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    ATHENS Former Georgia football receiver Jeremiah 'J.J.' Holloman has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal after being dismissed from the Bulldogs team last Friday. Holloman was set to be the go-to target on a Georgia team expected to compete for the SEC championship this season before a police report surfaced in which he allegedly admitted to striking an ex-girlfriend following the 2018 UGA G-Day game. The victim did not file a report of the incident that allegedly occurred on April 22, 2018, with the University of Georgia Police Department until June 2, 2019. The police report states that the victim 'did not want to pursue an investigation for this incident' and 'wouldn't want him to be subject to criminal charges.' Due to that, the police report lists the case as 'inactive.' Georgia coach Kirby Smart issued a statement after the police report surfaced in the media, first in Holloman's hometown paper, the Covington News. 'We expect every member of our team to uphold the highest standards and values of the University of Georgia and Georgia football,' Smart said. 'It is disappointing when this does not happen.' RELATED: Georgia title hopes take hit, transfers must step up The Bulldogs lost three receivers to the NFL Draft along with their top receiving tight end from the 2018 season. Holloman's dismissal leaves Georgia without its top five pass catchers from last season. Georgia will likely lean heaviest on incoming Miami graduate transfer Lawrence Cager, along with 2018 transfer Demetris Robertson and returning senior Tyler Simmons at the start of fall camp. UGA also added Tennessee graduate transfer tight end Eli Wolf. The Bulldogs also lost three players to transfers during this offseason. Backup freshman quarterback Justin Fields elected to transfer to Ohio State, freshman tight end Luke Ford chose to transfer back to his home state of Illinois, and reserve linebacker Jaden Hunter transferred to Western Kentucky. Fields was granted immediate eligibility with the Buckeyes, but Ford's request for a waiver to play immediately has been denied. Ford had high-profile attorney Tom Mars helping him make his case, leaving some surprised by the result. Mars helped paved the way for Fields' successful bid to gain immediate eligibility. Hunter played in only four games last season, which constitutes a redshirt under new NCAA rules. Former Georgia defensive back Deangelo Gibbs was suspended indefinitely when he transferred to the University of Tennessee, where he will be eligible to play this season. Former UGA reserve safety Tray Bishop, once a 4-star U.S. Army All-American recruit from Dawson, Ga, is also in the transfer portal. Bishop took part in the 2018 G-Day Game before being arrested in May of 2018 as a result of a 2017 incident. He did not appear in any games for Georgia. The post Former Georgia WR Jeremiah J.J.' Holloman enters NCAA transfer portal, his case inactive appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia basketball freshman Anthony 'Antman' Edwards has yet to play a second in a college game, but already, he's a legend in the making. RELATED: High-flying Antman' dazzles in McDonald's All-American Game Edwards, who's expected to start for Coach Tom Crean's Bulldogs this season, is being projected as the No. 1 overall pick by Bleacher Report in its 'Way-Too-Soon 2020 NBA Lottery Mock Draft.' 'He's a scoring 2-guard with secondary playmaking ability in the mold of Victor Oladipo,' writes Jonathan Wasserman, comparing the UGA freshman to the top-five NBA pick Crean developed at Indiana. 'Edwards has developed into a ball-screen weapon who can also create his own shot with drives, pull-ups and step-backs.' Edwards recently sat down with the WSB Bulldogs Game Day show and made it clear his mindset is to make it about 'team' at Georgia. 'I came to Georgia where we're a team, we were all highly recruited,' said Edwards, a consensus top-five national recruit out of Atlanta's Holy Spirit Prepatory School. 'We're in this together, no one is separate, and I love all my guys,' he said. 'We're all gelling together, getting to know each other, spending time with each other, building our chemistry and trying to get better as a team.' How's life at @UGABasketball with all the new recruits now in Athens? Here's Ant Man, Anthony Edwards! Go Dawgs! More on the Dawgs Saturdays at 10am on @WSBbulldogs on @wsbtv. pic.twitter.com/Gx2fUcZ4Ek Bulldogs Game Day (@WSBbulldogs) June 25, 2019 Some of that time together has been spent on the football field for conditioning, pushing sleds. DAWG SLEDS pic.twitter.com/SscBZ1PPCL Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) June 25, 2019 'We're gonna really kick the training up this offseason after this mandatory seven-day break,' Crean said after last season. 