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Report Card: Kentucky helps the Bulldogs get back on track

Report Card: Kentucky helps the Bulldogs get back on track

Report Card: Kentucky helps the Bulldogs get back on track

Report Card: Kentucky helps the Bulldogs get back on track

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ATHENS – It was just another win over Kentucky, and another lopsided one at that. But Georgia’s celebration afterward was different. It was evident this one really meant something.

And it did.

With their 42-13 win over the Wildcats, the No. 7-ranked Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1 SEC) finished undefeated at Sanford Stadium for the season. It kept them undefeated against the Eastern Division, something that hadn’t been done since the SEC went to divisional play, and rinsed away a nasty taste that had remained in their collective mouths since getting thumped by Auburn a week earlier.

“Adversity doesn’t build character; I personally believe adversity exposes character,” coach Kirby Smart said afterward. “There was an opportunity with last week’s loss to see how we respond. I think the character of our group is clear, led by our seniors. They’ve accepted the new staff. They were willing not just to buy in to our new way, but they’ve been selling it to our younger players, and that’s been a big part of being a good people. I’m really proud of these guys to do some things that haven’t been done before here.”

It wasn’t as easy as the final score may indicate. Georgia trailed 3-0 and led only 7-6 into the final five minutes of the first half.

But then the Bulldogs poured it on. They’d score 21 points over the next 11 minutes, then buried the Wildcats like they have so many other opponents in the fourth quarter this season.

Now Georgia resets its sights on archrival Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets (5-5) will be looking to get bowl eligibility next Saturday in Atlanta. The Bulldogs, with their ticket already punched to Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the SEC Championship, have bigger game to hunt. But they’re intently focused on handling local business first.

It won’t be hard. The Yellow Jackets knocked them off 28-27 a year ago.

“We know what’s coming up next week,” Georgia tailback Nick Chubb said. “We’re looking forward to it.”

Here’s how the Dogs did against Kentucky:


With 508 yards gained, the temptation is to say that the Bulldogs played great on offense. And they were excellent for much of the game. But they also were a little slow to get moving, and another early turnover – this one Jake Fromm interception – quickly left them behind on the scoreboard. What finally got Georgia moving was the passing game. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney began to turn Fromm loose with first-down passes early in the second quarter, and that in turn loosened up Georgia’s running game. Tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel retired for the night early in the fourth quarter having combined for 238 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Fromm finished with 123 yards on 9-of-14 passing and hit Javon Wims for a 27-yard touchdown. Wims finished with six catches for 83 yards.


Obviously, the Bulldogs played much better than they did a week ago at Auburn. But they still showed some vulnerabilities. Kentucky tailback Benny Snell was tough for them to bring down. He finished with 94 yards on 22 carries and scored a touchdown. The Wildcats also put together scoring drives of eight, seven and seven plays and possessed the ball for half the game, or 29:40. In the end, though, Kentucky was held to just two field goals and 140 yards in the first half and, averaging 361 yards and 27.9 points, finished with just 262 total and half its scoring average. Aaron Davis grabbed an interception for Georgia, Roquan Smith had a team-high nine tackles and a sack and the Wildcats were 3-for-12 on third down. Now all that goes out the window as the Bulldogs will have to re-learn how to defend the triple option.


Georgia got back on track on special teams after penalties and mistakes spoiled its work last week at Auburn. Mecole Hardman added another 81 yards in returns, highlighted by a 35-yard kickoff return and a 20-yard punt return. Cameron Nizalek nearly had a punt blocked but was roughed – and briefly injured – on the play, resulting in a Georgia first down. He finished with a 48-yard average on two punts. Rodrigo Blankenship did not have a field goal attempt but he finished with four touchbacks on six kickoffs, which ties him with Hall of Famer (and his kicking coach) Kevin Butler for the school record with 51.


