Thursday, November 9, 2017

Dawgs Focused On Auburn

UGA Sports Communications

The Dawgs continued preparations for their upcoming Southeastern Conference road game with Auburn by conducting a two-hour indoor workout in full pads Wednesday.

The Dawgs (9-0, 6-0 SEC) face the Tigers (7-2, 5-1 SEC) Saturday in Auburn. During Wednesday’s SEC Coaches weekly media teleconference, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said the Dawgs are focused on the Tigers.

“The Georgia-Auburn rivalry is one of the best and one of the oldest in the South,” said Smart. “Our guys are excited to go play a really good Auburn football team that is playing at a high level right now. The last few weeks they have come together offensively, defensively and special teams.”

Smart was asked about the growth of freshman quarterback Jake Fromm and facing another ranked opponent on the road this season.
“We felt like all along he’s a bright kid, and the packages we’ve had during training camp and the first couple of games, it’s really just picking the plays that we feel like fit the defense well,” said Smart. “The one place he’s shown the most growth is his ability to make decisions, run-pass decisions and make the correct decision when the play is not there, to throw it away or just eat the ball and not have the opportunity for a turnover. He’s got to continue to do that because he’s surrounded with some really good players. We’ve got to put him in situations that he can be successful.”

Following Wednesday’s workout, selected Dawgs met with the media and discussed their play and facing the Tigers Saturday.

“We understand they play the pass very well, and we’re going to have to make plays,” said senior wide receiver Javon Wims. ”We’ve been studying tape from this season and past seasons. As receivers, we have to be able to block and be physical too.”

“Auburn will be one of our biggest challenges this season, they have a big defensive line and play very physical,” said sophomore tight end Charlie Woerner. “It’s going to be very important to establish the run and be physical from the start. That’s what we’ve done in every game this season.”

Kickoff between the Dawgs and Tigers on Saturday will be at 3:39 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports.

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