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Georgia Football should get back to Junkyard Dawg tradition

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:34 am    Post subject: Georgia Football should get back to Junkyard Dawg tradition Reply with quote

The Georgia football program is in a state of current rebuilding under second-year head coach Kirby Smart, buta return to what made the Bulldogs successful in the past may be desperately needed.It can take time for a young head coach to find his footing , even one who studied under the master sensei of college football, Nick Saban, for nineyears.Article continues below ...Kirby Smart, entering his second year as Georgia head coach, started off with a bang last season, reenergizing the fan base with his approach, while drawing a record92,000-plus fans to Sanford Stadium for a spring football scrimmage.From that point, the struggles whichhad been surfacing under former head coach Mark Richt came into full light, as the once-explosive offense stumbled to a 102nd national rank in scoring offense and an No. 87rank in total offense .The defense although younger and less experienced than 2015 also saw a downturn from a very successful 2015 campaign, down from 8th to 35th nationally in scoring defense, and from 7th to 16th in total defense.The reasons for the struggles by the Bulldogs both offensively and defensively have been listed and broken down again and again by every analyst and fan in the nation, but the remedy can be summed up in two wordsby anyone who has followed this program since the days of Vince Dooley.Junkyard Dawgs.Now for those unversed in the once-common monikerfor Georgia defense, which was so-named in 1975 by former defensive coordinator Erk Russell, it was explained by the late coachBy our own definition, a Junkyard Dog is a dog completely dedicated to his task, that of defending his goal line. Further, he is very often a reject or the runt of the litter. Nobody wants him, and he is hungry. We had three walk-ons, four QBs, and threerunning backs in our original Junkyard Dog starting cast, which averaged 208 pounds across the front. In short, a Junkyard Dog is one who must stretch and strain all of his potential just to survive. Then he can think about being good.After a dismal 6-6 1974 season, Russell put together the first Junkyard Dawg group, and Georgia went on to a 9-3 record in 1975, a national championship game appearance against Pitt in 1976, and an eventual shot at three national titles from 1980-1982.georgia bulldogs footballDawn of the Dawg 23hGeorgia Bulldogs What to expect from Mark Webb JrMore headlines around FanSided1 d SEC Football Backfield rankings2d Georgia Football Bulldogs locker room equipped with DJ booth3d Georgia football Is UGA ever going to acknowledge the programs 125th birthday3d Georgia Football What to expect from 2017 LB Jaden Hunter4d Georgia football Top 10 programs that the Bulldogs have defeatedMore News at Dawn of the Dawg The Junkyard Dawgs were small but quick, something almost unheard of in today world of massive linemen and towering defensive backs. They flew around the field and tackled with a seldom-seen viciousness.But with the move towards more spread offenses and designed read-option packages, it might be exactly howGeorgia needs to play to gain the edge needed in today game.Known as somewhat of a defensive genius KirbySmart played defensive back at Georgia from 1995-1998 , andis undoubtedly familiar with the name, if not the entire concept of playing defensive underdog, or in this case, smaller but more vicious dog.But Smartlatest statements might lead one to believe that he gone over to the dark side of trying to load up on offense tooutscore all opponents.So were casting the net far and wide, Smart told Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Jeff Sentell. Were combing the country for the best guys. Because I honestly think that the success and fall of many programs is based on quarterbacks.While that might seem an easy statement to back up, given the premium placed on finding a great quarterback, it also even easier to pick apart.Look at this list of national champions in the last 10 seasons, and the quarterbacks who led them2006 Florida, Chris Leak2007 LSU, Matt Flynn2008 Florida, Tim Tebow2009 Alabama, Greg McElroy2010 Auburn, Cam Newton2011 Alabama, A.J. McCarron2012 Alabama, A.J. McCarron2013 FSU, Jameis Winston2014 Ohio State, J.T. Barrett Cardale Jones2015 Alabama, Jake Coker2016 Clemson, Deshaun WatsonOf that list, only Cam Newton and Jameis Winston are still playing quarterback professionally as a starter . It could be argued that the majority of those teams won their national titles on the strength of their defense and or running games rather than a great quarterback .What those players did have in common was that while some may have lacked in the ability to win a game with their arm Jacques Patrick Jersey, they were all solid team leaders and football-smart quarterbacks.Signing the five-star, cannon-armed quarterbacks and fleet-footed receivers might make a big splash for fans, but it doesnt necessarily lead to rings and trophies. In 1980, it was the combination of a Junkyard Dawg defense, a punishing runner in Herschel Walker, and a pedestrian but heady quarterback in Buck Beluewho wonGeorgia first championship since 1942.Perhaps its time for the recruiting focus by coach Smart and his staff to shift from looking at the players dreaming of shoe deals and endorsements, to the hungry, scrappy, turf-in-the-facemask guys who have no delusions of grandeur.Bring back the Junkyard Dawgs. Return to looking for beastswho will do anything to play on defense, andfinding running backs who move piles with or without the help of an offensive line .
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