And with that Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt began describing his concern about this week's opponent, the Houston Cougars.
"They are a physical bunch of guys on defense for sure," said Richt of the Cougar defense. "They are not intimidated by anything. I watched last year's (Houston vs. LSU) game and you could tell by the film that LSU wasn't taking them lightly. LSU looked like they were playing their 'A' game and Houston was with them step for step."
As physical as the Cougars are, they were not able to stop the Rice from piling up rushing yards that neared 400 by the end of the game two weeks ago. Rice, an option team, destroyed Houston's defense with a slashing option attack that left the Cougars with lots of questions in terms of their rushing defense.
Those questions might not get answered any time soon as the Cougars not only face Georgia this week, but next week Houston is scheduled to play Texas. Playing two powerhouse teams in a row is not the way to remedy any problems that a defense might have.
But, Richt feels that it is necessary that Georgia come out and play to the best of their ability in order to beat Houston.
"We are going to have a challenge. We are going to have to come out and play the best we can play to beat this team. I do think the attitude of the team is very good, considering the situation of losing (to South Carolina)."
Offensively, Georgia will possibly play DJ Shockley on Saturday afternoon. David Greene, the starter for the Houston game, had problems with cramps last Saturday. When asked about them he said, "I've never experienced cramps before. I guess I didn't stretch enough. In the second half, it just grabbed me."
Richt explained that the quarterback position is still being competed for by Greene, Shockley, and Cory Phillips. However, it appears that Greene is going to be the starter for the remainder of the year. It also appears that Shockley may be creeping past Phillips to grab the number two quarterback spot on the depth chart.
Although it is now not likely that Shockley will be redshirted, it is not certain when he will get his first snaps as a Dawg.
"I feel like the only way for Shockley to get better is to be put into a ballgame. But he still has a ways to go to what I would consider game ready. Now is he game ready to get some snaps in a real calm situation? He is ready for that. Is he ready to go in there and win a game for you? I'm not sure he is ready for that. Right now I am trying to make his experience a positive one. If and when we get him in there I do not want him to go in there and make him feel like he has to win a game and he makes a mistake that freshman make."
Houston will no doubt have trouble stopping the Georgia rushing attack as well as the Bulldog defense. But players claim that they are united and that they are not taking the Houston game lightly. Verron Hayes summed up the feeling of the players with this statement about the seriousness of the Houston Cougars.
"They will fight you. (Houston is) a team that will not give up. We'll give it our best shot and fight until the end."
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