Alabama's Kirby Smart sharing spotlight

Kirby Smart (WBRC photo)
Kirby Smart (WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

PASADENA, CA (WBRC) - When it comes taking credit for coaching one of the nation's best college football defenses, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart doesn't mind standing in the shadows of head coach Nick Saban.

"I'm not a selfish guy," Smart says. "I'm not into all that."

Smart is the winner of this year's Broyles Award, which honors college football's best assistant coach of the season. He spoke to reporters in Pasadena Sunday morning about sharing the spotlight with his boss, who is also considered a defensive coaching whiz.

"It's hard for anybody to argue that working for Coach Saban you don't get any credit," Smart said. "I wouldn't want it any other way."

Smart said working for Coach Saban was like having an extra coach.

"If you can get an extra coach to help your side of the ball, why wouldn't you use it?" Smart said. "That's the way I've always felt about it."

Smart's players praise him for the energy he brings to Alabama's defense.

"He knows how to get us in the most positive manner," said Javier Arenas. "It's just fun to be out there - you kind of look forward to it."

"He's got a great mind," said Cory Reamer. "Kind of like Coach Saban."

Defensive lineman Terrence Cody says Smart puts the team in the right position to dominate.

"He gets us hyped up before games," Cody said. "That's what really makes us play hard."

Smart says he never worries about being a defensive coordinator for the rest of his career.

"I don't get concerned with it," Smart said. "My lifelong goal was to ultimately be a defensive coordinator. If I ever get the chance at a head job, that would be great, but that's not something that I'm going to draw my career and say I was failure, that I didn't get to be a head coach or whatever. I'd be completely content with that."

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