Georgia football held its second practice of the week on Tuesday ahead of its game against Georgia Tech. Below you can find live updates, practice news and the latest injury report for Georgia’s Week 13 game against the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia is 11-0 and coming off a 56-7 win over Charleston Southern. These two teams did not play last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which should make this edition of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate all the more interesting.
Georgia football-Georgia Tech: Live updates
Tuesday, Nov. 23 update: Georgia coach Kirby Smart is set to speak with reporters. Players Kelee Ringo, Lewis Cine, Ladd McConkey and Warren Ericson will follow shortly afterward.
- “I love fried turkey. I love my mother’s dressing. I don’t like dry turkey.” -- Smart on his Thanksgiving preferences.
- “I’ve really been proud of what those guys have done. We’ve had a countless number of injuries. A revolving door at wide receiver. Darnell was a lot faster before his injury and he’s had to work himself back. There’s a lot of things we can work on too. Those are all things we can’t afford to do in the future.” -- Kirby Smart on Georgia’s offense.
- “I’m very pleased with how Broderick has worked. He’s so happy when we do well, regardless of his role. He’s become more coachable. We want him to be more physical in the run game. I want him to be more consistent in his assignments.” -- Smart on Broderick Jones.
- “Both have good size. Both had good bulk. So much of football now is played on the perimeter. They both have good length. They’ve both given up some plays and been by protected by the guys upfront. Really been impressed by DK’s leadership in the DB room. He provides a lot of experience and confidence in that room.” -- Smart on Derion Kendrick and Kelee Ringo
- “He’s very organized, very detailed, he invests in the players. He teaches in a way that keeps it interesting. They enjoy his intensity.” -- Smart on Dan Lanning.
- “I don’t really know. I feel like our pass defense being improved is because of our front guys being better in their second year. Devonte Wyatt and Jalen Carter were not the players they were last year. I think the biggest thing we’ve changed is the rush. We’re creating more third and longs compared to last year.” -- Smart on what’s different about the Georgia defense this year.
- “No.” -- Smart when asked about if he follows the College Football Playoff rankings.
- “The Covid offseason altogether was different. A lot of kids are responding to not having one last year.” -- Smart on this offseason being tougher.
- “Chris is still not able to go. We’re trying to get him back and rehabbing. Y’all saw Jamaree out there yesterday. George, we repped him with the threes and twos some. He was still black jersey. We were hopeful to get Kendall back this week. They’re a confidence injury. He’s dealing with the emotions of pushing through. He’s much better than he was. I don’t know that he’s ready to play right now.” -- Smart on Georgia injuries.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart will meet with reporters at 12 p.m. ET, with players set to speak after.
- “It’s a great atmosphere. I know our guys will be excited to play in this rivalry game.” -- Smart on playing Georgia Tech
- “It was about an opportunity. It was a place I wanted to be at for a long time. I think the landscape across college football is what it is. The stakes have gotten higher, the pay has gotten higher and that brings expectations.” -- Smart on the college football landscape.
- “I think Dan is a good person. It’s a tough situation. I know Dan will be fine.” -- Smart on Dan Mullen.
- “Building it on a strong foundation. Strong recruiting, strong people in your organization. Administtavetly you have to have tremendous support. You have to have help.” -- Smart on the stability at Georgia.
- “I think signing good high school football players is important to your program.” -- Smart on the key to consistency.
- “He’s come a long way. He came in a little injured. That hurt his progress early. Since we’ve had two injuries at inside linebacker we moved him there. He’s not big enough to hold up at outside linebacker right now. He had some other good plays where he showed some instincts.” -- Smart on Xavian Sorey.
- “No group has arrived. I don’t look at as an area of concern. How do we become more explosive offensively? Who can impact our roster? We don’t have as much depth as we’ve had.” -- Smart on what his team can still do better.
- “Staying healthy. We haven’t had anybody else that’s stayed consistently healthy. Maybe AD. They both went through the spring that helped him. He’s not just a role player. He can block. He’s very intelligent. When you have dependability. It takes opportunities and he’s been healthy for all the games we’ve played.” -- Smart on Brock Bowers.
- “They’ve stacked some more good players.” -- Smart on Georgia Tech.
- “I think it’s too early to tell. I think you’re always going to have resources to patch holes. The more you rely on those patches and the quick fix. If you’re not developing your players and keeping your players, you’re going to struggle.” -- Smart on the transfer portal.
- “We’ve had that package always. Prior to Florida, we try to get our best players on the field in terms of field. We did it in the past against Auburn, against other teams. It’s not a role that Channing hasn’t played with other teams.” -- Smart on playing all three inside linebackers.
- “Feel good about all three of them. Two of those guys will be back out there practicing — Nolan and Jamaree. Chris Smith won’t be practicing today but we hope he’ll be back this week.” -- Smart on the injured Bulldogs.
- “If the award is based on number and stats, shame on the award.” -- Kirby Smart on the Butkus Award. Nakobe Dean was nominated for it.
- “They just want to win. That’s what is special about this team. They’re worried about winning a championship.” -- Smart on Nakobe Dean and the Georgia inside linebackers.
Before Georgia fully turns its attention to Alabama and the SEC championship game, the Bulldogs have one last bit of business to attend to in the regular season. The Bulldogs will travel to Atlanta to take on in-state rival Georgia Tech.
The two sides did not meet last season due to scheduling constraints caused by COVID-19. Prior to that, the two sides had played each other in every season dating back to 1924.
While Georgia enters the matchup with the No. 1 ranking and an unbeaten record, Georgia Tech is still struggling under third-year coach Geoff Collins. The Yellow Jackets are 3-8 this season and coming off a 55-0 loss to Notre Dame. The last time these two teams met back in 2019 produced a similar score, with the Bulldogs winning 52-7.
Saturday will be the first of two straight games in Atlanta for Georgia, as it locked itself into the SEC championship game the following weekend against No. 2 Alabama. That game will be played at Mercedes Benz Stadium
But don’t expect Georgia to take this Georgia Tech team lightly, as Smart trusts the veterans on this team to get his players fired up for the in-state rivalry contest.
“I think our leaders will do that, I really do. I think they’ll respond,” Smart said. “They talked after the game and wanted everybody locked in. It takes a lot of pressure off me when they’re saying it. When they speak, people listen. I think they’ll handle that right.
“We got a lot of kids from the metro Atlanta area, they got an opportunity to go play in front of their home and their families, all those folks. It’s one of those hotbeds of recruiting for us so I know they’ll be fired up for the opportunity.”
Georgia football-Georgia Tech: Injury report
Dominick Blaylock (probable, knee/flu), Kendall Milton (questionable, knee), Jamaree Salyer (questionable, foot), Nolan Smith (questionable, elbow), Chris Smith (questionable, knee), George Pickens (doubtful, knee), Arian Smith (out, knee), Tykee Smith (out, knee), Trezmen Marshall (out, knee), Rian Davis (out, quad), Jalen Kimber (out, shoulder), Tate Ratledge (out, foot)
Georgia football-Georgia Tech: Game time
Georgia football will play Georgia Tech at 12 p.m. ET
Georgia football-Georgia Tech: TV network
Georgia football will take on Georgia Tech on ABC.
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