Notebook: Austin Long eager to play major role for offensive line

ATHENSAustin Long grabbed a copy of Wednesday’s injury report from a reporter after practice Wednesday.

“Looks about right,” he said playfully. “Glad my name’s not on it.”

It’s unusual that it’s not. Since he’s been at Georgia, Long has had two back surgeries and at least another half-dozen twists and sprains. As a result, he has reached his junior year having played in just three games, including this past Saturday’s opener.

That’s a far cry from what was expected when he signed with Georgia out of Memphis. He was the No. 2 prospect in the state of Tennessee and a top-5 rated player at his position.

“I never missed a practice or a game like sixth grade through high school,” said the 6-foot-5, 324-pounder. “I played the last six games of my senior year with a broken back.”

Long is expected to make up for lost time this week. At the very least he figures heavily in the Bulldogs’ plans and could end up starting at right tackle against Missouri. Starter John Theus and his main backup Watts Dantzler are both questionable with ankle injuries.

“It’s a big motivator,” Long said. “Coming here I always wanted to start. To be able to start in such a big game as this, the first SEC game against Missouri, it’s an honor. I’m looking forward to it.”

Long is competing with redshirt freshman Xzavier Ward for the start if Theus can’t go. But indications are that Theus, the talented true freshman from Jacksonville, is going to give it a go.

Theus and Dantzler, both of whom have left ankle injuries, were working in green jerseys on their pass-protection drops under the watchful eye of a trainer off to the side of the line drills Wednesday. Both players had their ankles heavily wrapped. Theus appeared to be moving without much problem while Dantzler had more of a visible limp.

“They did OK,” Richt said. “They didn’t go very long, but we didn’t want Theus to get anything more than scout team work.”

Malcolm Mitchell’s outlook improves

Georgia’s injury situation improved dramatically on Wednesday. Starting cornerback Malcolm Mitchell, who missed the opener with a sprained ankle, practiced for the second straight day in a green (non-contact) jersey and appeared to be running around without limitations.

“He did pretty good,” Richt said. “I’m encouraged. I’m not certain that he’s full speed, but it’s Wednesday. So I’m encouraged that we have a couple more days to see.”

Boo feeling fine

Starting tailback Ken “Boo” Malcome practiced without limitations on Wednesday and says he’s ready to go Saturday. The sophomore from Decatur had to leave the Buffalo in the second half with a sprained left hand. He said he’ll wear a removable cast against Missouri but will carry the football in his dominant right hand.

Malcome missed Tuesday’s practice but it wasn’t because of the hand. “I think I had food poisoning,” he said.

Like freshman Todd Gurley, Malcome seems unconcerned about starting.

“It’s not about starting,” he said. “We’re all going to get in the game the same amount of time. It’s about what we do with it.”

Practice update

Georgia practiced for 90 minutes Wednesday in shoulder pads, shorts and helmets. Afterward, Richt was complimentary of the job the scout team did simulating Missouri.

“Right now they don’t have a lot of substitute and I appreciate what they do,” Richt said. “Everybody has a role to play, and Tuesday and Wednesday are really important days. They were working hard out there from the time we started special teams and that carried over into offense and defense.”

Etc. . . .

Starting split end Marlon Brown said he feels fine and is feeling no ill effects of the hamstring injury that kept him out of last Saturday’s game and expects to be full speed against Missouri. . . . Freshman Marshall Morgan will handle extra points and field goals Saturday but is competing with walk-on Jamie Lindley to handle kickoffs As the NFL opens its season this weekend, the Bulldogs feature 35 former players on active rosters. That’s tied for second nationally with LSU and Texas. USC leads the was this year with 42 alums on rosters.

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Simpson

September 5th, 2012
8:55 pm

can’t have enough OLinemen. hope they all can go

run the damn ball

September 5th, 2012
8:57 pm

run the damn ball

September 5th, 2012
8:57 pm

This is going to be a really good game.

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AugustaDawg

September 5th, 2012
9:06 pm

Hopefully everyone will be healthy. Those are the things we can’t control. The knuckleheadedness that gets suspensions are the things we should handle. Me over team doesn’t lead to victories. Ready to welcome those tigers to ols man football. Smashmouth! GATA

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RHall55

September 5th, 2012
9:24 pm

Any update on K Houston??? Do you think this would have lingered this long @ AL or LSU???

Dawg Haus

September 5th, 2012
9:33 pm

Good to hear Austin Long might finally catch a break. Poor kid’s been through a lot. I’d love to see him come in and make a difference for this team.

Russell Hall

September 5th, 2012
9:33 pm

You gotta love Boo Malcome saying it doesn’t matter whether you start, it’s what you do with your playing time. He and Richard Samuel are true team players. If we’re lucky, the freshmen will follow their example.

Diehard Dawg

September 5th, 2012
10:00 pm

Just block somebody for a change….

I just don’t understand how a program like Georgia’s doesn’t have enough offensive linemen. There is just no excuse for it.

