“The coaches take care of our bodies throughout the week of practice.”

When you’re obsessive and you have the resources, you can do things like this.

A preventative measure Georgia has used has been to analyze how much on-field running players are doing in practice and in games. The program uses a GPS device, which is placed inside the players’ shoulder pads, to track this information. Georgia hasn’t had too many games go the distance, with starters being pulled early in the fourth quarter. With fewer game snaps, that has allowed for more physical practices late in the year.

Against South Carolina, however, Georgia’s first team was needed for all four quarters. With the starters taking on more snaps, Georgia’s coaching staff has to decide how much more to put on the players during the week of practice.

“I think you follow science. You look at the GPS numbers,” Smart said. “We’re comparing the numbers this year to last year. We’re seeing how many guys are hitting top speeds in the games. If they continue to hit their top speeds, then we continue to do what we do. But if they slow down, then we have to slow down. I think for the first time (since Notre Dame), we had a game that we had to play all four quarters, so we had guys play more snaps. We have to be smarter this week than in past weeks. But we’ve also got to get ready for a tough, physical football game.”

As the old saying goes, luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.  If Kirby wants to claim there’s a little luck involved in Georgia’s injury status this season, he’s entitled.

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14 responses to ““The coaches take care of our bodies throughout the week of practice.”

  1. CB

    I went to high school with the guy who tracks the GPS devices at Bama, it’s a pretty intensive process.

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  2. W Cobb Dawg

    Wow. The attention to detail is incredible.

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  3. jermainesdye

    GPS Tracking & “Trusting the Science”

    “Well, Loran. We gotta work hard and get buttah.”

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  4. jermainesdye

    That should read:

    GPS Tracking & “Trusting the Science” > “Well, Loran. We gotta work hard and get buttah.”

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  5. Jack Burton

    Support staff FTW

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  6. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    GPS constantly amazes me, and the fact that it can track 100+ people on a relatively small practice field is stunning when you know how it works. Thank Dawg for Defense Department research.

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  7. Jared S.

    Shocked at how injury-free we are to this point. Credit strength/training/analyst staff.

    This and the intact depth we have as a result are two big reasons I give us more than a 50-50 chance of beating Auburn – and beating them convincingly.

    Plus when considering discipline (controlled intensity), consistency, stamina and depth, I suspect UGA has a clear edge.

    Not to mention RB corps, and coaching.

    A few weeks ago I was afraid of this game – especially because it was at Jordan-Hare. But this week I’m glad we’re playing there, because even though we’re #1 and undefeated, I think we’ll go in feeling like underdawgs. And I think that’s a good thing.

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  8. Anyone know how we leverage this technology when we’re using the IPF?

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      I don’t think it makes any difference. It works inside my house and in my car when I’m driving. Unless the roof is made of lead or is several inches thick, I think the radio waves work. Maybe someone with more background can tell us. Some ex-military tech guy/gal, perhaps.

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  9. I don’t have any evidence of this but I’ve felt we’ve practiced harder this season than this team has in years. You generally don’t become this tough through just talk or working out or eating right.

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    • Jack Burton

      Your evidence is that Kirby talks about practicing harder than everyone else so that the games seem easy. He talks about it every week.

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    • Charles

      The IPF helps a lot in that regard. Yeah, you need to learn to tough out the heat. But at some point, you deprioritize that in favor of getting more and better practice reps. I know I can go harder when I’m not also sweltering.

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  10. W Cobb Dawg

    We must have an amazing training staff. We came out of neyland with only Trent’s knee injury and he’s back in action.

    I’m surprised the USNS Comfort isn’t stationed on the Tennessee River all season to handle all the bodies that crummy field chews up.

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  11. Hope they install a separate knee GPS to track how many chop blocks to the knee the kids take in practice before the Tech game.

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