Geathers’ punch, Vandy player’s clip likely to result in suspensions

ATHENS – Georgia noseguard Kwame Geathers and Vanderbilt center Logan Stewart are expected to receive punishment from the Southeastern Conference for their actions on a play in the fourth quarter of this past Saturday’s game in Nashville.

On the second play of the Commodores’ first offensive possession of the fourth quarter, Stewart comes up from behind on Geathers and dives for the back of his left knee and clips him at the end of a play, in which quarterback Jordan Rodgers is run out of bounds for a seven-yard gain. After he is knocked down, Geathers immediately whips around and punches Stewart in the side.

Referees immediately threw flags. After a lengthy discussion, Stewart was called for clipping and Geathers is called for an unsportsmanlike personal foul. The Commodores were awarded an automatic first down as a result of the personal foul penalty.

The SEC has yet to issue a ruling on the chain of events, but precedent indicates both players will likely be subjected to disciplinary action from the league office.

Just last season, Georgia center Ben Jones was assessed a half-game suspension for his flagrant illegal block against Mississippi State. Jones had to sit out the first half of the Colorado game the following week.

And anytime a punch is thrown during a game, it almost always results in at least a half-game suspension. Auburn players Mike Blanc and Michael Goggans had to sit out the first half of the Alabama game last year after throwing punches against Georgia last November.

Meanwhile, repercussions could also be forthcoming for Georgia strong safety Shawn Williams. The junior starter was flagged for two personal fouls against the Commodores, including one in which he appears to be fighting with a Vanderbilt player.

If Geathers and Williams are subject to suspensions, they will be assessed in the Florida game on Oct. 29. The Bulldogs have a bye this week. Stewart’s penalty would be assessed in Vanderbilt’s game against Army this weekend.

Geathers, a redshirt sophomore from Georgetown, S.C., has started three games at noseguard for the Bulldogs and alternates regularly with junior John Jenkins. He has seven tackles, a pass break-up and a quarterback pressure.

Williams, a junior from Damascus, has started every game this season, including one at inside linebacker. He is the Bulldogs’ third-leading tackler with 34 and has two interceptions, including one against Vanderbilt this past weekend.

Saturday’s game, clinched by Georgia in the final seconds, was extremely emotional. The night ended with Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham in a shouting match at midfield.

Check out the video yourself and tell us if you think Geathers and/or Stewart deserve to be suspended.

– Chip Towers

530 comments Add your comment

Stevo

October 18th, 2011
10:54 pm

I’m not gonna say I condone what Geathers did, but I definitely understand his reaction. That could easily end his career. He was sticking up for himself, albeit not in the best way he could have for the team

DrummerDawg

October 18th, 2011
10:56 pm

Suspend Stewart an entire game. It was an intentional dirty hit.

Geathers? A natural reaction to receiving a dirty hit. Probably will receive a suspension but frankly I don’t blame him for his reaction.

christopher

October 18th, 2011
10:57 pm

thats a chop block

Dawg stuck in Bammer...

October 18th, 2011
11:01 pm

If they suspend the UGA player after all the garbage out of Auburn last year, then it’s official…the SEC office is fixed.

Dawg stuck in Bammer...

October 18th, 2011
11:02 pm

For sure, the SEC office is crooked if the suspend Geathers for that after what Fairley pulled over and over last year.

Un-Tank

October 18th, 2011
11:06 pm

The Geathers penalty should start and end with the unsportsmanlike call. The Vandy jackhole should get 2 games.

Classic

October 18th, 2011
11:06 pm

Geathers should not be suspended because someone tried to end his career. If it were me I would still be whippin that arse.

stano

October 18th, 2011
11:09 pm

If Vanderbilt’s coach Franklin had a set, he would kick Mr. Stewart off the team. That appears to be deliberate,the play was over and the opposing player, defenseless. That would have been a suspension and $50,000.00 fine in NFL. Totally uncalled for!!! What’s Geathers supposed to do, ask Mr. Stewart to please refrain from doing this in the future???

