Nobody questions Georgia’s talent. The question is about focus and mindset. It sounds like the players know that, too.
“I don’t want to say we’ve just been pushing our way through,” defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter said. “We’ve had some physical games, but I don’t think we’ve really been battle-tested. We’re actually excited to have a situation where that’s going to happen. We’ve been waiting to see what we’re like through four quarters of a football game and we want to accept that challenge.”
“I mean I think the tests are coming up,” Smart said. “We’ve got some tough games. We got a bye week after this one, and that’s probably coming at a good time because we got a football team that’s beat up, dinged up, just like every team in the conference is. You don’t get through this conference without being a little sore and a little beat up. But I think that our tests are upcoming. I think we play some good football teams starting this week with what’s an extremely physical, well-coached football team, in a tough place to play.”
We’re about to find out.