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    Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings at least four days a week. The play sheet today calls for a look at two very big recruiting “fishing holes” for 2020.  The big picture for Georgia football recruiting on DawgNation now looks like the United States. Specific stories may point to this 5-star or that hot prospect, but sometimes the zoom button does the reporter tribe no favors. Can the Bulldogs sign the No. 1 class in 2020? The 2,680-mile wide view says yes. That is the approximate width of America from tight end to tackle. Alaska and Hawaii are still split out wide. That big picture means the Bulldogs now recruit off a national footprint. Kirby Smart and his staff have now signed the No. 1 player out of 10 different states. The Bulldogs will always be knocking at the door on signing the nation’s top class with Smart. He is simply just that effective leading the recruiting in Athens. With respect to the 2020 class, the chances there will sink or swim based off how the Bulldogs do around two specific pinpoints on that map. Let’s aspire to be true sons of the south and call them fishing holes. There are already two clear “fishing holes” that will largely determine whether this class can finish No. 1 overall. This Google Maps screenshot shows off a pretty good visual of what the DC “DMC” fishing hole looks like for UGA this cycle. (Google Maps) Oddly, the first one is 590 approximate miles away from Sanford Stadium. That pinpoint would be St. John’s College High School in the Washington, D.C. area. This blue-chip recruiting perimeter will extend just 30 miles north to Damascus High School in Maryland and then another 42 miles east to Baltimore. The circuit completes with a 33-mile trip back south near the nation’s capital at DeMatha Catholic. DeMatha is only about eight miles east of St. John’s College High. The region is commonly known as the DMV (D.C./Maryland/Virginia) area. There are at least five players in that radius the Bulldogs would love to sign for 2020. How the Bulldogs recruit that area amid challenges from Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State and now Maryland will be watched closely. The “DMV” fishing hole  Bryan Bresee -UGA recruiting-Georgia recruiting” width=”640″ height=”615″ /> 5-star strong-side DE Bryan Bresee was in Athens over the weekend. (Bryan Bresee/Instagram) Who has their reels up there for Georgia: Offensive coordinator James Coley, receivers coach Cortez Hankton, running backs coach Dell McGee, Outside linebackers coach Dan Lanning, defensive line coach Tray Scott and head coach Kirby Smart. Trophy pulls from the “DMV” 5-star SDE Bryan Bresee/Damascus HS/Damascus, Md: The 6-foot-6, 280-pound junior ranks as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect for 2020 on the 247Sports Composite ratings. He was in Athens this weekend with the family in tow. It was no less than his fourth unofficial to UGA in the last 14 months. Bresee sat next to Kirby Smart at Stegman Coliseum for the LSU game and might just have heard his name being chanted by the crowd. ( Overall 247Sports Composite rating: 2 )   5-star OLB Mekhail Sherman/St. Johns College HS/Washington, D.C: The nation’s No. 2 OLB is in the process of bouncing back from a season-ending knee injury in 2018. Looking good. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder can play inside or outside (See Rian Davis, Quay Walker) but flashed a serious 4.52 time in the laser at the Nike Opening finals out in Texas last summer. He was also very pleased to see the official promotion of Dan Lanning to defensive coordinator. ( Overall 247Sports Composite rating: 13 )   5-star WR Rakim Jarrett/St. Johns College/Washington, D.C: St. John’s also had an Alabama  How did St. Johns ever lose a game, right? The 6-foot, 182-pound blur was in Athens last weekend on an official. The Bulldogs didn’t make his original top 6, but they are in it now. UGA was a little late to offer the nation’s No. 3 WR and that’s a good reason why. The interest is there now for the nation’s No. 3 WR prospect. ( Overall 247Sports Composite rating: 21 )   5-star RB MarShawn Lloyd: Lloyd is as serious of a contender at this time to join the 2020 class as anyone in the “DMV” fishing hole. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound will flash to a lot of former great UGA backs with his game. How does a one-part Sony, one-part Chubb, one-part Knowshon, one-part Verron Haynes and one-part MarShawn sound? The nation’s No. 4 RB has already visited Athens once this year. ( Overall 247Sports Composite rating: 25 )   4-star DE Demon Clowney:  The nation’s No. 5 weak-side DE resides in Baltimore. Clowney, a cousin to NFL All-Pro Jadeveon Clowney , is a big Lanning fan. UGA was his first offer back in February of 2018 and it was his pinned tweet for a significant amount of time. