Georgia’s seniors determined live out script they wrote in January

Holding their own SEC and BCS destinies in their hands is what linebacker Christian Robinson and Georgia's seniors wanted for their final season. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Holding their own SEC and BCS destinies in their hands is what linebacker Christian Robinson and Georgia's seniors wanted for their final season. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS — On January 13, 2012, 13 draft-eligible juniors, plus quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Hutson Mason, lined up in the front of Georgia’s team meeting room on the first floor of Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall and made a declaration. They said they were coming back to play their senior seasons for the Bulldogs in 2012.

The reason they came back will be on full display today at Sanford Stadium. The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (10-1) play host to Georgia Tech (6-5) in the annual battle for the Governor’s Cup and those seniors will attempt to end their college careers 4-0 against the Yellow Jackets. But that’s only a side note in this storyline.

Saturday’s game is essentially a BCS championship quarterfinal for Georgia. If it can win, the Dec. 1 matchup with Alabama in the SEC Championship  becomes a national championship play-in game. With No. 1-ranked Notre Dame the only undefeated, bowl-eligible team left in America (the Fighting Irish face USC in Los Angeles Saturday night) and the SEC Championship participants ranked 2 and 3, the SEC is virtually assured of having a team in the title game for a seventh consecutive year. An SEC team has won the last six.

Georgia believes it is its turn to wear that crown. And that shot is why those seniors – 21 in all – are going to walk through a gauntlet of teammates per the Bulldogs’ tradition before the final home game of the year.

“I am very impressed with this senior bunch,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “They really wanted to take some ownership of this team. Once they all decided they were going to stick around, everybody who checked out the NFL and where they might be drafted and all that kind of stuff, once they all decided they wanted to stay, I think it created energy immediately… .

“And because they decided to stay, they wanted it to be a special season. They didn’t want it to just be a year where we came up short.”

Nothing could be more ruinous to Georgia’s goals than to lose to Georgia Tech. Despite their pedestrian record, the Yellow Jackets come into Saturday’s game on an uptick. They have won four of their last five games, are averaging 47.6 points over the last three and just got word they’ll represent the Coastal Division in next week’s ACC Championship game.

And, of course, Tech would like nothing better than to the derail the Bulldogs’ BCS hopes in the regular-season finale. It would be perfect payback for what Georgia did to the Yellow Jackets in 2009. The Bulldogs knocked off a No. 7-ranked, 10-1 Tech team 30-24 the week before its ACC title-game appearance.

That’s why any notion that the Bulldogs are in danger of overlooking the Tech game borders on the ludicrous. Georgia’s seniors made sure early in the week the Bulldogs’ underclassmen fully understood depth and scope not just of the situation.

“I told (freshman tailback) Todd Gurley, ‘man, if you remember how bad we felt after losing to South Carolina this year, you’ll feel 10 times worse losing to these guys,’” senior flanker Tavarres King said. “… I was like, ‘we lose this weekend, you’re going to hate these guys even more.’”

Said senior safety Shawn Williams: “I feel like everything we want to accomplish is still there. We’ve just got out and take it one game at a time. We can’t overlook anybody. We’re just having a one-game season right now. That’s how we’ve got to look at it.”

The Yellow Jackets bring in a bigger, stronger and faster version of the spread-option offense that Georgia Southern used to gash the Bulldogs for 302 yards rushing this past Saturday. Meanwhile, Georgia’s offense is on pace to set school records for points (currently 37.6 ppg) and yards (471.4 per game). Quarterback Aaron Murray (2,986 yards, 28 TDs, 7 INTs) leads the nation in pass efficiency and freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have combined for 1,695 yards and 19 touchdowns, giving the Bulldogs most potent and balanced attacks in the country.

The dynamics of the on-field matchup coupled with the ramifications of the outcome should make for intriguing television for ESPN’s national broadcast. The Bulldogs’ seniors are determined to write the ending they envisioned more than 10 months ago.

“All I know is, if we handle our business we’ll be where we want to be,” senior linebacker Christian Robinson said. “To be in this situation and to hold our destiny in our hands is what we wanted.”

GEORGIA’S SENIORS

  1. WR Taylor Bradberry, Winder
  2. WR Marlon Brown, Memphis
  3. CB Luis Capella, Augusta
  4. CB Sanders Commings, Augusta
  5. PK Scott Eichler, Oakwood
  6. LB Reuben Faloughi, Martinez
  7. SN Ty Frix, Calhoun
  8. LB Michael Gilliard, Valdosta
  9. NG John Jenkins, Meriden, Conn.
  10. DE Abry Jones, Warner Robins
  11. WR Tavarres King, Mount Airy
  12. PK Jamie Lindley, Savannah
  13. DE Ricky Lowe, Duluth
  14. FS Bacarri Rambo, Donalsonville
  15. OL Ben Reynolds, Bainbridge
  16. LB Christian Robinson, Norcross
  17. FB Dustin Royston, Royston
  18. FB Richard Samuel, Cartersville
  19. CB Branden Smith, Atlanta
  20. DE Cornelius Washington, Hephzibah
  21. SS Shawn Williams, Damascus

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49 comments Add your comment

marseilles mutty

November 23rd, 2012
1:44 pm

Go get ‘em dogs!

