Georgia fans look to future after loss

The marquis of the Georgia Theatre in downtown Athens represented the thoughts of many UGA fans after the Bulldogs’ national championship loss, quoting Head Coach Kirby Smart’s adage to “keep chopping.” (Photo by Red Denty / Staff)

The Bulldogs may have fallen to the Crimson Tide Monday night in the College Football Championship, but that doesn’t mean Georgia fans have their heads down.

 

For many fans of the team, the University of Georgia’s national championship run is a source of optimism for future seasons.

“It was a real heartbreaker; we were back and forth the entire game, and it was just snatched away right at the end,” said Mark Paez about the Dawg’s 26 - 23 overtime-loss to Alabama.

However, the second-year UGA student added he has faith in the Bulldogs’ ability to carry on.

“We’ll get ‘em next year,” he said. “We had a great season this year and I know we’re going to do it again.”

Other fans echoed Paez’s belief that the Dawgs will bounce back.

“We had a heck of a season. We definitely deserved it more,” said third-year UGA student Chris Wilkerson. “We’ll be right back there next year.”

Some Georgia fans, like Athens-local Marybeth Stevens, believe UGA head coach Kirby Smart is the one to deliver on the Dawg’s national championship hopes.

“Kirby Smart knows what he’s doing, and he’s going to keep doing it,” she said. “He got us here once already, and he can do it again.”

Others believe that a stable of young talent will be responsible for the Bulldogs’ next shot at the national title.

“It’s going to be a new team next year, but we got it,” said life-long Georgia fan Chris Herrera. “There’s no reason we can’t make it again. We’ve got the talent.”

But whether they’re counting on the coaches or the players to bring the Dawgs back to the national championship in 2019, most fans can agree that they need to keep pushing forward.

“What is it that Kirby always tells the team?” said Josh Woods, a third year UGA student. “Keep chopping, keep chopping wood.”

 

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