Florida Week: Thursday News and Notes

ATHENS - News and Notes from Georgia's practices.

NO MARGIN FOR ERROR: Although the Bulldogs can lose Saturday's game and still control their own destiny in the SEC race, they don't want to talk about the cushion.

"There definitely is a sense of urgency," linebacker Danny Verdun Wheeler said. "We definitely have to get it done this week. You don't want to be in no dog fight with Auburn to try to win the division."

Georgia's hopes of staying in the national championship picture would be dashed by a loss.

"We're taking this as a must-win game," center Russ Tanner said. "To get to where we want to be as a team, we have to win every game."

IN MEMORY OF: Georgia safeties and punters will wear a No. 12 decal on their helmets at least for the Florida game in honor of former Bulldog Don Golden, Richt said Thursday. Golden, 54, who played safety and punter for the team from 1971-'73, and his wife were killed in a car accident in Hall County on Sunday. Golden, an assistant coach at North Forsyth High School, worked Georgia's summer football camps.

"We all grieved that," Richt said.

LOUD AND PROUD: Georgia sports historian Dan Magill recounted a story this week about quarterback Joe Tereshinski III's grandfather, the first generation of Tereshinskis to play for the Bulldogs.

Coach Wally Butts had a recruiting pipeline to Pennsylvania in those days thanks to a former player named Harold Ketron, but some local Georgia fans got tired of seeing so many unfamiliar names on the roster, Magill said.

Butts responded by listing Joe Tereshinski Sr. as Joe Terry in the 1942 media guide, Magill said.

"He went up to Coach Butts after he'd been here a while and said he'd like to use his full name because he was proud of it," Magill said.

The name was listed correctly from that point forward.

KIND GESTURE: Richt sent a handwritten note to Tennessee cornerback Jason Allen after Allen suffered a season-ending injury during the Bulldogs' game against the Volunteers.

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