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Despite Mood Swings Around Them, UGA Players Are Upbeat About 2012

As we mentioned yesterday, nothing causes a mood swing in a fanbase like a bowl game.  Just look at what’s being said and written at Florida and Georgia as an example.

In Gainesville, suddenly the outlook seems pretty good after a 24-17 win over a 6-7 Ohio State team.  The messageboards are filled with optimism.  The press is writing stories about positives, rather than negatives.  The Gators suddenly have… momentum.

Ah, but in Athens, it’s a different tune.  The Bulldogs lost 33-30 in overtime to an 11-3 Michigan State squad.  Now some folks are asking questions about Mark Richt and his program all over again.

Florida (7-6) beats a bad Ohio State team and things are looking up.  Georgia (10-4) loses to a good Michigan State team and things are no longer so rosy.

Mood swings.

But one place the mood hasn’t swung is in the Georgia locker room:

“I think the whole Dawg nation is very excited.  I know as a team we’re pretty excited about the future of this team and the direction we’re heading right now.  We have to use this (loss) as motivation.” — quarterback Aaron Murray

“We’ve got a whole lot coming back.  I’m really looking forward to the offseason and the season coming up.  We’re definitely going to be better We definitely are going to be bigger, stronger, faster.” – linebacker Jarvis Jones

The Georgia team feels good about the future and it should.  UGA will probably be picked to finish on top of the SEC East again next year. 

But Georgia will have more pressure to deal with moving forward, too.  The schedule will raise expectations.  And the mood swing mentioned up top will have many Dawg fans pointing all summer long to 2012 being yet another “prove it” year for Richt.


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