Dogs’ 0-2 SEC start means ‘you don’t see as much of the love as you used to’

ATHENS – Georgia players are well aware of how their 0-2 SEC record is being received  and reviewed by some fans and fellow students.

“Yeah, it’s different [on campus],” offensive tackle Josh Davis said Tuesday. “You don’t see as much of the love as you used to when you won a couple of games. But that’s to be expected; nobody wants to go to a university where the football team isn’t doing well at the time.

“We have great fans,” Davis said, “and they’re not used to losing like this. We’re not used to losing like this. . . . All we have to do is come out and win games, and everybody will be happy then. . . . I’ve heard things, but you got to take it with a grain of salt. It’s not [the fans'] fault we lost games; it’s our fault we lost games.”

When a reporter prefaced a question with the observation that fans aren’t happy with the team’s start, coach Mark Richt replied: “They’re not? Neither am I. Neither is my mom, I can tell you that.”

As for how the team is dealing mentally with the 0-2 SEC start, Richt said: “Everybody showed up at work, and we worked. That’s all we can ask right now. . . . I’m not really even worried how they feel right now. I’m more worried about how they work. If they are in a good mood and they work hard, or if they are in a bad mood and work hard, I don’t really care right now. As we get closer to the game, we’ll kind of work on the emotional part.”

Wide receiver Tavarres King said the team’s emotional state is fine. “Everyone is still upbeat,” he said. “No one is down. . . . There’s a lot of football left to play and a lot left to be said.”

Said wide receiver Kris Durham: “It’s disappointing, frustrating, whatever adjective you want to throw at it. It is. It’s not what we had pictured. It’s not what we had dreamed. But it is what has happened, and we have to take what’s positive out of it.”

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Loganville Dawg

September 22nd, 2010
5:14 am

Team, take your anger on Miss. State. Show us all what you can really do!

Loganville Dawg

September 22nd, 2010
5:16 am

We all know you are better than 0-2.

Mike (original formula)

September 22nd, 2010
5:17 am

It’s good to see people stay positive. We absolutely have to have this one in Starkville. It’s time to find out who wants it more.

Carrollton DAWG

September 22nd, 2010
5:21 am

Still a lot of football yet to play. True fans should always keep their head up. Go DAWGS!!!!!!!!!

phil

September 22nd, 2010
5:40 am

When does basketball season start?

RBigFish

September 22nd, 2010
5:49 am

Will Muschamp…….Call Home

atltiger15

September 22nd, 2010
5:55 am

Seriously…UGA a 1pt dog to the Bullies of Starkville….Come on Dawgs,this is automatic, you have to win me some money this week!!!!

Optimistic Dawg

September 22nd, 2010
5:59 am

This just looks so much like 07. 2 SEC losses at the beginning of the season and wins the rest of the way with a #2 ranking in the National Polls. If you look at the record UGA usually has a pretty good season when they lose to South Carolina.

destin dawg

September 22nd, 2010
6:01 am

We sure need to be more creative on offense.. .. Richt needs to call the plays… get aggressive ! use the TE’s and FB’s safety valve pass receivers for 1st down yardage .. D is getting better.. but I sure hate to see their WR;s wide open… Go Dawgs !! it’s only 2 games… we could win ‘em all …

POPS

September 22nd, 2010
6:09 am

pullin 4 them as always, but right now we can win at colorado , maybe vandy, an thats it

The Tick

September 22nd, 2010
6:15 am

UGA 42, Missy St. 13

Richard Tardits

September 22nd, 2010
6:16 am

Definitely need to get more creative on offense. It seems that opposing DC’s have figured out CMB’s tendencies: 1st down: low percentage pass plays with deep routes, 2nd down: play to set up for a 3rd and long, 3rd down and short: repeat 1st down play, 3rd and long: run a FB dive.

bigredandblackdawg

September 22nd, 2010
6:18 am

Yeah, its a rough start but we’ll get it turned around. The voting people for the polls know we were without AJ and with him we wold easily have won the first 2 games. So, play well the rest of the season and UGA will be back in the top 5 by the end of the season. Our tradetion of winning will pull us through. I know all about the Dawgs and winning tradetion of football because i was going to play for the Dawgs until I blew out my knee in my softmore year in high school. Go Dawgs!!

