Sophomore Brandon Harton gets starting nod at tailbback

Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon (L) talks to suspended starter Isaiah Crowell shortly before kickoff in Saturday's game against New Mexico State. (AJC photo)

Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon (L) talks to suspended starter Isaiah Crowell shortly before kickoff in Saturday's game against New Mexico State. (AJC photo)

ATHENS – Greetings from bright and and sunny Sanford Stadium. But don’t let that fool you. It’s cold here! A strong, cold wind is blowing north-northwest and keeping the flag in the west end zone blowing straight. It’s strong enough that I’d say it will have an effect on the passing and kicking games.

So here’s what I can tell you so far:

  • Looks like sophomore Brandon Harton is going to get the start at tailback. No big surprise there. The former walkon was named most promising walkon in the spring and earned a scholarship in preseason camp. In fact, he’d played his way into the rotation in August until a severe ankle injury the last week of preseason workouts sidelined him for the first two weeks of the regular season. He has the most experience of the tailbacks left after the Bulldogs lost four to injury and suspension this week.
  • Don’t be surprised to see Nick Marshall line up in the backfield for the Dogs today. Marshall, who is a backup safety and special teams player this season, was an all-state quarterback at Wilcox County, which he led to a Class A state championship. He was actually promised in recruiting a chance to play as the back in Georgia’s rarely-used “Wild Dog” formation. The Bulldogs shut out the media from the teamwork portion of practice this week so there could be all kinds wrinkles we see today.
  • Outside linebacker Reuben Faloughi is not dressed out today. No official reason has been offered by UGA but the Athens Banner-Herald reported late this week that his dorm room at at Rooker Hall was searched on Thursday after a student noticed the smell of marijuana coming from within. Police searched the room and no contraband was found and no arrest was made But Faloughi, a sopohomore backup, is not playing today, so make of it what you will.
  • Jarvis Jones (mild knee sprain) has been announced as a starter at outside linebacker, so I guess he’s going to go. It was not certain late in the week as he did a lot of exercise bike riding during practice.

350 comments Add your comment

Wavy Gravy

November 5th, 2011
12:08 pm

Wavy Gravy

November 5th, 2011
12:09 pm

Oops… First!

How 2 Win

November 5th, 2011
12:12 pm

Georgia needs to make taking out the opposing quarterback their first priority in this game. NMSU has a very poor defensive squad, but they have scored more than thirty points in each of their past four outings and are putting up 297.3 passing yards per game.

Florida provided a blueprint for defeating Georgia when they unveiled their one-dimensional passing attack designed to allow their injured starting quarterback to participate in the game. Fortunately for Georgia, their defensive front was eventually able to exact enough of a toll on Brantley that he was no longer delivering accurate throws to his receivers in the second half of the game.

A healthy quarterback who is capable of making accurate passes for four quarters could spell big-time trouble for the Georgia defensive backfield, and that would place the Bulldogs in the awkward position of relying on a diminished offensive squad to prevail in a scoring marathon.

I expect Coach Grantham to bring multiple blitz schemes to rattle the NMSU quarterback and snuff out the passing threat early in this game. I doubt that the New Mexico State O-line has the size or strength to overcome such a defensive game plan. Therefore, I predict a continuation of Georgia’s winning streak in today’s contest.

GATA!!!

South West Dekalb! Track Star

November 5th, 2011
12:13 pm

which channel is showing this game?

How 2 Win

November 5th, 2011
12:14 pm

CSS and ESPN3.

South West Dekalb! Track Star

November 5th, 2011
12:17 pm

Thanks How 2 Win, go Dawgs

ugab

November 5th, 2011
12:18 pm

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 5th, 2011
12:22 pm

So CROWELL is on the sidelines? Wow what punishment.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 5th, 2011
12:24 pm

How 2 win……………..sounds like what FAIRLEY did to the dawgs last year, but you Hate Fairley.

Wavy Gravy

November 5th, 2011
12:24 pm

Kool-aid,

Them benches are hard. They hurt Isaiah’s tender hiney.

How 2 Win

November 5th, 2011
12:26 pm

RE: Fairley

IOKIGDI

Sort of like “It’s okay if a Republican does it”. Just replace GOP with UGA. ;-)

Dr. Phil

November 5th, 2011
12:26 pm

Have a good game, Harton, and win the starting job from your unreliable teammate.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 5th, 2011
12:27 pm

no LIVE blog for this HUGE match-up today?

Mary J. Wanna

November 5th, 2011
12:27 pm

Searched the room on Thursday and out today… Hmmm…. Just sayin’…

Wavy Gravy

November 5th, 2011
12:28 pm

How “live” do you want it to be?

Is there a delay on this thing?

reality DAWG

November 5th, 2011
12:30 pm

Mary…. searched and probably found (thou not reported) in the other cases they were UGA administered test and they awaited the results. Big difference.

Pot has to go however. Very troubling.

Wavy Gravy

November 5th, 2011
12:32 pm

I don’t mind the pot, so long as you don’t call the kettle black.

Mary J. Wanna

November 5th, 2011
12:34 pm

Reality, no contraband or evidence found, yet he is out???

