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Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 52, Georgia Tech 7

Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 52, Georgia Tech 7

Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 52, Georgia Tech 7

Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 52, Georgia Tech 7

DawgNation will offer this report after every game which focuses on the freshmen who played, what they did and which ones have lost those newfangled (four games or less) redshirts. Check out the Georgia football edition from the 52-7 thrashing of the Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

Georgia beat its in-state rival by 45 points. That's the largest margin of victory in the Georgia Tech series for the Bulldogs. Ever.

The Bulldogs scored 52 points. That was also the all-time high for UGA in this series.

That came alonga day in which the Bulldogs were minus-3 in turnover margin and had a missed Rodriqo Blankenship field goal. Those turnovers included a rare D'Andre Swift fumble (2x) and a muffed punt by freshman Dominick Blaylock.

Even with those hiccups, it stands to reason that the gulf between these programs is as wide as it has ever been. That is largely due to two factors: 1) Elite recruiting over the last four cycles by Kirby Smart and his staff and 2) Georgia Tech going in a fundamental player evaluation and priority change in its first year under Geoff Collins.

The Bulldogs played 72 players against the Yellow Jackets on Saturday. That was the most since way back in September when the Bulldogs fielded 86 members of its team against both Arkansas State and Murray State.

UGA also played 23 of its redshirt or true freshmen players against its annual ACC foe. That was also the highest total since those September games against the Racers and Red Wolves, respectively. It meant an uptick of nine more freshmen Bulldogs seeing action and 156 more players overall than the previous week against Texas A&M.

How did that freshmen participation compare to the rest of the season?

  • 13 of the 56 for the home finale against Texas A&M
  • 13 of the 57 at Auburn
  • 17 of the 63 at home against Mizzou.
  • 14 of the 57 Bulldogs who helped take down Florida for the third straight time
  • 14 of the 57 vs. Kentucky
  • 15 of the 62 against South Carolina
  • 15 of 63 at Tennessee
  • 13 of 60 against Notre Dame
  • 30 of 86 vs. Arkansas State
  • 29 of 86 vs. Murray State
  • 13 of 61 at Vanderbilt

Rapid-fire participation info from Georgia-Georgia Tech

  • The Bulldogs lined up five true or redshirt freshman receivers against Tech. That's out of the eight wideouts that saw the field.
  • UGA started two redshirt freshmen in Azeez Ojulari (OLB) and Kearis Jackson (WR) for the fifth straight week.
  • Jackson, a redshirt from Fort Valley, has now started in six of the nine games he's been available this fall. He missed three games due to the wrist injury he suffered in the season opener at Vanderbilt.
  • Freshman WR Dominick Blaylock also earned his third career start.
  • The Bulldogs showed off its offensive line depth on Saturday by playing 12 members of that room on Saturday, including one redshirt freshman and three other true freshmen.
  • JUCO transfer DJ Daniel had his ninth straight start. The 2019 signee has started more games this fall than anyone ever thought he was likely to.
  • The Bulldogs played nine defensive linemen. That total includes three players who will exhaust their eligibility after this season.
  • Redshirt senior Michael Barnett drew his fourth start of the season and his fifth career start against Texas A&M at the nose tackle position.
  • True freshmen safety Lewis Cine was not listed on the participation report for the first time all season.
  • Redshirt freshman WR Tommy Bush saw his first action of the 2019 season and also added a one-yard catch in his 2019 debut.
  • 2019 DL signee Tramel Walthour (Liberty County HS/Hinesville, Ga.) also saw his first action of the 2019 season against Tech.

Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 52, Georgia Tech 7

Who played against Tech (by classes):

  • Freshmen:13
  • Redshirt freshmen: 10
  • Touchdowns by true or redshirt freshmen: 3 (Dominick Blaylock, Kenny McIntosh and George Pickens)
  • True or redshirt freshmen among the leading tacklers: 2 ( Nakobe Dean and Nolan Smith tied for second of the team with their three tackles, respectively.)

Georgia Tech freshman focus

Georgia played 22 redshirt or true freshmen.The big picture tallies up to 31 percent of all the Bulldogs who played on Saturday. That equates to:

  • 0 of 2 QBs (1 QBs played in the previous game)
  • 2 of 6 RBs(6 RBs played in the previous game)
  • 5 of 8 WRs (5 WRs played in the previous game)
  • 4 of 12 OLs (7 OLs played in the previous game)
  • 2 of 4 TEs (2 TEs played in the previous game)
  • 3 of 10 DLs (7 DLs playedin the previous game
  • 2 of 7 ILBs (6 ILBs played in the previous game)
  • 2 of 5 OLBs (5 OLBs played in the previous game)
  • 2 of 14 DBs (12 DBs played in the previous game)
  • 0 of 1 PKs (No change versus the previous game)
  • 0 of 1 Ps (No change from the previous game)
  • 1 of 2 LSs (No change from the previous game)

What that study has shown far this year: Georgia essentially plays the same group of DLs, ILBs and OLBs regardless of the quality of the Power 5 opponent.


What's more important? Snaps or starts? Both are important, but there is a reason why certain players start the game and stay on the field for the biggest plays. That's because the coaches trust them to play winning football by what they have seen on the practice field.

There are common instances where the scheme fit based on each opponent allows for a different starting rotation as well.

Here is the weekly list of the true freshmen and redshirt freshmen that have started games in 2019.

