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  • Jeff  Dantzler

    Home Team Co-Host

    A longtime University of Georgia and Athens radio personality and writer, Jeff Dantzler serves as the play-by-play voice of the University of Georgia baseball and women’s basketball programs, and is the host of the football’s pre and post-game shows, as well as the Sunday Bulldog Brunch – along with Hall of Fame legend Kevin Butler. Dantzler co-hosts The Home Team with Chris Brame weekdays from 4pm-7pm. He has been the sports editor of Bulldawg Illustrated magazine since its inception in 2003. Dantzler has also been a guest on numerous national and regional radio broadcasts. He has a wide range of knowledge on sports history, most notably college football and the Southeastern Conference. 

    On SEC Network programming, Dantzler has been the play by play voice of numerous men’s basketball, baseball, soccer, swimming, volleyball and tennis broadcasts. 

    The foremost “young historian” on University of Georgia athletics, Dantzler has been the play-by-play announcer for the Lady Bulldogs since the 1993-94 season, calling the program’s run to three final fours and a trio of Southeastern Conference championships. The voice of Georgia baseball since 1995, Dantzler has called four Bulldog trips to the College World Series and three SEC titles. He was the color commentator for Georgia’s men’s basketball team from the 1997-2009. 

    Since 2012, Dantzler has been a regular contributor on Campus Insiders, an internet television production, primarily on SEC, University of Georgia, and general college football topics. 

    A frequent speaker on the banquet circuit, Dantzler is a regular featured guest at University of Georgia alumni and touchdown clubs throughout the state and southeast. He was the emcee of celebrity roasts for University of Georgia legends Dan Magill, Andy Landers, David Perno and Allen Miller. 

    He was the emcee for the University of Georgia’s Circle of Honor banquet – the school’s athletic hall of fame – in 2016 and 2017. 

    Dantzler has covered three Olympic Games for Olympic Broadcasting Services, a worldwide network that distributes stories, highlights and interviews to over 200 countries. At the London 2012 Olympics, he was the journalist overseeing swimming and synchronized swimming, while voicing and producing numerous highlights and feature stories. Dantzler worked in the same capacity at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, voicing and producing various feature stories while covering ice hockey. In 2016, he was the primary journalist for the men's basketball tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

    A Statesboro (GA) native, Dantzler graduated from Georgia with a degree in political science.   

