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    Georgia football fans get a preview of the upcoming game each week with the Marlow's Matchup presented by Marlow's Tavern. DawgNation's Brandon Adams and former UGA All-American Jon Stinchcomb break down the opponent and discuss how Kirby Smart, Jake Fromm and the Bulldogs might go all the way to a national championship this season. On this edition of the Marlow's Matchup, the guys discuss what to expect when UGA takes on South Carolina. D'Andre Swift's strong comments about UGA's offense generate attention Georgia's struggling offense was a source of frustration for many fans after the Bulldogs' loss to South Carolina. That sentiment was also possibly true for at least one UGA player as well. 'I think we need to take more shots down field, and try to get the ball to our playmakers in space,' UGA running back D'Andre Swift told reporters this week. 'Whatever the coaches think that might be, we've got to do a better job of that.' Swift's candor is atypical of a UGA player speaking to the media, especially considering the comments could be taken as a criticism of the play-calling decisions. However, Swift's words aren't problematic according to former Bulldogs All-American Jon Stinchcomb who appeared as part of DawgNation's Marlow's Matchup at the Marlow's Tavern in Dunwoody Thursday night. 'What I hear is, We didn't have any big plays,' and he's right,' Stinchcomb said. 'Whether it was the run game or the pass game, you look for the breakout plays the runs over 12 yards we didn't have very many of those on Saturday. And then the [lack of] big chunk plays in the passing game, that's really what he's speaking to. We didn't get any of that When D'Andre Swift mentions that, he's speaking to facts. He's not calling anyone out, there weren't big chunk plays.' Furthermore, in the full interview with Swift, he can be heard repeatedly taking responsibility for his own role in the loss, and pledging to work with coaches as a leader to help get the Bulldogs on track. 'As a leader, you want to try to get this team on the right path going forward,' Swift said. 'One loss doesn't define you. Nobody likes to lose, but we'll be fine. We will.' Certainly there's a path forward for the Bulldogs where it could be a lot more than 'fine.' It could still be a College Football Playoff team. However, there will be improvement required to make that happen. Stinchcomb offered more thoughts Thursday night on what is needed. The video is linked below. Marlow's Matchup Reaction to strong comments from D'Andre Swift about UGA's offense Posted by UGA DawgNation Georgia Bulldogs on Thursday, October 17, 2019 Tune in to the Marlow's Matchup each Thursday night at 6:00 pm on the DawgNation video channels, and be sure to join DawgNation at various Marlow's Taverns throughout the Atlanta area this season on select nights for a live broadcast, and a chance to hang out and talk about the Bulldogs. The post D'Andre Swift's strong comments about UGA's offense generate attention 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. 1,054 (Oct. 18, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about why the version of UGA that emerges now that its backs are to the wall should be entertaining to see. Georgia football podcast: UGA in desperation mode should be fun to watch Beginning of the show: Georgia's loss to South Carolina eliminates any room for error the Bulldogs might've previously enjoyed. I'll explain on today's show why watching how UGA responds to this adversity including how it plays and who steps up in the big moments should make for enjoyable drama for fans. 10-minute mark: I discuss 5-star offensive lineman and UGA commit Broderick Jones' recent conversation with DawgNation. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show. Some of the topics covered include 5-star tight end Arik Gilbert's official visit 4-star wide receiver and UGA commit Marcus Rosemy's official visit How weather impacts the way recruits will be entertained The latest on 5-star 2020 safety James Williams An update on 4-star running back Jahmyr Gibbs And reaction to 5-star linebacker and UGA commit Mekhail Sherman's tweet about Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart 45-minute mark: I preview the weekend's top games including Florida-South Carolina and more. 50-minute mark: I share audio of Smart discussing key issues facing the Bulldogs ahead of the matchup with Kentucky including the rotation among offensive linemen and wide receivers, the receivers need to create separation from defensive backs and why Dominick Blaylock has been forced to call for fair catches as punt returner. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: UGA in desperation mode should be fun to watch appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Statistics are useful tools for preliminary football evaluation. It even trickles down to the high school ranks. A popular question for DawgNation this fall has landed on prized QB commit Carson Beck and his senior season. When they saw the early returns on his senior season, opinions then followed suit. It is important to cite all of the numbers for the Mandarin High (Jacksonville, Fla.) senior as we step into this discussion.Carson Beck posted the following totals ( via Maxpreps.com ) last fall during his first year as a full-time starting QB in high school football: 209 completions across 356 attempts (59% completion percentage) 39 TDs/ 8 INTs (TD: INT ratio of 4.9/1) 3,546 yards (253 yards per game) Led a 6-4 team to an 11-4 finish and a state title in Florida's largest classification Was a rare junior who earned Florida's 'Mr. Football' honor for 2018 Now compare that to his 2019 totals: 75 completions across 165 attempts (45% completion percentage) 9 TDs/ 8 INTs (TD: INT ratio of 1.1/1) 1,044 yards (149 yards per game) His Mustangs have the same 4-3 record today as they did after seven games in 2018 With that, let's add a sprinkle of numbers for some necessary context, too. 0: The number of phone calls the Georgia staff has made to Mandarin High wondering what is up with their Elite 11 QB commit. 1: The number of seniors in the two-deep for Beck at receiver this fall. The lone senior does not start. 2: Current players on the Mandarin offense (including Beck) with a scholarship offer 1.5: That's how many offensive starters are back (including Beck) from last year's state title team. The other returning starter is now a part-time starter. 2: The number of scholarship receivers (Liberty and FIU) Beck had in 2018 Mandarin's losses have been to teams with a combined 18-3 record, including two perfect seasons Beck was 33-for-81 (41 percent) for 388 yards with 3 TDs and 4 INTs in those starts Does Georgia have its next multi-year starting quarterback in Beck? Those that believe that will tend to regard that last dusting of information as factors. Those that don't yet see that will look at those as excuses. Let's continue this narrative with an opinion that is central to this topic. 'It was tough in the beginning I was getting a lot of hate but most people don't know the whole story and they don't need to know,' Carson Beck told DawgNation this week. His Mustangs are even set to play at 7 p.m. on ESPNU tonight. Beck and Mandarin will face his training buddy Jeff Sims (QB commit to FSU) and Sandalwood. They will look to improve to 5-3 this fall. Beck has not turned the ball over in his last 14 quarters. That's a positive fact. Not a factor. 'The last three-and-a-half games he's played very well,' Mandarin High coach Bobby Ramsay told DawgNation. 'If the completion percentage hasn't looked as sexy as people would like it since then, it is probably because there have been drops. It hasn't been a case of why did you throw that ball there' with Carson.' Beck can be a polarizing figure in Jacksonville and on social media. The 6-foot-4.5, 225-pounder was a Florida guy who had at one time committed to playing baseball in Gainesville. That's before his football career blew up and he committed to play for Nick Saban's Crimson Tide. But there was a time when he was trending to the Gators for football. That came after he had de-committed from Alabama. Beck did so after every coach he knew there left after the 2018 season. He wound up choosing Georgia only a few days after he picked up a long-sought offer from the program. Carson Beck: The 2019 story so far Beck's pledge to UGA came with a lot of hype. He had that sterling junior season that included an absolute barrage of big plays during the 8A state playoffs. The 4-star prospect dealt out 17 touchdowns with just two picks. He threw for 1,495 yards in that playoff run despite not playing full games in those contests. His state championship game (25-of-36 for 330 yards, 5 TDs, O INTs) will be talked about for some time in Florida high school football history, including a laser NFL-level throw that impressed the former NFL QBs who were in the stadium that night. His star was at its highest then, including when he committed to UGA. Since that point, his solid but not spectacular Elite 11 caught some eyes. Georgia's fans are used to seeing guys like Jake Fromm and Justin Fields take over that thing. It isn't as hard to recall that other big names (Jacob Eason and Trevor Lawrence) didn't turn that event into their highlight reel. He