Inlet Dawg

October 18th, 2011
11:10 pm

I am not going to say it did not look bad for Kwame retaliation punch but that is one of the cheapest shots I have ever seen.That punk should be taken out.

Fldog

October 18th, 2011
11:11 pm

Yes that is definitely a chop block and clip, but geathers is just pushing the vandy player. A natural reaction after almost getting your career ended.

Matt

October 18th, 2011
11:12 pm

When I saw it on the tv i was like damn he is going to get ejected and suspended for throwing a punch. This was one of the dirtiest thing I have seen in football.

The original OLD Greg

October 18th, 2011
11:12 pm

suspend Geathers for the first quarter of the florida game, just as they suspended Spikes a few years back for eye gauging. As far as Stewart, I say a full game would be appropriate. The NFL and NCAA are trying to protect players from getting hurt with helmet to helmet hits then intent to injure should be at least 1 game

JRW7

October 18th, 2011
11:16 pm

I would have reacted the same way KG did!!!!!

Dawgs1965

October 18th, 2011
11:17 pm

Wow. I can’t believe this is the “punch” I keep hearing about. Stewart’s chop was far more dangerous.

Fldog

October 18th, 2011
11:17 pm

The sec didn’t suspend spikes, cum did. There should be no suspension for geathers pushing

UGADawg83

October 18th, 2011
11:19 pm

Another thought-the Vandy guy will be suspended for a NON-CONFERENCE game while we lose Geathers for a CONFERENCE game…..that would certainly not be equitable punishment….but then when does Vandy ever play a meaningful game?

Deep Ball

October 18th, 2011
11:20 pm

That hit from Stewart is complete garbage. Geathers reacted and that was it. He didn’t throw an additional punch or anything–he just reacted after almost sustaining a knee injury from a dirty hit. SEC has no business suspending him. Stewart should get at least a half–hope he’s not a senior. He’ll get a heavy does of Kwame and John next year if he’s back…

Paul in NH

October 18th, 2011
11:21 pm

I am not a UGA fan, but if the Vandy player had done that to me I would have punched him out.

WhoDat?

October 18th, 2011
11:22 pm

Looks just like Ben Jones on the Miss St player from last year.

TGT

October 18th, 2011
11:22 pm

I can’t believe that the Vandy player wasn’t kicked out of the game for that! He was obviously trying to hurt Geathers!

WhoDat?

October 18th, 2011
11:24 pm

Hi Paul in RHD. AKA now Paul in NH. You might know me cause I’m CRAZY with a bad urinary tract infection. LOL

Fldog

October 18th, 2011
11:25 pm

Again that was a reactionary push, not a punch. Chip you need to clarify that.

Hank

October 18th, 2011
11:27 pm

In the last three seconds of the video, is that Vanderbilt coach who comes running off the sidelines to complain about Geathers the Head Coach Franklin ? Whoever that coach was and the others on the Vanderbilt sidelines should have had a good view of what initiated the whole incident—the initial chop block. They have no reason to be so indignant about what Geathers did.

WhoDat?

October 18th, 2011
11:27 pm

TGT……………WHY didn’t you say the same when Ben Jones did the exact same thing against MSU? Why didn’t you say the same thing when the UGA players ran off the Bench during the Auburn Game? Why didn’t you say the same thing when 2 guys piled on Fairley and Ben Jones threw punches in the pile? WHY WHY WHY? TGT. WHY?

zulucanibal

October 18th, 2011
11:31 pm

Hey if nick fairley didnt get suspended for what he did last year, why should geathers???

Chris

October 18th, 2011
11:32 pm

What in the world got into Georgia? I did not see the game because I was on an outing, but I keep seeing news video after news video coming out. And each is worse than the previous. Somebody needs to tell them when they leave this state and wear a uniform that says Georgia across the front, they are representing all people that live in Georgia, not just Bulldogg fans. And particularly playing Vanderbilt, please maintain some decorem. I know many friends outside of Georgia that graduated from Vanderbilt and they have said that they were just surprised and appalled at the conduct of the Georgia delegation on this trip. And I agree with them that a college football game with alumni in attendance is not a place where you expectto get caught up in a backwoods, trash redneck free-for-all. I just tell them, don’t expect me to explain it, I was at the Fox theater and glad I was.

