Bobo: Georgia’s offensive issues extend beyond tailback

RECRUITING: GEORGIA PICKS UP 2 COMMITMENTS AT ‘DAWG NIGHT’

Athens — To hear Mike Bobo enumerate Georgia’s deficiencies on offense is to realize that the Bulldogs problems on that side of the ball go much deeper than the recent dismissal of tailback Isaiah Crowell. Tailback, it seems, may be the least of their issues.

“Going into fall camp it’s going to be about trying build our identity, you know, who we are,” said Georgia’s offensive coordinator, who met with reporters Friday at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. “We lost three guys off the offensive line and we’re still trying to find those five to seven linemen that are going to play and help us. We lose our top two tight ends, we lose our top fullback, one of our running backs is now gone and [defensive coordinator Todd] Grantham’s trying to steal one of our receivers. So there’s some parts that we’ve got to replace offensively.”

Georgia’s coaches all returned from vacations this past week. The Bulldogs host their annual “Dawg Night” elite prospect camp Friday evening at Sanford Stadium. Seventeen of their 19 signees are on campus — signees John Atkins and Leonard Floyd failed to achieve freshman eligibility and are headed to prep school, according to multiple reports — and the rest of the team never left town. So now Bulldogs acutely focused on preseason camp. Players report for fall orientation and testing on July 31 and actual on-field practices begin on Aug. 2.

Clearly, there is much work to get done, particularly on Bobo’s side of the ball.

“I do think we’ve got enough guys to go out and be successful offensively,” he said. “That’s what practice is for, that’s what camp is for and that’s our focus: Trying to figure out who we are, what’s our best personnel group, what gives us the best chance to be effective offensively.”

Bobo confirmed that senior Richard Samuel will work “primarily” at tailback now that Crowell is enrolled at Alabama State. Samuel was slated to make a full-time switch to fullback before Crowell was arrested on weapons charges and dismissed on June 29.

Redshirt sophomore Ken “Boo” Malcome of Decatur was bracketed with Crowell for the No. 1 spot and will enter fall camp there. He was Georgia’s fifth-leading rusher with 174 yards in six games, most of it coming after he left the team only to return 24 hours later in late September.

“Ken grew up a lot last year,” Bobo said. “Obviously it’s been documented that he was struggling with whether he wanted to be here and stuff. But I think he got his attitude right about what he had to do and how he approached every day. When he got his attitude right his play started to improve. He’s in a good place right now with his attitude. I saw him the other day and he’s confident. He’s still got to prove it on the field, but I’m pleased with where he’s at mentality and with his attitude and how he looks. So I’m excited about him.”

Of course, everybody is eager to find out how much the incoming freshmen can contribute. Five-star prospect Keith Marshall of Raleigh enrolled in January and participated in spring practice while four-star recruit Todd Gurley of Tarboro, N.C., arrived in June.

“Keith being here in the spring is a big plus because he already has the system and the verbiage in his mind and he’s able to understand what they’re doing out here in the summer because he’s already been in the meeting room with Coach [Bryan] McClendon,” Bobo said. “Todd’s obviously going to be behind, but I’ve seen him over here a lot studying this summer. Both of them know the opportunity they have and they came here to play and get on the field and they’ll be given that chance.”

Grantham mum on suspensions

Georgia knows it will be without starting cornerback Sanders Commings for the first two games of the season due to a domestic violence arrest in January and acknowledges that cornerback Branden Smith will be facing discipline due to a misdemeanor marijuana arrest. But no one from the athletic association has confirmed multiple reports that All-America safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree will miss multiple games for alleged positive drug tests this past spring. Grantham did not shed any more light on the situation on Friday.

“You have the media guide right there,” Grantham said with a grin. “Right now they’re all available.”

Pressed a short time later, Grantham said: “We’ll be ready to play with the guys that strap it up and wear the ‘G.’”

THIS & THAT: UGA finally confirmed that sophomore defensive back Quintavious “Cootie” Harrow has “left the team.” Sources familiar with the situation indicate his departure was academically related and occurred before Crowell was dismissed. Harrow was Crowell’s best friend and teammate at Carver-Columbus High and was a passenger in Crowell’s car when it was pulled over by police on June 29. . . .

