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Georgia players respond to Florida's trash talk

Georgia outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter rushes the passer in a win over Notre Dame.
Georgia outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter rushes the passer in a win over Notre Dame. Georgia Sports Communications

Georgia didn't take the Gator bait.

A day after a pair of Florida players trash talked the Bulldogs to reporters, outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter and safety J.R. Reed downplayed the significance of what they had to say.

Receiver Josh Hammond said Georgia "might be the No. 3 team but they can't beat Florida," based on the fact the Gators have won the past three games in the rivalry. Safety Chauncey Gardner said quarterback Jake Fromm "is throwing simple passes. I get it. Anybody can throw a slant."

Carter was asked what he thought of the war of words from the Florida players.

"I mean a little bit of it gets back to us," Carter said. "But at the end of the day nothing you say is going to affect the outcome of the game. So we just try to keep preparing the way we’ve been preparing, and let our football and let our helmets do the talking."

Reed was asked specifically about Gardner's comment about Fromm, who has completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,162 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.

"We’re just going to let them find out on game day, see what he can really do, and just keep it moving," Reed said.

Reed said he became aware of what Hammond and Gardner said through Twitter. Carter said teammate Davin Bellamy brought it up to him.

Both players said that what the Florida players had to say is nothing compared to what is typically said on the playing field during these types of big games.

"There are a lot worse things said on the field," Reed said. "So you’ve just got to have thick skin and don’t worry about it."

Carter was asked what head coach Kirby Smart would do if he were to trash talk an opponent through the media.

"I don’t know. I’m not trying to find out though," he said, drawing laughs.