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    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Receiver Julio Jones, tight end Austin Hooper and first-round pick Chris Lindstrom are returning to the Atlanta Falcons' offense for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Coach Dan Quinn made the announcement after Friday's practice. Jones missed the Thanksgiving night loss to the New Orleans Saints with a shoulder injury. Hooper will be back on the field after sitting out three games with an injured knee. Lindstrom has been activated off the injured list and will start at right guard for the Falcons (3-9). Lindstrom, the No. 14 overall pick, hasn't played since breaking his right foot in the season opener at Minnesota. He is expected to share time with Matt Gono. Offensive linemen Ty Sambrailo (hamstring) and James Carpenter (concussion) won't play against the Panthers (5-7). Punter Matt Bosher (right groin) and safety Sharrod Neasman (shoulder) are questionable. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • ATLANTA Georgia football legend David Pollack has proven to be as aggressive and direct with his analysis as he once was as an All-American pass rusher, and Friday was no different. Pollack emphasized the importance of UGA tailback D'Andre Swift and dished out criticism aimed at Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm on Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. RELATED: Kirby Smart Friday press conference in Atlanta, updates D'Andre Swift Asked to rate the importance of Swift in Georgia's game against LSU at 4 p.m. on Saturday on a scale of one to 10, Pollack replied, '15,' and explained why. 'One of the keys would be to get him and Brian Heroine the ball out of the backfield, because LSU is not covering backs,' said Pollack, a two-time SEC Player of the Year and three-time All-American during his UGA career (2001-2004). 'I think (Swift) has to have an enormous game if Georgia wants to win, and it needs to be inside and outside. It needs to be screens, it needs to be finding ways to get him the ball he's the best back in the country in space.' Pollack also said Fromm, the first quarterback since Florida's Danny Wuerffel to lead his team to three straight SEC title game appearances, is 'not playing his best football' this season. Here's more from Pollack's Q&A on Friday: Can Georgia hold LSU's offense? POLLACK: Define hold?Kirby and Company are going to have to check their egos at the door and understand that from 20 to 20, have all the yards you want, make it a slow death, and then make them be really efficient in the red zone and kick field goals. I don't think anybody can stop this offense. I think Joe Burrow is operating on a level that, his worst game is 71 percent, I think. It's not human. It's an offense where it has great answers for everything you do and great weapons and a running game. And not only that, there's a quarterback who buys time and scrambles and breaks tackles and makes big plays. There are gonna get theirs, and Jake is going to have to play really well. What would you say to Georgia fans who have had questions about the Bulldogs' offense? POLLACK: You should. I Tweeted about being excited about old school versus new school, because it used to be defense wins championships. I don't think it's defense wins championships anymore. I think you have to have a great offense to win a college football championship, and the game has changed so much. We'll get to see if old school defense can still reign supreme. This is a Big 12 offense. This is not an offense that reinvented and does new amazing things that nobody else does. It's just an offense that has answers that spread out so it can throw the football to a lot of different weapons. They are gonna get theirs.' What role do you think Jake Fromm plays for Georgia's offense? POLLACK: He's not playing his best football. I can look at him and watch him, his mechanics need to improve. He's fading away throwing the football way too much. That's the kind of stuff for a three-year starter, where you can't do that. He's definitely culpable. He's missed a lot of throws that are wide open. I think the system and the scheme is getting to know each other still and hasn't really clicked together great yet, and it needs to do that this week. It will change a little bit more. It has done well at times, but it hasn't put together a complete game and it needs to do that.' The SEC West has had three teams in three years, Georgia has won three straight in the East, what does that say? POLLACK: Florida is doing OK. Florida is back to back 10 win seasons for the first time since 2008, so Florida is doing their share and doing well But Georgia is three times in a row here, that's pretty dad gum good. If you had told Georgia fans that when Kirby got hired, they would have said sign me up for that. How about three straight years ending where you're in the conversation for the college football playoff? That's pretty dad gum good. It's still a pretty good young team, that's not going to lose much on defense, offensive line who leaves early? Who leaves early, Swift will leave early. When he leaves, how many leave will be the better questions. So it shows a lot about Kirby and how he has been able to recruit and restore. What is the trick about this LSU offense that has made it that unstoppable? POLLACK: 'There ain't no trick, Bro. It's not a trick, they know how to execute, they know exactly if you blitz them, they have their answers, and if you want to play Cover One they are going to hit deep overs and they are going to hit fades, and gos they do a good job if you are going to pay dime and nickel they are going to run duos all day and run the football at you. They do a really good job of knowing how to attack every level of a defense. The offense (once) trended toward Golden State, it was threes and dunks, it was gos and screens and they do a good job with their mid-range and attack. They do everything well. That's why it's hard to say I'm going to take this away, or that away. Every time you do, they have an answer for it. I think Kirby, as brilliant as he is defensively, can up with something to make a few plays. Tua (Tagovailoa) last year had a roll going coming into the Dome, and cooled off big time, got hurt too. It's what can you find that can slow them down for a possession and you win. Auburn tried the tower approach tried to go with three down and bring in a bunch of speed, it kind of worked, but what can you bring in and slow down just for a little bit, and hold the rope and hopefully your offense makes plays and hold the ball a little bit and works together. Could Coach Orgeron win Coach of the POLLACK: Year? POLLACK: In the league, or nationally? Yeah, Ryan Day, he's done a heck of a job, and you look at P.J. Fleck and Baylor's Matt Rhule, he's definitely in there. How about his record against Top 10 teams, and the hire of the offseason, nobody can debate that. I know who the Broyles Award winner is, I don't think anybody else is nominated, it's just go ahead and give it to Joe Brady. Can Joe Burrow lose the Heisman Trophy? POLLACK: Sure, I mean people have those moments when they start to have doubts and questions. He's by far and away commanding the lead, but what if he struggles mightily and limps to the finish and then all the sudden, you see a huge game from Justin Fields, or somebody like that, it can jump up, maybe. It's a small, small chance. I think Joe Burrow has done enough throughout the season. But it's a big-time stage where you have to prove things, but I think some people could have some doubts, still. I find it very hard to believe he'd lose it. LSU's Grant Delpit says he's close to 100 percent, is that what you've seen on film from him? POLLACK: I'm trying to measure my words here. He hasn't had his best