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Latest from Tim Bryant

    From the University of Georgia comes a campus construction advisory: UGA says a stretch of Cedar Street will be closing Saturday.  The work that began this week continues through this week and until August 2, with single-lane closures on Highway 316 in Barrow County: Georgia DOT crews are working on a new interchange for 316 at Carl-Bethlehem Road. It’s a $26 million project due for completion by November of 2020.
  • A judge rules in a Jackson County election case, dismissing a claim from Jackson County School Board member Steve Bryant. Bryant lost his reelection bid in May, defeated by challenger Don Clerici. Bryant wanted the election results overturned, saying his name should have been first on the ballot based on being first in alphabetical order. Judge David Sweat didn’t buy it. 
  • It has happened yet again: another big drug bust on I-85 in Franklin County. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says three suspects were arrested; methamphetamine and firearms were confiscated after the driver of an F-150 was pulled over for a traffic violation. The three people in the truck were all from South Carolina; all were booked into the Franklin County jail.  Authorities in Hall County have identified the latest Lake Lanier drowning victim: they say Teresa Graham was 51 years old, from Hall County. She apparently fell off a dock and into the Lake. Investigators in the Hall County Sheriff’s Office say there is no sign of foul play. 
  • Four people have been sentenced to a combined 63 years in prison for their roles in a Walton County home invasion. Prosecutors say the three men and one woman pleaded guilty to charges including home invasion and aggravated assault. Thomas Fields, Tracey Daniel, Jonathan Welborn, and Lisa Lindsey are all also banned from Walton County once they are released from prison. Fields, Daniel, and Welborn had an assault rifle, a shotgun, and a handgun when they kicked in the home's front door in 2017 and confronted two people inside.  A 33 year-old Gainesville man is in the Hall County jail, accused of dealing in synthetic marijuana: charges for Jacob Stokes also include heroin possession. A man and woman from Cleveland are arrested on drug distribution charges, accused of dealing marijuana out of a business in downtown Helen: Robert Wright is 63 years old; Jaroslava Brusova is 59.  The Georgia State Patrol says charges are pending in the case of a garbage truck driver who caused a fatal car crash in White County: the wreck happened north of Cleveland, where Jeremy Dooley’s truck collided with a car after the 30 year-old from Wilkes County failed to stop at a stop sign. 83 year-old Betsy Marquis of Cleveland was a passenger in the car. The State Patrol says she was pronounced dead on the scene of the accident. 
  • Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Athens Republican who is running for Governor, picks up the endorsement of President Donald Trump. The news from the President came in a Wednesday afternoon tweet from Mr. Trump, two days after Governor Nathan Deal through his support behind Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle. Kemp and Cagle face off in a July 24 runoff that is now just five days away. Early voting continues today and wraps up tomorrow, in Athens at the Elections Office on Washington Street in downtown Athens.  'I'm ecstatic about having his endorsement,' Kemp told Channel 2's Aaron Diamant Wednesday. Kemp said the endorsement came without warning, and he's proud to have received it. '“I’m proud to have his support. I’m ready to stand with him. He’s standing with me,' Kemp said. “I’m a lot like the president. I’m a business guy. I ran on cutting government regulation, streamlining government, not being the status quo, running against the establishment in a lot of ways.”
  • A Fulton County judge upholds a ruling from Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who kept Democrat Maria Palacios off Hall County ballots in the May 22 primary elections. Palacios wanted to run for state House seat from Gainesville. Kemp ruled, and the Atlanta judge agreed, that Palacios cannot legally run since she did not become a US citizen until last year. The law requires candidates to have been American citizens for at least two years.  'States have fallen all over themselves to make it harder for people of color to hold office,' said lawyer Sean Young with the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, who represented Palacios. Young said they plan to 'go straight to the Georgia Supreme Court' and will ask for the case to be heard before Labor Day. The general election is scheduled for November. With no Democrat on the ballot, the Republican candidate is running unopposed as of now. 'We applaud Judge Schwall's ruling in this case, and we thank Attorney General Chris Carr for his office's effective defense of the Georgia Constitution and state law,' secretary of state spokeswoman Candice Broce said in an email.