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder has made at least two trips back to Athens since then. ( Overall 247Sports Composite rating: 78 ) Will the blue-chips be biting?: If the program puts up a 0-for-5 in the DMV, then that means it will have to go down the board scrambling for alternate targets. It is not out of bounds to think that the Bulldogs can pull at least two of these targets out of the region, though. Another obstacle is the Bulldogs have yet to sign a player out of this region during Smart’s time as head coach. The other big “fishing hole” on Georgia’s mind is a lot closer down the road. The Cobb County fishing hole  Myles Murphy -UGA recruiting-Georgia recruiting-Georgia football” width=”640″ height=”427″ /> 5-star weak-side DE Myles Murphy has remarkable speed and athleticism. He can play out on the edge in space. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation) Gwinnett County hasn’t been good to the Bulldogs the last few years. Cobb County is more of a success story. Georgia has signed elite targets like Dominick Blaylock, Justin Fields, Ryland Goede, Azeez Ojulari, Tyler Simmons and Julian Rochester from this region, among others. This pinpoint on the map will cover 345 square miles, but the radar here pings around the 18.5-mile circuit from Marietta High School to Hillgrove High School to McEachern High School and back to Marietta. Cobb County has five players rated among the nation’s top 100 recruits for the 2020 class. The Bulldogs can sign a pair of 5-star prospects from this pocket of the Peach State. These two elite athletes could also go down as the two of the three highest-rated signees in the 2020 class at that. Who is doing the fishing there for Georgia: Tight ends coach Todd Hartley, running backs coach Dell McGee, defensive coordinator and OLBs coach Dan Lanning, defensive line coach Tray Scott and head coach Kirby Smart. The big fish in Cobb County Arik Gilbert -UGA recruiting-Georgia recruiting” width=”400″ height=”267″ /> Arik Gilbert rates as the nation’s No. 9 overall prospect for 2020 on the 247Sports Composite scale. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation) Arik Gilbert/Marietta High/Marietta, Ga: DawgNation profiled Gilbert late last week . The nearly 6-foot-6, 250-pounder wants to be a tight end or a hybrid at the next level in the Travis Kelce mold. He has agility, acceleration, catch radius and length for days. That’s why he rates as the nation’s No. 1 ATH for 2020. He visited Alabama over the weekend and was back for another unofficial at UGA today. ( Overall 247Sports Composite rating: 9 )   B.J. Ojulari/Marietta High/Marietta, Ga.:  He’s started both ways for the Blue Devils for the balance of his high school career at offensive tackle and defensive end. His future is on defense flying in off the edge. His older brother, Azeez, is already at UGA. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior plans to make his decision sometime in May. Look for him to play ball in the Southeast. ( Overall 247Sports Composite rating: 84 )   Myles Murphy/Hillgrove High/Powder Springs, Ga.: Murphy will check off every box of what an elite national recruit should look like in high school. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder has exceptional agility and footwork. There’s another national prospect with a UGA offer with the same name in North Carolina, but very few prospects like Myles Murphy come along every 10 years. That’s why Dabo Swinney has his fishing pole mounted near Hillgrove High, too. (Overall 247Sports Composite rating: 14)   COMMIT: Jamil Burroughs/McEachern High/Powder Springs, Ga.: The nation’s No. 4 DT is already in the boat. So to speak. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound prospect is one of three current commitments in the class of 2020. ( Overall 247Sports Composite rating: 62 ) Will the blue-chips be biting: Burroughs is in the boat and should be seen as a very invested recruit in the program. Clemson looms large for both Gilbert and Myles. The chances with Ojulari might very well spike with how well the Bulldogs are recruiting at that position. He’s a terrific player and one of the most impressive in this class but not even Brandon Adams can foresee the Bulldogs ending up with Clowney, Murphy, Ojulari and Sherman at OLB going on the wall for the 2020 class. Gilbert and Murphy are two players in the state this year that the Bulldogs cannot let leave the state and still hope to finish with the nation’s top class. It would bring up too many empty net stories with the likes of Andrew Booth, Derrick Brown, Jadon Haselwood, Aubrey Solomon and Trevor Lawrence from back in the day.   