Georgia not only gave up four sacks, including one that led to a Murray fumble, but it looked overmatched at times.
"There were times where we couldn't have blocked plays better than we did and had some tremendous results and some great physical running and there were some times where we looked like we were in the first grade out there," Richt said. "Just getting out of position, a couple of holding calls that really hurt us. Some pass protection issues that we just didn't handle very well. …It just wasn't a consistent enough effort to do what we needed to do and put more points on the board."
"I think Gates is a very good player," Richt said. "I think he is the guy that has the best shot of matching up out there. We wouldn't be playing him at left tackle if we didn't think he could do it. He played it a year ago. He went against Jadeveon a year ago. It won't be like a first-time experience for him."
Offensive line coach Will Friend wasn't so sure that last year's experience will make a difference for Gates.
"I don't know," he said. "He didn't block him last year so I don't know. Nah, seriously, you play so much. You've got techniques that you're going to do, plays you're going to run and those type of things, I don't know if that matters or not."
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the the line played good early but got winded.
"Our fundamentals got poor," he said. "We've got to play harder longer."
"Play like your'e supposed to play when you're at Georgia and that's for four quarters," Friend said. "Not a quarter and a half and then it's like you're not there for a quarter."
Richt said coaches feel that are at least six offensive linemen ready to play this week.
Harvey-Clemons gives Georgia potential star at star
Georgia is incorporating Josh Harvey-Clemons back into its defense this week.
The trick is doing it and still taking advantage of what Leonard Floyd brings athletically.
Harvey-Clemons can play strong safety in the base defense and the star position in the nickel package. He was suspended for the opener for his involvement with an incident involving marijuana.
Floyd, an outside linebacker, played the star last week.
"Josh being back is big for us," Richt said. "We still don't want to lose the progress that we think Leonard Floyd is making. We want him to continue to get a lot of reps for us."
"It's going to be pretty interesting on how we're going to set it up this week," outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said of the defense.
Cornerback Damian Swann said that Harvey-Clemons can cover better in space than Floyd "to where we won't be a DB short on the back end. Now we can go out and call our regular stuff and really execute the defense."
Tackling tackling issues
It's back to fundamentals this week after tackling issues cropped up against Clemson.
"We need to be able to tackle better than we did, especially in space and that's what today and tomorrow will be about in practice," Richt said before the team's two and a half hour full pads practice. "It's got to be a physical day for us. Tomorrow won't be a whole lot different quite frankly because that's the kind of battle we're going to be in."
Swann had the most glaring missed tackle that receiver Sammy Watkins turned into a 77-yard touchdown. Swann went low with his shoulder and bounced off.
"I just should have wrapped up," Swann said. "I thought I could go and take his legs out without wrapping up."
Grantham said some players took the wrong angles on tackles, including a couple in the fourth quarter.
"If we had done a little bit better job there, we may have given the offense a chance to win the game," he said.
Bulldogs fall out of top 10
Georgia's game against South Carolina Saturday won't be a top-10 matchup.
The Bulldogs dropped from No. 5 to No. 11 on Tuesday in the latest Associated Press poll and to No. 12 in the new USA Today coaches' poll.
South Carolina is No. 6 in both polls.
Georgia players shrugged off the slide that came after losing on the road 38-35 at then No. 8 Clemson in the season opener.
"I'll let people penalize us because I really could care less about a ranking," Jenkins said.
This and that
Tailback Todd Gurley doesn't think the strained quadriceps that limited him to 12 carries against Clemson will impact him on Saturday. "It's straight. I'll be ready for Saturday."
Gurley rushed for a career-high 154 yards and two touchdowns, garnering SEC offensive player of the week honors. "I think Jordan Matthews should have got it," Gurley said. The Vanderbilt receiver had ten catches for 178 yards against Ole Miss.
Tight end Jay Rome was running on the side in practice on Tuesday in a non-contact jersey. Rome's left ankle was rapped. Receiver Rantavious Wooten (ankle) and tailback A.J. Turman (knee/ankle) were in non-contact jerseys.