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    A Georgia Bulldog football player has been arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. Junior Middle Linebacker Natrez Patrick, one of the leading tacklers on this year’s Bulldog football team, was picked up by Athens-Clarke County Police. Word of the arrest comes on the eve of the 5th ranked Dogs Saturday game against the Vanderbilt Commodores, a noon kickoff in Nashville.  Patrick was booked into the Athens-Clarke County jail at 11:37 p.m. Thursday night on charges of marijuana possession less than one ounce, and stopping/standing/parking/ where prohibited. He posted bond and was released at 12:25 a.m. Friday morning.  It is not Patrick’s first brush with the law. He was arrested on a similar charge in 2015 and served a one-game suspension. As per the UGA student handbook, a second marijuana or alcohol related arrest would result in a suspension of 25 percent of the season’s games, which translates in football to a four-game suspension.  Patrick played his high school football at Mays High School in Atlanta. 
  • UGA football continues to roll at 5-0 and will play at Vanderbilt this coming Saturday, as many are already looking forward to Homecoming Weekend the following Saturday.  Today, the SEC announced that Georgia and Missouri on 10/14 will have a kickoff time of  7:30pm on the SEC Network.  UGA will be looking for a small sense of redemption, as it lost its homecoming game to Vanderbilt last season. 
  • Nick Chubb may have received the ultimate redemption in his return to Knoxville and Neyland Stadium on Saturday: a 41-0 win over the Tennessee Volunteers.  But he received a little icing on that tasty cake on Monday, when the Southeastern Conference named him co-SEC Offensive Player of the Week. He shares the honor with Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham.  Chubb ran the ball 16 times for 109 yards in the win on Saturday, becoming just the second UGA player to rush fopr 100 or more yards in 20 games. The other being Herschel Walker.  Chubb suffered a devastating knee injury at Tennessee on the Bulldogs previous trip in 2015 on the first offensive play of the game. Tennessee fans then mocked his injury last week by hanging deragatory messages written on bedsheets hanging from fraternity houses in Knoxville. Safe to say redemption has been served. 
  • The No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs have their focus on this week’s first SEC road trip of the season to Knoxville to face the Tennessee Volunteers. But meanwhile, the SEC announced today kickoff times for games the following week. Georgia is scheduled to travel againt o Vanderbillt on Oct. 7th, and with the game kicking off at Noon (eastern time) and will either be televised on the SEC Network, ESPN, or ESPN2, to be determined later.  This will be the earliest kickoff time of the 2017 season, and will be at 11am central time on location in Nashville. So pack those breakfast supplies if you’re making the trip and plan to tailgate. 
  • UGA will make its first SEC road trip in a couple weeks to Knoxville to face the Tennessee Volunteers on Sept. 30th. The Southeastern Conference on Monday assigned a kickoff time for the game.  The Bulldogs and Volunteers have been given a 3:30pm kickoff, and will be played on CBS as its SEC Game of the Week.  This will be the Bulldogs’ first appearance on CBS this season, and hold an all-time record of 48-38-1 when playing on the network.  Start planning travel/tailgating accordingly. 
  • The University of Georgia released its full football schedule for the 2018 season today.  9/1 - Austin-Peay (Athens, GA) 9/7 - South Carolina (Columbia, SC) 9/15 - Middle Tennessee State (Athens, GA) 9/22 - Missouri (Columbia, MO) 9/29 - Tennessee (Athens, GA) 10/6 - Vanderbilt (Athens, GA) 10/13 - LSU (Baton Rouge, LA) 10/20 - BYE WEEK 10/27 - Florida (Jacksonville, FL) 11/3 - Kentucky (Lexington, KY) 11/10 - Auburn (Athens, GA) 11/17 - UMass (Athens, GA) 11/24 - Georgia Tech (Athens, GA) A few items of note: Georgia will have seven home games in 2018, whereas it had six homes games in 2017.  The South Carolina game returns to the beginning of the season where it more traditionally has been played. The last few seasons have seen that game moved from mid-October to even mid-November The Bulldogs will travel to LSU for the first time since 2008, a 52-38 win for Georgia as Knowshon Moreno and Matthew Stafford lead the team.  Yet again, with the Florida game being neutral site, and the home-and-home with Georgia Tech every year, Georgia fans will have to go an entire month (35 days) without football and tailgates in Athens. After the Vanderbilt game on Oct. 6th, the next home game will be against Auburn on Nov. 10th.  Georgia will finish the season with three consecutive November home games, when weather can be very nice... but it can also get very cold if night games happen to be scheduled. 
