ATHENS, Ga. -- Most of Georgia's players tiptoed around the subject
of Casey Clausen's comments following the Bulldogs' win over Tennessee
Clausen, the Volunteers' senior quarterback, sat out that game due
to a collarbone injury and replacements C.J. Leak and James Banks were
overwhelmed in an 18-13 loss.
"I could have played on one arm and we could have definitely
beaten Georgia, but [the doctors] didn't want to risk it," Clausen
said afterward. "If I had played that game we definitely would have
won by at least two touchdowns."
The 4-1 Bulldogs (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) play the 4-1 Vols (No. 14, No. 13) Saturday in Knoxville. Both are tied for the Southeastern Conference lead at 2-1.
While most players steered away from the subject, offensive lineman
Josh Brock acknowledged that a large picture of Clausen and his
comment are the only things on the team's bulletin board this week.
The Bulldogs' board, which is a new addition in their renovated locker
room, is usually covered with dozens of articles and information sheets
on opposing teams.
"It's the only thing up there," Brock said.
Outside the locker room, though, Georgia's players are brushing off
"Casey Clausen was just being Casey Clausen," wide receiver Fred
Gibson said. "I think the world of Casey Clausen. He's a great
quarterback. Everybody has got their own opinion."
Georgia coach Mark Richt said he doesn't expect his defense to be
inspired by the quote.
"I don't know if it would make a whole lot of difference," he
said. "If you've seen our defense, they play pretty hard regardless."
This story appeared in the Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail.