Notebook: A long ‘very satisfying’ day for SEC chief Mike Slive

COLUMBIA, Mo. — SEC Commissioner Mike Slive was present for the pregame coin tosses of both the Florida-Texas A&M game in College Station, Texas, and the Missouri-Georgia game at Faurot Field.

Slive flew by private jet to both venues, leaving Kyle Field in the second quarter to fly the 750 miles to Central Missouri.

“I talked to the Georgia fans and they said the hospitality and the fans and the reception they received was as good as they’ve ever had,” Slive said at halftime of the Saturday night’s game. “And you can’t walk five steps downtown without finding an SEC logo, so we like that a lot.”

Slive actually went to College Station on Friday night for a reception and stayed up late to watch A&M’s famous midnight “yell practice” with about 40,000 students.

“I’m not usually up at midnight,” Slive said. “At my age 9 o’clock is usually my limit.”

He said it all made for “a long day,” but it was worth it considering the historic significance of the moments.

“I was able to flip the coin in both games, which was a real treat for me,” he said. “In both stadiums, you could just feel the energy, you could feel the euphoria, you could feel the pride and how excited everybody is. These are the third and fourth teams we’ve added to the league in 80 years. So it’s a historic day, and everybody wants to be a part of that history.

Tough (but good) night for Theus

Right tackle John Theus got his first start in a nationally-televised game and it was a tough debut.

The five-star freshman from Jacksonville was whistled three times for false starts and gave up both of Georgia’s quarterback sacks to Missouri defensive lineman Brad Madison. But Theus toughed it out and played with a left-ankle sprain and helped paved the way to a 355-yard night for the Bulldogs.

“I was proud of the whole line, but [Theus] in particular,” Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray said. “It was his first big game and he’s a freshman. It had to be nerve-wracking for him. He had a couple of penalties, but he fought through it and had a heck of a game for us. The whole O-line did great.”

Mitchell not sure what awaits

Playing his first college game as a defensive back at “80 percent” due to an ankle injury, Georgia’s converted wideout Malcolm Mitchell said he “loved it. It was a blast.”

Regular starter Sanders Commings, for whom Mitchell was filling in, returns next week after serving a two-game suspension for an off-season arrest. Mitchell, who started at wide receiver as a freshman, said he’s not sure what that will mean for him.

“I have no idea,” said Mitchell, who had no tackles but recorded two pass break-ups. “Whatever they want me to do, I’ll do it. It’ll be all right.”

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has some feelings about it.

“We’ll keep playing him there,” he said. “The thing that hurt us the most was he couldn’t play last week. I think he would have been a lot better tonight. To have your first game against an explosive team like [Missouri] is pretty difficult. He really worked his tail off to be able to play. I was really proud of how he was able to perform.”

There was a low-light for Mitchell. He tried to scoop up a punt return on a bounce in a crowd and ended up fumbling away to Missouri.

“It was crazy, but the team stayed positive with me,” Mitchell said. “They know if I feel like I can make a play I’m going to take that chance. When you take risks, it can be a good thing or a bad thing. It just turned out to be bad this time.”

John Jenkins ‘going to be OK’

Georgia noseguard John Jenkins had to be helped off the field late in the second half with an apparent leg injury. But Richt indicated after the game that Jenkins was not seriously hurt.

“I think he’s going to be OK,”  Richt said. “He was in good spirits after the game and walking around on his own. I think he’s fine.”

Big night for Brown, Bennett

Senior Marlon Brown and sophomore Michael Bennett both recorded career bests with 8 catches each. Brown’s catches totaled 106 yards and 2 TDs while Bennett had 79 yards and caught a two-point conversion. In all, seven players caught passes from Murray.

“I don’t know if we have one superstar receiver,” Richt said, “but we have a bunch of receivers who are really good at what they do.”

This & that . . .

Georgia played without four defensive starters, all of whom were suspended: Commings, linebacker Alec Ogletree, safety Bacarri Rambo and outside linebacker Chase Vasser. Vasser and Commings are back this week. . . . Fullback Zander Ogletree, who started once last season, did not travel. . . . Freshman Todd Gurley ended up getting the start at tailback. He ended up having 13 touches for 122 yards and one touchdown. Against Buffalo he had 10 for 227 and three scores. . . . Freshman place-kicker Marshall Morgan kicked a career long field goal of 52 yards. He also made a 41-yarder but missed an extra point. It was Georgia’s first missed PAT since 2010. . . .

Redshirt freshman tight end Jay Rome had his first career catch, a 15-yarder for a big first down. . . . Linebacker Amarlo Herrera led the Bulldogs with a career-high 10 tackles. . . . Murray now has 65 career TD passes. . . . Georgia starts 2-0 for the first time since 2008. . . . The Bulldogs improve to 39-10 on opponent’s home fields and 8-4 in SEC openers under Richt.

25 comments Add your comment

Joe Cox

September 9th, 2012
3:24 am

man i love the dogs

AugustaDawg

September 9th, 2012
9:29 am

Hope we use tight ends more as we move along this season

Scott

September 9th, 2012
11:12 am

Anyone got any report on how Geathers is?????

GB's Hamburgers

September 9th, 2012
11:27 am

It was a good win in a bad environment, The defense and individual players rising to the occasion, won the game. The offense didn’t convert a 3rd down until the 4th quarter and the quarterback was off target for most of the game. UGA again looked disjointed and a bit unprepared — nothing like Bama’s flawless performance against Michigan. The most encouraging thing for me was that the fake punt didn’t work. Now … that’s progress.

