Notebook: Commings’ returns at safety, Jarvis sits and Jenkins starts

ATHENS – Georgia put Sanders Commings to work quickly upon his return from a two-game suspension.

A 13-game starter at cornerback last season, the Bulldogs utilized Commings at free safety instead. He played there most of the game Saturday, though he said afterward he did get some snaps at the boundary corner.

“It wasn’t that difficult because I always rep both,” said Commings, who finished with 4 tackles and a pass break-up. “It felt great just to be back out there with the guys. It’s great just to put all that other stuff behind me.”

Outside linebacker Chase Vasser also returned from a two-game suspension and made an impact. The junior compiled 7 tackles and added a forced fumble, 1.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback pressure.

Meanwhile, linebacker Alec Ogletree and free safety Bacarri Rambo, both starters, remained sidelined due to suspensions for the third consecutive week. They’re thought to be serving four-game suspensions but Richt is still not saying.

“I don’t know,” Richt said. “We’ll talk about that next week sometime.”

Jordan Jenkins starts; Jarvis Jones rests

Freshman outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins got the first start of his young career Saturday as the Bulldogs chose to rest Jarvis Jones.

Jones, who received several national defensive player of the week honors after the Missouri game, was limited in practice all week with a groin injury. The All-American was dressed out and probably could have played but Georgia held him out as a precaution.

That gave Jenkins, the highly-touted signee from Harris County, the unexpected opportunity to start.

“It was sort of hinted to me on Thursday,” a 6-foot-3, 257-pound freshman. “But I didn’t want to get my hopes up because I thought it might not happen. But it did and I was definitely glad and surprised and excited. I thank God for it. I know my parents are glad about it. I didn’t tell them so I know they were surprised.”

Jenkins finished with three tackles and a pass break-up.

Upon further review, Lynch gets 1st TD

No one was happier in Georgia’s postgame locker room than tight end Arthur Lynch. The junior from Dartmouth, Mass., caught his first career touchdown pass and it was a doosie.

Lynch hauled in a quick out on the right hash and outran the FAU pursuit to the pylon in the East end zone. He dove at the last minute and was ruled out of bounds. But coach Mark Richt pleaded for an official’s review which was granted. The ruling on the field was overturned an Lynch was awarded with a 36-yard touchdown.

“I honestly never judge the refs’ calls, because they have a better view of it than me,” said Lynch, who finished with 73 yards on three catches. “But I felt pretty confident about it. I knew I got the ball across the plane; I just didn’t know if I’d stepped out of bounds. So it was a relief when they overturned it.”

Lynch said his mother was in town to see it, flying into Atlanta by way of Rhode Island early Saturday morning.

“I saw her at the Dawg Walk and that gave me a sense of security,” Lynch said.

Records aside, Bobo not happy

You’d think a 713-yard, 56-point effort would please an offensive coordinator. But Georgia’s Mike Bobo wasn’t very happy after the Bulldogs’ lopsided win.

“I wish we had taken care of the ball,” said Bobo, who is also quarterbacks coach. “I don’t like the turnovers, I don’t like a pick-six, I don’t like throwing interceptions in the red zone. Those were negatives and we’ve got to continue to build and learn that can cost us some games. But I did like the effort and the way we answered in the first half.”

Malcolm Mitchell plays offense

For the first time all season, Malcolm Mitchell finally got to play some offense, and he made the best of his opportunity. The wide receiver-turned-cornerback hauled in a pass for a 49-yard gain on his only offensive play.

“I still think one of our most explosive players is on defense,” Bobo said. “He got us one play and made it an explosive one.”

Mitchell starred as a flanker last season and had nearly 700 yards receiving. But they needed him on defense because of early-season suspensions in the secondary. Georgia hopes to eventually play the sophomore on both sides of the ball.

Etc. . . .

Senior safety Shawn Williams led the Bulldogs with 12 tackles. He also had a tackle for loss and a pass break-up. . . . Sophomore Amarlo Herrera turned his first career interception into a 35-yard touchdown return. It was Georgia’s first TD return off an interception since Rambo did it against Auburn last season. . . . Nose guard Kwame Geathers blocked an FAU extra point in the second half. Williams blocked one against Tennessee last year. . . .

