Things to do when you are booted out of a game on a targeting call?
Well, Georgia defensive end Ray Drew said he spent more than two and a half quarters watching the rest of the Bulldogs’ game against Vanderbilt on Oct. 19 from the door of the locker room.
“I was peeking my head in and out just keeping tabs on what was going on,” Drew said.
He wasn’t allowed back on the sidelines during the 31-27 Georgia loss.
Neither was Florida safety Cody Riggs, who was ejected of the first play of Florida’s loss at Missouri on the same day. He said this week that he watched the game on a laptop provided to him in the locker room after he was ejected.
Drew said he had never been ejected from a game in his life.
“Never ever in the history of ever,” Drew said.
Drew said he “had a lot of thoughts on stuff when I was in the locker room,” Drew said. “I had to calm myself down.”
Georgia staff member Bryant Gantt helped calm Drew down after he was ejected on a hit on Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels.
Asked if it was a correct call, Drew laughed and said: “I feel you have to respect the call of the ref. He felt like it was the right decision so as of now, yeah, it is. You can’t go back and change it the way it came out now.”
Georgia head coach Mark Richt said he thought Drew was trying to pull up on the play but didn’t think “the rule’s designed for that type of play.”
Drew and Riggs were ejected in the first half so they won’t have to sit out Saturday’s game in Jacksonville.
“I’m going to keep playing hard. I’m not going to be hesitant when it comes to hitting a receiver going across the middle,” Riggs said. “I’m just going to have to lower my target next time, but I’m not going to slow down.”