Vanderbilt Week: Tuesday News and Notes

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's fall practices.


When Tommy Bowden stepped down as head coach at Clemson, Richt knew it wouldn't sit well with his son, Jon, who is a freshman quarterback for the Tigers.

Richt coached under Bowden's father, Bobby, at Florida State, and said Tommy Bowden had a lot to do with Jon's decision to go to Clemson.

"When you're being recruited, you're being recruited by a human being, not by a building or an institution," Mark Richt said. "It's usually the recruitment that will sway a kid, as far as the people, the personalities. There's just a trust factor that they have or don't have."

Richt, who served as a reserve quarterback at Miami during most of his college career, said he was disappointed to see Bowden step down, but said he hopes the situation will teach his son a valuable lesson.

"He's got disappointment in his life, something that he didn't really plan on. Now he's got to react to it – how are you going to react to it? That's the way it is in life," Richt said. "I hope he plays … but if he doesn't, he doesn't. That's another part of life. I went through that myself. I had all my goals and dreams, and Jim Kelly played. But I grew up during my college days, not because I got everything I wanted, but because I went through the tough times, and this is part of the deal."


It may be a nice sign of respect from opponents, but cornerback Asher Allen is getting a little frustrated with the lack of action on his side of the field this season.

"I haven't had that many opportunities this year," Allen said. "I'm about to start wearing a different color jersey to see what happens."

Opponents have focused on throwing to the other side of the field, usually manned by Prince Miller or Bryan Evans, giving Allen fewer opportunities to make a play.

The senior has yet to record an interception this season, although he had one taken away against Arizona State because of a penalty.

Allen said he doesn't take full credit for intimidating opposing passers. The strong play of Will linebacker Rennie Curran and safety Reshad Jones, who also play on Allen's side of the field, has had a big impact.

"Those guys are playmakers," Allen said, "so obviously teams are looking at that."


After starting the season as the No. 2 running back, freshman Richard Samuel has just one carry in the Bulldogs' past three games.

While Samuel landed a role as the primary kick returner against Tennessee, Richt said he would like to see the freshman on the field for a few more offensive snaps.

"I'd love to get him the ball more than we have, and I probably need to help our coaches make a point of that because he deserves more carries," Richt said.

Running backs coach Tony Ball said Samuel hasn't been benched, but as Richt acknowledged, it's tough to find too many carries with Moreno and Caleb King ahead of Samuel on the depth chart.

"Any time you give him one, you're taking away from Knowshon or Caleb," Richt said, "but I think he runs pretty good, too. But we probably ought to give him a few more totes than we have."

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