Bobo said incoming freshman outside linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons will be given a look at wide receiver during preseason camp. “Right now he’s going to start out on defense,” Bobo said. “But there will be some plan throughout the 28, 29 practices to give him some opportunities over there. We’re thin at receiver and they’re thin at the back end and a little at linebacker, so both sides would like to use him. We just need to see where he best fits the team. But I told him it’s up to you, if you make plays in practice they’ll be an opportunity to play in games.”

The tug-of-war between Bobo and Grantham continues for the services of Malcolm Mitchell, who will open camp at cornerback after starring as a wide receiver as a freshman. Bobo joked that Grantham was “trying to steal” Mitchell. Grantham responded Friday by saying Bobo “should be upset; I’d be upset, too.”

139 comments Add your comment

Mightydawg

July 13th, 2012
3:30 pm

Glad that practice is almost here.

Spanky

July 13th, 2012
3:35 pm

Nothing to see here, people! Move it along! LOL

duronimo

July 13th, 2012
3:40 pm

Looking for 7 offensive linemen? Is this a rut we’ll never get ouit of? I’m also wondering why Crowell was out with three freshmen, doing the bar thing at 2-3AM? There’s not that many football players. A number are married. That cuts the number down some. Can’t there be some supervision … some rules? Allow teenagers to roam around with no oversight and there’s going to be problems.

tide roll

July 13th, 2012
3:41 pm

Bobo has had every opportunity to put together an SEC calibre offensive line and has failed miserably. Under his and Richt’s watch, in state OL(s) James Carpenter (BAMA), Chance Warmack (BAMA), Roke Watkins (Carolina), JuJuan James (UT), Vadal Alexander (LSU) are long gone.. And this past year it’s even worse. Brandon Greene (BAMA), Max Garcia (FLA.) Joshua Outlaw (FLA.),Shamire Devine (TECH), Jeremi Hall (TECH). RICHT/BOBO are mindlessly equipping your competition to either win National Titles (Carpenter/Warmack), or kick your butt now (Watkins) or in the future (Devine/Hall). No wonder you don’t win.

OkieDawg

July 13th, 2012
3:41 pm

Bo knows..Bobo doesn’t.

Rozeman13

July 13th, 2012
3:44 pm

How big is Clemons? Kinda of big for a receiver i thought.

Top Dawg

July 13th, 2012
3:47 pm

Gonna be a fun season dawg nation. Hunker it down!

tide roll

July 13th, 2012
3:49 pm

I tell you what. Rather than Samuel or Malcolm or some true freshman, require Richt and Booboo to line up at tailback,and run behind this joke of an offensive line. After they recover from their concussions, you’ll see them begin to recruit the caliber of offensive lineman like those mentioned above. Why are those two still coaching at UGA? Do you guys really want to compete? You have to wonder. 32 years and counting.

Top Dawg

July 13th, 2012
3:50 pm

Clemons is about 6′ 4″… He weighs around 215 or so. He is just an all around athlete that can be used anywhere on the field.

dawgster

July 13th, 2012
3:50 pm

over 100 recruits are at dawgnight in athens right now…..going to be some interesting stuff coming out pretty soon..

@tide roll…do you ever post anything that has any validity to it….I won’t even address the inaccurancies with your comments regarding the dawgs not wanting the guys you listed….No wonder no one on here gives you any respect…you just can’t win, can you?

Top Dawg

July 13th, 2012
3:53 pm

yo tide roll… pretty sure that CMR and Bobo was coaching that night we beat yall in Tuscaloosa. Stafford to Henderson…Go find your own blogs and go kill a tree or whatever yall do.

JB

July 13th, 2012
3:55 pm

Sometimes lot’s of fresh talent means improvement, big plays and excitement. Sometimes it means burying your head in your hands. Go Dawgs

MurfDawg

July 13th, 2012
3:56 pm

Someday Richt and Garner will look at character and academics before signing a high school hot shot. UGA has been fooled over and over by rating services in to taking players from schools that are not fundamentally sound in football and academically sound. Inter city ATL and the ghettos of Columbus are not producing students who can survive on their own in a college environment and on a college football team. Now is the time to change the recruiting habits or coaches, and restore some pride in being a Georgia Bulldog. We are not going to beat LSU or Bama for the next two or three years, so go recruit some players who will do the right thing and return decency to the campus and the team. If you don’t know where to find them, call me.

