Preview: New Mexico State perfect opponent at perfect time for Georgia

Three storylines . . .

Missing persons. Georgia enters the game without its top four tailbacks. Freshman star Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome are suspended after flunking a UGA-administered drug test and backup Richard Samuel underwent season-ending surgery on Tuesday for an ankle injury suffered in the Florida game. The Bulldogs will go with Brandon Harton, a 5-6, 174-pound sophomore from Reidsville who was awarded a scholarship in preseason camp, and Kyle Karempelis (5-9-180), a freshman walkon from Norcross.

Not-so-special teams. Expected to be a team strength this season, Georgia’s special teams plays is instead among the worst in the SEC, where it ranks in the bottom half if not dead last in almost every category. The Bulldogs will look to shore up kickoff coverage in particular. They gave up 200 yards and a touchdown on five returns against Florida last week and New Mexico State features the nation’s 12th-best return team.

Calling the Hogs. While most eyes in college football will be focused on Saturday’s night’s “Game of the Century” between No. 1-ranked LSU and No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa (8 p.m., CBS), the Bulldogs and their fans will be more interested in what’s happening in Fayetteville, Ark., at about the same time (7:15 p.m., ESPN). There No. 8 Arkansas (7-1, 3-1 SEC) will be playing host to No. 10 South Carolina (7-1, 5-1). A Gamecocks’ loss will give Georgia sole possession of first place in the SEC’s Eastern Division.

A Georgia win would . . .

Be its 7th straight for the first time in a season since 2007

Be its 71st in 90 homecoming games (currently 70-17-2)

A New Mexico State win would . . .

Be its first against an SEC opponent in 14 tries.

Keep an eye on …

For Georgia: Brandon Harton. The redshirt sophomore from Reidsville is expected to get the start at tailback in the wake of the Bulldogs losing four others to suspension or injury this week. Harton (5-6, 174), a lightning quick and shifty runner, earned a scholarship in preseason camp and had actually worked his way up to No. 3 on the depth chart. But a severe ankle injury late in camp sidelined him for the first two games of the season.

For New Mexico State: Taveon Rogers. The Aggies’ senior wide receiver (6-0, 188) from Lancaster, Calif., is a threat in both the passing and return game. Last week he had 7 catches for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns against Nevada. It was his third multi-TD game of the season. He leads New Mexico State’s wideouts with 32 catches for 669 yards and is also averaging 27.5 yards on kickoff returns with a nation-leading two touchdowns.

The numbers game

6

Offensive touchdowns surrendered by Georgia defense in last 6 games

118-23

Aggregate score of Bulldogs three wins over New Mexico State

24

Tackles by Aggies safety Donyae Coleman vs. Nevada last week

The history book

Series record: Georgia leads 3-0

The last time: On Sept. 28, 2002, the Bulldogs fell behind 7-0 before scoring 41 unanswered points. Damien Gary notched Georgia’s first two scores on a 71-yard punt return and a 20-yard pass from David Greene.

The bottom line

This non-conference game comes conveniently sandwiched between rival contests against Florida and Auburn. Meanwhile, New Mexico State is exactly the type of opponent the Bulldogs need at this juncture of the season. The Aggies feature a high-octane offense (419 yards, 30 points per game) and one of the best return games in the country. Meanwhile, they’re giving up 442 yards a game and their rush defense ranks 111th nationally. So Georgia should be able to absorb its personnel losses while having to stay sharp and focused.

– Chip Towers

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2012 FEAR THE END

November 4th, 2011
10:23 am

dentaldawg

November 4th, 2011
10:24 am

go dawgs..not first

Destin Dawg

November 4th, 2011
10:32 am

any TV coverage ?

DJ Dawg

November 4th, 2011
10:38 am

@Destin Dawg

Its on CSS in Ga.

Fan

November 4th, 2011
10:38 am

Yes we have beat a few teams that aren’t the best int the nation, but in pretty sure last year we lost a few games to some “cupcakes” , so I’ll take all the wins we can get.

Fan

November 4th, 2011
10:40 am

I’m here in the panhandle of Florida and I’m pretty sure it’s on ESPN 3.

