"We went back to the fundamentals," redshirt sophomore Jordan Love, who missed a tackle on a 63-yard Andre Debose return, said after Monday's practice."The first thing we did in camp we were doing it today. …A lot of bag work, a lot of placement, working off your man, working off the ball, finding the ball."
New Mexico State ranks 12 th in the nation in kickoff returns. Georgia is 109th in the nation in kickoff coverage at 25 yards a return.
"We started out pretty darn good, but then all of a sudden, I don't know if we lost confidence or what," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "Once we got exposed it kind of festered and we've got to stop it."
Jones says he won't eye NFL this year.
Fresh off his four-sack day against Florida, Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones was asked Monday if he'll consider entering the NFL draft after this season.
"Not at all," said Jones, a redshirt sophomore who is draft-eligible. " I'm going to be here as long as I can. I love the university. I love the guys here. I love being in Athens. Most of all, school is going to come first. I love my coaches and right now, I don't think I'm ready to play in the NFL. I've still got a lot to learn."
Jones, who leads the SEC with eight sacks, was named SEC-co defensive player of the week on Monday. He also forced a fumble Saturday.
Richt said on his radio show Monday night that Jones sustained an MCL strain early againstFlorida game, but was able to play on.
Walsh says Richt backing could run out
Blair Walsh said Monday night that he was told that he still has a hold on his job, something coach Mark Richt indicated was the plan.
"It's nice to have his backing, his confidence, but I'm not oblivious," said Walsh, who missed two field goals against Florida and is 13-of-23 on the season. "That does run out I'm sure. I'm confident in my ability and that I'll come through and I'll be fine."
Richt said he's confident he'll figure out his kicking issues.
"It's not that big of a deal," he said. "I'm not going out there and just wanking them or not even coming close, it's just a couple of things that have to get corrected and have to get solved."
Olivadotti's daughter doing better
October was a good month for Bulldogs inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti.
Not only did Georgia not lose a game, but more importantly about two weeks ago he got good news about his 4-year old daughter Kasyn's battle with leukemia.
"She was cleared, she's basically in remission now," Olivadotti said. "It basically means the cancer is non-detectable in her body. She goes through chemo for extensive amounts of time, but she's fighting the fight. She's a cute kid. She's always been a strong outgoing girl and she's even moreso now. She keeps her mom and I going sometimes."
Lee won't need surgery
Offensive guard Dallas Lee posted on his Twitter feed Monday that he won't need surgery for his broken right leg: "Just a couple weeks in a cast to heal this broke bone and I'm back on the field!"
Richt reiterated Monday night that Lee won't play in the regular season because of what he said was a break "in two spots."
"We may stick Ben (Jones) out there at tackle or we might put (Kenarious) Gates at tackle and Ben at guard and David at center," Richt said.
This and that
Tailback Richard Samuel is out Saturday with a "pretty severe" sprained ankle sustained against Florida, Richt said.
The gametime for the Nov. 12 home game against Auburn won't be determined until after Saturday's games after CBS used a six-day option. Georgia-Auburn could be on CBS at noon or 3:30 p.m., on ESPN at 6 or or ESPN2 at 7:45.
Cornerback Brandon Boykin was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award for nation's top defensive back. Boykin has 31 tackles, seven pass-breakups and two interceptions.
Offensive tackle Cordy Glenn was named SEC offensive lineman of the week after grading out at 82 percent with three "intimidation blocks" against Florida.