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Kirby Smart turns up the heat on Georgia-Florida rivalry
As DawgNation Daily host Brandon Adams likes to say, the Georgia-Florida rivalry is the most important one for Georgia to win. And the Bulldogs are doing a whole lot of winning against Florida at the moment.
The Bulldogs have won back-to-back games against Florida by a combined score of 78-24. Kirby Smart then secured another win over Florida on Saturday, when Georgia hired Charlton Warren to be the defensive backs coach. Warren spent last season as the Gators’ cornerbacks coach.
“Charlton is from Atlanta and has a wide range of experience coaching defensive football at several universities and conferences around the country,” Smart said. “His entire coaching career has been on the defensive side of the ball and especially defensive backs. He has developed an outstanding record and reputation in the coaching profession and he’ll bring great knowledge and energy to our staff.”
This hire thrilled Georgia fans and really annoyed Florida fans and players. Two Florida defensive backs both chimed in with their displeasure after the news came out.
Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes Jr. perfectly summed up how Florida fans felt and reacted to the news.
Oh they BIG mad 😂🤭
— Eric Stokes Jr (@_jamane_) January 20, 2019
Smart didn’t name Warren as the defensive coordinator, which likely means a title bump for either outside linebackers coach Dan Lanning and/or inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann. Smart took his time in naming Warren, and while he may not be as good as former defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Mel Tucker, Smart made sure he hired a very good position coach and recruiter.
Warren was the primary recruiter for Florida’s top two signees in 4-star cornerback Chris Steele from Bellflower, Cal., and 4-star linebacker Tyron Hopper from Roswell, Ga. And he played a major role in recruiting 4-star defensive back Kaiir Elam, who is arguably Georgia’s top remaining recruiting target for the 2019 recruiting class.
And where was Elam this weekend? Visiting the University of Georgia of course. For Elam’s services, many have pegged it as a Georgia-Florida battle. With Warren, who would’ve been his position coach at Florida, now working at Georgia, that could give the Bulldogs the edge to sign the No. 49 player in the 2019 class. Landing Elam would function as another big win for Georgia over Florida.
Since Steve Spurrier showed up at Florida in 1990 to the disastrous Faton Bauta game in 2015, the rivalry between Georgia and Florida was very one-sided. But the tide is starting to turn in this rivalry with Smart in charge for the Bulldogs. Dan Mullen can talk all he wants about a blind squirrel, but for the first time since the Dooley era, fans can now feel truly confident about their football team when it matchups up with Florida. Both on the football field and on the recruiting trail.
Four Georgia Bulldogs to play in the Super Bowl
With both the NFC and AFC Championship games in the book, we now know that at least two Bulldogs will win the Super Bowl this year.
Todd Gurley and Ramik Wilson over the Los Angeles Rams came away with a 26-23 win over the New Orleans Saints in the first game on Sunday. Gurley had his worst game of the year, as he finished with a season-low five touches for just 13 yards. He also dropped a pass and had another bounce off his hands for an interception.
Many wondered if there was something wrong with Gurley after the game, but the All-Pro running bowl owned his performance after the win.
“I was sorry as hell today,” Gurley said. “I was sorry. So, C.J. did his thing and the whole team did its thing.”
But Gurley more than made up for in postgame, with perhaps the greatest Instagram post of all-time.
In the second game of the day, Sony Michel and David Andrews help carry the Patriots to another Super Bowl appearance. Michel had another monster game, as he rushed for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns on the day. He has 5 touchdowns in his first two playoff games and has topped 100-yards in both games. Michel is the first rookie to ever have five rushing touchdowns in a postseason, and is the first running back since former Bulldog Terrell Davis in 1997 to accomplish the feat.
Andrews shouldn’t be overlooked as he helped carve out holes all night, as the Patriots ran for 176 yards and 4 touchdowns. Andrews and the New England offensive line also kept quarterback Tom Brady clean all game, as the vaunted Chiefs defensive line did not sack Brady.
New England also has Isaiah Wynn on the roster, but he has been on IR after tearing his Achilles in the preseason.
As for the losing sides, Chris Conley and Justin Houston of the Kansas City Chiefs and Benjamin Watson of the New Orleans Saints saw their seasons come to end. Watson did not play for the Saints as he was diagnosed with appendicitis during the week. He also announced earlier this season that this will be his final year in the NFL.
This will be the 18-consecutive season that a Bulldog plays in a Super Bowl. That is the longest active streak among SEC teams. Georgia is also tied with Rutgers for the most active players in the Super Bowl, with four.
This year’s Super bowl will be played in Atlanta on Feb. 3.
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Dawgs on Twitter
2 UGA running backs both in the Super Bowl….sheeeeesh
— KENDALL MILTON² (@therealkmilt) January 21, 2019
— NFL (@NFL) January 20, 2019
Seeing Sony Michel and David Andrews do jazz hands makes my heart incredibly warm pic.twitter.com/JV0LrRJZk8
— Connor Riley (@Kconnorriley) January 20, 2019
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 19, 2019
Good Dawg of the Day
dunkin won't eat his food unless it is microwaved, because he thinks that makes it human food
(dunkinandkirby IG) pic.twitter.com/j7LHvyl08M
— Humor And Animals (@humorandanimals) January 17, 2019