Notebook: Georgia’s Cornelius Washington likes ‘a good confrontation’

By RYAN BLACK
Special to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATHENS — While Georgia and Vanderbilt exchanged heated words on the field following last season’s game in Nashville, UGA’s Cornelius Washington was nowhere to be found.

Serving a two-game suspension due to a DUI arrest, he was at home watching on television. A year later, he rues not having been in the middle of the action.

“I like a good confrontation and that seems like one I would have enjoyed being a part of,” the senior outside linebacker said Monday.

Washington also took a different tack than most of his teammates did two weeks ago. Unlike the fallout from Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson’s “old man football” comment — where Georgia refused to fire back — Washington tackled this week’s popular topic head-on.

“I think it’s something we do care about,” he said of the contentious tone of last year’s meeting. “It’s a pride thing. It’s a competitive thing. When somebody comes out and challenges you like that and you have those kinds of things go on, you go through the week with a little edge, a little chip on your shoulder. You go into the game trying to knock somebody’s block off.”

For his part, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin jokingly addressed last year’s face-to-face with Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on Monday, quipping their families “went on vacation together” to Disney World. Franklin went on to praise Grantham and his unit.

“His defense plays hard and flies around,” he said. “They’re passionate about what they do and we’re passionate about what we do. It’s nothing more than that.”

LeMay: ‘No excuse’ for mistakes

Christian LeMay scored his first touchdown as a Bulldog Saturday. The score was the last thing on his mind the rest of the weekend, though.

Instead, a fumble and an interception returned for a touchdown against the backup quarterback dominated his thought process.

“I couldn’t wait to get back out here and get back to work and get that off my mind,” said LeMay, a redshirt freshman. “When you’re trying to be great, the good things are overshadowed by the bad things. When you’re trying to get to that level, you’ve got to make as little mistakes as possible and those were big mistakes I shouldn’t be making at this point in my career. There’s really no excuse for it.”

Following the interception, LeMay was pulled on the next drive in favor of Parker Welch. Though he admitted “you never want to get yanked,” he understood why the decision was made.

He also understands he has to redeem himself in the eyes of the people determining his playing time.

“The coaches don’t trust you as much, so you’ve just got to go back to work and earn their trust back,” he said.

Injury report

Jarvis Jones (groin) was limited in practice on Monday, but was not listed as “no-contact.” Fellow linebackers Josh Dawson (shoulder sprain) and Washington (hamstring) joined Jones, listed in a “limited” capacity. On offense, wide receiver Rantavious Wooten was limited due to a knee contusion while offensive lineman Watt Dantzler continues to battle an ankle sprain, which precluded him from taking part in contact drills.

170 comments Add your comment

Colorado Dawg

September 18th, 2012
2:51 am

First. Thanks for the informative updates, Chip!

Nate the Great

September 18th, 2012
5:21 am

I hope they figure out how to practice with that little extra edge every week for the rest of the season. I think a lot of the defensive woes will be taken care of with the return of Ogletree. He’s a bigger game changer than anyone except Jarvis on defense.

Gooooooo Dawgs!!!!

Bitter dawgs fan

September 18th, 2012
5:27 am

2nd troll—-coofee, donut, and chips update

dont get any better—-uh—-wake up girl—-hahahah

Biff Pocoroba

September 18th, 2012
6:18 am

Story on the front page today says that UGA is being forced to eliminate 130 jobs. At least we were able to get the football staff pay increases before we had to cut professors.

Simpson

September 18th, 2012
6:53 am

need Dantzler back. Hope that one doesn’t drag on too long.

UGA PROF

September 18th, 2012
6:59 am

Biff – UGA’s athletic department does not rely on state funds. This makes the athletic department immune from the budget cuts passed down by the legislature, unlike the rest of the university. Don’t hate. Football makes a ton of money for UGA and the economic impact for the university, Athens and Georgia is tremendous.

Destin Dawg

September 18th, 2012
7:06 am

I was expecting better play from LeMay…. we need a backup… might need Hutson Mason ??? Go Dawgs !!

Spike

September 18th, 2012
7:21 am

Beat Vandy like a rented mule.

