… but Kirby’s channeling every ounce of his inner Vince Dooley when it comes to Deebo Samuel.
“He’s probably the most underrated player in all of college football,” Smart said of Samuel. “I dont think that everybody in the country knows what the SEC knows about Deebo Samuel.”
Samuel is expected to be a guy that will touch the football 15-20 times a game, Smart said. The Gamecocks will find different ways to get him the ball, whether its through screen passes, the kick return game or just catching passes at wide receiver.
“He’s an electric football player that’s extremely powerful, confident, hard to tackle and he’ll be a key guy for us,” Smart said.”You gotta get him on the ground when he gets the ball, because you’ll never know when it’s going to him.”
With regard to kickoffs, you can’t return what you can’t catch, so let’s hope Rodrigo’s leg can nullify Samuel’s legs. As far as catching the ball goes, you have to figure he’s gonna get his to some extent; it’s a matter of limiting the damage. At least Georgia has guys in the secondary that Deebo can’t outrun.