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)
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.