Watch: Jermaine Johnson, Justin Shaffer, John FitzPatrick, and Channing Tindall Interviews, Transcripts Included

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Watch: Jermaine Johnson, Justin Shaffer, John FitzPatrick, and Channing Tindall Interviews, Transcripts Included

On the team’s motivation going into this weekend and whether last year’s loss against South Carolina affects UGA’s mindset…

“Obviously, you want to win every game you play, but you win some and you lose some. We’re going go out there and attack it like it was any other week and prepare just as hard. We keep the main thing the main thing, and we’re just trying to keep raising our own standard of how we play. We’re going just going to go out there and try to win the game.”

On what he has seen from Channing Tindall…

“Channing is a great player, a great kid and a great teammate, most of all. He never complains about playing time; he doesn’t like that. He goes out there and does what he’s got to do when his name is called. When you have a teammate like that and a player like that, good things will definitely come his way.”

On the reason for coming out of the game at certain points against Mississippi State last Saturday…

“As you guys know, I missed basically the first three games due to injury. I was excited to come back and be with my team and help them in any way that I could. Saturday, there was no injury or anything like that. We’re just pretty serious about keeping fresh legs out there and doing whatever we could do to make sure that we didn’t have tired guys out there. We’re just rotating between most of the guys in our room, like every four or five plays, just to make sure we’re all fresh out there and can make an impact on the field. I think everybody in that room got the job done, and I think we’re all very capable.”

On the offensive line struggles against Mississippi State…

“After watching the tape myself I feel like there’s a lot we left out on the field. We get to watch the tape again and clean up as a team and an offensive line.”

On South Carolina’s defensive front…

“I haven’t looked at them a lot yet but previously looking at games they have a solid front.”

On his comeback from his neck injury last season…

“It was very scary. Going into the locker room and having that pain in my neck. There was a whole lot of thoughts and wondering if I was going to be able to come back because a neck injury is a real serious injury. Most people don’t come back from a neck injury.”

On JT Daniels’ demeanor on and off the field…

“He is a guy who just wants to do everything right. He always is by himself. Every time I see him he’s got his headphones in, listening to music. He’s a person who never has a problem in class, on and off the field. Just does everything right as a person.”

On JT Daniels playing…

“I was excited to play with JT, but since everyone gets reps during the week, we were ready for Coach Smart to call upon him. We work so hard in practice with each quarterback, we were excited to have him and he did a great job.”

On seeing JT and the offensive line come to fruition…

“It was exciting to see his big, explosive plays. I wouldn’t say that it was quarterback dependent, I think it was more of putting everything together. The first few games, we hadn’t put everything together. Against Mississippi State we did put it together and hit our deep shots. it opened up more opportunity in the run game, so it was exciting all around.”

On if there is any motivation from their loss against South Carolina last year…

“There’s definitely motivation there, we came into that game and didn’t play like we wanted to. We’re going to come out this year, focus on us, work hard at practice and play more physical.”

On how they feel as a defense…

“We felt as a team that we worked hard; it was a good team win. There is always something we need to work on or get better at. That game we did play differently, but now we have to focus on this week and what this team has to offer.”

On the opportunities that are in front of him…

“Coming from linebacker, I wasn’t ready and there was a lot I needed to work on. Just seeing the success, you strive for it more and more. It becomes a hunger or an addiction, it’s something I’m going to get better at every day. Especially playing South Carolina, that’s the one game I mark down every year.”

On what this year has been like for the defense…

“The defense is like my family, we know what the problem is, it’s just a matter of time before we fix it and are all on the same page. Everyone needs to find what they need to do within themselves. Once we’re all on the same page, things will turn around for us.” 

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