Thicknixon

November 23rd, 2012
1:45 pm

mike on lake hartwell

November 23rd, 2012
1:49 pm

G A T F A DAWGS!!!

BRING IT HOME!

true tech fan

November 23rd, 2012
1:56 pm

georgia bulldogs are over-rated.
their player was right. they are soft.
we’ll beat you guys and then BAMA will put you in your place.

these 2 games won’t even be close.

SOFT SENIORS. THAT’S WHAT MY GT FOOTBALL PLAYER
BROTHER SAID. SOFT, SOFT, SOFT. SUCKERS!

THWG

WDE

November 23rd, 2012
2:04 pm

true tech fan dude how much are you paying for whatever your smoking??

WDE

November 23rd, 2012
2:05 pm

Congrats to all the seniors !!! DGD’s to a man!!

KilroyDawg

November 23rd, 2012
2:18 pm

These Seniors are DGD’s!! One game at a time. Leave everything on the field Saturday and take care of business! WRECK TECH!! GO DAWGS!!!

marseilles mutt

November 23rd, 2012
2:22 pm

We need to lay eight in a row on those suckers, like they did to us!

We broke the drought in my last game and I thought we might get to eight at one point,but I guess not in my lifetime!

Regardless, this is a great bunch, with tremendous leadership…which has been missing for awhile.
They sure could have quit after the S.C. debacale; lots of fans did!

RedandBlackDAWG

November 23rd, 2012
2:24 pm

true tech fan

November 23rd, 2012
1:56 pm

There is no doubt you are a true Tech. fan. You are delusional, arrogant and out of touch with reality.

Spike 80DF

November 23rd, 2012
2:28 pm

what a joke, GSU didn’t “gash” the Dawgs running the ball.

Dawgtired

November 23rd, 2012
2:32 pm

Question is whether the win streak has been more about level of competition along with 6 turnovers we got from FL, or if team is that much better. GA Tech won’t be a test, but AL sure will be able to answer this.

vampire bill

November 23rd, 2012
2:34 pm

Dawgs have better offense and defense and a warmup game to prepare for the silly offense. Yeah, bugs will score a couple of time but I see the dawgs scoring 5 consecutive touchdowns on their way to a 50 plus point game in honor of the seniors last home game.

55-20 all dawgs…..

bahits.com

November 23rd, 2012
2:50 pm

didn’t the yellow jackets have to forfeit the year that they beat the Dawgs because of some ineligible players issue? That would give the Dawgs the longest win streak, but I am not sure how many games.

MAN Enough?

November 23rd, 2012
2:55 pm

Finally, the beat down is here. Yes, i would also like to know what true tech fan is smoking, it can’t be homegrown, has to be the sticky icky!

Pj

November 23rd, 2012
2:56 pm

Tunnel vision. Nothing exists but the tech game. Go Dawgs!

7576DAWG

November 23rd, 2012
3:00 pm

Whatever happens the players have made us proud this year. No attitude problems , no disrespect and the players have acted like they want to be out on the field. These kids are at Georgia to play football and play as a team. Richt and his coaches have done a great job, getting rid of the trouble makers, changing the mind set and bring pride back into the team, making being a DAWG important.
All you can ask with two games to go is to have your destiny in your own hands.

10 of 11

November 23rd, 2012
3:31 pm

NERDSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

Discount DoubleDawg

November 23rd, 2012
5:00 pm

Great post 7576… being in this position is a testament to what is going on in Athens. We control our own destiny… Only 3 teams in all of college football can say that right now.

Go Dawgs!

Discount DoubleDawg

November 23rd, 2012
5:31 pm

Every time a tech troll posts I feel little better about dawg nation… when tech folks troll/hate- it only means a few things… insecurity, napoleon complex, envy etc… keep em’ coming boys and solidify your place..

trolls- what about the game tomorrow? any comments, questions, concerns?

sandiegodawg

November 23rd, 2012
5:34 pm

Tide fans should be grateful the Mad Hatter choked that game away in Baton Rouge- They had Bama on the ropes and should have just kept passing. GA can and will beat Bama- Here’s why: Aaron Murray has yet to win a BIG game from his play- He is simply due.

