August 29, 2011

Boykin: No apologies

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Yes, senior cornerback Brandon Boykin created somewhat of a stir with this comment on Twitter Sunday afternoon: "Dear Coach petersen, I DARE you to Kick to me.... Sincerely, Me and my #dawgs"

Not only did the comment get Bulldog fans talking, but Boykin's post made the national rounds, appearing in newspapers and repeated on sport talk shows throughout the country.

Monday, Boykin said the tweet generated just the sort of reaction he was hoping for and offered no apologizes for what he said.

"It did exactly what I wanted it to do. It created a buzz, it got the fans excited. Finally, it's game week so everybody is excited. I didn't say anything disrespectful, I don't feel like. But if they don't like it - whatever," Boykin said. "Me and my teammates, even the coaches are excited. We've got to come out, be confident and have that swagger if we are going to be successful against a team like Boise State."

Boykin, who has four career kicks for touchdowns, said he expected the reaction of fans to be mixed.

"I did, absolutely. I knew some of our fans would be 'Oh yeah, that's great' but others would be like 'What are you doing? You're going to give them an advantage,'" Boykin said. "They're going to come out anyway. That's their job to come and tackle me. I don't know. Maybe it did give them extra incentive, but we've got to do what we've got to do regardless."

The Fayette County native said he informed head coach Mark Richt of his tweet shortly after he let his feelings be known.

"He said 'OK, now you've got to back it up.' I said 'OK, let's go,'" Boykin said. "After I tweeted I told Coach Richt just to make sure it wouldn't cause any problems within us. I knew the fans would react crazy, everybody is excited for the game so it did exactly what I wanted it to do."

Samuel, Smith say they will play

Running back Richard Samuel and cornerback Branden Smith both said they'd play Saturday despite their respective injuries.

"There's no doubt I'll be ready by Saturday," said Samuel, who was still nursing his sore quad during Monday's practice.

Ditto for Smith.

"One hundred percent," said Smith, who injured his foot late last week. "I'll be ready."

Samuel wore a green non-contact jersey, but told reporters he was able to take part in half of Monday's drills.

Despite the injury, he's still listed as the starter for Saturday's contest against Boise State, although freshman Isaiah Crowell will receive considerable playing time as well.

"Today he is," said Richt. "He is still our projected starter until we find out something different."

Even if Samuel is held out the rest of the week, Richt said his participation could still come down to a game-time decision, although he hopes it won't take that long.

"He knows enough. I don't know if it will go that far, but if anybody would be a projected starter and knows what to do, you'd wait until game time to decide on guys like that," Richt said. "But hopefully we won't have to wait that long with him."

Smith said his injury "was never a big deal."

Another switch for Turene

Former Georgia signee Kent Turene confirmed to UGASports Monday afternoon that he will not attend Jireh Prep in North Carolina, adding that he has enrolled in the Atlanta Sports Academy in Dawsonville where he will play football before hopefully enrolling in a four-year school come January.

"It was better tuition for me," said Turene, who recently said it's still likely he will re-sign with the Bulldogs.

Rambo suspended?

Richt had little comment when asked if junior safety Bacarri Rambo has been suspended for all of or any part of Saturday's game against the Broncos.

A local report claimed that Rambo - who once again was not made available for interviews with the media - had in fact been suspended.

"Is that right?" Richt said. "Naw, I'm not going to address that. At the appropriate time, if anybody has anything like that, I'll let y'all know."

Richt had no idea when that might be.

"I don't know," he said. "I've got to figure that out. I'm still working on it."

This and that

Marlon Brown (ankle), Bruce Figgin (hamstring) and Jonathan Jenkins (hamstring) each returned to practice Monday and are expected to play against the Broncos. … Running backs Ken Malcolme (banged up) and Brandon Harton (hamstring) did not practice Monday.

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
and he can be reached via email at dash@ugasports.com.