Kirby Smart gets high marks for navigating Georgia through the emotional wreckage left in the wake of the 40-17 loss to Auburn that plunged the Bulldogs from the top ranking in football. The Bulldogs continue to hurt themselves with penalties. They were flagged seven times for 59 yards and were called for two more personal fouls. Initially, Georgia seemed obstinate about running the ball on first down no matter what, calling rushes on first down nine consecutive times to start the game. But when they finally started to mix it up, they were moved the ball at will and finished with 25 first downs, the second highest total this season.


It was good night for both UGA fans and players. The Bulldogs finished a perfect 6-0 at home for the first time since 2012, which also happened to be the last time they went to the SEC Championship game. They did it by feeding the football to their senior stars, Chubb and Michel, and getting dominating performances from the defense and special teams. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a very, very good night to be a Bulldog.

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  • ATLANTA — For Trent Pearson and Jason Miller, it was set up to be a perfect day: Atlanta United soccer at The Benz in the afternoon, SEC football talk in the evening at Centennial Olympic Park. There ended up being some wrinkles. It started with the hometown soccer team not winning (they played Seattle to a 1-1 draw). And then Georgia coach Kirby Smart had to cancel his scheduled appearance on SEC Nation, which was broadcasting a live show from the park from 6 to 8 p.m. It was a perfect day for Atlanta’s Jason Miller (L) and Trent Pearson, who are both Georgia fans and fans of the Atlanta United soccer team. (Chip Towers/DawgNation) But there were no complaints from these two fans. “I saw on social media a few weeks ago that this was going on and I’m a season ticket holder for Atlanta United,” said Pearson, drinking a beer with his buddy underneath the UGA Alumni Association tent around dusk. “So I knew I wanted to come over and check it out afterward. It’s been pretty cool. I’m pumped it’s in Atlanta because Atlanta is the heart of the SEC.” The SEC is holding its annual Football Media Days convention in Atlanta for the first time in history. It has been held in Birmingham since the late 1980s. On Sunday, the league conducted its first-ever SEC Summerfest football kickoff celebration. The aim was to cater to fans. There was live music, food trucks, interactive games for kids and hospitality tents for all 14 of the SEC schools. The finale was intended to be the SEC Nation show, featuring all the SEC Network’s television personalities and college football analysts. But the crowd had thinned out considerably by the time that started at 6 p.m. as Atlanta United fans headed home. “I think it’s a great idea and it’ll only get better over time,” Pearson said. “This is the first year and not that many people knew about it. Atlanta is a lot better place for the SEC preseason meetings.” As expected, Georgia fans had the strongest presence. But Florida and Auburn were also very well-represented. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn created a stir among and orange-and-blue set when he made an appearance on SEC Nation early in the show. The SEC had announced that Smart was also going to make an appearance, but he backed out for unspecified reasons. Trent Woods, better known as Big Dawg III, was among the contingent of Georgia fans to descend on Centennial Olympic Park Sunday for the SEC’s inaugural SEC Summerfest event. (Chip Towers/DawgNation) “He’s probably busy trying to see that Demetris Robertson gets eligible this season,” cracked Trent Woods, better known as Big Dawg III, the famous Georgia fan who wears the face of a bulldog painted atop his head. Woods was headed toward the Centennial Park exit but still taking photos with fans around 7 p.m. He said he’d been there since about 3 p.m. “And I forgot to put on sunscreen today, so I’m going to be feeling it later,” he said, rubbing the crown of his head. All of the goings on Sunday were a sideshow to the main event that begins late Monday morning. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey will give a state of the SEC address around 11 a.m., kicking off four days of football talk and preseason hype in The Omni Hotel and College Football Hall of Fame. Pearson’s ties to Georgia run deep. He’s a UGA alum who worked for the Bulldogs as an equipment manager while in school. He’s about to take a full-time job at The Citadel. The same can’t be said for his friend. Miller is actually a Georgia Tech alum but he said he also roots for Georgia in all but one game a year. “Just don’t tell anybody,” Miller said. Oops. The post Georgia and Atlanta United fans unite at inaugural SEC Summerfest event appeared first on DawgNation.
