Notebook: Bulldogs’ Nor’easters keeping a close eye on Hurricane Sandy

By Ryan Black
Special to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATHENS — John Jenkins was uncertain of his family’s welfare Monday night.

When Georgia’s senior nose tackle spoke to reporters after Monday’s practice, the Connecticut native hadn’t called home yet. With Hurricane Sandy pounding the Northeast, Jenkins has done the best he can keeping tabs on his family. His position coach, Rodney Garner, showed him some pictures from storm-struck Millford, about 30 miles from Stamford, where Jenkins’ grandmother lives. Jenkins spoke to her Sunday night.

“My grandmother said she’s ready for it to be over with,” he said. ” … Stamford has a beach right next to it, right over there in the New England Sound. The sound is between Greenwich and Stamford and my grandmother was saying in Greenwich, they were being evacuated to higher ground. So I don’t know.”

Jenkins, who is from Meriden, Conn., also spoke Sunday night to his mother, who lives farther north.

“I don’t know what’s going on up there,” he said. “I know Massachusetts got hit hard.”

Bulldogs tight end and Massachusetts native Arthur Lynch said there were no problems at his home in Dartmouth. He missed a call from his mother on Monday, but his grandfather reported everything was fine. That doesn’t mean Lynch’s family isn’t taking proper measures to protect themselves.

“We’re on the south coast, right on the shore, so there’s definitely some concern,” Lynch said. “But I don’t think it’s anything drastic right now. I’m going to wait until tomorrow to call them and see how they are. They’re taking precautions, (but) it’s not in a state of emergency or anything like that.”

Burnette to play Saturday despite injured left thumb

Starting right guard Chris Burnette appeared for interviews Monday wrapped in a hard cast to keep him from moving his injured left thumb. He said it didn’t prevent him from practicing, nor would it keep him from playing against Ole Miss Saturday. Burnette was confident enough to joke about it, saying he could still serve as an emergency center, since he snaps with his right hand.

Burnette said he injured the thumb when he fell on it during the first play of last Saturday’s game against Florida. Ironically, it was the same play starting fullback Merritt Hall went down with an ankle sprain.

“I don’t know what was up with that play,” Burnette said. “I didn’t even realize Merritt got hurt because I was looking at my thumb.”

The junior also said he was pleased with how his unit played against Florida. After a less-than-stellar against South Carolina’s defensive line in a 35-7 loss on Oct. 6, Burnette said Bulldogs’ offensive line gained confidence against the Gators.

“It feels good,” he said. “It helped us realize when we’re on top of our game, we can do a good job. It’s good for [us] with Ole Miss coming up.”

Bulldogs not worried about penalties becoming problem

Georgia players weren’t proud of the number of penalties thrown against them on Saturday, but they weren’t ashamed of it either.

The Bulldogs tallied 14 flags for 132 yards against the Gators, but they felt it had more to do with the way it unfolded than anything.

“We knew it was a lot of penalties,” Burnette said. “It was weird to have that many penalties, but we were like, ‘Hey, whatever it takes for us to win the game.’”

Like it or not, a plethora of penalties is somewhat expected when arch-rivals like Georgia and Florida clash.

“Whenever you play a super high-energy game like that, it’s going to be a little chippy, with penalties and stuff like that,” Burnette said. “It comes with the territory.”

One of the few times the officials left their flags in their pockets came during a scramble for the football where Blake Sailors came out of the pile bloodied. Georgia coach Mark Richt made sure the referees saw it, dragging Sailors out onto the field so they could see the blood on his face.

“Coach Richt didn’t even know what was going on,” Sailors said. “I didn’t, either. I don’t know who did what. And I was arguing with the officials like, ‘Look at my face,’ and things like that.”

Sailors said the coaching staff wasn’t pleased with the sheer number of penalties accrued, but was fair in their criticism. They took into account when players were provoked.

“They [the coaches] know the type of person I am,” said receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who was called for taunting inthe fourth quarter. “This game I was probably a little more talkative than any other game.”

Mitchell couldn’t immediately recall what Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy said. “I was pretty upset at the time,” he said. “So I’m pretty sure it was worth it.”

Etc. . . .

