Lawrence Cager on playing Florida, “I wasn’t going to miss this one.”

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Lawrence Cager on playing Florida, “I wasn’t going to miss this one.”

Lawrence Cager (15), Georgia-Florida game, Saturday, November 2, 2019
Lawrence Cager (15), Georgia-Florida game, Saturday, November 2, 2019

Lawrence Cager admitted that after games he usually checks his phone immediately to see if he gets any messages, but it was dead Saturday after Georgia’s 24-17 victory over Florida. 

“I forgot to charge it, so it was dead,” Cager said during Monday’s press interviews. “I didn’t get a chance to look at it until I got back home.” 

Once he finally got a chance to charge it, his phone started ringing and vibrating off the hook. 

“I received a lot of love and support.” Cager said. “It was amazing to see all the love on social media as well.” 

That comes as no surprise because Cager had a career day against Florida’s defense. The graduate transfer had seven receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown versus Florida on Saturday afternoon. His touchdown came on a 52-yard pass from Jake Fromm where he was wide open downfield and he had an easy path of green all the way into the endzone. 

Lawrence Cager (15) crosses the goal line for the touchdown,
Fourth-Quarter of the Georgia-Florida game,
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Lawrence Cager (15) crosses the goal line for the touchdown,
Fourth-Quarter of the Georgia-Florida game,
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Despite being Georgia’s most productive wideout all year, Cager missed the Kentucky game with a shoulder and ribs injury that he has been battling all season. But despite the injury, Cager has proved that he has been Fromm’s favorite target all season, and the two have developed a strong bond between the two of them. 

“Yeah, I’d say [Fromm is] he’s comfortable with them,” Kirby Smart said. “He’s comfortable with some of our other wide-outs. Some of those plays Cager got, they weren’t featured Cager plays. He was the second, third, fourth option. Some of them he’s primary. Some of them he’s primary based on coverage. Some of them he’s not. Some of them, Jake had time to work to him to make the decision on who to throw it to, so I don’t think it was a scheme deal. It was, some of them, he was just the best option. He was the open option in the zone. But Jake’s comfortable with all our guys. I think he’s got good rapport with all over receivers.”

Kirby Smart Monday Press Conference

Cager mentioned that he and Fromm, in fact, do have a great relationship, and talked about how it developed. 

“That just comes with repetition. I’m talking inside of practice, outside of practice,” Cager said. “We work on stuff that gave us trouble in practice; we work on it after practice to perfect the craft, and that’s what it really takes to get to that championship level.” 

The Baltimore native had already proved that he can be a valuable asset downfield earlier this season. Against Notre Dame and Tennessee, Cager had five receptions in both of those games with a touchdown. Through seven games he already has 26 receptions for 377 yards and four touchdowns. Last year at Miami, Cager had 21 receptions for 374 yards and six touchdowns for the entire season. 

“For him to have this impact, I think it really says a lot about his character,” Jake Fromm said. “He’s balling out, man. For him to come and do what he’s doing, it’s awesome for him [and] awesome for his future.”

Jake Fromm post-game interview

Cager said he always watched the Georgia-Florida game growing up, and he knew going into the game that nothing was going to stand in his way from missing it. 

“I wasn’t going to miss this game for anything,” Cager said. “It was my one time to beat Florida wearing a Georgia uniform, and nothing was going to keep me from playing.”

Here is the video from Lawrence Cager’s interview:

Lawrence Cager Interview during Monday’s press interviews

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