'This is not going to be business as usual.' The post WATCH: Georgia basketball's Anthony Antman' Edwards already projected No. 1 in NBA draft appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS It has been said that perception can overtake reality, and while in some instances that's true, it doesn't apply to SEC football. So while it's always a fun read to pick up the preseason magazines, people do so knowing the season will bear out where teams really stand, and how good players and position groups really are. That said, it's worth reviewing how Nashville-based Athlon Magazine editors Steven Lassan and Mitch Light view Georgia, from their preseason rank, to how they think the Bulldogs' position groups stack up. Georgia is the magazine's preseason No. 3 team, and Athlon is predicting the Bulldogs run the table in the regular season before losing to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. That seems to be the most common narrative across the country: Until the Bulldogs finish the job and beat the Crimson Tide, people won't be convinced. RELATED: Tebow says Kirby ahead of schedule, but needs to beat Bama Never mind that Georgia has led or been tied with the Tide118 minutes and 54 seconds of 120 minutes and 281 of 290 plays of the past two meetings in the CFP title game and SEC title game. Here's where Athlon has the Georgia position groups ranked among the top five, and a quick take on whether it's too high, or too low: Running backs 1. Alabama; 2. Georgia; 3. Florida; 4. Vanderbilt; 5. Auburn About right. If the UGA backfield stays healthy QB Jake Fromm and D'Andre Swift the Bulldogs will beat Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and can claim the best RB unit. Wide receivers 1. Alabama; 2. Florida; 3. Texas A&M; 4. LSU; 5. Missouri Too low. The rankings go seven deep, and Georgia is among those seven. It's understandable, but considering how transfers Lawrence Cager and Demetris Robertson project, UGA should be top 5. Offensive line 1. Georgia; 2. Alabama; 3. Missouri; 4. Auburn; 5. LSU. Spot on. Georgia has six offensive linemen returning with starting experience, including three former FWAA Freshman All-Americans. Four of the five projected starters are likely top 100 NFL Draft picks in 2020. Defensive line 1. Auburn, 2. Alabama; 3. Florida; 4. Texas A&M; 5. LSU; 6. Georgia About right. Sophomore Jordan Davis ranks is a rising star, but this is UGA's weakest group, and that's alarming considering there are five seniors in the rotation. Linebackers 1. Alabama; 2. Georgia; 3. LSU; 4. Mississippi State; 5. Florida Too high. Tae Crowder leads unsettled group. Can Monty Rice stay healthy? Sort out: Azeez Ojulari, Nolan Smith, Brenton Cox, Jermaine Johnson, Adam Anderson, Walter Grant, Nakobe Dean, Channing Tindall, Robert Beal Jr., Quay Walker and Nate McBride. Defensive backs 1. LSU, 2. Florida, 3. Alabama, 4. Georgia, 5. Auburn. Too low. Richard LeCounte and J.R. Reed are the best safety duo in the league, and Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell rank among the league's best cornerbacks. There's quality depth, as well, with Otis Reese, Divaad Wilson, and Tyrique McGhee pushing, and newcomers DJ Daniel and Tyrique Stevenson impressing. The post Georgia football position groups SEC ranking with Athlon, too high or too low appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Welcome to Good Day, UGA , your one-stop shop for Georgia footballnews and takes. Check us out every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Georgia football, recruiting, basketball and more. The best former 3-star, 4-star and 5-star prospects on the Georgia football team All recruiting rankings are based on 247Sports Composite rankings 3-star recruit: J.R. Reed, senior safety Despite all of Georgia's recruiting success over the past three cycles, Georgia will still be getting a number of contributions from 3-star recruits in 2019. On the offensive side of the ball, Solomon Kindley will be holding things down at left guard. He's started double-digit games in each of the last two seasons, and barring an injury will do so again. Running back Brian Herrien also figures to play an important role, as does wide receiver Tyler Simmons, following the dismissal of Jeremiah Holloman. But it's on the defensive side of the ball where there is even more 3-star talent. Monty Rice is expected to be a starter at one of the inside linebacker spots. Cornerback Eric Stokes had an excellent spring after a strong close to the 2018 season. And he might not even end up being the best 3-star prospect in the secondary, with senior J.R. Reed entering his third season as a starter. Reed wasn't highly thought of as a recruit or as a transfer from Tulsa. But he's become a key piece in the Georgia secondary. After bypassing the 2019 NFL Draft, Reed is expected to be a leader for the Georgia defense in 2019. And it's a challenge that the former No. 1856th ranked prospect in the country is ready for entering his final season in Athens. 