  • For those in the Athens, Ga area and affected by Tropical Storm Irma, use THIS LINK for information you need regarding next steps. 
  • Start making those tailgate plans for the University of Georgia’s first SEC matchup of the 2018 season.  The Southeastern Conference announced today that kickoff for the September 23rd game against Mississippi State in Sanford Stadium will be a 7pm kickoff on ESPN.  This marks the fourth night kickoff in as many games for the 2017 UGA football season, and the first time ever the team will start a season with four consecutive games under the lights. 
  • Fans of the University of Georgia football team making the trip to Sanford Stadium tomorrow will need to be prepared for some business “not as usual.” With the ongoing construction of the $63M rennovations to the West End Zone, the way fans enter and exit will certainly break them from their normal routine. In addition, what fans can bring in the stadium and how they do it has a new policy.  Below is an email sent to UGA faculty and students informing them of key changes and tips how to navigate them:  To: UGA Faculty, Staff and Students From: UGA Athletic Association Date: August 30, 2017 Subject: Sanford Stadium West End Zone Construction    Because of the construction in the West End Zone at Sanford Stadium, there will be some adjustments this year to game day logistics. We want to notify you of these changes prior to the first home game this Saturday. Gates 1, 10, and the Main Gate all have been reconfigured into one larger gate spanning from the edge of the Tate Center to the fence at Tanyard Creek. This larger gate will allow the space needed to queue for entrance into Sanford Stadium.   We are providing maps to assist you as you consider your access to the stadium. These maps outline the construction zone and recommend entrance gates by seating location.   West End Zone Map General Admission Map Student Entry Map   There is another significant change of which we want to make you aware: the Southeastern Conference has implemented a clear bag policy, and more information regarding this policy can be found here: Clear Bag Policy   We also want to take this opportunity to share our GameDay Central website, which provides all pertinent information for home football games. GameDay Central   Please feel free to contact us at facilitysupport@sports.uga.edu if you have questions regarding the game day experience.   We hope to see you Saturday, and Go Dawgs!  
  • Athens, Ga -- For the first time since spring, the University of Georgia football team will get together on the practice fields this afternoon and practice the sport of football. And if you’ve ever spent significant time in Athens or any other corner of the state, you may refer to this time of year as when “things are once again right in the world.” The wait has been a long one. Chalk that up to heightened expectations for the upcoming season, or maybe the sour taste left in the mouths of Bulldog faithful who watched their team lose to Georgia Tech in the last meaningful game in Sanford Stadium. Or maybe just the sticky, hot air that makes all of us dream of cool fall mornings with a pregame beverage while wearing a sweatshirt. Either way, it’s here.  Well, almost.  Kickoff is now just 33 days away, and head coach Kirby Smart stood in front of a room full of the regular media folks to discuss what he expects not only of his team, but himself, as the lifeblood of Athens is once again beginning to be be pumped back in.  “I'm thrilled for this day to get here,” Smart said.  “Excited to find out how a lot of these new guys learn. These practices are not easy. The idea is to create adversity for your team, find out who the leaders are and we're going to be able to do that. Not necessarily right away, because you've got shorts on, but as you move into it, you get into scrimmages, you move guys up and down the depth chart and you find out how they respond to things and how they react.” Some key areas will be addressed over the next four and a half weeks in order to avoid another embarrassing loss to Vanderbilt. Or Tennessee. Or Florida. Or Georgia Tech. And while the offensive line may be the first thing that comes to most fans’ minds, Smart exclaimed that another area holds the spot of concern No. 1 in his mind.  “Special teams would be No. 1,” Smart said “We are going to try to change some things up special teams-wise, as you guys know, from a quality control standpoint, Scott Fountain has joined us. I think he did a tremendous job at Auburn, always has. We counted, I think we had, I want to say it was 250 snaps on special teams played by true freshmen last year. So the question becomes: Can the true freshmen this year unseat some of those guys or create a competitive environment to make each one of those better. We've got to improve in our kicking units — that's punting, kickoff coverage, return game, everything. But we plan to do that and we'll do that in camp.” As Smart continued to reel off his main goals for camp, the offensive line didn’t even crack his top three. Instead he emphasized the passing game improvements he expects to see with sophomore starting quarterback Jacob Eason coming off being thrown into the SEC gauntlet as a true freshman. And then on to pass rush, and the importance of creating turnovers.  