Morning Coffee: Hello, bye week

Tuesday, October 9

(Photo courtesy of UGA Sports Communications)

Without the usual practice, Georgia's football players got back to work Monday, starting their bye week with another screening of Saturday night's loss at South Carolina.

"I wished we'd have met with them (Sunday) and got it over with, because there was still a lot of hurting going on today," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said while filling in for Mark Richt on Monday night's call-in radio show.

Looking back, Bobo said the South Carolina loss was "embarrassing."

"There's not any excuse that you can sit up here and say," Bobo said. "We did not perform our best, and South Carolina came out, and they whipped us. ... There's a lot of guys that are extremely disappointed. That's our job as coaches to help them rebound and get ready to go."

Georgia's team will practice three times during the bye week, going Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before breaking for a free weekend, during which most players will take a rare in-season opportunity to head back home and visit with family and friends.

Prior to that, the Bulldogs' three practices, Bobo said, will involve some work on Kentucky, a lot of work on fundamentals and "good against good," which means the first offense will be matched at times against the first defense in scrimmage situations.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, also filling in on Richt's radio show, said explosive plays are on his agenda this week for a defense that has given up too many big plays in six games.

"Our job as coaches and players is to get that fixed," Grantham said. "That's the first thing you've got to do right there. We're going to take this bye week to correct those things to make sure everybody understands the importance of respecting the deep part of the field so those things don't happen. ... Number one, we've got to get some guys healthy. Number two, we've got to develop some continuity with some guys at the positions they're playing right now and they've been doing it for the last couple of weeks."

Despite the disappointment of the loss, Bobo stressed the Bulldogs can learn from it and still finish strong this season.

"Sometimes people want to push the panic button. 'The world's come to the end. Georgia's season is over.' Our season isn't over," Bobo said. "There's a lot left to play for. ... We still believe that we've got a chance to be very good. There's some things we've got to learn. Sometimes things aren't going to go as easy as they've gone the first five weeks. We've got to handle ourselves a little better when we get hit in the mouth and you're playing against a defense that's stopping you. You've got to hold yourselves with a little poise and realize that things don't come easy and just keep fighting. I think we're going to learn a lot from that."

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ON THE AGENDA

Tuesday will also belong to the UGA basketball programs. It's preseason media day for hoops, with Mark Fox and Andy Landers set to address reporters around noon today (the usual time for Mark Richt's weekly press conference that isn't happening this time).

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LINK(S) OF THE DAY

The coaching axe fell early at Georgia Tech on Monday.

And an event of vandalism Saturday night to a Georgia players' home continues to make headlines.

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TWEET(S) OF THE DAY

Papa Murray is the strongest man I know. This morning is the first step to recovery. Praying God looks over him and the surgeons

QB Aaron Murray

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My daddy is the strongest person I know! So blessed his surgery went well!

Stephanie Murray, Aaron's sister

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Today has been pieceful

TE Ty Flournoy-Smith

peaceful*........

Former UGA TE Aron White replying to Flournoy-Smith

lmao bahahahahaha

TE Jay Rome replying to all

Lmao! Ok u caught me slippn

TE Ty Flournoy-Smith replying back

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This is why I left Florida and came to Athens! This weather is amazing! #BringOnTheSnow

LS Nathan Theus

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I'm smarter than I look

FB Merritt Hall

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Found @wattsdantzler s new favorite account: @YourFoodPorn

OL Dallas Lee

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About to cut the the blonde hair off. It's been real.

LB Christian Robinson

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Quiznos charged me 8.50 for the sandwich no chips or drink then acted like they wanted to be stingy with the toppings. More sauce please.

DB Sanders Commings

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S/o to #vandy first school to offer me #AnchorDown !

TE recruit Milan Richard

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@benjones60 out there ballin gruden showing love!

QB Christian LeMay

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@benjones60 looking good out there big guy

OL Chris Burnette

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