had a much better showing at the QB Collective. That event takes place under the watchful eyes of several NFL coaches and staffers, but it never gets the publicity the Elite 11 does. Beck got off to a slow start (8 INTS in his first four games) with his senior season. It created several threads on the DawgNation message board forum wondering if he had forgotten how to throw a football. He did not. Clearly. He had a sterling performance against a good Oakleaf team (5-2) last week. Mr. Beck had himself a nice game last night. https://t.co/VRxlnJl8Tl Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) October 12, 2019 Georgia QB commit Carson Beck for 6. Mandarin HS got a big win last night. https://t.co/GqzkR4qOk1 Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) October 12, 2019 'I get it,' Mandarin coach Bobby Ramsay said. 'People like Joe Fan see the numbers and see that he was Mr. Football and just see the numbers. He had four touchdowns and seven picks at one point, but he has just kept getting better and better each week.' There is even the likelihood that Georgia will try to take a second QB prospect in 2020, if possible. That seems a logical move with Jake Fromm's possible ascent to the NFL and the long-term health of freshman D'Wan Mathis also a question mark. Those stats keep folks wondering, though.The only explanation some might accept would be if an injury forced him to throw with a different arm. The ability is still all there. The curious types also need to take in the notion that he's thrown six touchdowns to just one interception over his last four games. Do more with less. Take what's there. Control what you can control. He's learning all of those lessons before he arrives in the SEC pressure cooker at UGA. Beck now just tries to lead his team and make the plays that are there. 'Overall this year has made me better as a leader and I've become a better person because of it,' Beck said. 'I've faced a whole lot of adversity and I just keep battling back and grinding through it all. Now that we're seven weeks (into the season) we have made massive strides and I really think we can make a run in the postseason.' He's dipped a bit in the prospect rankings. Beck is currently rated as the nation's No. 5 pro-style QB and No. 152 overall for 2020.It says something about a player's reputation and NFL tools when that spot in the national rankings can be considered a slide. Carson Beck: A different player in 2019? Denny Thompson, his quarterback trainer, has an impressive reputation in North Florida. He watches him every week. He feels that Beck is five times the quarterback he was at this time a year ago. 'This is exactly what he needs,' Thompson told DawgNation. 'He's having to do so much just to keep that team upright because of how young they are. It sucks for him but he will definitely pick up a lot of leadership skills out of it.' There have been some good and not-so-good plays for Beck in 2019. DawgNation tries to catch the live streams or recaps of all his games in 2019. The Mandarin offense doesn't have the downfield threat that it did a year ago. Kris Mitchell, who's now at FIU, was that deep threat. Liberty freshman Demario Douglas caught four of Beck's five touchdown passes in the 8A state title game. The Mustangs have missed those guys. ( Yes, that phrasing eerily sounds like the Georgia offense at this current stretch of the season.) There have been some games where his receivers can just not get separation. There were some reps earlier this year where he made some ill-advised throws into tight windows or under pressure. But he's making something out of it. He looks like a more athletic QB this fall. Capable of getting more than 4-5 yards on an 'RPO' play when it is there. 'He's a much more athletic quarterback this year with his feet,' Ramsay said. 'There's something there with his feet that I hope the next level takes advantage of more so than we have. He really does a good job of extending plays and making something happen when it's not there especially inside the 20 when the windows get really tight to throw the football.' It might be the constant pressure. Or it might be the yoga he does all the time now. While watching some of his films, it doesn't strike so much Jake Fromm anymore. More like Joe Burrow. 'I'd say that Joe Burrow is a fair comparison,' Ramsay said. The post Georgia QB commit Carson Beck returning to form after early struggles appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football coach Kirby Smart is keeping one eye on the weather report and another on Kentucky game film with Saturday night's Homecoming Game fast approaching. The No. 10-ranked Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1 SEC) play host to the Wildcats (3-3, 1-3) at 6 p.m. on Saturday (TV: ESPN) looking to shake off a historic upset loss to South Carolina last week. RELATED: Georgia QB legend Eric Zeier shares fixes for offense 'Every player was sick about the performance, just like the coaches,' Smart said Thursday night on his radio show. 