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    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. National media sees Florida and Georgia football on same level entering 2020 season The last three seasons, Georgia has been the superior team when it has played Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. In 2017, the Bulldogs blew out the Gators 42-7. When the two teams met in 2018, Florida put up a better fight, but Georgia wore them out over the course of four quarters for a 36-17 win in Dan Mullen's first year. This past season saw Florida play Georgia close, but the Gators never had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead in the second half of the game, as Georgia came away with a 24-17 victory. Factor in the talent advantage via superior recruiting rankings and it's easy to see why Georgia has been a clear step above Florida for most of Kirby Smart's tenure. But entering the 2020 season it appears the Bulldogs and Gators are seen as equals. At least in the eyes of the national media. College football writer Matt Hinton compiled a number of the Way Too Early Top 25's' for the upcoming 2020 season. And interestingly enough, Florida and Georgia averaged out to finish with the same ranking, tied for sixth. and here's your knee-jerk consensus of 15 'way too early' rankings for 2020. It's a clean sweep at the top and as long as Trevor Lawrence doesn't renounce the sport in search of enlightenment it's going to stay that way. pic.twitter.com/1vbU2O7Usj Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) January 16, 2020 And more interesting is that while Georgia's range is greater as high as second, low as 13th Florida has a much more consistent ranking across the 15 lists that were put together. There are a number of reasons why some in the national media might think this way. Looking at Florida first, the Gators do bring back quarterback Kyle Trask. After beginning the season as a back-up, he shined for the Gators throwing for 25 touchdowns to 7 interceptions. The Gators also bring back most of their starting offensive line. While Florida does have to replace four of its top six receivers, there are former highly recruited playmakers like Trevon Grimes and Jacob Copeland waiting to take on bigger roles to go along with star tight end Kyle Pitts. Florida also lose their top two pass rushers in Jonathan Greenard and Jabari Zuniga from the 2019 team. But former Georgia Bulldog and 5-star prospect in Brenton Cox waiting in the wings. And while the Gators haven't signed many 5-star prospects in recent years, Florida is bringing in mammoth defensive tackle Gervon Dexter, someone who Georgia very much wanted to land in the 2020 cycle. There is also nowhere near the coaching turnover on Florida's staff that there has been at Georgia. And stability sells. Georgia had to replace well-regarded offensive line coach Sam Pittman this offseason. The Bulldogs also brought in a new offensive coordinator in Todd Monken, who will replace James Coley. Georgia's offense, as bad as it was last season, is going to look very different in 2020. And the unknown naturally leads to skepticism. There's also the fact that Bulldogs had five players declare early for the NFL draft. All of them were on the offensive side of the ball and two of them D'Andre Swift and Andrew Thomas were clearly Georgia's best offensive players last year. The Bulldogs must replace also replace quarterback Jake Fromm. As much as he struggled down the stretch last season, he still led the Bulldogs to an SEC East title, Sugar Bowl win and was the unquestionable reason why Georgia beat Florida. Replacing him, even with someone who has starting experience in Jamie Newman, is not an easy task. Related: ESPN labels Georgia football a loser of NFL early entry process For as much as Georgia returns on defense next year multiple starters at every level or brings in with its highly-touted 2020 recruiting class, those aspects don't appeal as much nationally as a competent offense and potentially great quarterback do. As for what this ultimately means, not a whole lot. The national media perceptions isn't going to change how these two programs recruit, as Georgia is always going to be a better recruiting power with Smart than Florida will be with Mullen. People will also always give Mullen the benefit of the doubt of replacing talent on offense, given his extensive offensive background. While Georgia has beaten Florida in each of the past two seasons, it's not like the Gators have been that far off in comparison to where the Bulldogs end the season. Both teams finished the 2018 and 2019 seasons ranked in the top-10 of the final AP Polls. And thanks to Hinton's data, both seemed poised to start the 2020 season with those same lofty rankings. We ultimately won't know which team is better until the two teams meet once again in Jacksonville on Oct. 31. But at the very least to start the 2020 campaign, there seems to be a thought that Florida is continuing to inch closer to Georgia's level coming from the national media. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football's Andrew Thomas first-round NFL draft lock, Cleveland popular projection Georgia football podcast: Expect UGA's new-look offense to silence Florida hype Why the addition of 5-star QB Brock Vandagriff could be a great sign for in-state recruiting Kirby Smart recognizes his offense needs to change after latest Georgia football coaching moves Social media reacts to Georgia football landing 5-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff Georgia sports roundup: Baseball to begin season in top 10, Gymnastics posts season-best effort Georgia football podcast: Reaction to 5-star QB Brock Vandagriff's commitment to UGA Dawgs on Twitter Don't wait. Let's go get it. #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/IaWsyfk3pF Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) January 22, 2020 Official this weekend! #GoDawgs Tate Ratledge (@tateratledge22) January 22, 2020 Jayden Thomas. Pace Academy. Elite WR in the 2021 class. Also quite a talent on the baseball diamond, too. https://t.co/ISy2dnHbr1 Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) January 22, 2020 August 6th Commitment Date Remember That Lovasea Carroll (@LovaseaC) January 22, 2020 @DawgNation @jeffsentell yall able to help get the word out? For a Young @Chiefs fan with Cancer to go see @MecoleHardman4 in Miami? https://t.co/uZYI3UBw6N pic.twitter.com/0p1kdzbPUK Taylor FreshToDeath (@TayFresh2Death) January 22, 2020 Good Dawg of the Day Here's a good boy getting very excited about finally catching his ball. 14/10 please say you're proud of him pic.twitter.com/9NXTLoX5AS WeRateDogs (@dog_rates) January 21, 2020 The post National media sees Florida and Georgia on same level entering 2020 season appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Former Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas might want to make sure his wardrobe includes plenty of things that match with brown. Thomas, an Outland Trophy Finalist and All-American for the Bulldogs last season, is being sidelined projected as the first-round pick for the Cleveland Browns in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Browns have the 10th overall pick, and Thomas one of the record 111 underclassmen from the college ranks to declare himself eligible for the draft is widely considering the top offensive tackle in the draft class. The ClevelandBrowns.com website will be paying particularly close attention to Thomas throughout the draft process as its roundup reflected the former Georgia captain a popular choice among NFL draft analysts. Among those projecting Thomas to the Cleveland Browns at No. 10 are: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network Dane Brugler, The Athletic Vinnie Iyer, The Sporting News Benjamin Solak, The Draft Network Josh Edwards, CBSsports.com Brugler reportedly noted Thomas has 'shock absorbers' for hands in assessment. Thomas has been projected to be selected by other teams by other analysts, but the Browns' projection is far and away most popular. That said, the NFL draft process is just getting underway ,with players' draft stock rising and falling at the Senior Bowl this week, and the NFL combine in Indianapolis fast approaching. Thomas' athleticism, skill work and disposition figure to make him a strong candidate to improve his stock once he starts meeting with teams and performs at the NFL combine. Indeed, Thomas has been projected as high as the No. 4 overall pick in the New York Giants (CBS Sports). Iowa's Tristan Wirfs and Alabama's Jedrick Wills appears to Thomas' biggest competition in the draft at the offensive tackle position. Both are also widely projected first-round picks. The draft ranking for Thomas from No. 4 to No. 10 is higher than any of the other Georgia players in the upcoming draft class. The Bulldogs have two other juniors, tailback D'Andre Swift and quarterback Jake Fromm, who have received first-round draft projections, but neither as high as Thomas. Georgia also has two other underclass offensive linemen coming out, junior guard Solomon Kindley and redshirt sophomore Isaiah Wilson. Both