Recent history backs up Kirby Smart’s tempered expectations for freshman defensive backs

Kirby Smart knows a thing or two about defensive backs. Whether it be from his time as an All-SEC safety to his years of coaching the position, there are few coaches in the country better at coaching up cornerbacks and safeties than Smart.

Even as the head coach at Georgia, he still spends a little extra time in the defensive backfield. To begin Georgia practices, he is almost always starting with the defensive backs, giving out coaching tips and demanding maximum effort. Whether you’re a senior defensive back like Chris Smith or one of the many newcomers, Smart is going to let you know what he thinks.

So when Smart cautioned about expecting too much from Georgia’s freshman defensive backs, it’s probably worth heeding his advice.

“If you’re going to have a guy be an elite player as a freshman, it’s usually at a skilled position like receiver, running back, or defensive back,” Smart said. “I don’t foresee one of those guys just coming in and dominating.”


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