The offensive line eventually did come up, however. And for good reason. The Bulldogs are looking to replace three starters from an underwhelming line last season, and possibly resting some of those hopes on some heralded true freshman. Not exactly a situation any coach wants when your team plays in the Southeastern Conference, where defensive linemen have been known to win National Championships almost on their own. But Smart seems to think some players who may not have seen the field much in 2016 have shown drastic improvements going into this camp.  “I don't know that they are going to be really young,” Smart said. “I think it's going to depend on how those four freshmen come along. I think inexperience might be a better word, but not necessarily really young. We had 15 days of spring practice to watch the kids on our roster currently. To see Ben Cleveland grow, Pat Allen grow, see LaMont (Gaillard) move inside, Dyshon Sims played a lot of multiple positions, a lot of guys have come on to start and help. Solomon Kindley got a lot better. Those guys we were able to get right there at the end. I got to see both those guys grow because you know, that class didn't have a lot of linemen in it like we wanted. But those two guys have gotten better.” As far as the big-bodied freshman on that offensive line, Smart says patience will be key.  “Now the influx of these four, including now the junior college kid, D'Marcus Hayes that was here, we've got more depth and competition across the board. It's not necessarily saying, do you have the pieces to the puzzle. It's where do the pieces to the puzzle go, and we've got to figure that out early on. I think if you make a decision on day three or four, you can make a fatal decision and put a guy somewhere he doesn't belong, and you can put him up too fast.” Entering year two as the most popular - or at times most unpopular - man in Georgia, Smart will not have to deal with another season of firsts. But that hasn’t allowed him to be completely comfortable behind the wheel. In fact, he may never be comfortable, or even want to be remotely comfortable.  “I don't think you ever feel different when you're coming into a season because every team is different. It's a different set of problems, a different set of issues. Like I said, our biggest concern is what are our areas of focus and how do we get better at them.” Little will be known until September 2nd in Sanford Stadium around 8:30pm. That’s about the time the Bulldogs should be kicking off (hopefully receiving)  the second half of their opening game against Appalachian State. Lots of sound bytes will come out between now and then. Lots of speculations will be written and highly discussed. But for folks that need to see it to believe it, circle that date and that time. Now just 33 days away. 
  • Logan Booker

    Logan Booker is the producer for Classic City Today on 98.7FM and AM 1340 WGAU from 6am-10am weekdays, and occasionally contributes on-air with Tim Bryant. Logan also covers the midday news on WGAU Monday-Friday. On occasion, he fills as a co-host of The Morning Show on 960 The Ref. 

    Logan has covered UGA sports since 2012, previously with Bulldawg Illustrated. 

    He is a graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, where he earned a degree in magazine journalism in addition to a Grady Sports Media certificate. He was born and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and in addition to his current home in Bethlehem, Georgia, he spends lots of time with his dog and his boat in Lincoln County, Georgia. 

     

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  • Carla Williams, a former Georgia women’s basketball player and considered by many the heir apparent to be Georgia’s next athletic director, is instead set to be the new A.D. at Virginia. Williams, currently UGA’s deputy director of athletics, will be hired by UVA, the Charlottesville Daily Progress reported on Saturday night. There was no immediate confirmation from UGA. The news could have far-reaching consequences in UGA athletics, as Williams has handled a number of responsibilities as the top aide to athletics director Greg McGarity. McGarity’s contract runs out the summer of 2019. The next-highest ranking member of the athletics department is Josh Brooks, the executive associate athletics director. At Georgia, Williams has been a constant but quiet presence, responsible officially for almost everything involved in athletics. (Her bio on the web site lists her duties including supervision of  academic support, business operations, compliance, event management, external operations, facilities, human resources, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, student services and ticketing.) A native of LaGrange, Williams played basketball under Andy Landers from 1985-89. She went into sports administration, including in UGA’s compliance department, also going on to work at Florida State and Vanderbilt. She returned to Athens in 2004, gradually rising to become the top deputy in the athletics department. Williams will replace Craig Littlepage, who has been Virginia’s athletics director since 2001. The post Georgia deptuty A.D. Carla Williams set to take over at Virginia appeared first on DawgNation.