Kindley and Wilson have been trimming up their football frames to be in prime condition for the NFL combine. Kindley and Wilson, both, figure to improve their stock at the combine. The NFL Draft takes place April 23-25 in Las Vegas, Nevada. DawgNation: Georgia in the NFL draft ESPN labels Georgia a 'loser' in NFL early entry process Eli Wolf, Charlie Woerner, Brian Herrien, Tyrique McGhee shine in all-star games Todd McShay projects Georgia QB Jake Fromm to have first-round talent Closer look at Jake Fromm's decision, factors and faith Georgia OG Solomon Kindley comes off ankle injury, makes NFL leap The post Georgia football's Andrew Thomas first-round NFL draft lock, Cleveland popular projection 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. 1,115 (Jan. 22, 2020) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about whether Florida is a legitimate threat to UGA in the SEC East this season. Georgia football podcast: Expect UGA's new-look offense to silence Florida hype Beginning of the show: Florida has gotten plenty of love thus far during the offseason. A growing number of analysts are even picking the Gators to overtake Georgia in the SEC East. I'll explain on today's show why the recent offensive changes UGA has made should prevent that from happening. 10-minute mark: I discuss a specific example of how the Bulldogs can coach up the quarterback position better under the direction of Todd Monken. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's Mike Griffith joins the show. Some of the topics covered include A comparison between UGA and Florida A look at what the addition of Monken and Buster Faulkner could mean for the Bulldogs offense A discussion on the status of former offensive coordinator Jame Coley And reaction to UGA's basketball loss Tuesday night at Kentucky 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including Auburn coach Gus Malzahn announcing that new Tigers offensive coordinator Chad Morris will call plays next season, an interesting gift for former Alabama and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts at the Senior Bowl and a look at the SEC names including UGA's D'Andre Swift and Andrew Thomas in Daniel Jeremiah's initial first-round mock draft at NFL.com. 35-minute mark: I discuss UGA defensive line signee Jalen Carter earning five-star status and react to an interesting tweet from five-star UGA cornerback signee Kelee Ringo. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: Expect UGA's new-look offense to silence Florida hype appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Anytime you lose one of the best running backs in the SEC, both starting offensive tackles and a three-year starter at quarterback to the NFL Draft, you're going to be branded as a team that did not come out as a winner of the NFL draft's early entry process. And that is the case for the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia saw five players forgo eligibility and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. All five come from the offensive side of the ball as running back D'Andre Swift, offensive tackles Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson, offensive guard Solomon Kindley and quarterback Jake Fromm all left Georgia early to pursue their NFL careers. The only team that had more early departures for the 2020 NFL Draft is LSU though Alabama also saw five players depart early. And because of the heavy losses, all on the offensive sides of the ball, ESPN's Adam Rittenberg labeled Georgia as a loser of the process. Rittenberg was understanding of why Swift and Thomas would declare, given both are expected to be first-round picks. But the ESPN writer was a little more confused as to why Fromm, Wilson and Kindley went ahead and entered the 2020 NFL Draft. 'Jake Fromm, a three-year starter, could have returned, especially in a year with a strong quarterback class,' Rittenberg wrote. 