Georgia’s Commings, Vasser remorseful after 2-game suspensions

Georgia's Chase Vasser, here tackling South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore last season, brings much more experience to the strongside outside lilnebacker position. (UGA photo)

Georgia's Chase Vasser, here tackling South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore last season, brings much more experience to the strongside outside lilnebacker position. (UGA photo)

ATHENS – Georgia’s Sanders Commings contradicted himself Tuesday. On one hand he said the hardest thing about his two-game suspension was having to sit home and watch the Missouri game Saturday. Later, he said the toughest part was the shame he felt from the seemingly endless stream of media reports that came out the past six months.

The bottom line, Commings said, is it has been a long and hard road, and he is glad it’s over. Commings and linebacker Chase Vasser were reinstated this week after two-game suspensions for offseason arrests. Both players will play their first games of the season Saturday night against Florida Atlantic.

“It was pretty tough,” said Commings, who spoke to reporters for the first time since his January 21 arrest for domestic violence. “But it’s been a learning experience. … I’ve learned that I need to put myself around people who bring the best out of me.”

Commings pleaded guilty to simple battery and disorderly conduct in February. Vasser was arrested and charged with DUI in Buckhead in May. Vasser received an automatic two-game suspension per UGA’s student-athlete handbook.

“It was a rude awakening,” said Vasser, a junior who started three games at strongside linebacker last season. “I’m definitely embarrassed by it. I definitely learned my lesson and I’m definitely going to help anybody who happens to get into the same situation. Once it happened I told the coaches I’m going to come back strong.”

Punishment for Commings’ misdemeanor arrest was left to the discretion of coach Mark Richt. Commings said initially he “was surprised” to get two games. He appealed the suspension but said he “waited too late” and found out the middle of last week he wouldn’t make the trip to Columbia, Mo.

“He needed to be disciplined for what he did,” Richt said. “The amount of time that was spent was appropriate. It’s one thing to miss a game. That hurts them, and they don’t like that. But part of the punishment is also what you have to live with as a person because of all the attention that it gets.”

Commings remained in Athens and watched the game on TV with former teammate Jeremy Longo. He said he was relieved the Bulldogs pulled out the 41-20 victory.

“I’d have been pretty down if we would’ve lost,” he said. “… Our guys were so pumped up. It was an environment you want to play in, a hostile environment. I was glad we got the win.”

Vasser watched the game at home in Gainesville with his parents, which he said was “stressful because they were freaking out over the game. I didn’t like it.”

Vasser said he was getting extra attention Tuesday from defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who doubles as his position coach.

“He had a little fun getting after me,” Vasser said. “He knows when he yells at me it makes me mad. . . . My goal is to come back and pretty much punish the man in front of me.”

Commings and Vasser were two of four defensive starters who missed the Missouri game because of disciplinary suspensions. Inside linebacker Alec Ogletree and free safety Bacarri Rambo were left home because of undisclosed violations of team rules. However, it has been widely reported they are serving four-game suspensions because of second violations of UGA’s marijuana-use policy.

Because that is considered an “internal” matter, the Bulldogs have been vague about the reason of their absences and remained so Tuesday. “We’ll wait to see for sure what happens,” Richt said.

With the All-American Rambo out, former walk-on Connor Norman has started at free safety. Commings has started multiple games at safety and could play there. That would allow the Bulldogs to stick with converted receiver Malcolm Mitchell at boundary corner, where they’ve been quite pleased.

“He’s a guy that’s going to play both corner and safety for us,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said of Commings. “He played that last year and he’s been playing both for us the last couple of weeks, so he’ll play at both positions on Saturday.”

The Bulldogs welcomed back their disciplined comrades with open arms.

“Having them back just makes us that much deeper,” All-American outside linebacker Jarvis Jones said. “Having those younger guys get that experience and play and learn, especially in a big game like Missouri, where they can get the jitter-bugs out, that’s going to help us down the stretch.”

Said Jenkins: “Man, I feel good about it. They’re weapons we weren’t able to use the first two games. Now, since we were able to manage without them, to have them back is a big relief, because we know what kind of capabilities that they have from a team standpoint. To have those guys back feels as if everything’s starting to come together.”

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odubbs

September 11th, 2012
9:46 pm

odubbs

September 11th, 2012
9:48 pm

Go Dawgs! Beat the Owls!

drbasic1

September 11th, 2012
9:53 pm

there is always a price to pay…..now GATA, No mercy!!

funny...

