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    Another race, another win for UGA track phenom Matthew Boling. This victory, however, was international. Boling, who expected to report to Georgia later this summer, won the 100 meters at the Pan American U20 Championships with a wind-legal personal best of 10.11 seconds. The event took place in Costa Rica on late Friday, and Boling's blistering time was no surprise after he was clocked in the semifinals at 10.2 seconds. Winning never seems to get old for Boling, who is from Houston, Texas. He became a bona-fide mainstream sports celebrity in the last four months with his viral track videos and jaw-dropping times. Boling is one of the nation's top Olympic hopefuls for the 2020 Games in Japan. Matthew Boling runs a wind-legal personal best of 10.11 to win the Pan Am U20 100m title in Costa Rica. Moves into sole possession of 4th on the all-time high school list, per T&F News. pic.twitter.com/m2ATCTsKtw Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) July 20, 2019 Four words you never want to hear in a race: 'here comes Matthew Boling' Watch him in the finals tonight at Pan Ams, live on FloTrack! pic.twitter.com/gfDYdSFWrO FloTrack (@FloTrack) July 19, 2019 The post Mathew Boling: UGA track phenom turns heads in international event appeared first on DawgNation.
  • One of UGA's most promising young players on defense is Quay Walker. The sophomore is battling for the No. 1 job at inside linebacker with senior Tae Crowder and junior Monty Rice, among others. Walker has gotten himself into contention for more playing time after getting into much better shape after being in UGA's strength and conditioning program for more than a year. 'In the middle of June, we were (at Georgia) for a passing-league tournament,' said Brad Harber, who coached Walker at Crisp County (Ga.) High School. 'In the past few years at that event, Quay has been walking through the field after class, and he'll see all the guys and the coaches (from Crisp County). '(Quay) laughs at me because I tell him he's getting taller or I'm getting shorter or older. But he doesn't have trouble with his weight. I think they want him around 230 or 235. I know at one time he got up to around 240. 'To me, he looked leaner than what he was in high school. He's a physical specimen anyways. But he looked good when we saw him a (few weeks ago).' The 6-foot-4 Walker narrowly and famously signed with UGA over Tennessee. Last year as a freshman, Walker appeared in all 14 games, and was named by the Bulldogs as co-winner of Special Teams Newcomer of the Year. 'I felt confident that Quay was going to be successful I knew that going off to a big university like Georgia, there was going to be a learning curve,' Harber said. 'Quay has always been physically gifted. The big thing was learning the language at Georgia. We had the chance to watch Georgia's spring practices with some other recruits we have (at our high school), and it was nice to see Quay in the two-deep rotation.' When UGA's coaches stopped by Crisp County on the recruiting trail within the last few months, they've also given encouraging reports on Walker. His mental approach to the game is quickly catching up with his elite athletic skills. 'Just in talking with people close to the program, obviously with the football and academic workload, he's gotten more comfortable with all of that the day-to-day operations,' Harber said. 'It looks to me, outside looking in, he's starting to understand the defensive playbook better. Anytime you do that, it gives you better opportunities to get on the field to play.' Probably the only football topic on Walker's mind more than the playbook right now is the competition at his position. It will be hard to unseat Crowder, who is a fifth-year senior that is finally in position to start. Then again, it will be hard to keep Walker off the field this season after a strong showing in the spring. 'To me, it's all starting to come together his knowledge of the playbook and the system, along with playing on special teams,' Harber said. 'I think he's going to have a really good year. I would guess that he's going to get more playing time. 