Daily Archives: April 13, 2018

“You have anointed him as the returner next year. I have not.”

Sounds like Kirby is having to do some head adjustments this spring.

Take Mecole Hardman, for example.

Just a couple of days ago, receiver and return specialist Mecole Hardman was talking about how close he was to returning a touchdown last season. He vowed to take one, or more, to the end zone in 2018.

Head coach Kirby Smart was asked a similar question about Hardman Thursday. Smart, however, didn’t have the same sort of optimistic take. Smart revealed a text message exchange he had with former return specialist Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia’s leading overall return (six) and punt return (five) touchdown scorer in program history, concerning Hardman on this subject.

In essence, Smart, through McKenzie, put Hardman on notice.

“Isaiah McKenzie texts me every week and said, ‘Coach, if I had that much room I’d have seven touchdowns,’ ” Smart said. “So he was calling Mecole out, not me.”

That is some well-played “just sayin'” there.  Just sayin’.


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