Nolan Smith is one of the vocal leaders for Georgia, and he often reveals what the true feeling or sentiment is about the team.

At a press conference on Tuesday morning, the Georgia linebacker said new life is the feeling around the program following the loss to Alabama, and ahead of the College Football Playoff semifinal against Michigan.

“Coach Smart’s even said it’s a one-game season,” Smith said. “What we did before, congratulations, and what we did before, it’s not that bad, we can learn from all our mistakes. But it’s new life. It’s one game, and you got to win to advance. I think a lot of guys are just ready to work and we’re happy that we have this opportunity.”

Smith also revealed that he has communicated with Michigan State coach Mel Tucker, a former Georgia defensive coordinator, about Michigan since Tucker’s Spartans are the only team to beat the Wolverines this season.

“He told me straight up, he said y’all should be able to go in there and give a great shot,” Smith said. “Hopefully he’s right, and hopefully the things we talked about I can transition over to how they played their game and how we’re going to play our game.”