Kirby’s presser: a little Dawg porn, a little concern

Some tidbits from yesterday’s chat with the press as spring practice gets in to the swing of things:

On who stands out of the wide receivers…

“Well, ironically Tyler Simmons has played well. He’s really competitive, he’s fast, he gets on top of us. He’s done some good things. I think ‘D-Rob’ (Demetrius Robertson) stepped up. He’s got to continue to play more physical, but he’s made some catches. He’s made some vertical threats. Jeremiah (Holloman) is playing well. Kearis (Jackson) is coming along, probably not as fast as I’d like. Matt (Landers) has done some things and Tommy (Bush} has done some things. You know Matt’s got some bruises. Tommy’s dealing with some groin injuries. The volume we have for the number of receivers we have has been tough, and we normally balance that with tight ends but we don’t have volume there. So we’re thin. We know help’s on the way, but we’ve just got to do a good job developing enough depth that we’re comfortable with. They’ve made some plays, I definitely think that, where last year it was like big-play-bonanza out there with the wideouts while we had the young DBs. That’s balanced out more. Our DBs have gotten better, at least I hope they have, or the receivers are not as good a group right now. Actually, it was this time last year. That’s only going to happen through getting the kids here we signed and continuing to develop them.”

Two things that stand out there are (1) Robertson’s still got blocking issues that may limit playing time, which is going to make for an interesting decision since it appears he’s got significant receiving skills and (2) the stud incoming freshmen are going to be given every opportunity to earn playing time as soon as possible.

On what he’s seen from early enrollees DE Nolan Smith and LB Jermaine Johnson…

“I’ve seen hunger out of both of those guys. They don’t know exactly what to do yet, but man they do it hard. There’s something to be said for that. We’re going to play kids at the University of Georgia who give effort and play hard and do the right things. Those two guys, they play hard. They don’t know what they’re doing yet, and that’s our job. I’m very thankful they’re here for (these) 15 practices. I mean Nolan has flashed some plays. He made a helluva hit today and a really good play. He’s also flashed some What are you doing?’ Jermaine has been the same play. We call them ‘Super Man plays,’ where you look out there and say ‘Who is that guy? Who is that jersey number?’ But then they’re lost some too. I’m fired up to coach those two guys because I’m excited about what they’re going to do to the guys in front of them from a pushing standpoint.

Hubba hubba.  If Kirby’s excited, I’m excited.

On if DL Jordan Davis and other defensive linemen are stepping up with an injured line…

“What other guys? We don’t have any. Defensive line is super thin. I guess I’m whining to the masses because every coach would tell you they don’t have enough defensive linemen. Jordan is pushing hard. He’s working hard to control his weight. He’s not playing to the level he was playing mid-season to the end of the season. He’s not there right now, but he’s working hard. Jordan comes in and works cardio more than anybody we’ve got. I mean if I ran as much as Jordan my wife would be happy because I’d be skinny. Jordan’s got to fight that battle, and he knows it. We don’t have enough depth there. I thought Devonte Wyatt is a guy who’s really been competitive and done some good things. He was starting to grow up during the season, and there’s something about these guys in that second spring when they start to click and get it. Our help is on the way there. It’s just not here.”

Well, shit, Kirby.  (Although I love that line about “if I ran as much as Jordan my wife would be happy because I’d be skinny”.)

On OL Jamaree Salyer’s performance…

“I’d say he’s three or four practices, he’s our most improved offensive lineman. It’s not center because he’s working at center as a candidate, but he’s working at right tackle and right guard. Let me tell you something, he’s played quick. The biggest jump has been that guy. We kept waiting on it because you knew you were getting a really talented player. I didn’t see the Jamaree I’ve seen this spring, I didn’t see any of that in the fall. He’s challenging some guys. He’s making guys work hard. I didn’t know if the guy could be a right tackle, but he’s gone out and played well. He’s gone to right guard and played well. He’s gone to center and blocks Jordan Davis. You start going ‘Who is that?’ ‘That’s Jamaree.’ ‘Who’s that at right guard?’ ‘That’s Jamaree.’ Jamaree has done some good things. We gave him some looks today with the ones, and we’ll continue to do that if he continues to play well.”

More hubba hubba.  Have I mentioned that Sam Pittman is a golden god?

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6 responses to “Kirby’s presser: a little Dawg porn, a little concern

  1. Bulldog Joe

    Good to hear David Marshall is back competing. It was a weakness that got exploited once D’Andre got hurt.

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  2. DawgByte

    Interior defensive line recruiting has been a mystery at Georgia. Why we cannot lure more 5* talent is beyond me. I realize those guys are hard to find and when one emerges every school in the country is on them like Ticks on a Deer, but come on we’ve got the facilities, coaching and academics to compete with anyone.

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  3. Classic City Canine

    Hearing Davis has regressed is really bad news. I already think the DL is a liability and hearing the only ace player on the line right now has regressed only further decreases my confidence.
    Also, Kirby better not waste D-Rob because he’s not an ace blocker. That would be mind blowingly stupid and would cause me to lose a lot of faith in Kirby.

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  4. The Truth

    The Dawg porniest thing I read was Marshall saying Nakobe Dean reminded him of Roquan. Shower, please.

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