Some Monday night news and notes:
–Yes, it‚Äôs Auburn week, but I got a chance for the first time to ask Georgia defensive end Demarcus Dobbs to respond to something Florida offensive lineman Carl Johnson said last week
Johnson said the Gators‚Äô no-huddle offense overwhelmed Georgia defensive players in Florida‚Äôs 34-31 overtime win, according to the Florida Times-Union.
“It’s fun seeing 300-pound linemen wheezing for air and you’re fine,” Johnson said. “The D-line, they’re wheezing and you’re like, ‘He’s tired. He’s tired.’”
Johnson mentioned Dobbs, who was wearing No. 31 in that game (Quintin Banks‚Äô old number).
“When 31 got hurt, I was pointing (and saying), ‘He’s tired. He’s not really hurt,‚Äô‚Äù Johnson said. ‚ÄúHe was just tired and faked an injury to get out of there, stop the clock. If he didn’t, we were on the ball, ready to go again, they were gassed.”
Dobbs laughed at the suggestion.
‚ÄúHe can check my rap sheet,‚Äù Dobbs said. ‚ÄúI play special teams and everything and I‚Äôm pretty sure if I couldn‚Äôt handle, if I was winded, I would have come off special teams before defense. That‚Äôs funny that he said that or what not. If you go back and look at the game, I don‚Äôt think they were too dominant as he might think they were on offense. They had big plays, but I don‚Äôt think he was the center of it.‚Äù
–Asked about Mike Bobo‚Äôs playcalling on his weekly call-in show, coach Mark Richt brought up Georgia setting a program record with five straight games of 30 or more points. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve broken a school record offensively. The most times in Georgia football to score 30 points in successive games, five games in a row. That can‚Äôt be all bad. We‚Äôre plugging along OK.‚Äù
–Receiver Kris Durham (bruised lung) remains on track to play Saturday barring a setback, Richt said.
–Georgia has 16 known verbal commitments. Richt suggested there may be some silent commitments or near silent commitments out there as well.
‚ÄúWe feel like we‚Äôre in real good shape with the recruits we‚Äôve already got committed and there‚Äôs a bunch of them that we‚Äôre working on that are very interested in us,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a couple of them that pretty much whispered in my ear that there‚Äôs a good chance they‚Äôll be at Georgia.‚Äù
–The daring gambles of LSU‚Äôs Les Miles had one fan wanting Richt to take more risks.
‚ÄúYou watched the `Mad Hatter‚Äô this weekend,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúIt fired you up.‚Äù
LSU ran a reverse for 23 yards on a 4th-and-1 in its upset of Alabama.
‚ÄúIt was exciting,‚Äù the caller said. ‚ÄúI think it would give a spark to the guys and it would give them confidence.‚Äù
‚ÄúWhen they don‚Äôt work out, you feel like if I didn‚Äôt do that, we might could have won this game without doing that,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúYou can hurt your team as much as you can help it, but there are times when you do need to take the risk.‚Äù
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