Early notes: Marlon Brown won’t play today, Malcolm Mitchell on crutches

ATHENS — A few early notes from Sanford Stadium:

  • Add another player to the list of those who won’t play today, this time an offensive player: Wide receiver Marlon Brown is sidelined from the game against Buffalo (12:21 p.m. kickoff) with what UGA describes as a left hamstring strain. Brown, who was to have started at split end today, said on the sidelines before the game he feels like he could have played today and should be fine for the Missouri game next week.
  • No surprise, but neither linebacker Alec Ogletree nor safety Bacarri Rambo are dressed out for the game.  It has long been reported, although not confirmed by UGA, that they are suspended. Linebacker Chase Vasser and cornerback Sanders Commings were also in shorts and jerseys due to two-game suspensions for off-season arrests.
  • Cornerback/wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who Georgia said Friday would not play because of a sprained ankle reportedly suffered in Thursday’s walk-through practice, was spotted in Sanford Stadium on crutches and in a walking boot. His status for next week’s game at Missouri remains unclear. In all, that means five front-line defensive players won’t play today: Mitchell, Ogletree, Rambo, Commings and Vasser.
  • Interesting item from UGA: Today marks the first time in 27 years that Georgia opens a season with a No. 1 punter and placekicker with no collegiate experience. It last happened in 1985, with redshirt freshmen Cris Carpenter (punter) and Steve Crumley (placekicker). Today, of course, marks the debut of true freshmen Marshall Morgan (placekicker) and Collin Barber (punter). Click here for my full story on them.
  • And click here for Chip Towers‘ preview of today’s game.

Much more to come, of course. Meanwhile, please join the conversation on Jeff Schultz’s live blog from Sanford Stadium.

48 comments Add your comment

Goldenrod

September 1st, 2012
11:47 am

Doesn’t matter, legumpers are irrelevant

Jackets WILL Run This State

dawgfan111

September 1st, 2012
11:52 am

yeah we know 14 out of 15 you could’nt beat Ga.State…

Dawg

September 1st, 2012
11:54 am

meat bee. gt sucks. Get your own catch phrase nerd.

Big Dawg Deep

September 1st, 2012
11:56 am

Whats up with all the suspensions? It happens every year. No discipline. No morality. No character.

Dawg

September 1st, 2012
11:59 am

yep suspensions only happen at UGA. That’s right, suspensions don’t happen at any other schools in the world. Move along troll

Techster

September 1st, 2012
12:03 pm

We open with Virginia Tech while the smelly Dogs open with a high school team…

Dawg

September 1st, 2012
12:06 pm

Your entire conference is a joke, when you beat us you can smack talk. Until then, your always the 3rd best team in the state. Its game day and your on a UGA report. I guess you need to know whats happening with the real football teams

BLOOD TYPE: RED & BLACK

September 1st, 2012
12:08 pm

How the heck does one of our best players get hurt in a walk through practice?! I WANT ANSWERS! That’s just stupid! If he’s in crutches, he ain’t playing against Mizzu….HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM.

Techster

September 1st, 2012
12:10 pm

FSU,Clemson,Virginia Tech and Tech could beat UGA this year. And we will.

Gumps

September 1st, 2012
12:11 pm

Lol @ “I want answers”

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
12:17 pm

When do the “booger-eaters” play? Maybe they will be too busy to troll UGAs sites.
Goldenrod loves to say “Leghumpers”. I think he has a fixation with Doggie-love, lol. Every post, geez get over it loser and go take your first loss to V.T. like a real nerd.(crying)…

James

September 1st, 2012
12:18 pm

And last year UGA played a Top 5 team and GT opened up with Western Carolina.

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
12:19 pm

Lots and lots of RED & BLACK in the stands today! Go Dawgs!!!

