Emptying the notebook before heading to Colorado …
- An interesting observation from Mike Bobo about running back Carlton Thomas, the Bulldogs’ smallest player: “Carlton has never been in a green jersey his whole career here.” Green jerseys are worn at practice by players who have injuries that preclude them from contact.
- Drew Butler and Blair Walsh can’t wait to kick in Colorado’s mile-high air.
Butler visited a friend in Denver in May and took the opportunity to punt a few balls while he was there. He said they traveled about 3-5 yards longer and were in the air about two-tenths of a second longer, adding to his hang time. “When it’s humid and it’s wet here in the summer, the thick air just holds the ball down, but out there, it’s crisp and the ball flies,” Butler said. “It’s fun kicking.”
Walsh, whose career-long field goal is 53 yards at Oklahoma State in 2009, said he’d like to try a field goal of 60-plus yards in Saturday’s game and will try a kick from 70 yards in warm-ups.
- A 1-3 record is a shock to the system of Georgia fans — and players. “I don’t think anybody on the team right now had ever started any season of playing football one and three,” defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson said.
- Georgia will be just the second SEC team ever to play a game in Boulder. The only other time an SEC team played there was on Sept. 15, 1979, when LSU beat the Buffaloes 44-0.
- Counting road and bowl games, Colorado has played a dozen games against SEC teams. The Buffaloes are 2-9-1, including a 14-13 loss at Georgia in 2006.
- This will be Georgia’s third game against a Big 12 team since the start of last season. The Bulldogs opened last season with a loss to Oklahoma State and ended it with an Independence Bowl victory over Texas A&M. Of course, Colorado won’t be in the Big 12 much longer; the Buffaloes join the Pac-10 next year.
- As A.J. Green returns from suspension, it’s not clear if Kris Durham, Georgia’s top receiver in Green’s absence, will be able to play. Durham suffered what he called a stretched nerve in his neck late in last week’s game. Durham said he’ll “be fine by Saturday,” but coach Mark Richt called him questionable.
- Offensive lineman Trinton Sturdivant continues to work his way back. He played 20-plus snaps last week. The plan is for him to play more each week.
- Todd Grantham has been stressing two things with the defense this week: “start and finish.” The defense has given up touchdowns on the opponent’s opening possession in the past three games. And then it’s tended to play pretty well until struggling again near the end of the games.
“If you go back to the South Carolina game, the score is 14-6 and it’s late in the fourth quarter and we can’t stop them and get the ball back,” Grantham said. “Go to Arkansas; the score is 24-24 and we have had some stops, we do stop them, then we have to go back out for a two-minute drive and we don’t stop them then. And then you go to this past game [against Mississippi State] and it’s 10-6 late in the fourth quarter and we don’t stop them.
“You’re going to be in all sorts of games, and whatever has happened up until then . . . you got to finish that game,” Grantham said. “That’s the thing in the last three games: We haven’t finished.”
(Andy Johnston contributed to this blog.)