Georgia is a preseason top 10 team. What should we expect from the team this year?
I think you can expect a team that’s coming to play every Saturday. I feel like we did that last year. We made it our plan every Saturday to go as hard as we can and be as prepared the best we can and get after it. I think people are really going to see that on a national stage this year and hopefully take it all the way to Miami.
How much different is the vibe now coming off a 10-win season compared to year ago coming off 6-7?
It’s definitely a more positive vibe. When you win six games and lose seven, nobody’s really that happy. Especially at Georgia. The tradition we have is winning. We’re not used to having losing seasons. Having a 10-win season really just put us back on track on how we’re supposed to be, but we’re not satisfied with that. We want to continue to push on to 12, 13 wins. That’s definitely our goal.
What personal goal do you have for this season?
Just to be really try to be a leader on and off the field. Be a guy who is dependable in every aspect. A guy who is dependable when it comes to mental toughness, knowing what to do. Be a guy that other young guys can come do.
What area of the team are you most concerned about?
Honestly, I’m not really concerned about any area specifically. I’m just more concerned about us cohesively how we fit together. I feel like we have a lot of great parts. I’ve been on teams that have had a lot of great parts, but they didn’t come together. That’s really my main focus—how we come together as a team.
Georgia isn’t playing Alabama, LSU or Arkansas this year. Which one would you most want to play in Atlanta and why?
I don’t have a preference. I have a couple of teammates (from Troup County High) on LSU. J.C. Copeland—I got to see him last year. That was fun. A high school teammate in the championship game from the best conference in the world. That was cool, but as long as we’re in Atlanta, I don’t care who we play.
Who will be the breakout offensive player this year and why?
That’s a good question. Man, we’ve got a lot of guys that could break out. Todd Gurley could really have a good year this year. From what I’ve seen in practice I’ve been impressed. I don’t want to put pressure on him because I know he’s a freshman, but I definitely have seen the talent.
Who will be the breakout defensive player this year and why?
The defense is so stout everywhere it’s hard to say. I feel like Shawn Williams is finally get the recognition he deserves because that guy is everywhere. He’s been that way since our freshman year. I feel like he kind of gets overshadowed because we have so many guys who are talented. I feel like finally he’s going to get his share.
What is your favorite stadium to go to besides Sanford?
That’s a tough one. Sanford is definitely my No. 1. I’d have to say last year Tennessee was pretty awesome. I’ve never been in a stadium that loud ever in my entire life. And to play in front of that many people and the atmosphere at night was pretty amazing.
What is your least favorite stadium to go to besides Sanford?
I don’t know if I have a least favorite. I guess my most favorite and my least favorite could be Tennessee because I couldn’t hear a thing a couple of plays and that’s kind of frustrating as an offensive lineman.
Tell me something interesting about your position coach Will Friend:
He’s actually pretty funny. When we’re in meetings a lot of time, we’re serious, but he has his little stories that he tells. I’m always looking at over (Kenarious) Gates and saying `Where did that come from?’ He’s a funny guy.
What’s on your iPod before the game?
What I listen to is a Christian rapper named Lecrae. I’ve been listening to him since 2008. That’s my favorite artist bar none.
What is the last movie you saw?
I think it was the first Batman. I was trying to catch up on the Batmans before I saw the third one.
What would you like to eat that the nutritionist wouldn’t be thrilled about?
Ice cream, no doubt. You can ask my family, you can ask my girlfriend. I eat ice cream all the time. Vanilla. Plain vanilla.
— Marc Weiszer