  • Redshirt freshman TE John FitzPatrick (1 game)
  • Redshirt freshman WR Kearis Jackson (6 games)
  • Redshirt freshman OLB Azeez Ojulari (12 games)
  • Redshirt freshman DB Divaad Wilson (2 games)
  • Freshman WR George Pickens (1 game)
  • Freshman WR Dominick Blaylock (3 games)

Who started against Georgia Tech (all freshmen) : Dominick Blaylock, Kearis Jackson and Azeez Ojulari

How many different Bulldogs have played in 2019: 99

How many of those have been freshmen or redshirt freshmen: 36 (37 percent of all participation)


Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 52, Georgia Tech 7

Georgia football: Participation in 2019

  • Redshirt or grad transfer seniors: 9
  • Seniors: 8
  • Redshirt juniors: 5
  • Juniors: 15
  • Redshirt sophomores: 14
  • Sophomores: 12
  • Redshirt freshmen: 13
  • Freshmen: 23
  • Of note: Georgia has seen five of its true freshmen play in every game this year. That's out of the 23 freshmen who have played so far in 2019. ( Nakobe Dean, Trezmen Marshall, George Pickens, Nolan Smith and Tyrique Stevenson.)


Freshman Game Ball


Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 52, Georgia Tech 7

WR Dominick Blaylock (Walton HS/Marietta, Ga.)

Blaylock earns this weekly "Freshmen Report" honor for the second time time this season.

  • The stat line:2 catches/29 yards/1 TD catch (9 yards)/1 muffed punt
  • Don't overlook that: He had his best day returning punts as a Bulldog despite that fumbled punt. Despite being saddled with minus-16 yards in returns for that muffed punt, he still had three returns for 45 yards.
  • The plays to pay attention to: 1) Blaylock established a career-high with a 29-yard punt return that set up a Blankenship field goal; 2) He lost that punt and it set Tech up for its only touchdown by starting a drive deep in UGA territory at the Bulldog 17; 3) He respond with a new career-high with another 32 yard return to set up another Georgia score; 4) His 9-yard touchdown catch was overshadowed by the George Pickens fracas which led to his ejection and forthcoming first-half suspension for the first half of the SEC championship game with LSU.
  • Final 247Sports Composite recruiting rankings: Nation's No. 5 WR/No. 36 overall prospect/Blaylock was the sixth highest-rated recruit in Georgia's 2019 class.
  • Interesting recruiting footnote: Blaylock was rated as a 5-star receiver for the balance of his prep career. He only lost his fifth star on the final rankings update for the 2019 class. It came after a dazzling senior season in which he etched his name further in the Georgia high school football record books and capped his prep career with three touchdowns worth of responsibility (2 TD catches, 1 TD pass) at the All-American Bowl. In short, he did nothing to lose his previous 5-star status.
  • Former All-American: Yes (Blaylock was a part of three scoring plays in the 2019 All-American Bowl out in Texas.)
  • Why did he choose Georgia? Blaylock's "Homegrown" DawnNation feature details why he wound up a Bulldog.
  • His commitment day DawgNation story: Blaylock chooses UGA

There are a couple of other elements to point out here regarding his 2019 season:

  • The former Walton High star has more starts (three) than any other true freshman on the 2019 team
  • He has the highest yards per catch average (17.6 yards per reception) of any WR of the team
  • He has the longest touchdown catch (60 yards) of the season of any Georgia WR
  • His five touchdown catches now rank him second on the team for 2019
  • Blaylock ranks third on the team in receiving yards (299) for this season

Georgia football: Freshmen Report "Game balls" for 2019

  • WR George Pickens (Murray State, South Carolina, Missouri and Texas A&M)
  • Redshirt OLB Azeez Ojualri: (Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Florida)
  • WR Dominick Blaylock (Arkansas State, Georgia Tech)
  • OLB Nolan Smith (Murray State)
  • ILB Nakobe Dean: (Kentucky)
  • DL Travon Walker (Auburn)
  • DB Divaad Wilson: (Notre Dame)

Notable time for other freshmen against Georgia Tech

  • ILB Nakobe Dean: Finished second on the team with his three total tackles, including three solo stops.
  • OLB Nolan Smith: Set a new career-high at UGA with his three total tackles
  • WR George Pickens: His 41-yard TD catch was his sixth touchdown reception of the season. His six touchdown catches for 2019 lead the team.
  • RB Kenny McIntosh: Scored his second career TD late against Tech
  • DT Bill Norton: Had the first multi-stop day of his Georgia career, including a tackle for a loss that almost resulted in a safety.


There are several categories in which a redshirt or a true freshmen Bulldog leads the team in 2019.

  • Receptions in a game: 7 (Tied: George Pickens)
  • Longest catch: 60 (Blaylock)
  • Longest TD catch: 60 (Blaylock)
  • Longest run: 62 (Kenny McIntosh)
  • Longest TD run: 62 (McIntosh)
  • Most receiving TDs (game): 2 (Pickens)
  • Sacks (game): 2.0 (Ojulari
  • Sacks (season): 4.5 (Ojulari)
  • Tackles for a loss (game): 2 (Ojulari)


HOT BOARD: Game-by-game freshman heat check


Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 52, Georgia Tech 7

Let's continue the blog with an assessment of the most valuable freshmen and redshirt freshmen to the team for the 2019 season. This feature is a nod to the top freshmen (redshirt or true) who have impacted the overall balance of the season the most up to this point.

