October 12, 2011

Any limits on Crowell?

Yes, Mark Richt said recently he didn't want freshman running back Isaiah Crowell to touch the football more than 25 times a game.

Wednesday, he qualified that statement.

"I think any given game it could be more; I think any given game it could be less. I think on average, if you're averaging 30 carries per game, that's too many in our league," Richt said. "If you're averaging over 30, my opinion is, it's too many. But again, on any given day, if you need that to win and the guy's up for it, let's go."

Crowell, who is averaging a touch under 20 carries per game, is currently the fourth-leading rusher in the SEC with 573 yards, an average of 95.5 per game.

"I've taken a lot of hits and pounding," Crowell said Wednesday. "There's a lot of banging that I've got to get used to. I've been sore after every game, but that's how it's going to be."

As for his sore right wrist, Crowell said it's not a concern.

"It's all right," he said. "It's the same thing. I'll get it taped up, but it will be all right."

Rome to play hoops?

On Tuesday, freshman tight end Jay Rome told the Atlanta Journal Constitution of his intentions to play hoops for Mark Fox's basketball team.

Wednesday, Richt seemed to be willing to give the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder the chance, but maintained the fact his first obligation will be for football.

"He might. I think he wants to. I don't think today's the day. Coach Fox and I are going to look and see when the best time is," Richt said. "His first obligation is to football, but somewhere along the way Coach and I will figure out when the best time to start is. If he continues to do good in school, which he is now, he'll get that opportunity to do that."

Contingency plans in place on the OL

Richt was asked what he'd do in the event his offensive line suffered another injury.

"Right now, (David) Andrews is the furthest along," he said. "If we had two injuries, it might be a case where if David played, Ben (Jones) would play guard or tackle, depending on who got hurt. But let's not talk about that."

The Bulldogs returned redshirt sophomore Chris Burnette to the lineup last week at right guard, where he rotated with sophomore Kenarious Gates.

White can't cheer for Tebow

While tight end Aron White said he could cheer for former Georgia Tech Calvin Johnson as long as he's catching passes for Matthew Stafford with Detroit, he couldn't bring himself to do the same for former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, currently handing the football off in Denver to former Bulldog running back Knowshon Moreno.

"That's different," White smiled. "I don't wish any ill will toward him or anything but I can't say I'm a Tebow fan. I don't want him to go out there and get hurt and I don't want him to go out there and do poorly, but it didn't make me sad that Kyle Orton was playing over him or anything like that."

This and that

Richt said he has no idea when wide receiver Rantavious Wooten might be able to return from his concussion. "Everybody is different with concussions," Richt said. "We've got an outstanding system of knowing when the right time to get them back out there, but he's just not there right now. It's not worth trying to exert him yet. We're still waiting for the symptoms to go away." … Freshman outside linebacker Sterling Bailey, who is redshirting after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery, is back to 100 percent and practicing with the team. He said he's currently got his weight up to 265 pounds. … The Bulldogs practiced for two hours Wednesday in preparation for Saturday night's game at Vanderbilt. "We had a good week, no drama as far as injuries so that's good," said Richt. "We've wrapped up the physical preparation for this week. We cranked up the crowd noise today, and we'll do it again Thursday."

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
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