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2012 University of Georgia Bulldogs

Updated on December 1, 2012

11-2 (2012 SEC East Champions)

We'll be keeping up with playing time as the season goes on, especially focusing on how the depth chart changes and develops over the year.

Hopefully this will answer questions like "Where has [SO-AND-SO] been this season?" We're going to try and update the amount of playing time that the backups get, and look at substitution patterns.

Playing Time

**Other than first and second stringers (which I would assume you all know, if you're a serious Georgia fan you've memorized the two-deep at least), here's a look at some of the players WHO DO PLAY, but don't get starters' minutes.**


2-Sheldon Dawson (CB) Dawson has primarily seen time on Special Teams, not on defense.

3-Kyle Karempelis (RB) No snaps on offense yet but plenty of Special Teams.

4-Luis Capella (Special teams) Played versus Tech.

6-Michael Erdman (WR) Some snaps at receiver. Played versus Tech.

7-Blake Sailors (CB) Special team ace.

9L-Jamie Lindley (PK) Jamie has been kicking off more and more as the season progresses.

23-Marc Deas (S/CB) Marc has had a few snaps here and there on defense but plays a lot of Special Teams.

24-Ken Malcome (RB) Third string running back.

25-Josh Harvey-Clemons (S) Mainly Special Teams (he was even named captain for one game)

27-Rhett McGowan (WR) Seeing time as a receiver after injuries, in addition to punt returner.

28-Corey Campbell (LB) Special teams.

37-Devin Bowman (CB) Some defensive snaps and lots of Special Teams.

38-Kosta Vavlas (LB) A beast on Special Teams, no defensive snaps.

39-Corey Moore (S) Seeing snaps at times on defense (one on offense) in addition to Special Teams.

44-T.J. Stripling (OLB) Seeing some snaps here and there on defense, mainly Special Teams.

47-Ray Drew (DE) Very few snaps early in the season, increasing as the season goes on. Extended playing time vs. Georgia Southern.

48-Quayvon Hicks (FB) Some offensive snaps and lots on Special Teams.

49-Nathan Theus (LS) A few snaps here and there.

56-Garrison Smith (DL) Now a starter - began the season as a backup.

59-Jordan Jenkins (LB) Now a starter - began the season as a backup.

69-Ty Frix (LS) Starter

74-Austin Long (OT) By the 10th game, was considered the 6th lineman (first backup).

78-Watts Dantzler (OT) Had an ankle injury but did get playing time this season.

79-Mark Beard (OG) Now a starter.

84-Hugh Williams (TE) Special teams

86-J. Scott-Wesley (WR) More snaps on offense after injuries.

89-James DeLoach (LB)

91-Josh Dawson (LB) Saw lots of playing time as a true freshman this year.

96-Mike Thornton (DL)

97-Adam Erickson (P) - Saw lots of playing time - was the designated "sky" punter for the team.

76-Zach DeBell (OL) - Played against Tech.

77-Preston Mobley (OL) - Played against Tech, similar to DeBell.

Game Six Vs. South Carolina

-After not seeing any snaps versus Tennessee, Ken Malcome carried the ball 5 times, scoring the Dawgs only touchdown.

-LB Ramik Wilson did not play.

Game Ten Vs. Auburn

After the season/career-ending injury to WR Marlon Brown, Chris Conley stepped into the spotlight. He scored the first touchdown in the night's 38-0 loss. Conley was a surprising star in 2011 but has been quiet so far in 2012, mainly due to the depth at receiver.

Game Eleven Vs. Georgia Southern

Georgia fans got an extended look at Ray Drew against the Eagles.

Today was another big day for Chris Conley, who had 2 touchdowns.

With the game in hand, the Dawgs put in the second stringers late in the fourth quarter. Connor Norman and Corey Moore were out there at Safety, Brandon Smith and Devin Bowman (freshman) at cornerback. At linebacker was Mike Gilliard, Amarlo Herrerra and James DeLoach (freshman). The defensive line was made up of Mike Thornton, Josh Dawson (freshman) and Jordan Jenkins (freshman).

Game Twelve Vs. Georgia Tech

More playing time for Ray Drew.

