“I know I’ve only been here for a year, but they’ve taken me in like family,” Eli Wolf on the University of Georgia

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“I know I’ve only been here for a year, but they’ve taken me in like family,” Eli Wolf on the University of Georgia

Eli Wolf during player interviews on Monday, November 18, 2019
Eli Wolf during player interviews on Monday, November 18, 2019

On Monday, Bulldogs’ tight end Eli Wolf shared his thoughts about the emotions surrounding Georgia’s final home game of the 2019 college football season versus Texas A&M and Senior Day this Saturday.

“It’s going to be a little emotional for me,” said Wolf. “My family is going to be there with me and knowing it’s the last time walking out on home field; so, it’s going to be a little emotional.”

Wolf plans to walk with his parents during the Senior Day ceremony, and even though he has only been at UGA this season after transferring from Tennessee, he says that Georgia feels like family.

“I know I’ve only been here for a year, but they’ve taken me in like family,” said Wolf. “So, it’s going to be an exciting day.”

Wolf added, “It’s going to be an emotional day, but rightfully so. A few guys will probably tear up, but that’s what that day is for, and these guys have given four years to this program— five in some cases — and it will be great.” 

Does Kirby Smart being a former player, his passion and the energy of the coaching staff that they bring, how does it affect the team?

“It rubs off in a pretty big way. Everyone can see the passion [Coach Smart] had after the game was over, and it was really cool to see,” said Wolf. “It’s really awesome, as a player, to see that your coaches are that much more invested— it’s not always that you have a head coach who is so tied into your program, so it’s awesome to see.”

Eli Wolf (17) during the postgame celebration after Georgia defeats Auburn 21-14 on Saturday, November 16, 2019
Eli Wolf (17) during the postgame celebration after Georgia defeats Auburn 21-14 on Saturday, November 16, 2019

Wolf went on to discuss the 21-14 win over Auburn and the difficulty the offense had converting third downs and moving the ball against the Tigers’ defense, especially in the fourth quarter.

“Auburn’s defense gave us a lot of problems. They’re a very talented group, but we expect more out of ourselves. We expect to get third-down conversions, and we weren’t doing that very well,” said Wolf. “First and second downs lead to third downs, so we’ve got to do better on those, too. [Our offense] was a little stagnant, but we’ve just got to look at film and get better, and we’ve got to execute better this week.”

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