Left guard Dallas Lee suffered a sprained ankle in the second quarter and did not return. The Bulldogs then moved left tackle Kenarious Gates to Lee’s position and brought in sophomore Mark Beard to play left tackle. . . . Lee is expected to be able to play against Vanderbilt next week. . . . The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 142-63 so far. . . . Georgia is 31-1 in non-conference home games under Richt.


54 comments Add your comment

Eric C.

September 16th, 2012
2:36 am

It was good see Lynch get more involved and he looked pretty good running the ball (except for fumble). It should give Vandy something else to think about at least.

North Ave Trade School Hater

September 16th, 2012
3:27 am

Great to be a Dawg. I agree with Bobo though, and I hope the defense starts faster. Minor quibbling great job.

Inlet Dawg

September 16th, 2012
6:53 am

I hate to say this the we better play better against Vandy or they will come out of there with a win.


September 16th, 2012
7:41 am

Umm, my name to inlet


September 16th, 2012
7:49 am

Sloppy play in the first half. I thought our defense was going to be a “top” defense this year. I hope we really bring it together over the next few weeks or we are going to be sad. This was the 3ed game and it’s time to bring all units together. Look at what FL did this week and look what AL did this week.

Cornelius Washington's Neck Brace

September 16th, 2012
8:04 am

Malcolm Mitchell needs to move back to offense full time.

cleveland ave. dawg

September 16th, 2012
8:27 am

Some people just don’t get it! Our defense IS A ” TOP NOTCH DEFENSE” in college football! We had our All American was given the nite off nursing a injury. Our other All American and All Conference people will be back soon. So once we get everybody back, The Junkyard Dawgs will be in Full Effect. So please folks, stop all the negative BS, we are still right there were we should be! Go Dawgz!!!


September 16th, 2012
8:34 am

Gotta stop giving up big plays.


September 16th, 2012
8:42 am

Go Dawgs! Love Coach Richt!

Y'all Crazy

September 16th, 2012
8:43 am

You know, i read the AJC UGA Sports Page daily. Even in the off season during recruiting all through the summer doldrums. August rolls around and i just about cannot stand it until CFB is here. For some reason though, when i read these news/articles pertaining to UGA i end up migrating down to the comments section. I tell myself not to do it but i do it anyway. I truly believe if UGA did somehow manage to knock down a NC this season or any season in the near future for that matter i would still be able to read the same BS from the so called fans/experts like i read here every day. “Why didnt we do this??” “Why didnt we do that?” “We won 56-20 but it should’ve been 36-0.” 90% of what i read on here is about as ignorantly thought out as someone being completely perplexed and asking how the #2 Team in the country can lose to a team that is barely ranked in the top 25. I do not think that any of you have ever played a minute of organized sports in your lives. Then again maybe you did but were the kids that got put in during the game in pee wee league because everybody has to play and you saw the OS look on your coaches face and you were terrified yourselves as well. These online blogs are the new ‘Daddy’s living his dream through his kids’ of the new millenium. If we falter this year with all the talent we have or any other year down the road and a coaching change is in the works i will surely hope that UGA has the smarts and forward thinking vision for it’s Football Program to cast it’s net in the direction of these blogs. Talk About Wasting Talent, Knowledge, Theory and Vision. Look no further my beloved UGA Bulldogs. The Answers, The Truth and The Wisdom that you seek are Right Here Baby!!

Coach Gene Chessedip

September 16th, 2012
8:53 am

We Won! We stomped ULM, o yea o yea

We Run The East

September 16th, 2012
8:54 am

East is decided October 6th in columbia, SC. Emotion will be high for the SC team- dawgs will probably fold under the pressure. Lattimore will probably get his annuall 175 yds agianst UGA!

We Run The East

September 16th, 2012
8:55 am

Auburn is in deep doo-doo. Pittiful!


September 16th, 2012
8:59 am

Well Defense wins championships, but if your offense isn’t that great it won’t matter. lol

On that note we got a nice stable of RB’s, but it won’t matter teams like Alabama will shut us down big time come SEC Championship time my friend.

Just Saying

September 16th, 2012
9:23 am

What the heck is going on at Auburn? I know they have a new defensive coach, but give me a break. Talk about a coach on the “hotseat”!!!

