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UGA-Georgia Southern: They Said It

ATHENS - Georgia players talk about the upcoming game with Georgia Southern.

Senior TE Jay Rome

On growing up close to Georgia Southern…

“Oh yeah definitely. I have a few friends who play for Georgia Southern right now that I went to high school with. One of my best friend’s brothers plays D-line over there. Darrius (Sapp) plays D-line down there. We grew up like we were brothers so it’s going to be exciting getting to see him and getting to play against him.”

On the importance of this game…

“They would love to knock us off. Like I say all the time ‘it’s a game and every game is an important game.’ You don’t want to go out any game thinking that you are going to lose. They are definitely a really, really good football team whether people know it or not. They are going to come in here not scared and going to come in here and play really well. We just have to be prepared for them.”

On if Georgia’s offense can control the game…

“We’re putting in a good game plan for them and we’re going to try to come out and put up as many points as we can, just like we would any other week. They definitely have some really talented athletic people on that defense that can move around. It might not be as heavy as some of the other teams that we have played, but they definitely have really athletic guys who can get to the football. They are just football players.”

Senior C Hunter Long

On being part of the “Dream Team” incoming freshman class four years ago...

“One of the players’ moms had some T-shirts made that said Dream Team class of 2011. That’s really the only thing that we took part in. It was cool to be labeled that and have such a great class. The guys that have stuck around, it’s been a great ride so far.”

On if people put too much into recruiting rankings...

“On the outside looking in it’s a lot like that. It’s kind of looked over. But once you get in the program and the locker room it doesn’t matter if you’re a five star or if you’re a walk-on. They don’t care. As long as you come in and earn your spot and do your part then they don’t care. To the public eye, when you see a five-star guy walking in a restaurant you can identify them and say oh that’s John Theus or whoever. It’s kind of different for those types of guys, but for the most part those guys have worked the same amount and have earned their spots too.”

Senior LB Jake Ganus

On playing against his former UAB teammate Roscoe Byrd…

"I looked at the schedule to see if I was going to get to play anybody (from UAB) and this was the one game. Roscoe is awesome. He's an awesome offensive lineman; he's an awesome person. So, it's going to be fun going against him. I went against him for three years in practice so it'll be just like old times." 

On what Saturday will mean to him...

"It's going to be fun. Finally senior day -- senior night -- is here for me. I've been a part of a lot of them and now, I'm a senior and they're honoring me. It's exciting. I've had a good year. It's been fun; no regrets. I'm excited. I'm looking forward to it; looking forward to going out there and competing. It will definitely be special. Most of my family will get to be there and we'll all get to enjoy it together. We're getting a really good opponent that we'll get to play, so it's going to be a fun game." 

On getting a win last week in the State of Alabama...

"That was fun. It'll probably be the last time I'll play in Alabama. It was good to get the win. I told someone that (on) Thanksgiving and Christmas will be good for the upcoming year for half the family. So, I'm glad I got to do that." 

Senior DT Sterling Bailey

On the Georgia Southern offense... 

"Yeah, just by looking at their offense you can tell one of their main goals is to run the ball. They average 370 yards a game this season. It's going to be a good game for us up front." 

On lining up against a team that consistently runs the ball...

"It is fun. Whenever you know that a team is going to be running the ball the majority of the game, because you get, kind of, a chip on your shoulder. You know they're going to come in here and try to run the ball over us, but we can't allow that."

On how he'd like this senior class to be remembered... 

"As a class that continued to fight; that we didn't give up, that we just continued to play."

On battling through adversity this season...

"It was difficult, but I think we handled it really well. We stayed together as a group; we talked about it. Going into every season you have those expectations, but once things change, you come up with new expectations. And that's what we did this year.” 


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