Miss any Intel? The DawgNation recruiting archive will get you up to speed just as fast as former Georgia All-American LB Roquan Smith found the ball after the snap.   The post UGA recruiting: Which two points on the map lead to the nation’s No. 1 class for 2020? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia Athletic Association board members will be briefed on the progress of efforts to add a new football-dedicated building to the Butts-Mehre Athletic Complex when it holds its annual winter meeting on Wednesday. In a conference call with members of the board’s facilities and development committee Monday morning, Athletic Director Greg McGarity confirmed that a status report will be provided on the latest multi-million dollar project to come on line since Kirby Smart became the Bulldogs’ head coach in 2016. McGarity said Georgia is in the process of selecting engineers and architects for the project, which is expected to be erect a building in the space between the Spec Town Track & Field grandstands and the Payne Indoor Athletic Facility. As DawgNation reported six months ago, such a facility is expected to carry a price tag of more than $50 million. Fundraising efforts are already underway. Since Smart’s arrival on campus in January of 2016, Georgia has built and dedicated a $30 million indoor practice facility and $65 million locker room and recruiting area underneath the West grandstand at Sanford Stadium. Since the fall of 2015, members of Georgia’s relatively new Magill Society have pledged donations totaling nearly $100 million to cover the cost of those projects. Board members will also be briefed on an upcoming project to improve the lighting at Sanford Stadium, McGarity said. The majority of the focus on facilities updates on Wednesday will be on construction of a new grandstand for the Henry Feild Stadium courts at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, McGarity said. Cost for that project is now expected to exceed $8 million. The board will also be briefed on plans to erect a new six-court indoor tennis facility for the complex. “That will be the only action item on Wednesday,” McGarity said. To date, none of the monies raised from the Magill Society have gone toward tennis. That is the sport Magill oversaw for decades before his death in 2014 at the age of 93. Board members will also be briefed on an ongoing $3.1 million equestrian project that will include a 7,000-square foot clubhouse at the team’s facility in Bishop. The post Expansion of Georgia Bulldogs’ football complex to be discussed at UGA athletics board meeting appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — As many as three outgoing Georgia football players have been projected as first-round NFL Draft picks by different analysts at different times. But there’s always one Bulldog on the first-round list — Deandre Baker. That didn’t change on Monday when the Georgia Thorpe Award winner surfaced as the No. 20 overall pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Mel Kiper’s latest first-round mock draft on the ESPN Insider pay site. RELATED: Georgia opens with 10 on NFL Draft boards Kiper has Baker as his second-highest rated cornerback in the draft behind LSU’s Greedy Williams, who he forecasts will go to Denver at No. 10. Earlier this month, NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter opened eyes when he projected both Baker and tailback Elijah Holyfield to be selected in the first round. Reuter, in a Feb. 5 three-round NFL mock draft, had four Bulldogs listed: Deandre Baker, No. 24 overall, Oakland Elijah Holyfield, No. 30 overall, Green Bay Riley Ridley, No. 35 overall, Oakland Isaac Nauta, No. 62 overall, New Orleans Ridley was at one point projected as high as the first round — at No. 32 — by NFL.com writer Daniel Jeremiah. WATCH: Riley Ridley coached up by NFL legends Jeremiah and fellow NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein recently penned an article on which one player each team should keep an eye on. The Baltimore Ravens were advised to keep an eye on speedy Georgia receiver Mecole Hardman, as “the buzz is starting to build in personnel circles.” The San Francisco 49ers, meanwhile, should watch for Ridley, according to the story: “The Niners need another big target at wide receiver with size and toughness for Kyle Shanahan’s scheme. Ridley’s college production was just OK, but there were plenty of mouths to feed in the Georgia offense. Ridley might be a fit for San Francisco as a Day 2 option, provided