Patrick

July 13th, 2012
3:56 pm

I will repost this from last year. I have not updated it to include last years numbers. I posted it when idiots where talking about firing the best HC in the SEC

1) Richt 7-3 in bowls….Saban is at .500 Saban missed a bowl bid 4 times…….Richt has never missed a bowl bid
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2) Richts winning percentage is .738…….Sabans is .714
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3) Richt has had 2 seasons of 8 or less wins…….Saban has had 7
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4) Richt and Saban are 3-3 against each other (2 of Sabans wins came in a single year) Means Richt has beaten Saban 3 out of 5 years
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5) Richt has coached 15 all americans in 10 years…..Saban has coached 10 all americans in 16 years.
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6) Tell me (other than being lucky to get VOTED into a BCSNCG) who is better?

7) in 2008 UGA finished 10-3 and top ten and a bowl win with 19 scholly players out with season ending injuries PRIOR to game 3.
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8) Saban finished 2010 10-3 (all loses in the SEC) with the absolute best players in college football………who did the better coaching job?

9) Richt has the 7th winningest record for all active coaches…..Saban….not so much……….wh is better?
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10) Richt has had UGA finish a season ranked top ten 4 times in a row…….Saban has never had his teams finish ranked top ten 4 consecutive years (I only see where he has had them ranked top ten 6 years total in 16 years)…which is better?
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11) Under Richt over last 9 years UGA has finished ranked in the top ten 6 times.
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12) Saban in his career of 16 years his teams have finished top ten 6 years that I can find. Tell me …….which is better 6 times in 9 years or 6 times in 16?
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13) Richt has never finished worst than 3rd in the SEC east…..Saban finished 4th in the SEC west in 2010…….tell me which is better?
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14) Mark Richt has never resigned prior to a bowl game (quit on his team) Saban resigned (quit on his team) in 1999 prior to the bowl game……Tell me …..which is better?
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Should they fire Saban?
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So he got lucky 2 times in 16 years and got INVITED into the BCSNCG……well, then that allows for 14 years of mediocre football…..got it
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So how are the coaching changes going for Ole Miss? Mississippi State? Florida? Tennessee? Southern Cal? FSU? Most of your national Championships were won by three coaches. Sabans not available and he is about to get his 3rd NC, Urban has 2 but most likely will not coach again but certainly not in the SEC, USC coach is out of college for a while. Who is this magical coach that Georgia is going to hire to solve all of Georgia’s wowes? Gene at Auburn? He is a one and done just like his so called $$player$$. Again, I am just asking. You want me to support you in calling for Richt’s head but you offer no real solution. Les Miles probably won’t win the big one again and I can’t imagine how many of our players would be suspended for the Florida game with his level of dicipline and our athens police department. His kicker gets taunting penalties and his back up QB is a kid we kicked off the team. The Vest? He couldn’t beat and SEC team but still has a title. Could he fix Georgia? So ok fire Mark today. How many times do you net the next coach loose to FLorida and Tennessee before you fire them?

Patrick

July 13th, 2012
3:59 pm

sorry…… “How many times do you let the next coach lose to FLorida and Tennessee before you fire them?

Patrick

July 13th, 2012
4:01 pm

By the way “roll Tide” UGA is the only team to go undefeated in tuskaloser over the last decade and is 3-1 against ALA under Richt. Seems .750 winning percentage is a bit of ..well, there is no other way to say this….OWNAGE

Steve Superior

July 13th, 2012
4:05 pm

Patrick I see you are off your meds. Stats are for losers and that is what Richt is. Great recruiter, nice guy, great Christian but cannot win the big game……

tide roll

July 13th, 2012
4:05 pm

Crowell will be proven innocent. No probable cause for a search. Nice going DAWGS. Is richt a vegtable or what. Won’t even stand up to Greg ” the Little General” McGarity. and now the little general runs off Harrow. What a little wimp this guy is. If I’m a black athlete being recruited by y’all, I don’t go near the place. THE most backward, backwoods program in the history of intercollegiate football. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU.Stinks from Dooley on down.

bucket

July 13th, 2012
4:06 pm

1 verbal commit in @ Dawg Night!

Top Dawg

July 13th, 2012
4:11 pm

@ Patrick- You are so correct! Thank you. ESPN has deemed Saben king and master!