'I've always said sometimes the worst thing you can do is play bad and win, because you don't learn the things you need to learn.' No doubt, Georgia's offense sputtered against Power 5 competition the first half of the season, even as the Bulldogs were building a 5-0 record and rising to No. 3 in the ranks. The Bulldogs' offensive objectives and fixes have been well-documented this week as concerns about a wet-weather game have risen. Smart, known for his detailed-oriented nature, typically likes for Georgia to get wet weather work in practices whenever possible. 'I'm concerned about the weather conditions, because you never know what they will be, it's not a variable you can control,' Smart said. 'I like going in the rain once every two or three weeks, but if it's lighting, I can't. 'But we have wet ball drill and we do it once every two weeks, it's on a rolling schedule, so even if you've gone two or three weeks without a wet practice,' he said. 'We spray the ball down, and make the quarterbacks and receivers catch it, throw it, exchange it, (and) kickers, holders, snappers everybody has to. We were doing it (Thursday), spraying it down, making it as hard as possible' The current forecast for Saturday's kickoff (as of Friday) reflected a 100-percent chance of rain in Athens at 6 p.m., with the likelihood of precipitation not tapering off until 9 p.m. Georgia-Kentucky Game Week 7 Georgia players to watch under center 3 keys for a happy homecoming vs. Kentucky Promising Nolan Smith grows, expands role Receivers must step up, beat press coverage Closer look: How Georgia's offense adds up Cover 4: How do Bulldogs get back on track D'Andre Swift says We know how good we can be' Big Ben Cleveland says challenge to go out and prove something' The post Georgia coach Kirby Smart concerned about the weather conditions' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia legend Eric Zeier has played and seen a lot of football as the SEC's former all-time leading passer and current Bulldogs radio color analyst. Zeier is as measured with his opinions as he once was his passes, so his thoughts on fixing the Bulldogs are sure to resonate in Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. The No. 10-ranked Georgia football program plays host to Kentucky at 6 p.m. on Saturday (TV: ESPN) looking to get back on track after a shocking 20-17 upset at the hands of unranked South Carolina last week. 'I think we'll get back to who we want to be and who we are this week,' Zeier said on Kirby Smart's coach's show on Thursday night. 'We want to be a big, bruising team that plays great defense, that's able to control the ball on offense. In the critical moments of games we are typically balanced last week we got out of that a little bit.' Zeier suggests versatile and explosive playmaker James Cook could be part of the solution, and he's surprised the Bulldogs didn't look more to him last Saturday. 'South Carolina has been able to get after quarterbacks, we've seen that, (so) I thought we were going to try to get the football out of Jake's hands, utilize the quick game,' Zeier said. 'I was a little surprised we didn't get James Cook more involved in the football game.' Zeier said 'the blueprint is out right now, on how to attack us on the offensive side of the football,' and that 'you've got defenses that are selling all out against the run.' Indeed, Jake Fromm attempted a career-high 51 passes in the loss to the Gamecocks with a career-high three interceptions. Fromm who had not been intercepted in the first five games, also was sacked three times and fumbled away a center exchange. It was not all on Fromm, but Zeier did not give his fellow quarterback a pass. 'It was probably the one time I've seen Jake Fromm miss reads, where we had guys running open, and all of the sudden if you hit that, if the correct read is made and you complete the pass on the seam or going outside, now all he sudden, you look like a genius when you're calling plays,' said Zeier, who finished his career between the hedges in 1994 with 67 UGA records and 18 SEC marks. 'When you miss a couple of reads, make a couple of bad throws, you drop a couple of passes, all those things add up to a bad game all the way around.' Zeier said Fromm had his challenges on account of the Georgia receivers not creating separation. 