Georgia football takes on Kent State in a Week 4 college football game. Below you can find live updates, the latest injury news and practice notes for the non-conference game.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 48-7 road win over South Carolina and are 3-0 on the season. Kent State is 1-2, with its losses coming to Oklahoma and Washington.
Georgia football-Kent State live updates, practice notes for Week 4 game
6:00 p.m. update: Georgia coach Kirby Smart will speak to reporters. Dan Jackson and Zion Logue will also meet with the media.
- “Hard-working, tough guy. Caught up quick, tough physical. All the traits of a linebacker and he learned from three of the best.” -- Smart on Jamon Dumas-Johnson.
- “He’s probably watching last year’s tape if he’s saying that. We’re young, we’ve got a lot of mistakes to clean up.” -- Smart on Sean Lewis’s comments about the Georgia roster.
- “I got the utmost respect for what they’ve done. They’ve played one of the hardest schedules in the country.” -- Smart on Kent State.
- “We had Bear and Christen going against the 1 offense and they were just getting drilled. And I told them to ask Z Logue about it, because he was down there for three years. Z has spent a lot of time working his craft.” -- Smart on Zion Logue and the young defensive line.
- “There’s no perfect defense or perfect offense that we’ve played. The winter will ask what we’ve done in the fall. There will be preparation for what is to come. We want to get our players better. We’re trying to get guys better for the first game next year.” -- Smart on the start to the season.
- “I think the scoring on offense has made other offenses play us differently. When you get into a two-score, three-score lead it puts a lot of pressure on the other offense. It definitely prepares us. We got a lot of guys that need to improve on defense.” -- Smart on the Georgia defense and its improvement.
- “He found out today on the practice field, there are a lot of things he has to work on.” Smart on Malaki Starks.
- “Darnell has been working so hard. You usually see it in year three for those guys. If I go really hard during the week, the game will be easy. I’ve seen more of that from this year.” -- Smart on Darnell Washington.” -- Smart on Darnell Washington.
- “We’ve been pleased with how he’s played this year. It’s really important he stays healthy.” -- Smart on Trezmen Marshall
- “Poise, arm talent. He’s been better since he’s been on the scout team. Take the robot out and just play. He’s played well on scout team.” -- Smart on Gunner Stockton
- “That’s conservative, that’s not what we want to be about. We think we’re going to outwork people. Our goal is to strike fear in every part of the game of the opponent. That might be the one edge that puts us over the top.” -- Smart on special teams.
- “When you see guys like Dan Jackson keep his head down and work quietly, that inspires you.” -- Zion Logue.
- “Pressure plays a big role in every game we play so far. You got to find a way to get pressure so far.”
- “Our practices are harder than our games.”
- “He loves contact, he’s one of those twitchy guys. When he puts weight on and gets older, he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with.” -- Zion Logue on Mykel Williams.
- “Seeing that line, nothing can prepare you better for SEC football.” -- Logue on how the scout team helped mold him.
- “Both of them have a long way to go. They’re very talented. Just have to trust the plan and go be who they are.” -- Logue on Bear Alexander and Christen Miller.
- “He’s a freak athlete. When I watch him in track, it’s crazy that someone that big, that fast can cover tight ends and possibly a slot receiver even. When he gets better he’s going to be really good.”
- “I don’t doubt Todd Monken. He can pull anything out. He’s a very intelligent person when designing that kind of stuff.”
- “They love him. He’s kind of a father at times. You take him with a grain of salt.” -- Zion Logue on Todd Monken.
- “He’s a ballhawk. I think everything is just falling in his lap right now.” -- Logue on Dan Jackson.
- “That ford Raptor is his life. He’s just one of those guys. He loves going outside in the element, so I feel like that truck really fits him.”-- Zion Logue
- “Big deal for me, my first one. I’m proud of it. Just tried to high-point the ball and came down with it.” -- Dan Jackson on his interception.
- “First of, Nolan’s work ethic is what I look up to the most.” -- Jackson on Nolan Smith.
- “He’s another guy whose work ethic shows during practice. He’s grown a lot.” -- Jackson on Zion Logue.
