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    “Millennial Oklahoma” Revisited: A Two-Minute Clip from 2017 Helps Explain why UGA’s Defenses Have Been so Good at Defending Josh Heupel’s Spread Attacks

    By Graham Coffey

    Ever been curious why UGA has been able to stop Tennessee’s offense the last two years while other teams haven’t? A large part of that answer can be explained by a two-minute clip from a Kirby Smart coaching clinic back in 2017.  Over the last few years I’ve made a lot of film studies and written pieces about the schemes and philosophies that have allowed Kirby Smart’s defenses to maintain a high standard while the rest of college football has become resigned to allowing lots of points. Tho
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    Kirby Smart Has Changed College Football’s Idea of What a Title Winner Is Supposed to Look Like

    By Graham Coffey

    Kirby Smart and Georgia just won their second consecutive national championship. That is plenty difficult on its own, but what makes it more remarkable is how Smart and UGA did it.  Let’s flashback two years to the off-season following the 2020 college football season. 2020 was college football’s “covid season” but it solidified a few media narratives around who can compete for and win national championships in the sport. As a reminder, here were some of the things that were being said at t
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    DawgsCentral Exclusive: Carter’s attorney says evidence disproves previous reports that Ex-UGA tackle fled scene

    By Graham Coffey

    DawgsCentral spoke to Jalen Carter’s attorney on Thursday afternoon in an effort to gain further clarity on the former UGA player’s actions in the moments after the tragic crash that took the lives of Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and Bulldogs recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy. His statements refuted reports that Carter fled the scene of the accident prior to the arrival of law enforcement and medical personnel.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first broke the news that Carter’s
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    23 For 2023 - #11 Will Muschamp

    By Graham Coffey

    23 For 2023 - The 23 People Who Will Have the Biggest Impact on UGA Football’s Success as it Pursues a Three-Peat “Who would you rank as the coaches most important to UGA’s success?”  That question was recently posed to me by a DawgsCentral subscriber in response to a piece of intel that I posted on our forum. I started to type out a response, but a couple sentences in I realized that the answer to the question is quite complex. To make such a list, one must make broad value judgments
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    23 For 2023 - #18 Mykel Williams

    By Graham Coffey

    23 For 2023 - The 23 People Who Will Have the Biggest Impact on UGA Football’s Success as it Pursues a Three-Peat  “Who would you rank as the coaches most important to UGA’s success?”  That question was recently posed to me by a DawgsCentral subscriber in response to a piece of intel that I posted on our forum. I started to type out a response, but a couple sentences in I realized that the answer to the question is quite complex. To make such a list, one must make broad value judgments
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2023 Prospects Predicted to UGA - Medium Confidence Level

There are 7 prospects that FSF has predicted to UGA with medium confidence. Meaning that someone we trust on the UGA side of things has heard very good things about our chances. 1. ARCH MANNING - Let's just get right to the #1 player in the class. We're going UGA here for multiple reasons. One big reason is that UGA is in the SEC and NOW. Another is the level of players that will be around the quarterback. UGA is obviously the most consistent program over Texas. NATIONAL CHAMPS BABY!!! Sark

Jason Brassell

Jason Brassell in 2023 Recruiting

Welcome to Dawgs Central

Hello and welcome to Dawgs Central. As we start this journey, it’s important to tell you why we are here, what we are hoping to achieve, and how we plan to bring our subscribers a valuable experience that they won’t find anywhere else on the web…  In the broadest sense, Dawgs Central is a collective of your favorite independent UGA personalities. We have come together because we believe our strengths as creators complement one another well, and by working together we will give Georgia

Graham Coffey

Graham Coffey in Open Letters

2023 Prospects Predicted to UGA - Low Confidence Level

There are three prospects that we at Field Street Forum have predicted to UGA with a low confidence level. 1. Monroe Freeling - I will always be transparent with you guys on how I feel about a recruit and why. I will tell you if I have heard something straight from one of my guys myself, If I heard it from a another one of the DawgsCentral guys who was told something, or if I'm just straight up reading tea leaves. In this case, I'm straight up reading tea leaves. I haven't heard much at all

Jason Brassell

Jason Brassell in 2023 Recruiting

2023 Recruiting Snapshot Offense

Under Kirby Smart, I don't expect UGA to be out of the top 3-5 recruiting classes..........well, EVER. The guy is a recruiting machine and with the exception of the no visit covid year, you can expect him to be top 1-3 year after year. This will be true, even with the NIL in play now, which is an entirely different article. At this moment, the Dawgs sit with 8 commits. You might as well say 7 commits, because Seven Cloud will not be in this class. Auburn is hard after Bo Hughley with a coup

