October 24, 2011

Robinson says team ready



Yes, Christian Robinson knows all about the past 21 Georgia-Florida games.

He knows the Gators are 18-3 since 1990, and having been part of the last two Florida victories, he knows all about the pain that comes with losing to one of, if not the, main arch-rival on the schedule.

But as he looks ahead to Saturday's meeting in Jacksonville, Robinson doesn't think Georgia's past failures will be on the team's mind when they kick off this time around.

"I don't think it's in anybody's head - it's just we don't make the plays. You just go back and look at the plays we didn't make," Robinson said. "I know personally I had an opportunity on a fumble. We were down in their red zone and if I could have got that, we would have given it back to the offense right there. But they get it back, drove down and scored. It just comes down to who makes the plays, who makes the turnovers and who gets the turnovers. I feel like if we excel in those areas, there's no reason we shouldn't win, no matter the history."

At 5-2 overall, 4-1 in the East Division, Robinson said the 21st-ranked Bulldogs know full well what's at stake.

"Five games ago we had to start winning and every time you win the next one, it builds," Robinson said. "We've done the little steps up to now where this one could vault us and give us even more momentum."

Of course, beating Florida would be special, too.

"Ever since I've been going it feels like a mini-bowl game. It's something different. You get up, everybody's gone, they've already gone out by Wednesday, you get down there and the momentum is just building," he said. "It's intense, but once you get out there it's just football. I think it's just the anticipation, getting those first few plays out of the way before realizing it's just another game for us."

Injury update

Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell took part in practice Monday, running routes and catching balls during the Bulldogs' full-pad workout Monday afternoon.

Mitchell seemed to be running without any issues, although a couple of times, the freshman did go over to talk to team trainers.

The Valdosta native did not leave the practice field and it was unclear whether or not he returned following the three periods the media was allotted to watch during the afternoon session.

• Also, safety Bacarri Rambo (toe) was back at practice Monday after sitting out all of last week. The Bulldogs, were, however, had linebacker Chase Vasser and long-snapper Ty Frix both in green non-contact jerseys. There was no word on the extent of their injuries, but neither appeared to be serious as Vasser was seen running through drills with the rest of his teammates.

• Wide receiver Rantavious Wooten (concussion) is not expected to play against the Gators.

Muschamp plays down Georgia connections

Florida coach Will Muschamp made it a point during his opening statement to reporters that any questions regarding his Georgia past would only be "wasted ink."

In other words, Muschamp had absolutely no desire to talk about his days in Athens, or the suggestion that Saturday's game means more to him than any other contest on the Gators' SEC schedule.

"Wherever I played has no bearing on this game at all. Every game is important, they're all important games," he said. "It's a SEC East opponent, it's a big rival, it's important to the University of Florida, so it's important to me."

Muschamp did say he does not harbor any kind of ill-will toward his alma mater.

"This profession is different than a lot of professions. You do your job for the school that you're working for. It's my job to do a great job for the University of Florida, and that's what I'm trying to do. Again, I talked about it earlier, I don't mean disrespect to anybody, but I'm loyal to people, not places," he said. "I work for Jeremy Foley (Florida AD) and Dr. Bernie Machen (Florida president), and those are the people I need to do a good job for and this football team and staff. That's how I view things. I've worked at Auburn, LSU and Texas - I've worked a lot of different places, and this isn't the first time I've played against Georgia."

This and that

Former University of Georgia football players John Brantley and Bill Saye will be inducted into the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame Friday afternoon. The induction ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Pepsi Plaza outside Everbank Field's south end zone. In 1985, Brantley recorded a team-high seven tackles and notched both a tackle-for-loss and a sack when the Bulldogs upset the top-ranked Gators 24-3 in 1985. He also helped Georgia to a 23-10 win in Jacksonville as a senior in 1987. Saye was born in Athens, reserved his greatest performance in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville in 1954 against favored Florida. Saye intercepted two passes from his linebacker position, recovered a fumble and broke up an extra-point attempt, which was the difference in the game as Georgia won 14-13. … Richt said the captains for the Florida game will be offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, center Ben Jones, defensive end Abry Jones and defensive end DeAngelo Tyson. … Monday it was announced that the Nov. 5 Homecoming contest against New Mexico State will kick off at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised by CSS. ... Georgia practiced for two hours in full pads Monday, doing what they typically do during Tuesday's session. "After the open date, we get far enough ahead where we can practice as if it is a Tuesday, so we were in full pads today and we'll be in shells tomorrow like we would be on a normal Wednesday," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "Then we'll basically have two dress rehearsals, one on Wednesday and one on Thursday. Those two practices will look a lot like Thursday practices for us."



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