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UGA-Tech: They Said It

ATHENS - Comments from Georgia players ahead of the game with Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Junior QB Greyson Lambert

On if current players told him about the rivalry...

“They just told me little things here and there. Obviously, last year we’ve heard a lot about since I’ve been here. I probably learned a little bit more about the rivalry as a whole, the trophy and the trophies that the seniors get and just everything that goes into the game.”

On if last year’s game impacts this year’s game...

“I don’t know. I wasn’t on the team then. I do know that this is a big game for us.”

On playing in Virginia’s rivalry with Virginia Tech...

“It was a Friday night game and it was the only game on TV. We were both 5-6 so the winner goes to a bowl. We also didn’t like each other. It was one of those games where everyone meets at midfield and the refs are trying to hold us back from fighting. It’s a big game. Playing in a game like that where it might get a little chippy and dirty, those are the fun ones and the ones you remember.”

On if he is familiar with any Georgia Tech players...

“I’m familiar with some of the defensive players just from playing against them. Not in a sense that we know each other, but scouting and preparing for them. A lot of their secondary is back from last year. I’m familiar with their style and their defense.”

Senior OT Kolton Houston

On how much last year’s loss to Georgia Tech stuck with the team...

“It stuck with me a lot. Just in the program’s standpoint you have to wait a whole month for that next game. All of last December you had to just stick with that loss to them.”

Senior OLB Jordan Jenkins

On being five tackles for loss away from second all-time at Georgia…

“That’s something that’s really big for me. I talked last week about trying to leave my name in history like Achilles in the movie Troy. Getting that, that’s something big for me because I never really set any records at my high school. We had a losing season and I don’t even think they kept track of our stats.”

On facing an option-based offense for the second consecutive week…

“That definitely came to my mind. I was like ‘Alright, I’ve got to play my job, play my technique’ because if I do I can end up with a few TFLs if I play my hardest and not get confused in my assignment.”

On Leonard Floyd’s impact on the defense…

“(His production) is definitely something I like seeing. Having him at middle backer, it tosses some things out but it doesn’t help out with the protections. I might catch a few more double teams with him there. Now that he’s back they can’t pick one side (to protect). They have to pick their poison. When they pick one side, the other side is going to win. It’s definitely fun having him rushing on the other side because I know someone else is rushing and the quarterback isn’t going to get out of the pocket.”

Senior ILB Jake Ganus

On the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry…

“I’ve heard the way they lost last year, to lose to your rival like that in overtime, on Senior Day, it’s probably the worst way that a football team can lose. I kind of feel that through everyone. No one really talks about it, but I can just tell as we go through meetings when Tech gets brought up it means a lot to them. Obviously it means a lot to me now. I feel sick from that game and I wasn’t even here. It does mean a lot to everybody and I’m really looking forward to it.”

On if he expected to have the success he has had at UGA…

“I had been working for something like this. I didn’t know how it was all going to play out. I just worked as hard as I could this offseason, this spring and summer. I had a really good fall camp to put myself into a position to have a good season. I think I’ve kind of exceeded my expectations a little bit, but I’ve worked hard and I do believe that hard work reaps benefits. I just work hard and good things happen.”


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