'We are not creating space, so the windows that we're having to throw the football into, in many cases it looks like an NFL game, where you've got elite defensive backs where your window is extremely small,' Zeier said. 'How do you help receivers get off the jam? Get them in motion, get them moving, so you don't allow a defensive back to come up and get in your face where that first step you've got a problem,' Zeier said. 'You can also utilize slot receivers to get down the seam in quick fashion, get mismatches, get James Cook on the outside as opposed to having a receiver, force defenses into different looks than they are accustomed to, create mismatches with your alignment, and then get movements going and motions going to try to loosen up what defenses are trying to do.' Zeier indicated the forecast for rain at Saturday night's game against Kentucky should not concern Georgia fans, nor should they be worried the South Carolina loss was the start of a new trend. 'Rainy weather, with the way we can go play football, shouldn't be a problem,' Zeier stated. 'I have not one doubt in my mind; that (loss) will galvanize us as a football team and drive us to the level of excellence we have played under Kirby Smart since he's been here.' Georgia-Kentucky Game Week 7 Georgia players to watch under center 3 keys for a happy homecoming vs. Kentucky Promising Nolan Smith grows, expands role Receivers must step up, beat press coverage Closer look: How Georgia's offense adds up Cover 4: How do Bulldogs get back on track D'Andre Swift says We know how good we can be' Big Ben Cleveland says challenge to go out and prove something' The post Georgia legend Eric Zeier shares fixes for offense, key player to get involved appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football coach Kirby Smart used the phrase 'step up' quite a bit this week. The 20-17 overtime loss to South Carolina certainly wasn't acceptable, and nothing less than a convincing win over Kentucky at 6 p.m. on Saturday (TV: ESPN) will satisfy. RELATED: 5 questions with Kentucky football columnist Here are seven players to watch that all into the 'Step Up' category if the Bulldogs are to evolve into the championship contender they were projected to be: QB Jake Fromm It starts with the quarterback. Fromm is under pressure to bounce back from the worst outing of his career, a performance that brought his talent into question. Heavy rain is forecasted, so it's not likely Fromm will get a chance to prove he can win a game when he throws more than 30 passes (UGA is 0-5 in such games). Fromm will, however, get a chance to show he can pull a teetering offense back together. The junior captain needs tothrow his tight ends and receivers open after an uncharacteristically spotty performance last Saturday. Fromm missed a handful of reads and was not as accurate as he had been the first five games of the season. Center Trey Hill Hill was the weakest link last Saturday on the rotating front line once known as the 'Great Wall.' The mere mention of the nickname draws snickers from opposing fanbases and makes even the most loyal Georgia fans wince. The fact is, UGA's projected starting line played just one game together, at Vanderbilt, before injuries led to bodies shifting in and out and a breakdown in continuity. Hill has remained a constant in the lineup. The sophomore was exposed by South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, and his low, slow shotgun snaps appeared to throw off Fromm's timing. RB D'Andre Swift Swift isn't a big talker, but he made sure to get the message out for everyone to hear that he's not going to accept results like last Saturday's against South Carolina. Smart said Swift had developed into more of a vocal leader, and that was obvious by the fact he came out and publicly took accountability on behalf of the entire offense. A straight shooter, Swift has been honest about his intent to turn pro after this season. It's clear he doesn't plan on the Bulldogs going out with a whimper his final season in Athens. Swift bowed up last Saturday and showed he could handle short-yardage situations. RB James Cook Will Georgia get this exciting playmaker involved this week? Or will Cook go back to being a decoy and/or end around specialist? It's baffling OC James Coley hasn't gotten Cook more touches, but game flow has apparently dictated the ball go to other perimeter threats. Cook would be an easy quick throw into the slot, his ability to make yardage in space superior to any of the receivers. Smart said opponents have schemed to prevent Cook from touching the ball. Good plan; part of the reason the Bulldogs are lacking explosive