ATHENS — Kirby Smart was already on record that he was concerned with Georgia’s depth. After getting a look at his team over the past couple weeks, now Smart says he’s really concerned.
In a radio interview Wednesday morning, Smart weighed in on the talent he inherits. Prior to signing day, most of what he knew came from film, and Alabama’s game against Georgia last October. Since signing day, Smart has had a chance to see it a bit more up close, as the team participates in offseason workouts.
“It’s concerning to me size-wise,” Smart said during an interview with 680 The Fan. “When you say the first 22, it’s very comparable. Once you get past the first 22 it’s very deficient. There’s not very much depth there. And that’s probably the most concerning thing.”
It wasn’t clear what Smart meant by “comparable.” But when you say “very deficient,” that’s very clear.
On paper, Georgia returns 11 starters — that’s the number of players who started at least seven games last season. That number doesn’t include players widely expected to move into a bigger role in 2016, such as defensive tackle Trent Thompson (four starts as a freshman) and outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter.
Smart’s concerns would appear to be based on quality, not quantity: Georgia’s current roster has 61 players who came to campus on scholarship. Smart’s first signing class is comprised of 21 players, including offensive tackle Tyler Catalina, who is transferring in from Rhode Island. The NCAA scholarship limit is 85.