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    The ACCPD is working to identify a body found on the side of the road by a road construction crew.  From the ACCPD:  A road construction crew working in the 300 block of Athena Drive located a deceased person in a ditch off the side of the road at around 4:30 PM. At the time of this press release, not much is known about the deceased or the manner of death. According to ACC Coroner Sonny Wilson, identification on the scene was impossible due to the state of decomposition. The body of the deceased will be transported to the GBI Crime Lab for autopsy and possible identification. So far, what the investigation has revealed is the deceased is possibly male.
  • From the Athens-Clarke County Police Department On 05/04/2020 at around 8:30AM, ACCPD assisted in locating and apprehending a murder suspect from Morgan County. Tommy Joe Byrd (B/M, 55 of Baxter Drive) was wanted for questioning in the murder of Jerald Jerome Bowden, and ACCPD officers were on the lookout for him.   ACCPD Officer Daniel Freeland was in the area of Baxter Drive, when a male matching Byrd’s description arrived in the area of the apartment complex. Freeland made contact with the male, and identified him as Byrd. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation came to the area, and interviewed Byrd. Subsequent to the interview, Byrd was taken into custody without further incident.   “The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is always willing to assist other agencies with serious investigations and apprehensions such as these. To get a potentially dangerous person off the streets and into custody is always a relief,” said Chief Cleveland Spruill. “This is just another example of our hardworking officers’ diligence and commitment, kudos to Officer Freeland.”
  • The 2020 graduating class at the University of Georgia was devastated to find out in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that the in-person graduation ceremony in Sanford Stadium that was set to take place in May had been postponed indefinitely, despite finishing their academic degrees in an on-line setting this spring semester.  But today they received some much-needed good news.  UGA has re-scheduled the commencement exercises for this October for those that are able to come back to campus and participate in a night they’ve dreamed about long before ever stepping foot in Athens as a student.  The new schedule is as follows per an email from university president Jere Morehead on Friday:  Spring 2020 Undergraduate Commencement: Friday evening, October 16, 2020, 6:30 PM in Sanford Stadium  Spring 2020 Graduate Commencement (Master’s & Doctoral degree candidates): Friday afternoon, December 18, 2020, 2:30 PM in Stegeman Coliseum, in combination with the regularly scheduled Fall 2020 Graduate Commencement The FULL email from President Morehead to the UGA students is as follows: Dear Graduates:   In recent weeks, you have experienced sudden and unexpected changes to the normal routine of Spring semester at the University of Georgia and to your lives in general. I have been very proud of how you have approached this disruption of your final semester at UGA and the resilience that you have exhibited in completing the degree that you have worked so hard to attain.   I share your disappointment in not being able to gather together on May 8th for our customary Spring Commencement ceremony. This time-honored tradition marks the culmination of the hopes, dreams, hard work and sacrifices of you and your families. While the current pandemic has unfortunately led to a cancellation of May graduation ceremonies across the nation, including the University of Georgia’s, your achievements are in no way diminished by this necessary action.   Despite the current challenging circumstances, we look forward to celebrating you and your accomplishments. We will be honoring our Spring 2020 graduates in two distinct ways.First, we will commemorate the date on which you will earn your degrees, May 8, 2020. A congratulatory online message is being prepared to acknowledge the conferral of degrees that all of our undergraduate and graduate students have earned. We do not want to let this important moment pass by without acknowledging its significance. It is truly a long-awaited culmination of your efforts, and for some of you it may be your sole chance to celebrate this accomplishment.Second, we are planning to hold in-person Commencement celebrations in Athens on the following dates, assuming that it is deemed safe to do so at that time by the CDC and state health officials:   Spring 2020 Undergraduate Commencement:Friday evening, October 16, 2020, 6:30 PM in Sanford Stadium   Spring 2020 Graduate Commencement (Master’s & Doctoral degree candidates):Friday afternoon, December 18, 2020, 2:30 PM in Stegeman Coliseum, in combination with the regularly scheduled Fall 2020 Graduate Commencement   These plans were developed after extensive conversations with a group of graduating student leaders, UGA vice presidents and deans, members of the Commencement Committee, Athletics, Emergency Preparedness, and other units across campus, and I am grateful for their thoughtful counsel and broad consensus.A working group that includes student representation from the Class of 2020 as well as members of the Full Commencement Committee will begin planning both of these events. Many of your colleges and schools will be planning additional activities to complement these ceremonies.Overarching all logistical considerations, however, is the still uncertain progress of this terrible pandemic. We look to the fall as a time when we will hopefully be ready and able to gather once again. I trust that you and your classmates, whose love for the University of Georgia is unmatched, will return in force to Athens when the time is safe to do so.   