  • LEBANON, Tenn. — Zion Logue committed to the Georgia staff about a week ago. He went public with that choice from a gathering at his aunt’s home in Central Tennessee on Sunday night. The 6-foot-5.5, 285-pound standout chose Georgia over a field of options that included serious interest from Kentucky, Ole Miss and Memphis. Alabama and Ohio State were a couple of his other higher-profile offers but they had not ratcheted up their pursuit of Logue the way that a few other schools had. Logue becomes the 11th commitment for the Bulldogs in the class of 2019. His decision also bumps the Bulldogs up to No. 11 nationally. Georgia’s class now rates as the No. 4 collection in the SEC based off the 247Sports Team Composite rankings. He will not enroll early and told DawgNation that the current plan is for him to not take any other official or unofficial visits besides the one he will take to Georgia. “If Georgia will let me take any other visits then I will have to think about that,” Logue said. “But if they do not want me to do that, then I will make sure to honor what they want me to do with that.” Why did he choose Georgia? Logue said that he couldn’t really articulate all the exact reasons. It was largely just a feeling, he said. “It is just that family feel I get with Georgia,” Logue said. “I just feel like Georgia has something really special going on with that program right now and in the seasons to come.” It is worth noting here that the DL target with the size-14 cleats is now the only 3-star commitment for the Bulldogs in the class. About that 3-star rating here with Zion Logue Did you just get a good look at that film? See what you need to know? Well, go ahead and flush all of that. That film is essentially the recruiting equivalent of a weight loss “before” picture. With Logue, it will involve some serious weight gain. Logue seemed to have re-booted his recruiting over the last 3-4 months. That junior year film from Lebanon High School was at least 50 pounds ago. It now looks like he has transformed his body from a 245-pound defensive end as a junior into a serious SEC defensive line target for this cycle. “I feel like I was able to show all those coaches that I was committed to working to become something really special one day,” Logue said. The weight change, which was accomplished through some serious weight training, has reshaped his body. He was a different player when several major Power 5 programs saw him over the summer, including Georgia. “My junior year I played around 240 or 245 pounds,” he said. “Then from January to March this year, I put on 35 pounds.” That grind has included a lot of explosive lifts. Squats. Cleans. Weighted jumps from the middle of a power clean position. He’s kept on bulking up from there. Logue has added another 15-20 pounds to his frame since then. His trainer Shavez Jobe told DawgNation that the future Bulldog DT has added that weight without losing any of his speed. He’s still right around the 5.0 or 5.1 mark in the 40-yard dash. “Just weight room and more weight room,” Logue said. “Being in the weight room every day and just working.” His athletic ability allowed him to play three spots in high school. He just recently gave up baseball and used to be a middle school quarterback. Jobe and Logue both believe he can still throw a football about 60 yards. The college position projection for Zion Logue Logue rates on the 247Sports composite scale as the nation’s No. 42 strong-side DE prospect, but that projection was at his previous weight and that position. He traveled to the U.S. Army All-American camp back in January and established himself as a prospect with a bit higher ceiling than that. Especially as he kept reshaping his body into a frame which can withstand the rigors of the SEC. Where does UGA plan to use him? “I can play between the ‘3’ and the ‘5’ technique for Georgia,” Logue said. “The coaches saw what I could do when I camped there for them and that’s where they plan to use me.” He told DawgNation that he also plans to be at the highly-anticipated west end zone expansion and locker room reveal at Sanford Stadium later this month. Logue had originally planned to make his commitment known on Sept. 6 but chose to move it up in order to just settle the matter of his college future and end his recruiting process. The post BREAKING: Bulldogs add defensive line target Zion Logue to 2019 class appeared first on DawgNation.
