St, we will get beat.

Inspector G

October 6th, 2011
8:05 pm

Aarron Murray > Tyler Bray…and @ run the ball, you’re “WE” privileges have now been revoked…www.hailtothee.com

-Inspector G

ATL Sports Fan

October 6th, 2011
8:05 pm

Who is Murrey?

RomeDawg

October 6th, 2011
8:09 pm

I would love nothing more than for Marlon Brown to have a breakout game this weekend.

Go Dawgs!! GATA!!

hogmtndawg

October 6th, 2011
8:18 pm

Hope they have a Peach Pass to get to the airport . . .

dawgfan6

October 6th, 2011
8:19 pm

bucket

October 6th, 2011
8:22 pm

Here’s hoping Brown goes out and has a great game on Saturday!

just a fan

October 6th, 2011
8:28 pm

Love the website Inspector G

bardawg

October 6th, 2011
8:31 pm

I hope Marlon Brown has the game of his life(10 receptions for 250yards, 4 TD’s) .Well that ma be a little too much to expect, but it’d still be pretty freaking awesome. Go Dawgs & get ALL the Tenn. A$$

bardawg

October 6th, 2011
8:34 pm

That’s real cute RinglingSisters ! The pooh -pooh the dawgs scrape off the bottom of their shoes will be a pathetic ,if not sickly colored orange.

bucket

October 6th, 2011
8:44 pm

Wow. There’s actually a Vol fan on here talking about players getting in trouble? I seem to remember a saying about people who live in glass houses and what they shouldn’t do.

Spaceman Spiff

October 6th, 2011
8:54 pm

@Junior Vol Two

Seems we have another candidate for the “do you just say stupid stuff?”

JB

October 6th, 2011
9:25 pm

I’ve Seen Dawgs play the last two weeks and the Vols. The Dawgs Should win.

truedawg

October 6th, 2011
9:49 pm

The dawgs have to get pressure on that Orange QB. Do that, and the Dawgs grind it out with running game and short passes. Eat the cloack and play ball control. ALSO Dawgs have to stay on the gas, let up on Tenn, and let the crowd get into it and it can be rough to play. Dawgs should win this one. CMR needs to regain his road win rep. Lose this one and it digs a deep hole. Win this one big, and it sends the final message that UGA is back. Dawgs should win by 10. 27-12. GATA!!
Go DAWGS!!!

Seriously

October 6th, 2011
9:51 pm

Maybe UGA should try that high school offense that GT runs. They seem to be doing pretty well with it.

Seriously

October 6th, 2011
9:53 pm

The Underwater Basket Weaving classes may distract from learning the offense though.

Snoop Dawg

October 6th, 2011
10:04 pm

Who’s Marlon Brown, anyway? Oh, he was a 5-star recruit out of Tennessesem eh? Well, has he played any? Has he made a touchdown? I haven’t heard a peep from him.

Seems like Marlon Brown is a bust. A dud… Another 5-star recruit that Bobo has trained up to 1-star level.

Everybody is drinking the koolaid now that Richt has beat the Mississippi teams (perenneal losers) and Coastal Carolina. Wow, what an accomplishment.. They’re tied for first place!

Keep drinking the koolaid, boys.. We will see incompetent coaching from Richt and Bobo up close and personal on national TV again Saturday night.

Their fatal errors of judgement and just plain incompetence will result in another mark in the L column. As in Loser.

Keeping Richteous Richt at $3M has its consequences. That would be losing football games on a regular basis…

We need to let da Preacha Man go. Now. With that $30M he’s been paid, he can now purchase the Crystal Cathedral in California and minister to all those Latin American indigents.

Snoop Dawg

October 6th, 2011
10:09 pm

PS. Same goes for Senior Israel Troupe…

Snoop Dawg

October 6th, 2011
10:13 pm

The only Bulldog who might have a breakout game this weekend would be Corneleus Washington if he tries to break out of the Clarke County jailhouse…

Gravy Train

October 6th, 2011
10:23 pm

Nothing sucks like a Big Orange. Tennessee, where rednecks turn orange in the fall.
Crowell is gonna take it to the house at least twice on Saturday!
Neyland Stadium is a great place for signature Georgia victories.
GO DAWGS!

St. Simons' Daddy

October 6th, 2011
10:35 pm

Love how the Vowel fans throw rocks from their glass house. Your program has no self restraint or scruples at all. No matter what a player does all we here is it will be dealed with internally. Not much longer and the NCAA will be back on campus investigating again and this time you will get more than your hand slapped. Seems Lame Kitten’s staff has struck again. It is ashame Derek has to deal with this nonsense but he chose UT and my sympathy ends there.
Guess all the Tenn prisons will furlough the inmates to fill up the stadium and you know there will be no road construction this weeked. The Vowels have the ugliest unis in all college football. The orange looks like it has been washed a 100 times and is faded. ‘If Murray is on, this game will not be close but UT has a good QB and it should be interesting. See you all DAWGS in the mountains this Saturday. Go Dawgs….