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  • Some of Alabama's football players didn't react well to Georgia jumping the Crimson Tide for the No. 4 spot in the latest College Playoff Ranking. 'Hell no,' the Alabama players say in a video, as the ESPN broadcast reveals UGA in the No. spot instead of Alabama. The video was captured by Touchdown Alabama Magazine's Justin Smith. Both UGA and Alabama are one-loss teams, with the Bulldogs suffering a defeat to unranked South Carolina. Alabama's loss, of course, was to No. 1-ranked LSU last weekend. However, the Bulldogs have more wins against ranked teams than Alabama. Thoughts? Please post below. Alabama players when they found out Georgia beat them out for the No. 4 spot in the CFP Rankings. @TDAlabamaMag pic.twitter.com/qXE2tV7RSs Justin Smith (@Jdsmith31Smith) November 13, 2019 The post Alabama players not happy about UGA being ranked ahead of Crimson Tide appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS It's unlikely Georgia and Alabama will meet on the football field this season, but there have been plenty of comparisons of the two programs in the past 24 hours. The Bulldogs came out ahead of the Crimson Tide in the second set of College Football Playoff Rankings released on Tuesday night, leading many to compare the program's resumes. RELATED: Kirby Smart says no difference' for Georgia after Week 2 CFP rankings Rob Mullens, the CFP Chairman, said Georgia got the nod at No. 4 with Alabama at No. 5 because of the Bulldogs' wins over Top 20 teams Florida and Notre Dame. The Tide has yet to beat any Top 25 teams this season. Georgia plays at Auburn at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in a game the Bulldogs likely must win to keep playoff hopes alive. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt have both already seen Alabama and Georgia up close. Neither went so far as to say one was better than the other, but both shared their opinions when asked by DawgNation on the Wednesday teleconference. Muschamp broke down the teams' personalities, while Pruitt was more philosophical. South Carolina beat Georgia in Athens 20-17 in overtime on Oct. 12 and lost to Alabama 47-23 on Sept. 14 in Columbia. 'You take Alabama, Tua (Tagovailoa) is an outstanding player, and the speed that they have at wideout, they've got four guys that can run and create space plays and they create huge issues for you, and that to me is obviously something that jumps out,' Muschamp said. 'Defensively up front (Raekwon) Davis and (Terrell) Lewis are both guys you've got to deal with, and Anfernee Jennings is a guy, a 3 or 4 year starter, that brings a presence on the edge, and they cover extremely well on the back end, and they're going to mix things up on you.' Muschamp, who played at Georgia and has coached with both Nick Saban and Kirby Smart, provided some insight into the Bulldogs, too. 'Georgia, I just think their offensive line is very difficult to match up with, they are massive up front, (but) I think Alabama does have the size to match up with them,' Muschamp said. 'The backs are outstanding. (D'Andre) Swift, the entire corps of running backs are really good players. '(Jake) Fromm is an outstanding player, it's really, what's hurt them in the throwing game is just the lack of experience at receiver,' Muschamp said. 'I think the are very talented at receiver, (George) Pickens is a guy that's going to be great player for them, but when you're dealing with young players, you're going to deal with some inconsistencies. 'When they got (Lawrence) Cager, who is a grad-transfer, obviously he played extremely well down in Jacksonville for them. I think that's the stabilizing factor in the throwing game. They are going to continue to improve because of the youth they have, they have a lot of talent on the edges.' Muschamp sees improvement ahead for the Georgia defense, too. 'Defensively they are really deep in the front seven, Kirby is playing a lot of guys up front and it's motivating those guys, they are playing very hard, and they've got some really talented guys, so they are hard to run the ball against, they create a lot of negative plays,' Muschamp said. 'They've got a good combination of guys they are playing with up front, but they are both really talented teams.' Pruitt's Tennessee team lost at home to the Bulldogs by a 43-14 count on Oct. 5, and then it lost on the road to the Crimson Tide 35-13 on Oct. 19. 'I think they are both very well-coached teams, they are both very talented, (and) neither one of them have a whole lot of weaknesses,' Pruitt said. 'Both of them play some really good opponents down the stretch that will settle it on the field.' 