Former Georgia tight end Orson Charles texted Georgia linebacker Ramik Wilson after Saturday‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúI missed out on a lot,‚Äù Wilson said. ‚ÄúI could have had a couple of sacks. I‚Äôve just got to continue working hard and trust the coaches and run the plays right‚Äîeverybody. We‚Äôve got to execute and things will happen.‚Äù
Wilson said defensive coordinator Todd Grantham‚Äôs biggest complaint to the players was a lack of turnovers, Wilson said.
Interesting then that Georgia‚Äôs defense had at least nine interceptions against the scout team in Thursday‚Äôs practice that was closed to the local media, according to a Tweet from Holly Rowe, the sideline reporter for ABC on Saturday.
Georgia‚Äôs specialists‚Äîincluding long snappers‚Äîhaven‚Äôt been available for interviews since preseason practices began.
So offensive tackle John Theus answered for his brother Nathan‚Äôs high snap that holder Adam Erickson couldn‚Äôt place down for a chip-shot field goal for Patrick Beless that could have tied the game against Clemson.
‚ÄúNathan‚Äôs a great long snapper,‚Äù John said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve been around a lot of long snappers growing up just because I‚Äôve been to camps with him and my little brother as well. He‚Äôll be the first to tell you that was a high snap. In a brotherly defense, it wasn‚Äôt the highest snap in the world, but that doesn‚Äôt matter it‚Äôs on to the next week now.‚Äù
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 ‚Äúthere‚Äôs no doubt in my mind, it will never happen again,‚Äù regarding a high snap from brother Nathan, who got hit in the back late in the Clemson game after a punt but he‚Äôs practiced all week.
Among those who will try to keep Jadeveon Clowney off Aaron Murray is 257-pound fullback Quayvon Hicks.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs the plan,‚Äù Hicks said. ‚ÄúI think that‚Äôs the reason I‚Äôm in the backfield not only for this game, but every game.‚Äù
Hicks said he should haven‚Äôt 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‚Äôt the right play call in retrospect.
‚ÄúI 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,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs 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.‚Äù
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