Kirby Smart identifies areas where Georgia can improve after Vanderbilt win
Georgia is coming off an impressive win at Vanderbilt, but coach Kirby Smart has identified a couple of areas for the Bulldogs to focus on ahead of the Murray State game this week.
Tackling is one of them.
“Could improve, we had some space tackling where guys were just reaching out… some of their running backs just out-efforted us,” Smart said Wednesday on the SEC coaches teleconference. “We have a lot to improve upon as far as tackling.”
The coach does see improvement from his defensive line.
“The group we got is getting better,” he said. “We are in better playing shape but we had some breakdowns. I think overall, they played hard and that’s the thing we talked about, you own your own effort and they played with good effort.”
One of those defensive linemen is Tyler Clark, who Smart said was thrust into a role as a freshman and probably wasn’t ready.
“But he went out there and played,” Smart said. “… we are excited for him to have his best year this year and you want to have your best year in your last year and he has a chance to do that.”
Running back Zamir White got a loud ovation from the Georgia-heavy crowd at Vanderbilt, and he appears to be a fan favorite while coming back from two straight knee injuries.
“He really enjoys the game and I think he was energized to go out and play,” Smart said. “There was so much build-up, he was excited to get out there and breakthrough that glass.”
Running back is a position that has depth, but also can be difficult to spread the ball around.
“They contributed in many ways, some on scout team, some on special teams, they all contribute in many ways,” Smart said. “… When you sell that, they understand they can help in many ways and they need to be developed in many aspects.”
The school will dedicate the field at Sanford Stadium this week in honor of former coach and athletics director Vince Dooley.
“My wife worked in the UGA athletic department before we were married and he always enjoyed watching her play basketball and he would always tell me that,” Smart said. “That meant a lot that he cared enough to follow her career.”