Kirby Smart Impressed With Georgia’s Toughness Against Kentucky

Kirby Smart Impressed With Georgia’s Toughness Against Kentucky

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Kirby Smart Impressed With Georgia’s Toughness Against Kentucky


Georgia, using a powerful rushing attack and suffocating defense in a  34-17 win over Kentucky in Lexington, clinched the SEC East for the second consecutive year.

Behind an offensive line that was missing its starting center and guard, and at times was manned by three freshmen, Georgia rushed for 331 rushing yards on 50 carries. The Dawgs were led by Sophomore D’Andre Swift (156 yards, 2 TDs) and junior Elijah Holyfield (115 yards, 1 TD).

Following the game, head coach Kirby Smart was interviewed on the field and discussed the toughness of his squad.

“Good backs, good recruiting and toughness. Our kids are tough, resilient, they fight,” Smart said. “I have to give credit to Coach Stoops and his team, they have a bunch of seniors, they play really hard but our guys played extremely physical today and answered the bell.”

Smart then answered a question regarding taking the SEC East for the second season in a row.

“Well, I think this year’s team had to answer a lot of questions. They had to battle, it didn’t come easy, at the end of the day, it never comes easy,” he stated. “I want to give credit to those two quarterbacks on our team. Justin Fields comes into the game and made some huge plays for our team. He continues to get better, he had one of his best weeks of practice, played well in the game and Jake played great, too.”

No. 6 Georgia moves to 8-1 and has SEC rival Auburn (6-3) next weekend in Athens, followed by Massachusetts and Georgia Tech ‘Between the Hedges’. The 2018 SEC Championship game will take place on Saturday, December 1 and will be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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