'I have to take my role more seriously,' Reed said of his senior season. 'It is a different role than I have had in the past. Now, a lot of it comes on your shoulders. We just have to get everybody leaning in the same direction.' Related: Georgia safety J.R. Reed puts NFL dream on hold to pursue championship goals with Bulldogs 4-star recruit: Andrew Thomas, junior offensive tackle In the four recruiting classes that Kirby Smart has signed, he's landed a total of 58 4-star prospects. Some of them have played well above that already high ranking, as several multi-year starters on Georgia's 2019 team were 4-star recruits. Perhaps the most important 4-star recruit Smart has landed is quarterback Jake Fromm. He was ranked as the No. 44 overall player in the 2017 class, just missing out on 5-star status. In his two seasons at Georgia, he's racked up 23 wins as a starter and thrown 54 touchdown passes. Defensively, nose guard Jordan Davis proved to be a huge difference-maker on the defensive line last season, while outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari has been pegged as a possible breakout player by ESPN. But in terms of pure talent and how they rank amongst their peers, there is no better 4-star recruit on Georgia's 2019 roster than left tackle Andrew Thomas. As a freshman, he started every game at right tackle for a team that played for a national championship. As a sophomore, he started 13 games at left tackle and earned First Team All-SEC honors in doing so. As a recruit, he was the No. 45 overall prospect in the 2017 class, one spot below Fromm. Next April, he's got a very realistic chance of being the first offensive tackle taken in the NFL draft. And while Thomas might not grab or garner a ton of headlines, he might end up being the most talented player on Georgia's team, regardless of their high school recruiting ranking. 5-star recruit: D'Andre Swift, junior running back Georgia has signed 18 5-star recruits under Smart, the most in the country. He's signed a 5-star prospect at every position group and in 2019 signed the No. 1 overall player in the country in Nolan Smith. Guys like offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson and safety Richard LeCounte are both entering their second seasons as starters. Linebacker Nakobe Dean and Smith had standout springs for Georgia. And given Holloman's dismissal, there's a chance we're talking a lot about freshman wide receiver George Pickens come the end of the 2019 season. But running back D'Andre Swift like he often does against opposing defense has put a healthy gap between himself in the field. After rushing for over 600 yards in his freshman season, he topped the 1,000-yard mark as a sophomore. Swift was rated as the No. 33 overall prospect in the 2017 class and just barely earned his 5-star status. Related: NFL draft expert explains what 2 traits really help D'Andre Swift shine Swift is expected to be the focal point of the Georgia offense heading into his junior and possibly final season in Athens. If he can improve off of what he did in 2018, there's going to be a very good chance that Georgia has an incredibly special 2019. UGA WR commit Marcus Rosemy wins Rivals Five-Star Challenge MVP Georgia wide receiver Marcus Rosemy isn't a 5-star prospect. But after his performance in Atlanta on Tuesday, he might be headed that way. Rosemy was named the wide receiver MVP of the Rivals Five-Star Challenge, which featured some of the top wide receiver prospects in the country. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native showed off some of his impressive ball skills in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. #UGA commit Marcus Rosemy comes to #Rivals5StarChallenge against a field of the nation's best and walks away as wide receiver MVP. Earned it. pic.twitter.com/hUvSuBOCio Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) June 25, 2019 Recent 4-star UGA commit WR Marcus Rosemy and QB Brock Vandagriff have been on the same page so far in the #Rivals5StarChallenge 7-on-7 tournament. This was 1 of 3 connections this drive. @ReuseRecruiting @SmallwoodTrent @patrickgarbin @UGASportscom pic.twitter.com/WbqP9AastQ Jack Austin (@jackaustin663) June 25, 2019 #UGA WR commit Marcus Rosemy pulls down the tough grab. #RivalsChallenge pic.twitter.com/4Iy9qPceBw Trent Smallwood (@SmallwoodTrent) June 25, 2019 Rosemy committed to the Bulldogs last week, as he ended up picking Georgia over the Florida Gators. He is rated as the No. 6 overall wide receiver in the class and the No. 39 overall prospect. If he were to just remain at those rankings, he would be the third highest ranked wide receiver Georgia has signed in the past