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    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.”
  • UGA photographer Chamberlain Smith has tweeted out the picture she took on Saturday night in Athens right before Georgia running back Brian Herrien collided with her, sending her to the hospital. And it’s a very good picture...  Smith was knocked unconscious after taking a bit to the head and sustaining facial bruises, and carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to a nearby East Alabama Medical Center.  She has since been released and is back at her home in Ringgold, GA.  Kirby Smart addressed her situation to begin his Monday media press conference this week, saying “thoughts and prayers going out to Chamberlain Smith, the young lady who works on Sports Communications Director Claude Felton's staff that got hit over on the sideline,' Smart said. 'It was a scary moment. Brian felt really sick about it, and it was a tough deal, but hopefully she’s going to be OK and I think she is.
  • Azeez Ojulari has quickly become a household name during his redshirt-freshman season, while leading the Georgia Bulldogs in sacks (4.5), tackles-for-loss (5.0) and quarterback hurries (24). Ojulari’s 4.5 sacks is the most in the SEC, among freshmen/redshirt-freshmen. Ojulari played a big role in the Bulldogs’ 24-17 victory over the Florida Gators, leading the team in sacks (1.0) and tackles-for-loss (1.5). Ojulari has a chance to become the first Bulldog to record double-digit sacks, since Jarvis Jones (14.5) in 2012. Ojulari’s 2019 stats (8 games) 25 TOT9 Solo 16 ASST 5.0 TFL 4.5 Sacks 24 QBH
  • The Georgia Bulldogs are 7-1 and are the only FBS team to not allow a rushing touchdown through the first eight games of the season. Over the last 20 years, no other FBS team had played eight games without giving up a rushing touchdown. After defeating the Florida Gators 24-17, the Bulldogs are now in control of their own destiny and have set themselves up to win the SEC East for a third-straight year, behind a relentless defense. They have a +185 run differential, outscoring their opponents 276-91 through eight games, holding opponents to a stifling 11.4 points per game. Georgia’s defensive stats 11.4 Opp. Points/Game 268.5 Total Yards Allowed/Game4.4 Yards/Play 1.1 Forced Turnovers/Game0.6 Interceptions/Game 0.5 Fumbles Recovered/Game
  • Former University of Georgia running back and now Super Bowl champion Sony Michel joined Jimmy Kimmel last night to talk about the big win in Atlanta.
  • University of Miami head coach Mark Richt abruptly announced his retirement as the Hurricanes ended their football season. Richt was hired for the job at Miami in 2015 after more than a decade as head coach of the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team. He was dismissed from UGA in 2015 and replaced by former University of Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. >> Read more trending news  Richt issued the following statement Sunday, according to the Hurricanes.  “A few hours ago, I informed UM Director of Athletics Blake James that it is time for me to retire from coaching so I am stepping down as the Head Coach of UM Football. The decision came after a great deal of thought, discussion with my family and prayer. This was my decision. “The University of Miami has been a part of my life for more than three decades. It shaped me as a young man and provided me with the coaching opportunity of a lifetime. My love for The U is simply great. My true desire is for our football program to return to greatness, and while terribly difficult, I feel that stepping down is in the best interests of the program. “I want to express my sincere appreciation to the entire Hurricane Family for welcoming me back home and for supporting the outstanding young men in our program. I only wish that we could have achieved greater things in return. I also want to thank President Frenk and Blake for their incredible support, as well as the outstanding men and women in UM Athletics. Most importantly, I want to thank the incredible coaches, staff, and their families who gave their all to The U each and every day, and our student-athletes, who wore The U jersey with pride and who worked hard towards their degree. “Katharyn and I will be cheering on the Canes in the years to come and The U will never leave our hearts. “Sincerely, Mark Richt” Miami is coming off a 35-3 loss to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl, a loss school officials called “unacceptable.” Richt went 26-13 in three years at Miami, his alma mater, including 7-6 this season. He led Miami to a 10-3 mark and Orange Bowl berth in 2017 after debuting with a 9-4 record in 2016. At Georgia, Richt went 145-51 in 15 years, including two SEC championships and five East division titles.
  • It’s the bye week for the University of Georgia football team, which typically means it’s a time for polishing any mistakes made up to this point in the season, and sneaking in some good rest and relaxation at times to get healthy.  But after Thursday’s practice, instead of rushing off the field to the training tables or back to their dorms, Bulldog players were greeted by several of their best friends through Extra Special People, a nonprofit serving families and children with special needs in the 26-county area surrounding Watkinsville, Ga., since 1987. ESP’s annual Bulldogs and Buddies event with UGA Football players offers the team a chance to give their support to children with special needs who are huge Dawg fans. More than 150 ESP participants showered the players with hugs, requests for autographs and photos to commemorate the special day. “We appreciate Coach Smart and the UGA Football team taking time for some of their biggest fans. ESP works to provide typical experiences to kids of all abilities, bringing them life’s greatest joys,” said Laura Whitaker, Executive Director of ESP. “However each year, the players and coaches have told us that this event brings them incredible joy. Kids with disabilities have the ability to break down barriers and bringing smiles to all faces. It’s a win-win for everyone who came out today.” In its seventh year, Bulldogs and Buddies offers ESP participants the opportunity to visit with players after practice. Many current and past players including Jake Fromm, Aaron Murray and Lorenzo Carter have gone on to volunteer and advocate for ESP after their positive experience at Bulldawgs and Buddies. All season long, in celebration of Down Syndrome Awareness month, ESP is encouraging UGA fans to “Dress Down for the Dawgs” by dressing casually at the home games and tagging their photos on social media with #DressDownfortheDawgs. ESP aims to bring awareness to Down Syndrome and offer a fun way to support its participants of all abilities. ESP is an organization based in Watkinsville, Ga., that empowers individuals with special needs through eight weeks of annual summer camp, 19 after school enrichment programs, and ongoing family support and counseling. ESP currently serves more than 300 individuals with special needs and their families throughout 26 counties in Georgia, helping these families engage, connect and thrive while never paying more than 25 percent of the cost of any program. To learn more about Extra Special People, visit   About Extra Special People Extra Special People, Inc., (ESP), a 501 (c)(3) is a nonprofit serving families and children with special needs in the 26-county area surrounding Watkinsville, Ga., since 1987. With ever-expanding after-school programs, weekend clubs, an eight-week long summer camp and family resources, ESP now reaches more than 300 children, with an ongoing dream of reaching every Northeast Georgia family that has a need and a desire to help their special child grow and thrive. Contributing to this dream was the addition of 70 acres in Jackson County in December 2014. Camp Hooray will one day continue the ESP mission by hosting overnight camps, weekend retreats and events for children and families of all abilities.  
