November 28, 2010

Will Dawgs be Liberty Bowl bound?

Will Georgia be signing the blues in Memphis come New Year's Eve in the Liberty Bowl?

It could be.

In a brief interview with UGASports, Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart, said the Bulldogs (6-6) are definitely a team his organization is considering.

"Georgia is definitely high on our list," said Ehrhart, who chatted with head coach [d]Mark Richt following his post-game press conference.

The Liberty Bowl matches an SEC team against the Conference USA champion which will be determined next week when Central Florida and former Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary takes on SMU and former Hawaii coach June Jones.

Kickoff in the Liberty Bowl is set for New Year 's Eve at 3:30 p.m.

Georgia last played in the Liberty Bowl in 1987.

"I'm just happy to get one more chance to play with the seniors that I love," wide receiver A.J. Green said. "As long as we get to go out there again and play with the seniors, it doesn't matter where we go."

Richt thinks recruits were impressed

Sunday begins a new contact period for coaches and recruits and Richt said after Saturday's 42-34 win over Georgia Tech he can't wait to get started.

"Starting tomorrow in recruiting it's a contact period so coaches are allowed to get on the road, along with myself, and it's an unlimited phone call time for us so we're going to be recruiting the heck out of the guys that we've got committed, the one we're hoping will commit," Richt said. "We'll also spend time with the 2012, 2013 and even 2014 class. If there's somebody out there we're going to be out there beating the bushes for those guys, too."

Saturday, the Bulldogs had approximately 90 recruits, including top targets like Carver's Isaiah Crowell and Valdosta's Jay Rome and Malcolm Mitchell.

Richt said he thought the Bulldog Nation helped put on a good show.

"It was good. It was what I hoped it would be. The Dawg Walk was tremendous. I was out there when the seniors were being honored and I think the fans did a great job with that there. I think that our recruits saw the Bulldog Nation at its best and think that was very important," he said. "The recruits who were there, they're looking around thinking, is there where I want to go, is this where I want to play? Their parents are looking around and asking themselves what kind of fans do we have, and how will my son get treated here. I think it was very, very positive."

Hamilton makes debut at corner

After struggling at safety for most of the year, Jakar Hamilton made his debut at cornerback for the Bulldogs, replacing Branden Smith for much of the second half.

"At first I was a little nervous out there because I hadn't played corner since my days at GMC," Hamilton said. "But just went out there and gave it my all, because the seniors were depending on me."

Hamilton made two tackles and actually had a chance to recover a third-quarter fumble for a potential score, but kicked the ball forward before Akeem Dent fell recovered to set up a 1-yard run by Washaun Ealey.

Murray saves best for last

With three touchdown passes in the first half, quarterback Aaron Murray now has 24 for the season, one shy of the Georgia single season record held by Matthew Stafford who had 25 in 2008.

His 24 touchdowns also puts him in a tie for second with Eric Zeier (1993-94), D.J. Shockley (2005), and Joe Cox (2009). This marks the sixth time this season that Murray has tied his career high with three touchdown passes in a game.

Also with 271 passing yards, Murray now has 2,851 which are the most ever by a Bulldog freshman and ranks second in SEC history, trailing only Jared Lorenzen of Kentucky who had 3,687 in 2000. Murray passed Georgia's David Greene who had 2,789 in the 2001.

Murray also notched the Georgia mark for total offense by a freshman now with 3,014, which ranks second all-time in the SEC behind Lorenzen (3,827).

This and that

Actor Samuel L. Jackson was on the sideline for Saturday's game as was St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright. … Overall, Georgia got 21 points off four Tech miscues while the Yellow Jackets got No points off two Georgia turnovers. Georgia forced one fumble in the first half, which led to a touchdown. On the year, Georgia has forced 24 turnovers and converted them into 101 points while its opponents have scored 21 points off 14 Bulldog miscues on the year.

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