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Georgia football recruiting: The many different ways to size up this No. 1 class for 2020
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Georgia football recruiting: The many different ways to size up this No. 1 class for 2020

Georgia football recruiting: The many different ways to size up this No. 1 class for 2020

Georgia football recruiting: The many different ways to size up this No. 1 class for 2020

The Georgia football program signed up all the players it possibly could for its 2020 class. That was the big headline for DawgNation at this time a week ago.

The 247Sports Composite ratings trumpeted the work of Kirby Smart and his staff of black-belt recruiters as the best in the land. That's the second time that has happened in the last three cycles on that scale.

Rivals.com has given its own version of that honor to the Bulldogs for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

When the class was all signed and sealed, it prompted a lot of headlines. Rankings this and that. Where it class stands. The reports cards. Assessing the needs that were filled.

It is good content. Yet it does seem to fall in the realm of the same yearly assessment devices.

It led to this topic: How was this class different than the ones signed previously by Kirby Smart? What really stands out for a program that sticks every landing for every signing day?

Let's start with a handful of quick things and then follow that up with some of the more compelling elements of this 2020 group. Wecould start with geography.

Jacob Eason signed with Georgia in the 2016 class, but that was more of retention recruit for that class. The previous staff had already built that pipeline out to Eason.

Georgia's recruiting staff thrived on Pacific Standard Time for this cycle more so than ever before. The Bulldogs were able to sign a pair of All-Americans from California and also the No. 1 prospect from both Arizona and Nevada, too.

In years past, the Georgia classes had onlyreached out as far west to Oklahoma and Texas in the 2018 class. The Bulldogs didn't just recruit well out-of-state this time, they signed up 10 future Bulldogs from a different time zone than Georgia in 2020.

RELATED: Brick-by-brick on how the 2020 recruiting class came together for Georgia

What was truly different about this No. 1 class?

That heading above does not apply to how this class was different from the rest of the nation. That is a given by now with these Kirby Smart classes. This section will address how this year's class was different than the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 classes that Smart has signed.

Let's get those quick bullets out of the way first:

  • The guy they didn't have to sign to be No. 1 : This was the class that finished No. 1 overall and .did need to accept the letter of intent from 5-star RB Zachary Evans. Evans rates as the No. 1 RB in the land for 2020. Georgia didn't have to sign him to still finish with the nation's top class.
  • The new highest-rated signees of the Smart era: The Bulldogs were able to sign the highest-rated players at these positions during Smart's time in Athens: 1)DB and CB (5-star Kelee Ringo); 2) OT (5-star Broderick Jones); 3) DT (5-star Jalen Carter) and 4) C (4-star Sedrick Van Pran-Granger)
  • Senior film now matters a great deal : This classvalidates what Smart said at SEC Media Days prior to the 2019 season. He felt that Georgia, along with Alabama in his time there, didn't take into account a prospect's senior season during the final evaluations for those players. It was a chief reason why the Bulldogs announced signings from 3-stars in OL AustinBlaske, DB Daran Branch, OL Cameron Kinnie, WR Ladd McConkey and OL Devin Willock. Don't believe that? Consider for a second that Georgia waited until December of their senior years to offer all of those guys save for Willock. When Willock's offerbecame committable in the week leading up to the early signing day, he quickly de-committed from Penn State and sought to join the next class in Athens.
  • The "sudden change" class:G o back to Dec. 11. At that point, 4-star OT Joshua Braun had just de-committed. That came after Sam Pittman had moved on to Arkansas. The less-than-stellar SEC Championship game showing with LSU was still fresh, too. When Braun bolted the class, it meant Georgia had just 14 public members left in what would be the eventual 25-man class. Matt Luke needed to be hired and all of Pittman's prized OL targets and commits needed to be re-recruited for his OL room in 2020. That's 11 new faces out of those 25, not counting the re-recruitments of Broderick Jones, Chad Lindberg, Tate Ratledge and Sedrick Van Pran-Granger. If the aim here was to conjure a "wow" number, that figure could have dropped to 10 members of that 25. Truth be told, a fewparents in this class expressed some anxiety about what hadhappened and what was about to happen next in Athens.
  • The no-doubt "freaks" for 2020. Even for a Georgia class: The simplest way to convey this point is to think about the guys who would not make this reporter's list of the bona fide "freak" athletes in thisclass. It pains us to say this, but the guy who boomed a 59-yard field goal in a game and has an NFL-level kickoff leg right now ( Jared Zirkel) didn't make the cut. Norwill Sedrick Van Pran-Granger and his brute strength. He won the bench press challenge at Under Armour All-American week and then won the "Pancake" award for the top OL in the game. 4-star WR Justin Robinson is a physical specimen in every sense of the term. Especially up close.Watching him elevate for a highpoint catch is special. That said, even he is not among of the most telling exclamation point athletes of this class.