he shows ball-tracking ability and some route acumen in Indianapolis.” Projections from one analyst to another vary, as they each do their own evaluations and rely on different NFL sources. Kiper, for example, doesn’t have Holyfield, Ridley or Nauta ranked in the top 10 at their respective positions in the upcoming draft. It’s all talk for now, and NFL Draft projections are sure to get a thorough shaking up after the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. The combine testing runs from March 1-4. Georgia will have eight players at the combine, seven taking part in on-field testing. Outside linebacker D’Andre Walker had sports hernia surgery on Jan. 16 in Birmingham, Ala., and is rehabilitating. Walker hopes to be healthy enough to take part in the Bulldogs Pro Day for NFL scouts on March 20.     The post Georgia football favorites Elijah Holyfield, Mecole Hardman generating NFL Draft buzz appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Time to answer some of the latest Junkyard Mail … Bill, looking ahead at the coming season I’m more than a little concerned about the quarterback position. I know we’re fine with Jake Fromm as the starter, but the lack of experience behind him on the depth chart, and the fact that his likely backup originally was a walk-on, really worries me. — C.W. Ray I agree that Georgia is in good shape with Fromm as the starter. As for the lack of experienced depth behind him, a couple of friends of mine recently were debating that issue. Former scout team quarterback Stetson Bennett looked good in last year’s G-Day ;game. (Andy Harrison/UGA) One of them said he was afraid an injury to Fromm could derail a great season. The other friend thinks Stetson Bennett, Fromm’s presumed backup for the coming season, could step in and Georgia still would win the SEC East. Bennett is the former walk-on who left UGA last summer to go to junior college and, after one season at that level, returned to Georgia with a scholarship as a part of the 2019 recruiting class. He’s rather small (6 feet, under 200 pounds), but can run the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-to-4.6-second range. Behind Bennett will be Dwan Mathis, the 4-star prospect that Georgia flipped from Ohio State. He reportedly is something of a dual threat and has good size (6-foot-6, 210-pounds), but is very raw and needs to learn the Dawgs’ offensive system. Other than walk-ons, that’s it, since Georgia’s other QB prospect, John Rhys Plumlee, flipped his commitment from Georgia to the Ole Miss after he was asked by UGA to delay taking a scholarship (known as “blueshirting”). Asked recently about the QB depth issue, head coach Kirby Smart said: “We are excited about the two young men that entered our program mid-year. We know a lot about Stetson, because he’s been in our program, he’s played in a spring game with 93,000 people at it. I have great expectations for him.” As for Mathis, Smart said, “Dwan has been a kid who has been like a sponge. He’s getting here and has done great academically and we’re excited to see what he does this spring.” Those who think Bennett will do fine as Fromm’s backup point out that he drew raves playing against the first-team defense in 2017 as the scout team quarterback, and he looked good during last year’s G-Day game before leaving UGA. But, G-Day performances often don’t translate to success during real games, and my pessimistic friend worries that, if Bennett had to take over the starter’s job from an injured Fromm, Florida, Auburn and Texas A&M would just load the box to shut down Georgia’s running game, and force him to beat them. Whether it was the undersized Bennett or green freshman Mathis, if something were to happen to Fromm, the drop-off in experience would be significant. I’d actually like to see Georgia pick up a graduate transfer as a backup for the coming season. I know it’s doubtful that any top-of-the-line grad transfer would jump on board knowing he won’t play unless Fromm gets hurt, but even someone from, say, a midlevel ACC school who has playing experience would be a good insurance policy. The problem is that it’s just about impossible to carry a top-notch backup QB on your roster these days unless they’re spaced out, class-wise, where it’s clearly the starter’s last season in that role. So, you can entice a 5-star freshman to back up a junior starter who clearly is going pro early, or a senior QB. Otherwise, no one wants to wait. That’s why, for many, Justin Fields’ decision to sign with Georgia last year never made much sense. Fields obviously really thought he could beat out Fromm. But, from what we saw on the field, that wasn’t ever close to happening.  