DawginLex

November 4th, 2011
10:41 am

01-TB Isaiah Crowell Freshman could not hide suspension time it tho-WILL RETURN THIS YEAR
02-TB Carlton Thomas – suspension again 2nd this season-WILL RETURN THIS YEAR
03-TB Boo Malcome – recruited here injured, now the real truth out-WILL RETURN THIS YEAR
04-TB Washaun Ealey – Jr. – Transferred to Jacksonville State-CANCEROUS ATTITUDE.TOOK HIMSELF OUT OF GAME VERSUS UK THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF LACK OF TOUCHES
05-TB Dontavius Jackson – would be RJr transferred to UAB-COULD NOT HACK IT ACADEMICALLY
06-TB Caleb King – would have been senior 2011-FLUNKED OUT
07-TB Richard Samuel – ankle surgery Thursday after Florida-INJURED WILL RETURN NEXT YEAR DGD
07-OG Kolton Houston – R Fr NCAA eligibility-WAITING ON STATUS UPDATE
08-OT Jonathan Owens – Redshirt Junior 2011, medical disqualification-MEDICAL DISQUALIFICATION IS ON THIS LIST?????
09-OL Brent Benedict – RFr. — Transferred to Virginia Tech-DECIDED TO LEAVE ON HIS OWN
10-OL Tanner Strickland – Sr. — left program not playing senior year injury-ANOTHER MEDICAL SITUATION??
11-OL Trinton Sturdivant – Sr. — knee injury-ANOTHER MEDICAL SITUATION
12-OL Chris Little – R Jr Transfer NW C College then Southern U ineligible-GRADES
13-OL A.J. Harmon – Jr. — Transferred to Alabama State-GRADES
14-OG Ben Harden – would be Senior 2011-GRADES
15-WR AJ Green – would have been Senior 2011
16-WR Lonnie Outlaw – Sophomore failed Qualify 2010, Ga Military-WILL BE ON THE TEAM NEXT YEAR
17-WR Walter Hill – would be Senior 2011 kicked off team-DID NOT FOLLOW RULES
18-WR Logan Gray- Senior Transfer Colorado-SELFISH, DELUSIONAL THOUGHT HE WAS AN SEC QB
19-WR Malcolm Mitchell hamstring brought back too fast now 2 more games-WHY IS OUR BEST WR ON THIS LIST??
20-QB Zach Mettenberger – would be R Sophomore 2011, kicked off, LSU-GROPED A GIRL REPEATEDLY
21-DE Jeremy Longo – Jr. — Medically disqualified-ANOTHER MEDICAL ISSUE
22-DE Montez Robinson – would be redshirt sophomore 2011, kicked off-DID NOT FOLLOW RULES
23-DE Jalen Fields, – would be Sophomore failed to Qualify 2010-WILL BE ON THE TEAM NEXT YEAR
24-DE Justin Houston – would have been senior 2011-PLAYING IN THE NFL NOW. THIS IS A NEGATIVE ONLY TO AN IDIOT.
25-NT Chris Mayes – Dream Team 2011 failed Qualify, MS Gulf Coast-GRADES
26-LB Kent Turene – Dream Team 2011 failed Qualify, Jireh Prep NC-GRADES
27-LB Demetre Baker – Sophomore – kicked off team-DID NOT FOLLOW RULES
28-LB Marcus Dowtin – Jr. — Transferred to North Alabama-DID NOT FOLLOW RULES
29-ILB Brandon Burrows – RFr wait until Fall for surgery lost for year-INJURED AND WILL RETURN NEXT YEAR
30-CB Derek Owens – Sophomore transfer 9/26/11-COULD NOT DEAL WITH BEING BEAT OUT FOR A SPOT
31-CB Chis Sanders – Tucker RFr shoulder surgery out season 9/28/11-INJURED,BACK NEXT YEAR
32-FS Jakar Hamilton – Senior, transferred out-NO PLAYING TIME, QUIT
33-SS Nick Williams – Senior 2011, transferred North Alabama-NO PLAYING TIME, QUIT

Top Row Dog

November 4th, 2011
10:41 am

7-2 With Arkansas beating South Carolina to put us in First place in the East. Auburn has spoiled our SEC dreams more than once, already looking ahead. Gonna be 6 of last 7?

DawgNation2010

November 4th, 2011
10:42 am

The game will be on Comcast CSS.

Spaceman Spiff

November 4th, 2011
10:45 am

@ Thomas Brown

It is so good to see you back to your usual crap again…please show us some more of your intelligence…

So 7 cupcakes? The schedule is what it is, just like for your beloved GT. Let me ask you this, when GT won those games in a row at the beginning of the season, did you praise your team or say we beat nothing but cupcakes?

@Thomas Brown

November 4th, 2011
10:46 am

Please select a new screen name. The real Thomas Brown is an extremely positive, hard working supporter and employee of UGA Athletics. You are doing him a disservice. Please choose a name that more appropriately reflects you willingness to blow off any constructive work in your day to spew constant negativity. Something like Keith Olbermann perhaps?

