All-American Jarvis Jones still not practicing, availability for Kentucky uncertain

ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt and selected players met with media as usual on Tuesday to preview the No. 13-ranked Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1 SEC) game against Kentucky (1-6, 0-4 SEC) on Saturday in Lexington.

The most pertinent news of the day was that All-America outside linebacker Jarvis Jones still has not practiced. Jones has been out since the South Carolina game with an ankle injury.

“We’re not counting him out yet,” Richt said. “He had been running on a treadmill underwater and did extremely well. We figured when we put him on land, he’d hit the ground running literally, but he wasn’t ready to practice [Monday]. . . .  If he’s healthy enough to play, we want him to play. There’s no thought of holding him out this game so that he’s 100 percent next game.”

Following is more of the commentary from Tuesday’s proceedings:


On preparing for Kentucky

“We have been getting ready the past couple of weeks for Kentucky. We’re looking forward to going to that ballgame. We haven’t had the best of luck out there in Lexington with some very close ballgames. I have a lot of respect for Coach Phillips, and he really does a great job. We also have a lot of respect for what Coach Sanders does offensively. It’s been tough for them going through two or three quarterbacks. I can’t imagine what that would be like. . . . They’ve had a lot of injuries on defense, too, so they’re p[laying a lot of freshmen. . . .Kentucky’s always done a great job on special teams  so we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for that. We know we have a lot of big challenges in that area, as well.”

On defensive miscommunication issues . . .

“I know we’ve given up some big plays off not communicating well in the back and making mistakes and being over-aggressive on play-action fakes. I don’t think there’s been a ton of missed assignments offensively, but when you do have negative yardage plays, a lot of times it is a guy turning someone free rather than getting whipped. But I don’t want to talk about South Carolina anymore. They beat us soundly and congratulations to them, but we’ve moved forward. Every game you’ll have miscommunications, and we’re not going to sit here and make excuses other than that we didn’t do a good job and we have to get better.”

On quarterback Aaron Murray handling the news regarding his father’s health . . .

“Sometimes you just have to take off and forget about football, and that was one of those times. I think the family had some news before they told him, and they knew he’d have some time to come see family after the operation. As far as the timing, it was something they could time out in the open date, being a sports family like they are.”

On the experience that the offensive line gained against South Carolina . . .

“Anytime you play a game and you don’t have the success that you hope for, especially when we were rolling right along with running the ball and protecting well enough to put some good numbers up offensively, it’s disappointing. Then they (the offensive line) ran into a greater challenge and didn’t have as much success, so they had to look in the mirror, and they realize they still have a ways to go and need to get better. After a rough day, most guys want to come back and prove that they’re better than what they showed in the last one.”

On the play of left tackle Kenarious Gates . . .

“He’s done pretty well. We think he’s our best left tackle right now, no doubt about that. I think he’s done a good job. I don’t know (if he’ll stay at left tackle next year), so I wouldn’t say that he has nailed it down for the rest of his career.”

On the play of DT Garrison Smith . . .

“He’s done well for us. He’s been very productive and pretty stout against the run. He’s had some quarterback pressures, and we think he’s an SEC-caliber defensive lineman and we like what he’s doing for us. I think he’ll just keep getting more and more playing time as he goes.”

On  moving forward after the South Carolina game…

“We need to beat Kentucky right now. That’s really all I’m worried about right now, and then the next week we’ll worry about that game. We’re a pretty good team, and we thought we could beat anyone we play when the season began, so that hasn’t changed.”

On sympathizing with Kentucky's plight . . .

“Well people have asked me those types of questions before, and especially last season when we go 0-2, so I think somebody addressed that question in regard to me and how we’re doing at Georgia. My answer was that I don’t expect anybody to feel sorry for me. I expect everybody to hook it up and play the very best that they can play. I expect everybody to watch film and get the best plan possible and try to exploit whatever can then be exploited and play 60 minutes as hard and as fast as you can play against anybody you play. So I’m sure that’s how all of the coaches feel in the league.”

