Gurley: ‘We’re going to push that much harder in postseason knowing how close we came’

THEY SAID IT

“It looked to me like we were a little more tired than they were. But I think our guys did a good job of sucking it up when they were tired. It was a good bit warmer than the weather we were practicing in and certainly Athens was a lot cooler. But we fought through. And when you make a big play or two, all of a sudden that gives you a boost of energy.”

— Georgia coach Mark Richt, on the Bulldogs’ slow start

“I’m so proud of Jarvis. Jarvis has been such a breath of fresh air for us at Georgia. Coming from Southern Cal, sitting out a year and doing a super job rallying the scout team … We already knew he was a special player, then we realized what a special person he was and he just played tremendously on the field for us and has been a great leader for us.”

— Richt on junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who set the single-season sack record.

“When I went into the locker room at halftime, I thought Coach Bobo was going to hit me up side the head.”

— Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray on his two-interception first half.

“I give credit to Georgia. That’s a good football team. You know, at the end of the day we had our opportunities. There’s some situations where you just have to make some plays and Georgia made them. We didn’t. This was just one of those games.”

— Nebraska coach Bo Pelini

I felt we had a great game plan and they they just came out and hit us with some big throws. A lot came down to third down and their guys just made some plays and stuff. They made more plays than we did at the end of the day.”

— Nebraska linebacker Will Compton on the Bulldogs’ passing so well on their No. 1-ranked pass defense

“On one he said (Murray) was out of the pocket and you guys saw the play. And on the other one, the one on Taylor (Martinez) it was a screen pass and he got hit. He went down throwing the screen. I mean, I find myself shaking my head.”

— Pelini on no intentional grounding being called on Murray and Martinez being called for it on back-to-back, second-half possessions

“In the offseason we’re just going to be pushing that much harder just knowing we came so close to going to the national championship. It’s not like we got blown out or something. So while we’re working out, we’ll be thinking about all the little things because that could be the difference in the outcome of getting those five yards and getting to the national championship game. We’re excited because we feel like this is the first win of 2013. We start next season with Clemson and we’re ready to play them now.”

— Georgia freshman tailback Todd Gurley on prospects of next season.

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McGoo34

January 1st, 2013
9:03 pm

Want to say “First” but ‘i hate that. Can’t wait for 2013 season to begin! Go Dawgs!

Dog Living Amongst Buckeyes

January 1st, 2013
9:05 pm

2013 will be a great Bulldog year! Go Dogs!

Sunbury Ga dawg

January 1st, 2013
9:12 pm

It starts now dawgs, stay out of trouble and in the gym and film room. lets start the season with our entire team ready to go!

L.A. BULLDAWG

January 1st, 2013
9:19 pm

TODD GURLEY, WILL WIN THE HEISMAN TROPHY BEFORE HE LEAVES UGA! BANK ON IT! KEIYH MARSHAL, WILL BE A CLOSE SECOND!

Dawg Talk

January 1st, 2013
9:22 pm

Congrats to the Dawgs! Gurley already showing great leadership for the upcoming season later this year! Keeep up the good work ethic & get everyone involved!

GaHatch

January 1st, 2013
9:32 pm

Our O will be lights out and our D can only get better!

CHDawg

January 1st, 2013
9:33 pm

The whole starting offense should be back except for Brown and King. Murray could go, too. I hope he gets a good insurance policy and comes back. He could wind up owning the all-time passing record book. We have a few holes to fill on D….Great bunch of Dawgs this year! Thanks for the memories.

southern dawg

January 1st, 2013
9:36 pm

man o man i wish ogletree and jarvis would come back for 1 more year. i am proud of the dawgs this year. even though they didnt win the nc, they are a long way from where they were a year ago and 2 years ago. i think they are on the right track and should be a front runner next year.
CANT WAIT TIL AUGUST!

SE GA Dawg

January 1st, 2013
9:37 pm

Can’t believe the season is over! What will I now do on Saturdays? Love all you Dawgs and the excitement you bring to St. Simons Island.

Diamond Dawg

January 1st, 2013
9:40 pm

Great game Dawgs! Aaron, hang around one more year dude. You know you want to win the big one and shut up all those stupid critics.

SE GA Dawg

January 1st, 2013
9:41 pm

Forgot to say that I am SO glad that Chris Conley had a stellar game. He is the team cheerleader and had a mishap to catch that pass in the SEC championship. There is no other player who surpasses Conley’s enthusiasm for his team. My daughter sent me a text that said, “Love me some CC!” We all feel that way, Chris!

Brewmaster

January 1st, 2013
9:44 pm

Such thoughtful and optimistic comments on here so far. At least until Moist enlighetens us with his maturity and demands that Richt apologize to all of us for a 12 win season.

Hank Hill

January 1st, 2013
9:47 pm

Proud of Chris Conley. Proud of all the Dawgs. Can’t wait for next season!

flo-ri-duh

January 1st, 2013
9:58 pm

Dawgs are #2 if Bama is #1…. can’t believe LSU lost to Clemson – kind of embarrassing.

vampire bill

January 1st, 2013
10:02 pm

No arrests, No suspensions next year would be nice.

