… but if this is any indication, the players sound like they’re taking it more seriously than they did last time out.
But two Georgia defensive backs on this year’s Georgia team have both stated they will be playing in the 2020 Sugar Bowl when Georgia takes on Baylor on Jan. 1 in New Orleans.
LeCounte told reporters after Georgia’s 37-10 defeat to LSU in the SEC championship game.
“I’m definitely going to play in the bowl game,” LeCounte said. “The next thing I’m looking forward to is what happens in the bowl game.
Reed told reporters the same when speaking with media in Atlanta. Reed is a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which will be presented on Thursday night.
“The Dawgs are playing and I’m still a Dawg,” Reed said according to the Athens Banner-Herald’s Marc Weiszer.
That falls in line with Smart’s proclaimed strategy that he wants to emphasize players who want to play in the bowl game. When you’re as deep as Georgia is at most positions, it’s a good approach, I suppose.
I don’t think it’s a horse out of the barn situation, either. When you combine how the 2019 regular season ended with the egg the team laid in the last Sugar Bowl, showing up to play this go ’round would restore a certain vibe. Another lackadaisical approach to a bowl game following a disappointing SECCG would be certain to leave a lasting bad taste in the collective mouth of the fan base and I don’t think that’s something Smart wants to risk.