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Advanced Stat/Scheme Preview - Georgia vs Ball St

Advanced Stat/Scheme Preview - Georgia vs Ball State Alright, we’re back with the first Advanced Stat/Scheme Preview of the season… Kinda.  This is Ball State, but I still wanted to put together some key information for you all to chew on ahead of Saturday’s game. Next week we’ll do a full film preview and breakdown UGA vs South Carolina.  For now, let’s take a look at the Cardinals… Ball State lost to Kentucky last week by a score of 44-14, but in some ways that doesn’t tell

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23 For 2023 - #8 Brock Bowers + #7 Todd Hartley

23 For 2023 - The 23 People Who Will Have the Biggest Impact on UGA Football’s Success as it Pursues a Three-Peat #8 Brock Bowers + #7 Todd Hartley “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 lis

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The Process For Millenials: Kirby Smart Has Become Better at Delivering “The Process” Message Than The Man He Learned It From

Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide came to Nashville on Wednesday for their annual appearance at SEC Media Days. “Alabama Day” That is what the people around this event came to call this day as Saban’s Crimson Tide ascended to the top of the sport and stayed there. Throughout the 2010’s, Alabama Day was the busiest of SEC Media Days week.  Alabama was college football’s dominant force. 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2020- The Tide accumulated national titles at a rate never before see

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Graham Coffey in SEC Media Days 2023

Elite 11 Recap - What I Learned About Raiola/Puglisi + My Top-12 Rankings from the Week

DawgsCentral Elite 11 QB Rankings I should be clear that my rankings weigh throws made to actual WR’s more than drills that involve stationary targets. In making this list I asked myself a simple question, “If I was an OC which players would give me the most scheme flexibility?” I gave equal weight to how college ready the player is right now versus how high their ceiling will be if they develop well at the next level… Elite 11 Day 3 Recap I’m on a flight home right now

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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

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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23 For 2023 - #12 Earnest Greene

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 - #13 Smael Mondon

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 - #15 Chidera Uzo-Diribe

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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Graham Coffey in 23 FOR 2023

23 For 2023 - #16 Jalon Walker

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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Graham Coffey in 23 FOR 2023

23 For 2023 - #18 Mykel Williams

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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Graham Coffey in 23 FOR 2023

23 For 2023 - #19 Tykee Smith

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 on what assets are most important to a modern college football program.  When thinking about the answer I also foun

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Graham Coffey in 23 FOR 2023

SOURCES: UGA Freshman Will Miss the Rest of Spring Practice with Injury

Some tough news today out of UGA spring practice.  Sources have told DawgsCentral that TE Pearce Spurlin will miss the rest of spring practice with an injury to the collar bone. Spurlin is a true freshman who joined the Bulldogs as an early enrollee in December.  Spurlin missed time during his senior season of high-school after having shoulder surgery during the 2022 off-season. At 6’6” 240-pounds, Spurlin was ranked as the #2 TE in the 2023 recruiting class and came to Georgia after a

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23 For 2023 - #20 David Hill

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 on what assets are most important to a modern college football program.  When thinking about the answer I also foun

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Graham Coffey in 23 FOR 2023

DawgsCentral Exclusive: Carter’s attorney says evidence disproves previous reports that Ex-UGA tackle fled scene

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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12 TAKEAWAYS: UGA Basketball’s Season in Year One of Mike White

Posted just now · IP  1. Flashback to the day Mike White was hired. Georgia had just wrapped up the worst season in program history with Tom Crean being fired right after UGA’s 81-56 loss to Vanderbilt in the first round of the SEC Tournament. The program was a mess on the floor. Georgia’s 6-26 record gave it the worst winning percentage by a team in SEC history. Worse than what was happening on the floor, the last month of the season included infighting between assistants and an athletic d

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23 For 2023 - The 23 People Who Will Have the Biggest Impact on UGA Football's Pursuit of a Three-Peat (#22: Fran Brown)

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 on what assets are most important to a modern college football program.  When thinking about the answer I also foun

