Dogs say they’re better prepared for this year’s SEC title game

Sophomore wide receiver Chris Conley said Georgia is better prepared for this season’s SEC championship game than last year’s against LSU.

“We’ve been there before,” Conley said. “We know what the environment is like. This year we know how to prepare for it better.”

Even freshman outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins has been told to prepare more by teammates such as injured defensive end Abry Jones and linebacker Jarvis Jones. Jenkins said he has made the most of his time by getting schoolwork done sooner in order to watch extra film on Alabama.

“Alabama is a great team and has some pretty great linemen,” Jenkins said. “We’ve really got to study and try to get as much of an edge as you can against them.”

Conley said that Georgia has to be studious heading into the conference championship game Saturday.

“Film work is something that is huge,” said Conley, who caught three passes for 40 yards in last year’s SEC championship game. “You need to be on your toes this game. You need to know what’s coming at you and recognize things so much faster.”

The physical training is equally as important as the mental preparation, Conley said.

“We’re playing in the (Georgia) Dome,” Conley said. “It can get very hot in there. It’s very humid. A lot of people who haven’t played in there at this time of year don’t realize that we’re practicing in the cold but have to prepare our bodies to play in heat.”

Conley said the way Georgia prepares can make all the difference in such a momentous game.

“This is the kind of game that you dream about when you’re a kid and you play football. On the big stage. Everyone watching,” Conley said. “It really comes down to us doing everything we can this week to be prepared for that.”

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