Notebook: Bulldogs mulling over possible redshirt for WR Blake Tibbs

ATHENS — At this point it’s becoming clear what freshmen are going to play for the Bulldogs this year. The only real mystery is Blake Tibbs.

The speedy wide receiver from Lithonia’s M.L. King High hasn’t played so far. But Georgia’s coaches discussed the redshirt equation on Wednesday and they haven’t ruled out Tibbs contributing just yet.

“He’s one guy who hasn’t played a snap yet, but before it’s over, he might and he might not,” Richt said. “It’s a little similar to Chris Conley last year.”

Conley did not play in the first three games last season but was activated after injuries sidelined Marlon Brown, Rantavious Wooten and Malcolm Mitchell. He ended up playing in all 11 remaining games and finished with 16 catches and 2 TDs.

“We realized we’re not going to make it through the season without playing this kid,” Richt said. “And we’re glad we did because he made a lot of plays for us. [Tibbs is] a guy who could end up playing.”

Of the 16 freshmen Georgia brought in, only quarterback Faton Bauta, offensive lineman Greg Pyke, defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor and Tibbs haven’t played so far.

Offensive snaps possible for Mitchell

Georgia would love to be playing Malcolm Mitchell on offense. It’s just that injuries keep getting in the way.

The Bulldogs had big plans for potential two-way star this season. But an ankle injury in the Thursday walk-through sidelined the starting cornerback for the opener and his availability was in question the week before the Missouri.

Now as Georgia prepares for Florida Atlantic on Saturday, Richt said there’s a chance Mitchell could play some offense.

“I’d like to see him get a couple of snaps, anyway,” he said. “If he had been healthier from the very beginning he’d probably be getting a few more reps offensively. . . . It’s just been difficult to do. Yesterday he got only scout-team work, so it’s just kind of tough to do it. And I don’t want to use him on offense until he’s really feeling great.”

Mitchell is banged up again this week. He’s being held out of contact with an ankle sprain and shoulder contusion. But he has continued to practice and is expected to play on Saturday.

Jones awash in accolades

After his performance against Missouri on Saturday — nine tackles, five pressures, two sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception — Jarvis Jones has been inundated with postgame awards. In addition to being named the Chevrolet player of the game and being named SEC defensive player of the week, Jones was named national player of the week by the Walter Camp, Chuck Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski awards. Jones was asked if he physically received something from all those bodies.

“I haven’t gotten anything yet,” he quipped. “But I’ve gotten a lot of pats on the back. The UGA student body and the Bulldog Nation has shown a lot of love, as well as my teammates and the people around here. But I’m just thankful for all of it.”

Balanced Bulldogs

Georgia has been the epitome of a balanced offense so far. In the first two games, the Bulldogs have ran the football 74 times and passed it 62 — including a perfect 35 runs and 35 passes in Saturday’s 41-20 win over Missouri. But that’s not exactly what they’re trying to achieve.

“It doesn’t matter to us,” Richt said. “We have to do whatever we think we can do best on any given day. There will be teams that will totally pack the box and say we’re going to play one-on-one out here, are you good enough to throw and catch and we’ll have to prove that we are. There will be other times that we’ll play two safeties and they’re going to say are you strong enough to run against our front seven and we’ll have to prove that we are.

“That’s what I think of when I think in terms of balance. To me it means we can do what we need to do to win.”

Etc. . . .

Richt was asked whether junior fullback Zander Ogletree is also suspended: “Zander didn’t travel, but we only take so many fullbacks.” The Bulldogs had Merritt Hall, Richard Samuel, Quayvon Hicks and walk-on Corey Campbell in Missouri. . . . Offensive lineman Watts Dantzler (high-ankle sprain) sat out practice again on Wednesday. Several other players were held out of contact but were able to practice, including All-American outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (groin, shoulder), nose guard John Jenkins (shoulder), cornerback Damian Swann (knee) and outside linebacker Cornelius Washington (hamstring). . . . Ron Courson, Georgia’s director of sports medicine, conducted a seminar on concussions on Wednesday.… Nose guard Jenkins said the injury that required him to be helped off the field Saturday night was his big toe. “It got stepped on,” the 355-pound senior said. “I was in pain, man. It hurt like crazy. But we just iced it down, and I’ll be fine.” . . . The FAU game is a sellout with 92,746 tickets sold. Georgia’s opener against Buffalo was 300 short of a sellout.

