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Video/Transcript: Kirby Smart Postgame Presser – Georgia vs. South Carolina

On how his team responded to being down at the half… 

“The message at hal,ime was: win one moment at a 2me, win one moment at a 2me. If you can win one moment at a  2me, we can get ourselves back in this thing. We knew we were ge?ng the ball, so we really wanted to double  possession them. We wanted to get a possession at the end of the half and score and then we wanted to start the  second half and score. Well, we lost out on one of those because we didn’t have our 2meouts and we couldn’t do what  we needed to do two-minute wise. I told them at hal,ime, look guys, it’s going to happen very simply: one moment at a  2me. And they believed it. They kept saying “one moment. One moment. One moment.” We gained so much momentum in the second half, thanks to our fans and thanks to our players making some plays.” 

On rushing for 189 yards and having running back Daijun Edwards back… 





“Daijun (Edwards) is a huge luxury for us. He breaks tackles. He’s the guy that when you draw it up, they have one guy  you can’t block, he’ll make that guy miss. He’s done a nice job of that. He runs a nice pad level, he gets yards a,er  contact. I thought he did a really good job of s2cking it up in there and he ge?ng some carries. Cash (Jones) did a great  job. Kendall (Milton) had some runs that got momentum for us and did some good things.” 

On the key to ge@ng to Spencer RaCler in the second half… 

“I thought we rushed the passer beRer, we geared up and came a,er him some. We made a couple of adjustments  there. He made a couple of good throws early, he made a corner route over on our sideline and they hit us on the  screen. If they don’t hit us on the screen, I don’t think they get a lot in that first half because we would have had more  momentum there. He’s a good player. When he gets out of there he can hurt us scrambling.” 





Video/Transcript: Carson Beck, Dan Jackson, Dillon Bell, Tykee Smith and Sedrick Van Pran Interviews – Georgia vs. South Carolina

On the offensive performance today… 

“We have a lot of talent. When our running game is working it helps with the passing game. Obviously, we need to get  guys the ball that can go make plays and get yards after the catch. I think we are just going to continue to improve and  keep going.” 

On Daijun Edwards’ return to action… 

“Obviously, it’s huge. He had a great game. He’s making guys miss in the hole, running hard. I’m super proud of him.” 

On what he learned about the team… 

“I learned that we could fight. It may not always be pretty. It may not always be the most gorgeous thing you see, but I  think we do a tremendous job with our coaching staff making adjustments and then as the players trying to execute and  just fight.”

On what Coach Smart had to say during halGime and how the team reacted in the second half… “Coach Smart definitely had a good speech to kind of mo2vate us and got us going. I’m glad we got the ball a,er hal,ime  so I’m glad the way the offense came out and aRacked. They kind of got some mo2va2on for the defense to go out there and get stops. We’re real proud of the way we came out in the second half and proud of the way we handled adversity.” 

On playing defense in the rainy condiFons… 

“I don’t think it really changed our game plan. Basically, just for the defense, keep your feet under you even though it’s  ge?ng wet and a liRle muddy. Keep your feet and your framework, not slipping, stay on your feet.” 

Stegmania IV: “Jeezy” will perform on Friday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum.

Stegmania IV will be exclusively for UGA students. Students with a valid UGA ID will be admitted for free when entering Stegeman Coliseum. The first 2,000 students will receive a commemorative Stegmania t-shirt. The first 1,000 students will also receive food from Bojangles’, the event’s presenting sponsor since its inception in 2018. Gates open at 6 p.m.

“Stegmania was awesome last year,” Bulldog head coach Mike White said. “You could really feel the energy and enthusiasm in the Steg throughout the entire night. I think everyone associated with the event really enjoyed it, and it was a great start to our season. We look forward to an even better event this year as we continue to strive to build one of the best home court advantages in college basketball.”

“I was so impressed with last year’s Stegmania,” Lady Bulldog head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson said. “The atmosphere was incredible and we’re looking to build on that for an even better experience this year. This event is a great way to get our fans excited for basketball season, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in the Steg on Oct. 6!”

Stegmania will begin at 7:00 with introductions of both teams and will feature a 3-point shooting contest for the Lady Bulldogs and a slam dunk event for the Bulldogs. The program will also include a third contest featuring three-person teams of a Bulldog, Lady Bulldog and selected UGA student in a race including a lay-up, free throw and 3-pointer.

The festivities will be capped with a performance “Jeezy,” who has won awards from BET for Best Hip-Hop Collaboration (“I’m So Hood”) and a Viewer’s Choice (“Hard” with Rihanna) and also has been nominated for four Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards.

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