They Said It: UGA Players on Tennessee

ATHENS - UGA players talk about the challenge of playing No. 11 Tennessee.

Jr. CB #35 Aaron Davis

On going up against good offenses…

“I think it’s eye discipline more than anything. Just being out there executing the calls and then having great eye discipline with great technique and fundamentals, we should be able to make big plays that way. We have to do what coach teaches us to do as far as squeezing guys off, getting our head around the ball and making a play on it.”

On the size of Tennessee receivers…

“We have another week of practice, so that’s definitely something as players we want to emphasize as far as challenging those guys and being able to compete for the ball.  That’s all it really is, is competitiveness more than size because you have small cornerbacks throughout the history of the NFL who have been able to play and thrive.  It’s all about competing and being able to get the ball down and come up with it."

On moving to safety…

"I played a little bit of safety with our past coaching staff.  Coming into this season, I’ve been playing safety for the last couple of games.  I’m going to do whatever role the coaches want me to do.  That’s just how I am.  I am going to do it to the best of my ability, wherever they put me at.  I just have to be prepared for anywhere.  Things could shake up and coaches make decisions.  All of us have to be prepared to play any position.”

On the challenge of taking down Jalen Hurd…

“From personal experience, he’s a big back.  He runs very hard, which I commend him for that.  he’s definitely a challenge to tackle and we need guys out there flying to the football because he’s going to be a hard back to take down.  I remember how hard he runs, he ran that way last year and the year before that.  I just remember him running his feet on contact and doing the best he can to fall forward and continue the run.”

On avoiding missed tackles…

“We know the things that we need to do in order to improve and he knows the things that we need to work on.  We’re going to take that and accept that.  Coach is going to challenge us, which is what we need.  He’s going to challenge us to do better and to perform at the highest level.”

So. DT #96 DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle

 On excitement with facing a run-oriented offense…

 “Yeah, it is always a good feeling when you are playing a team that is going to run the ball a lot and you are playing defensive line. But our job is going to be containing the run because that is what they like to do. We are going to practice hard at stopping the run and hopefully get the job done.”

 

On moving on from Ole Miss …

 “We have a 24-hour rule here and that 24 hours is up so we are all focused on Tennessee now. Today we are going to hit the practice field ready to get things going against Tennessee.”

 

On the challenge of taking down a back the size of Tennessee’s Jalen Hurd…

 “It is very challenging. But Nick Chubb is the best back in the country. So are Sony Michel and Brian Herrien and Elijah Holyfield so it is nothing new to me. In practice sometimes they get the best of me and sometimes I get the best of them. There is no running back in the nation that we are scared to face because we believe we have the best ones.”

 

On the defense conceding big plays…

  “It comes down to executing. Sometimes they execute better than we do. Sometimes we execute better than they do. Coach always says plays are going to be made in the game because that is the game of football. But if they make a play then we need to make two times as many plays.”

Senior C #54 Brandon Kublanow

 On production from freshman RB Brian Herrien …

 “Brian has done a great job from the beginning, so has Elijah (Holyfield). They both stepped in Saturday and ran really well. They are both pretty hard runners. It is exciting to see a couple young guys step in.”

 

On responding to adversity…

 “I think you play as you prepare. We are going to have to have a great week of practice to beat these guys. And hopefully that is what we will do.”

#22 Senior TB Brandon Douglas

On facing Tennessee…

“This is a big game, SEC East game. We’re pumped up for it and have to get to work.  They’re good. They have a good defense, they’re really good up front.  They have a good defensive line and it will be a good challenge for us, but we’ll be ready for it.”

On the team’s rotation at running back…

“There’s always a lot of good running backs at Georgia so I think we’ll be fine.  Running back is a physical position and there’s always the possibility that someone is going to go down at some point and the other guys just have to be ready to step up and play.”

On being used in pass protection…

“They’re good, they’re good up front. They have a great defense and they’l be a big challenge for us and I’m sure we’ll help out the line as much as possible from the back field.  We have started looking at them, but will look further at their cut ups throughout the week.” 


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