Defense draws plenty of flags

G-Day was flag day when it came to the Georgia defense.

There were a total of 10 penalties for 71 yards on the Black Team, which included the starting defense.

Nose guard Mike Thornton, on the Red Team, was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct for throwing the ball in the air after a fumble recovery.

“I didn’t like that much, I thought it was stupid and I told him so,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said.

Defensive end Sterling Bailey also got an unsportsmanlike call after two consecutive pass interference penalties were called on Damian Swann.

“Bailey just took the blame,” outside linebacker Leonard Floyd said. “It was on another player, I think. Everybody was pretty mad about the pass interference.”

Shaq Wiggins was flagged three times for pass interferences and Sheldon Dawson one.

“A couple of them were some blown calls, but that’s not my place to criticize anyone,” Swann said.

Richt chalked up the pass interference calls to defenders making a play on a ball in the air.

“It’s a judgment call,” Richt said. “You can’t just concede it.”

Richt said he thought receiver Reggie Davis was pushing off on one call on Wiggins.

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