White: "Just a Little Tension"

ATHENS – Georgia tight end Aron White first met current Vanderbilt coach James Franklin during recruiting. But he never got a chance to shake Franklin's hand after Saturday's game.

White had a front-row seat when shouting match erupted between the two teams, principally Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. The Southeastern Conference is investigating the incident and could announce its findings as early as Wednesday.

"Coach Franklin was at K-State (Kansas State) when I was getting recruited, and I'm a Missouri kid," White said. "I really liked him coming out. I tried to get out there to shake his hand before Coach (Mark) Richt did. But for whatever reason, stuff escalated and got out of hand so I didn't get a chance to talk to him."

Although White would not volunteer any details about how the incident started, he defended Grantham's loyalty to his team.

"I'm just proud of the way we played and the way we pulled it out at the end," White said. "No player is going to be mad if Coach Grantham stood up for one of us, but if you want any specifics, you're probably going to have to talk to him."

White said that the incident escalated quickly but never reached a boiling point and does not expect any repercussions.

"It definitely caught me off guard and it definitely got some guys fired up as you can tell from the video," White said. "But at the end of the day, no fists were thrown. There might have been a couple of shoves here and there. But there was nothing serious, man, just a little tension from a close game."

Crowell's wrist ailing

Isaiah Crowell's wrist still hurts but he plans to play through the pain. Crowell injured the wrist against Tennessee and aggravated it while pass blocking in the second half against Vanderbilt.

"It hurts and it gets banged-up during the game and stuff, but it's all right," Crowell said. "It should heal better now."

Crowell missed the first quarter of Saturday's game because of a suspension. He did not offer a reason for the suspension after Tuesday's practice. Richt said after the game that he did not play Crowell in the first quarter as "a coach's decision" and later said that it was related to an off-field issue.

"I think Coach Richt should answer that question, I don't really know," Crowell said.

Crowell said that his wrist feels good most of the time but sudden jolts can aggravate it and make carrying the ball more difficult.

"I think it's more wrist just because there's more access for people to hit it, especially when you've got a ball in that hand," Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon said. "When you're running, you can only do X-amount of things to try to protect that bad boy. That's why this off week is going to be so important to get over that hump."

Receivers on the mend

Several injured receivers are starting to trickle back into practice, and Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the bye week is coming at the right time.

Marlon Brown (ankle) is not 100 percent yet, but had a standout game against Vanderbilt. Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring) and Rantavious Wooten (concussion) participated in light workouts in non-contact jerseys on Tuesday.

"We're pretty thin there at that position," Bobo said. "We've got guys going there but we've got some guys who are a little worn-out, guys like Tavarres (King) and Michael (Bennett) who have played a lot of plays and Malcolm before his injury. It was good to get Marlon back. We've got to get Wooten back hopefully this week and hopefully get Malcolm back. ... Malcolm looked good to me running around a little bit out there today but I don't make that call. I hope to get him back at the end of this week or next week."

This and That

Georgia practiced in a downpour on Tuesday and came off of the field a little early. Bobo said that the weather limited what the team could do but it was good experience to work in heavy rain in case the team had to play in it. ... Quarterback Aaron Murray said that they only took three balls to practice and they were quickly soaked. "(The footballs) weighed about 20 pounds each," Murray said. "My arm got a bit of a workout in. But it was all right, it was cool." ... Georgia will have another workout Wednesday. Forecasts call for cool, wet weather with a 40-percent chance of rain.


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