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23 For 2023 - The 23 People Who Will Have the Biggest Impact on UGA Football's Pursuit of a Three-Peat (#23 - Jamaal Jarrett)

“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 on what assets are most important to a modern college football program.  When thinking about the answer I also fou

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Graham Coffey in 23 FOR 2023

Todd Monken Changed Georgia… But Kirby Smart Put The Plan in Motion

Kirby Smart met with UGA donors last week at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte. A person who was in attendance shared some of the details from his remarks on DawgsCentral’s subscriber forum. Some of Smart’s remarks caused me to look back on how UGA got to the top of the sport. They also provided insight that made me see UGA’s offensive coordinator change in a new way…    There has been a fair amount of hand wringing amongst certain factions of the Georgia fan base since Todd Monke

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Graham Coffey in Narrative Check

Kirby Smart Has Changed College Football’s Idea of What a Title Winner Is Supposed to Look Like

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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Graham Coffey in Narrative Check

UGA at Media Day in LA: Bulldogs Focused on Preparation and Fixing Defensive Mistakes

UGA took the stage at the CFP National Championship’s Media Day this morning. The Dawgs looked like all of the fanfare and bright lights is just part of the normal routine. This is their second straight national title trip and fourth College Football Playoff game in a year.  So what’s different? UGA brings a very different roster to the championship game this time around. UGA running backs coach Dell McGee said that losing so much talent to last year’s NFL Draft helped to motivate this grou

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Georgia Basketball Is Open For Business

Last night the Georgia Bulldogs beat the #22 ranked Auburn Tigers 76-64 at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens. It marked UGA’s first win in an SEC opener since 2015, and it was Georgia’s first victory over a ranked opponent since February of 2020. Here’s the thing… Nothing about UGA’s win over the defending SEC Champions was fluky. The Bulldogs led throughout and shot 45.3% from the field including 40% from three-point range. The Tigers took the lead by a point early, but Georgia controlled the ga

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Graham Coffey in UGA Basketball

Advanced Stat/Scheme Preview: Georgia vs Ohio State

Okay gang, after weeks of hype and tons of talk it is almost time to tee it up in Atlanta. The Bulldogs and Buckeyes are two teams with tons of narratives around them. Here at DawgsCentral we always do our own homework, and we always show our math before submitting our final answer. I watched half of Ohio State’s games from this season and I watched all of them multiple times. I’ve also dug into their tendencies in preparation for this matchup.  I have a ton of notes to share from the film

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Graham Coffey in Advanced Stat/Scheme Game Previews 2022

A Trip to a “Meaningless” Bowl Game: Cleansing My College Football Soul in The Land of Enchantment

College Football’s postseason is set to expand to 12 teams, and more of the sport’s best players are opting out of bowl games every year. Many have come to view the non-CFP bowl games as meaningless exercises that need to be done away with. So, what are we doing here? I traveled to last weekend’s New Mexico Bowl to decide for myself.  A Trip to a “Meaningless” Bowl Game: Cleansing My College Football Soul in The Land of Enchantment It’s a Saturday night in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I’m

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Graham Coffey in National Features

Like A Rock Band: Examining The Egoless Genius of Georgia’s Todd Monken

Georgia is 13-0 and heading towards another College Football Playoff appearance after winning the 2021 National Championship. After two straight undefeated seasons it is easy to forget that things weren’t always like this in Athens. Flashback a few years and you will remember that there were many in the media and Bulldog fanbase who questioned Kirby Smart’s ability to turn Georgia into an elite offensive team. The defensive chops of UGA’s head man were never in question, but the 2019 team t

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Advanced Stat/Scheme Preview: Georgia vs LSU

It’s SEC Championship week. The Dawgs are looking for their first conference crown since 2017. Will they get it? Like always, I dug into the tape and advanced metrics to see how Saturday’s game should play out on the field…  LSU Offense vs UGA Defense - LSU will spread it out some, but they actually have a pretty physical identity. They play with TE’s often and use a lot of tight formations. They will try to hit plays in the run game to stay on schedule and they are going to line up an

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