The Bulldogs had seven players listed on Monday’s injury report, the most notable being starting center David Andrews, who was held out of practice with a left knee contusion. Other Bulldogs listed as “out” included Hall and linebacker Chase Vasser (left shoulder). … Linebacker Jarvis Jones was named a semifinalist for a pair of national awards on Monday — the Maxwell Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award. Jones also was named the SEC defensive player of the week after his performance in the victory over Florida. … Georgia’s game against Auburn on Nov. 10 will have a 7 p.m. kickoff and air on ESPN2, the SEC announced Monday. … Jon Stinchcomb, who made 46 starts on the offensive line during his Bulldog career (1999-2002), will be inducted into Georgia’s Circle of Honor in April. He joins his brother Matt Stinchcomb, who was inducted into the Circle in 2009, making them the first siblings to receive the honor. Also going in with Jon Stinchcomb are gymnast Karin Lichey and basketball player Saudia Roundtree.

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October 30th, 2012
1:53 am



October 30th, 2012
1:57 am

So just how did Sailors face get bloodied? There were lots of no-calls to go along with all the other penalties. Very spirited game. The UGA fans were loud too…


October 30th, 2012
2:27 am

Hey Dawgs – Guess what the Florida game is over with… GET READY FOR OLE MISS, CAUSE THEY ARE COMING AND THEY ARE COMING FOR A W

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October 30th, 2012
6:22 am

This is a trap game against Ole Miss. We must not suffer a letdown, their offense is 4th in SEC. Mess around like at Kentucky and could end up with an L.

Destin Dawg

October 30th, 2012
6:29 am

Ole Miss is for real this year… good offense will be tough… defense needs to bring our A Game !!!


October 30th, 2012
6:32 am


October 30th, 2012
2:27 am

Guess what though, my friend, They are coming to the DAWGS house and they are going to leave, still wanting a win. There will be no letdown from the big win over Florida. The guys can see the trip for Atlanta looming ahead and they aren’t going to let up and let a team, sneak up on them now.


October 30th, 2012
7:16 am

If they play to their abilities they’ll be playing in the Dome, in Dec. It’s really just that simple.



October 30th, 2012
8:24 am

We could lose just about any game with turnover machine murray behind center. The defense must continue to play at a high level and we must be able to run the ball if we are going to make it anywhere this season because murray isn’t going to take us there.

Granthams The Man!

October 30th, 2012
8:28 am

Proud to be a Dawg!

The UGA fans rocked the house and the Dawgs got it done on the field.

MA English 75

October 30th, 2012
8:31 am

@RedandBlackDAWG, thank you! @cauledawg, whose side are you on? Don’t sound like a Bulldog to me!

Bahits dot com

October 30th, 2012
8:38 am

Auburn has 3 of ESPN’s top 8 recruits. They are about to loose their whole coaching staff. What is keeping these players with Auburn????

1. Robert Nkemdiche DE Clemson
2. Reuben Foster ILB Auburn
3. Laremy Tunsil OT Undecided
4. Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
5. Carl Lawson DE Auburn
6. Mackensie Alexander CB Undecided
7. Eli Woodard CB Ohio State
8. Dee Liner DT Auburn

Yeah, you Grantham haters...

October 30th, 2012
8:41 am

…how’s that Van Gorder guy working out for Auburn – 63 points by TAM…D”OH


October 30th, 2012
8:42 am

timboy you are right! I’m been preaching this since before the Florida game. Ole Miss is much improved and we’ll need a total effort to beat them. In 1976 we beat Bama 21-0 and lost the next week to Ole Miss 21-17 because we thought we could just show up and win. If we can keep up the intensity, we can win out in the regular season and get to a very good bowl no matter what happens in Atlanta.

mike on lake hartwell

October 30th, 2012
8:47 am




October 30th, 2012
9:29 am

Easier said than done, JB. That’s what, 2 complete games out of 8?

Hopefully the players know now that when they bring that intensity, they can do great things. When they don’t bring it, they are just average.

I’m hoping to see that same D the rest of the season. These last 4 games will also be a good opportunity to get the offense rolling again.


October 30th, 2012
9:30 am


DAT $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.


October 30th, 2012
9:54 am

Layinlow – You obviously never played organized football. No one person wins or loses a game. It takes a TEAM and I believe he made up for his mistakes by throwing the winning touchdown pass in the second half. Get a life!


October 30th, 2012
9:54 am

dont forget that ol’ free willie martinez is coaching aubarn’s secondary. chizick sure has assembled a top notch staff


October 30th, 2012
9:58 am

It’s never “WORTH IT” Malcolm.


