November 16, 2011

Moving up the charts



Jarvis Jones had no idea he was approaching one of Georgia's more hallowed defensive records - the single-season sack mark held by former three-time All-American David Pollack.

Pollack recorded 14 sacks for the 2002 SEC champs, and entering Saturday's SEC matchup against Kentucky, the redshirt sophomore comes into play with 10, which currently puts Jones in a tie for seventh on the Bulldogs' single-season list.

"It would be a great accomplishment and I know a lot of great players have come through here. Just to leave my mark, leave my mark on the Georgia record book - it would be something special. I love it here. I love Georgia, I love everything about Georgia," Jones said after practice Wednesday. "To have my name in the record book there, it would be a total blessing. I just hope I can keep playing the way I do and I hope my teammates keep playing the way they do. If it works out, it works out, if it don't, it don't."

With two regular season contests to go, a likely SEC title game and a bowl, Jones will have ample opportunity to pass Pollack for the all-time record.

Jones said he never set any sort of goal before the season began.

"I really haven't. I never have. Coming in, we were kind of frustrated, we didn't have any sacks, I think our cornerback (Sanders Commings) had the only sack for a couple of games so that was kind of frustrating," he said. "But we got it rolling and things have been falling in place."

Jones isn't kidding.

The Bulldogs' 29 sacks are most in the SEC, 11 of which came in the team's victories over Florida and Auburn.

"It's crazy. We were a young team early, I know we practiced against each other, but we had to learn to play against other teams, now we're rolling," Jones said. "Everything is just rolling along."

Crowell says he's a changed back

If freshman running back Isaiah Crowell goes on to establish himself as one of the top running backs in Bulldog history, he'll have former Carver teammate and Auburn freshman Gabe Wright to thank.

Crowell, who has been criticized by some for taking himself out of games, appeared to run with more of a purpose the second half against the Tigers before finishing with 24 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown.

Wright was in the game for much of the second half when Crowell had his surge.

"Maybe playing against Gabe, I think is what motivated me a little bit, but from now on, it's going to be the same against every team," Crowell said. "It's going to be the same thing."

Crowell didn't disagree with the notion that he's been tentative before Saturday's second-half effort.

"Until that game (Auburn), I hadn't let it go," Crowell said. "Before that, I think I was thinking too much instead of just playing. I'd been doing well, but just not running downhill. I did that Saturday … I will from now on."

Injury update

Head coach Mark Richt said that nose Kwame Geathers (ankle) is expected to be able to play against Kentucky.

"Ron (team trainer Ron Courson) believes that Kwame will be ready to play," Richt said.

Also:

• Crowell confirmed that he missed the first few periods of practice while getting treatment on a sore knee.

• Offensive guard Dallas Lee (broken fibula) will not play until Georgia's bowl game.

• Richt said running back Richard Samuel (ankle) might be able to play in the SEC Championship game on Dec. 3 should the Bulldogs make it to Atlanta.

"(Courson) thinks he'd have a chance," Richt said. "He thought that when it first happened and since then he feels Richard is on schedule and doing well."

Richt gives Dawgs a break

With heavy rains scheduled to hit Athens Wednesday afternoon, Richt decided to go ahead and scale back the team's on-field work to a pair of offensive and defensive sessions that were held in the team's multi-purpose room.

"Watching practice yesterday, I thought the guys were fighting hard but they looked tired to me, so as I looked at the weather forecast, it looked like a 100 percent chance of rain, I just thought maybe it would be a good idea to go ahead and practice inside. So instead of waiting on the weather, I went ahead and made the decision not to go outside and practice today for a few reasons," Richt said. "One, I wanted their legs to be fresh. We got a good lifting cycle in today. When you do go 11-on-11 like we do on Wednesdays, you could get somebody hurt. We're a little thin at some spots, our backs are beat up a little bit, nothing to keep anybody out."

Richt said he and assistants will tie up preparations for Kentucky Thursday.

"Usually offensively, our Thursday's have basically been just a glorified walk through day because of their legs, so since we took off today we'll be able to go out and run some routes tomorrow at a better pace to tie things up," he said. "Basically, we just flipped it (Wednesday and Thursday) basically."

This and that

Orson Charles needs just 32 more receiving yards to pass Randy McMichael for the most receiving yards for a Bulldog tight end during the Richt era. McMichael's totals stand at 1,213 yards with Charles right behind at 1,181. … When asked if Georgia could possibly be looking past Kentucky to the SEC Championship game, freshman Ray Drew said "we haven't even tried to spell L.S.U."

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