Watch: Kirby Smart has built a defense to compete against high-octane offenses
Georgia football fans are celebrating UGA’s third-consecutive trip to the SEC championship game, and DawgNation is providing unparalleled coverage each day on video in a series called Road to Atlanta — presented by Kroger. Each day host Brandon Adams will cover all the latest news and key storylines as the Bulldogs prepare for LSU. The latest edition of Road to Atlanta addresses the highly-touted matchup between the LSU offense and UGA defense.
UGA coach Kirby Smart dropped his guard for a few seconds to give a funny response to a question about LSU’s vaunted offense.
Smart, who is known as a defensive mastermind, was asked if he relished to the chance of squaring off against LSU’s offensive fireworks in this Saturday’s SEC Championship game. Smart, of course, was the longtime Alabama defensive coordinator before being promoted to UGA’s head coach.
“I mean, I probably did (relish it) until yesterday afternoon (when) I started watching the tape,” Smart told reporters. “Then you realize, there really aren’t weaknesses ..”
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While LSU quarterback Joe Burrow appears to be the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, the Tigers have another superstar in Ja’Marr Chase, who is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s best receiver.
Smart, who is one of college football’s ace recruiters, has built a roster that’s prepared to compete against elite offenses. Obviously, UGA has arguably the best defense in school history. When you take a close look at the defensive back for the Bulldogs, they’ve had two key starters – Tyson Campbell and Eric Stokes – missed time this season with injuries.
Yet those voids have been filled with junior-college transfer DJ Daniel, along with freshman sensation Tyrique Stevenson. Those two have gained valuable experience. As Campbell and Stokes are back with UGA, the defensive secondary has talent and depth to theoretically match up with LSU’s passing attack.
Tune into Road to Atlanta — presented by Kroger and Georgia United Credit Union — each night this week at 6:00 pm to preview the SEC championship showdown between Georgia and LSU.