ATLANTA - The question was posed to Willie Martinez following Georgia's 30-24 win over Georgia Tech - does he know what his future holds with the Bulldog program?
"I'm at Georgia," Martinez said. "Again, I'm getting ready to prepare for the next ball game."
For several weeks, speculation has been that Martinez's days with the Bulldogs are numbered, and that head coach Mark Richt would either fire the assistant, or that the Bulldogs' defensive coordinator would resign on his own.
Richt offered little other insight during his post-game press conference.
"Here's the thing. I've been focusing so hard on this season, that's all I've really been focusing on," Richt said. "I know we've got some areas to improve in, but right now I'm just going to enjoy this victory."
Safety Reshad Jones said Martinez's future was on a lot of the players' minds.
"It came up every now and then," Jones said. "I think Coach Martinez is a great coach. When we hear things about him, it just makes us want to play harder and fight for him."
Russ makes his debut
"Russ" made his debut Saturday, standing in for the late Uga VII who passed away last week.
It was certainly a night of firsts.
The half-brother of Uga VII, the four-year-old Russ spent the night in a hotel for the first time in his life. Saturday's game also marked the first time he had ever been on a football field.
Russ is expected to attend Georgia's bowl game which will be announced next week, but according to owner Sonny Seiler is not in the running to become Uga VIII, who is expected to be named sometimes after the first of the year.
The last substitute mascot was "Otto,' who in 1986 served four games for his younger brother Uga IV, and led his team to a 3-1 record.
Green, Rambo don't play
As first reported by UGASports, wide receiver A.J. Green did not make the trip and was unavailable to play after suffering an AC sprain in his left shoulder two weeks ago against Auburn.
Backup safety Bacarri Rambo did make the trip but he was unable t play.
Backup running back Richard Samuel did not make the trip after suffering a concussion earlier in practice.
During the game, safety Bryan Evans suffered a concussion and did not return.
This and that
Junior Vance Cuff made his first career start, getting the call over sophomore Brandon Boykin who had started the first 11 games this year. Boykin was battling a hip injury suffered last week against Kentucky. Also, sophomore Marcus Dowtin started at Mike linebacker in place of Darryl Gamble.
Georgia's passing numbers were the lowest in the Richt era as Joe Cox finished 8-for-14 for 76 yards. Georgia had eight completions against South Carolina in 2005 on 17 attempts for 112 yards and went 8-for-14 for 93 yards vs. Ole Miss in 2001.
Sophomore kicker Blair Walsh made 22-yard field goal in the second quarter for a 10-3 lead to cap a 15-play, 84-yard drive in 6:40. In the third quarter, he made a 38-yarder for a 27-17 lead. In the fourth quarter, he added a 43-yarder for a 30-17 lead. Walsh missed a 55-yarder with 3:03 left, his first miss from 50-plus this season, making him 4-for-5 from that distance. Overall, he is now 19-for-21 (90.4%) on the year.
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