Defense Plays Huge, Godwin Shines & Final Richt Game At Georgia?

Jon Barash

ATLANTA, Ga.— The Georgia Bulldogs are in position to win 10 games in the 2015 season, following their 13-7 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. It is for the 13th time in the 15 year career of head coach Mark Richt that they can say this fact.

The Bulldogs were able to get out to a 7-0 lead, when they would get a 35 yard touchdown run out of sophomore running back Sony Michel. They would never trail in this game.

A huge reason was because of their defense. UGA held the Jackets to just 194 yards of total offense and just seven point. They also racked up seven tackles for a loss, two sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

After the game, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt sounded like a proud father in regards to his side of the ball.

“This game’s a physical game and you’ve got each team trying to impose their will on one another,” Pruitt said. “Our guys have gotten where they can take a couple punches, stand in there and fight back.”

After the loss to Tennessee, Pruitt addressed the media and said that players were growing in the defense. Today, four freshmen made their way onto the stat sheet on defense.

After the game Pruitt says he knew they were going to be young this season, but the experience gained in so valuable.

“Y’all have probably noticed all year that it’s been different guys (playing) each week,” Pruitt said. “This week, (it was freshman defensive end) Chauncey Rivers, I saw him making several plays. That’s just part of football. Hopefully, developed a little bit of depth where we can plug some guys in. I think in the back seven (linebackers and secondary) most of them are coming back, except for (senior linebacker) Jake Ganus.”

In that group of young guys, is freshman linebacker Natrez Patrick. The Mays product finished the day with two tackles for a loss and a sack in his start.

Patrick and Rivers both got the chance to play today, because they earned their playing time to do so.

“Coach Pruitt is big on ‘if you practice hard, then you play,’” Patrick said. “We kept staying at it and chopping wood the whole year. He gave us our shot today.”

Opposing teams only averaged 10 points in the final four games of the season. This is a huge reason why the Bulldogs were able to finish out the season on a four game winning streak.

Godwin Has Career Game

The freshman wide receiver Terry Godwin picked up eight catches in helping the Georgia Bulldogs pick up the win. That is a career-high for the underclassmen from Hogansville.

Previously, Godwin had set a career-high for yards at 78 in their 9-6 win over Missouri.

His quarterback Greyson Lambert has been very impressed with the play of the true freshman, through 12 games in his college career.

“I trust him as a receiver,” Lambert said. “If I put the ball around him, he’ll make a good catch or knock it down if it’s close. He’s great receiver for us, a great player for us and he’s really stepped here as of late.”

Godwin will finish the season with 31 catches for 345 yards. Even with the good start to his college career, he still wants to work on things during the break before the bowl game.

“I’ll just keep working on route running, catching the ball and being able to make plays,” Godwin said.

This was also the first game in a while, that we didn’t have a chance to see Godwin out of the ‘Wild Dog’ formation. He says that he knew before the game that it wouldn’t be featured this week.

Richt On Future

UGA still has a chance to finish the season with double-digit wins for the 10th time in his 15 year coaching career in Athens. That said, we’ve all heard the rumors that 2015 could be the last for Richt.

After the game, Richt was asked about his future with the Bulldogs. He still doesn’t seem overly concerned what will happen to him.

“I think the Lord’s in charge of everything and I’m fine with whatever he’s got in store for me,” Richt said. “The plan for me is to get out on the recruiting trail, keep nailing down a great class, getting prepared for this bowl game and getting prepared for the future at Georgia.”

Richt was asked about the scrutiny that he and LSU head coach Les Miles have been under this season and quoted President of the United State Theodore Roosevelt about the “man in the arena” in regards to their situation.

Richt says that he hasn’t spoken with McGarity about his future and isn’t aware of any meetings being scheduled in regards to his status in the program.

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