Notebook: Bulldogs still hoping former starting DE Abry Jones can return

ATHENS – Starting defensive end Abry Jones remained sidelined for Georgia’s first bowl practice on Wednesday. But coach Mark Richt spoke optimistically about the senior making a return in time for the Capital One Bowl.

“I know his intention is to rehab and get ready to play,” Richt said Wednesday. “He was making progress towards that goal. Do I know whether he’ll be ready to or not? I don’t know that. We’ve not counted him out by any means.”

Jones (6-foot-3, 309 pounds) started the first six games of the season — and 26 in his career — before suffering an ankle injury that required surgery. If he returns, it could provide valuable depth for Georgia’s defensive line. Noseguard/ends John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers and defensive end Garrison Smith rotated positions and played nearly every snap against Alabama.

Jones, who averaged nearly 3 tackles per game before the injury, is considered an NFL prospect. He was invited to the Casino Del Sol College All-Star game Jan. 11.

John Jenkins out with concussion

John Jenkins, the Bulldogs’ star noseguard, sat out Wednesday’s practice with a concussion, according to the Bulldogs’ injury report circulated after practice. No details were immediately available as far as when and how the concussion occurred and how serious it might be.

Jenkins, a 6-foot-3, 360-pound senior, showed up for Georgia’s Capital One Bowl Media Day interviews on Wednesday, but did not mention an injury. Injured players are usually not permitted by coaches to be interviewed.

“All I know about Nebraska right now is their quarterback (Taylor Martinez) is very explosive and their line is very huge,” Jenkins said. “Martinez really relies on his O-line and he can throw and run and he’s a smart quarterback. So we’re going to have to be ready.”

All-star role call

Jenkins and Jones are among several UGA seniors who were selected to play in postseason all-star games for NFL scouts.

Jenkins will attend the prestigious Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 26 along with safeties Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams and wide receiver Tavarres King. Outside linebacker Cornelius Washington is scheduled to play in the Casino Del Sol game on Jan. 11.

Cornerbacks Sanders Commings and Branden Smith were invited to the Jan. 19 East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. On the same day, linebacker Christian Robinson will play in the Raycom Bowl in Montgomery and linebacker Mike Gilliard and running back Richard Samuel will participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif.

Garrison Smith confirms return

Not that there was much doubt about it, but just to make it clear junior defensive lineman Garrison Smith put it on the record that he doesn’t intend to enter the NFL draft after this season. In fact, he said, he doesn’t even plan to ask for a draft evaluation.

“I just want it to be a surprise whenever I finally make it there,” said the 6-foot-3, 297-pound Atlantan. “I felt like I could have done so much more this season. That’s why I want to come back next year and play as hard as I can and help my team. I want to try to have another good season. It’s pretty clear I won’t be leaving

Smith has been a bright spot for the Bulldogs in the second half of the season, starting seven games and collecting 55 tackles while filling in for Abry Jones.

Practice update

Georgia returned to Woodruff Practice Fields on Wednesday for the first time since the Nov. 30. The Bulldogs practiced in full pads for nearly two hours, the first of 10 workouts they’ll have in Athens. Their final five practices will be in Orlando.

“It’s kind of hard to get things going again,” Richt said. “You get out of that mode of having every minute of your day planned out. Coaches are out on the road recruiting. Players have been studying for final exams. . . . Now we have to get back in the routine.”

Etc. . . .

Richt said he hadn’t been contacted by any schools for permission to interview any of his assistants for jobs, but added, “I think our coaches have obviously been courted.” There were reports that offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was a candidate for the head coaching job at Texas Tech vacated by Tommy Tuberville. However, Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury was hired for that job on Wednesday. . . . Junior defensive lineman Garrison Smith Former Bulldog David Pollack will be on the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew for the Georgia-Nebraska game. He’ll be an color analyst along with Jesse Palmer and play-by-play commentator Rece Davis. . . . Junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press. . . . Georgia is 3-1-1 in the Capital One Bowl, which was once known as the Citrus Bowl and the Tangerine Bowl. . . .Former UGA star receiver Terrence Edwards is among Georgia football players who will walk in Friday’s fall semester graduation ceremonies. Current players include cornerback Sanders Commings,, defensive back Jonathan Owens, safety Rambo, Robinson, Washington and defensive back Luis Capella.


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December 12th, 2012
9:16 pm


December 12th, 2012
9:40 pm

I hope David Pollack does not continue to have amnesia about his former school. Not Cool!


December 12th, 2012
9:47 pm

Palmer won’t give Pollack a chance to talk.


December 12th, 2012
10:27 pm

Congrats to Terrence,DGD.

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 12th, 2012
10:38 pm

Dawgfan………..Pollack was Right was he not? Don’t think he had AMNESIA. He sure wasn’t drinking the UGa Kool-Aid either.

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 12th, 2012
11:11 pm

John Jenkins out with concussion…………well he shouldn’t be hitting for 1-2 weeks right?

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 12th, 2012
11:14 pm

Notre Dame and the University of Alabama are taking their beef to a new level — TMZ has learned, the mayors of both college towns have made a friendly wager in honor of the BCS National Championship … and a whole lot of BBQ goodness is at stake.

If the Fighting Irish win — Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Maddox will send a heaping portion of coma-inducing grub from Dreamland Bar-B-Que to a rep for South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Maddox has also agreed to donate money to South Bend Big Brothers Big Sisters.

But if ‘Bama wins — Buttigieg has agreed to send gourmet chocolates from the South Bend Chocolate Company … and will donate to the Tuscaloosa Tornado Recovery Fund.