year, this year. I think the secondary on a whole, you see a ton of talent, but you've also see more big plays than you're accustomed to seeing, more missed tackles than you're accustomed to seeing. Yeah, they are getting healthier, but they've got to play better. That's why Ohio State is No. 1. You can nitpick and say Cincinnati is a Top 25 team, or whatever, Ohio State has been more dominant, their defense has been more dominant. That's the difference between LSU and Ohio State. I could also swing the pendulum and say who has Ohio State played offensively that's any good? Even Cincinnati is not very good, Penn State is not very good, Wisconsin's offense, those all leave a lot to be desired. Michigan is a pretty good, and had some success. I think defensively it's very interesting we are sitting on championship weekend and we're pointing the finger at LSU and it's at their defense.' How important is it for Georgia to keep Joe Burrow in the pocket? POLLACK: 'I don't know, it doesn't matter. You better cover really well, and you better get him to the ground. I don't care about where you keep him, when you get your hands on him, you got to get him to the ground. He's strong, he's physical, but he's so dad gum tough. He doesn't give up. He's not like a Manning back in the day, you saw people get close to them, they would kind of take a dive. That's not a shot at them, but Joe Burrow is going to physically go through anybody he needs to. When he runs the football, he lowers his shoulder, he's going to make plays. So when Georgia gets here, whoever that is, get your hands on him and get him to the ground. I think another key will be batted passes. You want to take away some of those throws over the middle, when I'm a pass rusher and I know I can't get to the QB, I get my hands up and knock the ball down. Now maybe it's second-and-10 and you've got a better chance.' Is this game important to determine if Georgia has the right offensive identity? POLLACK: 'We'll see. I think that it's pretty proven now that offenses win, and you have to score. You have to win a championship game, a playoff game and another playoff game to be a champion. And to do that, you're going to play offensive juggernauts, and you better be able to score points. If you can't score points, and you can't be an explosive offense, it's very hard to win that many games in a row. It's like the NFL being in the playoffs, and you have to string three together, that's a tough thing to do.' #Georgia has named Jake Fromm, J.R. Reed and D'Andre Swift as game captains seemingly a good indication that Swift (shoulder) will play, although.. But, Brian Herrien was a game captain for South Carolina and he didn't play in that game (back spasms). Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) December 6, 2019 Georgia football DawgNation Kirby Smart compares Jake Fromm to Tim Tebow CBS analyst Gary Danielson says key for Georgia not Jake Fromm 7 Georgia players to watch vs. LSU Why D'Andre Swift is the most important player for UGA vs. LSU LSU coach Ed Orgeron brings great confidence into matchup Georgia aware of Tigers dangerous running back Kirby Smart relays how LSU represents greatest challenge James Cook could provide offensive spark vs. LSU Statistical comparison of Georgia-LSU in SEC title game VIDEO: Kirby Smart shares feelings on George Pickens WATCH: Jake Fromm zeroes in on LSU David Pollack The post David Pollack Q&A: D'Andre Swift has to have an enormous game if Georgia wants to win' 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. 1,089 (Dec. 6, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about how Georgia coach Kirby Smart might defend LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Georgia football podcast: A possible glimpse at how Kirby Smart might defend Joe Burrow Beginning of the show: Georgia coach Kirby Smart and his defensive staff have a tough task in front of them in Saturday's SEC championship game attempting to craft a game plan to stop (or possibly just slow down) LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. A video recently shared on Twitter might provide a possible glimpse at how Smart could approach the challenge. I'll discuss more on that topic on today's show, and explain why at least one national media member recently highlighted the Bulldogs penchant for performing well in the underdog role. 10-minute mark: I'll discuss a recent article from an LSU site about the possible lack of rivalry between UGA and LSU. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show to discuss 4-star tight end Theo Johnson's upcoming commitment announcement and to preview the SEC championship game. 30-minute mark: I take a look at some other conference championship games including the Pac 12, Big 12, Big 10 and ACC. 35-minute mark: Former UGA quarterback D.J. Shockley discusses his memories of UGA's 2005 SEC championship win against LSU and what current Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm needs to play effectively this weekend against the Tigers. End of show: I admit to giving in to a superstition and share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: A possible glimpse at how Kirby Smart might defend Joe Burrow appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Former SEC quarterbacks and current SEC Network analysts D.J. Shockley and Tim Tebow probably don't agree on much after all, they were on opposite sides in the 'World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party' rival with Shockley attending Georgia and Tebow playing at Florida. But Shockley and Tebow concur on one thing that the Bulldogs should turn it loose with UGA quarterback Jake Fromm in the SEC Championship game. 'In this game, you've got to let it all hang out. You don't get another opportunity like this, to be in a ballgame like this, playing in a game that everybody in the country is looking at,' Shockley said at the East Atlanta Kids Club charity event on Thursday. 'I think he's just got to trust those guys and play within himself. Do what he does as far as letting it fly.' Both Fromm and UGA offensive coordinator James Coley have shared the majority of blame for the team's offensive words, but both Shockley and Tebow brought up other issues. Both ESPN analysts cited Georgia wide receiver core as a reason for Fromm's statistical dip in 2019. Senior Lawrence Cager has been terrific, but he's been in and out of the lineup since the middle of October and won't be playing against No. 1 LSU in the SEC Championship Game. While freshman George Pickens has shown flashes of brilliance as well, he won't be playing in the first half of Saturday's game either because of an ejection against Georgia Tech last week. That puts Fromm in a difficult spot against LSU. Regardless of who is playing receiver, though, Shockley says Fromm needs to trust those young guys,' and Georgia must spread it out' and let Fromm go. Tebow said that Fromm is 'going through his reads' and 'playing well' this season. He also added that not just Georgia's receivers, but Fromm's entire offensive cast needs to be better. 'I don't know that it's necessarily Jake (Fromm) getting his groove back, I think it's the support. I think it's the receivers winning in man-to-man coverage, being able to get more of a running game going, being able to support him,' Tebow said Thursday. 'Fromm has been a lot better in big games that people give him credit for. He hasn't had the numbers this year, and there's the criticism. I hear it, but if you really watch him play, he needs some receivers to step up.' Shockley and Tebow both volunteered as part of the 'SEC Good Works Day of Service' at the East Atlanta Kids Club charity event Thursday in Atlanta. The project was designed to improve indoor and outdoor facilities in Brownwood Park Recreation Center. 