"I think we have a good opportunity to exploit a couple of guys on their O-line that have struggled with some pass rushing moves and that type of stuff this season," the redshirt junior told reporters in Nashville Monday. "We're going to try to take full advantage of that. We're going to try to get our wild package going and just really wreak havoc from all angles and try fluster him and make him have to make quick throws and quick decisions and give us a few in the secondary."
The 6-foot-3, 252-pound product of Walton High in Marietta, who leads the Commodores with 2 ½ sacks, added of Murray: "He was a little off target and he was feeling the pressure coming. I think that's something that we could easily do and we're going to practice hard this week and we're going to make it happen on Saturday."
Georgia coach Mark Richt said the Bulldogs offensive line were pretty good in run blocking, but struggled against Missouri's defensive ends in pass protection.
"Those ends really came hard and came up the field and had some great speed rush and had some up and under moves and every once in a while, they'd bull rush you," Richt said. "We did struggle on the edges mostly in pass pro."
Franklin expecting `difference-maker' Gurley
It remains to be seen if Georgia star tailback Todd Gurley will be good to go Saturday, but Franklin said Monday he's preparing as if Gurley will return from an ankle injury that kept him out the last two games.
"I think he's a difference maker for them," Franklin said. "He's one of those guys when he's playing, they feel like they can beat anybody. When he's not in there, it has a factor for him. …We've still got to stop the same plays whether he's in there or not. It's just are you dealing with a 235-pound All-SEC running back?"
Richt was asked Monday morning on WSB radio about Gurley's status for Saturday.
"I really don't know," he said. "He is trying to get back. We're going to see how far he's progressed. …We'll just go day to day."
Georgia listed Gurley as limited to running in Monday's closed practice.
Getting Bulldogs going
"I don't know how many guys are still around, but anything we can use to motivate I'll be all for that," Richt said. "Right now we've got to find a way to get better in blocking and tackling and doing the fundamental things that it takes to win."
Franklin was complimentary about Grantham Monday in his weekly news conference: "Todd Grantham, the defensive coordinator, has done a nice job obviously, if you look at his history and his background."
After the loss to Missouri, Richt will take anything to light a fire under his players.
"There's an emotional part of the game that you want to get guys in a mental frame of mind where they are excited about playing the game," he said. "I don't know if that will be the thing, but we'll be trying to figure out something to get them going because it's been a pretty long haul in between open dates. There's been a lot of bumps and bruises along the way."
This and that
Georgia leading tackler Ramik Wilson missed Monday's practice with a bruised knee, according to the official injury report. The inside linebacker leads Georgia with 61 tackles and has a sack and pass breakup. There was no word on his status for Saturday.
Jonathon Rumph, who has yet to play for Georgia, practiced on Monday, fellow receiver Rantavious Wooten said. "He definitely can bring a lot," Wooten said. "I don't know where he's at physically, but he's 6-foot-5 whatever. He brings another element to our offense. He's a red zone threat. You can throw that fade route to him."
Safety Tray Matthews (hamstring) was listed as limited to running Monday.
Cornerback Shaq Wiggins said he was surprised how Grantham approached things with his unit on Monday: "It was better than I expected. I thought he was kind of going to go buck wild on us."
Injuries were a big storyline for Georgia heading into the upset loss to Missouri, what with Gurley, Keith Marshall and receivers Justin Scott-Wesley, Michael Bennett and Malcolm Mitchell all out. "They didn't have many injuries on defense," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Monday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.