AUBURN, Ala. - Georgia probably didn't need any extra motivation coming into Saturday night's contest with Auburn.
The SEC Eastern Division championship and a chance to play for a conference title was on the line.
But at least one player, Jarvis Jones, received a little extra incentive to play well earlier in week with Auburn offensive lineman Chad Slade made comments about how the Tigers could stop the UGA linebacker and added that it wasn't hard to do so.
Jones didn't take the comments personally, but he did use the comments to give him a little extra drive when preparing for Auburn.
"I looked at it. I watched the film on it. I knew what I had to do. When I got an opportunity to go against him, he had his opportunity to block me," said Jones. "Nothing matters but the score, and when he made those comments, I knew he was a man and would come ready to back those comments up. We talked after the game and he is a great guy. I'm not going to take any shots. He is a good player."
Jones and the Georgia defense shut the Tigers out 38-0 on Saturday, and being a part of the shutout, especially so close to his hometown of Columbus, Ga., meant a lot to the All American.
"Oh its always great to have a chance to shut a team out like that," said Jones. "It isn't easy. You just go out there and execute the game plan the best you can, and we were able to get the shutout. Plus I know in Columbus there is that Auburn/Georgia rivalry with a lot of fans of both schools there, so that made it cool."
Much had been made of the Georgia defenses struggles leading up to the Florida game three weeks ago, but the Bulldogs have since allowed 19 points in three games and only one touchdown.
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham says that he and the defensive coaching staff never lost faith in what they were doing on that side of the ball.
"That's why you stay the course in what you are doing. That's why you continue to develop and improve," said Grantham. "As coaches, we kind of knew the issues we had earlier in the year. We knew how to fix them and the players knew how to fix them, too. We've done that."
Improvements have been made, but the third year coordinator says that the Bulldogs defense is nowhere near a finished product.
"We have to continue to understand the we have achieved one of our goals and that is to win the SEC East," said Grantham. "We just have to continue to improve and we have a lot of things left to play for. We have to put this in its place, and realize that there are still things out there that we can achieve."
Shutting out a conference opponent isn't easy, and Grantham, like Jones, enjoyed having the opportunity to hang a zero on the Tigers.
"Anytime you can shut someone out on the road it is a big thing in the SEC," said Grantham. "It was big for us. We have given up 19 points in the last three weeks and the thing is that we are holding people to low numbers. Any time you hold people to low numbers, you have a chance to win."
The Bulldogs will now face two unconventional offenses in the next two weeks as they take on the triple option attacks of Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech.
According to Grantham, it is just another two weeks at the office.
"I didn't set the schedule, so I'll do whatever they say," he said.
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