Smart Sees Albert Okwuegbunam As Potential Issue

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Smart Sees Albert Okwuegbunam As Potential Issue

Kirby Smart
Kirby Smart

Missouri is notorious for its talented quarterback and his targets. One of those targets is redshirt sophomore Albert Okwuegbunam. The 6-5 receiver is one of Drew Locke’s favorite targets. Head coach Kirby Smart has him circled and has made sure the defense prepares for him.
Smart, who calls the 6-5 Albert for short, mentions that not a lot of secondary guys can match up to a guy of his stature. He says it creates an issue for Georgia. Throughout the week John FitzPatrick wore the No. 81 symbolizing him so the defense can attempt to learn how to cover him.
“I’ll call him Albert for shortness sake. But he’s a really good player. Derek being a tight ends’ guy, they know how to use this guy. He’s really talented,” Smart states. They put him in receiver locations. They do things with him that they do with receivers. But he can also double up and come block. So that creates an issue for us because you don’t have many defenders that match up as well with 6’5, 265 out there on the perimeter. So they do a good job using those guys. They’ve got talented players on offense, which is why they’ve got really good numbers.”
Last season, Okwuegbunam had 29 catches for 415 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Bulldogs have a tall task Saturday, and it starts with containing Okwuegbunam and his teammates.

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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 three-year-old black lab, Champ Bailey.