September 18, 2010

What will Dawgs do now?

Linebacker Darryl Gamble summed up Georgia's 31-24 loss to Arkansas rather succinctly.

He didn't mince words.

"This stinks," said Gamble, slumped on his chair inside the Bulldog lockerroom.

What else was there to say?

With Saturday's loss, Georgia drops to 0-2 in SEC play for the first time since 1993 heading into what will be the first of back-to-back road trips at Mississippi State and Colorado.

Linebacker Christian Robinson said it's time for players to start taking a deep look from within.

Goals have also been readjusted.

"I feel like our goals now have to just try to be the best that we can. If we do our best, we can still do great things. I know this team wants to still do great things. Some long-term goals might be out of the way, but all I want is for this team is to give it all and see where it takes us, whether that's on the field, in practice or in the meeting room. If everyone does his all, we can still do some great things."

Still, head coach Mark Richt conceded dealing with the disappointment is something he'll have to contend with as the Bulldogs move forward.

"I really believe that when you go back to work it's just a real healthy thing. There will be moments for everybody over this weekend where we will be in pain mentally about it," Richt said. "But the best medicine we have is to gather back on Monday and watch the film, try to get rid of that bad taste and get ready for our next opponent," Richt said. "As coaches, we don't have a lot of time to feel sorry for ourselves. We've got to get back to work and get these guys prepared. The hardest time is now, but once we start practicing again I think we'll be fine."

Several Bulldogs missing

A number of players missed Saturday's game due to injury, including running back Caleb King and right guard Chris Davis who failed to start for the first time in 12 games.

Tanner Strickland made his first career start in place of Davis.

"Chris' knee is banged up. He's dealing with a hip that's not well and a knee on the other side, so we just felt like it was time to give him a rest," Richt said.

Richt said he expects King to be able to return to practice this week.

Davis and King weren't Bulldogs to miss the game due to injury.

Inside linebacker Marcus Dowtin sat out after suffering a shoulder stinger, along with fullback Shawn Chapas (ankle), linebacker Richard Samuel (knee), nose Justin Anderson (turf toe) and cornerback Branden Smith (concussion-like symptoms).

Where are the tight ends?

Aron White had the only catch for a tight end Saturday, a 9-yard grab to set up Washaun Ealey's 3-yard run.

"Today they were playing more quarter's coverage where both safeties were over the top of the line of scrimmage and in the box leaving you more one on one outside," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. "That was similar to last week, where we were getting more one-on-coverage outside and more guys playing over the top."

The catch was White's first of the year and just the fifth for a Bulldog tight end through three games. Orson Charles, who did not catch a ball Saturday, has the other four grabs which have gone for 45 yards and no touchdowns.

Bobo's nose a bloody mess; Murray takes it on the chin

Bobo looked like he had been in a heavyweight fight.

As he sat talking to reporters, the nose of Georgia's offensive coordinator was completely covered in dried blood. The problem was, Bobo had no idea how it occurred.

"I don't know, all I know it happened during the first quarter but I'm not sure," Bobo said. "I didn't head-butt anybody, I don't know how it happened."

Bobo wasn't the only one sporting post-game scar.

Murray, who was sacked six times, wore a bandage on his chin, the result of a couple of hard hits late in the game.

This and that

Richt had no comment on Friday's news regarding A.J. Green and the decision by the NCAA appeals committee to uphold his four-game suspension. "I'm not going to say," Richt said. "But A.J.'s a good kid, he's a good kid." … In the first two games, Georgia did not go for it on any fourth downs. On Saturday, the Bulldogs went for it three times and were 2-for-3. Georgia was 8-for-14 (57 percent) on fourth down tries in 2009. … Junior kicker Blair Walsh's PAT after Georgia's first touchdown marked the 100th straight in his career. He added two more PATs in the fourth quarter. Walsh also hit a 43-yard field goal at the 2:44 mark in the third quarter. He is 5-for-5 on the year, 2-for-2 from 40 to 49 yards this season and 12-for-13 from that distance in his career. … Georgia had nine penalties for 55 yards coming into today's game and was tied for ninth in the nation (27.5 yds./game). The Bulldogs committed nine fouls for 53 yards against the Razorbacks. … Senior corner Vance Cuff wore No. 31, rather than his regular No. 25, in honor of senior safety Quintin Banks who was forced to retire this preseason because of re-occurring knee injuries. He is now a student coach. … Sophomore Sanders Commings started his first game at cornerback for the Bulldog defense.

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