decade, behind only 2019 signees George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock. Related: Expectations rise for freshmen George Pickens, Dominick Blaylock following Jeremiah Holloman dismissal Rosemy is the highest rated of the three wide receiver commits in Georgia's 2020 recruiting class. The other two wide receivers in the class are 4-star prospect Justin Robinson and 3-star prospect Corey Wren. Like Rosemy, Wren also committed to the program last week. Georgia has the No. 4 overall recruiting class in the 2020 cycle, behind only Clemson, Alabama and LSU. Best Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Clock running on Jake Fromm, Georgia receivers, to get in championship form WATCH: Carson Beck shares his connection to Georgia's 1980 national championship team The 5 most important games on Georgia football's 2019 schedule Numbers show if Georgia is to make the College Football Playoff, it will need new No. 1 receiver to emerge 4-star OL Akinola Ogunbiyi explains his flip to Texas A&M Greg McGarity addresses Kirby Smart's feelings about UGA-Florida venue and more Tim Tebow: Georgia football was ahead of schedule,' but needs to beat Alabama Jake Fromm, Cade Mays to play against brothers in SEC showdowns Dawgs on Twitter Looks like #DawgCountry to me! pic.twitter.com/3U9nAo4DtX Todd Hartley (@coach_thartley) June 25, 2019 DAWG SLEDS pic.twitter.com/SscBZ1PPCL Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) June 25, 2019 Hard work pays off Congrats @Tyefagan on being named this week's Dawg of the Week pic.twitter.com/yvUt9sIaJC Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) June 25, 2019 Good luck to @Awood45 as he begins rehab assignment Thurs in Louisville, been out all season due to back spasms; ready to see him back on field again with @kFarm17 and the Reds. #DGD Georgia Baseball (@BaseballUGA) June 25, 2019 Good Dawg of the Day I wish I loved doing anything as much as my dog loves rolling in grass pic.twitter.com/GWWUvHdYnU Amina Akhtar (@Drrramina) June 25, 2019 The post The best former 3-, 4- and 5-star prospects on Georgia's 2019 roster 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. 974 (June 25, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about what Steve Spurrier said on the Paul Finebaum Show about the future of the Georgia-Florida rivalry in Jacksonville, Fla. Georgia football podcast: Steve Spurrier becomes latest to suggest UGA-Florida could leave Jacksonville Beginning of the show: Former Florida coach Steve Spurrier said on the Paul Finebaum Show Monday he understands why some Georgia fans want to move the annual rivalry game with the Gators out of its traditional Jacksonville home. I'll explain on today's show why Spurrier's comments indicate he understands little about why some are pushing UGA to make a change including Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart. I'll also share audio from UGA athletic director Greg McGarity on the subject. 10-minute mark: I'll share one aspect of why 3-star wide receiver Corey Wren wanted to commit to UGA which speaks well of his chances for success in college. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show. Some of the topics covered include Jeff's thoughts on Wren More details on 4-star offensive lineman Akinola Agunbiyi's de-commitment The latest news involving 4-star offensive linemen Sedrick Van Pran and Andrew Raym And an update on 5-star running backs Kendall Milton and Zachary Evans 40-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including 4-star quarterback Robby Ashford committing to Ole Miss, 2021 quarterback Shedeur Sanders getting a Tennessee offer, Florida legacy E.J. Smith announcing his finalists and a national writer painting an unflattering picture of Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher. End of Show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: Steve Spurrier becomes latest to suggest UGA-Florida could leave Jacksonville appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The clock is ticking on the Georgia football offseason, arguably the best time of year for quarterbacks and receivers to get in sync. Greg McElroy and Eric Zeier, two of the more successful SEC quarterbacks in the modern era of college football, agree there's plenty of time left for the Bulldogs to get their passing game settled. 'The best time to develop chemistry with your corps is the summer, when you're not limited by time,' McElroy, who led Alabama to the 2009 national championship and has been with ESPN and he SEC Network since 2014. 'Jake Fromm knows what its supposed to look like, so it's huge to have a veteran guy.' RELATED: SEC Network says Jake Fromm making the right calls on and off field Zeier, who set 67 Georgia records and was the SEC's all-time leading passer at the conclusion of his UGA career in 1994, believes Fromm has time to get the receiving group adequately prepared for the start of fall drills. 