Posted: 9:54 am Monday, July 28th, 2014

Rewind: Bellamy’s suspension will shuffle deck at outside linebacker 

By Chip Towers

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Davin Bellamy is expected to add to Georgia's arsenal of edge-rushers this season. (Photo provided by 247Sports.com)

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Davin Bellamy is expected to add to Georgia’s arsenal of edge-rushers this season. (Photo provided by 247Sports.com)

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

1. It’s not going to lessen any of the negative publicity being directed at the Georgia football program at the moment, but redshirt freshman Davin Bellamy has handled his recent arrest for DUI about as well as anyone could ask.

Not long after bonding out of Athens-Clarke County Jail following his early Saturday morning arrest, Bellamy sent out a message on his Twitter account apologizing to his teammates, coaches and fans for his poor judgment and asking for a chance to earn back their trust. Nineteen-year-olds make mistakes all the time, but it seems rare when they own up to them and sincerely ask for forgiveness. So kudos to Bellamy for that.

In the meantime, there is the punitive effect on Bellamy and the football team. According to UGA’s codes of conduct, DUI arrests usually result in a two-game suspension for football players. That means Bellamy is likely out for the Clemson and South Carolina games, arguably the two biggest for the Bulldogs this season.

Bellamy was entering preseason camp as the backup to Jordan Jenkins at the all-important Jack outside linebacker position. So in the immediate at least, that will mean a promotion for sophomore Johnny O’Neal, who was listed third on the largely hypothetical preseason depth chart.

Other options? Georgia, or course, signed 5-star prospect Lorenzo Carter of Norcross and 4-star recruit Keyon Brown of Wauchula, Fla., to play defensive end. And redshirt freshman Shaun McGee could move over from the Sam outside linebacker position. Backup inside linebacker Reggie Carter has also worked some on the edge.

So Georgia does have some depth at linebacker and, of course, the proven Jenkins will likely take almost all the snaps anyway. But coaches have been pleased with the progress of the physically imposing Bellamy, who also manned some special teams positions. The Bulldogs will miss him.

2. Darnell Salomon, the 5-star recruit from Florida who was charged with felony burglary the weekend of UGA’s Dawg Night elite prospect camp, returned to Athens this past Friday to answer the charges.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver drove back to Athens from Miramar, Fla., to be booked in the Athens-Clarke County Jail Friday afternoon. He was incarcerated less than an hour before being released at 12:30 p.m. on a $7,500 bond, according to jail records.

Salomon has proclaimed his innocence and the fact that he returned to answer the charges indicates he intends to fight them.

UGA police identified Salomon as the suspect accused of entering the unlocked suite of two female students in Busbee Hall in the early-morning hours of July 19 and stealing an iPhone5 and a wallet containing cash and credit cards. Salomon was spending the night in the dorm with two Georgia football players.

3. Former Georgia tennis standout John Isner won his second straight BB&T Atlanta Open on Sunday, defeating Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4 at Atlantic Station.

For top-seeded Isner, it was his ninth career ATP Tour title and his second in 2014 after winning the Heineken Open earlier this year in New Zealand. Following Isner’s three-set victory over Robby Gindpri in the second round on Thursday, he won all three subsequent matches in straight sets.

This marked the fourth time in five years Isner reached the final in Atlanta. He defeated Kevin Anderson in three sets to win last year.

Isner, who entered Sunday’s match ranked 12th in the world, was a four-time All-American at UGA from 2004-07 and led the Bulldogs to a perfect 32-0 record as a senior. He holds the school record for wins in both singles and doubles.

4. It seems just a matter of time before Kendell Williams runs down a world junior record.

Williams, a Georgia true freshman from Marietta, set another meet record on Sunday when she ran 12.89 in the 100-meter hurdles to win the gold medal at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore. That again brought Williams close to the world record of 12.84 set by Cuba’s Aliuska Lopez in 1987. Williams already set American junior and UGA records with a 12.87 at the USATF Championships in early July.

Williams is also a world-class competitor in the heptathlon and pentathlon. She has won two NCAA titles and one SEC title, set two collegiate records, two American Junior records, one world junior record, an SEC Championships record, two NCAA Championship records and two school records in her first year with the Bulldogs.

Williams enters her sophomore year at UGA this fall. She helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to a tie for third place at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships and a fifth-place finish at this year’s national outdoor meet.

217 comments
Borodawg
Borodawg

Refreshing to hear the apology from Mr Bellamy.  Congrats to  Kendell Williams! 

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

Anyone check the Clark Co. census today?

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

54-26 Mark Richt to 72-9 Nick Saban with 3 NC directly compared current 6-year period with 10 arrests/suspensions by recruits widely hailed when Mark Richt signed them, but Mark Richt does it the right way with all this bad press discussed by Chip Towers to begin this blog, and then there is Mark Richt's record.  Two halves of the Mark Richt era, the 2nd a decided drop-off.  2014 no different.  You could easily blame the suspensions/arrests to begin 2013 season as the reason we lost to Clemson, as the timing was off, and we missed the field goal for the LOSING MARGIN.


Ah, but this is all getting rid of dead wood, addition by subtraction that now we add a TE who is rated a 0-star as a Scholarship Recruit just when we down to 78 Scholarship Recruits standing of the 118 Mark Richt signed here amid great fanfare who with redshirt would've been playing 2014.  Back up to 79 Scholarship Recruits standing.


6 scholarships the NCAA hasn't taken away from any team in many years.


How does all this affect us ?


Well, we'd have to beat 7 top 10 teams and Florida to be Dawg350 and many others' 15-0.


