Former Georgia tailback Robert Edwards joined “XL Primetime” on 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville to discuss his memories of the Georgia-Florida rivalry this week.
“For me personally it means a great deal,” Edwards told 1010XL. “I know at my time at Georgia, I didn’t get an opportunity to beat Florida until my senior year. That was a very special moment to me because I was a contributing factor to us winning that game.
“Going out on top against those guys and maintaining bragging rights knowing that I left a winner against Florida.”
Edwards says the feeling you get when crossing over the bridges in downtown Jacksonville on game day and seeing the fans line the streets on the way to the stadium is quite the experience.
“It’s unbelievable and overwhelming,” Edwards said. “It gives you goose bumps and chills, knowing that this many people care about the game. It makes you want to go out and so well and not disappoint them.”
Edwards played at Georgia from 1994-1997, having the unique experience of playing against Florida in Gainesville, Athens and Jacksonville during his college career.
What was the differences between playing the Gators on campus as opposed to in Jacksonville?
“I think it’s more special at the neutral site because at home, it felt like a regular home game,” Edwards said. “There is no cocktail party and there are no festivities like there are in Jacksonville. I looked forward going to Jacksonville and I think it’s a very big event that people circle on their calendars every year.”
Edwards is high on the job Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is doing in Athens.
“I think he is doing a great job,” Edwards said. “We had a letdown last week, but you have a young quarterback and a young offense. There are guys on defense that didn’t get a lot of reps last year and they are feeling their way because you have to go through those ups-and-downs.
“Last year we lost to Auburn and came back to beat them in the championship game and who’s to say that this year will be any different.
“I think Kirby is doing it the right way by creating depth on both sides of the ball. I think he is taking the game plan from Nick Saban. He is an understudy to Nick Saban and they are kind of on the same path. Create depth, so if anything happens and when seniors graduate, you have guys that can step in and not miss a beat.”
One of the biggest topics surrounding Georgia football is the debate at the quarterback position between Jake Fromm and Justin Fields.
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