'In terms of being ready to go from the first practice, they will be ready to go,' Zeier told DawgNation. 'As you come up there are so many 7-on-7 camps, and the level of sophistication at the high school level has changed dramatically, so they are ready to go sooner when they get on campus and they will be ready to gel.' That said, Zeier also believes there's nothing like doing it in on a Saturday afternoon in front of a full stadium. Georgia opens the season on the road at Vanderbilt at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 31. 'Buy' games with Murray State and Arkansas State the following two weeks should allow new OC James Coley to tweak the pass game before the Sept. 21 home showdown with Notre Dame. 'It doesn't take long to develop that rhythm, the big question is you have to do it in the game,' said Zeier, who provides color analysis for the Georgia Bulldogs radio network. 'Everyone reacts a little differently under the lights. But the work they are doing in the offseason, they are developing that relationship and getting on the same page.' RELATED: Nauta shrugs off Jake Fromm's G-Day struggles Indeed, former UGA tight end Isaac Nauta was the first to point out that the summer was when lots of work would be done, and that too much shouldn't be made of Fromm's sub-par spring game. 'The reality is it's still early in the offseason and there's a whole summer to get better and get guys on the same page,' Nauta said after Fromm was 14-of-29 passing for 116 yards, a TD and a Pick-6 in the G-Day Game. 'It's way too early for people to freak out.' Concerns about Fromm's spring game have eased in the offseason, but the recent dismissal of leading returning receiver Jeremiah 'J.J.' Holloman has put a transitioning receiving corps under the microscope. Senior Tyler Simmons, who had 9 catches for 138 yards, is now the leading returning receiver. RELATED: Georgia counting on transfer receivers to be on target The Bulldogs could shift more emphasis on passing to the backs and tight ends in addition to looking to transfer receivers Lawrence Cager and Demetris Robertson to produce more. Georgia's 2017 SEC Championship team entered the College Football Playoff with Javon Wims as its leading receiver with just 38 catches for 631 yards at that time. RELATED: Recent history suggests Georgia needs prominent go-to receiver Wims' stats represent the fewest yards for a CFP team's leading receiver among the 20 teams that participated in the playoffs since their origination five seasons ago. The post Clock running on Jake Fromm, Georgia receivers, to get in championship form appeared first on DawgNation.
  • When DawgNation spent some time with Carson Beck last month, it afforded the opportunity to share several intriguing storylines about the centerpiece QB commit for the 2020 class. The big arm and thebig throw . How his talents will even get a Florida fan to pull for Georgia while he's in Athens . The unique player comparisons to some very big names. Beck and his considerable talents will be evaluated closely later this week when he travels out to Texas for the Elite 11 quarterback competition. That will take place just prior to the Opening finals. He will be competing at the training camp headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys. Perhaps one of the more interesting pieces of content we've yet to share yet details his deep-rooted interest in Georgia. Ironically, there is a connection within some of the layers to that with the 1980 national championship team at Georgia. Beck nodded along to a view of his recruiting that most high school guys can relate to. It does sound like Georgia was the school he loved that didn't really love him back at first. He had heard about the Bulldogs from a lot of his recreational league coaches growing up but shared with DawgNation a clear connection that came about in the summer prior to his eighth-grade year. 'Kind of when I realized Hey I could actually go play college football' and the first camp I ever went to was the Georgia football camp,' Beck said. 'Right when coach [Kirby] Smart got signed as the head coach.' There was some coincidence at work there. Joe Creamons was the defensive line coach for Providence School in Jacksonville back then. That was the program he was a part of at that time. Creamons also just happened to be a member of Georgia's 1980 national championship team. 'He took me, his son and then another football player that was on our team up there to the Georgia camp and I just absolutely loved it there,' Beck said. 'I got to meet a lot of coaches and they were just super genuine and kind. Obviously, I was only in eighth grade. So there really wasn't [with him] a lot to see.' Beck was already a big kid, though. He'd hit his growth spurt was already a 6-foot-3 prospect back then. 