Notebook: Todd Gurley’s early drop could’ve cost him 3rd TD

ATHENS — If the back judge in Saturday’s game between Georgia and Buffalo had paid a little closer attention, Todd Gurley might have two touchdowns to his credit rather than three and Tavarres King might have one more.

Video replays show that Gurley dropped the football out of his left hand just inside the 1-yard line on his 55-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter. Technically, it should have been ruled a fumble. Had it not been picked up by King in the end zone, it could have resulted in a touchback.

“It sure looked like he did [drop the ball before crossing the goal line], and we saw it,” coach Mark Richt said on his weekly radio show Monday night. “And we definitely made mention of that to him. It could have cost him a touchdown right there.”

Since the officials signaled touchdown and there was no review of the play, the touchdown stood. But there was a moment of doubt.

“As soon as he dropped it I was yelling that we needed to hurry up and kick the extra point,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said with a laugh. “It was fortunate it didn’t cost us the game or six points there.”

Said Gurley: “I thought I was across the goal-line… . The coaches talked to me and told me to hold onto the ball a little longer. It was just a mistake by me and next time I’ll hold the ball.”

If Georgia chose to, it could change the official scoring and award the touchdown to King and take it away from Gurley. SEC spokesman Charles Bloom said NCAA policy allows the home team to change statistics, but it has to happen within a week and “it would be up to the institution.”

Georgia has no plans to revise anything. “The official called it a touchdown and it was not reviewed, so that’s what the stats reflect,” UGA spokesman Claude Felton said.

Richt recalled a similar play involving Mikey Henderson against Western Kentucky in 2006. On 64-yard, first-quarter punt return, Henderson started to celebrate prematurely, holding the ball aloft in his left hand inside the 5-yard line. He lost control before he crossed the goal line and the rolled out of the end zone for a touchback.

“We got no points out of it,” Richt remembered. “So we’ve got to be careful.”

Injury update

The availability of several key players for the Missouri game remained in question Tuesday as Georgia completed its second of four practices this week.

Cornerback Malcolm Mitchell returned to practice Tuesday in a green, non-contact jersey. The sophomore from Valdosta was a late scratch this past Saturday after spraining his left ankle in last Thursday’s “walk-through” practice. Richt said earlier in the day Tuesday he was “hopeful” both Mitchell and right tackle John Theus (ankle) will be able to play. Neither Theus nor backup tackle Watts Dantzler, who also has an ankle injury, were able to practice on Tuesday. More than likely they were getting treatment in the training room.

Meanwhile, tailback Ken Malcome is apparently able to play despite the hand injury he suffered late in Saturday’s game. He practiced Monday but was out sick on Tuesday. His status will be reevaluated Tuesday.

Georgia did get back senior split end Marlon Brown on Tuesday. Brown returned to practice after missing Saturday’s game and Monday’s practice with a strained hamstring.

‘Old man football’ fallout

Georgia players and coaches were having fun Tuesday with the comment of Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson’s, who said the Bulldogs play “old man football.”

“I’ll say this: Being over 50 — I’m getting AARP stuff in the mail — so I thought it was a compliment,” Richt quipped. “He’s got a lot of respect for us. That’s what I thought. I just never heard it put that way before.”

While Richt had fun with it, Georgia’s players were clearly coached up to not to give the Tigers any bulletin board material in return. Their replies to the “old man football” reference were measured and generally bland.

Asked what he thought about Richardson’s comments, wide receiver Michael Bennett said: “We’re just going to have to stay focused on our game plan.”

Asked if that was a response he was instructed to give, he said, “Something like that, yeah.”

Asked if he had options, Bennett laughed. “A, B and C, I guess,” he said. “I’ve got a few more in my pocket if you want them. ‘Focus on the game.’ ‘They’re a great team.’”

Quarterback Aaron Murray was one of the brave ones who strayed from script: “As long as we get the ‘W’ at the end of the day, we could play powderpuff football for all I care.”

O-line needs improvement

Center David Andrews said he thought Georgia’s offensive line played “pretty well” in the opening game against Buffalo but not well enough.

