ATHENS - Failed drug tests administered last week were the reason Georgia's leading rusher, Isaiah Crowell, and two other Georgia tailbacks were suspended for Saturday's game against New Mexico State, according to two people familiar with the results.
ATHENS - Georgia's depth chart at tailback was wiped out on Tuesday when three backs, including starter Isaiah Crowell, were suspended for one game and top backup Richard Samuel had ankle surgery.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Georgia coach Mark Richt took several steps toward midfield with his son draped around his neck. His players and assistant coaches were in the background, celebrating in the same end zone that caused such a stir during the Bulldogs' last win against Florida.
ATHENS - The most revealing total in Georgia's three straight losses to Florida is 12-1.
ATHENS - It was easy to spot Alec Ogletree in Georgia's first practice of the week.
By MARK LONG
ATHENS - Mike Gilliard had never started a game before Georgia lost linebackers Alec Ogletree and Christian Robinson to injuries the first two weeks of the season.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee coach Derek Dooley knows he and the Volunteers are measured by how they perform against rivials like Georgia. Still, he has a hard time looking at Saturday's meeting with the Bulldogs as bigger than any other game.
ATHENS - The stats are similar to a year ago.
ATHENS, Ga. - Mississippi State has lost each of its first three Southeastern Conference games, but coach Dan Mullen hasn't lost hope.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart says the Southeastern Conference will expand again and officials at each school need to have a number of frank discussions before moving forward.
Running backs have reclaimed the spotlight - and the ball - in the Southeastern Conference. They might not be inclined to give either back any time soon.
ATHENS - Georgia's defense has allowed only one touchdown in two straight wins, giving Mark Richt confidence the unit is better prepared than last year to face Mississippi State's physical running game.
OXFORD, Miss. - As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Georgia linebacker Cornelius Washington smacked aside a Mississippi offensive lineman and headed straight for the quarterback.