Bulldogs in the stands … at Bobby Dodd Stadium

ATHENS — Eight Georgia football players got a first-hand look at their next opponent when they attended rival Georgia Tech’s game against Duke in Bobby Dodd Stadium last week.

The players said they got some good-natured ribbing from Tech fans, who immediately recognized Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, but had a good time and maybe gleaned a bit of insight about the Yellow Jackets.

“It was interesting,” linebacker Christian Robinson said. “A couple of guys came up to Aaron and said, ‘Have you seen Nick Fairley?’”

Fairley, of course, is the Auburn defensive tackle whose controversial hits battered Murray in Georgia’s Nov. 13 loss to the Tigers.

“They were nice. They were pretty cool,” Murray said of the Tech fans. “They were joking around with us the whole time. Nothing too serious, though. It was a fun day. A good day.”

In addition to Murray and Robinson, the Bulldogs’ delegation at Tech’s victory over Duke included wide receivers Kris Durham, Tavarres King and Rhett McGowan, offensive lineman Chris Davis, snapper Ty Frix and kicker Brandon Bogotay.

The group went to the game together and bought tickets at the stadium, Robinson said. They sat in the lower level at the start and finish of the game and in the upper deck for the middle portions, Robinson said.

“For us being in a rival stadium, they didn’t treat us badly,” Robinson said. “They just kind of messed with us a little bit. It was a good atmosphere.

“It felt weird sitting and watching a game, especially other college football players. It really gave us a good look at what they were going to do live. It’s different watching it on film, having to rewind and everything,. . . . Aaron was out there doing what he does, reading the DBs and everything.”

Murray said there were advantages to seeing the Tech defense in person.

“Usually when you see film, it’s cut up [with each play starting] right at the snap of the ball,” he said. “You can’t really see guys moving around and shifting and things like that. Seeing the whole thing, the whole process of their defense, was nice.”

Durham was less analytical in his approach.

“I just went to watch a game,” he said. “I wasn’t really there trying to scout. Mainly, I was there in support of guys like [Tech kicker] Scott Blair. I went to high school with him [at Calhoun].”

The players’ outing struck coach Mark Richt as a good use of an open date on the Bulldogs’ schedule.

“There are no rules against it, and when I found out about it, I thought it was a good idea,” Richt said. “I’m glad they cared enough to do it.”

Georgia and Georgia Tech meet at 7:45 p.m. Saturday in Sanford Stadium.

177 comments Add your comment

AltamahaDawg

November 23rd, 2010
5:47 pm

Those boys will do anything for a free hotdog.

larrymunsonthe3rd

November 23rd, 2010
5:49 pm

Good Natured

November 23rd, 2010
5:59 pm

I am glad our GT folks treated these young men with respect. Go Jackets!

Billy Jack....

November 23rd, 2010
6:02 pm

ummm…I know this, they weren’t there looking for hot women….

bluecole

November 23rd, 2010
6:02 pm

See, that’s how you do it.

Bucky Badger

November 23rd, 2010
6:03 pm

That’s Cool! Murray is a student of the game & after what Fairley did to him…TOUGH AS NAILS!

GaTruth

November 23rd, 2010
6:03 pm

The reason more people didn’t hassle them is because there was no one within 30 feet of them in the stands.

Sanford Drive

November 23rd, 2010
6:03 pm

So Tech’s total attendance jumped to 908. Your welcome Tech.

Paul has a small johnson

November 23rd, 2010
6:05 pm

Did they get free hotdogs and Cokes? HAHAHA they walked up on game day and bought tickets. I guess they felt like they were still in highschool in that stadium.The joke by Coke HAHAHA

912Dawg

November 23rd, 2010
6:05 pm

Pretty funny about the Fairley comment. I like good humor regardless of what fanbase. Glad to hear they were treated well. Hopefully we would do the same.

The Ginger Ninja

November 23rd, 2010
6:09 pm

Bet my life that if it where Tech players at a UGA game they wouldn’t have been treated nearly as well. Have nothing against the uga team but their fans are an absolute joke.

SportsFan

November 23rd, 2010
6:10 pm

Billy Jack, old man, you are either showing your age or your ignorance. Or maybe you’ve just never been to the big city. GT has a lot of good looking women these days – they are intelligent also. Yea, I know, a novel concept for you.

Voice of Reason

November 23rd, 2010
6:11 pm

The saddest part of the article, just absolutely pathetic.

“The group went to the game together and bought tickets at the stadium, Robinson said. They sat in the lower level at the start and finish of the game and in the upper deck for the middle portions.”

I’m sorry but you should not be able to just walk up to a stadium and buy lower level tickets to a “big boy” college football game. Just pathetic to see Tech fans support their team, or lack thereof.