  • The body of a Madison County teenager reported missing one week ago today has been found in Elbert County: the GBI says 18 year-old Julie Mosier’s body was found in her car. The car was in a pond off Highway 172 in Elbert County. The Georgia State Patrol has been called in to investigate what looks to have been an automobile accident. The body of a drowning victim recovered in Lake Hartwell has been identified: Juber Lemus was 24 years old. An investigation is ongoing.
  • Athens-Clarke County Police investigate a deadly shooting. Police say a man now identified as David Cooper, 24 years old, was shot at a convenience store on Cedar Shoals Drive. Cooper died after being taken to an Athens hospital. Police say shooting suspect Richard Levrette was arrested at the Parkview Homes Apartments in Athens. He’s charged with malice murder. From the Athens-Clarke County Police Dept... On Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 11:04 pm, officers were dispatched to a report of possible gunshots in the vicinity of 1195 Cedar Shoals Drive (Perry’s Convenience Store.) Upon arrival, officers found David Cooper of Athens (black male, 24) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Cooper was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.  An investigation led detectives to believe that Cooper was shot by Randy Levrette of Athens, (black male, 26.) As Levrette was sitting in a car at this location, he was approached by Cooper and another individual. An altercation occurred and Levrette shot Cooper multiple times.   Levrette fled the scene. The following morning (07-18-18) around 3:50 am, Levrette was taken into custody without incident at Parkview Homes Apartments by ACCPD’s Uniform Patrol Division. Levrette is charged with Malice Murder and detectives are continuing to investigate the case.    If anyone has information about the case, please contact Detective Paul Johnson:  706-613-3330, ext. 522 or Paul.Johnson@accgov.com
  • The annual SEC Media Days continue today in Atlanta, where Tuesday saw Georgia Bulldog coach Kirby Smart and three of his players have their press conferences. The Dogs are 45 days away from the September 1 season opener, a home game against Austin Peay. The first conference game comes a week later, at South Carolina.  From Max E. Marcovitch, AJC Expectations are high in Athens this fall. What else is new. “I went back and reviewed my notes for this event (last year), and it was the same thing,” Smart said at Tuesday’s at SEC Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame and Omni Atlanta Hotel. “‘Georgia is expected to do this, to win the East, to win championships.’ Those are things that we embrace at the University of Georgia. We can’t run from those things.” As opposed to running from it, Smart is hammering that message home to his team. “We talk to our players all the time that pressure is really a privilege,” Smart said. “You should feel privileged to have pressure to win games, to have expectations.” Smart — just as everyone in the room — understands his team was mere minutes, plays a year ago from striking a drastically different tone. His team is the defending conference champion. He knows “defending national champions” just has a different ring to it. It does little, however, to alter the pressure cooker that Smart and Georgia are under to meet those endless expectations. Anything short of competing for an SEC and national title will be considered a disappointment.“This season for us is going to be simple,” Smart said, breaking starkly from coach jargon to provide some clarity. “It’s going to be the measure of potential versus effectiveness. And when I say that, a lot of people are like ‘Yeah, every team has a certain amount of potential.’ I think potential is dormant ability. I think effectiveness is what we get out of our potential.” For years in Athens, dormant ability superseded results on the field. Georgia has boasted a top-10 recruiting class nationally each year since 2013 — and interminable recruiting prowess extends far longer. “Potential” has never been the issue. Last season was the Bulldogs’ first SEC title since 2005 and the first national-title appearance since 1982. Georgia returns its star freshman quarterback, several integral pieces on offense and defense, and welcomes the top recruiting class in the country  Last season was the taste. Fans expect that and more in 2018. Kirby Smart isn’t running from that. He’s leaning in.
  • Athens-Clarke County Police say a truck driver was not seriously injured in the big-rig crash that closed much of the Lexington Road corridor for several hours Tuesday morning. The truck overturned on Highway 78 near Gaines School Road, causing traffic back-ups that extended far into Oglethorpe County.  A 23 year-old Madison County man faces peeping tom charges: Mark Tatum was arrested in Hull after allegedly taking cell phone pictures of a woman through the window of her home.  A Gainesville man is in the Hall County jail, held there without bond: there are sexual battery and child molestation charges for 65 year-old Robert Chandler, molestation allegations stemming from his reported involvement with a 4 year-old girl.  The search continues in Covington, where police were, at last report, still trying to find four fully-loaded box trucks reported stolen from a Newton County landscaping company. Total value of the trucks and the equipment: an estimated $150,000. 