Jason Brassell

Jason Brassell in 2023 Recruiting

Tracking Offensive Returning Production through the Playoff Era

"Returning Production" is a phrase that we all hear in the offseason.  Bill Connelly publishes and weights his returning production metrics.  You can read his current projections on ESPN.com and previous seasons on SBNation Football Study Hall.  To summarize, not all returning production is the same.  Offensive Line and Running back production is mostly replaceable and Passing and Receiving production is less replaceable.  Defensively, passes defended are harder to replace than TFLs.  So with th

Josh Hancher

Josh Hancher in Dawg Stats

About the (2019) Offense

Note: I wrote this for The Bulldawg Blawg after the 2019 SEC Championship loss to LSU, but I never published it. It's kind of funny to read now looking back. Personally, I think everyone is putting too much stock into the poor offensive showing in the SEC Championship Game. Georgia rode a great defense to an 11-1 regular season. Sure, we all were wondering if the offense was good enough to overcome a complete team like LSU. Seth Emerson went so far as to say the SEC Championship Game was th

Jim Wood

Jim Wood in The Junkyard Blawg

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    1. Georgia returned to the hardwood on Tuesday night for a game against Georgia Tech. Mike White and the Bulldogs entered this one on a 3-game win streak. 

      The Yellow Jackets beat #7 Duke last time out, so there was some hype growing around them. The Georgia offense made the first basket of the game and never gave up the lead the whole first half. At the break, the Bulldogs were up 36-20. This was the lowest amount of points Georgia Tech has scored in their season so far. At one point, the UGA defense held them scoreless for over 5 minutes. Georgia Tech couldn't buy a shot in the first half as their field goal percentage was 26.5% (9/34) and three-point percentage was 16.7% (2/12). Tech also had 6 turnovers. Georgia shot 40% (14/35) from the field and 23.5% (4/17) from three. Noah Thomasson led the Bulldogs in scoring with 9 points, including a huge three-pointer to close out the half. 

      In the second half, Georgia Tech was able to cut it to a 12-point deficit at one point but could never get any closer. Georgia won this game 76-62. The Bulldogs shot 40% (26/65) from the field and 30.3% (10/33) from three. Of the 10 made threes, Justin Hill and Blue Cain combined for 7 of those. Georgia shot decently from the charity stripe, as they made 14 of 21. It wasn't a great shooting performance from the Yellow Jackets tonight. They finished the game with a field goal percentage of 32% (24/75), a three-point percentage of 29.6% (8/27), and made 6 of 13 free throws. 

      Georgia had 4 players score in double figures against Tech. Blue Cain knocked down 4 three-pointers for 12 points. Cain was committed to Georgia Tech before flipping to Georgia. Justin Hill continues to be a weapon for the Bulldogs, as he scored 14 points off the bench. Jabri Abdur-Rahim turned in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Noah Thomasson continues to be the best straight scorer for Mike White. He had 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting and also added 5 rebounds and 3 steals. 

      Georgia's record is now 6-3 following the win tonight. The Bulldogs are currently riding a 4-game win streak and will look to extend that against High Point in Stegman. This game is set to tip off on December 16th at 5:30 PM EST on the SEC Network. 

      Photo Courtesy of the SEC Media Portal. 

    2. Alec Smith
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      The Georgia Bulldogs (-5.5) vs The Alabama Crimson Tide

      3:30 P.M. (EST) on CBS

      Broadcasters: Brad Nessler (Play by Play) and Gary Danielson (Color)

       

      UGA

      UA

      Head Coach

      Kirby Smart

      Nick Saban

      Record at School

      93-15

      205-28

      2023 Record

      12-0 (8-0)

      11-1 (8-0)

       

      36-0 in three consecutive regular seasons… my friends, do not forget to relish in these times. 29 wins in a row (SEC Record), 25 players selected in the ’22 and ’23 NFL Drafts, two national championships, All-Americans, award winners, the list goes on. In a time of college football where competition has never been so good and where roster maintenance has never been so difficult, Kirby Smart has built a self-sustaining ecosystem in Athens. The likes of Smart’s immediate success are uber rare and they should be marveled at by Georgia and college football fans alike.

