Chandler bounces back after boos

ATHENS – Tight end Tripp Chandler capped a tough week Saturday with what he hopes was a bounce-back performance.

Chandler, a junior, was No. 15 Georgia's leading receiver in a 45-17 win over Ole Miss with two catches for 40 yards. However, his most-lasting memory from the game will be getting booed by his home fans after dropping a pass on the second drive of the game.

Chandler, who was coming off a three-drop performance against Alabama last week, wasn't surprised, he said.

"I've seen it before," he said. "They've booed Sean Bailey in this stadium; they've booed Mohamed (Massaquoi) in this stadium. I was already down on myself, that was just added on top."

Chandler received nasty e-mails and messages on his Facebook page this week, he said. Some fans even started a group on Facebook in support of Chandler being benched, he said.

"I don't know what I'll get this week, hopefully nothing," he said.

Chandler, who said after the game that he would have started true freshman tight end Bruce Figgins if he had been the coaching staff, set up Georgia's third touchdown of the game with a 25-yard reception.

"Just to hear (the fans) cheer for me again was pretty big but to help my teammates was even bigger," he said.

Coach Mark Richt didn't like the booing, he said, but could understand it after the Alabama game.

"It's kind of hard to sit there as a fan and say, ‘Should I boo this guy or not?'" Richt said. "I can see it happening as a knee jerk reaction."

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