Grantham Offers No Apologies

Grantham Offers No Apologies

ATHENS - James Franklin joked this week of down time in the offseason enjoying cocktails with Todd Grantham.

But Todd Grantham said the two actually haven't crossed paths since their postgame confrontation last year in Nashville.

When Franklin was asked if he had talked to Grantham since last year's game, he responded: "Yeah, actually our families went on vacation together. Disney World. We were floating in the pool together, drinking Mai Tais."

Grantham's actual drink of choice? "I don't know. I'm flexible," Grantham said good-naturedly Tuesday night.

A year later, Grantham said he has no regrets about what happened that night after Georgia's 33-28 win

"No, I understood what all was happening," Grantham said. "Everybody's competitive, it's heated out there. It's really not a big deal as we move forward."

Franklin thought that Georgia safety Shawn Williams was talking trash and Grantham stood up for his player.

Grantham said there was no apology to Franklin. "I guess that's football, huh?"

The two coaches have complimented the other this week ahead of Saturday night's game.

Franklin on Grantham: "He does a great job and he has done a great job for a long time. His defense plays hard and flies around."

Grantham on Franklin: ""He's a good coach. He's done a good job. They're working hard to be competitive."

Some Bulldogs foaming for Vandy

There are some game weeks when finding something to latch onto for extra motivation isn't obvious.

This isn't one of those weeks for Georgia.

The only question really may be if the Bulldogs' fans or the players themselves will be more pumped up for Vanderbilt.

"We'll be charged up," defensive back Sanders Commings said. "We're going to remember last year. Vandy's a good team, but they're not us. We're going to show them."

Mark Richt said when he first became coach at Georgia he would take five more minutes of practice time over some sort of rousing speech, but he sees value in finding something to carry a player through yet another practice.

"Emotion is important, and guys, when they play with their blood hot, they tend to play better," Richt said. "We try to find ways to motivate either through by words or motivational tapes. Anything that we can grab that we think will get them revved up and ready to go, we'll try to use."

Receiver Tavarres King said there's "a chip on everybody's shoulder around here," after last year's game, but that this team doesn't need much to get up for games.

"This team, we just love playing," King said. "It's all fun to us."

More offense for Mitchell, but defense still in plans

When Malcolm Mitchell was on the field for his first offensive snap of the season Saturday, King started laughing on the sideline.

"I was like `Let's see what this cat can do. Let's see if he's still got it,'" King said. "He caught it, came over to the sideline and said `Yeah, you're dog's still got it.' I was like `Yeah, you've still got it.'"

Mitchell, second on the Bulldogs in receptions last season, caught a 49-yard pass on a third-quarter post route for his only catch so far this season.

"It's been a while," Mitchell said. "I was happy to be able to do that on my first play."

Mitchell played one other offensive snap.

Richt said Mitchell should get more offensive work, especially when suspended safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree return.

"Malcolm will definitely stay with the defense as far as being ready to play," Richt said. "I imagine he will still play. His offensive reps will increase, and he'll probably start to spend some meeting time with the offense as well. I'm thinking about trying to find a way to split time with him if we can manage it, if we think it can work for us."

The plan still calls for Mitchell to play offense, defense and special teams on and off the rest of the year.

"He's a guy who I think is in good enough condition," Richt said. "I know he's smart enough to understand what's going on on both sides of the ball with the experience he's had. We need him on specials too."

Murray's good work

Quarterback Aaron Murray was one of seven FBS players named Tuesday to the AFCA Good Works Team, which recognizes players for positive, off-the field impact.

Murray helped coordinate a fundraiser around Thanskgiving for a worthy family with a student at Barrow Elementary. He was an escort for a fundraiser for the "Big Heart Pageant," for Extra Special People, which assists individuals and the families of those with developmental disabilities.

He is the 14th Georgia player honored since the award's inception. That leads all FBS schools.

This and that

Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones brushed aside any thought that his strained groin might keep him out of a second straight game Saturday. "I'm going to play," Jones said. Jones practiced in a regular jersey Tuesday. "He did all the stuff that we're doing," Grantham said after the full pads practice

Starting offensive left guard Dallas Lee joined backup offensive lineman Watts Dantzler in doing some light jogging around the field Tuesday during practice. Lee sprained an ankle in Saturday's game and Dantzler has missed the past two games with an ankle sprain.

If Lee can't go, Mark Beard is expected to start at left tackle and Kenarious Gates would then shift over to Lee's left guard spot.

Georgia played with that combination after Lee's injury in the second quarter.

Linebacker Josh Dawson (shoulder), receiver Rantavious Wooten (knee) and safety Connor Norman (undisclosed) practiced in non-contact jerseys. Rambo was having an apparent thumb injury looked at by a trainer early in practice.

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