We will update the Commencement website, commencement.uga.edu, with more information on both ceremonies as it becomes available, so please check this site regularly.   The faculty, staff and I join together in recognizing and celebrating your outstanding academic accomplishments. Thank you for your patience and fortitude as we move forward together.   Sincerely, Jere W. MoreheadPresident
  • The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has released details of the Mandatory Shelter in Place Ordinance that was passed during last night’s emergency meeting of the Athens-Clarke County Commissioners.  Full release from the ACCPD: The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission voted unanimously to approve a new ordinance that makes sheltering in place mandatory for all of our residents with certain exceptions.   Among the exceptions are: • To travel to work or school to obtain supplies/materials • To obtain necessary supplies or medicines for your health or safety • For outdoor exercise (as long as you abide by social distancing guidelines) • To care for family members or pets • To return home from outside of the county • If you are ordered to be out by a police officer or judicial officer   Many businesses must close to the public, but many types are allowed to stay open. Among those are: • Farms • Healthcare providers and facilities • Retail businesses that sell food, like grocery and convenience stores • Restaurants may be open for drive through and carry out only • Social Services and Homeless Shelters • Gas Stations and car repair/parts stores, hardware stores • Service providers like plumbers and electricians • Post offices and Shipping providers • Laundromats and dry cleaners • Transportation providers • Legal services, accountants and realty companies   This list is not exhaustive, so please refer to www.accgov.com/coronavirus for the full text of the ordinance. Shortly, there will be an FAQ section and a hotline number posted on that site related to the ordinance and its provisions.    The ACCPD knows that many are concerned about the form that enforcement related to this Ordinance will take. The ordinance lays out that the Police Department’s role is one of engagement and education of our residents, rather than by citation or arrest. 
  • Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center is set to begin a new mobile testing site for the COVID-19 virus.  Below is from PARMC: WHO: Piedmont is currently operating drive-through test collection sites for patients who have moderate symptoms that do not require hospitalization. In order to receive testing, patients must be pre-screened by calling 1-866-460-1119. If an individual meets the criteria for testing, he or she will then be assigned an appointment at one of the four designated drive-through testing centers. Patients may drive themselves, but if they have a driver, the driver must by non-symptomatic. In addition, the patient should be seated on the driver’s side of the vehicle in order to expedite collection of the specimen.    WHAT: Four facilities, in various locations across the state, will be staffed with medical professionals who are qualified to administer testing. These individuals will wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety. Law enforcement staff will be on site to assist with traffic. Piedmont will consider expansion to additional sites over time based on community need. The specimens obtained will go to one of two labs Piedmont is using. Results will be provided to each patient via their electronic medical record once received from the lab.   WHEN: These site will be open beginning Wednesday, March 18, and will continue to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for pre-set appointments only. No drop-ins or onsite screens for testing appointments will be permitted.   WHY: As testing becomes more readily available, Piedmont is offering testing who are self-isolating at home with symptoms that are moderate AND who meet the screening guidelines set forth by CDC. Patients who have mild symptoms should continue to self-isolate at home and monitor their symptoms. For patients with severe or worsening symptoms, they should go to their nearest emergency department. By offering “drive through” specimen collection, we limit patient exposure to the community at large while providing a safe method of swabbing in a controlled environment. We also help conserve hospital and emergency department resources, as well as providers, for the COVID-19 patients and other acute care patients who require a deeper level of care. PRE- SCREENING: Patients who want to be considered for testing should call 1-866-460-1119. Not all callers will be approved for an appointment. Only patients with moderate symptoms who meet other CDC guideline criteria will be offered an appointment.