LHarding Dawg

September 16th, 2012
9:39 am

Good win for the Dawgs to get ready for the upcoming SEC games. Lot of young people got to play and some starters got to rest. Heven forbid if we actually have to depend on LaMay in a game. I’m not sure why the FAU player that grabbed Murrays facemask and almost broke his neck got to remain in the game. Reminded me of something Farely would do. New Auburn chant – Here we go Auburn, 1 and 2.


September 16th, 2012
9:49 am

where was Ramik Wilson?


September 16th, 2012
9:49 am

Anyone know why Ray Drew hasn’t played or hasn’t much at all? Is it cause of lack of ability, or is just down on the depth chart at his position?

dale morphy

September 16th, 2012
9:51 am

Say what you want, this is one of the best UGA teams in years. They are more disciplined in all facets of the game. Special teams are much improved, especially kickoff and punt coverage. I am reserving judgment on the defense until they get into the meat of the SEC schedule. I am still not sold on Bobo’s play calling, but I am pleasantly surprised with offensive line. We will see if this team has the killer instinct to be special, but all the pieces are in place.

P-Cola Dog

September 16th, 2012
9:53 am

yall crazy, I love you!

'94 UGA Alumnus

September 16th, 2012
10:00 am

Dallas Lee did not look good at Left Tackle. We better hope that Lee returns at Left Guard and Gates returns and Left Tackle.


September 16th, 2012
10:25 am

Artie Lynch is a beast! He will no doubt be playing on Sundays, I hope in two years, but it could be next. Bobo and Murray need to use him while they have him. I can’t believe that last night was his first touchdown catch!


September 16th, 2012
10:32 am

We Run The East…..pantywaste Lattimore will be sitting in the pressbox with Shaw and old Ball Chump will be looking for a graceful exit from redneckland columbia in Oct


September 16th, 2012
10:52 am

The race in the SEC East is beginning to look pretty tight. SC and now FL look pretty solid. Bama still appears the class of the league with LSU close behind and then GA and SC, but it’s early yet and we’ll see. Dawgs would seem to be a team only betting better, and as suspended players return they may be a real challenge to the top teams in the West. Fun season!

Game Changer

September 16th, 2012
10:56 am

UGA has not beat a team of relevance, we do not play a team of true relevance, top 30 to 40 or better until South Carolina. Once we play South Carolina nothing anyone projects means much but one thing is for sure — out defensive line has been manhandled “ALOT”, our linebackers have not performed to well ecpt. JONES, our defensive backs are GAWD AWFUL to date.

Why do UGA DEFENSIVE players celebrate every tackle like THUGS, even when it is a long gain or 3rd down successful play for the other team?

[...] Notes: Commings returns at safety, Jones sits, Jenkins starts [...]


September 16th, 2012
11:23 am

@Game Changer we are 3-0 we have beaten everyone on our schedule to this point by 3 or more scores…sorry that doesn’t seem to meet your lofty troll standards..

[...] will get reps there too.  Last night, we held out our 2 starting OLB (Jones, C-Wash) and got a freshman some significant time there.  Jarvis was in his ear all night too, which is only a good thing.  [...]


September 16th, 2012
12:13 pm

Why is everyone freaking out about our defense. We played second and third string guys ALL game long. And still got it done with hardly any first stringers in there at all. Come on, and by the way FSU has played the same amount of crappy teams as we have but we havent hardly had our first string in like they have. Just chill out everyone after Vandy we have everyone back. Congradulations USC :o )

Salty Dawg

September 16th, 2012
12:43 pm

People relax and enjoy the win,we did what we were supposed to do.We went deep into every position and looked pretty damn good doing it.The meat of the schedule is coming and we will get our guys back and will be fine.Murray,the RBs and the offense in general looked fine.Had we been playing Southern Cal last night we would have ran over them and smacked them around soundly.This team is good so quit the whining and enjoy the ride!Good job CMR and CMB!! GO DAWGS!!!


September 16th, 2012
1:05 pm

Commings return wasn’t that impressive. maybe its rust or return jitters but he got beat deep on FAU’s TD pass. Maybe he’s better at corner then safety. Makes you wonder if he’ll be ready for SC and TN receivers.

