Kirby Smart on Arkansas State, UGA's team leadership, the running game and Zamir White
Georgia football fans are planning to wear pink in honor of the wife of Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson who passed away from cancer after a two-year battle in August.
It’s an incredible gesture and one that Anderson would certainly never forget.
Kirby Smart jumped on the SEC head coaches teleconference call Wednesday morning, and he discussed several items of note below:
- On Arkansas State WRs: It’s a great challenge, and they have as good athletes as we will face. … They play the ball well in the air, and they spread you out.
- On improving in Week 2 against Murray State: We executed better, and we had some bumps in the road at Vandy. We had fewer penalties, fewer missed tackles. Of course the competition wasn’t as great playing Murray State.
- On the leadership of his team: It’s hard to tell. We had good practices this week, but we’ve had some poor ones. Our leaders have to set the tone and the way they do that is in practice.
- On his DL: They played with a lot of effort and we’re playing it by committee. We were more disruptive, which is easier to do against that type of team. … We won’t know who we are until we get into adverse situations.
- On Nakobe Dean: He is coming along well. He got his first real taste last weekend getting into the game and seeing several different formations and plays. … We were not able to give him much practice to start the season due to his injury, but now he’s able to get more of that.
- On UGA’s running game: They have done a good job. Our front has been able to get movement. … I think anytime you are making people aware you can attack the perimeter, it makes it harder to defend.
- On RB Zamir White: He has done a good job. He looks more and more confident. I think his acceleration through contact, and we saw more of that last week. He continues to get better.
- On Jim Harbaugh’s idea of a one-time transfer: I think it’s for each coach to judge. I think the rules we have now are really beneficial, saying a guy can transfer after graduating.