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Local News

  • Stormy weather is on its way to the entire eastern United States, but Friday will be the last day of refuge before these thunderstorms hit, Channel 2 Action News Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said. Friday has a mere 20 percent chance of rain, and Burns said metro Atlanta will mostly see partly cloudy skies throughout Friday, which is good news for the morning and evening commutes. The temperature will remain quite steamy because of the rain the past few days. The predicted high is 90 degrees, and the heat index should reach the low to mid 90s. After midnight on Friday, storms could take a turn for the worst, Burns said. Far northeast Georgia has the risk of scattered severe storms overnight, and the eastern and northern metro Atlanta areas have the threat of isolated severe storms. '(This storm system) is going to provide much of the eastern half of the country with some very stormy times,” Burns said. It only gets worse Saturday, as most of the state is under the risk of severe thunderstorms — Dade and Walker counties have a few lucky spots.  Because of pockets of cool air within the storm, Georgia is under a moderate risk for hail that could damage car roofs, Burns said. The chance of rain is 60 percent, and heavy downpours, frequent lightning and strong winds are expected as well. Temperatures will drop slightly to the upper 80s during the storm system, which is expected to last through the middle of next week. Sunday is a brief reprieve from storms with a 30 percent chance of rain, but Monday and Tuesday both have 70 percent chances of storms.
  • A man got away with a stolen car in Covington Tuesday night, and the thief used an unusual method to escape: a forklift. Covington police are searching for the man who hopped on a forklift and used it to break through a metal fence at Ginn Chevrolet, Channel 2 Action News reported. “First time that I can recall where somebody used a forklift to basically knock a hole and an escape route,” Covington police Capt. Ken Malcolm told Channel 2. Police said he spent nearly an hour walking through the parking lot to pick out the right vehicle to steal, Channel 2 reported. “He just was basically shopping for a vehicle,” Malcolm told the news station. He settled on a 2017 Ford Mustang that had been brought in for repairs, Channel 2 reported. Then he broke into the shop and found the keys for the forklift. “This is obviously someone who had some knowledge on how to operate a forklift and was able to utilize it to gain his escape,” Malcolm told the news station. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Covington police at 770-786-7605.
  • From the University of Georgia comes a campus construction advisory: UGA says a stretch of Cedar Street will be closing Saturday.  The work that began this week continues through this week and until August 2, with single-lane closures on Highway 316 in Barrow County: Georgia DOT crews are working on a new interchange for 316 at Carl-Bethlehem Road. It’s a $26 million project due for completion by November of 2020.
  • A judge rules in a Jackson County election case, dismissing a claim from Jackson County School Board member Steve Bryant. Bryant lost his reelection bid in May, defeated by challenger Don Clerici. Bryant wanted the election results overturned, saying his name should have been first on the ballot based on being first in alphabetical order. Judge David Sweat didn’t buy it. 
  • It has happened yet again: another big drug bust on I-85 in Franklin County. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says three suspects were arrested; methamphetamine and firearms were confiscated after the driver of an F-150 was pulled over for a traffic violation. The three people in the truck were all from South Carolina; all were booked into the Franklin County jail.  Authorities in Hall County have identified the latest Lake Lanier drowning victim: they say Teresa Graham was 51 years old, from Hall County. She apparently fell off a dock and into the Lake. Investigators in the Hall County Sheriff’s Office say there is no sign of foul play. 