Calistoga Dawg

November 23rd, 2012
5:35 pm

Bay Minette- can I borrow your “wait til next year” shirt? I understand Tech fans have closets full of them.

Sambo 4 Rambo

November 23rd, 2012
5:55 pm

Dont you have to beat a team on occasion to talk like the game will even be “close”? Its been a lopsided rivalry this entire millinium! Ga fans, lets just let our talking play on the field cause “trash blogging” is the only thing they have to look forward too.

Cdpridg

November 23rd, 2012
6:02 pm

Tech fans….ready for your yearly beatdown by big brother???

Joey Hanie

November 23rd, 2012
6:12 pm

This team may go down as my favorite one! Love these Dawgs! One gane at a time. YA’LLS TEAM! NO REGRETS! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!! GATA

Gorilla Biscuit

November 23rd, 2012
6:35 pm

Does anybody know how much the Dawgz had to pay the Techerheads to play them this year?

Strat Cat Dawg

November 23rd, 2012
7:28 pm

This defensive unit is one of our best ever and they haven’t played up to their full potential this year. Jarvis, Rambo, Jenkins, Williams, Sanders, Ogletree, Robinson, Smith, Gilliard et al give us the ability to limit any offense out there. I like our chances tomorrow.

Mad Dog One

November 23rd, 2012
8:03 pm

Bro. Watch your typing you hit the W not the B.
GO DOGS & GATA

Lance

November 23rd, 2012
9:27 pm

GO DAWGS. GATA!

East Dillon

November 23rd, 2012
9:34 pm

Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose!

1969 Graduate

November 23rd, 2012
10:02 pm

Keep it coming, you Tech fans. We all love hearing what you have to say. I feel sure all of our team members and coaches are, like me, hanging on your every word.

Congratulations to our seniors, and quarterbacks, and our entire team for being smart enough to listen to them.

I’d like to give a particular shout out to Aaron Murray for being a student of the game, for hanging around, for working hard to improve his game, and for being such an athlete, and such a leader. Mr. Murray, I expect you to have even better games from here on in, and I hope you return to Athens again next year.

Go, Dawgs!

93 Dawg

November 23rd, 2012
10:15 pm

Love you Seniors! Love you DAWGS!

GATA!

Hank Hill

November 23rd, 2012
11:09 pm

What a fine group of seniors! Let’s go out and beat the bugs.

dawglova

November 23rd, 2012
11:16 pm

This is UGA ’s chance. Quiet ESPN quiet these fools sayin fire richt …..let’s shut em up boys. This is your time, your moment. Tech is just the first step. Bring greatness sat. IT IS TIME. DAWGS TIME! 2012 CAN BE THE YOTD! Strap up and ball out!

dawglova

November 23rd, 2012
11:19 pm

Only thing left of the bugs at games end should be yellow guts on your helmet visors. SICK EM WHOOFWHOOFWHOOFWHOOFWHOOFWHOOFWHOOFWHOOFWHOOFWHOOFWHOOF

hop

November 23rd, 2012
11:48 pm

Dawgs just need to take care of business.PERIOD!

A big thank you to the 21 SENIORS,That make-up the team leadership for 2012!

zbulldawg

November 24th, 2012
5:21 am

To those so called fans who wanted Richt & BoBo fired !! I say MOST balanced offense in college football this year. Recruiting at an all time high. And having the balls to do what was right by dismissing players & setting strong suspenstions ! My hat is off to this coaching staff & all these seniors who have stuck it out !! That means they believed in this coaching staff !! I am pround to say I’m a Bulldawg fan !! I love UGA & all it stands for. NOW but to some whoop A$$ !! LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

zbulldawg

November 24th, 2012
5:46 am

THREE GAME SEASON !!

Last Chance

November 24th, 2012
6:03 am

Please UGA, just don’t embarrass the SEC by losing to this lousy Tech team.

K?

RMikel58

November 24th, 2012
8:21 am

Beating Boston College, Maryland, NC and Duke is a joke. LOST TO BYU team by 24pts. Only Tennessee has scored above 40. Other than Kentucky no other team has scored above 20 pts. A team similar to Tech only scored 14 pts.
Where those Techies are getting 45 pts. is crazy. I dont believe that Tech will even score 30 pts muchless more than 24.
Georgia like in all the other games will spot tech the most pts in the 1st Quarter and after they adjust then the Dawgs will shut them down.
Georgia gets stronger as the game goes so look for Techs defense to start getting tired after half time and Georgias game to get bigger.
Tech has nothing to play for this year and ofcourse theres always that chance of an upset. If the Dawgs stay focused and executes correctly then Tech will be looking for the buses after half time and CMR will be putting in his 2nd and 3rd strings players as to not run the score up.

