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Off the Practice Field...Head Coach Spike Dykes

On the 1993 game in Athens...

Last time we were in Athens, they were 0-2. We said, 'boy that's just where we want them. They won't be very cohesive and they'll be uptight and they'll do this and they'll do that.' None of the above worked because, boy, we ran into a hornet's nest. It was a game I'll never forget. I really thought we had a lot better football team than they had, and it wasn't even close. The score was fairly close at the end, but it really wasn't a very good game.

On playing in Athens...

Looking forward to it. It's a tough trip. Going to Athens is a tough trip. It's a little bit unsettling if you let it be. I don't really believe this bunch is worried about all that stuff. I think they are pretty well focused on the road. I think having been to Manhattan (at Kansas State) certainly helps you in going over to Athens. The more of those trips you make, the more times you go through those experiences certainly the better you get.

On Georgia's new staff...

Jim Donnan is a good football coach. Been at Marshall University for the last few years. Won the national championship. He is a good football coach. I know a lot of guys on that staff. They have a great staff. They have good players. It's just a matter, in time, until they get everything going and put it all together.

On the Bulldog offense...

They have an heck of an offensive football team. Bobo is a great quarterback. His stats are fantastic prior to this season. The tailback, Edwards, is a great football player. Hines Ward is a great player. He was the guy who ended up playing quarterback for them last year. He is a multi-talented individual. Of course, their line is big and strong and active. They have a lot of great qualities on their football team.

On the Bulldog defense...

Turn right around on defense and they've got a number of guys who have excelled for a long time. The defensive tackles are two great football players. They have a great middle linebacker, they have a great free safety. They say their 'strengths are up the middle.' If their strengths are up the middle, then they are strong. Their secondary is back in tact. They played about six guys last year, five of them are back. They've got an experienced football team.

On Texas Tech...

I really believe our team is ready to take a giant step forward in the right direction and hopefully we'll play a good ballgame. If we do, we'll have a chance to win. What we have to do is not worry about them and go play our ballgame. If we can make improvements over what we did last week as much as we did over the first week, we'll be in pretty good shape. We had a good week during the open date last week. We worked out Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ... had a chance to really look at a lot of young people had a chance to go back to the basics ... work on fundamentals. It was a good week. A few guys healed up. The best thing we did last week was we had a chance to go back and review the first two weeks ... had a chance to sit down and really study what we had done the good, the bad and the ugly and everything in between there. It was rewarding we had made as much progress as we made in our opinion. It's good to be able to stop after playing two games and go back to basic fundamentals, correct your mistakes that you made in the first two games and then go from there. Hopefully, it will prove to be at our advantage.

On Injuries...

We've got Brad Spinks, who is questionable for this game. We've got Steven McFadden, who is questionable for this game. He was injured last week in a scrimmage. Donnie Hart, I think, probably is going to be back at full strength.

On offensive guard Casey Jones...

Casey Jones has been ruled ineligible. He will be ineligible until there has been an appeal been processed. We'll know at a later date if that worked or not. If there is no positive news, then he won't be able to play because of the 75% rule.

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