Barking Dawgs: UGA quotes of the week

ATHENS, Ga. -- As the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs (5-0, 3-0 SEC) prepare for a key SEC East game at No. 6 South Carolina (5-0, 3-0) on Saturday, here is a selection of quotes from the Bulldogs’ coaches and players from throughout the week:

“We just try to come out there and play our game. We’re not trying to be like nobody else. But it’s a cool thing.” -- Tailback Todd Gurley, on the nickname ‘Gurshall’ that Georgia fans have bestowed on Gurley and freshman backfield mate Keith Marshall, a reference to legendary Bulldogs running back Herschel Walker

“Keith does a great job of pressing the hole on the zone plays and then his cuts are not two or three steps. They’re one-step cuts and he’s going vertical. Sometimes he’s moving so fast I feel like he’s almost going to fall down. It’s hard for a defender to stop when he’s pressing and his step is so fast and so vertical, I think that’s what makes him so dangerous.” -- Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, on Marshall, who broke touchdown runs of 75 and 72 yards last week against Tennessee

“I feel like the coaches have done a great job of looking at the film on South Carolina, not just from this year, but from previous years and we know that we can attack them. We know we have the weapons to attack them and our job is just to focus on the game plan and practice that game plan to the point that we can execute it this Saturday.” -- Receiver Chris Conley, on going against a South Carolina defense that ranks seventh in the SEC in pass defense by allowing 211.2 yards per game

“It definitely hasn’t been too many dull moments. But he’s made four in a row and he’s a great kicker and we all believe in him.” -- Holder Adam Erickson, on kicker Marshall Morgan’s struggles to convert extra points -- he missed once last week against Tennessee and had another one blocked -- while also making each of his last four field goals

“He’s a big guy. Hitting Richard [Samuel] dead-on is about the same thing. Richard, when he’s full steam, I’d say is about the same thing. They both lower their head, they both are big and the thing about Lattimore is he’s got some agility to him that a lot of guys don’t see. Hopefully if we hustle and gang tackle we can slow him up.” -- Linebacker Christian Robinson, on trying to defend South Carolina tailback Marcus Lattimore

“When you have guys that size and have that much quickness and speed off the edge, you definitely want to make sure you’re prepared the best you can. I feel like we have a great game plan to try to deal with that. And also I think we’re trying to focus as much as we can on technique when you are in those situations -- when you’re one-on-one with a guy who’s as talented as those two. So when we go out there, I don’t think we’re going to be apprehensive or scared or anything. I think we’re going to be excited about the opportunity.” -- Right guard Chris Burnette, on the offensive line’s challenge in blocking South Carolina defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor

“Those two guys had five catches for 77 yards. They’re two pretty talented guys and they had five catches. So you take the good players out of the game and make the other players beat you.” -- Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, on focusing his defense’s attention on not getting beaten deep by Tennessee receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, even if it meant Tennessee would run the ball more effectively

“I think we needed a wake-up call. I think everyone realizes that nobody’s going to lay down to us. I think that humbled us a little bit, grounded us. It’s going to make us keep working hard in practice.” -- Cornerback Sanders Commings, on Georgia’s defense surrendering 44 points to Tennessee

“Sherman [Armstrong, one of Georgia’s strength coaches] is getting my legs right. I was just itching for the touchdown. Every time I touched it, I was trying to score. I thought I was in.” -- Receiver Tavarres King, on dragging Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson for several yards before diving just short of the end zone last Saturday

“I think the guys have really taken it with a little bit of grit and we had a great practice [Wednesday]. I feel like everyone’s focused on this game plan and competing and winning this game and doing that for Bennett.” -- Conley on playing for leading receiver Michael Bennett, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during Tuesday’s practice

“Malcolm, even last week, was primarily at receiver. I don’t think it’s going to change our plan of what we were going to do with Malcolm because Malcolm was already going to play offense. I wouldn’t say he’s done playing defense. He’s still going to get work as a defensive player and he’ll probably get some reps at defense as the season goes on.” -- Georgia coach Mark Richt, on whether Bennett’s injury impacts how Malcolm Mitchell will split time on offense and defense

“I don’t think we’ll ever give up on it. I think there’s always a chance that something good can happen. He’s going to continue to test and whenever it zeroes out or whatever that threshold is, if it gets there, I think the NCAA will let him play. I think he still wants to play, so we’ll see what happens.” -- Richt, on Georgia's effort to get offensive lineman Kolton Houston reinstated by the NCAA in an ongoing eligibility case

“I like playing on the road. I don’t know about other guys, but it’s one of the more challenging to play in because that stadium rocks. I’ve been up in the stands and it shakes and it’s different. It’s not as big as Neyland Stadium, but it gets just as loud.” -- Robinson, on playing at South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium