November 14, 2011

A 'Harrowing' experience



Quintavious Harrow sounded like a boxer when he talked about how he lined up Auburn's Tre Mason, right before driving the Tigers' kickoff return man into the Sanford Stadium turf during Georgia's 45-7 win.

"Right before I got him, I told myself 'you're about to knock him out," Harrow said after practice Monday. "When I saw him come back up the line, I knew I had him for sure."

What happened that next split second was a play head coach Mark Richt later said was one of the key moments in the game after the Bulldogs had just scored to go in front 14-7.

"Quintavious Harrow may have made the most impressive play of the game for me," Richt said. "I just love to see our special teams play well and when a guy flies down there and makes that kind of hit, it ignited our sideline, I can tell you. We already had some energy, but he boosted it with that big hit."

Harrow was a popular subject during Monday's post-practice interview session at the Butts-Mehre Building.

The freshman was all smiles as he spent time re-telling the play, one the former Carver performer said he wanted to make to get the crowd further into the game.

"I just kept telling myself I had to make something happen to get the crowd hyped," he said. "My cover guys on the kickoff opened up, I just ran full speed and collided with him."

The play certainly had the desired effect on the Bulldog sideline.

"It got us riled up, that's for sure," linebacker Christian Robinson said. "We were already jacked up, but that really got us fired up. It really set the tone for the rest of the day."

Harrow laughed that he almost got a concussion - but not from the tackle on the play.

"My teammates were slapping me harder than the hit," Harrow said. "But that's football."

Malcome plans on sticking around

Running back Ken Malcome admitted Monday he's still frustrated with how his season has gone, but denied that he's thinking about transferring once the season is complete.

"No, I'm here," Malcome said. "If I can fight through this, I can fight through anything and be successful."

By now Malcome's story is a familiar one.

After leaving the team for a day earlier this season, Malcome was allowed to come back by Richt, but Saturday marked just his second game this year when he rushed three times for 10 yards.

"I think it gave me confidence. My first carry I think I had a pretty good run, I think the three carries against a big team like that took care of the butterflies for me," Malcome said. "I feel I can go out there and run against anybody now."

But will he get the chance?

The redshirt freshman is still listed as the fourth team running back behind Brandon Harton and Monday spoke again of promises "not not being kept."

"Sometimes I feel like they've forgot about me, but you know I'm still here, I'm still practicing," he said. "I'm the same kid from last year who they were going to burn a redshirt because I was running so good. I'm doing the same thing; I don't see the difference. I'm frustrated, but I'm here, I'm a Bulldog and I'll go out and run hard every day."

Charles a candidate to be a finalist for Mackey Award

Often times, tight end Orson Charles has spoken of his admiration for the late, great Charles Mackey.

Monday, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced that the Bulldog tight end will be a candidate for the finalists that will be announced next Monday.

Charles, a 6-3, 241-pound native of Tampa, Fla., is the Bulldogs' leading receiver through 10 games with 32 catches for 395 yards and five touchdowns. He's played in all 10 games and the last 20 in a row and has played a key role in a Georgia offense that is leading the league in pass efficiency and is ranked second in the SEC in total offense (438.7 yards per game).

Charles has tallied 1,191 yards and 10 touchdowns on 81 catches during his career. He is tied with current Kansas City Chief Leonard Pope for the tight end school record with 10 scores and is already third on the all-time list in yardage at his position.

Jones, Crowell honored

Charles wasn't the only Bulldog getting some national pub Monday.

Earlier, the SEC announced that center Ben Jones captured the league Offensive Lineman of the Week Award for the second straight week, while running back Isaiah Crowell earned Freshman Player of the Week honors for the third time.

Jones graded out at 85 percent with 10 intimidation blocks in Saturday's 45-7 win over Auburn, while Crowell shredded the Tigers' defense for 132 yards on 24 carries.

It was his fourth 100-yard game of the season as he and teammate Carlton Thomas became the first pair of teammates to rush for over 100 yards since Caleb King and Washaun Ealey in 2009 at Georgia Tech.

This and That

Georgia worked for just over an hour Monday in preparation for Saturday's game against Kentucky (12:20, SEC Network), a contest if the Bulldogs win will send the team to the SEC Championship for the first time since 2005. "There was a lot of energy when the (Auburn) game was over," Richt said. "There was a lot of excitement in the locker room with guys celebrating. We let them jump around and have some fun. But when it was over, I told them to realize that we still have some business that needs taking care of. And they understand that."

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
and he can be reached via email at dash@ugasports.com.