Active Roquan Smith impressing Georgia coach Kirby Smart

Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith brings down Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg during January's TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

ATHENS, Ga. - Whether during his time as Alabama's defensive coordinator or in his first few days as Georgia's head football coach, Kirby Smart always notices a peculiarity about the first few days of preseason camp.

"So far, the freshmen have played harder and with more energy," Smart said Tuesday night in a news conference. "There is some kind of mechanism when a freshman comes in, and he has no governor. He just goes, and you tell him that you want him to stay like that, because the players who stay like that are great players."

Smart cited the freshman receivers and the freshman defensive linemen for getting out of the gate in impressive fashion this week, and then he pointed out a sophomore who has maintained that "mechanism" for a second consecutive August.