Senior safety Bacarri Rambo said feeling the ball slip through his fingers on South Carolina's opening drive is something he's still having difficultly putting out of his mind.
"It still bothers me, but I've got to move on," said Rambo, who was making his first comments since coming off suspension two weeks ago against Tennessee. "That's the thing about playing defensive back. You've got to forget about things like that, forget the good and the bad and just worry about the next play."
The completion was the first of many big plays by the Gamecocks on the evening, this one occurring when quarterback Connor Shaw lofted a long throw to wide receiver Damiere Byrd.
As both players fell to the ground, Rambo appeared to have the ball in his hands until Byrd took the ball away to haul in the 42-yard completion.
"I had it in my hands," Rambo said. "I was trying to run before I had it secured and his momentum, by him falling back, enabled him to grab the ball. His momentum helped him, but his play shouldn't even had happened had I been in a better position."
Rambo was playing just his second game after coming back from a four-game suspension after he an linebacker Alec Ogletree were suspended four games for allegedly failing a drug test upon returning from spring break.
"I knew I was going to be a little rusty," Rambo said. "I prepared the best way I can, just prayed and I hoped it wouldn't turn out like this, but I'm getting better.
Burnette acknowledges mistakes
Starting right guard Chris Burnette readily admitted that Saturday night wasn't a good one for him and the rest of the Bulldogs' offensive line.
"We made mistakes we normally don't make," Burnette said.
Credit South Carolina's defensive line for a lot of the Bulldogs' woes.
The Gamecocks caused all sorts of problems for Georgia, which found itself having to deal with a seven-man front for a large portion of the game accounting for some of the Bulldogs' issues.
"That was part of it, like sometimes we didn't have enough people blocking, but also it was just a matter of not trusting other people to do their assignments," Burnette said. "Sometimes, we didn't know what to do and wound up trying to cover for another guy and it winded up not working for the best."
Burnette insisted though it's the type of mistakes that can and will be corrected.
He's also confident he and the rest of the Bulldog can put the bad taste left from their 28-point loss behind them.
"I think our mentality is the same. We understand in this league it happens - sometimes you lose games and sometimes you lose big," Burnette said. "But pretty much all of our goals can still happen. I think we're pretty positive; we're just focusing on the next game."
Jarvis Joness sat out practice Tuesday with a sprained ankle that he suffered in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against South Carolina.
Other Dawgs on the post-practice injury report included Luis Capella (right shoulder sprain, out), Jared Chapple (right lower leg contusion, out), Brandon Harton (left thumb surgery, out) and Cole Trolinger (concussion, out).
This and that
Fourteenth-ranked Georgia (5-1, 3-1) practiced for just over an hour in jerseys and shorts on Tuesday afternoon and then ended the session by visiting with a group of fans. It was the Bulldogs' first practice since Saturday's loss at No. 6 South Carolina. "I was pleased with the energy and effort," head coach Mark Richt said.
Also on Tuesday, just under 50 representatives from Extra Special People, an organization that assists individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, toured the Bulldogs' Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, watched a portion of practice and then visited with the team. "Extra Special people
they're awesome," Richt said. "We normally have an event with them in the summer prior to the season kicking off but we didn't this year because of a scheduling issue. So we got them to come visit us and it was a lot of fun. I don't know who had more fun, us or them."
Richt also announced the captains for next week's game at Kentucky. Burnette will be offensive captain, John Jenkins and Abry Jones will be defensive captains and freshman Josh Harvey-Clemons will be special teams captain. "It's rare that a true freshman becomes a captain, but the staff and I felt he did the best," Richt said. "Every special team he was on, he excelled and had a winning grade. All of the coaches were saying how excellent he played. It is really hard to become a captain as a freshman, especially true freshman, but he earned this and I'm proud of him."