Thurman looks to rebound against Cats

ATHENS – There was only one Georgia player without a big grin on his face after the Bulldogs' win over Florida.

Odell Thurman sat on a stool in the bowels of Jacksonville's Alltel Stadium without his trademark smile. He was not pleased.

"With the work I do during the week I just feel like I should have played better," said Thurman. The middle linebacker still lead the Bulldogs in tackles on the day, but he didn't have as good a game as many, including his head coach had expected.

"For his expectation for how he ought to play it was not good," said Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt. "Anytime you miss some opportunities and they turn into big plays you get down. He's a heck of a player and he does not like missing a tackle or over-pursuing. For his standards and Coach VanGorder's standard it was not very good.

"I don't know what it was," said Thurman. "I think I go out and work hard enough to dominate every day and I didn't do that. I guess I just wasn't on my game."

This season Thurman has started four games and has recorded 39 total tackles. He also has 8.5 tackles for a loss.

Thurman spent the first three games of the season on the sideline not playing because he was suspended for breaking unspecified team rules. Richt dismissed Thurman from the team during his freshman year for breaking team rules.

"He's an All-American," said fullback Jeremy Thomas. "He takes a lot of pride in his game and he cares about the way he plays. He wants to play better. I think he was still happy after our win over Florida – I don't think anyone wasn't."

Thomas went on to say he would not want to be tackled this weekend by Thurman.

"I wouldn't be surprised to see him with 30 or 40 tackles this Saturday," Thomas joked. Last year Thurman recorded seven tackles in Georgia's win over Kentucky.

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