But Commodores offensive guard Jake Bernstein provided some fodder that Bulldog coaches are sure to use as motivation.
Asked at a Tuesday news conference if Commodore running back Ralph Webb was getting overshadowed this week because Georgia star Nick Chubb is coming to town, Bernstein said nope.
“Not at all,” he said. “Personally I would rather have Ralph Webb than Chubb any day. He’s Vanderbilt’s running back and he’s going to get it done.”
Webb set a new freshman rushing record at Vanderbilt last year when he ran for 907 yards and four touchdowns and had 70 rushing yards on 17 carries in the Commodores’ opener. Chubb’s 1,547 rushing yards last season were the fourth most in program history and he rushed for 120 and two touchdowns in the opener.
“I do like it when the opponent says a few things that can get our guys riled up a little bit,” Richt said on his call-in show Monday night.
Richt said comments made by Louisiana-Monroe nose guard Gerrand Johnson last week about Chubb were understandable because “his intention was to say, ‘Hey, we’re not afraid of anybody,” but that his comments could have also got Georgia players “blood pumping a little bit.”