Auburn vs. Georgia Post Game Quotes
Mark Richt

Mark Richt
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Nov. 10, 2012

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Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt

Opening statement...

"Obviously, we played well. I was really proud of everybody. It was a very outstanding performance by everybody--offense, defense, special teams. Great crowd for Georgia tonight. The Redcoat Band was there. Very nice field celebration (of our) victory with our fans and our band and our families and our team. I'm just very thankful to have the opportunity to go back to Atlanta. I'm very excited about winning the East. I'm very excited about going to Atlanta. There's no doubt about that. There's a lot of work to be done between now and then. We have a couple of games to be played. We have Georgia Southern coming up this week that we know is going to be a challenge, and we've got to work hard to prepare for them, and we also have to work hard in just getting better as a football team as we progress throughout the year. I think we've been improving as we go, and hopefully we keep it going."

On getting better as a football team...

"Every day that we practice we have a chance to get better or worse. This is all there is to it. There's just so many things on offense, so many things on defense and special teams. There are just so many facets of the game. You can perfect it, and again, if you feel like you're playing at a high level somewhere along the way, if you don't keep honing it, if you don't keep working hard at it, you're going to lose what you have. We just have to keep moving forward, and hopefully we'll keep getting better during practice."

On anything seen tonight that needs improvement...

"There were some things protection-wise that (weren't) just right. When you have a game like that, you might think everything is going right. Every time we snap the ball, we'll see some things that weren't done as well as they should be, so we just have to make sure that we keep getting better. The thing about football is every week you play, it's a whole new team, it's a whole new scheme. You can't just sit there and say, 'Well, let's just run that same game plan.' You can't do that because you have different defensive looks, different offensive looks and different things to deal with on special teams. It's always a challenge every week.

On a different feeling about making it to the SEC Championship...

"It's a little different in that, again, we're excited about it, and I don't want to belittle it in any way, shape or form winning the East because it's a big deal. There are six other teams in the Eastern Division. It's very difficult to get in the position to go back to Atlanta, but I just think we really feel like since we were there last year and didn't do very well--we played a good first half and we just didn't do much the second half--we just want to play better. We want to have a better performance when we get there."

Georgia Player Quotes

QB Aaron Murray

On the game/clinching the SEC East...
"Oh, it's awesome. After that game at South Carolina, to every week be praying that a team will lose and luckily they did. This is the SEC. Like I've been saying all year, you just never know who's going to win. We just knew we had to do our job, and that is to continue to win and continue to put ourselves in position. If teams did lose, we would be able to get back. And, like I said, South Carolina lost a couple and we've won out the rest of the way. We've continued to get better every week. I'm just extremely proud of our guys."

On taking control early...
"That's what we knew. We knew we had to come in here and try to get on them really early and try to put some points on the board. Trying to get their fans out of it is the biggest thing. When you play away games, if you can get the crowd out of the game offensively enough that's huge for us. We were able to do that early and make some big plays."

On return to Auburn after the 2010 game...
"Oh, I try not to remember that. I was just walking by the training room and I looked in there. I was like, 'Man, I never want to be in there ever again.' I remember that two years ago. Just a completely different feeling, a completely different team. And like I said, I'm just extremely proud of our guys."

On reaching SEC title game...
"Oh, it's extremely exciting. You know, we still have two regular season games to go so we've got to get ready and put this behind us. The SEC Championship is three weeks away, so we still have two more games to win."

FS Bacarri Rambo

On today's game...
"It feels great. All the seniors and everybody in the NFL, that's what they came back for. We still haven't finished. This is just a ticket to the Georgia Dome for the SEC Championship, so we just have to go there and handle business."

On coming out strong...
"We just wanted to come out here and start fast. Last week we didn't start fast, but we finished strong. We wanted to start fast and finish strong this week. We just came out here with a different mentality to just shut them out and get the offense rolling, and everything else will just take care of itself."

On preparing for Atlanta...
"Everybody just has to keep playing hard, and keep improving each week. We just need to do our assignment and do it the best we can. We'll win, because we've got the players and the coaches. We just have to do what they teach us and what they ask, and everything else will just take care of itself."

LB Jarvis Jones

On returning to the SEC Championship Game...
"It's a great feeling. We've been training all year for it. Everybody decided to come back and focus and put the work in. It started in the spring. The leaders on the team have been at the forefront, making sure everybody takes care of business. We've been reaching our goal every week."

On tonight's game...
"We knew it was a big game. We knew Auburn was going to be ready for us, and we knew being on the road would be a tough atmosphere. Our defense went out there to give our offense a chance to get the ball, and they punched it in and got it rolling. That's the things we look for, just going out there on defense and dominating and giving our offense as many chances to put the ball in the end zone."

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