Damn, do I love hearing this.
“The biggest goal coming into camp was to improve third-down play defensively and offensively. A big part of that offensively is the vertical passing game so we’ve tried to focus on that with drills and situations in practices and scrimmages,” Smart said.
Amen, brother. I like this kind of talk, too.
“To be honest, I’ve seen Terry up and down,” Smart said after Tuesday’s practice, when asked assess Godwin’s camp. “I know the athlete that Terry is, I know the athlete that Terry can be. But Terry needs to get a little more consistency. And I tell him that every day.”
“He has to block with the same vigor that he runs a route with,” Smart said.
Now, Emerson’s right when he goes on to observe that Godwin’s size likely precludes him from being a dominant blocker, but he’s also right to point out that Malcolm Mitchell, also not a large receiver, was Georgia’s best blocking receiver last year.
Frankly, I thought the decline in downfield blocking from the receiving corps was an under-acknowledged deficiency last season that contributed to the offensive constipation we saw frequently. Losing Bennett and Conley hurt a lot in that department. Fix that to any extent, and you likely have a big impact on Georgia’s third-down efficiency. As a bonus, you also free up the tight ends to have more involvement in the receiving game.
Let’s hope Kirby can translate talk into action.