September 11th, 2012
9:55 pm

Am I wrong or is it “plead guilty” not “pleaded guilty”

I’m running on 4 hours of sleep, lol

Northof100

September 11th, 2012
10:26 pm

Don’t be fooled!!!
Richt is not the man to lead the Univ of GA football program. We beat one of the perennial pansies of the Big12. Get perspective people.
We have still not beaten a decent team in nearly 3 years!!!!
Boise St., Alabama, LSU, South Carolina.
Barely beat Florida, Vanderbilt
Richt doesn’t have command of the college game to outcoach ANY coach in the SEC.
With all that said….
What happened to Murray??? I had a mancrush after his frosh year. Where did the moxy go??? Third and 7… No problem for a mobile freshman from Tampa. Now… big problem for a guy who Bobo has morphed into David Greene Jr. (e.g., regression slowly year after year).

hahahahaha

September 11th, 2012
10:29 pm

Hilarious. “The bottom line, Commings said, is it has been a long hard road, I’m glad it’s over” and “it’s been a learning experience”. Like everyone should have pity on him, poor guy and admire him for learning from his mistake…. Hey, how about just not hitting the woman in the first place? Is that something you failed to learn in your first 20 years or so of life?

But he wears the right uniform, so he’s a GDG!!!!! Until he misses an assignment in coverage, then he’ll be “that stupid (blank) who should’ve been kicked off the team.” Tell me I’m not right.

hahahahaha

September 11th, 2012
10:37 pm

And I would kick any kid who got a DUI off my team. Seriously. Make it very clear from day one that just a DUI arrest, not even a conviction, would mean immediate dismissal. Committing serious crimes that have the potential to kill others should have serious consequences. Dismissed. Scholarship revoked.

beanster

September 11th, 2012
10:47 pm

It’s pleaded. Mistakenly, it could have been “pled” not “plead” in the past tense. You should get some sleep.

beanster

September 11th, 2012
10:49 pm

what is a GDG?

beanster

September 11th, 2012
10:59 pm

I love this line: ““But it’s been a learning experience. … I’ve learned that I need to put myself around people who bring the best out of me.”

Translation: Chicks with snakes in the head can only cause trouble.

dirtybirdJ

September 11th, 2012
11:28 pm

cummings should take the FS spot til rambo comes back micheal, smith, n swann even bowman for the 4th cb spot are just fine to ge the job done. nurman scares the crap out of me back there hes a good not great tackler he’ll bring u down but after he gets drag for 5 or so yard or even gets the def. top blown off in coverage. we all kno cummings coverage skills are great n hes the best hitter fore as the cbs go dame sure is better then nurmans hitting n cover skills

who’s with me or im i by myself on this

dirtybirdJ

September 11th, 2012
11:30 pm

Glory between the Hedges

September 11th, 2012
11:35 pm

I think our season could be very similar to LSU’s last season. LSU had to deal with suspensions and got through a good oregon team. Hopefully the final game will be different than LSU’s ….GO DAWGS!

William

September 12th, 2012
12:07 am

We ought to shut out FIU. Make it past Vandy and get back Ogletree and Rambo for Tennessee. Need all hands on deck for Tennessee and South Carolina. We have a long way to go. Line needs seasoning bad. Offense has a way to go. Run game needs to step up and the passing of Murray needs to be better. All in all a good start to the year but there is a lot left to go. GATA, DAWGS.

Patrick

September 12th, 2012
12:19 am

GTBob
September 11th, 2012
8:03 pm

I pray you are just a fan and not a Tech grad!

Sorry, I am a full fledged alumni. And if you don’t like reading my posts there are plenty of other blogs for you to read.
=====================================
I am pretty sure a graduate of Ga Tech would know that when you refer to yourself as an alumni instead of an Alumnus then you are lying about attending Ga Tech…or pretty much any college for that matter. When you are talking about someone other than yourself from your school then THEY are called alumni….when you refer to yourself you are an alumnus. Can we say EXPOSED.

Mr. Dawgs

September 12th, 2012
12:50 am

One of the things that make’s Mark Richt a great leader of young men is his unwavering discipline. College football players are young men who are in the final stage of their evolution to adulthood. They are not in the NFL. Richt’s critics miss the point hat he risks his own success by making sure that that his players learn from their mistakes when they make them. You’re not a good fan if you expect players to get away with wrongdoing for the sake of a win.

The Swami

September 12th, 2012
2:00 am

“Having them back just makes us that much deeper,” All-American outside linebacker Jarvis Jones said. “Having those younger guys get that experience and play and learn, especially in a big game like Missouri, where they can get the jitter-bugs out, that’s going to help us down the stretch.”