Bulldog News

  • ATLANTA — Georgia football sits No. 8 in the current 2019 team recruiting rankings, though this hardly appears to be an off year. The Bulldogs lead the nation with three 5-star commits. Their ranking is more a byproduct of having just 12 players in the class (as of July 21) while temporary No. 1 Alabama has used up 20 commits. Georgia, clearly, is a safe bet for another top 5 signing.  Coach Kirby Smart’s first three classes ranked at No. 6, No. 3 and No. 1 per the 247Sports composite. Bulldogs defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter, a 4-star, top 100 prospect out of Tucker, Ga.,  shared how quickly Smart won him over. RELATED: Georgia football dissed with no first-team All-SEC picks “ He’s a great guy, really good people person, he’ll talk to   you, and he’s really personable,” Ledbetter said. “He wants to know the real you, he can see through a lot of stuff. He just wants to know deep down what you’re made of, and what kind of character you have.” It takes an entire staff to recruit to a program effectively, and Georgia has three of the top assistant coaches in that respect. Georgia football assistant head coach/running backs coach Dell McGee, co-offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks coach James Coley and offensive line coach Sam Pittman are regarded among the most effective recruiters in collegiate football. Jeff Sentell, the top authority on Georgia football recruiting, said two things have separated Smart from the previous staff. RELATED: Jeff Sentell reports elite Juco prospect nearing decision “Whenever there is anyone Georgia wants, anywhere, you always hear the recruits say ‘Georgia is recruiting me as hard as anyone,’ “ Sentell said. “So, number one, Georgia doesn’t get out-recruited any more.” The second thing, which should become even more evident on the field this season, is the priority the Bulldogs have placed on the offensive line. “They get the type of elite talent for the line of scrimmage that they used to get at running back spot and quarterback spot,” Sentell said.”Guys like Knowshon Moreno used to be running behind a bunch of 3-star guys and maybe one 4-star.” RELATED: Georgia football favorite to win East Division at SEC Media Days Georgia has 18 players on its roster that were rated a 5-star prospect by one recruiting service or another, and that sort of depth has propelled the program into championship contention. “Everywhere you look, when Georgia gets an injury or has someone out, it’s an opportunity to see the next big thing,” Sentell said. “It’s not necessarily going to be a drop off.” Mike Griffith covers Georgia football for DawgNation. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32 Georgia football Jonathan Ledbetter   The post WATCH: Jonathan Ledbetter explains how Kirby Smart makes Georgia football recruiting special appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA — Georgia football is back to being the hunter, after all. The Bulldogs were a distant second to Alabama in the preseason SEC Championship voting from the media contingent attending the league’s media days at the College Football Hall of Fame this week. RELATED: Georgia fails to land first-team All-SEC preseason pick The Crimson Tide garnered two-thirds of the first-place votes available — 193 of the 284 (.679), while Georgia received less than one-fourth (69. .242) despite its status as defending league champion. Bulldogs defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter said the Bulldogs don’t concern themselves with perception. “You always have your doubters and naysayers, but you have to keep the main thing the main thing,” Ledbetter said at SEC Media Days. “There’s a lot of outside noise in college football, but you just worry about your team and how you can get better rather than what everyone is saying, because they’re not in there doing it with you.” The Bulldogs were a heavy favorite to win the SEC Eastern Division, however, receiving 271 of 285 first-place votes. Preseason SEC Predicted Order Of Finish The post Georgia football picked in East, but Alabama heavy favorite for SEC title appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said his Bulldogs have “dormant ability” that has yet to be proven, and the media voting on preseason All-SEC honors appear to agree. Defending SEC Champion Georgia returns seven starters on offense, but none of them were deemed worthy of first-team recognition by the select panel. Quarterback Jake Fromm, who finished second in the SEC and ninth in the nation in passing efficiency last season, settled for splitting third-team honors with Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald. Bulldogs kicker Rodrigo Blankenship and defensive backs Deandre Baker and J.R. Reed were the only Georgia players to earn first-team honors released Friday. Alabama, which did not play in the SEC Championship Game but won the national title as the No. 4 seed in the College Football Playoffs, had six first-team selections. The Bulldogs did have several players selected to second-team preseason All-SEC honors. On offense, tailback D’Andre Swift, receiver Terry Godwin, tight end Isaac Nauta, offensive tackle Andrew Thomas and