Who are the real freaks? Let's tick them off:

1) 5-star Kelee Ringo has elite skills and speed (4.36 laser in the 40) to play the cornerbackposition. He has the hips and fluid movement. Yet he packs it into a safety's body at 6 feet, 2 inches and 205 pounds.

2) 5-star OT Broderick Jones moves like a TE and will strike any scout as one of the most fit and lean 300-pound offensive tackles they will ever see.

3) 5-star DT Jalen Carter is every bit the physical specimen and athlete Travon Walker was in the 2019 class. At6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, he's even played tight end for his Apopka High football team.

4) While 5-star ATH Darnell Washington is still raw, he is an explosive athlete with ball skills at 6 feet, 7 inches and 265 pounds. It will ultimately make him a matchup headache onevery snap.

5) 4-star CB Jalen Kimber posted a 140.01 score at the Opening finals testing last July. That's Nick Chubb and Nolan Smith territory there. The 6-foot Kimber paired up a laser 4.44 with a 4.02 pro agility shuttle and a 42-inch vertical leap.

6) Former 5-star RB Kendall Milton is up to 227 pounds in Athens. He can run a 4.59 laser in the 40 and should play this fall at 230. The young fella can use a rock for a pillow. That's how chiseled he looked last nightwhilethe mid-years were introduced athalftime of the basketball game.

7) Did you see the viral post where 6-foot, 190-pound WR Jermaine Burton broad jumped the width of a backyard swimming pool from a running start? He doesn't make this list for that. He doesn't make the cut even for his 135.15 Opening rating. That was fueled by a 3.95 short shuttle and a 39-inch vertical. He's on the freak list for his uncommon ball skills. I'm not sure if I've seen five high school receivers in 20-plus years track a ball in the air and come down with it the way he does.

8) Former 5-star OLB Mekhail Sherman was slowed by a tough knee injury that wiped out his junior season. Prior to that, he was clocking laser 40s in the 4.5 range at the Opening finals in 2018. He made the "Fastest Man" heats as a 225-pound linebacker. Watch his senior tape below. Sherman was still recovering from that knee injury, playing a different position and doing so at 80 to 85 percent of his full athleticism.

9) Georgia WR signee Arian Smith won the "Fastest Man" competition at the Under Armour All-American Game week and he's timed at 10.3 seconds in the 100 meters as a high school junior. When he enrolls at Georgia, he will immediately become one of the fastest players in college football. He is also the nation's No. 9 WR and No. 58 overall prospect for 2020. He thinks he can clock a 10.20 or lower this spring. Sheesh.

Georgia now signs about four or five players with the eye-opening athleticism these guys have every cycle. But they don't sign eight guys quite like this and not even include guys like Robinson and Smith.

The 2018 class was filled with guys like Justin Fields, Jamaree Salyer and Zamir White. But I wouldn't label a lot of the 5-stars in that class in the rare athlete category. Adam Anderson, Tyson Campbell, Fields and White would fit into the criteria of rare athlete with this 2020 group. But a lot of those guys (Brenton Cox, Cade Mays and Salyer) were just great football players.

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There are a few more items which should strike DawgNation as decidedly different for this class.

1) The emphasis to reshape the OL and WR positions

Why: Georgia used 16 of its 25 scholarship in this class for the offensive side of the ball. Consider the way the 2019 season went for Georgia offensively and then let that marinate for a minute.

It is a clear tell Georgia feels it needs more playmakers for that side of the ball.

This will also reflect how the program feels it is at defensively for the 2020 season. The biggest changes here are the stark reconstruction of the OL and WR rooms. Georgia signed 12 players (7 on the OL, 5 at WR) in this class to restock the talent levels at those positions.

When one scans the team roster for next year, they will see that these new freshmen faces occupy 38 percent of Cortez Hankton's room. That's five out of 13 current scholarship slots. The number for Luke's room currently sits at 43 percent. That will be seven of the team's 16 offensive linemen.

Georgia will have at the most three receivers (Trey Blount, Demetris Robertson and Matt Landers) in 2020 who classify as a junior or a senior in eligibility. There are also only four veteran offensive linemen (Ben Cleveland, Justin Shaffer, Trey Hill and Salyer) who will classify as juniors or seniors.

