Here’s what UGA and Missouri are saying ahead of Saturday’s noon ET game in Columbia, Mo.
Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz on redshirt freshman QB Connor Bazelak:
“He doesn’t get too high, too low. He’s got a quiet confidence about him. He’s in control out there and he knows what he’s supposed to do. When he messes up, he owns it and goes back out there and corrects it.
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Georgia coach Kirby Smart on Bazelak:
“Their quarterback is playing at a high level. He understands coverages and looks. Eliah does a great job of having passing-game situations where based on the look he gets he can get really easy soft-zone throws. He does a good job completing those and they get yards after the catch.
Georgia WR Kearis Jackson on the offense that now has had JT Daniels as starting QB for two games:
“With the amount of time we’ve had to work with each other, we’ve come a pretty far way. We’re still not there yet. We still have room for improvement just knowing that we haven’t played with the same quarterback all year.”
Georgia is preparing for its first ranked opponent in over a month in No. 25 Missouri. But there’s something else the Bulldogs should keep on their radar — cold, wet and windy weather.
As of press time, Columbia, Missouri, has a forecasted high of 41 and a low of 28 Saturday, according to The Weather Channel. There’s a 60% chance of rain as well as a possibility for snow showers, with wind speeds that will fluctuate between 10 and 20 mph. The weather conditions will be a little different compared to what the Bulldogs are used to.
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Smart on facing Missouri a month later than originally scheduled:
“I think they’ve changed, kind of like us. You grow into who you are, and they’re not the same every game. They use different groupings versus different teams. I think the things they’ve done in the last three weeks have been successful for them, but they may have chosen to do those against Vanderbilt or Arkansas or South Carolina based on another set of circumstances. And you don’t ever know how they’re going to play you. They don’t know how we’re going to play them.
UGA ILB Nakobe Dean on the stops and starts of this season:
“It’s been very a strange season and very weird in a sense. I feel like it’s been more of a mental challenge than a physical one. We’re getting ready to get in gear for a game and then last week we didn’t find out until Friday morning that we weren’t going to play. It took me a little while to deescalate my mind that we’re not going to have a game.”
Drinkwitz on his first season as Missouri head coach:
“To me, one of the main things for this year was to lay a foundation. To really instill who we want to be moving forward and making sure that everybody—whether it’s the administration, the players, the organization—knew how we were going to operate on a day-to-day basis and how we were going to play the game and the expectation of performance. I think we’re starting to see that.”