October 19, 2010

Practice makes perfect for Green

Apparently, A.J. Green took his two dropped passes last week against Vanderbilt personally.

No doubt, head coach Mark Richt would have forgiven him, but after the Bulldogs' "Bloody Tuesday" practice in full pads, Green was back on the practice field to get in some additional work with the jugs machine.

"Yeah, I had two drops," Green said. "I think I was starting to get too cocky, turning up field before I had the ball. I'm human, but I've got to be better than that."

Green figures he caught "at least" 100 extra passes before meeting with reporters inside the Butts-Mehre Building.

Green's extra work came after the team practiced for two-and-a-half hours in what he called one of the toughest sessions the Bulldogs have endured all year.

"It was Bloody Tuesday, but it's going to be Bloody Tuesday from here on out," Green said. "It's contact every play, whether it's two-on-two, three-on-three, everything's live. We're going one-on-one; there's not a break the whole day."

Rambo still thinks about concussion

Bacarri Rambo says he still doesn't remember much about the collision last year against Auburn that left him with a serious concussion, one that forced him to be carted off the field at Sanford Stadium.

At the same time, it's not something he'll forget either.

"I think about it a little. It was scary moment, but if (another concussion) is going to happen, it's going to happen," Rambo said. "I could fall out of bed tonight and get a concussion, so if it's going to happen, it's going to happen. But I've got 10 other guys who I've got to continue playing full speed for and help them."

Rambo, who is second on the team with 44 tackles and one interception, dismissed the notion that the injury has caused him to change the way he plays.

"Not really, I think about it but once I get going it's the last thing on my mind," Rambo said. "I just play; I just play for the game that I love so much and for the guys who are right there playing besides me, because they do the same thing for me."

Rambo recalls very little about the injury, only waking up in the hospital following his Cat Scan which revealed the serious nature of the concussion that had occurred. Rambo said. "When I came back to, I was coming out of my Cat Scan and I could see Coach (Willie) Martinez standing over me, and that's the only thing I remember.They had to cut off my jersey, my football pants and my shoulder pads. I don't remember any of that stuff. I was scared."

Rambo is currently using his experience to help teammate Branden Smith with his recovery.

The Bulldog sophomore is coming off his second concussion in two weeks and missed the games against Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game at Kentucky.

"Concussions aren't something you play with, not at all," Rambo said. "Branden wants to get back bad, but I keep telling him he's got to be patient. The trainers here know what they're doing; when he can play, he'll play. He just can't rush it."

Lott relishes opportunity for snaps

It's doubtful that any player was happier to see Georgia jump out to a big lead over Vanderbilt than backup defensive end Derrick Lott.

It had been a long time between plays for the redshirt freshman, who saw action in the season-opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, but in the six games that followed, never got to sniff the field.

But after the Bulldogs' offense exploded against the Commodores, Lott got his opportunity. He made the most of it.

The Kennesaw native saw 10 snaps in the fourth quarter, making four tackles.

"It felt good to be able to hit the field like that; I hope I showed I can help the team," Lott said. "I've been practicing on the scout team, going against the first-team offensive line to get me ready. They've definitely made me stronger."

Lott credits left guard Cordy Glenn - who he went against in many of those scout team drills - for helping to make him a better player.

"He made me earn it, and I tried to make him earn it," Lott said.

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