After an ankle injury limited him in Auburn’s season opener, Big Kat Bryant is ready to roll against Georgia.
For the Cordele, Georgia, native, the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry always means a little more.
When choosing his school, Bryant says he changed his mind on signing day, opting for Auburn over Georgia.
Now, Bryant hears about it whenever he goes home.
“Every time. Every year,” Bryant said.” “My record against them since I’ve been here is like 1-2 or 3 so it’s definitely going to feel good to go up there and beat them in Georgia. I look forward to doing that. But yeah, I’ve got a lot of Georgia fans in my family so if we can pull this out, I’ll definitely have something to talk about come Thanksgiving.”
Last year, Bryant and Auburn struggled to start against the Bulldogs. By the time the fourth quarter hit, they found themselves down 21-0.
The Tigers marched back into the game, scoring 14 unanswered and on fourth-and-2, with 2:29 remaining, Bo Nix’s pass was behind Harold Joiner and Georgia got the ball back. Auburn got the ball back with 2:03 remaining, but the Tigers were unable to move the ball and the game was over.
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Now, a year later, Bryant wants to get his revenge on the Bulldogs.
“Man, I’m fired up just to play man,” Bryant said. “We kind of let it slip from us last year over here at our house. Like I said earlier, man, it’s going to be real big just to go over there and take that win. Take that win. That’s what I’m looking forward to. I’m just excited and pumped and ready to play.”
While he may not be from Georgia, running back Shaun Shivers feels just as motivated to go to Georgia and get a win.
“We’re coming back with a chip on our shoulder because we lost to them last year,” Shivers said. “We’re just motivated to play.”
With COVID-19 protocols in place, it’ll be different this year in Athens. Georgia announced before the season they were going to limit stadium capacity to 20-25%.
But head coach Gus Malzahn still expects a hostile environment at Sanford Stadium.
“It’s a unique year, there’s no doubt about that,” Malzahn said. “I think everybody’s learning as they go, but I do expect it to be loud. I do expect it to be loud over there. We’ll have to be able to adjust to that. Like I said, each week, I think, teams will learn. We expect it to be loud, and we’ll just learn after this first road game.”
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