Notebook: Bulldogs eager to get back their suspended teammates

By Ryan Black
Special to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATHENS – Piece by piece, Georgia’s defense is coming back together.

Linebacker Chase Vasser and cornerback Sanders Commings are set to come off their two-game suspensions to play against Florida Atlantic on Saturday night. And their teammates can’t wait to see them back on the field.

“I texted them right after we got back on the bus and I included all of the other guys who weren’t there and said, ‘That was for you guys,’” linebacker Christian Robinson said. “Now people are starting to come back and we’re excited. They can just jump on. They don’t have to keep worrying with some of the regret of not being there.”

Even with two key cogs on defense back in the fold, the Bulldogs still have to guard against a letdown coming off their win against the Missouri Tigers. Florida Atlantic will enter Sanford Stadium 1-1 overall, but 0-1 in conference play after dropping its Sun Belt opener against Middle Tennessee State last week 31-17.

After Arkansas was upset at home by Sun Belt representative Louisiana-Monroe 34-31 in overtime last Saturday, players are anticipating the loss figuring largely in team meetings this week.

“They’re constantly in our ears about things like that, reminding us what [underdogs] can do and where we’re actually at,” Robinson said. “After what happened with Arkansas, that is definitely going to be something Coach Richt is going to harp on. Nobody is too small. It doesn’t matter how many fans their stands hold, they still play football just like us.”

Robinson said the team’s senior leaders have already discussed the Razorbacks’ defeat, knowing the Bulldogs can’t afford a similar slip-up. Freshman running back Keith Marshall isn’t worried about Arkansas’ loss or Saturday being a “trap game.”

If the Bulldogs play to their potential, he said, everything else will take care of itself.

“We’ve just got to stay focused,” he said. “If we do that, [an upset] won’t happen.”

Jarvis Jones continues to amaze teammates

Chris Burnette isn’t surprised by anything Jarvis Jones accomplishes anymore.

He’s seen the junior linebacker doing it for years, after all. The two squared off regularly in high school, with Jones at Carver of Columbus and Burnette at Troup County.

“I remember before we played him my 12th grade year, I was kind of shaking in my boots,” he said. “It was like, ‘Man, this guy might embarrass me in front of everybody.’ He’s just one of those special players you don’t see very often.”

Jones was named Walter Camp national defensive player of the week and SEC player of the week. Against Missouri he had nine tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 1 sack and 1 interception.

Cornerback Devin Bowman was nearly at a loss of words to describe his admiration for Jones. He said Jones was the best player he had ever seen, offensively or defensively.

“When he makes a play, I’m not surprised,” he said. “He’s just really good. Some of the stuff he does is crazy.”

Robinson said the team has come to expect Jones’ greatness every game.

ESPN2 grabs Gerogia-Vandy game

The Georgia-Vanderbilt football game on Sept. 22 in Sanford Stadium will start at 7:45 p.m. and be nationally televised on ESPN2, the SEC said today.

That will be Georgia’s third consecutive night game, following last week’s at Missouri (which also was televised on ESPN2) and this week’s against Florida Atlantic in Athens (7:30 p.m. Saturday on CSS).

Etc.

With Commings’ return, Bowman says his role for this week has yet to be discussed. “All I know is I’m still getting some playing time. That’s all I need to know.” Bowman started in Malcolm Mitchell’s place in Georgia’s season opener against Buffalo. … Cornelius Washington was held out of practice Monday due to a hamstring strain. Three other notable defenders practiced but were limited: Jones and cornerbacks Mitchell and Damian Swann.

228 comments Add your comment

Bama Dawg

September 10th, 2012
10:59 pm

AUTOMATIC WEAPONS

September 10th, 2012
11:00 pm

BOUT THEM DAWGS!

