October 18, 2011

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Freshman Isaiah Crowell wasn't offering up the reason for his first quarter absence last Saturday against Vanderbilt, when he was held out due to what head coach Mark Richt termed a "coach's decision.'

"Coach Richt should answer that question," Crowell said after practice Tuesday. "I really don't know."

Crowell played sparingly in Georgia's 33-28 win, carrying the football just 10 times for 35 yards, with his first action coming during the Bulldogs' first offensive possession of the second quarter.

"I was eager to get in the game, I wanted to play," said Crowell, who admits his right wrist continues to give him some pain.

Saturday, there was a new problem.

Crowell revealed his elbow caused some issues and also helped limit his play against the Commodores, although he expects this weekend's bye will help him be 100 percent come next week's game against Florida.

"It's all right, I'll be OK," said Crowell, who was not limited during Tuesday's practice session. "It's something I'll probably just have to learn to play with, but I hope it gets a chance to do that this week and next."

Also, on the injury front:

• Linebacker Alec Ogletree was back practicing at 100 percent for the first time since the Boise State game.

• Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring) wore a green non-contact jersey, but appeared to be moving around just fine while working with head trainer Ron Courson.

• Running back Carlton Thomas was held out of practice with a thigh bruise.

• Wide receiver Rantavious Wooten (concussion) was at practice, although he did not participate in drills. It's hoped Wooten will be back working out by the end of the week.

• Safety Bacarri Rambo (foot) did not practice Tuesday.

• Wide receiver Marlon Brown (ankle) reports that he's still playing at just 85 percent.

Still no news on Grantham, Geathers

Associate SEC Commissioner Charles Bloom told UGASports Tuesday afternoon via email that the league continues to gather information regarding the situations involving both defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and nose tackle Kwame Geathers.

"We're still getting more info and we will not have anything today," said Bloom.

Grantham and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin are both being looked at for their role in Saturday's post-game dustup, while Geathers was seen throwing a punch in the direction of Commodore center Logan Stewart, who according to team sources, had cut the redshirt sophomore's legs out under him from behind.

Geathers was called for a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the play.

Players spoken to Tuesday had little to say about the respective incidents, although tight end Aron White, who can be seen in the video during the Grantham-Franklin exchange, did offer up some thoughts.

"You'll have to talk to Coach Grantham for any specifics, I'm just proud of the way we played and the way we pulled it out," White said. "No players can be mad at the fact that their coach is standing up for them."

Good friends, now football enemies

When Will Muschamp was coaching at Texas and a member of Nick Saban's staff at Miami, he and former Georgia teammate Mike Bobo would talk on a regular basis.

That's obviously since changed.

"I don't talk to him anymore. I might have talked to him once since he got the job. When he was at Texas or Miami it would be like hey, how are you, every two weeks, something like that," Bobo said. "But now it's pretty much he's at Florida and I'm at Georgia."

It's been a difficult three weeks for Muschamp, whose Gators will enter next week's game on a three-game losing streak after losses to Alabama, LSU and Auburn.

On Monday, the fiery Muschamp issued an apology for some salty language caught by the cameras of ESPN during last Saturday's loss at Auburn.

Muschamp, who was a member of Bobo's wedding party and vice versa, was asked if the former Bulldog has always been known for his fiery temper.

"No comment," said Bobo, laughing.

"It's always good to see a guy that you played with and known for a long time in this business, but I'm not playing him and he's not playing me. You just go out there and coach and get your guys ready to play his guys," he said. "Aside from a hello, good luck, that will be about it. That will be something to talk about once we get old."


Dawgs work out in a deluge

Georgia worked out for nearly an hour Tuesday in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads, almost completely in a heavy downpour that drenched Athens late in the afternoon.

"We just took about three footballs out there today so they weighed about 20 pounds each," joked quarterback Aaron Murray. "Marlon (Brown) got a little bit of a workout in."

The Bulldogs are expected to be back in full pads Wednesday afternoon.

We were able to get some substitution and communications things we wanted and needed to work on done. The only thing we didn't get to do was go against the defense," Bobo said. "It was good to get some snaps in those conditions, but throwing and catching in that is not something you want to do too much of."

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
and he can be reached via email at dash@ugasports.com.