Dawg fans were cheering and celebrating Georgia’s 21-0 win over Kentucky on Saturday night, but in the first half of the wet and windy game, there were a number of “boo-birds” that came out from seats at Sanford Stadium, echoing across Dooley Field as UGA’s offense struggled to sustain drives, punting the ball on five of it’s six first-half possessions.
Junior offensive tackle Andrew Thomas commented on fans booing the team at half-time.
“We try not to pay attention to the outside,” said Thomas. “The fans they support us, but they’re not out there playing. We got to stick together as a team.”
Thomas’ fellow o-lineman, Ben Cleveland, also commented about the fans booing in the first half.
“That’s on them. People have their own opinions,” said Cleveland. “I think it is what Swift said earlier in the week, for those counting us out obviously can’t count. So… that’s on that them. We’re worried about the men in that room and us doing our job and performing. And that is exactly what we did after half time.”
And it wasn’t just offensive players that heard the chorus of boos. Safety Richard LeCounte said it was “disappointing.”
“I mean… It was definitely disappointing,” said LeCounte. “…It’s football It happens.”
Kirby Smart addressed the “boo-birds” in his post-game press conference at the 04:03 mark and stated they’re entitled to their opinions and he respects that but at the end of the day, that he and his coaching staff cannot make decisions based on the crowd’s reaction.
“No effect for me, I’ve got headphones on. We’re trying to make the best decisions that give us the best chance. I mean, you know, fans, that’s what they pay their money for, to give their opinions, and they’re entitled to that. I respect that,” said Smart. “But at the end of the day, our job is to put our kids in the most successful situations and allow them to be successful—you know what I mean. I don’t think you make decisions based on that (crowd reaction). If you do—you never look back. You’ve got to make decisions based on patience, the weather, the field position, and all those decisions that were involved and that were calculated.”
Whether or not the fans were booing the coaches, specifically Offensive Coordinator James Coley and the play calling, and not the players, is a matter of debate. But regardless, the players heard it and take it personally because along with the coaches, they are part of a “team.” In the end, it was not a good look for the University, especially to those recruiting prospects and their families in attendance.
You can listen to Andrew Thomas’ full post-Georgia vs. Kentucky game interview by clicking on the video below.