On the play of John Jenkins throughout this season and his career . . .

“Considering that he’s only been here less than two years and he was a junior college kid that came in for the purpose of trying to make us more stout up front in this 3-4 scheme, I think he’s done very well. He was very productive in the last ballgame, and he’s been difficult to move out of there. He’s put some pressure on the quarterback, and not so much with sacks, but with pushing lineman up in the face and he’s been stout against the run. I think he’s done very well, and he’s been a great team guy. He’s a pleasant guy that shows up every day with a good attitude, and he’s fun to coach.”

On Josh Harvey-Clemons being named a captain for this game …

"He’s on three of our special teams, and every team that he was on, each coach felt like he played exceptionally well last ballgame, so he won the honor of being special teams captain for this game. It just doesn’t happen very often that a true freshman becomes a captain, whether it’s offense, defense, or special teams, but he’s got a lot of ability. He’s a great example of a very talented guy that just needs more reps on defense for the coaches to get comfortable playing him on defense on a consistent basis. But when he does, and you add another year’s worth of muscle and conditioning and knowledge, he’s going to be a heck of a football player. But if we threw him out there right now it would be tough on him, no matter how talented he is. That’s kind of what Kentucky’s been through a little bit. They’ve thrown some guys in there faster than they probably would like to do.”

On the play of Malcolm Mitchell this season…

“Malcolm is playing more offense obviously, and getting more opportunities. He’s still getting more reps defensively. Today the majority of his practice will be defense, although he will get some offensive snaps today. Certain things are being installed, and we want to keep him up to speed offensively in case we have some issues with injuries because we don’t want to throw a brand new freshman in there. He’s very good on the kickoff return, although we think (Todd) Gurley is pretty good, too. Gurley can do it, as well, but Malcolm will start the game there.”

On punt returns…

“Rhett (McGowan) and Malcolm (Mitchell) have been getting the work at punt returns, but Rhett will start there.”


On Kentucky’s young team secondary . . .

“Their young players are talented and capable of making plays, but experience is big in SEC games. The more experience you have, the more comfortable you feel out there. We just need to be ready for whoever they put out there. We know they’ll be ready defensively, so we need to make sure we’re hitting on all cylinders.”

On the bye week . . .

“Obviously it’s great to have the bye week to get your body feeling better, but I kind of wish we had a game this past week just to get the bad taste out of our mouth [from the South Carolina loss]. We tried not to be sitting around thinking about it for two weeks – we put that game behind us and we know this is an extremely important stretch for us if we want to reach our goals. We need to win our next six games.”


On Kentucky’s young defense …

“I feel like from playing in this league for a few years our team knows what to expect in these games and has the experience. It’s tough for a freshman at any position to step in there, but Kentucky’s players are doing it so we’ll see on Saturday.”

On absence of split end Michael Bennett . . .

“We didn’t get a good chance to see how much we miss him vs. South Carolina because it wasn’t a big passing day for us overall. I think we’ll be fine as receivers – we’ve got guys with a lot of experience. Me, Malcolm [Mitchell], Tavarres [King], [Rantavious] Wooten, we’ve all got experience.”

On playing on the road again …

“Playing on the road in the SEC is always tough. We’ll need to keep focused and we’ll be alright.”


On moving forward after the bye-week . . .

“We’re ready to move forward. The off week provided us with an opportunity to improve on a lot of things and a lot of people have been working to get better. We’re just ready to work hard.”

On having the full defense back . . .

“We should never have had excuses for anything, no matter who was in or who was out. We’re ready to get back to the top defensive form we were in last year.”


On moving forward after the bye-week …

“I think we should perform a lot better moving forward than we have up to this point. I think we could have been doing that a long time ago, but when we sat down as a defense Coach Grantham pointed out on film that if we just need to do our job. That’s where we’ve been messing up, guys have been trying to do too much or they haven’t been doing the right thing at the right time and that’s where we’ve lost games.”

