Playing at the Rose Bowl may have seemed more like a dream than a reality for many Georgia football players well before the season started, as far as back as their last year on their high school football team.
“As a young kid I wasn’t worried about football very much,” senior tail back Nick Chubb told The Red & Black.
Chubb played at Cedartown High School while fellow senior tail back Sony Michel was at American Heritage and senior offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn was at Lakewood High School.
“I never thought about it or even considered playing in California,” Wynn said. “But I think it will be a good experience.”
Built in 1922, the Rose Bowl Stadium is host to the oldest bowl game in the nation – the Rose Bowl Game. Just like the Notre Dame game, this is one of the historic sites Georgia fans dream of going to watch their team play at.
For the players, their frame of mind during the next few days is much different although they still appreciate the history of the place they will be playing and are thrilled about it.
“Not many SEC teams can say they’ve had the chance to play in the Rose Bowl,” Michel said. “So I think it’s a very special opportunity for us to be able to play in that game.”
Still, the coaching staff for the Bulldogs is trying to make sure the No. 3 team avoids distractions before the big game in Pasadena, California.
“None of us have been out there, none of us have had the chance to experience it, we’ve only seen it on TV and heard about it,” senior linebacker Lorenzo Carter said. “But I’m sure Coach Smart will make sure we’re not too overwhelmed, or too caught up in the experience because at the end of the day we have a game to play.”
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