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Georgia Focusing on Working, Improving

By BJ Bennett
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While fans and media can look ahead, Georgia has to look within.

I've got a quote for you here that really drives home what we think about expectations at the University of Georgia: 'Success comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
~Kirby Smart

The hype around Georgia football is at an all-time high and understandably so.

Heavy favorites in the SEC East, the Bulldogs are regulars in the top four of most pre-season polls and some pundits have already made Georgia their pick to win the national championship. Looking at the roster, the Bulldogs return a star quarterback, plenty of playmakers and one of the game's best front sevens. Georgia has recruited as well as any team in the country. Incoming transfers have only added to that talent and experience. The Bulldogs have gone 44-9 the last four years. 

Kirby Smart and Georgia have already won an SEC Championship and played in, and led, a College Football Playoff Final; the standard has clearly been set. 

This is a program where pressure is a privilege. This is also a program where pressure is simply part of the process.

As Georgia settles into the pre-season directly in the spotlight, all while preparing for a massive showdown against Clemson to kickoff the year, the focus isn't on what could be, rather what it will take, instead. The Bulldogs are working towards tomorrow by making the absolute most of today. The only way to make a run at a championship is to take it step-by-step; already, in that regard, Georgia is in an all-out sprint. There is a deliberate pace to all that the team is doing. 

This summer, the Bulldogs are finding and hitting their stride.

"I've got a quote for you here that really drives home what we think about expectations at the University of Georgia: 'Success comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.'" Say that again: 'Success comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.' That's Henry David Thoreau. For me, that's it," Smart explained. "I'm too busy working. I'm too busy trying to do the next thing. I'm too busy trying to take the next step to give our team a competitive advantage to really worry about expectations."

While many are talking about the Bulldogs and the College Football Playoff, Georgia is making it a point to have the same sense of urgency with every game on the schedule. The postseason is obviously a reflection of the regular season. The upcoming clash with Clemson is undoubtedly one of the most-anticipated games of the year; that said, the Bulldogs, as a potential title favorite, will be evaluated based on how they play against the Tigers and everyone else.

A championship standard has to be maintained throughout. Such is Georgia's priority and purpose. 

"Honestly, we treat every game the same. The same level of preparation we have for Clemson is the same level of preparation we have for UAB. It doesn't really matter who we are playing, it just matters what we do," defensive tackle Jordan Davis shared. "And at the end of the day, we want to make sure we do enough to win."

While fans and media can look ahead, Georgia has to look within.

"In terms of a championship, every team wants to win the national championship every year, but, for us, it's not the way that we go about being the best team we can is we have goals we want to achieve," quarterback J.T. Daniels added. "But we're focused on the week-to-week, the day-to-day in terms of appreciating what we get to do and in terms of really building our core DNA and our standard that's ingrained in us, and it's something that we think is going to be a competitive edge for us."   

Expectations are firmly in place, but Georgia has moved right past them onto fall camp. This is a team with a checklist and there isn't a box for what others might think. The Bulldogs know how good they can be. That motivation is all Georgia needs.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports