Kirby Smart will be too busy leading his Georgia football team to victory to care about who is starting at quarterback for former assistant Dan Lanning’s Oregon Ducks. Surprise! It’s Bo Nix!
Dan Lanning might be keeping this one close to the vest, but Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart doesn’t have any time for all this Oregon quarterbacking nonsense!
When asked about his former defensive coordinator Lanning not naming a starter ahead of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff on Saturday, Smart went Terry Hoitz full-blown peacock mode with this most glorious response.
"“That doesn’t really impact anything for us,” said Smart to Seth Emerson of The Athletic. “I know who the quarterback’s going to be. So I’m not worried about that.”"
The expectation is that former Auburn starting quarterback Bo Nix will bring his spectacular 0-3 record vs. the Dawgs into Mercedes-Benz Stadium to see if his new Duck friends will fly together.
Although Oregon can upset Georgia, Smart is absolutely right in having his team focus inward.
Kirby Smart and his Georgia football team have no reason to fear Bo Nix one bit
Although Auburn has taken a turn for the worse of late, Nix didn’t exactly elevate the level of play of his former teammates around him. The legacy quarterback ran around a bunch and kind of did some things (good, bad and ugly) before leaving home on The Plains for new and exciting ventures in the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, Nix is probably ending his college career 0-4 vs. Georgia…
No, that’s not the end of the world for Nix and the Ducks, as they can still win the Pac-12 and make the College Football Playoff if they run the table afterward. However, this is Lanning’s first stab at being a head coach. He could be good one day, but even Smart went 7-5 in his first year back leading his alma mater in 2016. Again, these things do take some time to get it right, alright.
What is most important in Smart’s snarky and incredibly cocky comments are he has all the confidence in his guys. In the age of the transfer portal, Georgia did not take on a single transfer this offseason. The defending national champions have a loaded roster and a huge chip on their shoulder. Few people really think they have what it takes to run it back. They can, but we shall see.
Look for UGA to dust off the old Nintendo to get ready for three hours of Duck Hunt on Saturday.