- “Freaky athletic. The man can fly. He’s really fast. He’s another guy who we will continue to see a lot from. -- Jackson Darris Smith.
- “He puts me under a lot of stress every day.” -- Jackson on Todd Monken.
- “We just didn’t feel like we finished the game the way we should’ve defensively. We say that we’re in the game, you’re a starter.”
- “Probably too many to be honest. You have to swarm the ball when he has it.” -- Jackson on Darnell Washington.
- “He exposes us every day. He can sling and he can expose us with his feet. He gives us a great look on scout team.” -- Jackson on Gunner Stockton.
- “Hopefully it’s one of many and that can show up in practice.”
12 p.m. update: Georgia coach Kirby Smart will speak with the media, followed by players after.
- “It’s always been a focus for us. We try to start practice with that. It’s part of our DNA. It’s important that you’re selfless and willing to block.” -- Smart on perimeter blocking.
- “He’s learning how to be a complete tight end. There’s a certain volume of reps you have to go through to get to that point. He’s done a good job of putting his nose down and grinding.” -- Smart on Oscar Delp.
- “He understands his protections, he knows where to go with the ball. He’s done a good job.” -- Smart on Carson Beck.
- “We have to move him around because people know he’s going to be a target.” -- Smart on Brock Bowers.
- “What you do behind your pressure is very important. Every offensive system we play each week is different. I think a lot of people are looking at us defensively and saying “I’m not going to get sacked, I’m not going to hit.” -- Smart on getting pressure.
- Jalen is dealing with a lingering ankle issue. He’s trying to get well. Hopefully he’ll be full go this week, he was close last week. As for AD (Mitchell), we’re hopeful to get him back this week. We were hopeful to get him back last week.” -- Smart on the injuries to Jalen Carter and AD Mitchell.
- “William Poole is not going to be with us for the remainder the season.” -- Smart on defensive back William Poole.
- “Arik is day-to-day.” Kirby Smart on Arik Gilbert, who did not travel to South Carolina.
Another week, another opportunity for the Georgia Bulldogs to further prove they’re one of the best teams in the country. The Bulldogs host Kent State this Saturday, welcoming the Golden Flashes to Sanford Stadium.
The Bulldogs are coming off another dominant win this past Saturday, besting rival South Carolina 48-7.
It proved to be the most lopsided meeting between the two SEC East foes in their 75 all-time matchups.
“I told them before the game right before we came out, there is a muscle we haven’t used,” Smart said in his postgame press conference. “And the muscle we have not flexed is our composure muscle. I had Branson Robinson stand up in front of the room and say this is what our composure muscle looks like. If your composure muscle looks like Branson Robinson, there’s a good chance you need to flex it. I don’t know if you’ve seen Branson’s arms. And we flexed it.”
Georgia is 3-0 on the season, outscoring its opponents 130-10 to this point in the season. The Bulldogs are the No. 1 ranked team in the country in both the Coaches Poll and the AP Poll.
While Georgia obviously has a talent edge over Kent State, this game can still function as a measuring stick game for the Bulldogs. The Golden Flashes lost 33-3 to No. 6 Oklahoma and 45-20 to No. 18 Washington earlier this season. Both of those schools are among the top teams in their respective conferences.
The Bulldogs will also look to put forth a better showing than they did in their home opener against Samford. The Bulldogs were rather sloppy and had more field goals than touchdowns in the 33-0 win.
Georgia has not lost a non-conference game since the 2016 season, Smart’s first in Athens. Georgia is a massive favorite over Kent State, as oddsmakers have the Bulldogs has a 42-point favorite over Kent State.
Georgia football-Kent State injury news for Week 4 game
- Andrew Paul (out, knee)
- William Poole (out)
- CJ Washington (out, neck)
- Arian Smith (out, ankle)
- AD Mitchell (doubtful, ankle)
- Nyland Green (doubtful, hamstring)
- CJ Smith (questionable, knee)
- Arik Gilbert (questionable, undisclosed)
- Jalen Carter (probable, ankle)
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