October 9, 2010

UGA-UT notebook

Leave it to former Georgia linebacker Boss Bailey to send a message that resonated with the Bulldogs that helped carry the team to Saturday's 41-14 win over Tennessee.

Bailey served as the honorary captain for Georgia during the coin-toss, but it was what he said to the players that had head coach Mark Richt talking during his post-game press conference.

"Boss, he pretty much called them out. But he did so in a way where it was very compassionate; you could tell and it was very obvious that he loves Georgia," Richt said. "It was obvious that he loved those guys but he felt like he needed to tell them they weren't playing ball like ball needed to be played at Georgia."

According to Richt, no portion of the team was spared his words during his talk at the Butts-Mehre Building.

"He mentioned some things to do the defense and he mentioned some things to the offense but the thing that stood out the most was his passion and sincerity in his voice that he loves Georgia," Richt said. "There are a lot of times where we as coaches are trying to help these guys understand what it means to be a Bulldog. We try as many things as we can to emphasize that point but Boss explained what it means to be a Bulldog in that moment in time."

Richt said it was the best pre-game speech he's ever heard an honorary captain give.

"There's been a lot of good honorary captain speeches, talks and those kinds of things," Richt said. "But there have been none better than that because it was what they needed to hear but it was done in a way where they knew he cared about them."

Ogletree sees time at wide receiver

Freshman Alec Ogletree was a surprise entrant into the game at wide receiver during the first quarter.

The safety lined up at flanker, and although he did not catch a pass, laid a big crack-back block which helped Washaun Ealey pick up a couple of yards.

"We just started working on it this week," said Ogletree, who laughed there was never any play designed for him to actually catch a ball.

"That was just a blocking deal right there," Ogletree laughed. "I didn't hit him like I was supposed to. I was supposed to knock him off his feet, but he looked up at the last second and spun off me."

Injury update

Georgia played Saturday's game without the services of running back Carlton Thomas and outside linebacker Cornelius Washington.

Thomas missed the contest with a strained hamstring, while Washington sat out with a concussion he suffered in practice last week.

During the game, the Bulldogs lost backup safety Nick Williams who injured his hamstring while running down the field to cover a kick.

He did not return.

Williams told UGASports he "heard something pop."

Sailors comes up with a big play

Redshirt freshman walk-on Blake Sailors is quickly making a name for himself on Georgia's special teams.

Last week, Sailors as the special teams captain for the Colorado game and based on his recovered fumble on a punt by Eric Gordon at the Vol 37.

Four plays later, Aaron Murray hit A.J. Green for a 22-yard touchdown to boost Georgia's lead to 24-7.

"I saw him call a fair catch but the ball just popped straight up in the air and fell right into my arms," Sailors said. "I wasn't thinking about returning it, I wasn't thinking about nothing. I was just doing whatever I could to hold on. My helmet was on backwards, but I wasn't going to move or anything. Somebody had to come and pick me up."

It was a nice make-up for the former Oconee County standout who during the previous series was called for an illegal block during a punt return that set the Bulldogs back at their 14.

"That's the first thing I heard when I got back to the sideline," Sailors laughed. "You made up for that block in the back."

This and that

Green returned the first punt of the day for Georgia, picking up seven yards. … After Ealey fumbled out of bounds inside the Vol 5-yard line during the second quarter, he received an earful on the sideline from Richt. It was Ealey's third fumble inside the 5 this year. … Sophomore Sanders Commings made his first career start at cornerback opposite Brandon Boykin. … Darryl Gamble wore No. 31 in honor of Quinton Banks, whose career ended due to re-occurring knee injuries. …. Linebacker Akeem Dent tied his career high for tackles (12) for the second week in a row. … Georgia turned three Volunteer turnovers into 17 points.

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