They Said It: UGA Players Talk Gators

ATHENS - UGA players talk about the upcoming game with the Gators.

Senior OG #73 Greg Pyke

On this week’s game against Florida…

“This is a big week, coming off the bye-week to get everyone healthy…We haven’t beat them in a couple of years, but as a senior you want go out on a good note and win that game.  There’s no better feeling than coming over that bridge and seeing all of the fans tailgating. That’s when you know you have a big game to play and get the goosebumps. These are the games you come to Georgia to play for, Georgia-Florida.”

On realizing the significance of the rivalry…

“The first time I played in it as a red-shirt sophomore, I knew that we do not like Tech, but the Georgia-Florida is a big one.  It’s always a chippy and physical game. Both teams have things to prove, that they are one of the better teams in the conference. I look forward to practicing hard this week, just like every other week, but maybe a little more in preparation for this game and to be ready for Saturday.”  

On the bye-week…

"During the off week, we worked on getting better.  We had guys that were banged up, so we wanted to get them healthy.  We didn’t shy away from pads at all or hitting, but we got a lot better over the bye-week and then it was nice to relax over the weekend."

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Senior FS #20 Quincy Mauger

On the defensive coaching staff…

"Coach Tucker is a great coach, a great student and teacher of the game.  He’s been through all levels of the game and has a lot to teach.  It’s all about us being very coachable and learning as much as we can. Coach Smart is very energetic and he’s a great coach. I love his coaching style. He’s a great teacher of the game as well."

On Florida’s quarterback Luke Del Rio…

"He’s a great quarterback and makes the plays that any other quarterback can make.  We have to be very disciplined, read our keys, stay in our gaps, and try to affect the quarterback as much as we can."

On the timing of the bye week…

“I love the game so much that I hate to spend any time away from it. Any bye-week is much needed, especially with the game that we play, it’s a very physical game. It asks for a lot from our bodies, so it’s a great chance for us to try to recover and get back close to 100% and then give it our all for the rest of the season."  

On moving forward with the rest of the season…

"Our mindset is paying Georgia football. We don’t look at the scoreboard or our record.  We continue to play very physical, very tough Georgia football.  At the end of the day, it’s a game that we love to play, so it doesn’t matter what our record says."

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Junior OLB #17 Davin Bellamy

On improvement of defense…

“I definitely think we have improved. Coming in this year, we knew we had a young defense. We weren’t going to make that an excuse. We knew there were going to be some learning curves and, with the new coaches, we had to just get familiar with everybody that it would be a process. We were saying yesterday in our team meeting that we still have a long way to go but there is definitely some improvement.”

On what makes the Georgia vs. Florida game special…

 “It is a game you grow up watching. I definitely grew up watching it and always wanted to play in it. It is one of the best rivalries, if not the biggest, in the SEC. It is a game that we must have and really is just a blessing to be a part of. I’m 1-2 in Jacksonville so I definitely want to do something about that. It is a fun game to play in.”

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Junior WR #16 Isaiah McKenzie   

On perception of Georgia if they win this game…

“If we were to win this game. It just shows that we have a good team. And we are capable of playing with anybody in the SEC. It’s just, sometimes you come up short. You come up one-yard or on a hail mary or anything of that nature really hurts the team. But working on this week and worrying on beating Florida is what we are focused on.”

On Florida's defense…

“We look at the film and it shows that they have a great defense. They have great defensive backs and great linebackers. Everything they do. They are just a good team and a good unit. We have to prepare hard and play hard to win this game."


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