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    Georgia Bulldog running back Elijah Holyfield will go through a pre-trial diversion program after his marijuana arrest of earlier this year. The son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield was arrested May 1. He’s a sophomore on the Bulldog team that opens the 2017 season in 47 days. Holyfield is expected to be suspended for the September 2 home game against Appalachian State.  The sportswriters who attended last week’s SEC Media Days in Hoover Alabama voted the Georgia Bulldogs as preseason favorites to win the SEC East in coach Kirby Smart’s second season in Athens.
  • Georgia Bulldog running back Nick Chubb was named Georgia Collegiate Athlete of the Year at last night’s Atlanta Sports Awards show. Chubb and his Bulldog teammates are today 50 days away from the season opener against the Appalachian State Mountaineers, a September 2 contest in Sanford Stadium.   Chubb, a native of Cedartown, Ga., was chosen from an all Bulldog group of finalists including track and field’s Keturah Orji and swimming and diving’s Olivia Smoliga, who were both 2016 U.S. Olympians.   This marks the second year in a row that a University of Georgia student-athlete has won the Collegiate Athlete of the Year honor after golfer Lee McCoy enjoyed the honor in 2016. The first accolade of this sort was given in 2006 and since football’s D.J. Shockley won the inaugural honor, there have been nine Bulldogs to garner the award. Five of those Georgia team members selected have been football players, including Jarvis Jones going back to back in 2011-12.   Chubb finished his third season as Georgia’s No. 2 all-time leading rusher with 3,424 yards, trailing only Herschel Walker (5,259). Named one of the team’s overall captains following the 2016 season, Chubb went for 1,130 yards and eight rushing touchdowns last year. This marked the second 1,000-yard season of his career after Chubb tallied 1,547 yards and 15 scores as a freshman in 2014. He was named the SEC Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American following his first year.   Chubb returned in 2016 following a season-ending knee injury that he sustained in game six of his sophomore year in 2015. In his season debut last year, Chubb exploded for 222 yards on 32 carries (6.9 average) and two touchdowns in the win over #20 North Carolina during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. He completed his third year with a 147-yard performance during the victory over TCU in the Liberty Bowl.
  • Georgia Bulldog football coach Kirby Smart travels with running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel and linebacker Roquan Smith to Hoover Alabama: the Bulldogs SEC Media Days session takes place this morning. The Dogs are gearing up for the start of coach Smart’s second season in Athens, with an opener against Appalachian State that is now 53 days away.  From the AJC’s Seth Emerson... Advisory to Georgia football fans: You may want to skip over the first few paragraphs to this story. They recount a memory that remains hurtful to many of you who read this site. Unfortunately, that moment was brought up several times here Monday at SEC media days. So it will be recounted here briefly, and you will be notified when it is safe to read again. Tennessee cornerback Emmanuel Mosely was on the visiting bench at Sanford Stadium, sitting next to teammate Cameron Reeves-Maybin. They were sure they had just given up a demoralizing last-second touchdown to Georgia that had cost them the game. Their offense was on the field for its own last-second hail mary try. “I closed my eyes,” Mosely said. “When I noticed that he caught the ball I ran on the field, and went up and hugged him. It was such a great play.” Jauan Jennings had hauled in an improbable 43-yard touchdown with time expired, and Tennessee had shocked Georgia, 34-31. “That was probably the craziest thing I’ve ever been a part of,” linebacker Kendal Vickers said. “I got up out of my seat and threw my helmet. I don’t remember where it went. Just the joy we felt after that game, and the disbelief we saw in all the Georgia fans, it was crazy.” OK, it’s safe to resume reading again. So yes, Tennessee took its turn on the first day of the SEC media days gauntlet, and while much of the day was about disappointment – how the Vols have yet to capitalize and win the SEC East – that moment last year … Sorry, may need to look away again. Just one paragraph. … Proved to give Tennessee its highlight of an otherwise down season, and reinforced that the Vols have switched the mojo in a series that had been dominated by Georgia. “I’d say we have,” Mosely said, before falling back into the old cliché’ of taking it one at a time, etc. Verbal tripe has been a thing lately for the Volunteers, whose coach has become the source of derision for some of those utterances. Butch Jones capped it off late last season when he said his players had been “champions of life.” Mosely was asked about that on Monday. He laughed briefly before answering. “Coach Jones said that. You can’t look at the criticism,” Mosely said. “Basically he wanted us to be better (people) off the field. Great people in life. That’s what I took from it.” Jones, now entering his fifth season at Tennessee – where he has tried to rebuild the program “brick by brick” – seemed to avoid that pitfall during his tour on Monday. But he came close when asked if he viewed last season as a disappointment. “I don’t view it as a disappointment. The way I view it is we didn’t accomplish everything we set ourselves out to. And, again, our goal every year is to win a championship and compete to win a championship,” Jones said. “So, was it a disappointment? No. Did we not accomplish some of the things we set out to do? Absolutely. We have to learn from the things that went wrong that we could have done better.” Jones added that his team started 5-0, with those five wins coming against teams that won their divisions. Alas, Georgia was the fifth game, and it did not win its division. Jones may have issued some talking points to his players, as evidenced by offensive lineman Jason Robertson’s response when asked about Jones possibly being on the hot seat. “We’re one of three teams who have had back-to-back 9-game winning seasons. Also, we won three consecutive bowl games, and that hadn’t been done at the University of Tennessee in 20 years,” Robertson said. “That’s a lot of positives.” Actually, the best positive may be that Jones has elevated the program, after about a decade of struggle, to the point that there is pressure. And … Look away, Georgia fans. … After losing five in a row to Georgia, the Volunteers can now boast a two-game winning streak. And as much of a disappointment as last year may have been, the Vols still have that hail mary. “I’m definitely going to remember that for the rest of my life,” Vicker said. “That specific play.”
