Kirby Smart named to 2022 Dodd Trophy Watch List
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Kirby Smart named to 2022 Dodd Trophy Watch List

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UGA football head coach Kirby Smart has been named to the 2022 Dodd Trophy Watch List, the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl have announced.

The Dodd Trophy is awarded to the head coach of a team “…who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity – the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s coaching philosophy.”

In his six seasons as head coach of the Bulldogs, Kirby Smart is 66-15 and 40-9 in Southeastern Conference play. Last season, he led the Bulldogs to a victory over Alabama in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship.

“College football has seen many changes in recent years, but all of these coaches have held true to our award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “What separates The Dodd Trophy and truly makes it the most coveted coach of the year award, is our commitment to recognizing all that these coaches do, not only on the football field, but in the classroom and throughout their communities as well. This is why we require coaches to have at least two years of experience leading their current programs, so that they have had time to establish a precedent, both on and off the field.”

2022 Dodd Trophy Watch List

Coach School Conference
Dave Aranda Baylor Big 12
Paul Chryst Wisconsin Big Ten
Dave Clawson Wake Forest ACC
Ryan Day Ohio State Big Ten
Dave Doeren NC State ACC
Kirk Ferentz Iowa Big Ten
Luke Fickell Cincinnati AAC
Jimbo Fisher Texas A&M SEC
Mike Gundy Oklahoma State Big 12
Jim Harbaugh Michigan Big Ten
Lane Kiffin Ole Miss SEC
Pat Narduzzi Pitt ACC
Sam Pittman Arkansas SEC
Nick Saban Alabama SEC
Kalani Sitake BYU Independent
Kirby Smart Georgia SEC
Mark Stoops Kentucky SEC
Dabo Swinney Clemson ACC
Mel Tucker Michigan State Big Ten
Kyle Whittingham Utah Pac-12

“Never has strong leadership been more imperative than it is now in our sport,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & President Gary Stokan. “Each of these coaches have continued to find success and navigate an ever-evolving college football landscape to lead their student athletes to new heights both on the football field and in the classroom.”

The five finalists for the Dodd Trophy last season were Dave Aranda (Baylor), Dave Clawson (Wake Forest), Jim Harbaugh (Michigan), Pat Narduzzi (Pitt), and the 2021 recipient of The Dodd Trophy Luke Fickell (Cincinnati).

The Georgia Bulldogs kick off the 2022 season on Saturday, Sept. 3 against the Oregon Ducks in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. Georgia then hosts the Samford Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Sept. 10 before opening SEC play the following week on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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