Genuine experience is impossible to get ahead of time, but Georgia has done its usual piping in of extra crowd noise at practice to grow accustomed to the loud volume. That’s about all the Bulldogs can do, besides placing an emphasis on communication and knowing the play calls.
Fortunately, Georgia uses hand signals for most of its play-calling, tight end Brock Bowers said. He also tries to process as much information as he can before the play begins, in terms of how it could progress and what could be checked down.
That helped him in the 34-10 win at Auburn last year, when he was a freshman and “couldn’t hear a thing.”
“We have crowd noise over the loudspeakers at practice,” Bowers said. “It gets hard to hear sometimes, so we’re working on things on offense because we’re trying to replicate the game environment at practice.”
For some players, even if they’re not freshmen, this will mark their first trip to some SEC stadiums at full force after the COVID-19 pandemic tamped down the 2020 season. That’s reason for excitement, as this season unfolds.
“I really didn’t get a real experience my first time playing there, it was during COVID, so I’m excited to play there,” sophomore Broderick Jones said. “SEC stadiums are always going to be rocking when two SEC opponents are going at it.”
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