ATHENS — NFL first-round pick Eric Stokes was known best at Georgia in his interviews for his constant praise of teammates and uplifting outlook on most every issue.
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But reflecting back on the Georgia-Texas game that Omenihu was referencing, it was a UGA team missing first-round NFL pick Deandre Baker, who had opted out, along with injured team captain and sacks leader D’Andre Walker.
Middle linebacker Monty Rice was also injured and unable to start or play significant snaps for UGA in that game.
It was a particularly rough game for punter Jake Camarda, a then-freshman who fielded a snap with his knee on the ground, leading to a field goal for Texas, and shanked another punt that went 11 yards.
Offensively, UGA was out of its rhythm. Former coordinator Jim Chaney -- perhaps with one foot out the door to Tennessee -- was slow to adjust to the Longhorns’ defense.
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Even the normally dynamic D’Andre Swift was off his game, fumbling twice and finishing with 12 yards on 8 carries.
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The win over the Bulldogs was the once-proud Texas program’s first New Year’s bowl game outside the state of Texas in 10 years.
That Longhorns team was also playing for its first 10-win season in 10 years. The program hasn’t won 10 games since, either, and Herman was fired after only four years.
Georgia, to Stokes’ point, plays a rugged schedule each year in the SEC and has managed to win 10 games or more six of the last 10 seasons and is on a run of four-straight Top 10 finishes.
There’s sure to be plenty more chatter on the topic of Oklahoma and Texas anticipated entry into the SEC.
It’s a topic that can rile up even the most mild-mannered and pleasant people, like Stokes.