Georgia Looks to Continue Arkansas Misery in Season Opener

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Georgia has to break in a new quarterback as they start their season Saturday against Arkansas. That’s never an easy deal, but it sure beats the Razorbacks predicament. They’ve lost 19 SEC games in-a-row.

The Georgia season may be kicking three weeks late, but hey, at least it’s kicking.
Said linebacker Monty Rice:”I was not very confident that we were going to play this year, especially after the other conferences shut it down, but we’re here for a reason, so let’s play.”
The Dawgs lost only twice last year, but maybe that South Carolina loss dulled the Dawgs shine.
Said receiver Kearis Jackson:”Last year wasn’t the year we wanted to have, but now it’s time to make a statement. I believe that every guy in that room has the ability to do that.”
Said head coach Smart:”I think the first game is your first opportunity to create your identity to figure out who your leaders are. To figure out who we are going to be in all three phases.”
Said Rice:”Ultimately you are going to be judged on how you play on Saturday. That’s why we have a great opportunity this weekend for everybody on offense, defense, and special teams to go showcase what we’ve been doing the last couple of months, and what we’ve been preparing for.”
Of course Georgia will face an old friend in Arkansas coach Sam Pittman, who used to be the Dawgs offensive line coach.
Said Smart:”As far as what kind of mark he left on our program, I think that’s evident by the offensive lines we’ve had. He was a really good recruiter. He was a relationship driven coach. Players just love him.”
So what can the Dawgs expect from the Hogs? A lot more tempo for the Arkansas offense.
Said linebacker Jermaine Johnson:”I’m aware that their offensive coordinator came from Florida State. He likes to move fast. Fast tempo with the offense. Coach Smart has had us out there running fast. Being ready for that.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.