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Mike Griffith

Topics: Dawg Nation's Mike Griffith joins The Morning Show to talk Georgia basketball, the NCAA tournament, and Georgia football.
Posted: March 18, 2019

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Bill Shanks

Topics: Bill joins the Morning Show in-studio to talk Braves spring training and look ahead to Opening Day.
Posted: March 14, 2019

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Georgia Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin

Topics: Georgia's baseball coach joins the show to talk about the upcoming SEC opener against South Carolina and reveals some breaking news about next season.
Posted: March 14, 2019

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Brandon Adams

Topics: Brandon Adams from Dawgnation Daily joins the show to talk UGA pro day and look ahead to spring practice.
Posted: March 13, 2019

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Chip Towers

Topics: Chip Towers from the AJC's Dawgnation.com joins the Morning Show to talk UGA basketball and football spring practice.
Posted: March 12, 2019

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Mike Griffith

Topics: Mike Griffith of the AJC's Dawgnation.com joins the Morning Show to talk about Lane Kiffin coming to Athens for the coaches clinic and what to look for in Georgia's spring practice.
Posted: March 11, 2019

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Jeff Sentell

Topics: Jeff Sentell joins The Morning Show to discuss UGA recruiting, including the recent commitment of 4-star QB Carson Beck.
Posted: March 08, 2019

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Bill Shanks

Topics: Bill Shanks joins The Morning Show from Orlando, updating us on Mike Foltynewicz, Josh Donaldson, and more on Braves spring training.
Posted: March 07, 2019

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Scott Stricklin

Topics: Georgia baseball head coach Scott Stricklin joins The Morning Show, recapping this week's games and giving us a preview of SEC play.
Posted: March 07, 2019

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Brandon Adams

Topics: Brandon Adams comes on The Morning Show to discuss the future of Georgia-Florida and the Transfer Portal.
Posted: March 06, 2019

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Chip Towers

Topics: Chip Towers gets on The Morning Show to talk about the NFL Combine and which Georgia receivers will step up next season.
Posted: March 05, 2019

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Keith Mitchell

Topics: Keith Mitchell joins The Morning Show following his win yesterday at the Honda Classic.
Posted: March 05, 2019

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Mike Griffith

Topics: Mike Griffith joins The Morning Show from Indianapolis to talk about how Georgia players are doing at the NFL Combine.
Posted: March 04, 2019

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Russell Smith

Topics: Host of The Drive of Fox Sports Knoxville Russell Smith joins The Morning Show to discuss the schedule change of the Georgia-Tennessee series and expectations under Jeremy Pruitt.
Posted: March 01, 2019

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Scott Stricklin

Topics: Georgia baseball manager Scott Stricklin joins The Morning Show to talk about last night's win over Kennesaw State along with previewing this weekend's series at Georgia Southern.
Posted: February 28, 2019

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Bill Shanks

Topics: Bill Shanks joins The Morning Show to talk about the Braves as spring training begins.
Posted: February 28, 2019

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Brandon Adams

Topics: Dawg Nation Daily's Brandon Adams joins the Morning Show to talk about Georgia Tech scheduling games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Georgia defensive players that will step up in 2019.
Posted: February 27, 2019

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Chip Towers

Topics: Dawgnation.com's Chip Towers joins the Morning Show discussing Georgia football, college football tradition, and the arms race in facilities.
Posted: February 26, 2019

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Mike Griffith

Topics: Dawgnation.com's Mike Griffith joins the Morning Show to talk about UGA, including the interesting schedule change in 2020.
Posted: February 25, 2019

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Chris Haack

Topics: Georgia Golf Coach Chris Haack joins The Morning Show to talk about the Georgia Golf team, the PGA, Matt Kuchar, Yacht Rock, and more!
Posted: February 22, 2019

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Bill Shanks

Topics: Bill Shanks joins The Morning Show from down in Macon to talk about the MLB Hot Stove, the UGA/Auburn game moving earlier in the season, and throwing things on the court during a basketball game.
Posted: February 21, 2019

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Scott Stricklin

Topics: Georgia Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin joins The Morning Show for his weekly in-season chat to talk about the team's season opening sweep against Dayton and what's coming up next.
Posted: February 21, 2019

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Tom Crean

Topics: Georgia Basketball Head Coach Tom Crean joins The Morning Show to talk about the season so far, battling through struggles, his recruiting philosophy, and continuing to improve and learn a new system.
Posted: February 19, 2019

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Chip Towers

Topics: DawgNation.com's Chip Towers joins The Morning Show for his weekly visit to talk about new UGA Defensive Coordinator Dan Lanning, Coach Smart's development as a head coach, and Georgia Basketball.
Posted: February 19, 2019

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Bill Shanks

Topics: Bill Shanks joins the Morning Show as the Braves' pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Friday.
Posted: February 14, 2019

