“AT&T Bulldog Hotline” comes your way every Monday night at 8:00 p.m, over the air on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG, and online at georgiadogs.com. You can call in to the AT&T Bulldog Hotline number at 1-888-81-DAWGS (1-888-813-2947). Or submit your questions for Coach Richt via the Dawgs’ Official Facebook page, facebook.com/georgiabulldogs, and the Official Twitter page, @UGAAthletics, using the hashtag #bulldoghotline. Look for posts on these sites every Monday for instructions on submitting your questions. The Dawgs are coming off a difficult loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks on the road, 35-7. So at the halfway point Georgia is 5-1, 3-1 in the SEC. No game this week as the team has a bye week before resuming SEC play on Oct. 20th in Lexington, Kentucky at 7pm.
Scott welcomes Coach Grantham and then asks for his reaction to Saturday night. Coach Grantham says we have to use this bye week as a critical stage in our development. Develop some continuity with the starters that we have now. As for Saturday we gave up two easy plays for touchdowns before settling down some. Bottom line is you don’t want to give up easy points, especially on the road. Makes it hard to get back in the game. Scott then asks about the explosive plays on the early touchdowns. Grantham says we have to take care of our fundamentals. Have to respect the deep part of the field and make sure your eyes are in the right spot, take care of your assignment. A lot of guys want to do things to help the team. All 11 guys need to be on the same page.
Mike in Columbus says Grantham is one of the best coordinators in the country. Is concerned about the defensive line, hasn’t heard their names called much. And for the secondary they seem to be looking at each other a lot and guys are getting behind them. Says we can still win the East. Asks what will be different the rest of the season. Grantham says you have to avoid the explosive plays as a defense. We’ve given up 13 plays of over 24 yards through the first half of the season. Got to get that fixed and correct those things during the bye week. As far as the defensive line, feels they’ve done well this year. When you don’t hear their name it may be because they are eating up blockers, holding the point for guys like Amarlo Herrera to be free.
Garnet in Columbus asks if Scott can correct the delay between the call on the radio and the television feed. Scott says he can’t control that.
Mitchell thinks the defense and the coaches were overly concerned with Lattimore. Receivers got behind the safeties who were coming up to help defend the run. Wishes Aaron Murray’s family well. Grantham says it’s real critical in a zone defense against a play action pass team. Got to have eyes in the right spot. Can’t let guys get behind you. Again mentions the explosive plays that hurt us early.
Robert in Conyers is concerned about the record against ranked teams. Knows all the SEC games are big. Over the last several years we have been 2-14 against ranked teams. Beating up the teams we’re supposed to, but struggling mightily against ranked ones. As he explains this concern his signal fades or falls off, but that seemed to be the basis for his question. Grantham says there’s a lot of football left. Going to use the off week to get some guys healthy and develop some continuity. Have evaluated the season so far and now have to make corrections and get better. Improve individually and then as a team. If we can do that there’s a lot of football left to play and get this thing turned around. Scott then adds that there were two wins last year over ranked opponents, with Auburn and Georgia Tech. Questions the caller’s statistics.
The Primerica Player of the Week Award goes to Sanders Commings. Grantham says Commings is important to the team because he’s a team guy, works hard in practice, valuable in that he can play both safety and corner with his size.
Scott asks about injuries. Grantham says he doesn’t foresee anything being a major issue for the Kentucky game.
After a break, Scott then welcomes Coach Bobo to the show. Asks for his thoughts on the game in Columbia. Bobo says it was very disappointing, as it is for everybody. Was a tough performance, tough to watch on the way back, and tough to go over as a team today. Everybody’s hurting. Got to get out there and start practicing. Believes these guys will get up off the mat and represent the University of Georgia well. No doubt in his mind they will.
Brett Ellis asks what lessons were learned in the loss that can be applied in future games. Bobo says there’s a lot of lessons in any game. You’re not as good as you think you are after a win, and we’re not as bad as people think we are after this loss. We’ve got to stay the course. Sometimes people want to push the panic button and think the world is going to end. But the season’s not over. A lot left to play for. We still believe we’ve got a chance to be really good. Sometimes things aren’t going to go as easy as they did the first five weeks. We have to handle ourselves a little better when we do get hit in the mouth. Keep fighting. A loss is a loss and we can’t push the panic button. Believes we’re going to be fine this year.
Jonathan in Kentucky says the 1994 Tech game was his first game when Bobo came in for an injured Zeier. And the Kentucky game this season will be his first with his son. Says there’s not much life in the Kentucky fanbase. Encourages Dawg fans to get those tickets and make the trip. Says whoever was involved in the vandalism isn’t a Dawg fan, they’re a criminal. Bobo appreciates the call.
Ben in Dacula also speaks to the vandalism. Says they aren’t fans and could end up hurting recruiting. Mentions the SECCG, says Crowell was booed when he came out of the game and that kind of thing hurts the reputation of the program. Bobo thanks him for his support.
Steve in Blairsville asks about how Bobo feels about our preparation going into the South Carolina game. Also asks about our physical conditioning compared to other teams. Bobo thought we had a good week of preparation. Maybe used too much crowd noise preparation, could’ve just done that on Thursday. Guys were locked into what they were trying to get them to do. Thought we were ready to go when the game started, but says we were shocked a little bit early. Never felt anyone didn’t believe they could come back and win. Gives South Carolina a lot of credit. Never felt conditioning was a factor. Guys played hard, but so did South Carolina. Never know what could’ve happened if we had been able to grab some momentum.
Joe in Jefferson says the gameplan surely wasn’t to get beat like that. Wanted a chance to tell Coach Richt that he appreciated the chance to hear his testimony, and wishes every Georgia fan would get a chance to hear that before they make judgments. Has established himself as a Christian example, should be proud to call him coach. There’s more to X’s and O’s. The setback Saturday night could help them grow and mature. Also would like an update on Aaron Murray’s father. Bobo says he will pass that along. Can’t get into too much of the personal nature of the Murray family’s ordeal, but says things went well. Appreciates all the prayers for Aaron and his family.
John in Anderson has a general comment. Says he’s been a long time follower of Georgia football and is a graduate of UGA. In all these years he’s never been so embarrassed by a performance. We were beat in all phases of the game. We were out coached and out played. Didn’t see the enthusiasm we’ve seen before from the team. Wonders why that happened. Bobo agrees that it was embarrassing. Did not perform to our best and SC whipped us. Thought we had enthusiasm and practiced hard and were ready to play. But things did not go well early and we just couldn’t get momentum back. Says we have to be able to do that as an offense. It was highly disappointing. He’s been a Bulldog for a longtime too and says no one is as disappointed as the guys in the locker room that put in the hard work. Knows the fans put a lot of passion into it too. Says the guys are going to go to work and they’ll be ready to play. He promises us that much.
An inbox question: how did the team feel about not scoring after the long drive in the first half? Bobo says it was a let down not to punch it in, needed momentum. Agrees with the decision to go for it. There were opportunities that we just weren’t able to capitalize on. Hats off to South Carolina. Felt that if we had been able to get any momentum whatsoever that we would’ve won the ball game. Just never happened.
Scott asks about the feelings amongst the team heading into the off week and then Kentucky. Bobo says the team came in and it was hard. They put the game to bed and went over corrections. The team will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Going to get back to fundamentals some and get their mind back right. The coaches job is to get them to rebound and ready to play Kentucky.