ATHENS – Georgia coach Kirby Smart talks about the importance of intensity on the football field, so there was no one better to replace the much-loved veteran Mel Tucker than Charlton Warren.
After all, Warren was the "Mr. Intensity," winner of his senior year at the Air Force Academy, and Warren won the award for establishing himself as the most prominent artist in the weight room.
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Warren has proven to be as effective as badistant coach and recruiter. When crossing paths with Warren earlier this week, Smart came to the conclusion that it fit perfectly.
Regardless of who is appointed defensive coordinator of UGA: the hiring of Warren seems to indicate a promotion for one or both coaches of linebackers Dan Lanning Glenn Schumann: Smart is the de facto DC.
Smart is also extremely active as a high school coach and will work closely with Warren on a daily basis, which requires him to find the right partner.
The fact that Warren (41) and Smart (43) have a similar age is positive. This is the fact that both were FBS players.
Smart was a safety of all the SEC for the Bulldogs. Warren helped meHe leads the Falcons to consecutive seasons of 10 wins in 1997 and 1998 after an outstanding career at Forest Park High School in Atlanta.
"His entire coaching career has been on the defensive side of the ball and especially the defense," said Smart. "He has developed an excellent track record and reputation in the coaching profession and will bring great knowledge and energy to our staff."
Warren has been praised at each of his coach stops, from the Air Force, to Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee and most recently in Florida.
Warren joined the SEC after the 2016 season when Butch Jones allowed the then defensive coordinator of Tennessee, Bob Shoop, to choose his secondary coach.
Shoop, who last season was the defensive coordinator of the second defense in the nation of the state of Mississippi, was impressed with Warren.
"Charlton has brought credibility and leadership to the room," Shoop said as he entered the 2017 season. "He has done a very good job of developing many players throughout the spring and summer."
Tennessee, despite a barrage of injuries, allowed the second few yards per pbad in the SEC in 2017 and ranked seventh in the league in defense of pbading efficiency.
Warren said that after accepting work with the Vols who grew up in Georgia, he was attracted to the SEC, where he could recruit and compete against the best.
"To be a boy from Georgia, to grow up in the south, to be in the country of the SEC …", said Warren. "For me, as you go where you want to train, being in the SEC, SEC East, having the opportunity to compete, win the best and recruit against the best were things that took me to Tennessee."
As excited as Warren was two years ago to join what was then a Top 25 program, he will surely be even more excited to join a Top 5 program like Georgia.
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North Carolina hired Warren before the 2015 season and its impact was immediate. The Tar Heels had more He improved the defense of pbades in the nation in 2015 in efficiency and yards per attempt.
Warren's pbad defense ranked 12th in the country in pbading yards allowed per game, and both The starting corners won the All-ACC honors in 2016 in North Carolina.
The Florida defense also took a giant leap last season, moving from 81st in the country with 17 ties to tie for 11th with 26.
"I can never separate what I learned in those years in the army," Warren told the Orlando Sentinel in an interview in February 2018. "I think what crosses me most is the discipline and responsibility that I demand from these guys day after day. "
Charlton Warren on the field in North Carolina