Before Florida’s Chas Henry made the game-winning field goal in overtime against Georgia to give the Gators a 34-31 win in Jacksonville Saturday, Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt called timeout in an attempt to pile the pressure on Henry.
Also apparently part of Georgia’s psychologically-based strategy to distract the kicker at that time was Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham repeatedly displaying the choke sign - with his hands around his own neck - in Henry’s direction.
From video of Grantham, he clearly gave the choke sign four different times - while throwing in what appeared to be some rather creative language for Henry’s benefit.
Henry said after the game - via Jeff Schultz of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION - that he did notice Grantham’s antics, and that the coach apparently wasn’t alone in trying to distract the Florida kicker: “Some of their coaches on the sideline were giving me a little grief, saying I was gonna choke.”
After viewing a video reply of Grantham, columnist and noted lip reader Pat Dooley of the GAINESVILLE (FL) SUN confirmed Grantham