Former West Virginia All-American Tykee Smith keeps reloaded Georgia defense straight

ATHENS — It didn’t take long for former West Virginia All-American Tykee Smith to realize Georgia football would be a different world.

“First couple of days of camp, we were coming through there, you know how Kirby (Smart) is,” Smith said during a recent appearance in a Player’s Lounge podcast.

“We out there we’re going to play physical ball here, you’re either going to hit in the mouth or you’re going to hit somebody in the mouth,” he said. “So we’re out there playing physical now, the first couple of days of the camp ... and I’m like ‘damn’ …. going against some big (players) now.”

Smith is expected to play a big part for the Bulldogs this season amid a major reload on defense.

Georgia had an NFL-record 15 players drafted and looks to replace 10 starters from the unit that opened last season against Clemson on defense.

The Bulldogs haven’t dipped into the NCAA transfer portal to this point this year, but with Smith and former LSU tight end Arik Gilbert coming to fruition after their issues in 2021, Georgia should get a boost.


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