Moore Stepping Up
Corey Moore
@marcweiszer
Posted Nov 6, 2013


ATHENS – Corey Moore isn’t ready to say his sack on a safety blitz in the fourth quarter of Georgia’s 23-20 win against Florida Saturday is the biggest play he’s made in football.

That first touchdown he scored as a 6-year old on a quarterback sneak in Pee-Wee ball in Griffin still tops that.

“I actually messed it up,” the junior said. “I fumbled the ball and I picked it up and I just ran around. I ran like 30 yards back and like 40 yards up and I scored a touchdown and made my Mom cry.”

The play against the Gators was reminiscent of a sack Bacarri Rambo made last year against Florida, but defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said it was designed a different way.

“I timed it up perfect just as Rambo did,” Moore said. “It was just a fun play to make and hold some bragging rights.”

The sack on a play Georgia rushed seven on a third-and-12 at the Georgia 43 and forced Florida to punt.

It never got the ball back.

“These guys were tired and I thought we were a little bit gassed, but that’s why you preach mental toughness,” Grantham said. “That’s part of coaching. They went out and stopped them and they were aggressive in their play. Corey’s play wouldn’t have been able to happen if we didn’t get them in second-and-12. Then an incomplete pass and that got us to third down and that allowed us to go finish the game.”

Rumph fine with not redshirting

Mark Richt bristled just a bit Wednesday at the suggestion that Georgia burned junior college transfer receiver Jonathon Rumph’s redshirt when it played him in the eighth game of the season against Florida.

“We don’t consider it burning his redshirt,” the Georgia coach said. “We consider that he’s been working towards getting ready to play. I would say if a guy was healthy his entire season and then all of a sudden you decided to play him for no good reason that would be burning a redshirt, but if you have a lot of injuries at a certain position or if a guy’s been injured himself and trying to get himself into position to play, I don’t really look at it that way.”

Rumph described the injury that he was battling as a “a high hamstring injury, a partial tear. He was fine with playing.

“I never thought about taking a redshirt,” he said. “I was basically doing what I had to do for my team.”

The 6-foot-5, 208-pound Rumph had two touchdown catches in the spring game, but in his debut against the Gators he said played about 10 snaps without a catch.

“When I got my chance to get on the field, I did play as hard as I could every snap,” Rumph said. “I was just so excited and happy to be out there. All the fans were out there, my parents, my friends, my cousins. I was ready to make a play.”

A hamstring injury--he called it “a high hamstring injury, a partial tear” kept him off the field before Saturday. He reinjured the hamstring in the September bye week, he said.

“Everybody kept me uplifted,” Rumph said. “The trainers kept me with the best treatment process I could do and I just embraced it.”

Rumph, who said he’s working on his endurance and technique, said he still gets treatment twice a day.

With Lynch sidelined, Williams moves up at TE

Starting tight end Arthur Lynch is “not likely” to play Saturday against Appalachian State, Richt said on the day Lynch missed his third straight practice with bruised ribs.

The Bulldogs’ No. 2 tight end behind Jay Rome becomes walk-on Hugh Williams, who was playing offensive line as late as the spring of 2012.

“I was pretty surprised when they switched me, but it’s been pretty good so far,” said

Williams, who showed up for a postpractice interview Wednesday night wearing a shirt from an offensive line camp at Marist School, where he played.

“He’s helping us a lot right now,” Richt said. “Hugh’s been practicing well and he knows what to do and he’s a good blocker. I think really from where he started to where he is now, he’s an excellent route runner.”

Richt laughed as he said that last part.

Asked how he is as a route runner, Williams said: “Better than when I started. I still have a long way to go. Better.”

The 6-foot-5, 242-pound Williams play is usually limited to goal-line and short-yardage situations.

This and that

Richt provided his daily Todd Gurley update Wednesday. “He’s practicing to the best of his ability right now," Richt said. "He’s hobbling around a little bit.” The tailback had 187 total yards against Florida coming off an ankle injury. He also had conditioning issues.

Starting offensive left guard Dallas Lee hyperextended an elbow in practice Tuesday and missed the early portion of practice Wednesday to get treatment, Richt said, but returned to practice against the scout team. “I’d say he’s probable,” Richt said. Freshman Brandon Kublanow is the No. 2 left guard.

Backup quarterback Hutson Mason on the chance to throw his first pass of the season Saturday: “Against North Texas, I had no problem with it because it’s pouring, it’s muddy. I honestly didn’t want to go out there and try to sling it around, and we’d look ridiculous. We’d look like the Bad News Bears out there.” Mason could get in his second game of the season Saturday. The Weather Channel has the forecast for Saturday as a high of 64 with a zero percent chance of rain.


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