Ray B

September 10th, 2012
11:00 pm

First! Wait til they all get back!

mcg dawg

September 10th, 2012
11:04 pm

LET THE BIG DAWG EAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We Discipline, Othes Don't

September 10th, 2012
11:05 pm

Defense wins Titles

September 10th, 2012
11:27 pm

Sorry FAU, But Defense we need a goose egg this weekend. Warm up for Jimmy Dont tug on superman’s cape Franklin. Rub the new 0 – 2 we aint taking stuff vandy’s nose in the dirt. lt’s personal and it’s business.

sb

September 10th, 2012
11:29 pm

Pretty sure your Ark ULM final score is wrong it was 34-31
Maybe you need a Bill Clinton fact checker

davedawg

September 10th, 2012
11:36 pm

It’s gonna suck when all these guys graduate get drafted. I thought it was classy of Sheldon Richardson to appologize to CMR, but we looked pretty bad against Buffalo.

RHall55

September 10th, 2012
11:42 pm

What about 1) A Ogletree? 2) B Rambo? 3) K Houston?

kingdaddy

September 10th, 2012
11:57 pm

We can’t afford a letdown. We beat Buffalo by 22 and lost a spot. We must win big from here on out if we want it all. Let up, and the media will slip someone right past us again…

Huh?

September 11th, 2012
12:06 am

kingdaddy…you don’t have to beat people by a gazillion points to impress people…just win all of your games…that will do it.

Slippery Rock Winners and Losers

September 11th, 2012
12:20 am

Same old dumb poster linking si article on drug suspensions….what a loser and excuse maker for selfish players who put dope before teammates….you get no sympathy here.

Huh?

September 11th, 2012
12:21 am

Slippery…agreed. The anger needs to be directed at the players who can’t follow the rules…

Huh?

September 11th, 2012
12:24 am

And by the way, Andy Staples, who wrote that article, also said that Joe Cox was going to lead UGA to greatness….so, umm, consider the source.

Jersey Dawg

September 11th, 2012
12:47 am

On K.Houston…Nothing new in the media…..Any update from UGA ?….Houston family ? It’s a Real Shame the NCAA is ruining this young man’s life…….Perhaps the Bulldog Nation should start a letter writing campaign to the NCAA since the letters from UGA were rebuked by the NCAA and there is “No Media Pressure” …..Or, we can continue sitting on “our” hands……Is it time to let the NCAA know how the BULLDOG NATION feels….Isn’t 2 years long enough ? ? ? ? ?.

RED DOG 77

September 11th, 2012
12:53 am

I have no sympathy for those who broke the rules and are still waiting to play. The other members of the University of Georgia 2012 football team should quietly take them behind the “woodshed”, make them “pay” a bit then get back to work……………….The season is coming on quickly, no time to waste……….we need to be at full strength by the time we play UT…………..That’s considering we can get past Vandy without you know who……………Well, we’ll see……………Mabe, just mabe we can head into Clumbia S.C. without a loss…………..If we can pull that off…………mark my words, just like I said before the Mizzu………………We beat the livin snot out of South Carolina this year, and move-up to #4 in the Country………………Yup………………Me Thinks it’ll happen in 2012…………………GATA………….RED

Huh?

September 11th, 2012
12:54 am

Jersey…it’s a shame what is happening to Houston…but if the NCAA let’s him play, then they set a precedent. Other players could do performance enhancing drugs, then claim the same thing.

7576DAWG

September 11th, 2012
12:55 am

I think Richt should have a meeting with the entire team and just ask how many of the team thinks that the players on suspension deserve the punishment they are getting. I think it would surprise the coaches to find out how many players don’t think breaking the rules deserve punishment.
Then the coaches need to explain what TEAM concept means or putting something bigger than yourself first. Because when these players broke the rules they were only thinking of themselves . If I was on the team I would be mad as he@@ at them and they would know it. If they were Freshmen, I would let first offense slide , but Juniors and seniors or 21 and 22 year old players know better than to let down the team like they have.

Huh?

September 11th, 2012
12:58 am

7576Dawg…agree on just about everything you have said.

I wouldn’t let Freshman slide on the 1st offense. I don’t think that would be fair to upper-classmen, However, too many UGA fans are misplacing their anger….it should be directed at the players who broke the rules.

darren harper

September 11th, 2012
1:00 am

Jersey Dawg, I hope the best for Kolston but I don’t really believe any drug stays in your system for 2 to 3 years. It maybe time to cut ties and bring in another guy who can actually help[ the team. No other program in the USA would honor a scholarship after 3 years of failed drug test.