  • No. 1: OLB Azeez Ojulari (Redshirt freshman and a former 4-star recruit): Ojulari remains one of the top candidates for the team MVP on defense so far in 2019. His 30 tackles from his OLB spot slot him seventh on the team. His five tackles for losses trail only Tyler Clark. The former Marietta High star leads Georgia with his 4.5 sacks and his 33 quarterback hurries. That's 15 more hurries for the next-closest Bulldog.
  • No. 2: WR George Pickens (former 5-star recruit): This wasn't his best week of the season given he sat out the first half for a team matter and then was ejected from the game for an altercation with a Georgia Tech defender. That will cost him the chance to play in the first half against LSU. Pickens still leads the Bulldogs in catches (33; tied for first with Lawrence Cager), receiving yards (499) and touchdown catches (six) in 2019.
  • No. 3: WR Dominick Blaylock (former 4-star recruit): See above.
  • No. 4: OLB Nolan Smith (former 5-star recruit): Smith is tied for second on the Georgia team this fall with his 2.5 sacks. His 15 QB hurries are the fourth-best total on the team. The Savannah native had a career-high in tackles (3) against Georgia Tech on Saturday.
  • No. 5: DT Travon Walker (former 5-star recruit): Walker sealed the Auburn win earlier this month. Kirby Smart said late last month that the staff already identifies Walker as one of the top 20 players on the team and will continue to try to find a way to get him more reps. He did not record a tackle against Georgia Tech.
  • No. 6: ILB Nakobe Dean( former 5-star recruit): Dean now has 23 tackles on the year and leads all of Georgia's true freshmen in tackles this year.

OTHERS TO MAKE THE HEAT CHECK THIS FALL: Redshirt freshman RB Zamir White; Redshirt freshman DB Divaad Wilson


The following true or redshirt freshmen Bulldogs have played in every game so far this season:

  • ILB Nakobe Dean
  • Redshirt TE John FitzPatrick
  • ILB Trezmen Marshall
  • Redshirt OLB Azeez Ojulari
  • WR George Pickens
  • CB Tyrique Stevenson
  • OLB Nolan Smith
  • Redshirt walk-on LS Payne Walker
  • Redshirt DB Divaad Wilson

Participation for 2019 signees

The Bulldogs who have seen action so far in 2019 is worth watching in terms of the new redshirt rules.

  • QB Stetson Bennett IV (redshirt sophomore): 4 games
  • WR Dominick Blaylock: 11 games
  • WR Lawrence Cager (grad transfer senior): 9 games
  • S Lewis Cine: 11 games
  • CB D.J. Daniel (junior college transfer) : 11 games
  • ILB Rian Davis: 1 game
  • ILB Nakobe Dean: 12 games
  • TE Ryland Goede: 2 games
  • OLB Jermaine Johnson (junior college transfer): 12 games
  • DL Zion Logue: 2 games
  • ILB Trezmen Marshall: 12 games (special teams)
  • QB D'Wan Mathis: 0 games
  • OL Warren McClendon: 3 games
  • RB Kenny McIntosh: 10 games
  • DL Tymon Mitchell: 2 games
  • DL Bill Norton: 3 games
  • WR George Pickens: 12 games
  • TE Brett Seither: 2 games
  • OLB Nolan Smith: 12 games
  • CB Tyrique Stevenson: 12 games
  • WR Makiya Tongue: 2 games
  • OL Xavier Truss: 3 games
  • DT Travon Walker: 10 games
  • DL Tramel Walthour: 1 games
  • OL Clay Webb: 2 games
  • TE Eli Wolf (grad transfer senior): 12 games

True freshmen signees who did not play this week: S Lewis Cine, ILB Rian Davis, TE Ryland Goede, QB D'Wan Mathis, DL Zion Logue, DL Tymon Mitchell, TE Brett Seither and WR Makiya Tongue.