Innocent Bystander

October 18th, 2011
11:33 pm

That’s not a chop block.

chop block- An offensive player tries to cut block a defensive player that is already being blocked by another offensive player.

Geathers isn’t being blocked by anyone when he gets cut blocked. Not a chop block. Cut blocking is legal. Learn the rules.

chuck

October 18th, 2011
11:37 pm

There is no way that the SEC can give Fairley a pass last year and then do anything to a player for reacting to a blatant cheap shot that could have ended his career. The punch was a “continuation action” and was in direct response to the cheap shot. I think that cheap shot artist Stewart got off really easy. Geathers could have throw a dozen punches and been justified in my book. I think players HAVE to take care of themselves and their teammates on the field. My guess is Vandy got the message and didn’t cheap shot Geathers the rest of the game.

As for last year, I think UGA should have run a chop block at Fairley on the next play after his first of many cheap shots on Murray. The message should have been clear. You take a cheap shot and we will return the shot. I bet it would have put an end to the crap from Fairley before he escalated it with each “turning of the other cheek”.

Paul in NH

October 18th, 2011
11:37 pm

Only difference between that play and Ben Jones against MSU last year is that the Vandy player ran 30 yards across the field and Jones ran 40 yards down field before the illegal and dangerous block (aka clip).

BigDawg

October 18th, 2011
11:40 pm

I can’t believe anyone would seriously try to argue that was a chop block. Look at the video again. The play was essentially dead, referee had blown the whistle and had his arm raised. You clearly see #60 leave the pile and target Geathers, who by the way is pulling up and is nowhere NEAR the play (which by the way is out of bounds and over at this point). I don’t condone how he retaliated but I understand it and frankly he had it coming to him. Dirty, dirty play. I was at the game and Vandy did that crap all night. #67 for Vandy was punching after almost every play.

HBSDAWG

October 18th, 2011
11:40 pm

Ludicrous to talk about S Williams being suspended. You don’t suspend folks for getting penalties. Chip’s trying to stir something up.

My hope is that Stewart is a senior, I don’t think it would be wise to come to Sanford next year.

HBSDAWG

October 18th, 2011
11:42 pm

Chris – grow a pair. If you didn’t see the game, don’t judge the players. Much more is being made of the S Williams play, Geathers and Grantham.

Calm down son.

Frank Lane

October 18th, 2011
11:43 pm

After the play. vandy should have been called for a clip and a personal foul.

Buford T. Pusser

October 18th, 2011
11:45 pm

This is almost comical. Grown men(?) defending an illegal play. Redneck is as redneck does.

The Sheriff has spoken.

HBSDAWG

October 18th, 2011
11:46 pm

Damn Chris – you are just ignorant. As one of the Ga fans at the game, I can assure you there was nothing about the Ga Fans that should have upset anyone. You are not a Georgia fan are you? ,

Chris

October 18th, 2011
11:48 pm

I pull for all of the Georgia teams to win and represent Georgia. That includes GT, Georgia, Georgia State, Georgia Southern.

HBSDAWG

October 18th, 2011
11:51 pm

Hey Innocent. While I agree with you, I wouldn’t have cared if the SOB had come at me straight on after sending me a card announcing his intention. I would have punched him too.

Truth is, if KG hadn’t punched him, they never would have punished the VU player.

Actions designed to purposefully hurt someone should be treated differently. Stewart should have been ejected. KG should have been warned that reacting the way he did was understandable, the next time he would be likewise punished.

Nashville44

October 18th, 2011
11:52 pm

Geathers had been throwing cheap shots at the Vandy player all in the 1st half.Vandy kid was just getting a little payback.

HBSDAWG

October 18th, 2011
11:53 pm

That’s what I thought, Chris. Not a UGA fan. Stick to High School soccer, you obviously don’t have the brain or the stomach for College Football.