'We have an opportunity to come out here with AllState and have a big part of putting a community together, helping kids, and kind of rejuvenating a certain park or area, and the opportunity today to come out here and do that is pretty tremendous,' Shockley said. 'We'll get to see some kids later on today. We're putting the work in now, early in the morning, early afternoon, and then kids come out in the afternoon and see all the hard work, and it makes their day full of joy. It's definitely one of the more enjoyable times of year.' The post DJ Shockley: UGA needs to allow Jake Fromm let it all hang out' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA Kirby Smart said the expectation at Georgia was to be back back at the SEC Championship Game for a third straight season, but by no means is it taken for granted. 'I'm excited to be here because I love the venue and the opportunity to play in it,' Smart said Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 'It means you accomplished something and won your division, you don't ever take that for granted. 'It's earned, it's not something we take lightly or for granted, it's something we expected to do, and we're going to always set that as a bar, because this is where you go to take the next step.' The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) are a touchdown underdog against No. 2 LSU (12-0) in the 4 p.m. game on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Tigers feature Heisman Trophy front runner Joe Burrow along with two 1,000-yard receivers. 'They've broke about every record there is in the SEC, and I know our guys are excited,' Smart said. 'It will be a challenge for us.' LSU beat Georgia 36-16 last season in Baton Rouge, but Smart said the Tigers' offense has undergone a complete makeover. 'It's extremely different, you can see remnants, small elements, but the unique thing now is they are doing whatever they want to do,' Smart said. 'Last year they were a little bit more predictable and had more of a run element.' Georgia's offense, meanwhile, is largely the same. The Bulldogs look to be efficient throwing the football and feature a power element on the ground. Smart didn't offer much of an update on tailback D'Andre Swift, who left last Saturday's game with a shoulder injury but hasn't missed any practice time. 'It's hard to measure from practice, because at this point of the season you don't go live and hit,' Smart said. 'He's practiced and done everything we asked him to do.' LSU coach Ed Orgeron said the Tigers expect to see Swift. 'We're planning for him to play,' Orgeron said on Friday. 'Just like other great players we play, I'm assuming this guy is a great competitor, and I'm assuming he's going to play.' Smart said he's confident his team can handle playing on the big stage 'In the SEC, these games are championship games every week,because if you don't win them, you're not in the championship game,' Smart said. 'It's another week you have to go out and play, and you're playing the best from the other side in LSU.' Georgia football DawgNation Kirby Smart compares Jake Fromm to Tim Tebow CBS analyst Gary Danielson says key for Georgia not Jake Fromm 7 Georgia players to watch vs. LSU Why D'Andre Swift is the most important player for UGA vs. LSU LSU coach Ed Orgeron brings great confidence into matchup Georgia aware of Tigers dangerous running back Kirby Smart relays how LSU represents greatest challenge James Cook could provide offensive spark vs. LSU Statistical comparison of Georgia-LSU in SEC title game VIDEO: Kirby Smart shares feelings on George Pickens WATCH: Jake Fromm zeroes in on LSU The post Georgia coach Kirby Smart: SEC Championship Game an expectation, but not taken for granted appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football fans are celebrating UGA's third-consecutive trip to the SEC championship game, and DawgNation is providing unparalleled coverage each day on video in a series called Road to Atlanta presented by Kroger. Each day host Brandon Adams will cover all the latest news and key storylines as the Bulldogs prepare for LSU. The latest edition of Road to Atlanta addresses what UGA fans had to say about UGA coach Kirby Smart's update Monday on running back D'Andre Swift's injured shoulder. UGA coach Kirby Smart dropped his guard for a few seconds to give a funny response to a question about LSU's vaunted offense. Smart, who is known as a defensive mastermind, was asked if he relished to the chance of squaring off against LSU's offensive fireworks in this Saturday's SEC Championship game. Smart, of course, was the longtime Alabama defensive coordinator before being promoted to UGA's head coach. 'I mean, I probably did (relish it) until yesterday afternoon (when) I started watching the tape,' Smart told reporters. 'Then you realize, there really aren't weaknesses ..' https://youtu.be/TE-UI9CKlEQ While LSU quarterback Joe Burrow appears to be the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, the Tigers have another superstar in Ja'Marr Chase, who is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award for the nation's best receiver. Smart, who is one of college football's ace recruiters, has built a roster that's prepared to compete against elite offenses. Obviously, UGA has arguably the best defense in school history. When you take a close look at the defensive back for the Bulldogs, they've had two key starters Tyson Campbell and Eric Stokes missed time this season with injuries. Yet those voids have been filled with junior-college transfer DJ Daniel, along with freshman sensation Tyrique Stevenson. Those two have gained valuable experience. As Campbell and Stokes are back with UGA, the defensive secondary has talent and depth to theoretically match up with LSU's passing attack. Tune into Road to Atlanta presented by Kroger and Georgia United Credit Union each night this week at 6:00 pm to preview the SEC championship showdown between Georgia and LSU. The post Watch: Kirby Smart has built a defense to compete against high-octane offenses appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Theo Johnson has made up his mind. That's a good thing. The nation's No. 3 TE prospect for the 2020 cycle announced via his Twitter account on Friday morning that he was ready to make his college decision. That means he's ready. It means he is also ready to go ahead and start thinking about signing on Dec. 18 and enrolling early with the school of his choice in January of 2020. Officially committing Monday December, 9th at 1:45pm at Holy Names Theo Johnson (@theo_Johnson_) December 6, 2019 WORKING to become the fastest & most explosive TE in the NATION. pic.twitter.com/OETR758XyE KPS (@KINGPERFORMANCE) December 1, 2019 His four finalists: Georgia. Iowa. Michigan. Penn State. Georgia tight ends coach Todd Hartley was able to fly in on Sunday and get an in-home visit in advance of the heavy preparations for LSU in the SEC championship game this weekend. Johnson rates as the No. 3 TE for the 2020 class on the 247Sports Composite ratings for this cycle. He is the No. 1 player from Canada and also the No. 83 overall prospect. He had established a time to commit last month but opted to back out of that decision. It has been a trying time for Johnson as he clearly struggled with that choice. The post Nation's No. 3 TE Theo Johnson has set his commitment date appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Closely matched games have a tendency to come down to four or five plays, moments when a given team takes or is handed momentum. Turnovers, special teams plays and explosive plays are all capable of triggering emotional swings and changing a team's game plan or preferred personnel in a flash. Georgia and LSU have battled their way to the SEC Championship Game by handling those moments and overcoming obstacles. