Smart Complimentary to Missouri Coach, Team in Advance of Saturday Matchup

Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart opened today’s press conference with positive remarks about Missouri head coach Barry Odom.

“Barry Odom is similar to myself…is coaching his alma mater. And through the SEC…I’ve gotten to know him well. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He’s a really good ball coach. I thought the job he did last year was just remarkable,” Coach Smart said.

Coach Smart made it known his team was focusing on the challenges they will face when they play Missouri Saturday in Columbia. He mentioned “big physical players, (an) experienced quarterback, (and) a tough place to play” as some of those challenges.

The players said they were reviewing tape from last year’s game against Missouri, but the team feels confident amid their preparations and handwork.

Running back Elijah Holyfield was asked what he is doing to improve this season.

“I think I’m trying to get in better condition for more carries. I’m trying to get stronger, bigger, faster,” said Holyfield.

Safety J.R. Reed spoke about power and consistency.

“You know, we just gotta not give up those explosive plays this whole game, no matter who it is,” Reed said.

“Are we going to stick to our plan to be balanced? Absolutely,” said Coach Smart. “We’re gonna do and prepare to be able to score points the best way possible. And to stop them from scoring points is the objective.”

Kick-off for Saturday’s game at Faurot Field Memorial Stadium is at noon and will be broadcasted by ESPN.

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