Dogs want to move on

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ATHENS, Ga. --- The last thing CJ Byrd wants to do is to think about Saturday's loss for two weeks. The senior safety and North Augusta alum hasn't been a part of many games that painful, he said.

A look at the injury report and a review of the game film, however, is enough to change his mind about hurrying back to the field.

Byrd is anxious to get back to winning games, but after Georgia's 41-30 loss to Alabama, he knows there's an awful lot of work to be done before that happens.

"I'd rather be back on the field as soon as possible to get this taste out of my mouth, but I think the bye week came at a good time," Byrd said.

"A lot of guys got injured out there, and this gives them a chance to get back healthy and come back prepared, more prepared than we were (against Alabama)."

The ghosts of Saturday's bludgeoning at the hands of the Crimson Tide will continue to haunt the Bulldogs for an extra seven days, as the team gets its first off week of the season, but the vacation couldn't have come at a better time.

On the field, Alabama underscored a long list of problems the Bulldogs will need to fix before they host Tennessee on Oct. 11 at Sanford Stadium. Off the field, as many as five key players could miss action because of injuries suffered against Alabama.

"It's good to get rested again, get healthy, get stronger and come back fighting," said running back Knowshon Moreno, one of the many walking wounded trying to find his way back on the playing field in time to take on the Volunteers.

Moreno, who leads the Bulldogs with 10 rushing touchdowns this season, suffered an elbow injury in the fourth quarter against Alabama, and head coach Mark Richt said the star tailback's status for the Bulldogs' next game is in limbo.

All-Southeastern Conference linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, wide receiver Kris Durham and tight ends Tripp Chandler and Bruce Figgins also are among Georgia's injured. Figgins is likely to miss the remainder of the season, and Durham and Chandler are unlikely to play against Tennessee.

Even the players who aren't questionable for Georgia's next game are running on fumes, Richt said.

"You've gone from early August to right now, a two-month stretch, we've been going at it pretty good, the coaching staff included," Richt said. "The coaches need to get a little rest, and the players do, too."

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CanDawgsDoMath 10/01/08 - 06:51 am
yea, yall ought to move

yea, yall ought to move on.....for your depressed fans and maybe to a different sport. A secretary at work, a big dawg fan, has been depressed, silent and upset all week. She even wore black yesterday which is kind of sad; either reminissing about the saturday slaughter or in mourning. As far as a little different sport, maybe the dawgs ought to consider powder puff football instead. Thats what bama's lines made them appear to be playing anyway.......Go Vandy.

patriciathomas 10/01/08 - 07:04 am
I hope the Dawgs don't start

I hope the Dawgs don't start slinking around like a bunch of curs just because 'Bama spanked them. I'd like to see them come back with a vengeance for the rest of the season.

notsurprised 10/01/08 - 07:55 am
Metal man it appears you

Metal man it appears you really got alot out of the bama victory. You know it really seems like, with all the uproar by you bama fans, that this is the first time bama has beaten ga. Although quite some time ago I do believe that if you check the history you will find that bama has indeed beaten ga. Is it just that bama has sucked so long that you bama fans have forgotten how to win? I mean, although quite sometime ago, you guys have been here before. Actually, the way bama looked you should be in this position many times this year. But be ware my friend. Your buzz saw is coming soon enough. And I can assure you, the team that buzz'S you will probably be a "program" that is used to winning and will chaulk it up as a win and move on very quickly to get ready for the next sec battle.

I4PUTT 10/01/08 - 07:56 am
I love my DAWGS!!! A one or

I love my DAWGS!!! A one or two loss season would be very appealing to most teams across the nation. It's time to hunker down and get the job done. Were we out coached? Yes! Were we out played? Yes! Were we the less prepared team? Yes! We need to get up & finish the drill. GO DAWGS!!!

KSL 10/01/08 - 12:23 pm
I4PUTT, you should give

I4PUTT, you should give lessons to some of the Georgia fans who don't know how to accept defeat with class. I have a couple of family members I love to sign up.

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