One thing you can count on: Smart will be trying to sign a 5-star quarterback in the 2020 class. Hey Bill, I’ve read some discussion recently about Greg McGarity’s contract as Georgia’s athletic director coming up for renewal in June and whether he’ll stick around (or even whether he should be asked to stick around). What do you think? — Sean Pruitt Will Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity be sticking around after June? (Kristin M. Bradshaw/UGA) When I was over in Athens this week, I heard a rumor out of Butts-Mehre that McGarity will be gone after June, but I have no idea how reliable that is.  Whether the fan base should want him to stay or go is a matter of some debate. McGarity has had an up-and-down career as Georgia’s athletic director. There have been a lot of fan criticisms of him, some of them fair, and some not. He got a lot of flak for the four-game suspension of Todd Gurley, though I’m not sure he had any other choice there. He has muffed the public relations side of the job on more than one occasion, most recently trying to support Tom Crean after the frustrated basketball coach groused that he shouldn’t have kept the players already at Georgia when he arrived. Even Crean thought better of that statement, apologizing later. On the plus side, McGarity fired Mark Richt after a 9-3 regular season because it was clear Georgia football had hit a plateau, and he managed to get the replacement everyone wanted in Smart. Not all ADs would have pulled the trigger on that firing. Otherwise, McGarity’s hiring record has been spotty. How things turn out with Crean remains to be seen, and, though baseball finally seems to have turned it around, that rather slow reclamation project isn’t quite yet complete. Meanwhile, UGA gymnastics, once the nation’s premier program, has floundered on McGarity’s watch, though there are hopeful signs there, too. The Olympic sports have continued to do fine, but soccer and volleyball are awful (though no one seems to care). It’s also been off-putting to some fans that McGarity has put constant emphasis on getting the fan base to contribute more and more money, while seemingly dragging his feet on improving the game-day experience at Sanford Stadium. There’s also the rather large question of who Georgia could get as a new AD. Anyway, we may find out what’s happening with McGarity as early as this Wednesday, when the Athletic Board meets. If not, we’ll know one way or the other by mid-summer. Hey Bill, I see Georgia already has slipped in ESPN’s updated preseason rankings, from No. 3 to No. 4, with Oklahoma jumping the Dawgs thanks to Jalen Hurts’ transfer. I’m worried that by the time the actual preseason rankings come out from AP and the coaches in August, the anti-Dawg bias at ESPN will have us slipping even farther. Should we be worried? — Taylor Sanders Kirby Smart returns, which is one of the pluses for UGA in ESPN’s FPI ranking. (Steven Colquitt/UGA) First, I don’t think there’s any obvious anti-Dawg bias at ESPN. I recall on playoff decision day, several of their commentators arguing that Georgia should have been in the final four. Also, ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 is called that for a reason — it’s way too early to be ranking schools for a season that doesn’t begin for another six and a half months. If it makes you feel any better, ESPN has Georgia at No. 3 in its preseason football power index, or FPI, a  predictive rating and ranking system based largely on four factors: team performance over the past four seasons (with the most emphasis on the last season); returning starters, especially at quarterback; whether a team has a returning head coach; and recruiting rankings over the past four seasons. Georgia is in good shape on all those counts. Bill, Am I wrong to be only half excited about a basketball player coming to UGA for one year? Maybe if we had five one-year starters (typically like Kentucky). I’m actually kind of disgusted with the whole system and what a joke it makes college education and the institutions. To have institutions of higher education recruit any kid who blatantly says will leave in one year is an oxymoron to the educational system. I am not naive concerning the business of college sports. But sometimes things grow so out of whack for the means to an end.  It becomes illogical. Sadly, we’ll all cheer whatever success the one-and-dones bring to our schools. But deep down, we all know it is wrong. — Jim Parry Signing players like UGA commitment Anthony Edwards, who likely won’t stick around more than a year, is the only way to compete with the Kentuckys and North Carolinas in today’s college basketball world.  