Most Georgia fans probably can guess that Kirby Smart was pleased but not satisfied by the Bulldogs’ 42-14 victory over Samford on Saturday in Athens.
For one, the Bulldogs allowed a pair of touchdowns to their FBS opponents. Georgia missed several scoring opportunities before the second-unit players took over. Jake Fromm was efficient with his passing game, completing 8 of 13 attempts for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns. One area in which the (Georgia) Bulldogs thoroughly dominated was running the ball. Georgia amassed a net total of 284 yards rushing on 54 carries, scoring 3 touchdowns.
Smart’s focus will turn quickly to Mississippi State, which demolished No. 12 LSU 37-7 earlier Saturday. Those other Bulldogs play at Sanford Stadium next Saturday night.
Here are some of Smart’s remarks after the game:
On preparing for Samford’s offense:
“We got lots of reps. We ran two huddles with the scouts. They are faster than anyone we’ve gone against. The benefit is we’ll see more speed teams with bigger receivers and bigger linemen. Their quarterback is special; he’s frustrating.”
On the win:
“I was a little disappointed at halftime. Samford had a momentum swing just before the half and give them credit for that. In the second half, we made a stop, got a turnover, the young quarterback showed he’s growing up and we cashed in.”
On the running backs:
“Running back is one of our depth spots. All of the running backs ran the ball hard, they protected the ball and they protected the quarterback. They ran with great toughness. They do that every day.”
On his team:
“We’ve made some improvements in some areas, but we’ve got more improving to do. It’s frustrating with some of the decision-making and the lost-yardage plays. If we continue to improve, we can be a good football team. … It’s a good group to be around. They do what we ask them to do. They are continuing to grow.”
On Mississippi State:
“They have a tremendous program. They have a physical football team, and they have a quarterback who can run and throw. They’re hard to defend. They make you defend all over the field. It will be an exciting game. … It will be two Top 25 teams, and that’s what the SEC is all about. It will be a great environment, and our fans can create an atmosphere to help us be successful.”
On the defense:
“The defense has confidence in the system. They’re playing really hard and physical, and we haven’t had a lot of injuries. We’ve been able to develop some depth and that helps with the spirit and the camaraderie when a lot of people get to play. If you play hard, you’ve got a chance. Throw in good players and that makes it easier.”
On Jake Fromm:
“Jake Fromm is a bright kid who knows where to go with the ball. He makes good decisions most of the time, and he’s growing up as a player.”