Notebook: Dogs hope to have Mitchell back by Florida game

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Forty-five minutes after the game, Malcolm Mitchell was still so pumped over Georgia’s victory over Tennessee and his role in it he forgot for just a moment how bad his hamstring hurt.

Mitchell was buzzing from his first taste of Neyland Stadium. The freshman wide receiver from Valdosta led the Bulldogs with three catches for 126 yards, including a 71-yarder that turned to tide of the game for good.

“Third down is loud, boy; it was crazy,” said Mitchell, who leads the team for the season with 438 yards on 25 catches. “When we were backed up in the first quarter, you couldn’t hear anything at all. You’ve really got to focus on the signals because you can’t hear the quarterback at all. To come out with a win like this, we just needed it so bad.”

Mitchell’s 71-yard grab came on first down after the Bulldogs took over at their own 7 late in the third quarter. Two plays later Isaiah Crowell scored on a 17-yard run to put the Bulldogs ahead 20-6.

Unfortunately for Georgia Mitchell pulled his hamstring on the play and left the game for good.

“It happened right after I caught the ball,” Mitchell said. “I felt it pop. But it’s not that bad. They said I just need to get treatment every day next week and we’ll see where I am.”

It’s not likely Mitchell will play next week at Vanderbilt, however.

“We don’t think he just blew it up,” coach Mark Richt said. “He wanted to go back in. We’re hopeful he’ll be back by the Florida game. That’s what we hope.”

Mitchell also had a 43-yard catch that set up another Georgia score and Aaron Murray tried to hit him and other receivers deep several times in the game.

“We knew they were going to be in a lot of man because they were going to load up in the box to stop the run,” Mitchell said. “So we thought we’d have a chance on some deep balls, but we didn’t know we’d be that open.”

Reshuffled lineups

On offense, the Bulldogs inserted Chris Burnette at right guard and moved Dallas Lee over to left guard.

Burnette, a redshirt freshman from LaGrange, was a starter previously but missed the last two games with a knee injury suffered in practice the week of the Ole Miss game. He was unable to get any full-contact work in practice this week.

Gates has also been a starter all season but did not play well against Mississippi State last week. Lee, who filled in after Gates was lost to an ankle injury in the opener, has started at both left and right guard.

On defense, sophomore Chase Vasser got the start at “Will” outside linebacker. It was the third start of the season for Vasser. Vasser was filling in for Cornelius Washington, who was suspended for DUI following his Oct. 2 arrest for DUI and speeding. Ray Drew also played some, though he didn’t get into the game late in the second quarter.

Also, junior college transfer John Jenkins got his first career start at nose guard

More on Richt’s 100th

With the 20-12 victory, Richt registered his 100th career win as Georgia’s head coach. He is now 100-36 midway through his 11th season, including 58-29 in the SEC.

“The thing I love about the SEC is people understand how hard it is to win in this league,” Richt said. “It’s just hard.”

“To even coach 100 games, then all of the sudden you win 100. Well, it’s not me winning them; it’s a representation of a lot of time, a lot of effort, a lot of people, a lot of memories. It’s just like I’m about ti hit my 25th wedding anniversary. That’s a big deal.”

Richt becomes just the third coach in UGA history to reach the century mark, joining Vince Dooley (201) and Wally Butts (140). It took both Butts and Dooley 14 seasons to reach 100 wins. Overall, Richt’s teams are now 4-2 in Knoxville.

Junkyard Dawg bunch

during its current four-game winning streak, Georgia has out-scored its opponents 130-35. Tennessee’s touchdown with 2:45 to play was just the second the Bulldogs’ defensive has allowed in the last 16 quarters.

The Vols finished with 270 total yards, including minus-20 rushing. The Bulldogs had just two sacks but they were both by linebackers — Christian Robinson and Michael Gilliard, and resulted in negative-31 yards. Gilliard led all Georgia defenders in tackle for the fourth straight game with 12.

