November 3, 2009

Staying or going? Robinson clears the air

Freshman defensive end Montez Robinson told UGASports Tuesday night that yes he did recently consider transferring to Purdue. But not right now.

"I'm going to stay," said Robinson, when asked to if he still intends to remain with the team.

That's certainly good news for the Bulldogs, who are already lacking for depth at defensive end.

Recently, rumors surfaced that the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder was considering a transfer to Purdue in his adopted home state of Indiana.

Robinson admitted it was more than a rumor.

"I thought about it, but I talked to the coaches, Coach (Mark) Richt and Coach (Rodney) Garner and we decided that I would stay," Robinson said. "At the time, I was just homesick and what not."

Robinson says that's no longer the case. He's played in all eight games for Georgia but has yet to make a tackle.

"I'm not feeling that way at the moment," he said. "I'm doing what I need t do, step by step and taking it one day at a time. I'm good with everything."

Robinson said he talked his situation over with freshman tight end Arthur Lynch, a Massachusetts' native who recently told UGASports he's been battling homesickness issues of his own.

"Yeah, we talked about it, it's something you think about," Robinson said. "You think about if there's an opportunity or if you don't feel like you're growing in a place that maybe you need to go somewhere else. But it's nothing too severe."

Dowtin said ref warned both teams

Linebacker Marcus Dowtin said the head official warned both he and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow about any extra-curricular activities when he called the two together in the first half of last week's game in Jacksonville.

"He just said that everybody needed to calm down, that some players were mouthing off, stuff like that," Dowtin said. "He just wanted to make sure we didn't get an unsportsmanlike penalty called. We both just said we were out having fun, just out there playing hard."

It was later in the game when Gator Brandon Spikes dug his fingers into the facemask of running back Washaun Ealey which resulted in the senior linebacker earning a suspension from head coach Urban Meyer for the first half of Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.

"It's a little different," Dowtin said of the game's intensity. "We're big rivals, a lot of the guys have known each other all their lives and it's like a family reunion. You want to get after it and that's why it's always such an intense game."

Captains for Saturday set

Richt began Georgia's two-and-a-half-hour, full pads practice on Tuesday by announcing the team's captains for Saturday's game with Tennessee Tech.

Punter Drew Butler, linebacker Rennie Curran, kicker Blair Walsh and tight end Aron White will serve as captains for the Homecoming date.

Walsh and White will be serving as captains for the first time in 2009, while Curran will be doing so for the sixth time and Butler for the third occasion.

This and that

Georgia has used five different combinations on the offensive line thus far. That number may grow to six, depending on how much left tackle Clint Boling (knee). … Richt said that he expects wide receiver A.J. Green to be able to play next week against Auburn. Green will sit out this week with a pulmonary contusion.


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