Nakobe Dean doubtless stood on the SoFi Stadium subject and had huge flashbacks to this time a yr in the past when the confetti was showering over him after successful the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship Game over Alabama.
This time, although, the Philadelphia Eagles linebacker was supporting his former teammates, who set a new file for the most factors ever scored in a nationwide championship of their 65-7 blowout victory.
Winning back-to-back titles in college football is a uncommon feat, which is why Dean believes the Bulldogs are the new dynasty in the sport.
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“I’d wish to suppose so,” he advised Fox News Digital on the subject at SoFi Stadium. “I’m slightly biased, although, being my faculty [and] being the place I performed at. I’d like to suppose so.”
Dean was a defensive playmaker for the Bulldogs final season, and he performed that position all the option to the finish to cease Bryce Young from transferring the ball and permitting Stetson Bennett to steer the Bulldogs to a victory.
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Bennett did have an excessive amount of bother discovering offense on this sport. He was chargeable for six complete touchdowns, 4 by way of the air and two dashing, as he finally acquired a curtain name thanks to move coach Kirby Smart simply as the fourth quarter acquired underway.
“It’s nice. It’s nice seeing my brothers that I performed with, got here to college with simply make it right here and win once more. It’s all about them,” Dean mentioned.
Of course, Georgia nonetheless performs in the SEC, which has been dominated by Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide for fairly a while. But after taking them down in the nationwide title sport final season, after which going undefeated this yr, Dean would not need to hear the comparisons.
“Ain’t no new Alabama. They’re the first Georgia,” he mentioned. “That’s what they do. Go Dawgs!”
In that win over Alabama final yr to win all of it, Dean had 4 complete tackles and one cross defended. His spectacular junior season noticed six sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss, 72 mixed tackles, and two interceptions, one among which was returned for a landing.
Dean was pegged to be a excessive draft choose, however groups had been reportedly involved about his measurement at 5-foot-11, 229 kilos, which is not the prototypical measurements for linebackers in the NFL. He additionally opted in opposition to getting pectoral surgical procedure.
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The Eagles would finally scoop him up in the third spherical (83rd total), and Dean has been enjoying in a reserve position for the NFC’s finest workforce this season.
With no playoff sport this week attributable to the Eagles’ bye, it was an ideal time for Dean to expertise one other nationwide title sport, this time from the stands.
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He, and the remainder of Athens, Georgia, beloved the end result.