  • What’s with all the comparisons? The comparisons between Georgia and Alabama are being tossed around left and right these days. What with both teams undefeated, holding court in the top four and commanding the SEC, there is more to compare than just Kirby Smart and Nick Saban. But now eight weeks into the season and there is only one common opponent the two share: Vanderbilt. And just what did Vandy head coach Derek Mason have to say in regards to which of the two, Georgia or Alabama, is the better team? Well, Mason went with the Tide. “Having played both teams, Alabama’s the better team, just in my mind,” Mason said during Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference. “I think where the difference is in Alabama’s secondary… Alabama’s just a purely dominant defense right now.” via GIPHY Interesting. So, let’s rewind shall we? Alabama played Vanderbilt on Sept. 29 in Nashville. Not even going to lie, ‘twas ugly. A 59-0 shutout for the Tide and sure enough what Mason said was true, Alabama completely dominated on defense. Vanderbilt was held to 38 passing yards (yes, only 38) and 40 yards on the ground (yes, only 40). Fast forward to when Georgia played Vanderbilt on Oct. 7 and the Bulldogs took a crack at the Commodores. Georgia won handily 45-14 and while the numbers defensively were still solid all around, it wasn’t what Vanderbilt saw against Alabama. This is by no means taking away Georgia’s performance against Vandy, it’s just a snapshot of the reasoning which could have possibly led Mason to his conclusion of choosing Alabama over Georgia when presented with the question. Vanderbilt put together a 172-yard passing day against Georgia and the Bulldogs held the Commodores to just 64 rushing yards. And while there is no mistaking these numbers, there is also no ignoring the Alabama defense and what it was able to do in Nashville. Only 78 yards of total offense for Vanderbilt when the Tide rolled into town, no wonder Mason chose Alabama. But (and there is a very big but) Alabama and Tennessee are set to kickoff this weekend. Georgia recorded a shut out of its own against Tennessee not too long ago, playing some of its best defense all year, and dare I say, the best defense of recent years. So, once this weekend is said and done, will Butch Jones side with Mason on who has the edge, Georgia or Alabama? Or will he say something different? Honestly, regardless of what happens in Tennessee this weekend, we really won’t know who “has the edge” until the two meet on the field, and maybe, just maybe, we will see that happen. And maybe, we will put the comparisons to rest. I mean, hey, even Mason is doing it too so don’t feel too bad. “Georgia is being built like Alabama,” Mason said. “It looks very, very similar.” Georgia is rackin’ up You’ve already heard about inside linebacker Roquan Smith being named to the Associated Press midseason All-American first team. And Sports Illustrated’s midseason All-American team.. and ESPN’s.. and Sporting News’. But it isn’t just Smith getting a little recognition now that we are all halfway through the 2017 season. It was announced yesterday that Kirby Smart was to be added to the list of 20 coaches on the watch list for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year award. Former Georgia head coach Mark Richt is also one of the 20 coaches being recognized during the midway point along with Nick Saban. Richt and Saban are both currently leading Miami and Alabama to an undefeated seasons as well. It might come as little surprise to DawgNation seeing as Smart is currently reigning over the No. 3 team in the country as one of only eight teams that remain undefeated. However, its not just Smart being recognized. Sports Illustrated ranked defensive coordinator Mel Tucker as the second-best coordinator in its midseason awards published on Tuesday. Tucker follows Don Brown at Michigan for the top spot. Smart was also mentioned as the number three pick in the same standing for “Best Coaching Job”. Bruce Feldman wrote next to Smart’s name “his defense is nasty,” another nod to Tucker. Mark Schlabach of ESPN also chose Smart as “Coach of the Year”, bringing emphasis to the fact that Georgia is batting a thousand in the red zone, putting points on the board in all 23 of its red zone appearances. But don’t expect to hear anything from Smart on these midseason honors. When asked about the hype surrounding Georgia’s season, Smart is always quick to say that no one remembers who was winning at 50 meters in a 100-meter race, you remember the one who wins at the end. I would expect the same response if asked about his midseason accomplishments too. It isn’t just football While the spotlight is very much on Georgia football at the moment, I think it’s OK to take a break and talk about a couple other Georgia sports getting some preseason love. Basketball update In Georgia basketball news, Yante Maten was named as the co-SEC Preseason Player of the Year on Wednesday morning at this year’s SEC Basketball Media Days. Maten shares the honor with Robert Williams from Texas A&M and Michael Porter Jr. from Missouri. Late in the season last year, Maten went down with a knee injury. However, even with missing four games in his junior year, Maten was still fourth in the SEC in scoring, averaging