Capital City Craig

January 1st, 2013
10:03 pm

Lots of dawgs leaving, schedule toughens next season, might better enjoy this year whilst you can….

Dog Living Amongst Buckeyes

January 1st, 2013
10:27 pm

Ray Drew, Sterling Bailey, Jordan Jenkins, Sheldon Dawson, Josh Harvey-Clemons, T. J. Stripling, Damian Swan, and a bunch more.

We’re gonna be much better than alright 2012!

Go Dogs!

Dog Living Amongst Buckeyes

January 1st, 2013
10:28 pm

Make than 2013!

bubba4dawgs

January 1st, 2013
10:38 pm

Not too concerned about the offense next year but the defense gives me nightmares. Losing Jarvis and Ogletree is huge! The defense is already suffering from lack of depth. With the shellacking Bama gave the “D” line is scary for next year. Even Nebraska worked them over pretty good and ran the ball well. Oh well, it’s a long time til September.

Fidlin1

January 1st, 2013
11:04 pm

You just got to love the Grit Gurley spouts knowing he can back it up. There’ll be a winding road going into next year with people coming and going but the torch has been passed by the likes of Jones & Ogeltree. The Dogs will be back and ready to play.

umyboyBLUE17

January 1st, 2013
11:12 pm

put in ken Malcome

dawgEd

January 1st, 2013
11:20 pm

Gurley is a focused man, and it’s going to be fun to watch him and some of the other young horses turn into leaders. And Marshall’s catch today showed that he really does bring something different and special to the mix. I’m a big believer in defense, but if we can stop anybody a couple of times a game next year, we will win.

Orlando Dawg

January 1st, 2013
11:51 pm

Love My Dawgs! Last time I sat in the Capital One Bowl, we beat MI. St. and I love the attitude…
Dang, I got to start working out too, got to be ready for this Fall running around Athens!

Fire Somebody

January 2nd, 2013
12:02 am

Pelini’s right about the grounding call/no-call but he’s a little b!tch for crying about it to the press.

My-Guy

January 2nd, 2013
12:16 am

Aaron Murray has got to comeback next year, I don’t us doing so great next year if Hutson Mason (inexperienced) starts with @ Clemson, South Carolina, & LSU being in the first month of September!! Aaron Murray played well against a dominant Alabama defense and a dominant Nebraska secondary, with the O-line, tight ends, and receivers returning next year, if Aaron Murray plays like that for the rest of his career (if he returns), he could make history for the 2013 season of the Bulldogs, I feel it in my heart too! Our defense will be find, Jordan Jenkins & Damian Swann will be returning & backups in the sidelines who’s had playtime as well…. Unless we have any suspensions, 2013 will be a great year for the bulldogs! 2014 will be a rebuilding year for Georgia!

Rabid Dawg'84

January 2nd, 2013
12:41 am

Pelini was wrong, the replay shows that AM took several steps to the right and was outside the tackles from the snap. How about all the holding Cornies did that weren’t called?

word

January 2nd, 2013
12:46 am

lol Murray didn’t even come close to getting outside the tackles on that play. But really who cares…

rhbDAWG1

January 2nd, 2013
2:17 am

Murray was outside the tackle box – the refs said so. I can’t wait until September. GO YOU HAIRY DOGS!!!!

Kingsx7

January 2nd, 2013
3:04 am

JUST WIN BABY !!!!!!!!!!!!

BigGAdawg

January 2nd, 2013
4:03 am

Great Victory over a really good Nebraska team. Looking forward to the fall already.

I hope all the players keep in mind the schedule to start the season–Clemson will not be the usual cupcake to open the season. And we already know how much fun SC brings to town. It is time to stop this losing to them streak. LSU is not going to be an easy match either.

Everyone needs to be ready for these–NO SUSPENSIONS PLEASE!!! And yes they will be pee testing when you get to school, especially after you return from Spring Break. No selfish or stupid behavior this time guys. With almost the entire starting Offense returning and lots of experienced players reloading the Defense (not to mention some real talent sheding red shirts and some more immediate impact true freshmen coming in,) this could be a really great season. You will need all hands available to make that happen.

THANKS FOR A GREAT SEASON!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!

tell me again

January 2nd, 2013
6:06 am

Thank you Dawgs for a great season – what a way to start the New Year – a present to all of the fans. A Happy New Year to all – God Bless.

Buzz-off

January 2nd, 2013
7:24 am

To the moron trolls who may start posting I want you to note that Murray HAS beaten 2 ranked teams this year and kept the DAWGS in the game against Bama. He also was the bowl MVP and set a passing record while playing without his top 3 receivers against the #1 pass defense in the nation. If you slam him then it will immediately identify you as a “moron troll” which usually means you are a techie!!!!!

Herschel Talker

January 2nd, 2013
7:27 am

Dog Living Amongst Buckeyes:

You forgot Jonathan Taylor (who is a beast), Ramik Wilson, and Amarlo Herrera. The defense was a complete underachiever this year – I expect it to be better next year.