Sure, you might only have a player like that for one season, two at the most. But, the hope is that bringing in one of the top two players in the country will bring you enough success in the short term to attract more top-level talent in the future, so that you have long-term success. The rosters might change constantly year to year with that approach, but, if you’re regularly making it deep into the NCAA playoffs, that doesn’t seem to bother fans of programs where this model has been followed for some time. The post UGA fan talk: QB concerns, McGarity’s future, preseason rankings and more appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Nicolas Claxton’s All-SEC campaign continued Saturday night against No. 19 LSU, the sophomore leading Georgia in scoring and assists. The Bulldogs played the Tigers tight in a hard-fought 83-79 defeat before the sold-out Stegeman Coliseum crowd, and Claxton had everything to do with it. RELATED: Georgia battles LSU in bitter 83-79 defeat “We had no answer for Claxton,” said LSU coach Will Wade, whose team has won 14 of its past 15 games. “He played great.” Indeed, Georgia out-scored the Tigers by nine points when Claxton was on the floor. Problem was, the six minutes the 6-foot-11 forward didn’t play, LSU outscored the Bulldogs by 13. Wade credited Georgia coach Tom Crean with creating match-up problems throughout the game with personnel substitutions. LSU struggled to get a handle on how to defend Claxton. “When he’s hitting those mid-range turnarounds, it’s very tough to guard him,” Wade said. “We put Skylar (Mays) on him, one of our guards, and they posted him, and we put our big guys on him, and they took him on the perimeter and he was driving and he was spinning. “We just didn’t have very good coverage on him. They exploited the mismatch.” Claxton converted a conventional three-point play despite being triple-teamed with 5:30 left, pulling Georgia within 71-70. But Claxton couldn’t get his shot to fall with the game on the line in the final seconds. Claxton’s layup was uncharacteristically off-target after Crean called time out to set up the play with the Bulldogs down 82-79 and 29.5 seconds left. “I was supposed to drive and make the layup,” Claxton said. “So, we executed the play right, I just came up short on the layup.” Claxton is one of only four players in the Division I ranks who leads his team in all five major categories: points (12.8 per game), rebounds (9.0 per game), assists (53), blocks (64) and steals (31). Claxton, the SEC’s overall leader in rebounding and blocked shots, just wants to get back in the win column. “I would say it’s progress, us just playing our hardest for the whole 40 minutes, not coming out in the second half and being in a drought,” Claxton said. “At the end of the day, we did not want a moral victory. We wanted to come out and get the win.” Georgia dropped to 10-15 and 1-11 in SEC with the loss. The Bulldogs play host to Mississippi State at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Georgia basketball players LSU coach Will Wade Georgia basketball boxscore   The post WATCH: LSU won, but ‘had no answer’ for Georgia basketball star Nicolas Claxton appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia gave No. 19 LSU all it wanted, but the Bulldogs couldn’t close the deal at Stegeman Coliseum on Saturday. The Tigers (21-4, 11-1 SEC) pulled out a hard-fought 83-79 win over Georgia (10-15, 1-11) in a contested affair that featured seven lead changes. The game was tied up as late as the 7:03 mark, 68-68, on a pair of Jordan Harris free throws. Nicolas Claxton led Georgia with 17 points and six rebounds, including a conventional three-point play with 5:29 left that pulled UGA within 72-71. The Bulldogs weren’t done. A  pair of Derek Ogbeide free throws with 53.6 seconds left kept Georgia within striking distance, cutting the LSU lead to 82-79. Ogbeide followed up with rim defense on Tigers’ post Naz Reid, leading to a missed shot that gave Georgia the ball with a chance to tie. Tom Crean called timeout with 29.5 seconds left and 24 showing on the shot clock to set up a play Claxton’s drive, however, came up empty and LSU closed out the game for its 14th win in its past 15 games. The Bulldogs have dropped six straight dating back to their win over Texas on Jan. 26. The loss to the Tigers was Georgia’s 10th straight against SEC competition.   