What Kirby Smart, Players Said After Georgia's Win Over South Carolina

What Kirby Smart, Players Said After Georgia's Win Over South Carolina

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What Kirby Smart, Players Said After Georgia's Win Over South Carolina


After Georgia’s 41-17 victory over South Carolina in Columbia, Kirby Smart, Jake Fromm, Jonathan Ledbetter and D’Andre Swift met with the media to discuss the game.

Here is everything they said.

Kirby Smart:

Opening Statement:

Tough, hard-fought game. I’ve got a lot of respect for the coaches and the players on the other side. They play the game the right way, and I’m really proud of our team. I’m proud of our fans. I thought our fans showed up today – had a lot of them there in the stands. They continue to support us on the road, which I think is tremendous. They’re supporting a good cause, because our players played really hard and physical in a tough place to play. The environment is always tough and challenging here. We thought that if we were able to run the ball early it would find a way to take its toll in the second half, (and) I think that showed through. Got a lot of places we can improve on. Disappointed in some spurts of decent defense, but I’m also proud of some third down plays that they we were able to make that I thought was the difference in the second half.”

On Georgia’s offensive run in the second half:

It was doing what we did – cumulative effect. At the end of the day, they just wore down. You guys always want to make it about adjustments, which I understand, but we stopped them. Two three-and-outs I think maybe, and I think that was the back-breaker for the defense. To have to go out there and lean up against those big guys for two long drives, just took it out of them. You could just see the air coming out of them a little bit as they wore down physically. The big stop of the game to me was either the first or second drive in the second half. We had third-and-2 or third-and-3 and stopped them. They had to punt it right back to us. The defense was right back out there That takes its toll. I think our conditioning showed through. A lot of credit goes to coach (Scott) Sinclair and the strength staff. They worked those kids hard all summer, so they could prepare for second halves like that.

On his team’s preparation for the heat:

We preached it all week. We didn’t say it publicly, but we certainly felt like the hotter it was, the better off we’d be. We don’t worry about what other people say. We worry about what we do. We practice at 3:30 every day, 4 o’ clock. It’s hot. We don’t run from it. We workout in the summer. It’s hot. The hotter it is, the deeper we are, the more guys we play, it takes its toll.

On his team’s identity after today’s win:

I think today I would say physicality. One of the most important things (is) being physical. I think the line of scrimmage doesn’t flinch – being able to run the ball and stop the run.

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