While Another Suspension Is Handed Out, the Georgia Bulldogs Focus On Practice

NC NighthawkAnalyst IAugust 4, 2008

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Matthew Stafford described how he stood before his Georgia teammates on Sunday night and delivered a tirade unlike anything he's ever done before.

"All that stuff's over with," Stafford recounted, referring to the string of off-the-field issues that have plagued the Bulldogs this summer. "It's camp; it's football from now on. It's going to be 24-7 X's and O's and getting ready for the season. Let's go play football. That's what we came here for. Make sure your minds are right and let's get ready to go. We've got who we've got. Let's play."

Georgia head coach Mark Richt and Bulldog fans hope the players were taking that message to heart. Literally hours before the No. 1 ranked Bulldogs trotted onto the practice fields for their first workout of the season Monday afternoon, Richt announced that he had suspended a sixth player, junior linebacker Darius Dewberry, for the first two games of the season  for disciplinary reasons. Two other players, safety Donavon Baldwin and long snapper Jeff Henson, who were suspended indefinitely after incidents last weekend.

Because the Bulldogs are ranked No. 1, this is supposed to be their best shot at a national championship in decades, but it was pretty much lost on the day.

However, Richt did address it.

"I guess it's the first [season] Georgia has been No. 1 ranked [to open the season]," Richt said. "I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing but it's an exciting thing no doubt. It does create a stir and a buzz to have Knowshon Moreno on the cover of USA Today. All the publicity our team has gotten in that regard is outstanding. But we also know that it doesn't matter where you start as much as where you finish.