'Isaiah Wilsondoesn't rank among Kiper's top 10 offensive tackle prospects, and guardSolomon Kindleyisn't ranked.' As far as replacing the departing players, Zamir White seems like the clear option to step in as Georgia's lead running back in 2020. He started in Georgia's Sugar Bowl win over Baylor, where he racked up 92 yards and a touchdown against the Big 12's top defense. Related: ESPN tabs Zamir White as Georgia football breakout player for 2020 season At quarterback, Georgia landed Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman. He threw for 26 touchdowns last season while also rushing for six. Georgia has also made some staff changes, as the Bulldogs named Todd Monken as the offensive coordinator. That title was previously held by James Coley. In regards to the holes on the offensive line, Justin Shaffer figures to slide in at the left guard spot for Kindley. When the latter missed time during the 2019 season, the rising senior Shaffer stepped in as his replacement. He was recently cleared to play after sustaining a season-ending neck injury. At right tackle, Jamaree Salyer is slatted to take over for Wilson. Salyer got the start in the Sugar Bowl and played very well at the right tackle spot. While Salyer also has worked at the guard spot, he did spend the entire 2019 season as Wilson's back-up. Finding a replacement for Thomas though may prove to be the most difficult. In addition to Thomas being an absolute stud, Georgia doesn't have a perfect replacement lined up. Cade Mays was thought to be the favorite for the job, but he has since transferred to Tennessee. The Bulldogs do have a commitment from 5-star offensive tackle Broderick Jones, but he has not yet signed with Georgia as Auburn is still pursuing his services. Another name to watch for as a Thomas replacement could be redshirt freshman Xavier Truss. Regarding the 2020 NFL Draft, it wasn't all bad for the Bulldogs. None of the defensive players that could've declared early for the 2020 NFL Draft did so, meaning the likes of Richard LeCounte, Monty Rice and Eric Stokes will all be returning to a defense that was one of the nation's best in 2019. Related: Richard LeCounte is the face of the Georgia football program for the 2020 season The 2020 NFL Draft is set to take place in Las Vegas and runs from April 23 through the 25. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Why the addition of 5-star QB Brock Vandagriff could be a great sign for in-state recruiting Kirby Smart recognizes his offense needs to change after latest Georgia football coaching moves Social media reacts to Georgia football landing 5-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff Georgia sports roundup: Baseball to begin season in top 10, Gymnastics posts season-best effort Georgia football podcast: Reaction to 5-star QB Brock Vandagriff's commitment to UGA The post ESPN labels Georgia football a loser of NFL early entry process appeared first on DawgNation.
  • It remains to be seen whether or not Chase Brice ends up at UGA, but it appears the Clemson transfer quarterback clearly still has a lot of affection for the Bulldogs. On late Tuesday night, Brice added to the mystique about his relationship with UGA by switching his Twitter profile picture to a UGA-themed picture a family shot of he and his family members wearing Bulldogs gear from many years ago. Perhaps just a fond memory? Perhaps a coincidence? Or perhaps Brice and UGA are still chatting? With regards to the Bulldogs, it looked like they landed their quarterback for the upcoming season when Wake Forest grad transfer Jamie Newman enrolled at UGA earlier this month. Newman will have one season of eligibility remaining. What makes Brice interesting is that he is a graduate transfer with two seasons left of eligibility. After Clemson's national championship appearance, Brice announced that he was leaving the Tigers. Brice has been low key about his next destination, although UGA was rumored to be a top contender before Newman announced his decision. UGA's interest in Brice is unknown, but Brice grew up as a devoted fan to the Bulldogs. He grew up in Grayson, Ga., which is located only 40 miles away from Athens. Who knows what to read into Brice's new UGA picture on Twitter? However, it is interesting that this is not the first time it has happened. Shortly after Brice revealed his intentions to transfer, he posted a new profile picture of him as a kid wearing Quincy Carter's No. 17 UGA jersey that was later deleted. Wherever Brice plays next season, whether it be UGA or elsewhere, he will clearly be a fan of the Bulldogs. The post Clemson grad-transfer QB adds to mystique surrounding UGA appeared first on DawgNation.