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Georgia is up to 146 cases, an increase from 121 cases yesterday. Clarke County remains at 3 confirmed cases, the same as yesterday.  PruittHealth confirming, however,  that its Athens, Georgia facility, PruittHealth – Grandview, has transferred a resident to a local hospital with symptoms similar to those associated with COVID-19. Tests have neither confirmed nor ruled out COVID-19, but it has  informed local and state health officials. There have been no new deaths since the first was announced last week. The Georgia Department of Public Health releases these new numbers every day at noon. A confirmed case is defined as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Fulton County 33  Cobb County 25 DeKalb County 15 Bartow County 10 Gwinnett County 7 Cherokee County 7 Floyd County 6 Doughtery County 6 Fayette County 5 Clayton County 4 Lowndes County 4 Clarke County 3 Coweta County 3 Gordon County 3 Troup County 2 Lee County 2 Henry County 2 Forsyth County 1 Polk County 1 Hall County 1 Barrow County 1 Charlton County 1 Columbia County 1 Rockdale County 1 Newton County 1 Paulding County 1 Richmond County 1
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Georgia is up to 121 cases as of Monday afternoon. There have been no new deaths since the first was announced last week. The Georgia Department of Public Health releases these new numbers every day at noon. These are the latest numbers released Monday: 27 cases in Fulton County 22 cases in Cobb County 10 cases in DeKalb County 9 cases in Bartow County 7 cases in Cherokee County 6 cases in Dougherty County 5 cases in Fayette County 5 cases in Gwinnett County 4 cases in Floyd County 3 cases in Clarke County 3 cases in Lowndes County 2 cases in Coweta County 2 cases in Gordon County 2 case in Lee County 2 cases in Henry County 1 case in Troup County 1 case in Hall County 1 case in Polk County 1 case in Paulding County 1 case in Charlton County 1 case in Newton County 1 case in Forsyth County. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, 44 percent of the cases are people ages 60 or older, 44 percent are people ages 18 to 59, 11 percent are of unknown ages and 2 percent are between the ages of 0 and 17. Of the total, 50 percent are women and 50 percent are men. On Saturday, Gov. Brian Kemp declared a public health state of emergency. 
  • University of Georgia defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt was arrested overnight in Athens, booked into the Athens-Clarke County jail on misdemeanor charges of Family Violence, Criminal Trespass, and Damage to Property. He played in 13 games last season and started the Sugar Bowl. He led the interior lineman with 30 tackles last season.   Wyatt is a senior from DeKalb County. His bond has been set at $1,500.  Bulldog coach Kirby Smart says in a statement he is “disappointed in the misconduct that is outlined in the report...we will address it internally in the appropriate way.”
  • A shooting suspect has been arrested in Hart County.  From the Hart County Sheriff’s Office:  At approximately 8:00pm  on January 27th, 2020 the Hart County Sheriffs received a call in reference to multiple people shot on Friendship Road. Upon arrival, officers discovered one victim, Correndrick Alexander deceased at the scene. The second victim was discovered injured nearby at a neighbors residence.  After an all night search, the suspect Larrendrick R. Tabor, was apprehended at approximately 8:00am on Highway 172 near South Hart Elementary. The subject was taken into custody without incident by Sheriff Cleveland and deputies. 
  • The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is hoping the public can help identify two males suspected of breaking into multiple commercial businesses.  From the ACCPD:  ACCPD detectives are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying two male suspects responsible for committing a series of commercial burglaries in the area. Detectives believe the suspects use a pry bar on a rear door to gain access to the business. The suspects steal cash and other items. The burglaries have occurred in strip malls, small businesses, auto shops, and restaurants during the overnight hours. Detectives ask that anyone with information about the burglaries or the identity of the suspects to contact Det. Paul Davidson – (762) 400-7099 or Paul.Davidson@accgov.com. Additionally, a Crime Stopper's reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the identity of the suspects. Call the Crime Stoppers Tip line at 706-705-4775. ACCPD detectives advise local businesses to ensure their alarm or surveillance system is working properly, keep exterior lights on during nighttime hours, secure all windows and doors, and remove cash from the premises. 
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    Logan graduated from the Grady Sports program in the University of Georgia's Grady School of Journalism. He has been with 960 The Ref in some capacity since 2016, and was named full time co-host of The Ref Morning Show in spring of 2019. Logan has covered UGA Sports for various local media outlets since 2013, and often serves as backup PA announcer for the UGA softball and volleyball teams. 

     

    During his free time, Logan enjoys hiking and woodwork, and can frequently 'not' be found on the lake without his phone but with a fishing pole. He has been involved with Extra Special People in media outreach and fundraising. 

    He and his wife Ashley share their home with their dog, Chipper. 

