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Blog: Mike Bobo Q&A on the impact of the running back suspensions

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo met with reporters tonight after Georgia today announced the suspensions of Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome for Saturday’s game against New Mexico State. Richard Samuel is also out for the rest of the regular season after undergoing ankle surgery today.

Q: What are you going to do at running back this week?

A: We’re going to go with Kyle Karempelis and Brandon Harton. (Zander) Ogletree will fill in there and we might have a couple of surprises. Just got to figure out what we can do best and work hard at it this week.

Q: Three running backs suspended at the same time. Is that a coincidence?

A: Any questions about that you’ve got to ask coach Richt.

Q: How challenging is it from a playcalling standpoint?

A: I think it’s an opportunity for a lot of guys to step up. It’s an opportunity for us to change some things up, maybe do something different. Figure out ways to move the ball. Other guys have to step up and make plays. I feel confident in those two guys and Ogletree and the backs and tight ends we’ve got and the receivers. There’s a number of things we can do offensively to move the ball.

Q: What does Brandon Harton bring?

A: He’s done a good job all camp. He probably would have played some early if he would have had a bad sprained ankle before the first game. He was No. 3 behind Richard (Samuel) and Isaiah before he had a severely sprained ankle going into the first game.

Q: Is Kyle starting?

A: No. I just said it in those order. That’s still to be determined.

Q: Is Wes Van Dyk in that mix?

A: No.

Q: Does he work with the running backs anymore.

A: Yes. He’s with the running backs.

Q: How disappointed is it those three running backs suspended?

A: I’m not going to comment on that. If you want any comments about that, you can ask coach Richt.

Q: What can you tell us about Karempelis?

A: Isn’t he the leading rusher in the state of Georgia? I’m looking forward to seeing him run on Saturday. (His Georgia bio says he surpassed 5,000 yards rushing in his career at the Wesleyan School and is sixth in Georgia high school football history for career touchdowns).

Q: Can you spell his name?

A: No.

Q: What’s he looks like out there?

A: He looks good. He has quickness. He’s shown a lot of flashes in camp. He’s been on the scout team mostly but today he got out there and ran behind those big boys and they did a good job of opening up holes for them.

Q: It was reported that the suspended players failed a drug test. Is that true?

A: I have no comment on any of that.

Q: Did you have to scrap a gameplan or did you know this Monday?

A: You know there’s going to be certain things that we’re not going to be able to do and we’re going to have to find out what our best personnel is and get them on the field and that’s what we’re in the process of doing right now.

Q: Is the best play going to be everybody go out?

A: We’re still going to have to do things that we do within our offense. These guys have been at the running back position all year and know what we’re doing. There might be some different things that we add to get guys the football.

Q: How much more of offense do you expect for Brandon Boykin and Branden Smith?

A: They could be a possibility. Nick Marshall could be a possibility. Damian Swann could be a possibility. There are a lot of guys out there that could be possibilities.

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