  • LEXINGTON, KY.Neither Georgia nor Anthony Edwards may have seemed particularly impressive as the Bulldogs have stumbled out to a 1-4 start in SEC play. But don't tell that to Kentucky's John Calipari, who gushed about the team the No. 10 Wildcats defeated 89-79 Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. 'Tom's done a great job,' Calipari said of Georgia's second-year coach Tom Crean. 'They're going to win games. I just told their team as we walked off, you're as good as anybody we've played. Go win some games.' Their start was ridiculous. Now let's see where they go. Tom's terrific and I think they'll be fine. At this point, I want them to beat everybody.' The Bulldogs would settle for at least two in a row and soon. The loss to the Wildcats was their fourth in the last five games and 14th in a row to Kentucky overall. RELATED: Too little, too late from Georgia star Anthony Edwards at Kentucky But as Calipari pointed out, Georgia's league schedule has been a bit front-loaded. This was the second time they've played Kentucky (14-4, 5-1 SEC) and they've also played then-No. 5-ranked Auburn and Mississippi State on the road. Georgia (11-7) gets three of the next five at home, including Saturday's 5:30 p.m. game against Ole Miss (9-8, 0-4). The Bulldogs insist they'll be no less confident as they move into the next stretch of the season. 'We've just got to continue to learn,' Crean said. 'For where we're at youth wise, as many new guys as we have and starting three freshmen in here, we've got to go through some things so we can grow into some things. That's how I see my team right now.' Kentucky steps out of the conference Saturday with a road trip to Texas Tech, then comes home to face Vanderbilt before kicking off February at Auburn. Georgia's cause would be helped if Edwards could ever put two halves together again. Once again, the star freshman struggled in the opening half, going scoreless for the first time all year on 0-for-5 shooting, 0-for-2 from 3-point range. He rallied to score 16 points in the second half, but also fouled out and finished with five turnovers and just one rebound. 'I'm guessing the scouting report was to deny me the ball and not really let me touch it,' Edwards said. 'When I did touch, I was usually double-teamed. So I was trying to get the ball out of my hands in a hurry. I couldn't really do anything.' Edwards, a 6-5 guard from Atlanta, is projected as an NBA lottery pick. Calipari warned people who want to write off him as 'overrated' not to be too hasty. 'It's hard for young guys, especially when everybody's paying special attention to him,' Calipari said of the nation's leading-scoring freshman (19 points per game). 'Now all the sudden, every pick-and-roll, they hold him a lot longer. Every drive, they leave their men to go get him. So, it's like he's playing (against) a box-and-one all night, and he still gets baskets. That tells you how good he is.' The Bulldogs actually had Kentucky worried a few times Tuesday. They led twice in the first half and were within a single bucket twice in the second half. But every time Georgia would get close the Wildcats would answer with another run. Kentucky led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but the majority of the game was contested within a single-digit margin. Georgia sophomore Tye Fagan was able to pick up some of Edwards' slack in the first half. The 6-3 guard scored 12 of his 14 points the second-most in his career in the first half. Also, freshman Toumani Camara scored all 10 of his points in the first half as Georgia made a brief charge shortly before halftime. Rayshaun Hammonds had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs. Atlanta native and one-time UGA commit Ashton Hagans led the Wildcats with a career-high 23 points. That's the second time Hagans has scored 23, the other time also coming against Georgia. He has averaged 19.7 points against the Bulldogs. Twice in the second half, Georgia got to within three points, the second time 57-54 at 12:36 on a high-arcing Edwards jump shot. But that was followed in short succession by two Edwards turnovers and one by Hammonds, and Kentucky converted all three into points to pull away again. Crean said the Bulldogs are not despondent or disillusioned by the recent struggles. 'There's no moral victory, right? That's not what I'm saying here. But we brought a very young team into this environment and battled,' he said. 'This is an incredible environment, and for a team to come in here and battle like that. We're growing up. It's a hard league to grow up in and to win in, but I'm not worried about morale.' Said Edwards: 'We've got a great team. I've got great teammates beside me and we're going to keep fighting and keep working to get better.' 