Vandy worried about their own problems

Vanderbilt Head Coach Woody Widenhofer is concerned more with his team's play than with Georgia's.

It has not been easy for Woody Widenhofer the past two seasons going into the Georgia game. Georgia, in the past two seasons, has played Vandy after big wins over Tennessee, Vandy's in-state rival. Questions arose at Monday's press conference as to how Mark Richt could beat Tennessee and Vandy couldn't.

 "I think he did a good job as a coach, rookie or not. I think Georgia is Georgia. They have a ton of talent," said Widenhofer of Richt leading the Dawgs to their first win in Knoxville since 1980.  

"They did a great job of keeping their poise on the last drive. Usually it is hard to overcome what Tennessee did to you at the end of the ball game in terms of a 60 yard screen pass to beat you when you had the game won," he added.  

While the running game has begun to click at Vandy recently due to the great play of Thomas Lew, the Vandy passing attack has been slowed by a number of dropped passes. 

"It is just a lack of concentration, because they are good enough athletes not to do that."

According to Widenhofer, the dropped balls do not frustrate Greg Zolman, the starting quarterback for Vandy. 

 "Well Greg is not one of those guys to point a finger. He is not one of those guys concerned about records. I am sure he is thrilled he got the record, but he is more concerned about winning. A real team guy."

However, it appears that Vandy has discovered the running game for the first time in a long time. The Commodores have the second best runner in the conference and are averaging about 150 yards a game on the ground. Lew, the outstanding tailback from Vandy is currently averaging 106 yards a game, 12 yards better per contest than Georgia's Musa Smith.

Greg Zolman Vandy

Vandy's Greg Zolman

 "He has a lot on his plate right now. He has accepted it and is doing very well. We would like to get him 25 touches a game. He is excited about playing and hopefully winning and doing his part in it. He has a great attitude right now."

But Widenhofer realizes the importance of this game in terms of Vandy having a winning season.  

"This is a big, big, game for us."


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