Boykin Eyes Record
Brandon Boykin
Athens Banner-Herald
Posted Nov 16, 2011


ATHENS – Georgia senior cornerback Brandon Boykin has a touchdown rushing and receiving this season.

What’s missing for the school record holder in kickoff return yardage is one more kick return for a touchdown.

“Time’s narrowing down and I’m like one away from a record,” Boykin said. “It’s something I kind of wanted to do before I ended my career. I’m not going to press. It will come. It will come.”

Another kickoff return touchdown would give Boykin five for his career.

He currently shares the Southeastern Conference record with Willie Gault (Tennessee) and Felix Jones (Arkansas) after having three in 2009 and one in 2010.

Boykin is 10th in the SEC with a 22.7 kickoff return average, down from 24.3 last season and 26.0 in 2009.

“We kind of dipped a little bit these past couple of games, but we’re still capable of taking it all the way,” Boykin said.

The cornerback has 34 starts as a Bulldog, the most of any current defensive player.

He plays his last home game Saturday against Kentucky.

“I’m sure I’m going to have a lot of emotion, but until I get in that atmosphere and it really hits me that this is my last game, I really don’t know,” Boykin said. “Senior Day, plus being able to clinch the East is like extra special.”

Samuel could return for SEC championship game.

Tailback Richard Samuel, who underwent ankle surgery on Nov. 1, could return to play in the SEC championship game if the Bulldogs are in it, according to coach Mark Richt.

Ron Courson, Georgia’s director of sports medicine, “feels like Richard could have a shot at it,” Richt said. Samuel is “on schedule and doing well,” in his return from the injury.

“It would be great if he’s full-speed, ready to go,” Richt said of Samuel's return. “If he’s limping around, it won’t be good.”

Offensive guard Dallas Lee “has a shot at the bowl,” Richt said. He suffered a broken leg against Florida.

Crowell sticking it out now

Freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell got some treatment for a sore knee on Tuesday, which is why he missed the early portion of practice.

“He’ll play,” Richt said.

Unlike previous games, Crowell didn’t ask out of the Auburn game Richt noted.

“I think I’m learning to do that more,” said Crowell, who rushed for 132 yards on 24 carries. “Staying in the game, that’s what I haven’t been doing well, but I’m just going to continue to try to do my best and stay in the game to help my team. …Coach just told us we’ve got to run with a purpose and that’s what we did.”

Crowell had 17 second-half carries when the Bulldogs attempted just two passes.

“Early in the season he was having trouble running more than a couple of plays in a row,” Richt said. “He’d run one or two and then he’d come out. Then he’d go back in and then he’d run a couple more and then he’d come out. This last game he wanted to keep getting it.”

Richt said that Crowell has built up more stamina.

“I think he knows that’s part of the game,” Richt said. “The better he gets at that the better off we’ll be.”

Light day for Dogs

Georgia didn’t practice outdoors on Wednesday, Richt said, because he thought they looked tired after Tuesday’s practice. With rain forecast anyway, Richt decided to move practice indoors to the multi-purpose room.

“I want their legs to be fresh,” Richt said. “When you do go 11-on-11 like we do on Wednesdays, you could get somebody hurt in a practice. We’re a little thin at some spots. Our backs are beat up a little bit; nothing to keep anybody out. I didn’t want to add to that.”

After special teams meetings, the offense and defense took turns practicing indoors. While one practiced, the other met, watched film and lifted weights.

The team returns to practice today.

This and that

Nose guard Kwame Geathers (ankle) should play Saturday, Richt said. …Backup cornerback Jordan Love will miss his second straight game after breaking a hand. He possibly could play against Georgia Tech with a club on the hand.

Georgia says a limited number of tickets for Saturday’s game will go on sale this morning at 9 a.m. They are available due to unclaimed student tickets.


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