Take a look at the players who will classify as a freshman or sophomore at those positions for 2020:

  • OL: 12 out of 16
  • WR: 10 out of 13

Those young guys are vastly talented, but that's also a moment for DawgNation to reach for the Pepto prior to that SEC opener in Tuscaloosa.

2) The most overlooked but essential player in this class

If folks forego the obvious answer here, they might be thinking too hard.

That guy has to be 3-star Texas kicker Jared Zirkel. He has boomed a 59-yard field goal in an actual game and his chance to start in 2020 is as good of a chance as anyone in the class.

There's no such thing as a Day 1 starter in Athens. Not given the depth that runs through the program, but Zirkel is a good bet to be a Day 10 starter in fall camp. Rodrigo "Hot Rod" Blankenship is on to the NFL, but Zirkel's kickoff leg is one area where that drop-off won't be major.

That whole part about adjusting to the pressure field goals in the SEC? That's another story. Zirkel needs the reps there. But he does stand to be the most talented player at his position on the 2020 team.

There will also not be a returning player at his position with any real advantage over him in playing time, too.

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Georgia football recruiting: The many different ways to size up this No. 1 class for 2020

3) New breed: Players who seem tailor-made for adifferent UGA offense

There were some late additions to the class who do fit more of what Todd Monken (new offensive coordinator) and new line coach (Matt Luke) like to see.

We started to see a trend emerge when January 2020 offers came out for OL Cameron Kinnie and WR Ladd McConkey. Those two players didn't have offers before Luke and Monken arrived. Kinnie is a heady interior asset for the center and guard spot. He started both ways at Collins Hill for four seasons. That experience lends itself to a high football IQ. Kinnie also has a strong academic transcript. In due time, he will be able to handle all the calls and responsibilities that go along with playing center and guard in the SEC.

McConkey is the ideal new slot receiver build for the Monken scheme.McConkey is another Terry Godwin/Mecole Hardman Jr./Isaiah McKenzie type for this offense. He has that type of speed, sudden change of direction and certain hands. Dominick Blaylock was the only player with the same variety of skills who had a role in Georgia's offense last season.

Colquitt County's Daijun Edwards, the late 4-star signee, is a three-down RB who will excel in the passing game. He's a tough inside runner, but his high school staff already classifies him as a steady receiver and an asset in pass protection. Edwards caught 22 passes as a freshman in the largest classification of Georgia high school football. He finished his career with another 27 catches for 408 yards as a senior when he was again featured in the Colquitt County passing game.

Early enrollee Carson Beck is a well-versed QB in all schemes and styles. He has the cognitive ability and arm talent to attack every area of the field. All-around WRs Jermaine Burton, Justin Robinson and Marcus Rosemy would be effective in any system, including a more diverse passing attack. Those three, along with freshman speedster Arian Smith, can come in and make plays like Blaylock and Pickens did in 2019.

The opinion here is that Georgia has never signed a class of receivers with this blend of athleticism, diverse skills, ratings and size in any one class. There are three top 100 receivers in this group. Georgia did not sign a pair of top 100 receivers in a class in this decade prior to Blaylock and Pickens in 2019.

In closing, there is also the enigma that is Washington. He is raw, but the 5-star ATH will be an extreme compliment to Pickens in the red zone. At least. Which secondary boasts an athlete to go up for balls with Pickens and then another special defender to shadow the 6-foot-7 Washington? He can make catches at heights approaching 11 feet in the air. Who will be able to cover him way up there?

4) Fathers and sons and the potential future teamcaptains

Train up a child in the way he should go. That verse from Proverbs brings to mind the relationships between the fathers and sons of this class.

There are many strong fathers who have trained up their sons in the way they should grow. They have taken an active role in their son's lives. Not just athletic careers. Academics have mattered. That degree will be prioritized at UGA. Community service has already mattered.

Those types in the breakout of this class are numerous. While sharing the personal stories of these young men, I've noticed more fathers who continue to make a difference. More so than in any class Smart has signed.

Teenage boys aren't expected to flash true leadership qualities. It is rare when they do. It is harder to find a player who embodies that when they have been the best player on every team they've played for.

The 2020 examples here are too many to name. Those stories are vastly different from just being a helicopter dad. As an aside, I've noticed these fathers work to recruit other like-minded families to join what they saw was a special class forming at UGA.

