November 23, 2010

Checking out the competition

After watching alma mater Calhoun's second round game in the state football playoffs, wide receiver Kris Durham and a handful of his Bulldog cohorts decided a Saturday afternoon excursion to Atlanta might not be a bad idea - to watch Georgia Tech.

So, that's just they did.

Durham, along with quarterback Aaron Murray, kicker Brandon Bogotay, long snapper Ty Frix, linebacker Christian Robinson along with wide receivers Rhett McGowan and Tavarres King bought tickets just like any other fan and watched the Yellow Jackets 30-20 win over Duke last Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

"Of course, I wasn't exactly scouting them because you'll do that once you get in the film room," Durham said. "I just wanted to go and watch a game, sit there and enjoy the game."

Durham laughed that he and his teammates tried their best to blend into the student populace there, but with not much luck.

According to Durham, it didn't take many of Tech's faithful long to realize who the infiltrators were.

"It was more Murray than anybody else, just because I think it's the hair," Durham laughed. "There were a few words exchanged toward us, but we never got into it. We didn't want to cause any problems. We were just there to enjoy the game."

Robinson said the group initially tried to sit in the fraternity section near the band but quickly learned that wasn't such a good idea.

"They kicked us out, but after that we went to the upper deck where our seats were, then we came back down when everybody else started to leave," Robinson said.

Robinson said Murray was a good sport throughout it all.

"They came up to Aaron and asked if anybody had seen Nick Fairley (Auburn defensive tackle)," Robinson said. "They even went to some guy who was not with us and asked if he had seen Nick Fairley."

Bulldog coach Mark Richt said he was glad the players took the initiative to go.

"I'm glad they wanted to go and check it out. If I was still playing, I'd have liked to do that," Richt said. "I like college football and this was a chance to watch a good college game. It was against who you play next, but there's no rule against it. When I found out I thought it was good idea. I'm glad they cared enough to do it."

NOTES:Durham said Bulldog seniors never asked Richt to wear black jerseys for Saturday's game. … Every senior of the winning team will receive a trophy and every senior who plays will receive a watch to signify that they played. The winning head coach also receives a trophy with the seniors whose names played attached. "I like those," Richt said.

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