This ESPN piece has some of the most illuminating comments I’ve seen from Smart this offseason, so I thought I’d share, breaking some of them into separate post subjects for the benefit of commenting. (In other words, read the whole thing.)
Here’s what he had to say about his offensive line:
Smart was a part of four national championship teams while coaching at Alabama under Saban, so he knows what a championship team looks like. He looks around the practice field this preseason at Georgia and is heartened by what he sees, particularly up front offensively.
“We’ve got two tackles (Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson) that look like Cam Robinson did at Alabama, big, athletic guys,” Smart said. “Solomon Kindley at left guard is a lot like Chance Warmack was at Alabama, and there’s a great battle at the other guard spot between Ben Cleveland and Cade Mays. In time, the best player of all of them might be (true sophomore) Trey Hill at center. He’s the most athletic 350-pound man that I’ve ever seen. And what I like is that everybody is motivated because they’ve been anointed and talked about all offseason.
“They better get ready because they’re going to get everybody’s best shot, but they’re talented. All five guys will play in the NFL. I have no doubt.”
I’m sure the comment about Trey Hill will get the most attention, but I sense the feeling there, even though I’m sure he’d never admit it, that the o-line is Mr. Impose Your Will’s favorite position group.