Damian Swann
Damian Swann

New starters in 2012

Tight End: Artie Lynch

Center: David Andrews

Cornerback: Damian Swann

Offensive Tackle: Kolton Houston*/Watts Dantzler/John Theus - one of these guys will be a new starter, Houston may not be eligible (NCAA).

Offensive Guard: Dallas Lee

Outside Linebacker: Chase Vasser

Kicker: Marshall Morgan

Punter: Colin Barber

GAME ONE VS. BUFFALO: There were six first-time starters in the first game: P Colin Barber, C David Andrews, FB Merritt Hall, RT John Theus, S Connor Norman, CB Devin Bowman and K Marshall Morgan.

GAME TWO VS. MISSOURI: There was only one first-time starters in the second: RB Todd Gurley.

GAME THREE VS. FLORIDA ATLANTIC: Jordan Jenkins got the first start of his career at LB.

GAME FOUR VS. VANDERBILT: No new starters, but lots of participation versus the Commodores. Some players who saw the field included FB Dustin Royston, DE Brandon Burrows, OL Xzavier Ward, WR Michael Erdman, TE Hugh Williams, TE Ty Flournoy-Smith, RB Kyle Karempelis, S Devin Bowman, QB Parker Welch and QB Christian LeMay.

GAME FOUR VS. TENNESSEE: Defensive end Garrison Smith made the first start of his career, next to Kwame Geathers, who made his first start of the season. Returning from suspension was safety Baccari Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree. At wide receiver, Rantavious Wooten started his first game of the season.

GAME NINE VS. OLE MISS: The Dawgs came out in a strange formation to start the game, with backup Safety Corey Moore starting at wide receiver. Moore was only used on that one play, primarily for his physical blocking style.

GAME TEN VS. AUBURN: WR Chris Conley got his first start of 2012; Mark Beard got the first start of his career at left tackle

GAME TWELVE VS. GA TECH: The Dawgs came out in a 2 Tight End formation. First-time starter Jay Rome lined up opposite Arthur Lynch. the regular first stringer.

New Positions

Players who've made a move in the off-season

Malcolm Mitchell: WR to DB/WR

Cornelius Washington + Ray Drew: LB to DE

Richard Samuel: RB to FB

Kolton Houston: OG to RT.

Ray Drew in 2011
Ray Drew in 2011

Putting on weight in the off season

Revamped Strength & Conditioning Staff Sees Improvements

Ray Drew: the second year player packed on some serious muscle in the past year:EARLY SUMMER 2012 UPDATE: "Well when I first I was 245, 250. Then when I first got here I put on about 10-15 pounds, so I played about 260, 265. Now I'm up around 270-ish." (from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer article)AUGUST 2012 UPDATE: According to the coaching staff, Drew is now 290 lbs. Sterling Bailey: came to UGA as a linebacker, but now the 6-foot-3 Bailey is up to 270 pounds and will play defensive end in 2012. He is a redshirt freshman.

Sheldon Dawson: the freshman defensive back from Memphis' Ridgeway High School has gained 20 pounds since getting to Athens in early June.

Hutson Mason - the back-up quarterback told Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph that he put on 10 pounds this off-season and is up to 205 lbs.

Chris Conley - the sophomore wide receiver came to Georgia at 6'3", weighing 185 lbs. Two years later, the official UGA roster lists him 20 lbs. heavier.

Tavarres King - King was TINY when he arrived in Athens in 2008 - weighing in at 158 lbs!! The senior wide-out has bulked up since then and now weighs in around 200 lbs.

Marlon Brown - Brown has lost weight in the past year. From Marc Weiszer and 6-foot-5, 212-pound Brown says he’s actually about six pounds lighter than last year.“Marlon is a big, physical receiver and he’s faster than he used to be,” Coach Richt said. “He’s trained, he’s trimmed his body down, he’s worked hard with our strength staff, Sherman Armstrong especially with the speed. It’s paid off for him. He’s quicker, he’s more flexible and he’s always had really strong hands.”

To the NFL...

