He can still launch a zinger every now and then like when he told ESPN.com about the Georgia-South Carolina game moving from the second game of the season to October this season.
“I don’t know,” Spurrier said. “I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended.”
Asked about the comment after practice Thursday, Georgia coach Mark Richt laughed it off.
“How about that?” he said. “I think that’s funny. That sounds like Steve.”
Georgia has at least four players facing suspension early this season.
Cornerback Sanders Commings is suspended for two games after a domestic violence arrest. Cornerback Branden Smith is facing a suspension of at least one game for an arrest for possession of marijuana.
Safety Bacarri Rambo is facing a four-game suspension for a second violation of Georgia’s drug testing policy, according to his high school. Inside linebacker Alec Ogletree also reportedly is facing a multi-game suspension.
Georgia has still not confirmed the Rambo and Ogletree suspensions.
Asked if the “process” leading to the suspensions being finalized have been resolved, Richt said: “I guess the best answer I can give is not a real good answer. When we have something to report about a suspension, we’ll report it.”
Georgia was missing star receiver A.J. Green due to a four-game NCAA suspension in 2010 against South Carolina and pass rusher Justin Houston and tight end Bruce Figgins in 2009 due to suspensions.
Georgia last year got back Rambo and Carlton Thomas from one-game suspensions for the South Carolina game.
Spurrier, of course, has had his own suspension issues. Quarterback Stephen Garcia was booted off the team last year after five suspensions.
South Carolina offensive tackle Jarriel King, cornerback Chris Culliver and tight end Weslye Saunders were also held out of the 2010 Georgia game because of questions about their eligibility.
Marshall out G-Day, but showed coaches ability
Keith Marshall, the highly-rated tailback who enrolled early, is definitely out for Saturday’s G-Day game with a hamstring injury, Richt said
“It would have been nice to see Keith,” Richt said.
The 5-foot-11, 202-pound Marshall missed the last two weeks of practice with the injury.
“You’d like to get more, but we did see a lot out of the young man,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “I knew he had speed—straight-line speed—but I liked his ability to make cuts, I liked his vision and I liked the ability to put his head down and get the tough two or three yards. He showed some physicality.”
Also out is cornerback Malcolm Mitchell with a pulled hamstring and freshman quarterback Faton Bauta, who has a minor knee injury.
Georgia previously said that safety Shawn Williams won’t go due to a knee injury.
“Shawn’s going to be fine,” Richt said. “He won’t be able to play in the game, but it won’t be long before he’s doing everything in the offseason.”
Richt called Marshall “a talented guy, a hard-working guy.”
Said Bobo: “You’d like for him to get the whole practices but I think just being around and hearing things and being in meeting is definitely going to give him a jump start to be able to succeed next year.
Double duty for Bowman
Redshirt freshman cornerback Devin Bowman is the only player listed on both the Black and Red team rosters for G-Day,
“Wow, I haven’t heard that,” Bowman said after practice Thursday. “Since you just told me that I guess that sounds like a good thing to me. I’m happy now. It just gives me more reps just to get better.”
Richt said Bowman will pull double duty because coaches want to see him play the nickel position extensively.
Up to 10 players total could see playing time on both the Black and Red team, Richt said.
“Most of it would be basically we might want to see X amount of time for certain guys and then just get them out of there,” Richt said.
This and that
Former Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn is among a record 26 players that have confirmed plans to attend the NFL draft in New York April 26, the league announced. … Richt was asked after practice about his level of satisfaction with Bobo as coordinator. “Well, I like what he does or he wouldn’t be there,” Richt said. Bobo is oft-criticized by some Georgia fans for his play-calling. “We don’t worry about that,” Richt said. …Running back Richard Samuel (concussion) could play Saturday. He practiced in a non-contact jersey Thursday. Offensive lineman Zach DeBell, who practiced sparingly this spring, is sidelined again with a sprained ankle …Georgia will hold a light practice today before the G-Day game. …Players attended a football lettermen dinner Thursday night.