November 28, 2011

No go thanks to snow

Credit a January snow for helping convince cornerback Brandon Boykin to return for his senior year.

Monday, Boykin revealed that following his junior campaign in 2010, if not for a snowstorm that forced him to remain in Athens, he quite likely would have moved on to the NFL.

"It actually was like a snowstorm in Athens, a blizzard, and I got stuck here for a couple days," Boykin said Monday. "Just over the course of those days, I started talking to Coach (Mark Richt) and all the coaches and just thinking about things. I felt like it was kind of a sign from God. I definitely made a good choice in doing that, and things have worked out well."

Looking back, Boykin said he can't believe he was actually serious about taking the jump.

"Absolutely; I mean, I feel kind of like - it's just kind of funny," he said. "I feel foolish for even considering it just because of the impact of this senior season on my life and the way that it turned out and just how much more I've learned and just the overall effect of just coming back for a senior year."

Rambo says defense has Jones' back

Jarvis Jones created somewhat of wave on Twitter after it was mentioned he thought Georgia's defense was "as good, if not better" than that of LSU's.

Although some Tigers wondered how Jones could say such a thing, safety Bacarri Rambo said he's got his buddy's back.

"He said it and I'm going to back him up," Rambo said. "That's my brother, that's my family, so whatever he says I'm going to back him up, we're all going to back him up and play the best we can play."

Nose tackle Jonathan Jenkins knows there are still probably a lot of doubters when it comes to the Bulldogs' defense.

"I believe a lot of people doubt us, but I also believe that every week we play we try to go out with a fight," Jenkins said. "We've been underdogs all year, and this will be no different. We've got nothing to lose. We know LSU's got a powerful team and they are as good as everybody says they are. But we're going in with nothing to lose."

Smith honored by SEC

Sophomore linebacker Garrison Smith said he was shocked to learn he was named Co-SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week along with Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State.

"It was just a great blessing," Smith said. "I give all the glory to God."

Smith, who replaced the injured DeAngelo Tyson, finished with a career-high seven tackles in Saturday's 31-17 win over Georgia Tech.

Munson Memorial Service scheduled

A one-hour memorial service for legendary University of Georgia radio announcer Larry Munson will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. in Sanford Stadium.

Munson, who served as the voice of the Georgia Bulldogs for 42 years, died at his Athens home Sunday night, Nov. 20, from complications from pneumonia.

Seating for the service will be on the south side of the stadium. Stadium gates open at 12 noon. Parking is free.

In case of inclement weather, the memorial service will be moved to Stegeman Coliseum.

This and That

Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell said that running back Isaiah Crowell (ankle) practiced with the team Monday and "looked like he felt pretty good." … The Bulldogs practiced in the rain with temperatures in the 40 for just over an hour at the Woodruff Practice Fields."I think you have more energy when it's cold," Richt said with a laugh. "When it's cold and rainy, everybody wants to move around and get it done quickly. Everybody's in good spirits. We're excited. There are only two teams in the league right now practicing and getting ready for the championship game, and we know we're in a very privileged spot and hopefully we'll take advantage of it."