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Blog: Dogs get soaked; Mitchell, Wooten update; Crowell hopes bye week gives wrist time to heal

A heavy rainstorm greeted Georgia players and coaches for its first bye week practice on Tuesday afternoon.

Receiver Malcolm Mitchell didn’t go through drills as he gets set to return Oct. 29 against Florida from a pulled hamstring, but there was an indication that he’s probably fine.

He looked like he was going close to full speed as he tripped up fellow receiver Marlon Brown into a puddle that was quickly forming on the sideline. Brown popped up fine.

You could tell the players were enjoying being outside in the wet stuff as much as the reporters (OK, most of us snuck under the covered area where trainers can attend to players).

“Rain harder!” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said sarcastically (I think) at a time when I’m not sure if that would be possible.

Georgia moved the practice up to avoid the heavy rain, then moved it back again. Then finally cut it short 25 minutes.

“Not a QB day at all,” quarterback Aaron Murray said afterwards. “We just took like three footballs out there so they weighed about 20 pounds each.”

Tailback Carlton Thomas (undisclosed) jogged on the side. Inside linebacker Chase Vasser (undisclosed) practiced in a non-contact jersey.

Yes, inside linebacker Alec Ogletree was practicing for the first time since breaking a bone in his foot in the opener. He wasn’t doing much in the portion of practice open to the media when the Bulldogs were working on special teams.

Bobo made mention that “we’ve got to get (Rantavious) Wooten back this week,” but there is no indication yet that the receiver is on track to return from the concussion that he sustained in an auto accident before the Ole Miss game.

“There’s a possibility, but he’s got to pass all of his tests,” Bobo said.

Mitchell “looked good out there running around to me a little bit today.” Bobo hopes for him to return at the end of this week or early next week.

Tailback Isaiah Crowell says his lingering sore right wrist “should heal better now,” with two weeks between games. He hurt the wrist again he said in pass protection and said his right elbow was also sore.

“Should be better by next week,” Crowell said. “It was really my wrist, but my elbow got hurt a little, too. …I hope it gets a chance to heal this week and next week.”

Asked why he was held out the first quarter, Crowell said “Really, I just think coach (Mark) Richt should handle that question. I don’t really know.”

Crowell said he was eager to get into the game, but the injuries limited his playing time. He finished with 10 carries for 35 yards.

Richt mentioned on Sunday that he wanted his players to cut down on “chirping” at the end of plays.

Tight end Aron White said Richt “always says he wants us to go out and do our talking between the whistles and show people what we can do by the way that we play. He’s never been a coach that’s big on a lot of talking and taunting.”

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin pointed at safety Shawn Williams after the game before Franklin’s confrontation with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Franklin told Richt on the field that Williams was “rubbing our face in it.”

White said that Richt this week “just echoed things that he’s said in the past.”

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