Getting the Swagger Back

ATHENS – Two days later, things didn't seem much better.

Georgia returned to practice Monday for the first time since its 49-10 loss to Florida – a game that effectively ended the Bulldogs' hopes of a national championship and an SEC title.

Linebacker Rennie Curran said he had no doubt the team would rebound from the loss and would be ready for Kentucky this week, but Monday was a chance to reflect on what was lost.

"We're still kind of down," Curran said. "Walking around campus, it was like a funeral or something. People were just dead, just not as excited."

The somber mood, however, won't turn into a blame game, defensive tackle Corvey Irvin said.

Head coach Mark Richt addressed the team Monday and laid out two options: Either let the loss divide the team and ruin the season or move past it and focus on finishing strong.

The speech was simple but effective, Irvin said.

"We got beat," Irvin said. "They whooped us. I really can't say what all (Richt) said, but it's over. Get ready for Kentucky, and don't let this divide the team. Don't get to pointing fingers and blaming each other. Step up as leaders and get ready to be 8-2."

Irvin, a senior, has just four games left in his college career, and he said the team is focused on making sure the seniors go out with a bang, not with the memories of the loss to Florida still hanging over their heads.

"We're going to wipe our emotions off and get ready for Kentucky. Florida's over. They beat us. We've got to make a statement against Kentucky," Irvin said. "We'll see if we can get our swagger back."

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