'It looked to me when he was playing spring ball that he was in a two-deep rotation. I know that there are a lot of elite players at Georgia right now, especially at the linebacker spot. But I see Quay as a guy who will have the opportunity to get plenty of playing time this season.' The post Quay Walker: It's all starting to come together' for young UGA linebacker appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 989 (July 20, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about what Georgia safety JR Reed said about the UGA defense. Georgia football podcast: J.R. Reed warns not to overlook certain members of UGA defense Beginning of the show: One of the hot topics this offseason has centered around the possibility Georgia freshmen such as linebackers Nolan Smith and Nakobe Dean become breakout stars this fall. UGA safety J.R. Reed didn't dismiss the possibility of that occurring when asked about the topic at SEC Media Days. However, I'll play audio on today's show of what Reed did have to say including why he thinks some players who've been on the roster for a year or more could be strong candidates to stand out this season. 10-minute mark: I discuss the possibility UGA is the most physical team in the SEC and share some of the chatter regarding that topic. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show. Some of the topics covered include The preview of Jeff's profile of Smith and his journey to UGA An early look at why next weekend is a crucial recruiting weekend for the Bulldogs The latest on UGA running back recruiting including 5-star Kendall Milton and 4-star Tank Bigsby Thoughts on 4-star defensive tackle Timothy Smith's Alabama commitment And reaction to 4-star defensive back Avantae Williams' jab at Florida coach Dan Mullen's Jordan Brand sneakers 40-minute mark: I share some final thoughts on SEC Media Days including what could improve the event in the future. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: J.R. Reed warns not to overlook certain members of UGA defense appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football is a consensus top-five preseason team and championship contender, but the Bulldogs only had four players recognized as first-team All-SEC selections. Alabama, meanwhile had 11 first-team All-SEC selections. The Tide was picked by 243 media members to win the SEC, Georgia received 49 votes and LSU 3, according to Friday's league release. Tailback D'Andre Swift, offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, safety J.R. Reed and kicker Rodrigo Blankenship were named preseason first-team All-SEC picks according to the league's release on Friday. RELATED: 3 Georgia football takeaways from media days Quarterback Jake Fromm was one of three second-team offense picks for the Bulldogs, along with offensive guard Solomon Kindley and offensive tackle Isiah Wilson. RELATED: SEC expert breaks down Great Wall' of Georgia Georgia did not have any players on the second-team defense. Tight end Charlie Woerner and offensive guard Ben Cleveland were third-team picks on offense. Georgia had two third-team preseason All-SEC defensive picks this year, defensive tackle Tyler Clark and safety Richard LeCounte. The Bulldogs didn't have any first-team preseason offense coming out of last year's SEC Media Days. Reed and Blankenship were the only Georgia players named first-team picks last season. RELATED: Kirby Smart offense snubbed in 2018 preseason All-SEC vote Thomas and Swift were obvious selections this season. Thomas has already been named a preseason All-American and is considered among the favorites for the Outland Trophy,. Swift had 1,018 yards and seven touchdowns last season, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Reed ranked second on the team with 66 tackles last season, also recording two interceptions and two pass break-ups. Blankenship was 19 of 23 on his field goal attempt with a long of 53 yards, and 82 of his 96 kickoffs went for touchbacks. Fromm ranked fifth in the nation in passing efficiency (171.2) last season, leading the Bulldogs to heir second straight East Division title Kindley is another part of an offensive line that paved the way for the SEC's top rushing offensive last season, the Bulldogs averaging 238.8 yards per game. DawgNation from SEC Media Days Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason: Kirby Smart is 'like a brother' Alabama players agree, Georgia toughest team' they faced Herschel Walker shares what UGA must do to beat Alabama The unbelievable story of how Herschel Walker chose Georgia Kirby Smart puts breaks on recruiting trail SEC Network analyst: I love Georgia this year' Outland Trophy favorite Andrew Thomas locked into junior year Florida says playing UGA in Jacksonville a home game' Gators believe they're closer to Georgia than scores indicate Georgia football offensive line, by position Podcast: 3 overlooked Georgia football topics from media days The post Alabama outnumbers Georgia 11-4 on All-SEC first-team preseason list appeared first on DawgNation.