  • Sanford Stadium Utility Work Update - Tate Drive Closing From 6/19 through 6/30, construction crews working on the utilities at the Tate drive will be performing their work at night starting at 7PM and working to 6AM. During this time, the drive to the Tate Parking Deck from Lumpkin will be closed. The entrance to the parking deck will be shifted to the ramp just south of the intersection at Baxter and Lumpkin and traffic will be directed by UGA PD. There will also be a full closure of the drive from 7pm on 6/23 through 10pm on 6/24 as the utilities are installed across the width of the drive. During the day, the drive will be re-opened.
  • The Georgia Bulldog basketball team learns its postseason fate: coach Mark Fox’s team will not be going to the NCAA Tournament. The Dogs will instead face Belmont in the opening round of the NIT Wednesday in Stegeman Coliseum. If the Dogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets both win their opening round games, they would face each other in the second round of the NIT here in Athens. The Jackets face the Indiana Hoosiers in their first-round contest.
  • Sunday was a dedication day in Gainesville, where the road that had been known as Touchdown Drive is now Deshaun Watson Way. The street near the Gainesville High School football stadium is named in honor of the former Red Elephant star who led the Clemson Tigers to this past season’s national championship.
  • It will be the final broadcast of Brent Musburger’s long and storied career: Musburger will be at the microphone for tonight’s Georgia Bulldog basketball game against the Kentucky Wildcats. It’s a game that tips at 9 o’clock at Rupp Arena in Lexington. It will be televised on ESPN. Musburger, who has worked in the television for nearly 50 years as host and play-by-play commentator – including the last 27 years with ABC/ESPN. “What a wonderful journey I have traveled with CBS and the Disney company,” Musburger said in a release. “A love of sports allows me to live a life of endless pleasure. And make no mistake, I will miss the arenas and stadiums dearly. Most of all, I will miss the folks I have met along the trail.
  • The Georgia Bulldog football team has two players on the SEC’s All-Freshman team: kicker Rodrigo Blankenship and tight end Isaac Nauta earned the honors for their work this season. They and their Bulldog teammates are gearing up for the December 30 Liberty Bowl: the Dogs will travel to Memphis take on the TCU Horned Frogs.
  • For the first time this season, the Georgia Bulldog football team received no votes in the weekly Associated Press football poll. The Dogs have an open date after this past Saturday’s 17-16 homecoming loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores. Their next game is on October 29 in Jacksonville, the annual rivalary against the Florida Gators. The Bulldogs, in their first season under coach Kirby Smart, cracked the top 10 in the AP poll earlier this year but now have three losses, all of them in the Southeastern Conference, to Ole Miss, Tennessee, and now Vanderbilt.
  • On the heels of that Sunday afternoon Georgia Bulldog football game in Columbia South Carolina--a 28-14 win over the Gamecocks in a game rescheduled because of Hurricane Matthew--comes the start of the Homecoming Week that will culminate with this Saturday afternoon’s game against the Vanderbilt Commodores: the University of Georgia’s annual Bulldog Bash gets underway at 9 o’clock this morning at the Tate Student Center. Other activities include the annual homecoming parade on Friday. The game against the Commodores kicks at noon Saturday.
