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Kirby Smart faces big challenge in 2010 at Alabama

By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In ten years, Bainbridge native and former Georgia football great Kirby Smart has gone from little known defensive backs coach at Valdosta State to one of the top assistant coaches in college football.




While Alabama was winning the national championship, Kirby Smart won the prestigious Frank Broyles Award.



That honor is given to the top assistant coach in college football.

Smart's success running Nick Saban's defense also had a job offer from his former boss in Georgia coach Mark Richt.

Kirby chose to stay with the Tide and with it had his salary doubled to three-quarters of a million dollars.

Kirby though says he shares all the credit he has been receiving in the last six months.

Kirby Smart said. "I don't think a lot of our staff gets a lot of credit. We have got a lot of guys on our staff that work hard with countless hours. The credit I receive was because of them and the work they do. The players, all of those guys we had drafted, I wouldn't be where I am today without them."

The Alabama defense returns only two starters from their national championship team.

Crimson Tide opens the season at home September 4th against San Jose State.

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