September 23, 2013

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With two sacks last week against North Texas, freshman linebacker Leonard Floyd hopes he's starting to find his groove.

It would be helpful to Georgia's defensive cause if that were the case.

Through three games, the ninth-ranked Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0) only have five sacks, with no other player besides Floyd having more than two.

"You can say it feels like a shark looking for blood or whatever," Floyd said after practice Monday. "I'm itching to get me another sack right now."

With LSU and quarterback Zach Mettenberger up next Saturday, getting the former Bulldog on the move will be one of the biggest goals for Todd Grantham's defense.

"I'll come at him as hard as I can," Floyd said. "I'm sure he'll try to make plays, but we're going to do our best to stop him."

The Bulldogs would love for sophomore Jordan Jenkins to get into the act.

Jenkins has no sacks through the Bulldogs' three games as opponents have tried to account for his presence on the field, which last week left Floyd open to make the impact that he did.

"Today he (Jenkins) threw a little hint at me saying he's coming for me," Floyd smiled. "I said you better come on because I'm getting ready to take off."

Langley paid close attention to LSU-Auburn game

Like most of the Bulldogs, freshman cornerback Brendan Langley said he paid close attention to last Saturday night's game between LSU and Auburn.

No casual fan here.

Langley said he took care to take plenty of mental notes he hopes to use to his advantage in Saturday afternoon's game at Sanford Stadium (3:30 p.m., CBS).

"That's how you have to watch games when you're at this level. You've got to watch it like its film," Langley said. "Throughout the whole game I'm calling out formations, figuring out 'OK, I've got to be here,' this that and the other."

So, what did he learn?

"The things I picked out is they're not going to trick you," he said. "They're going to be in front of you and they're going to come right at you. The tougher man is going to win. It's going to be a 60-minute war on Saturday."

He was particularly impressed with LSU's receiving tandem of Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, two of the more physical wide receivers in the league.

"I'm not mistaken they've accounted for 44 receptions and the next leading receiver has three," Langley said. "Like I said, they're not going to hide anything. They're just going to come at us and see if we can stop them."

Injury update

Monday's post-practice injury report featured a few new names for the Bulldogs.

Leading the list was running back Keith Marshall, who was limited with a left shoulder contusion (bruise), along with wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley who was limited nursing a right shoulder sprain.

Other Dawgs on the list include outside linebacker James DeLoach (concussion/out), tight end Jay Rome (left ankle sprain/out) and wide receiver Jonathon Rumph (right hamstring strain/limited).

Would Mettenberger have left UGA anyway?

Cornerback Blake Sailors knows Mettenberger better than most, and Monday said his former UGA and Oconee County High teammate has moved on since his dismissal back in the spring of 2010.

But that's not all.

Sailors also suggested that even had Mettenberger remained in Athens, there was a chance he would have transferred anyway assuming he would not have beaten Murray for the starting quarterback job.

"He had a really good spring game, I don't think you can argue that, but I think Murray was ahead of him by that time anyway," Sailors said. "Who knows what would have happened? I think whoever would have had the job the other one would have transferred; I would.

"If he hadn't got the job I'm sure he would have left anyway. Why would anybody with a ton of talent be a bench and role player, because both redshirted (in 2009). He wouldn't have played at all unless Murray had gotten hurt which he hasn't."

As for as his return to Sanford Stadium, Sailors doesn't think Mettenberger's emotions will play that big of a role.

"I don't think he's worried about the outside noise," he said. "I'm sure he's being asked a lot of about how it's going to feel and things like that, but knowing him, he's good at ignoring that kind of stuff and focusing on what he needs to do."

That said, Sailors said Mettenberger can expect to hear it from Georgia fans once he steps on the field.

"I think he'll get some boos," Sailors said. "I don't know if it's because of what happened, and him being a Georgia boy … but I'm sure it's going to be some pretty loud boos. I might boo myself, we'll see."

Davis honored by SEC

Freshman wideout Reggie Davis was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman Player of the Week following the Bulldogs' 45-21 win over North Texas, according to a league announcement on Monday.

This was the third time in as many game weeks that a Bulldog player has been honored by the league office. Murray was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week after the win over South Carolina while sophomore tailback Todd Gurley garnered the award following the matchup with Clemson.

Davis was not made available for comment after Monday's practice.

A native of Tallahassee, Fla., grabbed a pair of catches for 134 yards, including a record-breaking 98-yard touchdown, in the victory over North Texas. The catches were the first of Davis' career.

The 98-yarder was also a Georgia school record and the 100th touchdown pass of Murray's career.

Davis was also named the Athlon Sports SEC Freshman of the Week.

Mettenberger not only unusual connection

Much has already been made on the fact that Mettenberger's mom Tammy is an employ in the Bulldog football office.

Well, it turns out that's not only family tie involved in Saturday's game.

LSU head coach Les Miles has a niece - sophomore Katie Browne - who attends UGA and is actually a member of the Bulldog softball team.

Miles made light of the fact during his press conference Tuesday in Baton Rouge.

"I also have a member of my family that has some fondness with Georgia. I have a niece that goes to Georgia. I'm going to have to call her later today and see her when I go up there," Miles said. "My daughter at the SEC meetings, Macy, just happened to go over by where the T shirts were being handed out to the coaches and made an acquaintance with Mark Richt. She came back after talking to Mark and said, Gee, daddy, 'he's a really nice guy.' She said, 'Do you play those guys?' I said, Yeah. So I also have to keep an eye on her this week. I want to make sure she's not mailing Coach Richt our game plans (smiling)."

As for Tammy Mettenberger not being around the Bulldog offices this week, Miles also joked that his plans for espionage are now history.

"I'm told that Zach's mother was given the week off because Zach's mom is the secretary for Coach Richt," he said. "We were really kind of hoping that we'd get the call sheet, several of the other key pieces of information, but Mark kind of knew that we needed to get that done (smiling)."

This and that

The SEC office announced Monday that CBS will invoke its six-day window before deciding what game it will televise on Oct. 5. That means, we won't know until next Monday what time Georgia's game at Tennessee will be played. Kickoff will either be at 3:30 on CBS on at night on one of the ESPN family of stations. … The Bulldogs held a one-hour session in full pads on the Woodruff Practice Fields on Monday. "We went in full pads today because I felt like we needed to scrimmage a little bit," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "So that's what we did, and it was good. The boys got a little better today. … I was pleased with our intensity and our focus. We know we're facing a great opponent this week, and we need to continue to have solid practices." … Richt said the captains for Saturday's game will be Gurley on offense, end Garrison Smith and cornerback Damian Swann on defense, and linebacker Kosta Vavlas on special teams.

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