ATHENS — Expectations are running high in the Georgia football program, a new offseason slogan of “Do More” pushing the coaches and players at every turn.
The oddsmakers at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas aren’t buying it, having set the over-under at 11 wins for the Bulldogs this season.
“Our whole motto this spring and offseason is ‘Do More,’ ” Smart told the SEC Network. “Whatever we’ve done is not enough.
“We know that the best is ahead for Georgia.”
Georgia went 11-3 last season, falling just short of the College Football Playoff in controversial fashion after a 35-28 SEC title game loss to then-No. 1 Alabama.
The Bulldogs faded out with a 28-21 Sugar Bowl loss to Texas, a game that saw first-round draft pick Deandre Baker sit out to protect his draft status.
Georgia lost seven players to the NFL draft, the team’s top five receivers from last season no longer with the team after Jeremiah J.J. Holloman’s recent dismissal.
Fourth-year UGA coach Kirby Smart said following spring drills that the Bulldogs have “missing pieces,” and that the team is “a couple of injuries away from the danger zone.”
Smart sent the Georgia players’ leadership committee to Florida earlier this summer to spend time with a renowned mental coach.
The Bulldogs came away with yet another slogan: ‘It takes what it takes.’
It’s up to the Georgia football team to prove that it has what it takes against a beefed up schedule that includes a home date with Notre Dame and another strong Alabama standing in the way again this season.