Georgia facing quite the familiar face Saturday in Fayetteville

Former Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman, left, and current Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart will be on opposite sidelines Saturday when Pittman makes his debut guiding the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Georgia fifth-year football coach Kirby Smart didn't reveal the new Bulldogs starting quarterback or their new kicker during Monday afternoon's weekly news conference, but he didn't lack for praise when it came to new Arkansas coach Sam Pittman.

Pittman served as Smart's offensive line coach the past four seasons before getting his first head-coaching opportunity last December with the Razorbacks. His ascension to guiding a Southeastern Conference program has transpired without ever having served in a coordinator role.

"He always had the traits of a head coach," Smart said. "He's a great leader, and he's a great person. He commands the respect of the room when he speaks. He can be very emotional, and you don't always find that with an offensive line coach because they're usually a little rough around the edges, but he wears his feelings on his sleeve.

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