Players who left Athens for the pros in the off-season

2012 Class of Pro Dawgs: 7 UGA Players Drafted, other sign free agent contracts

Drafted in 2012

Cordy Glenn OT: Buffalo Bills (2nd round)Orson Charles TE: Cincinnati Bengals (4th round)Ben Jones C: Houston Texans (4th round)Brandon Boykin CB: Philadelphia Eagles (4th round)Blair Walsh K: Minnesota Vikings (6th round)Deangelo Tyson DE: Baltimore Ravens (7th round) Article: "Tyson picking up playbook".Justin Anderson OT: Indianapolis Colts (7th round)Undrafted Free AgentsBruce Figgins TE: Baltimore RavensDrew Butler P: Pittsburgh SteelersNEWS: (5.14.2012)Tight End Aron White signed with the Atlanta Falcons after receiving an invitation from the team to participate in a weekend-long tryout/mini camp.

Ricky Lowe runs for a TD (The Red & Black Newspaper)
Ricky Lowe runs for a TD (The Red & Black Newspaper)

Heros of the G-Day Game

Crowning Mr. April...

Every Spring, football-starved Bulldog fans file into Sanford Stadium for the G-Day Game hoping to get a glimpse of what the next season has in store. For a lot of third-tier players and key scout team players, the G-Day Game is a chance to get plays under their belt between the hedges.

2012 G-Day Game Heroes

Ricky Lowe, DE: 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery for a TD.

Ken Malcome, RB.

Justin Scott-Wesley, WR. 3 catches for 46 yards.

2011 G-Day Game

Ken Malcome, RB.

Connor Norman, CB/Special Teams

A bizarre one...

UGA vs UT: Sept. 29, 2012

When the dust settled on Georgia's 51-44 win in Athens over the Vols, here's some of what we were left with, statistically:

Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall were named 2 of the 3 SEC Freshman of the Week.Marshall carried the ball 10 times for 167 yards and 2 TD's. Gurley ran 24 times for 135 yards and 3 TD's.After tallying two interceptions in the fourth quarter, Sanders Commings was named the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week.Michael Bennett had two TD receptions.

Todd McShay on Jarvis Jones

"Watching play 83 play of UGA vs. MSU ... Jarvis Jones is still firing off the ball and keeping heat on Cousins."


How to stay informed on Georgia Football

A How-To Guide


First, find out who your local Bulldog Radio affiliate is. Click here to start.Listen to the Bulldog BrunchDuring football season, the Brunch airs every Sunday morning from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Former Georgia kicker Kevin Butler is one of the hosts and he's fantastic on the air.Listen to the AT&T Bulldog HotlineDuring football season, airs on Monday nights from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. During the first hour, Coach Mark Richt takes calls from fans and the second hour features Butler, along with DJ Shockley, David Greene and others.Listen to the Gameday BroadcastRemember, the pre-game show starts 4 hours before kickoff.BLOGSMacon Telegraph: Bulldogs's Junkyard BlawgTWITTERSeth EmersonGentry Estes



2011 Consensus All-American

High School:

Carver High School (Columbus, GA)


(2009) - University of Southern California

(2010- ) - University of Georgia

Jarvis Jones and Jordan Jenkins
Jarvis Jones and Jordan Jenkins

Playing Time Analysis

The Defensive Line: second half switch-up

Second half of the season:

New Starters: After the loss of Abry Jones and Chase Vasser, Garrison Smith and Jordan Jenkins (pictured, number 59) filled in very well at their respective positions. Jenkins was incredible, and played well for a freshman. Jordan finished the season with 30 tackles, 7 tackles for a loss and 4 sacks.Garrison Smith: * 7 tackles, 1 for loss and a fumble recovery versus Georgia Southern.* Season stats: 55 tackles and 8 quarterback hurries.More PT: Ray Drew. The defensive tackle played in 12 of 13 games this year, but really started picking up speed at the end of the season. By the time the Dawgs made it to the SEC title game, Drew was seeing action in critical moments with the starters.Drew had a few tackles per game early on in the season. But against Auburn he had 2 quarterback hurries and 4 tackles against Georgia Southern.

How many games will the Dawgs win in 2012? - Make your prediction

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