Fall camp has arrived for Georgia, and on Monday, coach Kirby Smart met with the media to address various preseason topics.
Here’s a sampling of what Smart had to say:
- On the start of practice: “Practices are not easy. The idea is to create adversity for your team, find out who your leaders are. We’re going to be able to do that.” Smart said the coaching staff spent more time with 20 to 25 players this summer, as allowed, to maximize work with them.
- On special teams: “It was 250 snaps on special teams played by true freshmen last year. So the question becomes, can the true freshmen this year unseat some of those guys?”
- On offensive goals: “Obviously throwing the ball more efficient is a big goal of ours. … If you can’t throw the ball, you can’t run. It doesn’t matter who your backs are.”
- On Robert Beal and Devonte Wyatt: Smart had no updates. The players have not been cleared to join the team.
- On loss of experience at offensive line: “I don’t know that they’re going to be really young. I think it’s going to depend on how those four freshmen come along. I think inexperience might be a better word, but not necessarily really young. We had 15 days of spring practice to watch the guys on our roster currently. … We’ve got more depth and competition across the board. So it’s not necessarily saying do you have the pieces to the puzzle, it’s saying where do those pieces go?”
- On the transition into his second year: “I draw back on that year [at Alabama] coming off a pretty average year saying, ‘How are we going to get to the next spot?’ … I pretty much knew what was here, and I knew the level of expectation that was here. … As you start looking forward, you say, ‘Where are we going from here?'” Smart said he believes it will help his players to play for a second year in the same offensive and defensive systems.
- On taking practices one at a time: “We look at the day we’re on, and that’s all that matters.” Smart said the calendar for the players in the practice room doesn’t even show the next day’s schedule, only the one for that day.
- On goals for the second year: “I think the big demand for us is what can we do to do a better job helping our players be successful?”