Kirby Smart not concerned about Georgia playing in Jordan-Hare: 'The crowd doesn't impact the game'
Georgia continues to barrel down the tracks toward Atlanta, having clinched a berth in the SEC Championship Game last weekend. Now comes arguably the toughest test of the season with a road trip to Auburn to face the No. 10 Tigers.
Kirby Smart was among the first coaches to speak during the SEC Coaches Teleconference Wednesday.
Here’s a summary of what he had to say:
- Opening comments: We are excited to play in one of the best venues in all of college football. We are playing a really good football team.
- Does Auburn and Notre Dame have any similarities there? I don’t see many similarities. Both run the ball well, both powerful. Kerryon Johnson is running as well as anyone in the country. They do a good job mixing RPOs and the QB can run when he wants.
- Talk about the growth of Jake Fromm: We haven’t added much. We felt all along he was a bright kid. It’s really just about picking the plays that fit the defense. The area he’s shown the most growth is decision making. Throwing the ball away when the play isn’t there. He has to continue to do that because he’s surrounded by playmakers.
- Thoughts on the UGA defensive front: This will be the greatest test of all, because of their backs. They take shots off the run game too. The key to success is keeping fresh players in the game and that’s tough to do with injuries.
- Thoughts on Auburn’s defense? Steven Ross is a talented player, I recruited him. He’s playing with confidence. Their defense as a whole is the most talented unit we have faced. They wreak havoc, they play hard. They have some good players.
- How tough will it be for Fromm in Jordan-Hare? How do you get him ready for that? Crank up the noise, we have to crank it up. We just can’t put too much on his plate. The crowd doesn’t impact the game outside of noise.