Byrd's Eye View

CJ Byrd is playing more and more these days. Last season he played mostly on special teams, but this year he has played a lot on defense. Although it is his special teams play that a lot of the Georgia fans remember as he scooped up a blocked punt and returned it for a touchdown. This week I talked to backup free safety about this season.


Dave McMahon -- Was the last game vs Vanderbilt the most game time you have been in since coming to Georgia?

CJ Byrd -- No. I probably played more against Western Kentucky, but this is the most vs a D-I opponent.

DM -- What have improved on the most from last year to this year?

CJB -- My pass covering skills are better, but I still want to do even better.

DM -- Are you comfortable playing either safety position?

CJB -- I am comfortable at both.

DM -- Why has the defense struggled so much lately after being so dominant early on?

CJB -- It is a little bit of everything.

DM -- Who have been some of the leaders on defense speaking up?

CJB -- Quentin is doing it, and Tony and Tra. We all have to do it.

DM -- Last game Tony Taylor returned an interception for a touchdown and earlier this season you had a special teams touchdown... how extra special is it for defensive players to get scores?

CJB -- We all celebrate. It may be a once in a career happening for a defensive guy.

DM -- Do you remember your last touchdown?

CJB -- No... it was back during my senior year in high school.

DM -- Jamar Chaney plays for Mississippi State, but he was part of your recruiting class at Georgia... what do you remember about him?

CJB -- I don't think I got to talk to him.

DM -- What do you remember about playing Mississippi State last year?

CJB -- Playing against Jerious Norwood. He was really good and now he is with the Falcons. We had to stop the run that night. We have to stop the run this game, too.

DM -- Thank you for your time and answers.

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