'From then on, that was the first campus I had ever been on for a football camp and the first campus I actually got to kind of tour around and see,' Beck said. 'Almost from the beginning, I kind of fell in love with the place.' There was interest there as he kept going back to camps, but it wasn't what Beck described as 'enough.' He felt some interest was there, but he just didn't have the film to garner an offer yet. That made sense. Beck had only seen four games of varsity action prior to his breakout junior year which earned him the title of Florida's 'Mr. Football' for 2018. Beck took that rare honor for a junior he led his Mandarin High team to the state championship in Florida's largest classification. The Mustangs finished 2-8 in the season prior to his arrival. Carson Beck wants to make his UGA vibe sound 'special' Beck, who is a little more than 6-foot-4 and will weigh 225 or so, basicallyended his recruiting journey once he committed to the Bulldogs back on March 3. It was a hurry-up courtship soon after he received a long-sought Georgia offer back in late February. It was basically over very quickly after that. Beck said back in May that he was 'done' with his recruiting. What led him to that? 'Why I am done?' Beck says in the featured video above. 'I want to word this right. I want to make this sound special.' The 4-star QB only needed about two Mississippis of backyard football time to frame those words. 'Truly just to be easy with it,' he started off. 'I found a place where I am going to be treated like family.' There are other moments which stick out from those conversations. His thoughts on the following topics are all shared in the featured video element at the top of this page: Why he liked the Georgia program and Kirby Smart while he was committed to Alabama He explained why he de-committed from Alabama Why was Georgia among his top schools even though he didn't have that offer? Did Beck really name Florida as his top school? How does he fit into the new UGA offense led by James Coley? The post WATCH: Carson Beck shares his connection to Georgia's 1980 national championship team appeared first on DawgNation.
  • D'Andre Swift does a lot of things well. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. He led the Bulldogs in rushing a season ago as he finished with 1,049 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's perhaps better than any college running back at making defenders look absolutely silly. But according to NFL draft expert Daniel Jeremiah, there are two attributes of Swift's that really make him shine. The first is his vision and the second is his ability to make opposing players miss in the open field. 'Georgia RB D'Andre Swift has outstanding vision and the ability to consistently make the free defender miss in space,' Jeremiah wrote in an Instagram caption. View this post on Instagram Georgia RB D'Andre Swift has outstanding vision and the ability to consistently make the free defender miss in space. #ugafootball #sec #collegefootball #bulldogs A post shared by Daniel Jeremiah (@movethesticks) on Jun 22, 2019 at 2:47pm PDT Jeremiah backed up his statements by showing a number of highlight plays from the 2018 season. Swift really shined over Georgia's November stretch run, as he finished with over 100 yards rushing in games against Kentucky, Auburn, Florida and Georgia Tech. He also scored two touchdowns and racked up 138 total yards in the SEC championship game against Alabama, serving as a key reason the Bulldogs were able to get out to a 28-14 lead in the game. Auburn has one of the best run defenses in the country. @DAndreSwift has 186 yards against it, including this 77 yard touchdown. pic.twitter.com/XoxKAB0fyq Dayne Young (@dayneyoung) November 11, 2018 D'Andre Swift, making everyone miss. pic.twitter.com/xYr2dQus3J CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 3, 2018 Swift will carry a bigger workload in 2019, as his 2018 running mate Elijah Holyfield is now off to the NFL. Georgia has a number of options who could fill Holyfield's shoes, but expect Swift to take on a larger workload headed into his junior season. And while the junior from Philadelphia has had some injury concerns in the past, his coach isn't all that worried about giving Swift the ball more. 'I think when a guy is going into his senior year like Nick (Chubb) or Sony (Michel) and they've carried the ball x' number of times at the SEC level, I think you do manage their workload,' Smart said. 'D'Andre is going into his junior year and only his second spring. He didn't get a bulk of work as a freshman, he didn't get a ton of work last year with Elijah (Holyfield) and (Brian) Herrien and his injury. ' Related: Kirby Smart details how D'Andre Swift has set himself apart' this spring It has been strongly hinted that this could be Swift's final season in Athens, as he is eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft. Swift has been open about the possibility that this could be his final season in Athens, but he's also maintained that he won't be saving himself for the NFL. 