Someone please explain to me why we always have this problem. We should be loaded every year!

Outer Banks Dawg

September 5th, 2012
10:35 pm

6′2″ 228… QB James Franklin ..I’m a little nervous…. I hope our offense can sustain some drives and keep the spread on the sideline.5 I’d like to see us use clock on offense and try to win time of possession and field position. If our defense gets gassed it could really be tough. I think we move the ball well and score points against their D. I’m also thinking our D can stop them enough, but we gotta keep them by the Gatorade as much as possible. It’s a tough a
task to play against such a complicated offense early in the year. Especially with the suspensions. We can’t miss assignments or over pressure on D. It all about containment. Go dawgs!

Under The Bleachers

September 5th, 2012
10:47 pm

RHall55

September 5th, 2012
9:24 pm
Any update on K Houston??? Do you think this would have lingered this long @ AL or LSU???

Black Helicopters ….wow another ” I or We are a Victim”

pop

September 5th, 2012
10:50 pm

the bulldawg nation wants rambo and the tree and sanders in that game this is a very important game we need this win lets go richt turn the dawgs loose

Vance Duly

September 5th, 2012
11:24 pm

The last paragraph is one of the biggest sources of frustration. Only USC has more players on NFL rosters, yet we don’t have that much to show for it as a program. I’d like to see some reporter ask our coaches about that — 35 NFL players from UGA, yet several disappointing years. When will the Dawgs OVER-achieve for a change…!?!???

Good luck to Austin Long — he deserves a good break for a change…… GO DAWGS!

kingdaddy

September 5th, 2012
11:50 pm

Once James Franklin gets planted like a daisy a few times, we will see how well his surgically repaired shoulder holds up. He had an easy game against SELouisiana. If he thinks Jarvis Jones, Arby, Garrison and Corn are going to take it easy on him, he’s got another thing coming. I hope we are able to keep the penalties to a minimum like last Sat. 5 for 22 yrds. We need someone to “spy” on Franklin, to keep him from running much. If UGA can get to him and “hit” him a few times, he may not try to run as much…

bubba4dawgs

September 5th, 2012
11:51 pm

Show the kitties what real “old man” football in the good ole SEC is all about! This is a golden opportunity to shine real big and make us all proud! Just remember, kitties don’t ever best dogs! Don’t bruise’em up too bad, just beat the crap outta them! GO DAWGS!!

Chuck UGA

September 6th, 2012
1:18 am

Georgia will win this game physically and on the scoreboard. UGA undefeated on October 6th in Columbia will be for the SEC East title. Period. Sorry ’bout that UT and UF fans.

Larry

September 6th, 2012
6:25 am

I see that the ‘Dawgs have not forgotten the Bull! ;>)

Larry

September 6th, 2012
6:34 am

We ain’t got nobody named Bubba, and we ain’t got nobody who has to be weighed down at the stockyard, so I guess we ain’t got no chance…. ;>)

Destin Dawg

September 6th, 2012
6:56 am

Go Dawgs rotate the great R.B.s and RUN the ball and run the clock… Grantham’s defense will give us field position… contain their Q.B… Tree will play in the 2nd half ?? it will be tough UGA only a 3 point favorite !

RP

September 6th, 2012
7:58 am

Great news about MM and JT. I hope our recruiters are handing out that stat about players in the NFL at every visit.

BKing

September 6th, 2012
8:53 am

The more I have watched CornWash the last 3 years, the less I am impressed….this guy has all the physical tools to totally Dominate and ends games with 4 tackles, 1 TFL and usually doesn’t have a sack…and he goes against the traditionally weaker RT on most occasions….I hope he proves me wrong, but Jordan Jenkins played better than him Saturday and would have had a Sack beating the left tackle on the 19yd TD but the OL for Buffalo turned and Horse collared him with both hands right in front of the Ref, who was watching 5 feet away….No Flag…Come on CornWash….Prove me wrong…2.5 sacks this saturday….Bulldawg Nation Needs U!!!!

kingdaddy

September 6th, 2012
9:00 am

Coach Bobo,
The best way to keep Missouri from scoring will be to keep James Franklin off the field. This means you need to try harder to keep your offense on the field a little longer. You have a better running game to work with this year. I suggest you use it. IF we get into a “shootout”, we may regret it ! Controling the clock is something you can improve upon. Have fun and have a great game Coach…

schmeckdawg

September 6th, 2012
9:09 am

I want to know how after 2.5 years, an unacceptable amount of PED’s can still be in Kolton Houstons system.

That I do not get!!!!!!!!!! Chip you have anything on this?????????

HoneyBadger Has the Munchies

September 6th, 2012
9:40 am

@ 53…..who is your team?

ga gator

September 6th, 2012
9:46 am

Here are my predictions for my 2 top teams;

UF 30 Tx A&M 24 Jeff Driskel takes over the Gator offense.