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In this cycle, the metro Atlanta recruits have also made commitments sooner than some of their counterparts. For this cycle, there are 28 total blue-chip prospects in the state. Of the 15 blue-chip prospects from the metro Atlanta area, 12 have already committed. For the rest of the state, only six of those prospects have committed. The 2021 class perhaps best illustrates how Georgia has gone about recruiting the state of Georgia in recent seasons. The Bulldogs have only one commitment from a metro Atlanta prospect, 4-star defensive lineman Jonathan Jefferson. But Georgia has commitments from three blue-chip prospects who all come from outside the metro Atlanta area, including 5-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff. 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The 2021 class once again illustrates Georgia's struggles in this part of the state. The top three players in Gwinett County also double as the top three players in the metro Atlanta area. And all of them have already committed to playing outside of the state. Carter and Hancock, teammates at Suwanee, Ga.'s North Gwinnett High School committed to Clemson. Those two both play at positions of need for Georgia in this cycle. Speaking before his decision, Carter said that Georgia was a finalist in part because it was the hometown team. But Carter still ended up picking the Tigers, who are only about 30 minutes farther away. While being the local team does often gives Georgia a foot in the door, it's usually not enough on its own to convince one of the country's best prospects that it is the best place for his future. Related: What Barrett Carter's decision means for Georgia and where the Bulldogs go next in 2021 recruiting Then there's running back Cody Brown. He stars for Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga as he rushed for 1,676 yards in his junior season. While Georgia wants to take two running backs in this class, Brown committed to Tennessee earlier in May. Georgia already has one commitment in the cycle from running back Lovasea Carroll, originally from Warrenton, Ga., before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida. The Bulldogs are also well-positioned with Donovan Edwards, a running back from West Bloomfield, Mich., who is a higher rated prospect than Brown. In recent cycles Georgia has shown it has no problem looking outside of the Peach State to land top talent. The last cycle saw Georgia bring in Kendall Milton from Clovis, Calif. In the 2018 cycle, Georgia went to North Carolina for Zamir White and Miami for James Cook. The 2017 cycle saw them land D'Andre Swift from Philadelphia. 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Gwinett is the only county that has produced a 5-star prospect that Smart hasn't landed at least one from dating back to the 2016 cycle. But while the Bulldogs may not have landed the likes of an Arik Gilbert or an Owen Pappoe, they've more often than not shown they can recover and land an elite prospect from outside this footprint. Pappoe, who played for Grayson High School in Gwinett County and ultimately signed with Auburn, was a key linebacker target in the 2019 cycle. After Georgia missed out on him, it pivoted and landed Nakobe Dean out of Lake Horn, Miss. Dean was actually a higher-rated prospect in the cycle and had a promising freshman season for the Bulldogs. Related: Georgia LB Nakobe Dean on path to greatness by all measures Georgia did something similar at the wide receiver spot in 2019. After seeing Jadon Haselwood de-commit and sign with Oklahoma, the Bulldogs flipped George Pickens, who went on to have a better freshman season than Haselwood. County UGA commit/signee Fulton 6 Cobb 5 Dekalb 4 Gwinett 3 Henry 2 Douglas 1 This is where Georgia's national recruiting success, especially in the past two seasons, has really helped make up for some of those misses in the metro Atlanta area. 'We might have been second or third on a national kid that was a really good player. Say a Kendall (Milton), Say a Kelee (Ringo), but we won a lot of those,' Smart said while discussing Georgia's 2020 signing class in February. 'The other part is we lost some instate battles that were really, really good players.' 'So I think the two of those merged just sort of happened at unique positions where we would've taken the in-state guy or the out of state guy. It just so happened we got the out of state guy.' The growing orange concern As Smart mentioned, Georgia has been missing out more on in-state players. So with Georgia getting more and more of its elite players from outside the Peach State, which schools are hurting the Bulldogs the most, especially inside the metro Atlanta area? The biggest one to know is the Clemson Tigers. Under Dabo Swinney the Tigers have always done well in the state, while landing the likes of Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence. But in recent cycles, they've put in even more focus on the Atlanta area and it has paid off. The Tigers signed multiple Atlanta area prospects in each of the last five signing classes, including 5-star defensive end Myles Murphy and 5-star cornerback Andrew Booth in the last two cycles. And they've gotten off to a strong start in the 2021 cycle, as Clemson already has commitments from four Atlanta-area blue-chippers, including the top two overall talents in Hancock and Carter. The other team that has most recently made significant progress in Atlanta is Tennessee. The Volunteers have also landed multiple signees in each of the past two recruiting cycles, and have two commitments in the 2021 class in Brown and 4-star wide receiver Julian Nixon. As Jeremy Pruitt continues to become more established at Tennessee, it's clear it Atlanta is going to become an even bigger and more crucial part of his program. And that likely will come at the expense of Georgia, even though the Bulldogs continue to do a better job of recruiting the area than any other program. And after Alabama got shut out in the 2018 cycle, it signed six blue-chip prospects over the past two cycles. Unlike Tennessee and Clemson though it holds no 2021 commitments from one of the prospects in the area. The fact that just about every major SEC power is or needs to recruit Atlanta at a high level only makes things more difficult for Georgia. It won't be like it was for USC with the Los Angeles or Miami recruiting south Florida for those super teams of the late 1980's and early 90's. There's simply too much regional competition in metro Atlanta for Georgia to dominate it, as opposed to how LSU handles New Orleans. What you'll notice about the list above is that all but one of these teams is an SEC program, and Clemson essentially operates as one from