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Kirby Smart’s 2016 Georgia team stacking up to his rough 1996 team… as a player.

As many of you guys know, before Kirby Smart roamed the sidelines as Georgia’s head coach, he played safety for the Bulldogs from 1995-1998. As a four-year letterman, he finished his career with 13 total interceptions (4th in Georgia history), and was selected first-team All-SEC in his senior year. Not too shabby for the Alabama native.

As a first-year head coach for his alma-mater, however, Kirby Smart is struggling to get the ball rolling. The Bulldogs are currently 4-4 on the year and an abysmal 2-4 in conference play, good for 4th in the SEC East. In an ugly 24-10 loss last week to Florida, star running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel combined for just 22 total yards on 12 carries.

For a program that competes for SEC East titles year after year, Georgia’s struggles are not sitting well with the fanbase, especially after giving up a coach that consistently brought in 10-win seasons.

After taking a closer look, “Dawg Nation” found that Smart’s 2016 and 1996 Georgia football teams are actually fairly similar, for all of the wrong reasons.

Here are a few of the similarities between both teams:

Georgia’s 21 total rushing yards against Florida was their lowest since 1996, where they rushed for only 16 yards against your Kentucky Wildcats.

If Kentucky happens to knock off Georgia tomorrow, the Bulldogs will be on pace for their first losing regular season since 1996, where they finished 5-6 on the year.

Georgia is currently being outscored by opponents 209-186 this year. The last time they were outscored by opponents at the end of a season? 1996, where they finished minus-29 points on the year.

Beyond just 1996 comparisons, this year’s Georgia team is putting up some historically rough numbers:

Their season average of just 23.25 points per game is their lowest in program history. The next lowest is 25.2 points per game in 2006.

Georgia is averaging just 38 yards per punt, their lowest since 1998 (Kirby Smart was also on that team.)

The Bulldog offense is on pace for their lowest total yards since 2009.

To put it lightly, this Georgia team is struggling, especially for a squad loaded with four and five-star talent.

I’m not saying, I’m just sayin’. Let’s go bowling.



Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

1 Comment for Kirby Smart’s 2016 Georgia team stacking up to his rough 1996 team… as a player.

  1. BluKudzu
    4:25 am November 5, 2016 Permalink

    Excellent post, I certainly appreciated the analysis. One thing worth noting, UGA has only lost to Vandy and UK, in the same season, 4 times, the last was 2006. Hoping 2016 will be the 5th, and our 5th conference win for only the 4th time ever.
    Following the 2015 season, and after Southern Miss, NMSU, and Florida, in 2016, I never would had thought this possible.
    Credit Stoops for stepping up and taking over the defense, and emphasizing the ground game. Absolutely, THE two changes that had to happen to change the direction of team from the last 3.5 years.
    Yeah, I understand, these wins have come against the worst SEC teams, but they are WINS against SEC teams. Only 4 teams in the SEC have better conference records, and 5 teams from the SEC are ranked in the top 25.
    Kentucky is knocking on the door folks. A victory against UGA will kick the door down.
    Go Cats.