September 20, 2010

Williams takes blame for missed tackle

Safety Shawn Williams wasn't making any excuses.

It was his missed tackle that allowed Arkansas wide receiver Greg Childs to score from 40 yards out with 15 seconds left to lift Arkansas to Saturday's 31-24 win.

"That was on me. It is what it is," Williams said after practice Monday. "I can't change it, but if I could I would."

Williams said it was a play he will never forget.

With a first-and-10 at the Bulldog 40, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett fired a pass to Childs. Williams appeared in position to make the play, but overran Childs who waltzed into the end zone for the winning score.

Earlier Monday, Childs suggested that Williams probably guessed wrong and was trying to push him out of bounds. Not true.

"It wasn't a matter of a guess, it was a matter of how I reacted," Williams said. "I overran the play. It was my fault. I missed the tackle. It was on me."

Dawgs back on the field

No, there wasn't a single Bulldog spoken to Monday happy with Saturday's loss to Arkansas.

But according to guard Cordy Glenn, the mood did get a bit brighter once the team returned to the practice field.

"It felt better being out on the practice field than sitting around just talking and thinking about it," Glenn said. "Practice helps you get it out of your mind. Everything we're doing is focusing on Mississippi State; we're not looking back. We've got to keep working hard and finish. It's important that we focus this week."

Head coach Mark Richt said the Bulldogs followed a similar routine.

"We got them together at 6:30 this morning and spent some time looking at the last opponent," Richt said. "That gave them a chance to get it out of their system. We looked at the film and made corrections. This afternoon, we got in a good lift and a good run. Practice was half kicking and half installation for the next game."

Tight end Aron White said the Bulldogs know they can't afford to feel sorry for themselves.

"It's not time to wallow in the past or have self-pity," he said. "We've got to keep our heads up and keep going because we know we are better than what we've shown."

• Richt announced the captains for the Mississippi State game will be receiver Kris Durham, center Ben Jones, linebacker Akeem Dent and defensive end Demarcus Dobbs.

Stomach ailment sidelined Hamilton

No, defensive coaches were not pleased with two face mask penalties on Jakar Hamilton Saturday. But those weren't the reasons he spent most of the second-half on the bench against the Razorbacks.

"I had a bad stomach," Hamilton revealed. "I had missed a day of practice (Tuesday) and it had thrown me off."

Regarding the penalties, Hamilton claimed his facemask was also grabbed by an Arkansas received but the penalty was never called.

Davis says wrist is OK

Starting right tackle Josh Davis bore a wrap and a brace over his right wrist, but said the injury is no big deal.

"I got it x-rayed and nothing was broken so I'm pretty fine," Davis said.

The Mississippi native was not sure what happened.

"I practiced with it today," he said. "It's more precautionary than anything."

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