Dawgs Top SC: News and Notes

COLUMBIA – David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's first SEC win of the year.


Throughout fall camp, Moreno teased fans by working out at punt returner, but he didn't line up deep on any special teams plays during the Bulldogs first two games. When South Carolina lined up to punt for the first time Saturday, however, it was Moreno who awaited the kick.

The sophomore tailback returned his lone attempt 32 yards to set up Georgia with strong field position on its first drive. Despite the early success, he was replaced by Logan Gray and Asher Allen on subsequent punts throughout the game.

That doesn't mean, however, fans have seen the last of Moreno the punt returner.

"More than likely before the season is over we will. We don't want to wear him out with it, but as you can see by the results, he's very talented, and I think we'll see more of that before the season's over."


Penalties continue to plague the Bulldogs, who had 20 flags thrown on them during their first two games.

Against South Carolina, Georgia added 11 more penalties for 112 yards to its season total, and Richt acknowledged the flags are a concern.

Of course, the Bulldogs won the game and limited South Carolina to just seven points, which provides some evidence for Richt's contention that all penalties are not created alike. "The penalties are a concern, no doubt," Richt said, "but the pass interference are sometimes a whole lot better than letting a guy run free for a touchdown. As it turned out, we kept them out of the end zone."


The special-teams storylines for Georgia didn't end with Moreno's surprise appearance as punt returner.

Freshman Drew Butler got his first work of the season at punter, while freshman Jamey Lindley handled Georgia's final kickoff of the game after Blair Walsh struggled for a third straight game.

But it was punter Brian Mimbs who really stole the show with a career-long 77-yard bomb late in the fourth quarter to flip the field position and help preserve the win for Georgia.

The news wasn't all good, as South Carolina was able to pick up 34 yards on its first play from scrimmage following the kick, but Richt said the damage could have been much worse if Mimbs hadn't made such a big play.

"After Mimbs bombed it as far as he did, I was like, that's the game right there," Richt said. "First shot out of the cannon, first play, they get a ball down to about midfield, and all of a sudden you're getting tight again. But thankfully Mimbs punted deep enough where they had to go the long field. Anything else, they probably would have scored a touchdown, and we probably would have been in overtime."

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