Gunning Gilliam

ATHENS – Mike Gilliam spoke with Dean Legge for a short time after one of Georgia's fall practices.

Dean Legge: Can you talk about what you think about when you are trying to pin someone down there with a punt? That changed the game against Tennessee.

Mike Gilliam: Yes it did; it really changed the momentum. All I am thinking about is that I know Gordon is going to hang it up and give me time to get down there. I don't want to let him down.

So you've got to fight off the other gunner, and then what?

It depends on how they play you. If they double team you it's really hard not to go out of bounds. The hardest thing is getting away from the guy without spending too much time on him. You've got to get going to where you are not behind the ball.

Will it be more difficult to track the ball in Nashville because they don't really have an upper deck?

No, because unless we are pouching the ball I am playing the return. He'll tell you everything you need to know nine out of ten times. When you are in the red zone or you are trying to pooch it and trying to kill the ball, that's when you can't trust the return man – he'll lie to you. Mikey and I talk to each other -- as we start to get closer we talk to one another.

Are y'all ever looking to block a punt?

Well, you'd have to ask Coach Fabris. We practice blocking a punt – I can tell you that. I think it just depends on what you need at that time. Do you think you can take it back (score a touchdown on the return), or do you think you can get a block. I know this much: It doesn't do you any good to go for a block and not get it, because then you have told the world what you have been practicing.

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