ATHENS, Ga. — Some Georgia players are looking forward to facing Notre Dame, a program with as rich a college football history as any. Senior safety Dominick Sanders is not one of them.
“I don’t really know anything about them,” Sanders said. “My main thing is coming out and punishing them from the start. I don’t really care about what they got going on.”
Sanders says he did not pay much attention to the Irish growing up in Tucker, Ga., near Atlanta, and that the Irish’s nationally televised games on NBC weren’t a big deal to him.
While you might think most players on the Georgia roster would know about Notre Dame through the movie ‘Rudy,” you would be wrong. Running back Nick Chubb said he didn’t even know about the film. In fairness, “Rudy” was released in 1993, which is before the current Bulldog players were born.
Sanders doesn’t care about the history of players, coaches and moments that make the Irish who they are. He also does not care that Georgia is a four-point underdog to Notre Dame according to pregame.com.
“We can’t worry about what people are thinking out there,” Sanders said. “A lot of people are saying we’re the underdogs. We don’t care about that. We just need to keep our composure and, day-by-day, get better. We’ll come out and prove people wrong on Saturday.”
Junior defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter is one who definitely is ready to face Notre Dame. He will have the task of going against Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, seen as a likely first-round NFL draft pick.
“I know everybody’s itching to get a lick on every single one of their guys,” Ledbetter said. “We definitely respect them, but good competition is hard to come by. When you see it and everyone’s raving about it, you want to prove a point.
“We’re ready to prove a point.”
McGlinchey is a key part of a big, experienced Irish offensive line (the average size of the starting linemen: 6 feet 5.5 and 313 pounds).
“They do have a big offensive line, but we also have a big defensive line,” Ledbetter said. “We’re just going to go out and play our game of football, play how we play and use our technique to our advantage and it should go our way.”
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