Georgia/Florida Game Notes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In order to get the jump on one of its biggest Southeastern Conference rivals, Georgia pulled out a memorable play from a win over another top rival.

In its 2001 drought-breaking win over Tennessee, Georgia called a "P-44 Haynes'' play to fullback Verron Haynes. On the play last season, Haynes paused as if only blocking, but then was wide open for the game-winning, 6-yard touchdown pass from David Greene for a 26-24 upset win over Tennessee. That gave Georgia its first win over the Vols at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium since 1980.  

Looking for only its second win over Florida in 13 years Saturday night, Georgia's first points came on a repeat of the winning play. This time, fullback J.T. Wall played the role of the blocker, and after slipping through the line he was just as open as was Haynes last season. This time, Tennessee linebackers Bam Hardmon and Mike Nattiel bit on Greene's play-fake and were rushing past Wall when Greene floated the 10-yard touchdown pass to the fullback for a 7-0 lead.

The pass was only the second touchdown catch for Wall.

Goff, Etter inducted: Ray Goff attended his first Georgia-Florida game since he was fired as head coach following the 1995 season. Goff and former Georgia kicker Bobby Etter were inducted into the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame Friday night.  Goff and Etter were on the field for the pregame coin toss, standing behind the Georgia captains. Etter scored on a bad field-goal snap in Georgia's 14-7 win in 1964. He now teaches match at Sacramento State University.  

Saturday night also was the first time Etter had attended a Georgia-Florida game since graduating in 1966.

Goff accounted for five touchdowns in Georgia's 41-27 victory in 1976, but he had less success as a coach against the Gators. Goff was 0-6 against Steve Spurrier and 1-6 against Florida.

But Goff still has a sense of humor.

When told he had been inducted into the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame, Goff asked: "Am I going in for Florida or for Georgia?''

Inducted from Florida were former receiver Ricky Nattiel and long-time Florida assistant athletics director for communications Norm Carlson. Nattiel's nephew, Mike Nattiel, is a starting outside linebacker for Florida.

Davis makes surprise start: Redshirt freshman Thomas Davis, who moved from linebacker to safety at the start of the season, was a surprise starter at the weakside outside linebacker spot normally manned by Chris Clemons, who suffered a sprained ankle last week. Davis, from Randolph-Clay High School, started the first two games of the season at free safety but since then had played behind Sean Jones. Davis worked at linebacker in practice this week, but still freshman Tony Taylor was seen as the more likely fill-in starter for Clemons. Taylor played in last week's win over Vanderbilt after Clemons' injury. Clemons was in uniform Saturday night.

Catching on: Georgia coaches would not officially announce who would return punts after Damien Gary was lost with a leg injury last week. Gary will miss the rest of the regular season. Joining Terrence Edwards and Sean Jones in fielding punts in pregame warmups was freshman receiver Bryan McClendon. As expected, Edwards was the choice to return punts. With the loss of Gary, Edwards was the only available player with any experience on punt returns.

Stinchcomb returns, Jackson hurt: After missing the Vanderbilt game and most of the Kentucky game with a knee injury, senior offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb  was back in the starting lineup. Stinchcomb, who had arthroscopic knee surgery two weeks ago, was limited in practice this week. But the line suffered another loss when starting guard Alex Jackson was injured on the interception return for a touchdown by Florida's Guss Scott in the second quarter. With Jackson on the sideline with an ankle injury, freshman guard Josh Brock played the rest of the half for Georgia.

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