“They’re gaining confidence,” Richt said of Georgia’s defense. “Coach [Todd] Grantham is gaining confidence in them. They’re gaining confidence in what we’re doing. I know I’m gaining more confidence in them. I’m enjoying a defense beginning to play like a Junkyard Dawg bunch.”

Tennessee ran just 11 plays in the third quarter and gained 11 yards

Fourth-down frenzy

After passing on going for first downs on fourth-and-short twice against Mississippi State in the previous game, Richt had the Bulldogs go for it three times in the first half alone against Tennessee. Georgia was 3-for-3 after coming into the game 3-of-9 for the year.

“I wasn’t in the mood to go for it on fourth down last week,” Richt explained. “I didn’t like what we had prepared at that moment. I was also trying to get that game to 21 points at that time, too. This week we did a good job of putting a plan togethetr and I so I was more decisive because I had more faith in what we were doing.

Etc. . . .

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray suffered a broken thumb in the fourth quarter and is expected to be out four to six weeks. The Vols have LSU, Alabama and South Carolina in their next three games. . . . Georgia’s Branden Smith got his first offensive action of the season. The junior cornerback had two rushes for 19 yards and caught a pass for no gain. He subbed for Isaiah Crowell and, with both wearing No. 1 jerseys, it confused Tennessee announcers. . . . Tennessee sophomore receiver Da’Rick Rogers had five catches for 71 yards. . . . Safety Shawn Williams blocked an extra point for Georgia. . . . With two field goals, Blair Walsh now has 63 in his career. That’s most of any active kicker and eighth in SEC history.

123 comments Add your comment

drbasic

October 9th, 2011
1:57 am

Awwww………..I feel good……..Junkyard Dawgs arre back!!!

drbasic

October 9th, 2011
2:00 am

Everyone must be drunk happy passed out……………………but me!

drbasic

October 9th, 2011
2:00 am

oh ya……and Chip

drbasic

October 9th, 2011
2:06 am

Ok, maybe not Chip either……………….

Burbank Dawg

October 9th, 2011
2:07 am

Bray BROKE his thumb, and will be out 4-6 weeks? Ouch! I kinda feel bad for the Vols now…kinda.

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Kauai DAWG

October 9th, 2011
2:17 am

A 10-2 Georgia team will play a 10-2 Notre Dame team in a BCS bowl. We will tie with the chickens for the east and they go to get smacked down by LSU or Bama and we sit pretty picking up the BCS bowl with the SEC winning another NC. Go DAWGS!

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prison mike

October 9th, 2011
3:16 am

Bad omen, we needed Bray healthy against Carolina. Chip, need an injury update on Tree, it’s getting close to that time.

Would like to see him shake off some rust against Vandy if at all possible.

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Eric C.

October 9th, 2011
4:42 am

Eh, the only team that is going to knock off SC is Arkansas. UT with or without Bray cannot beat them.

CreekDawg

October 9th, 2011
6:00 am

To the negative folks looking for the bad in this win such as JB and Thomas Brown: I say look at teh positive: we have a 60/40 chance to back into the east championship. Congratulations to Coach Richt on the 100, and great to seethe best called game by BoBo in the last couple of years, and congratulations to Coach Grantham on an extremely well called game as well. ONly bad was our line’s failure to get much pressure on Bray. Also Good to see Richt with a set of balls this game with the 4th down calls, and great to see Crowell display toughness in the 2nd half playing thru pain. This team SHOULD beat Florida, Auburn and tech. We have Tech’s head, just like Florida has our head.

If we do back into the Championship game, pray for LSU instead of Bama. We’ll match up better and the loss will be closer than against Bama.
Happy Sunday to all.