“There are a lot of areas for improvement,” Andrews said. “We started back [Monday] working on them. I don’t think anyone needs to jump to conclusions after our first game, but I’m excited for this week and seeing what we’re ready to do.”

Etc. . . .

Richt remained vague about the status of suspended defensive stars Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo. They were listed on Tuesday’s pregame depth chart as the starters at Mo linebacker and free safety, respectively.  “I would say we’ll let y’all know when the time comes,” Richt said. . . . Georgia coaches said it will be the end of the week before they decide on a starting tailback. Bobo said it’d be decided on “productivity” in the last game and how they do in practice this week. . . .  Split end Marlon Brown returned to practice Tuesday after missing Saturday’s game and Monday’s practice with a strained hamstring. . . . Georgia got an allotment of 6,000 tickets for the game at Missouri. Memorial Stadium has a capacity of 71,004. . . . Happy birthday to former Georgia head coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. He turned 80 years old on Tuesday. . . . Georgia got an allotment of 6,000 tickets for the game at Missouri. Memorial Stadium has a capacity of 71,004.

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89 comments Add your comment

First

September 4th, 2012
9:26 pm

Just win, baby.

Polo Club

September 4th, 2012
9:29 pm

Micah is the Chief!

Ole Man Dog Fan

September 4th, 2012
9:30 pm

Go Dogs, we ole men are behind you as we sit at the barbar shop

CHDawg

September 4th, 2012
9:52 pm

If Mark was on the ball, he would dress the team out in grey.

Grantham's The Man!

September 4th, 2012
9:54 pm

I don’t look for Rambo and Ogletree against Mizzou. If they were going to play, why not say they aren’t suspended? Lucky Tigers!

Both teams will put up some points, especially with Ga not having 4-5 defensive starters, but defense will still win this game and Ga’s will still be better. Go Dawgs!!!

CHDawg

September 4th, 2012
9:55 pm

They should rename the audibles for Richardson: Moses, Methuselah, Noah, Geritol, Depends…

Macclenny_dawg

September 4th, 2012
9:57 pm

Let’s beat them like their old man should have and take them behind the wood shed!!! GO DAWGS!!!

CHDawg

September 4th, 2012
9:58 pm

He’s got us confused with Alabama. Their line is old…ours are youngsters.

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The Factor

September 4th, 2012
10:31 pm

Just go there, kick their a–sses and come home.

bubba king

September 4th, 2012
10:35 pm

Both will play!!!

OkieDawg

September 4th, 2012
10:40 pm

Just tell us about Rambo and Ogleltree. Mizzou is not game planning around theses two playrers. They are planning around defending our tendencies and schemes. So give us what we contribute for.

Will they play or not? Simple question and simple answer that does not change the outcome in any manner…Just makes us contributors feel better.

kingdaddy

September 4th, 2012
10:42 pm

Chip, you go boy…

Huh?

September 4th, 2012
10:49 pm

Rambo should be suspended for 4 games (2nd run in with drug policy)
Ogletree should be suspended 2-4 games (theft plus one run in with drug policy)

Richt should stick to his guns and both be out for Missour.

Huh?

September 4th, 2012
10:49 pm

North Georgia Dawg

September 4th, 2012
10:57 pm

I’m glad that Mitchell is practicing already. He seems to be progressing well from his sprained ankle.

bitter troll

September 4th, 2012
10:57 pm

Great to get a article full of info instead of R/N @ foster stuff

Please take back Recruiting guruu——–happy birthday Vince dooly

—really the Crowell beat down was great Coach——after fat a@@ adams

leave hope you can take over as UGA PRESIDENT—–stop planting flowers

North Georgia Dawg

September 4th, 2012
11:01 pm

Huh, I think they will both miss the Missouri game. I guess Richt is just trying to mess with the Missouri coach, because it doesn’t seem like there’s any good reason to withhold information when it does not sound like they will play Saturday. Maybe he’s just tired of the constant questions on suspensions and wants to keep something to himself.

