October 10, 2012

Players don't blame fans

Tight end Arthur Lynch said he doesn't blame fans angry about Georgia's 35-7 loss to South Carolina one bit.

As a diehard follower of the New England Patriots, the Massachusetts native can relate their pain.

"I've said some things about the New England Patriots that I probably wouldn't say to any guys on that team," Lynch said. "But that's part of being a fan when you're emotionally invested in a football team."

It hasn't been pretty.

Internet message boards have been ripe with conversation about the Bulldogs' 28-point defeat.

Many have blamed head coach Mark Richt and any number of his assistants. Others have taken aim at the players themselves.

"I've seen a lot of the fans are pretty fussy, are pretty mad. The outcome was 35-7. I feel we let them down a little bit, but I want them to know we're coming back strong and we're not going to let that happen again," freshman Jordan Jenkins said. "I'm definitely going to try to not let that happen the rest of my career and get myself better and get my teammates better."

Jenkins said the ride back from Columbia was a long, solemn one.

"Nobody was playing, we didn't act up, we were all quiet," he said. "After that game I didn't like that feeling and I definitely don't want that to happen the rest of my career here."

The former Harris County standout said players have been told not to worry about what they might hear or read.

"Some day's fans are your best friends, some day's fans turn against you, and I know that from recruiting," said Jenkins, who drew the ire of Alabama recruiting fanatics when he chose the Bulldogs over the Crimson Tide. "It's sort of like that. You do one thing bad and you're going to catch hell for a little bit."

Defensive end Abry Jones says the loss is painful for all involved.

"It's about the same. They (fans) have to wait for another game, we have to wait also," he said. "They want to see us win. We have to go another week hearing about how we lost that game."

Tavarres King said the players are trying to put last week's loss the best they can.

Getting to practice Tuesday and Wednesday have helped the healing.

"You never get over a tough one like that, but we're trying to put it behind us and move on," King said. "The thing that I would like to get out there as much as everybody cares about whether we win or lose, we care more than that. We care just as much as they do about winning. We practice 365 days for 12 opportunities so it's big to us as well."

King disagreed with the notion he's seen that coaches deserve much of the blame.

The way the senior sees it, its players like himself who have the burden to bear.

"He (Richt) can't play the game. He put us in the best situations as he possibly could, and what it boils down to, it's always on the players," King said. "We've taken ownership to that, we've got some places we know we've got to get better in and we're going to do that."