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Shawn Williams' comments proved turning point of Bulldogs' season

Safety Shawn Williams had some unflattering comments for his teammates back in October, but they have responded with an impressive second half of the season that has Georgia within reach of a national championship.

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On Oct. 22, Georgia Bulldogs safety Shawn Williams went off on his defensive teammates, calling many of them soft. The Dawgs came into the season with a lot of hype surrounding their defense, and they had been disappointing to that point. In the four games afterwards, the Bulldogs' defense gave up less than 10 points per game, and the team is two potential wins away from a shot at the national championship.

Williams didn't want to take credit for turning the season around, but acknowledges that a major change has been made:

"I wouldn’t call it saving the season. I’d just call it, I don’t know, just …" Williams said, searching for the right words. "I don’t think it was saving the season. I just knew we could do it, so I just had to go out and do it."

The Dawgs face their in-state rival, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, on Saturday in Athens. Regardless of the outcome of that game, they will appear the weekend after in the SEC Championship Game, likely against Alabama. If they win both of those games, Georgia will almost certainly be appearing in the BCS Championship Game.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.