Don’t sleep on the transfer portal. Kirby Smart isn’t.

Yeah, I know G-Day is G-Day, so the passing explosion doesn’t mean so much in the vast scheme of things.  That being said, I didn’t see a shutdown corner emerge.  And I did see a fair number of receivers make plays.

Here are some sobering numbers about Georgia’s secondary.

Outside of Auburn, where Mike Bobo stubbornly calls plays, the SEC is a passing conference and the better defenses have better secondary depth.  We’ve already seen Georgia bring in one experienced defensive back in Tykee Smith.  There are more to come, I feel like.  Maybe Smart decides he can roll the dice on one freshman starting cornerback, but two?  Nah, no way.  And those numbers say the two-deep needs to be… well, deep.

What we saw on G-Day was a combination of green, talented DBs and experienced ones who’ve had the chance to be significant contributors before this season but, for whatever reason, never showed out.  All told, do you think after watching the tape that Smart and Lanning are standing pat with what they have rolling into the opener against Clemson?  I’m not feeling it.

Watch the portal.  Especially now that one-time transfers are free.

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29 responses to “Don’t sleep on the transfer portal. Kirby Smart isn’t.

  1. Greg

    BAH!!!!….we’re good, plenty of talent.

    Besides, it ain’t gonna matter cause the opposing team’s QB gonna be sitting on his ass.

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  2. Derek

    If they feel like they have to man up on the outside in the opener, they probably need another corner. If they can be a little less aggressive in the backend I think we’re fine. Chances of finding a guy who is better than Ross isn’t high even if every corner in the country was in the portal, so….

    I say modify the strategy. Take away the run. Rush with 4. If they’re patient enough to dink and dunk underneath, good for them. Just eliminate their big plays while making enough of our own.

    Then lean on them late, get the W and start the march to Atlanta.

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    • silvercreekdawg

      Everything I’ve read says we’re looking for 2 DBs. It was 1 and a WR until Burns and Branch decided to leave.

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      • Derek

        We could use some bodies for depth on the back end. I don’t know that we “need” another plug and play guy to beat clemson.

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        • pantslesspatdye

          I pretty much agree. I am especially skeptical someone (anyone) could stroll onto campus this summer and pick up the scheme and systems.

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          • So, you don’t think Tykee Smith will be starting at STAR this fall?

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            • pantslesspatdye

              I don’t think it’s a given.

              Smith would be a pretty big outlier too with him having such familiarity with the DB coach.

              I assume Kirb’s Defense has a pretty sophisticated playbook. I guess it could be dumbed down for the early season, but the DBs interaction with each would be a mess with transfers. Early on, I see them staying with the people who have some time in the system over transferring talent.

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              • With a true freshman and a redshirt freshman vying for starting CB spots, that cuts both ways.

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                • pantslesspatdye

                  That’s just like, my opinion, man.

                  They can shuffle people around and I’m sure there’s been cross training going on in the d backfield.

                  I think he continues bringing people in with the portal, but it will be for depth and the future. We’ll see.

                  On a related note, all my peeps have been vaccinated – but I may go the quarantine route for watching the game. I am already nervous/excited and do not want any game time distractions. Perhaps, I can get the mrs on board

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                • Got a question for you: of all the transfers Smart has brought in, how many started the same season they arrived?

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                • Derek

                  Robertson has been the only one that I can think of who didn’t become an immediate starter.

                  Smith
                  Johnson
                  McKitty
                  Cager
                  Nizialek

                  all won their spot.

                  Are there more??

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                • Catalina’s another one.

                  Point is that Kirby doesn’t go for transfers much, but when he does, he’s looking for starters.

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                • Gaskilldawg

                  The place kicker from Furman (?) in 2017 who couldn’t beat out Hot Rod.

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                • Derek

                  Wofford!

                  Who could forget David Marvin?

                  Well, me for one….

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                • pantslesspatdye

                  Jamie Newsome amirite?

                  Point taken.

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              • Greg

                Agree….thinks the familiarity & chemistry plays a big role in all of this.

                He ain’t just gonna stroll onto campus and be given a position as a starter.

                He’ll have to earn it, thinks it will be toughest than some think.

                We have some talent at DB.

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                • Gosh, Greg, now you make me wonder why Kirby ever bothers to sign a grad transfer. 😉

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                • Greg

                  Could be depth…..but gee, I don’t know.

                  Finished 88th in the country last year in pass defense. My guess is, we finish at least as good if not better this year.

                  Thinks the change in scenery will do some good.

                  Now, go put us on some music…..pretty sure you know this better than football.

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                • Derek

                  If we finished 88th in pass defense with the players we’ve got (had) I suggest taking a new tack. I know there were some injuries but still…

                  The “our guy is better than your guy” approach may need some tweaking.

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                • Greg

                  A lot of broken coverage last year, hence….my comment on communication & chemistry above.

                  Just raw talent doesn’t always win out and coaching plays into the production.

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      • Ole Dokes

        Branch hasn’t left.

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  3. gotthepicture

    I looked at the portal yesterday and there just wasn’t that much that looked inspiring. Just checked and there are a few more interesting prospects, but it was looking weak at CB yesterday.

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    • dawg100

      It has been weak all year on the back end other than the fellow WVU DB that went to Auburn and the Clemson kid who is indisposed currently.

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    This group of LBs is as fast as you’re gonna find in cfb. The DL is the best in the sec, if not all cfb. Gotta make the opposing QB pay a heavy price for going with a pass-happy offense by applying maximum pressure.

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  5. Sweet D

    Call me crazy, but I feel like a certain amount of communication occurs between a player and an outside institution prior to said player entering the portal.

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  6. Dawg in Austin

    No doubt we’re kicking the tires on Kendrick, and others will enter the transfer portal soon. But we do still have Speed’s experience in the system to go with the talented kids. I just think there’s no way we don’t find a good and experienced corner to transfer before July.

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  7. spur21

    Looking at the players available in the portal Kirby might feel better about the ones already on the roster.

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      Tend to agree. I’m not the guy who studies this stuff incessantly, but I did look at it the other day in another post and maybe Kirby can find something, but nothing jumped out at me.

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