But, hey Mark Richt is not to blame - not for his 54-26 nor his 10 arrests/suspensions.


Great guy !  Just not getting the job done on the field or off.


http://ugathomasbrown.wordpress.com/


And, I want more : Excuse me !

CallingOutWhiners
CallingOutWhiners

UGA


Usually Getting Arrested



The beat continues on.....


All of you making excuses for an athlete who puts his good time drinking and driving over his teammates with less than 2 weeks till camp starts just are spinning your own wicked tales.

Samoan Redcoat
Samoan Redcoat

We have a neighbor, 55, one of the first gals in the Ohio Bucs band, she told us last year about the "stuff" that goes on in that band.  It appears a female member told her Mom and the Mom  went ape and got the Band Master fired. 

Tamparitus
Tamparitus

He didn't take any blood or breathalizer, he technically isn't charged with a DUI yet, and may get out of it completely.  I don't know why everybody is jumping to conclusions.

The_Real_KJ
The_Real_KJ

Bellamy is 19, so a DUI could easily mean that he blew well under the legal limit.  Dumb thing to do regardless, but should probably wait until his BAC is public before crucifying him.


But how about that Browneyes band coach!  I wonder how many "rusty trombones" he solicited during his tenure...

UncleTom
UncleTom

So how much playing time is Darnell Saloman guaranteed at Auburn, I wonder?

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

Bellamy knows his punishment immediately.  No word on Marshall at AU for basically the same offense.


What a garbage university is AU.

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

I heard Richt is going to suspend Bellamy for the first quarter of the Troy game. WOW....what a disciplinarian that Richt is.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

My condolences to the family of UGA track star Torrin Lawrence, sounds like one helluva good Track athlete. Sometimes the good die young. RIP

UnbiasedObserver
UnbiasedObserver

But Mark Richt is a good Man.


He would never recruit these bad kinds of kids.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@ThomasBrown 


Apply for Richt's job!!!!!!!!!!!!


DawgNation could use a few laughs right about now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

@CallingOutWhiners  One would be a fool to offer an excuse for DUI, with that said, it is happening nationally..........I think it is time to stiffen the laws.........the only way football players or anyone else for that matter to learn.............is to take their money and freedom

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Tamparitus 


Both of us know why most FOOLS jump to conclusions and in this case he has already apologized to DawgNation for those transgressions so I don't really see him walking way unscathed!!!!

Bscott1993
Bscott1993

@midtowncowboy Driving drunk is similar to having less than an ounce of weed in your car? You sir are delusional. At least at Auburn we don't have problems with RECRUITS robbing each other. 

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie yep...UGA payroll is growing, (and I like it)...and if little brother flips, here's hoping his replacement can be had at the same price for you guys...go dogs



midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

@SlawDawg


Just to repeat what your father used to say.  You are one stupid S*B.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@SlawDawg can you not read...WOW...what a moron that slaw dawg is...sorry, I know that's what you do...troll on Mo...go dogs

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@UnbiasedObserver 


Over 70% of UGA recruits were offered by most other "Bigtime"Schools!!!!!!!!!!!


Look it up F O O L !!!!!!!!!!!

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@Bscott1993 @midtowncowboy Bscott, you're right, he was a RECRUIT at a UGA camp...I believe he has been to many schools visiting...taking it a step further, you took one of ours who had been caught stealing from his teammates, (at least we were unaware of his sticky fingers when we signed him) but you signed him and embraced him...and now he erred again and what will happen ?? ...go dogs

Grinch1066
Grinch1066

@Bscott1993 @midtowncowboy As much as they get paid I don't imagine they need to.  ;-)  I agree weed is a much lesser offense, though.


KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@Dewnsav “I think Alabama made its decision when they told Joseph to see financially what he could do (as a walk-on),” his mother said.

Nick and staff are not worried about losing Ledbetter sport! He will be replaced with ease. Replacing a 167th ranked DL at Bama isn't much of a challenge these days. Just saying.

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

@midtowncowboy  Well we all know what cowboys do in midtown Atlanta. As to what my father used to say....."Don't believe everything your momma told you regarding my father. He was not the Maytag repairman though he kept showing up at your house right after your father left for work @ Waffle House. Why don't you stick to what you know (Bulldogs Lounge and Swinging Richards) and let the real men stick to football.

Grant1296
Grant1296

@Hangonsloopy @Grant1296


just helping you out..

You know how the mean ole spelling and grammer police

can be...

Cant you check the census yourself?? 

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

@DawgNole @SlawDawg @Dewnsav  Good point. I forgot about the crablegs somebody stuck down in Winston's pants without his knowledge. With his criminal record, I am surprised Richt has not offered him a transfer to thUGA.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@SlawDawg @DawgNole @Dewnsav

They weren't in his pants. That was the UGA co-ed who packed her panties--with hash browns, actually.

JW simply walked out carrying the food--and never denied it. Just claimed he "forgot" to pay. BS, of course. 

Trouble is a way of life for too many college athletes nowadays. A shameful reality.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@DawgNole @SlawDawg @Dewnsav DNole...I don't live on/study the blogs...reading the story about Kiffin/Dooley just found out slaw dawg is a hillbilly...not wasting time with him anymore...you can't reason with/fix stupid...go dogs

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@DawgNole @Dewnsav @SlawDawg it is funny how these folks, who talk a lot, won't own up to their allegiances, i.e..buckeye/sloppy who is a closet tekkie...even worse are the posters who act as if they are UGA fans and are actually imposters, i.e. 5150...go dogs