Notebook: Kenarious Gates welcomes responsibility of new position

ATHENS — Kenarious Gates vividly remembers the night in February 2010 when Stacy Searels, then Georgia’s offensive line coach, called with a belated scholarship offer.

“Like, I’d say, two days before signing day … 10 o’clock at night, a Monday night,” said Gates, who at the time was committed to Kentucky. “No matter how late the opportunity came … sometimes things don’t come on time.

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“I felt like it was a great opportunity to go for it, and I took it. … I was so happy that night. Actually, I couldn’t sleep that night because I was so happy. I went to school the next day and told everybody I’m going to Georgia.”

Fast-forward 2 ½ years. Gates, the last-minute recruit, will open the season as Georgia’s starting left tackle, a crucial position that carries responsibility for protecting quarterback Aaron Murray’s blind side.

“I feel like to protect my quarterback I’ve got to do my job every play,” Gates said.

The 6-foot-5, 328-pound junior takes over at the position from Cordy Glenn, a second-round pick in this year’s NFL draft.

Left tackle “feels like a natural position for me,” said Gates, who started nine games last season at left guard and three as a freshman at right guard. “… I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

Ranking Jones’ teams

Jarvis Jones has played for two of the programs ranked in the top six of the Associated Press preseason poll — his current team (No. 6 Georgia) and former team (No. 1 USC).

He was asked if he ever dreams of the Bulldogs meeting USC in, say, the BCS title game.

“I think it would be great,” Jones said. “But for us to be in the championship, I don’t care who we play. … If it happened to be USC, it’d make it that much better.”

Jones signed with USC out of Carver (Columbus) in 2009 and played in eight games before a neck injury cut short his freshman season. His USC career ended when team doctors wouldn’t clear him for 2010 spring practice. Then, after being cleared by other doctors, including UGA’s, he transferred, sat out the 2010 season and emerged last year as an All-America outside linebacker.

“They can see what I’m doing,” Jones said of USC. “But I think things happen for a reason … I don’t want to throw it up in their face and then, you know, knock on wood, I get hurt and they’re, like, ‘I told you so.’”

Jones said he hears occasionally from former USC teammates and a few Trojans fans “who write me on Facebook and still love me.”

Etc.

The Bulldogs held a two-hour, closed practice Saturday, one week from the season opener against Buffalo. … Georgia announced opening-game captains: Murray, defensive end Abry Jones, safety Shawn Williams and snapper Ty Frix. … Richard Samuel, splitting time between tailback and fullback, has an affinity for the latter. “I like the physical contact of it,” he said. “It’s like linebacker when you’re blitzing.” … Richt on the progress of tailback Ken Malcome, who briefly quit the team last year and now is likely to start the opener: “One of the big things is he just would refuse to miss a practice [or] to miss a rep in practice. When you play tailback, you do get stung and you can easily take yourself out for 5-10 minutes. But he was determined, no matter what happened, he was going back in the huddle.” … Richt on improvement in backup offensive lineman Austin Long’s practices: “Maybe he saw the ship leaving without him, and he was, like, ‘Man, if I’m going to make it, I’d better get it done every day.’”

– Tim Tucker, AJC

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German Shepherd Dawg

August 25th, 2012
2:55 pm

Joe Cox

August 25th, 2012
3:21 pm

man i love the dogs

UGA football fans

August 25th, 2012
3:30 pm

facebook.com/ugafootballfans THE place to go for real UGA fans

Bob Saccomanno

August 25th, 2012
3:34 pm

Frank C says GGGOoooooo DAWGS … Sic em

mvdawg

August 25th, 2012
3:37 pm

Enter your comments here are you ready for some football?

keep the pants up boo

August 25th, 2012
3:40 pm

That’s great about Malcolme and how he’s practicing now….but isn’t he the same guy that held out of practice for practically a year over a lingering groin injury? Must’ve been the most time lost over a groin injury in the history of groin injuries.

keep the pants up boo

August 25th, 2012
3:43 pm

he never practiced and sunk in depth chart and that’s why he wanted to originally transfer.
talked himself out off it and is becoming a solid back

clear the man to play

August 25th, 2012
3:45 pm

Now lets get news of a clean test for our right tackle in waiting.

first he's gonna #&%!, then he's gonna #%@& us!!

August 25th, 2012
3:51 pm

Jarvis Jones is like Charles Jefferson in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”. He will treat all opponents like Charles J. did Lincoln High! Especially usc in a title game!

William

August 25th, 2012
3:55 pm

Richard Samuel is a DGD. Wish they all had his commitment. Jarvis Jones will wreak havoc on opposing offenses. Can’t wait to see the defense. I’m a little guarded about our offense. New tight end, new linemen. Backs that haven’t played that well or much. If we have a running game, then things will be alright. That’s a big if. Run, Run, Run,, the ball. Have to establish the run. Go Dawgs, GATA.

i'm all tingly

August 25th, 2012
3:56 pm

Next Saturday can’t get here soon enough!!!!!

William

August 25th, 2012
3:57 pm

What time is the Buffalo game?

i'm all tingly

August 25th, 2012
3:57 pm

7 days till GA christmas time!

i'm all tingly

August 25th, 2012
3:59 pm

12… I believe…not a PPV either. Think Peachtree picked it up. but not sure. After all it’s only Buffalo

i'm all tingly

August 25th, 2012
4:02 pm

Think Rambo is gonna get suspended or not? Not much more time to confirm the rumors if so.

Tim Tucker

August 25th, 2012
4:07 pm

William: Buffalo game time is 12:21 p.m.

