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    Go to the Forum to read all of DawgNation’s latest recruiting nuggets. The post Discuss UGA’s big recruiting weekend in DawgNation’s Forum appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Former UGA star Nicolas Claxton will work out for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Unlike the Atlanta Falcons, which seem to go out of the way to pass on former Bulldogs in the NFL draft at every opportunity – the Hawks have some serious UGA connections. After all, the “greatest Hawk of them all” was a Bulldog (Dominique Wilkins). Back to Claxton: He appears to be rising on the NBA Draft boards. He was projected to be selected at No. 17 overall by the Hawks in a recent mock draft by The Rookie Wire’s Michael Visenberg. The 6-foot-11, 220-pound Claxton followed in his father’s footsteps to play basketball at UGA. He starred in two seasons for the Bulldogs, averaging 13 points and 8.6 rebounds this past year. Claxton could very well be drafted by the Hawks, since they hold six of the first 44 picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, which tips off on Thursday. The Hawks have the No. 8 and No. 10 spots, along with Nos. 17, 35, 41 and 44. Wilkins is – by far – the most famous NBA player to ever wear a Hawks jersey. He’s an NBA Hall of Famer who was nicknamed “The Human Highlight Film” for his jaw-dropping power dunks. Other former Bulldogs to play for the Bulldogs included Damien Wilkins, Cedric Henderson, Antonio Harvey, and Herb White. The post Nicolas Claxton: Atlanta Hawks to work out former UGA basketball star this weekend 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. 966 (June 13, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about UGA quarterback commit Carson Beck’s message to 4-star wide receiver Marcus Rosemy. Georgia football podcast: UGA QB commit Carson Beck sets his sights on big-time WR Georgia football podcast: 4-star quarterback — and Georgia commit — Carson Beck recently sent a message on social media to 4-star wide receiver Marcus Rosemy. I’ll explain on today’s show why Rosemy would be a big “get” for UGA. 10-minute mark: I talk about 4-star offensive lineman Andrew Raym’s upcoming UGA visit. 15-minute mark: Former UGA All-American Jon Stinchcomb joins the show to preview DawgNation Days of Summer — which kicks off Thursday night at Callaway Resort & Gardens. 25-minute mark: DawgNation’s Connor Riley provides details on new UGA kicker commit Jared Zirkel. 30-minute mark: I take a look at Sports Illustrated’s list of possible SEC Heisman candidates — including Jake Fromm and D’Andre Swift. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: UGA QB commit Carson Beck sets his sights on big-time WR appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — The Georgia football offense is loaded for 2019, from its experienced and vaunted front line, to a third-year starting quarterback in Jake Fromm and returning 1,000-yard rusher in D’Andre Swift. Sports illustrated is the latest to take note, listing Fromm and Swift among the Heisman Trophy favorites entering the 2019 season. Fromm was listed among four “Elite Quarterbacks on Elite Teams” along with Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts. Swift, meanwhile, was in the “Workhouse Running Backs” group with 20 other backs. WATCH: Kirby Smart plans heavy usage for D’Andre Swift Fromm and Swift have been among the Heisman Trophy favorites throughout the offseason, with BetOnline.Ag installing them at 12-to-1 back in January. Fromm, Swift among early Heisman Trophy online betting favorites BetOnline.com kept Fromm and Swift’s Heisman Trophy odds at 12-to-1 in February, too. It appears spring drills did nothing to remove Fromm and Swift from the frontrunners for the award. Georgia coach Kirby Smart sounds ready to give new offensive coordinator James Coley some latitude to open up the offense this season. “People think balance means 50-50, (and) balance is not 50-50,” Smart said this spring. “Balance is being able to run the ball when you have to run the ball and being able to throw the ball when you have to throw the ball. So can you do both? Yes, you can be successful at both. “That might be 70-30 one game and then 30-70 the other way the next game.” The good news for Swift — and Fromm — is that Coley’s offense is expected to include plenty of throws to the backs. RELATED: James Coley expected to put his spin on Georgia offense Swift has proven an effective receiver as well as runner. Swift caught four passes or more in five games last season. In the last two games, Swift had more than four catches two TD reception. That bodes well for Fromm, as well. UGA lost four of its top five pass catchers from last season to the NFL draft. Fromm finished fifth in the nation in passing efficiency lat season, with Tagovailoa the only returning QB who was ranked higher. RELATED: Kirk Herbstreit says Georgia offense starts with Jake Fromm Fromm ranked only 42nd in the nation in passing yardage (2,749), but that was with Smart looking to play former Georgia QB Justin Fields as much as possible in relief. That’s not as likely to be the case in 2019, meaning the Bulldogs could put up single-season record offensive numbers, and place Fromm and Swift squarely in the Heisman Trophy race.   