JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–Putting a wrap on Georgia’s 24-19 Gator Bowl loss to Nebraska, which ended the Bulldogs season at 8-5.
I’ll be dropping some notes and quotes and video on the blog here (most will be later if I file stories for the paper and website).
–First, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo declined to comment specifically about whether he’s interested or will talk to Georgia Southern about its head coach opening.
“Right now I’m just disappointed that we didn’t get it done today, to be honest,” Bobo said.
He did address his aspirations to be a head coach eventually.
“I think we all, well I, aspire to be a head coach one day,” Bobo said. “Where at? I don’t know. I also aspire to win a championship here at the University of Georgia. We’ve been close so many times and I do feel like the ingredients are there. I do feel like Mark Richt is one of the best head coaches in the country. We’re able to get players and have guys that can make plays.”
Georgia didn’t make enough on New Year’s Day.
Bobo has talked to his father, a former high school coach, and Richt about the responsibilities that come with a head coaching job.
“I do know I want to do that—one day,” Bobo said. “Whatever happens, happens. I’m not trying to actively pick up the phone and call people. If things happen, they happen.”
–Bobo confirmed what was expected.
Reserve quarterback Christian LeMay, who practiced with the team during the bowl, is transferring.
“LeMay has decided to move on and I wish nothing but the best for him and his career,” Bobo said. “I do think he’s got a chance to be a very good player and hopefully the place he goes to and the system they run, he’ll be able to be successful.”
LeMay has told coaches at Jacksonville State (Ala.) that he will join the FCS program. Former Bulldogs safety Shaquille Fluker said he’s also transferring there.
Now to the postgame videos:
Here’s tight end Arthur Lynch:
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo:
Cornerback Shaq Wiggins:
Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins:
And tailback Todd Gurley:
–Tailback Todd Gurley was to the point on Georgia’s red zone issues. The Bulldogs got three field goals and a touchdown on six possessions that reached the 20.
The Bulldogs’ last two drives ended with fourth-down drops by Rantavious Wooten and Arthur Lynch.
“That sucks, man,” Gurley said. “Just to go all the way down and you just give it to them. That’s a bad feeling right there.”
–Georgia’s drops were a bigger issue in the passing game than the pass protection even on a day when quarterback Hutson Mason was sacked four times.
Bobo thought Georgia did a good job against Randy Gregory, the Big Ten sack leader who had one sack.
“I thought for the most part we did a good job up front blocking him,” Bobo said. “He was able to get off a little bit. We had the screen to slow him down a little bit and in the run game, put a tight
end over him. Overall, I don’t think it was an abnormal amount of shots that any quarterback would take.”
–Here’s some of what defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said:
“I thought our guys played really hard. I thought we practiced really well, but when you give up an explosive play like that (on 99-yard touchdown pass), it damages a lot of good things. It’s 99 yards, it’s seven points, it’s momentum, it’s field position. You have to play a lot of plays really good to overcome that and to our guys credit, they kept battling and got back in the game, got some three and outs, got a turnover (on Shaq Wiggins interception).”
On giving up touchdowns after a funbled punt and interception with short fields: “We didn’t do a good enough job in sudden change situations on the two turnovers and in those situations, it’s our job to make them kick field goals.”
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