William

August 25th, 2012
4:27 pm

Thanks, Tim. It will be hot then. I don’t know if I can survive that heat and sit in the stands. I’m going to try though. Wouldn’t want to miss the Dawgs opener. Looking forward to a running game. Gotta have one. Go Dawgs, GATA.

Steve

August 25th, 2012
5:01 pm

12:21 SEC network

AugustaDawg

August 25th, 2012
5:10 pm

It’s almost here!!! Can’t wait! GATA

Pj

August 25th, 2012
5:21 pm

Every season players and coaches paint a Rosy picture of the team and how hard theyve worked and what chemistry they have, getting us fans into a lather (that’s an old expression NOT a Sandusky joke) and by the middle of the season we’re disappointed it wasn’t as great as they said it would be.
We kicked off our leading rusher because we were finally fed up. We have built 2 deep everywhere besides the O Line and all the players are being reserved, as if they know something we don’t.
The best teams in the country over the past decade have all had blow you back defenses, a steady, capable qb and explosive, speedy playmakers in all 3 phases. That’s our formula for 2012.
I really think its gonna be a “gets its own DVD” season.

Here we Go

August 25th, 2012
5:52 pm

New season and the hopes are high.I still see us going 9 and 3. Love to see 11 and 1 or 12 and 0.USCe and Auburn will be a loss.Throw in our normal losing to someone we should beat and you have 9 and 3.

WDE

August 25th, 2012
6:14 pm

Well Congrats to all of this years squad all the hard work and sweat ,blood and pain are about to pay off….young men you are all DGD’s.

Way Down Yonder in the Land of Cotton.

August 25th, 2012
6:36 pm

The Dawgs will be a good team this year, but as all of us sports fans know to be a great team takes lots of skill as well as luck. Lets hope this year the Dawgs get their share of the good breaks and that Bobo gets his head out of his ass and opens up the offense.

Brian

August 25th, 2012
6:55 pm

@Here we Go, are you serious about Auburn?? They lost their best player in Dyer and two of their best recruits from their last recruiting class. And they are going to beat Georgia? Haha that’s not happening until they get a quarterback and a defense. I could see us losing to Florida and even Missouri, but not AU. They couldn’t even hang with us last season.

Brian

August 25th, 2012
6:57 pm

It’s beyond how anyone can think Georgia will probably lose to Auburn after last season’s game and Auburn’s lack of a passing game. Give me a break.

t2go

August 25th, 2012
8:52 pm

Hard to make predictions but I would be SHOCKED if the Dawgs did anything but stomp Mizzou and in a BIG way! Cant see them loosing to Auburn either. The South Carolina game is going to be HUGE! Those guys are ballers and play hard…the Bulldogs need to match their intensity AND execute! That is going to be a hard fought game… If the Dawgs get past them they should have some great momentum headed to Jax….I dont think FLA will be able to put up many points this year w their offense and our !DEFENSE..their D will be stout, but they will also be on the field ALL DAY!

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!

Birddawg

August 25th, 2012
9:05 pm

I like CMR’s comments. Go Dawgs!

CHDawg

August 25th, 2012
9:52 pm

I think Richard could become a great fullback. His size and his time at LB make him perfect for blocking LBs, and his speed, pass catching ability and time at TB make him a dangerous weapon in his own right. I’m anxious to see how he does. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit to see him play FB in the NFL. Hope he has a great and productive year!

CHDawg

August 25th, 2012
9:58 pm

Goodness–6 5 and 328–he is big enough to put a building address on him! Let’s hope L. Tackle is a gate the other team can’t open!

Dawg Haus

August 25th, 2012
11:21 pm

CHDawg, the scary thing about Kenarious is for being so huge, he’s also pretty darn quick. So glad he signed with Georgia back in 2010!

Paddy

August 26th, 2012
8:12 am

here we go………..AU loses its All-Amerian center 1 week before the Clemson game. (drunk in public) and a starting w/r and they are going to beat who?

bubba4dawgs

August 26th, 2012
8:45 am

He Kenarious, don’t let Javedon Clowney get to Murray!! Look at the film when Cordy Glenn lined up right in front of Clowney and didn’t even bother to touch him as he walked right thru and grabbed Murray and shook him like a rag doll which of course resulted in a touchdown for USC. I still have thoughts about that play. That play cost UGA the win. It was the worst misplay I noticed all season. He’s the one I hope you will be gunning for! GO DAWGS!!

TDawg

August 26th, 2012
9:19 am

6 days. Go you Hairy Dawgs! This really seems like a good team and hope kenarious is up to the task. Glenn struggled 1st 2 games last year before coming on so at least we start with Buffalo.

This team is all about Defense. Hope the Rambo and Tree suspensions are short but I think we will weather their absence. Full house of defenders by SC game. Gonna wring some chicken necks in Columbia.

tell the truth

August 26th, 2012
9:57 am

These people that get on her and make these bold predictions get on my nerves,everybody knows every week there are going to be teams win nobody thought had a chanch.Think about that before you say theres not any way a certain team can beat another,sounds sorta like Gumps,don’t it.

BigDawg

August 26th, 2012
7:42 pm

It’s our year! Thanks to all the defensive players (Jarvis most importantly and Rambo too) who came back!! CTG, you are a savior, if only we had you earlier and not Wylie Coyote Martinez!

Destin Dawg

August 27th, 2012
6:17 am

can’t wait… 4 days until Vandy upsets the game clucks !!!! Missouri will be huge, in Columbia at night !! Go all the way Dawgs !!!

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