Dawg Roll: News and Notes

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Posted Sep 17, 2005


ATHENS — It would've been good from 60 yards, and it might've been good from 65. So the 58 yards Brandon Coutu's field goal had to cover in the fourth quarter of Georgia's 44-7 victory against Louisiana-Monroe were no problem.

Coutu's kick was the third-longest in Georgia history, and the longest without the use of a tee. Only Kevin Butler (60 yards vs. Clemson in 1984, 59 vs. Mississippi in 1982) has kicked a longer field goal in a game for the Bulldogs.

Coutu's kick tied Allan Leavitt's 58-yarder against Vanderbilt in 1976.

"I was all in Coach (Mark) Richt's ear, because I knew that normally we'd punt from there," Coutu said. "But I told him before the game my range was 58 (yards), and he said if we got around the 40 (yard line), he'd let me kick it.

"I had to get in his ear and little bit and remind him of that, but he rewarded me and let me take a shot at it."

Georgia initially put its punt team on the field to deceive the Indians, then ran out the field goal unit as the play clock ticked down. Louisiana-Monroe called a timeout to set up a block, but Coutu's kick flawless.

"I watched him in pre-game, and he was almost in the same spot, and I just happened to notice he was drilling them," Richt said. "I said, 'How far do you think?' And he said, '57, 58 yards.' "That was more of the reason for doing that than anything else."

BAD POPE: Starting tight end Leonard Pope was benched Saturday for disciplinary reasons. Pope got in trouble in his UGA dorm room, a source said, but Richt wouldn't specify the infraction.

“He'd broken a rule that I wasn’t pleased about, but he’s paid his price and he’ll be starting next week,” Richt said.

Richt said he informed Pope “a couple days before” the game that he was suspended, but backup Martrez Milner said he didn’t learn he was starting until just before the game.

“They announced it” just before the game, Milner said. “Leonard kept talking to me during the game, what I’m doing wrong and what I’m doing right. I don’t know what happened.”

Said Pope: “I’ve paid my price, and I’m focusing on next week.”.

Milner had three catches for 79 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore Trahern Holden, a graduate of Houston County High School, backed up Milner and was in on the game’s third play.

STRONG INDICATOR: Georgia’s coaches have been unwilling to say any of their true freshmen definitely are redshirting this year, but they tipped their hand Saturday. Cornerback Bryan Evans, wide receiver Michael Moore, safety Donavon Baldwin did not dress out for the game.

MISSING THE POINT: Former Georgia linebacker Josh Johnson, who was kicked off the team for at least this season for disciplinary reasons, was an official visitor at Saturday’s game. He was on the team’s sideline before the game visiting with some of his former teammates.

However, Johnson doesn’t appear to understand at least part of the reason why he was dismissed from the Bulldogs in the first place, a poor attitude. On Saturday, Johnson wore a T-shirt that read in large letters across the front, “Can’t Sell Dope Forever.”

AROUND THE DOGHOUSE: In the first quarter, running back Danny Ware, No. 28, ran for 28 yards to the Indians’ 28-yard line, where he was tackled by ULM defensive back Joshua Thompson, No. 28. ...

Sophomore wide receiver A.J. Bryant, a former Peach County standout, played sparingly. Georgia did not throw his way. The only time he factored into the game was in the third quarter, when he was called for a holding penalty that negated a 14-yard run by Ware. ...

Quarterback D.J. Shockley has scored the Bulldogs’ first touchdown in every game this year. Against the Indians, he did it on a 28-yard keeper around the left side. ... Bulldogs long-snapper Brian Jordan got down the field fast enough to recover a fumbled punt in the first half. ... Ware took Thomas Brown’s place as the starting tailback on and the No. 1 kickoff return unit. ... Thomas Flowers’ fourth quarter interception was the first of his career. ...


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