I LOVE THIS QUOTE. JARVIS WOULD SHOW UP AND PLAY BY HIMSELF IF HE HAD TO. ALL HE IS WORRIED ABOUT IS WHO IS ACTUALLY ELIGIBLE AND PLAYING. NO “THANK GOD THE REST OF OUR GUYS ARE BACK. WE SURE NEEDED THEM” CRAP. THIS MAN IS A TRUE DAWG AND PERSONIFIES WHAT AN ALL-AMERICAN IS. GONNA BE FUN TO WATCH THIS SEASON.

drbasic1

September 12th, 2012
2:53 am

@hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

did YOU see him “hit a girl”……………..na, didn’t think so
Possible the girl hit him and he restrained her…….could be…
Dude, it was SANDER COMMINGS…….had he HIT her, she would have been knocked the F**** out.
Of course you want him and vasser dismissed, because you know they WILL reek havoc on YOUR team!
Envy the DAWGS son…..

Top Row Dawg

September 12th, 2012
3:04 am

Welcome back you two. Now let’s go get that crystal ball.

Oh, and go Vols – Razorbacks – and War Hawks this weekend.

coolgolds

September 12th, 2012
4:51 am

Commings and Vasser were two of four defensive starters who missed the Missouri game because of disciplinary suspensions. Inside linebacker wow gold http://www.coolgolds.com Alec Ogletree and free safety Bacarri Rambo were left home because of undisclosed violations of team rules. However, it has been widely reported they are serving four-game suspensions because of second violations of UGA’s marijuana-use policy.

Strange Murphy

September 12th, 2012
5:52 am

Northof100 Good lord when I think I couldn’t see any dumber post from Tech fans I see yours. Go back to North Ave.

North Georgia Dawg.

September 12th, 2012
6:08 am

Will the Dawgs be back at full strength when the pumpkin heads come to Athens?

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September 12th, 2012
6:27 am

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I dropped my fried twinkie

September 12th, 2012
6:33 am

Remorseful?………….Yes cause they got CAUGHT.

AltamahaDawg

September 12th, 2012
7:13 am

Yes twinkie, they got caught. That’s typical how life works, is it not. We mess up, hopefully somebody points that out, we reflect and realize that it was not a wise decision. Stop being a classless jerk, trying to make a rival football program look less than (whoever the hell) you favor.

Not to mention, in these specific cases “getting caught” is a very weak understanding of the facts. as if that matters.

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 12th, 2012
7:24 am

AltamahaDawg…………..WHO do you know that is remorseful IF they are never caught or called out for their actions? Some people are still not remorseful after being caught. Sometimes(Clinton) the person that is caught gets defensive and goes on the attack instead. Do you think Mike Vick would still be fighting and killing dogs if he had not been caught? Would Madof still be running his PONZI scheme if he had not been caught?

Just Saying

September 12th, 2012
7:37 am

@twinkle
Yes, they got ” caught”……kinda like GT when they lost their ACC trophy for cheating.

MrA

September 12th, 2012
7:55 am

“I’ve learned that I need to put myself around people who bring the best out of me.”

You need to learn to keep your hands off women. That’s all!

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 12th, 2012
8:11 am

Just Saying…………Tech was not in trouble/caught cheating……Try again.

Tech=Obsessed withh UGA

September 12th, 2012
8:20 am

Fried Twinkie didn’t trek lose an ACC championship for cheating? Didn’t I read something about that lately. By the way you love to talk about the Dawgs don’t you. You are on every blog that mentions UGA.

poopdawg

September 12th, 2012
8:21 am

Twinkie, kind of like when you got CAUGHT at that roadside park?

AltamahaDawg

September 12th, 2012
8:25 am

Bla bla. NONE of that applies to THESE cases.Vick, Maddoff? Good grief, THAT’s your honest well thought out responce. geez.

Chase Vasser spent the night at his buddies house as he was supposed to do, after a party. Then drove home in the morning. He underestimated how BAL works. A valuable lesson. At worst it was completely irresponsible. At best he was just naive. Some where in the middle is the truth.

Commins lost his temper and pushed his GF aware after she was hassleing him downtown all night. He did it right out in the open, right in front of people. At worse he was a hothead, and didnt respect others. At best he was just reacting and trying to get away. Some where in the middle is the truth.

I would bet 20 buck that neither of them realized they actually were going to get in trouble, and it came as a surprise when they did.

Guilty, and deserved what they got. Yes. Which is COMPLETELY different than your statement, (which was obviously just pulled from the butt, with no attempt at relevance, as yet another gratuitus attempt at one of your little witty, waste of our time, burn Georgia, roleplay charcaters)

Don’t sit there and pretend that either on them knowinging tried to do something wrong, tried to get away with something , and only because they “got caught” are they remorseful. Stupid, impulsive, sure. lesson learned hopefully. THUS the point of the story.

