COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Bulldogs back in full pads with RB Crowell on mend; LSU star QB Jefferson, teammates involved in La. bar fight?

Georgia freshman RB Isaiah Crowell was limited in Friday's full-pads practice as he continues to recover from a groin injury.

Georgia freshman RB Isaiah Crowell was limited in Friday's full-pads practice as he continues to recover from a groin injury.

ATHENS -- After wrapping up the first week of fall semester classes, the Georgia football team held a two-hour practice in full pads Friday as the Bulldogs continue to close in on the season opener against Boise State on Sept. 3.

It marked Georgia's return to the Woodruff Practice fields for the first time since Monday after Wednesday's scrimmage and a special teams practice on Thursday -- both of which were held at Sanford Stadium.

"It was a pretty good practice," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. "The guys came out and responded well. It was a little difficult (Friday) with third-and-long situations, but we did a good job picking up the blitzes and converting a higher percentage than we usually do."

Bobo had particular praise for the Bulldog receiving corps. Despite losing last year's top two statistical leaders, Bobo said he has been pleased with that unit during preseason practice.

Report: LSU QB Jefferson, teammates involved in ugly bar fight

BATON ROUGE, La. — Police are investigating allegations that LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and unidentified teammates were involved in a fight outside a Baton Rouge bar early Friday morning.

Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Donald Stone said witnesses claimed Jefferson and other players were involved in a fight in the parking lot outside Shady's bar around 2 a.m., but investigators hadn't substantiated that allegation or spoken to Jefferson.

"We are not naming (Jefferson) as a suspect at this time," Stone said. "We're in the early stages of our investigation."

LSU coach Les Miles said some players were present during the incident, but he didn't identify them.

"We don't know to what extent our players were involved," he said in a statement. "We are trying to gather as much information as possible to get a better understanding of what exactly took place last night."

Stone said four people suffered minor injuries in the fight and took themselves to local hospitals, but Jefferson wasn't one of them.

Nobody was immediately arrested or charged in the case.

Jefferson is the projected starting quarterback on a team expected to compete for a national championship this season.

Jefferson, a senior, guided LSU to an 11-2 record last season. He is 20-7 as a starter, but the team ranked last in passing in the Southeastern Conference last season, with 155.6 yards per game.

The team wasn't scheduled to practice on Friday. LSU's season-opening game against Oregon will be played Sept. 3 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

"There was obviously a concern losing Kris Durham and A.J. Green, but those guys have worked extremely hard," Bobo said. "They came in in shape, and they have made plays. Tavarres King, Marlon Brown, Rantavious Wooten, Michael Bennett and Malcolm Mitchell have all done a nice job, and throw Talyor Bradberry in there. (Former Tift County star) Israel Troupe has been fighting a groin injury, and Chris Conley has also been fighting to get in that top six. I feel good about the guys out there. There is a lot of talent there, and a lot of guys have played games. All of them are doing a nice job of responding well."

Georgia will return to practice this morning before taking part in the Bulldogs' annual Fans' Picture Day later in the afternoon in the Reed Plaza area of Sanford Stadium.

The Georgia cheerleaders and Hairy Dawg will be available from 1-5 p.m. Interim mascot "Russ" and other University of Georgia sports teams will be available from 1-3 p.m. Georgia football players will be on hand for photos and autographs from 3-5 p.m. in Reed Plaza on the north side of the stadium between Gates 2 and 4. Head coach Mark Richt will also be available from 3-5 p.m. for those with ticket coupons.

Due to recent public issues surrounding student-athlete autographs across the country, no outside items may be brought to Picture Day. The Georgia Athletic Association will provide each fan with two free schedule posters to be signed by the players and Richt. No other items will be permitted.


Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell participated in Friday's practice even though he still wore the green jersey reserved for injured players while he continues to recover from a strained groin.

Running backs coach Bryan McClendon says Crowell "did everything from A to Z" in the practice "and did well."

Crowell is expected to start in Georgia's Sept. 3 opener against Boise State. Another tailback, Richard Samuel, is recovering from a strained quadriceps.

McClendon says Crowell would "definitely" be ready if Georgia's opener was this week.

Bobo says another top freshman, Malcolm Mitchell of Lowndes, is making a push to be one of the team's top three receivers.


Nose tackle John Jenkins left the practice with a mild left hamstring injury.