Top Dawgs: Charlton Warren

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Top Dawgs: Charlton Warren

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Charlton Warren ticks all of the boxes. The Atlanta native’s impressive resume includes two stops in the SEC East (Tennessee and Florida), as well as, Noth Carolina, Nebraska and a long run at his alma mater Air Force.

Warren’s military career has had a huge impact on his coaching career:

I think it’s all a process. I think that I wouldn’t have been a coach, a secondary coach at the highest level of football in my mind in college football in the SEC if I wasn’t once a hard-working second lieutenant in the Air Force, if I wasn’t once a hard-working cadet at the Air Force Academy or a hard-working student in high school,” he said. “It’s all a process and it builds and builds and builds. I think it’s just that competitive drive that, no matter what you’re doing in life, do it at the highest level possible because you never know what door can get opened from that. If you don’t give your all, there are some doors that will be closed that you may not ever get to…

I’m trying to be the best secondary coach in America, because right now that’s what I’m tasked to do. If I was putting GBU-38s on a Predator in 2002, I’m going to be the best dang program manager for the GBU-38 that I can be in the country. For me, this is all a process and whatever you ask me to do, you’re going to get the most out of it.

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One thing stands out when one reviews Kirby Smart’s hires, they have established themselves as great recruiters. Coach Warren is not an exception.

Since his arrival in January 2019, Warren has been the lead recruiter for 5-star Kelee Ringo, 4-star commit Marquis Groves-Killebrew, 4-star commit David Daniel, 4-star Jalen Kimber, and 4-star Major Burns. That is a commendable haul for his first recruiting cycle in Athens.

Recruiting is the lifeblood of college football success, but once they are on campus development is job one and Warren has a track record get a big, bold check for that category also.

As we get ready for the 2020 football season, Charlton Warren is preparing his defensive backs for a campaign in which they are expected to be a position group that uses its quality depth to again finish as one of the stingiest in the land:

Last year, Georgia surrendered the country’s 4th-lowest total yards per game mark at 274.2. The breakdown: 198.5 through the air (24th nationally) and 75.7 on the ground (3rd in FBS) — while giving up just 12.5 points a contest, tied with Ohio State for the 2nd lowest total in the country.

That 12.5 points per game average is actually 6 points lower than 2018, when the Dawgs allowed 180.5 yards passing and 130.6 yards rushing to end the year with the 13th-ranked mark in total defense (311.2).

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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.