     

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  • Every year the SEC shows once again that one of college football's most important arms races is the ability to acquire quality assistants. The energy and expertise these top lieutenants can provide can be invaluable on the field and in recruiting. With that in mind, here are the most important new faces in the league this year. 1 Todd Monken, Georgia offensive coordinator Monken is at UGA for a simple reason. His predecessor didn't get the job done. The Bulldogs offense was woeful in 2019 in the now-departed James Coley's lone season at the helm. UGA averaged just 30.8 points per game 7.1 points per game fewer than its 2018 average. Coley wasn't the only reason the offense sputtered, but few UGA fans shed tears when he didn't return. Now the pressure will be on Monken to add more punch to the offense a challenge made more difficult by the absence of spring practice due to the coronavirus lockdown. 2 Bo Pelini, LSU defensive coordinator An argument can be made that LSU's most important hire was Scott Linehan as a replacement for passing game coordinator Joe Brady who moved on to the Carolina Panthers during the offseason. Frankly, replacing Brady will be a tall task. It's unlikely LSU's offense comes close to matching the firepower Brady and quarterback Joe Burrow teamed up to provide last season. All the more reason Pelini who returns to his role as LSU defensive coordinator, a job he held from 2005-07 needs to establish a dominant unit. LSU is the reigning national champion, but defense was hardly the reason why. The Tigers were just 29th nationally in yards per play allowed last season. That number needs to improve this year. The good news is Pelini will have cornerback Derek Stingley at his disposal among the nation's best defensive players. 3 Mike Bobo, South Carolina offensive coordinator It was surprising to many that Bobo wanted to be the Gamecocks offensive coordinator after his tenure as Colorado State head coach came to an end. This is partially because some thought he might want to go back to his alma mater, UGA, and partially because some folks assume Bobo's new boss, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp is squarely on the hot seat, and therefore could result in a short-tenured employment for Bobo. For what it's worth, UGA coach Kirby Smart has denied discussing a possible role for Bobo on his staff and Bobo has said he's excited about the challenge of rebuilding the Gamecocks offense. If Bobo's previous track record is an indicator, the rest of the SEC could soon be on notice. UGA was first in the SEC with 41.3 points per game in Bobo's last season as Bulldogs offensive coordinator in 2014. South Carolina might not quite match that feat this season, but a more experienced Ryan Hilinski at quarterback and the debut of freshman running back MarShawn Lloyd should enable Bobo to provide a major offensive upgrade. 4 Chad Morris, Auburn offensive coordinator Stop me if you've heard this before, but Auburn fans are curious if head coach Gus Malzahn will finally trust an offensive coordinator enough to delegate some authority. This has been a familiar story for the Tigers. The luxury of trust has been hard to come by for many in the role Morris will occupy under Malzahn. Two previous offensive coordinators left the Tigers for what appeared to be less attractive jobs. Rhett Lashlee became UConn offensive coordinator in 2017, and the freedom to run his own offense was cited as a reason for his departure. When Chip Lindsey left for Kansas (before eventually becoming head coach at Troy), it was widely assumed a tug of war with Malzahn had played into his decision as well. Will Malzahn grant to Morris what he's seemingly denied to others? One of the reasons pointing to yes is that Malzahn and Morris are long-time friends. Another is Morris' previous success as an offensive coordinator. Morris put up big numbers at Clemson prior to becoming SMU and Arkansas head coach, and was paid handsomely for his work. He, along with Malzahn, were the two highest paid offensive coordinators in the country in 2014 with a salary of $1.3 million. Morris will make less than that at Auburn, but will have a chance to prove to be a worthy investment for the Tigers. 5 Kendal Briles and Barry Odom Arkansas offensive and defensive coordinator New Arkansas coach Sam Pittman made quite a splash with his coordinator hires, and at least briefly calmed any concerns that might exist about his lack of experience as a head coach. Briles is a former Broyles Award finalist and Odom in addition to being known for producing stout defenses also provides a dose of SEC head coaching experience to the Razorbacks staff. For all the attention new Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin has received, and for all the talk about what Mike Leach will do at Mississippi State, the first preseason for Pittman with the Razorbacks should be a warning that it could be Pittman, and not one of the new faces in the Magnolia State, who has the best debut season. The post The 5 most important new SEC coordinators appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The Georgia football leadership group has helped steady the Bulldogs throughout the turbulent 2020 offseason, according to offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer. 'How we meet in our leadership group, it gives us a chance to hear different perspectives,' Salyer said in a recent Zoom video interview distributed to UGA donors. 