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Coach Holtz looks forward to UGA after season-opening win over Vanderbilt

(Columbia) Sept. 6, 2004 - The Monday after South Carolina opened its football season with 31-6 win over Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt, Coach Lou Holtz had trained his eyes on another, potentially stiffer, SEC test.

On Saturday the University of Georgia Bulldogs, ranked third by the Associated Press and fourth by the coaches, will visit Williams-Brice Stadium. Coach Holtz says, "I know I have a reputation for playing up the opponents. I don't think that I'm going to add to that reputation when I praise Georgia."

Holtz says the Bulldogs have very good athletes, play "exceptionally" hard, are well-coached, play as a team, play their positions, are fundamentally sound, play well on offense, have great receivers, a good offensive line, a good running back, good speed and a Heisman candidate at quarterback.

On the other side of the ball, "They probably have two of the best defensive players in the country. Of course, you know [senior David] Pollack, you don't have to talk about him. He was a one-man wrecking crew here two years ago." Holtz also praised free safety Thomas Davis, Georgia's leading tackler last year.

The game to be televised live by ESPN. The network's College GameDay show will also originate from Columbia that morning. Kickoff is set for shortly after 5:30pm for the sold out game.

Against Vanderbilt Coach Holtz says, "We made some mistakes, which you expect in the first game. A lot of things can be corrected. I was really pleased with how hard we played. We did play hard, and we did play as a team."

"Dondrial Pinkins I thought did an excellent job. He can play better, we expect him to play better, but he excelled in the things we wanted him to excel in, and that was leading the team, being in control, doing the things that they gave us and getting us out of a bad play."

Safety Jamacia Jackson, who ran a Vanderbilt interception back 98 yards for a touchdown, was named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Coach Holtz says he's optimistic he'll have all his players available for the game against the Dawgs.

Players say they like how South Carolina coach Lou Holtz has decided to accent the positives this year. They say Holtz no longer sounds so negative and hangs around with them in the locker room instead of retreating to his office after practice.

A win over the Bulldogs would erase most of the sting of two straight 5-7 seasons.

posted 12:46pm by Chris Rees

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