Reggie Davis put the blame on himself.
Davis was the return man fielding Vanderbilt’s kickoff following a touchdown drive in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 31-14 win in Nashville. However, Vanderbilt, trailing by 10 at the time, surprised Georgia by pooch-kicking the ball in between the last row of blockers and Davis, which contained a lot of green space.
The ball bounced and Davis was unable to bring it in. The Commodores recovered at Georgia's 17-yard line and, following an unsportsmanlike penalty, were set up on the 8.
After the game and during his Sunday teleconference, Richt said the Bulldogs didn’t execute and that the play was poorly blocked. Richt also mentioned he would study what other teams do around the country for that particular situation.
Davis had a different take.
“I take full responsibility for that one,” Davis said. “I took a bad step which kind of made me get to the ball late. The bounce didn’t really help me out at all. I take responsibility for it but the defense did a good job on defending.”
Two plays after Vanderbilt recovered the live ball, Georgia linebacker Jake Ganus intercepted Vanderbilt quarterback Johnny McCrary in the end zone.
Davis was asked whether the coaching staff placed any blame on him for failing to recover the kick.
“Coaches are saying it’s their fault and they didn’t coach it,” Davis said. “But I still take full responsibility for it because at the end of the day I’m the one on the field playing. They can only put me in the right position and I messed up on it."