Georgia's Kirby Smart focused on Cincinnati, COVID-19 entering Peach Bowl

Photo by Cassie Florido / Georgia redshirt junior defensive back Eric Stokes (27), the only player nationally this season with two interceptions returned for touchdowns, has declared for the NFL draft and will not play in Friday's Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Cincinnati.

Several Georgia football players have elected not to suit up for Friday afternoon's Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Cincinnati, but Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart is not concerned with those decisions.

"I'm focused on Cincinnati, Cincinnati and COVID," Smart said Saturday night on a Zoom call. "Those are the opponents we're dealing with right now. We're focused on the guys who are here and are going to try and play the game."

Tight end Tre' McKitty, right guard Ben Cleveland, inside linebacker Monty Rice and cornerback Eric Stokes are bypassing the New Year's Six showdown, with all four having started in Georgia's 49-14 win at Missouri on Dec. 12 that wound up capping a 7-2 regular season for the Bulldogs. Georgia was scheduled to host Vanderbilt on Dec. 19, but the Commodores had to cancel that trip due to positive COVID-19 tests and subsequent contact tracing.