Bama and Dawgs Know One Another Well

ATHENS – Georgia and Alabama don't play every year, but there's no lack of familiarity between the two programs.

Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels worked at LSU under current Alabama head coach Nick Saban before coming to Georgia, while the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator, Kirby Smart, was an assistant with the Bulldogs in 2005.

Smart's familiarity with Georgia won't make much of a difference Saturday, Richt said, because many of the Bulldogs' play calls are different than they were three years ago.

"The verbiage changed," Richt said. "Some of the things stayed the same, but there was a lot of change, and I don't think Kirby would be clued into that because of being at Georgia."

Most of those changes came as a result of Mike Bobo taking over as offensive coordinator last season, Richt said. He also doubted there would be a major advantage for the Bulldogs by having Searels on their staff.

"Coach Saban's defense right now is not exactly how it was when he was at LSU, when Stacy was there and we played them at LSU," Richt said. "It's just different."

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