Georgia Bulldogs: Uga IX

Barking Dawgs: UGA quotes of the week 

September, 14, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- As the No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs (2-0) prepare for their Week 3 matchup against Florida Atlantic (1-1) on Saturday, here is a selection of quotes from the Bulldogs coaches and players from throughout the week:

“He does deflect any kind of personal glory to the team. I think he’s very sincere. Some guys say it because they think that’s what people want to hear, but Jarvis is sincere about it just like A.J. [Green] was. They are humble guys. They like football and they like their teammates, they like their coaches and they like Georgia. More than anything, they just enjoy playing the game.” -- Georgia coach Mark Richt, on All-America linebacker Jarvis Jones’ humble nature

“I knew when they walked everyone up, it was either if I didn’t get my block or if T.K. dropped the ball, those were the only two things that would’ve stopped that play. They brought the house on that one and I knew, ‘Get your tail out there and go get that guy.’ I did and it was definitely a big play for me and definitely a big play that swung the game.” -- Center David Andrews, on his key second-quarter block that helped spring receiver Tavarres King for a long gain, setting up a touchdown in last week’s win against Missouri

Game preview: FAU at Georgia

September, 14, 2012
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Sanford Stadium/Athens, Ga.

Records: Georgia 2-0 (1-0 SEC), Florida Atlantic 1-1 (0-1 Sun Belt)

Last week: Georgia beat Missouri 41-20. Florida Atlantic lost, 31-17, to Middle Tennessee.

What’s the story? This weekend’s non-conference game against a Florida Atlantic team that won just one game last season is Georgia’s final tuneup before diving into the bulk of its SEC schedule. The Bulldogs are heavy favorites today and their starters should be watching from the sidelines for most of the second half -- which is a good thing since they will face conference opponents in each of the next seven games.

Three Headlines:
1. Look who’s back: Georgia’s defense takes another step back toward full strength this week with cornerback Sanders Commings and outside linebacker Chase Vasser’s return from two-game suspensions. The Bulldogs are excited about the defense’s capabilities once safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree join them on the active roster following suspensions of their own.

2. Owls to the slaughter: Florida Atlantic, which defeated Wagner 7-3 in its opener and lost 31-17 at Middle Tennessee a week ago, now has the pleasure of playing Georgia and defending BCS champion Alabama in consecutive weeks. Georgia is a six-touchdown favorite this week and the point spread will probably be even bigger when the Owls visit Tuscaloosa next Saturday.

3. Ready for Russ: Everyone’s favorite interim mascot, Russ the English bulldog, will finally be coronated as Uga IX during a pregame ceremony. Russ has served as Georgia’s sideline mascot at points since 2009, posting a 16-9 record while wearing the collar.

Players to watch:
1. Commings: Commings’ return should help alleviate some of Georgia’s concerns in the secondary. He started 23 games over the previous two seasons at cornerback, but can also play safety -- and he probably will until Rambo is back on the field.

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Five storylines: Georgia vs. FAU 

September, 13, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia has one non-conference game left before diving headlong into its SEC schedule next week against Vanderbilt. Here are five storylines to watch during Saturday night’s matchup between the Bulldogs (2-0) and Florida Atlantic (1-1).

1. Establishing the run
Georgia’s offensive line is still developing and this game provides a good opportunity for the Bulldogs to establish the run before taking on some better SEC defenses. Florida Atlantic surrendered 304 rushing yards last week in losing to Middle Tennessee and ranks 97th nationally against the run. Look for tailbacks Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall and Ken Malcome to get lots of touches on Saturday.

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