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Blog: Georgia’s Super Bowl connections extending to Knoxville?

Georgia can take pride that three of its former players are on teams in this year’s Super Bowl.

If you happen to follow Tennessee’s official football Twitter feed, you might have seen the Vols making the most of some former Bulldogs’ connections to coaches now on its staff.

Quotes were tweeted out on Tuesday from former Bulldogs linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and former Bulldogs defensive end Demarcus Dobbs.

Baltimore’s Ellerbe on John Jancek, his position coach at Georgia and now Tennessee defensive coordinator: “He always pushed me harder. He made me a better player. He made me accountable.”

San Francisco’s Dobbs on now Tennessee secondary coach Willie Martinez, who was defensive coordinator at Georgia through 2009, Dobbs’ junior season: “He wanted you to be the best at your craft. He didn’t let you slack for one moment.”

Considering that Rodney Garner coached Dobbs in his senior season and Baltimore’s DeAngelo Tyson during his career, shouldn’t Auburn be tweeting out quotes from those players about the Bulldogs’ former defensive line coach?

After all, Dobbs told me this in 2010 about Garner: “He really loves this program and brings the best out of people. He’s somebody you can relate to and somebody that’s always good relating to other people and the players. You can see him on a more real level. You can go see him not only as a coach, but somebody that’s a mentor, somebody that’s going to look out for you, somebody that’s going to give you good advice.”

Wait a second.

Georgia needs to get in on this.

After all, Georgia can pump up the fact that new defensive line coach Chris Wilson will have his own former player in the Super Bowl. Baltimore defensive end Pernell McPhee played for Wilson at Mississippi State.

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