Hutson Mason will be just fine (just like Tee Martin was after Peyton Manning left), and we will be playing Bama again next year for a chance to go to the BCS Championship game.

HT

1969 Graduate

January 2nd, 2013
7:50 am

I can’t wait for the next game. Sounds like our 2013 season is off to a good start, but, heck, it’s a long time between games now.

Congratulations to the team for a very good 2012 season.

Go, Georgia Bulldogs!

SpikeTheBallStupid!

January 2nd, 2013
7:57 am

JC Defensive Lineman Chris Mayes Signs with Georgia

ATHENS———- Junior College defensive lineman Chris Mayes (6-4, 330) signed a national letter of intent with the University of Georgia Wednesday, the first day of the junior college signing period.

Mayes, (6-4, 330), a graduate of Spalding High School, Griffin, Ga. spent the last two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

CHRIS MAYES
N, 6-4, 330
Griffin, Ga.
Spalding HS/Mississippi Gulf Coast CC

Junior College: Had 17 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for Mississippi Gulf Coast CC in 2011. Redshirted in 2012

Junior College Coach: Steve Campbell. High School: Spalding…2010 PrepStar All-Region Team…SuperPrep All-Dixie team…PrepStar All-Southeast Region team…Rivals.com four-star prospect, #26 DT nationally, #22 overall prospect in Georgia…Scout.com three-star prospect, #50 DT nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #23 DT nationally…2010 Griffin Daily News All-Area DL…as a senior recorded 34 total tackles, nine tackles-for-loss, two QB sacks, and two blocked kicks…as a junior recorded 32 total tackles, 18 tackles-for-loss, three QB sacks, 10 QB pressures, and 3 blocked kicks in his first year playing organized football…also lettered in basketball…High School Coach: Clint Ashmore.

Buzz-off

January 2nd, 2013
7:59 am

Don’t you guys really miss IC ?!?! We are so lucky CMR kicked his sorry a$$ off the team….and we are even luckier that Gurshall came to UGa!!!! Go DAWGS!!!

SEC Fan

January 2nd, 2013
8:00 am

It will not matter. The stars were aligned for UGA this season,…..will never have such an easy schedule again. Florida is back,…South Carolina owns you,……didn’t deserve to be in the to in the dome two years ago.

Joey

January 2nd, 2013
8:07 am

Did Aaron Murray beat a ranked team yesterday?

Just wondering . . .

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JB

January 2nd, 2013
8:22 am

Just me, but I hope our new D players are coached to stop the run and be not so wrapped up in getting sacks. I’ll take a few less sacks to slow people down running on us and get the D off the field to be fresher for the second half. We have got to build some depth on D.

JB

January 2nd, 2013
8:23 am

SEC Fan…………Florida is back? We’ll see. They seem to of petered out this year at the end.

Tampa Gator

January 2nd, 2013
8:26 am

Georgia looked like they were playing South Carolina in the first half and then Florida in the second half. Richt must have “laid hands” on his players at halftime…..good win for Georgia. Top 5 finish….congrats.

Tampa Gator

January 2nd, 2013
8:30 am

SEC Fan…..

Florida will be back when they win the East again. But Muschamp is doing the job on and off the field in Gainesville.

JB……

Romping over FSU in game 12 is “pertered out” at the end???? In fact, Florida played its best game of the year in game 12 vs. FSU.

RedandBlackDAWG

January 2nd, 2013
8:33 am

UGA represented the state of Georgia proudly in this game, and any UGA fan should be proud of this team. These kids gave it their all and I think the future looks very bright for UGA.
Count me as a proud fan, and thankful for every contribution these kids made to making UGA football a great watch on TV or in a stadium, as a fan.

WDE

January 2nd, 2013
8:36 am

Great win yesterday! Thanks to this team for the 12 win season !

I-DOG

January 2nd, 2013
8:42 am

Great bowl victory and a credit to the coaching staff for getting the team ready to play.

BigDawg

January 2nd, 2013
8:45 am

It was a good win and a good way to finish the season. Congratulation to Coach Richt and his staff for getting them ready to play and finish strong. I hope Jarvis decides to come back but will not blame him if he goes to the NFL to collect all that money. I wish him and all the Dawgs all the best, Jarvis is a special person- not only a GREAT Player but a nice person as well.

Go Dawgs

Buzz-off

January 2nd, 2013
8:47 am

Yes Joey, UGa beat a ranked team yesterday who had the #1 pass defense and a top 5 rushing offense. UGa also beat the # 2 ranked gators and nearly beat Bama…..and none of the games were on UGa’s home field. Very impressive, but the doubting morons (aka. Techies) will still bash them and their easy schedule. I guess NC State found out about one of those teams on UGa’s easy schedule.

Buzz-off

January 2nd, 2013
8:51 am

Did anyone notice that one of UGa’s “easy” opponents ie Vandy (who UGa whipped by 6-7 TDs) beat 2 ACC teams this year by almost 10 TDs ??? Just asking

RNB

January 2nd, 2013
8:59 am

I will say it first, no way Georgia beats Clemson next year. Defense will be worse and we play them there. Look for Georgia to take a step backwards next year.