Georgia’s sophomore offensive lineman and starting center Trey Hill met with the media during player interviews on Monday, September 30th, 2019, to discuss Georgia’s game on Saturday versus Tennessee.
Of course, one of the storylines in this 2019 Georgia-Tennessee game is that the Bulldogs’ former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is now the Volunteer’s OC. Hill was asked how he felt about one of his former coaches being on the opponent’s sideline.
“It’s a very unique feeling,” said Hill. “Our coaching staff used to be over there, theirs used to be over here. It’ll be a pretty good battle.”
Hill also shared his experience as a true freshman and coming off the bench for injured starting center Lamont Gaillard during last year’s Kentucky game on the Bulldog’s first offensive series.
“It was really just an adrenaline rush. I just had to focus on remembering everything, all the calls with being a freshman at the time,” said Hill. “I just remember going out there and being me.”
Georgia hasn’t had any major or season-ending injuries during their first four games, but hey have had a number of players dinged up. Starting offensive guard Solomon Kindley and starting right tackle Isaiah Wilson both have missed some playing and practice time. With players being shuffled around on the offensive line, how have the Dawgs been able to keep practicing and performing at a high level?
“I think this week was good for us. I think whatever guy goes in whatever position is going to be good for us,” said Hill.
Under Kirby Smart, UGA has had a lot of success against SEC East opponents. Since the Kentucky game on November 5, 2016, the Bulldogs have gone 14-0 against SEC East teams, and against all SEC foes, Smart and the Dawgs are 19-6 overall. Hill was asked about that success and what he thought attributed to it.
“I think our preparation and the way we practice. Our Tuesday and Wednesday practices play a huge role,” said Hill. “Just going out and practicing hard every day.”
And Georgia has a chance to extend that streak versus SEC East division opponents to 15-0 this Saturday when the Bulldogs take on the Volunteers in Knoxville, TN, which is set for a 7:00 p.m. EST kickoff on ESPN.