Kirby Smart issues challenge to Georgia fans ahead of next weekend’s spring game

Oct 29, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart against the Florida Gators during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, Georgia packed 93,000 fans into Sanford Stadium for its annual spring game. That game drew a lot of interest, as first-year head coach Kirby Smart and freshman QB Jacob Eason made their Georgia debuts.

This year’s spring game isn’t generating quite as much buzz, but Smart would still like to see a full stadium.

According to, Smart is hoping for another huge turnout for this year’s spring game, which will be held on Saturday, April 22:

“I mean, our fan base should feel challenged,” Smart said following the Bulldogs’ second scrimmage of the spring. “They should want to go out and have more (attendance) than the other teams have because it does help in recruiting. It shows the passion and the energy that I know our fan base has, so that really is important.”

It’s hard to argue with Smart about huge spring game crowds helping recruiting — Georgia’s 2017 recruiting class was the No. 3 class in the nation and the second-best group in the SEC.

Even if the Bulldogs don’t play in front of 93,000 fans this year, it’ll still likely be one of the biggest spring scrimmages in the entire country. As Smart said, that’s a source of immense pride for the Georgia program.

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