'I think that's the beauty of college football is it does gets settled most of the time on the field and definitely in the SEC.' Georgia and Alabama have games remaining against Auburn, and the Bulldogs play host to a Texas A&M team on Nov. 23 that the Tide beat 47-28 in College Station on Oct. 12. Georgia football stories from DawgNation UGA confident it has the speed to keep up with Auburn Georgia defense tops SEC in every major statistical category Bulldogs move into top 5 in rankings George Pickens makes UGA live with the bad to get his good A look at Georgia football playoff picture after Missouri win Bulldogs stock report: George Pickens scores, defense soars Kirby Smart talks about UGA injury situation for Auburn game The post Will Muschamp compares, analyzes Georgia-Alabama team strengths 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. 1,072 (Nov. 13, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about Georgia being ranked No. 4 by the College Football Playoff selection committee Tuesday night. Georgia football podcast: UGA absolutely belongs in top 4 of CFP rankings Beginning of the show: Georgia was ranked No. 4 by the College Football Playoff selection committee Tuesday night. I'll explain on today's show why UGA not only belongs in the top four, but could arguably be placed third ahead of Clemson. 10-minute mark: I discuss two factors that make UGA's game with Auburn tough: the hostile road environment and the fact Auburn's coming off a bye. I'll also share audio of what UGA coach Kirby Smart said on the matter. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's Mike Griffith joins the show. Some of the topics covered include How UGA's Playoff resume compares to other one-loss teams including Alabama What to expect between UGA and Auburn this weekend And an update on two Bulldogs players who've battled injuries wide receiver Lawrence Cager and center Trey Hill 30-minute mark: I discuss how Las Vegas' power ratings differ from the CFP top 25. I also share details of South Carolina coach Will Muschamp's attempt to defend his record as Gamecocks coach, explain why Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant is expected to play this Saturday vs. Florida and discuss the possibility Alabama coach Nick Saban could soon retire. 35-minute mark: I discuss why red zone offense will be critical for the Bulldogs and quarterback Jake Fromm Saturday. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: UGA absolutely belongs in top 4 of CFP rankings appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia jumped Alabama in the College Football Playoff Rankings on Tuesday night, but nothing has changed in the Bulldogs' locker room. Tailback D'Andre Swift said four weeks ago Georgia would treat the remainder of the season as playoffs. Coach Kirby Smart echoed that mindset on the SEC Coaches teleconference on Wednesday. 'There's no difference in this game and the last three, four or five since the South Carolina game,' Smart said, asked by DawgNation if he would mention the potential CFP ramifications of the Auburn game to his players. 'I don't know that the ramifications have changed,' Smart said. 'We've got an opportunity to win the East. That's really our next step is to worry about Auburn and take care of business for this game.' RELATED: Georgia jumps Alabama in CFP Rankings The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1 SEC) play No. 12 Auburn (7-2, 4-2) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Georgia's only loss this season came at home on Oct. 12 against an unranked South Carolina team by a 20-17 count in overtime. Alabama, which is ranked No. 5 in the current CFP rankings, fell at home to No. 1-ranked LSU last Saturday, 46-41. The CFP Committee said it valued the Bulldogs two wins over Top 20 teams over the Tide's schedule. Alabama doesn't have any wins over current Top 25 teams and only one win over an SEC team with a winning record (Texas A&M -3). 'T he difference for Georgia being at four was the fact that they have two wins against top-20 teams being Florida and Notre Dame,' CFP Committee Chairman Rob Mullens said on the Tuesday night national teleconference. 'You're looking at the full resume, so you're discussing everything. You're discussing all the wins and the loss, and again, it's an art, not a science, and that's why you have 13 members, and everybody shares their perspective on those losses and those wins, and at the end, you put it to a vote.' The committee noted after the first set of rankings last week that in addition to having a strong defense, the Bulldogs featured and experienced quarterback in Jake Fromm and a talented runner in Swift. 'They are the only FBS team to not give up a rushing touchdown, which is a pretty strong statement,' Mullens said on Nov. 5. 'They have an experienced quarterback, and elite running back.' It was Swift who threw down the gauntlet after the 20-17 loss to South Carolina, speaking passionately about the Bulldogs' need to pull together and play up to their potential. RELATED: D'Andre Swift makes strong statements in wake of SC loss ' I'm going to address the team today and just tell everybody we need to stick together, we need to be more of a family now than any time, and let them know one loss doesn't define our season,' Swift said the Monday after the shocking loss to the Gamecocks. 'We need to keep going and treat every game like a playoff game, that's really what it is,' he said. 