Georgia football has one of the strictest practice regimes in the country, which is one of the many reasons why the Dawgs are elite. When practice is as intense as Georgia’s is, the team’s only option is to be great. Tuesdays are the most challenging day of the week for Georgia, and the Dawgs like to call those practices Bloody Tuesdays.
The Dawgs like to push their limits, and they can do that on Bloody Tuesdays. Physicality is part of what it takes to have a championship-winning program — this day of practice is when they get as physical as possible. Multiple players and coaches discussed what Bloody Tuesdays are all about, and Christopher Smith put it best, “we feel like that’s what this program is built on…”
This physicality is what makes the Dawgs of today different from the years past. Head coach Kirby Smart became the head coach because the university felt he was the man that could transform and elevate Georgia to championship levels.
Georgia football knows that Bloody Tuesdays are where they get after it with everything it has.
Of all the statements on Bloody Tuesday, Jamon Dumas-JOhnson and co-defensive coordinator Glenn Schumann explained it perfectly. Smith did as well, but the way Dumas-Johnson puts it gives us the most chills.
"“Bloody Tuesday is a day where we go after it… a very physical day for us,” Dumas-Johnson said. “Sometimes you see blood. Sometimes you don’t, depending on how the players go atit. But that’s one of the days we get after it, play the game before the game. Tuesdays are just different in Athens.”"
Sometimes there is blood. Wow. Now that is a testament to how physical this day really is. It shows that Smart and his coaching staff really put this team through the wringer to prepare them for that week’s opponent. Even with all the other festivities this week, the Dawgs will not slack on Bloody Tuesday. If they did, it would be out of the norm, and this week is about finding a way to maintain that normalcy of game week.
"“Bloody Tuesday is really about there’s a lot of first and second down in terms of what the plan is. There’s a lot of team run. There’s a lot of good on good. And ultimately… it’s what these guys put into it,” Schumann said. “So they embrace the fact that today has to be a physical day. There’s gotta be a lot of contact, and that they really set the tone for what a bloody Tuesday is.”"
Contact, physicalness, and blood — those are the things you want to hear when it comes to defense, heck, the offense too. Georgia does things differently, and the longer the Smart tenure is, the more fans realize this.
The Dawgs are not afraid of physical teams because they are one of the most tenacious and gritty out there. Teams quiver at the fact they have to take on those dominant Dawgs that will bully them all over the field.
This Bloody Tuesday is the most important to date, no scratch that — the countless Tuesdays before this were the most important because they got the Dawgs to this stage. Now it’s time for them to capitalize and close out this dominant run. Physicality will be why Georgia wins back-to-back championships, so now the Dawgs have to bring it to beat the Buckeyes and whomever they take on in the title game.