"As of right now, it's me," Gilliard said Monday night after practice. "As a defense, we're trying to teach the whole defense the calls also. …It's going to be exciting Saturday to just go out there and make the calls and help the defense out."
Robinson and Alec Ogletree, who was the other starter, won't be back until October due to their foot injuries.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said on his radio show Monday night that coaches discussed moving tailback Richard Samuel back to linebacker, but decided it wasn't the right thing to do since both Robinson and Ogletree will return this season. He said that Chase Vasser and T.J. Stripling could also play inside.
"This is my opportunity," Gilliard said, "so I have to take full advantage of it."
Gilliard had three tackles on Saturday.
"He played pretty well coming into the game last week," cornerback Brandon Boykin said. "We're expecting him to do the same and play even better this week."
Drew could `get going' Saturday
Freshman outside linebacker Ray Drew has yet to play this season, but plans are still to play him, Richt said.
"We want to see him get going, we want to see him play, but these games are so tight we've got to make sure we're throwing these guys in there at the right time," Richt said. "Ray's earned the right to play and hopefully when he gets out there, he does something to warrant even more playing time."
Drew, a five-star recruit from Thomas County Central High, missed more than a week of preseason practice with a shoulder injury sustained in a scooter accident.
"Ray is healthy now," Richt said. "He got hurt at the worst time a freshman could get hurt, right in the middle of camp, right in the middle of installation, right in the moments when you're having scrimmages to give guys a chance to play. That really set him back."
Richt said the injuries at linebacker would give Drew more opportunity to play.
Analyst sees reasons for Bulldogs' slide
ESPN analyst Todd McShay had a rather blunt assessment on what's led to Georgia's slide in recent years.
Speaking on an ESPN.com podcast prior to the South Carolina game and after a 35-21 loss to Boise State, McShay said Georgia has enough talent to be a 10-win team, but he was critical of its lack of discipline, a "vanilla offense" and an inability to make adjustments during the game on both offense and defense.
"All three aspects of which point to coaching," he said. "I hate to say it. I've been thinking it for two-plus years now. Finally, when you start to look at it and piece it all together, I just think it's becoming obvious. I think that this team consistently gets over-coached and the more coaches I talk to in the SEC that face off against Georgia are just not at all concerned about what they're going to see from a schematic standpoint, the less I believe in this coaching staff with Mark Richt and his group."
Ole Miss time, TV set
Georgia's football game at Ole Miss on Sept. 24 is set for a 12:21 p.m. ET (11:21 a.m. CT) kickoff and will be shown on the SEC Network.
Georgia's games against Boise State and South Carolina were on ESPN. Saturday's 1 p.m. game against Coastal Carolina is on pay-per-view.
Honors for Crowell
Isaiah Crowell on Monday got the first of what could be many SEC weekly awards to come.
Crowell rushed for 118 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown and caught two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.
This and that
Less than 500 tickets remained Monday for Saturday's game. They were returned from Coastal Carolina's allotment. Tickets are $45 each. …Saturday's captains: Boykin, center Ben Jones, fullback Bruce Figgins and tight end Orson Charles.