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Georgia Sports News

  • Devon Gales, the former Southern University football player who was paralyzed in a 2015 game against UGA, is returning to football. Gales has been hired as an assistant football coach at Jefferson High School, per accessWDUN.com’s Bo Wilson. The new job will be around 20 miles away from UGA. Former UGA recruiting coordinator Bob Pittard is a social studies teacher at the high school. Per the website, the hiring of Gales was the idea of Jefferson superintendent Dr. John Jackson. It was after Gales shared his story with the Jefferson senior class. “It was brought to our attention upon meeting this wonderful family that Devon missed the game and practices and being part of a football team in the game he still loved so much,” Jefferson coach Gene Cathcart told the website. “Dr. John Jackson had the idea of getting him involved in our program in some way and how our young men would benefit from his living example, character, strength in facing adversity and perseverance.” UGA donors and fans raised funds to build a handicapped-accessible house in Jefferson for Gales and his family. The post Devon Gales makes his return to football appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart has emphasized several times in several ways that championship football requires all units working together. Indeed, much of the Bulldogs’ offensive and defensive scheming is predicated on Smart and his staff analyzing strengths and weaknesses and game arriving at core alignments and plays. The sooner Georgia knows itself, the better, and that makes the Bulldogs’ 15 spring practice dates pivotal. Here’s a way-too-early positional group ranking, an order that could be affected by an updated injury report or the emergence of a newcomer. 1. Offensive line The lock: Junior left tackle Andrew Thomas, Outland Trophy candidate. The question: Sophomore Cade Mays, where does he fit in? 2. Defensive backs The lock: Senior safety J.R. Reed, team leader of defense. The question: Sophomore Tyson Campbell, will skills match elite speed and ideal length? 3. Specialists The lock: Senior kicker Rodrigo Blankenship. The question: Can Georgia adequately replace Mecole Hardman? 3. Quarterbacks The lock: Junior Jake Fromm, third-year starter, offense on his shoulders. The question: How much of the offense can freshman Dwan Mathis pick up? 4. Linebackers The lock: None. The question: Can senior Tae Crowder become the playmaker Georgia lacked last year? 5. Running backs The lock: Junior tailback D’Andre Swift, Hesiman Trophy candidate The question (s): Will production match 5-star ratings of James Cook and Zamir White in 2019? 6. Receivers/tight ends The lock: Junior receiver J.J. Holloman is the go-to target. The question: Can graduate transfer tight end Eli Wolf fill the void left by Isaac Nauta? 7. Defensive linemen The lock: None. The question: Will sophomore Jordan Davis become an SEC dominator? More Georgia football spring 2019 Georgia linebackers: most improved unit? UGA running backs 4 spring football questions 5 questions for UGA spring football, it’s Jake Fromm’s team Does Georgia have championship level Defensive line? Questions 4 questions for Georgia football O-Line 3 pre-spring football questions on Georgia QB situation Kirby Smart provides preview on young receivers  Georgia secondary still best in the SEC? The post Georgia football: Way-too-early team spring position group rankings appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Best I can tell, it has been my task to cover college football spring practices for about 26 of the 31 years that encompass my sportswriting career. There were a few years that I wasn’t covering college football. There were a few more that I bounced around and saw a little bit of a lot of different teams. Most of time, though, I’ve been charged with covering all of Georgia’s spring practices. There have been times those practice sessions have been pretty interesting, some times that they’ve been incredibly dull and all over the place between. I’m anticipating the Bulldogs’ spring practice this year to be fairly intriguing. There are a lot of reasons for that, but the main one is the influx of new players. Early enrollment was a fairly new concept in the 1990s and still a bit of a rarity then. Quarterback Eric Zeier was one of the first high-profile recruits to do it and it served him very well that first year. Zeier served notice at the 1991 G-Day Game that he was going to be a factor that season, and boy was he ever. Since then, early enrollment has become a regular part of the recruiting process. Nowadays, everybody everywhere has at least a hand full of signees that come in early and get embedded with their respective teams since the first week of January. But it remains somewhat rare to see as many new players come in early — 14 — as Georgia has this year. Fourteen is a lot. The most ever for the Bulldogs. They had 13 in that 2013 class that included 30 total signees (and experienced some of the worst attrition ever for Georgia football). It’s not the most in college football. Alabama had 16 enroll early out of its 23-man recruiting class this year. But 14 is a bunch of new Bulldogs, no matter how one slices it up. That in and of itself cranks up the competition factor. Georgia has several areas in which it’d love to get some impact from from some of these early arrivals. Quarterback, linebacker and defensive back immediately spring to mind. I’d say receiver, too. But, oddly enough, the Bulldogs weren’t able to bring in any of their wideout signees early Dominick Blaylock happens to attend a school in Walton High that doesn’t allow it. Georgia has experienced the same thing with players it has signed out of Pace Academy, including Jamaree Salyer, Andrew Thomas and Trey Blount. But that’s where spring ball has changed a good