Buford T. Pusser

October 18th, 2011
11:53 pm

Chris,

Please. Your comment that ‘Somebody needs to tell them when they leave this state and wear a uniform that says Georgia across the front, they are representing all people that live in Georgia, not just Bulldogg (sic) fans ” is grossly inaccurate. As a Georgia native, The last thing I would want to be associated with is a University whose fan base consists of the lowest common denominator, i.e. toothless inbred rednecks.

However, I understand your inference.

The Sheriff has spoken.

Paul in NH

October 18th, 2011
11:54 pm

HBSDAWG

October 18th, 2011
11:40 pm
Ludicrous to talk about S Williams being suspended. You don’t suspend folks for getting penalties. Chip’s trying to stir something up.
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If a 15 yard personal foul penalty and an 11 yard penalty for fighting don’t warrant a suspension, I guess a clipping penalty doesn’t warrant one as well.
Of course, Williams has done this kind of thing before without suspension
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0357VcZfmE

dawg85

October 18th, 2011
11:57 pm

That was a dirty hit. Geathers got a 15 yarder and that’s all he deserves.

When ANY TEAM

October 18th, 2011
11:57 pm

And I mean ANY FOOTBALL TEAM comes to West End in Nashville now, you better be ready!

Buford T. Pusser

October 18th, 2011
11:58 pm

HBSDAWG,

Thanks for proving my point. My apologies Chris.

The Sheriff has spoken.

WhoDat?

October 18th, 2011
11:58 pm

Paul in RDU do you know me now?
How is your new life in the REAL NORTH? Are you ready to dig your car out? LOL

Hairy Dawg

October 19th, 2011
12:00 am

Chris, go back on your outing. If you don’t know what went on, don’t try to find it out from the media. They are not unbiased.

Innocent, the play was over, the referee had blown his whistle and raised his arm, AND the play was not in the vicinity. That was a very dirty, intentional attempt to cause a season and perhaps career ending injury. A reflex punch to the player with his helmet on, PLEASE!

Vandy already got the benefit with an automatic first down. Only the Vandy player should be suspended for their nonconference game.

As for Franklin, he should be exposed for the fraud he is. “We are not gonna take stuff from anybody, anywhere, anymore.” While CMR should address CTG privately, he should support him and his players in the media and NOT sell him out on the field until he has heard both sides.

I would expect my head coach to at least investigate things before publicly condemning me.

Nashville44

October 19th, 2011
12:00 am

I would love to take your snuff can and banjo and stick both up your boy friend’s favorite part of your morbidly obese, foul smelling body!

Are you just as much a coward as the Vandy player who hit a man from behind versus confronting him face to face? Yes, I thought so!

Robert Jones

October 19th, 2011
12:03 am

Many years ago as a freshman in high school I was clipped on a kick off in much the same manner. My leg was pinned under me and snapped about six inches above the knee. The fracture was compound, and I looked down and saw my thigh bone sticking through my skin. An ambulance came to the field and rushed me to the hospital. I was placed in a full body cast for eight weeks so that the leg would be completely immobilized. My right leg ended up 2 inches shorter than my left. I was not able to play football again until my junior year. It was a time in my life I will never forget.

There is no punishment great enough for this Vanderbilt player who committed this heinous and deliberate act. The video shows the player with a running start at Geathers, and Geathers had his back to him the entire time. There is no other way to look at the play other than as an intentional act designed to maim and injure Geathers. Geathers was lucky to have suffered no apparent injury. I was not so lucky years ago.

Innocent Bystander

October 19th, 2011
12:03 am

Hairy Dawg – Try some reading comprehension on for size. I’m not arguing that it wasn’t a dirty late hit, just that it wasn’t a “chop block”, as it has been erroneously referred to in earlier posts. Since you all seem to spout off about how Georgia Tech supposedly “chop blocks” so often, I figured it would be best if everyone here got educated as to what actually constitutes a chop block.

RomeBulldog

October 19th, 2011
12:03 am

MOVE ON! Please?