Things haven’t gone great for Kirby Smart pretty much since the end of Georgia’s spring game.
The day after the spring game, Smart kicked 2017 offensive tackle signee D’Antne Demery off the team following a simple battery arrest. The Bulldogs also lost their highest-rated commit in 4-star linebacker Adam Anderson, who flipped his commitment to LSU.
After bringing in a historically great recruiting class in 2017, the 2018 class hasn’t gotten off to a stellar start, as the Bulldogs have just three commits, leaving them in 12th place among the 14 SEC schools.
As for the actual spring game, sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason didn’t exactly shine in his performance, while freshman Jake Fromm flashed some serious potential. Freshman wide receiver J.J. Holloman and sophomore running back Elijah Holyfield also had strong games. And while G-Day didn’t see the same fan turnout as in 2016 on “93K Day,” 66,000 fans showed up to support the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs potentially bring back 10 starters on defense and seven on offense. With running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel back, Georgia could have a potent offense. Defensively, Georgia returns one of the most-experienced units in the country and welcomes a handful of highly rated recruits, including 5-star safety Richard LeCounte.
Smart did get some good news as defensive tackle Trent Thompson enrolled in summer classes and continues to progress following his withdrawal from Georgia after a medical issue in February.
Georgia opens its 2017 season against Appalachian State before traveling in Week 2 to Notre Dame.
Smart reportedly earned more than $3.7 million last season, his first as a head coach, after spending nine seasons as Nick Saban’s defensive coordinator at Alabama.
In the previous edition of the SEC Country approval ratings poll, Smart got a nice bump up to 79.7 percent, good for eighth in the SEC.
Vote on Kirby Smart’s approval rating
The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents who select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.