'It gives us a chance to be raw, because everybody has feelings. Everybody has things they want to get off their chest.' Indeed, it has been a challenging time filled with social concerns emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest. The UGA players returned to campus and have been going through eight hours of voluntary workouts per week since June 8. Coach Kirby Smart and his staff won't be allowed to supervise workouts until July 17. They have been permitted eight hours per week of virtual meetings. That communication means more than ever. ESPN analyst and Georgia football legend David Pollack recently noted during an ESPN radio interview that 'it's a different world' for coaches and players. 'The younger generation, they are way more inclined to speak their mind,' Pollack said. 'This is a generation that's media-savvy . social-media savvy as it gets.' That could, in turn, lead to grievances being aired if not managed internally. Pollack points out every program has malcontents, and now there are s ocial media platforms. 'There's people at every institution, and when I was at the University of Georgia, I can pick our 15 to 20 players who were very unhappy with the situation because they didn't play as much as they wanted to, they didn't think they got a fair shot, and they thought they were mistreated, blah-blah-blah,' Pollack said. 'All those kids now, and all those adults now, are going to have an opportunity to speak out and say they were treated unfairly and they didn't get an opportunity.' Salyer, a junior who appears to be in line for captaincy, indicated UGA's leadership group helps mitigate potential team issues. 'I feel getting in those rooms and having a lot of older guys having a chance to talk and get out their feelings (helps), and then Coach Smart being able to listen to us and understand what we're saying, and sometimes implementing it into his plans that he has for the team,' Salyer said. 'It's coming together and meeting together and having our ideas aligned, that helps us a lot.' Georgia football preseason stories Georgia football OL Jamaree Salyer weighty issue, eager to compete Richard LeCounte explains UGA has great chance for national title Jamie Newman on the clock, embracing UGA's elite defense D.J. Shockley shares take on UGA freshman QB Carson Beck Georgia projections, playmakers at receiver and running back Why Georgia must take advantage of new schedule more than others The post Jamaree Salyer: Georgia football leadership group keeps team ideas aligned' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS There is no question every Georgia football fan, coach, player and everyone else associated with the program is eager for the Bulldogs to begin the season. The coronavirus pandemic has put a damper over 2020 and left everyone yearning for a dose of normal that football season could provide if kicked off on time. The Bulldogs are in the midst of voluntary workouts, with Coach Kirby Smart and his staff able to begin supervising them on July 15. Georgia is scheduled to open the season on Monday, Sept. 7, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta against Virginia. In hindsight, playing the game on Saturday Sept. 5 would be much, much better. For that matter, a home game would have been even more beneficial. That said, it surely seemed like a good idea in January of 2017 for Georgia to open the season on a Monday night against Virginiawith the neutral site game. No one could have known then what we have all been dealing with now, some 2 1/2 years later. The SEC announced in August of 2019 that the Bulldogs game at Alabama would be on Sept. 19 this season. That set up the Bulldogs to play three games in 13 days. And that means Georgia will have two days less time to prepare for that showdown than the Crimson Tide. One could argue it's really three less days, since Georgia has a travel day built in with the game being played in Tuscaloosa. So here's the cautionary tale involving Georgia rival Tennessee opening on a Monday night. Three years ago, the Vols were in the same situation with three games in 13 days to open the season. It was a concern of the Tennessee staff then, and, sure enough, in hindsight there was some second-guessing. The Vols beat Georgia Tech in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 42-41, in double-overtime on that Monday night. But less than two weeks later, Tennessee was back on the road traveling to play Florida for a key SEC matchup. It was a showdown with the Gators just 12 days later that proved to break the back of previous Vols coach Butch Jones. Florida won the game at The Swamp, 26-20, on the last play of regulation. Tennessee's goal-line offensive package faltered, and the defense designed for the final drive of the game had more breakdowns than was typical for a Bob Shoop defense. Could two days more rest or preparation have helped or made a difference at one of those critical junctures? It's also fair to wonder about programs giving up home games moving forward in the near future. The school may lose some surface contract money, but it has become clear there's a value to have money kept in the home community. After all, those student athletes, head coaches and athletic department employees rely on the local hospitals, authorities and businesses. The recent trying times brought about by COVID-19 have magnified the importance of helping to build the home community, and not just taking from it. Georgia football preseason stories Georgia football OL Jamaree Salyer weighty issue, eager to compete Richard LeCounte explains UGA has great chance for national title Jamie Newman on the clock, embracing UGA's elite defense D.J. Shockley shares take on UGA freshman QB Carson Beck Georgia projections, playmakers at receiver and running back Why Georgia must take advantage of new schedule more than others The post Monday night opener could come back to bite Georgia football at Alabama appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia wide receiver George Pickens' introduction to many UGA fans was the viral video of a dazzling catch made in a preseason scrimmage last August, but there's apparently a lot more to Pickens than what can be contained in a YouTube clip. Which is not to say the haul was unremarkable. It was so impressive that it even drew a compliment from notoriously hard-to-please coach Kirby Smart. 