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December 16, 2005Check out what Georgia offensive coordinator Neil Callaway and defensive coordinator Willie Martinez had to say at today UGA football press conference. Head coach Mark Richt is out of town on personal business, and will return Saturday, but the football team starts bowl practices this afternoon.
Offensive Coordinator Neil Callaway
(On the West Virginia defense):
(On the practice time before the Sugar Bowl):
(On the offensive line):
(More on the WVU defense):
(On new offense looks for the Sugar Bowl):
(On motivating the players):
(On the coaching staff's record of 52-12 since coming to UGA):
Defensive Coordinator Willie Martinez
(On defending the West Virginia offense):
As talented as Pat White is, you have to account for defending him. There are enough hats to put a man on the linemen and the backs, but not necessarily the quarterback. Pat White is a heck of an athlete ? there could be a player to defend him in option but then he still is unable to make the tackle. Then you have Slaton the freshman, who is very talented and gets more confident week after week. Also, Owen Schmidt does great job. He is the fullback but he has played tailback and he is a tough guy to bring down.
Obviously they have a very potent rushing offense. It is misleading that they are ranked low in the passing attack; they are completing high percentage pass plays that compliment their running game. They take chances once in a while, but mostly they just compliment their running game well with a controlled passing game. This will be a challenge for us, they've got the fifth-ranked rushing offense in country, and the quarterback and running back have a lot to do with that. When you commit to putting eight in the box you make sure you commit an extra defender to the run but open yourself up to play action stuff. It's kind of a cat and mouse game. You have to pick your spots, that's our challenge. They've seen it all, it isn't like we'll give them something they haven't seen before. We will have to change it up, our players know what they need to do. At the same time, when they pass, we have to commit extra players to coverage. It is a good offense, it's not complicated, and they know how to stress a defense."
(More on defending West Virginia):
(On the success of Greg Blue):
(On the current senior class):
(On Jennings' interceptions in the last two games):
Obviously the LSU game was an outstanding game for him. He made a lot of plays. On the interception in that game it was different call but he was prepared, saw the set, recognized the call, then sat on the route. Matt Flynn underthrew the ball a little bit, Timmy broke on it and made an outstanding play. He really wanted to be here. He was the kind of guy that even though we didn't make an offer until pretty late, he stuck with us."
Georgia Player Press Conference Quotes
Russ Tanner (center), on the West Virginia game - "This game is huge. It's our senior year for some of us and we realize the importance of going out with a bang. We want to have that sweet taste in our mouths and that's how we want to go out - with a win."
On having the Sugar Bowl in Atlanta ? "It's definitely great to have our fans there and we feel comfortable and at home in the Georgia Dome. Hopefully we'll have a lot of support there on Jan. 2."
Kregg Lumpkin (tailback), on playing this year after being injured last season ? "Right now, the opportunity to produce is a great feeling after sitting out with an injury. Being out there and playing, it's a feeling you can't describe. It was tough the first couple of games because I was thinking about preventing something like that from happening again. But now I'm able to go out there and just play and not worry about it."
Thomas Brown (tailback), on the Sugar Bowl being a couple weeks after the SEC Championship ? "Being able to take a couple weeks off and getting everything straight academically has been nice. Now we're focusing completely on the Sugar Bowl."
On D.J. Shockley this season ? "He's done a great job. He's brought us together and made some plays that have helped keep us in games all season and stay focused."
DeMario Minter (cornerback), on West Virginia ? "I watched some of their Thursday night games and they have a very good running back and quarterback. They are an awesome combination and have a knack for running the ball."
On getting prepared for the Sugar Bowl ? "A lot of times, Coach (Mark) Richt says this is the first game of the season and then asks us if we want to start off good and get our momentum going and that usually gets us focused."
Max Jean-Gilles (offensive guard), on finishing this season on a positive note ? "Our senior class wants to go out with a bang. I think this group has the most camaraderie as well as the most wins of almost any team here ever and we owe this to our fans and to the whole 'DawgNation'."
D.J. Shockley (quarterback), on the Sugar Bowl feeling much like the SEC Championship because of its location ? "It does feel a little bit like part two of the SEC Championship, but once we get there, it will be nothing but Sugar Bowl talk."
On playing against the defenses in the SEC ? "Playing those defenses gives us a lot of confidence. Running, throwing and scoring some points on those defenses is good for us when we prepare to take on a team like West Virginia."
On this game being particularly meaningful ? "This game is up there in my top two or three games of all-time. It's an exciting time since I'm graduating on Saturday, which is what you come to college for, so it comes at an important time in my life."