SquirrelDawg

November 23rd, 2010
6:12 pm

What I do find amusing is that 8 guys were able to walk up to the stadium just a few hours before kickoff and buy tickets to a major college football conference game, in a stadium that holds 50K, and were able to basically sit anywhere they wanted to……..and get 8 hot dogs and 8 cokes to top it off………

macrotech

November 23rd, 2010
6:14 pm

Paul has a small johnson has an obsession with Paul’s johnson….creepy!

I love that those guys made it out to check out their opponent and were able to enjoy themselves. I believe that Aaron Murray will be playing on Sundays…the kid is a beast! Glad to hear that they were treated respectfully! Lookin’ forward to heading over to Athens this Saturday…GO TECH!!!

Kramer

November 23rd, 2010
6:17 pm

You’re right Ginger, they couldn’t have gotten in the game. You see, we sell out each and every game. Point taken.

superDawg

November 23rd, 2010
6:21 pm

Scott Blair sold them their tickets and should be punished.Two dollars apiece was to much.

Decatur Dawg

November 23rd, 2010
6:22 pm

Why couldn’t the defense make it to watch the option?

reebok

November 23rd, 2010
6:25 pm

Nice to know they were treated respectfully by the Tech fans.

funny dawg

November 23rd, 2010
6:26 pm

I just thought they just wanted to see a team with a winning record

Bremen Dawg

November 23rd, 2010
6:26 pm

Tickets are cheap and easy to get for a Tech game.

Joe B.

November 23rd, 2010
6:27 pm

Good grief, the NCAA will be poking around now, trying to find out who paid for the tickets for those kids.

The Ginger Ninja

November 23rd, 2010
6:28 pm

Kramer you and your buddies make a big deal about sell outs. You can go to samford on game day to one of those “sell outs” and buy tickets right out in the street. 4,5,10 how every many you need. The only time that isn’t the case is if its bama or lsu or maybe auburn some years. Also you make a big deal about stadiums and attendance etc. and bag on tech for it but yet none of you want to mention that it took little ole tech coming to town for you to get a game outside the noon hour.

historydawg

November 23rd, 2010
6:29 pm

Classy and respectful Tech? Don’t they officially display “To Hell with Georgia” on the scoreboard on the Flats? Unclassy fans everywhere, but institutional thuggery from the Nerds is notorious. As a Dawg fan, I will never again attend a game in Atlanta. Those folks are gross.

Billy Jack @ SportsFan

November 23rd, 2010
6:30 pm

calm down..I’m wearing the balck hat…you are wearing beige hat….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v325wdgoFH4&feature=related

Mark (another one)

November 23rd, 2010
6:35 pm

It sounds like the Tech fans showed more class at the game than some of the comments posting here. I am glad they were well treated, and I have seen similar acceptance of opponents at UGA. A little smack now and then is okay but why go overboard?

When I travel to ‘foreign’ stadiums, I expect to be treated with respect, and that has been the norm. The only exception was a few years back visiting Auburn and having people steal our tailgate. Even that is frankly just a few nuts in an otherwise great place to visit.

Getting up in the stands is something few college players do during their careers. It is a different perspective. I hope they enjoyed themselves.

GTfanForerver

November 23rd, 2010
6:36 pm

No suprise that the GT fans were good to them. We can only hope that you all would do the same for our players.

Mark (another one)

November 23rd, 2010
6:38 pm

GT Fan Forver: Of course we would. I sit near where the families and recruits sit, and we are even nice to those that wear Tech flip-flops or Auburn hats. The rivalries are on the field.

BBBieUgaVIII

November 23rd, 2010
6:39 pm

SO they could get a ticket for face value. Many Tech fans don’t live in Atlanta and others have more important things to do. Well, like spending time with their family and not a bunch of 18-24 guys playing football. I love to go to the games, but mys sister has 3 kids and they are all going in different directions. She was at the game this weekend because my Niece was in one of the Bands that played at halftime. UGA fans have nothing better to do than to follow the DAWGS every game and arrest. Why don’t you fans follow what your players are doing in the CLASSROOM? HAHAHAH I forgot most of you have never been in a classroom in Athens.

billyboy

November 23rd, 2010
6:40 pm

What’s the big deal. I went to Athens to see the Dawgs play Vanderbilt and wore a Tech hat. I was able to buy the ticket for $10 before the game. At the game, I got spit on and 2 beers “spilled” on me, there is a difference between thugs and managers.

Thadius

November 23rd, 2010
6:46 pm

billyboy,

you are a liar!!!!! There are no beers in Sanford Stadium and they are impossible to sneak in. You are a fraud.

Dbalcer

November 23rd, 2010
6:47 pm

Billy Boy since they don’t sell Beer at the stadium I doubt you were at the game. We have GA and GT fans in our family and both fans are great supporters of their team. Go DAWGS!!

Harry the Hat

November 23rd, 2010
6:51 pm

The dawgtard players just wanted to see up close what student-athletes look like. They also got a shock seeing fans who weren’t drunk and who have real jobs.

Then they returned to Athens to be surrounded by sleaze and drunken thugs.

