Durham: We Have to Stick Together

ATHENS – Georgia's players received text messages Tuesday night following practice informing them of a players-only meeting, where a number of the team's veterans spoke.

The message was simple, senior Jeff Owens said. The team needed to look toward the future rather than last week's embarrassing loss to Tennessee.

"We told them we have to turn around this season," Owens said. "We all know what we're looking at right now. We're 3-3, but we can just go up and progress. The main purpose was to get everybody on one accord and get this thing turned around."

Senior wide receiver Kris Durham, who also spoke at the meeting, said the team needed to change its perspective on the season in the wake of Georgia's 3-3 start. Rather than look at the big picture, he said, he urged his teammates to simply work on improving each day and winning their next game.

"What's happened has happened, and it's in the past," Durham said. "We can't sit there and dread it or think that's our season, because it's not. There's still (six) more games left. We need to push on from here and start like it's Game 1."

Owens said the team was reminded of Georgia's turnaround following a stretch of four losses in five games in 2006 that resulted in an unexpected three-game winning streak against three ranked opponents to close out the year.

The message was meant to revitalize some sluggish morale, Durham said, and remind the players that unity is crucial to overcoming the team's recent slide.

"It was like we didn't have the fire in us, and we needed to get together and let them know we have their back," Durham said. "We have to stay strong together."

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