'I should contribute as much as he (Smart) wants me to, so I'm playing out there to my best ability and giving 100 percent every practice,' Swift said this spring. 'I don't let off. I shouldn't be taken out of practice or anything like that. I don't think anybody should, so that's the standard here at Georgia, so I play to that standard.' Georgia has a strong recent tradition of having running backs get taken early when it comes to the NFL draft. Todd Gurley was taken with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, while Sony Michel and Nick Chubb were taken in the first 35 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft. Swift and the Bulldogs will start their 2019 season on Aug. 31, when the Bulldogs visit Vanderbilt. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation The 5 most important games on Georgia football's 2019 schedule Numbers show if Georgia is to make the College Football Playoff, it will need new No. 1 receiver to emerge 4-star OL Akinola Ogunbiyi explains his flip to Texas A&M Greg McGarity addresses Kirby Smart's feelings about UGA-Florida venue and more Tim Tebow: Georgia football was ahead of schedule,' but needs to beat Alabama Jake Fromm, Cade Mays to play against brothers in SEC showdowns LOOK: Georgia football leadership team traveled to Florida, meets with re The post NFL draft expert explains what 2 traits really help D'Andre Swift shine appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Welcome to Good Day, UGA , your one-stop shop for Georgia footballnews and takes. Check us out every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Georgia football, recruiting, basketball and more. The 5 most important games on Georgia's 2019 football schedule Georgia football figures to play one of the tougher 2019 schedules in all of college football. To go along with the usual rigors of an SEC schedule the Bulldogs also have a huge home against a Notre Dame team that took part in last season's College Football Playoff. Every game is important for Georgia this season, but some are more so than others. Below we've ranked the top-5 games on Georgia's schedule in terms of importance to both the 2019 season and what it could possibly mean for future seasons. We should also note that these are only games currently on Georgia's schedule, so a hypothetical SEC championship game is not on here. Because as talented as Georgia's 2019 team is expected to be, it's no guarantee the Bulldogs make it back to Atlanta. Related: Game times, TV Networks announced for Georgia's first three games 5. Texas A&M, Nov. 23, Athens, Ga. This game comes following a brutal three-game stretch that sees Georgia play Florida, Missouri and Auburn. It's the Bulldogs final SEC game of the 2019 campaign, and the SEC East title could still be on the line going into this game. Texas A&M is one of the more fascinating teams in college football this year. They have a lot of intriguing talent led by quarterback Kellen Mond but the Aggies also play a brutal schedule as they play the Bulldogs, Alabama and Clemson this season. This game could be used to cross compare the Bulldogs to the Crimson Tide and the Tigers. This game will also be the final home game of the 2019 season. That means it will be senior day for the likes of JR Reed and Charlie Woerner. But this could also be the final game in Sanford Stadium for some talented juniors like D'Andre Swift, Andrew Thomas and even possibly Jake Fromm. That alone should make this an extra special Saturday in Athens. Related: ESPN, NFL draft expert expect Jake Fromm to be one of the top players in 2020 NFL Draft 4. At Tennessee, Oct. 5, Knoxville, Tenn. Kirby Smart really got the ball rolling in his second season with a road win over Notre Dame. That was the first tangible sign he was building something special with Georgia. It ultimately led to a College Football Playoff appearance and fast-tracked Georgia to joining college football's elite. I'm not saying a Tennessee win over Georgia would be a sign of things to come for the Volunteers, but it would definitely offer some serious validation to what Jeremy Pruitt is building in Knoxville. Most knowledgable Georgia fans would probably argue that Tennessee is the biggest long-term threat to Georgia, and a home win over the Bulldogs would certainly indicate that. The last time Georgia went to Knoxville, it came away with a 41-0 win in a game where Jake Fromm had fewer than 100 yards passing. It won't be quite that easy this time around, as Georgia won't be able to waltz through Tennessee