      It is very important to realize that we are currently in The Golden Days of Dawg football, but this dynasty has been built upon forward thinking and the refusal of complacency. Ahead lies #8 Alabama and a trip to the College Football Playoff. In my opinion, no conference will get two teams in the playoffs, meaning this would be a de facto elimination game for the two SEC giants. This matchup has played host to so many classic finishes, and I think we are in for another knife fight on Saturday. Here are some of my insights on The SEC Championship Game.

      Alabama Offense

      No need to beat around the bush, I see Jalen Milroe’s legs as the biggest threat on this offensive unit. He has 126 gives for 439 yards, which only comes out to a YPC of 3.5, but Jalen has 12 TDs on the ground. He’s averaging 229.6 yards per game through the air with 21 TDs, 6 INTs, and a completion percentage of 66.4%. The Bama RB’s do get their share of the pie, with Jase McClellan leading the team with 166 attempts, 803 yards, and 6 TDs. Roydell Williams rounds out the main ball carriers with 94 touches for 497 yards and 4 touchdowns. My take on Milroe as a quarterback is that he is a pocket passer by nature but possesses the speed to cause a lot of issues. He also throws the deep ball up there with the best in football (97.9 Grade on throws of 20+), and he excels off play action. Despite my singing his praises, there are weak areas to exploit. Jalen’s PFF Passing Grade goes from an 87.8 off play action, to a 78.8 mark on straight drops. His Pass Grade goes from a 91.6 to a 51.2 on plays when kept clean vs. under pressure. Milroe also seems to struggle on intermediate throws, especially between the hashes. Of 22 attempts on intermediate throws over the middle, Jalen has a grade of 43.9, 50% CMP, and 3 TDs to 3 INTs. For comparison, Carson Beck has a 93.8 grade and a 74.1% CMP in the same area. Another comforting stat is that Milroe has only thrown the ball >30 times once this year against Texas A&M. His second most attempts in a game came against Texas where his stat line was 14-27 for 255 and 2-2. In summary, I believe Alabama will be able to put up some rushing yardage. I also feel as if Georgia can give up 150+ on the ground and still win this game comfortably. The Dawg offense itself will score some points, and I do not have a ton of faith in Milroe beating us with his arm. Kamari Lassiter has turned into a true lockdown corner that will erase whoever he is guarding. Starks and Bullard are the best safety combo in the country and rarely get beat deep.

      According to Alabama sources, lead back Jase McClellan has missed practice for the first half of this week with a lingering foot injury. It is up in the air whether he will suit up on Saturday, and that would put the bulk of the carries on Roydell Williams/ Milroe.

      Moving on to the offensive line, they have greatly improved as the season progressed. The Tide rank T-113th in the nation with 39 sacks allowed on the year, an average of 3.25 per game. UGA is T-64th with 25 team sacks, along with being T-98th in TFL with 5.0 per game. 26 of the 34 sacks on Milroe came in Alabama’s first six games, while they haven’t allowed more than three in a game since week 8. Here are some grades and rankings for the Tide O-line:

      Position

      LT

      LG

      C

      RG

      RT

      Player

      Kadyn Proctor

      Tyler Booker

      Seth McLaughlin

      Jaeden Roberts

      JC Latham

      PFF Grade

      62.5

      74.4

      60.2

      74.9

      79.3

      Natl. Rank

      317th

      27th

      197th

      23rd

      10th

       

      Does anything stick out there? Kadyn Proctor came in as the #1 OT in the 2023 class and has been starting since day one for UA. Proctor is a great athlete and a physical run blocker, but he struggles against twitchy pass rushers. I would keep an eye… maybe two eyes on whoever the Dawgs have lined up over the young LT. McLaughlin at Center is another solid run blocker who struggles with speed rushing. The Dawgs front seven must take advantage of these weak spots and keep pressure on the QB.

      You may have noticed that I am just now getting around to discussing Alabama’s WR room, which is an anomaly compared to past UA teams that UGA has faced. Isaiah Bond is their leading receiver with 39 catches for 542 yards and 4 TDs. Former Bulldog Jermaine Burton is the deep threat out of the group averaging 22.7 yards per catch on 33 receptions, while also sporting 7 TDs. From there, the Tide do not have another player with more than 18 catches.

      Alabama Defense

      Keeping up with traditions, Alabama is still running a 3-4 multiple defense. UA is T-9th nationally with 3.0 sacks per game and 33rd with 6.3 TFL per game. Rather than Bama having their one dominant edge rusher, Dallas Turner, Chris Braswell, and Justin Eboigbe all have at least 6 sacks and 10 TFL a piece. Another former Dawg, Trezman Marshall, has been instrumental for the Bama defense at the ILB position. The unit as a whole ranks 17th in yards allowed with 312.7, and they are sitting at 14th in the nation with 17.9 PPGa.

