ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - There's a new reward for Georgia defensive players who create turnovers - golden shoulder pads adorned with spikes.
Under a motivational tactic devised by defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, a spike squad is created each game. Players who come up with the ball get to wear the special shoulder pads on the sideline until the defense returns to the field.
There could be many candidates for the spike squad this season. The defense is earning praise for its speed as No. 13 Georgia prepares to play Samford on Saturday night.
Linebacker Davin Bellamy wore the spiked pads in the postgame celebration following Georgia's 20-19 win at then-No. 24 Notre Dame last week. Bellamy's forced fumble was recovered by Lorenzo Carter late in the game to clinch the win.
Following the game, Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush said the Bulldogs' defense has more speed than any he has faced.
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