ATHENS - Most of Georgia's players tiptoed around the subject of Casey Clausen's comments following the Bulldogs' win over Tennessee last year.
Clausen sat out that game due to a collarbone injury and replacements
C.J. Leak and James Banks were overwhelmed in an 18-13 loss.
"I could have played on one arm and we could have definitely beaten
Georgia, but (the doctors) didn't want to risk it," Clausen said
afterward. "If I had played that game we definitely would have won by at
least two touchdowns."
While most players steered away from the subject, offensive lineman
Josh Brock acknowledged that a large picture of Clausen and his comment
are the only things on the team's bulletin board this week.
Bulldogs' board, which is a new addition in their renovated locker room
is usually covered with dozens of articles and information sheets on
"It's the only thing up there," Brock said.
Outside the locker room, though, Georgia's players are brushing off
"Casey Clausen was just being Casey Clausen," wide receiver
Fred Gibson said. "I think the world of Casey Clausen. He's a great
quarterback. Everybody has got their own opinion."
Georgia coach Mark Richt said he doesn't expect his defense to be
inspired by the quote.
"I don't know if it would make a whole lot of difference," he
"If you've seen our defense, they play pretty hard regardless."
Safety Thomas Davis, Georgia's biggest hitter and leader in sacks,
said if the Bulldogs' focus on Clausen's comments they won't be fully
prepared to play. However, he admitted he wouldn't mind Clausen being on
the receiving end of one of his hits.
"I feel like it would be a little extra special this week," he
No special motivation for Clausen
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