It’s easy on the outside to be pessimistic about where Georgia is at the moment.
But when you’re a member of the Georgia program and going through practices, film study, treatment and game preparation, you can’t allow yourself to have that viewpoint.
Georgia has lost its past two games against Alabama and Tennessee, which has made things difficult when it comes to capturing the SEC East crown. But until the season is over, the Bulldogs say they’re going to keep fighting until the end.
“I feel like if you came to practice (Monday) you wouldn’t have even known we had two straight losses,” tight end Jay Rome said. “There was a lot of energy, a lot of people moving around. We’re ignoring the noise. There’s nothing we can do about the losses we’ve had.”
That’s really all Georgia can do at the moment. Given the state of the SEC East entering the season, the division was Georgia’s to lose. Now the Bulldogs have to climb back into the mix with some wins and with some help elsewhere.
Florida quarterback Will Grier has already aided the Bulldogs in this regard after testing positive for a banned substance in an NCAA drug test. Grier is now ineligible for a full calendar year as a result. Of course, Georgia faced backup Treon Harris a year ago and Florida was still able to win 38-20.
The easiest way for Georgia to claim the SEC East, with the way things currently stand, is for the Bulldogs to win out with Florida dropping a second game. Georgia also has to hope Tennessee loses a third conference game since the Volunteers now hold a divisional tiebreaker. Tennessee's remaining schedule includes Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina, Missouri and Vanderbilt, so there are plenty of chances for this to happen.
Rome said that while the Bulldogs need help in the division, they can’t afford to start paying attention to what others around the league are doing.
“If we’re not winning then it doesn’t matter what anyone else is going to do,” Rome said. “If we focus on ourselves, then ultimately things are going to fall where they fall.”
Georgia isn't backing down from the challenge. It's been in this position before and will try to do its part to stay in the hunt.
“There’s really no other option but to just regroup and think, come back and come back fighting,” quarterback Greyson Lambert said. “I feel like we’re a resilient team and we have to come back and move forward. (We have to) learn from the mistakes, build off the good stuff and just move forward.”
Hitting the links
The Telegraph's Daniel Shirley, along with Russ Brown, spoke with Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox on their morning radio show.
The Telegraph's Cody Pace wrote about the secondary looking to improve upon some mistakes made in the past two games.
Jay Rome, Greg Pyke offer words of encouragement to Nick Chubb, who is out for the season with a knee injury.
The Georgia defense will hope Jeremy Pruitt doesn't meet with the media following Saturday's game against Missouri.
As Dawgs247's Jake Rowe first reported, Jordan Jenkins isn't expected to play against Missouri.
In this week's film study, it wasn't pretty, once again, for the Georgia defensive backs.
Former Georgia coach Jim Donnan told the AJC's Chip Towers that things aren't as bad as it may seem for Georgia.
Captains for Missouri game
Georgia announced that offensive tackle John Theus, receiver Reggie Davis and defensive lineman Josh Dawson will serve as captains for Saturday’s game against Missouri.
For Theus, this is his fourth game as a Georgia captain. This will be Davis’ second time as a captain and Dawson’s first.
There will be no special teams representative for the game, as Davis is considered an offensive captain. Davis is coming off his best game as a Bulldog, which included totaling 244 total yards and two touchdowns. However, Davis did have a crucial drop with just over four minutes to go against the Volunteers.
Right guard Greg Pyke on whether it’s therapeutic to get back on the practice field following a tough loss: “When you’re out on the field you forget about all the stuff that’s wearing you throughout the day. Maybe it’s school work, maybe it’s your personal life. When you’re out there you’re worried about the guys next to you and how they’re doing.”
Song of the day
"Motel" by Meg Myers