Responding to loss

ATHENS - Mark Richt came off the practice field Wednesday evening feeling his team had a good “spirit of work and trying to focus on what we’re supposed to do.”

Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt sensed his players were handling Saturday's loss well just a day later.

“The way our guys showed up on Sunday, the first thing I did was go check the training room because I wanted to see if we had the loser’s limp and we ain’t got it,” Pruitt said.

Richt said he isn’t sure how his players feel on the inside, “but from the outside I see a bunch of guys moving on.”

Rome was upbeat about how the team dealt with the loss.

“I think everybody’s doing a wonderful job of not caring about the South Carolina game anymore,” he said. “It’s in the past. There’s nothing we can do to go back and change it. The only thing we can do is everybody can take account for what they did in the game, kind of fix the things that they did wrong…One thing I really like is there hasn’t been any finger-pointing.”

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Georgia still could have a true freshman who hasn’t played yet this season debut Saturday against Troy. “I don’t want to say anything yet, I don’t want to give anything away, but there may be a guy or two that does play that hasn’t played to this point,” Richt said. Defensive back Malkom Parrish played against South Carolina, according to the participation chart. That makes 10 true freshmen who have played.

Tailback Nick Chubb jogged around the field at practice Wednesday with a brace of his surgically-repaired left thumb. “I wouldn’t be shocked to see him get a little something (Thursday) and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him in the game," Richt said. "I’ve got him on the (dress list).”

Receiver Justin Scott-Wesley (ankle) practiced again in a non-contact jersey. Receivers Malcolm Mitchell (knee) and Jonathon Rumph (hamstring) didn’t practice.

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