UT-Martin coach Jason Simpson is realistic about his team’s chances against college football’s top dog.
The Skyhawks, seeking their third straight Ohio Valley Conference title, have played 27 games against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents. Their only victory came against Memphis in 2012.
“I’m concentrating just on us,” Simpson said. “Obviously, when you turn the tape on and see the amount of talent and high level of schemes and how kids are coached and effort and physicality — yeah, I see it. I’m sure everybody in the country does. Tremendous credit to coach Smart and that program.”
Beck isn’t nearly as mobile as Bennett, but the Bulldogs believe his efficiency and familiarity with the system — albeit with a new offensive coordinator, Mike Bobo — will allow for a smooth transition.
“He’s very bright, very intelligent,” Smart said. “He understands situational football. He’s a product of being here three seasons now. He’s been around, so he understands the demands that we put on the quarterback, but he also understands the demands I put on situational football.”
SKYHAWKS NEW SIGNAL CALLER
UT-Martin is also breaking in a new quarterback.
Graduate transfer Kinkead Dent takes over the starting job after playing sparingly during four seasons at Ole Miss.
“It’s his first time getting an opportunity to be the starter,” Simpson said. “It’s a work in progress. If you keep up with us later in the season, you’re gonna see him continue to grow with us.”
CALLING ALL RUNNING BACKS
Georgia has dealt with plenty of injuries at running back, giving Smart cause for concern at a position that demands plenty of depth.