An emotionally painful incident can be etched in the memory and the recesses of your subconscious for a lifetime.
For the next nine months, the Georgia Bulldogs will be dealing with the proverbial “what if’s?” after getting stunned 26-23 by SEC rival the Alabama Crimson Tide in overtime in the College Football National Championship.
It was a silent and downtrodden group of Dawgs after Monday night’s Jan. 8th game at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Players could be seen slamming their hands on lockers, others sat silently probably processing the outcome while some players like freshman quarterback Jake Fromm was trying to lift his teammates’ spirits, according to the Red&Black.
Fromm finished the contest with 232 yards on 16-of-32 with a touchdown but threw two interceptions.
“Definitely sets the standard for Georgia football,” Fromm told the Red&Black. “Hope to be back next year.”
Others like UGA junior receiver Terry Goodwin, albeit disappointed with the final result, couldn’t say enough great things about his teammates and what the team will be next season.
“Just look around this locker room and see all these guys that I’ve worked, slaved, won with, crying and hurting, that’s just going to add fuel to the fire for next year,” Godwin told reporters. “So we’re going to go back in this offseason and work harder.”
Ben Cleveland, a UGA redshirt freshman guard, reiterated what both his teammates had professed even though he was having a difficult time with the loss, and wasn’t shy about confessing how this loss will live in his mind all offseason.
“I just never want to have this feeling again,” he told the media after the game. “It’s only going to make us prepare more for next year. It’s definitely going to drive us to accomplish what we did here, so I think it’s going to push us to do better.”
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