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.