Kirby Smart on Wide Receiver Leadership: “That’s a Bright Spot”

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Kirby Smart on Wide Receiver Leadership: “That’s a Bright Spot”

Kirby Smart  - UGA Spring Practice Day 3 - March 24, 2018
Kirby Smart – UGA Spring Practice Day 3 – March 24, 2018

Kirby Smart spoke to the media for the second time this spring on Saturday afternoon. The head coach appeared to be in high spirits. Smart mentioned the team had three good practices, and that the guys had a lot of enthusiasm. One area he complimented the most was the wide receivers. Smart mentions in his opening statements that the wide receivers were a group where a few leaders seem to be emerging. Of course, Terry Godwin, Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman have a presence about them, that confidence. However, it wasn’t these three that stood out to Smart the last three days.

I thought the last 2-3 days, the thing that stuck out to me is that Jayson Stanley, Tyler Simmons, Ahkil Crumpton, (Michael) Chigbu have made some plays,” Smart says.  “Matt (Landers) is growing up.  He’s trying to push through.  But I tell you, those guys — Kearis (Jackson), and JJ (Holloman) — they’re not sitting there just learning what to do anymore.  They’re challenging the guys in front of them.  The volume of reps all those ‘2’ receivers took last year is really paying off.  Because our ‘2’ receivers are ahead of a lot of our ‘2’ DB group.  That’s a bright spot that I feel like we’ve got a pretty good depth of receivers.  They helped us a lot on special teams last year.’’

In his first press conference on Tuesday, the head coach mentioned that he would be looking for leaders. Well after three days of practice, it seems the wide receivers are on the right track. If there is a position where Smart can compliment it’s the receivers. He claimed they were a bright spot and felt like the depth there is good.

For Smart’s full press conference, check out the YouTube clip below for everything he said about day three and more.



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