Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wednesday Practice Report


The 18th-ranked Dawgs are focused on preparing for their Homecoming contest with New Mexico State.

On Wednesday, Georgia (6-2) held a 90-minute workout, and coach Mark Richt said he feels like the Dawgs had a good day, and he was pleased with the effort. In the post-practice media session, most questions for Richt centered on the running backs.

“We’ve got one who knows the plays well and one who is learning at a rapid rate,” said Richt.

Richt then discussed more in detail about redshirt sophomore Brandon Harton and freshman Kyle Karempelis as they are the two tailbacks most likely to see action Saturday.

“Brandon is in the lead; he had a good spring and got awarded a scholarship in camp,” said Richt. “We felt like he was going to be a productive running back, and he’s doing well. I’ve been watching Kyle, and he doesn’t look overwhelmed. He’s a good instinctive runner, shown he’s fundamentally sound with ball security, caught the ball out of the backfield and done well with blitz pickup. He’s competing out there.”

On Saturday, the Dawgs will be without several running backs including junior Richard Samuel due to an ankle injury along with a trio that are suspended in freshman Isaiah Crowell, junior Carlton Thomas and redshirt freshman Ken Malcolme.

When talk turned specifically to Crowell, Richt said he is extremely proud of how the freshman is handling the situation.

“Isaiah is remorseful; he’s going to grow up from this, and he’ll be better for it,” said Richt. “Things happen in life, and he’s sorry for what he did. He’s excited about the chance to play in the Auburn game, and he wants to be ready to make a huge contribution for the team.”

The Aggies (3-5) coached by DeWayne Walker, arrive in the Classic City Saturday for the fourth time in school history and are 0-3 against the Dawgs. Last week, three Aggies enjoyed career performances, but the squad dropped a 48-34 shootout to Nevada. NMS senior quarterback Matt Christian threw for 432 yards and three touchdowns; senior wide receiver Taveon Rogers accounted for 203 receiving yards and two touchdowns; senior safety Donyae Coleman finished with an incredible 24 tackles and a forced fumble.

Saturday’s game is set for a 12:30 p.m. start, and it will be televised by CSS.

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