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They Said It: Players talk Vanderbilt

ATHENS - UGA players talk about the Dawgs' upcoming game with Vanderbilt.

Senior OLB #41 Chuks Amaechi

On freshmen defensive linemen…

“Our freshmen are starting to spread their wings and play a lot more freely. I saw it a lot with Tyler Clark getting his first sack and Michail Carter getting his first tackle.”  

On Vanderbilt’s running attack…

“It’s different because they run a pro-style offense, which is similar to our offense. We got a good look at that during fall camp and we see it everyday during practice when we go against our offense. It’s going to be nitty-gritty game in between the tackles, and we like that.”

On how Georgia affects the quarterback…

“It’s really about keeping the quarterback in the pocket and then being patient.  We want to keep the quarterback on his heels, not on his toes, so that he can’t run and won’t be forced up.”

On Coach Smart’s challenge to be more physical…

“We’re always coaching fundamentals, but it turns into a challenge and a game to see who can beat who across the line.  We had more edgy-ness this week, which showed on the field this week.”

On the defense going forward…

“We’re trying to find and show our identity.  We want to show that we’re relentless.  You saw that with the constant pressure on the quarterback and the sacks.”

Sophomore ILB #6 Natrez Patrick

On the challenges of a short week…

“It’s different, but it’s just another week.  Tuesday and Wednesday are our tough days and we have a plan for this week.”

On the effectiveness of Georgia as a run defense…

“I feel like last week helped us because South Carolina only had 30 yards rushing.  That was a a positive boost for us knowing that Vanderbilt runs the ball as much as they do, so we want to feed off that energy and build off of it.”

On Jonathan Ledbetter’s return…

"He is pumped. He’s been at it for a long time.  He’s been getting Scout Team Player of the Week every week, so he’s definitely been pushing to get back on the field, and he’s ready.”

Senior WR #81 Reggie Davis

On getting close on deep balls…

“I think we are getting closer. We just need to keep practicing. Repetition brings perfection, so we will get it soon."

 

On importance of younger players getting more vocal and buying-in…

 “It definitely is. I feel like everyone on the team is becoming more outspoken and trying to become leaders. It is definitely making us a better team. As people get more into practice, people start speaking out more."

 

On successful running game and role …

“We have been preaching being physical and being more physical than the other team. And we are practicing physical so it is showing up in the game. So that is what is opening up our run game. We (receivers) have to block safeties and corners because you know Nick (Chubb) and Sony (Michel) will do the rest at the line, but when they reach the secondary, that depends on us." 

 

Junior TB #1 Sony Michel

On relationship and competition with Nick Chubb…

“We are kinda like brothers. Most of the teammates on the team are real close and Me and Chubb are very close, we live together. We see each other every day, so it’s great. It’s like whatever he does, I want to do. He is going to go in there and do some great things, which makes me want to go in there and do some great things."

 

On being in the Georgia running back fraternity…

“I think it is great to just be a part of that fraternity. We have guys always rooting for us. Every Saturday morning we get texts from guys like Keith (Marshall) and Todd (Gurley) to have a great game. And Brian (Herrian) and Elijah (Holyfield) are two talented guys…You can expect a lot of great things from the both of them."

 

On view of Jacob Eason handling South Carolina game…

“I think he handled it pretty well. I didn’t see him down about it at all. It’s a learning curve. You gotta know what it feels like to not succeed before you succeed. And I think he knows that. He goes out there and plays for the team, so he was happy that we got the victory.”


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