plays is because explosive players like Cook aren't touching the ball enough. Safety J.R. Reed The Bulldogs need playmakers in the secondary, and Reed's production does not yet match his preseason All-American accolades. Reed is second on the team with 31 tackles behind linebacker Monty Rice, but he has just one interception and three pass break-ups through six games. The senior's talent and savvy is unquestionable. But Reed has yet to show he can play with the level of enthusiasm necessary to ignite teammates and raise the level of play around him. Punter Jake Camarda Can this sophomore punter put two solid games back-to-back? Can Camarda handle a slick ball and snaps in inclement weather? Camarda has been shaky in big moments this season, but he's apparently the best option Georgia has on the roster. The Kentucky game will give him an opportunity to win back some trust and gain much-needed confidence and momentum heading into a pivotal November stretch. Receivers Impossible to name just one with what has happened. Who will step up? Kearis Jackson, Matt Landers? Tyler Simmons? Demetris Robertson? George Pickens? Dominick Blaylock? Maybe all of the above, but whoever lines up at that receiver position needs to show reliable hands and an ability to make yards after the catch. Georgia receivers haven't helped Fromm out much in that capacity, unable to get much separation from coverage, they are often tackled immediately and don't break tackles. Smart said on his coaches show the receivers group has shown the most improvement since the start of this season. But he also said they had the furthest to go. Georgia-Kentucky Game Week 3 keys for a happy homecoming vs. Kentucky Promising Nolan Smith grows, expands role Receivers must step up, beat press coverage Kirby Smart breaks down Georgia offense, keeps it simple Closer look: How Georgia's offense adds up Cover 4: How do Bulldogs get back on track D'Andre Swift says We know how good we can be' Big Ben Cleveland says challenge to go out and prove something' The post 7 Georgia football players to watch against Kentucky, starts under center appeared first on DawgNation.
  • You never really know about some people until adversity happens. UGA star D'Andre Swift has clearly stepped up this week as a Bulldogs leader in the aftermath of the embarrassing upset loss to unranked South Carolina. Swift, who is normally soft-spoken but candid with his public remarks, sent out an Instagram message (above) to rally his teammates and the UGA fans that said, 'Whoever Counting Us Out, Can't Count!!!' Earlier in the week, Swift had a popular answer for fans when he was asked if he'd like to see more creative play-calling as a way to help the team's running backs create big plays: Most definitely. I think we need to do a better job of getting the ball to the playmakers in space and getting the ball outside a little more.' Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart pretty much said the same thing as Swift, telling reporters, 'I think we need to do a better job of getting the ball to playmakers in space and try to get the ball outside a little more. Outside zones, screens, stuff we need to work on in practice, to get better at those things.' UGA offensive coordinator James Coley has been criticized this week for the teams's predictable play-calling in the stunning loss to South Carolina. Back to Swift: He also took blame, saying he needed to 'do a better job breaking tackles.' He is a fringe Heisman candidate as a junior, but this may be his last season with the Bulldogs as he is a candidate to declare early for the NFL Draft. The post D'Andre Swift sends strong message to those who doubt UGA appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Welcome to Good Day, UGA , your one-stop shop for Georgia footballnews and takes. Check us out every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Georgia football, recruiting, basketball and more. Why Jake Fromm is going to bounce back and more we learned about Georgia football Quarterback:Jake Fromm did not play well against South Carolina. He turned the ball over four times, including three interceptions. After the game on Saturday, he admitted he has to play better. And when Kirby Smart was asked about how Fromm has handled the fall out from the loss, the Georgia coach said his quarterback seems to be in good spirits. 'He's been great. He's been helping those wideouts, challenging them, just as he was before,' Smart said. 