Georgia is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as SEC East champions heading into the 2018 season but that doesn’t mean Kirby Smart’s roster is flawless as it heads into fall camp.
During his recent appearance on ESPN’s “College Football Live,” the Georgia coach was asked to share his take on the biggest question mark on his team heading into the 2018 season. Without hesitation, the former defensive back coach identified his defensive secondary as the most significant issue on his team moving forward.
“Experience in the secondary. We lost a lot of guys that played a lot of snaps,” Smart said on the show. “Aaron Davis, Dom Sanders, Malkom Parrish, they played a lot of snaps. We have some young players, but they haven’t played and haven’t played in our system. We have got to get those guys game ready really quick.”
Considering Smart’s expertise comes at coaching and developing that unit, in addition to his defensive coordinator Mel Tucker sharing much of the same reputation, that should be a good sign for UGA fans that things will be okay by the time that unit is tested come the fall.
Smart’s appearance on the program wasn’t all negative, however, as there’s much to be positive about these days in Athens. When asked what gives him confidence that the Bulldogs can maintain their high level of success moving forward, Smart indicated that the standard has been set and most of the players on the roster were around to see it and understand it.
“That they’ve seen it done and they’ve seen a standard and an expectation set by these other guys in practice,” Smart continued. “It’s easy to get up for the game, we know that but the comradery and the competition that goes on in practice in the team-run period where we are going to run the ball five times in a row, and you know we are going to run the ball five times in a row, and there’s O-linemen calling out D-linemen — that’s when you find out who can run the ball and who can stop the run.
“I love that. If they do that right, I’ll have confidence.”