Dawgs Entertain Prep Stars

ATHENS – There was a lot of star power on hand, especially considering this was a game between teams that entered 6-5 and 5-6.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson was in attendance. The "Pulp Fiction" star was on the sidelines during pregame warmups, and was shown on the big screen wearing a Georgia shirt and hat.

Former Georgia tennis player John Isner was also at the game, and was introduced to the crowd during a timeout. Isner famously won the longest tennis match in Wimbledon history earlier this year.

Gov-elect Nathan Deal performed the pregame coin flip. Outgoing Gov. Sonny Perdue was also there, and the former Bulldog football player was honored with a scoreboard profile during halftime.

Zach Mettenberger, the quarterback who was dismissed from Georgia this spring, was also spotted on the sideline with other recruits. Mettenberger is now in junior college and being recruited by other SEC schools, including Alabama and LSU.

Crowell spotting

Among the many recruits in attendance was the one considered most important to Georgia's immediate future.

Isaiah Crowell, the tailback from Columbus' Carver High School, was spotted on the sidelines wearing a Georgia sweatshirt.

Earlier in the week, Richt was asked indirectly about Crowell. Richt can't publicly comment on specific recruits, but he did answer a question on whether the struggles of the running back this year made it important to sign a high-profile tailback.

"I would just say we sure would love to sign a big-time back this year. How's that?" Richt said, looking up and smiling at Claude Felton, UGA's associate athletics director for communications. "That's a very big priority for us. A very big priority."

Juniors leaving

The 23 seniors on Georgia's roster weren't the only ones who were honored before the game. Three juniors - Charles White, Ben Harden and Josh Sailors - are also leaving and were introduced to the crowd.

That's a common occurrence for juniors who are going to graduate early and haven't played much. "They busted their tail, they did the best they could, it didn't work out the way they wanted it to on the field," Richt said earlier in the week. "But they're going to get their degrees. I know they're men of integrity, they're guys that are gonna be tremendous employees, and probably employers one day. They're gonna be good husbands and fathers. They're just great people. I think they've done well."

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