Georgia football loved having Dawg nation back in the stands
Cheesy? Maybe. However, even head coach Kirby Smart would agree that having fans back in full capacity in Sanford and other stadiums has impacted the Dawgs this year.
The COVID-19 pandemic messed up our lives in so many ways. College football was not immune either, as multiple games throughout the country got postponed or canceled altogether due to a high number of COVID cases on a team or its opponent.
Fans were also unable to hold traditional activities on football Saturdays either because of the pandemic. Most conferences did not allow tailgating and had limited capacity in football stadiums for games. Because of this, it always felt as if something was missing from the team.
Essentially, the 12th man was playing at less than 100% for the 2020 season.
Seeing Sanford Stadium full for Georgia’s first home game of 2021 against UAB was such a great moment, but the biggest 12th Dawg moment of the year came in an early October Top 10 matchup.
Arkansas was coming to town, and Smart made the call for fans to show up and be loud, even when the game was at high noon kickoff. As someone who attended that game, I can honestly say I have never heard Sanford Stadium that loud before. Even while watching the replay of the game, I am still in awe of how loud the fans were.
The players fed off that energy to jump on the Razorbacks early, and they never looked back in a 37-0 rout.
Dawg Nation showed up to support their team, whether they were playing Clemson, Arkansas, Florida, or even Vanderbilt. That is the ultimate recognition they could ever show the players and coaches.
Georgia football has provided a lot to appreciate this season, as the Dawgs are making history left and right. Enjoy the ride Dawg Nation because now is when the fun begins and champions get made.