At least Georgia’s coaches haven’t lost their sense of humor about it.
Star receiver A.J. Green’s four-game suspension certainly was no laughing matter around the program at the start of last season. That’s when Green was found to have sold his bowl jersey to someone the NCAA considered an agent for $1,000.
So when a No. 8 UGA jersey autographed by Green and coach Mark Richt was being auctioned off at the Lake Country Bulldog Club’s gathering Tuesday night, Richt did his best to get the price moving upwards.
“This thing is worth $1,000,” Richt told the crowd in Eatonton. “It’s documented.”
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo earlier chimed in: “It would easily be about $1,500 on eBay.”
It turned out the jersey brought in $750 that will go to help pay the cost to send players to Richt’s summer camp.
“You may or may not remember, but A.J. did not play four games this year,” said Richt, who endured a 1-3 start without Green.
Green, who could become a top-five overall NFL draft pick next week, actually had yet to sign the jersey, but the crowd was told that he would sign it or their money back.
Richt was as relaxed as I can remember seeing him in some time.
The stunner of the night is that he did not utter the words Isaiah Crowell or Dream Team to the crowd.
Running backs coach Bryan McClendon talked about the 5-star recruit from Columbus.
“I do think signing Isaiah Crowell helped light a fire under some of those guys,” he said of his tailbacks. “It let them know that the competition is here.”
McClendon said that Caleb King knows what to do in pass protection. Redshirt freshman Ken Malcome “obviously had a pretty good spring game,” but he was frustrated this spring some by his groin injury. Carlton Thomas, he said, “obviously has to get better at being able to protect the ball.” Thomas had two spring game fumbles
Washaun Ealey “started out having a very, very, very good spring,” he said, but missed most of the practices with a pulled hamstring.
Before the event began, Richt was asked whether Georgia is still involved in recruiting defensive back Deion Bonner.
“Just no comment,” Richt said.
A Georgia spokesman had pretty much the same answer the day before.
Bonner is one of three players from Carver High in Columbus arrested Monday for their involvement in the theft of iPods and iPhones from the UGA football locker room earlier this month during a visit.
Carver coach Dell McGee said Monday that he assumed Georgia would stop recruiting Bonner, but he expected other schools still would, but would monitor him.
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