Thomas Brown

October 6th, 2011
10:43 pm

- vols – no defense
– vols – no running game
– vols – no special teams

Beating vols means as much as beat Missy State, Ole Miss, Coastal Carolina

– nothing

Mark Richt – all 11 years :

– 3 wins 10 losses to teams finishing AP Poll Top 10
– 17 wins 26 losses to teams finishing AP Poll Top 25
– 10 more losses to teams not finishing AP Poll Top 25

Aaron Murray will end up being the reason Mark Richt is fired
Aaron Murray ALREADY is reason Mark Richt’s 3 and half million dollar contract has not been renewed; this is so that the buy-out will be less
9-9 as Starting QB and compared to David Greene, utterly preposterous to compare the 2

td

October 6th, 2011
11:05 pm

Snoop Dawg

October 6th, 2011
10:13 pm

I see you are back at it again. I have noticed two weeks in a row that you have been on the blog during the game and during the week but you mysteriously disappear when GT is playing. Inquiring minds might think that you are a GT fan pretending to be a UGA fan and trashing the team. This mind knows it and so will everyone else reading this blog. You have been busted snoop (GT fan) dawg.

SNOOP DAWG IS A HIDDEN GT FAN TROLL.

Thomas Brown

October 6th, 2011
11:37 pm

October 6 is a post during the game td ?

Thomas Brown

October 6th, 2011
11:39 pm

did GT have a game tonight ?

Thomas Brown

October 6th, 2011
11:50 pm

You know, it gets more than a little old that anyone who is not satisfied 13-13 vs SEC East teams after 2005, is a Georgia tek Nerd. Lame td, Lame.

td, you are the problem with this football program anymore. We have not finished ranked at all these 3 years now, and have no hope of such this year, unless – like Georgia tek we get ranked for beating the cupcakes – like the vols.

Oh, we beat an SEC team. No we didn’t. We beat Ole Miss and Missy State the 2 dead last worst teams in The SEC.

The vols are the 4th worse team in The SEC.

That makes us about the 5th worse team in The SEC.

It is what we do.

We cannot beat the great teams.

We cannot beat the ranked teams.

We do LOSE to cupcakes at the rate of 1 a season all 11 years of Mark Richt.

2002 we won The SEC Championship when the only other ranked SEC team in the Coaches’ Poll Top 25 for all of 2002 was # 14 Auburn & Auburn beat Alabama but LOST Four (4) games 2002. We LOST 2002 to a team who ended up NOT RANKED in EITHER POLL, yet Mark Richt’s offense which averages the # 52 Total Offense all 11 years and is the # 52 Total Offense again this year, went 0-11 on 3rd Down Conversions vs Florida in 2002.

2005 we won The SEC CG, but we ended up the # 3 SEC team in the final polls 2005 when we LOST 3 games.

2007 Mark Richt did not get hosed by the BCS, as in 2007 he LOST to a sorry 6-6 South Carolina team who did not even play in a bowl, while LSU beat two (2) teams who ended up in The AP Poll Top 10; Mark Richt beat no teams finishing in the AP Poll Top 10 in 2007. And, in 2007 he also LOST in a BLOW-OUT of Biblical Proportions to an average at best, vols

dbc

October 7th, 2011
12:42 am

The Virginia for Virginia compliance exchange is a bit odd.

clay

October 7th, 2011
2:31 am

@thomas brown- Wow…Really?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

October 7th, 2011
5:34 am

Look at all the incumbent receivers in Troup,Brown,King and Wooten falling behind players like Mitchell and Bennett, each true Freshmen. Unbelivable that out of that group of four uber talent WR that none have been able to come close to matching the hype they came to Athens with.

Cmon man

October 7th, 2011
5:38 am

@thomas brown whats your deal you go on tech blogs and defend uga but you turn around and talk bad about uga on here? Did you not get enough hugs when you were a kid?

Thomas Brown

October 7th, 2011
5:57 am

I am actually not satisfied, thank you for asking, with 13-13 after 2005 vs SEC East teams; and, moreover the entire 11 years shows huge numbers of players arrested suspended and not playing such as the 29 scholarships given out by Mark Richt for 2011 season who are not here to play vs vols. In addition to all that, Mark Richt all 11 years has 3 wins over teams finishing in the AP Poll Top 10 and 10 such losses; along with his 17-26 record all 11 years vs teams finishing in the AP Poll Top 25; with 16 games Lost all 11 years vs teams who would not have finished being ranked in the AP Poll Top 25 without their win over Mark Richt and 10 of those 16 still were not ranked, even after they beat Mark Richt.