The post Why Jake Fromm and D’Andre Swift are legit Heisman Trophy favorites appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The season is still far enough away to allow for the UGA football team to break from routine for some unexpected fun. On Wednesday, the Bulldog players were surprised in a meeting with the announcement of a “Hot Wings Challenge.” It was all captured on video (below). Here were the rules: Eat four hot wings in three minutes … with no drinks. Sounds simple enough, right? But if you watch the video, it looked like a couple of players were on the brink of tears. Must’ve been some serious Cayenne pepper or similar nuclear pepper spice? The big winner out of all of this was Adam Anderson. The rising sophomore outside linebacker from Rome, Ga., looked like a fifth-year senior during the spirited contest, downing his four wings within the first 30 seconds. Then, with a sly grin on his face and a shrug, Anderson destroyed some more. Overseeing the contest was UGA strength and conditioning coach Scott Sinclair, who “set up” everyone earlier this week by chirping at Bulldogs offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer after Salyer tweeted about another hot-wings contest. “First of all wings aren’t on your diet Hot or Not!” No doubt Salyer was part of the fake-out, too. Nice decoy, Coach. And nice to see the team having some fun times together before the seriousness of the season sets in. Cheat Day‼️ #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/c5skzYEcjQ — Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) June 12, 2019 The post WATCH: UGA football team has fun at unexpected ‘Hot Wings Eating Contest’ appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Rankings are subjective, even so, it’s always interesting to ascertain how coaches and programs are judged from the outside. Take Georgia football coach Kirby Smart, for example. Smart, only 43 years old and entering this fourth year as the Bulldogs’ head coach, is already considered to be in rarified air by The Sporting News. Six-time national champion Nick Saban was ranked No. 1 among college coaches, while two-time national champ Dabo Swinney is at No. 2. Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher comes in at No. 3, and then there’s Smart at No. 4 with Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley No. 5. The rest of the top 10 includes Washington’s Chris Petersen at No. 6, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly at No. 7, Florida’s Dan Mullen at No. 8, Texas coach Tom Herman at No. 9 and Jim Harbaugh at No. 10. Smart will go head-to-head with Fisher for the first time this season when Texas A&M plays at Sanford Stadium on Nov. 23. Here’s the Top 10-ranked coaches by Sporting News analyst Bill Bender, and how they compare in age and record at current school: 1. Nick Saban (67), 141-20 (.881) 2. Dabo Swinney (49), 116-30 (.795) 3. Jimbo Fisher (53), 9-4 (.692) 4. Kirby Smart (43), 32-10 (.762) 5. Lincoln Riley (35), 24-4 (.857) 6. Chris Petersen (54), 47-21 (.691) 7. Brian Kelly (57), 60-34 (.638) 8. Dan Mullen (47), 10-3 (.769) 9. Tom Herman (44), 17-10 (.630) 10. Jim Harbaugh (55), 38-14 (.731) Other SEC Coaches, and where they are ranked: No. 15 Ed Orgeron (57), 25-9 (.735) No. 19 Gus Malzahn (53), 53-27 (.663) No. 33 Mark Stoops (51), 36-39 (.480) No. 36 Will Muschamp (47), 22-17 (.564) No. 37 Joe Moorhead (45), 8-5 (.615) No. 40 Barry Odom (42), 19-19 (.500) No. 53 Derek Mason (49), 24-38 (.387) No. 54 Jeremy Pruitt (45), 5-7 (.417) No. 62 Matt Luke (42), 11-13 (.458) No. 65 Chad Morris (50), 2-10   (.167)   The post Georgia’s Kirby Smart chasing two SEC coaches in Sporting News rankings 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. 965 (June 12, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about 5-star cornerback Kelee Ringo. Georgia football podcast: 5-star CB Kelee Ringo updates his recruitment Beginning of the show: 5-star cornerback Kelee Ringo is set to announce his top five according to a post on social media. I’ll discuss on today’s show why Georgia will almost certainly be among Ringo’s finalists. I’ll also discuss 5-star running back Kendall Milton’s plans to take an official visit to Alabama. 10-minute mark: UGA defensive tackle Jordan Davis could be one of the Bulldogs “breakout” stars this season according to ESPN. I’ll discuss Davis and address the situation for the defensive line around Davis as well. I also discuss more details about DawgNation Days of Summer, and our kickoff event Thursday evening at Callaway Resort & Gardens. 15-minute mark: DawgNation’s Mike Griffith joins the show. Some of the topics covered include… UGA’s response to the SEC’s new alcohol policy Reaction to former UGA great David Pollack’s thoughts on college football’s transfer policy And UGA being installed as a 24.5-point favorite in the season opener vs. Vanderbilt 30-minute mark: I take a look at other headlines including criticism of Dabo Swinney for a poorly-received joke, and another de-commitment from Florida’s 2020 class. 35-minute mark: I share the Summer Q&A, and thank a DawgNation Daily listener for a unique gift. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: 5-star CB Kelee Ringo updates his recruitment appeared first on DawgNation.