Bulldogs pass on chance to wear Nike Pro Combat uniforms again

NOTE: These are just my notes from Wednesday’s practice but I thought folks might want to comment on Georgia’s uniform situation. . . .

ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt made a promise to his players before playing Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. If they made it back to the Georgia Dome as SEC Eastern Division champions, he told them then, they could wear their Nike Pro Combat uniforms in the SEC Championship game.

Thankfully, he said on Wednesday, the Bulldogs did not hold him to his promise.

“A couple of them actually said, ‘don’t do it, Coach,” Richt said with a grin.

As a result, “Georgia are red with silver britches,” Richt said following Georgia’s last full-contact workout on Wednesday. “No Pro Combats. Nobody even asked me.”

Georgia hasn’t performed well in recent years when it deviated from its traditional uniform of red helmets, red jerseys and silver pants. They lost to No. 5 Boise State 35-21 while wearing the all-red Pro Combat uniforms on Sept. 3; they lost 41-17 wearing black helmets against Florida in 2009; and they lost 41-30 wearing black jerseys against Alabama in 2008.

LSU is the home team in the SEC title game this year but chose to wear its traditional home white jerseys. That allowed Georgia to don its home red.

Richt did say one unnamed player asked about the possibility of wearing the black jerseys. But he quickly dismissed the notion.

“They think you can snap your finger and get a bunch of brand new jerseys,” Richt said. “That has to be planned out.”

But the Pro Combats remain at the ready.

“They thought were cool,” Richt said of the tight-fitting, mostly-red-and-some-silver ensemble. “I thought that’d be a nice incentive. As it turned out it wasn’t much of an incentive.”

‘As the Tailbacks Turn’

Either Richt is just tired of discussing the subject or there has been a new development in the weekly saga that is Georgia’s tailback rotation. Whatever the case, the previously jovial Richt turned positively dour when he was asked to update the situation Wednesday.

“I don’t want to talk about tailbacks,” Richt said. “I really don’t. Let’s just talk about something else. I was really in a good mood and then you had to ask that. . . . No more tailback questions until after the game.”

Twice-suspended, often-injured starter Isaiah Crowell is trying to make it back from a sprained left ankle the sidelined him for the regular-season finale against Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs also have held out hope that backup Richard Samuel could come back this week from Nov. 1 ankle surgery. Two other tailbacks have been subjected to suspensions and four different tailbacks have started this season.

“I don’t blame you for asking really but I don’t have any good answers,” Richt said, “so I’m just not going to answer it.”

Still hope for Tyson

DeAngelo Tyson (ankle) did not practice on Tuesday but Richt said the Bulldogs’ starting defensive end has “got a chance” to play on Saturday.

“Tomorrow we’ll see how much he’s progressed,” Richt said. “There’s a possibility he’ll get practice reps tomorrow, depending on how he starts out and warms up and that kind of thing.”

‘Honey Badger’ speaks

Most of the interview opportunities for LSU players had expired before word of Georgia’s defensive confidence had fully infiltrated the Tigers’ camp. But cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, better known as “Honey Badger,” did talk to the Gannett News Service about it.

Of the assertion by Georgia’s Jarvis Jones that the Bulldogs’ defense was as good if not better than LSU’s, Mathieu said: “He may have a point. I know those guys are going to go out there and play hard, and I’m sure he’s going to play extra hard.”

Known himself as a bit of a bulletin-board tweeter, Mathieu was asked why he did not respond to Jones via Twitter. “It was extremely tough not to,” he said. “But I’ve got to keep my team first.”

Few injuries for LSU

LSU starting free safety Eric Reid (thigh) and backup tailback Alfred Blue (ankle) are expected to be ready after missing the Arkansas game. Starting defensive tackle Michael Brockers (knee) is also expected to play. He played hurt last week.

Practice update

Georgia practiced for two hours in full pads Wednesday on another extremely cold day.

“The colder it is the faster they practice,” Richt said with a laugh. “There is more incentive to stay warm, so they move around quicker. Even when it’s time for a break they’re like, ‘let’s skip the break and go on to the next period.’”

The Bulldogs’ practice ended with temperatures in the low 40s. It was a relatively balmy 60 in Baton Rouge on Wednesday with Thursday expecting to reach 66. Of course, Saturday’s game will be played in 70-degree temperatures inside the Georgia Dome.

Richt said practicing in such cold conditions “could be” an issue for the Bulldogs.

“It will be warm in there,” he said of the Dome. “It was warm last time we were in there and it’ll be humid. I have seen guys cramp up in the Dome before because it does get warm. I can’t imagine it not heating up with all the fans in there.”

562 comments Add your comment

chilidawg

November 30th, 2011
9:00 pm

Preston

November 30th, 2011
9:04 pm

Not gonna do it

Preston

November 30th, 2011
9:04 pm

got me anyway chilidawg lol

Preston

November 30th, 2011
9:05 pm

SOOOOOOOOOO glad they’re wearing the one true UGA uniform! Stick with it forever!