around 18 points a game. He was also ninth in the conference in rebounds, averaging nearly nine rebounds a game. This announcement comes after an off-season where fans were not really sure if Maten would return to Georgia for his senior year. Maten worked out with at least two NBA teams before finally announcing his plan to remain at Georgia for his final year. OK, it isn’t just basketball, either It has been a busy, and productive, fall season for Georgia men’s tennis coming off a Final Four appearance back in May at the NCAA Tennis Tournament. The team returns its entire starting roster from the 2016-2017 season for the current season, and recently the men’s team has been flexing its experienced strength. On Monday, Walker Duncan took home the singles championship at the 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southeast Regional. On Tuesday, the No. 2 doubles team in the country, according to the Oracle/ITA preseason rankings, of Jan Zielinski and Robert Loeb brought in the doubles championship in the same tournament. The duo of Loeb and Zielinski defeated Florida’s team of Andy Andrade and McClain Kessler in the semifinal match before facing, and defeating, fellow Florida tandem of Oliver Crawford and Chase Perez-Blanco. And because of their performances at the ITA Southeast Regional tournament Duncan, Loeb and Zielinski all receive an automatic entry at the 2017 Oracle/ITA Fall National Championship to be held in Palm Desert, Calif. at the beginning of November. Dawgs on social Face full of shoulder pad. #ATD pic.twitter.com/G2t4MZ4OaH — Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) October 19, 2017 More importantly: All-American Teammate @RoquanSmith1 https://t.co/HZpeMxb4UQ — Cameron Nizialek (@CamNizguy) October 18, 2017 The post Comparisons between Georgia and Alabama don’t really stack up appeared first on DawgNation.
  • (Note: This is part of a series of stories on legendary Georgia Bulldogs.) DULUTH, Ga. – It’s one of the smallest pictures you’ll find on the walls of D.J. Shockley’s basement. And there are a LOT of pictures in his basement. Some are big, some small, some in fancy frames, others just frameless posters. There’s even a life-size banner of Shockley that a friend snagged from the side of Sanford Stadium back in the day. But this one picture, the little one in the nondescript black frame, is his favorite. It features a beaming Shockley in the middle, his mouth agape in what must’ve been a full-guttural laugh. To his left in the picture, arm-and-arm in an embrace, is Georgia head coach Mark Richt sporting a giddy smile himself. Teammate Kedric Golston and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive are also in the shot, but they’re in the periphery, both literally and figuratively. D.J. Shockley enjoys life these days – especially when he’s at his Duluth home. (Nate Gettleman/DawgNation) No, this picture is all about those two central figures, Shockley and Richt. It was taken after the Bulldogs’ stunning victory over LSU in the 2005 SEC Championship Game. Shockley, a senior, earned MVP honors. The scene is succinctly summarized with the hand-written inscription from Richt across the bottom. “I told you you’d leave here with a smile on your face,” Richt wrote. He signed the pic and sent it to Shockley in the mail shortly after that season ended. Never, Shockley said, has one sentence better summed up a career. “That tells it all right there,” Shockley said, admiring the pic a thousandth time. A lot of people know Shockley’s story at Georgia. Or at least they think they know. They know he came to Georgia as the No. 2-rated dual-threat quarterback in America. They know they he came there at a time when David Greene was already running the offensive show for the Bulldogs. They know Shockley competed with and shared time with “Greenie,” and actually had some good moments here and there. But they also know that he could never unseat the quarterback who would leave UGA as the winningest quarterback in NCAA history. So everybody understands when Shockley explains how he almost left Georgia. Shockley went into Richt’s office after the 2002 season with that expressed intention. But that’s when they had the conversation that Shockley said changed his life. That’s when Richt first uttered those words that are now permanently preserved in black Sharpie on the bottom of a 5-by-7 glossy in the basement of his home. Mark Richt closes the deal “I really believe when you leave here, you’ll leave here with a smile on your face,” is the exact way Richt first put it. But as one might expect, those were simply the last words in a long and heartfelt conversation that started with Shockley saying, “Coach, I’m thinking about leaving.” Shockley recounts it here: “And he says, ‘Shock, first off I’m going to tell you, we love you. You’re gonna get a great education here. I can’t sit here and say, you’re going to play this many series. I can’t sit here and say I’m going to let you start two or three games. I’m not going to do that to you. I’m going to be honest. I’m going to be straightforward. We want you here, we love you here. And I think you will still have a great career here. And I really believe when you leave here, you’ll leave here with a smile on your face.” D.J. Shockey helped