The Kirby Smart doesn’t look like a coach wasting time second guessing his midfield decisions following Georgia’s 44-28 defeat to Florida.
Gators ‘Kyle Trask quartet lit up the depleted Bulldogs’ defense with a 474-yard tune on a 30 out of 43 pass with four touches and one interception.
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Meanwhile, the Bulldogs quartet has struggled with 9 of 29 passes in 112 yards, two touches and three interceptions in front of the Florida defense that entered their 12th game at the SEC in the stance. defense.
Smart said: “It was unfair, I think we missed a lot of opening shots, and that was the hardest thing,”; when referring to half a dozen incomplete passes due to abandonment or incorrect throws. .
“I think Stetson (Bennett) did some good work early on and then he took a hit. He has a shoulder far away. He wants to keep playing. He came in and got a shot, and he could come back, ”said Smart, referring to a shot that Bennett took in the second half on his 32-yard TD pass to Marcus Rosemy- Jacksaint at 11:44 minutes of the second quarter match.
“I don’t think he was really effective when he came back, and he was shy with it, and I don’t think he has that high level of accuracy, so We decided to go with D’Wan. “
Mathis bailed out Bennett a series of games in the second quarter while Bennett was cared for in the dressing room. But Mathis didn’t rejoin until the third quarter with Georgia down 41-21 after Bennett was eliminated at Florida 35.
“I think D’Wan did some good things. He made some mistakes, but he did some good things and he’s still gaining experience, ”said Smart.
Bennett’s final line was 5/16 78 yards long pass with a touch and interception. Mathis completed 4/13 passes of 34 yards with one touch and two interceptions.
Smart is asked why he didn’t play JT Daniels, and if there are still injury concerns, with Daniels not being released until after the first game of this season.
“Right now, we feel like the other two give us a better shot because they’ve got more work done,” said Smart, who assigned Bennett to represent those people and Mathis to represent. for two people.
“I don’t necessarily think he has anything with his knees. He’s not wearing a knee brace. He acted on behalf of scouts. He moved around and gave us a really good look, ”he said. “I think he is still growing and getting better and better in the attacks, but obviously where we are right now, we feel those guys give us the best shot.”
Smart was also asked if Daniels, a former 5-star midfielder and USC midfielder who started in 2018 and at the start of the 2019 season before a knee injury, will be promoted to the competition this season.
“We hire all the players equally, to get the chance to play and get better, compete and play football,” said Smart. “And he got the chance to do it in the fall camp. He actually has more reps than Stetson did. Stetson did not receive much representation in the fall camp. So (Daniels) lost a lot of representation during that time, and so did D’Wan, and that’s how we run our scripts throughout the fall. “
Smart said the decision on when to pull Bennett during Saturday’s defeat was “based on his injury,” and how he feels.
“Stetson did some good things at the beginning of the game when he had X receiver started, Marcus Rosemy and he had Jermaine Burton there,” said Smart. “We feel like he’s doing some good things in the third season. He stepped in his pocket, he missed a few throws. He had a scramble where I think he might have hit a man on our sidelines, and he missed him. “
Mathis, a red-shirt freshman who hasn’t played since the Tennessee match on October 10, was the next best choice, Smart reiterated.
“We felt like D’wan would give us the opportunity to do some things, and we felt like we were going to find out what D’Wan could do,” Smart said. “Stetson is not. 100%, and D’wan is our second midfielder, so that’s who we went with. “
Georgia coach Kirby Smart talks to play midfield