If you’re still trying to get some insight into what Kirby Smart was trying to instill in his team last season, you might find this quote revealing.
Not a shouter by nature, Godwin can be heard daily correcting and encouraging teammates. Meanwhile, he’s an integral part of much that Georgia does on offense. He’s the first option for handling wildcat (or “wild dawg”) duties when the call is to shift the quarterback out of the shotgun.
“Terry is really doing a good job of being a leader and challenging those guys, a lot more so than he did at this time last year,” Smart said. “He’s coming into his own when it comes to work ethic.”
Godwin, mind you, came into last season as Georgia’s leading returning receiver, just as he is in 2017. His 2016 stats are remarkably similar to those of his as a true freshman. Does his “coming into his own” from a work ethic standpoint mean that he’s on the verge of a true breakout season?
That may depend on how you define breakout.
“I’ll say this about them: They’re playing more physical than they ever have since we’ve been here,” Smart said. “J.J. Holloman, Tyler Simmons, even Terry. We had a bubble screen when Terry went out there and blocked and was physical. On that part they’ve answered the bell. We’ve just got to get them open and get them separated more.” [Emphasis added.]