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On to Rocky Top: They Said it

ATHENS - Georgia players talk about the game with Tennessee.

Senior WR Malcolm Mitchell

On the history of close games against Tennessee...

“You never know what will happen on their end or ours. You just have to play your best and be ready for any adversity that comes.”

 

On overcoming losses in his time at Georgia...

“You learn from it. I know it’s kind of cliché for people to say you learn from your mistakes or when you get knocked down you get up. But that’s what you have to do. You have to let the bad make you better any way possible. That’s what we have to do moving forward in the season because the last thing you want to do is let something that happened the previous week affect you in the upcoming weeks. That’s when a season goes downhill.”

 

On the importance of getting another SEC East win...

“I think we all understand that. The team from the East and the team from the West meet, whoever has the best conference record. I think that’s something that’s already understood walking into the stadium on Saturday.”

 

Sophomore TB Sony Michel

On the team’s struggles running the ball in the first-half...

“We just need to be consistent. It’s kind of hard. We are working on it right now. We just need to know what we do well and focus in on what we do well. We need to make sure we don’t get away from it.”

 

On how the field conditions played in against Alabama...

“Yes, it has been a factor, but it’s really no excuse. We both played on the same field. We have practiced on wet fields. It played a factor, but not really a big factor.”

 

Thoughts on Arkansas having success running the ball against Tennessee...

“I won’t say it encourages us, because they are going to do some game planning. They know we are a running team, so I’m sure they are going to make adjustments to try and stop the run. I can’t really say whether or not that encourages us, we are going to go into this game and try and do what we do.”

 

Senior OLB Jordan Jenkins

On what the biggest thing to focus on for Tennessee is...

"One of the biggest things is just how loud it's going to get in that stadium; really just keeping your composure with all of that crowd noise. As a defense, we just have to prepare for the skill players. They've got some great athletes."

 

On Josh Dobbs...

"He's one of them. He's a big guy, but he game move around. He's quick. He can break through tackles. He can shake you. You just really have to keep your eyes on his waist and try your best to bring him down." 

 

On keeping the younger guys focused in an environment like Neyland Stadium...

"We really just have to keep them under composure, keep the mental focus. Just think back to the last game and show them what happens when you don't keep your composure; really just going into practice with the right mentality."

 

On keeping Dobbs in the pocket...

"We have to have the discipline to maintain the pass rush lanes and really commit to the game plan. You just have to stay fight leverage and keep your pads below theirs.” 

Senior ILB Jake Ganus

 On moving on from the loss...

“We’ve turned 100 percent of our focus to Tennessee now. Yesterday we installed and started game planning and had a good practice. I’m looking forward to practice today.”

 

On the running threat of Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs...

“Any time you have a running quarterback it makes everything a little tougher because you have to respect him in that aspect. Even in passes you have to be aware of where he’s at, whether he’s inside the pocket or not. So we just have to do a great job of trying to keep him contained and focus on locking in on him.”

 

On playing with Dobbs as a child...

“I grew up in Alpharetta (Ga.) with him, opposite sides of Alpharetta. We played park ball together, AYFA. We played together for a few years and my dad was our coach. So I ran into him. As we grew up and stopped playing park ball, you get into middle school and whatnot. We were in different schools. I still kept up with him. Then I moved to Birmingham and we kind of lost touch but I saw when he signed with Tennessee. I’ve been keeping up with him.”

 

On the SEC East implications this game holds...

“I definitely think that’s in the back of your mind. But for us, we’re just focusing on ourselves. We’re not talking about Alabama, but when you make so many mistakes like that it comes down to what you do, not so much what the other team does. So we’re just focusing on ourselves and just trying to be the best team we can be.”


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