center Lamont Gaillard were chosen. Defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter and linebacker D’Andre Walker were second-team picks on defense, while return specialist Mecole Hardman was also recognized. Georgia’s only third-team pick was Fromm. Smart might have sensed that his Bulldogs had something left to prove despite their magic run to the SEC title and national championship game. “It’s what is our potential, which is dormant ability, or our effectiveness, which is what we get out of our players?” Smart said during his presentation to the Georgia media contingent at the Omni Hotel prior to his SEC Media Days appearance. “We’re constantly trying to get the most out of them, and this year will be measured by how effective we are tactically, mentally (and) physically. We have to do the best job we’ve ever done preparing this group for that.” Indeed, because if Georgia lacks any first-team All-SEC selections at the end of the season, there’s a good chance it would mean the Bulldogs failed to defend their SEC crown. Preseason All-SEC First Team Selections The post Georgia football preseason snub: Bulldogs void of first-team All-SEC offense selections appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA — The narrative heading into the 2018 season is it’s the year of the quarterback in the SEC. After a couple of years of unspectacular overall play at the position, the league is stocked with exceptional signal-callers this season. And Georgia’s Jake Fromm is expected to be at the top of the class. That’s according to the SEC Network’s Greg McElroy. A former quarterback himself — he led Alabama to a 14-0 season and national championship in 2009 — McElroy makes it his personal business to evaluate the position in the league to an extensive degree. He dives deep into statistical analytics provided by ESPN and studies game and practice video until he’s left cross-eyed. McElroy loves what he sees and has seen in the Bulldogs’ sophomore quarterback. “From an efficiency standpoint, you’d be hard-pressed to find a guy better than Jake Fromm,” said McElroy, asked to handicap the best quarterbacks said during SEC Football Media Days on Thursday. “I think Fromm’s a surgeon. He just kills you with execution. I don’t think there’s anything more demoralizing than a quarterback that can defeat a defense with his brain.” Aside from the pass efficiency numbers that McElroy alluded to — Fromm was ninth in the nation (160.1) in that category — there’s not a lot about Fromm’s game beyond that attracts national attention. Fromm’s 174.3 yards passing a game didn’t crack the Top 10 even in the SEC and he attempted 15 or fewer passes in seven. Therefore, Fromm’s is 24 TD passes (versus 7 interceptions) pale in comparison to the 44 of league-leader Drew Lock of Missouri, who got them in two fewer games. But while Fromm’s primary task was to get the play call in from the sideline and to distribute the ball to the Bulldogs’ bevy of backs, he was given an increasing level of autonomy to audible at the line of scrimmage. He had pass-run options, could switch a play from left to right based on defensive alignment, could switch protections and check to a hot read. McElroy says Fromm scores particularly high in this department. He compared the Georgia quarterback to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “Marcus Spears said playing against Aaron Rodgers was the worst experience he’s ever had in his life,” McElroy said. “It’s because he just kills you with completions and positive plays. There’s never any negative plays, so you can never steal momentum. Even if it’s a 3-yard completion, you’re moving in the right direction. Right? “That’s what I see in Fromm. He has very few negative plays. He’s great on third down, so he keeps drives alive. He’s efficient in the passing game. And he doesn’t have a big ego. He’s not trying to do too much. He stays within the system. He’s an extension of what Jim Chaney wants him to be and that’s a great place for Georgia to be in. If you’re trying to win a championship, knowing the great personnel that Georgia has, he’s the perfect fit.” McElroy had similar traits when he led Alabama to the SEC championship in 2009. He credits Fromm for helping Georgia land the title last year. He argues that Georgia doesn’t make it to the playoffs and the national championship game if Jacob Eason had remained. Fromm replaced the sophomore quarterback when he suffered a knee injury in the first quarter of the first game last season. “The biggest difference from 2016 to ’17 was quarterback,” McElroy said. “I said it going into last year — and Georgia fans killed me for it — there were things about Eason that bothered me. I didn’t feel like he approached the game with a level of professionalism that you have to win a championship or contend for a championship. He was a little statuesque in the pocket. Fromm is the antithesis of all that. Ultimate leader, consummate pro, great weekly preparation, and he could move around when things broke down around him a little bit. So I love Fromm.” That said, McElroy wasn’t ready to tab Fromm as the best quarterback in a league with a lot of good ones. Lock was named preseason All-SEC