Former Georgia defensive lineman Marcus Stroud joined 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville this week to talk about the Bulldog’s victory over Florida.
“As always, every year that we play Florida it’s a big game, especially coming off the little hiccup we had against LSU,” Stroud told 1010XL. “We needed to come out and play well and get a big win and that is exactly what the Bulldogs did.”
Stroud has liked what he has seen out of Kirby Smart and his staff so far in Athens.
“Kirby has done a great job,” Stroud said. “That’s not to say that Coach (Mark) Richt wasn’t doing a good job because he was, but Kirby has seemed to get us in a better position in the national spotlight.
“From the looks of it we are going to be annual contenders for the SEC East now, so I’m very excited and happy and looking forward to what the future holds for the Georgia Bulldogs.”
Stroud, who starred at Georgia from 1997-2000 and went on to be drafted in the first-round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, was asked how often he makes it back to Athens to see his alma mater.
“I had a chance to talk with those guys this summer because I was up there this summer,” Stroud said. “I get a chance to go back every once in a while. I’ve been a little bust this year with coaching high school football, but I usually get back up there once or twice a year to catch a few games.”
Finally, Stroud was asked if Georgia will have any trouble getting back up for another big game this week in Lexington following the emotional win one week ago over Florida.
“Absolutely not,” Stroud said. “They better not have any anyway because Kentucky is a good team and the rest of our schedule, we are playing good teams.
“We have Kentucky left that has only lost one game and we still have Auburn left as well. So, this is definitely not the time just because we beat Florida to rest on our laurels. Especially because we are playing a team like Kentucky that also beat the team you just beat.”
Georgia and Kentucky are set for a 3:30 kickoff this Saturday and the game will be televised nationally on CBS.
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