Pretty depressing, ain’t it.

Go Yellow Jackets!

superDawg

November 23rd, 2010
6:53 pm

beer no way.recycled beer maybe.

BBBieUgaVIII

November 23rd, 2010
6:54 pm

BillyBoy
Could be at the game and get BEER spilled on him. I saw a guy with a 6 pack at the Tech game Saturday. I have had my share of Jack and Cokes at many a college game. I don’t do beer.

This Bud's for you

November 23rd, 2010
6:58 pm

There are no beers in Sanford Stadium and they are impossible to sneak in.

Surely you don’t expect anyone to believe that absurd bullcrap.

collegeballfan

November 23rd, 2010
7:00 pm

I agree with Richt – I am impressed they cared enough to attend the game and do some “live” scouting.

BBBieUgaVIII

November 23rd, 2010
7:02 pm

I know 1 person that uses the Backpack type water bottle like soldiers now carry. He wears it under his shirt and walks right in with no problems. Well, I guess UGA fans really are not that smart if they can’t get a drink into the stadium.

FAN

November 23rd, 2010
7:03 pm

what do you expect our players to say? oh those people are jerks and have no class. our guys have class. the funny thing is if some your players came to see a UGA game, unless they’re wearing gold and blue or white no one would recognize them

BBBieUgaVIII

November 23rd, 2010
7:05 pm

FAN
Wrong. We have seen all their MUG SHOTS. Everybody knows Ben JONES because his dirty hits have been all over YouTube.

30-24 Dawgs - We Run This State

November 23rd, 2010
7:07 pm

Too bad Caleb King didn’t show up, he could have sprinted untouched for yet another 75-yard run across the Joke by Coke field.

Looking forward to Saturday and the Dawgs topping their 339-yards rushing mark from last year’s smackdown.

destin dawg

November 23rd, 2010
7:07 pm

Harry the hat is STUCK downtown with drug dealers,… crime.. muggers… sirens all night… Parade mag says ” UGA #2 big state school education and big time sports” in a great college town….drunken thgs are in downtown… all the business men escape to the Suburbs (like Athens ) at 5 P.M…. any dead bodies on campus tonite ??????

ManUp...

November 23rd, 2010
7:09 pm

“Don’t they officially display “To Hell with Georgia” on the scoreboard on the Flats?”

False. Not sure where someone got that idea, but they’re boycotting something that’s jus not there. You WILL hear that phrase in our fightsongs and see it in our school newspaper, but I’ve not ever seen it on the scoreboard or jumbotron.

destin dawg

November 23rd, 2010
7:09 pm

no problem getting tickets at joke by coke ????

FAN

November 23rd, 2010
7:11 pm

I was talking about Tech’s players moron. the only tech player i could identify is josh nesbitt but you tech fans could identify our whole team because yall are OBSESSED with UGA which explains why you’re on a UGA blog

30-24 Dawgs - We Run This State

November 23rd, 2010
7:13 pm

Tech is obsessed with THE University of Georgia, enough to include slogans about UGA prominently on their buses and even on the aptly-named Rambling Wreck as seen here – http://imgur.com/qcNne.jpg

Looking forward to nine out of ten!!!!

UGA graduate

November 23rd, 2010
7:13 pm

This is a great story and I am disappointed in my fellow Dawg fans for turning it into an opportunity to be negative about Tech. And before you say too much, it is just as bad for the Tech fans to be making negative comments too. If Tech fans are treated poorly at UGA then it is the minority doing so because I have never witnessed Georgia fans doing more than a friendly ribbing to opponents. Also, I have never seen Tech fans treat Dawg fans negatively. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen I’m just saying it is the minority of fans for all schools. Just like anything else, the minority ruins it for everyone. Some of the people on these blogs are just way over the top and do not represent 98% of UGA or GaTech fans. I have been a Georgia fan for 52 years and I have never seen intense hatred between UGA and Tech fans. I am looking forward to the game and truly hope my fellow Dawg fans do not embarrass UGA by treating Tech fans poorly.

wldawg

November 23rd, 2010
7:18 pm

Richt would think this a good use of an open date; no arrests and no losses.
Fire him!

dawggirl

November 23rd, 2010
7:28 pm

The Ginger Ninja

November 23rd, 2010
6:09 pm
Bet my life that if it where Tech players at a UGA game they wouldn’t have been treated nearly as well. Have nothing against the uga team but their fans are an absolute joke.

I would have treated them well. It’s kind of naive to paint all fans with the same brush.

GTAdmisisons

November 23rd, 2010
7:32 pm

Sorry “Murray & Crew”….due to our academic standards, you don’t qualify for admission to either GT or Duke. For your interest in our institutions, we will provide you with tickets to the game. Unfortunately, transferring to play for a better coach is also out of the question this late in the year.

Actually, they seem like “cool guys”. Just messing with all the “Fire Coach Richt” followers.