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 5th, 2011
12:40 pm

No SMITH got the start.

evil empire

November 5th, 2011
12:44 pm

no wavy…he means Bradley, big time pre-game hype and analysis by top drawer AJC writer…my god, this game is the equal of Bama/Lsu, is it not?…honestly, I don’t know how season ticket holders put up with these bs home games…and don’t give me the everyone else does it crap…is everyone else buying your tickets for you?…expect more and maybe you’ll get more..UGA thinks like a loser, therefore they are losers…

On Xanax

November 5th, 2011
12:46 pm

It’s another wonderful day and I’m ready to watch my wonderful Dawgs win another glorious victory. I just know that it’s His will for the Dawgs to prevail in this upcoming contest.

Nancy! Where’s my Lortabs?

Oh yeah… Would you get me a beer to wash that down with? Thanks Honey!

I just pray that all of you wonderful Dawg fans out there have a glorious, blessed day! Too bad about those boys messing around with illicit drugs and missing their opportunity to participate in this wonderful game. Y’all be sure to pray for them too!

J.J.M.

November 5th, 2011
12:46 pm

xbox live to watch the game!

Bobo is Not The Problem

November 5th, 2011
12:46 pm

Way to suck, Dawgs. Drive all the way down the field and fumble in the end zone. Sloppy 34-17 win today.

FIRE MARK RICHT.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 5th, 2011
12:46 pm

Wow, he ran hard and just a lil too hard at the end.
Not the best start.

IlliniDawg

November 5th, 2011
12:48 pm

And we just found out why Harton hasn’t played very much this year. Doh!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 5th, 2011
12:50 pm

QB seems to have a lot of time to throw.

Wavy Gravy

November 5th, 2011
12:51 pm

Hey guys!

We want to to maim the QB – just wait until they snap the ball… Okay?

J.J.M.

November 5th, 2011
12:51 pm

Mary J. Wanna

November 5th, 2011
12:53 pm

Maim? Dude, take a hit…

Not a Neil Boortz Redneck

November 5th, 2011
12:54 pm

N Mex St is terrible.

There should be a rule that home/home arrangements are required so teams would not schedule these automatic wins.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 5th, 2011
12:56 pm

Gates tackled the defender on the corner. how was that not called holding?
Well the track meet has started.

VA Dawg

November 5th, 2011
12:57 pm

Extra point was almost wide right! Pulling for Walsh to have a few good field goals this game to get his confidence back.

Bobo is Not The Problem

November 5th, 2011
1:01 pm

How does confidence help Walsh? He should have had all the confidence in the world after being an All-American. Didn’t help him this year. Confidence is like momentum. A useless feeling. He just needs to work on his mechanics and kick better.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 5th, 2011
1:01 pm

0-0 Gators v Vandy 2nd qtr.

evil empire

November 5th, 2011
1:02 pm

are Musberger and Herbstreit calling this game down the middle? man, its gotta be standing room only at sanford for this one…huge bcs implications…may even impact the monetary mess in greece if uga can pull this off…what a joke uga has become…

Bobo is Not The Problem

November 5th, 2011
1:03 pm

NM QB has ALL DAY to throw the ball. Did we bench our D-line? No, we just suck that bad. Wait, NM St is known for its stellar OL play. Better than Bama. Riiiiiiiiiight.

Simple Equations

November 5th, 2011
1:03 pm

Dawgs = Buffoons

VA Dawg

November 5th, 2011
1:04 pm

NMS QB well padded from shoulders to waist!

Mary J. Wanna

November 5th, 2011
1:04 pm

I bet 350 lb. John Jenkins knows me…

KJ

November 5th, 2011
1:06 pm

Hilarious how all the trolls are trolling it up in a UGA blog vs a cupcake team. It’s a nice day outside, it’s unfortunate you losers never leave your parents’ basement.

VA Dawg

November 5th, 2011
1:08 pm

Bobo Not the Problem – if you don’t think confidence, or momentum, is important you have never played sports.

J.J.M.

November 5th, 2011
1:10 pm

lol strugglin agaist this team wow

J.J.M.

November 5th, 2011
1:11 pm

tell me again

November 5th, 2011
1:11 pm

halfway through the 2nd, Fla. just scored – Gators 7, Vanderbilt 0

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 5th, 2011
1:12 pm

jk……….seems like you are on the computer doing what you are complaining about.

tell me again

November 5th, 2011
1:12 pm

trying to find the game……….frikkin cable

Bobo is Not The Problem

November 5th, 2011
1:14 pm

Well let’s see…NM St outgained UGA in the first quarter.

FIRE MARK RICHT.

Bobo is Not The Problem

November 5th, 2011
1:15 pm

VA Dawg, I have played tons of sports. You and others have a serious misunderstanding of confidence and momentum. They are FEELINGS. They can turn on every single play, especially the elusive “momentum.” If momentum mattered, the first team to make a big play would win in a rout every game.

FIRE MARK RICHT.

tell me again

November 5th, 2011
1:15 pm

what’s the score

J.J.M.

November 5th, 2011
1:16 pm

if you dont have comcast watch it on xbox live if you dont have xbox live watch it on espn3.com