But the inside linebacker didn’t use being on the field so much as a crutch for the tackling issues Georgia had in the 38-31 loss.
“I don’t think that’s any excuse,” Ganus said. “We train all week. We condition. I felt fine during the game, but obviously when you start missing some of those tackles, you can tell your body, your shoulders, your arms, they start to fatigue.”
Ganus didn’t know from coaches how many missed tackles Georgia had but said “it was a lot. Too many.” He said inside linebacker Tim Kimbrough probably played just as many snaps Saturday.
“We’ve got to do a better job of getting off the field as a defense,” said Sterling Bailey, a senior defensive end.
Georgia’s film session that wasn’t pretty on Monday.
“You come in and we watch the film against Tennessee and it was just sickening because of all the missed tackles and missed assignments,” Ganus said. “You know we’re better than that and we can do better than that. The focus this week is cleaning up the little things. When we do tackle and do the right things, we’re a good defense. It shows against whoever we play. We just have to put it all together and get a complete game.”
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Wide receiver/punt returner Isaiah McKenzie is expected to miss his second straight game due to a pulled hamstring. Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins also did not practice and isn’t expected to go Saturday. Defensive lineman John Atkins did not practice. Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (shoulder) and Terry Godwin practiced in a non-contact jersey. …Mitchell had speaking appearance Tuesday morning at Barrow Elementary School to encourage kids to read. It came with a surprise. He was given a trophy for being named last month to the AFCA Good Works Team last month for his community service. “It’s an opportunity to be more than just an athlete,” he said. “An opportunity to influence individuals beyond your physical abilities.” Mitchell said he gets a trip to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans as part of the honor. ...Reserve tailback A.J. Turman continued to work with the scout team on Tuesday even after Nick Chubb’s season-ending knee injury. “ A.J. is doing really pretty good,” Richt said. “He's healthy and he's been working hard, and he's been giving us a good look on the scout team recently.” Fullback Quayvon Hicks is getting some tailback work in practice.