ATHENS - Mark Richt, addressing the Georgia football team on Monday, pointed to the wall on the right side of the team meeting room: There sit the plaques commemorating the team's division, SEC and national titles.
On the left, in red, are the years in which the Bulldogs have won the SEC championship. In the middle, in silver, are the years they have won the SEC East. And on the right, in black, are those for the team's two national titles.
Georgia senior cornerback Sanders Commings recounted what Richt told his players.
"We got the silver one, that's the SEC East," Richt said, according to Commings. "We have our ticket to play for the red one. If we get that, we'll have our ticket to play for the black one."
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The 2012 division title plaque went up over the weekend, when the players weren't in the room.
"I walked in and saw it and smiled. Those things are awesome," senior receiver Tavarres King said. "It's still cool. I mean it's still something awesome to be a part of. It's there forever now, so it's pretty neat.
This is the second straight division title for the Bulldogs, but the most recent conference title was in 2005, and it's been 32 years since winning a national title. Several players agreed there was a little different feeling after clinching the East this year than last year.
"We just have a different motive," King said. "I feel like last year our destiny was to get to the (Georgia) Dome. This year we want to win in the Dome. So I think everybody knows that and everybody is on board."
"Last year we had two losses. Even if we would've won that game we probably wouldn't have got a shot to play for the BCS championship," Commings said. "But with one loss, it's much different. All the goals that we set at the beginning of the season are still there. So it's a much different feeling. I think we're more eager to win this game this year than we were last year."