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  • 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. How Brock Vandagriff could mark a positive change for Georgia football recruiting Under Kirby Smart, Georgia football has become a national recruiting power. It has been able to go across America and land the No. 1 player in the Arizona, Nevada and Washington D.C. in this class alone, along with highly-touted running back Kendall Milton from California. Georgia is now at the level where it is a true national brand. But fishing in those waters can sometimes come at cost. In this case, Georgia's national recruiting success came at the expense of its in-state recruiting. At the moment, Georgia has just four signees and one commitment in its 2020 class from Peach State products. An even deeper look reveals that the vast majority of top prospects in the state will be playing their football outside the state of Georgia. Of the top 25 prospects for the 2020 class using the 247Sports Composite rankings, Georgia has only signed one of those players to this point in 4-star offensive tackle Tate Ratledge. Broderick Jones, a 5-star offensive tackle is committed to the Bulldogs, but Georgia is still battling Auburn for his services. Signing just two of the top 25 players, all of whom are either 4-or 5-star prospects, is not good enough in a talent-rich state like Georgia. And it's not like in-state kids don't want to play for Georgia. When speaking with 4-star running back Tank Bigsby at the Under Armour All-American game, he said in-state kids very much want to represent this state. Related: How Georgia football ended up missing on Tank Bigsby, Theo Johnson and some of its top targets 'Just be real, instead of shooting all that fake stuff,' Bigsby said. 'Kids are coming in wanting to play, you just have to be real with them.' In the 2020 class, Auburn and Clemson have more commits and signees from Georgia than the Bulldogs do. When South Carolina, another team made up of a significant number of Georgia kids, beat the Bulldogs in Athens earlier this year, the win clearly meant a lot them. But the talent exodus out of Georgia might not be as severe in the 2021 class. Especially after the Bulldogs landed 5-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff. Related: Brock Vandagriff explains his college decision Vandagriff plays at Prince Avenue Chrisitan and hails from Bogart, Ga. He lives just minutes away from Sanford Stadium. And the proximity to Georgia played a big role in him picking the Bulldogs. 'My Dad and I we talked and stuff,' Vandagriff said. 'We are kind of sacrificing the best fit for me just for some other things that are priorities now.' DawgNation catches up with Georgia football commit Brock Vandagriff Vandagriff de-committed from Oklahoma, which has produced the last two No. 1 picks in quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield. In his de-commitment note, he said the distance from home played a factor. Now with him in Georgia's class, he's easily the highest-rated of the three 2021 commitments. The Bulldogs also have a commitment from 4-star athlete David Daniel and 3-star offensive lineman Jared Wilson. Vandagriff is at the moment the No. 1 ranked prospect in the state. Daniel comes in at No. 6. The Bulldogs are also in good standing with some of the other elite prospects in the state, such as 5-star offensive lineman Amarius Mims. He's the No. 2 prospect in the state and he definitely took time to notice Vandagriff's decision as did the No. 8 prospect in the state in Terrence Ferguson. https://t.co/GQtjmiFSjX I S (@amarius_mims) January 21, 2020 That's major https://t.co/Cu6wF2ZyQ2 69 (@tjferguson2021) January 21, 2020 Like Vandagriff, Mims was on campus this past weekend, as were a number of elite junior prospects. Like 4-star linebacker Barrett Carter. And 4-star running back Cody Brown. stay home and commit to the G? #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/HdL9whvgji barrett carter (@bcsznn) January 21, 2020 How do I look in the red and black? #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/1NQpqBp7rE Cody Brown (@_codywbrown) January 21, 2020 Those two ranks as the No. 9 and No. 11 prospects in the state of Georgia and the Bulldogs are in very good standing with both players. They're not the No. 1 or No. 2 players at their positions but they're still very talented players who are definitely good enough to play for a school like Georgia. Related: Barrett Carter: Checking in on a priority defender in the 2021 class Much of the hoopla surrounding in-state recruiting is overblown. Sure, fans love it more win they win with a team full of in-state kids. But LSU, who recruits its home-state better than just about anyone, had to bring in a quarterback from Ohio to finally win a national title. There's a balance though that elite teams have to hit. Alabama has always recruited the state of Alabama well, even as it went into Texas and Florida to land elite talents. The same is true for Ohio State. Georgia though didn't exactly do that in this past cycle. Even if Jones ends up signing, Georgia will end up with only two of the top 25 prospects in the 2020 class from Georgia. And if Vandagriff remains the top player in the state, he would become the first top-ranked player from Georgia to sign with the Bulldogs since Smart became the head coach. Smart was asked about the in-state recruiting efforts prior to the end of the 2019 season. 