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) are a touchdown underdog to the No. 2-ranked Tigers (12-0) and figure to need their 'A' Game to pull off the upset. Here are seven Georgia players that will be key against the Tigers. 1. Rodrigo Blankenship Every point will count, every kickoff will count, and the Bulldogs will be relying on their all-time leading scorer to come through in the clutch. Blankenship's third quarter miss against Alabama in last year's SEC title game was an opportunity for Georgia to make that a three score game. This time, UGA may need Blankenship to salvage stalled drives and connect from long distance, as well as hit the pressure-packed kicks. 2. Jake Fromm It's so obvious, but so true, Georgia relies on Fromm to do so much more than complete passes. The junior must change plays at the line of scrimmage, adjust protections and manage the huddle in the midst of chaos and emotion. Fromm has avoided interceptions in 11 of 12 games this season, but against LSU, he'll also need to tuck and run for the offense to be at its best. 3. Richard LeCounte This junior play-making safety has been a ball hawk of late, forcing fumbles in each of the past two games and picking off a pass against Missouri in a 27-0 win on Nov. 9. LeCounte's has also developed into the most fierce hitter in the secondary and an excellent open-field tackler. He'll be relied on to handle speedy receivers as well as powerful runner Clyde Edwards-Hellaire in one-on-one open-field tackling matchups. 4. D'Andre Swift It has been said and written at each turn that Swift is UGA's X-factor, and that is because he is the most explosive skill position player on the team. Swift can run heavy or fast, depending on the situation. Swift has shown home run speed once in the open field, but his sharp cutting is what separates him from other backs. Bumps and bruises have slowed the junior, but this will be a legacy game and an opportunity for Swift to take a place alongside recent greats Todd Gurley, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. 5. Monty Rice The heart and soul of the Georgia defense and designated tough guy, Rice is going to need to get to Edwards-Helaire before the LSU running back can get momentum. Rice has proven adept at stepping into gaps, but his pass coverage skills will be tested on first and second down. Young Nakobe Dean often comes on the field on third downs, but the Tigers are a threat to score on every play, and Rice will need to be on top of his game in pass coverage as well as run stoppage. 6. Tyler Simmons Simmons was limited by a shoulder brace most of the season, but he has had it off the past few games and evolved into Georgia's leading receiver over the past two games. The senior has the speed to get open and make things happen, and he's showing consistency with his hands. Perhaps most importantly, Fromm trusts Simmons to be where he's supposed to be and carry out his assignments. It has been a tough year for the UGA receivers, but they have an opportunity for redemption on Saturday. 7. Trey Hill Hill was roughed up at center and his snaps were late in Georgia's only loss to South Carolina, and that can't happen again. In truth, it's going to take Georgia's best collective effort on both sides of the line of scrimmage to win this football game. The last time these teams met, LSU won both sides of the line of scrimmage and was the stronger, tougher and more well-drilled team. The Bulldogs have it all on the line, quite literally, in Atlanta. Georgia football DawgNation Kirby Smart compares Jake Fromm to Tim Tebow CBS analyst Gary Danielson says key for Georgia not Jake Fromm Why D'Andre Swift is the most important player for UGA vs. LSU LSU coach Ed Orgeron brings great confidence into matchup Georgia aware of Tigers dangerous running back Kirby Smart relays how LSU represents greatest challenge James Cook could provide offensive spark vs. LSU Statistical comparison of Georgia-LSU in SEC title game VIDEO: Kirby Smart shares feelings on George Pickens WATCH: Jake Fromm zeroes in on LSU The post 7 key Georgia football players against LSU in SEC Championship Game appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The SEC Championship Game features the league's top offense against the top defense in a classic contrast of styles. The strength-on-strength matchup has made for some fascinating pregame analyzation leading up to the 4 p.m. battle on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Veteran LSU beat writer Glenn Guilbeau of the USA Today network took some time to provide some insight on the Bayou Bengals. Guilbeau, who should be followed on Twitter by clicking this link, answered these 5 questions about the Tigers: 1. LSU's offense has done some amazing things, but which stat or accomplishment has been the most surprising to you? ANSWER: One of the records that quarterback Joe Burrow broke and one that wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase is about to break have been around since the 1990s and were set by teams that helped revolutionize offense in the SEC Hal Mumme at Kentucky and the father of the modern passing attack in the SEC Steve Spurrier. Burrow last week broke the record for passing yards in a season, which was 4,275 by Kentucky's Tim Couch in 1998. Burrow has 4,366. And Chase is one touchdown away from tying the SEC record for touchdown receptions in a season, which is 18 and set by Florida WR Reidel Anthony in 1996. Burrow is also on the verge of breaking the NCAA record for completion percentage, which has been held by Texas QB Colt McCoy since 2008 at .767. Burrow is at .783 on 314-of-401 passing. Another amazing record is Burrow's school touchdown passes mark for a game. He threw six against Vanderbilt in a 66-38 win on Sept. 21. The previous record was five by Zach Mettenberger against UAB in 2013. But what's interesting is and what shows how far LSU has come in the passing game is the fact that LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson threw just one more TD pass than Burrow at Vanderbilt through 13 starts and 118-of-209 passing for 1,411 yards in the 2010 season. 2. Ed Orgeron was once considered on the so-called 'Hot Seat' at LSU, when did that change, and just how secureis he now? ANSWER: Orgeron was only on the 'hot seat' briefly in his first full season 2017 because he lost at home to Troy, 24-21. Since the Tigers were ranked No. 25 and were 20-point favorites, it went down as one of the worst losses in LSU history. Because the Tigers had also just lost, 37-7, at unranked Mississippi State two weeks before, the Orgeron hire looked like a mistake. He quickly rallied, though, and upset No. 21 Florida at The Swamp, 17-16, to cool the hot seat, then knocked off No. 10 Auburn, 27-23, at home after trailing 20-0 in the second quarter to exit the hot seat for good. His only loss the rest of that regular season was 24-10 to No. 1 Alabama before falling to Notre Dame in the final seconds in the Citrus Bowl to finish 9-4. He was 10-3 last year with two close losses and is 12-0 now. I would say he is very secure. Yes, he loses Burrow, but he had the No. 3 class in 2019 and has the No. 1 class now. That's the best two back-to-back classes LSU will have since Saban had a No. 1 and a No. 2 in 2003 and 2004, which provided Les Miles with nearly 30 players for the 2007 national title. 3. The Tigers defense looked dominant againstTexas A&M, but are there still some weaknesses? What or where are they? ANSWER: LSU's defense has been inconsistent throughout this season. