Auburn Week: Monday News and Notes

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

THE YOUNG AND THE RELENTLESS

One offensive lineman the coaching staff hasn't had to worry about this season is freshman center Ben Jones, who earned SEC offensive lineman of the week honors for his performance against Kentucky last Saturday.

Jones took over the starting job against Arizona State and has cemented himself as one of the Bulldogs' most consistent performers despite his lack of experience. Against the Wildcats, he helped open holes for an offense that tallied 520 total yards.

"He's just a tough kid – one of those country kids from Alabama," Boling said of Jones, who, like all true freshmen, is prevented from speaking to the media by line coach Stacy Searels. "He's just tough, plays every play hard. He might not do everything right, but every play, he's going to play hard."

GET OUT YOUR DANCING SHOES

Just in case fans thought Georgia's end-zone celebration against Florida was the only time the Bulldogs managed to upset an opponent, Auburn wide receiver Rod Smith made it known he was carrying a hefty chip on his shoulder, too.

Smith, who is from Snellville, said Georgia's dancing to the rap song "Crank Dat Soulja Boy" during last season's "blackout" has nagged at him for a full year, and he's hoping to get a bit of revenge this season.

"That's been on my mind for the whole year," Smith said. "They even had whoever was calling the game -- those guys were up in press box (dancing). That got to me. I've definitely been looking forward to this game. This is the game that's been marked on my calendar since last year.

Georgia defensive tackle Corvey Irvin said his team has gotten used to people wanting revenge, and he said the extra motivation Auburn might have doesn't worry him.

"I hope they'll be motivated because I'm going to be motivated," Irvin said. "If they are out for revenge, oh well. They have to do what they have to do, but we'll be ready though."


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