bitter gurly ----MAN---

September 4th, 2012
11:05 pm

TODD—-H.WALKER—GURLY———will give us 3 years of unbelievable moments

——-todd wears stockins—-hince the name “girl-lee”—–hahahahah

—-You know –the little used car salesman –aka—SABAN—-is going crazy that his people droped the ball by under-rating gurly’s ability

—-Coach Richt and the recruiting coornador were a step above everone else

bitter gurly ----MAN---

September 4th, 2012
11:07 pm

MITCHELL AND OAKTREE ARE THE —X FACTOR—-FAR ABOVE EVERYONE ELSE

Russell Hall

September 4th, 2012
11:16 pm

Let’s go up there and take care of business. Let the scoreboard do the talking.

Go Dawgs!!

Just Do It

September 4th, 2012
11:36 pm

The only ones here saying Richt should stick to his guns on the suspensions, are the haters. It is the athletic departments rule, they can choose to change it any way they see fit. I say the he!! with what everyone thinks, if he wants to play them, then do so, if not then don’t…I will support what ever the coaches decide to do…..”sure change the rules to win a game”…….Well, he!! ya!! Call it what you wish, this is a business, it is about winning. Don’t give me any excuses, call it what it is. We just exploit our troubles where Bama, LSU, SC, etc….cover it up….now not the criminal stuff (Honey Badger) what they can cover, they do….No college is full of angels and if you think they are well you are delusional!!

Mizzou Class of 92

September 4th, 2012
11:51 pm

We gonna beat the Old Man Football rednecks from the South!

Huh?

September 5th, 2012
12:06 am

Just Do It….you are what is wrong with college football. You want to win at any cost. If Richt let’s them play, then it’s Thug ball in Athens…and you seem okay with it.

It’s funny…you talk about other schools “covering it up.” Well, that sounds exactly like what you want UGA to do. You can’t have it both ways. Either you want to do it the right way, or you want to be just like the other schools that you have pointed out that supposedly do it the wrong way.

Patrick

September 5th, 2012
12:48 am

Rambo has to sit 4 games…no where does it say in a row

Hairy Dawg

September 5th, 2012
12:55 am

I’m glad to see that the coaches noticed what Gurley did on that long TD. Imagine if that had happened against Mizzou and the refs caught it. Hellfire would be pouring off of blogs and message boards from here to Bainbridge.

Bulldawg Rick

September 5th, 2012
1:11 am

Will be an exciting football weekend in Mizzu…

Dawgs & Tigers Saturday night – Goooo Dawgs!!

Falcons & Chiefs Sunday afternoon – Gooo Dirty Birds!!

Huh?

September 5th, 2012
1:11 am

Patick…yeah ok…sit him for the cupcakes…be like Florida, LSU and Bama. Way to go.

Jason in Gainesville

September 5th, 2012
3:22 am

Huh, would it make you feel better if CMR just did everything you wanted him to do? Stop being such a whiney pussy.

Destin Dawg

September 5th, 2012
6:19 am

we’ve got a great group of young man this year, especially Todd Gurley !

Destin Dawg

September 5th, 2012
6:20 am

chazzo

September 5th, 2012
6:22 am

Just for the record: The beauty of the Henderson feaux pas was that he returned the next one for a TD, also, without fumbling.

bubba king

September 5th, 2012
7:08 am

Neither ogletree or rambo have EVER failed a drug test….this is their first one…1 game

tell me again

September 5th, 2012
7:31 am

Hey paisley green ~ miss Reggie Ball much?

Just Saying

September 5th, 2012
7:32 am

@ Todd Gurley and fellow TBs,
I think you are incredible, but I have an idea that would make you guys look even more incredible. Every time you score just calmly hand the ball to the ref…….like this is just another day at the office. Don’t forget, someone had to block for you get you in the end zone…..so no matter how great the run or reception, you didn’t do it alone. I sincerely believe handing the ball back to the ref ( like H.Walker did) and not raising your hands to the crowd for adulation, etc. Would be so incredibly cool and would send a great message to opponents, fans, and kids.

