Georgia's 23-17 win over Notre Dame last season was re-broadcast on the SEC Network Saturday and Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart enthusiastically followed along and shared his thoughts on Twitter.

Several of the key UGA players in the Sept. 21 game also responded to their coach’s tweets.

Smart pitched the idea recently to members of Georgia’s marketing and promotions team and the result was “Virtual G-Day.”

Georgia, like all other SEC football programs, canceled spring practice March 15 just as the coronavirus pandemic began to significantly impact the country. That included the annual intrasquad game, which was to be played at 2 p.m. Saturday and broadcast on the SEC Network.

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Here’s a collection of Smart’s best tweets from Saturday:

On the close game:

 

On the victory and the home crowd:

 

Smart praised D’Andre Swift and the running back responded:

 
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D'Andre Swift leaps over Notre Dame cornerback Shaun Crawford.  Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

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D'Andre Swift leaps over Notre Dame cornerback Shaun Crawford. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

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On two players that will be back on the field this fall:

 

Defensive back J.R. Reed posted after Smart mentioned him after a big interception:

 

Receiver Lawrence Cager voiced his appreciation for the UGA defense after Smart discussed the chemistry between Cager and QB Jake Fromm:

 

On recruiting players from the state of Georgia:

 

On UGA’s fans at Sanford Stadium:

 

After a pass by QB Jake Fromm:

 

On the UGA defense and the tradition at Georgia:

 

On kicker Rodrigo Blankenship:

 

The Bulldogs are scheduled to open their 2020 season versus Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game Sept. 7 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.