Thank you and Go Dawgs!

KJ

November 4th, 2011
10:47 am

Thomas Brown, what line of work are you in? I’d kill for a job that allows me that kind of free time.

Terry

November 4th, 2011
10:50 am

ESPN3 is showing that they are going to telecast the Georgia -New Mexico St game.

@Thomas Brown

November 4th, 2011
10:52 am

Oh, and I am quite positive you never racked up the impressive stats in the SEC that the real TB did. You would have had to be willing to work hard and support your team and coaches for that….It also takes a positive attitude. You are an embarrassment to TB’s good name.

Destin Dawg

November 4th, 2011
10:52 am

DawgNation2010

November 4th, 2011
10:52 am

Terry, Can’t you get ESP3 free online with some internet providers?

cantondawg

November 4th, 2011
10:53 am

DawginLex,

From what i’ve heard from very reliable sources, Lonnie Outlaw and Jalen Fields will not make the grades to be here next year. Also, it’s doubtful that Shannon Brown will make the grades.

DJ Dawg

November 4th, 2011
10:54 am

Not even going to waste the time to reply to anything that Thomas Brown has to say.

Terry

November 4th, 2011
10:54 am

windstream gives it to me for free.

ARdawg

November 4th, 2011
10:55 am

There are no cupcakes in the SEC. Anybody can and does beat anyone else on any given Saturday

Douglas Dawg

November 4th, 2011
10:57 am

Give Thomas Brown a million bucks and I bet he would complain about having to pay taxes…. get lost Mr. Negative!

@Thomas Brown

November 4th, 2011
10:57 am

Your last stat is bogus. Mark Right has been at UGA for over ten years, he awarded the scholarships for every scholarship player on the team. We aren’t playing all walk-ons tomorrow brilliance. If you mean tailbacks only, you are still wrong. Boykin, Rambo, Smith, Z. Ogletree, or numerous others could line up at tailback tomorrow.

Lee

November 4th, 2011
10:57 am

Reading all those names of athletes who flunked out begs the question;

“Is it better to have a squad full of 4-5 star recruits who may be the best athlete, but often bring a bad attitude and work ethic to the team and are looking to jump to the NFL at first chance, or a squad full of 3 star recruits who work hard, make good grades, and will stick around for their senior season?”

I vote for door number two.

Fan

November 4th, 2011
10:57 am

Yes ESPN 3 is free with certain providers.

Terry

November 4th, 2011
10:58 am

You’ll have to check with your home page to see if you have ESPN3. I’m also getting the South Carolina game on ESPN3 Free.

@Thomas Brown

November 4th, 2011
10:58 am

Richt, not Right

DawginLex

November 4th, 2011
11:02 am

HOW IS A KID WHO BLOWS OUT HIS KNEE A REFLECTION OF BAD COACHING ON MARK RICHT’S PART?

A KID CAN’T HACK IT IN SCHOOL? RICHT’S FAULT?

A KID MAKES BAD CHOICES AND GETS PUNISHED? RICHT’S FAULT?

Houston and Green are in the NFL.

That is not a negative.

You are the walking talking definition of the phrase

“Figure don’t lie but liars figure.

obama sin laden

November 4th, 2011
11:03 am

Backups….accept these opportunities humbly, earn the starters position with xtra hard work and dont relinquish the fire! ga 70 nms 0. gata. focus. see the goal and nothing else.

Terry

November 4th, 2011
11:04 am

I don’t think it has anything to do with 4&5 Star’s, its this New Generation, they have had everthing handed to them, most have never wanted for anything, their spoiled brats, just like the guy that claims he’s Thomas Brown.

Dr. Phil

November 4th, 2011
11:04 am

Thomas, it’s time for your meds. We’re increasing the dosage.

B'dawg

November 4th, 2011
11:06 am

Georgia beats NMS, LSU beats Alabama, Arky beats USC and for the final

Thomas Brown falls in love with himself, then breaks up with himself, cant take the pain and ends up in a mental institution. Or is he already there…..?

Mr. Expert

November 4th, 2011
11:08 am

Thomas Brown: Any opinion on how to resolve the European debt crises? You have EXACTLY the same qualifications to analyze that as you do to “analyze” UGA football issues.

DawginLex

November 4th, 2011
11:09 am

Last time I checked, a school like UGA has zero control over how the opponents on their schedule do in games versus other teams.

Might as well ice those cupcakes Thomas because no one can do anything about them.

