Will Georgia experience a Rose Bowl hangover? Bulldogs coaches talk energy of championship week practices
Earlier in the week, Georgia coach Kirby Smart expressed concerns that the emotion of his squad’s thrilling 51-45 win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl would potentially have his team drained heading into the College Football Playoff championship game against Alabama Monday in Atlanta.
“A very emotional game … which concerns me, and I talked to the players immediately afterward about not burning any more energy or emotion on that game and moving on,” Smart said.
At Saturday’s media day, Smart’s assistants said they haven’t seen any sign of a Rose Bowl hangover, according to UGA Sports’ Anthony Dasher.
“Those suckers have been bouncing around,” UGA defensive line coach Tray Scott told Dasher. “I’ve actually gotten my energy from some of my guys. You think, ‘Golly man, these guys are getting ready for their 15th game and they’re still really approaching this the right way.’ That just lets me know as a coach that everything is lined out for them. They understand what’s going on, they’re focused on a mission and the task at hand. These guys are way more resilient than we ever thought about being.”
Offensive line coach Sam Pittman also brushed off any concerns of playing the championship game a week later.
“We’ve had really good practices,” Pittman said. “I don’t think the trip to the Rose Bowl is going to play a factor.”
Bulldogs players also gave their thoughts on the quick turnaround to Dasher. His full article can be found here.