On executing assignments on defense …

“I think we all know what we have to do and how to do it, I think the problem comes in actually going out there and doing it. That’s what we haven’t done and if we can fix that then we will win and we will win big.”

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martin the calvinist

October 16th, 2012
3:00 pm

martin the calvinist

October 16th, 2012
3:00 pm

yeah baby! and Go Dawgs!

martin the calvinist

October 16th, 2012
3:02 pm

I was telling a guy at work, I would be very worried about this team if it is a nailbiter after 4 qtrs. We need to beat them soundly and get some second and third stringers into the game…..

Under The Bleachers

October 16th, 2012
3:19 pm

UGA is playing Kentucky, by far the worst team in the League. UGA could line up with a dozen walk on players and beat UK. Keep the Jones out until you really need him. This is a practice game after a bye week. The OL should look to better play, line up run it down their throats and get some confidence back before the UF game. The defensive should just play base defense and they can stop UK dead in their tracks.

As for Jones, this injury is why some student athletes leave early. This type of injury can linger for months and if he tweaks it prior to the Workouts for the NFL it only hurts him.

Under The Bleachers

October 16th, 2012
3:21 pm

By the way, it is apparent too many of the UGA defensive players read their press clippings and have played recently like all they have to do is show up. This defensive unit should have been a top 5 defense but as of today they are somewhere in mid pack level and that does not win SEC or BCS championships.

Inlet Dawg

October 16th, 2012
3:24 pm

I like what my players have to say,let UK have basketball let’s go and show them we are a football school.

bill arp

October 16th, 2012
3:29 pm

I wish someone would ask Coach Richt what happened to the screen pass? I think it’s been 2 years or more since we’ve ran one. Only if AM weren’t so short, I guess.


October 16th, 2012
3:30 pm

Go Dawgs! We HAVE to win out. And I can’t handle losing this weekend or especially to the lizards.

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Tony BarnFart

October 16th, 2012
3:51 pm

put houston mason in at qb, i think he deserves to start against skentucky

Tony BarnFart

October 16th, 2012
3:56 pm

i want to see the football team go gangnem styles


October 16th, 2012
4:08 pm

Patrick Towles did not practice today so he is out

Morgan Newton and Jalen Whitlow are the QB’s

They should not score a point

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2012
4:12 pm

Wish the media would start asking Richt on when he plans on beating good teams again

Maybe he will get tired of it; man up and then start earning his OVERPAID salary


October 16th, 2012
4:23 pm

At least KY ain’t resorting to “4 tix, 4 hot dogs, 4 Cokes” – yet. Others have gone back to that – for a conference game, no less.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2012
4:26 pm

Wish they would ask Richt when is Dream Team I and II going to beat every SEC East team in the same year


October 16th, 2012
4:42 pm

The un-remembered someone who stated soon after the SC debacle that Jarvis must have been hurt, thus rendering him ineffective, was spot on.

Bad Dawg

October 16th, 2012
4:47 pm

Transcript from this week’s coaches meeting w/ CMR, CMB, CTG:

CMR: Wow, I’m super excited to be back. Had an awesome week off; caught up on my sleep and got my Xanax prescription renewed! Had a very nice vigil over at the house of local townsfolk showing their support with torches and pitchforks. Stayed all night chanting stuff. Just an incredible show of support.
CMB: Support? Did you feel threatened?
CMR: Gosh no. Apparently they thought we’d lost 4-5 games. I reminded them it was just one eencey-teensey loss and that we planned to compete during the off week. They all just eventually left…well actually, a couple of folks yelled so much they spontaneously combusted-but that was kinda cool.
CMB: This week we are playing KY and since it isn’t a big game, we should roll-up 500 yards and 50 points. No real gameplan-just let talent do its thing.
CMR: I love it! Truly cutting edge football. No coaching, just let the Big Dawg Eat! Well, enough about the offense, what about you big fella? What’s with the nametag?
CTG: It says, “Hi, My name is Todd”. All the players are wearing them this week. I thought heck, with all the suspensions we should re-introduce ourselves.
CMR: But the suspensions were over a few games ago.
CTG: Well, I need to keep the theme alive. No other explanation for having one of the worst Ds in the SEC.
CMR: Agreed, but gosh darn it, we were so close against USC! If BR picks that first pass, we probably win by 4 TDs.
CTG: Huh? Ah, er, yeah, OK.
CMR: Great stuff guys! You are the best! I’ll see you in Lexington. I’m going up early as I’ve heard that one of the horse farms has actual Unicorns! Been chasing those my whole life! See you on the sidelines!