And as far as Bobo… Mike Bobo has forgot more football than any of us on here will ever know. Fans dont know blocking schemes, etc… We play our playstations and become so smart.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 13th, 2012
4:13 pm

Classic headline Chip! Love how ironic that is! Also Patrick Meyer is coaching again btw! Come back to the real world big guy.

Pitbull

July 13th, 2012
4:14 pm

It must be July in Atlanta.

The Braves are boring and fading so its time to crank up articles about the Bulldogs in order to build sports readership.

I wonder why they never use Tech instead.

bucket

July 13th, 2012
4:14 pm

C’mon CT! Are we really going to have to read tide roll’s crap on your blog forever? Real Dawg fans are routinely blocked from this blog, yet tide roll is allowed to slander the UGA program and tell outright lies about McGarity and Richt on a regular basis.

dawg08

July 13th, 2012
4:17 pm

Hey roll tide, go stick your head in a elephants ass! We made it to the SECC but we don’t win LOL! What the hell did Bama do before Saban? And Bama shouldn’t have even played in the MNC if you don’t win your conference. Isn’t that why we didn’t play in the MNC in 2007? Ranked #2 before LSU won the SECC and jumped us? Then we end up #2 after all is said and done?

Top Dawg

July 13th, 2012
4:18 pm

@Go Tech- What do you know? You have been beat 10 out of 11 years. I know that for sure! CMR owns you nerds!

Damon "red" Evans

July 13th, 2012
4:21 pm

I hope St Richt comes back refreshed from his “missionary” work. Get ready for ANOTHER disappointing year followed by calls to fire Bobo. I think I have seen this movie a few times. . .

Preacher Dawg

July 13th, 2012
4:21 pm

Really enjoyed the spring game where the Junkyard D was expected to dominate, O line held their own. Personally very excited about this year on both sides of the ball.

Damon "red" Evans

July 13th, 2012
4:21 pm

UGA=Notre Dame of the south with hotter chicks

Charlie Hayes

July 13th, 2012
4:22 pm

Here it is…Derrick Henry recommits to UGA tonight. Tim Kimbrough commits to UGA tonight. Crowder, McNeil, Langley, Bell and Griffin all commit to the Dawgs after 10/6/12 when UGA waxes USCe butt in Columbia! The bad news is that Tray Matthews and Alvin Kamara will be AU bound now. UGA will sign 32 recruits and kill it this year!

Damon "red" Evans

July 13th, 2012
4:25 pm

If Saban was the UGA coach with the HS talent in Ga. . .well it would be brutal for the rest of the SEC. How many coaches actually fear playing a Mark Richt team, even at full strength?

GAdawgs

July 13th, 2012
4:30 pm

Could the tide trolls please leave the UGA blogs! Nobody wants to hear your crap!

dawgster

July 13th, 2012
4:41 pm

@tide roll..you just can’t win can you…no respect, little football knowledge…you just can’t win..

Pj

July 13th, 2012
4:41 pm

If Samuel could bust through more tackles, he would be my choice for starting running back. He has a huge body and 4.35 speed. If Theus is as good as advertised, our Line will be ok. Conley and Bennett are sure handed and Scott-Wesley could replace Mitchell as our “burner”. We are relying heavily on talented kids with no experience ie Theus, Scott-Wesley, Marshall, Gurley and Jay Rome.

tide roll's tutor

July 13th, 2012
4:45 pm

Lessons for this afternoon:
1. Brush up on your Bama roster so you can make a more convincing case you are a Bama fan. Especially investigate Barrett Jones and where he went to high school.
2. Read up on why Cootie was dismissed from UGA- has something to do with the books
3. Research what Anthony Jennings had to say about his treatment by UGA. I’ll make it easy- he had no hard feelings and understood UGA was only taking one QB.
4. Look up Bama’s offensive line on the NC team and count how many whites were starting, since that is obviously very important with you.
5. Some claim you are a Tech fan. No way they would recruit you either, their curriculum requires some logic and reasoning skills.

Dawg_Mike

July 13th, 2012
4:47 pm

Ok, then if its that bad, then do us a favor Mr Bobo and LEAVE. we will be better without you and at least the opponents will not know what play we are going to run in advance.

@dawgster

July 13th, 2012
4:49 pm

In a grudging way, don’t you kind of admire tide roll’s willingness to come on here, make wild claims, and expose himself to ridicule?

