I guess we’ll find out soon enough if competition is as an effective motivator as Kirby banks on it being.
Coaches will have more time to evaluate personnel because Georgia has a bye week before playing Florida Oct. 27 in Jacksonville.
While much of the focus was on quarterback Jake Fromm’s subpar day, he was hardly the only one who may want to flush the game from their memory.
Freshmen cornerback Tyson Campbell and punter Jake Camarda had their share of struggles.
They could find themselves pushed in practice this week with some competition from players behind them.
“Hopefully a lot,” coach Kirby Smart said after Tuesday’s practice. “We’re pushing guys to go out there and play and do some good things. Jake, we worked some other guys in there kicking today. He’s got to execute better. Talented kid, just didn’t have his best day. It’s kind of the same way with Tyson.”
Camarda averaged 35.5 yards per punt Saturday including punts of 29, 32 and 34 yards. He’s averaging 41.9 yards per punt, ninth in the SEC.
Campbell, the five-star recruit who has started every game this season, was targeted 12 times by LSU giving up passes of 37, 50 and 36 yards.
“We know that he’s a really good, talented player and he’s played better in some other games,” Smart said. “He went against some good players Saturday and they went after him. He didn’t make as many plays as he’d like to. It probably took some of his confidence away but he’s got to grow up fast and we’ve got to help him. We’ve got to help him some.”
That’s all fine, as far as it goes. If it turns out you don’t have the competition to push, though, you’d better have a Plan B in mind. Not sure what that would be in Camarda’s case, but it may be that some different scheming is in order to give Campbell more help. A true freshman cornerback leading the team in tackles is not a goal of a good defense.