ATHENS – Kirby Smart knows enough about football so as not to joke when it comes to fabricating the crime in Alabama.
Tide’s Xs and Os of dynamic attack are one, but when Georgia’s head coach turned on the film, he was more impressed – and concerned – about the players running in those purple shirts.
“What made (Alabama) succeed is the players, they have really good players,” Smart said during a call on Monday to increase “Sark (Steve Sargsyan) is doing a great job of implementing the system … based there really were no boys to cover the outside.
“They have one of perhaps the best defenders in the country, Naji (Harris) really controls the ball and they are massive in front.”
Smart’s Bulldog No. 3 (3-0) will travel to Tuscaloosa to face 2nd-ranked Alabama and is 1st-ranked quarterback at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
For all of the aforementioned supporting cast members, Tide Red T-Shirt Junior Quarterback Mac Jones stirs the insulting elixir.
Jones has only seven starts under his belt, but he leads the nation in the QB rating (220.35), passing yards of experience (13.3) and is number 2 in the percentage of completion (79.5).
Jones, incredibly, started a convincingly better start in seven games than his predecessors Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Herts.
And while Georgia’s offensive still feels like surprising starter Stetson Bennett, who is making his third start, a spinning ass and an evolving receiving corps, Alabama knows exactly who is insulting him.
Jones passes Harris or looks for DeVonta Smith (27 catches, 316 yards) or Jaylan Waddle (19 catches 396 yards).
“Unfortunately, they are not built like some of these teams, which are moving at a pace all the time and in a hurry all the time,” said Smart. “They can pick up the pace and do well, but they’re really big, they can shoot down the field with the explosive extensions they have.
“They make you defend the whole field.”
Junior cornerman Eric Stokes said Georgia’s defense, which continues to lead the SEC in every major statistical category, looks forward to the challenge.
“Devonta Smith and Jalen Waddle, they are very explosive with their passing game and their game,” said Stokes, who has two interceptions in three games this season.
“(Jones) is huge quarterback. We have to be on our Ps and Q, we can’t fall behind. We have to watch the movie do all the little things we’ve done, so we’re not going to give that up. “
Smart said one of Georgia’s tricks this week is to start fast, with the team struggling in two of the first three games.
The Bulldog missed Arkansas (7-5) and Tennessee (21-17) in the halftime of those games before roaring back for wins.
“It shows me what we can be like if we do this all the time,” Smart said of overtaking UGA with a cumulative 62-6 in the second half.
“My focus is on why we don’t do this from the beginning. Why don’t we perform better from the start and dominate the opponent instead of keeping people in the game?
“We need to do a better job of dominating from start to finish.”
Alabama won 36 games in a row when they scored in their initial offensive move, as was the case with the 63-48 victory over Ole Miss on Saturday night.
The victory over Kiffin’s Rebels made Saban 21-0 against former assistant coaches, with two of those victories coming against Smart.
“Everyone always handles assistants and I always laugh because I don’t think anyone has had really good results against him in the last 10 years,” Smart said. “I’m not something I’m trying to focus on. I focus on what will allow us to play well. “
Smart really isn’t in the mood for lightness, certainly acknowledging that UGA will lose most of the key components of this defensive championship caliber it has built after the season.
It is possible that Bulldogs and Tide will meet again in the SEC Championship Game on December 19 in Atlanta.
But amid the uncertainty of these COVID-19 times, not much can be taken for granted.
UGA’s George Davis handled the nose, saying the bulldogs knew the task ahead.
“It is It’s an incredible challenge, I’m ready to go in there, “said Davis. “I can’t say that I have (more) motivation, we accept every game as a business trip. So we just want to focus on us this week and go there and hope to do our thing.
Smart said his players have competed in games big enough to know how to run things.
“They don’t need motivation, “Smart said. “It’s number 2 against number 3. It’s Alabama against Georgia. They realize what is at stake. “
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