From the locker room: 'That was kind of Herschel Walker-ish'

semerson@macon.comSeptember 23, 2012 

Here's what Georgia coaches and players had to say after their 48-3 rout of Vanderbilt.

MARK RICHT, head coach

On the win:

"I thought everybody was kind of locked in. Had a good mental edge to them. ... I think everyone wanted this one bad. They didn't feel very good about how things went a year ago. They know that we very easily could have lost game (in 2011), and all that 10 wins in a row, Eastern Division champions, all that would have been down the drain."

On Todd Grantham and James Franklin shaking hands:

"Well I didn't pay any attention to that. Well that's good, that they shook hands."

TODD GRANTHAM, defensive coordinator

When asked if his gave him any kind of personal satisfaction:

"I'm really just proud for the players. Because thay maintained their focus and did what was the right thing in playing the game. We're getting ready to play an excellent Tennessee team that's got a bunch of NFL players. They play an NFL system."

On his postgame hand-shake with James Fraklin:

"We were just gonna go out there and have a group hug and then everybody was gonna go their way and move on. They coach them hard, they play hard, they're working to try to be competitive. So we're all competitive. We shook hands and moved on and it's over with."

On why the starters were still in there in the fourth quarter:

"They had their starters in there too."


What he and Gurley are doing:

"This is what we came here to do. So we're excited for the opportunity."

The line blocking:

"The last couple games it's been wide open holes."


The meaning behind this victory:

"It feels great. Especially as a senior, being my last year playing Vandy. especially after what happened last year. This feels good to come out and beat those guys the way we did."

Was there something more?

"It was a little more important than it usually is when we're playing Vandy. Just because of what happened last year. Anytime something happens like that, there's bad blood between teams. That's what definitely showed up to play, to play our best. And that's what we did."


On the game:

"Anytime you can hold an SEC team to three points it feels good, no matter who it is. ... We wanted our fans to know that we do have a stout defense. And I think we are one of the best defenses in the country. I think we showed it tonight."


Was this a message game?

"I don't think so. It was just a game we came out and played hard. We're playing hard right now. We're working hard in practice. I love our mentality Sunday through Saturday."

MIKE BOBO, offensive coordinator

"It's good. I think it's great we're being successful. But our challenge as coaches is to what we've been doing every week, reminding these guys to ignore the noise outside the program, and realize how they've won the first four games. And that's going to work every week and preparing."

TODD GURLEY, freshman TB

Is he sometimes surprised at the tackles he can shed?

"Yeah, yes sir. I know what I'm capable of. I have a little confidence in myself. But just being able to do some of the stuff I've done is just a blessing."

How he's shedding tackles:

"It's just me trying to run hard, trying not to let one man bring me down. The drills we do in practice, we try to pick our feet up and keep our balance. The last run, I kind of did all that stuff in practice."


On Gurley's run:

"That run, man, I told somebody earlier, that was, like a sign of greatness. Really to my eyes I felt like that was kind of Herschel Walker-ish."

When told to be careful about that comparison:

"I'm gonna say it. It was just phenomenal."

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