      UA’s defense has given up 20+ points in 7 contests this season. The most points allowed came in their week two loss to Texas. Here is what the Longhorns did right: Quinn Ewers went 24/38 for 349 yards and 3 TDs with no INTs. Texas had zero turnovers and put up 454 yards of offense with a middling run game. Bama had a very difficult time covering Texas’s TE Ja’Tavion Sanders who had 5 catches for 114 yards. If only there was a mismatch nightmare of a TE in red and black that we could utilize! Brock Bowers is undoubtedly still not at 100%, but I see very few scenarios where he stands on the sideline watching this game. Bowers is a competitor of the highest order, and I expect that he’ll be chomping at the bit to make an impact in this game.

      Quinn Ewers averaged 14.5 yards per completion with 4 connections of 30+ yards, but a lot of damage was dealt on the perimeter with swing, bubble, and tunnel screens. Terrion Arnold and Kool-Aid McKinstry are two of the better cover corners in the country, but they seemed to struggle with coming up and making tackles in the flat against Texas. Let it be known that it caused me physical pain to type out Kool-Aid in a serious manner. Another true freshman starting for the Tide, Caleb Downs is their leading tackler from the safety position. An elite run defender and hardnosed tackler, Downs has made an immediate impact; however, he has been known to get beat deep against good route runners. If McConkey or Lovett get matched up on Downs 1v1, watch out!

      Regarding the interior defensive line, Bama is missing their game wrecker that we have seen in the past. In fact, the Tide do not have one IDL defender ranked in the top 100 according to PFF. UA is 33rd in the country in rush yards allowed per game, and they gave up 244 on the ground against Auburn last week. Only 57 yards of that 244 total came from Auburn’s QB. I see Edwards and Milton having a big game on Saturday behind a proven and experienced Georgia Oline. Assuming Ratledge is ready to go, the Dawgs will have their entire offensive line back together for the first time in several weeks.

      Prediction

      For the first time out of the past several matchups between Georgia and Alabama, I believe that UGA has the advantage at quarterback. Carson Beck has shown tremendous growth as the season has gone on, and Mike Bobo has schemed perfectly to Beck’s strengths. This game hinges on the Dawgs’ ability to respond to adversity. We saw them do it against South Carolina, Auburn, and Missouri this year. Can UGA respond if they go down two touchdowns? Can they maintain composure if they go up two touchdowns? I believe the answer to both is yes. This Bulldog offense is arguably going to be the most well-rounded unit that Alabama has seen all year. Georgia’s defense has been porous at times, but they have always turned their nose up when it counts. I am expecting a lot of points. I am expecting for this game to be decided in the fourth quarter. My final prediction is 41-31 GEORGIA.

    3. This list is complete speculation based on my own projected depth chart for next season. It's not meant to be taken as prediction, just a list of players who wouldn't cause a shock if they looked elsewhere.  

      QB

      Brock Vandagriff - Assuming Beck returns. Stockton could look elsewhere too, but given that he's a year younger, I would guess Gunner is more likely to stick it out and compete with Raiola and Puglisi for the 2025 starting job. 

      RB

      Cash Jones - With the production he's put on tape early this season when the RB room was decimated with injuries, and the likelihood of having 6 scholarship players ahead of him next season does Jones test the transfer market? He would have 2 years of eligibility remaining.  

      WR

      Arian Smith - Looking back at the Ole Miss game he still gets on the field with the ones, but Lovett and Thomas have both surpassed him.  I'm guessing both of them return along with Dillon Bell. Outside chance that Ladd and MRJS leaving opens up a spot for Smith to be a bigger part of the gameplan, but he could be a go to option in another offense with his speed. He has some great tape making big plays in big games. 

      Jackson Meeks - He's blocked really well at times this season, but has yet to record a reception in 2023. There are a lot of young receivers like CJ Smith, Zeed Haynes and Anthony Evans who could also emerge. That said, he seems pretty happy when I've watched his podcast with Javon Bullard. I could see him sticking around as well.  

      De'Nylon Morrissette - This might be premature, but in year two he seems to have been passed over by younger guys. Perhaps there is an injury there that I'm unaware of. He could also still be in the doghouse after a May DUI.

      TE

      No obvious scholarship candidates here

      OL

      Austin Blaske - I mentioned him in a separate post. I'm not sure if his injury flared back up but we haven't seen much from him. He was a projected replacement level player back in August with the potential to start at LT. I would have thought he would at least be a rotational option in 2024, but I'm not sure if something has changed. 

