October 18, 2010

Does Samuel want to redshirt?

If Richard Samuel had his druthers, he would redshirt this year instead of trying to come back for Georgia's final five games.

But so far, it hasn't been decided either way.

In his first public comments since suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee during preseason, Samuel told beat writers after practice that he'd prefer to use this season to get completely healthy.

"I think it would be better for me in the long run - plus the fact that I've missed so many reps - to redshirt and come back strong the next two years," Samuel said. "But right now we don't really have a lot of depth at linebacker. So they're (coaches) are keeping my options open."

Samuel said he still has not been released to resume contact drills, despite dressing out last week against Vanderbilt.

"I'm trying to practice this week, but I don't think they're going to let me do contact yet," said Samuel, who added he's had absolutely no desire to move back to running back. "They're going to slowly build me back into that."

Charles gives Davis big props

Tight Orson Charles was asked what magical words former Bulldog and current Carolina Panther linebacker Thomas Davis had to tell the team prior to their game against Vanderbilt.

Unfortunately, Charles laughed none were fit for print.

"I don't know if I can repeat that," Charles smiled.

Was a little profanity involved?

"I guess you could say that," Charles said.

Actually, Charles said that Davis told the Bulldogs even his own teammates with the Panthers were giving him grief for Georgia's poor start to the 2010 campaign.

"He said his boys were talking bad about us, saying "What's up with Georgia?" and how they thought we used to hit hard," Charles said. "He said everybody was making fun of us. We all decided right then that we were going to dedicate the game to him so when he went back he could start bragging about his Dawgs again."

Murray, Jones honored by league

Redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray and junior center Ben Jones were named the Southeastern Conference player of the week at their respective positions, according to a league announcement on Monday.

It marked the second SEC Freshman of the Week for Murray while Jones has been tabbed the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for the first time since 2008.

A 6-1 native of Tampa, Fla., Murray led the Bulldogs to their second straight conference win as Georgia routed Vanderbilt 43-0. He posted a career-high 287 yards (15-of-24) and two touchdowns with no interceptions. The Bulldogs tallied a season-high 547 yards of total offense as Murray's passing efficiency soared to a season-high mark of 190.4 (he is now the nation's top freshman in the category and No. 18 in the country with a season mark of 157.2).

Jones, a 6-3 native of Centreville, Ala., anchored an offense that accumulated 547 total yards during the Bulldogs' 43-0 shutout. Georgia has now piled up more than 400 yards and more than 40 points in each of its last two games. Jones graded out at 83 percent overall, including 100 percent on pass plays, and finished with a team-best 20 knockdown blocks and two pins.

Jones combined with the rest of the offensive line to not allow a single sack of Murray and helped the Bulldogs control the ball for 37:15 of 60 minutes as Georgia had both a 100-yard receiver and a 100-yard rusher during the same game for only the second time in 2010.

This and that

Jones, Clint Boling, Demarcus Dobbs and Akeem Dent were named captains for Saturday's game at Kentucky. … The Bulldogs practiced for approximately an hour-and-a-half Monday, working on short yardage, goal-line and special teams.

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