Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em.

Kirby Smart says “probably 15 to 20 freshmen” are likely to play in the opener.

If you signed the third best recruiting class in the country, you might as well use it, especially since what would be left of your 2013 class now has essentially vaporized.

I do expect to see a noticeable improvement in special teams as a result.  What about you?


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39 responses to “Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em.

  1. Aladawg

    Just win baby.


  2. Puffdawg

    Among many other things this season, I’m excited to see Lecount and McBride decapitate somebody on punt team. I will be greatly disappointed if those two are not on punt and kickoff teams.

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  3. dawgtired

    With this scenario of playing so many newbies, I fully expect our team to improve greatly as the season matures. The early games may have roller-coaster moments. You know, talent prevails at times and inexperience at others. Let’s hope lady luck gets us through the inexperience moments.

    …and from the improvements from the coaching standpoint…
    I can’t help but feel that Kirby’s ‘attention-to-detail’ character will produce a good coach in him. How can someone be so diligent in so many areas of his life, only to be slack in one of the most important? He will at the very least be solid…and possible as good as most. I just feel it.


  4. I want to see if Andrew Thomas is going to be the player we’ve all heard about. Definitely want to see if the freshman receivers contribute. After the buzz about Swift (great name for a tailback), I would like to see if we have a package for him. Of course, if we get the game under control, I want to see if Fromm makes his debut or if Ramsey plays in any mop-up duty.

    You’re right. Use them if you got them.


  5. 3rdandGrantham

    Considering a few or more of our freshman are better than the upper classman – or at least seriously challenging them on the depth chart – tells you all you need to know. Both our OL and ST will make big leaps in improvement this year.


  6. Athens Dog

    Are any of the freshman competing for the long shappah position? I keed


  7. HiAltDawg

    As opposed to losing a game due to Special Teams as we’ve seen the past few years, I think the feeling out there that the new guys come in and make an impact is pretty legit (I should know, I’m posting on a blog…hahaha)–either McBride forces a big fumble or Matt Landers gets a kick block (maybe even a Field Goal attempt) to save us somewhere and sets a tone for the Special Team Guys to be a wrecking crew and maybe get some crazy social media following. Nice “Shiny, Happy Talk” on Game Day Eve and i ain’t had the Kool-Aid, yet!

    p.s. I’d bet App St +14.5 and if the Dawgs cover, I figure I paid a premium for a fine Georgia Victory


  8. Otis Day

    Not only special teams but the OL and the WR also



    Talent like this…play them. There is a reason we changed Coaches…


  10. Sides

    Serious question. All I read on this board is the talent at UGA. They are clearly the most talented team in the East and should be in the SECC based on talent alone (I agree). Where does all this talent go? I saw the “247 Team Talent Composite Ratings” yesterday showing UGA has the over the last 3 years the number 6, 6, and 4. I am sure they recruited well 4 years ago. Shouldn’t the roster be full of talented Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores? Why do you need to play 15 to 20 freshman? Even in a blowout that is a lot.


  11. W Cobb Dawg

    I’m more interested to see more productivity from the 2016 recruits, like Hardeman, Kindley, Cleveland, Barnes, Holyfield, Simmons, Woerner, Carter, Laguins, etc. At least that would show players are improving as time passes and hopefully being coached up.

    Frankly, Kirby playing 15 to 20 true freshmen wouldn’t impress me, UNLESS we’re blowing Appy out by 40+ with at least a quarter to go. I’d like to see improvement from the returning lettermen.


  12. Hobnail_Boot

    This tells me that Kirby expects an ass-kicking tomorrow.


  13. Cojones

    “Smoke’em if you got’em” applied to the ’13 team members, whereas, now it can be applied to Kirby’s game plan and outcome? Dunno about that. Still think that we have to show up prepared and that the game will go pretty much like OSU and Indiana until halftime. Halftime will consist of hair-twisting by fans while listening to hair-splitting excuses from announcers.

    The second half of this game will let us know quite a bit about our team’s psychological makeup to start the season. If we win easily, then I’d expect a lot of Freshmen to play in the second half and the reasoning would be just as much about saving our first stringers for the ND game as it would be about giving game experience to newbies and impressing the recruits in the stands concerning their ability to play in the first year. Certainly hope that will be the case and it can signal a team attitude of confidence about the season.

    Sic’em Dawgs!


  14. 69Dawg

    I’ll let you what I think after ND. Kool-Aid sucks.