  • As much fun as it is for Georgia fans to reminisce about the greatest games we’ve seen, there are other days we’d just as soon forget — but can’t. Of course, any time the Dawgs lose is a bad day for fans, but some games are such awful experiences, for one reason or another, that they are seared into our memories. Here are 10 of the least favorite Dawgs football games that I’ve attended over the years — and, as you’ll see, not all of them are losses … Tech in the rain The 34-14 drubbing by the Yellow Jackets in 1974, closing out the first regular season after I graduated from UGA, is probably my least favorite game ever. On a day when Athens was hit by what Vince Dooley later recalled as “the hardest sustained rain I can ever remember for a football game,” Pepper Rodgers’ Georgia Tech team ran the wishbone just about to perfection on a muddy field. As Dooley put it 15 years later in the book “Dooley’s Dawgs,” on that day Tech “dominated us … It was one of our most humiliating defeats. … I’ve never been so embarrassed.” In addition to the downpour, it was bitterly cold, and Dooley’s players were huddling around a portable heater on the sideline. “It was obvious they were more concerned about staying warm than being in the game,” he recalled. I couldn’t blame them, though. I was so wet and cold and miserable that I left the game early in the third quarter — the first time I’d ever done that.  Florida in Athens  Georgia’s Kirby Smart is sandwiched by Gators players in the 1995 game against Florida, played in Athens. (Dave Martin/AP) Stadium renovations in Jacksonville that made it necessary to move the Georgia-Florida series to Gainesville and Athens for two years brought Steve Spurrier’s No. 3-ranked Gators Between the Hedges for the 1995 game. What resulted was a humiliating beatdown that saw Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel throw five touchdown passes in just under three quarters. But, that wasn’t enough for Spurrier, known for his hatred of the Bulldogs. He decided he wanted his Gators to be the first team to score “half a hundred” on the Dawgs in Athens, so they kept pushing, including a final score with 1:10 left on the clock, to give Florida a 52-17 win over Ray Goff’s hapless team. Most of the Georgia fans (including me) were no longer there to watch Spurrier celebrate his triumph, though, having left during the fourth quarter. Thankfully, I was there 20 years later when another Georgia team returned the favor and closed out Spurrier’s career against the Dawgs with a 52-20 trouncing of his South Carolina Gamecocks. I never saw anything sweeter than a dejected Prince of Darkness removing his headset in disgust before the game was over. Bama: The ‘Blackout’ and more Alabama came into Athens ranked No. 8 in the country to face Mark Richt’s No. 3-ranked Dawgs, who featured Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno. UGA declared a Blackout in honor of the game, and the Sanford Stadium crowd was stoked at kickoff. By halftime, with the Tide having put up a 31-0 lead, the black-clad Georgia fans were shell-shocked. The final score of 41-30 may have looked a bit more respectable on paper, but no one who was there would sum it up as anything but complete domination by Nick Saban’s troops. Some fans naturally blamed the black jerseys, which didn’t show up again for another eight years . The 38-10 loss to Bama in Athens in 2015 also is a pretty awful memory, exacerbated by the fact that it was a rainy day and the trudge back to the car afterward was miserable. This was another game completely dominated by Alabama. Strangely, this time no one blamed Georgia’s jerseys (which were red). A royal thrashing Vince Dooley and Britain’s Prince Charles meet before the 1977 game against Kentucky. (University of Georgia) Perhaps the most star-studded Georgia homecoming game ever also turned out to be one of the worst losses of the Dooley era. In what would turn out to be the fabled head coach’s only losing season in Athens, UGA welcomed Britain’s Prince Charles (“Damn good prince!” chanted the student section) and former “Beverly Hillbillies” star Donna Douglas to its 1977 game against Kentucky, plus James Brown performed “Dooley’s Junkyard Dogs” on the field at halftime with the Redcoat Band. But, the game itself sucked. Georgia was held to eight first downs and 127 total yards. including just 47 rushing, and Kentucky won 33-0. True, this wasn’t your usual Kentucky team; the Cats would finish the season 10-1, ranked sixth in the nation. Still, as Scott Woerner recalled years later, “t he Kentucky game that year was not just a capitulation of one team, but a complete domination by the other.” I’m not sure if it was this game, or maybe another day where the Dawgs were dominated, but one of my all-time favorite Dooley stories, told by an ex-player, took place at halftime of a shellacking at home: The disgusted