Grantham-Franklin feud still fires up Bulldogs

Georgia is returning to Vanderbilt for the first time since the 2011 game that featured a postgame confrontation between Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin.

“I don’t know how many guys are still around, but anything we can use to motivate, I’ll be all for that,” coach Mark Richt said. “Right now we’ve got to find a way to get better in blocking and tackling and doing the fundamental things that it takes to win.”

Franklin was complimentary about Grantham Monday in his weekly news conference: “Todd Grantham, the defensive coordinator, has done a nice job, obviously, if you look at his history and his background.”

After the loss to Missouri, Richt will take anything to light a fire under his players.

“There’s an emotional part of the game that you want to get guys in a mental frame of mind where they are excited about playing the game,” he said. “I don’t know if that will be the thing, but we’ll be trying to figure out something to get them going because it’s been a pretty long haul in between open dates. There’s been a lot of bumps and bruises along the way.”

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