'This is a special player and a great catch,' Smart said at the time. 'He's had several one-handed catches in practice. He's a talented player.' It was also the beginning of what turned out to be an eventful freshman season for Pickens one in which he led the team with 727 receiving yards and eight touchdowns and became Sugar Bowl MVP by matching a UGA bowl record with 12 catches in the Bulldogs' win against Baylor. However, not all the attention Pickens received in his first year with the program was positive. He was ejected late in UGA's 52-7 win at Georgia Tech for an altercation with a Yellow Jackets player which resulted in Pickens being forced to sit out the first half of the SEC championship vs. LSU. UGA's key leaders were quick to point out that Pickens had erred in allowing his temper to get the best of him. 'That's a huge learned lesson for him not to do something dumb like that,' UGA linebacker Monty Rice said after the game. 'He's a vital part of the team, a vital part of the offense You see how productive he is. He can help us a lot. He's just got to be smarter.' The video from Pickens' fight became just as viral as his miraculous catch had been. And it became easy for some to define him in simplistic terms on the basis of these images as a player that was frequently noticed, but not always for the right reasons. Yet those who know Pickens better say there's a lot more to him than meets the eye. Former UGA wide receiver Sean Bailey is one of those people, and Bailey probably has as much insight into what it feels like to be Pickens as anyone could. Pickens was an elite recruit the No. 4 wide receiver in the country and the 24th rated prospect for the 2019 class. Bailey was an elite recruit too rated fifth as a receiver and 47th overall in 2003. Bailey shared his opinion on Pickens last week on DawgNation Daily and those thoughts extend beyond what can be conveyed in a video. 'Probably the biggest thing that stands out to me about him is that he truly loves football,' Bailey said. 'He loves to compete.' Bailey explained he saw that aspect of Pickens' demeanor while attending UGA practices. 'I've had the pleasure to watch several practices,' Bailey said. 'There are a lot of elite guys that are able to turn it on and turn it off, but when you have a guy that has it turned on all the time like George does at practice He's aggressive even when he's not getting the ball.' Pickens has credited his work on the practice field for why he enjoyed success during his freshman season, and has said being challenged by Smart and former UGA quarterback Jake Fromm during those practices was crucial in his development. '[Fromm] pushed me every day. Coach Smart pushed me every day to be the player I am today,' Pickens said after the Sugar Bowl. However, Bailey says Pickens was doing plenty of pushing of his own. 'He was extremely vocal. And this is as a freshman,' Bailey said. 'He's in it. He's competing every down, and not just in the pass game, but in the run game too when his job is to block and be aggressive. 'He's going 100 miles per hour, and you don't see this a lot at this position a prima donna' position. You've got a lot of athletes that like to catch balls and like to score touchdowns, but they don't want to get their hands dirty. George will go get his hands dirty in a heartbeat. He gets excited. He's thrilled to do it. Bailey is speaking of the way some wide receivers get bad reputations as players who seek glory and attention at the expense of being team-oriented. Bailey says Pickens isn't one of those guys. Pickens would probably agree. The mentality that he plays the game with is one that seems to value the physical aspects of football more than the typical receiver would. Pickens' first season at UGA while imperfect stands as validation of that point of view. 'It was a great season to me,' Pickens said. ' You win some. You lose some, but I feel like every day, every practice, every walkthrough we just fought. I like winning that way instead of winning the easy way. I like fighting for the win.' It's possible to like fighting too much, and perhaps at times last season Pickens did. However, more often than not, Pickens' fighting spirit will probably serve him well. And it could lead him and the Bulldogs to even more success in 2020. The post Former UGA star explains why George Pickens isn't a prima donna' WR appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Braves manager Brian Snitker announced the team had four players test positive for COVID-19: first baseman Freddie Freeman, left-hander Will Smith, right-hander Touki Toussaint and utilityman Pete Kozma. Smith and Toussaint are asymptomatic. Freeman and Kozma have fevers, but Kozma is feeling better, according to Snitker. The players gave their consent to announce their names. Read more on this story on ajc.com.