Dawg Days

September 9th, 2012
11:30 am

Great night! Look forward to seeing our D at full strength. Nice job receivers! Jarvis Jones, you are THE MAN!

chilidawg

September 9th, 2012
11:39 am

Much more of an adventure than it needed to be.

GT is a 4th rate High School Team

September 9th, 2012
11:41 am

UGA seem now to be in the good graces of SLIVE, having followed the scrip of insuring a close game in the first 3 quarters to keep high TV viewing interest before UGA showing what it should have been.

GT is a 4th rate High School Team

September 9th, 2012
11:44 am

UGA in the last two seasons will dominate in the first 3 quarters only to fizzle out and lose in the fourth quarter in big games. They seem to have change the script somewhere.

BigDawg

September 9th, 2012
11:47 am

Jarvis Jones for President!

FBGUY

September 9th, 2012
12:20 pm

Given the suspensions and the mizzou home excitement, this was a BIG win. Everything is not in place yet (offensive consistency, defensive cohesiveness except for the incredible JJ) but this teamis getting better. Richt had them prepared, and they overcame their own nerves and away crowd. Now keep it up and lets win SEC East and whatever else we can.

NewnanDawg

September 9th, 2012
1:17 pm

Come on! Don’t compare Georgia to Alabama. I don’t think Michigan is anywhere as good as Missouri. I mean, Michigan got blown out for their first two games. Granted, those games were against Alabama and LSU, but maybe it’s a little less about them being really good and more about Michigan being over rated.

T'ville DAWG

September 9th, 2012
1:18 pm

Did you see John Jenkins down field 15 or 20 yards making tackles several times.

RedGADawg

September 9th, 2012
1:31 pm

Great fund at Mizzou! Columbia very similar to Athens, same size campus, student body and downtown. Many fun eats and drinks, thy will learn what tailgating means as their fans visit SEC, also that trash cans are better than pavemet for discarding cans and paper. Stadium needs major upgrade, ranks a on of bottom four in SEC. Tigers could not have made DAWGs more wlcome. Encourage SEC East fans to visit and West when opportunity presents. Planing now for 2014.

kingdaddy

September 9th, 2012
2:25 pm

T’ville DAWG
Did you see Big John chase Franklin down in the backfield in the late 3rd or 4th quarter? Big John caught him from behind! I thought I was gonna die laughing. Big boy did some hustling last night and was an anchor for the D…

Destin Dawg

September 9th, 2012
2:37 pm

Grantham”s defense and JJ is the ” INCREDIBLE HULK “… DGD Samuel foiled the fake punt … S & C with nutritionist Jen Ketterly’s buffet at Butts Mehre = strong finish in the 4 th Qtr. not suprised.. now if Richt and Bo Bo and Murray can do their share it WILL be a special year.. lots of up side with marijuana group Back !!

Destin Dawg

September 9th, 2012
2:44 pm

be thankful you’re not an Auburn fan… Dan Mullen or James Franklin will have that job in a year or two !!

GADawg1993

September 9th, 2012
5:59 pm

Destin Dawg, first off, EPIC WIN!!! and GO DAWGS!!! Second, we better hope Jamees Franklin doesn’t take over at AU. He is doing wonders at Vandy with comparitively much less talent, he would be a beast at any major school like AU.

anon1

September 9th, 2012
7:29 pm

Doubt that he was excited about Ark dropping out of the top 25 though.

Football Fan

September 10th, 2012
8:00 am

Doubt he was excited about Vandy losing to Northwestern either.

champdawgs

September 10th, 2012
8:41 am

Hats off to the Mizzou fans. They are class fans and really glad to be in the SEC. Everywhere you went, they were always being friendly and never heard a negitive comment. Tenn,Bama and Cock fans should go and take a few lessons from them.Great weekend

LoyalDog

September 10th, 2012
10:12 am

I was at the game and the Mizzou fans, merchants, students and just about everyone in Columbia were so polite and full of class before, duing and after the game. It was a fantastic experience. I just hope that the Dawg fans take note and be as hospitable to the Mizzou clan when they visit Athens next year. The game was electrifying. Great game to watch and we played well.

Dennis Green

September 10th, 2012
10:47 am

They were who we thought they were

Dawg Guy

September 10th, 2012
10:48 am

I’m trying to not get overly excited about this win. Even though we were down 4 starters on D in a hostile environment they are still a Big 12 team; and one that I don’t ever remember winning the Big 12 might I add.

bubba4dawgs

September 10th, 2012
2:26 pm

Any win is good but this one had a special feeling about it as it was historical and puts a notch in the DAWGS belt for going undefeated! I liked the fact that the DAWGS were determined to prevent Mizzou from making history at their expense. I was also pleased that they made Richardson eat his words about “old man football”. I enjoyed a good laugh when I noticed him sitting on the sidelines after limping off the field. He was literally exhausted. He delayed his return as long as he could by pulling on his jersey and appeared to be adjusting his equipment. What a wimp!

All jokes aside, Mizzou was a formidable opponent and will beat somebody in the SEC! Just glad it wasn’t the DAWGS! I bet they are sore today after playing the DAWGS and they’ve yet to play Alabama and South Carolina! I think it will be a long year for the zou!! GO DAWGS!! Oh, and thanks for the hospitality to the DAWG Nation! We’ll try and return it in Athens next year!

Humpy

September 11th, 2012
12:55 pm

Sess Poole, apparently a very fitting name for someone so full of crap. GO DAWGS!