ATHENS, Ga. -- Isaiah Crowell has been expected to be the teams top newcomer on Georgias offense. The freshman tailback from Carver High was slowed by a groin injury last week, but he was close to full tilt Saturday -- and had what coach Mark Richt called a couple great runs and a run after a catch for a touchdown.
The showing impressed veteran teammate DeAngelo Tyson on the other side of the ball.
When the going got tough, he wanted to come out direct with the green jersey and get hit, said Tyson, a senior defensive end. So hes a pretty good back. He just needs to stay focused and continue being motivated. I think hes going to be a great part of our offense this year, as long as he keeps working hard.
Georgia nose tackle John Jenkins has been expected to be a key part of the teams defense. But he has been taking second-team snaps after Kwame Geathers, and on Friday he went down with what Georgia called a mild hamstring pull.
Jenkins missed Saturdays practice, but Richt said Jenkins might not be out the normal 7-10 day period for hamstrings.
Sometimes for the bigger men that play in the smaller space, you get back a little quicker, Richt said of the 342-pound Jenkins. Its the guys that just run out and burst and change direction possibly 50 yards or whatever on any given play, where the skill guys take a little bit longer (to return).
And it just depends on the severity of it. Usually when a guy pulls a muscle in the box, not that theyre not playing hard, but its a lot different than when theyre sprinting. Usually its not as severe.
Tailback Richard Samuel remains slowed by a left quad injury. Richt said the junior likely would return next week sometime.
Freshman linebacker Ray Drew was announced as day-to-day with a shoulder contusion after a scooter accident Aug. 14. But he has yet to return to practice. Drew and fellow freshman Amarlo Herrera, a linebacker also nursing a shoulder injury, were not participating in conditioning drills Saturday.
Freshman wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell missed a second day of practice with what Richt said is a muscle injury in one of his legs. Its not expected to be a long-term issue.