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Kirby Smart and Players Believe Team Almost Meets Standards

Kirby Smart - UGA vs. Samford - Athens, GA, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
Kirby Smart
– UGA vs. Samford –
Athens, GA, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

Georgia handled Samford on Saturday night, 42-14 as Georgia leads the series 2-0. The game was boring but in a good way.  The Bulldogs offense finally got some momentum going as they produced 459 total yards of offense.  Georgia came in, did their job and produce their first 40 point mark in 16 games. However, head coach Kirby Smart and players believe they have more to show and aren’t producing up to their high standards set for them.
Despite an impressive performance by the defense, there is still room to improve. During the first quarter, the Bulldogs held Samford to 16 total yards. Georgia blocked a field goal on Samford’s first drive to prevent a score. It was the first time the Bulldogs blocked a kick since Georgia Tech in 2014. Veteran leader, Lorenzo Carter said the goal was to keep them off the board, however that didn’t happen because Samford scored in the second quarter.

“We try to keep them off the board. That’s our goal: keep them off the board. We play good teams and we can’t stop them all the time. They’ve got good players and they’re gonna make plays, too,” Carter said.

Terry Godwin said the offense appears to be close to the standard set for the team, but it’s the small stuff they need to wear.

“As a team, we’re all happy we got the win, but there’s a lot of things we can go back, watch film and work on because we know we can do a lot better than what we did tonight. So just little things we’ve got to work on,” Godwin said

Kirby wrapped the night up with saying they are continuing to grow.

“We’ve made some improvements in some areas, but we’ve got more improving to do,” Smart said. “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.”

Georgia faces its first SEC test next weekend against Mississippi State at 7 p.m. The game marks the fourth night game in a row for the Bulldogs, and the atmosphere will be electric. With some improvements to be done, next week will be interesting to see how the team competes.

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Savannah Leigh is a recent graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. She is an avid SEC, Dawgs, and college football fan. She also adores her four-year-old black lab, Champ Bailey.