Craig

September 18th, 2012
7:23 am

ok…..STOP WITH ANY SMACK TALK- JUST GO OUT AND PLAY. WE ARE 3-0……DONT GET TO FULL OF YOURSELVES AND BLOW THIS GAME

poopdawg

September 18th, 2012
7:25 am

I wouldn’t read too much into Lemay’s play last week. He is playing 2nd team but getting 3rd team reps. I thought he played well against Buffalo.

obamaSINLADEN

September 18th, 2012
8:01 am

the press are the instigators. always. they instigate by bringing up “last years” dust up w jf/tg. they wont leave color out of any article that can be used for or against an individual or business. and this rag is full of whinny ass liberal titty suckers who do not have a clue aout anything at all. just get the w junkyard dogs!

mark

September 18th, 2012
8:01 am

Really like LeMay’s attitude and taking accountability. He knows to fix things he has to work harder and stay focused. I think he is a great athlete and will be a huge factor down the road. Go Dawgs.

Warner Robins DAWG

September 18th, 2012
8:05 am

I like a good confrontation myself. It makes it easier to get up for the game!! Don’t take Vandy lightly, they’re playing good ball, so come out and smack ‘em in the mouth that first quarter!!! GATA

mark

September 18th, 2012
8:05 am

@Destin Dawg….You obviously have never played a down outside of your back yard.

kingdaddy

September 18th, 2012
8:07 am

Chip
Good info. Keep an eye on Watts. I know high ankle sprains are tough to heal and can “linger” for the entire year. Is our Oline cursed??

kingdaddy

September 18th, 2012
8:20 am

I think LeMay will be outstanding. All he needs is to stay in a while and get a rhythm going and then his natural instincts will take over his nerves. He is uber-talented folks. He is like an “over-wound” watch ,just a little too tight. If Aaron got hurt, I believe Christain would settle-in and make us proud. Leave Hutson to his red-shirt. We don’t have a QB controversy…

GeoffDawg

September 18th, 2012
8:25 am

Biff, you’re an idiot and apparently love to display your ignorance of how the athletic budget is funded.

GeoffDawg

September 18th, 2012
8:27 am

You MADD bro?

Really??

September 18th, 2012
8:32 am

So I guess the majority of college kids are habitual drunks and lowlifes then huh? These are kids you’re talking about. ALL kids make mistakes, not just the ones CMR recruits. Dope addicts? A little strong don’t you think? Miserable people!! Enjoy you horrible life.

kingdaddy

September 18th, 2012
8:45 am

Don’t get MADD, GET GONE…

kingdaddy

September 18th, 2012
8:47 am

MADD
Your schoolbus is waiting on you. Hurry or you’ll tardy for school…

McDawg

September 18th, 2012
8:50 am

my concerns with Dantzler appear to be correct

Top Row Dawg

September 18th, 2012
8:54 am

Mark Richt has lost control of the Falcons and Michael Turner.

UGA07

September 18th, 2012
8:58 am

Lemay has the potential just needs to stay accountable and stay focused.

Dawg Tired

September 18th, 2012
9:00 am

LeMay may be great or he may not. However, it’s hard to make a judgment based on very limited opportunities. He needs more playing time to get his feet under him. Practice never is enough when trying to develop players. They need to be in game situations and be given the opportunity to perform under that pressure. Look at the Florida QB. He has improved tremendously in just two games as a starter. You can see his confidence level grow during the game.

dawgfan

September 18th, 2012
9:08 am

We didn’t have any semblance of a running game last year against Vandy. In true Bobo form, it was all on Aaron Murray. We’d struggle against Grayson High School playing like that. The guy that had the most carries against Vandy last year is now playing special teams. This year we at least have some talented running backs to take the load off, although Bobo undoubtedly remains clueless on how to properly use them. I think we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg on Gurley and Marshall. We’re not the same team. They’re the same old Vandy. This one should get ugly if we play to our potential. Key word SHOULD.

Thanks.

DawginLex

September 18th, 2012
9:08 am

Michael Turner DUI is clearly Mike Bobo’s fault………..

Paddy

September 18th, 2012
9:09 am

Biff……….Ooop’s

fghdss

September 18th, 2012
9:13 am

“Corn” is your typical South Augusta idiot who continually opens his mouth and proves people right.

STFU Corn. Jeez. It’s been three games… Where have YOU been????? Crickets. Shut up and play ball.

bob horner

September 18th, 2012
9:13 am

Biff – you shameless hussy. Please tell me you are smart enough to realize that coaches salaries are not paid by student tuition. Also please tell me that you’ve paid enough attention to recall that the UGA athletic association has made millions of dollars of donations to the University’s academic programs in recent years.

