Georgia Sports Communications/For Immediate Release
ATHENS—–The Georgia Bulldogs conducted a two-hour practice Wednesday in full pads at the Club Sports Complex on Milledge Avenue.
Georgia’s Kirby Smart participated in the SEC Coaches weekly media teleconference earlier in the day and said the Bulldogs are using the open date in the schedule to improve in all areas.
“We’ve had a couple of good practices and are getting after it,” said Smart. “We’ll get to work on Florida specifically starting on Thursday.”
He was asked if there’s one specific area the team is focusing on improving and said it’s hard to say one more then another, citing special teams, ability to run the football, have more explosive plays plus forcing turnovers.
“If it’s one, then special teams,” said Smart. “We have to get more consistency on offense and establish an identity. Some games, we’ve been physical, tough and run the ball and other games we haven’t done that.”
Smart fielded one question regarding the play of freshman quarterback Jacob Eason, and what he’s looking to correct at this point in the season.
“I gave him a list of four to five things to work on,” said Smart. “Communicate the call to the group, settle his feet in the pocket, read the coverages, and he’s more proficient telling you what the coverage is after the play. Most teams we play do a good job of confusing the quarterback. We’re going to mix it up and challenge him in practice. It always comes down to decision-making and what he sees.”
The Bulldogs (4-3, 2-3 SEC) will return to action Oct. 29 in Jacksonville, Fla., when they battle the 15th-ranked Florida Gators (5-1, 3-1 SEC). CBS Sports will televise the game with kickoff slated for 3:30 p.m.
When asked about the Bulldogs facing Florida’s defense, Smart said it would be a great challenge and the biggest one so far this season.
“They have a very elite unit,” said Smart. “We’ve had them on tape versus Vanderbilt and Tennessee and can see firsthand how fast, physical they are. Right now, we’re focused on ourselves and getting us better and executing better.”