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has often looked very much figured out in his fourth season. At times, the Tigers have been out of alignment and off balance. Often the scheme has been bad, and LSU has been not able to adjust. The middle of the field is often open for business. The secondary has been great at times, but Aranda strangely had it in man-to-man late in the Alabama game when he should have been in prevent. The line is solid, not great. The linebackers have also been solid with Jacob Phillips and K'Lavon Chaisson, but they miss Michael Divinity Jr., who has to miss 50 percent of LSU's games because of more than four positive drug tests for marijuana. He may get to play if LSU reaches the national title game. The Tigers did play their best defensive game of the season against A&M and had its best pass rush. 4. This is LSU's firstappearance in the SEC Championship Game since 2011 how many more appearances in the SEC Championship Game would you predict for the Bayou Bengals over the next 5 years, and why? ANSWER: Because of Orgeron's recruiting, particularly a likely upgrade in quarterback signees in 2021 and beyond, I predict LSU will be back in this game soon. I would say 2022 or 2023. His staff is also very good, particularly offensive line coach James Cregg, who previously was in the NFL, and secondary coach Bill Busch, in addition to pass game coordinator Joe Brady if they can keep him. 5. The SEC Championship Game has been broken down in severaldifferent ways, so now it's your chance, what are your three keys to the game? ANSWER: Georgia has the cornerbacks to cover LSU man-to-man. No one has been able to cover Chase all season. If Eric Stokes can do that and D.J. Daniel and Tyson Campbell and Mark Webb or Tyrique Stevenson can handle Justin Jefferson and Terrace Marshall Jr. in single coverage, it could get interesting. Solid man-to-man coverage could mean a good pass rush, and Burrow has rarely had to deal with that. He has rarely been frustrated this season. If this happens, and LSU is only in the teens in the third quarter, look out. After that, will Georgia have an answer for Burrow running, which he is very good at? Will they have an answer for tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire? Georgia football DawgNation Tim Tebow gives his take on Jake Fromm, SEC title game CBS analyst Gary Danielson says key for Georgia not Jake Fromm Why D'Andre Swift is the most important player for UGA vs. LSU LSU coach Ed Orgeron brings great confidence into matchup Georgia aware of Tigers dangerous running back James Cook could provide offensive spark vs. LSU Statistical comparison of Georgia-LSU in SEC title game VIDEO: Kirby Smart shares feelings on George Pickens WATCH: Jake Fromm zeroes in on LSU The post 5 questions with LSU football beat writer Glenn Guilbeau on SEC Championship Game appeared first on DawgNation.
  • As freshman Dominick Blaylock caught his fifth touchdown of the season, he was once again being overshadowed by George Pickens. Against Georgia Tech, Blaylock created just enough separation and got in the perfect position to catch a Jake Fromm touchdown pass. TOUCHDOWN!!!! Jake Fromm ( @FrommJake) Dominick Blaylock ( @domblaylock_1)!!!! WHAT A CATCH!!!! pic.twitter.com/Ke4Lws3H1F Hiro Katsuki (@KatsukiFB) November 30, 2019 Of course, you might remember this play differently, as Pickens was simultaneously dragging a Georgia Tech defender into a wall on the other side of the field. Pickens has drawn more headlines and attention this season with his spectacular catches and aggressive play. But in Georgia's biggest game of the year the 2019 SEC championship game against LSU he won't be on the field for the first half. And Georgia's suspect passing offense will have to rely on another wide receiver to keep the offense in the game until Pickens returns. Related: How much does the first-half suspension of George Pickens hurt against LSU? If Pickens is your blockbuster action movie, than Blaylock should be seen as the family drama you find yourself watching over and over again. He does all the little things you need a wide receiver to do that often go unnoticed to the untrained eye. And he's also shown a propensity for making big-time plays in big-time games. 'He played big everywhere,' Georgia coach Kirby Smart said.'He played big in high school playoff games. He had all the indicators of being ready for the moment. There's no moment too big for Dom.' Blaylock has already come through with touchdown catches in Georgia's two biggest games this year against Florida and Auburn. Against the Gators, he leaked out into the flat and created just enough of an angle to dive for the touchdown. Against Auburn, he snuck behind the defense and stumbled his way into the endzone for a 51-yard touchdown catch. Neither of the plays were all that aesthetically pleasing but both were very crucial to a Georgia victory. In those two games combined, Pickens finished with just two catches for 15 yards Blaylock has only 17 catches to this point in the year. But he's turned those limited opportunities into 299 receiving yards, third-most on the team, and five touchdowns second on the team. He's also got two of Georgia's three receptions for more than 50-yards and the best yards per catch mark on the team. Based on his pre-Georgia track record, this shouldn't come as a surprise. As a high school freshman, Blaylock racked up nearly 200 receiving yards and multiple touchdowns in a key region game, recalled his coach, Daniel Brunner of Walton High School in Marietta. To open his senior season, Blaylock finished a game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium the site of Saturday's game against LSU with 132 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Later in his senior season, Walton faced off against defending state champion North Gwinnett in a game that was televised on ESPN2. Despite having Blaylock, Walton entered the game as the underdog. And in a back-and-forth game that saw Walton lose its starting quarterback for a chunk of the game, Blaylock came up with the big plays as a wide receiver, running back and, yes, even at quarterback. He finished the game with 50 receiving yards, 55 rushing yards and 40 yards passing to go along with the game-winning touchdown run with 32 seconds left. UGA commit Dominick Blaylock GAME WINNING rushing TD Walton beats North Gwinnett 27-24 UGA is LOADED nxt yr wit him and Jadon Haselwood pic.twitter.com/vm0SCX1BMh VERSACEBOYENT (@versaceboyent2) September 15, 2018 'The kid is just all substance,' Brunner said. 'He's not about the flash, he's not about the look at me, he's not about the social media.' Walton played North Gwinnett again this season, once during the regular season and once again in the playoffs. Without Blaylock, Walton lost the two games by a combined score of 95-10. As for what allows Blaylock to make these kinds of plays, it wouldn't be because he has some other-worldly physical trait. Blaylock isn't the most impressive looking athlete. His 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame doesn't stand out on a field of freaks. He's not the speedster Mecole Hardman was either. In comparison to Pickens, Blaylock smaller, less physical and doesn't have the same body control that Pickens displays. But when asking around, just about everyone praises Blaylock's intangible abilities. 'He's always calm and collected,' senior wide Tyler Simmons said. 'He's pretty confident and he knows the playbook, so that gives you a certain level of confidence going out there on the field that slows the game down for you.' Blaylock rarely made much noise after his commitment to Georgia prior to his junior season. Even when Brunner told him other coaches were going to pull him out of class to try and convince him to play elsewhere, Blaylock made it clear he didn't much care for the recruiting hoopla. 'He told me, Coach, I'm going to Georgia. I just want to be a good teammate, be here for my boys and just play football,'' Brunner said. 