UGA and Mark Richt win an SEC title in 2005. (AJC File) Shockley wasn’t sure if he believed that at the time. He entered Richt’s office that day with his mind pretty much made up that he was going to leave if he wasn’t given certain assurances. Like any other athlete of his ilk, Shockley knew he could play. He’d performed well enough not only in practices but also in games to know that. And he knew “Greenie” could, too, and he didn’t hold that against him. But unless Shockley could get himself into a situation where he could truly showcase his talents, he knew his NFL dreams would wither away. Meanwhile, there were plenty of other opportunities to be had. His father, North Clayton High School coach Donald Shockley, had been fielding calls right and left. And they weren’t coming in from lower-division or second-tier schools. Maryland’s Ralph Friedgen and Florida State’s Bobby Bowden were telling his dad Shockley “could walk in right now and play.” “My dad’s like, ‘Hey, you ready to go?’” Shockley recalled with a laugh. But he wasn’t. “At that moment, I knew I had to make the decision for me,” he said. “I had to make a decision that I would live with for the rest of my life. Nobody else would live with this decision. I had to look at myself in the mirror every single day.” Shockley didn’t give Richt his decision right then and there. The plan was to take same time to think about it. But he didn’t really need it. “As I left Coach Richt’s office, I knew this was the guy I wanted to play for,” Shockley said. “No matter where I went, if I went somewhere else, who knows what the situation may be? Who knows what the coach would have been like? But I knew exactly where Coach Richt stood and I knew that he cared about me as a person first, and he knew my abilities. Obviously, he cared about me, and was honest enough with me to tell me the truth. That went a long way for me. And obviously, knowing I would get my degree from University of Georgia, being a guy that will live here, born and raised in Atlanta, Ga., that was another part of it.” Imagine that, Richt kept Shockley at Georgia by telling him exactly what he didn’t want to hear. D.J. Shockley and Mark Richt celebrate the 2005 win in the SEC Championship. (Getty Images) True to his word, there wasn’t a drastic change in the way Richt utilized the Bulldogs’ quarterbacks the next season. Shockley played mainly as a backup to Greene. Eventually they’d establish a rotation; for a while it was every third series. But, generally, Richt went with his gut, changing quarterbacks only when the compulsion or the game dictated it. Shockley was playing though. He appeared in 26 games for the Bulldogs those first three seasons. He had 24 TD passes and 5 interceptions in that span. But it was his senior year before Shockley finally started. And he started with a bang. In the 2005 season opener against Boise State, Shockley established a school record for touchdowns accounted for. He had six – five passes and a run – and the Bulldogs rolled over Boise State 48-13 in a game many of the national pundits had labeled as an upset special. That game served notice to the college football world that Georgia wasn’t going to fall off the map just because all those All-Americans had left. All smiles in the end “Coming into that year, we had a bunch of guys who had been backups for the previous two or three years,” Shockley said. “Greenie left, (David) Pollack left, Thomas Davis. So coming into that season everybody was saying it was rebuilding time for Georgia.” Thanks to Shockley, it was merely a reload year. The Bulldogs were 6-0 and ranked No. 4 in the country when they rolled into Jacksonville to face Florida. But Shockley had sprained a knee the previous week and couldn’t play. Shockley led UGA to a 10-3 record in 2005. He went 10-2 as a starter that year. (UGA) “I didn’t dress out,” Shockley said. “I’m walking around before the game and I notice everywhere I go Charlie Strong (Florida’s defensive coordinator) is following me. He’s literally about 5 yards behind me. He’s watching my gait, seeing if I was going to play.” Shockley didn’t, and Georgia lost 14-10 with Joe Tereshinski III filling in at quarterback. “I remember seeing Urban Myer about 10 years later,” Shockley said. “I introduced myself, and he said, ‘Oh, yeah. I know you are. I remember ’05, we were scared to death you were gonna play. I told Charlie Strong, if this Shockley kid plays, we got no chance!’ It was fun to hear that story.” Georgia dropped a heartbreaker to Auburn in the final seconds the next week, too. But the Bulldogs made it back to the SEC Championship Game, where they were big underdogs to No. 3-ranked LSU. That served as great motivation for Shockley and the Bulldogs. “Nobody was talking about Georgia. ‘Georgia doesn’t belong here. They shouldn’t be here. They’re going to lose by 20.’ It’s the same thing that we heard all year long,” Shockley said. “I still remember to this day, Coach Richt stood in front of the team before we went out and said, ‘You make sure everybody watching this game, and especially those guys with the yellow helmets on, they know the guys with the G are here to play! We took it to heart.” The post Georgia Greats: D.J. Shockley left Bulldogs with smile and an SEC title appeared first on DawgNation.