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Kirby Smart Postgame Transcript

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Kirby Smart Postgame Transcript

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Kirby Smart Postgame Transcript

Kirby Smart Postgame Transcript


Kirby Smart spoke with the media following Saturday’s loss.


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You can watch what was said here and read some more below.

Opening Statement: “First off, give a lot of credit to Auburn and Gus’ staff. They did a tremendous job. They were more physical than us on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Every SEC game that I have ever been a part of, if you lose the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, you don’t have a great chance of a good outcome. I thought it was a momentum game. We certainly lost the momentum there with some really uncharacteristic penalties. Throw that in with the fact that they were more physical than us, they controlled the line of scrimmage, were able to run it at will, and they stopped our run. So you shake their hand, tell them they did a good job, and we have to pick it up and go get better. Kentucky is not going to feel sorry for us. So humility is always a week away. This team will answer and respond the right way because we have some good leaders in that room, and they want to improve upon what they just showed.”

Kirby on the game: “Lessons were learned that they have a good football team. They whipped us up front, they whipped us on the back end, and they whipped us on the edges. They were more physical than us on both lines of scrimmages. We did some dumb things, and we helped them. You can’t help good football teams. We gave them two or three extra possessions, which you can’t do.”

Kirby on moving forward “It’s life. Life’s that way. Life’s going to knock you down and you’ve got to get up and go fight. These guys have to understand that. They’ve got to be able to get up and go fight. It’s going to be like that all their life. They’re going to have situations they don’t like, or don’t do well, and they’re going to come back and fight.”

Kirby on the Mecole muffed punt: “It’s tough on Mecole [Hardman]. He catches hundreds and hundreds of those punts, and he knows that he wanted to run up and get under it and didn’t get his arms tucked. Mecole is a really good player. He’s is going to make a lot of plays around here, and he’s starting to develop and gain confidence with what you saw today. You saw some of the return game that he is capable of. He wishes he had it back, but that’s part of football. Mecole is going to have things that happen to him in life that are going to be a lot tougher than that.”

Kirby on costly penalties: “It was out of character. Almost [like], ‘I’m in a hostile environment, and I resort to things I don’t normally do.’ That’s the disappointing part. But that wasn’t what won or lost the game. It was the line of scrimmage. That won the game. But what made it so lopsided was the undisciplined penalties.”

“I’m the one in charge. … It was a momentum game and we certainly lost the momentum there with some really, really uncharacteristic, dumb penalties. Between the penalties and the fact that they were more physical than us on both lines of scrimmage. That’s on me. We’ve got to get up and go get better.”

Kirby on running the ball at the end of the first half instead of throwing: “It was not a good decision there – probably a mistake. If we had it to do over again, we would’ve definitely thrown the ball. The thinking was that we didn’t want to get knocked out of field goal range, but we should have thrown the ball, no doubt.”

On the lack of success offensively after the good first drive: “We had a big conversion on that drive, and that’s what you need on these guys. You have to get extra downs. They are hard to run the ball on. They were hard to run the ball on that drive because that’s what brought up the third down. I thought we executed well there, and then after that we didn’t execute well. We struggled to get off of press-man. They do a good job of getting their hands on you, and they just whooped us up front. The bottom line is we couldn’t move them.”

Kirby on Jake Fromm vs Auburn and if they should pass it more: “I thought [Jake Fromm] made some good decisions. Jake is a battler. If he showed anything tonight it was that he can move in the pocket. They have some good rushers. That front is a really good front. We showed the ability at the end to still be able to move the ball and throw it when they had the good rushers still in. At the end of the day, I thought Jake played well. He played hard and made good decisions.”

“There’s always a discussion about that. Part of it is because there were some sacks involved in there, too. But there’s a discussion every drive. With Auburn, if you throw it every play, you will get in trouble because they have really good pass rushers. The threat of running the ball has to slow down the pass rushers, and we tried to maintain that threat. I just don’t think we did a good job.”

On if they can learn from this game: “I certainly think so. You learn from every experience, positive or negative, and we are going to learn from this one. We have to play our brand of football. We have to execute. We have to be disciplined. We don’t have to play perfect, but we have to play smart. Riley [Ridley]’s play over the middle, that changes the momentum of the game, and we didn’t make the plays. At the end of the day, you give Auburn credit. They did a great job, and they were more physical than us. That’s the bottom line.”

Kirby on the offensive line’s struggles: “They were more physical than us, on both sides. They played more physical than us in both ways. I always say in coaching ‘it’s not as bad as it seems, and it’s never as good as it seems.’ We will watch the tape and there will be some plays that we missed, as well as some opportunities that we missed. At the end of the day, you have to credit Auburn. They came out and played more physical than we did tonight.”

Kirby on his postgame talk to his team: “The season is not built in one game. This team will be defined by how they respond, not by how they did tonight. We have a lot of leaders in that room that need to go play a really good Kentucky team next week. Our whole deal is how you respond to some adversity. Things did not go your way, but how are you going to respond? That is all across college football, and you have to respond the right way.”

Kirby on next week’s game and how the team will respond: “This team will be defined by how they respond, not by what they did [Saturday]. Kentucky’s not going to feel sorry for us. We can’t let Auburn beat us twice.”

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