Mr. Hankey (Pankey)

November 24th, 2012
8:22 am

Well said True Tech Fan. Typical angry, delusional fool that you Techies are. You know, I’ve looked at your Blawgs — catchy spelling, huh — and gee whiz, there’s no dogs fans shooting off at the mouth, but yet you Yellow Jastards — again cute name, don’t you think — buzz our sight IMHO because you are bored losers. I mean what’s to cheer about with a team whose offense was last run by the Gipper? Whose last successful Triple Option QB was Bronco Negurski. See you Monday if you don’t puss…out after we hand you your proverbial stingers.

Mr. Hankey (Pankey)

November 24th, 2012
8:23 am

Better run. I’ve got an ass whippin to go watch.

The Plain Truth

November 24th, 2012
10:08 am

Never before in the history of the BCS has such an undisciplined, disreputable gang of illiterates, thugs, illegal drug users, woman-beaters, public urinators, drunks, jailbirds, and low-life goons come so close to backing into the title game. Fortunately for the integrity of the game, Alabama will send these stupid posers and their low-rent fantards fleeing back to their mobile home parks and their wretched welfare existence.

All Saints

November 24th, 2012
10:19 am

In tribute to our beloved martyred Saint Jan Kemp, let’s all bow our heads for a few moments of silent prayer. Thirty years ago, this courageous young lady risked everything to expose the corruption and massive academic fraud instigated by Vince Dooley, sleazy practices that continue to this day under douchebag coach Mark Richt. Gone but never forgotten, Saint Jan lives on in our hearts and minds as a guiding inspiration and as a symbol of resistance to the pervasive evil and corruption that dwell in Athens.

And now, let us all pray for Saint Jan…
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Thank you, you may now resume your normal activities.

ibidGT

November 24th, 2012
10:27 am

Discount DoubleDawg

November 23rd, 2012
5:31 pm

Every time a tech troll posts I feel little better about dawg nation… when tech folks troll/hate- it only means a few things… insecurity, napoleon complex, envy etc… keep em’ coming boys and solidify your place..

trolls- what about the game tomorrow? any comments, questions, concerns?

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Every other post on this blog by UGA fans is a troll on GT. Have you ever bothered checking GT blogs? I’m sure you have because there are countless UGA fans trolling on every GT blog. That being said, what does that make UGA fans having to troll envious and insecure GT fans? Seems like UGA fans are even more insecure and envious following your train of logic as to why GT fans troll considering UGA fans troll 10x as much on GT blogs.

I didn’t say it, you did. You just didn’t think it through, but hey what UGA fan does? ;)

Hairy Dawg

November 24th, 2012
10:31 am

Dawgs is unloading the whooping can on Nerds. They in way of BCS champs and we show them what real talent is to have. The bugs is a joke and we own running of the state. They not wven from good confrence but crummy All Chumps Conference. Once kickoff is started then Dawgs teach the pointy heads that they don’t need showing up cause annual beat down is automatic. Fatso big mouth coach gets showed what real Christian coaching do. And then we fix that Saban where he learning never come over here no more for games and recruiting. We own state and that why we own recruits in state and we own SEC champs in Dome. Bammer being put down like an old elephant. That Saban low life and Rolling Turds not knows what hit them.

phil

November 24th, 2012
10:44 am

Fire Richt now, before he chokes away the NC!

tony

November 24th, 2012
11:00 am

The Plain Truth

November 24th, 2012
10:08 am

Never before in the history of the BCS has such an undisciplined, disreputable gang of illiterates, thugs, illegal drug users, woman-beaters, public urinators, drunks, jailbirds, and low-life goons come so close to backing into the title game. Fortunately for the integrity of the game, Alabama will send these stupid posers and their low-rent fantards fleeing back to their mobile home parks and their wretched welfare existence.
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Young man, you need God.

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 24th, 2012
11:17 am

TCU over #16 Texas @ Texas
Arizona St over #24 @ Arizona
Washington St over #25 Washington

#7LSU looked bad against @ Arkiesaw only by 7.
#14 Nebraskea looked bad against @ Iowa by 6

Anything can happen.

Discount DoubleDawg

November 24th, 2012
11:19 am

ibid- I did think it through and figured someone would correctly point that out. If UGA folks are on your blog doing the same thing, then yes they fall into the same category. Posting on another blog is ok but using countless different names and posting and re-posting the same nonsense is pitiful regardless of what school you went to. Use one name and stand behind your posts. ibid- do you always post using the same name? We will never know the truth but somehow I doubt it.

I guess this is just what clean old fashion hate looks like.

Hoping for a good game, with no injuries on either side. Go Dawgs!