Resident Georgia Fan

September 16th, 2012
1:30 pm

Even if we win the NC some of you naysayers will not be happy. The only thing that would please you is to hold all opponents scoreless while we run it up into the 50s on everybody. To hear you naysayers gripe tells me you probably have wives and girls who finds ways to score that don’t include you.

Jo Lo sezs

September 16th, 2012
1:39 pm

Y’all Crazy – This is JUST a B L O G…dorko!

Dawg Tired

September 16th, 2012
1:53 pm

RGF – If we win the national championship with this crew, I’ll never post again on any blog dealing with UGA football. A miracle such as that will silence me.

Dawg Tired

September 16th, 2012
1:55 pm

I’ll settle for just covering the line against inept teams like FAU.


September 16th, 2012
2:10 pm

If Richt and Grantham are as smart as we make them out to be, then Amarlo Herrera should be the starter at one of the ILB spots. Christian Robinson and Vasser are solid, but they are not playmakers. Herrera is a beast and an intimidator, exactly what you need on the inside of a 3-4. Every time he plays, he has a game-changing moment. But CMR likes choir boys, solid, but nothing spectacular. That’s why this so-called great defense is giving up 20 points a game to a bunch of chumps. I don’t want to hear any crap about “not being excited about the opponent” or “they were looking forward to next week.” Great football players expect greatness from themselves and their coaches put them in positions to perform great. There are simply too many slow starts and lazy actions by this team, especially the last 5 years. I am actually somewhat afraid of this so-called “manageable schedule.”

Destin Dawg

September 16th, 2012
2:36 pm

we are just fine, playing well enough to win by multiple scores, while many players are young and getting experience or sitting.. we’ll get better as schedule gets tougher !! S & C and nutrition is evident in the O Line and 4 th Qtr.. !!Go ALL THE WAY THIS year Dawgs !!

Destin Dawg

September 16th, 2012
2:43 pm

Aubuurn is just AWFUL and will only win 2 or 3 more games this year !!

Destin Dawg

September 16th, 2012
2:44 pm

Auburn sucks for sure !!

ole dawg

September 16th, 2012
3:00 pm

@ slygog… considering that Vasser just came back from a suspension your “choir boy” comment makes absolutely no sense. BTW, Jarvis Jones is a “choir boy” (never been in trouble) and that seems to be working out pretty well!

Isaiah Who

September 16th, 2012
3:08 pm

Enough said.

Destin Dawg

September 16th, 2012
3:10 pm

Notebook from last night : we’re in trouble if Christian LeMay has to play in a Big Game ??!!


September 16th, 2012
3:40 pm

The posters who refer to Georgia as we and then begin to whine and complain and say the first decent team Georgia plays will destroy them are truly pathetic. I’m sure the vast majoritty are texties and bama boy trash that use every bit of creativity to “fool” people by inserint Dawg or Dog etc… into their name.

The few that are sort of Georgia fans seem to be manic depressive or have had so many failures in their personal and professional life that they just expect something bad to happen in every aspect of their existance.

[...] Notebook: Commings returns at safety; Jarvis sinks; Jenkins starts [...]


September 16th, 2012
5:47 pm

Christian Lemay should have seen more playing time before this game- that’s on the coaches. He made a bad read, but he has the ability to get much better. Will see how much he wants to work for it when Brice Ramsey comes to town-

[...] Notebook: Commings returns at safety; Jarvis sits; Jenkins starts [...]

Bernie Matt

September 16th, 2012
6:11 pm

You racist are so predictable it’s funny! If anyone of us comes on here and critiques Murray we’re not real dawg fans, but when a kid who hasn’t seen much action in the last 3 years throws a pick, it’s the end of the world! But Ole Dawg don’t want anyone pointing out the fact that Amarlo is what I said 3 weeks ago (twice the player Vasser is). I sometimes wonder why we keep encouraging our kids to go the State Flagship University!

[...] Notebook: Commings returns at safety; Jarvis sits; Jenkins starts [...]

Just Saying

September 16th, 2012
8:26 pm

What you smokin dude,…


September 16th, 2012
10:18 pm

94 UGA
Dallas Lee did not play left tackle, Mike Beard played there after Gates was moved to left guard for the injured Dallas Lee