Rewind: Dogs’ QB rotation, shoplifting and secondary depth at issue

THE MONDAY REWIND

1. Get used to seeing Brice Ramsey come in at quarterback in Georgia’s games the rest of the season. At least that was the inference of Bulldogs coach Mark Richt, who indicated he liked the way that worked out this past Saturday and might stick with it.

“It did work out well,” Richt said of Ramsey subbing for starter Hutson Mason in the first quarter against Vanderbilt. “There’s always a chance we’ll continue to do that. I’m not going to sit here and say for sure what we’re going to do because I don’t know for sure. But it’s definitely a possibility to keep doing that type of thing.”

Ramsey, a redshirt freshman from Kingsland, entered the game at quarterback on Georgia’s third offensive series of the day. He led the Bulldogs on a 74-yard scoring drive, going 2-for-3 passing along the way. It was a predetermined that Ramsey would come in when he did. However, Ramset didn’t re-enter the contest until the outcome was decided in the fourth quarter.

Richt said he has always been in favor of getting the second-string quarterback some work during meaningful situations in games. He employed an every third or fourth series with David Greene and D.J. Shockley during the 2003 and ’04 seasons. However, the Bulldogs have done very little rotating in the last 10 years, including none while Mason was the primary backup the previous four seasons.

“I like the philosophy of doing it, period,” Richt said. “I think it’s always good to let your second-teamer play in some snaps that are important in the first half. I think it just gives them experience that they need in case your starter gets hurt or when your starter moves on because he’s a senior or whatever it may be. You want to play your second-teamers at all positions if you can. But the quarterback seems to be the one that’s the most delicate. It really is, but I think you can treat it pretty much like other positions and say, ‘Hey, we’ll get him a series in the first half.’”

Richt said a rotation should not be interpreted the Bulldogs are unhappy with Mason, who has completed 68.7 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and three interceptions.

“It’s not an indictment on anybody,” Richt said. “It’s just healthy for the second-teamer and for the team.”

2. So Georgia lost its fourth defensive back in two weeks on Sunday when Shaquille “Shaq” Jones was dismissed without explanation by Richt. Turns out it was for shoplifting $86 worth of merchandise from the East Athens Wal-Mart.

According to the Athens Clarke-County police report, Jones was apprehended by a Wal-Mart loss-prevention associate for trying to steal two “universal power jolts” (valued at $13 each) and two USB iPhone cables ($30 each) at about 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Jones was detained at the Wal-Mart store until police arrived to arrest him.

Jones was booked into jail on shoplifting charges at 2:16 p.m., released on $1,500 bond at 4:53 p.m. and officially dismissed from the team via UGA’s announcement by 6:17 p.m.

Jones flipped to Georgia from a commitment to Louisville on national signing day in recruiting last year, so don’t be surprised if he, too, ends up with Todd Grantham and the Cardinals.

3. Jones had appeared in only one game this season, playing late in the 66-0 rout against Troy. But together with the losses of Shattle Fenteng (shoulder surgery), Sheldon Dawson (quit) and Rico Johnson (medical DQ) – not to mention the four defensive backs who were either booted or bolted after last season — it leaves the Bulldogs perilously thin in the secondary

In response, Georgia moved Brendan Langley back to cornerback from wide receiver this past week.. And with the most recent development, it doesn’t appear Langley will be going back to the other side of the ball for a while.

“He’s definitely there coming up this week,” Richt said on Sunday. “He’s in that spot right now and that’s where he’ll be working until further notice.”

Obviously, UGA needs help in the secondary. But Langley also had not shown a lot of promise as a wide receiver. The sophomre had not gotten on the field this season as an offensive player before playing briefly this past Saturday at cornerback.

4. Georgia’s secondary actually played pretty well against Vanderbilt. In fact, it was responsible for recording the defense’s second touchdown in as many weeks.

The Commodores were actually on the move and threatening to make a game of it as it reached Bulldogsterritory trailing 27-10 late in the third quarter. But that’s when Devin Bowman – wearing the No. 19 to honor his teammate Johnson – jumped a tight end screen route, intercepted the pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown and a 34-10 lead.

“It was amazing, really amazing,” said Bowman, a junior who is starting at boundary corner for the Bulldogs. “And it wasn’t for me. I did it for him. Obviously, (Johnson) can’t play football anymore. So I just wanted to represent him.”

For the game, Georgia limited Vanderbilt to 188 yards on 16-of-31 passing.

“I feel like we played good,” Bowman said. “Every game we’re getting better and better and better. The only thing we need to do is just keep going.”

5. And finally, even Richt said he was surprised to see that Justin Scott-Wesley did not play against the Commodores on Saturday. Turns out it was determined the junior wideout was “not game ready.”

There is some speculation that Scott-Wesley, suspended for the first four games, has a minor hand injury that’s holding him back. Richt says only that he expects to see more from Scott-Wesley this week.

“I would think so, but I was pretty sure we would last week,” Richt said. “He just wasn’t quite game ready. He’ll get better; they’ll get better.”

“They” includes Malcolm Mitchell, who played four snaps against Vandy. He is also expected to get more work against Missouri.


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