Brandon Boykin needs one more kickoff-return touchdown to hold the Southeastern Conference career record all to himself.
David Manning/Staff Cornerback Brandon Boykin needs one more kickoff-return touchdown to hold the SEC record all by himself.
The Georgia senior would like the chance to do it against Boise State and coach Chris Petersen Saturday night in Atlanta.
"Dear Coach petersen, I DARE you to Kick to me…. Sincerely, Me and my #dawgs." Boykin posted on his Twitter account this weekend.
The tweet caught the attention of both Georgia and Boise State fans, but Boykin said he told coach Mark Richt after posting it.
"He was like, ‘OK, well now you’ve got to back it up,’ " Boykin said.
Boykin acknowledged that the tweet could give Boise State extra incentive.
"I didn’t say anything disrespectful so if they didn’t like it, whatever," Boykin said. "They’re going to come out anyway. That’s their job to come and tackle me."
Petersen was asked about Boykin’s special request by reporters in Boise, according to the Idaho Statesman.
"The kick returner … wants a piece of me and I don’t even play," Petersen said. "Don’t direct that at me. I don’t kick the ball. He’s talking to the wrong guy. I’m shanking it out of bounds."
Boykin averaged 24.3 yards per kick last season — sixth best in the SEC — including a 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown against Kentucky.
He returned a kickoff return for a touchdown in Georgia’s practice game scrimmage last week.
"In my eyes, I want the ball and I want it be a challenge," Boykin said.
Richt won’t address Rambo situation
Two days after Richt said that Bacarri Rambo isn’t starting at safety against Boise State, Richt would not say whether the junior is suspended for the game.
"No, I’m not going to address that," Richt said. "At the appropriate time if anybody has anything like that, I’ll let you know."
Asked when that would be, Richt said "I don’t know. I’ve got to figure that out. I’m still working on that."
Rambo was off to the side not taking part in early drills, but wore a regular jersey, indicating he is not injured. He was again requested for an interview after practice but was not made available.
Sanders Commings and Shawn Williams are now the starters at safety.
Tailback Carlton Thomas is the only player that Richt has confirmed is suspended for the opener.
Samuel still not going full speed
Five days before the opener, first-team tailback Richard Samuel was still not back to full speed due to his quadriceps injury.
"He’s not 100 percent yet, but he’s getting there day-to-day" Richt said of an injury that Samuel has been dealing with for two and a half weeks now.
Samuel said he was able to go through half of Monday’s practice, the final in full pads before the game.
"I just didn’t want to push it too far, too fast," said Samuel, who was in a non-contact jersey.
Richt said that Samuel remains the projected starter ahead of freshman Isaiah Crowell "until we find out something different."
Richt said "he’s pretty confident" that cornerback/punt returner Branden Smith will play after injuring a foot Thursday. Smith said he jogged during practice Monday.
"I’ll be out there Saturday ready to play," Smith said. "I’ll be 100 percent. … It wasn’t any major injury," Smtih said. "They’re just trying to be cautious so I can be ready for Saturday. They just wanted me to stay off of it and not put any pressure on it."
Receiver Marlon Brown practiced for the first time in more than week after spraining an ankle. The injury sidleined the junior after a strong preseason.
"I was really bummed," Brown said. "I was like, ‘This is just cutting into my time of getting better.’ "
Nose guard John Jenkins (hamstring) practiced for the first time in more than a week. Fullback Bruce Figgins (hamstring) also returned.
Receiver Malcolm Mitchell (leg) returned to practice "and looked very good," Richt said.
This and that
Boise State will arrive into Atlanta late Thursday night and hold a walkthrough practice Friday afternoon at the Georgia Dome. The Bulldogs held their on-site practice there last Friday. … Georgia signee Kent Turene has enrolled at The Atlanta Sports Academy, according to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. Turene is attending the prep school after he was not certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse. … The ESPN broadcast crew for Saturday will be Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe.