Tennessee Week: Sunday News and Notes

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's 2008 fall practices.

MOVING FORWARD:

Mark Richt doesn't want his team to forget the mistakes that led to the Bulldogs' disastrous first half against Alabama, but he said the practices during Georgia's off week did help the team move forward.

"It was very healthy for us to get back to work," Richt said. "It was very good for us to have a few days to reflect and get over the grief a little bit and refocus."

Former Georgia player Randall Godfrey addressed the team Monday to offer support and motivation, and Richt said the team's weight-lifting session that followed the speech was particularly strong.

The coaching staff also held its regular weekly honor roll for players this week, something Richt said may not have happened if the Bulldogs hadn't responded so well in the second half against the Crimson Tide.

"There might not have been an honor roll, but the way we finished, there was some honor in that," Richt said. "We got a chance to – you hate to say you've got to refocus, but we did. I think we see where we are. I think we can get right back on track. It was very good medicine to go back out there and practice."

Running back Knowshon Moreno, who left the Alabama game early with an injured elbow, said the team was excited to move past the loss and look forward to getting its season back on track.

"We had the whole game to think about (the loss)," said Moreno, who said he would be ready to play this week. "I think everyone's just working now to get stronger and get healthy and get ready for Tennessee."

ONE LOSS, NO SURPRISE:

Richt was clearly disappointed with Georgia's first loss of the season, but it didn't exactly come as a shock to him. After all, he's aware of just how hard it is to go undefeated, particularly in the SEC.

After the loss the Alabama, Richt did a quick poll of his assistant coaches to find who had been part of an undefeated season. Searels and Rodney Garner had been with Auburn during its 11-0 season in 1993. John Jancek had gone undefeated at Grand Valley State in 2002, and Richt and John Lilly were on the staff of Florida State's 1999 national title team.

"Each coach had it once," Richt said, "and I've been doing it 23 years. Most of those coaches have been close to that."

Richt pointed to his former boss, Bobby Bowden, as a perfect example of how difficult it is to avoid a loss. Bowden has just one undefeated season in half a century of coaching.

"There's just not that many undefeated seasons, in our league especially," Richt said.


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