Georgia's Mark Richt not afraid to play freshmen

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ATHENS, Ga. — At least three freshmen are on track to earning key roles in Georgia’s offense.

John Theus is the current starting right tackle, while Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley could play lead roles in a tailback committee.

Coach Mark Richt said Friday he’s not afraid to have a freshman take over at tailback.

“I just think whoever is the most productive, we’ve got to get them into the game,” Richt said. “If it’s one of those two guys, we’ll get him in there. If they’re in there a lot, it probably means they’re doing good. That’s a good sign. I’m not afraid to play them. We’re definitely going to play them; it’s just a matter of how much.”

Georgia must replace Isaiah Crowell, who was the Bulldogs’ leading rusher and the 2011 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year.

Richt dismissed Crowell from the team in June following Crowell’s arrest on felony weapons charges. Crowell has transferred to Alabama State.

The freshmen backs are competing with sophomore Ken Malcome, senior Richard Samuel, who also is working at fullback, and junior Brandon Harton.

Gurley (6-1, 218) had better numbers than Marshall
(5-11, 216) in Wednesday’s first scrimmage of the preseason. Gurley had six carries for 58 yards and one touchdown. Marshall had seven carries for 11 yards.

Theus (6-6, 309) was another key recruit for Richt. He was a USA Today and Parade magazine high school All-America pick and was rated among the nation’s top five linemen by Rivals.com and Scout.com.

• Defensive end Ray Drew is still out after suffering a concussion in the first week of practice.

ALABAMA: Coach Nick Saban says cornerback Travell Dixon is leaving the team for personal reasons.

Dixon was considered one of the nation’s top junior college prospects.

LOUISVILLE: Wide receiver Michaelee Harris, the team’s second-leading receiver last year, will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

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Travell Dixon leaving the

Travell Dixon leaving the team for "personal reasons"....what Nick Saban really means is that Dixon wasn't performing up to Alabama's needs, so he was informed that his scholarship is being revoked. This is how Bama gets away with having such high-talent players....they offer them ONE YEAR scholarships, and if they don't produce, they tell the kid that they can stay at Alabama if they want, but they're not getting an athletic scholarship! If they produce on the field, then, okay..here's another scholarship good for a YEAR. Most people don't realize that scholarships are for a year and have to be renewed...most people think they are 4-year scholarships, because MOST schools do award them for 4-years (with the condition that the players follow the rules).

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