'I want the best players in the state to stay home. We'll never change how we recruit the state of Georgia,' Smart said. 'Why would you ever do that? There's too many good players here.' The Bulldogs weren't able to do that in the 2020 cycle. But if what Smart says is to be believed and that the Bulldogs haven't changed how they prioritize the state, then maybe the 2020 class can be written off as a one-off. And with the help of Vandagriff as the class leader in the 2021 class, perhaps the Bulldogs can do a better job of keeping the best players in the state of Georgia home. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Kirby Smart recognizes his offense needs to change after latest Georgia football coaching moves Social media reacts to Georgia football landing 5-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff Georgia sports roundup: Baseball to begin season in top 10, Gymnastics posts season-best effort Georgia football podcast: Reaction to 5-star QB Brock Vandagriff's commitment to UGA Georgia basketball falls at Kentucky, too little, too late from Anthony Edwards Jalen Carter: Rankings rise means UGA has another 5-star signee Dawgs on Twitter Watch this and if Zach stayed we would have been #1 easily. It's coming though. Kelee Ringo (@KeleeRingo) January 22, 2020 Congrats bro https://t.co/IidkvwCOmS Kendall Milton (@therealkmilt) January 21, 2020 Dawgs late surge comes up short at #15 Kentucky. 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  • Georgia basketball simply couldn't keep up with Kentucky in Rupp Arena on Tuesday night. The No. 15-ranked Wildcats (14-4, 5-1 SEC) took down the Bulldogs (11-7, 1-4) by an 89-79 count. It was UK's 14th straight win in the series, and their second this season. Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans, from Cartersville, Ga., led the Wildcats with 23 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Georgia junior Rayshaun Hammonds scored 16 points and pulled down 8 rebounds, giving Coach Tom Crean the type of road effort that was missing in a loss at Mississippi State on Saturday. UGA freshman Anthony Edwards, meanwhile, scored 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting. But it was a case of too little, too late from Edwards, who had just one rebound and turned the ball over five times. Edwards was heldscoreless in the first half as Kentucky staked out to a 41-35 lead at intermission. The Bulldogs had their moments, using a 9-0 run to claim a 29-28 lead with 5:34 left in the first half. Donnell Gresham Jr. sparked the burst with a 3-pointer and also capped it with a jumper that triggered a John Calipari timeout. Kentucky responded with a 7-0 run of its own the first 78 seconds out of the timeout to reclaim control of the game. Georgia held a surprising 19-17 advantage on the glass in the first half, but the smaller Bulldogs could not sustain that advantage. UK out-rebounded Georgia 21-12 in the second half, even as Edwards awoke from his first half slumber. Edwards finally scored two minutes into the second half after missing his first five shots. Edwards hit his next three shots, too, pulling the Bulldogs to 57-54 with 12:38 left. It was as close as Georgia got the rest of the night. Kentucky came back at the Bulldogs with a 12-2 run, and Georgia couldn't get closer than seven points the rest of the night The Wildcats wonthe first meeting between the teams by a 78-69 count in Athens, coming back from nine points down in front of a sold-out Stegeman Coliseum crowd in both team's SEC opener on Jan. 7. Georgia returns to action at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum against Ole Miss. The Bulldogs are 9-1 on their home court this season. The post Georgia basketball falls at Kentucky, too little, too late from Anthony Edwards appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Jalen Carter is now a 5-star. Those that saw him perform during his senior year and then on the Under Armour All-American stage can only nod their heads at the latest rankings update. That certainly sounds about right. Better late than never, too. The final rankings for 2020 recruits and signees are