Georgia is widely believed to be a national championship contender this season, and the feeling has taken on a different spin this year because the Bulldogs have an established quarterback along with their normally stout defense.

But how does the governor feel about it? Brian Kemp is a Georgia alumnus who often attends games and mingles at tailgates around Athens. He was in the Classic City on Thursday to sign name, image and likeness legislation and later visited with Paul Finebaum on the SEC Network.

Kemp said “we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel” in terms of the pandemic, and he supports having 100 percent capacity at Sanford Stadium this fall.

Finebaum asked him about the upcoming football season, and how he sees the prospects for the Bulldogs. Kemp called the 2021 season one of the more anticipated and exciting college football years, and even sports in general, post-pandemic.

“People need an outlet, they’re ready to get back and have some fun, to see friends and family and cheer on their favorite team,” Kemp said. “For Georgia, I think they’re going to be really strong. They’ve got the players, unlike last year, I think we’ve just got to keep everybody healthy. I think that was one of the things that hurt us in big games last year. We had key people that were out and hurt. We’ve got a lot of stability coming back obviously at the quarterback position and just loaded players on defense. So it’s going to be a fun year again at the University of Georgia and really college football in general no matter what level of the competition.”