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
12:22 pm

Techster
Spoken like a true whiney-bioch…

Techster

September 1st, 2012
12:22 pm

How did that Boise State opening game go for you? How did all the 4 games against ranked teams go? Not too good…

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
12:22 pm

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
12:24 pm

How did the UGA/GT game go for you, lol…

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
12:29 pm

Nothing sadder than a Nerd trying to make UGA feel bad about UGA FOOTBALL. Get off the blog and watch the game, you may learn how to win one for a change…

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
12:35 pm

Techster
Did you see that, or was it too fast for you, lol…

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
12:40 pm

Techster
Have a beer on me, or a Shirley Temple, whatever…
BTW, I hope GT beats the brakes off of V.T., I support Tech until we play each other. You guys are the haters on a Doggie site talking smack. That, I don’t understand, but I can deal with it…

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
12:49 pm

Officials missed the touchdown looking dead at it, and they missed the holding on the same play. Should have been called back. You actually see the RDE jerked backward by his jersey. Oh BTW, TOUCHDOWN!!! 3 TOUCHES, 2 TDs…

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
12:50 pm

Where did the “booger-eaters” go???

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
1:17 pm

Have we already abandoned the running game? Murray is way off. Run the damn ball. Eat the clock and keep Zorich off the field. Our passing game isn’t clicking yet. Many more incompletes by A.M., and I will be looking for Lemay to come in for some “dink” passes, screens or a sweep or two. Bobo needs to calm Murray down or yank him…

GeoffDawg

September 1st, 2012
1:24 pm

I’m not sure you know what “irrelevent” means goldenrod. Hold up a copy of the tech program for a visual aid.

BLOOD TYPE: RED & BLACK

September 1st, 2012
1:25 pm

That’s got to be Murray’s first long completion today that wasn’t an accident(Bennett instead of Wooten). My god almighty has he been off so far! Hopefully this will lossen him up.

I think we should keep pounding the ball to set up the pass. they have a hard time stopping our RB’s.

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
1:26 pm

Ok, I’ll shutup for a little while but, I stil want to see us grind the clock some…

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
1:35 pm

Special teams looking better (except missed fieldgoal), and not many penalties. Why does CMB seem to shy away from the running game? We aren’t behind, and we aren’t in a hurry. Need to slow the tempo a little. Anyway, Go Doggies. Oh yeah, Defense looking pretty good for vanilla…

BLOOD TYPE: RED & BLACK

September 1st, 2012
1:45 pm

that’s what happens when you screw around with a trick play when you are driving the ball just fine! This is actually a ball game! GOOD GOD!

derekross

September 1st, 2012
1:54 pm

Looks like the team should’ve actually gameplanned for them this week.

dawgster7

September 1st, 2012
1:57 pm

Marlon Brown out for injury… SHOCKING! Story of his career.

GATiger

September 1st, 2012
1:57 pm

243 yards in the first half against what was supposed to be an elite defense? Doesn’t matter who’s hurt, suspended, etc., this is Buffalo of the MAC. Jeez!

triple floption

September 1st, 2012
2:08 pm

Sucks, I’m in Afghanistan and can’t see the Dawgs play. But i hope the D is having 1st game jitters……
Still my team though! better wake up and GATA!

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
2:10 pm

Sloppy end to half. Bobo needs to run more and hang onto ball to keep our “great defense” off the field. Conner Shaw would destroy this defense with his game. I expect more from our defensive front 7. Mark Richt should be pissed. If he isn’t, then we’re in for a long, ugly year. I know we will win this game, but right now, UGA doesn’t look like a #6 team. Last year we had a hard time making adjustments in the second-half. I hope that’s changed. Special teams looks a little better…

GATiger

September 1st, 2012
2:12 pm

If there is one trait that has marked the Richt era in Athens it’s impatience with the running game. After 10 years he just hasn’t figured out that you run and run and run to control the clock and wear down defenses, especially when you have a size advantage. Richt and Bobo seem more interested in highlights than in winning.

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
2:13 pm

Triple floption
Thanks for your service bro, hope you keep up with us, cause we’re pulling for you too. You sir are a DGD…

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
2:15 pm

GAT
For once, we agree…

Joey

September 1st, 2012
2:20 pm

Early observations:

O-line still very inconsistant – against what SHOULD be an inferior D-line.

When the starters aren’t in on D, the D is not good.

Brandon Smith is not a good CB, in coverage or vs the run.