'There's not many kids like that in this day and age.' Related: Home team: Dominick Blaylock found a homegrown fit at UGA However, those intangibles aren't easy to calculate or factor into how good a recruit could end up being. That's why over the course of the recruiting process, Blaylock slipped in the national recruiting rankings.This still irks Brunner, especially when time and time again Blaylock showed he was clearly one of the nation's best wide receivers. In the 2019 All-American Bowl a high school all-star game which features many of the nation's top high schools talents such as Georgia's Nolan Smith and Travon Walker Blaylock had two touchdown catches and a touchdown pass. It was clear he was an elite player and perhaps even the best wide receiver on the field. After the game, Blaylock was downgraded from a 5-star prospect to a 4-star prospect. When he and Pickens arrived at Georgia, Pickens was the higher-rated recruit even though he spent almost the entire recruiting cycle as a lower-rated prospect. 'You want him to be recognized for all his hard work. But he doesn't care about that stuff,' Brunner said. 'He just wants to get out there and compete.' That's our Dawg. 2019 #AllAmericanBowl alum Dominick Blaylock ( @domblaylock_1) takes the top off the Auburn defense. #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/c4NXkUFOIL All-American Bowl (@AABonNBC) November 16, 2019 For all his praise though there have been times though when Blaylock has played like the 18-year-old freshman he is. He's had a missed block here and there. He fumbled a punt that led to Georgia Tech's only points in the 52-7 Georgia win. But Smart stuck with Blaylock as the team's punt returner despite having other options available. Blaylock responded with a 32-yard return later in the game, the longest of his young Georgia career. He didn't mope or sulk. He got back out there and made another play for the Bulldogs. Brunner was confident Blaylock was going to produce as a freshman, given his work ethic and the fact that Georgia was going to be losing its top five pass catchers from 2018. In the spring, Smart said he was expecting big things from Blaylock before he even stepped on campus. On Saturday, Georgia will once again be short-handed at the wide receiver position due to Pickens' suspension and Lawrence Cager's ankle injury. It will need someone in the passing game to make a handful of plays if the Bulldogs are going to win their biggest game of the season. And based on what Blaylock has done in the past, he's going to have a chance to earn some widespread acclaim of his own. 'Dom, he's a guy who just shows up and works. He doesn't complain a lot,' Fromm said. 'That's what we like about Dom. He's a really consistent guy and a guy who's always going to get it done for us on the field.' More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Tim Tebow Q&A: Georgia game plan, Jake Fromm, Justin Fields and LSU X-factor What the national media is saying about Georgia football before 2019 SEC Championship Game Does Georgia football have to beat LSU for 2019 to be a successful season? 3 keys for Georgia football against LSU in SEC Championship Game CBS analyst Gary Danielson: Jake Fromm is going to show up fine' Georgia football: The most pro-Georgia stat to pay attention to versus LSU Dawgs on Twitter In honor of championship weekend, we are throwing it back to 1990 when the Dawgs topped the LSU Tigers on their way to the regular season @SEC title. #TBT | #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/Y60PLkbMoC Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) December 5, 2019 Game 13 Trailer | Fearless pic.twitter.com/rYZCDEgQmr Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) December 6, 2019 #Throwdownthursdays KEEP CHOPPING! Championship Week! @GeorgiaFootball @Bsowders48 @coachellis6 #ATD pic.twitter.com/XdRUKU7oMm scott sinclair (@coach_sinclair) December 5, 2019 Congratulations to our student-athletes of the week! pic.twitter.com/HkFvwCjnpz Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) December 5, 2019 Good Dawg of the Day Put the brakes on Finnagan! pic.twitter.com/cnNS59H5db Cute Emergency (@CuteEmergency) December 6, 2019 The post Why Dominick Blaylock is ready for the big moment in 2019 SEC Championship Game appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Receiver Julio Jones, tight end Austin Hooper and first-round pick Chris Lindstrom are returning to the Atlanta Falcons' offense for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Coach Dan Quinn made the announcement after Friday's practice. Jones missed the Thanksgiving night loss to the New Orleans Saints with a shoulder injury. Hooper will be back on the field after sitting out three games with an injured knee. Lindstrom has been activated off the injured list and will start at right guard for the Falcons (3-9). Lindstrom, the No. 14 overall pick, hasn't played since breaking his right foot in the season opener at Minnesota. He is expected to share time with Matt Gono. Offensive linemen Ty Sambrailo (hamstring) and James Carpenter (concussion) won't play against the Panthers (5-7). Punter Matt Bosher (right groin) and safety Sharrod Neasman (shoulder) are questionable. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • ATLANTA Georgia football legend David Pollack has proven to be as aggressive and direct with his analysis as he once was as an All-American pass rusher, and Friday was no different. Pollack emphasized the importance of UGA tailback D'Andre Swift and dished out criticism aimed at Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm on Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. RELATED: Kirby Smart Friday press conference in Atlanta, updates D'Andre Swift Asked to rate the importance of Swift in Georgia's game against LSU at 4 p.m. on Saturday on a scale of one to 10, Pollack replied, '15,' and explained why. 'One of the keys would be to get him and Brian Heroine the ball out of the backfield, because LSU is not covering backs,' said Pollack, a two-time SEC Player of the Year and three-time All-American during his UGA career (2001-2004). 'I think (Swift) has to have an enormous game if Georgia wants to win, and it needs to be inside and outside. It needs to be screens, it needs to be finding ways to get him the ball he's the best back in the country in space.' Pollack also said Fromm, the first quarterback since Florida's Danny Wuerffel to lead his team to three straight SEC title game appearances, is 'not playing his best football' this season. Here's more from Pollack's Q&A on Friday: Can Georgia hold LSU's offense? POLLACK: Define hold?Kirby and Company are going to have to check their egos at the door and understand that from 20 to 20, have all the yards you want, make it a slow death, and then make them be really efficient in the red zone and kick field goals. I don't think anybody can stop this offense. I think Joe Burrow is operating on a level that, his worst game is 71 percent, I think. It's not human. It's an offense where it has great answers for everything you do and great weapons and a running game. And not only that, there's a quarterback who buys time and scrambles and breaks tackles and makes big plays. There are gonna get theirs, and Jake is going to have to play really well. What would you say to Georgia fans who have had questions about the Bulldogs' offense? POLLACK: You should. I Tweeted about being excited about old school versus new school, because it used to be defense wins championships. I don't think it's defense wins championships anymore. I think you have to have a great offense to win a college football championship, and the game has changed so much. We'll get to see if old school defense can still reign supreme. This is a Big 12 offense. This is not an offense that reinvented and does new amazing things that nobody else does. It's just an offense that has answers that spread out so it can throw the football to