Florida Week: Monday News and Notes

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


It was Georgia's big plays that keyed its win in Baton Rouge, La. last Saturday, but linebacker Rennie Curran worries the big plays the Bulldogs allowed will be their undoing this week.

While Knowshon Moreno, Matthew Stafford and the Georgia offense posted big numbers on the scoreboard, and Darryl Gamble returned two interceptions for touchdowns on defense, LSU managed to post some impressive numbers of its own. The Tigers became the first team to throw for more than 300 yards against Georgia in nearly a year, while running back Charles Scott added 144 yards on the ground.

That's something Curran said needs to get fixed this week against Heisman winner Tim Tebow and the Gators' offense, and it starts with doing the little things right.

"We didn't do the best job of getting off blocks and staying on tackles," said Curran, who had a team-best 14 tackles against LSU. "Knowing the playmakers they have, we've got to stay in our game fundamentally. We got to keep things simple. We got to play fast but be disciplined at the same time. The coaches are going to put us in the right position, and we just gotta let our abilities take over."


Following his arrest on DUI charges, defensive tackle Brandon Wood missed last week's game against LSU. Georgia's athletic association policy required a one-game suspension, but head coach Mark Richt said the sophomore will sit out this week against Florida, too.

"He will not play this week," Richt said. "He's going to miss one more game because of the situation he got into. He'll be back for the next game after that."


Georgia had a trio of players earn accolades for their play Monday. Moreno, who ran for 163 yards and a touchdown against LSU was named the SEC's offensive player of the week, while Gamble's big day, which included 13 tackles, earned him the conference's defensive player of the week award. It was the first player of the week award for Gamble, but the third this season for Moreno.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford was also named a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterbacking Award. The junior has thrown 12 touchdown passes an racked up nearly 2,000 yards passing this season. The list of 13 semifinalists will be narrowed to three on Nov. 24. Fans can vote for semifinalists at VoteOBrien.org.


ESPN has exercised its six-day option on Georgia's Nov. 8 game against Kentucky. The game will either be shown on Raycom at 12:30 or on an ESPN network at 8 p.m. A final decision will be made Sunday.

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