Hello from Sanford Stadium. It’s been a long time since Georgia was last between the hedges.
Five weeks to be exact.
The Bulldogs have gone from top-five team to beaten down after its trip to South Carolina and now back in prime position to get to Atlanta for the SEC championship game after its 17-9 win against Florida in Jacksonville
“That game gave us a lot of momentum,” cornerback Damian Swann said. “It was a big one. We enjoyed it. That’s the past.”
Georgia quickly turned the page to Ole Miss.
It’s homecoming today, but not a typical pushover homecoming opponent in an Ole Miss team just one win away from being bowl eligible.
Georgia fullback Zander Ogletree showed up for interviews on Tuesday this week wearing a button with the name of a candidate for homecoming queen.
The game is even on CBS for the first game in the network’s national doubleheader.
“What happens when you start tasting success you start getting excited and you start believing,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said of the Rebels. “That’s what’s happening right now. They’re on the rise. They’re a very positive rise right now. Coach (Hugh) Freeze has got them going.”
There’s been much made this week about whether Georgia will be fired up without external motivation like Shawn Williams calling out the defense last week.
Richt noted that Friday with a tweet that said: “#1 question all week. Can we be as passionate this game as last week. Fair question. Can the DawgNation be as passionate as well? Let’s Go!”
If the defense brings it like it did last week, Ole Miss could have a long day.
“I did not see a Georgia team that shied away from any physicality,” Freeze said .”They’re a very physical football team.”
Some other items:
–Representatives from the Capital One, Gator and Cotton Bowls are expected to be on hand today.
-Zander Ogletree is expected to start at fullback if the Bulldogs have one on the field on its first offensive play. Zander and his brother Alec, the Bulldogs’ linebacker, both started last year’s game against Kentucky, too.
–Looks like nose guard John Jenkins will play. He went through the Dawg Walk with pads like he will play. He missed practice Wednesday with a sprained ankle. Fullback Merritt Hall is in a walking boot. He’s out as expected with a sprained ankle. Linebacker Chase Vasser also wasn’t dressed out. He’s been bothered by a shoulder injury. Receiver Michael Bennett went through the Dawg Walk without crutches. He’s out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
–Aaron Murray is now ninth on the SEC career touchdown passing list with 76, needing one more to tie Rex Grossman and two to tie Jared Lorenzen for seventh.
–Grayson defensive end Robert Nkemdiche is getting a lot of attention on his unofficial visit. Jarvis Jones, Todd Gurley and Todd Grantham stopped by to talk to him on the sideline pregame. Nkemdiche, the No. 1 rated recruit in the nation by Scout.com, is a Clemson commitment.
–Another recruiting item for those so incluned. Dooly County’s Montravius Adams, rated the No. 1 defensive tackle recruit by Scout.com, is here today. He was hanging out with Jonathan Taylor, who is redshirting, in the back of the end zone while Georgia players warmed-up pregame.
–More to come.
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