Brooksdawg

October 9th, 2011
6:10 am

Great game for the freshman on the team to grow up in… Hate that for Mitchell but, what a talent. Good move on Richt to save Crowell for the 2nd half after the Tenn D was winded. Glad to see DREW finally get some meaningful playing time–now can we get Malcolme on the field to help take some of the load off Crowell? As bad as Murray looked in the first half–he looked that good in the second. Now dont have a let down in Nashville. GATA

Houston Nutt

October 9th, 2011
6:22 am

Richt is good. He’s won 3 of last 4 against Bama, 9 of 10 against Tech, 5 out of 6 against Auburn, last 3 of 4 againt Tenn, never lost to Ole Miss or Clemson. What hot seat?

Houston Nutt

October 9th, 2011
6:24 am

Is it too late for me to register the firewillmuschamp.com name?

freshd

October 9th, 2011
6:27 am

Please dont call anymore deep passes for T. King, He is slow and looks out of shape. He is not a number 1 receiver. With Mitchell hurt, would luv to see Brandon Smith at wideout, on the deep pass.

Houston Nutt

October 9th, 2011
6:31 am

Eric C – you must not know South Carolina is 1-14 at Neyland Stadium. The Vols treat them worse than Georgia does Georgia tech when they play up there.

Ben Dover

October 9th, 2011
6:56 am

Wow, a great (oh, just the best ever!) team like Georgia, just barely beats a losing Tennessee team. That’s really something to brag about! Bulldogs suck!

athens dawg

October 9th, 2011
7:14 am

LOL, we don’t suck.

Palm City Dawg

October 9th, 2011
7:25 am

Shawn

October 9th, 2011
7:48 am

Scary thing is that we pretty much dominated the game and still barely won due to the fiasco series. Second and 57??? WTF? It’s time to start putting teams like this away for good rather than having to defend onside kicks to win! All in all it was a good win!

dawg fan sitting on rockytop

October 9th, 2011
7:51 am

Feels goooood this morning waking up in Knoxville. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

dawg fan sitting on rockytop

October 9th, 2011
7:54 am

GOOD MORNING, BROOKSDAWG!

J-dawg

October 9th, 2011
8:10 am

Hey… Ben are you that guy we use we slap on around on the
play ground!!

Diehard

October 9th, 2011
8:25 am

Ben Dover has to pout another week.

bart

October 9th, 2011
8:33 am

It was a good win on the road over a pretty bad team. We are mediocre at best. When we beat a ranked team, maybe I’ll feel diferent. I do not see us achieving real greatness under this head coach, but that seems okay to a lot of people. There was a time when Dawg fans had more pride than that.

Black Mountain NC Bulldog

October 9th, 2011
8:37 am

We can’t have a let down against Vandy.
Get well Tree, Mitchell, and Swann.
We will need all “hands on deck”, against the hated Gators.
They may be playing terrible now, but we all know how they play against us.

Dawg85

October 9th, 2011
8:50 am

I don’t know, Tennessee might fare pretty well with Simms at QB, he didn’t look that bad. Go Dawgs! Keep working, don’t look over Vandy for goodness sake. GATA and hush up the haters! Proud to be a UGA Dawg! Still

Diehard

October 9th, 2011
8:56 am

Yeah Bart whatever. Georgia has a chance to win the East only starting 5 seniors. Go ball up in the corner and have a good cry.

Diehard

October 9th, 2011
9:01 am

And where’s tide roll? Georgia has only outscored the Vols 61-26 since James and Rogers went to Tennessee and he said we couldn’t win without them. Wrong again.

Big Wally Butts

October 9th, 2011
9:33 am

With the exception of Thomas Brown/Flat Tire/etc. whatever he names himself today – the haters are pretty quiet this morning. They sure did crow about how badly UGA would lose to Floppy Top on these blogs last week.

LDawg

October 9th, 2011
9:34 am

Yeah, it sucks for Bray that he broke his thumb. But that Simms kid looked pretty on top of things last night.

