Georgia is coming off a big win. It’s a bye week.
There’s more time to linger over the little things.
Maybe that’s why linebacker Amarlo Herrera and defensive lineman Garrison Smith playfully had at it on Twitter this week over Smith going airborne after Georgia’s big fourth-down stop near the goal line in the win over South Carolina.
His jump onto the back of South Carolina offensive guard Ronald Patrick came after the play and drew a penalty flag.
Herrera and Smith picked up their chatter about it when Smith hovered over an interview Herrera was having with reporters on Tuesday.
“He did something stupid on the goal line,” Herrera said. “I thought he was trying out for the WWE or something.”
Shot back Smith: “That’s what you call an all-out effort play. We need more guys like that to win.”
Said Herrera: “Effort to give them back the ball.”
If you haven’t seen it, here’s a gif of it from SBNation via SECtalk.com:
Here’s what Mark Richt said about the Smith leap after the game:
“I saw what happened. I think Garrison was just trying to get to the ball, fly to the ball. The fact that it was a deadball foul was huge. That was the biggest question I was asking. I thought it was going to be (a deadball foul), but I was asking the question. The official didn’t understand me real good. I got a little hot. I want to apologize to him for that. Anyway, I was thankful. I guess it was like a 1-yard penalty. It didn’t kill us. It could have killed us if we had a safety.”
Smith said he was on the ground and the pile was “still moving and I was just trying to get to the pile to stop the play. I’m just being a hustle guy trying to jump on the pile to stop it from moving. Earlier in the game, we were on the goal line and the guy scored because somebody pushed him into the end zone. So I was just trying to make sure that didn’t happen.”
He was worried for a second about the penalty until he saw the Georgia offense coming on the field. “I was like `It is a dead ball foul so we’re OK.’ I was definitely happy about that.”
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