  • For the third straight year, UGA is the overwhelming favorite to win the SEC East by the media members who know the conference the best. The Bulldogs got more than 10 times the first-place votes to finish on top of the standings with 223, compared to the next closest competitor Florida at 21 votes. The voting count was released at Friday's SEC Media Days. Rounding out the rest of the first-place votes were Missouri (3), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (1) and Kentucky (1). In fact, Vanderbilt was the only SEC East team that didn't get a top vote. Back to UGA: The Bulldogs have dominated the SEC East over the last two seasons, winning 13 straight games against subdivision opponents (dating back to the 2016 loss to Florida). Of course, UGA also repped the SEC in the conference the last two seasons. Expectations are sky high this year for Georgia, which seems to be the nation's consensus No. 3 team in the preseason rankings. This year's team is considered to be coach Kirby Smart's most talented roster, despite the early NFL defections. Predictions? Please post below. The post UGA picked as overwhelming favorite to win SEC East yet again appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Aaron Murray, who still holds the SEC career records for passing yards and passing touchdowns, briefly considered quitting football during his freshman season with UGA in 2010. The former Bulldogs quarterback revealed the little-known story at SEC Media Days to WJOX radio's '3 Man Front,' via Saturday Down South. It had to do with those infamous cheap shots on Murray by Auburn's Nick Fairley (captured in the below video) in the showdown between the two archrivals. 'If he did that outside the football field, he'd have been in jail for three years. That was actually the first time in my life I was like I don't know if I want to play football anymore.' I'm not kidding either,' Murray said. 'I was on the sideline, and I had six stitches; my jersey's covered in blood; I had a fractured sternum and can't feel the left side of my body. I got whiplash in my neck, and I can't really move my neck. I was like Is this really worth it? It's my freshman year, I can quit now and save myself a lot of punishment.' 'I had to sit up sleeping the next two weeks. I couldn't even lay down. It was tough.' That's not the end of the story, according to Murray. He went on tell WJOX about some brutal UGA payback on Fairley, which also went unreported at the time, courtesy of former Bulldogs offensive lineman Ben Jones: 'Ben Jones ripped the dreads off the middle linebacker's head. I'm in the huddle and have a fractured sternum (from Fairley's hit), Ben hands me the dreads in the middle of the huddle. I'm like, Ben, what do you want me to do with these?' I have to call a play in like 10 seconds. So, he sticks them in his pants, and then, at his house in Athens, he attached it to the ceiling fan.' It has been a busy summer for Murray, as he recently gotmarried in Athens, Ga. The post Aaron Murray considered quitting football after Auburn's cheap shots appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Georgia offensive line is one of the most heralded position groups in the country, and that's just the way left tackle Andrew Thomas likes it. 'We like to be the driving force,' Thomas said this week at SEC Media Days. 'We want to carry the team, and that's why we work.' Thomas has been challenged by UGA coach Kirby Smart to be a vocal leader, and extolling the virtues of hard work seems to be one of the biggest ways in which Thomas seeks to fulfill Smart's wish especially given the unfinished business facing UGA. Thomas has apparently been outspoken about not letting compliments from fans and media distract his fellow linemen from the goals they've yet to achieve. 'I just remind them we haven't won the national championship. We haven't gotten to where we want to be; we haven't won the Joe Moore Award [given to the nation's top offensive line]. There's a lot of work we still need to do to be the best.' That attitude from Thomas might lead some to believe there's no room for fun among the group, but that's apparently not the case. Thomas allowed for a light-hearted moment this week when asked to share a favorite story about right guard Ben Cleveland. Thomas' story which involves Cleveland's creative usage of a knife is the subject of this edition of DN90. For what it's worth, Cleveland has been open in the past about his intent to remain true to himself even as he becomes a well-known player around the UGA campus. 'Obviously people can recognize me and stuff like that, but it's one of them things, at the end of the day, I'm still a small town kid,' Cleveland said during spring practice. 'One way or another whichever way you like it that's what I'm going to be. I'm still going to go out and fish on the weekends. I'm going to do what redneck kids do. I don't believe I'll ever change that.' UGA fans hope Cleveland stays true to his word. They don't want 'Big Ben' to ever change a fun personality on what might become a truly great offensive line. The post DN90: Andrew Thomas' Ben Cleveland story might've been the highlight of SEC Media Days appeared first on DawgNation.