the comfort of the ACC. Atlanta isn't just responsible for supplying the home-state Bulldogs with top recruits, it's a key part of several of the best programs in the nation's top conference. From a pure numbers standpoint, sure Georgia could do a better job of recruiting the metro Atlanta. If Smart and his staff had ignored positional need and signed just the 22 blue-chip recruits from the metro Atlanta area in the 2020 class, Georgia would've finished with the No. 4 overall recruiting class. But in doing so, the Bulldogs then probably don't get a Milton, a Ringo, a Mekhail Sherman or a Marcus Rosemy. All players who figure to be huge pieces of what Georgia continues to build in the coming seasons. Missing out on a Carter or a Gilbert at the moment should be seen a miss, given in the last two cycles those two players have played at a position of need for the Georgia program. But when the Bulldogs are able to go out land a Darnell Washington and a possibly a Smael Mondon instead, the misses in the metro Atlanta aren't a reason to question Smart's recruiting results. Georgia is still the only program in the country to sign a top-three recruiting class in each of the previous four recruiting cycles. Those first two cycles saw Georgia lean heavily on the metro Atlanta area. These last two have seen Georgia skew more nationally for those elite recruits. And while Clemson and Tennessee have picked up a few more wins in the area, they're not exactly storming the gates and raiding the area for all of the top recruits. The Bulldogs are still getting their fair share and more so than any other program. It's just that no program, not even a Georgia program that is among the national elite in the country, can be expected to dominate the metro Atlanta area from a recruiting standpoint. The area is just too deep and too vital to so many other programs for that to happen. Full list of all metro Atlanta recruits since 2016 More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Daniel Martin: Elite 2022 defensive athlete describes his 'family' feeling at UGA Georgia freshman Kelee Ringo works out with NFL All-Pro, preparing for greatness WATCH 3 things: What's next for college football return Georgia football podcast: An example of Jamie Newman hype that Kirby Smart probably likes Jamaree Salyer has been one of the big winners of Georgia's offseason Kirby Smart reveals thoughts on return, Georgia outlines voluntary workout transition plan Why aggressiveness, not athleticism, could mark the most important difference between Jamie Newman and Jake Fromm Dawgs on Twitter My Big dogs working! pic.twitter.com/0T5632Q8J1 Outlaw The Strength Coach (@outlaw_coach) May 25, 2020 Tuff https://t.co/1XJeVmuSfY Justin Shaffer (@ShafferJustin54) May 23, 2020 Sounds Before the Snap with @CoachSchuUGA #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/WQhdVvmWOu Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) May 24, 2020 Ernie Johnson gave us the best thing you'll see all year long #TheMatch pic.twitter.com/FKTgsmIfC4 Kevin Gray Jr. (@CTSportsRadio) May 24, 2020 Good Dawg of the Day This is Kosi. 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  • ATHENS Social media has never played a bigger role in sports than it has the past 2 1/2 months with college sports sidelined on account of the coronavirus. For better and sometimes for worse, fanbases have relied heavily on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for their sports takes of late. Certainly, social media had a field day on Sunday after watching 'The Match ll' on television featuring Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. There was key insight into the Georgia football program to be found on Twitter, too. More social media buzz is schedule for Tuesday, when UGA star pitcher Emerson Hancock holds a 10 a.m. Zoom press conference to announce his future intentions with the Major League Baseball Draft approaching. On Wednesday, UGA athletic director Greg McGarity joins DawgNation at noon for the On The Beat program. The show moved from its customary 7:30 p.m. Monday slot on account of Memorial Day. Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean appeared last week. The Bulldogs have a reloaded team that looks to break more records next season. RELATED: How Tom Crean plans to turn Georgia basketball into a winner Here are three social media blasts worth noting from the Memorial Day weekend: Monty speaks up and out Georgia senior Monty Rice has yet to make first-team All-SEC, and he's hardly a household name even in his home state of Alabama. But the feeling here is Rice has evolved into the leader and player Kirby Smart knew he could be two years ago when he tabbed him to step in Roquan Smith's shoes at linebacker. Rice echoed his head coach's Sugar Bowl post-game sentiments when he called out himself and teammates on Memorial Day, setting a tone that's sure to roll into workouts when UGA players return on June 8. WATCH: Kirby Smart sends stern message after Sugar Bowl win It's one thing for a coach to say it, but another when a team leader like Rice is sending the message in the locker room when the coaches aren't around. I've been on a defense that was supposed to be dominant and we weren't. Wanna know why? 1word complacency #ripshotime #lastyeardontmatter Monty Rice (@RiceMonty) May 25, 2020 It's worth noting Georgia led the nation in scoring defense and rushing defense last season and ranked third in total defense and eighth in pass efficiency defense. It's also worth pointing out that it was Rice throwing a fit in the postgame of the Auburn game. While many others celebrated a 21-14 win, Rice was aggravated UGA gave up its first rushing TD of the season. WATCH: Monty Rice more evidence of invisible progress during COVID-19 break And, from the sounds of it, incoming freshmen like Kelee Ringo will see to it returning starters can't afford to get complacent. RELATED: Kelee Ringo trains with NFL star, could make sudden impact at cornerback Peyton tees off Former Tennessee standout and five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning is perhaps the greatest pitch man in football history, so he was right at home being mic'd up for 'The Match ll' golf event with Brady, Woods and Mickelson. Manning hilariously explained why he wouldn't match the signature red and black colors worn by his golf partner, Woods. 'I'm mot wearing black and red, that's Georgia Bulldog colors, I mean, I just can't do that,' Manning said. 'If you want me to get sick on the first hole I'll do it. 