Aaron Murray will keep UGA from a big season, due to his inability to hit wide open WRs, unless they are 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage.

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
2:24 pm

Woot, Woot, Woot…

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
2:25 pm

Good adjustment from Bobo. Now lets see if CTG responds…

kingdaddy

September 1st, 2012
2:35 pm

Still not much pressure on Zorich, but good coverage. Nice adjustment but would like to see more pressure up front on D. Bennett making some good blocks. Dawg just took a ref out…

Bernie Matt

September 1st, 2012
4:19 pm

OK, how many more of you genius’ want to debate me on whether coaches always start the best players. Gurly is clearly the best back on this team, BUT DID HE START! Hell he barely saw the field in the 2nd qtr. I keep trying to tell yall, CMR and Bobo, are going to blow this!

By the way Conner Norman was getting made to look like a high school player and I’m not saying it cause he’s white, they should have started the freshman (Harvey-Clemmons) back there. Like I’ve said before, the real baller, Bennett, played a hell of a game!

azdawg

September 1st, 2012
4:23 pm

Improvement is needed on both sides of the ball to hang w/the big boys. Did have some bright spots w/Gurley especially. Just hope no serious injuries on OL but Thius’ ankle may keep him sidelined for several games. Ga will need all starters back if they expect to win the east and SEC. NC losing ground based on todays performance vs better than expected play from Buffalo.

78Dawg

September 1st, 2012
4:33 pm

Lets hope the OL injuries are not serious and can come back next week. Grantham should light up some butts…giving up that many yards and points to Buffalo was pathetic….

otn dawg

September 1st, 2012
4:35 pm

This game was supposed to be a blow out but it wasn’t. Buffalo showed up to play ball. I hope like hell we figure it out before the Mizz game. I’m kinda nervous now

UGA DAwg91

September 1st, 2012
4:50 pm

Overall, sloppy game today. I feel for everyone on that defense. They have to deal with Grantham this week and I don’t think that will be pretty after this performance (minus the 3rd qtr).

Thought Bobo should have run the ball more. Marshall/Gurley/Malcolme all ran hard and were getting good yards. Gurley had a monster game. Marshall was just a step away a couple of times from breaking a long one. Excited about those 2 guys. Gurley missed a block that led to a sack though and that’s the danger of true freshman RB’s.

UGA DAwg91

September 1st, 2012
4:51 pm

Ok, spelling is off. I hope Malcome isn’t out too long and didn’t break that hand.

Concerned

September 1st, 2012
6:55 pm

Honeycomb Helmets,

It seems that tech is in for a long year as the techies have gone out of their way to come buzzing around the Dog House. What gets me is they have tried The Pepper Approach, The Ross Dance, The Nice Guy Approach Mr. Rogers/Curry, The O’Deary Approach, and now The Bring Big Ships Johnson Approach. From this we see little or no dynamics that say trend, momentum, moving in the right direction, and making things look attractive. The school has now invested again in basketball which is more in line with the inner school’s needs, as well being able to challenge in the basketball arena. As we have seen in the ACC, the conference is and has taken a backseat in all major men’s and women’s athletics. Throw in North Carolina’s issue with African American studies, and keeping players enrolled and on the field, and you have a conference that is in decline. How can tech do anything to change this course? They hace tried coaches, building, and taking shots at the SEC over what is now a fallen conference the ACC.

My closing is this, that tech take a bath, empty the closets of all the yellow garb, and go out to Academy Sports, and get fully equiped for fun, excitment, super tailgating, above the bar competition (Mich Ultra), and the best sleep you can ever get. True you guys know how to calculate the numbers, but we know how to make the money, as well have a good time.

Hope your season goes well starting Monday night in Blacksburg.

Go Dawgs

bubba4dawgs

September 2nd, 2012
11:34 am

Goldenrod, I like your optimism! Oh, by the way, what are you smokin at the North Avenue Trade School? The last thing I saw running from you guys was your noses! The next time you play the DAWGS, we’ll commission you to shovel our DAWG poop! You can then roll it with your weeds to give it some flavor! GO DAWGS!!