Georgia head coach came into the Sanford locker room, shoved a row of lockers, knocking them over, and walked out, not saying a word. A come-from-ahead loss The 2009 matchup against Kentucky in Athens was the only time I’ve viewed a game at Sanford Stadium from one of the enclosed private boxes. The free food and adult beverages served were enjoyable, but I felt strangely removed from the action, with glass between me and the game and the sound piped in. However, considering what happened in the second half, maybe that was a blessing. Georgia took a 20-6 halftime lead, but Kentucky scored 14 points off four second-half turnovers by the Dawgs, and the Wildcats rallied to beat Georgia 34-27 for their first win in Athens since that 1977 homecoming game. The view from above allowed me to anticipate the interception Georgia QB Joe Cox threw on a screen pass while the ball was still in the air. All in all, not the way I prefer to watch football. Donnan’s last Tech game Unlike the previous year’s 51-48 thriller in Atlanta, the 2000 Tech game in Athens wasn’t close. I’ve seen many bad plays over the years, but few have been as dispiriting as watching slow-footed Tech QB George Godsey fake out the Dawgs defense and run for a 33-yard touchdown less than 2 minutes into the game. Tech built a 27-3 halftime lead and cruised to a 27-15 victory over the 19th-ranked Bulldogs. It was tough for Georgia fans to watch Tech players holding up three fingers (indicating three consecutive wins over the Dawgs), as they tore into the hedges. But, on the bright side, it led to Jim Donnan’s firing.  A stunning loss The 2006 loss to a Vanderbilt team that would finish the season 4-8 definitely was one of the most surprising defeats of the Richt era. Vanderbilt left Athens with a 24-22 win over the 14th-ranked Bulldogs. Georgia took a 22-21 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but the Dawgs failed on a 2-point conversion and then missed a field goal with about 5 minutes left that would have forced Vandy to go for a TD on its final possession. The Commodores kicked the winning field goal with 2 seconds left. The Sanford scoreboard immediately went blank after the final whistle, but it didn’t help erase the memory of what we’d just seen. The squib kick The 2014 loss to Georgia Tech forever will be known as the “squib kick” game. (Sean Taylor/UGA) Usually, when you take the lead with 18 seconds left on the clock, you win. But, Richt teams had a knack for being the exception to that rule. Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason hit Malcolm Mitchell with a 3-yard touchdown pass to put the Dawgs ahead in the 2014 game against Georgia Tech, but Richt elected to call for a squib kick on the kickoff, enabling the Jackets to get great field position and quickly get in position for a game-tying field goal. The game went to overtime, and Georgia lost 30-24. Of course, the squib kick wasn’t the only reason the Dawgs lost that day. There were a pair of fumbles on or near the goal line, and, on one fourth quarter drive, Georgia was first-and-goal at the 1-yard line and had to settle for a field goal. Also, Jeremy Pruitt’s defense gave up 399 yards and allowed the Jackets to convert on eight third downs and two fourth downs. Still, the squib kick, giving Tech the ball at their own 43 with 13 seconds remaining, will go down as one of the biggest coaching blunders in UGA football history. A tie that felt like a loss The lightly regarded Pitt Panthers came into Athens three-touchdown underdogs to start the 1973 season, but, thanks to some clever scheming on defense, and freshman back Tony Dorsett running for over 100 yards, the game ended in a 7-7 tie. Most of The Red & Black’s student staff wasn’t back yet (school started later in those days) and, as the summer managing editor, I was drafted to help out with the coverage. It was the only regular season game I’ve ever watched from the press box, an experience I didn’t particularly enjoy since you weren’t supposed to cheer, plus a sportswriter sitting near me provided a running racist commentary on Dorsett’s exploits. My assignment was to do the UGA locker room reaction story after the game. The slogan written on the blackboard exhorted “Take Pride in Yourself!” but my old Athens classmate Andy Johnson and the other Dawgs weren’t feeling very proud. It seemed like a losers’ locker room. “We just never could get going,” Andy told me. “We didn’t underestimate them. We knew they would be good, but, I don’t know, I guess we just weren’t ready.” With Heisman-winner Dorsett leading Pitt to a national title two years later, perhaps Georgia’s performance that day wasn’t as underwhelming as it seemed. Still, the result, combined with the press