LSU held a 41-37 lead at the half on the strength of 61-percent shooting through the first 20 minutes. Georgia, however, didn’t trail until the 10:15 mark when Tremont Waters drained a 3-pointer for three of his 16 first-half points. The Bulldogs led by as many as six in the opening moments, a Tyree Crump 3-pointer giving Georgia a 20-14 lead before LSU rallied. Waters’ 3-pointer capped a 7-0 run that gave the Tigers a 21-20 lead. Moments later, LSU went on a 10-0 run to go up 31-22, triggering a Tom Crean timeout at the 5:16 mark. The Bulldogs came out of that break battling, and Claxton scored six points in the final five minutes as UGA closed to 41-37 at intermission. The Bulldogs return to action at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday against Mississippi State (17-7, 5-6 in Stegeman Coliseum. The post Georgia basketball plays No. 19 LSU close, falls 83-79 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • In honor of Valentine’s Day, who are the top 5 most loved UGA football players ever by the current Bulldog fans? Please write your list at the bottom of this post. My list would start with Herschel Walker, who hasn’t played for the Bulldogs in 35 years but still remains a consensus No. 1 in my humble opinion. After that, it gets a little muddy. Here’s my list of the Top 5 most loved Bulldogs ever (subject to change): 1. Herschel Walker 2. Hines Ward 3. Todd Gurley 4. AJ Green 5. Nick Chubb Honorable mention: Aaron Murray, Buck Belue, Terrence Edwards, Ben Watson, Champ Bailey, David Pollack, Garrison Hearst, Roquan Smith, Thomas Davis, Terry Hoage, Scott Woerner, Fran Tarkenton – and I apologize because I know I’m leaving out a lot of other worthy candidates. Note: No players on the current team, such as kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (who usually gets the loudest ovation during player introductions before games) and quarterback Jake Fromm, are eligible for the list. This topic was inspire by @UGAFootballLive, who tweeted out his “top five most loved #Dawgs ever” earlier in the week. Please post your list below: The post Who are the Top 5 ‘most loved’ UGA players by the fans? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football assistant coach Glenn Schumann has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator, his annual salary now worth more than half-million dollars. All before his 30th birthday. The 28-year-old Schumann has quickly established himself as one of the top recruiters in the nation. Schumann is in-part responsible for four of the five 5-stars the Bulldogs signed in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports. Dan Lanning, at 32 years old, got the nod to become the Georgia defensive coordinator with no “co-” in his title. Head coach Kirby Smart oversees the defense each week and is very much involved in all facets of game-planning. Smart’s decision to promote from within suggests Georgia isn’t looking to change up too many things after Mel Tucker’s departure from the coordinator role. Tucker vacated the UGA defensive coordinator and secondary coach position on Dec. 5 to become Colorado head coach. Smart hired Charlton Warren away from Florida to become the Bulldogs secondary coach on Jan. 19. RELATED: Kirby Smart hires Charlton Warren as Georgia football DB coach Warren is the only new face in the defensive meeting room. Warren’s experiences working for defensive gurus Bob Shoop and Bo Pelini could provide new concepts. Schumann, 28, was considered a favorite for a co-defensive coordinator role from the onset, and on Friday his salary nearly doubled. Schumann went from making $325,000 to $550,000 a year. Schumann was Smart’s first hire when the Georgia head coach took over in Athens before the 2016 season. It was Schumann’s first on-field assistant coach position as a college coach. Schumann served as Alabama’s   director of player development and player personnel the previous two seasons. Prior to that, Schumann was an undergraduate analyst (2008-Dec. 2011) and then graduate assistant (Dec. 2011-Feb. 2014). Schumann’s relative youth at the position is offset by his experience working with Smart at Alabama and Georgia, along with the fact he hails from a football family. Eric Schumann, Glen’s father, was a safety at Alabama in the 1970s and then coached 20 years of college football. His stops included Alabama-Birmingham, Tulane, SMU, East Tennessee State, Valdosta State, Livingston, New Mexico and Troy. Jack Haskin, Glenn Schumann’s grandfather, is a member of the Florida State Hall of Fame after playing on the fist-ever Seminoles’ football team. As if that weren’t enough, Schumann’s mother — Dr. Sherry Schumann — is a former collegiate coach and athletic director, according to the Georgia football media guide. Glenn Schumann graduated from McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney, Texas, lettering in football and basketball.   The post Glenn Schumann’s star on rise in Georgia football program, promoted to co-DC appeared first on DawgNation.