Georgia football : Live updates, injury news, practice notes for game
Georgia football begins the 2022 college football season by taking on the Oregon Ducks in a Week 1 game. Below you can find live updates, the latest injury report and practice notes for the game.
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The game is one of three ranked matchups taking place during the opening week of the season. The game will also be played in Atlanta.
Georgia football-Oregon live updates, practice news for Week 1 game
12 p.m. update, Aug 29: Kirby Smart and Stetson Bennett will speak shortly to the media
- “I thought we had a really good football camp in terms of physicality. Really proud of how hard we worked and strained.” — Kirby Smart on Georgia’s fall camp
- “We’ve got a lot of situational football to get ready for.” — Kirby Smart
- “Dan has taken those guys and watched them during the spring game. They’re going to be a hell of a team.” — Smart
- “He didn’t try to be somebody he wasn’t. He just worked. He did a really good job of doing what he asked them to do. When we had a job come open, it ended up being a no-brainer.” — Smart on Dan Lanning.
- “There’s never been enough depth. I can’t tell you we’ve had enough depth at any position. I don’t know there’s a major concern for depth there.” — Smart on the wide receiver position.
- “They’re inexperienced. Hopefully, they’re as talented as we think they are. They need to play in a game. They need good things to happen. I’ve never coached a defensive player who hasn’t given up a play or gotten beat. So how do they respond to that? We don’t know.” — Smart on
- “For the players, we’re worried about what they want to do.”
- “Consistency, leadership, the things you want your quarterbacks to be. Anytime you’ve got a guy that’s been a meeting room for two, three years it helps. He’s taken more reps with the ones. He gets to go against the best we have to offer. We need him to play well.” — Smart on Stetson Bennett
- “I know who the quarterback is going to be, I’m not worried about that.” — Smart on Oregon’s quarterback situation.
- “We have mutual respect for each other. Always will, always have.” — Smart on Lanning.
- “He’s fit in very naturally. He’s had a very steady climb. He’s very intelligent. He plays really hard.”
- “Really pleased with the work of all those guys.” — Smart on the punter situation. Says Brett Thorson is in the lead.
- Mentions Tykee Smith, Javon Bullard and William Poole as guys competing at star.
- “I don’t know how much they’ll be matched up on them. Are they going to play nickel or regular? They have a tremendously talented room. We felt strongly they were good enough to come play.” — Smart on the Oregon inside linebackers.
- “It’s an unbelievable venue. You hope you’re back in the stadium so you have the experience for the SEC championship. To me it’s a great opportunity to go out and schedule opponents. We knew the team Oregon was going to have.”
- “At the end of the day you have to be able to block counter and you have to be able to fill counter.” — Stetson Bennet on the plan of executing.
- “Sewell is a great linebacker. Both of them are going to be great.” — Bennett on the inside linebackers.
- “Last year, I pretty much lucked into having to play. Now we’re here, it’s game week. It came faster because you’re so busy working on little things. Last year I wasn’t quite as in tuned because not only was I not the starter but I wasn’t even the second-string guy.” — Stetson Bennett on what’s different from last year.
- “He’s a quiet guy. He’s not rah-rah or anything but he’s got that look in his eye. I’d say he’s stepped up in the role that JD and Devonte had last year in more of a leadership role.” — Stetson Bennett on Jalen Carter.
- “Good or bad, I don’t worry about what other people have to say. I’m not here to prove anyone or shut up the doubters. I just try to wake up and be better than the guy next to me.” — Bennett
The last time Georgia took the field for a game, the Bulldogs emerged as champions. Now, they’ll be facing their defensive coordinator from that game, Dan Lanning, as he is now the head coach for the Oregon Ducks.
The No. 3 ranked Bulldogs take on the No. 11 Oregon Ducks to start the 2022 season. Georgia will look radically different though from when it beat Alabama in January. The Bulldogs had 15 players taken in last year’s NFL draft along with a slew of transfers as well. Many of the veteran defensive standouts from last year’s team will be replaced by new faces.
“The one thing I’ve learned is to expect the unexpected,” Smart said. “You don’t really know until you get to that first game exactly how guys are going to respond. I didn’t know exactly what kind of team we had last year until we played Clemson, and you find out early when you play a team of that caliber.”
Heading into the game, much will be made about Lanning’s time at Georgia, as he coached outside linebackers for four years and served as the program’s defensive coordinator for the last three. He recruited more than a few players on this team.
Replacing Lanning will actually be two coaches, as Glenn Schumann and Will Muschamp will serve as co-defensive coordinators this season. Smart has not yet revealed how that will work out in terms of calling the defense for Georgia.
The Bulldogs aren’t completely starting over though, with Georgia bringing back a healthy number of contributors on the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback Stetson Bennett is back, as is star tight end Brock Bowers. Georgia had an offense last year that ranked in the top-10 in points per game and yards per play and has the potential to improve off of that entering this season.
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The game will be a neutral site contest for both sides, with the game being played in Atlanta. Of course, the trip to Mercedes-Benz Stadium is much shorter for Georgia than the Ducks. The Bulldogs also have plenty of experience in the building, as Georgia has played at least one game in the stadium every year during Kirby Smart’s tenure as head coach.
Georgia football-Oregon injury updates for Week 1 game
Arian Smith(out, ankle), Andrew Paul(out, knee), Tate Ratledge (turf toe, probable), Earnest Greene (hamstring, questionable), Trezmen Marshall (calf, probable), Kendall Milton (hamstring, probable), Kearis Jackson (ankle, probable)
Georgia football-Oregon Game time for Week 1 game
Georgia football takes on Oregon at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 3
Georgia football-Oregon TV channel for Week 1 game
Georgia football-Oregon will be broadcast by ABC.