How prevalent is that trend? There are no less than 10 members of this class who give off a future team captain vibe. That was a clear tell in covering their recruitments. That same feeling also seemed inherent in future Bulldogs like Lewis Cine, Nakobe Dean, Jake Fromm, Azeez Ojulari, Salyer, Nolan Smith, D'Andre Swift and Andrew Thomas at the high school level, too.

There's a commonality there. These are just more good dudes and great young people in this class compared to previous years. With regard to that, there are strong parents (and grandparents) in the family picture in almost every one of those cases.

Accountability plus dependability seems to be the formula within the 2020 class. The talent is there, but that's pretty muchprerequisite with Smart at the helm.

The way that a lot of these young men have handled themselves on and off the field just seems different for this 2020 class.That is what really builds a championship-caliber team. Not stars.

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  • ATHENS Georgia quarterback D'Wan Mathis was back in his home state of Michigan over spring break when the coronavirus pandemic began to take effect. Some of the Bulldogs' players would end up staying home when UGA suspended and then canceled face-to-face spring semester classes. But not Mathis. 'D'Wan came back on spring break and told me he loves where he is from, but that he needed to go back to Georgia,' Terence Mathis told DawgNation on Friday. 'He said, Daddy, I love you, but I'm leaving.' 'For us, we're just happy he was granted the exemption to stay near campus where they have the best doctors in the world keeping up with him.' The former Ohio State quarterback commit from metro Detroit has had a challenging rehabilitation period after an emergency brain surgery procedure last May 23 put him in the ICU unit at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. 'I want the public to know this, please write this: Georgia could have given up on my son,' Terence Mathis said. 'But instead, Kirby and his staff have treated D'Wan as though he was their own son. They've used every possible resource to stay behind him and keep him engaged with the team after saving his life.' RELATED: Georgia saved my son's life, medical director Ron Courson praised Indeed, Coach Kirby Smart made it clear last May that Georgia would not rush Mathis' comeback, and they planned for a complete recovery. 'We are expecting a full recovery, and the timeline is the least of our concerns,' Smart said at SEC spring meetings. Mathis' comeback has come in stages. He was cleared to run and lift last July. By the start of the 2019 season, he was participating in limited drill work. By last November, Mathis running the scout team offense and playing with such passion that coaches and doctors had to reel him in and remind him to use some restraint. Mathis was cleared to go through spring football drills, though it's important to note he's not yet been cleared for game action. There's an MRI test scheduled for May that could provided the all-important clearance for total contact (UGA doesn't tackle its quarterbacks in spring drills). More good news came on Friday, when the SEC added some provisions for coaches to instruct players. Mathis, along with fellow Georgia football quarterbacks Jamie Newman, Caron Beck and Stetson Bennett, has the benefit of chalk talks starting at 1 p.m. next Monday. RELATED: SEC moves toward resuming football preparations Terence Mathis maintains the football will take care of itself. He said the most important thing to the Mathis family is how D'Wan has been accepted into the Georgia football community. 'I'm indebted to Georgia, they have extended this incredible opportunity to D'Wan,' Terence Mathis said. 'Especially during these tough times, and you know it's bad up here in Michigan. 'It means everything to us as a family for him to now have the opportunity to be involved with the football planning while still pursuing academics. 'Coach (Todd) Monken has reached out to me and let me know that D'Wan is having positive progress.' Mathis' upside was obvious to all who watched last year's G-Day Game. The 6-foot-6, 205-pounder was 15-of-28 passing for 113 yards and provided one of the biggest highlights of the Georgia football spring game. Mathis, who ran a 10.8-second time in the 100 meters in high school, showed his speed when he caught a double-reverse pass from Matt Landers for a 39-yard touchdown. TRICK PLAY ALERT #GDay #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/3Qc6Opb85L Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) April 21, 2019 'D'Wan, he's explosive,' Jake Fromm said of his former understudy. 'I think he converted three or four first downs in a row with his legs. 'The guy can run the ball, he can throw it 70 yards, he's going to be a great player.' The strong performances in spring drills kept Mathis going during the dog days of last summer and into the season. But there were also frustrating times when D'Wan Maths didn't know what to do without football, unable to travel to away games. That's when Georgia came up biggest, according to his father. 'As frustrated as he got, the more they wrapped their arms around him,' Terence Mathis said. 'Those coaches could have said they were too busy trying to win the SEC East again and play for another league title. But they didn't say that. 'They believed in D'Wan, and they have stayed behind him, and the DawgNation fans have stayed behind him, too.' There is no timetable for college football to return at the time of this publication (March 28). The coronavirus has put all group activities around the world on hold. But Terence Mathis said his son will remain in Athens. 