Bracing for ‘Rocky Top’ and plenty of orange
Georgia practiced for the second straight day on Wednesday with “Rocky Top” playing and crowd noise blaring over speakers to get the team prepared for Saturday’s game at Tennessee.
“It’s loud but obviously not as loud as they’ll make it, but hopefully loud enough,” coach Mark Richt said.
Neyland Stadium’s capacity is 102,255, now the second biggest venue in the SEC after Texas A&M’s 102,512. Saturday’s game is sold out.
“I’ve never been in an environment that was that loud,” outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “You could feel the vibrations, you could feel the bass. They had just got the Lil Jon and the third down for what thing. They were playing that constantly. I had never been in a venue like that and played in a game like that.”
The offense has to contend with the crowd noise more because it affects verbal communication, but the defense notices it, too.
“It was loud,” nose guard Chris Mayes remembered. “I looked around. I’ve never seen so much orange in my life. I was actually hating it. It was so bright.”
This and that
Wide receiver/punt and kickoff returner Isaiah McKenzie is unlikely to play Saturday. “His hamstring is bothering him,” Richt said. McKenzie hasn’t practiced this week. ...Center Brandon Kublanow will make the trip. He’s practiced this week, but been held out some due to his sprained ankle. Backup Hunter Long “played well.” He had one mental error in about 22 snaps and “functioned well in that position.” …Wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley, who stopped practicing with the team since reinjuring his knee in August, won’t play this season, Richt said. He wasn’t expected to return. He had served some as a student coach and still is attending daily receiver meetings, Richt said. “He’s been working hard on academics and other project,” Richt said. …Richt said there’s been “a couple of changes,” on special teams this week that he didn’t want to divulge.