Kirby Smart on Dominick Blaylock, Demetris Robertson and 2017's win over Notre Dame
The Georgia Bulldogs and Notre Dame Fighting Irish square off Saturday in college football’s biggest game.
Ticket demand has been incredible, and the College GameDay crew will be present to help promote the showdown.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart hopped on the SEC Coaches Teleconference Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s big game. He was asked about Georgia’s dynamic freshman wide receiver Dominick Blaylock. Smart said Blaylock picked things up quickly this summer, and he added that he was tough to tackle, very sharp, understands leverage and has created a strong relationship with quarterback Jake Fromm in a short time. That will obviously be huge moving forward this season.
Smart also discussed fellow receiver Demetris Robertson. The Cal transfer has had some nagging injuries recently that’s kept him off the field. Smart said Wednesday that Robertson continues to work and is progressing well. We’ll have to wait until Saturday to see if he can play.
2017’s trip to South Bend, Indiana, was certainly memorable for the Bulldogs. Smart said Wednesday it was big for that team because it helped with confidence. He added that it was incredibly exciting for the UGA fan base due to the history and tradition of Notre Dame, but he added the big thing was giving the players confidence that they could play in a game like that.
Here are the other topics Smart discussed Wednesday:
- On UGA’s backfield: Kenny McIntosh has been a good asset, and I’m pleased with how far he’s come.
- On UGA’s punter: He hit some boomers. The thing he needs to work on is his directional kicking. Notre Dame has a good returner.
- On Notre Dame how they have changed: A lot of similarities with us and them. The offensive coordinator remains. The defense is run by a guy that was there before. The quarterback was a really good athlete last time we played them.
- On the atmosphere in Athens for this game: We communicate with them throughout, anything outside the 11 on the field… You have to sustain focus for four quarters. You don’t want to be exhausted heading into the game.