Georgia football-Samford live updates, injury news, practice notes for Week 2 game
The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs take on the Samford Bulldogs on Saturday, Sept. 10. Below you can find live updates, injury news, practice news and more for the Week 2 game.
Georgia obliterated the No. 11 ranked Oregon Ducks 49-3 in its first game of the 2022 season. The Bulldogs have not lost a home game since falling to South Carolina in 2019.
Georgia football-Samford live updates, practice notes for Week 2 game
6 p.m. Sept. 6 update: Georgia coach Kirby Smart is set to speak to reporters following Tuesday’s practice. We will also hear from Kamari Lassiter and Chaz Chambliss.
- “I thought we had one of the best practices of the year yesterday and one of the worst practices of the year today. Not as enthusiastic. Wasn’t to the standard of what we need.”-- Smart on practice.
- “It helps tremendously. He’s certainly a valuable asset. The biggest thing is overuse. He can run himself into the ground if we let him.” -- Smart on Ladd McConkey.
- “I have a lot of respect for officiating. They have a really hard job. I don’t think they’re ever initially doing anything wrong.”
- “I don’t think it’s hard. You be very fair and honest. I’m here to protect the University of Georgia. Coach Monken, our staff, there’s not a lot of places you can go where they had a coach coach quarterbacks in the NFL.” -- Smart on not losing quarterbacks to the transfer portal.
- “Continuing to grow. He’s got to be more consistent in his day-to-day work. He’s had some flashes. There hasn’t been a freshman that has been a model of consistency.” -- Smart on Bear Alexander and other 2022 signees.
- Smart says CJ Smith and De’Nylon Morrissette have been dealing with injuries. “They both have really good attributes. They do what they’re supposed to do. “Dillon has gotten a lot of reps and can help.” Smart wants to bring Smith along slowly because of his past knee injuries.
- “Just the energy, enthusiasm. Today, it kind of dragged from the beginning. There’s a standard at Georgia. The No. 1 thing you do at our place is to go out on Tuesday and practice physical. We didn’t do that today.” -- Smart on the practice.
- “It’s really been a struggle. We still haven’t given hope that he can come back but we’re going to take all the precautions.” -- Smart on CJ Washington.
- “Nyland has a hamstring that’s bothering him. He doesn’t even know when. He struggled today.” -- Smart on Nyland Green. Smart also said Chris Smith will be fine.
- Tykee Smith hit his highest GPS speed since getting injured.
- “We challenged them really hard today. Some of them answered it. Some of them didn’t.” -- Smart on today’s practice.
- “He was dialed in. You know when somebody is ready to play based on how they practice. Kamari is a kid you’re just going to have to beat because he’s not going to beat himself.” -- Smart on Kamari Lassiter.
- “It was really fun. We had a lot of passion during the week. I had some nerves. I relied back on my training. I can do a lot better though.” -- Kamari Lassiter on making his first start.
- “Going into fall camp, I tried to flip the switch. I would say myself and the team as a whole were really dialed in.” -- Lassiter
- “It was really a confidence booster. To see it all come to fruition was a good feeling.”
- “Oregon was going so fast that I didn’t have a chance to go talk the officials.”
- “I believe we have an elite receiving core. It translates onto the field. We give
- “He just challenges me every day. He makes me better by the way he works.” -- Lassiter on Ladd McConkey.
- “Samford is a good team. Their quarterback can really play ball.” -- Lassiter on Samford.
- “He’s one of the last guys in the facility.” -- Lassiter
- “I was like did he catch that? It was just pandamonium.” -- Lassiter on Malaki Starks’ interception.
- “He’s had a big impact.” -- Chaz Chambliss on outside linebacker coach Chidera Uzo-Diribe
12 p.m., Sept. 5 update: Georgia coach Kirby Smart is speaking to reporters.
- Smart begins his press conference by wishing Vince Dooley a happy birthday, as the coach turned 90 on Saturday.
