September 29, 2009

Troupe admits frustration with PT

Israel Troupe admits he's getting frustrated.

As one of just six scholarships receivers, the former Tift County star playing an integral role with the Bulldogs, but thus far has barely seen the field.

Although he has appeared in three games, the redshirt sophomore has yet to catch a pass and from the way Troupe puts it, he's not sure when he will.

"I'm not going to lie, it's getting to me a little bit but I'm trying to stay level-headed," Troupe said. "I'm going to practice every day and trying hard, but it is frustrating."

Recently, Troupe expressed that frustration on his Facebook page.

But when asked if he was considering giving up football, he said that's not the case.

"It's not crossed my mind just yet," Troupe said.

One of the state's top baseball prospects when he graduated from Tift County in 2006, Troupe admits he occasionally misses the sport but does not regret his choice to focus on football instead.

"Sometimes I still miss it. I talk to my mom about it and we're just going to see how everything goes," he said. "But I'm not going to second-guess myself about staying and playing football. I really enjoy it. It's just one of those things."

Troupe said he has not spoken to receivers coach Tony Ball about his current situation, but according to offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, there is one big reason as to why that's been the case.

"The other guys, Rantavious (Wooten) for example, has practiced better and made more plays in practice," Bobo said. "We base everything on competition and practice and Wooten has made more plays at that point."

But Troupe said he's not giving up.

"All I can do is just go out every day and do what I can in practice. The PT will come whenever it comes. I'm just trying to stay positive about the whole situation," he said. "I haven't really talked to him (Ball) about it really, the whole PT situation. All I can say is I try to go out to practice and do what I can. Maybe one day, I'll get it. But until then, I've just got to keep my head up and keep going."

Richt happy with Tuesday's workout

Richt gave Georgia a passing grade for his team following a two-and-a-half-hour workout in full pads.

"It was better than last Tuesday," Richt said. "There was more hitting, much more hitting."

The Bulldogs, who are ranked No. 14 in the USA Today poll and No. 18 by the AP this week, will host No. 4 LSU this Saturday. Though Georgia (3-1, 2-0 SEC) has won its last three matchups with LSU (4-0, 2-0), the Tigers lead the series between the two schools, 14-12-1.

During practice, Richt announced to the team that defensive tackle Geno Atkins, offensive lineman Cordy Glenn, receiver A.J. Green and defensive end Justin Houston would serve as captains against LSU.

Garner pleased with Atkins, Owens

Defensive tackles coach Rodney Garner scoffed at the notion that Geno Atkins and Jeff Owens aren't having good years based on the fact that their numbers appear to be down.

"That's a matter of opinion. I don't think they've played bad this year, period," Garner said. "Sixty people may think they did, sixty people may think they didn't."

Through four games, Owens had six tackles and Atkins four, but Garner said the last thing media or fans should look at when attempt to grade defensive tackles is the amount of tackles they make.

"They're having a solid year. Can they do better? I think they can be better, I think we call can do better. Hopefully, that's what they're going to do each week and try to become more productive, more dominating," he said. "Obviously they need to as the season progresses as we play more physical people, more experienced people. This week (against LSU) is going to be the biggest test they've had thus far so they need to be making improvement if they want to match us with a team like this."

King, Samuel split reps with the ones

Running backs coach Bryan McClendon said that both Richard Samuel and Caleb King split the reps with the No. 1 offense Tuesday evening but the starter for Saturday is still up in the air.

"Caleb looked better in pass protection and Richard did some things better as far as making sure he's doing the ball security thing," McClendon said. "I haven't looked at the film yet, but there should be something that will tell me some more about what way we might go."

Earlier in the day, Richt said that both backs would continue to split carries against LSU.

This and that

Freshman running back Washaun Ealey was working as the scout team running back during periods 1-3 Tuesday, with backup receiver Vernon Spellman playing the role of LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson.


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