Kirby Smart slams Georgia football practice effort, updates injured defensive backs status

Georgia had a great performance on Saturday. The Bulldogs followed that up with a big effort on Monday, a Kirby Smart calling Georgia’s best practice of the season.

But the Bulldogs didn’t support that effort in Tuesday’s practice. And Smart made his displeasure clear when speaking to reporters on Tuesday.

“We had one of our worst practices today. To be honest, I don’t know where we are. I was really happy with how they approached yesterday,” Smart said. “We had a lot of competitive periods, and they had great training which allowed a lot of guys to improve. Today was not so enthusiastic. It was not up to what we needed. We have another day tomorrow to get better.

The Bulldogs have a step up in competition this week, as the Bulldogs take on foe FCS Samford after crushing previously ranked No. 11 Oregon. The Bulldogs now sit in second place in the coaches’ poll and the AP poll.

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As for why Georgia had such a slow effort, Smart wasn’t sure. But he challenged his team in training on Tuesday.

Some players responded, but others didn’t quite show the level of intensity Smart wanted.

“It dragged on from the start,” Smart said. “It wasn’t the pace I expected. We’re talking about playing to a standard. There’s a standard in Georgia. The first thing you do with us is you go out on Tuesdays and you you really train physically if you want to be good. We have guys who didn’t bring their own juice today, and they have to do it tomorrow.

Georgia often wants practices to be tougher than games, and that seems to be the case this week for the Bulldogs. Georgia’s response will be telling, given that this is still a young Georgia team that needs to replace a number of key veterans from last season’s squad.

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Chris Smith left Saturday’s game with a sting injury. The injury came as he broke a pass and at the time it looked worrying.

But Smith was in practice on Tuesday and had no limitations. Smart said the senior safety, who was named co-SEC Defensive Player of the Week, is ready to go.

The same can’t be said for the red-shirted freshman cornerback Nyland Green. He suffers from a hamstring injury.

“Nyland has a hamstring that bothers him,” Smart said. “It happened late in the game. He doesn’t even know when. His hamstring hurts. He struggled today.

Green worked as a second-string cornerback on Saturday, playing behind Kamari Lassiter and Kelee Ringo. In case Green can’t play on Saturday, freshmen Daylen Everette, Jaheim Singletary and Julian Humphrey would see more snaps. Georgia also worked with William Poole at cornerback.

Starks also led Georgia in tackles on Saturday. Lassiter meanwhile made his first career start for the Bulldogs. He received good reviews from Smart for his preparation and performance, even with a questionable personal foul penalty of 15 yards.

Lassiter expects Starks to continue making plays like he did on Saturday and knows why the talented freshman may soon join him in the starting lineup.

“It shows what a good player he is,” Lassiter said. “He works hard, he listens in matches, he wins matches in football and he has great talent.”

Kirby Smart slams Georgia football practice effort, updates injured defensive backs status

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