I know the concept is hard to comprehend : I ain’t happy with not ending up being ranked at all 2011, 2010 and 2009. Again, thank you for this opportunity to clarify that I hate Georgia tek, love UGA, attended UGA, am as big a fan of UGA as you could possibly ever meet at the game – and am not in the least drinking any more Kool-Aid, buying into any further EXCUSES, and think the # 11 program all-time in 1-A wins should not be # 27 after 2005, when 2005 was 7 seasons ago.

I’m fed up with it, and know for a fact that 3 and a half million dollars annual total compensation for Mark Richt is WAY TOO MUCH for this, and that ANYONE who is saying we are OK instead, is the problem why we are stuck with this worthless “coaching staff” Mark Richt has assembled, and that they are therefore the problem with our football program. I want it fixed. Now, that you have heard my deal, what’s yours ?

GaTruth

October 7th, 2011
5:58 am

Everything orange is evil. Evil I tell you. Evil…

Thomas Brown

October 7th, 2011
6:13 am

We have a WR receiver coach who was a Great Running Back.
We have Running back coach who was a Wide Receiver here.
We have OC whom we stole as QB coach from JAX State.
We have TE coach who in fact is a Quarterback.
We have OL coach who has coached at West Alabama, Tuscaloosa Central high school, Gardner Webb, UAB and no here.
We have a S&C coach who has done nothing but that here since 1982, promoted to head S&C.

We have a head football coach, who has never been head football coach anywhere who has proven in his 11 years that many years ago, he should have had all hiring and firing decisions removed from his job description. We have a liar for a head football coach. You have to ask yourself why Mark Richt has not had his 3 and one-half million annual total compensation contract renewed ?

Cmon man

October 7th, 2011
6:14 am

so crying on the ajc is going to fix your concerns about the direction of the program? Nobody on this site can do anything about the program so instead of crying like a little girl why dont you be a man and take your concerns directly to mark richt he has a call in show and makes numerous apperances during the off season. Its easy to sit behind a computer and take shots.

Thomas Brown

October 7th, 2011
7:02 am

You were asked child what is YOUR DEAL ?

Instead a personal attack.

Why is that ?

Don’t want to come clean on YOUR DEAL ?

Obviously, child.

Thomas Brown

October 7th, 2011
7:06 am

Why don’t you just sit there and cry in your baby crib, that what ? You ARE satisfied with what I just put there for you to review of what we in fact are in football.

Thomas Brown

October 7th, 2011
7:07 am

Taking shots ?

You mean like YOU ARE DOING sitting there hiding behind your keyboard ?

Im so over Richard Samuel

October 7th, 2011
7:24 am

Still over him

Douglas

October 7th, 2011
7:29 am

Lowcountry Dawg…you are right about Troup, Brown, King — I don’t think Wooten has gotten enough playing time but when he is in the game, he seems to be better than the others. I just don’t think we have a good receivers coach or RB coach.

Thomas Brown

October 7th, 2011
7:30 am

You talk about being a man and then you ask me a question. I am man enough to answer your question thoroughly. You ? 3 times I have asked you. Have you answered what your deal is yet ? No, sir. You are like so many on the Internet who feel that only you can criticize anyone else. This happens to be a sports blog. You haven’t said one word on sports, and despite my attempts to get you tell this world you think you are impressing here, what it is that is your deal, you have categorically refused to say.

Why is that ?

Spaceman Spiff

October 7th, 2011
7:42 am

@cmon man

The first thing you need to realize is that Thomas Brown (aka rooster, polyana, etc) is nothing more than a troll… In one of his posts he talks about being sick of it, well we all suggest that he hops back over to the GT forum so he can support them…

Oh, and Thomas Brown, you still haven’t answered our question as to why you are so in love w/ the real Thomas Brown that you feel you must use his name as your handle… Or is it that you wish you were his handle?

Cmon man

October 7th, 2011
7:47 am

Thomas brown this is the last time I will speak on this issue if you stop crying for a minute and learn to read in my last post I said ” I dont have a problem I just dont understand why a grown man continues to cry and complain about the samething day in and day out” now if that is to hard for you to understand then you have some serious issues. Does your wife or girlfriend know that you complain this much?

Thomas Brown

October 7th, 2011
7:51 am

That does not answer what your deal is. Where are you on this point of mine that I am unsatisfied and nonplussed with this coaching staff. Obviously, it DOES bother you or you would not continue this personal attack on me, child.

Thomas Brown

October 7th, 2011
7:56 am

“Did you not get enough hugs when you were a kid?”

“crying like a little girl”

“Its easy to sit behind a computer and take shots.”

“now change your tampon ”

“stop crying for a minute”

“Does your wife or girlfriend know that you complain this much?”

“you have some serious issues”

Who has the issues, child ?

Thomas Brown, Seek Help!

October 7th, 2011
7:57 am

Orange is Ugly

October 7th, 2011
8:01 am