bit over the years. It’s much more competitive over the course of 15 practices than it used to be. Those sessions can go a long way to determining who is going to be starter in the fall. Not always, but often. The ideal situation is getting as many positions locked down and decided in the spring, so those guys can work together as a unit as much as possible on a volunteer basis over the summer. That way they hit the ground running in preseason practice. No doubt you’ve read numerous accounts of what various people believe the be the most pressing priorities of the spring for the Bulldogs. As for me, the order of importance goes this way: Determine a receiver rotation; Identify a backup quarterback; Establish a starting center; Settle on a right cornerback; Figure out who else will help on defense. Going with the receivers first is an easy call for me. It has been well-documented that the Bulldogs lost 106 catches and 20 touchdowns from last year’s wideouts, the majority of those being compiled by juniors Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman. But that number actually goes up by 35 catches and 3 touchdowns when tight end Isaac Nauta and running back Elijah Holyfield are included. So the emphasis on throwing and catching the ball in spring practice is going to be heavy. It’s usually that way anyway this time of year, because it is rare for teams to pound on each other a lot this far away from the actual season. That said, Georgia will need to mindful of Jake Fromm’s arm health and be careful not to overthrow him. To that end, the Bulldogs would like to come out with a good idea who is going to be Fromm’s primary backup. I wrote extensively on Sunday about redshirt sophomore Stetson Bennett coming back via junior college and giving Georgia an immediate competent presence with regard to already knowing the offensive system. But freshman Dwan Mathis remains an intriguing figure, and one can he sure that the Bulldogs will work hard and fast to determine exactly what they have in this 6-foot-6 athlete who has run a 10.8 100 meters. Trey Hill leads the way to succeed Lamont Gaillard at center, but that’s not a given. As always, Sam Pittman probably suffer brain cramps from exploring all possibilities for determining the combination that results in the best five across the board. The competition to succeed Deandre Baker at right cornerback certainly will be intriguing. But starting with elevating Tyson Campbell there as Georgia did in the bowl game is the first in what are all positive alternatives at all the secondary positions. If early enrollees such as JUCO transfer D.J. Daniel or Tyrique Stevenson end up winning out, all the better. Same with outside linebackers. The recruiting at this position has been other-worldly. Between the 5-stars that are coming back and the ones coming in, something is going to have Conversely, that’s why I don’t list inside linebackers here. Certainly the Bulldogs want higher-level play than it got from the returnees last season. But I believe all the existing alternatives to be better than adequate and not necessarily paramount to Georgia’s cause.  And as exciting a prospect as is Nakobe Dean, ranked the No. 1 inside linebacker in America, I always think back to Roquan Smith’s struggles as a true freshman and how it was late in his sophomore season before he emerged as the star he actually was. Same on the D-line, same on the O-line, same in the offensive backfield, same on special teams. The rest of it is very much organic. That is, it’ll come together naturally through the teaching of concepts and fundamentals. The Bulldogs seek competition and improvement, but they’ll be able to go to war with they’ve got. What you’re NOT going to see is running back D’Andre Swift get much in the way of contact. I highly doubt you’ll see Zamir White get any at all. White, the heralded 2018 signee known as Zeus, is less than seven months removed from a second knee surgery that came eight months after the first. The Bulldogs will be very interested in seeing what the former No. 1 back in America can do, but that can wait until late summer, when he will have had a year to rehab and recover. Maybe the most important factor will be the Bulldogs getting used to some new voices and concepts from the coaching staff. For the first time since Kirby Smart has been head coach, somebody other than Jim Chaney or Mel Tucker will be putting together the practice script for the offense and defense, respectively. That said, I suspect it won’t change significantly from what Georgia has been doing the last four years. That’s why James Coley, Dan Lanning and Glenn Schumann were appointed coordinators. They’re going to give Smart what he wants, which is more of the same. But it’s that — the newness factor — that’s going to make this spring so fun and interesting. And then, of course, they’ll tear up all the depth charts and start from scratch in August. The post Newness factor is what makes Kirby Smart’s 4th spring practice his most interesting at Georgia appeared first on DawgNation.
  • KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Atlanta Braves right-hander Julio Teheran is set to make his sixth straight start on opening day. The Braves said Monday that Teheran will face the Phillies on March 28 in Philadelphia. Teheran's run ties Hall of Famer Warren Spahn (1957-62) for the longest in Braves' franchise history during the modern era. Teheran is 1-1 with a 2.73 ERA on opening day. Earlier this spring, it had been thought Mike Foltynewicz might start on opening day for the Braves. But he's likely to be out until at least mid-April with a sore right elbow. New Phillies slugger Bryce Harper is expected to make his debut in the opener. He's had a lot of career success against Teheran, going 18 for 40 (.450) with eight homers and 19 RBIs. Teheran went 9-9 last season with a 3.94 ERA in 31 starts.