View from the sideline: Georgia vs. Auburn

Dean Legge gives Dawgpost Members a sideline look at the Georgia/Auburn game with his, "View from the Sidelines."

In the first drive of the game, when Georgia stalled and was forced to kick a field goal, offensive line coach Neil Callaway spoke with Daniel Inman and gave him some words of encouragement. It did not appear that Callaway spoke with true freshman Nick Jones after his bad snap in the first quarter of the game.

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Bartley Miller, who was not dressed out to play, was encouraging the offensive linemen when they came to the sidelines.

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It seemed early on that Odell Thurman came to play against Auburn. It turned out to be true as he returned an interception and electrifying 99 yards for a touchdown. He was getting so many congratulations that he did not make it back to the part of the bench where the defense sits down until a few minutes after the play.

Thurman had two vicious hits on both Cadillac and on Jeris McIntyre in the early part of the game.

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Terry Hoage was on the sideline for the Auburn game. He is living in California and is growing grapes for wines that are produced in the state. One of the wines that Hoage produces along with fellow Georgia graduate Mat Garretson has the question: "How ‘Bout them Dawgs?" printed on it. You can visit their website here: www.garretwines.com

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Hoage was not the only former Georgia great on the sideline. Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarnkington was also in attendance.

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Billy Bennett placed about one half of an inch's worth of athletic tape on his kicking shoe. It did not help him on extending his PAT consecutive streak. Bennett missed the PAT that would have given Georgia a 20-0 lead. But he was solid with field goals.

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At the start of the 2nd quarter with the ball near the Auburn goal line Max Jean-Gilles was trying to pump up his offensive line teammates. He was the most vocal of the group. Auburn's Junior Rosegreen was the vocal one for the Tigers.

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Sean Jones was the first player off of the bench when Auburn missed its first field goal attempt of the night. Jones did not play in the game but was very excited with the play of the Dawgs on the night.

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The offense was very excited after Auburn missed the field goal. You could see the excitement in the offensive player's eyes and see how excited they where before they took the field.

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At the start of the 2nd half of play legendary Georgia play-by-play man Larry Munson said that Georgia was down 13-0 to the Tigers. He laughed afterwards and quickly corrected himself.

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More than one Georgia player ran to the locker room to pick up blocking gloves to use in the 2nd half.

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The defensive front four for Georgia was very excitable during the game. Ken Veal was extremely excited to say the least. The way that he was celebrating after palys he won't need to do any conditioning this week.

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After her interview with Sean Jones, CBS' Jill Arrington commented about how interviewing Jones was great because he was always so nice. Its true, Jones, along with Pollack and Veal, is one of the best interviewees on the Bulldog roster.

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Mike Gilliam's special teams play often goes unnoticed but he is becoming one of the better special teams players on the team.

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Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder said in the locker room after the game that when Auburn scored its lone touchdown of the game that it "ruined his weekend."

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The Georgia second team offensive line was running the ball effectively against Auburn. The Dawgs were finishing their blocks off and the Auburn defenders were getting very frustrated and tired of being pushed around.

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Josh Brock took his pads off midway during the 4th quarter. He had his jersey on but had ice on his right shoulder underneath that.

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This win over Auburn goes a long way towards getting the chemistry back onto the Georgia sideline. The pool party last week went a long way, in my opinion, to help this team to come together after a difficult loss to Florida.


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