Kirby Smart responds to comments made by Kent State coach: ‘Maybe I watched last year’s tape’

ATHENS – Kirby Smart understands what Kent State coach Sean Lewis has said about his team and program.

The Georgia coach respectfully disagreed with the assessment by Bulldog’s next opponent.

Shawn Lewis [Kent State head coach] He’ll probably see last year’s tape say that, because there were a lot of really good players in this team last year,” Smart said at his press conference on Tuesday. “This team, we guys. We have a lot of bugs and a lot of things that we need to clean up.

“I get it. If I were him, I would have said the same thing, but I know something different.”

Lewis on Monday praised the Georgia program. For a team that has already played No. 18 in Washington and No. 6 in Oklahoma, Lewis has gone to great lengths to prove that Goergia is in a class of his own at this point in the season.

“I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say it is the greatest pool of talent ever assembled in a football team because of the work done by Coach Smart and his crew and the tireless efforts they put into building it,” Lewis said on Monday. They are talented. “

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Georgia outperformed its top three competitions with a total score of 130-10. It’s a 46.5-point favorite over Kent State this week, and the Bulldogs ranked #1 in both the AP and Coaches polls.

Lewis isn’t the first opposition coach to try to ignite the gas at Smart and Bulldog. Gus Malzahn did while in Auburn and even Nick Saban was too extravagant in his praise of Georgia ahead of last season’s SEC Championship game.

It’s a tried-and-true tactic by opposing coaches, Smart explained.

“So when they harass us, they hit a good guy. I mean, that’s what they do,” Smart said.

While many could go ahead and score another win for Georgia entering this week, Smart is refusing to let his team look beyond Kent State. The Georgia coach has been impressed with the job Kent State has done so far this year, particularly in their ability to stay with Oklahoma and Washington.

Kent State played in a MAC Championship match last year, and it’s also worth noting that the Bulldogs’ closest game so far this year came against FCS opponent Samford.

Smart and Georgia know this team has yet to prove to be the championship winner as it was the 2021 team. That comes at the right time, with reps and experience.

The Georgia coach hopes his side will use Kent State on Saturday to take another step toward achieving the same things the 2021 team has been able to achieve.

“I respect his program. When you play a special team tape and watch special teams, in five minutes you will find out what kind of team they are,” Smart said. A really talented midfield, they have good skill players, and they have a unique defense that is difficult to prepare for.

“I have the utmost respect for what they did, they played probably one of the toughest dates in the country.”

Georgia coach Kirby Smart responds to sharp comments made by Sean Lewis

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