Jimmy Crack

November 4th, 2011
11:11 am

Chip, if those 3 players tested positive for pot last week, and if pot will show a positive test for 30 days, how is it they would have a clean test by the Auburn game, or does that evern happen? If the NCAA decides to test Crowell again next week he will surely fail again, true? Or is he assured he will not be tested again until 30 days from his last sample, like maybe right before the potential SEC Championship game?

DawginLex

November 4th, 2011
11:12 am

so Thomas, answer some questions for all of us?

1.) If UGA wins out, loses to LSU in the SECCG and wins its bowl game to end up 11-3, will you advocate the firing of Mark Richt?

2.) If UGA loses to Auburn and Tech and Richt gets fired, how long before you start making up lists of complaints about the new coach when he loses a game or has a player get injured or flunk out?

I BET YOU WON’T ANSWER ME

Not so Fast My Friend

November 4th, 2011
11:13 am

Thomas Brown are you a fan of UGA ?
Do you allways look for the bad?
Are you happy with any thing in your life?

ARdawg

November 4th, 2011
11:14 am

Thomas Brown

Mark Richt is only a man and a football coach. He is NOT a god or a wizard and has no magical ability. You call him a liar. If you know of a lie, prove it.

DawginLex

November 4th, 2011
11:16 am

How many of the 34 are in the NFL?
How many of the 34 have injuries/medical issues?
How many flunked out because they couldn’t make it academically?
How many will be back this year or next year?

Kinda dilutes your list doesn’t it?

And no sir, those are not excuses. Those are FACTS that any reasonable person would allow for when making such a list.

That’s why your list is moronic.

GSU Eagle 91

November 4th, 2011
11:16 am

I am sure UGA will demolish New Mexico ST.
The UGA schedule this year is a disgrace. The SEC East is awful as a whole, and while LSU takes on Oregon and West VA, UGA counters with New Mexico ST and Coastal Carolina. Great!
I will give UGA props for taking on Boise St but that was a mismatch and Boise would demolish them again. If UGA meets the Bama/LSU winner in Atlanta, it is going to be a terrible beating..Something in the 45-7 range…..

ARdawg

November 4th, 2011
11:17 am

Thomas Brown

The SEC scheduling was prepared 5 years in advance. Who is supposed to have a crystal ball to predict who will be having a GOOD YEAR VERSUS A BAD? All any SEC team can do is play the schedule.

B'dawg

November 4th, 2011
11:17 am

What is all this “we” talk when refering to the the dawgs Thomas Brown. Youre not a fan!

G O A W A Y

Republicans for Richt!

November 4th, 2011
11:17 am

We’re gonna win the SEC and Beat the Tater Chuggers in a re-match in Nawleans.

That’s what I believe and no facts will sway my beliefs. I don’t live in the reality-based world!

GATA!!!

DawginLex

November 4th, 2011
11:17 am

STILL WON’T ANSWER ME?

ARdawg

November 4th, 2011
11:18 am

GSU Eagle

My my, you are a bitter one

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 4th, 2011
11:20 am

DawginLex

I’ll be glad to answer your question if Thomas Brown doesnt

I will give the new coach 3 years. If after 3 yrs he has not beaten FL or played for the SEC championship; I said PLAYED not win, but Played for the SEC championship then UGA needs to move on and find someone else

DawginLex

November 4th, 2011
11:21 am

so you are gonna fire Richt after 11-3 and winning the East

No coach worth his salt will walk into that

McGarity would be vilified nationwide

We might could get Goff back though

Barry

November 4th, 2011
11:22 am

I love it!! The gang has finally called out the constant bitcher blogger, “Thomas Brown!”
“Brownie” obviously has mommy issues and for some reason blames it on every thing in Georgia red.
Go Dogs! Go Razorbacks!

SCAR GO!

November 4th, 2011
11:22 am

Alshon’s hot and Arky is in a Sophomore Slump and primed for an upset.

We cookin’ up some Slaw Hawgs.

Mmmm… Tasty!

BOOM! Cackalacka lacky!

BOOM! Cackalacka lacky!

SCAR 35-27

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 4th, 2011
11:23 am

@ Thomas Brown or BuLLdawg or Mathew Ciafaro

The link you posted in the other blog concerning me makes zero sense. Although this is par for the course in 99% of what you post is essentially written from a illiterates point of view. Why else would you be mocked so if this where not true?

This blog has gotten out of hand by the lunatic fringe of the fanbase and you are the anchor to this particular group. Your second in command apparently is Fart Tar who cannot see the forrest because of the trees.

You know sometimes common sense just isn’t so common. That I imagines owuld describe each of you baffoons. I think it is high time each of you go and find a team that is deserving of the complexity that comes along with your fandom.

bham dawg

November 4th, 2011
11:24 am

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