81 comments Add your comment

Tim-Buck-Two

September 12th, 2012
9:13 pm

GO DAWGS!!

GATA!!

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
9:22 pm

Great article Chip. You are keeping us in the know…

Ware Dawg

September 12th, 2012
9:34 pm

Thanks Chip!

JB

September 12th, 2012
9:39 pm

I would only play Jarvis a few plays this week, say for sure passing downs and just let him blitz. Keep him out of the run stoppage package and let him heal some……I would love to see some other QB time this week….and Murray taking some bad raps this week for his Bi polar performance. Cowher said he seems to shrink in big games. I agree.

Grantham's The Man!

September 12th, 2012
9:44 pm

It’s about time that Jarvis Jones is getting alot of Heisman Pub.

He led the SEC in Sacks and Tackles for Loss last year ,and is on pace to do it again.

You can’t measure how much he brings to field in stats alone. Jones can take a game over like no other Defensive player in CFB.

Jarvis Jones is a top three Heisman candidate right now, at the very least.

Dawg in Griffin

September 12th, 2012
10:00 pm

Maybe I’m over-worrying, but UGA’s injury report seems to be unusually large each week this year. Most are just minor and lingering; it’s just disconcerting to read about so many guys that are already dinged up. The team is playing well and apparently has a great attitude this year – can’t wait to see the suspended return and the injured healed.

Knox Culpepper

September 12th, 2012
10:15 pm

Hopefully this week will be somewhat of a breather (don’t mention Arkansas) but I just don’t understand why Murray, Jenkins, etc. were still on the field with very little time left and the game no longer in doubt. Two problems immediately jump up. First, the injury factor to starters then getting game-time experience for younger players. It just doesn’t make sense to me. Hopefully, this week will be different.

Dawg in Griffin

September 12th, 2012
10:16 pm

Grantham’s The Man!, – I fully agree with you on Jarvis Jones. Jarvis may not have the flash of certain other defensive players who get the attention, but his performances are far more dominating over the course of a full game. His absence on the field would be much more damaging for UGA than Tyrone Matthieu’s is at LSU. He’s in the mold of David Pollock – he simply can’t be stopped.

Just Saying

September 12th, 2012
10:17 pm

Hey Dawg in Griffin,
We are OK as long as they are minor “acute” injuries. We need to stay away from the big bad ones.

Preacher Dawg

September 12th, 2012
10:24 pm

Got to Love the 4th qtr. stamina shown by this team. Looked like we may have been as strong at the end as we were in the 1st. As stated earlier there is no quit in this team and their preparation both physically and mentally impress so far.

Cornelius Washington's Neck Brace

September 12th, 2012
10:29 pm

We survived Missouri…..now survive Vandy…..beat South Carolina and the road to Atlanta looks good.

JRW7

September 12th, 2012
10:36 pm

If you can only travel with 70 players on the road and the home team has 85 scholarship players available, doesn’t that put the road team at a big depth disadvantage?

JRW7

September 12th, 2012
10:38 pm

We beat mizzou because they ran out of gas

Dawg Haus

September 12th, 2012
10:44 pm

Thanks for the update, Chip! With the way the receivers have been playing so far, it might be a good idea to at least consider redshirting Tibbs. Should someone get injured, he should be the first man to hit the field.

Do you think Jonathan Taylor will redshirt this season? I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do. Looks like a beast!

It’s probably wise to keep Mitchell focused on CB with the occasional snap on offense (worked well for Boykin last year) till Rambo gets back. Commings will be needed at safety.

Jarvis Jones for Heisman!

