Sugar Bowl: 12/31 Player quotes

ATLANTA - Comments from Georgia's players about the Sugar Bowl.

Brandon Coutu (PK, 6-0, 194, So., Lawrenceville, Ga.)

On competition on the team

"I'm still competing for my job everyday. I think with the great players on our team, everyone is competing for their jobs."

On the Sugar Bowl experience in Atlanta

"It has been a little different with it being so close to home, but we have had a great experience so far. We have eaten at some great restaurants around town."

Cordon Ely-Kelso (P, 6-2, 234, Jr., Athens, Ga.)

On West Virginia having two punt returners

"It is something that we don't see a lot with two returners back there. We see a lot o great returners in the SEC."

On special teams in the bowl game

"The way that college football is today there are so many close games its going to play a huge part in the game. Winning field position will be one of the keys."

Kregg Lumpkin (RB, 6-1, 211, So., Lithonia, Ga.)

On returning from a season-ending injury last year…

"I have gained confidence in my knee since September. It was on my mind during practice, but after the games I just had to forget about it. It is difficult to get up and be ready to go at 5 am (for rehab) and go through an extensive workout to show the coaches you are willing to put it all on the line."

On building momentum for the 2006 season…

"I have picked up a lot of positive momentum since the Georgia Tech game. In 2006 I have to play every snap I can or have the opportunity to. I have to train harder and get faster and stronger in the off-season. There will be a lot of competition for the #1 spot next year. It is going to be a fight and a great challenge."

Tim Jennings (CB, 5-8, 178, Sr., Orangeburg, S.C.)

On defensive backfield

"We have great chemistry with a great group of guys. We've built a great relationship through the years. Our chemistry is our main focus. We know we have to play well as seniors. We just go out and try to make plays to help our team. We've done that as seniors and have had some big wins, like the Georgia Tech and Southeastern Conference Championship game."

Tra Battle (ROV, 5-11, 167, Jr., Forsyth, Ga.)

On West Virginia

"They are the fifth ranked rushing team in the country, so they are a pretty good rushing team and you expect them to have a good performance. They are coming into this game like we came into the season, feeling a little disrespected. We know we will be challenged in this game. They are coming in as the underdogs and we have to be more prepared for them and not be complacent."

On role against defending Pat White

"No defense is made to defend the quarterback. Most defenses are designed to stop running backs and wide receivers, but not the quarterback. In this day and age, quarterbacks are more mobile. We have to find something we can do to prepare to defend against him, but there is nothing you can do to prepare for him."

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