- “They have a lot to improve on. We call them WTFs, there’s a lot of them. The largest growth for those guys is game 1, 2, 3.” -- Kirby Smart on the young players.
- “He’s held ever since he’s been here. He was Camarda’s backup holder. We lost the guy before, so we go to the next best holder. It’s important for the kicker to be comfortable with the holder.” -- Smart on Stetson Bennett being the team’s holder.
- “You’re constantly in a search for the. best five guys. How are they going to perform today, how do they do when things get tight? We didn’t see that. We’ll figure that out as things go along.” -- Smart on the Georgia offensive line.
- “Those guys getting experience is critical. I think early in the season, those guys’ conditioning level it’s good to have three guys playing those positions.” -- Smart on Amarius Mims and the depth on the offensive line.
- “I think there is some good and bad to both. Everybody loves change and it’s on a continuum. I don’t really get into whether it’s going to be beneficial or not.” -- Smart on the 12-team playoff.
- Smart stresses the importance of FCS programs, saying that the programs can’t survive without these kind of games.
- “Carson was very calm, cool and collected. I thought he did a good job. I think he’d be the first to tell you he had a chance to improve on some of those things.” -- Smart on Carson Beck.
- “You base it on who practices the best. His work ethic and his humility have been off the charts. He’s got to play well and play big for a guy that is 260, 265.” -- Smart on Mykel Williams.
- “We had a plan all along in terms of how he practiced and how he grew. That plan can change in-game. The plan was to get him in early. He made a few mistakes and he made a few plays.” -- Smart on Malaki Starks.
- “Being loud and wrong is better than being quiet and right.” -- Smart on the importance of playing with confidence.
- “I’m focused on us. That’s going to be critical, how mature our team is. Standards don’t need motivation.”
- “I’ve never seen any of his TikToks.” -- Kirby Smart on Nazir Stackhouse. “He’s worked hard to get in better shape. He needed development. He wasn’t the player he is today when he got here. If he continues to get better, it allows us to have a really physical presence in there.”
- “When you become relieved, you become complacent.”
- “I thought both those guys got to go in the game. I think the sky is the limit for both those guys.” -- Smart on Oscar Delp and Arik Gilbert
11 a.m., Sept. 5 update: After destroying the Oregon Ducks this past weekend, No. 3 Georgia will have its home opener on Saturday against the Samford Bulldogs. Both teams are coming off opening week wins, as Georgia won 49-3, while Samford beat Kennesaw State.
Georgia was an offensive juggernaut in the win over the Ducks rolling up 571 yards of offense. The Bulldogs won mostly through the air, as quarterback Stetson Bennett threw for a career-high 368 yards.
The beauty of Georgia’s offense though is that this week the Bulldogs could lean on their running game. Or simply air it out again to push even further back against the negative recruiting narrative.
“We want people that want to come play in this offense, and I think when you watch what they did today, if you’re watching from home, you’re saying, man, I’d love to play in that offense,” Kirby Smart said on Saturday. “They throw the ball around, they toss it around, 30 for 37 for how many yards? I don’t know, but he threw the ball really well. Passes, he threw a lot of passes for a lot of yards. I think that’s a credit to the offensive staff or the planning they had.”
The Samford game should give Georgia the chance to play a number of young players, with the Bulldogs being an FCS foe. Samford did give Florida a scare last season, with the Gators pulling out a 70-52 victory.
Georgia did start freshman Mykel Williams at defensive end against Oregon, while freshman safety Malaki Starks made the play of the game with a leaping interception on a Bo Nix pass.
Expect even more first and second-year players, such as Brock Vandagriff and Branson Robinson, to see plenty of run in the game against Samford.
This will also be Georgia’s first home game since winning the national championship last season. The game is set for a 4 p.m. ET kickoff, with the SEC Network broadcasting the game
Georgia football injury report for Week 2 game against Samford
- Andrew Paul (out, knee)
- Arian Smith (out, ankle)
- Chris Smith (questionable, shoulder)
- Tykee Smith (knee, probable)
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