'Challenging them outside, giving them looks like we know they're going to get. Hard corners, and trying to get them more physical guys at the line, pressing them and things like that. So we can simulate those looks a little better. But Jake's been great.' One only has to look back one year to see about Fromm's ability to bounce back from a poor performance. The now junior quarterback struggled mightily against LSU, as he completed less than 50 percent of his passes and was intercepted twice. But when Fromm next took the field against Florida, he completed 70 percent of his passes while tossing three touchdowns and zero interceptions. To that point in time, Fromm followed up his worst performance as Georgia's quarterback with his best. Related: Georgia football winners and losers after stunning South Carolina defeat The Wildcats did keep Fromm in check last season when the two teams met, as he completed 14 of his 20 attempts for only 113 yards. The corresponding 5.7 yards per attempt was Fromm's lowest mark of the season. Running back: Georgia running back D'Andre Swift did not hold back when speaking on the Georgia offense earlier this week. In his interview, which you can watch below, he touched on what the entire Georgia offense needs to do better, as well as the changes he would make to open up the Georgia offense.Swift is the SEC's fourth-leading rusher with 573 yards and is first in yards per carry among players with at least 50 rushing attempts Wide receiver:It's been said just about everywhere, but the Georgia wide receivers have to play better, specifically against physical defensive backs. The position group struggled against man coverage, as highlighted by some stats dug up by Jordan Rodgers of the SEC Network. SOUTH CAROLINA DOMINATED IN MAN COVERAGE vs Fromm vs Man: 8/26 (30%) 1 TD 2 Int vs Zone: 20/25 (80%) 1 Int (off WR hands) SC made it tough on Fromm all day. All completions in Man were contested. Have to find WR that can separate consistently vs man! UF plays man well Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) October 14, 2019 Georgia wide receiver Kearis Jackson met with the media on Wednesday and expressed that he still has confidence in the wide receiver room as a whole. 'We are a very talented room. Of course, we are down guys right now,' Jackson said. 'But the room is very talented. For us to come back and guys to step up. We are getting a lot of reps; we are still talented enough to go out and perform the way we are supposed to perform.' Jackson is someone that Georgia could turn to for more production, especially now that he has healed from a hand injury he suffered in the season-opener against Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs could also target the likes of Dominick Blaylock and James Cook more, as former Georgia wide receiver Terrence Edwards advocated for on Thursday's episode of DawgNation Daily. Related: Georgia football needs to target George Pickens, Dominick Blaylock downfield to open up offense Offensive line:The offensive line also took its fair share of criticism after the defeat to South Carolina. The position group did struggle against South Carolina, as it gave up three sacks. The Georgia ground game also had its worst yards per attempt number 4.02 of the season. Related: Kirby Smart explains reasons behind disappointing' offensive line performance against South Carolina The Georgia offensive line has had to reshuffle itself due to a number of injuries. Justin Shaffer will miss the Kentucky game due to a neck injury. Solomon Kindley's status for the game is unknown as he is dealing with an ankle injury. The injuries have moved Cade Mays to the left guard spot, where he repped with the first team during Georgia practices in the lead up to the Kentucky game. The right guard spot has been manned by Ben Cleveland, with Trey Hill remaining at center, Isaiah Wilson at right tackle and Andrew Thomas at left tackle. Mays welcomes the challenges this group has faced following the South Carolina loss, and vowed the unit will have a better showing against Kentucky. 'We are looked at one of the best, if not the best groups in the entire country,' Mays said. 'We just have to go out and prove that every Saturday. If we don't everyone who is saying that does not matter.' The Kentucky rush defense is one of the worst in the SEC, as the Wildcats give up an average of 173 rushing yards per game. This could be the perfect opponent for the Bulldogs beleaguered offense to get right against. Defensive line:Prior to the South Carolina game, there had been a lot of questions surrounding freshman defensive lineman Travon Walker. He had not been spotted at practice prior to the game. But during pregame warm-ups, it became clear that the talented freshman would not be playing as he was in a sling. Then this week, Smart added that Walker who has become a key member of Georgia's pass-rushing package would also end up missing the Kentucky game as well due to wrist surgery. 