ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart coached his second G-Day Red & Black game on Saturday, this one in front of an announced crowd of 66,133 at Sanford Stadium.
Here are some quotes from Smart after the Red beat the Black 25-22.
On the turnout, which was lower than last year’s crowd of 93,000: “I’m really excited about our fan base. We had 66,000 people. It makes me proud to be a Bulldog. I’m glad they came out. A lot of recruits made comments about the attendance, and I think any chance you get to have 66,000 people for a practice, that’s an exciting thing. The kids certainly appreciated it. I want to thank the fans for that. I thought we had a great atmosphere.”
The pace of the game: “When it comes to the game, the battle in between, it started out kinda slow. When the clock goes as fast as it does, it seems like the first quarter is over and there’s no score. When the scoring started, it started fast and there were some explosive plays, which anytime you get a chance to do that, it’s good, especially for your offense.”
UGA’s passing game: “Obviously, we didn’t run the ball like you want to, but to be honest with you, it wasn’t part of the game plan. We wanted to see if we could throw the ball some, move the ball around. We would have liked to run it better with the [first team] offense, which we didn’t do, which we have to improve on. But there were some challenges. We limited the coordinators, we limited the offense with those opportunities.”
UGA’s 2-minute drill: “The best thing that happened was that you got an opportunity to see quarterbacks try to work the 2-minute drill. So many of our games come down to critical situations, where it’s using timeouts, opportunities to win the game. That excited me.”
UGA’s defense: “I thought the defense really played hard. Didn’t always tackle well and got some balls thrown over our heads, but they really competed and challenged each other more than maybe we had done earlier in the spring.”
On UGA freshman QB Jake Fromm: “I’m excited about Jake Fromm. He’s come a long way in 15 practices.”
UGA’s spring: “Overall, I was pleased with the day, excited about the growth of our team. I really saw some players getting better throughout the entire spring.”