Meanwhile, a year after having no idea who would be quarterback or how the offense might look under new offensive coordinator Todd Monken, Georgia has had four months to build the offense around junior quarterback JT Daniels.
Here’s an astounding fact: It will be just the second time Daniels will play before a spectators in Sanford Stadium since enrolling at UGA in June.
Add to that the anticipation of getting a first look at 16 early-enrolled freshmen in the recruiting class of 2021, and there is definitely a different vibe surrounding the game.
“The players are excited they get to get out and compete and do it in a great atmosphere,” Smart said. “You only get to go to Sanford Stadium so many times a year and we don’t practice there. So, it’s one of our three chances we get to have in the stadium.”
For taking in the relative pomp and circumstance and game-day traditions that surround G-Day, there’s no better way to see it than live and in person. While the weather will be ideal for playing football – a high of 66 degrees is forecast – there is a chance of rain. But the game itself will be streamed live on SEC Network-Plus and through the ESPN app.
The SEC Network’s regular Saturday night team of Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic will provide commentary. In case you miss the game, the SEC Network will air it throughout the spring, starting at 9 p.m. Monday.
However, you end up taking it in, be sure to keep an eye on the Diamond Dogs’ fortunes against Kentucky. Coach Scott Stricklin’s team finds itself at a real crossroads in its season. While they’re still riding the high of a series win over Vanderbilt in Nashville last weekend, the Bulldogs have yet to win a home SEC series this season.
That’s nothing to be ashamed of as the previous two home sets were against top-10 opponents Tennessee and South Carolina and neither the Bulldogs nor their coach were completely healthy. They’re much closer to that this weekend and need to make move if the goal of a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth is to be achieved.
Stricklin juggled his pitching rotation for this series. Left-hander Ryan Webb moved up a day from Saturday starter, Jonathan Cannon will throw Saturday and Sunday is listed as TBD.
“We’ve got to capitalize on our momentum,” said Stricklin, who received a contract extension Thursday. “I thought we played real well last week at Vanderbilt and against Georgia State Tuesday. But we’ve talked about raising expectations, and I feel like we hadn’t been playing up to our potential until we got to Vanderbilt.”
The good news is all those fans coming into town for football will have a chance to see baseball at Foley Field as well. First pitch is scheduled for 7:02 p.m.
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