Kirby Smart knows a good running back when he sees one, and Missouri RB Tyler Badie fits that mold.

Badie leads the SEC in rushing with 989 yards, and also has 11 touchdowns.

Georgia will get a chance to slow down Badie when Missouri travels to Georgia this week for a noon kickoff on ESPN. At his Monday press conference, Smart explained what makes Badie an effective runner.

“He’s got great vision, ultimate toughness, I feel like he’s been there forever,” Smart said. “He’s a really good receiver out of the backfield, but his ability to run the outside zone play is as good as I’ve ever seen. They are really good at running that play, and he finds holes that sometimes you think aren’t even there. You’re like, ‘How did he get through there.’ And he runs with extreme toughness. You see him break tackles and second-level safety tackles, he’s got a great stiff arm, and he runs bigger than he is, and he runs in a really good scheme in terms of outside zone.”