Constantly keeps bringing a knife to a gun fight, gets owned, but comes back for more.

dawgster

July 13th, 2012
4:50 pm

@tide roll’s tutor…some of the best comebacks to “tide roll” i have seen on here….great post

dawgster

July 13th, 2012
4:53 pm

@(@dawgster)…I’m not sure i could use the word “admire” in regards to tide roll, but you have a point….

Bama Man

July 13th, 2012
4:55 pm

Ignore Tide Roll, he is simply a troll and a UGA hater. I do think Alabama is in for another great season, but Georgia will be good this year too. I could easily see them going back to Atlanta this season if they can keep Muray from getting hit too much. Good luck, Georgia and RTR!!

7576DAWG

July 13th, 2012
4:55 pm

Bobo said “Georgia’s offensive issues extend beyond Tailback”.
I can’t believe that Bobo admitted to doing a poor job as OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR. He has been in charge of all the offense for 5 or 6 years now so if there is a problem he certainly is it. He just admitted that the job is too big for him to handle , in my opinion. Poor coaching on offense and poor recruiting . Some of the recruiting has been great on the offensive side but the other half have ranked as bad as any in the SEC.
If there is a question as to whether Mitchell should play offense or defense, I cast my vote to let him play defense. Grantham will use him to shore up an already great defense where Bobo will just waste him on offense. Bobo only runs 3 plays and all the other SEC teams have known that for years.

tide roll

July 13th, 2012
4:55 pm

Is Bobo full of crap or what.” We think Kolton Houston is athletic enough to handle these SEC defensive ends and linebackers coming off the edge”. What a joke this guy Bobo is. That little QB of your’s is going to have his helmet flying one way and hair product the other. By the way, the word is that Richt is high on this Ramsey kid because, and mind you,this is just rumor, apparently he’s a natural blonde.

tide roll's tutor

July 13th, 2012
4:57 pm

A follow-up to previous lesson:
Find out who AJ McCarron is, and write a paragraph telling why you think Saban saw fit to start him last year. I will be grading for grammar also, so try and do your best work. Make it readable and you will be awarded a shiny sticker to put on your refrigerator.

Bonus points if you tell what color AJ is, since that is of paramount importance to you.

North Georgia Dawg

July 13th, 2012
4:58 pm

People need to stop acting like Georgia does not have any other receivers. Chris Conley and Bennett are both excellent receivers and were only freshmen last season. Tavarres King is solid and Scott-Wesley was highly-recruited coming out of high school.

Spanky

July 13th, 2012
4:59 pm

PJ, remember that Rome was redshirted last year, so he’s not necessarily a freshman!

AltamahaDawg

July 13th, 2012
5:00 pm

BTW, charges dismissed is not the same as innocent. Guns ARE illegal on a school campus. (appearantly). As is, altering the ID. The fact that nobody “should” have had a reason to know that is not the same as, it wasn’t illegal. It was. That said, I hope Crowell does have those felony charges dropped, or at least reduced.

However, he was released because of his actions, not because of the results from his actions, so none of that really matters.

North Georgia Dawg

July 13th, 2012
5:00 pm

Why can’t Kolton Houston be a solid offensive lineman? He was a four-star recruit and came from an extremely successful football program in Buford High School. The reason he didn’t play last season was an eligibility issue, not that he wasn’t good enough.

kral

July 13th, 2012
5:02 pm

testing 1, 2, 3

tide roll's tutor

July 13th, 2012
5:02 pm

You realize I had to give you an F for that post months back. You did not follow directions and made up this wild story about Saban not getting in on Cam early enough in 2010 because he assumed he was a UGA lock.

You were not assigned tall tales to write. I see you are back to your old habits so you are in danger of failing my course.

Counter Point

July 13th, 2012
5:03 pm

@Patrick
July 13th, 2012
3:56 pm

Your reasoning for saying that Richt is the best HC in the SEC is like saying “How do you become a millionaire trading commodities….start by being a billionaire.” Richt is a good person but if you give the same talent he has had come through UGA to a great coach then he should have at the very least one BCS NC if not two.

Durango Kid

July 13th, 2012
5:04 pm

How about the drug test results for the three freshmen who were in the mirthmobile with Crowell?