ATHENS -- Following a one-touchdown performance Saturday against South Carolina, one part of Georgia's offense that received its fair share of scrutiny was the offensive line.
Although Georgias linemen know last week was far from their best performance, their consensus is that the team is moving on and focusing on its next opponent, Kentucky.
Im definitely eager to move on, center David Andrews said. Thats what kind of stinks about having a bye week after a loss, because you dwell on it more. If we were playing Kentucky this week, we would have watched film Sunday and Monday, but then its time to move on.
While eager to move on, Andrews sees positives from the mostly negative affair in Columbia. He sees the touchdown as validation of something he has claimed to know all along about this team: it never quits.
It shows we didnt give up the whole time, he said. We kept fighting. We could have just laid down and gone three-and-out and just gotten off the field and that would have been the end of the game, but we kept driving.
By all of the offensive linemens accounts, the team had a good first practice back as it began to work on fixing its mistakes from Saturdays loss.
Thats the thing about this team, we bounce back, freshman right tackle John Theus said. That game is behind us. (Tuesday) was a good day. We went out there and worked hard. We know everything weve got to do, and (Tuesday) was a good start to continuing that.
Despite the loss, the team has not lost its confidence, according to junior left tackle Kenarious Gates. Most of the teams preseason goals are still attainable, and that is another thing they are focusing on moving into the bye week.
We still have high confidence, he said. We still have all our goals moving forward. Were moving forward with our goals from the offseason. The opportunity for us to go to the SEC championship is still there. Were not putting that behind us. Thats one of our goals, to try to go back to Atlanta. Were back in the same position that we were in last year.
Tuesdays injury report included six players. Wide receiver Michael Bennett, who tore his anterior collateral ligament last week in practice, had successful surgery earlier Tuesday at St. Marys Hospital in Athens. He is scheduled for discharge Wednesday.
Surgery went great! Bennett wrote on Twitter following surgery. I feel like a million bucks on these pain meds.
Cornerback Luis Capella was limited in practice with a right shoulder strain and did not take contact.
Two freshman tight ends did not participate in practice. Jared Chapple was out with lower right leg contusion, and Cole Trolinger was out due to a concussion.
Junior tailback Brandon Harton was out, as he is still recovering from surgery on his left thumb.
Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones did not participate in Tuesdays practice due to a right ankle sprain.