Ben Cleveland, Christopher Smith, Zamir White and Malik Herring Tennesse Week Interviews

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Ben Cleveland, Christopher Smith, Zamir White and Malik Herring Tennesse Week Interviews

Zamir White
Zamir White

On if he’s ever felt unprepared for a game at Georgia…

“Honestly, I cannot remember a time where we went into a game and thought, we could have done this, or could have done that. I feel like our coaching staff, they always do an extremely good job of making sure we got what we need and we’re good on our assignments and stuff like that. I think guys realize that if they’re not picking stuff up, it’s just like anything else. If you’re not getting something you’re going to spend a little more time trying to figure it out and I think our guys have done a good job of that in order to be prepared.”

On what was his experience was like at Georgia last year and improving each week…

“I’ve never seen a problem with our environment. I like our team and I like our coaching staff. That’s viewed differently by every individual. That’s up to them and how they see things. As far as improvement goes, I feel like everybody gets a little better week by week. Playing a 10-game SEC schedule, it’s very hard to keep your body, what you feel like is tip-top shape. Keep all the bumps and bruises away. That’s when guys just got to take it on their own, get extra treatment, do what they need to do to feel healthy. I feel like everybody improves every week just because the more reps you get the more you’re going to learn it and the better you’re going to be.”

On what it felt like to play and how he thought he did…

“It felt amazing. Throughout the week Coach Smart had been telling me I had good practices and he felt like I was ready to play. I felt like I played well and had a couple good tackles, there was a lot of communication from the coaches to the players. It made things very easy for me.”

On what the transition was like when switching positions from Cornerback to Safety…

“When I came here, I was at corner back and Coach [Glenn] Schumann felt I was smart enough to play safety. At first it was a hard transition, but being behind J.R. [Reed], really helped me learn the position. Tyrique McGhee really helped me a lot too, giving me tips on how to play slot coverage at safety. It took me three or four months for me to adjust to the position, but after that I really started excelling and learning how to do things at safety and other positions as well.”

On the mindset he has about backing up two different positions…

“I know I always need to be ready, we have a next man mentality here and the coaches are always preaching for me to be ready for my time. I’m always ready when I step in, to do what I have to do to help the team.”

On whether he thought Georgia’s offensive performance against Auburn is credited to holes opening up or UGA running better…

“It was both. We were just so locked in and ready to play that game, because it’s a really big game. Every game is a big game for us, but we just had to go out there and just lock in.”

On what it is like having guys like Jordan Davis and Jalen Carter…

“Man, that’s easy. It’s crazy. You’ve got dudes out there like Jordan, 6-6 and I don’t know his weight, but that dude is huge, man. Then there’s Jaylen, and he’s just a really physical guy. He’s a great guy.”

On Georgia’s offensive performance against Auburn and how UGA can continue having success on offense…

“Honestly, that just comes with practice and just being prepped and ready, Monday through Friday. It’s about getting ready for the game by practicing hard, being physical and getting out there and just playing football.”

On if he’s seen the way Stetson has been playing in practice…

“Most definitely, I remember freshman year he went 20-for-20 in a practice. We always knew he was a great quarterback.” 

On how much he considered the draft and why he decided to come back…

“It was important to come back so I can get closer to earning my degree. I always felt like I could improve as a player here, so it really wasn’t a bad deal to come back.”

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