'That's what he considers his home now,' he said, 'and it's where we believe he belongs.' 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  • We've now reached the Final Four. Not of the NCAA Tournament but of the top Georgia football moments that have occurred under Kirby Smart. We now have the representatives for each season 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 that Smart has guided the Georgia program. The 2016 winner was the top seed, being Nick Chubb's return against North Carolina. The game also gave Smart his first career win, while Chubb ran for over 200 yards in his first game back. The 2017 pick is the runaway favorite to win, as that year is being repped by Sony Michel's game-ending touchdown run against Oklahoma. It's hard to imagine this moment somehow not winning the whole bracket, given how dominant that moment is been in voting up to this point. The 2018 selection was D'Andre Swift's touchdown run against Auburn, which capped Swift's best-career game in a Georgia uniform. And the representative for the past season was Georgia's 23-17 win over Notre Dame. The big highlight from that game was the light show that took place between the third and fourth quarters, though Lawrence Cager's touchdown catch. The Swift run will take on the 2019 Notre Dame game, while Chubb's return has the unfortunate matchup against Michel's final Rose Bowl touchdown. You can vote on the results below, as well as see the full brackets as to how we got to this point. Full Bracket 2016 vs. 2017 region No. 1 Sony Michel's walk-off against Oklahoma vs.No. 1 Nick Chubb's return Breakdown:Michel dominated again, winning 92-8 over the 2017 Notre Dame take over. Michel's game-winning touchdown run is the heavy favorite to win the entire bracket. Think back to how great it felt in that moment for the Bulldogs to punch their ticket to Atlanta. Chubb's return also advanced to this point with relative ease, beating Jacob Eason's winner against Mizzou by a 72-28 margin. This was Chubb's first game back after a horrific knee injury against Tennessee in his sophomore season. He came out and ran for 222 yards, the second-most in his illustrious Georgia career. The result also gave Georgia a win over North Carolina in Smart's first-ever game as Georgia's head coach. In the first matchup, 2017's top moment against 2016's top moment DawgNation (@DawgNation) March 28, 2020 2018 vs. 2019 region No. 2 D'Andre Swift's touchdown run against Auburn vs.No. 1 The Notre Dame lights show The 77-yard touchdown run by Swift capped not only his best career game but also a three-game stretch that saw the Bulldogs beat three straight-ranked opponents in Florida, Kentucky and Auburn. It got the final four by beating Kirby Smart's post-Florida celebration. Auburn has one of the best run defenses in the country. @DAndreSwift has 186 yards against it, including this 77 yard touchdown. pic.twitter.com/XoxKAB0fyq Dayne Young (@dayneyoung) November 11, 2018 The Notre Dame win is on the shortlist of best home games of the past decade. It advanced with a 58-42 margin over HBTFD. And in the other matchup, 2018 against 2019 DawgNation (@DawgNation) March 28, 2020 More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football podcast: CBS writer says UGA among teams most hurt by missing spring practice SEC steps toward resuming football preparations, approves online chalk talks Jonathan Jefferson: 5 things to know about this week's 2021 Georgia commit Opinion: Kirk Herbstreit's reckless speculation does college football a disservice WATCH: If you don't like Todd Gurley on the Atlanta Falcons, you're anti-fun ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down D'Andre Swift draft stock Georgia football podcast: 5 things to know about UGA's chances of making Playoff Tony Grimes: Nation's No. 1 CB was set to see UGA amid a flurry of spring visits The post Bracket season: Discussing the top moment of each Georgia football season under Kirby Smart appeared first on DawgNation.
  • DawgNation has four staffers who cover Georgia football from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The 'Cover 4' concept is: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement on that opinion. 4) Pepper the page with photos for the big picture. For this edition, we discuss what Georgia fans would have been talking about now had COVID-19 not put our way of life on hold. DawgNation continues with the 'Cover 4' concept. The focus is always a timely look with each of our guys manning the secondary on a pertinent topic. We're looking at our now useless Georgia spring practice schedule from earlier this year. It makes us wince. Poof. All of that is gone. But football will return. Someday. Hopefully soon. That schedule says the 2020 Bulldogs would have been six practices deep into their spring drills after today. What would have DawgNation been talking about right now? We closed our eyes and imagined what that would have looked like. It resulted in another 'Cover 4' discussion of four different aspects of the team. It was fun to do amidst a time of great renewal for the Georgia program. Well, except for a salty defense which should be the best of the Kirby Smart era in Athens. The quick in-and-out game remains. The Cover 4 is designed to come out as quick as everyone is to try to maintain their social distancing these days. What would have been the big Georgia football spring