Pressure may be mounting on Georgia coach Mark Richt to make some staff changes as the Bulldogs' season continues to spiral downward.
Defensive coordinator Willie Martinez is under the most pressure. His defense was shredded in a 45-19 loss at Tennessee. Georgia ranks 11th in the SEC, yielding 377.2 yards per game. The Bulldogs are No. 4 against the run (128.2 ypg) but 11th against the pass (249.0 ypg). Georgia also is last in turnover margin, gaining just five turnovers and committing 16.
The Bulldogs are standing behind Martinez.
"In 2007, everybody was worried that Coach Martinez was going to get a head coaching job after the season and he was going to be gone," quarterback Joe Cox told reporters. "Our defense had a great year and then it's like when things start going bad he's still running the same exact thing. He still coaches the same way but we're not carrying it out like those teams have in the past. It's tough thinking about your coaches being on hot seats and things like that because you know they're not playing the game. They're calling the game but they can't call perfect games all the time, it's impossible."
Buffs QB shuffle
Looking to spark a moribund offense, Colorado will start sophomore Tyler Hansen at quarterback when the Buffaloes play host to Kansas this Saturday.
Hansen came on for an ineffective Cody Hawkins during the Buffaloes' 38-14 loss at Texas last Saturday. It is the second year in a row that Hawkins, the son of coach Dan Hawkins, has been benched for Hansen. Like last year, CU coaches had planned to redshirt Hansen. But, for the second year in a row, those plans have been scrapped.
"He's such a trooper and he's so awesome," the coach said of Hansen after the Texas game. "We're going to go with him. He's earned it. He paid his dues last year and he's earned it."
In the loss to Texas, Cody Hawkins set school career records for touchdown passes (45) and interceptions (34). But the junior is the 11th-rated passer in the Big 12, completing only 50.8 percent of his passes for 1,113 yards with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions for Colorado (1-4).
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Hansen played in five games with two starts last year and completed 34 of 65 passes for 280 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions. He also ran 63 times for 261 yards.
Turns out Florida coach Urban Meyer did all he could to make sure he had clearance for quarterback Tim Tebow to play last Saturday night in the Gators' win at LSU.
"Early in the week, I had a lot of hesitation but as it grew closer and the medical staff assured us he'd be fine if he passed all the tests," Meyer said at his Sunday news conference. "Near the end, all the advice I got, I talked to two other college coaches … I talked to Bob Tebow and I said the first thing you have to do is make sure there is 100 percent clearance by the doctor staff, medical staff and then 100 percent assured by the athlete. I had them both."
UConn's Lutrus back on shelf
The return of UConn linebacker Scott Lutrus from an injury was short-lived.
Lutrus had been out since suffering a stinger in the season opener at Ohio. He suffered another stinger in the Huskies' loss at Pitt last Saturday and is out indefinitely.
There also could be a change at quarterback for the Huskies when they play host to Louisville this Saturday. Zach Frazer, who started the first two games before suffering a left knee injury, is ready to go. He could supplant Cody Endres, who took over in Frazer's absence.
UK loses Hartline
Kentucky will be without quarterback Mike Hartline, who suffered a knee injury in a loss at South Carolina.
Hartline looked impressive before the injury, giving the staff reason to think he had turned a corner after inconsistent efforts against Alabama and Florida.
With Hartline out, the Wildcats turned to Will Fidler. He struggled, completing 2 of 8 passes for 16 yards. Fidler's two-point pass in the waning minutes that would have tied the game was batted down.
Kentucky will sort through its options this week, with Fidler being a prime candidate. UK also could use Randall Cobb, who is the team's Wildcat quarterback. Another option is to activate true freshman Morgan Newton, a redshirt.
- Cody Hawkins