Smart: Scott Cochran brings energy, but special teams are behind

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Smart: Scott Cochran brings energy, but special teams are behind

Jake Camarda (90)
Jake Camarda (90)

During his post-scrimmage Zoom meeting with the press, Kirby Smart was asked about Scott Cochran’s start as Georgia’s Special Teams Coordinator:

“I thought the special teams were behind on where we need to be. That’s just like the offense and defense, when you don’t get spring practice and you don’t get to do that, you’re basically taking eight months off, you fall behind. We’ve got to improve there, we’ve got to have our best players play on those units. We showed some video of Travon Walker who played on special teams last year and dominated before the scrimmage. We’re trying to figure out which freshman is going to be him, which freshman is going to be that guy that really dominates and takes over and plays on special teams and takes ownership of that. A lot of times in these scrimmages they’re so exhausted, they don’t have the juice for special teams. It’s a lot easier to play special teams in a real game when you’re not playing every snap, which in the scrimmage we’ve got more guys playing because we’re on both sides of the ball. But Scott has been awesome, he brings great energy in the meetings, he does a tremendous job on the field. The players enjoy being around him, it’s a team effort we’ve got every coach on staff helping with that side of it. The punters, [Jake] Camarda kicked the ball really well, [Bill] Rubright hit a couple punts and then field goal kicking is still a competition. We had four guys kick field goals today, but [Jarid] Zirkel kicked the ball well and is in a heated competition for that job.”

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