practice storyline right now? Brandon Adams: Jamie Newman The 'why' from 'DawgNation Daily' here: 'The quarterback is almost always the biggest story, and this certainly would've been the case with Newman. The absence of spring practice only increases our anticipation to see Newman's debut this fall .' Mike Griffith: The offensive line The 'why' from 'On the Beat' here: 'This is the area Kirby Smart is most concerned about, and he'll say it. There will be discussion about different players lining up in different places, and injury updates . ' Connor Riley: Todd, Todd, Todd Monken The 'why' from 'Good Day UGA' here: ' Between Smart and some offensive players, we'd have gotten to hear more about working with the new offensive coordinator and what he brings to the table, as well as the working dynamic with Smart.' Jeff Sentell: The need for more playmakers at receiver. Again. The Intel here: 'Kirby Smart made it clear last spring he didn't have enough playmakers at receiver. He wanted to see what Dominick Blaylock, Lawrence Cager and George Pickens could add to the unit. It would have been the same chorus this year. The only differences between the receivers practicing last spring would have been the subtraction of veterans J.J Holloman and Tyler Simmons and the addition of Pickens and Justin Robinson. The Bulldogs will again await the arrival of Jermaine Burton, Marcus Rosemy, Ladd McConkey and Arian Smith with great anticipation. When they hit the field, that's when we will get a glimpse of where Monken's new offense can take Georgia this fall.' The post Georgia football: What would have been the talk of spring practices by now? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia and its new quarterback will be among the favorites when college football resumes, per the latest online odds from sportsbetting.ag. Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman is ranked fifth among the Heisman Trophy contenders without having even taken his first snap for the Bulldogs. To boot, Newman along with the rest of SEC players has just now gotten approval to receive online 'chalk talk' instruction from quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Todd Monken starting at 1 p.m. on Monday. Former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy at Ohio State (+450), followed by Clemson's Trevor Lawrence (+475), Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler (+1000), Texas' Sam Ehlinger (+1200) and then Newman (+1400). Other SEC quarterbacks among the favorites include Florida's Kyle Trask, who is tied for ninth with USC QB Kedon Slovis (+2500), Alabama QB Mac Jones and North Carolina QB Sam Howell. Tailback Zamir White is tied for 25th among the Heisman Trophy contenders listed (+6600). But White, like Newman, has yet to secure the starting spot at his position entering into what will be a unique yet still very competitive offseason. SEC teams are currently suspended from any on-campus activities and are social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Once play resumes, Georgia figures to be in as good as shape as any program in the nation. RELATED: 4 reasons why Georgia football set for title run in 2020 The Bulldogs, as a team, rank fourth among the national championship contenders, per the online odds. Clemson is the favorite to win the national championship (+275), followed by Ohio State (+350), Alabama (+550) and then Georgia (+900). LSU is No. 5 on the preseason odds list (+1000), with Florida No. 6 (+1200), Oklahoma No. 7 (+2000) and Auburn, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, Texas and Texas A&M tied at No. 8 (+2500). Georgia football offseason reads WATCH: Monty Rice shows proof of 'invisible progress' at Georgia The post Georgia football, Jamie Newman stand tall among preseason favorites in updated odds 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. 1,162 (March 27, 2020) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about why one CBS writer thinks UGA was hurt by missing spring practice. Georgia football podcast: CBS writer says UGA among teams most hurt by missing spring practice Beginning of the show: Georgia's new offensive coordinator Todd Monken and quarterback Jamie Newman lead to a scenario in which the Bulldogs are among the teams most harmed by missing spring practice according to a recent article by a CBS Sports writer. I'll discuss more on that topic on today's show. 10-minute mark: I share my response to ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit's prediction that the upcoming season will be canceled due to coronavirus concerns. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's Connor Riley joins the show. Some of the topics covered include The fun the Atlanta Falcons are having after signing former UGA and Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley How UGA is impacted by not having spring practice And how college coaches should respond to the unprecedented challenges presented by dealing with the coronavirus 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC teams who didn't have the benefit of a spring practice including teams with new quarterbacks such as LSU and Alabama, and teams with new coaches such as Mississippi State and Missouri. 35-minute mark: I discuss Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's proposed timeline for when coaches need access to their players in order to begin the season on time. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: CBS writer says UGA among teams most hurt by missing spring practice appeared first on DawgNation.