Felton: It's up to us

The next few days are Georgia's chance to jump back into the thick of things and Dennis Felton knows it.

"We're working really hard and getting a sense of what it takes to win consistently at this level," Felton said in today's press teleconference. "It's much the same as last week."

Georgia beat Kentucky in Lexington last week in the Dawgs' only game. The win may have rejuvenated the program.

"Georgia was very impressive with their win over Kentucky, and that certainly got our players' attention," said Alabama Head Coach Mark Gottfried.

Felton said that Bama will provide a stiff challenge for his Dawgs. "Alabama will pose another terrific challenge for us. They're very, very athletic. They're having a far better season than any of the experts predicted."

Still, Felton knows that his team controls its own destiny.

"We try to do things with such a passion and sense of urgency that we create our own energy to make ourselves better. Hopefully we'll inspire each other to take another step. This is a league that's arguably the toughest in the country. It's a very unforgiving league. We've got to create our own momentum to lift ourselves within our own locker room," he said.

Georgia's big four, its seniors, will try to carry the team against Bama in the SEC showdown. The seniors are 1-2 against Alabama including a 74-69 win over the Tide last season. However, the two teams have split the last 6 games in the series.

"Whenever you have a coaching change there's always a transition period," said Gottfried, who is aware of the power that Georgia's seniors bring.

"They have four senior starters that know how to win. (Georgia has been) kind of been up and down, so they're still getting adjusted to one another, but everybody knows how capable they are," Gottfried added.

"We're continuing on with the same (plan) we have to turn things around," Felton concluded. Going 2-2 after the worst SEC start in school history would mean that Georgia has turned things around just fine.

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