LDawg

October 9th, 2011
9:34 am

And I am not sure that I even heard that stinkin’ song even once…

Destin Dawg

October 9th, 2011
9:36 am

Great win !!! Grantham’s Junk Yard defense is on a roll… we need another RB to step up… and spell Crowell… Come on Malcome…. Zander Ogletree is a load… how bout Figgens ??? Go Dawgs !!!

the U

October 9th, 2011
9:39 am

The next rising star is Chris Conely, with Malcom Mitchell seating a game watch out for Conely.

JDawg1785

October 9th, 2011
9:46 am

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Malcolm!

GDawg91

October 9th, 2011
9:56 am

Great win dawgs! Stay focused and continue to take it one game at a time. The Georgia D has stepped up the past few games. Congratulations coach Richt on winning your 100th. game against the Vols. Go Dawgs!!

Let's "SACK SHULTZ THIS TIME !!!

October 9th, 2011
10:08 am

He predicted tenn to win this one and as always… He was sooo wrong !! Go Dawgs

Think about next year..

October 9th, 2011
10:17 am

when Lonnie Outlaw 6′7 232, WR and Jalen Fields 6′5 255 DE step in and help this team right away and (They’re tearing it up @ prep) Boy… “THIS TEAM WILL BE SOLID” with another yr under their belt . We’re making things happen and moving in the right direction boys and girls. GOOOOOOO DAWGS !!!!!!!!!!!

Spike 80DF

October 9th, 2011
10:19 am

I’m just disappointed we knocked Bray out for the USCe game…no way they win without him.

Big Wally Butts

October 9th, 2011
10:23 am

Georgia has a really young team that will only get better. Not only Outlaw and Fields but Theus and help on the O Line and RB (Marshall). Building talent and depth. Future looks bright.

keniboy

October 9th, 2011
10:42 am

we are gonna be alright. keep getting better, and please bear florida
6 figure salary, reminds me of a friend who “got much better looking when i finished med school”, he can trade up – naw that was bad

I-DOG

October 9th, 2011
10:50 am

Congrats to Richt on his 100th win. I thought we played like Georgia last night and this was probably the best overall game played by the Dawgs since 2009. The 6 penalties in a row was scary, it actually should have been 7 in a row when Zander pushed a Vol player after the play right in front of a ref after a ref and should have been flagged for another 15 yards, but I guess since it was already 2nd and a mile, the refs figured they would just let it go. We were playing virtually penalty free before the fiasco.

Murray’s best game by far. Think we could be undefeated right now if we had used those QB sneaks on 3rd and 6 or 7 a few times against Boise and SC along with a few toss sweeps. Murray should run the ball 4 times each game.

We HAVE to beat Florida this year. Last year was one of Florida’s worst teams in 20 years and we still couldn’t get a win. They may be on a 3 game losing streak going into this year’s Georgia game. How often can you say that? How do Florida fans like Charlie Weiss?

Randall "Pink" Floyd

October 9th, 2011
10:59 am

Chip, why nothing on Crowell’s hamstring? He clearly pulled it on the last series when he had NO BUSINESS being in the game. He could barely walk on it. This is of greater concern than even MM’s.

Oldboy

October 9th, 2011
11:02 am

The article states that we only had 2 sacks by Gilliard and Robinson, but didn’t the game end with Jarvis Jones sacking Simms? Also, do players get credit for a sack on an intentional grounding?

Fat Friar

October 9th, 2011
11:03 am

@bart I’ve been on this blog along time and you just must have graduated high school cause I don’t recall anybody spewing this kind of crap the year we beat LSU in the SEC championship. Sounds to me like you’re just one of those bandwagon fans.

ugab

October 9th, 2011
11:13 am

Junkyard Dawgs????? The D is looking better! The D is not the junkyard dawgs. We have no pass rush!!!! Why aren’t we blitzing more LBs.? Don’t be obvious and blitz all the Lbs and get burned. Why are we still blitzing #2?

tide roll

October 9th, 2011
11:32 am

Yeah right, Kenarious Gates had a bad game against Miss. State. The coaches obviusly didn’t see the same game I did. Same ole UGA.