The saga of Dirty Dan

It may be specifically about blocking kicks, but this piece nicely illustrates how well this Georgia team prepares.

Dan Jackson saw the look and made the check.

In the second quarter against Missouri last Saturday, he noticed the Tigers lined up in a certain formation. He alerted his teammates, signaling the Bulldogs to go after the kick.

Nolan Smith charged in and blocked the punt. Jackson nearly came up with it in the end zone for a touchdown, but he couldn’t corral it. Georgia settled for a safety instead.

That marks the fourth blocked kick of the season for the Bulldogs. Through preparation, strain, and the work of the guy known as “Dirty Dan,” Georgia’s special teams have become a destructive force…

“When it happened, we were all ready,” senior corner Ameer Speed said. “(Jackson is) the head honcho of the group at his position, but we’ve been working on that play really all week. When it happened, it was kind of like boom, boom, boom. When he made the call, it was good to have it executed. It went exactly how we wanted it to.”

It’s the matter of fact-ness about the play that really gets me.  These guys are talented, sure, but they’re being coached to put themselves in position to make plays and then they go out and execute them.  It’s almost coldblooded.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

60 responses to “The saga of Dirty Dan

  1. moe pritchett

    “Cold blooded”

    Me likes that term when referring to this D.

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  2. Illini84

    Yea, it was obvious from the upper deck that he saw something! Awesome!


  3. Illini84

    Beamer Ball!!!!!


  4. “It’s almost cold-blooded.”

    That’s the way Alabama played for so many years when they asserted themselves on the line of scrimmage. It’s the way we play now.

    Talent + development + preparation + execution = Excellence

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  5. TEXBaller

    Dirty Dan = Terry Hoage

    Liked by 4 people

  6. W Cobb Dawg

    Jackson should’ve tapped the ball back in the end zone for a fellow teammate to score, maybe Smith – who blocked it to begin with. Otherwise, it’s all good.


  7. Biggen

    “Dirty Dan”. I like that! We nearly got the first punt blocked so he had it recognized on the very first try! I still can’t believe their coaches didn’t adjust the protection after the 1st block attempt.

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  8. bucketheridge

    This team is incredibly fundamentally sound. This is what makes the idea that coaches like Mullen are better than Kirby such a joke. Yes, we are more talented, but this team out executes and is more fundamentally sound than every team we play. Especially on defense. But we’re supposed to believe that Kirby can’t coach.

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  9. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    I’m serious as a heart attack… we cannot let Saban steal Boom when he fires Pete Golding this year.


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    • The Truth

      I know Agent Boom did some things over the years when he was on assignment that rankled us, as it should have. I think that’s kept me from giving him more credit for our steps forward on D.

      But earlier this season, Drinkwitz said in an SEC Network piece that “adding Will Muschamp to that staff should be illegal” (or something close to that).

      I think Boom stays with his buddy Kirby to bring down the Evil Empire rather than join it.

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    • Ran A

      Seriously thinking about sending the AD at South Carolina a gift basket for firing Muschamp. If we win the Natty, may just do that… LOL

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    • Never say never, and money talks and competitive fire and all that.

      Will is having a blast spending time with his boys without the overall headaches being a DC or HC brings.

      the Gamecocks write him big checks. I don’t think he goes anywhere.

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    • Derek

      How would you propose we do that?

      Replace Lanning with Will?


    • I think Boom is enjoying working with his buddy especially with his son being on the team. I’m starting to think Boom may be the new DC if/when Lanning takes a head coaching job.

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      • miltondawg

        If Lanning gets a HC job this year one has to believe that Boom gets promoted to DC. I believe it was Saban himself that talked about having conversations with assistants about not taking lateral moves (was it Kirby to Athens to be DC under Richt??).

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        • Down Island Way

          Hopefully any and all staff that work with CKS & UGA football move on when the whole picture, situation, $$$$$, location etc. is right for them and not move on just because…I get, ya never know when that situation is gonna’ ripen…


          • Tony BarnFart

            I hope a coordinator position at Georgia is so great that I bide my time until a job that checks a ton of boxes comes up. i.e. the Kirby Smart path. Of course, the buyout for failure at a dumpster fire few could succeed at is so tempting that it may be a tough ask.


  10. Harold Miller

    “Dirty Dan” sounds like something out of the Urban Dictionary.

    Liked by 5 people

  11. Remember the Quincy

    What is our all time record for punts blocked in a season? Or all kick blocks combined? Seems like we have been blocking something almost every game.


    • Has to be 2002. I remember CMR saying folks shouldn’t go to the concession stand for a punt or a field goal because we were blocking a kick or running a punt back for a TD.


  12. dawgman3000

    Speaking of Dan Jackson, I love the way he plays the game. He arrives to the ball quickly and with bad intentions for the ball carrier. I think he’s a starting safety next season.

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  13. Texas Dawg

    If I’m not mistaken, Jackson was a walk on. Another hole poked in the narrative that Kirby doesn’t develop players.

    Liked by 4 people

    • archiecreek

      I don’t think he has a scholly yet.
      That hit he put on the Mizzou QB in the 4th quarter was borderline assault and battery.
      Her arrived quickly and with bad intentions.

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      • whit1356

        Archie, you are spot on about Dirty Dan. Damn, he just flies to the ball, and will bust your ass when he gets there. I can’t wait to see the video of him receiving his scholarship.

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  14. PTC DAWG

    Dan is the Man.

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  15. miltondawg

    “they’re being coached to put themselves in position to make plays” was exactly my takeaway. Any coach can call something from the sideline and hope that it gets executed. Real coaching is getting the players to understand what they are looking at and what they are looking for and setting themselves up for making the right calls on the field.

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  16. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    is this a reference to the grits coldblooded dawgs blog of old?

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  17. Did I hear Kirby say it a look we’d seen on tape from several years back that we prepared for just in case they showed it again?