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‚Äôre 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‚Äôve got to ask coach Richt.
Q: How challenging is it from a playcalling standpoint?
A: I think it‚Äôs an opportunity for a lot of guys to step up. It‚Äôs 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‚Äôve got and the receivers. There‚Äôs a number of things we can do offensively to move the ball.
Q: What does Brandon Harton bring?
A: He‚Äôs 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‚Äôs still to be determined.
Q: Is Wes Van Dyk in that mix?
Q: Does he work with the running backs anymore.
A: Yes. He‚Äôs with the running backs.
Q: How disappointed is it those three running backs suspended?
A: I‚Äôm 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‚Äôt he the leading rusher in the state of Georgia? I‚Äôm 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?
Q: What‚Äôs he looks like out there?
A: He looks good. He has quickness. He‚Äôs shown a lot of flashes in camp. He‚Äôs 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‚Äôs going to be certain things that we‚Äôre not going to be able to do and we‚Äôre going to have to find out what our best personnel is and get them on the field and that‚Äôs what we‚Äôre in the process of doing right now.
Q: Is the best play going to be everybody go out?
A: We‚Äôre 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‚Äôre 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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