Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UGA's Ramik Wilson: 'We need to win now'

The fashion-forward Ramik Wilson. (Photo by M. Bradley)

HOOVER, Ala. -- Three Georgia Bulldogs showed up for Day 4 of the interminable SEC Media Days wearing bow ties. "Chris Conley's idea," linebacker Ramik Wilson said, speaking of the filmmaker/wide receiver. "A great idea."

(Let the record show that Conley -- who bought the ties and tied them for the other two -- arrived wearing Batman socks. Wilson and Todd Gurley didn't follow that trend.)

It took Gurley, who doesn't much enjoy media interaction, 30 seconds of his session with Georgia reporters to author his first eye-roll, but the tailback bore the burden in good humor. (And wore his bow tie nicely, it must be said.) Gurley, who's the nation's best tailback, got most of the attention in this pre-show session, followed by Conley. Then came Wilson, who only led the SEC in tackles in 2013.

Admittedly he did it on a defense that wasn't otherwise unyielding. "I don't think we were that bad," Wilson said. "We produced a lot of sacks. We were good against the run. We need to get better at little things. We have to work on getting off the field (on third down). And turnovers -- we need more turnovers."

Then: "We've got a lot of talent coming back. We've got to put it together."

Then this: "We need to win now. We've got the team to do it."

Maybe they do. Certainly the Bulldogs, with Jeremy Pruitt replacing Todd Grantham as defensive coordinator, have the capacity to reclaim their division. But the assembled media just anointed South Carolina as the No. 1 choice in the SEC East. Whoa, Nellie.

Not that Mark Richt, who coaches Georgia, was fazed. "I'd have us first," he said, smiling.

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Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been with the AJC since 1984.