SEC1

November 30th, 2011
9:05 pm

Go Dawgs !

4th?

Lee

November 30th, 2011
9:06 pm

as i recall didnt the ‘Dogs wear black pants at the Outback Bowl in ‘98 when they ran Ron Dayne and the Badgers off the field?

JB

November 30th, 2011
9:08 pm

Good. Skip all that uniform BS. Make plays.

reality DAWG

November 30th, 2011
9:10 pm

Even the honey badger was smarter than our guys. Just play to win the game!

GO DAWGS!

Delbert D.

November 30th, 2011
9:11 pm

Are there going to be tailbacks, or not?

Robinwood

November 30th, 2011
9:11 pm

Worm

November 30th, 2011
9:11 pm

Thank You..Just take care of business with some traditional equipment…Old School!

Paul Midler

November 30th, 2011
9:17 pm

Please…… no BS with the RB’s, not right now.

Mark (another one)

November 30th, 2011
9:17 pm

I wonder what’s up with the running backs?

DILLIGAF

November 30th, 2011
9:20 pm

Thank goodness… those Power Rangers uniforms would have been the kiss of death again.

Richt’s keeping mum about the tailback issue is typical, don’t give them anything.

Anyone that we can get back for rotation in any position will be a huge plus. Got to keep fresh legs in the game, especially late as LSU is very deep at most every position.

Good job as always Chip!

Hunker Down You Hairy Dawgs!

UGA/85′
GATA!

AltamahaDawg

November 30th, 2011
9:21 pm

I think they are still going to all be wearing matching uniforms, JB.

Spike

November 30th, 2011
9:22 pm

Give em Hell, Dawgs!!

TO HELL WITH LSU

November 30th, 2011
9:23 pm

WE ARE COMING TO WIN, NOT FOR A MORAL VICTORY,BUT TO WIN STRAIGHT OUT,LETS GO DAWGS ,LETS GET OUR RESPECT AND KICK THE LSU TIGERS TAILS! GO DAWGS!SIC’EM WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eric C.

November 30th, 2011
9:24 pm

reality Dawg, are you kidding…the badger was muzzled, that guy is as dumb a player as they come when stirring the pot

Eric C.

November 30th, 2011
9:24 pm

dang right, Tiger heads are gonna roll

Eric C.

November 30th, 2011
9:26 pm

Crowell will played possessed…have faith in him, no BS this week

T Dog

November 30th, 2011
9:28 pm

Put the Power Rangers rags in the trash !
UGA has the best looking uniforms in the country,Why change them ?

Ckgator

November 30th, 2011
9:29 pm

Enjoy the tailgating, doggies. The fun ends for you at kickoff.

And keep talking about uniforms. It’s what championship programs do. But not so much…..

Sam

November 30th, 2011
9:32 pm

Go DAWGS! Whoop the cajun toothless people… Yeah, stick with the regular uniforms. Those other ones are bad luck.

Amazing video of a high school senior from Columbia TN who kicks the ball dead straight 75-80 yards in the air. He was successful on 54 of 54 attempts this season….100%. Now he needs a college team.

Watch for yourself…it is unreal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_JKwgwFY3g

jewrican

November 30th, 2011
9:34 pm

oh thank goodness! please bury that uniform!!! It was HIDEOUS!

kybodawg

November 30th, 2011
9:35 pm

who says lsu cant be beat. miss. st. held them to 19 and ala outplayed them all day and if they can kick one of the field goals they mised it doesent get to overtime. just play smart no taunting, late hits, and have fun.

Fear The Lesticles!!!

November 30th, 2011
9:36 pm

How do you stop a bulldog from pulling it’s pud???

Paint it orange and blue, that way he’ll only beat it once every 7 years :)

Heath

November 30th, 2011
9:37 pm

The fun ended for Florida when they hired Muschump.

AltamahaDawg

November 30th, 2011
9:37 pm

I’d settle for him playing solid. I don’t know if this will be his best game production wise, because a lot of that is not up to him, BUT, this is going to be the best condition, most healthy, and most experienced, that Crowell has ever been.

Fear The Lesticles!!!

November 30th, 2011
9:41 pm

Ummmm kybodawg,

Where do you get that Bama outplayed LSU all day? Bama only outgained LSU by 55 total yds. LSU actually rushed for 150 yds in that game and the time of possession was pretty much dead even. Trent Richardson had a monster 1st half, once LSU shut him down after halftime adjustments, Bama couldn’t move the ball. Maybe we watched 2 different games, but all those missed fg’s were from 45+ yds. Not like they missed 4 attempts from 25-30 yds out.

