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Kirby Smart’s coaching success no shock to former Bulldogs star Robert Edwards

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The Georgia Bulldogs are off to a 6-0 start in 2017 and have looked dominant. In just his second year as coach, Kirby Smart has the Bulldogs undefeated and ranked in the top five in the country.

Former Georgia running back Robert Edwards, who starred in Athens from 1994-97 and was a college teammate of Smart, joined 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville on Tuesday to give his thoughts on the 2017 Georgia season and on his former teammate.

“I think Kirby is doing a fantastic job and it’s refreshing,” Edwards said. “I think a lot of people are surprised that it’s happening quicker than anticipated. We thought there would be a process and that we would see gradual growth, but the way the defense is playing this year, I think he is doing a tremendous job.”

Edwards was asked what he remembers about Smart from their playing days in Athens.

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“Great times and great competition,” Edwards said. “I actually had the opportunity to be in that secondary meeting room with him because before I moved to running back, I played defensive back. I was able to see how smart of a young man he was back then.

“He’s still an aggressive guy like he was back then. He was smaller in stature, but he wanted to hit you and wanted to make all the right decisions. He was a critic of his own self when he didn’t make the right decisions, and I think he’s that type of coach.

“I think up to this point he has done a great job with discipline, play-calling, hiring the right coaches and really just all-around being a head coach.”

Edwards says he had an idea over two decades ago that Smart was destined to be a coach.

“He was a leader on the field. He played the safety position, which was the leader for the secondary. He made all the calls and all the checks,” Edwards said. “So, you could see the smart guy that he was as a player and I think he has carried over into coaching.

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