Thursday and is generally seen as the best pro prospect in the SEC this season. The Eastern Division also features South Carolina’s Jake Bentley and Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur. Whomever Alabama chooses between Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts should be good. Felipe Franks could make a major jump at Florida under the direction of Dan Mullen, who of six offensive-minded head coaches hired in the league this year. “If I had to start a team based on what we know, I like (Auburn’s) Jarrett Stidham,” McElroy said. “I love Tua, too. But Fromm definitely has a chance to be one of the best ones out there.” The Bulldogs plan to throw the ball more in 2018, so Fromm’s passing numbers should improve just due to more opportunities. As for the competition with highly-touted freshman Justin Fields, McElroy said he expects it will be a factor this season. But he also believes it will ultimately make Fromm that much better. “With Fields behind him, I’m really fascinated to see how much he’s elevates his play,” McElroy said. “He’s obviously had to do that. I’m just fascinated to see how big that bump is.”   The post SEC QB expert: Georgia’s Jake Fromm ‘a surgeon that kills you with execution’ appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA — Georgia didn’t get Auburn’s best shot in the SEC Championship Game last season, and the Tigers know it. Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis said he gives the Bulldogs’ credit for making plays, but the Tigers’ team they beat by a 28-7 count in Mercedes Benz Stadium “simply wasn’t us.” “I don’t think we played our best the second game, and I don’t know if it was because they made us not play our best, or if we weren’t locked in or focused,” Davis said at SEC Media Days on Thursday at the College Football Hall of Fame. “If you watch the tape from the first game to the second game, it was two different teams, and not just because we won’t the first time,” Davis said, referencing the Tigers’ convincing 40-17 win at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Nov. 11. “You pop in any other time we actually played Auburn football, and you match it with the SEC Championship Game, it simply wasn’t us … “ Tigers coach Gus Malzahn pointed to Auburn’s difficult November schedule when asked about the difference between the teams’ two meetings. “T he regular season, we played extremely well at home,” Malzahn said Thursday. “You know, then the next, I guess, two weeks later we had to play Alabama, another No. 1 team at home, and then a week later we had to turn around and play Georgia again. “So I believe we played champions and defending champions three out of four weeks. That’s a tough challenge, there’s no doubt.” Auburn defensive lineman Dontavius Russell was more vague, though he did reference the rib injury that some felt slowed Tigers’ running back Kerryon Johnson in the second meeting. “I feel like the way we can improve as a defense and as a team is handling adverse situations,” said Russell, a one-time 2013 Georgia commit from Carrollton who flipped to Auburn in the 2014 signing class. “Toward the end of the Georgia game, we faced adverse situations, being that Kerryon was out, it was something we didn’t respond as well to.” Johnson rushed for 167 yards and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass in Auburn’s win over the Bulldogs in the regular-season, a victory that knocked Georgia out of the No. 1 spot. But in the second meeting, Johnson couldn’t get on track (13 carries, 44 yards), and the Georgia defense forced two turnovers and blocked a field goal attempt. Malzahn said Georgia’s defense adjusted by bringing an extra player into the box and playing more with one deep safety, as well as getting more aggressive with run fits. “ We felt like that would happen — we started out, tried to get the ball on the perimeter, throw some short passes to get us on pace to throw the football,” Malzahn said after the defeat. “We also tried big set runs because of the odd front.” Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham, recently named to the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List, said the Bulldogs also mixed up their coverage and blitz packages effectively. Smart, while proud of how Georgia controlled the line of scrimmage, said after the SEC title game that he recognized it wasn’t the same Auburn as the first meeting. “Just be honest, Kerryon was not 100 percent; he wasn’t the same guy he was last game, so that probably helped some as well,” Smart said. “We felt getting after the quarterback was the way to beat them, and we did that much better this game than we did the last game. “The big difference was, number one, the back wasn’t running as hard and as much, but I thought we kept our edges, and there weren’t those 15, 20 yard runs. There were the three, four kind. And we kept them behind the sticks.” Auburn and Georgia meet this season on Nov. 10 at Sanford Stadium in a game most expect will carry SEC Championship Game implications. Auburn DT Dontavius Russell Auburn LB Deshaun Davis The post Auburn: Georgia football didn’t get Tigers’ best shot in SEC title game appeared first on DawgNation.