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December 13th, 2012
12:02 am

Please someone hire BoBo.


December 13th, 2012
12:39 am


Snoop Dawg

December 13th, 2012
12:46 am

Does ANYONE really believe that any Division 1 school is actually considering Mike Bobo for a job of any sort? Head coach? What a joke. That’s funny!

I know that the Richt fan base is pretty dumb, but this is incredible even to the two digit IQ crowd…

Let’s hope the rumor is true!

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December 13th, 2012
4:31 am

To put in timeout-

With all due respect- Georgia outplayed Alabama and should be playing in Miami for the MNC—- any objective observer who watched the game would have to admit the Officials with their non-calls on Alabama and calling every tacky penalty on Georgia plus the terrible spotting of the ball decided the outcome of the game.

Columbus Dawg

December 13th, 2012
6:39 am

Yeah, I hear you BigDawg, Slive was going to do what ever it took to get the Gumps back in the title game. The “V” in his name should be an “M”!

December 13th, 2012
8:14 am

There were a lot of questionable calls and non-calls in the UGA/Bama game.

Regardless, I hope Bama destroys ND.


December 13th, 2012
8:27 am

Any news on that foul “no call” hit on Murray in late second quarter? My goodness, Murray practically had his head knocked off and the official was right there by the play. How in the heck could he not see the blatant hit? The Alabama player shouldn’t even be playing in the NC game. How long does it take to review the film? I suppose they have to get the payoff money right before ruling on the play.

Top Row Dawg

December 13th, 2012
8:38 am

Now if we could get Jarvis, Alec, Aaron to all come back!!!!!!

mike on lake hartwell

December 13th, 2012
8:49 am

if only terrence catches that ball in jacksonville…


December 13th, 2012
8:55 am

Abry wont be playing in the bowl game. Nebraska comes out and Martinez scrambles for a ton of yards. Too many Dawgs looking too far down the road, NFL draft.


December 13th, 2012
9:06 am

I agree with alot of non calls for Alabama. Riciculous !

The Central Scrutinizer

December 13th, 2012
9:59 am

Come on, people!…there were LOTS of no calls in that game! I’m DAWG to the core, but there were a bunch of no calls on us for blocks in the back on plays as well as that “tipped” pass interference play…yeah, the hit on Murray had every trailer park in Alabama nervous, but it went both ways, folks. Really the SEC should suspend that crew, they were sleep walking or something…

The Central Scrutinizer

December 13th, 2012
10:02 am

I think we play Nebraska like we played Tech and Ga. Southern…blow ‘em out!

The Central Scrutinizer

December 13th, 2012
10:04 am

Let JJ key on Martinez, everybody else take care of business…we win big!

The Central Scrutinizer

December 13th, 2012
10:12 am

You people are idiots, Bobo WILL be a D-1 coach one day…look at the offensive production over the last couple of years. Stafford the #1 pick acouple of years ago and NFL people saying he was the most NFL ready junior in years…Murray might even be better, he is certainly smarter…


December 13th, 2012
10:30 am

Good news!! Smith is not going pro. Where is Ray Drew? He played in the SEC Championship. One or two plays. Nebraska has a good OL. This is scary after what Alabama did to Ga’s D.


December 13th, 2012
10:32 am

We do need any assistants leaving. The georgia way just got going. We could end up like Auburn!!!!Sign Bobo!!!!

hind tit

December 13th, 2012
10:42 am

I don’t understand. How will Garrison Smith be on the broadcast crew when he will be playing in the game.

'94 UGA Alumni

December 13th, 2012
11:24 am

Abry would have made a difference in the 2nd half of the SEC Championship game. I don’t believe Bama would have had as much success running the ball if Abry was playing and was healthy. That’s not to take away anything from Lacy or Bama’s O Line as they were awesome, but I believe Abry could have made some key tackles that might have been the difference. We’ll never know and that makes this loss even more painful (if possible).

border dweller

December 13th, 2012
6:31 pm

You folks that don’t approve of Bobo’s abilities as an OC simply don’t know Jack about football.


December 13th, 2012
7:00 pm

If you guys don’t know, Birmingham has more bookies than any city other than LasVegas, that well explains the SEC officials……..

Tomás Broun

December 13th, 2012
7:24 pm

With final exams over, did all the players pass their remedial reading courses?

Daisy Mae

December 13th, 2012
7:28 pm

Any news on that foul “no call” hit on Murray in late second quarter?

Yes. As expected, the SEC announced today that there was no foul. Most people agree that it was the right decision.

UGA man class of 71& 73

December 13th, 2012
8:02 pm

Aaron Murray should turn pro now. Next year, UGA will be lucky to wi. 7 games. His market value, as a third round choice is now.

Murray came in with tons of hype and beyond personal, individual awards, has done nothing to be remembered for. JohnnynRauch, Zeke Bratkowski, Eric Zeir and a couple more QBs lit up their personal passing stats but did no win anything important.

Yes, i will admit that Murray was instrumental in helping UGA win 2 SEC East titles.

Murray has never won the SEC CG, or a Bowl game and bis record vs the better teams is horrific.

I will be glad when he leaves and some one else, like Hutson Mason can start.


December 13th, 2012
8:27 pm

“Most people agree that it was the right decision.”

That’s nice that you polled your trailer park, but anyone with an IQ over 80 knows it was BS.

William G. Little

December 16th, 2012
10:22 am

Woulda, shoulda, coulda… Blah, blah, blah.

Same ole, same ole.