a lot of different weapons. They are gonna get theirs.' What role do you think Jake Fromm plays for Georgia's offense? POLLACK: He's not playing his best football. I can look at him and watch him, his mechanics need to improve. He's fading away throwing the football way too much. That's the kind of stuff for a three-year starter, where you can't do that. He's definitely culpable. He's missed a lot of throws that are wide open. I think the system and the scheme is getting to know each other still and hasn't really clicked together great yet, and it needs to do that this week. It will change a little bit more. It has done well at times, but it hasn't put together a complete game and it needs to do that.' The SEC West has had three teams in three years, Georgia has won three straight in the East, what does that say? POLLACK: Florida is doing OK. Florida is back to back 10 win seasons for the first time since 2008, so Florida is doing their share and doing well But Georgia is three times in a row here, that's pretty dad gum good. If you had told Georgia fans that when Kirby got hired, they would have said sign me up for that. How about three straight years ending where you're in the conversation for the college football playoff? That's pretty dad gum good. It's still a pretty good young team, that's not going to lose much on defense, offensive line who leaves early? Who leaves early, Swift will leave early. When he leaves, how many leave will be the better questions. So it shows a lot about Kirby and how he has been able to recruit and restore. What is the trick about this LSU offense that has made it that unstoppable? POLLACK: 'There ain't no trick, Bro. It's not a trick, they know how to execute, they know exactly if you blitz them, they have their answers, and if you want to play Cover One they are going to hit deep overs and they are going to hit fades, and gos they do a good job if you are going to pay dime and nickel they are going to run duos all day and run the football at you. They do a really good job of knowing how to attack every level of a defense. The offense (once) trended toward Golden State, it was threes and dunks, it was gos and screens and they do a good job with their mid-range and attack. They do everything well. That's why it's hard to say I'm going to take this away, or that away. Every time you do, they have an answer for it. I think Kirby, as brilliant as he is defensively, can up with something to make a few plays. Tua (Tagovailoa) last year had a roll going coming into the Dome, and cooled off big time, got hurt too. It's what can you find that can slow them down for a possession and you win. Auburn tried the tower approach tried to go with three down and bring in a bunch of speed, it kind of worked, but what can you bring in and slow down just for a little bit, and hold the rope and hopefully your offense makes plays and hold the ball a little bit and works together. Could Coach Orgeron win Coach of the POLLACK: Year? POLLACK: In the league, or nationally? Yeah, Ryan Day, he's done a heck of a job, and you look at P.J. Fleck and Baylor's Matt Rhule, he's definitely in there. How about his record against Top 10 teams, and the hire of the offseason, nobody can debate that. I know who the Broyles Award winner is, I don't think anybody else is nominated, it's just go ahead and give it to Joe Brady. Can Joe Burrow lose the Heisman Trophy? POLLACK: Sure, I mean people have those moments when they start to have doubts and questions. He's by far and away commanding the lead, but what if he struggles mightily and limps to the finish and then all the sudden, you see a huge game from Justin Fields, or somebody like that, it can jump up, maybe. It's a small, small chance. I think Joe Burrow has done enough throughout the season. But it's a big-time stage where you have to prove things, but I think some people could have some doubts, still. I find it very hard to believe he'd lose it. LSU's Grant Delpit says he's close to 100 percent, is that what you've seen on film from him? POLLACK: I'm trying to measure my words here. He hasn't had his best year, this year. I think the secondary on a whole, you see a ton of talent, but you've also see more big plays than you're accustomed to seeing, more missed tackles than you're accustomed to seeing. Yeah, they are getting healthier, but they've got to play better. That's why Ohio State is No. 1. You can nitpick and say Cincinnati is a Top 25 team, or whatever, Ohio State has been more dominant, their defense has been more dominant. That's the difference between LSU and Ohio State. I could also swing the pendulum and say who has Ohio State played offensively that's any good? Even Cincinnati is not very good, Penn State is not very good, Wisconsin's offense, those all leave a lot to be desired. Michigan is a pretty good, and had some success. I think defensively it's very interesting we are sitting on championship weekend and we're pointing the finger at LSU and it's at their defense.' How important is it for Georgia to keep Joe Burrow in the pocket? POLLACK: 'I don't know, it doesn't matter. You better cover really well, and you better get him to the ground. I don't care about where you keep him, when you get your hands on him, you got to get him to the ground. He's strong, he's physical, but he's so dad gum tough. He doesn't give up. He's not like a Manning back in the day, you saw people get close to them, they would kind of take a dive. That's not a shot at them, but Joe Burrow is going to physically go through anybody he needs to. When he runs the football, he lowers his shoulder, he's going to make plays. So when Georgia gets here, whoever that is, get your hands on him and get him to the ground. I think another key will be batted passes. You want to take away some of those throws over the middle, when I'm a pass rusher and I know I can't get to the QB, I get my hands up and knock the ball down. Now maybe it's second-and-10 and you've got a better chance.' Is this game important to determine if Georgia has the right offensive identity? POLLACK: 'We'll see. I think that it's pretty proven now that offenses win, and you have to score. You have to win a championship game, a playoff game and another playoff game to be a champion. And to do that, you're going to play offensive juggernauts, and you better be able to score points. If you can't score points, and you can't be an explosive offense, it's very hard to win that many games in a row. It's like the NFL being in the playoffs, and you have to string three together, that's a tough thing to do.' #Georgia has named Jake Fromm, J.R. Reed and D'Andre Swift as game captains seemingly a good indication that Swift (shoulder) will play, although.. But, Brian Herrien was a game captain for South Carolina and he didn't play in that game (back spasms). Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) December 6, 2019 Georgia football DawgNation Kirby Smart compares Jake Fromm to Tim Tebow CBS analyst Gary Danielson says key for Georgia not Jake Fromm 7 Georgia players to watch vs. LSU Why D'Andre Swift is the most important player for UGA vs. LSU LSU coach Ed Orgeron brings great confidence into matchup Georgia aware of Tigers dangerous running back Kirby Smart relays how LSU represents greatest challenge James Cook could provide offensive spark vs. LSU Statistical comparison of Georgia-LSU in SEC title game VIDEO: Kirby Smart shares feelings on George Pickens WATCH: Jake Fromm zeroes in on LSU David Pollack The post David Pollack Q&A: D'Andre Swift has to have an enormous game if Georgia wants to win' 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. 