Palm City Dawg

September 22nd, 2010
6:40 am

I always have and always will be a DAWG fan. 3rd generation and will never give up on them, win or lose. I live here in South Florida in the HELL they call gator nation, but I will hold my head high knowing this too will end and the DAWGS will be back on top of the SEC soon. Meantime, let’s pull together and do not give up on outrguys. You know they hate to lose far more than we do. GO DAWGS!!!

ChipperDoodle

September 22nd, 2010
6:41 am

Feed up here. Bobo has lost me. Richt is in blissful denial waiting on the rapture.

Dap02

September 22nd, 2010
6:42 am

I was going to play for the Steeler’s until I got the crap kicked out of me when I was a freshman.

Hey, bigredandblackdawg...

September 22nd, 2010
6:47 am

….if you are serious with that post, you are also delusional – so since I doubt anyone is THAT delusional, I will say nothing further about your comments.

ELVISKL

September 22nd, 2010
6:51 am

31-24 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA GOD I WANT IT TO HURT……………GA SUCKS

dawgfan

September 22nd, 2010
6:51 am

Maybe all that “love” was part of the problem. Despite the disappointments of ‘08 and ‘09, you still didn’t get the sense of urgency out of this program like it had something to prove. We almost started out 0-2 last year too. I have no idea why this is surprising. The fact that it is says a lot in my opinion.

[...] At 0-2, Georgia not getting much love, reports Tim Tucker of the AJC. [...]

AltamahaDawg

September 22nd, 2010
7:01 am

Interesting how 19 yr old college boys are much more mature than a lot of 50 yr old men.

82Dawg

September 22nd, 2010
7:06 am

@AltamahaDawg …..Excellent Post!!

USC GAMEC0CK

September 22nd, 2010
7:07 am

Missy state is not going to lie down for georgia…watch and see.

BTW, 17 – 6 t-shirts are selling like hot cakes in South Carolina.

Larry

September 22nd, 2010
7:14 am

It’s not just the 0-2 start this year that has fans upset Beginning with 08 the preseason #1 Dogs greatly underachieved losing 3 games and almost losing 2 others. Last year they played like a sandlot team with no coaching and were 4-4 in the SEC. A combination of turnovers, penalties, lack of hustle, poor coaching, underachieving, and off the field issues are the concerns.

JB

September 22nd, 2010
7:14 am

Seeing as you beat us only once or twice every ten years, I’d imagine they are.

W’s cure all. MS St should be that cure all.

HBTD!!!

Buck Belue wears a toupee

September 22nd, 2010
7:17 am

Mississippi State is taking this game very seriously… they need a big win at home.

UGAy defense will lay down (again) and lose.. count on it.

Gravy Train

September 22nd, 2010
7:20 am

Things will start coming together. Wait until Green and Durham are together. Watch the offense come to life. Hopefully, the defense has learned the price of blown coverage and missed tackles. Building a championship winning team is a process. This season, the process is starting over. Be patient. Keep fighting boys!

Missy Stembert, UGA Scholar

September 22nd, 2010
7:23 am

Does this mean we’re going to win the national championship, like everybody said we would last month?

Barry

September 22nd, 2010
7:27 am

Too bad CMR has allowed a bunch of hooligans ruin and distract this team and program. That goes with the inept coaching as well which has lingered the last three years. Changes should be coming at the end of the season. This program is now embarrassing Dawg Nation and the the new AD should make things better in the near future.

prophet of doom

September 22nd, 2010
7:33 am

we all know UGA is the best 1-2 team in the nation and CMR is the best head coach,all except me. What once worked 5-6 years ago,doesn’t work anymore.Time for a change in Athens.

AJ sports his ear bling

September 22nd, 2010
7:34 am

Wake up folks ! All is not lost because we still be Fulmer Cup Champs !

