Marlon Brown expects Tennessee freshman receiver Da’Rick Rogers to get a similar reception from Georgia fans Saturday in Sanford Stadium that the Bulldogs’ sophomore got last year in Knoxville.
Plenty of boos and some choice words.
“I heard a few comments here and there about my recruiting and wrong decision-making,” said Brown, a Memphis native who was rated as Tennessee’s top prospect and one of the nation’s top wideouts, but spurned the home-state Vols.
Now, it’s Rogers’ turn.
The Calhoun product was the prize of Georgia’s 2010 recruiting class until he backed away from a seven-month commitment and signed with Tennessee.
“Cool guy,” Georgia receiver Tavarres King said. “Unfortunate that he made a decision to go up there, but, hey, I’m sure he’ll get a nice welcome when he comes back down here.”
Tennessee said Rogers – who has had a quiet rookie season with three catches for 25 yards – and other freshmen aren’t available for interviews.
Rogers and Georgia safety Bacarrai Rambo exchanged unflattering words on Facebook and Twitter after Rogers’ switch.
Georgia receiver Kris Durham, who also is from Calhoun, heard from Rogers after he made his decision,
“Ever since he committed to Georgia, I was 100 percent behind him,” Durham said. “I tried to help him out any way I could. Once he decided to go, he actually called me and was like, ‘Thank you for all the support, but unfortunately we’re not going to be playing together.’ I have nothing but good things to say about him.”
King likely to start
Caleb King’s late-game fumble against Colorado won’t keep him from starting Saturday at tailback against Tennessee.
“We have not sat down and said who’s going to start this week, but Caleb certainly has made a good case to be the starter,” coach Mark Richt said. “I do think that Caleb had one of his better ballgames.”
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said King ran the ball well on a night he rushed for 100 yards on 12 carries. Carlton Thomas, who got his first career start Saturday, had 11 yards on seven carries and Washaun Ealey just 15 yards on one carry after losing playing time because of two costly fumbles this season.
“Obviously the fumble was disappointing, but really the whole game we made safeties miss in the perimeter,” Bobo said. “It’s something we haven’t been doing, getting to the second level and we hadn’t made anybody miss.”
Richt said that Colorado linebacker B.J. Beatty was left unblocked on the play when he forced the fumble.
“Certainly no one’s happy about the last play of the game,” Richt said. “There were circumstances. That wasn’t just your normal fumble in my opinion. It was right in the middle of an exchange.”
Green on NFL, punt returns
Junior receiver A.J. Green, a projected top-10 NFL draft pick, suggested that his four-game NCAA suspension for selling a jersey might factor into his decision of whether to enter the draft.
“I don’t know yet, but I do feel like I owe some of the fans some more stuff just missing those four games,” Green said.
There were eight NFL scouts watching Green against Colorado when he had seven catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
Richt said Thomas, Green and Logan Gray are working at punt returner this week in place of Branden Smith, who is out with his second concussion in three weeks.
“I would love to do it,” Green said.
Georgia put 400 tickets returned by Tennessee on sale Tuesday afternoon for Saturday’s game at $70 each. About 270 remained at the end of the business day.
Georgia also has 500 tickets remaining for the Oct. 16 game against Vanderbilt and 700 for the Nov. 6 game against Idaho State.
They can be ordered at georgiadogs.com or by calling 877-542-1231.
This and that
Brown did not practice on Tuesday because of a right shoulder injury. Georgia says he is questionable. … Trinton Sturdivant continues to get more and more snaps. The left tackle played about two-thirds of the game against Colorado, offensive line coach Stacy Searels said. “I’ve told him before it’s based on the way he performs,” Searels said. “The better he plays, the better he finishes plays, the more he will play.” … Quarterback Aaron Murray said has lost more games this season (four) than in two years as a starter in high school (three) playing at Plant High in Tampa. … It’s already Game 6, but defensive end Garrison Smith may not be the last freshman to play this season. Smith made his Bulldogs debut against Colorado. “There’s a chance other guys will play,” Richt said. “There’s some other guys we’ve looked at to do that.”