WATCH Georgia football LB Juwan Taylor: Bulldogs becoming SEC Championship Game regulars
ATHENS — Georgia football linebacker Juwan Taylor will get his final crack at another SEC Championship Game on Saturday, but Taylor has a message for the rest of the league where the Bulldogs are concerned.
Get used to it.
“This is what it’s going to be like at Georgia every year,” Taylor said, “competing for championships.”
The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) play No. 1-ranked Alabama (12-0) at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Taylor is quick to acknowledge what Georgia is up against, playing a Tide team that set an SEC record for average margin of victory (35.2 points) over the course of the league schedule.
“It is a dominant offense, they are real physical, they have receivers that can make plays and a quarterback that can move his feet in the pocket,” Taylor said. “I think that’s the best thing they have going, and they have tough, physical runners.”
The Georgia defense, meanwhile, has shown steady and certain improvement as the season has progressed, with young players emerging at each level.
Taylor said Kirby Smart’s approach to game prep has been business as usual.
“We’ll be keying on the same things we work on every day, running our plays like normal,” Taylor said. “We just want to be us, and play physical, and get off blocks.
“Every week we improve, we’ve improved on our run defense, flying and hunting the ball.”
Taylor indicted Georgia also has a plan to slow Alabama Tua Tagovailoa, the Heisman Trophy favorite and the Tide’s record-breaking quarterback.
“Watching film, he just extends plays, he keeps his eyes down field at all times, and he looks for his guys, his explosive receivers like (Jerry) Jeudy, or his running backs,” Taylor said. “You can see it, he’s very confident in the pocket, even when he steps up and throws, and that’s what we’re trying to eliminated.
“I feel we need to play our best game to be successful.”
Georgia football linebacker Juwan Taylor