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Georgia Bulldogs Releases Video of First Scrimmage of 2022

August 13, 2022

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ATHENS - Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs had their first scrimmage of the season Saturday in Sanford Stadium, and the program released limited highlights Saturday night. 

Running back Kenny McIntosh ripped off a long run, and tight end newcomer Oscar Delp had a nice catch during the highlights that also featured senior quarterback Stetson Bennett. 

“Today is the day that you find out what you are made of,” Kirby said during the video. “And how hard you can push; how you can help the team. A lot of guys have a chance to step up. Support your teammate - right? The No. 1 thing we said is connection.”

Kirby said after the scrimmage that he was disappointed with the Dawgs’ defense. 

“I’m a little disappointed in the energy, enthusiasm and leadership from the defense. There wasn’t a lot of support there. When things go bad, there wasn’t a guy to pick them up and grab the bull by the horns, we didn’t have the right direction,” he said.

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Georgia is coming of the best defense the program has ever fielded, which culminated in the program’s first national title since 1980. Georgia opens the season against former Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning and the the Oregon Ducks in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. According to FanDuel, the Bulldogs are -17.5 point favorites to beat the Ducks in Atlanta

Saturday was the Dawgs’ ninth practice of August. 

“I didn’t think it was the best of our nine practices. It was our first scrimmage, our first chance to tackle live, so you always have to be careful how you assess your team when you tackle live for the first time,” Kirby said. "We have a long way to go to get where we need to go, and that has nothing to do with Oregon, that has nothing to do with anybody we play, that has to do with the Georgia Bulldogs. We have to look ourselves in the eyes, as coaches, and figure out what guys we have to do the best and get them to go execute that at the best. We have good football players on this team, we didn’t necessarily play with the right energy and enthusiasm across the board as a whole today. There was some good individual performances, but all in all, I think we have to have a better scrimmage next Saturday.”


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