GeoffDawg

September 18th, 2012
9:28 am

Mark Richt has clearly lost control of the the unemployment rate and the lethargic job market.

AltamahaDawg

September 18th, 2012
9:35 am

Lemay looked ok running the offence when that was was what he was doing. When they throttled him back to burn out the clock, he forced a couple of plays to make something happen with his time running out…and that’s what happens.

I think the coaches need to do a better job making him understand that situation.

AltamahaDawg

September 18th, 2012
9:37 am

Why do you say Bobo has been clueless in how to use our RBs this year? examples?

7576DAWG

September 18th, 2012
9:37 am

Biff
If you had stated your concerns in the form of a question so you could learn about budgets , state funding and the athletic department connections, if any, you might not come across as someone who ” opens mouth and inserts foot ” quite as much.
Until we learn about things with all of it’s details everybody is ignorant on the subject. But when you open your mouth with an opinion before you know anything about the subject it move from you being ignorant to something else.

NC_Dawg

September 18th, 2012
9:51 am

Washington needs to keep his mouth shut and just play football. He needs to listen to his coaches and focus on this years game, not last years.

This is the same guy that took to Facebook to bash UGA fans after his buddy Crowell was kicked off the team.

Shut up and play football and enjoy your free education!

dawgfan

September 18th, 2012
9:51 am

“Why do you say Bobo has been clueless in how to use our RBs this year? examples?”

Missouri game. 10 carries for Gurley. They couldn’t tackle him and had no answer for his talent. 10 CARRIES. Even if it was just some boring 2 or 3 yard run, which Bobo apparently thinks is a mortal sin, he knocked somebodies’ azz in the dirt and made them wish they were never born. That has a funny way of demoralizing a defense. Meanwhile, our defense is sucking wind because the offense can’t stay on the field. It was classic Mike Bobo football. Thank God we have guys like Jarvis Jones to bail him out. I hope it keeps up but I have my doubts.

TallaDawg

September 18th, 2012
9:53 am

I was quite pleased with LeMay on saturday night. Yeah, he made mistakes, but that was his first extended action in a few years. And, he was running real plays not just straight hand-offs up the middle. A QB has to learn to deal with mistakes and continue to perform. He showed ALOT of talent, mentally and physically. His performance really has me feeling much better about being able to keep the red-shirt on Mason for this entire year.

AltamahaDawg

September 18th, 2012
10:10 am

Wow! where to start? 90% of that post was pure hyperbole, so I’ll just say.

The fact is Bobo has done a good job rotating our back, and most folks can clearly see that. You just aren’t looking at it objectively.

FWIW, take out Gurley big run late in the game and he had about a 2 yrd average. Ken Malcome actually had a much better game in terms of solid, “boring,” move the pile, rushing attempt. Something I believe Coach Bobo likes. “thinks is a mortal sin” is completely silly and without any merit.

Ken Malcome is also much more mature physically. Keith Marshall offers plenty, and needs reps. Todd Gurley is a freshman who has been training for the rigors of college football for a couple of months. Why you would want to take our most promising star at RB and ensure he doesn’t make the 7th game in his first year is beyond me.

Good Job Coach Bobo.

Taco Meat

September 18th, 2012
10:13 am

I see nothing wrong with Washington’s comments. He can smack talk all he wants as long as he backs it up. That’s what’s wrong with the UGA fanbase… we sit back and pray for the team to win every week. How about some trash talk and hitting the field on Saturday and kicking some a$$!?! We need more fire in the fanbase. The walking on egg shells before gameday is pathetic. These are competitive athletes. Let them talk and motivate themselves all they want!

Preacher Dawg

September 18th, 2012
10:15 am

Like the 2nd half team we’ve become, Like the finish….with what Stacy did to us last year…can’t wait till the 2nd half to start. I believe we will have a complete game Sat. I am a little surprised that the Offense pulled together quicker than our D. GOOOOOOOOOOOOO Dawgs!!!

LeMay was VERY RUSTY

September 18th, 2012
10:15 am

C. LeMay was just awful. He has not played football since his junior year of HS. He needs 2 more years of back up work. To run LeMay as the # 2 QB is trouble. Huton Mason IS A SEC caliber QB and he set passing records while at Lassiter playing BIG BOY AAAAA ball. LeMay played in NC, which is very questionable, for long time UGA QB observers, with Jamie Harris and Jumping Joe Cox and now …………..Christian LeMay.

