ATHENS, Ga. — The celebration of Georgia’s win over rival Georgia Tech was cut a bit short Monday with the news that freshman defensive lineman Montez Robinson had become the fourth Bulldogs player to be arrested in the past two months.
Robinson, who has played sparingly this season, was arrested by university police early Monday morning and charged with underage possession of alcohol. He was released on a $500 bond shortly afterward.
Robinson was named the SEC’s defensive lineman of the week after a two-sack performance against Tennessee Tech earlier this month, but had seen little playing time outside of that game.
The freshman defensive end was a star at Indiana’s Avon High School and was originally committed to Auburn before changing his mind and selecting Georgia earlier this year.
Washaun Ealey was the catalyst in Georgia’s high-octane ground attack against Georgia Tech last weekend, totaling a career high 183 yards on 20 carries in the Bulldogs’ 30-24 win.
The effort was more than enough to earn Ealey his second SEC freshman of the week award in the past three weeks. Ealey also earned the award after his 98-yard performance against Auburn earlier this month.
Ealey’s impressive tally against Tech was part of an overall effort that amassed 339 yards total on the ground for Georgia, a high-water mark under Richt.
The true freshman from Stillmore didn’t play in Georgia’s first four games of the season, but emerged in the second half against LSU and has continued to improve each week. Ealey now leads the team in carries with 112 and rushing yards with 639.
Georgia’s bowl future remains murky at best after its win over Tech. The Bulldogs finished the season 7-5 and 4-4 in the SEC, putting them right in the middle of a pack of teams all sporting similar records.
Both Alabama and Florida, who play for the conference championship Saturday, are expected to get BCS bowl invitations. The Capital One Bowl is expected to take a team from the Western Division, likely either Mississippi or LSU. The Cotton Bowl also typically takes a team from the West, and the Outback Bowl generally takes the No. 2 team from the East.
Georgia is tied for second in the East, but four teams in the division all sport 7-5 records, with both Kentucky and Tennessee holding the head-to-head advantage over the Bulldogs.
That could mean Georgia stays close to home in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, but destinations in Nashville, Tenn., Memphis, Birmingham, Ala. and Shreveport, La. all remain possibilities.
“I just want to be at a bowl game,” Cox said. “Luckily we’re in a position where we can do that. The rest is up to the people of the bowls and what matchups they want to see.”
If Saturday’s win against Georgia Tech meant a lot to the players and the fans, quarterback Joe Cox said the game’s significance certainly wasn’t lost on his head coach.
Cox said Richt was as intense as he had been all season on the sideline Saturday, with emotions boiling over in the game’s final minute when players attempted to douse Richt with PowerAde before the clock had hit zero.
“You could definitely notice it,” Cox said. “He had a chip on his shoulder for this game just like we did. That was good to see. You could definitely see he wanted this game more than anything. He coached hard and he had a lot of pride in this game.”
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It didn’t take long for Georgia’s players to begin relishing their victory over their in-state rivals. After a year of mocking at the hands of Tech fans, linebacker Rennie Curran said he finally got some revenge just a day after picking up the win.
“It’s been good,” Curran said. “I went to the Falcons game and a couple of Georgia Tech fans were there giving me some nasty looks. It was good to have the upper hand and everything.”