starting to trickle in. It means that some of the elite recruits in this cycle are either due for a rankings dip or a rating decline. That was also the case with Broderick Jones, too. Georgia's 5-star OT commitment was moved up from the nation's No. 17 overall prospect to No. 5 in the country on Rivals.com. That assessment affected the rating for Jones in the 247Sports Composite ratings. The 247Sports Composite combines the ratings from the three major services (247Sports, ESPN and Rivals.com) are calculated to form a combined rating based on a proprietary algorithm. Jones is now rated as the nation's No. 14 overall prospect on the 247Sports Composite standard, too. But the case with Carter means the Bulldogs now have a quintet of 5-star recruits in their 2020 class. That total only trails Clemson (6) in that category. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound senior was previously rated as the nation's No. 7 DT for this class earlier in his senior season but saw his positional spot at No. 6 overall and No. 53 nationally during Under Armour All-American week. Those marks surged with the latest rerankings. Carter is now seen as the nation's No. 3 DT prospect and as the No. 25 overall recruit in the 2020 cycle. RELATED: Jalen Carter feels he can play a Tyler Clark role in the Georgia defense Carter had four tackles in the Under Armour All-American Game back on Jan. 2 and was named one of the MVPs of the game for Team Savage. He was actually rated as the nation's No. 10 DT prospect when he committed to Georgia back on May 20. His pure 247Sports rating now has him as the nation's No. 2 DT for this cycle. He trails only Clemson early enrollee Bryan Bresee in the opinion of that rating service. Check out his 'Media Day' interview with DawgNation and some of his drill work from the week below. RELATED: 4-star DT Jalen Carter commits to Georgia The post Jalen Carter: Rankings rise means UGA has another 5-star signee appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Kirby Smart is typically pretty transparent, but the Georgia fifth-year head coach didn't let on the sort of overhaul or the extremes he was prepared to go to in order to improve the offense. 'We'll look at it,' Smart said on Dec. 18, asked about the Bulldogs' offensive philosophy. 'But we want to score points.' RELATED: Kirby Smart's amazing offseason of change at Georgia A month later, Georgia had landed the highest-rated (PFF) grad-transfer QB on the market, the OC from the NFL's most prolific pass game in 2018 and a quarterbacks coach Smart knew first hand from his Valdosta State days The Bulldogs still have work to do, and the Feb. 5 National Signing Day will certainly be worth tuning into. Georgia went 12-2 last season with a 5-1 mark vs. Top 25 teams and a third-straight SEC East Division title. But Smart, who insists on setting the bar at a championship level each fall, has continued to reach higher and push for more on his coaching staff and within his team. Complacency, Smart said, is the enemy of the team's aspirations and played a role last season. : When you're not hungry, you become average, and some of that, I think, has affected us in the past,' Smart said after the 26-14 Sugar Bowl win over Baylor. 'And we've got to find a way in this program to not let that creep in and keep that same hunger you have as a young player because we've had it happen to several guys that were really hungry, and then they become full.' Nobody in Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall will be getting too comfortable anytime soon. Indeed, incoming freshman QB Carson Beck is probably just now growing comfortable with the competition ahead of him on campus, and UGA has already added a 5-star in the 2021 class. Brock Vandagriff, a 5-star prospect from nearby Bogart who ranks as the No. 1 -ranked Pro Style quarterback in the 2021 class, made his verbal pledge on Tuesday. Mike Griffith and Connor Riley discuss the repercussions of Smart's latest moves and additions on Tuesday's 'On The Beat' show, and what it means for the program. Georgia football On The Beat, 1-21-20 More from DawgNation UGA adds offseason excitement, stars endorse new OC Todd Monken WATCH: 2021 commit Brock Vandagriff shares story with DawgNation Podcast: Brandon Adams shares his take on Brock Vandagriff addition Kirby Smart has turned Georgia offense upside down Social media reacts to addition of 5-star QB Brock Vandagriff Why Buster Faukner a perfect complement to Todd Monken The post WATCH: Georgia football early offseason breakdown, Brock Vanagriff addition, appeared first on DawgNation.