Greetings from Sanford Stadium for yet another night game for Georgia.
After the chippiness between Vanderbilt and Georgia last year, I wonder if “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” will be added to the pregame music mix.
“It will be an intense game as usual,”Georgia linebacker Christian Robinson said. “We all know guys on Vandy. They know guys on Georgia because there’s a lot of Georgia guys. It’s always heated. …The way their program’s going, they’re getting stronger. We’ve always taken them seriously because they’ve knocked us around before. It’s a game where there’s a change of mindset as their whole program (improves).”
Linebacker Amarlo Herrera had an interesting take on if this game means more because of last year’s Todd Grantham-James Franklin dust-up.
“Every game means something to all of us because we’re trying to go to the national championship and the SEC championship,” he said.
He did gush about Grantham: “He loves us. We love him. He sticks up for us. We stick up for him. We’re going to play hard for him. He’s going to coach hard for us.”
Summer ended this morning. Fall arrives just in time for the Bulldogs to play seven straight Southeastern Conference games.
Georgia players generally like playing at night.
Visiting teams coming to Athens? Not so much.
“I would prefer early games in general,” Franklin said. “It gives you more time to prepare for your next game. If you want to play a night game, you want to play at home. Road night games are tough.”
–Vanderbilt hasn’t revealed whether they are sticking with Austyn Carta-Samuels or going back to Jordan Rodgers as their starter tonight.
Carta-Samuels started in last week’s rout of Presbyterian, meaning the Bulldogs don’t have much in terms of game film on him.
“It’s a huge advantage,” Franklin said.
Georgia has scored 40 or more points for three straight games for the first time in program history.
“You’ve kinda got to pick your poison with us,” receiver Tavarres King said. “It hasn’t been like that around here in a while. I think it’s to the point where you’ve got to say we’re going to stack the box and man these receivers up or we’re going to play zone and see if they can run it on us.”
Unless this is a blowout or Aaron Murray gets injured, you probably won’t see backup quarterback Christian LeMay tonight.
“You never know what’s going to happen,” LeMay said.
His play last week showed he still has plenty of room for improvement.
LeMay threw a pick six and lost a fumble.
“You have to shake it off,” LeMaysaid. “You have to go back into the film room and understand why you messed up. It did stick with me all weekend until I was able to get back to practicing, figure out what in the world was I thinking on that one.”
LeMay rushed for nine yards and a touchdown on seven carries and his only other pass was a short one to Justin Scott-Wesley that the speedster took 43 yards.
“You’ve got to protect the ball,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “You can’t play if you can’t protect the ball. He’s still young, Hasn’t had a lot of action. You’ve just got to continue to build with him. I thought he did a nice job on the second play of the game and ran the ball and picked up five yards. He’ll learn from that, protecting the ball and obviously throwing into coverage wasn’t good. We’ll continue to work with him and he’ll get better.”
–Safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree were not dressed out. They appear to be serving the fourth game of a four-game suspension.
Fullback Zander Ogletree, Alec’s brother, hasn’t played yet either. He indicated on Twitter that he is still out.
Zander is dressed out, but he was in other games he did not play.
–Dallas Lee looks like he will start at left guard with Kenarious Gates back at left tackle. Lee sprained an ankle last week.
–Safety Shawn Williams appeared to have sustained some sort of injury in warm-ups. He left the field. Corey Moore joined Sanders Commings as the first safeties in a drill. He came on the sidelines before kickoff, but looked like he was going a little more gingerly. He still started.
–Jordan Rodgers was announced as Vanderbilt’s starting quarterback. Austyn Carta-Samuels started the Presbyterian game last week for the Commodores.
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