October 16th, 2012
4:48 pm

With all the speedy recievers and defensive backs are we seriously saying Rhett McGown is our BEST option to return punts?

CMR, you are losing me sir.

Under The Bleachers

October 16th, 2012
4:48 pm

UGA fans should be thankful that Dooley is not pulling a Dye, going on National Radio shows and telling everyone that UGA will not win another SEC game this year or until they get a real quarterback and solve some internal issues within the coaching staff.


October 16th, 2012
4:50 pm

For all you negative ugly folks, your personal misery is your just reward. Achieve something yourself. Football is for fun.

LHarding Dawg

October 16th, 2012
4:54 pm

I hate it for Jarvis if he can’t play. He’s a great player that we are going to need in every game.

Steve Sleek

October 16th, 2012
5:10 pm

I wish “Flat Tire on I 95 in Jax”
, would fix his tire and drive ino the ocean.

Two to the shoe

October 16th, 2012
5:14 pm

This game is irrelevant. In fact, in my mind, the only game I care about is the party in Jax. Our whole season rests on that game and that game only. Beat a top 5 FLA team and then we can continue the conversation. Until then, we haven’t done anything worth talking about.


October 16th, 2012
5:38 pm

A football coach is supposed to motivate his players to do their best. Thus motivated, they do their best. For the team. To raise up the team. To depend on each other. For the team.
Never saw such an unmotivated group of players wearing the ‘G’ as in Columbia. Not motivated by the coach.
Who has tried to hire away CMR or Bobo? Seriously. Who, when?
Looks like the NFL draft has replaced the SEC/National Championship as the prize being eyed.
No motivation. What we got here is a failure to commit.

Gman 84

October 16th, 2012
5:45 pm

The most telling moment in Columbia was when CMR had his pep talk at the start of the 4th quarter and the stomping continued unabated. Herby and Fussburger got a huge laugh out of that and correctly noted that the team has tuned out CMR.


October 16th, 2012
5:52 pm

You could put up a cardboard cut-out of CMR at these pressers, pull the string, and hear the same blah,blah, blah every week. Come to think of it, you could do it during games too.


October 16th, 2012
5:55 pm

This lousy schedule could be a factor. We’ve known all year that the SC and FL games were our only 2 tests. The team has been able to coast along on talent alone. I’ll be glad when we start mixing the tougher Western teams in. Right now our players don’t respect UK, but will think they’re world beaters Saturday night heading into Jax. Then we’ll see if they can respond to a real test.


October 16th, 2012
5:57 pm

Whose groin doesn’t hurt after the USC game?

joe jenkins

October 16th, 2012
5:58 pm

bad dawg has the right story…..we barely will beat kent…probably by a field goal……I wonder when our defense filled future nfl talent will start to play defense…geez


October 16th, 2012
6:09 pm

Every game is important to me…


October 16th, 2012
6:11 pm

well all these nfl coaches and x sec starters on this blog has depressed me so much i think i will just get drunk. i have never seen so many people know so much that don’t no a daggone thing…

joe jenkins

October 16th, 2012
6:23 pm

why does richt have rhett mcgowan back at punt returner….when we have so much other talent on the team?… just wow


October 16th, 2012
7:01 pm

fair catches, of course.