1,089 (Dec. 6, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about how Georgia coach Kirby Smart might defend LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Georgia football podcast: A possible glimpse at how Kirby Smart might defend Joe Burrow Beginning of the show: Georgia coach Kirby Smart and his defensive staff have a tough task in front of them in Saturday's SEC championship game attempting to craft a game plan to stop (or possibly just slow down) LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. A video recently shared on Twitter might provide a possible glimpse at how Smart could approach the challenge. I'll discuss more on that topic on today's show, and explain why at least one national media member recently highlighted the Bulldogs penchant for performing well in the underdog role. 10-minute mark: I'll discuss a recent article from an LSU site about the possible lack of rivalry between UGA and LSU. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show to discuss 4-star tight end Theo Johnson's upcoming commitment announcement and to preview the SEC championship game. 30-minute mark: I take a look at some other conference championship games including the Pac 12, Big 12, Big 10 and ACC. 35-minute mark: Former UGA quarterback D.J. Shockley discusses his memories of UGA's 2005 SEC championship win against LSU and what current Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm needs to play effectively this weekend against the Tigers. End of show: I admit to giving in to a superstition and share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: A possible glimpse at how Kirby Smart might defend Joe Burrow appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Former SEC quarterbacks and current SEC Network analysts D.J. Shockley and Tim Tebow probably don't agree on much after all, they were on opposite sides in the 'World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party' rival with Shockley attending Georgia and Tebow playing at Florida. But Shockley and Tebow concur on one thing that the Bulldogs should turn it loose with UGA quarterback Jake Fromm in the SEC Championship game. 'In this game, you've got to let it all hang out. You don't get another opportunity like this, to be in a ballgame like this, playing in a game that everybody in the country is looking at,' Shockley said at the East Atlanta Kids Club charity event on Thursday. 'I think he's just got to trust those guys and play within himself. Do what he does as far as letting it fly.' Both Fromm and UGA offensive coordinator James Coley have shared the majority of blame for the team's offensive words, but both Shockley and Tebow brought up other issues. Both ESPN analysts cited Georgia wide receiver core as a reason for Fromm's statistical dip in 2019. Senior Lawrence Cager has been terrific, but he's been in and out of the lineup since the middle of October and won't be playing against No. 1 LSU in the SEC Championship Game. While freshman George Pickens has shown flashes of brilliance as well, he won't be playing in the first half of Saturday's game either because of an ejection against Georgia Tech last week. That puts Fromm in a difficult spot against LSU. Regardless of who is playing receiver, though, Shockley says Fromm needs to trust those young guys,' and Georgia must spread it out' and let Fromm go. Tebow said that Fromm is 'going through his reads' and 'playing well' this season. He also added that not just Georgia's receivers, but Fromm's entire offensive cast needs to be better. 'I don't know that it's necessarily Jake (Fromm) getting his groove back, I think it's the support. I think it's the receivers winning in man-to-man coverage, being able to get more of a running game going, being able to support him,' Tebow said Thursday. 'Fromm has been a lot better in big games that people give him credit for. He hasn't had the numbers this year, and there's the criticism. I hear it, but if you really watch him play, he needs some receivers to step up.' Shockley and Tebow both volunteered as part of the 'SEC Good Works Day of Service' at the East Atlanta Kids Club charity event Thursday in Atlanta. The project was designed to improve indoor and outdoor facilities in Brownwood Park Recreation Center. 'We have an opportunity to come out here with AllState and have a big part of putting a community together, helping kids, and kind of rejuvenating a certain park or area, and the opportunity today to come out here and do that is pretty tremendous,' Shockley said. 'We'll get to see some kids later on today. We're putting the work in now, early in the morning, early afternoon, and then kids come out in the afternoon and see all the hard work, and it makes their day full of joy. It's definitely one of the more enjoyable times of year.' The post DJ Shockley: UGA needs to allow Jake Fromm let it all hang out' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA Kirby Smart said the expectation at Georgia was to be back back at the SEC Championship Game for a third straight season, but by no means is it taken for granted. 'I'm excited to be here because I love the venue and the opportunity to play in it,' Smart said Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 'It means you accomplished something and won your division, you don't ever take that for granted. 'It's earned, it's not something we take lightly or for granted, it's something we expected to do, and we're going to always set that as a bar, because this is where you go to take the next step.' The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) are a touchdown underdog against No. 2 LSU (12-0) in the 4 p.m. game on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Tigers feature Heisman Trophy front runner Joe Burrow along with two 1,000-yard receivers. 'They've broke about every record there is in the SEC, and I know our guys are excited,' Smart said. 'It will be a challenge for us.' LSU beat Georgia 36-16 last season in Baton Rouge, but Smart said the Tigers' offense has undergone a complete makeover. 'It's extremely different, you can see remnants, small elements, but the unique thing now is they are doing whatever they want to do,' Smart said. 'Last year they were a little bit more predictable and had more of a run element.' Georgia's offense, meanwhile, is largely the same. The Bulldogs look to be efficient throwing the football and feature a power element on the ground. Smart didn't offer much of an update on tailback D'Andre Swift, who left last Saturday's game with a shoulder injury but hasn't missed any practice time. 'It's hard to measure from practice, because at this point of the season you don't go live and hit,' Smart said. 'He's practiced and done everything we asked him to do.' LSU coach Ed Orgeron said the Tigers expect to see Swift. 'We're planning for him to play,' Orgeron said on Friday. 'Just like other great players we play, I'm assuming this guy is a great competitor, and I'm assuming he's going to play.' Smart said he's confident his team can handle playing on the big stage 'In the SEC, these games are championship games every week,because if you don't win them, you're not in the championship game,' Smart said. 'It's another week you have to go out and play, and you're playing the best from the other side in LSU.' Georgia football DawgNation Kirby Smart compares Jake Fromm to Tim Tebow CBS analyst Gary Danielson says key for Georgia not Jake Fromm 7 Georgia players to watch vs. LSU Why D'Andre Swift is the most important player for UGA vs. LSU LSU coach Ed Orgeron brings great confidence into matchup Georgia aware of Tigers dangerous running back Kirby Smart relays how LSU represents greatest challenge James Cook could provide offensive spark vs. LSU Statistical comparison of Georgia-LSU in SEC title game VIDEO: Kirby Smart shares feelings on George Pickens WATCH: Jake Fromm zeroes in on LSU The post Georgia coach Kirby Smart: SEC Championship Game an expectation, but not taken for granted appeared first on DawgNation.