October 30th, 2012
10:03 am

I really don’t like that mitchell hasn’t really apologized once for the penalty. I understand it was an emotional game and that you don’t want people talking to you like the florida player may have, but walk away and let them get the penalty. Let your play speak for you, you shouldn’t have to speak.

Chris Mike

October 30th, 2012
10:13 am

What is keeping those players with Auburn………… Money! They pay well trust me I know. Georgia needs to be focus on Ole, because that type of qb gives our defense fits. I think that the offense will win this one for us. The defense will let us down this week, typical Mark Rict team, but offense will put on a show for home coming. Murray will reedeem him self four 4tds.


October 30th, 2012
10:31 am

@Chris Mike
And the sky is falling……….jump on board or get off, Eeorr.


October 30th, 2012
10:33 am


I agree. Erk Russell used to say, play with “Controlled Fury”. I never see Alabama players going off like that, They walk away…….Go Dawgs!


October 30th, 2012
10:34 am

Murray’s problems start with Bobo.

Dawg Serving Overseas

October 30th, 2012
10:34 am

Kill Ole Miss. Plain and Simple. Bodies everywhere on the ground….. let the docs sort out the dead ones. They go out and get physical like they were against Florida, there won’t be many starters for Ole Miss alive…. Kill Em’ All. Like ol’ boy said about LSU’s defense a year ago – their defense was a like an 800 lb gorilla with a chainsaw for a penis…. I think DAWGS are there – keep up that intensity!


October 30th, 2012
10:53 am

Am concerned the dawgs may come out flat against Ole MS. D may be affected more as they played w/a lot of emotion vs FL. MS will be fired up playing to upset #6 GA. They are much improved from last season and GA can be ripe for an upset if they cannot match the intensity from win over FL, especially the D. MS will keep pressure on dawgs D with their spread offense. I think Murray and the O will fare better against MS then they did FL if they’re fired up and healthy, rested.
Its going to be another close game coming off the intensive win in JAX. Good luck dawgs!!


October 30th, 2012
10:59 am

Jarvis said it in his post-game ‘interview’…Shawn (or is it Shaun?) Williams calling the team and his teammates out, in effect questioning their ‘manhood’, was the thing that kicked em in the butt – working even better than any coach yelling in their face ever could. He also said that the way the defense played Saturday is the way they’ll play for the rest of the season…I sure hope he, and the rest of the team and coaches remember that and keeps on keeping on. Now, if we can get one of the offensive ‘leaders’ to ‘channel’ Shaun – say, the Bennett kid (I know, he’s not playing now, but he’s a clear leader and has the advantage of ‘not sucking’ in any games this season, so he wouldn’t have to apologize in the same breath he’s kicking tail). The O-line clearly showed improvement in Jacksonville, here’s hoping that they’ll keep getting better. And ‘young’ Mr Murray…I love ya son, but you’ve got to start performing like you say you know you should (you know, all that psychology stuff) under pressure…maybe you should stop thinking and just let your instincts take over. Surely by now you’ve experienced enough to have the confidence to ‘Just do it, Baby’.

Rick James

October 30th, 2012
11:37 am

Ole Miss could be a trap games..Stay focused


October 30th, 2012
12:37 pm

Rueben Foster has to stay with Auburn no matter what. (1) AU has already moved him and his fambly there to keep an eye on them (2) he and his fambly have all got Auburn tattoos, they fit in well (3) he knows Bobby Petrino will be a perfect fit, ethically, for the Barn .


October 30th, 2012
12:39 pm

Don’t hate on the offense too much…not too long ago they were the only thing keeping us in the game…just sayin’. I personally would like to see all 3 phases come together for a change as well!!! Go Dawgs!!!

Roll Tide with Pride!!!

October 30th, 2012
12:55 pm

Upon further review ……….. Dawgs still beat Gators!

Again – eating CROW with my prediction – nice job in JAX.

So – how does the season play out?
– UGA will beat Ole Miss – and finish the season 11- 1
– Bama will embarrass UGA in the Dome – affecting bowl bid placement.
Why? UGA’s offense is good against bad teams – but bad against good teams.

BOWL Line-up:
BCS National Title Game – BAMA plays and wins.
All State Sugar Bowl – Florida 11-1 (if they beat FSU)
CAP ONE Bowl – LSU 10-2 vs Nebraska/Wisconsin loser
Outback Bowl – USCe 10-2 vs Michigan
Cotton Bowl – TAMU 9-3 vs OK
Chick fil – A – UGA 11-2 vs Clemson

Enjoy the nuggets – Dawgs!