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
10:46 pm

Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes your the bug…

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
10:50 pm

Haus
I think we should save Mitchell for SC. Don’t let Lil Stevie see him play till gameday in Columbia…

suddensam

September 12th, 2012
11:54 pm

Hey, Chip, why isn’t Conley playing as much this season? Has caught only two balls. He seems well behind the top 3 in the WR rotation and maybe even behind Wooten. He looked great last year, averaged 18 yds per catch.I thought he would be a go-to guy, especially with Mitchell at CB.

funny...

September 12th, 2012
11:55 pm

Especially against FAU, I don’t want to see Georgia do anything that would risk further injury.

Just get through the game with a win.

Let Murray pad his stats, keep Gurley and the D safe for the big SEC push in the next few weeks

Dawg in the Northwoods

September 13th, 2012
12:28 am

@JRW7 Home team @ 85 vs visiting team @ 70

Actually according to the SEC by-laws, the home team can dress as many eligible players as they want; however only 80 may participate. While this is an advantage, the extra 10 players don’t normally factor into a game’s outcome. But it is an advantage that IMHO shouldn’t exist in college football.

BigDawg

September 13th, 2012
1:04 am

Very happy with the team finishing the first two games, a problem in years past! Yes, CTG is the man!! So glad to have him, I am sure Franklin at Vandy is still having nightmares, lol. Jarvis Jones is a blessing to have. The team’s attitude seems great and the road to ATL looks great. Get everyone healthy and off suspensions and continue to grow and improve and I feel very confident we can beat the SEC West representative. The first half against LSU last year was encouraging, but this is a MUCH better TEAM this year! Our time…

Columbus

September 13th, 2012
1:29 am

You are right BigDawg. Our Time. The D will give us a great chance to beat anyone in the SEC Title game. Ogletree is as good as Jarvis in my mind and with Rambo back too and a full season of getting even better, come the end of the year….yeah. Bring it on…

Rationale

September 13th, 2012
3:46 am

The one thing that bugs me the most about this Saturday’s game is the fact that Murray will be allowed to run up his stats.

Dawg in VA

September 13th, 2012
5:42 am

It would be nice to see Lemay and Mason at quarterback more as well as more exposure for Malcome in the backfield. On defense, the Dawgs need to give Ray Drew more time for this game as well as others down on the depth chart. Pull the starters in the 2nd half and let’s let the backup develop because, in the long run, we’re certainly going to need them.

poopdawg

September 13th, 2012
5:45 am

I can hear opposing oc’s talking about their strategy to stop big John Jenkins. Just step on his big toe. lol. GO DAWGS!

The What?

September 13th, 2012
6:18 am

@ Dawg in Va….You will not see Mason at all. He is redshirting unless something happens to Murray.

Bulldawg Rick

September 13th, 2012
6:28 am

Agree, this game should be like an NFL pre-season game. Play the starters & key second stringers the first half. Then the second-stringers & guys that work their tails off as scout team should see the field. Have not heard a definite on Gathers injury, knee, is he OK. Regardless, LeMay needs to get the bulk of the work in the second half.

What else can be said about JJ!?!?!?! Class, team first, stayed in school another season when he’d have been a top 15 pick in the NFL, Dude is a stellar example of a DGD alongside some others, Champ, Pollack, Seymour, just to name a few…

Go Dawgs!!

BobDawg

September 13th, 2012
6:59 am

Don’t start falling in love with our backup QB’s…. Murray stood up to a fierce pass rush all game and we pulled away in the end and the kid is still young…

dmr

September 13th, 2012
7:07 am

GET A LEAD! STEP ON THE GAS! IF IT GETS REALLY COMFORTABLE, PLAY OUR YOUTH! PROTECT THE PLAYERS THAT ARE BANGED UP BECAUSE STARTING WITH VANDY, YOU’RE REALLY GOING TO NEED THEM!

kingdaddy

September 13th, 2012
7:22 am

65-6
LeMay throws for 2, runs for one. King and Brown get 2 each while J.Rome gets his first SEC score. Grantham holds them to 2 FGs. Dawgs hold foot on the floor…

kingdaddy

September 13th, 2012
7:28 am

Gurley should start, but Richard Samuel should get to play till he pukes. He is one of the best team players I can remember in quite some time. A very deserving player who needs to play more than he has so far…

