2014 Georgia Bulldogs football team

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2014 Georgia Bulldogs football
UGA logo.svg
Belk Bowl Champions
Belk Bowl vs. Louisville, W 37–14
Conference Southeastern Conference
Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #9
2014 record 10–3 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach Mark Richt (14th year)
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo (8th as coordinator, 14th overall year)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt (1st year)
Base defense 3–4
Home stadium Sanford Stadium
(Capacity: 92,746)
Seasons
« 2013 2015 »
2014 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#14 Missouri x   7 1         11 3  
#9 Georgia   6 2         10 3  
Florida   4 4         7 5  
Tennessee   3 5         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         7 6  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8         3 9  
Western Division
#4 Alabama x^   7 1         12 2  
#11 Mississippi State   6 2         10 3  
#17 Ole Miss   5 3         9 4  
#22 Auburn   4 4         8 5  
LSU   4 4         8 5  
Texas A&M   3 5         8 5  
Arkansas   2 6         7 6  
Championship: Alabama 42, Missouri 13
^ – College Football Playoff participant
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 3, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the University of Georgia in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by head coach Mark Richt, who was in his 14th year as head coach. The Bulldogs played their home games at Sanford Stadium. They were a member of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Georgia finished the season with a 10–3 overall record, placing second place in the SEC East Division. They earned an invitation to play in the Belk Bowl against the Louisville Cardinals, which they won, 37–14.[1] Their Roster on offense includes QB#14 Hutson Mason ( 5th year SR), RB#27 Nick Chubb (FR), WR#16 Isaiah McKenzie (FR), WR#81 Reggie Davis (SO), WR#86 Justin Scott-Wesley (JR), WR#38 Clay Johnson (SO), and RB#22 Brendan Douglas (SO).

Rivalry Games[edit]

Georgia finished the year 1-2 in rivalry games, losing to Florida 38-20 in the Florida–Georgia football rivalry on November 1, 2014. They beat the Auburn Tigers 34-7. Georgia lost to in-state rival Georgia Tech in Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate on November 29, 2014 by a score of 30-24 in overtime.

Coaching changes[edit]

On January 12 defensive coordinator Todd Grantham left to take the same position at Louisville under Bobby Petrino. On January 14, Georgia hired Jeremy Pruitt as their new defensive coordinator. Pruitt came from Florida State where they were the national champions in 2013. Pruitt had been a part of the previous three national championships as a coach: 2013 at Florida State and 2011 and 2012 at Alabama as secondary coach. Georgia also added three other coaches to their defensive staff: Tracy Rocker, Mike Ekeler, and Kevin Sherrer.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
Georgia
Alma Mater
Mark Richt Head coach 14 Miami (FL) (1982)
Mike Bobo Offensive coordinator, Quarterbacks 14 Georgia (1997)
Bryan McClendon Running backs/Recruiting Coordinator 6 Georgia (2005)
John Lilly Tight ends/Offensive Special Teams Coordinator 7 Guilford College (1990)
Tony Ball Wide receivers 6 Chattanooga (1983)
Will Friend Offensive line/Running Game Coordinator 4 Alabama (1998)
Jeremy Pruitt Defensive coordinator/Secondary 1 West Alabama (1999)
Tracy Rocker Defensive line/Will Linebackers 1 Auburn (1988)
Mike Ekeler Inside Linebackers/Defensive Special Teams Coordinator 1 Kansas State (1994)
Kevin Sherrer Sam Linebackers 1 Alabama (1996)
Buddy Collins Special Teams Coordinator/Quality Control 2 MidAmerica Nazarene (2010)
Dan Inman Offensive Graduate Assistant 2 UNC–Pembroke (2012)
Doug Saylor Offensive Graduate Assistant 2 Georgia (2011)
Mike MacDonald Defensive Graduate Assistant 5 Georgia (2010)
Kelin Johnson Defensive Graduate Assistant 0 Georgia (2007)
Reference:[2]


Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 5:30 p.m. #16 Clemson* #12 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA (Rivalry) ESPN W 45–21   92,746
September 13 3:30 p.m. at #24 South Carolina #6 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC (Rivalry) CBS L 35–38   84,232
September 20 12:00 p.m. Troy* #13 Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA SECN W 66–0   92,746
September 27 12:00 p.m. Tennessee #12 Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA (Rivalry) ESPN W 35–32   92,746
October 4 4:00 p.m. Vanderbiltdagger #13 Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA (Rivalry) SECN W 44–17   92,746
October 11 12:00 p.m. at #23 Missouri #13 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO CBS W 34–0   71,168
October 18 4:00 p.m. at Arkansas #10 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR SECN W 45–32   54,959
November 1 3:30 p.m. vs. Florida #9 EverBank FieldJacksonville, FL (Rivalry) CBS L 20–38   83,004
November 8 12:00 p.m. at Kentucky #17 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY ESPN W 63–31   60,152
November 15 7:15 p.m. #9 Auburn #16 Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) ESPN W 34–7   92,746
November 22 12:00 p.m. Charleston Southern* #9 Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA SECN W 55–9   92,746
November 29 12:00 p.m. #16 Georgia Tech* #8 Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA (Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate) SECN L 24–30 OT  92,746
December 30 6:30 p.m. vs. #20 Louisville* #13 Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC (Belk Bowl) ESPN W 37–14   45,671
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source:[3]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 12 6 (2) 6 (1) 13 12 13 13 10 9 9 17 16 9 8 15 13 9 
Coaches' 12 8 (1) 6 (1) 14 13 12 10 10 9 8 17 14 10 9 15 13 9 
CFP Not released 11 20 15 10 9 14 13 Not released


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