Kirby Smart on Matt Landers: “He’s Developing Well…”

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Kirby Smart on Matt Landers: “He’s Developing Well…”


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Kirby Smart talked to the media on Saturday after the team’s second scrimmage of the spring. One of the topics was wide receiver Matt Landers. Georgia’s loaded at the wide receiver position but Landers brings something extra to the table, his size. The Bulldogs look to replace Javon Wims and Landers just might develop into that guy.

One of the media members asked about his progress this spring and if he could make an impact this season. Smart told the media that being more consistent is key for him. Landers dealt with a thumb injury this spring and has to wear a hard cast on his hand. However Smart mentioned he made some big plays in the scrimmage on Saturday.

He’s actually got a hand injury he’s dealing with,” Smart notes. “He has a hard cast on a thumb sprain right now but he made a couple big plays today.  He’s developing well, just has to continue to work on his toughness.  He’s a big guy who is a hard matchup for the defense.  He made an explosive play today, he just has to be more consistent in his play and in his leadership.  I do think Matt is progressing and has gotten better.”

Landers redshirted last year and participated on the scout team. Smart complimented him multiple times last season for his efforts on the scout team. Landers is 6’5 195 pounds and proves to be a mismatch for most teams. Throughout spring he caught nice balls. The wideout appears heavier too. Smart noted that he made an explosive play in the second scrimmage and it needs to happen more often.

He has a prime opportunity this year to step up and become a go-to receiver for Fromm. However only time will tell if he can put together all the aspects he needs to. Landers could be a deadly weapon for the Bulldogs, and if he continues this progress, I expect him to see a lot of time on the field.

For Kirby Smart’s full press conference, check out the below YouTube link.

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Savannah Leigh is a recent graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. She is an avid SEC, Dawgs, and college football fan. She also adores her four-year-old black lab, Champ Bailey.