Last I checked kicking fg’s and special teams are a part of football too, just like blocking and tackling.

Ringling Brothers

November 30th, 2011
9:41 pm

LSU 42, UGA Clowns 3

DILLIGAF

November 30th, 2011
9:45 pm

Ckgator:

This is a blog about the SEC Championship game, one that your team will be watching from their dorm rooms.

I think you must be on the wrong forum. Please redirect yourself to http://www.flagatorlosers.com

UGA/85′
GATA!

DawginAR

November 30th, 2011
9:45 pm

Only a Gaytor fan would be dumb enough to run their mouth after losing to UGA and every other team in the conference. Watching FSU wipe the field with them was pure comedy. Go crawl back in your muddy hole, loser.

The facts, just the facts, ma'am

November 30th, 2011
9:46 pm

It’s really sad that UGA alumni and fans have only their football team to take pride in. It’s even sadder that this pride depends on the performance of illiterate dummies who don’t even come close to meeting minimum academic requirements. 75% of UGA football players are what UGA calls “special admits,” which is just a euphemism for admitting bozos who can barely read or write.

This sorry practice not only cheapens all UGA degrees, but embarrasses the State of Georgia and its citizens.

So enjoy your victories, and be kind to your former players when you see them working menial jobs or collecting food stamps. That’s your UGA reality.

kybodawg

November 30th, 2011
9:46 pm

you may be right lesticles i did fall asleep in the second half the game of the century was a snoozer.

PapaDawg

November 30th, 2011
9:47 pm

Burn those combat uniforms. Silver Britches forever

Bodey McGee

November 30th, 2011
9:48 pm

If any of our tailbacks are suspended again for this game, it’s time to cut them loose and focus completely on recruiting a new backfield.

Fear The Lesticles!!!

November 30th, 2011
9:52 pm

The media called it the game of the century, not me. LSU won, that’s all I particularly care about. I was just making the point that for some reason many seem to think LSU was completely outplayed and stole 1 from Bama.

I thought the game was exciting despite the low score, but I had a dog in the race. I can understand and respect that a casual fan or someone who didn’t care about either team might find it boring.

The game was pretty even across the board, even to’s (2 for each team).

BullDawg Rick

November 30th, 2011
9:57 pm

Agree PaPaDawg!

We WILL play lights out great football, aka vs. AU…
No turnovers..
Tough gang bang defense..
Special teams no missed FG’s inside 50 & pin em inside their 10 a few times,THe Butler Did It
Be creative on O. A few reverses with BB or BS..

Dawgs – 26
LUWho – 24

GO Dawgs!

Fear The Lesticles!!!

November 30th, 2011
9:57 pm

By the way, game of the century should never have been used for Bama/LSU. I think the Miami/OSU NCG in 03 (defensive struggle, but double OT thriller with several questional calls toward the end) and Texas/USC (2 offensive juggernauts trading haymakers and VY getting the last second winning TD) were contrasting in styles, but considering the athletes on the field, 2 of the best CFB games I have ever seen

AltamahaDawg

November 30th, 2011
9:58 pm

If LSU were to win Saturday, why should they even have to play a MNCG? They should be the national champs at that point.

Fear The Lesticles!!!

November 30th, 2011
10:00 pm

BullDawg Rick,

UGA could play lights out and still come up short. If LSU is mentally locked in and plays “with a desire for sincere contact” the bulldogs don’t have enough lead in their pencil to win this one.

NEVER BRING OTHER COLOR UNIS !!

November 30th, 2011
10:01 pm

OTHER THAN THE “TRADITIONAL” ONES !!! PLEASE…. ENOUGH WITH THOSE CLOWN UNIS !!!

Paul Midler

November 30th, 2011
10:09 pm

every gator I know has been keeping there mouth shut….oh, it’s easy behind a computer and using no name. At least the Dawgs wont be home watching the game and playing cards. Go Dawgs. GATA

Delbert D.

November 30th, 2011
10:10 pm

Everything seems to be relative these days. Can there be a Game of the Century every year? Two in the same season between the same teams?

AltamahaDawg

November 30th, 2011
10:11 pm

I’d agree. if Both team play up to full potential, UGA loses. And LSU wins if both teams are less than steller.

UGA has to play lights out to win.

The reason they have a chance is that when a team DOES play light out, the other team also playing their best doesn’t seem to happen very often.

Corn Dawg

November 30th, 2011
10:12 pm

4 Cokes
4 Corn Dawgs
4 Tickets

Come to the Corn Dawg Bowl!

Larry Ware

November 30th, 2011
10:12 pm

Forty Third!

Albert E.

November 30th, 2011
10:14 pm

There can actually be three Delbert.

bugsquacher

November 30th, 2011
10:16 pm

thank god….please just the traditional

bugsquacher

November 30th, 2011
10:16 pm

dogs by 7…..no doubt…..