Always Eloquent, Vince Dooley Calls The Georgia- Alabama Game A 'Deep South' Tribute

Always Eloquent, Vince Dooley Calls The Georgia- Alabama Game A 'Deep South' Tribute

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Always Eloquent, Vince Dooley Calls The Georgia- Alabama Game A 'Deep South' Tribute

Legendary Georgia coach and athletic director Vince Dooley joined “The Opening Kickoff” team on WNSP-FM 105.5 (Mobile, Alabama) on Friday.

Dooley was joined on the broadcast by former Alabama coach Gene Stallings. The national championship winning coaches (Georgia 1980, Alabama 1992) focused on quarterback play as the key to the game.

Said Dooley, “Fromm has proven himself a little bit more versatile. He’s not as good an athlete or a runner as Hurts. Hurts, from time to time, looks like the greatest passer you’ve ever seen. Other times, not as good. So, from a consistency standpoint, Fromm has been good, not great, but solid.”

“If I’m Alabama, I’ve got to stop the run game,” Stallings said. “Georgia’s got an outstanding running game.

“If Georgia doesn’t control the quarterback [Hurts], they’re going to lose the ball game. He can run. He can throw. He’s the key to their success.”

Georgia’s Jake Fromm has passed for 2,383 yards and 23 touchdowns with five interceptions this season. His quarterback rating of 166.4 is 4th best in the country.

Hurts has thrown for 2,125 yards and 17 scores with only one interception. His quarterback rating of 155.1 is 11th best in the country.

Hurts has a significant advantage in running the ball. He has rushed for 808 yards and eight touchdowns. Fromm, who isn’t called on to carry the ball often, has 94 yards and three touchdowns.

“I’ve never seen a runner as relaxed and moving as fast at the same time as him,” Dooley said of Hurts.

Both coaches discussed the electric atmosphere in Atlanta. Stallings commented that he believed “Alabama owns that city.”

“It’s an incredible game coming up. What an incredible tribute to football in the Deep South,” Dooley said.

“It is a classic matchup when you have adjacent states. Both with great football traditions. Then, you have the mentor and the pupil. You got an almost identical process – as the word is used so often.

“There’s never been one quite like it. That’s the reason. Georgia’s in the game. There’s never been anything quite like it, even the Olympics.”

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