box experience, made it one of my least favorite games. A depressing overtime win Sometimes, it’s not whether you win or lose, but how you played the game. Thus, just as a couple of losses made my list of the all-time “best” Georgia games, the 2015 overtime victory over Georgia Southern has a place on this list of my least favorite games. It’s all a matter of perspective; my daughter, for whom it was her last home game as a UGA student, says this was one of her favorite games, because it was so exciting, and Georgia won. But, I can’t get past the fact that the Dawgs never should have been taken to overtime by a lesser nonconference opponent like Georgia Southern. When I look back at the game now, Georgia having to struggle against such an opponent — not exactly a cupcake, but certainly not an SEC-level program — sort of encapsulates much of the fan frustration with the last years of the Richt era of Bulldogs football.     That’s my list of some of the games I wish I could forget. Thankfully, there’ve been many more good — even great — days than bad ones during my decades attending Georgia football games. If you’d like to share your thoughts or questions on this or any other Dawgs topic, email me at junkyardblawg@gmail.com . The post 10 of the least favorite Georgia football games this fan has attended appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Now that the Paul Finebaum drama has been settled, the SEC can get on with kicking off the college football season like it does every year. Only this year, the league plans to make SEC Football Media Days a bigger deal than ever. All the rhetoric that annually precedes the season will get under way this week as coaches and players from all 14 teams and more than 1,000 media members who follow them descend on Atlanta for the first time in history. But the SEC plans to crank it up a notch — starting on Sunday — a day earlier than usual — and incorporating fans into the proceedings. Centennial Olympic Park is where SEC football fans will want to be between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday. That’s the location for the first SEC Football Kickoff Summerfest. Presented by Regions Bank, the free event will feature live music, interactive games for kids, food trucks and party tents set up for each of the respective 14 schools. The main event gets underway at 6 p.m. as SEC Nation – the SEC’s version of College GameDay featuring that Finebaum guy and all the other SEC Network personalities — goes live from the park. Country music artist John King will be playing live and there will be a deejay as well. “The thought was just to make one of our bigger, signature events just a little bit bigger by allowing more fans to participate,” said Herb Vincent, the SEC’s associate commissioner for communications. “The opportunity we have there in Atlanta is outstanding with Centennial Olympic Park being right across the street from the College Football Hall of Fame. … Basically, it’s an opportunity to tailgate in the summer time.” Georgia and Auburn fans hoping to get the early scoop on their respective teams are urged to show up Sunday. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn have been confirmed as guests on SEC Nation. It definitely should make for a happening scene in downtown Atlanta. In addition to the SEC’s considerable presence, Atlanta United FC – the city’s wildly popular professional soccer club – will be playing a match against Seattle nearby at Mercedes-Benz Stadium at 2 p.m. “We think we’ll get some spillover from that,” Vincent said. “The College Football Hall of Fame is open and they’ll be showing the World Cup, so there should be a lot of activity downtown.” Media Days itself won’t get started until late Monday morning inside the Hall of Fame, but fans are invited to greet their favorite coaches and players in the lobby of the Marietta Street facility across the street from Centennial Olympic Park. But expect the atmosphere to be considerably less festive as teams and reporters begin to discuss in earnest the serious business of what to expect this coming season. Led off by a state of the conference message from SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey on Monday, each head coach and three selected players will take turns on the podium throughout the week. The event concludes on Thursday. Following is the lineup: MONDAY (All times Eastern) 11:30 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.: Commissioner Greg Sankey and Texas A&M 2 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.: Kentucky and LSU TUESDAY 8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.: Steve Shaw, SEC Coordinator of Football Officials 9 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Georgia