Georgia football has been the NFL Draft darling for the past two years. Twenty-six players from that 2021 national title team have been picked to play for many NFL franchises. Many NFL scouts have come through Athens since Kirby Smart took over the program and watched practices throughout the years. Thus, the word has gotten out that Georgia is one of the hardest-practicing teams in the country.
Matt Rhule, the new Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach, echoed this in a press conference this week.
The results have yet to display that the Huskers are the number #2 team in the country. It is nice that other programs point to Georgia to say the Dawgs are the benchmark program in college football. Rhule said that Nebraska will catch up to Georgia soon, but they have a long way to go to get close to the program Kirby Smart built. Rhule has turned around many programs in his days of coaching college football, but he never turned one into what Georgia football is presently.
It’s funny that former Georgia football linebacker, now Nebraska linebacker MJ Sherman, tells his teammates that Georgia practices are more demanding than whatever they do. From my anecdotes, many players who transfer away from Georgia always say how much easier they have it at another program. Some players equate that to the success Georgia is having on the field and at the draft. Furthermore, many players who transfer in from other schools cannot believe how demanding practices are at Georgia.
Kirby believes in this work ethic, and I cannot argue. There is a reason this team has been the number-one team for almost three years straight and has won back-to-back national championships. The demanding practices work, and hopefully, they work down the stretch as Georgia faces significant challenges as they try to win the SEC East.