Former Georgia tight end Randy McMichael joined “XL Primetime” on 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville to preview the Florida-Georgia game this Saturday.
“I’ll never forget my first trip going down to Jacksonville,” McMichael told 1010XL. “It is one of the most exciting atmospheres you could ever experience.
“I remember getting off the plane in Jacksonville and as we were on the bus, the streets are lined with Bulldog fans as we were on our way to the hotel.
“Then, I remember waking up the day of the game and driving over that bridge and you see all the tailgaters and then when you finally run out of that tunnel and you see the stadium divided into the two fan bases; it is a feeling that you really can’t put into words until you are in that environment. It’s unreal.”
McMichael was asked to give his thoughts on the job Kirby Smart has done to this point in Athens.
“I remember when word came down that Coach (Mark) Richt was fired, it was like a gut punch,” McMichael said. “It was like somebody had kicked me in the stomach because I love that man and he means the world to me.
“But, I knew that as many jobs as Kirby was offered while defensive coordinator at Alabama, I knew this was his dream job. I’ve known Kirby a long time. We were teammates at Georgia and I was so happy that he came here and brought the expectations that it’s championship or bust.
“We saw last year that these guys have bought into what it means to be a champion. Now, the expectations are championships. It’s not go to a nice bowl game. It’s not the Sugar Bowl. It’s a championship mindset in Athens and I’m really enjoying it.”
Smart and the Georgia coaching staff have had to deal with a quarterback controversy, at least from the Bulldog fans, many of whom want to see true-freshman Justin Fields replace starter Jake Fromm.
McMichael gave his opinion on how Smart has handled this issue.
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