'I'm not gonna let Kirby Smart get a picture of me in black and red for their social media account.' #Georgia fans take note: social media matters, even Peyton conscientious of Kirby Smart https://t.co/xNX3jz8bIJ MikeGriffith32 (@MikeGriffith32) May 24, 2020 Tennessee has elevated its program image through social media throughout the offseason like no other program, trumpeting a No. 2 recruiting ranking that currently hinges more on volume than average player rating. To boot, the Vols social media account is promoting fictitious cartoon 'Coach Duggs' playing video games, celebrating the animated action as though it was real. Gametime Back where it all began Tennessee @ Toledo Starts Now -> https://t.co/MzqHRTGM0Z pic.twitter.com/2so1jP0swO Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) May 25, 2020 RELATED: Vols rewriting recruiting playbook Jake's belated farewell Celebrated Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm slipped away from the Bulldogs' program via a social media farewell on Jan. 8. RELATED: Jake Fromm drops surprising decision on Georgia, ends decorated career It seemed odd that a player so highly regarded and accomplished as Fromm would choose to bid his program and fan base farewell via a social media post rather than an in-person press conference. The personable Fromm is as celebrated a home-state hero as one will find. From his heroic Little League World Series days in Warner Robins, to his fascinating and fun character reveal as a star of the Netflix QB1 Series. Fromm, now in the role of NFL underdog quarterback as a rookie with the Buffalo Bills, took time to share his sentiments for Georgia through the school's football account on Saturday. Most everyone knew how Fromm felt about the Bulldogs, but to finally hear him acknowledge the legacy he leaves behind had to leave UGA fans feeling fulfilled Fromm shared some of his favorite memories, concluding, 'What's not to love about it? Everything, honestly . I loved every minute of it, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the entire world. 'The fans are amazing, and that's what makes Georgia football fun, the whole state of Georgia and DawgNation gets on board.' . An Experience Unlike Any Other | @FrommJake takes us back to some of his favorite memories as a Dawg #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/mYjAS6y94A Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) May 23, 2020 DawgNation Georgia football offseason Kirby Smart shares thoughts on June 8 return to campus Jamaree Salyer one of the big offseason winners for Georgia Rival programs looming on recruiting trail for Bulldogs Podcast: George Pickens should ease Jamie Newman transition WATCH: Jamie Newman gets offseason work with Justin Fields The post 3 Georgia football social media blasts from Monty Rice, Peyton Manning and Jake Fromm appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry will serve as the firstDawgNation profile for highly-regarded 2022 defensive athlete Daniel Martin. There is a lot of material to share here. There are already a few connections from impressive 2022 defensive athlete Daniel Martin to the University of Georgia. His mother, Denise Livingston, is a UGA grad. That Martin family tree will also list former Georgia Bulldog star Mecole Hardman Jr. as a cousin. The roots of Martin's family trace back to Hartwell near Elbert County. Martin just committed to play in the 2022 All-American Bowl out in Texas, too. That elite invitation and early pledge to that prestigious game will say something about his skill set. That early career goal takes him back to his FBU (Football University) days with other top 2022 prospects like Rabun County's Gunner Stockton and Grayson's Marquis Groves-Killebrew. Martin and Groves-Killebrew aspire to play together in college. That topic among close friends will come up a lot on the recruiting trail, but those two make a more convincing argument than most of their peers do. 'That's my brother right there,' Martin said. 'We've got a great relationship. There's a high chance we will be playing together. Every time that we are together everything goes well. We are always communicating. We have got very good vibes with each other.' Those two would hang together for weeks in the summer. That was even prior to their rise as elite 2022 football prospects. They now train with the highly-successful Hustle Inc. 7-on-7 football program. Martin articulates why he wants to excel at football with great passion. 'Football is in my blood and it is what my family does,' Martin said. 'It is like everybody in my family plays football so it is like an I-have-to-do-it-situation and I've got to be there for my Mom and my parents. If I get where I want to be in football, it will make a difference for us.' The Marietta High playmaker is the youngest of three brothers. The oldest played college football as well but gave it up to pursue a career as a special education teacher. His middle brother is currently playing at the junior college level. It sounds like all the boys in his family play football. When he picked up his recent UGA offer, it was met with great joy in his family. Blessed and honored to receive an offer to play at The University of Georgia #UGA #GODAWGS @DellMcGee @KirbySmartUGA @CoachDanLanning @Coach_N_Bryant @CoachSchuUGA @CoachCwarren @TravionScott @3DMocha @MHSFBFAMILY @tballardqbcoach @TWithJay pic.twitter.com/vUYSWEJVlK Daniel Martin (@Mr_DanielMartin) May 6, 2020 'My mom graduated from Georgia so she was really excited and my auntie graduated from Georgia,' he said. Mom will play it cool, though. 'She's always wanted me to go to Georgia but if that is not the best choice for me then she will understand,' Martin said. Hardman also did not apply press coverage about being a Dawg. 'He just said that for him it was the best choice and he would love for me to go there,' Martin said. 'But if it is not the best choice for me at that time then he will understand.' Martin said he been to Georgia at least five times. He counted up trips to four games. How does he feel about Georgia? 'I've been up to Georgia plenty of times and it is just like the feeling of even if you are not playing there and even if you are not committed there you are still family,' he said. 'I love the vibes there. Everybody is nice. Everybody is cool. I haven't visited a lot of places as many times as I have visited Georgia.' 'Every time I go up there it is the same thing. Everybody is saying Hi' and asking how your day was. It is just always a great feeling up there.' The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Martin has been that tall since he enrolled at Marietta. He picked up the nickname of 'six-three' awhile back. The tall jokes have been constant, but that is a very good thing. Martin currently charts as the nation's No. 5 OLB and the nation's No. 48 overall prospect for 2022 on 247Sports. The surface level scouting stuff about Daniel Martin Dell McGee is the primary recruiter for the Bulldogs with Martin. He extended that offer to become a Bulldog. He was offered to play OLB for Georgia, but that might not be his best position. 