and Ole Miss 1:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Arkansas and Florida WEDNESDAY 8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.: David Fletcher, Football Bowl Association 8:40 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.: Bill Hancock, Executive Director College Football Playoff 9 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Mississippi State and Tennessee 1:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Alabama and Missouri THURSDAY 8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.: Football Writers Association of America 8:40 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.: National Football Foundation 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Auburn, Vanderbilt and South Carolina At the end of the week, media members will vote on all-conference teams and predict an order of finish. Georgia and Alabama are the prohibitive favorites to win their respective divisions heading in. But the real fun to be had happens on Sunday. The SEC is hopeful that great turnout will spur on a new tradition. “We won’t know much about it until it happens,” Vincent said. “It depends on the weather, of course. But we think it should be a lot of fun.” The post SEC hoping for festive atmosphere for first Football Media Days in Atlanta appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The decision is in. Demetris Robertson is coming back home to play for his home state Georgia Bulldogs.  The transfer commitment video drop from Chimin’ In Media settles a short-term matter. Robertson will come back home to play for his home state Georgia Bulldogs. Will he play right away in 2018? That could happen. Will he have to sit out another year due to his transfer to hit the field in 2019? That could also happen. That will hinge on an NCAA ruling. But for right now, let’s traffic in a much more clear-cut debate. Robertson’s decision should have no bearing on the ultimate decisions for the pair of 5-star receivers the Bulldogs currently have committed for 2019. That would be 5-stars Jadon Haselwood and Dominick Blaylock. Both of those prospects are long-time homegrown in-state commitments to the Bulldogs. That’s looking at it from purely a football perspective first and foremost. Haselwood currently ranks as the nation’s No. 1 WR for the 2019 cycle. He also rates as the nation’s No. 4 overall prospect for the 247Sports composite. While we are talking about two extremely talented receiver prospects here, I do hold the scouting opinion that Haselwood has more upside as a prospect than Robinson. If you absolutely had to pick one, then you would pick Haselwood. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior is more of a complete receiver in the A.J. Green mold. He is also a player that thrives on competition. He didn’t let any of the talented prospects that UGA was chasing in the 2018 or 2019 classes affect the decision he made way back in March of 2018. There are also three clear points to convey here: Haselwood is an outside receiver or an “X” receiver. Robertson will work in the slot. If he is the player he has shown to be so far, then Robertson will likely only spend one or two seasons at Georgia. That means Haselwood and Robertson will at the most only play together in the 2019 season. Haselwood, on the other hand, will have at least three seasons of eligibility at UGA. What do the UGA fans think? It seems that more than 1,000 of the responded recently to a Twitter poll about which player they would rather see play for the Bulldogs. who would you rather have at UGA? — sᴀᴠᴀɴɴᴀʜ ᴋ ᴊᴏɴᴇs ☆ (@sav_katherine) July 9, 2018 Blaylock might be the player that might be competing with Robertson for snaps and specific play calls in the UGA offense in the 2019 season. That said, he should still be seen as one of the most committed prospects in the 2019 class. Dominick Blaylock ranks as the nation’s No. 4 receiver prospect in the class of 2019. (Nate Gettleman/Cox Media Group file photo) The Walton High standout plans to take just one official visit. That’s the one to UGA. He also hasn’t made a single recruiting trip to visit another school since he made his commitment in July of 2017. If anything, that adds to the lure of UGA for Blaylock. It will be another headache of a matchup for SEC defensive backs to contend with. “Dom doesn’t worry about anyone else,” Blaylock’s father John Woods told DawgNation. “The more the better. He’s just going to do his thing.” Robertson becomes the 17th player on the UGA roster or commitment list that has received a 5-star rating from at least one of the major recruiting services.   The post How does the Demetris Robertson decision affect UGA recruiting? appeared first on DawgNation.