'We should be one of the best teams in the country on offense, in every aspect, and I think we need to do a better job of playing fast in practice and hopefully see that trickle down to Saturday. We haven't played a complete game offensively, at all.' RELATED: UGA looks for elusive road win over SEC West opponent The same could be said as the team heads to Auburn with the season likely on the line. Georgia football stories from DawgNation UGA confident it has the speed to keep up with Auburn Georgia defense tops SEC in every major statistical category Bulldogs move into top 5 in rankings George Pickens makes UGA live with the bad to get his good A look at Georgia football playoff picture after Missouri win Bulldogs stock report: George Pickens scores, defense soars Kirby Smart talks about UGA injury situation for Auburn game The post Kirby Smart: No difference' for Georgia in wake of No. 4 College Football Playoff ranking appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia basketball freshman Anthony 'Antman' Edwards isn't holding anything back, his energy and enthusiasm often bubbling over in a demonstrative fashion. 'I want to keep my teammates in the game,' said Edwards, who scored 29 points in the 95-86 victory over The Citadel on Tuesday night with 8,058 in attendance at Stegeman Coliseum. RELATED: Edwards explodes for 29, Georgia drops The Citadel 'Most of it is my passion for the game,' the 18-year-old projected NBA lottery pick said. 'I love what I do, I love my teammate, and I want to keep my teammates happy.' Most importantly, Edwards is keeping his head coach happy for now. Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean is in Year Two of a massive overhaul of the Bulldogs' downtrodden basketball program. Crean has 10 new players on a roster this season that is lacking size and maturity in the front court. The 6-foot-5 Edwards can seemingly do it all. Edwards is scoring 26.5 points per game and averaging 7 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game. 'I thought he did a lot of good things,' Crean said. 'When they went box-and-one on him (defense), I thought Anthony made adjustments really quick. 'I think he did a lot of good things for his second college game.' Senior graduate-transfer Donnell Gresham agreed. 'I think he impacts the game in a lot more ways than scoring, on defensive especially,' Gresham said. '(He gets) deflections and steals. He does a great job rebounding and finds all of us open when passing and gets us open shots.' Edwards' 60 points through two games is a new UGA mark, eclipsing the 47 Georgia legend and NBA star Dominique Wilkins scored in his first two games for the Bulldogs in 1979. Crean and Edwards, however, are much more interested in the future than measuring achievements against history. Georgia has one more warm-up this Friday against Delaware State before the meat of the schedule arrives. Rival Georgia Tech comes to Athens on Nov. 20, and then a trip to Hawaii looms where a Nov. 25 game against hard-nosed Dayton awaits. Basketball royalty Michigan State, Kansas and and UCLA are also in the Maui Invitational's heavyweight field, the three games taking place Nov. 25-27. Crean has made it clear he wants and needs more from his big men, junior Rayshaun Hammonds (6-9, 235) and Amanze Ngumezi (6-9, 235), as well as others on the glass. 'The number one issue we have as a team is how are we going to get our rebounding right,' said Crean, whose team was out-rebounded by The Citadel 43-36. 'We're not physically aggressive yet, we're not urgent enough on the glass yet, and we haven't been.' 'If we're going to shore up and be able to compete, we've got to have a team defensive rebounding mindset with five guys being in that paint.' That would include Edwards, who to this point has been up to most every challenge. As much as Crean needs Edwards' athleticism, he'll need the freshman's infectious enthusiasm to carry over to the Bulldogs' front-line players. Edwards may not know any better, or he might just be that confident, but he believes this Georgia team will find a way despite its obvious limitations. 'I feel like we are extremely dangerous,' Edwards said. 'We have (Donnell Gresham) who can knock the 3 down, we've got Tyree Crump who's a vet who can knock the 3 down, we have Sahvir Wheeler who's coming downcourt dishing the ball out. 'And we've got Ray (Hammonds) who an knock the corner 3 down or post-up, and Amanze (Ngumezi) can catch (alley-) oops, everybody on the team can contribute.' Tyree Crump on Anthony Edwards DawgNation Georgia basketball coverage Tom Crean wants more control against The Citadel RELATED: Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Georgia basketball strikes exhibition gold vs. Charlotte 49ers Sahvir Wheeler hidden star, directs point after first exhibition Anthony Edwards lives up to hype in exhibition opener Georgia freshman already making basketball history The post Georgia star Anthony Edwards making Bulldogs' basketball fun, but Tom Crean wants more appeared first on DawgNation.