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They Said It: UGA Players on S. Carolina

ATHENS - UGA's players talk about the upcoming game at South Carolina.

Senior C #54 Brandon Kublanow

On handling the close loss …

 “It has been a tough couple of days, but you deal with it and move on. I definitely avoided turning on the TV, but we just have to keep working. We control our own destiny now. We control what we can control. We just have to get ready for South Carolina now.”

 

On facing former Georgia coach and now South Carolina coach Bryan McClendon …

“Coach B-Mac is a great coach. He helped us a lot. He was our head coach going into the bowl game last season. I’ve known B-Mac since recruiting, since he recruited my area. Great guy, I’m excited for him, excited to see him and it will be fun to compete against him.”

 

On South Carolina …

“I know they are a great team. I’ll see their scouting report here in a little bit. I know they have some older players and some younger players. They have some good vets on that defense that come after the ball. I know Coach Muschamp, I’ve played against him the last 3-4 years, so I know he will have his team ready. It will be a good game.”

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Senior OG #73 Greg Pyke

On rebounding from the loss to Tennessee…

“I watched the film, and not just the play at the end affected the game, there were many plays that affected the game. The one play at the end was heartbreaking, but we win and lose as a team. There is no finger pointing. Now it is on to South Carolina.”

 

On playing with QB Jacob Eason…

“You can’t deny his talent. He is still a young quarterback. He is 18-years-old, like I said, but it helps to have guys like (Brandon) Kublanow and me up front, veteran guys that have played a lot of ball to help him out with calls and everything.”

 

On taking positives out of the last two weeks…

 “Not just in the last two weeks, I thought there was something different about this team going into the summer. Being a senior and being a fifth-year guy, there is something different about this team. I think we never gave up against Missouri and it went down to the line against Tennessee, so I think this team knows that if we are down or we are up that we need to finish the game.”

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Senior DB #2 Maurice Smith

On his personal performance against Tennessee…

“It was definitely one of my best games. I was proud of myself, but honestly it would have been better with a win. I can put my personal achievements away and look forward to a win instead of what I do on the field. The team is bigger than my achievements.”

On choosing to transfer to Georgia…

“I still think this is the best decision, and I told Coach Smart that the other day. I want to thank him and the coaching staff for giving me an opportunity to play, and the guys for bringing me in. I don’t look at the wins, we have opportunities in the future to come and we can still be a great team.”


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