"The forecast gave me an excuse to go inside," Coach Mark Richt said. "The rain really didn't keep us off the field as much as I wanted to make sure our legs are fresh. I felt like we were struggling a little bit."
The fact there is a 12th regular season game this year played a part in Richt's decision, he said.
"I was thinking, ‘We've got 11 (games) in a row, and we look tired today. What are we going to be four weeks for now, five weeks from now?'" Richt said. "If we had an open date in a week or two, I might not have done it."
MYSTERY MAN: Tripp Taylor never expected to play this year so the fact that no one can figure out who he is now doesn't bother him a bit.
Taylor, a freshman walk-on from Woodstock, won the job of Wham back in the fall, meaning he's the extra blocking back when the Bulldogs use their jumbo formation in short-yardage situations. He has appeared in both games this year, once wearing No. 44 and once wearing No. 98. During the week, Taylor spends most of his time as a defensive tackle.
"He's made a name for himself," defensive line coach Rodney Garner said. "I think the kids respect him as being a tough kid."
Taylor, 6-foot-1, 270 pounds, isn't concerned that there are no plays where the Wham back gets a chance to score, he said.
"That's not me," he said. "I just want to play and hit people. I don't care about scoring and looking good and all of that."
BOLD STATEMENT: Consider UAB coach Watson Brown impressed by Georgia's 18-0 shutout of South Carolina.
"This is maybe the best defense I've played in 12 years here," Brown said Wednesday, "and I just finished playing Oklahoma."