LIVE -- Tuberville press conference, 11/11
- Here we go ...
- Two players are doubtful for the UGA game. Merrill Johnson broke a bone in his hand. He's out. Montez Billings, as we discussed here, has a broken nose. He's out for the UGA game. Both could be back for Alabama.
- On UGA: "Everybody's done everything against them. Some have worked. Some haven't worked. They've been their own worst enemy this year. Their defense -- a lot of speed, but they're not as big as they've been in the past. (The schemes) are a mirror what they've done in seasons past."
- Who starts in place of Billings?: "He's going to get some practice time in. He has a better chance (of playing) than Merrill."
- When you get to these teams -- you can count on (players) on both sides. It's a special occasion. It's a fun game for the fans also. They always get into it. It doesn't make any difference what time you play -- the stands are full."
- Can a win salvage the season?: "I don't know if you call it salvage. When you lose five games ... we don't do that very often. You've still got a knot in your stomach. We've got a better chance to play better on both sides of the ball with the (formerly injuured) guys back."
- Last time you had a healthy lineup: "The first quarter of the Vanderbilt game. We were playing pretty well up to that point. We had to make a lot of adjustments. That cut back on our execution."
- Is this still a big game: "They were preseason No. 1. It didn't quite work out for them. For BCS rankings, it affects things a little bit. It doesn't affect fans or alumni any differently. We haven't been very successful over there since (2005). It's good to have it here. In the past, the home team has lost this game. I think that's just coincidence."
- On UK's Randall Cobb being very successful against UGA last week: "They did have a problem with a quarterback last weekend who was very mobile."
- "We didn't put much credence into that game we played last weekend."
- The 2007 game at Georgia: "Our guys were mentally and physically tired. We played well at times. Third quarter -- we gave up a couple long pass plays that put us in a mind. We started missing tackles and it kinda got away from us. It looked like we let our guard down a little bit. I thought we played well enough to win in the first three quarters."
- He's recalling his Middle East trip with Richt (and others) last summer. While we're here, isn't it interesting that the four major-college coaches on that trip (Tuberville, Richt, Notre Dame's Charlie Weis and Miami's Randy Shannon) have experienced disappointing seasons in 2008?
- On how the Soulja Boy dancing annoyed them last season: "We don't use things for this game or the Alabama game. This is a lot easier on coaches than maybe that game last week. You have to have a sense of urgency. They're a little more attentive."
- Coaches into this game?: "Oh yea. Over the years, I've had coaches from Georgia. Coach Nall always gets into it. He doesn't take many phone calls this season. His buddies from over there usually want to make predictions. He takes it personally."
- On Virgil Starks, who died Saturday at 46: "Virgil has been like a second father to a lot of them. One minute he's here, one minute he's not. He was around these players every day. He was strong with these guys. He was directly with what he wanted. It's really going to affect this team. These guys will play for Virgil. We're going to have a sticker on our helmet with his initials on it. That stern voice is going to be missed."
THAT'S A WRAP.