Lane Kiffin, who will be a featured speaker at UGA’s Coaching Clinic, says the Bulldogs could’ve won the 2017 national championship against Alabama “a million times.”
“You go to the national championship in what was it, the second year, and could have won the game a million times,” Kiffin told onlineathens.com’s Marc Weiszer. “There’s probably what, 10 plays in that second half, that all could have went either way and all went Alabama’s way or else he wins the game. The touchdown in the back in the end zone to Calvin and he’s not even throwing to Calvin. And there was illegal motion on the play that wasn’t called.
“There are all kind of plays. You got Tua (Tagovailoa) sacked by three different players on the one time he spins around. Not taking anything away from Alabama, but that game could have went the other way a million times.
“And then to go to the SEC championship last year and again be right there and again one play goes the other way. Really, in both games what haunted them was the backup quarterback comes in. I’ve always said that when the backup quarterback can move around and comes in in the second half of a game, what does he have? Fresh legs.”
“What usually happens is the guy makes plays with his legs. Two years ago that was Tua and last year that was Jalen (Hurts). Jalen had a lot fresher legs and was healthier than Tua and he comes in and what hurt them was his feet. That’s what you saw in both games.”
Kiffin and Smart know each other when they were both coordinators at Alabama for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Kiffin, 43, is now the head coach at Florida Atlantic. He will be a featured speaker at the UGA Coaches Clinic, which begins on Thursday.