There was a lot on the line when former Georgia players participated in this week’s pro day. The indoor practice facility was loaded with NFL scouts and executives making their evaluations. However, former UGA wide receiver Jayson Stanley had a funny remark about what wasn’t present in the building.
That’s the subject of today’s DN90.
Stanley said pro day was a lot easier than the typical Georgia practice — even with the added pressure of trying to impress the NFL folks — because he didn’t have UGA coach Kirby Smart yelling at him if he did something wrong.
Smart was there, but not to yell. He was mostly in the role of cheerleader throughout the event, and when it was over he seemed genuinely proud of what his former players had been able to display about their football abilities.
“I’m just excited for them,” Smart told reporters. “I can still remember the day in my life when you had this day. It meant so much to you. So many dreams and aspirations are realized on this day… They want to do well on this day. They train hard on this day. There’s a lot of pressure on them for this day. It’s important to them, so we want to give them the best opportunity to be successful.”
Smart and the UGA program have been providing that opportunity on more days than just the so-called pro day.
Georgia has made tough, intense practices the hallmark of the program. It’s a level of daily competition many college programs can’t match. It could also be the extra edge a player like Stanley needs to stand out during the evaluation process and earn a spot on an NFL roster.
“This [pro day] is just all the stuff surrounding football,” Stanley said Wednesday. “I like practice.”
It seems reasonable to assume NFL teams will like a player who likes to practice — especially the kinds of practices UGA has.
For more on Stanley’s comments about Smart, check out the video linked above.