AltamahaDawg

September 12th, 2012
8:28 am

BTW, The WHO I know is remorseful for mistakes, or lapses in judgement, without ever getting “caught” or punished, is sitting RIGHT here. And probably every single person in this room, including you, if you were being honest.

and it’s knowingly

Buckeye

September 12th, 2012
8:56 am

Nothng more pitiful than dogs with tails between their legs.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 12th, 2012
9:05 am

Sic’em AltaDawg!

AltamahaDawg

September 12th, 2012
9:06 am

I can tell you one thing I would be very remorseful for, if I were ever caught…..if anybody ever caught me “live blogging” about every play of a rivals football game.

Just go ahead and lock me up, If that’s was what My life had become.

ARdawg

September 12th, 2012
9:21 am

Its GREAT to be a Georgia Bulldog!

TallaDawg

September 12th, 2012
9:49 am

@hahahahaha – Narrow minds seldom acheive anything of consequence.

DUI is a serious offense. However, we have due process in this country for good reasons. A charge without a conviction should not be punished the same as a conviction (or guilty plea).

Further, I have seen several good, quality people get DUIs, pay the price and become better citizens and people after the experience.

Kramer

September 12th, 2012
9:53 am

Did I read right, did Patrick prove that GT Bob is a liar? I mean we have known that for months but, I believe Patrick shut the idiot down. That said and the fact that he is an idiot means Bob will be back for more beatings. Poor Bob. poor, poor little GT Bob.

RedandBlackDAWG

September 12th, 2012
10:02 am

I would say the vast majority if not all of the critics of these two guys do not know them personally, or even that much about them from having read material. Personal attacks like seen above just show how moronic the poster is, not how the character of these guys are. They screwed up, got caught and have paid the penalty for their transgressions. Would that the penalty fit the crime, when it comes to some of you negative posters, waiting on any little thing or fact, or rumor to degrade UGA, it,s coaches, players or university. If it involved some type of course work concerning tasteful blog comments, most would fail the course anyway, since, most likely, the negative bloggers wouldn’t be able to understand it.

LawDawg

September 12th, 2012
10:08 am

So, just to be clear (allegedly) beating your girlfriend and driving drunk are considered by the UGA athletic department to be exactly half as serious as smoking weed twice? That is a pretty effed up calculation where Tree and Rambo get twice as much time as Vasser and Commings.

STOP TESTING YOUR OWN PLAYERS, JERKS!! Georgia needs the same law the State of Oregon has, which requires reasonable suspicion for a drug test at a public institution (no random testing).

Bull Dawg

September 12th, 2012
10:08 am

Imagine Ohio State talking to someone about having their tail between their legs??
Do you have no shame?

LawDawg

September 12th, 2012
10:09 am

“I would say the vast majority if not all of the critics of these two guys do not know them personally,”

Gee, really going out on a limb on that one.

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
10:10 am

Twink
People who live in glass houses should keep their shades drawn and STFU…Oh yeah, watch out for Earnest T. Bass…
You alright???

GTBob

September 12th, 2012
10:13 am

I have people quoting me in blogs that I haven’t even written in. Nice.

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
10:19 am

Bull Dawg
Buckeye is just another tech frat-house boy sitting at a library computer who doesn’t know the history of the team he’s hideing behind. Just another numb nut…

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
10:21 am

Bob
Your reputation proceeds you…

AltamahaDawg

September 12th, 2012
10:23 am

As I understand the (alleged) charges, it was inappropriate contact. Pushing to be exact. Originally reported as “hit” but later clarified by eye witnesses. I have not read one account that was categorized as anybody being “beaten”.

And didnt I just read where the University of Oregon just anounced that were going to start randomly testing it’s Student Athletes for drugs?

AltamahaDawg

September 12th, 2012
10:34 am

I claim no inside knowledge, but it seems to me that suspicion has been the case in the recent “failed drug test” cases at UGA. Crowell (and others) included. At least that has been the rumors.

In Rambo’s case, he was pulled over by Law Enforcement, and they found pot in his passengers purse. As I recall, HE self reported that to the university, not that it wasn’t public information at that point. Not sure about the initial deal with Tree, BUT in the latest cases, since they both has prior incidents, hasn’t the reasonable suspicion threshold been met? Wouldn’t you think that they both had agreed to be regularly tested as a condition of staying (in school and on scholarship) now?

Former UGA prof

September 12th, 2012
10:39 am

One of the reasons Adams didn’t get the NCAA crown was because of the arrest record of Georgia football players. Since then, Adams and his puppet AD have been calling the shots. Girlfriend beating is a big no no in Adams world of political correctness. Richt is a desciple of Bobby Bowden in the “boys will be boys” school of management.