It was an interesting week for the Bulldog Nation, with a big win for the basketball Dogs, some personnel moves in football and the first fresh comments we’ve had in a while from Mark Richt and his team as they get ready to start spring practice on Thursday.
Here are a few Bulldog quotes from the week that stuck with me, some of which might prompt further discussion …
“We didn’t do mat drills this year because the workouts kind of eliminated that. Every day is a mat drill. Every day you’re working hard. Doing these workouts, we’ll definitely be a stronger fourth quarter team. If you look at last year, we really couldn’t finish in the fourth quarter. I feel like these workouts will eliminate that fourth-quarter struggle.”
— Tavarres King discussing Georgia’s new workout regimen, which made the old mat drills obsolete, and confirming what we’d all concluded last season: The Dogs were not in good shape and faded in the fourth quarter.
“My leg got amputated last weekend, so I’ve only got one leg. I’ve got to steal one to play the season with.”
— Aaron Murray tweaking campus newspaper The Red and Black, which misreported he had broken his ankle in two places after he sprained it playing in a pickup game of soccer.
“Most days I thank him for that.”
— Mark Fox on LSU coach Trent Johnson, who introduced Fox to his future wife.
“We want him to be great and he can be if he really takes the right attitude towards it. … We just wanted to grab his attention in all areas, though. I told him and I’ll tell all our guys this: Especially our tailback position is a position of honor, a position of tradition. It’s a position you need to respect, and you need to be the very best you can possibly be.”
— Mark Richt on Washaun Ealey’s suspension and subsequent reinstatement to the team.
“Just watching the way he runs, he closes on people, the way he can blitz, I think he can be a unique player at that position.”
— Todd Grantham on Alec Ogletree and his move from safety to inside linebacker.
“This has been a great experience here. I had fun the whole time I was here.”
— Jeremy Price of the basketball Dogs on Senior Night.
“We faced a below-average pitcher that we couldn’t put things together against. That’s just the game. That’s guys getting out of their element and not taking care of their situation and putting pressure on guys behind them. It’s the game that we have to play better and the game that we have to execute better.”
— Baseball coach David Perno after his struggling Diamond Dogs suffered a shutout loss to Furman.
“I was lying on the ground saying, ‘I don’t want to talk to Coach Bobo right now.’”
— Aaron Murray on how he felt immediately after injuring that ankle.
“I want these guys to live their lives and enjoy it. It seems like no matter what you do, somebody can still stumble down the steps and get hurt. So I’ve never really done that.”
— Mark Richt on why he doesn’t forbid members of his team from playing other sports.
“We’ve got to get him healthy. The poor kid has been hurt the entire year.”
— Mark Fox on Trey Thompkins, whose latest ailment threatening his playing time is an ingrown toenail.
“This year, it’s kind of like do-or-die.”
— Brandon Boykin, offering a concise summation of the football Dogs’ mind-set about the 2011 season.
Feel free to sound off on any of that or whatever else about UGA sports is on your mind this weekend.
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