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Tide healing after bruising victory, with Georgia next

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com 340-2460

TUSCALOOSA — Stripped of his helmet and pads, wearing his No. 57 jersey and a pair of shorts, Darren Mustin could only watch from the sidelines during the second half of Alabama's 41-38 win against Arkansas.

Hurt near the end of the first quarter with what coach Nick Saban described as a shoulder injury, Mustin is the poster boy for Alabama as it prepares to play Georgia on Saturday.

Confident mentally and bruised physically.

"When you win, everyone loves a winner," Mustin said. "Of course, you're going to listen more to a winner. So far, it's working. But we've got to continue. We can't get satisfied. Like Coach Saban said, when you coast, you start to go downhill."

Now, No. 16-ranked Alabama (3-0, 2-0 SEC) prepares for No. 22 Georgia (2-1, 0-1 SEC) as a painfully self-assured group.

The Tide is spending the week not only recuperating from the punishing 301 yards Arkansas compiled on the ground, but also shaking off the victory hangover.

Georgia at Alabama

Saturday
6:45 p.m.
ESPN

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