Driving around Athens, Edwards saw painted on a car his picture beside that
of teammate George Foster in a circle and a line drawn through it.
Foster, a starting offensive tackle, drew a key personal foul penalty in the
"(Foster) just lost his composure,'' said offensive line coach Neil
Foster's penalty is extra running this week.
Edwards' penalty were mean words left on his answering machine from a person
posing as a fan.
"Some guy, a coward who didn't leave his name, didn't leave his
Edwards said. "A few seconds later a friend of his called and apologized.
That doesn't bother me.''
Edwards says he has not seen a replay or even highlights of the Florida
game. Football, or football fanatics, took a position of secondary importance
when Saturday night's game was over and he learned his mother, Jeannette, had
been taken to a Jacksonville hospital after apparently fainting following the
Edwards said his mother was still having tests at the hospital Monday but
hoped to be released by today.
Asked about his morale following the game, Edwards said: "It's good. Having
my mom ill in the hospital like that, you're not going to worry about little
things like that. It's personal because we lost, but there are more important
things than a football game.''
Added Edwards: "I wish people around this Bulldog nation would think
There's more than football. It's a game and everybody loves playing this game
but my main concern right now is my mom and not that football game.''
Edwards left AllTel Stadium Saturday night as soon as he heard about his
mother from Coach Mark Richt. Edwards then joined the team for its flight
back to Athens, leaving his father and mother behind in Jacksonville.
Because the drop came so late in the game and might have set up a game-tying
touchdown, Edwards' play may become the defining moment of the game for
But Edwards and his teammates said Monday that the dropped pass
was only one of many mistakes and missed opportunities that led to the loss.
"I called him after the game and said 'Just keep your head up and don't
focus,' " said teammate Damien Gary, who watched the loss from his hospital
bed in Athens.
Gary, recovering from acute compartment syndrome that required three
surgeries on his left leg last week, was released from the hospital Sunday
and, leaning on crutches, was with his teammates Monday.
"I just told him don't think one play was the difference in the game,''
Added defensive tackle David Pollack: "There were so many plays that
have gone one way or the other. You never blame the game on one play. Never.''
Pollack called the actions of fans who have targeted blame at Edwards as
Said offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb: "There are people who claim to be
who I question their allegiance, especially this season when Terrence has
given so much to this team, selflessly in so many ways."
Edwards said he had no idea he was so open on the ill-fated play.
"Basically I knew I was open but I didn't know where the defender was,''
said. "I was just trying to get the ball at the highest point so he
get it, not knowing (the defensive back) fell down. I closed my hands and it
just went through, bounced off.''
Edwards went toward the ball, jumping up for the catch.
"I would have tried to catch it a different way if I knew (the defensive
back) fell down,'' he said. "I would have caught it on the shoulder instead
of attacking the ball the way they teach you to do if you know a defender is
behind you or around you. I would have caught it in a better position on my
Edwards said he was watching Sunday's Atlanta Falcons game against
Baltimore when Falcons receiver Brian Finneran also dropped an easy pass when
"It happens on all levels,'' Edwards said.
NOTES: Offensive guard Alex Jackson was wearing a walking cast Monday and is
doubtful for Saturday night's home game against Mississippi with a sprained
ankle. Freshman Josh Brock is the probable starter. Outside linebacker
Chris Clemons (sprained ankle) and receiver Fred Gibson (thumb) said they
will practice this week after missing the Florida game with injuries. CBS
used a six-day option Monday for its SEC game on Nov. 16, so the kickoff time
for the Georgia game at Auburn will not be set until after this Saturday's
games. CBS also is considering the Alabama-LSU game. Stinchcomb
experienced some swelling in his surgically repaired knee and did not