Nolan Smith leaves no doubt Georgia ready to ‘finish the job’ against Alabama in CFP title tilt


ATHENS – Nolan Smith makes a compelling case Georgia are set to finish what they started this season when they face Alabama in the National Championship game next Monday.

Smith, a junior outside linebacker, said these Bulldogs were ready for the rematch against the Tide after being knocked down in the SEC Championship game last month by 41-24.

“I think we’ve been hit pretty hard and I think we’ve recovered quite well,” said Smith, who lives up to the billing he received as a No.1 rookie in 2019. ” Our guys didn’t care from day one; our guys said we know we have to get down to business, and we know we have the opportunity of our lives, and now we’re here in the national championship match.

“Now it’s time to go finish the job. “

The Georgia-Alabama College football playoff championship game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Smith said on Tuesday that he and his teammates saw it as their date with fate, the culmination of years of hard work.

“We came here to be legendary, to be special and to leave a mark,” Smith said. “Like I always say, I want to take my kid back and tell him that’s what I did, I want to leave my mark. I don’t want to be just another University of Georgia football player.

Indeed, Smith grew up in Savannah, a Bulldogs fan hearing stories about the legendary Georgia National Championship team in 1980, led by great running back Herschel Walker.

This Bulldogs team is considerably more balanced, although most of their star power lies in their defensive front seven, where there are no less than three NFL draft picks in the first round, in addition to Smith. .

“You change three games in the game, and the whole game could have been different,” Smith said. “One of those plays is on me, myself, I should have been more aware of jumping on the ball instead of trying to pick it up and run.”

Instead, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young recovered, and two games later Alabama scored to take a 24-17 lead in the locker room at halftime.

“You can’t have these little mistakes in these big games,” said Smith, “because it’s a game of thumbs.”

And it’s a game Smith has waited for all his life.

“I’ve been playing football since I was 4, and in 16 years I haven’t won anything, I haven’t won a championship,” Smith said. “I won a few bowl games, but not much, but not a championship yet, and it’s something that keeps me going, it’s something in my head that keeps me driving.

“I just want to win, I don’t care how it’s done, how pretty it is. I just want to win and play ball.



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