The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs take on the Samford Bulldogs on Saturday, Sept. 10. Below you can find live updates, injury news, practice news and more for the Week 2 game.
Georgia obliterated the No. 11 ranked Oregon Ducks 49-3 in its first game of the 2022 season. The Bulldogs have not lost a home game since falling to South Carolina in 2019.
Georgia football-Samford live updates, practice notes for Week 2 game
12 p.m., Sept. 5 update: Georgia coach Kirby Smart is speaking to reporters.
- Smart begins his press conference by wishing Vince Dooley a happy birthday, as the coach turned 90 on Saturday.
- “They have a lot to improve on. We call them WTFs, there’s a lot of them. The largest growth for those guys is game 1, 2, 3.” — Kirby Smart on the young players.
- “He’s held ever since he’s been here. He was Camarda’s backup holder. We lost the guy before, so we go to the next best holder. It’s important for the kicker to be comfortable with the holder.” — Smart on Stetson Bennett being the team’s holder.
- “You’re constantly in a search for the. best five guys. How are they going to perform today, how do they do when things get tight? We didn’t see that. We’ll figure that out as things go along.” — Smart on the Georgia offensive line.
- “Those guys getting experience is critical. I think early in the season, those guys’ conditioning level it’s good to have three guys playing those positions.” — Smart on Amarius Mims and the depth on the offensive line.
- “I think there is some good and bad to both. Everybody loves change and it’s on a continuum. I don’t really get into whether it’s going to be beneficial or not.” — Smart on the 12-team playoff.
- Smart stresses the importance of FCS programs, saying that the programs can’t survive without these kind of games.
- “Carson was very calm, cool and collected. I thought he did a good job. I think he’d be the first to tell you he had a chance to improve on some of those things.” — Smart on Carson Beck.
- “You base it on who practices the best. His work ethic and his humility have been off the charts. He’s got to play well and play big for a guy that is 260, 265.” — Smart on Mykel Williams.
- “We had a plan all along in terms of how he practiced and how he grew. That plan can change in-game. The plan was to get him in early. He made a few mistakes and he made a few plays.” — Smart on Malaki Starks.
- “Being loud and wrong is better than being quiet and right.” — Smart on the importance of playing with confidence.
- “I’m focused on us. That’s going to be critical, how mature our team is. Standards don’t need motivation.”
- “I’ve never seen any of his TikToks.” — Kirby Smart on Nazir Stackhouse. “He’s worked hard to get in better shape. He needed development. He wasn’t the player he is today when he got here. If he continues to get better, it allows us to have a really physical presence in there.”
- “When you become relieved, you become complacent.”
- “I thought both those guys got to go in the game. I think the sky is the limit for both those guys.” — Smart on Oscar Delp and Arik Gilbert
11 am, Sept. 5 update: After destroying the Oregon Ducks this past weekend, No. 3 Georgia will have its home opener on Saturday against the Samford Bulldogs. Both teams are coming off opening week wins, as Georgia won 49-3, while Samford beat Kennesaw State.
Georgia was an offensive juggernaut in the win over the Ducks rolling up 571 yards of offense. The Bulldogs won mostly through the air, as quarterback Stetson Bennett threw for a career-high 368 yards.
The beauty of Georgia’s offense though is that this week the Bulldogs could lean on their running game. Or simply air it out again to push even further back against the negative recruiting narrative.
“We want people that want to come play in this offense, and I think when you watch what they did today, if you’re watching from home, you’re saying, man, I’d love to play in that offense,” Kirby Smart said on Saturday. “They throw the ball around, they toss it around, 30 for 37 for how many yards? I don’t know, but he threw the ball really well. Passes, he threw a lot of passes for a lot of yards. I think that’s a credit to the offensive staff or the planning they had.”
The Samford game should give Georgia the chance to play a number of young players, with the Bulldogs being an FCS foe. Samford did give Florida a scare last season, with the Gators pulling out a 70-52 victory.
Georgia did start freshman Mykel Williams at defensive end against Oregon, while freshman safety Malaki Starks made the play of the game with a leaping interception on a Bo Nix pass.
Expect even more first and second-year players, such as Brock Vandagriff and Branson Robinson, to see plenty of run in the game against Samford.
This will also be Georgia’s first home game since winning the national championship last season. The game is set for a 4 pm ET kickoff, with the SEC Network broadcasting the game
Georgia football injury report for Week 2 game against Samford
- Andrew Paul (out, knee)
- Arian Smith (out, ankle)
- Chris Smith (questionable, shoulder)
- Tykee Smith (knee, likely)
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