Turning the battleship around

Yeah, I know there are a ton of injuries, and, yeah, I know it’s just a spring scrimmage, but after you read a quote like this, you realize there’s a lot of work ahead shoring up the team psyche in Athens.

… A few big plays, including a 75-yard touchdown from Aaron Murray to Vernon Spellman, turned the tide after a strong start defensively, and cornerback Prince Miller said he was disappointed in how his team responded.

“I know on our end, we gave up some big plays,” Miller said. “We could have been better about being more vocal, being a team. Guys had good efforts, just overall we need to learn to be a team and fight through it.”

Even the head man noticed.

“I thought it was relatively even, kind of back and forth,” Richt said Monday. “We’ve got a long way to go yet, but we also saw a lot of good things. We’ve got to be able to handle adversity a little better on both sides of the ball. Things don’t always go the way you want in football, and you’ve got to be able to recover.”

None of this is to say that the situation is hopeless – far from it.  At least there’s general recognition that it’s a problem area that has to be addressed.  But for all the talk about being underdogs, having chips on shoulders and players leading themselves, it takes time (and a healthier team) to change bad habits and attitudes.

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