7576DAWG

September 11th, 2012
1:06 am

Huh
I agree with you about putting the entire blame on them. I hope in the first game back the older alumni along with myself with let these guys know we do not appreciate their conduct. The team needs to know any booing is directed squarely at the players who deserve it and not the team.

Paddy

September 11th, 2012
2:01 am

RHall55…….it seems evident that Rambo and AO are out 4 games for multiple offenes Houston is out till the fat soluble substance is gone from his system So there can never be an update on him. You may want to send him a combo get well soon/ Christmas card, because it may take that long to flush out.

Paddy

September 11th, 2012
2:14 am

Jersey Dawg……..our AD got his butt chewed out by the NCAA for just for bringingHouston’s name up. Of course the drug his HS Dr. gave him can stay in his system, it is fat soluble not water soluble. You ever try losing unwanted fat It ain’t that easy!

dmr

September 11th, 2012
6:21 am

For the Florida Atlantic game, I would like to see M2 (Mitchell) go back to offense. This would allow Sanders Commings to step back into his role at corner back and give Devin Bowman a chance to continue to develop on defense.

I don’t want to take this game lightly, but I would like to see Richt and Co. try to get some work for young players to develop and backup QB LeMay late in the game, if possible.

Jarvis deserves the week off! HOLY COW!

bucket

September 11th, 2012
7:21 am

@ 53 1/2 – I’m sure you’ll follow that policy when one of your kids or yourself does something wrong. That’s almost the dumbest post I have ever read since your last post.

I agree that the players and fans should direct their anger towards the players who broke a policy that they clearly understood, however, the media also has a role to play in this matter. What if ESPN Gameday had exalted UGA’s drug policy on Saturday? When asked about UGA vs. Missouri every analyst (other than Pollack who got a homer pass) spent all their time discussing how UGA had no shot to beat Missouri because of the 4 suspended players instead of talking about how UGA should be applauded for having one of the strictest drug policies in the SEC. The bad thing is that this policy is hurting UGA because they are obviously not the only team with players who like marijuana. The SEC won’t budge on a universal policy until the media and public demand a change.

Billy Joe Bobby

September 11th, 2012
7:22 am

“The Georgia-Vanderbilt football game on Sept. 22 in Sanford Stadium will start at 7:45 p.m. and be nationally televised on ESPN2, the SEC said today.”

Upset watch. That’s what that is. That, and ESPN hoping for another CFB Reality TV episode.

Tech has the Big Bang Theory and UGA has Squidbillies. Who says Georgia college football is irrelevant? ;)

ZinoDawg

September 11th, 2012
7:56 am

@RED DAWG – have you seen Ogletree lately? Ain’t no one taking that beast to the woodshed.

When he returns he will be a sledgehammer inside.

Old Dawg

September 11th, 2012
7:57 am

53½ arrests in four years…are you stupid or what, bet Mommy & Daddy spanked you when you came home late, by the way, wouldn’t most of your Turds of Techies fall under the City of Atlanta’s curfew law and lets not even talk about the alcohol abuse on frat row.

Atticus

September 11th, 2012
8:00 am

Vandy will not beat UGA in Athens. No Chance. They can’t beat NW they won’t beat the Dawgs.

Dave

September 11th, 2012
8:02 am

Billy Joe Bobby…..well aren’t you Mr Original, what with your “Squidbillies” line…I’m so dumb I gotta listen to Mike Bell to get my football smarts, yes sir I’m Billy Joe Dumb A$$ of Yech land

bad brad

September 11th, 2012
8:02 am

What is irrelevant Billie Joe is your life if all you have to do is troll UGA blog sites.

CubanDawg

September 11th, 2012
8:05 am

There goes that 53½ arrests in four years troll lying again. As stated before by myself as well as others either provide the names of the 53½ players that have been arrested or change your stupid handle.
LIAR!!!!

