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Thursday Dawg Bites Sees The Impact Of UGA’s Culture

Syndication: USA TODAY Joshua L. Jones / USA TODAY NETWORK

Great success is no accident.

Georgia enters Saturday’s Orange Bowl having won 29 of its last 30 games. Winning 29 straight is no accident. It’s easy to win when you dominant, but harder to do so when things may not go your way. That begins at the program’s foundation, and when times get rough, the culture and fabric of a program are widely shown.

If there is any doubt about what the backbone of this Georgia program is made of, you have seen it this week.

Throughout college football, even games with historical meaning, scores of players are opting out, raiding the hen house of coaching game plans. FSU, for example, will be without its top pass rusher, multiple offensive threats, and the backup to the injured Jordan Travis, matching the Dawgs up against the ‘Noles third-string quarterback.

There’s minimal worry about opt-outs for Georgia, as the two notables not with the team when it arrived in Miami were Amarius Mims and Brock Bowers, both of whom sustained late-season injuries. As expected, Kirby Smart is coy on their status for the Orange Bowl. Tight ends coach Todd Hartley is hopeful in Bowers’ case.

Regardless, the point is that bowl opt outs are not a huge problem for Georgia, and that has a lot to do with what Kirby Smart is building off the field, as well.

So why would key leaders plan to play even if no national title is at stake?

Kamari Lassiter says that it’s about owing it to the fans.

This week offers a rarity for the media covering Georgia with assistants having media availability. Co-defensive coordinator Glenn Schumann was among them.

One coach that won’t be in Miami is offensive line coach Stacy Searels. He’s hospitalized in Athens with pneumonia and is expected to fully recover. Manrey Saint-Amour, a quality control assistant on staff, will fill in for Searels during the bowl week.

Go Dawgs!