Junior inside linebacker Monty Rice discusses the upcoming Georgia-Georgia Tech game and the rivalry with the Yellow Jackets during player interviews on Tuesday.
What has the focus been for Georgia this week leading up to the Georgia Tech game?
“A lot of focus has been on getting better as a team. We’re focused on what (Georgia Tech) does and on knowing their tendencies.”
What do you know about the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry, and what is it like to beat Georgia Tech?
“Coach Smart talked about it a little bit. I remember, when I was younger, watching (former Georgia Tech player) Joshua Nesbitt who was really good. (Georgia Tech) had (Deck) McGuire, too, and I remember watching them… It’s an in-state rivalry. You want to win the state and be state champs this week. It’s always good to beat Georgia Tech just because they have a lot of guys over there who take it personally when they play Georgia. It’s the last game of the season, so we want to go out with a bang… Winning is always good, but some wins are more exciting than others.”
Are you as a team balancing your focus on Georgia Tech and LSU at the same time?
“Our focus is on Georgia Tech. They’re a good team, and we can’t overlook them. They’ve got a lot of good players, too. Georgia Tech can make a bunch of plays, and their quarterback is very fast. They’ve got some good running backs who are some tough runners. They’ve even got receivers and guys in the slot. They make a lot of plays for them— the deep ball and other moves they make— so we’ve got to focus in on them.”