Video/Transcript: Lewis Cine, Ben Cleveland and Prather Hudson Interviews – Georgia vs. Vanderbilt – December 14, 2020

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Video/Transcript: Lewis Cine, Ben Cleveland and Prather Hudson Interviews – Georgia vs. Vanderbilt – December 14, 2020

On how he thought Latavious Brini did when Christopher Smith came out against Missouri…

“I think Brini answered the call well, of course. He made some good plays. He was playing fast. He was playing physical, but the thing is he prepared well in practice, and it shows up in games.”

On whether there was a particularly focused effort on stopping the run against Missouri and Larry Rountree…

“They have a good running game going from their past games. [Rountree] has been a key point of their team, so of course, we put him in the thought of, ‘Alright, we’ve got to stop the run.’ Running is something [Missouri] really [does] well, and we did that well. At the end of the day, I don’t know how much [Missouri] ended with when it comes to rushing yards, but we are really happy with what we did on stopping the run.”

On his observations of Monty Rice as a player and teammate and his thoughts on Rice being a Butkus Award finalist…

“Monty is an amazing person off the field and on the field. He’s an amazing leader. He leads by example. His effort is amazing. He’s one of those guys I look up to in the way he carries himself on the field. He grinds on the field, play by play by play. He’s going to give you his 100 percent, and frankly, he deserves that award, and hopefully, it goes his way. Off the field, he just carries himself right. He doesn’t get in trouble. He does what he’s supposed to do, and he does things right.”

On whether being crowned Co-SEC East Champions would mean anything to him…

“I mean yeah, it would be another accolade to add to the things that we’ve been able to accomplish in my time here. It’s also one of those things that we have no control over. We just have to go out and do what we do again on Saturday and let things fall into place.”

On what he has learned about JT Daniels since he took over quarterback duties…

“He’s an extremely confident individual. Just listening to him talk in meetings on Friday night, Saturday mornings. He knows what he’s doing, really knows the game plan so his confidence is something that makes him so efficient in what he does, knowing what he has to do and knowing his job and how to execute.”

On whether he thinks about what if the offense was playing like this at the start of the year…

“You know, something Coach Smart has really preached to us is the next play mentality, and I’m sure you all have heard that, but we can control nothing about the past. All we can do is keep our head down, learn from what we do and that’s what we’ve done the last few weeks. We knew what we were doing well, knew what we needed to improve on and that’s what we really focused ourselves on. I think it’s become a well-balanced piece of our offense, knowing that odds and ins.”

On playing a season during a pandemic and how that differs from his other seasons…

“I think each and every week, you’re just kind of praying and hoping that you’re going to even play the game. Nothing is guaranteed. That’s obviously been the biggest difference. With previous years, you know your schedule a year out, and it feels like each and every week, people are playing different teams each and every other week. You have no idea who you’re going to play next week. I think that has been the biggest adjustment, just kind of having that mental agility and to be able to adjust to whatever wrench comes in your plan.”

On the highlight of his time at UGA…

“I think I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t say the Rose Bowl and going out there. I’ve always dreamed of playing in that game and going out there and having the chance to cover punts and play kickoff and do all the different things I’ve always wanted to do on that field. I think that’s definitely been the highlight, to be able to play in the granddaddy of them all.”

On what led to the decision to move him to defensive back…

“I was joking a little bit ago that my nickname should be ‘Slash’ or something because I have no idea what I really am right now. I will say that I played both ways in high school, so I’m comfortable on both sides of the ball, just whatever helps this team. I had that conversation with Coach Smart last year, and I felt like whatever opportunity would arise, I’d be ready on defense. So, I was kind of ready to make that move.”

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