Georgia kicks off its season on Saturday against a familiar foe in former offensive line coach Sam Pittman, who is the new head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Hogs already had one of the best running backs in the SEC, and now Pittman has arrived to give a boost to the offensive line blocking for Rakeem Boyd.

“Rakeem Boyd as good as there is in the SEC, I mean this guy, he’s proven that he’s a really good runner a physical runner, intelligent, smart sees the field in any office line coached by a coach like Sam Pittman is gonna be a great offensive line unit, and what they were able to do in a really tough run,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said on the SEC coaches media teleconference. “Our league last year was tough against the run if there is and he put up really good numbers. So, I guess, great job with that.”

New offensive coordinator Kendal Briles has always drawn Smart’s respect, as someone who creates a lot of issues and delivers constant pressure, because there’s never a breather.

“You know it’s they talk about it being warp speed, but it’s that constant pressure of number one balls vertical down the field, spacing of the field, making you play the full 53 yards in the tempo with which they do it,” Smart said. “It’s tough to defend especially when you talk to other people that have added dependents.”