Dawgs Try to Rebound: They Said It

ATHENS - Georgia's players talk about the upcoming challenge they face against Missouri.

Senior ILB Jake Ganus

On Missouri quarterback Drew Lock…

“As a defense we do a pretty good job of switching stuff up, showing different coverages and blitzes. We also need to make sure that we know what to do and don’t overcomplicate things. He’s inexperienced but a great football player and a great athlete, so just try to switch things up and try to confuse him.”

 

On the defense changing without Jordan Jenkins in the game…

“I don’t think it changes too much. I think Davin Bellamy does a good job when he gets in. I think everyone saw him, he had a heck of a game against Tennessee. I think we’ve got a bunch of different guys that can plug in in places. Jordan (Jenkins) is an amazing football player, and obviously when he’s not in, he’s missed. But we have some other guys that can step up and make plays.”

 

Sophomore TE Jeb Blazevich

On the offense’s struggles on third down...

“We’re just not getting it done, it’s as simple as that. We’re not getting the first down after that. I think there’s a million different reasons why but we just have to figure out the one that works and we have to figure out what works for us. Myself, as a player, I just have to be the best that I can be and not worry about everything else.”

 

On the offense’s mindset in overcoming the injury to Nick Chubb...

“I know we’ll be okay. But just Nick as a guy, I know we’re praying for him. I know God does certain things a lot of times to mold us and test us. James chapter one talks a lot about that, but all I can say is please pray for Nick, pray for encouragement and healing. But all I can say about that is we’re more concerned for him as a person right now, not as much as a player. We’re going to miss him on Saturdays too, just him being around there. He’s going through a tough time right now.”

 

On Missouri’s defense...

“They’re a great defense. We definitely have a good challenge in front of us. I feel like a lot of it last year was I didn’t know what to expect necessarily, but now having that year under me I think I can prepare a little bit better. It’s still going to be a good matchup. I think their defensive line is good. They still rely on that movement, but they have a new defensive coordinator in there so I’m interested in seeing how it compares to last year.”

Senior WR Malcolm Mitchell

On criticism that the team is receiving...

“I don’t ever act like I’m oblivious to the things that go on. Now I don’t listen to everything that people say. Nor am I on social media searching for what people are saying. I do my best to be the best teammate I can possibly be. I go to whatever measures are needed to make sure that happens on my part. So whatever we face in the future or going forward, you accept it regardless of whatever it is and you keep striving to be the best you can possibly be.”

Senior DT Sterling Bailey

On facing Missouri the past two seasons...

“The way I see it is all that is in the past. It’s a new year in 2015. We are a new team and anything can go.”

On using pervious matchups against Missouri for preparation this year...

“Just how to prepare. They still run some of the similar things, but it’s more of what we do and how we execute more than what they do.”


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