November 6, 2010

Dawgs honor fallen MSU player

The Bulldogs commemorated the late Nick Bell of Mississippi State, who died earlier this week from cancer by wearing his No. 36 on the back of their helmets for Saturday's game against Idaho State.

A 20-year-old redshirt freshman, Bell played in four games for MSU before falling victim to a rare, but deadly form of cancer known as synovial sarcoma.

"It's crazy. You never know what's going to happen, so you need to cherish every moment," senior linebacker Akeem Dent said. "Out of respect, we just decided to put a sticker on our helmet for him."

Quarterback Aaron Murray said Bell's death hit the team hard.

"You look between that and the guy from Rutgers, it's hard," Murray said. "You know how hard it takes to get to this level, it's hard on our bodies and to know what everyone goes through to hear of this tragedy it's heart-breaking and you pray for his family and the team."

Last September, Bell was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma after experiencing headaches during practice and had surgery on Oct. 1 to remove a mass in his brain, the Birmingham News reported.

The tumor was malignant and when a mass was spotted on his lung, doctors advised an aggressive chemotherapy treatment.

Unfortunately, Bell did not survive.

"It hit me pretty hard because it let me know just how quick everything can be gone," wide receiver A.J. Green said. "That's why you've got to play like every play is your last because you don't know what's going to happen."

Figgins grateful for score

It was difficult to tell who was more excited, Bruce Figgins or his teammates following the tight end's 6-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 41-0.

After the grab, the junior from Columbus was mobbed by teammates to celebrate the touchdown, his first since his freshman year, the 2007 season-opener against Oklahoma State.

"That means a lot. It was a blessing, regardless of the score," Figgins said. "There were a lot of people cheering for me; there were a lot of jokes here and there but it's all good."

The touchdown was the second of Figgins' career.

"It's definitely a confidence booster, something to put a smile on your face," Figgins said.

Injury update

Kwame Geathers injured his ankle in the third quarter and did not return.

Also, head coach Mark Richt said that wide receiver Logan Gray took a shot to the jaw while backup safety and special teams performer Chad Gloer suffered through some cramps.

Neither backup linebacker Michael Gilliard (hamstring) nor wide receiver Kris Durham (lung bruise) did not play. Richt said he hopes Durham will be available for Saturday's game at Auburn.

This and that

Former Bulldog linebacker Rennie Curran watched the game from the Georgia sideline while former Atlanta Falcons coach Jerry Glanville was a guest of some coaches from Idaho State. … Green had a pair of touchdown catches in the opening half. He is now No. 2 on the all-time UGA list with 21 TD catches in his career (Terrence Edwards, 30). Green caught a 3 yarder following Brandon Boykin's interception for his first score. He then grabbed a 46-yard touchdown catch later in the second period. Green finished with six catches for 103 yards. He now has six 100-yard games in his career. … Blair Walsh tied his career long with a 53-yard field goal at the 1:19 mark in the opening period. He also drilled a 53 yarder at Oklahoma State in 2009. Walsh is 8-for-12 from 50+ in his career. He also hit a 38-yard field goal early in the first quarter. Walsh finished with 12 points on the game, two shy of his career high. Walsh has now kicked at least one FG in 18 straight and in 32 games overall. He is 17-of-20 on the year and 52-of-65 in his career. … Senior fullback Josh Sailors saw his first action today and became the third set of brothers to see action this season in the same game, joining his redshirt freshman cornerback Blake Sailors. The other two sets to see action this year have been the Murrays (Aaron and Josh) and Ogletrees (Alec and Alexander). … UConn transfer Derek Richt caught his first career pass, a 19-yarder from Hutson Mason who completed 3-of-8 passes for 41 yards in relief of Murray.

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