Dawgs Get Ready for UK: They Said It

ATHENS - Georgia's players talk about this weekend's game with Kentucky.

Sophomore TE Jeb Blazevich

On the conversation inside the program about their season thus far…

"Coach (Mark) Richt addresses it. All the coaches address it in terms of just our suffering three losses this season. We talk about it and what we can do to fix it. As Coach Richt says, there's the pile of blame and even if it's a little piece, you just need to worry about your piece and what you can do to get better. In terms of myself, I'm just trying to get my blocks better, my routes better. Just doing whatever I can to help the team."

Senior WR Malcolm Mitchell

On dealing with Georgia's injuries... 

"Being a competitor, you want to compete. You want to do your best week in and week out so whatever obstacles you face, you just find ways to overcome it. In the game with adrenaline, you probably won't feel a majority of hits unless it's just excruciating pain. Other than that, you probably won't feel it until afterwards.” 

Sophomore TB Sony Michel 

On how much he counts on the other running backs...

"Everybody counts on those guys (Brendan Douglas and Keith Marshall) because they have the ability to go in and help out, I would say." 

On this season…

"It's really all on the players, if you really think about it. It's not the coaches because the coach is going to put you in the best position possible to succeed. And, it's all about execution. It's about which team executes better. Florida defense executed better than our offense so therefore, we weren't successful. It's all on the players." 

Senior ILB Jake Ganus

On how the team will stay focused in the home stretch of the season…

“It’s tough, it’s disappointing having a second chance (to make) the SEC Championship and losing it. But as a man, as a football player, in this case life goes on. We’ve got four more weeks of the regular season and then a bowl game. I’m a senior. All the other seniors, we want to go out on the highest note possible, win the rest of our games and go to a good bowl. Just do everything we can. It’s tough but you’ve just got to go back to work. This is a tough situation, but we can handle it and we can show everyone how we fight and how we deal with adversity.”

On the atmosphere around the locker room…

“It’s tough with losing those games. No one likes to lose. Just as a person, as a player and as a team, we have to come together and realize that there are four games left on the schedule and a bowl game. We still have a lot to play for. It’s disappointing not being able to get to the (SEC) championship, but we’re still able to do a lot of good things this season.”

Senior DT Sterling Bailey

On maintaining focus on the task at hand…

“Just play ball. We came here to play football and get an education. We don’t really pay attention or listen to media say or any outside sources because that’s not what we came here for.”

On added pressure on the defense…

“As a defense there’s always going to be a huge responsibility to stop the other team from scoring. There’s no added pressure at all. It’s our job to stop the other team from scoring.”

On keys to a good performance against Kentucky’s offense…

“Just being able to stop the run and chasing the ball. They’re really explosive. They can make plays. They have a good receiving corps, a good quarterback, and we just have to be able to get after them all."


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