Dawgs' O Line with a lot to prove
Nick Jones
Nick Jones
Dawg Post Reporter
Posted Nov 1, 2006


ATHENS – Coach Mark Richt expects his offensive line to be highly motivated Saturday against Kentucky, and who can blame the players who make up that line after the way Richt has talked about them this week?

“We got whipped up front,” he said immediately after the game. “It got better, but I mean we couldn’t get a hat on the right guy and, when we did, we couldn’t get any movement.”

That word – “whipped” – has come up again twice this week. It’s not something the players or line coach Neil Callaway like to hear.

“We all make mistakes,” Callaway said. “No game is perfect. If you’ve ever competed, you’re going to get whipped. We’re going to learn from it and keep on going.”

Georgia averaged 2.5 yards per carry and quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked four times against the Gators. The Bulldogs are ninth in the SEC and 77th in the nation in rushing (123.9 yards per game) this season. However, they have only given up 13 sacks, the fourth-lowest number in the league.

“If you look early in the (Florida) game, we didn’t do some things as well as we wanted to,but we got better as the game went on,” Callaway said. “We’re just all frustrated because we didn’t execute and move the ball like we wanted to move the ball.”

On the occasions Georgia’s linemen are getting beat in one-on-one matchups, it’s a combination of physical strength and poor technique, Callaway said.

“You have to work harder fundamentally,” he said. “We have to play a little bit lower at times and our footwork has got to be better.”

The Bulldogs are starting four seniors and one junior up front.

“I think our o-line is going to be loaded for bear this weekend,” Richt said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt they are going to want to get a better taste in their mouth.”


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