October 30th, 2012
12:57 pm

Hey Chip with David Andrews injured and are O-line banged up. Is there still a change kolton housotn can still make it on the field?

Roll Tide with Pride!!!

October 30th, 2012
1:05 pm

@RiffRaff – Bobo is not Murray’s problem – Murray’s head is Murray’s problem.


October 30th, 2012
1:37 pm

Third down conversions were woeful. Special teams was woeful. We have plenty of room to improve.

He Hate Gator

October 30th, 2012
1:46 pm

Agree….Ole Miss is very much a trap game….don’t overlook

Brunswick Marsh Dawg

October 30th, 2012
1:49 pm

Funny, hadn’t heard from any of the Florida trolls. Where art thou??


October 30th, 2012
2:49 pm

I just dont think the bowlmakers will match up UGA with Clemson knowing thats our first game next year. I hope not, anyway, because I definitely would lose all interest in attending the UGA bowl game, as I plan on going to the game next year.


October 30th, 2012
3:38 pm

To the guy who replied to my earlier post, did you miss last years South Carolina game? Murray single handedly lost that game in Athens. Murray is a big game choke artist. And the touchdown pass he threw in the game saturday was ALL about mitchell taking a short pass and turning it into a spectacular play. Thank god our defense showed up in a big way saturday or we would have been toast with the the turnover machine. Fans gripe at bobo for running up the middle on 3rd down and long but hopefully they are now figuring out why. He’s afraid murray will make a big mistake.

Abe the Fan

October 30th, 2012
4:08 pm

A lack of discipline and restraint will eventually catch up with you. I’m Bulldog all the way but Richt needs to establish a different mindset or he must go, Saturday’s win aside.

Chris Mike

October 30th, 2012
6:11 pm

Athens it is what it is about Georgia. Stop being delusional. We never has probably never will with Mark at the head.


October 30th, 2012
7:13 pm

If I were a coach or player, I would be worried about excessive penalties. As a fan I’m worried. This is the sign of an undisciplined team. Richt needs to stop being the Bobby Cox of NCAA football.


October 30th, 2012
9:34 pm

Roll Tide with Pride…

Might want to worry about LSU first…


October 30th, 2012
11:53 pm

Lack of discipline will cost this team if Richt doesn’t put his foot down. Just because the players are “a little chippy” is no excuse for personal fouls. I’ve said this before, but the Rupps, Bryants, and Woodens of the coaching world never winked at lack of discipline.


October 31st, 2012
7:20 am

Wow, Murray, beat a no. 2 team. Was UF really no.2. That makes GA and Murray 23-12 in a conference that has had three National Champions the last three years. That is fairly good. How many National Champions did the SEC have during Greene’s tenure or the other recent qb’s. He has taken us to one championship game and hopefully another this year. One thing I noted vs the UF game. He cannot get pass happy to Mitchell and not keep the other receivers in the game. He never got into any rhythm with the others. King, Lynch, Brown, Conley et al. need to be a part of the game. I suppose UF just shut those down. How they could have let Mitchell be so open I do not understand. For Murray and our offense to look good he has to mix it up. I suppose since the running game was more significant vs UF that ball security was most important. Do not make this a Mitchell Gurley thing on offense. We scored the lowest points vs UF and SC and we did not move the ball around to the recievers or running backs in either game especially UF. SC and UF had great defenses….So does others such as Alabama and LSU who we hope to play in the championship game. But, focus on Ole Miss. Maybe UF was the so called trap play and we played well enough to win as we did vs UK.

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October 31st, 2012
10:21 am

Glad to hear these guys families are ok. The Georgia fans send our love and wish all of you the very best.

Georgia needs to really stay focused the next two games and not let their guard down. Ole Miss is a good football team and could upset Georgia if they don’t stay focused and grounded. I’m comforted by the players and coaches comments and I feel they will be on alert and will play with passion and commitment.

Thanks to all the players and coaches for the results they have obtained so far, it’s fun to be a Georgia fan.

I hope the future prospects that haven’t committed can see themselves in a Georgia uniform and playing with the guys that are already there and hopefully continue to move ahead in a positive way.

Again our hearts and minds are praying for the players from the North and we consider their families as Georgia families. God Bless!

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