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  • Tailgating plans for the University of Georgia’s week three football game with Samford University on September 16th can now be planned in fine detail.  The SEC Network announced kickoff times for games taking place  the first three weeks on the network’s channels, and the Bulldogs have been assigned a 7:30pm kickoff against Samford on the SEC Network Alternate channel.  This will mark the second night game of the season in Sanford Stadium, with the week one matchup against Appalachian State kicking off at 6:30pm. It will also be the third night game in as many weeks, with the week two game at Notre Dame kicking off at 7:30pm.  The remaining kickoff times for the season will be announced closer to the games per SEC scheduling policies, with the exception of the Georgia-Florida game on October 28th, which is already scheduled as a 3:30pm kickoff. 
  • Georgia Bulldog running back Elijah Holyfield will go through a pre-trial diversion program after his marijuana arrest of earlier this year. The son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield was arrested May 1. He’s a sophomore on the Bulldog team that opens the 2017 season in 47 days. Holyfield is expected to be suspended for the September 2 home game against Appalachian State.  The sportswriters who attended last week’s SEC Media Days in Hoover Alabama voted the Georgia Bulldogs as preseason favorites to win the SEC East in coach Kirby Smart’s second season in Athens.
  • Kirby Smart said earlier this week that the Georgia football team should embrace the expectations. Well, here they are.   Georgia is officially the favorite to win the SEC East, albeit a slight one, as the Bulldogs were selected first in the division in the annual preseason media poll. Florida, the two-time defending champion, came in a close second. Georgia received 1,572 points, including 138 first-place votes, edging out Florida (1,526 points and 96 first-place votes.) The two were followed by Tennessee (998 points and three first-place votes), South Carolina (897 and five first-place votes), Kentucky (869), Vanderbilt (554) and Missouri (388). This is the fourth time in the last six years that Georgia has been picked to win the division. It met those expectations in 2012, then came short in 2013 and 2015. Last year, for Smart’s first season as Georgia’s head coach, the media picked Georgia to finish third. The Bulldogs ended up in a three-way tie for second. “When you come to the University of Georgia, the expectation is to win championships. That’s what we expect to do at the University of Georgia, and that’s the standard we’ll be held to,” Smart said from the podium during his turn at SEC media days. Georgia also received six votes to win the entire SEC championship, third-most behind prohibitive favorite Alabama (217) and Auburn (11).  Auburn and Mississippi State, the two West division teams that Georgia faces, were picked second and sixth in their division, respectively.  
  • Georgia Bulldog running back Nick Chubb was named Georgia Collegiate Athlete of the Year at last night’s Atlanta Sports Awards show. Chubb and his Bulldog teammates are today 50 days away from the season opener against the Appalachian State Mountaineers, a September 2 contest in Sanford Stadium.   Chubb, a native of Cedartown, Ga., was chosen from an all Bulldog group of finalists including track and field’s Keturah Orji and swimming and diving’s Olivia Smoliga, who were both 2016 U.S. Olympians.   This marks the second year in a row that a University of Georgia student-athlete has won the Collegiate Athlete of the Year honor after golfer Lee McCoy enjoyed the honor in 2016. The first accolade of this sort was given in 2006 and since football’s D.J. Shockley won the inaugural honor, there have been nine Bulldogs to garner the award. Five of those Georgia team members selected have been football players, including Jarvis Jones going back to back in 2011-12.   Chubb finished his third season as Georgia’s No. 2 all-time leading rusher with 3,424 yards, trailing only Herschel Walker (5,259). Named one of the team’s overall captains following the 2016 season, Chubb went for 1,130 yards and eight rushing touchdowns last year. This marked the second 1,000-yard season of his career after Chubb tallied 1,547 yards and 15 scores as a freshman in 2014. He was named the SEC Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American following his first year.   Chubb returned in 2016 following a season-ending knee injury that he sustained in game six of his sophomore year in 2015. In his season debut last year, Chubb exploded for 222 yards on 32 carries (6.9 average) and two touchdowns in the win over #20 North Carolina during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. He completed his third year with a 147-yard performance during the victory over TCU in the Liberty Bowl.
  • Georgia will be getting a key player back at full speed in time for fall camp.   Speaking at SEC Media Days on Tuesday, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart Bulldogs defensive tackle Trenton Thompson will be ready to go after an offseason that including rehabbing a shoulder injury and withdrawing from spring classes in February to deal with an unspecified medical issue. Thompson will be a big part of a Bulldogs defense that returns ten starters from last season. In 2106, Georgia finished No. 16 in the nation in total defense, allowing only 327.5 yards per game while allowing 24 points per game, good for 35th overall. A sophomore last season, Thompson recorded 56 total tackles, including 9.5 for a loss and five sacks.