Tennessee loss still stings

ATHENS – The day after Georgia dropped its first loss of the season, head coach Mark Richt was still struggling with what happened in the Tennessee's 19-14 win.

"It tough to lose a game like that and it's tougher to watch the tape. I've seen better days," said Richt.

Georgia had a season high 12 penalties against Tennessee and could never get going offensively. It was a departure from last week's blow out win over LSU.

"We made some mistakes we haven't made all year," said Richt. In particular, Georgia's offensive line was struggling to protect quarterback David Greene. That unit's play has been much improved compared to last season's league leading 47 sacks allowed. The line allowed four sacks against the Volunteers.

"We didn't block very well. It wasn't always the line, sometimes it was the backs. But there were a lot of missed assignments," said Richt of the performance of the line.

Protection could be a challenge for the Bulldogs this week against Vanderbilt. The offensive line could be jumbled against the Commodores due to injuries to Daniel Inman and Nick Jones.

"Nick Jones will not play this week. We hope to get him back in two weeks. We will move Velasco and start cross training our centers at the guard. Roland rolled his ankle and he is more day to day. More than likely he will miss Tuesday's practice," said Richt.

"Right now we are trying to piece together the offensive line. Velasco did a pretty decent job once he got in the game. He's always been a good pass protector," said Richt indicating the sophomore can still improve in run blocking.

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