Georgia Bulldogs: Stephon Gilmore

ATHENS, Ga. -- There are few examples in Aaron Murray’s tenure as Georgia’s starting quarterback of his mistakes playing a leading role in a Bulldogs loss.

One such example comes from last season’s 45-42 defeat at the hands of South Carolina, when Murray had an interception returned for a touchdown, a fumble returned for a touchdown and did not successfully complete a handoff with tailback Isaiah Crowell, resulting in a fumble that Gamecocks cornerback Stephon Gilmore returned to near the UGA goal line, setting up yet another touchdown.

While Murray’s miscues certainly were not the only ones by a Georgia player that afternoon, the quarterback still cringes as he reviews the plays he’d love to take back; plays that contributed to the Bulldogs losing an eminently winnable game.

“When you go back to watch the film, as preparation, as aid, it’s still painful to watch,” Murray said. “I don’t like to watch it too much.”

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Sloppy win like last season's sloppy loss 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Mark Richt tried to put things in perspective after his Georgia team barely hung on for a sloppy 51-44 win against Tennessee on Saturday.

It was an ugly game in a lot of ways for the Bulldogs, but Richt was ecstatic to leave Sanford Stadium with a win -- a particularly timely sentiment for those who remember Georgia’s 2011 game against its next opponent, South Carolina.

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Dale Zanine/US PresswireGeorgia coach Mark Richt expects this weekend's game at South Carolina to be tight.
“I was just talking to [defensive coordinator Todd] Grantham, and we’ve been around long enough to know that we need to be thankful and glad that we won the game and not gripe and moan about points and yards and all that kind of stuff, because it doesn’t matter,” Richt said after Tennessee gained 478 yards in 85 plays against the Bulldogs. “What matters is winning and playing big when you’ve got to play big. And we did that [Saturday], so I was happy.”

Spurrier's Sunday soundbites 

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Some highlights from South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier’s Sunday teleconference, where he previewed the Gamecocks’ upcoming game against Georgia:

On the South Carolina-Kentucky game:


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SEC East post-spring notes

May, 9, 2012
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Now that you've seen some SEC West notes delivered by the SEC office, here are some SEC East notes for your viewing pleasure:

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  • Florida returns 10 starters on defense where the Gators ranked eighth nationally in total defense (299.5 yards per game) in 2011. The Gators ranked second in the nation in third-down defense in 2011, holding opponents to 48-for-176 (.273).
  • Florida returns 14 of its top 15 tacklers for the 2012 season, including leading tackler senior linebacker Jon Bostic, who tallied 94 total tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and three sacks. Also returning for the Gators are their second and third leading tacklers, junior safety Matt Elam who recorded 78 tackles, a team-leading 11 tackles for a loss and a team-high-tying two interceptions, and junior linebacker Jelani Jenkins who totaled 75 tackles and a team-best six pass break-ups.

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Speed and athleticism are always immediately mentioned when talking about SEC defenses, but there’s a mental side that’s often overlooked.

For Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson, it’s the first thing he notices when he sees youngsters competing in practices. Their speed is always impressive, but the way younger players are dissecting and learning defenses these days has Johnson shocked. It also has defensive coordinators around the league giddy with the thought of not having to simplify things for youngsters.

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Dawgs visit Watch List WR Tramel Terry 

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For two months this past summer, Georgia was the envy of top programs all over the south as the Bulldogs had a commitment from ESPNU 2013 Watch List member Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek). The talented wide receiver committed to Mark Richt at Dawg Night in July, but then later decommitted, saying that he had gotten “caught up in the moment.” The coaches in Athens aren’t giving up on Terry.

“Georgia came by yesterday,” Terry told DawgNation on Saturday. “It was Coach [John] Lilly. That was pretty cool. Later on I asked him about the engineering program they got. We talked about that and how I need to go to the campus. I want to get up there soon to look at the campus and stuff. I have been there for football games and Dawg Night, but I really haven’t gotten the chance to look around.”

The subject of Terry’s decommitment was never discussed.

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The 2011 SEC All-Bowl team

January, 13, 2012
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We're taking one last look at the SEC's postseason by putting together our All-SEC bowl team:

OFFENSE

QB: Connor Shaw, South Carolina: Shaw didn't seem to feel the pressure of a bowl game, as he completed 11-of-17 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 42 yards and another score in the Gamecocks' win against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. He even gave South Carolina all the momentum in the second half with a touchdown on a Hail Mary to end the first half.

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AP Photo/Mark HumphreyMississippi State's Vick Ballard rushed for 180 yards against Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl.
RB: Vick Ballard, Mississippi State: Ballard ended his career with the Bulldogs with one of his best performances, as he rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries in Mississippi State's win against Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl. His touchdowns went for 72 and 60 yards.

RB: Onterio McCalebb, Auburn: As Auburn's lead back in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, McCalebb had a game-high 109 rushing yards, including a long of 60. He also recorded a 3-yard touchdown run and caught two passes for 53 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown in Auburn's win against Virginia.

WR: Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina: Jeffery's day would have been even better if he hadn't been ejected. However, he still caught four passes for a game-high 148 yards and snagged Shaw's Hail Mary touchdown pass at the end of the first half. He also had a 78-yard reception.

WR: Tavarres King, Georgia: King tried his best to get Georgia a victory in the Outback Bowl against Michigan State. He was Aaron Murray's best friend, catching six passes for a career-high 205 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown pass that at one point stood as the longest play in Outback Bowl history.

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