LSU Week: Tuesday News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from Georgia's practices.

SUGAR OR BUST: Georgia safety Greg Blue doesn't want to hear the talk about the Bulldogs slipping all the way to the Peach Bowl if they lose the SEC Championship Game. Georgia will play in the Sugar Bowl if it beats LSU on Saturday.

"The Sugar Bowl, I need to be there," Blue said. "That's the game I need to play in. The Peach Bowl, I didn't come to Georgia to play in no Peach Bowl."

That's the kind of quote that could come back to haunt Blue next week, but he didn't stop there.

"Just to play in the Peach Bowl is something you do not want to do," he said. "We talk about other teams who play in the Peach Bowl. If we don't play in the Sugar Bowl, I may retire."

THE NAME GAME: For the last three seasons, Georgia players have been asked to spend time in the "hot seat" during two-a-day practices. It's a chair in front of the group in the team meeting room, and the idea is to share something about themselves and what the team means to them, thereby building unity.

On Tuesday, Richt revealed how the "hot seat" got its name.

"It came from a recruiting trip to DeMario Minter's home," he said. "They had this big couch, I don't know what shape you'd say it is, it kind of wrapped around a little bit. The middle seat was a recliner. That seat right there in their home was called the hot seat. When you're in the hot seat, you've got the floor basically. So when it came time to talk about the recruitment of DeMario, the coaches had to sit in the hot seat. I think Rodney (Garner) had a turn in the hot seat, and I had a turn in the hot seat."

ANOTHER CRUNCH: Blue's hit on Georgia Tech's Pat Clark in the first quarter of Saturday's game belongs in his top 10 big hits, Blue said. Clark dropped the ball after the collision and didn't catch another pass.

"That was a nice hit," Blue said. "I finally saw it on film. That was a nice one right there. I think I kept him from getting a first down, plus I don't think he wanted to play anymore after that."

Blue, a senior, said he wants to get a few more big hits in his final two games "for the fans."

"I think I kind of spoiled the fans," he said. "That's what they expect every week, me to lay somebody out."

The Bulldogs will need to play physically this weekend to counteract LSU's speed, Blue said.

"We just have to play physical with this bunch right here," he said. "If we come out and knock some heads off, we should come out victorious."

THIS AND THAT: Georgia will hold a Dawg Walk beginning at 3:35 on Saturday. The team buses will deliver the players at the West Plaza near the Gold Parking Deck off Northside Drive. From there, the team will go down stairway four. … LSU is a two-point favorite over the Bulldogs this weekend. … The last time Georgia played three games in Atlanta in a season was 1913. If the Bulldogs play in either the Peach Bowl or the Sugar Bowl this year, they will have played three straight in the state capital.


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