  • Touchdowns are always a good thing for any football team, but a recent score on a Massachusetts’ college gridiron had a little extra meaning. >> Read more trending news  A local Nichols College fan, an 11-year-old girl named Alana Inslee, who suffers from acrodysotosis and hydrocephalus, was honored on her birthday with a special moment on her favorite team's field. Acrodysostosis causes growth delays and small hands and feet with fingers and toes that are shorter than usual. Meanwhile, hydrocephalus increases the size of ventricles deep within the brain, putting pressure on the brain and leading to a larger head than usual. While the Nichols College football team battles various opponents throughout the season, Alana battles her disorders, and sticks around as a fan of the team. >> Related: Recruits call Nichols College home after surviving Parkland school shooting In honor of her dedication, the team honored her by letting her score a touchdown at practice, and had everyone sign a jersey as a gift before taking pictures and videos with her. The team tweeted out the special moment, saying, 'We've had some great touchdowns scored this season on the field, but we think this is the best one!
  • ATHENS —— Former Georgia receiver/quarterback Hines Ward was among those selected for the 2018 Southeastern Conference Football Legends class, announced Tuesday by the SEC office. The class will be honored at the 2018 SEC Football “Weekend of Champions” Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Atlanta, Ga, highlighted by the annual SEC Legends Dinner presented by AT&T on Fri., Nov. 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. The group will also be recognized prior to the SEC Football Championship Game, which will be held at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sat., Dec. 1. Ward will also be recognized as UGA’s legend — as well as his coming induction into the Circle of Honor — his Saturday during the Bulldogs’ football game vs. Vanderbilt. A native of Rex, Ga., and a product of Forest Park High School, Ward earned All-SEC first-team honors after his senior season of 1997, when the Bulldogs went 10-2 and defeated Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. He saw action primarily as a receiver and caught 55 passes for 715 yards and six touchdowns. He also set the school record for receptions in a bowl game when he pulled in 12 passes for 122 yards against the Badgers. Ward was selected in the third round of the 1997 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He went on to be selected to four Pro Bowls, was a member of two Super Bowl champion teams, and earned MVP honors in Super Bowl 40 in 2006. Ward remains the Steelers' all-time leading receiver with 1,000 catches for 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns. He gained further notoriety in 2011 by winning the “Dancing With The Stars” national television competition. Other members of the 2018 class include: Shaun Alexander (Alabama); Darren McFadden (Arkansas); Ronnie Brown (Auburn); Lawrence Wright (Florida); Rich Brooks (Kentucky); Ronnie Estay (LSU); Jim Miller (Ole Miss); Mardye McDole (Miss. State); Devin West (Missouri); Eric Norwood (South Carolina); Philip Fulmer (Tennessee); Pat Thomas (Texas A&M); and Zac Stacy (Vanderbilt). The SEC Legends program was started in the 1994 season and the following former Bulldogs have been chosen to participate: Charley Trippi (1994), Fran Tarkenton (1995), Bill Stanfill (1996), Terry Hoage (1997), John Rauch (1998), Herschel Walker (1999), Kevin Butler (2000), Tommy Lyons (2001), George Patton (2002), Scott Woerner (2003), Mike Wilson (2004), Zeke Bratkowski (2005), Garrison Hearst (2006), Rex Robinson (2007), Eric Zeier (2008), Matt Stinchcomb (2009), Ben Zambiasi (2010), Boss Bailey (2011), David Greene (2012), Tim Worley (2013), John Little (2014), Richard Seymour (2015), Jon Stinchcomb (2016) and Champ Bailey (2017).
  • The University of Georgia vs. Middle Tennessee State football game on Saturday September, 15th has become the latest event to be impacted by Hurricane Florence, which is on track to effect weather across the Southeast the next several days.  Kickoff was scheduled for 7:15pm on Saturday but has instead been rescheduled for NOON to accommodate travel for those in areas that will be affected by the storm.  The latest track of Florence has it moving into the Carolinas sometime in the next day or so, and then potentially making a turn towards Georgia as the storm weakens over land. While wind gusts are expected, no hurricane force winds are expected in Georgia, but outer rain bands could bring with them several inches of rainfall along with gusty winds at times.  Statement from UGA: “After extensive evaluation involving the uncertainty of weather conditions on the east coast, and consideration of all constituencies involved including fans, support staff, and law enforcement, the Saturday Georgia-Middle Tennessee State game has been moved from 7:15 p.m. to a 12 noon kickoff in Sanford Stadium.”   The game will be televised on ESPN News and will stream live on the ESPN app.   The University of Georgia encourages fans to support disaster relief efforts through the Red Cross by texting “REDCROSS’ to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or going online to