      Chad Lindberg - The former 4 star recruit hasn't seen much action in his 4 seasons with the team, but will have at least one year of eligibility remaining. 

      DL

      Jonathan Jefferson - Could just as easily see him sticking around for a 4th season. The former 4 star has been passed over by some younger talent, but Kirby likes depth on the D Line. That said, Kirby will also be checking the portal for D Linemen. 

      DE

      CJ Madden - I almost didn't add this one. Just a gut feeling because we haven't seen much from him this season.

      OLB

      Darris Smith - Wouldn't be surprised if he stuck around either, but he hasn't made much of a move this season, and also had an off-field issue that kept him away from the team for a bit. There's a lot of young talent in this room and Smith is a freak who might be a feature player on another roster.

      ILB

      Xavian Sorey - The former 5 star recruit was in the rotation earlier this season, but again with the younger talent. CJ Allen and Raylen Wilson have just been too good to keep off the field. Dumas-Johnson and Mondon will likely head to the NFL, but if one or both returned there would be even less snaps to go around here. 

      EJ Lightsey - Lightsey has received a lot positive reviews out of practice, but hasn't been able to crack the rotation in his two seasons. Given the emergence of younger players he could seek immediate playing time elsewhere.

      CB

      Nyland Greene - This could go either way, and might not happen until after spring. Assuming Lassiter goes to the NFL it has been Greene, Everette and Humphrey battling for the #2 CB spot. Everette and Humphrey have both surpassed Greene, but Kirby has been rotating 3 corners and Greene could work his way into that spot, but he would have to hold off players like A.J. Harris and incoming 5 star Ellis Robinson IV. Might be too tall of a task when Greene is a starter level player elsewhere.

      S

      David Daniel-Sisavanh - He's proven himself as a hard hitting rotational player who can be trusted in spots, but with Starks returning and the emergence of freshman Joenel Aguero there's no clear path to a starting job here. 

      JaCorey Thomas - It's only his second season, and I'd like to see him stick around especially if DDS doesn't. He could get his chance in 2025 which would be year 4, but he's another highly ranked recruit who could probably start somewhere else. 

      Dan Jackson? - Almost didn't add this one either, but Dan would have two years of eligibility remaining and one hell of a resume. He's a graduate so he may hang it up or try to go pro, but I could see him starting at the P5 level somewhere else next season while he gets a free graduate degree. I could also see him returning to Athens and remaining in the safety rotation for the Dawgs.  

      K

      Jared Zirkel - Jack Podlesny left a vacancy after last season and freshman kicker, Peyton Woodring took the job and ran with it in 2023 which relegated Zirkel to kickoff duty, a spot where he has performed admirably. He would have at least one if not two years of eligibility remaining. 

       

      This isn't an exhaustive list, and I didn't delve into walk-ons who rarely if ever get snaps during games. I'm sure some of them will leave, and there is always the threat that NIL or other outside circumstances (or both) lures a starter away to another program willing to outbid Georgia ie AD Mitchell. Let me know if I missed anyone or if any of my guesses are crazy. 

       

      Not on my initial list:

      Mehki Mews - Mews has entered the portal. He played significant snaps on offense and was the primary punt returner (presumably because Ladd McConkey was hobbled for most of the season), and he also returned kickoffs. Freshman speedster, Anthony Evans, was inserted at punt returner during the 4th quarter of the SEC Championship and had in immediate impact with a 28 yard return. Mews had some dropped punts this season and perhaps Evans insertion signified a pending change in that role for Georgia. Mews should have plenty of suitors, the former walk-on had an excellent spring game and found himself on the field a lot despite only recording 13 receptions on the season.

    4. Craig Lawson
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      By Craig Lawson,

      Plus, if you’re gonna complain about Sanford not being loud enough make sure your ass is at the stadium contributing instead of tweeting about it from your couch like a damn slack ass. 

    5. I think there are teams that separated themselves yesterday.  

      Washington, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida State, and sure Penn State (but it was Umass)

      There are teams that confirmed what they are

      USC, Tennessee, Alabama, Miami, Louisville (among others)

      Georgia is somewhere in between.

      Oregon, UNC, Utah will be a factor but not sure they are legit. 

      Who'd I miss?

      Iowa, Duke, Tenn, Iowa St, Bama, and ND all won yesterday all with success rates below 40%
      Oregon and Cool both lost posting 50%+ success rates

      Here is the data

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