Here we Go

October 16th, 2012
7:34 pm

I like CMR comment”I expect everybody to hook it up and play the very best that they can play. I expect everybody to watch film and get the best plan possible and try to exploit whatever can then be exploited and play 60 minutes as hard and as fast as you can play against anybody you play. So I’m sure that’s how all of the coaches feel in the league.” Ok did he tell his coaches this week and please will he tell them next week.If we look unmotivated and confused for Ky,it will be a long Saturday against the Gators.

Campaign for Brando and Barnhart Hair

October 16th, 2012
7:45 pm

Please help us help Brando and Barnhart get a look at themselves in the mirror and drop the ridiculous hair and eyebrow color jobs they have so that they can quit looking creepy. Okay announcers, made for radio with those cheap dye jobs. Thank you. And, GO Dogs! I’ll take a shot at the SEC Champ game this year if the Cocks lose two East games. The Dogs would be crazy not to go! That’s the rules, we didn’t make them up in Athens.

whiskey breath

October 16th, 2012
8:22 pm

Dogs, please don’t brag about putting a points on KY. People might think you are classless and I know that couldn’t be true. I would like you consider adding to Richt’s contract. He’s a Christian man and the rest aren’t.

whiskey breath

October 16th, 2012
8:42 pm

You mutts think Bobo is calling those plays don’t you? One of these days you will figure out
he is only calling plays that Richt want’s him to call. I use to hate Mal Moore for Bama.
I had it figured the only reason Bama wasn’t averaging 40 plus points a game, had to be because of the offensive coordinator. Well years later I figured out Mal Moore would only call what Bear Bryant would let him. Richt let’s Bobo be the whipping boy. Fine with me. But just remember, Richt doesn’t deserve a pass.You are whipping the wrong guy.

whiskey breath

October 16th, 2012
8:50 pm

Hey mutts, if everybody did so damn well, how did you get the crap kicked out of yourself?
Are we in the Twilight Zone, or did you lose to SC?
Oh yea, I forgot, you guys don’t count the loses. To read the above report, one would think you
soundly beat SC.
Just the Ga way.


October 16th, 2012
8:58 pm



October 16th, 2012
9:17 pm

Well looks like CMR is full of enthusiasm. Hip hip hooray.


October 16th, 2012
10:22 pm

Really three posts in a row? Go read your own blog.

Beat Florida all that matters. Dogs run game will return and dominate Kentucky.

sic dawg

October 16th, 2012
11:01 pm

Nothing matters This is a bad team with no talent and coaches that could not compete in high school ball Give Richt a contract ext UGA is full of idiots Athens should be called LOSERVILLE


October 16th, 2012
11:03 pm


Rick James

October 16th, 2012
11:13 pm

Let Jarvis rest and bring him back for Florida..

Fats G

October 17th, 2012
12:35 am

Von Trapp, go take your WW II panther division and hound Spurrier for a while. He is going to be crying in his beer when GA wins the East again. We will take Florida and das a fact Capt Trapp

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October 17th, 2012
5:54 am


October 17th, 2012
6:06 am

Hopefully UGA y will win big this weekend. It’d be a shame for you to head to JAX without your overconfidence.

Just Saying

October 17th, 2012
6:12 am

It’s funny how the GT bloggers think we don’t know who they are…..and for some weird reason 4 of them felt a need to comment on this article. I guess they are bored with the GT blogs ( yes that site has not been discontinued, but should be due lack of interest)!!!!


October 17th, 2012
7:24 am

Re: Christian Robinson’s remarks…….we should have been doing that long before….blah blah…….

Tell me, what happened to the “no regrets” motto of this team….after Carolina, I bet there are quite a few. For this team to go make a showing like that in what they knew was a huge game is pathetic. I have about as much confidence in this team beating UF as I do a high school team beating the falcons……Thank you again for yet another year of high expectations…….to use a quote from stead of Death Valley- for us, any HUGE game against a GREAT team is where our dreams go to die