DAWG with bag over his head

September 22nd, 2010
7:34 am

You Pollyanas need to listen to Larry. If you look at the whole picture, the program is on a downward trend. The last 4 seasons (even ‘07) we’ve not been prepared during the first part of the season. The blame for slow starts falls squarely on the coaching. Couple that with all the off-field problems, and you can easily see why most people are upset.

SatchelBuzz

September 22nd, 2010
7:35 am

Loganville,….really? You are what you are.

THWG!

Bama Fan

September 22nd, 2010
7:37 am

UGA will have no problem with MSU.. Beat the crap out of them and keep them down. We cant let the Miss schools come up in stature.

Clipboard Joe

September 22nd, 2010
7:39 am

UGA’s S&C program has been lacking for years now. Did you see both Clemson and Auburn last Saturday? Those guys were studs ! UGA would not have had anyone left in that battle to play football. Our program has become a complete joke now.

how2fish

September 22nd, 2010
7:41 am

SatchelBuzz go away and come back when you can beat Kansas..Bug…and since you have the Wolf Pack this week it won’t be soon.

how2fish

September 22nd, 2010
7:43 am

Clipboard Joe rally and yet we have beaten those “studs” at Auburn the last 4 times we’ve played them.

SOUTH GA DAWG

September 22nd, 2010
7:46 am

SEND A MESSAGE SAT NIGHT IN STARKVILLE THEN GUYS!!! GAIN SOME RESPECT BACK CAUSE RIGHT NOW YOU HAVE ZERO IN THE COUNTRY!!!!!

JB

September 22nd, 2010
7:48 am

Notice how when the Dawgs beat Carolina 8 of 10 times, we as Dawg fans just all move on…..Carolina just like Tech….will spend the whole year reliving their victory over us. I guess as a Dawg fan that makes me proud, that beating us MEANS that much to people. Slaying a giant ! Bama and Florida will bring Carolina back to earth. But, I do love the respect of beatinf us. just like Tech, once in a blue moon………..sends them over the moon…..Folks, that is respect.

ratherBgambling

September 22nd, 2010
7:51 am

Everyone expect dawg fans saw this coming……….usually the ‘wait till next year talk’ starts after getting slaughtered by UF.

JB

September 22nd, 2010
7:55 am

expect or ” except”…………..S/b rather be learning

SatchelBuzz

September 22nd, 2010
7:56 am

@ JB,….that’s not respect,…trust me.

THWG!!

Papadawg

September 22nd, 2010
7:57 am

The Dawgs lost to two pretty good teams but I saw inprovement on both sides of the ball and if they continue to improve we’ll win some games. Other than the Tide the SEC is pretty even this year.

Clipboard Joe

September 22nd, 2010
8:00 am

Furman looks better than the dawgs… what a real shame.

WonderDawg

September 22nd, 2010
8:10 am

Mike Bobo didn’t improve, PapaDawg.

JB

September 22nd, 2010
8:10 am

Can you buy Kansas tee shirts on line ?

hike!!!

September 22nd, 2010
8:11 am

Without A J Green, both SC & Ark knew if they stopped the Dawgs run game they had a good chance to win. It says a lot about our predictable game plan. One would have hoped the Ga coaches learned something from the SC game. Yet only out of desperation in the Ark 2rd half did you see any deep passes. By then, it was too late.
And quit changing Murray’s natural tendency to scramble when pressured, instead of staying in the pocket and getting sacked, what 6 times.

Rick

September 22nd, 2010
8:13 am

If you are expecting UGA to beat MS state you are going to be disappointed.

Ralph

September 22nd, 2010
8:14 am

Mark Bradley says only one more loss and end at 9 and 3. Peach, Gator, Outback, or Champs Bowl in the bag so not staying home, or worse going to Shreveport.

yeah

September 22nd, 2010
8:14 am

Some of you people make me embarrassed to be a dawg fan. What i wonder is why havent any of you been coaching all these years.