Paddy

September 13th, 2012
7:29 am

Preacher Dawg……..I was waiting for that announcer in Sat game to correct what he said in the first quarter about the Dawgs looking gassed with their hands on their hips and knees. He had to be the only person in America that though the Dawgs were out of shape

rhbDAWG1

September 13th, 2012
7:32 am

Regarding “Missouri ran out of gas” – They did but the BIG difference this year – WE DIDN’T.
Regarding “Don’t do anything to get the starters injured” – Do you really think things like injuries (at any time in any game) can be planned?

kingdaddy

September 13th, 2012
7:38 am

No saint. No class…

reality check

September 13th, 2012
7:43 am

Overconfidence is a terrible thing for a football team. On paper FAU doesn’t have a chance. I think we will win handily but it may be uglier than people like.

On the Dawg report last night DJ Shockley said the Dawgs are actually looking a week ahead to Vanderbilt. When was the last time that happened? I expect that one to be a good old fashioned beat down by the dawgs.

Joey

September 13th, 2012
8:09 am

I just don’t get why Richt/Bobo keep on with the “Mitchell getting some snaps on offense” business. Don’t get it at all.

We have playmakers who aren’t getting the ball as it is – Conley has 2 receptions, Marshall has 1, Wooten has 3, Gurley has 0, our two huge TEs have 1 reception – total. I’d love to see Gurley or Marshall get a swing pass in space, or (God forbid) a screen pass sometime.

Grantham says Mitchell is a shutdown CB. Those guys are rare. Leave him on D.

It ain’t like King and Brown, and the others above can’t bust a play wide open.

JB

September 13th, 2012
8:20 am

Remember reading a quote from Drew’s High school coach that it would be tough to keep him off the field from day one in Athens. We are starting year two and Dawgs doing a good job keeping him off. I guess in fairness, we are starting about 7 or 8 top 3 rounds NFL picks on defense.

jonk

September 13th, 2012
8:23 am

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jonk

September 13th, 2012
8:30 am

Let fresh men play this t i m e

Top Row Dawg

September 13th, 2012
8:33 am

At 65 passing Touchdowns, Aaron Murray is only seven TD passes away from David Greene’s four year record of 72.

All time passing leaders

Colt Brennan Hawaii: 131 touchdown passes (2005-07)
Ty Detmer BYU: 121 (1988-91)
Timmy Chang Hawaii: 117 (2000-04)
Tim Rattay Louisiana Tech: 115 (1997-99)
Danny Wuerffel Florida: 114 (1993-96)
Chad Pennington Marshall: 100 (1997-99)
Matt Leinart USC: 99 (2002-05)
Kliff Kingsbury Texas Tech: 95 (1999-02)
Philip Rivers North Carolina State: 95 (2000-03)
Brady Quinn Notre Dame: 95 (2003-06)

Pad them stats this Saturday Aaron Murray. Florida record for TD passes in game is 7, UGA record is 5 (several times tied).

kingdaddy

September 13th, 2012
8:33 am

Joey
Let’s hit the Saint Mary’s bro. I feel like I’ve paddled half that river.(even though we had a motor, lol…
I’m thinking CMR & CMB are saving alot of plays for Franklin, Dooley & lil stevie. I hope we don’t see Mitchell on offense except for something vanilla until we play in Columbia. We have to beat the “crybaby” this year and we want to have a few new wrinkles that he hasn’t practiced for. Mitchell will get his shot at offense later. Right now, I would like to see Richard Samuel play till he pukes and ask for mercy. Let him play this week and give LeMay and the backups plenty of snaps. Just don’t take it easy on FAU. Don’t plat Watts or Jarvis or any of the players that need to heal-up. Let Jarvis start, but make him sit for the good of the team. We will need him more down the road…

Vince

September 13th, 2012
8:48 am

Knox–You are correct. This coaching staff WILL NOT, for some reason, put in non-starters when the game is way out of reach. They could be getting good game experience. When Theus was hurt in the Buffalo game we were up by 28 with 9 minutes left in the game, and Murray, I think, played every offensive snap—we don’t play real smart sometime.