Dawg Fan

September 5th, 2012
7:36 am

Great, great idea “just saying”!!!!!

It could become our trademark.

RP

September 5th, 2012
7:48 am

Lot of people on here clueless on the Rambo / Tree situation. From what i have read elsewhere i think Rambo is definitely out. 2nd violation of drug policy = 2-4 games. Richt has publicily stated he will not pick and choose which games. Tree could possibly play. 1st drug offense = suspended for 10% of games or 1.2 games. In the past UGA has enforced 2 games, but it would be defensible for them to round down and make it one game.

441North

September 5th, 2012
7:53 am

Good point Dawg Fan. Herschel acted like he belonged in the endzone because he LIVED there.

Warner Robins DAWG

September 5th, 2012
7:54 am

@ Just Saying,
I know the point you’re trying to make but I dont see anything wrong with a guy getting fired up after he scores a touchdown. If you notice the O-Line usually runs down to the end zone and celebrates with them. Football is a game of momentum and if getting the crowd hype and celebrating with your teammates after a touchdown swings the momentum in our favor then I say go ahead and party in the end zone. As long as when the clock reads 0:00 the DAWGS are ahead, I dont mind!!!!!

Resident Georgia Fan

September 5th, 2012
7:56 am

Paisley Green … get lost loser.

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Huh?

September 5th, 2012
8:06 am

Other than UGA and KY, other schools don’t even suspend players for one incidence, and 1 game for the second offence. And silly jackasses on here want Rambo and Ogletree to miss 4 games.

I say let’s use everybody else’s rules for a change. They’ve sat out a game. Let em play – to hell with what other teams fans think.

But we won’t – we like to cut off our nose, to spite our face.

I do wish McGarity would change to rules to more conform with other programs’ rules.

Tide Roll

September 5th, 2012
8:07 am

Here comes the attrition. With Dantzler and Theus hobbled, how can Georgia conduct a full scale scrimmage? And this is just the “tip of the iceberg”. Wait until they into the competitive part of their schedule. Absolutely no excuse for a program the caliber of UGA’s to be in this position. 68 scholarship players, at least 10 of whom don’t belong at this level, and BEFORE INJURIES! 32 years. No wonder.

uncle kirk

September 5th, 2012
8:09 am

Huh?

You want us to recruit, coach, play, and win a championship like Alabama, florida, LSU, etc. but not do the same with enforcement of rules….hmmmm….pick a side jackass. You have been nothing but critical of the coaching staff and the team so what you say has no bearing….you arent a fan so shaddup.

AltamahaDawg

September 5th, 2012
8:11 am

Why does an Alabama fan sit up till the wee hours on a Georgia blog and tell us what our coach should do?

AltamahaDawg

September 5th, 2012
8:14 am

Kirk, he has never represented himself to be a Georgia fan. He’s an Alabama fan.

AltamahaDawg

September 5th, 2012
8:29 am

Very Smart move on King’s part to pick the ball up.

After watching ther replay, it looked like he did cross the line with the ball still in contact with his hand. “control” would have been the issue. I doubt the ref would have tried to make that determination unless the ball was literally free.

Just don’t do that would be the lesson.

Not a big fan of that hand jesture, either.

Vince

September 5th, 2012
8:31 am

Theus never should’ve been in the game at this point to get injured !!! Put the second teamers in when the game is won for playing time.

old dog

September 5th, 2012
8:43 am

I know it is a first game, but DON’T DROP THE FRICKIN’ BALL for some half a$$ celebration, which is what this was! Be fired up….be happy, play hard, but do not be Stupid! By the way, Crowell’s antics continue on a lower level; one good tackle, and (as we all got used to) he came out of the game! Can’t take a hit on any level! Not 20-20 hindsight, but old dog told y’all last year this head-case would not be back! Hopefully, Todd learned his lesson from watching the film, and now will run over Mizzou!

AltamahaDawg

September 5th, 2012
8:46 am

old dog DID call that one right.