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UGA Feeling Some Pressure With Favorite’s Role

Georgia is getting a lot of love this offseason.  From SEC fans who believe their schedule is cakewalk easy — it won’t be as easy as people think — to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas, the Dawgs are a hot choice to win the SEC East, the SEC and maybe more.

Mark Richt isn’t putting too much stock in the preseason chatter, though.  “Well, I hope they’re right.  We’ve got potential.  We really haven’t done anything yet.  We know that.”

“Preseason predictions are fun to talk about, but bottom line is we’ve got to get the job done between now and when camp begins and when camp begins we need to hopefully have a very healthy and productive camp,” the coach said.

But could the favorite’s role mean more pressure for UGA?  Senior safety Shawn Williams says yes:

 

“It’s great that people say that, but I think it does put a lot of pressure on us to go out and just win games.  We always feel like we have a pretty good team and a decent chance of winning.  We’ve just go to go out and do it each and every game.”

 

Expect the anti-Richters out there to pick up and run with the “we always feel like we have… a decent chance of winning” remark.

Last year, many folks expected Georgia and Richt to fail, especially after an 0-2 start to the season.  Instead they won 10 games, captured the SEC East crown, and lost a New Year’s Day bowl game in overtime.

This year, most are expecting Georgia and Richt to succeed.  And the latter is a tougher spot to be in than the former.

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Franklin States Case To Richt After Game, Richt Apologizes

A new video of the postgame meeting between James Franklin and Mark Richt sheds some light on what led to the brouhaha after Georgia’s 33-28 win at Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

Yesterday afternoon, WSMV-TV in Nashville posted video of the two head coaches chatting at midfield.  The website SportsByBrooks.com then looped the video and posted it.  That’s the clip you see below:

Franklin can be heard telling Richt about the actions of Georgia junior Shawn Williams and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham:

“Yeah, rubbin’ our face in it right after the game.  And then your coach, when I tell him about it, then he goes after me and the fight starts.”

Richt then says, “That’s what I thought happened, I apologize.”  It’s also been suggested that if you listen closely you can hear Richt say, “He’s a dumbass,” while Franklin is describing Williams’ taunts.

Remarkably, the anti-Richt crowd in Georgia is already complaining that Richt should not have backed down, should have acted more like Grantham, etc, etc.

That’s nonsense, of course.  Richt showed class as he usually does.  Subtract the “cl” and you have what Grantham showed.  There’s a reason UGA athletic director Greg McGarity said yesterday that Grantham would “do some things differently” if given a second chance.

It’s believed the SEC could rule on the matter sometime today, but we would be surprised if Grantham (or anyone else) received more than a stern warning not to repeat the actions of Saturday night.

Hopefully we can put this story in the rearview soon.

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UGA’s Hamilton Out For The Season

Georgia’s depth has taken another hit, this time at free safety.  Senior Jakar Hamilton was diagnosed yesterday with a stress fracture in his right ankle.

“My guess is he won’t play this year,” Mark Richt said.  Hamilton has been out with a hamstring pull since the beginning of preseason camp.

Chip Towers of The AJC reports that junior Shawn Williams appears to have won the starting free safety job.  Hamilton started five games for the Dawgs last year and played in all 13. 

Hamilton can apply for a medical redshirt.

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