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Blog: Bulldog bits: Turnovers, snaps and a big blocker

Former Georgia tight end Orson Charles texted Georgia linebacker Ramik Wilson after Saturday’s 38-35 Bulldogs loss to Clemson to encourage him to keep pushing after his first college start.

Wilson, like the Cincinnati Bengal Charles is from Tampa, quietly had a team-high 13 tackles.

And he said those numbers could have been better.

“I missed out on a lot,” Wilson said. “I could have had a couple of sacks. I’ve just got to continue working hard and trust the coaches and run the plays right—everybody. We’ve got to execute and things will happen.”

Wilson said defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s biggest complaint to the players was a lack of turnovers, Wilson said.

Interesting then that Georgia’s defense had at least nine interceptions against the scout team in Thursday’s practice that was closed to the local media, according to a Tweet from Holly Rowe, the sideline reporter for ABC on Saturday.

Georgia’s specialists—including long snappers—haven’t been available for interviews since preseason practices began.

So offensive tackle John Theus answered for his brother Nathan’s high snap that holder Adam Erickson couldn’t place down for a chip-shot field goal for Patrick Beless that could have tied the game against Clemson.

“Nathan’s a great long snapper,” John said. “I’ve been around a lot of long snappers growing up just because I’ve been to camps with him and my little brother as well. He’ll be the first to tell you that was a high snap. In a brotherly defense, it wasn’t the highest snap in the world, but that doesn’t matter it’s on to the next week now.”

Marshall Morgan again is suspended this week, but will return for the next game against North Texas. Beless presumably will handle extra points and field goals again.

John Theus said “there’s no doubt in my mind, it will never happen again,” regarding a high snap from brother Nathan, who got hit in the back late in the Clemson game after a punt but he’s practiced all week.

Among those who will try to keep Jadeveon Clowney off Aaron Murray is 257-pound fullback Quayvon Hicks.

“That’s the plan,” Hicks said. “I think that’s the reason I’m in the backfield not only for this game, but every game.”

Hicks said he should haven’t left his feet on a third-and-goal run from the 2 against Clemson that was stopped for no gain.

Mark Richt said on his radio show that it wasn’t the right play call in retrospect.

“I think we as a staff would even say the third-and-two call we were too far out for that call even though we have an awful lot of success with that play earlier in the day to Quayvon,” Richt said. “That’s the very same play he busted out of there for 29 or 30 yards when we were backed up on our own end zone. Third-and- two, probably too far. I think if we had to do that again, we would do something different.”

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