Former Georgia running back Tim Worley cares deeply about his alma mater. After a blog post expressing his dissatisfaction with UGA’s Sugar Bowl performance got some attention earlier in the week, Worley joined DawgNation Daily Friday to further explain his thoughts on the game.
Bulldogs fans will no doubt be impacted by his passion for UGA, football and life.
“Did you really keep the main thing the main thing?,” Worley asked during the interview. “This is where the disconnect is, a lot of people feel they didn’t play for the national championship… so we don’t have to play hard. We don’t have to go out committed. But guess what you’re doing? You’re setting the tone for next season, and sometimes you can’t turn it on.”
It remains to be seen if turning on the intensity will be an issue for Georgia next season, but plenty of fans think the final game of the 2018 season will be remembered as a wasted opportunity.
It seems Worley agrees.
“I just feel like the Sugar Bowl game — the [UGA] players and coaches kind of dismissed it,” Worley said. “Why? Because they didn’t get a Playoff bid.”
Georgia isn’t the first team to struggle in a bowl game after barely missing the Playoff. According to Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde, in the five-year history of the College Football Playoff, only one team to finish the regular season ranked No. 5 (essentially the first team left out of the Playoff) has gone on to win its bowl game.
However, Worley — who now runs a leadership development company along with his wife, Dee, a former elite gymnast at the University of Alabama — doesn’t have much concern for the other teams that have finished No. 5. His thoughts are on the Bulldogs, and he thinks they should’ve had a better conception of the importance of the game in which UGA was invited to play.
“You’re playing in the Sugar Bowl — which was a monumental bowl for the University of Georgia for a national championship [in 1980]. Go out and play!”
You can almost hear the sound of a lot of UGA fans saying amen.