now that Butch Jones isn't around. Related: ESPN labels the game Georgia football fans need to beware of for 2019 season 3. At Auburn, Nov. 16 Auburn, Ala. For all that Smart has done so far in Athens, he is still yet to play a competitive road game against an SEC West team. In each of his three seasons as head coach, Georgia has lost by at least 20-points when visiting an SEC West foe. This season the Bulldogs visit Auburn. It comes during the aforementioned tough November stretch. The Tigers once again figure to have a strong defense with defensive tackle Derrick Brown returning for his senior season. And whatever questions there might be about the quarterback position, Auburn should have those answered by what will be its 10th game of the season. This game will offer Smart an opportunity to show that he's grown as a coach. Beating Auburn on the road would be another milestone for him to cross off his list. And given Gus Malzahn's ever-constant hot seat, a loss at home to Georgia could really turn up the pressure on the Auburn coach. 2. Notre Dame, Sept. 21, Athens, Ga. This game has been potentially earmarked as an 8 p.m. kickoff by CBS. You can imagine College GameDay will strongly consider visiting Athens for this possible top-5 matchup. ESPN has already called this game the best non-conference matchup of the 2019 season. Regardless of whether or not you think this will be a close game for Georgia the advanced stats suggest it might not be it will absolutely be a chance for Georgia to make a statement early in the 2019 season. Notre Dame will be plenty motivated coming into this game, especially after a what several Georgia players tweeted during last season's College Football Playoff. If the Bulldogs truly want to prove they're on the same level as Clemson and Alabama, beating Notre Dame would go a long way to justifying those comparisons. 1. Vs. Florida, Nov. 2, Jacksonville, Fla., This game will likely pit the top two teams in the SEC East against each other, and decide who represents the division in the SEC championship game. But that is not why this is the most important game on Georgia's 2019 schedule. These two schools and fan bases have been lobbing shots at each other all offseason long. Whether it be Dan Mullen using the Florida spring game to troll Georgia's championship drought, or seemingly every Georgia commitment in the past month naming Florida as a finalist to only end up picking the Bulldogs, it is clear that these two teams utterly despise each other. When the Bulldogs won this game last season, they showed off some rare video of Smart really celebrating the win. If the Bulldogs beat Florida and Mullen for a third straight season, you can imagine a similar celebration will take place in Jacksonville. If not, it is going to be an incredibly long offseason for Georgia in 2020. 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Today, her protective gear was removed and replaced with a toy to signify her retirement and a new beginning. 15/10 #GraciasFrida pic.twitter.com/y7VDFhlPuE WeRateDogs (@dog_rates) June 24, 2019 The post The 5 most important games on Georgia football's 2019 schedule 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. 973 (June 24, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about 4-star offensive lineman Akinola Agunbiyi's de-commitment and what that could mean for Sedrick Van Pran and Andrew Raym, two other offensive linemen for which UGA's been rumored to be in the mix. Georgia football podcast: Akinola Agunbiyi de-commitment puts Andrew Raym, Sedrick Van Pran in spotlight Beginning of the show: Georgia lost a commitment over the weekend from 4-star offensive lineman Akinola Agunbiyi. I'll explain on today's show why that puts additional pressure on the program to attract prospects such as Sedrick Van Pran and Andrew Raym to the program. 10-minute mark: I'll talk about wide receiver JJ Holloman's dismissal from UGA stemming from an alleged incident of violence last April that just came to light at the beginning of the month. 15-minute mark: Former SEC All-American Mike Johnson joins the show. Some of the topics covered include Thoughts on Holloman An evaluation of what UGA is losing out on with Agunbyi leaving its class And a scouting report on Van Pran and Raym 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including 5-star running back Zachary Evans taking a visit to Texas A&M, former Florida and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier apparently opening a restaurant and Vanderbilt representing the conference in the College World Series final which begins this week. 35-minute mark: I address what's next for UGA after Holloman's dismissal. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: Akinola Agunbiyi de-commitment puts Andrew Raym, Sedrick Van Pran in spotlight appeared first on DawgNation.