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They Said It: Kirby Press Conference

COLUMBIA, MO - Kirby Smart's comments after No. 16 Georgia's 28-27 win over Missouri.

On way team fought…

“They never stop fighting, they never stop believing, and I’m proud of that. I mean I am proud of the way they work everyday. You know it’s 95 degrees down there and we are out there practicing for two straight hours but those kids push through it. I appreciate that and we’re tough on them, we are tough on these kids everyday so they respond to it and they did tonight.”

On turnovers…

“The biggest one was the last one and we preach it, everyone preaches it, whoever gets the big turnovers makes the difference. We were very fortunate tonight to get those turnovers. Their quarterback threw us a few and our quarterback didn’t, well he threw one. It is just making decisions  and we need to learn to capitalize on those. We need to find a way to run the ball. It is frustrating to feel like you can’t run the ball with the backs that we have.”

On practice this past week…

“I don’t think we had a great week of practice, we had a good week of practice. We have to have a great week of practice to play the teams we have to play. We can’t have days where we don’t have good practices but our kids are battlers. They are fighters, they believe in each other, they love each other, and it makes me proud that I am able to coach a group like that.”

On what a game like this does for a team…

“Confidence. I am a firm believer in situational football and we put them in a lot of situations. We do situations all the time and they responded to the situation. We had to get the ball back, so we got it back. Then the offense had to score and they did. I was proud of the way they battled.”

On developing a young quarterback…

“We need to get him looking in the right places. There are a lot of times where he is throwing the ball to the wrong place. Even that last drive a couple times, Isaiah (McKenzie) was tired or winded. We have to get him out of there, and he kept throwing fade balls to him. We just need to do a better job of helping the receivers out by playing more guys, but the other guys need to earn it by what they do in practice.” 

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