Picking up a Different Vibe

ATHENS - Georgia's 0-2 start this year might feel a bit similar to last year when the Bulldogs began 1-4, but defensive end Abry Jones senses a different vibe surrounding the program now.

"I have a complete opposite feeling of what last year was," Jones said. "Last year was just distasteful to me. I couldn't really deal with it. This year I figure it's a little bit better. With this year, you can see the sunrise on the horizon."

Coach Mark Richt said Tuesday that he would define a successful season as winning the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division and winning the SEC title, which he said is still possible.

"Are you kidding me?" Richt said. "There's seven more games for us and South Carolina. And some of the teams haven't even started their conference play, so there's a lot of football left."

Richt said no matter what the perceptions might be from outsiders, he sees a different perspective inside the program. Georgia's two losses came to Boise State and South Carolina, both ranked in the top 10 now.

"There's not a cloud hanging over us," Richt said.

South Carolina scored 28 points off a fake punt, interception returned for a touchdown, fumble returned for a touchdown and a touchdown set up by a 56-yard fumble return.

"If you take away those four plays, it's a 28-point difference and I think we blow them out because we played that well," quarterback Aaron Murray said.

Crowell to start, get more touches

Isaiah Crowell didn't get as many touches as some fans may have wanted in Saturday's loss to South Carolina.

The freshman tailback will be on the field to get the first touch at the position Saturday against Coastal Carolina. Richt announced Tuesday that Crowell will get his first college start.

"His production as a runner is a big-part of it certainly," Richt said, "but Richard (Samuel) is also kind of hobbled."

Samuel has a heel contusion. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said he did "a little bit" of work Tuesday and he expects him to play Saturday. Carlton Thomas is the next tailback.

Crowell shared SEC freshman of the week honors this week after rushing for 118 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown and caught two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.

"I think I did well," Crowell said. "I think I just need to work on my wind so I can get more carries."

Richt said on his radio show Monday night that coaches want Crowell to get more touches.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo joked he'd like him to get 45 touches, but in reality she'd like him to be a "20 to 25 carry a game guy, but in certain games it might be more."

"I think Isaiah's got to learn to hang in there one more play and get one more rep because we do want to feed him because he's got a chance to be something really special," Richt said. "I think he sees how crucial it is for him to continue to get in great condition because fatigue is what keeps a great back from carrying the ball more times."

Crowell said he thinks "by the middle or end of this season I'll be all right. I've just got to keep on working out and training at practice hard."

Cats and dogs

Count Richt among those who have viewed the YouTube video gone viral of Coastal Carolina coach David Bennett.

"It looked like close to half a million people saw it," Richt said. "I'm one of them."

Bennett told a story in his own down home style last week about a kitten that snuck into the kitchen at his home and couldn't get out.

"I told our players: You need to be more like a dog," Bennett said at a news conference last week. "We don't need a bunch of cats in here—meow—looking in the mirror. `Do I look good? I got my extra bands on. I got my other shoes on. Be a Dog! We don't need no meows. We don't need no cats. We need more dogs." Bennett's rant made ESPN's SportsCenter and Pardon The Interruption. There were 525,830 clicks as of Tuesday afternoon.

"It took off like wildfire," Bennett said. "It must have been a slow media day."

No. 1 `non-issue'

Cornerback Branden Smith remains in the offensive plans even though both Smith and Crowell both wear No. 1 jerseys.

"It's not a big ordeal for us," Bobo said.

Smith and Crowell can't be on the field at the same time with the same number, but Smith could get on offense with Samuel or no tailback on the field.

Bobo said Smith's foot injury has kept him from playing on offense, but "there's plans for Branden. Branden's just got to get healthy."

Crowell said he hasn't talked to anybody on staff about the identical numbers.

"Nobody," Crowell said. "That's a non-issue."

This and that

Offensive guard Kenarious Gates (ankle) got some work at tackle on Tuesday. Dallas Lee and Chris Burnette are slated to start again at guard on Saturday…Freshman tight end Jay Rome from Valdosta has yet to play and seems headed for a redshirt season barring injuries at the position. "Let's face it, he is sitting behind a pretty strong corps of tight ends right now," Richt said…Offensive line coach Will Friend said freshmen Watts Dantzler and David Andrews. Friend said there's a chance Dantzler and Andrews have a chance to play for the first time this season on Saturday. …Bobo said receivers Chris Conley and Justin Scott-Wesley remain "on the bubble" to redshirt.

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