  • HOOVER, Ala. Kirby Smart tells his players he's not their friend during football practices. 'I'm a tyrant,' Smart said at SEC Media Days this week, acknowledging the hyper and energetic disposition he brings to the Georgia practice field every day. The intensified atmosphere is undeniable, and very much by design. Smart looks to create the most game-like environment possible to have the Bulldogs best prepared for Saturday afternoons. Fact is, Smart is one of the most calculated coaches in college football, to the extent his words at the annual SEC media event are worth putting under the microscope. Smart and the three players he brought Jake Fromm, J.R. Reed and Andrew Thomas shared enough specifics about this season that some conclusions can safely be drawn: Championship expectations Every coach talks it to some degree, but Smart is putting his money where his mouth is when he states that the team's 24-5 record over the past two seasons 'is not enough.' Choosing the 'do more' motto indicates Smart is confident the Bulldogs will be back for a third-straight SEC Championship Game appearance and have the talent to do more. Just as important, the players have not been broken by back-to-back losses to Alabama and remain bought in. 'We look at those games where we didn't get over the hump in the past and we want to do more this summer,' Fromm said. 'It's taking every game like it's our last and trying to go 1-0 every week.' Receiver by committee Smart hinted at it during spring drills, and he referenced it again when addressing how he'd compensate for the loss of the top five receivers off last season's team. A committee approach indicates Smart and new offensive coordinator James Coley are s erious about freshmen receivers Dominick Blaylock and George Pickens on the field early. UGA runs a pro-style offense that's at its best when players are interchangeable at the three receiver positions. The talents of Pickens and Blaylock are such that things will be simplified. 'I'm excited about the guys we've got,' Smart said. 'I don't know that you need to have A 900-yard (receiving) guy, but you better have two or three 800-yard guys, and you need to have the ability to disperse the ball.' Confidence in Fromm Coaches from the Nick Saban coaching tree, particularly those from the defensive side of the ball, typically aim for efficiency over explosivity. Smart did not allow former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney to do anything that bucks the trend. RELATED: Jake Fromm cool in face of media rush But now Fromm is a third-year starter, and his greatest strength is his pre-snap reads and ability to check to the optimal play. To take full advantage, Smart must put more trust in Fromm and put more of the game in his hands, to the extent of having a liberal audible policy. 'Yeah, he can play in the NFL he's a cerebral quarterback, he's what they look for in a quarterback to be able to change the protections, make decisions, distribute the ball,' Smart said. 'You expect him to take on more, it's what the people around him (on offense) can handle that's our concern, because we will have some young players, especially at wide out, that we have to bring them into it and not try to teach over their head and allow them to develop. 'He is the leader of our program, the face of our organization. Jake has an aura about him. He has a positive energy that he rubs off on the other wide outs. I think he's kind of embraced this challenge now with this young group of receivers to grow those guys.' DawgNation from SEC Media Days Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason: Kirby Smart is 'like a brother' Alabama players agree, Georgia toughest team' they faced Herschel Walker shares what UGA must do to beat Alabama Kirby Smart puts breaks on recruiting trail SEC Network analyst: I love Georgia this year' Outland Trophy favorite Andrew Thomas locked into junior year Florida says playing UGA in Jacksonville a home game' The post 3 Georgia football takeaways from 2019 SEC Media Days appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 988 (July 19, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about some of the topics involving UGA that didn't get enough attention during SEC Media Days. Georgia football podcast: 3 overlooked topics during SEC Media Days Beginning of the show: Georgia coach Kirby Smart and the UGA players that attended SEC Media Days were grilled on a seemingly endless array of topics. It's almost unimaginable that after all that talking something could've been left unsaid, but there were three topics involving the Bulldogs that didn't get enough attention when UGA appeared in Hoover, Ala. on Tuesday and I'll discuss those issues on today's show. 10-minute mark: I'll explain why a compliment from Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses set off a brief war of words between the Crimson Tide and its national championship game nemesis, Clemson. 15-minute mark: The SEC Network's Paul Finebaum joins the show to discuss the expectations surrounding Smart and how UGA quarterback Jake Fromm compares to Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including Alabama coach Nick Saban seemingly blaming some of his former assistants for the disappointing Clemson loss, a recruiting win for the Crimson Tide and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn appearing SEC Media Days Thursday. 35-minute mark: I share some audio from DawgNation recruiting insider Jeff Sentell (who celebrates a birthday Thursday) regarding 5-star prospects Kelee Ringo, Kendall Milton and Jordan Burch. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: 3 overlooked UGA topics during SEC Media Days appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 987 (July 18, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about what former Georgia great Herschel Walker said about D'Andre Swift and the rest of the current crop of UGA running backs this week at SEC Media Days. Georgia football podcast: Herschel Walker raves about D'Andre Swift, UGA RBs Beginning of the show: Former Georgia great Herschel Walker was outspoken this week during an appearance at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. I'll share audio of Walker on today's show discussing a number of topics including Walker's thoughts on the current UGA running backs. 10-minute mark: I discuss the possibility Walker could have something named after him or a similar honor around the UGA campus. 15-minute mark: Former UGA great and SEC Network analyst Matt Stinchomb joins the show to preview the upcoming season and share his thoughts on the Bulldogs' offensive line. 30-minute mark: I recap the first two days of SEC Media Days and look ahead to Nick Saban's Wednesday appearance along with some of his Crimson Tide players including quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: Herschel Walker raves about D'Andre Swift, UGA RBs appeared first on DawgNation.