“I can’t remember much about being a player,” said Smart as No. 4 Georgia continued preparation for its meeting Saturday with No. 1 Alabama for the SEC championship. “I was excited, I guess nervous; I don’t know, I’m nervous about everything. I’m competitive, want to do well. Work hard at it. Certainly once you prepare, there’s only so much you can do.
“I get the most comfortable the closer the game gets because I realize there’s not a lot you can do, but I’m more intense leading up to because I want to get all the hay in the barn. When the hay’s in the barn, there’s not a lot I can do. Let the players go play. Show confidence in the players.”