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Smart in the running for national top coach award

Kirby Smart, University of Georgia head football coach, is in the running for the Dodd Trophy. (Source: WALB) Kirby Smart, University of Georgia head football coach, is in the running for the Dodd Trophy. (Source: WALB)
ATLANTA, GA (WALB) -

Kirby Smart, University of Georgia head football coach, is among 20 potential recipients for a national coaching award. 

The Bainbridge native is one of the 20 named on a preseason watch list for the Dodd Trophy. 

The Dodd Trophy is college football’s most coveted national coaching award, according to a release from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation.

The trophy celebrates the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron. The Dodd Awards goes to a coach who stresses the importance of scholarship, leadership, and integrity like Bobby Dodd’s coaching philosophy, the release stated. 

Dodd was a former head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for 22 years. 

The watch list was created through a selection process by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, according to the release.

A panel, which includes former winners and a Dodd family member, will make a final list of potential recipients at the end of the 2018 season. 

The winner of the 2018 Dodd Trophy will be announced during the Chick-fil-A Bowl Week in Atlanta, according to the release. 

Smart has been UGA head football coach since 2016.  

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