ATHENS, Ga. — Tennessee freshman running back Jabari Davis was one of the biggest losses from Coach Mark Richt's first recruiting class at Georgia.
Losing Davis, a Parade magazine All-America from Tucker (Ga.) High School, to Tennessee stung Georgia. Now Davis is throwing more stingers at Georgia.
Even though he is only a third-string fullback with only two carries for six yards this year, Davis made a big splash with comments to Tennessee reporters Monday about Georgia.
"Last year, just going on my (recruiting) visits, Georgia was talking about going to the Peach Bowl,'' Davis said. "This year, we're not talking about the Peach Bowl. We're talking about the Rose Bowl.''
Despite losing to Georgia, Tennessee played in the Cotton Bowl last season.
Georgia played in the Oahu Bowl.
Davis also criticized Georgia fans for their treatment of former Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter and senior tailback Jasper Sanks.
"When they mess up, fans get down on you, sort of like Jasper Sanks,'' Davis said. "It was the same way with Quincy. That's another reason I came to Tennessee.''
Davis' comments were noticed by Georgia players and coaches.
"I read it,'' Richt said Tuesday. "I thought it was humorous. I just moved on.''
Said Georgia offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb in dismissing Davis' comment: "Immature freshman.''
No TV for Vandy
Georgia's game at Vanderbilt next week will not be televised. The time for the Oct. 13 game in Nashville, Tenn., has been set for 2 p.m. ET.
This Saturday's noon game at Tennessee will be televised by CBS.
From the stats
Tennessee's Travis Stephens (137.3 yards per game) and Georgia's Musa Smith (109.7 yards per game) are the Southeastern Conference rushing leaders.
Tennessee leads the SEC and ranks first in the nation in rushing defense, allowing an average of only 41 yards on the ground. Georgia is third in the league and 17th in the nation in rushing defense (90.3).
The Vols also lead the league in total defense, allowing 222.3 yards per game to rank third in the nation. Tennessee is second in the SEC (behind Florida) and sixth in the nation in scoring defense.
Georgia is outgaining the Vols by about 80 yards per game, ranking third in the SEC in total offense at 446.3 per game. Tennessee is only seventh at 366.7. Georgia is second in the league and 11th in the nation in passing offense with 284.3 yards per game.
From a whisper to a scream
Georgia's offense usually works on a silent count, which should help the unit work in noisy Neyland Stadium. Still, the crowd noise is a concern, and Richt plans to have artificial crowd noise pumped in for Thursday's practice.
For Tuesday's practice, there was no added noise, but Richt had his quarterbacks whisper when calling plays and audibles to prepare linemen and skill players for the added concentration needed Saturday.
A new publicity campaign, featuring 12 billboards in the Athens area, has been launched to promote Georgia as "Titletown UGA.'' The campaign is based on the nine NCAA championships and 17 SEC championships won by Georgia from 1999-2001.
Georgia finished second in the Sears Directors Cup all-sports standings in 1999 and was third in 2001.
Charles Odum can be reached at CEOdum@aol.com