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Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart

On the win ...

“We’re always proud to get a win. At the end of the day, a lot of work goes into a game, and I want the kids to be able to celebrate that. We just

need to fix a few things. ... We’ll work this week, like we always do, on fundamentals. We’ve got to tackle better. We had sloppy, sloppy

tackling. Against good people, that will come back to haunt you. We’ll work on that.”

On the heat ...

“We’re used to the heat. We’ve had 24-25 outdoor practices in that kind of heat, so we’re used to it. I thought they did a good job of pushing

through it. We were sloppy at times and we played well at times. We’ve got things to correct. But playing a game, that’s how you get better. It’s

not always perfect, but if you keep chopping wood, good things happen. We got some momentum there in the second quarter.”

On playing so many people...

“It helps tremendously to go out and play. Players think they’re ready, then their moment comes, and they’ve got nerves. The next time, they get

better. Then better. Then better. A lot of guys got to grow up today. It’s a maturity process as we build toward the future.”

On receiver George Pickens...

“Pickens did some good things. He’s talented. He just needs to control his emotions. I love the kid and he plays with energy, but he needs to

play within the realm of the discipline of our program. He’s got a lot of talent. I’m excited for his future.”

On Arkansas State...

“They have a good program. They’ve upset a lot of teams through the years, some in our conference. And it’s been a cradle for good coaches.

They do a good job in these types of games.”

On the naming of Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium...

“Congratulations to Coach Dooley. What a great person, what a great man. He has touched so many lives, so many generations. I was proud

that our fans braved the 100-degree heat to be in the stadium to honor him.”

Junior TB #7 D’Andre Swift

On the freshman running backs catching the ball...

“Most definitely, we’ve got a lot of young guys that can play. It felt good today to see them go out there and do that.”

On what he takes away from this game...

“Just seeing how the young guys did. We’ve got to get better and we’ve got to start better. Defense played well for the most part, and just a lot

of young guys did some great things today.”

Redshirt-Freshman OLB #13 Azeez Ojulari

On whether ‘havoc’ led to overplaying on defense...

“We just had a couple mistakes. I think it’s just on our part. That’s something we can fix next week, though. I think we can fix it.”

On scheming for Murray State’s offense...

“We just do it week-by-week and focus on whoever’s in front of us. First, we get that done and then we worry about the next one. We just came

in and focused on Murray State, just stopping them and continuing on this season.”

Graduate TE #17 Eli Wolf

On his fumble and recovering from that play...

“The fumble, I expect more out of myself. I got stood up and there’s no excuse for that. For the coordinator, Coach [James] Coley, to come back

to me and have trust in me, it meant a lot. It helped me get over it a little bit and move on. That’s what you’ve got to do with those kind of plays.”


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