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MUST WATCH: Kirby Smart Post-Game Speech to Georgia Bulldogs after win over Tennessee Vols

November 10, 2022

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ATHENS - Georgia coach Kirby Smart’s post-game comments to his No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs after the win over Tennessee were to the point. 

“We are a little beat up - wouldn't y'all agree? Ladd beat up,” Kirby said after the game in a segment broadcast by the SEC Network. “This guy's beat up. He's hurt a little bit. Don't ever underestimate the power of physical toughness. Physical toughness wins in football now, and if you are in this room you got it. And if you are coming here, you had better believe in it.”

The Bulldogs were without several potential starters for the Tennessee game including AD Mitchell (ankle), Xavier Truss (toe) and Amarius Mims (knee). In addition Ladd McConkey, Smael Mondon Jr, Kenny McIntosh, Jalen Carter and others have missed time this season with injuries. 

But Kirby stressed that the Bulldogs were going to be prepared for the rigors of SEC play. 

“Physical toughness is what makes a difference,” he said. 

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That toughness powered the Bulldogs to a lopsided 27-13 win over the Vols. The win positions the Dawgs to win the SEC East this weekend at Mississippi State. Should that happen it would be the fifth time in six seasons that Georgia has won its division. 

Georgia jumped out to a 24-3 lead on the Vols - killing the clock in the second half on the way to the win. McConkey teamed up with quarterback Stetson Bennett to score the first two touchdowns of the game. Bennett’s 13-yard scramble capped a five-play drive. A few minutes later Bennett hit McConkey on a 37-yard score to go up 14-3. That play was setup by a 75-yard coffin-corner kick from Brett Thorson. 


“Hell of a job both units - complementary football,” Kirby told his team. “Offense - y'all were explosive, aggressive and really we took the ball out of your hands some Stetson. It was wet and nasty. We played like we had to play to win the game. It was a hell of a job being explosive.”

The rain, and an eight-minute third quarter drive all but ended the Vols’ chance to come back to win the game. In the locker room Kirby gathered his team for one last statement: 

“I ain't been around a group as connected and as much love as is in this room. Be a part of it. Be a part of the solution. Team on three. Team. On. Three,”

Kirby then celebrated by grabbing and hugging his youngest son and delivering two high fives before putting his visor on him and watching him smile.

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