If Murray goes down and with LeMay has awful as he is, UGA may not win a game down the stretch, if we call on him. I was badly disappointed in LeMay.

Go Dogs
UGA class of 71 & 73

ARdawg

September 18th, 2012
10:19 am

dawgfan

I’m not convinced Gurley is ready for 30 totes a game or that he even wants to. Georgia has a luxury now we’ve haven’t had in a number of years. That is running back by committee and ability to deliver a bruising running attack with constant and consistent fresh legs.

No doubt Gurley has the ability to carry it that much but, it doesn’t make sense when he doesn’t have to. Marshall is going to be a great one. He just didn’t develop as early. Malcome is always good for a few yards.

Nobody has been a louder critic of Bobo in the last 5 years than I. I’ve got to say, I’ve seen nothing wrong with the offensive production or performance this year. He’s keeping it mixed up and balanced. Sure there has been execution and other mistakes but those should clean up with more experience as the year wears on. So far Bobo has been doing a fantastic job

Lakedawg

September 18th, 2012
10:21 am

Guess it’s Bobo’s fault we are averaging 47 points per game and 517 yards?

Dawgfan – what would your suggestion for improvement be? Talk about clueless!

Running back by committee

September 18th, 2012
10:23 am

I too buy into my man Ken ( BOO) Malcome being a top notch, SEC running back. For the SEC, he IS READy to pound it up the middle, which is his style. If he keeps pounding it, one of them will break for a 25 yd run. He is excellent.

I also love the idea of rotating fresh backs in and out. Yes sir, LSU and Bama do that and they know HOW to win BIG. We need to get Keith Marshall to bust one nice long one outside for 45 yards and allow Ken to bust it up the middle and then boom, there goes Todd Gurley. I like this.

Those of you that do not like this 3 or 4 back plan, think back to the end of 2011, when all we had was Harton and Karumpolis and Carlton Thomas, averaging 1 yard per carry. Please. NO dispresepct intended to Karumpolis or Harton.

Now UGA has a stable of blue blood running backs for the first time in a long while. Let us keep them FRESH !!!

Goooooooooooooooooooooo Dawgs!!

kingdaddy

September 18th, 2012
10:28 am

Corn didn’t say sheet. UGAs defense is going to be pumped sky-high. Almost as high as Spurrier’s opinion of himself. I expect to see a couple of Franklin fits during the game. I doubt he will want to go anywhere with Grantham after the game, lol…

Chip Towers

September 18th, 2012
10:29 am

“MADD” is gone forever

dawgfan

September 18th, 2012
10:29 am

“I’ve seen nothing wrong with the offensive production or performance this year.”

You also haven’t seen us play somebody like Bama, LSU, South Carolina or Florida. We’ll see if Bobo is so brilliant in those games. His track record in that department is less than stellar.

I’m sorry if I’m not getting all excited over flashy stats against Buffalo, Missouri and Florida Atlantic. We’ve seen this sort of thing before. We lit up the score board against New Mexico State last year. I remember a game against Troy a few years ago where the record book was re-written. Big hairy freaking deal people. Unfortunately, we don’t play in the Sun Belt. If we did I’d be more the comfortable with Mike Bobo as our offensive coordinator. He’d be among his peers.

Thanks.

AltamahaDawg

September 18th, 2012
10:31 am

I’m not thrilled about the idea of Lemay having to come in for real action that matters. (although I am not sure that woudl be the plan anyway) but I do wonder if he had the full compliment of the first team offence, and not expected to “win” in on his own, if he wouldnt be ok.

As far as looking awful on the whole: he came in and drove it down for a TD, and looked pretty good on the drive. Then He made a poor throw that ended that drive before it started. Then he came back in and was told to eat it 3 times. Not sure awful, is fair.

TY

September 18th, 2012
10:33 am

It would be better if you used one back exclusively in the fourth quarter to be fresh while the defense has been on the field all day….Freshness vs Fatigue equals wins.

dawgfan

September 18th, 2012
10:34 am

“Dawgfan – what would your suggestion for improvement be?”

A “run first” attitude instead of a “run to keep them honest” attitude. A commitment to a physical running game. Fewer down field bombs and more runs between the tackles. Fewer dumb throws by our quarterbacks. You see, when your QB is throwing the ball 30-40 times per game like Bobo loves to do, you’re going to have more interceptions. Its just statistics and math. You don’t have to be a coach to figure that one out.

Thanks for reading.