That was Sept. 12, 2009 when the Bulldogs withstood 53 pass attempts from Stephen Garcia and got big play touchdowns from Brandon Boykin and Branden Smith in a 41-37 victory.
Georgia is looking to snap a three-game losing skid to the Gamecocks.
“It’s a big game and we haven’t beaten them so we’ve got to prove everybody wrong,” junior linebacker Amarlo Herrera said.
Tight end Arthur Lynch and receiver Rantavious Wooten, who both took redshirts but not as freshmen, actually played in that 2009 game, but they are exceptions.
“It stinks that we haven’t beaten them, especially this senior class has yet to win a game versus South Carolina,” quarterback Aaron Murray said. “Hopefully we can change that this year. It’s a brand new team, it’s a new season. We’ve got to put what happened last year, the past three years behind us and go out there, compete, have fun and try to win a ballgame.”
Morgan will return for North Texas
Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan will make his season debut in the Bulldogs third game of the season on Sept. 21 against North Texas.
Coach Mark Richt confirmed Wednesday that the sophomore’s suspension is two games for his boating under the influence arrest. He made 8 of 14 field goals last season.
In the meantime, walk-on kickers Patrick Beless and Adam Erickson remain unavailable for interviews.
“They’ve got enough to think about right now,” Richt said. “I don’t need them becoming media darlings right now.”
Beless made all five extra points against Clemson but did not attempt a field goal.
Asked about what kind of range Beless has, Richt said: “It’s hard to say the kind of range. When we went for it on fourth down that one time (from the Clemson 33), you’re sort of in that long field goal range slash very, very short punt. Even if Marshall Morgan was our kicker I’m not sure we wouldn’t have gone for it on fourth down. Plus, we felt like it was probably going to be a game where we needed some sevens and not some threes. We’ll just have to make that decision this week, too.”
Richt said that punter Collin Barber has worked some on field goals and has enough leg to make a kick from 45 yards and beyond.
Theus finds upside in backup role
John Theus wasn’t in the starting lineup against Clemson for the first time in his college career.
The sophomore figures he played “30-something” snaps in a game where Georgia ran 70 offensive plays backing up at offensive right tackle, where he started every game last year as a freshman.
“Honestly, I never felt (more) fresh and I woke up Sunday morning and I felt great,” said Theus, who knew he would be used as part of a rotation. “The night before was the least amount of reps I got in a game in six years.”
Kolton Houston started at right tackle against Clemson and also worked at left tackle.
“I think on a weekly basis we’ll just decide who deserves to start,” Richt said.
Houston lined up at left guard early in practice on Wednesday.
“We like what Kolton’s been doing,” Richt said. “If he is one of the best five, he may end up anywhere just about. He can do that other than center, I would say. I don’t know if he’s going to find one home or not.”
Bulldogs `pushed’ in practice
In an effort to improve its tackling and blocking, Georgia held a rare Wednesday full pads practice on a game week.
“We pushed them these last two days,” Richt said. “They’ve responded well. They responded better today than yesterday.”
The practice was a mixture of tackling and “thud,” simulating tackling without bringing a player to the ground.
This and that
Georgia starting cornerback Brendan Langley missed practice on Wednesday with what Richt said was a leg injury that was not severe. He’s expected to return to practice on Thursday. “We think he’ll be able to play.” Shaq Wiggins, another freshman cornerback, missed practice because of an illness.
Tight end Jay Rome (sprained ankle) did not practice.
Freshman receiver Tramel Terry, who did not play in the opener after tearing an ACL last winter, is likely to redshirt this season, Richt said. “It’s tough to come off an ACL like Tramel did and really be the best that he can be,” Richt said. “We know he’ll be better year five than he would be right now as far as his ability to play full speed.”
Georgia verbal commitment Nick Chubb from Cedartown rushed for 331 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-14 win over Rockmart last week, earning him the U.S. Army All-American Bowl player of the week honors.