Dec 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart celebrates winning the 2012 SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Georgia Dome. Alabama won 32-28. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

Kirby Smart: 'I Could Finish My Career Being a Defensive Coordinator'

Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart gave a rare radio interview to The Front Row radio show on Atlanta’s 680 The Fan.

Smart, a former All-SEC defensive back for the Georgia Bulldogs began his coaching career at Georgia and eventually joined Nick Saban’s staff at LSU in 2004.

Smart addressed several topics, including the extreme amount of time he spends on recruiting year in and year out.

When asked who would fill the role of defensive leader with C.J. Mosley now in the NFL, Smart said Trey DePriest.

“Trey will probably be that guy. He will have a lot of tackles, just by the nature of that position,” Smart said. “But you’re not going to just replace C.J., you just do the best you can.”

Smart was also asked to name the three best football players he has coached.

“Most talented, Marcell Dareus, just talent-wise. Probably not as big of an impact, but he’s the most talented big man I’ve ever been around,” Smart said. “Dont’a Hightower and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Javier Arenas, both those guys were very talented.”

When asked about this year’s team, Smart explained that there is a lot of young talent, especially in the secondary with Marlon Humphrey and Tony Brown, but said that relying on freshmen can bring trouble.

Smart has been one of the hottest candidates to land a head coaching job over the past couple years, but hasn’t made the jump. When asked about his future, he gave an interesting response.

“We are very happy in Tuscaloosa. I moved seven times the first seven years I coached, but I’ve been in the same place for the last eight,” Smart said. “I could finish my career being a defensive coordinator. I would be happy knowing I had success doing it, and I was the best I could be at my job. But if the opportunity knocks, then so be it, obviously want that.”

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