'When I got the offer I was so surprised,' Martin said. 'I was thinking I would need more film to get a Georgia offer. But once he did, it was just a great feeling to know that I got an offer from my home team and the team I grew up watching and watching my cousin play there and see what that did for him. It was just a great feeling.' Georgia and Oregon were his dream schools coming up. He has basically only visited Auburn and Georgia with any frequency up to this point. 'Georgia is definitely a top school that I always looked up to,' Martin said. McGee was able to track Martin for more than a minute on his other trips to check out Marietta High over the years. That program has been a hotbed over the last 2-3 years and Martin is the type of athlete who will stand out on any field. He was even skilled enough to be an injury stopgap replacement at quarterback for the Blue Devil freshman team in 2018. Martin was also a freshman varsity starter at Marietta High and handled himself quite well. He further distinguished himself between the lines as a terrific plug-and-play defender for the GHSA Class 7A state champions last fall, too. Let's zoom in on one specific aspect of the stretch run to the playoffs. While he started most of the season at what would be seen as the 'Star' position in Georgia's defense, that spot is known as the 'Stud' in the Marietta High defensive look. When playoff time came around, it meant he needed to be prepared to get a good look from the first-team Marietta offense. The Marietta offense needed some great weekly prep from the Blue Devil defense, too. We've heard of the term 'iron sharpens iron' ad naseum these days. Well, this became a case of 'Arik' sharpens iron. Martin was the iron that was sharpened by the 'Arik' in that little nugget. That would be 2020 5-star tight end Arik Gilbert. 'Not every kid is going to be 6 feet, 5 inches and 250 pounds and run routes like Arik can,' Martin said. No recent prospect has been able to put all of those elements together the way Gilbert has. When those two went at it, it was a battle. Gilbert didn't win all of those either. That is a highly-impressive statement given that Gilbert is one of the finest hybrid receivers to come out of the state of Georgia in years. 'When I competed against him, it just made me better,' Martin said. 'It taught me that I couldn't be as physical as I wanted to with everybody. People can be the same size as me and I will have to rely on my feet more rather than my strength and my hands. I would have to play off more and wait for his reactions in the game.' He was the senior prospect in his varsity prime. Martin was the up-and-coming sophomore. There's a range of opinion that conveys that Martin was able to blanket and shut down Gilbert anywhere from 25 to maybe 40 percent of the time on his best days. 'When he and Arik would go at in on one-on-ones, it was always competitive,' Marietta head coach Richard Morgan said. 'Daniel won his share of battles whether it was in coverage. Maybe it was getting off a block. He did his part. I don't know the exact statistics are, but either way he performed very well. Especially just to be a high school sophomore going against a guy like Arik.' That little scouting detail there plus big-boy offers from Auburn, Georgia and Oregon over the last two months will certainly validate that his future is very bright. Check the sophomore tape here below to just go ahead and remove all doubt. It will not include his five games and 25 tackles and that one Pick-6 against McEachern from his freshman campaign. 'I love contact,' Martin said. The back-and-forth debate about Daniel Martin right now He does not yet have a 247Sports composite rating. The pure 247Sports ranking sheet for Martin will list him as the nation's No. 5 OLB and the No. 48 overall prospect. That's a top 50 player nationally. But there's this thing. Check him in person to the side here. Those shoulders don't really scream 'SEC outside linebacker' and that's not necessarily a bad thing here. Is he a future linebacker? Is he a safety? Is he a future 'Star' or a nickel corner in the right matchups? That is certainly an interesting debate. Yet it seems likely that his frame and shoulders won't really lend itself to a projection that he will be 245 pounds one day in the SEC or another big-boy conference. It is already cliche in the recruiting world to label him as an 'Isaiah Simmons' type of defensive athlete. That phrasing has certainly gone viral over the last eight months, but the most honest thing to say here is that Martin can be used in a variety of ways in a defense with the same creativity that Clemson had for Simmons over the last two seasons. What position does Martin think he will play on Saturdays? 'I feel like I can be anything they wanted me to be just to be honest,' Martin said. 'I can go down the line and be aggressive and beat offenses with the speed. I can stay in the box and use my strength and move the linemen out of the way to get to the running back. I can cover real well. Just where ever they would need me.' 'I can play strong safety. I can come down in the middle. I can play man coverage. I feel like I can play anything.' He has the most fun lined up at strong safety. 'That's where I have the most freedom while moving around,' he said. 'I can visualize everything and look down and break on the ball coming downhill and all of that. I can also go get the balls that the quarterbacks throw, too.' The head coach of the defending Class 7A state champions share his views on that intriguing topic. 'In our defense he is the Star' or the Stud' for us, and in my opinion that is his natural position,' Marietta high school Richard Morgan said. 'You don't have to substitute for him on third-and-long with a fifth defensive back when you go nickel or dime because he can still do that. He plan man coverage against slot receivers.' 'He can stay on the field the entire game. He's just got a great skill set. He's so long and rangy he can cover the curl and the flat. He can blitz the quarterback. You're not run to the width of the field against him because he is just going to outflank you and make the play. It is difficult to just get around him.' Martin initially wanted to play safety for Marietta as a freshman. But he was already so aggressive and physical that the OLB spot just fit him better. 'He does have the skill set to play that boundary safety,' Morgan said. 'A lot of it is going to depend on how much bigger he gets.' The rising junior has a safety's skill set in a frame that might project in two years to an OLB in terms of his body. 'To me, that's what he is,' Morgan said. 