'He had something bothering him and they ended up finding out what it was. He had to get surgery on his wrist,' Smart said. He's expected back real soon like next week.' In place of Walker, expect to see Georgia use Malik Herring more often, along with Devonte Wyatt as the interior rushers to pair with Nolan Smith and Azeez Ojulari on the outside. Outside linebackers:For the second time in three games, the Georgia pass rusher was held without a sack against South Carolina. Both of those games saw the Bulldogs have to defend mobile quarterbacks in Ian Book and Dakereon Joyner. The Bulldogs will face another mobile threat this week in Lynn Bowden. And outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari spoke about some of the frustrations of the pass rush this past week, as well as how the Bulldogs will bounce back against the Wildcats. Related: Nolan Smith continuing to get better and show promise' as role in Georgia football defense expands Inside linebackers:Even with the loss against South Carolina. Georgia is still the only team in the country that has not yet allowed a rushing touchdown on the season. We realize this doesn't directly have to do with Georgia's inside linebackers, but Monty Rice and Tae Crowder have played a key role in the improved Georgia rush defense. And the duo did lead Georgia in tackles a week ago against the Gamecocks. But Smart was asked once again about the prevention of a rushing touchdown, and he gave a very in-depth answer on the rushing defense as a whole. 'Well again, I'd rather give up a 1-yard touchdown rush than a 50-yard pass. t I do appreciate the demeanor and the pride,' Smart said. 'Because to be honest since I've been here we have not been a good goal-line defense. We have not been a real good I'm not gonna say we haven't been a run defense, we've had good run defense, but we haven't consistently stopped people in the red area. We've been able to do that so far this year. It makes it hard to score touchdowns when you're hard to run the ball on.' Kentucky ranks sixth in the SEC in rushing yards and has 11 rushing touchdowns on the season. Defensive backs:Given that Georgia's game against South Carolina ended at around 3:30, the Bulldogs had some free time on Saturday after the game. Defensive back Eric Stokes said that he spent the evening off with family, something he regularly enjoys. But after he said goodbye to them, Stokes said he decompressed from the loss by watching the popular sitcom Friends'. 'I just laid up watching Friends. Best show out there,' Stokes said. When asked who his favorite character from the popular former NBC show was, the standout cornerback didn't hesitate. 'Joey, easily by far,' Stokes said I don't know what it is about him but he's easily my favorite character.' 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  • 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. 1,053 (Oct. 17, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about an ESPN writer's challenge for the UGA offense, and other commentary on what the Bulldogs need to do to improve. Georgia football podcast: ESPN writer challenges UGA to keep its foot on the gas' Beginning of the show: Georgia's offense plays better when it plays quickly according to ESPN's Bill Connelly. He advises the Bulldogs to do it more often. I'll share more details about that topic on today's show as well as other assessments for how UGA's offense can improve. 10-minute mark: I'll share audio from DawgNation's recruiting insider Jeff Sentell on 4-star wide receiver Arian Smith. 15-minute mark: Former UGA wide receiver Terrence Edwards joins the show. Some of the topics covered include How to fix what's wrong with UGA's offense An evaluation of freshman wide receiver George Pickens Thoughts on Demetris Robertson An explanation of why freshman wide receiver Dominick Blaylock should play more A theory involving running back James Cook being used more as a receiver And reaction to UGA fans who've called for a shortened rotation at the receiver position 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including a former 5-star Alabama signee officially entering the transfer portal, a former UGA commit pledging to the Crimson Tide and an update on Tennessee quarterback Brian Maurer who's attempting to recover from a concussion. 35-minute mark: I share audio of UGA coach Kirby Smart's concerns about stopping Kentucky quarterback and wide receiver Lynn Bowden. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: ESPN writer challenges UGA to keep its foot on the gas' appeared first on DawgNation.