Joey

September 13th, 2012
8:51 am

It’s my favorite, kingdaddy – very little development. Great fishing as well as scenic.

RedandBlackDAWG

September 13th, 2012
8:58 am

Most likely, the starters will start coming out of the game after the first series of the second half. If you are coaching, you make sure that the 1st team gets some time on the field and you might try out a few things, or iron out a few wrinkles from what was wrong at Missouri, but I doubt they will leave them in long enough to demolish this team, like they did last year to New Mexico State. Of course, this team is a lot more polished than last year, and they know what they can accomplish.

As a general rule, I try and wait until Friday before naming the current Idiot of the WEEK award on these AJC blogs. This week however hands down, nobody will be more stupid, worthless and completely immature than the following Idiot.
Mark Richt is no saint… he’s not even a 3rd rate coach, truth be told .
Congratulations, idiot, now go back over to the Tech. board, find a corner and play with yourself. With the exceptions of a few others, you grade out as a 100 on the idiot scale.

dawgfan

September 13th, 2012
9:02 am

Once again we’re loaded to the brim at wide reciever but an injury or two away from disaster on the offensive line. I just don’t get it. Oh well. Hopefully we can overcome it for once.

Thanks.

I-DOG

September 13th, 2012
9:06 am

The things I’d like to see at Saturday’s game:

1,) Jarvis Jones sit out the game completely. If he has some nagging injuries, giving him some time off will help us for the next stretch of games when we will really need him.

2.) Establish a running game. I think the “balance” is a little deceiving”. Technically, we ran it 35 and passed 35, but we only handed to the running back about 30 and dropped back intending to pass more like 40 against Missouri. I’d like to see the running backs get at least 40 carries on Saturday.

3.) Play Christian Lemay a series in the first half. We desperately need to have a 2nd qb that has had a meaningful snap or two in a game. It won’t hurt Murray’s confidence if you explain it to him before the game. Lemay is coming into the game in the 2nd quarter for one planned series so that we can give him some experience with live action.

4.) Win the game by a big enough margin so that it looks respectable to voters who just see highlights and final scores then get the starters and top 2nd stringers out of the game completely to start the 4th quarter to avoid injury.

These are the things that I’d love to see UGA accomplish in this cupcake game. Some might point to Arkansas getting upset last week. It is very rare that the cupcake wins. The top 25 play 2-3 cupcakes a year, over the last four years that is about 250 cupcake games played. How many upsets? Michigan, AL, and ARK come to mind… but it is VERY rare. Less than half a dozen out of 250 attempts.

Tim D

September 13th, 2012
9:23 am

Hey all you UGA coaching experts! Although I agree there is a certain point you should pull some starters, don’t forget…..These players bust their ass day in and day out TO PLAY! GO DAWGS!

Cheech & Chong

September 13th, 2012
9:25 am

Now whenever you here a player is not playing you think drug test at the colege level. I hope that they just have so much talent that they can afford to red shirt him. Hey Coach the kid from Lassiter is again available would not hurt to stockpile some arms.

KBP

September 13th, 2012
9:34 am

I-Dog, I’ll add one more to your list: Take Gurley off of the kickoff return team. He is clearly more game ready than Marshall and clearly better than Malcome. Too big of an injury risk with him returning kicks, just sayin’.

Glenu

September 13th, 2012
9:42 am

Good to hear from Knox Culpepper- that as one cold Cotton Bowl in ‘84!
Maybe we will get to see something of Christian LeMay saturday-

UGA Insider

September 13th, 2012
9:43 am

Note to UGA staff..

When you are up 21 points…… please take your major starters off the field! We got lucky and I thought Jenkins was really hurt. Thornton is a good player so let him play!

UGA should and will blow out FAU and Vandy by a combined 95-17.

We will be ranked #3 in the nation when an undefeated Rocky Top comes to Athens.