'He's a safety, but he's such a great tackler and a great guy when he's close to the line of scrimmage that you can bring him on blitzes and things like that. He's got a safety skill set, but he's got that linebacker build and that linebacker mentality. He's just the combination. I know the coaches that I have talked to about him compare him to Isiah Simmons.' 'To me that is a great comparison because of what he can do on the football field. But he still has to grow and develop and take your game to the next level. But I think where he is at now as a sophomore, I do think that skill set is very similar.' His Marietta film doesn't show off his ability to play man coverage, but he is very skilled at that, too. His work with Hustle, Inc. and Justin Miller have sharpened those tools, too. Miller shined brightly at Clemson and spent seven years in the NFL. The former Pro Bowler is now a well-known and highly-sought DB trainer in the Atlanta area. Martin was always too big to cover guys coming up. He was always asked to play defensive end or linebacker or wide receiver. But he can certainly open up his hips and walk backwards in coverage. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound rising junior can shut down elite wide receivers at his size. 'I've had to prove to everybody that it doesn't matter about your size,' he said. 'You can play where ever you want. You just have to put your mind to it.' Whenever he is asked what position he plays, he starts off with the same answer. 'I start off with athlete and then if they ask me to be specific I will say outside linebacker-slash-nickel,' Martin said. Did you know the weekly DawgNation.com 'Before the Hedges' program is now available as an Apple podcast? Click to check it out and download. The Daniel Martin stories that we won't soon forget The narrative scope so far has just been about Daniel Martin the player and some of his recruiting interest. If you've read this blog for anytime now, we don't just leave it at that around here. What is Martin like was a person? Well, that's the stuff that locker rooms can build a program around. 'I'd love to commit on my uncle's birthday because my uncle passed a couple of years back,' Martin said. 'That was a person who always pushed me and I always looked up to and he was always helping me. Hopefully, I can commit on that day to honor him.' That is always an admirable gesture right there. Patrick Gibbs was born on September 19. That was his mother's brother. The Martin family lost Gibbs two years ago due to a heart attack. Gibbs was 38. 'He played football but he didn't make it that far,' Martin said. 'But he would always come to my games and support me and call me after my games to see how I did. He was pretty much just a great uncle. When my Dad wasn't around, he stepped in and helped me.' Morgan proved to be very insightful in adding to the character sketch of Martin as a young man. Not just his ability to fly in off the edge and blow up a bubble screen. 'I've got one,' Morgan said. 'Not a lot of other people know about it.' There's no need to share the names of his teammates here in this story. The actions taken by Martin more than carry the story. The Blue Devils always dress up on Fridays. It is part of the character education in Morgan's program. Marietta is dressed to come to work on game days. Martin began to notice the same shoes and styles and clothing attire on a few of his teammates. His concern was met by a few of his teammates, too. They really didn't have anything to keep dressing up for those business trips. 'So the next Saturday he got him, the boy on our team and a couple of teammates and they took him to the mall,' Morgan said. 'They bought him clothes and shopped for him.' Everyone needs help from time to time. The simply wanted their teammate to fit in with the rest of the team and not have to worry about sticking out. 'He didn't publicize it at all,' Morgan said. 'It was not a big deal to him. Just being a good teammate. I only know about it because his mom sent me a picture of the boys at the mall. That's how I found out about it.' The rising sophomore is also on a mentorship program at Marietta High School. It afforded him the opportunity to take a special needs student to the prom as her date at an tailor-made event for those individuals in Gwinnett County. 'He was a young lady's date and took her there,' Morgan said. 'That's just the thing with Daniel. He does a lot of things already for other people that doesn't get noticed. But college coaches need to be aware of that, too.' 'They need to know about the quality and character of this young man, too. Not just how well he plays football. You want to invest in kids with great character also as well as great athletic ability. It is very reassuring for them to know they are getting that full package there with him.' Look for Martin to also be featured more at receiver this fall. He's capable of 30-to-40 catches on the offensive side of the ball for the defending Class 7A champions, too. His educational aspiration is also something serious, too. 'I haven't really looked that deep into it but I love animals so if football doesn't work out I want to be a veterenarian or something in that nature,' Martin said. Martin is a fan of a certain specific species. 'I've always had dogs,' Martin said. 'I just love dogs.' DAWGNATION RECRUITING (the recent reads on DawgNation.com) HEDGES: The rival national programs between UGA and another No. 1 class Brock Bowers: Nation's No. 3 TE knows what he needs to do before his college decision De'Jahn Warren: The 'nugget' for the nation's No. 1 JUCO prospect with UGA Elite cornerback Marquise Groves-Killebrew is a 'No. 1 priority' for 2022 Decrypting that recent tweet from 5-star LB Smael Mondon Jr. Prince Kollie: The ILB target who had 1,085 yards as a receiver in 2019 Lovasea Carroll: DawgNation goes one-on-one with the 2021 RB commit Dylan Fairchild: Elite O-line target includes UGA among his top six schools What exactly are these virtual recruiting visits like right now? How the 2021 commits turned a slick edit into Amarius Mims Appreciation Day Dallas Turner: Why Alabama has a slight lead on UGA for the elite pass rusher HEDGES: Why James Williams looms so large for the 2021 Georgia class Georgia's program is now moving past the de-commitments of previous cycles Georgia extends an impactful offer to future 5-star RB Richard Young The 5 things you haven't read yet about recent OLB commit Elijah Jeudy Georgia OL commit Micah Morris made a silent pledge to UGA quite a long time ago Jermaine Burton: Why coming home meant everything to Georgia's next great WR The post Daniel Martin: Elite 2022 defensive athlete describes his 'home' feeling at UGA appeared first on DawgNation.