They Said It: UGA Players on Missou

ATHENS - UGA players talk about the challenge of heading on the road in the SEC for the first time.

Sophomore ILB #6 Natrez Patrick

On the assessment of defensive play up until this point…

“I always feel that there is something that can be done better. But overall, I think we are a defense that plays hard and we run to the ball. We can improve our technique. There are things to improve on, but I feel confident that we are going to play hard.”

  

On Missouri…

“I haven’t seen the game other than what was on TV. I know they like to spread it out. They are pretty pass heavy. That’s what I kind of a sense going into the week, but I haven’t really seen any scouting reports. I feel confident going into it, and I feel confident in our guys.”

 

On last year’s matchup vs. Missouri….

 “It was a war. I feel like pretty much every SEC game is a war. I think it is going to be a tough game all the way through the game.”

 

Junior SS #24 Dominick Sanders

On Missouri…

“The quarterback has an arm. He sees his targets and he’s not scared to take shots down the field in the secondary. So as a secondary guy and as a leader, I have to do my thing of keeping my guys focused and letting them know that the ball will be in the air. And try to get turnovers for the offense.”

 

On Nick Chubb’s first start vs. Missouri two years ago…

 “It was unbelievable. He was a machine. One thing that he has to do is keep his head up. We don’t want to go back to the previous game, but mistakes happen and we are going to learn from them. Chubb is very healthy and he knows what he needs to do this week to prepare for the game”

Senior C #54 Brandon Kublanow

On Saturday’s team performance…

“We are moving on. I need to demand more out of the offensive line, but a win’s a win and we are moving on to focus on Missouri.”

On facing Missouri’s Charles Harris…

“They have great defensive line and a lot of guys coming back. They have a lot of talent and do a lot of creative stuff on defense. We have a long week ahead of us. We have to focus on practice and make sure we get our game plan down.”

On the challenges the team will face throughout the season…

“College football is about whoever is the best team on any given Saturday. Anyone can beat anyone. Performance isn’t based on one Saturday. Performances change during the week- guys get better, guys will improve and that’s what we’ll focus on. We need to stay focused and work hard.” 

Junior TE #83 Jeb Blazevich

On Saturday’s team performance…

“It’s not about the opponent in any week. It’s all about what we do, and we did not execute as well as we would have liked to on Saturday. Going forward we need to continue to work on what we need to do, focus on the little things in terms of blocking, continuing to be physical, continuing to be aggressive, and continuing to develop our identity on offense.”

On game preparation…

“Definitely in the preparation, there are things we need to work on. We need to practice better. I think that’s one of the main key points going into this week, starting with today. We need to continue to practice physical and develop that identity in practice, which will lead to the games.”

On confidence going into this week…

“I know what these guys are capable of and I know what we’re capable of. I think that’s what made Saturday a little frustrating is because we know what we could have done, but we weren’t doing it. Once again, the effort was there, but leading up in the preparation to play Missouri I think that’s what practice is great for. We’re going to get ready, we’re going to see the looks, we’re going to see everything perfectly, and I think that’s going to benefit us on Saturday."

On the quarterback situation…

“Greyson (Lambert) has the experience. He can command in the huddle and he just knows exactly where everybody is supposed to be. He’s been in that spot numerous times, so he’s used to it and he’s comfortable with it. Jacob (Eason) is still developing, as we all are, but he’s doing a tremendous job. He is continuing to progress. That’s the one thing that I’m looking for and I think the coaches and everybody is asking ‘are you better than yesterday?’ and he is.  I think he is going to continue that pattern.”


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