Tim Scott

September 11th, 2012
8:07 am

having watched UGA vs Mizzou and knowing that they are now about to be a full strength is not a happy thought. We (gators) are still going through growing pains while our QB has to learn on the job,our defense is getting shelled with injuries,I don’t think there will be any joy in Mudville (Jacksonville) later this fall. Give credit where credit is due Bulldog Nation your squad is deserving of it’s ranking, the South Carolina game is gonna be a great one.

HoneyBadger Has the Munchies

September 11th, 2012
8:13 am

@ Tim Scott….well said. Much respect to your team as well. Losing two linebackers is a tough blow for UF. That A&M game was brutal, very physical. As a UGA fan, we know what is like to be missing key players on D. Good luck Saturday night in Knoxville.

DP

September 11th, 2012
8:18 am

“When asked about UGA vs. Missouri every analyst (other than Pollack who got a homer pass) spent all their time discussing how UGA had no shot to beat Missouri”

Typical Delusional Dawg revisionist history. I saw that segment and none of the guys picking games suggested UGA had no shot to beat Missouri; they all thought it was pretty close to a pick ‘em. And you want the Dawg drug suspensions to be spun by ESPN or anybody else as something positive?

AltamahaDawg

September 11th, 2012
8:19 am

Does Richardson play for Buffalo, and I had a biscuit for breakfast this morning.

Billy Joe Bobby

September 11th, 2012
8:21 am

The winner of the Tennessee vs. Florida game will have the upper hand in the SEC East.

Everything old will be new again. Hide & Watch! ;)

Dave

September 11th, 2012
8:22 am

DP….can’t you buttheads come up with something new…guess not, can’t beat us on the field, gotta come up with something else to feel good about. You Techies wanna feel good get a real coach, fire Johnson!!!

HoneyBadger Has the Munchies

September 11th, 2012
8:26 am

Billy Joe…Florida has a very tough stretch on thier schedule starting this Saturday night in Knoxville. As a Georgia fan I believe this game will be very entertaining. Bray flingin the ball around against a beat up Florida secondary. This game will be very interesting indeed. However, I think The East race is up for grabs.

Dave

September 11th, 2012
8:26 am

Billy Joe Butthead…where’d you get the “The winner of the Tennessee vs. Florida game will have the upper hand in the SEC East” listening to Mike “I don’t know crap” Bell. Jeez dud, change the radio station or else think for yourself or is that too hard for ya.

DP

September 11th, 2012
8:26 am

Sorry Dave, I’m not a Techie. You guys are known as Delusional Dawgs far beyond Atlanta. Stewart Mandel of SI.com wrote a year or two that based on the email he receives from all over the country, UGA fans lead the nation in the gap between their perception of their program versus reality.

Just Saying

September 11th, 2012
8:30 am

The Geather’s injury was easily the biggest concern during the Missouri game. Why hasn’t anything been said about his status? Maybe it was just a cramp, but it looked bad at the time. Did he come back into the game and I just missed it?

AltamahaDawg

September 11th, 2012
8:34 am

Probably because testing positive for a controlled substance in your system is not illegal. I imagine divulging the results of an internal medical test is, however.

Dave

September 11th, 2012
8:35 am

DP..if we are so delusional, why are you here?

DP

September 11th, 2012
8:37 am

To laugh at your latest paranoia and excuses.

DawginLex

September 11th, 2012
8:39 am

DP

Yeah, Stewart Mandel. What a moron

This past Friday, his prediction:

Mizzou 27
Georgia 24

He hates Georgia and routinely predicts us to lose. He is an idiot.

Billy Joe Bobby

September 11th, 2012
8:40 am

DP
September 11th, 2012
8:37 am

“To laugh at your latest paranoia and excuses.”

They’re easily upset, aren’t they?

Oh! I made a pun! Imagine that… ;)

DawginLex

September 11th, 2012
8:40 am

just saying

Geathers actually came back in the game after his injury. He is fine.

Dave

September 11th, 2012
8:42 am

DP…oh, yeah, right, sure, uh huh…jeez, can’t you come up with something better than mine is bigger than yours…guess you’re to embarrassed to let anyone know the schhol you support.

AltamahaDawg

September 11th, 2012
8:43 am

Well, if “Stewart Mandel of SI.com wrote” it……….of cource there would be no need for you to construct any original thoughts.