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When asked about the recently approved fair catch rule for kickoffs, Kirby Smart gave a slight shrug and said regarding returns, “Not going to change anything.”
 
 

Kirby Smart Post-Scrimmage Interview – April 14, 2018

Point-By-Point: G-Day Promo and scrimmage overview — 00:01 D’Andre Swift injury status — 01:05 Natrez Patrick — 01:28 and 03:31 Quarterbacks and receivers performance in the scrimmage — 01:48 NCAA rules changes on kickoffs– 02:34 and 04:45 Matt Landers update — 02:53 Jarvis Wilson injury– 04:34 Targeting tight-ends — 06:38 Outside linebacker recruiting — 07:45 D-line recruiting and update on Keyon Brown — 09:10 Performance of early enrollees — 10:03 The Tae Crowder move to defense — 11:16 Watching other team’s spring games — 12:34


 
 
However, when a follow-up question was asked and the topic shifted to Georgia’s kicking game, Smart added further thoughts on the change:
 
 
“It could minimize the value of a good kicker. I would not disagree with that. I think if your kicker kicks a 4.4 hang (time) to the 4 yard-line, that’s a huge weapon because you couldn’t fair catch it. But you’ve also got to assume that the guy catching the ball knew what that hang was, and I would argue that the average kick-returner doesn’t know what the hang of the kick was. He is going to have to figure out – can I catch this ball and know where the coverage team is on me – that comes in repetition. We’ve started telling our guys what the hang-time is every time so he can say, I know if it is 4.3 or higher, I probably need to fair-catch this.”
 
 

Kirby Smart Post-Scrimmage Interview – April 14, 2018

Point-By-Point: G-Day Promo and scrimmage overview — 00:01 D’Andre Swift injury status — 01:05 Natrez Patrick — 01:28 and 03:31 Quarterbacks and receivers performance in the scrimmage — 01:48 NCAA rules changes on kickoffs– 02:34 and 04:45 Matt Landers update — 02:53 Jarvis Wilson injury– 04:34 Targeting tight-ends — 06:38 Outside linebacker recruiting — 07:45 D-line recruiting and update on Keyon Brown — 09:10 Performance of early enrollees — 10:03 The Tae Crowder move to defense — 11:16 Watching other team’s spring games — 12:34


 
 
 
 

Greg Poole