UGA 37 Mizzou 27 UGA offense has a field day with weak Mizzou D.

dawggirl

September 6th, 2012
9:49 am

How in the world can you have a half arrest? Troll.

true dawg

September 6th, 2012
9:54 am

Ok well lets see what we do this week with the suspensions and injuries and playing away. If our DAWGS can pull together this weekend and get a win, I think it would boost the guys’ cionfidence. The talent is there, can they play together and overcome slight adversity “arrest, suspensions etc.”? I do appreciate how the smack talk by Mizz was ignored, basically we will settle this on the field. Like that, and for the RB’s, don’t care who starts, just show what you got when you get the chance, wanna help us win, thats a different mentality than what we have seen in the past. This may be premature, sounds like these guys care more about the TEAM than themselves individually!!! If so, could be very dangerous for other teams! Last week was not at times pretty but it was a win, not all scheduled games of that caliber team are blow outs and it is hard to get up for a team like that. This is a mch bigger game and the players know that. GO DAWGS, make yourselves proud!

What school has had 53 arrests in 4 years?

September 6th, 2012
9:57 am

Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, USCe, UGA? Sounds like someone just made up a number, because it is never documented.

Could it possibly be a non-SEC fan jealous of our conference?

RxDawg

September 6th, 2012
10:21 am

I’m slowly starting to get excited. Mizzou is running their mouths… our boys are getting healthy… I was worried about this game, and I still am. But we might just take these new boys to SEChool.

RxDawg

September 6th, 2012
10:23 am

“Any update on K Houston??? Do you think this would have lingered this long @ AL or LSU???”

AL or LSU would of replaced Houston by now and it wouldn’t be a story.

UGA Insider

September 6th, 2012
10:33 am

I can’t get the Colorado loss out of my mind when I think about this game for some reason.

Bazooka Joe

September 6th, 2012
11:13 am

I hear ya insider, although the Okie Lite game keeps popping into my head – first game in their sparkling new stadium, etc… They were jacked for that game.

azdawg

September 6th, 2012
11:22 am

UGA Insider. Feel same way. Old habits die hard these days w/the dawgs on the road. would feel more comfortable if dawgs were full strength. MO’s offense and home field advantage plus 1st sec game for them have mojo on their side. Dawgs will need to bring their A game otherwise its CO all over again.

sandiegodawg

September 6th, 2012
11:27 am

the main concern coming out of the Buffalo game was that their “slow” QB ran like crazy against us. That’s where we miss Tree. Coach Richt: Set Tree Free

Blue Ridge Dawg

September 6th, 2012
11:30 am

@ DieHard- I cant remember exactly which year it was during Donnan’s tenure, but he did not recruit one single O lineman that year… I still think that has snake bit us even 12 years later…

Blue Ridge Dawg

September 6th, 2012
11:34 am

@ UGA Insider- I was thinking the Ok State game….

UGA Insider

September 6th, 2012
11:46 am

Okie State was hot and humid and during the daytime… This game will be cool and played at night on turf. Mizzou will even be dressed like Colorado. I’m starting to get nervous.

Dawgfan13

September 6th, 2012
12:37 pm

Where is Ray Drew? I didnt hear anything from him against Buffalo and his name never seem to come up when talking about making contributions. Is he hurt?

Red Clay Hound

September 6th, 2012
1:02 pm

Getting MM back this week is huge. Here’s hoping he locks down one side of the field.

Skokie Dog

September 6th, 2012
1:09 pm

Richt was quoted as saying: “They were working hard out there from the time we started special teams….” Who would’ve thought the Dogs practiced special teams plays?

True Dawg

September 6th, 2012
1:14 pm

Bobo needs to help the defense with more of a power running game. Period. Quit with the hurry up, quit passing on every first down, so the defense has at least 5 minutes of rest even on a 3 and out!

chuck

September 6th, 2012
1:34 pm

Austin Long is a high character young man from an excellent family. His father played in the NFL so he has the pedigree. Once he gets that starting RT job, he will keep it for the rest of this year and next year and he will keep Murray safe from the right side.

AltamahaDawg

September 6th, 2012
1:42 pm

I think Grantham might have to actually dial up a blitz this week.

Destin Dawg

September 6th, 2012
3:21 pm

it’s really a cool test for UGA Dawgs and Fla. Gators.. playing new teams on the road.. it should be very interesting ( close ).. I’m hoping for some creative play calling from Richt/BoBo ?? scrambling Q.B. will be a challenge for Grantham.. Go Dawgs!!!

Larry

September 6th, 2012
3:42 pm

Since Gators vs.Aggies has been brought up, I don’t mind telling Florida how to beat aTm: merely play two halves. The Team of Twelve always fold up their pup tent after halftime (while waving white hankies).

HunkerDownDawg

September 6th, 2012
9:16 pm

@Larry… Nice to see new SEC fans making their way around. Good luck on Saturday night and hope to see you back on Sunday!

DirtyDawg

September 6th, 2012
9:37 pm

Hey all you nattering nabobs…quit ya bitchin.

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