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    ATHENS — My debut for the Georgia football “ask the expert” feels very appropriate in that the subject matter in running backs. Of all the positions I’ve covered in college football, this is the one where I feel most qualified based on the fact I have covered some of the best running backs in SEC football history. While a journalism student in college I covered the Detroit Lions when Barry Sanders was the running back. Every handoff brought me to the edge of my seat in the Pontiac Silverdome, and I’ve only seen a few backs since then that can do that. Some of them I’ve had the good fortune of covering. The Stephen Davis-James Bostic duo on undefeated 1993 Auburn was special, and Shaun Alexander is the most talented running back in Alabama history in my opinion. The Jamal Lewis-Travis Henry-Travis Stephens trio at Tennessee was dynamic, and later, a Vols’ backfield with two 1,000-yard rushers in Gerald Riggs Jr. and Cedric Houston was among the most underrated. Arian Foster came along later for Tennessee, and you could see his talent his true freshman yea. I moved to the Michigan State beat in 2012 where Le’Veon Bell and Jeremy Langford were waiting to impress. My return to cover the Vols saw Jalen Hurd, Alvin Kamara and John Kelly sharing the backfield. They are all NFL talents, and I believe current UT back Ty Chandler could be special, too. Now, Georgia, and the first thing I did was look at the games last year and review the recruiting tape of Zamir White and “Little” James Cook. RELATED: Georgia LB raves about running back James Cook That brings us to today’s question:   @ChipTowersDN here’s one for you both.  With all the depth at running back, what are the chances of seeing more 2 back sets this year?  Saw it a few times last year, but not much. #keepemguessing — Michael McCollum (@mgmccollum) August 17, 2018   I’ll come right out and say it: Cook has captivated me from the time I saw his highlights. Not because of what he did — most all FBS backs are run away from the competition in high school. It’s where Cook did it. You don’t see guys run away that easily on the high school football field of South Florida. But there was Cook, electrifying and dazzling against future FBS players. Usually I put the videos at the bottom of the story, but you got to watch this — look at the change of direction and acceleration from Cook: James Cook High School Highlights Now you know why Monty Rice said: “I’ve never played against a running back like Cook before, he has his own little style, and it’s very unique.” Question is: What does Jim Chaney think? My guess is Georgia’s base offense will be single back, three-wide and one tight end. When two backs are in the game, I’d guess it would be in shot gun, and sometimes one might go in motion as a receiver. That’s what I saw on video from last year’s games, and it worked well. I could see Chaney doing it most often in passing situations or in the two-minute offense. D’Andre Swift looks strong and appears to be the starting back. Elijah Holyfield has had some camp moments, but I’m always somewhat skeptical of junior and senior backs having breakout years — seems their star would have already shined. But if you go with a second back, whether it’s Cook, Holyfield, Brian Herrien or White, who do you take off the field? RELATED: Kirby Smart explains why Georgia football offense personality still unsresolved Do you subtract a Demetris Robertson or Mecole Hardman? Because it sure looks to me like Riley Ridley is emerging as a go-to guy and Terry Godwin is proven. Ideally Cook will grow to be the same size as his big brother, 6-foot, 210-pound Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings. But for now, “Little” Cook — as Monty Rice calls him — is listed at 5-10, 190. Not big enough to be a three-down back in the SEC. I’m of the Alabama football mindset of utilizing bigger, stronger backs as primary ballcarriers. If anyone can appreciate that, it’s Georgia fans who have first-hand memories of the greatest SEC back of all time, Herschel Walker. So my answer isn’t as definitive as maybe you’d like, but hopefully it provides some perspective. Oh, and for those who wonder what I think of White, I’m reserving judgement until he gets that bulky knee brace off.       The post Georgia football likely to utilize 2-back formations in shot gun most often, but when and who? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • GEORGIA’S OWN #11: RB ZAMIR WHITE ATHENS — The term “freak” probably is overused in sports. But with regard to Georgia’s Zamir White, it suits him perfectly. And that goes beyond the Adonis-like body and size/speed combination White showed up with to UGA. No, White is a bit of a medical freak. It goes back to the very beginning with him. As detailed by DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell during White’s recruitment, doctors recommended White’s mother abort her pregnancy due to severe underdevelopment around the end of the first trimester. When he was born, the first 100 days of White’s life were spent in intensive care. As a newborn, White’s tiny body endured multiple surgeries. They had to address issues such as cleft lip, cleft jaw, kidney function, cysts, and other minor and major malformations. Initially, he was given 10 days to live. From his first breath, White was having to overcome adversity. But as all the world can see he turned out considerably better than “just fine.” “I’m really just happy he’s here,” said his mother, Shanee White. “It is not all this football stuff.” Zamir White has not missed a preseason snap despite wearing a significant metal brace to protect the right knee that required ACL surgery last December. (Steven Colquitt/UGA)       With that context, it’s easy to understand why White wasn’t about to let a little ol’ torn ACL slow down his development as the next great back to sign with Georgia. And he hasn’t. To cut to the chase, White will be available to play in the Bulldogs’ season opener against Austin Peay on Sept. 1. And word is, he would’ve been ready if that game had been played on August 1 as well. That’s when Georgia opened preseason camp, and White has been “full go” since the first whistle. The only thing limiting him is a somewhat cumbersome metal brace on his right knee. He longs for the day in the not-too-distant future when he’ll be able to play without it. “He could take the knee brace off and practice, but it’s precautionary,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said after the Bulldogs’ first scrimmage of the preseason. “It’s a little rigid and it’s not comfortable for him. He’s not out there feeling like he’s his old self yet. … But he is cleared and he’s safe to practice. He just doesn’t like having that knee brace on.” That he’s already working out full speed with the Bulldogs does not make White a medical miracle. His timeline to recovery from a simple tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is not unusual in modern-day sports medicine. But White was fortunate to have been able to enlist Georgia in his treatment and recovery. White actually incurred the knee injury in a playoff game with Scotland High School on the night of Nov. 17 last fall. It came on his last carry in the fourth of quarter of game his team led by 25 points. White came out of the game knowing he’d taken a helmet blow to the knee, but didn’t realize he was seriously injured. White remained on the sideline the rest of the game and signed autographs for fans for at least a half-hour afterward in 30-degree temperatures. Then he went home and crashed inn advance of an early wake-up call for an unofficial recruiting trip to UGA. It was only after walking around Sanford Stadium and up and down the stands that White realized he might have more than a bruise. He mentioned it to Ron Courson, Georgia’s director of sports medicine, and a routine examination on the spot revealed that a ligament indeed was torn. A month later, surgery was performed by UGA doctors in Athens. As an early enrollee with the Bulldogs, White’s rehabilitation began in earnest upon his arrival on campus. White’s progress was evident in April during Georgia’s spring practices. By the end of them, he was already running full speed through position drills with the rest of the backs. He was held out of contact and any competitive scrimmage situations, but otherwise was getting in work and learning the offense. Fast forward to the summer, and a video was released by UGA of White high-kicking and hitting and moving in a Taekwondo workout in the Payne Athletic Center. It was on Aug. 2, the first official day of Georgia’s preseason camp, that Smart pronounced White “full go.” “I don’t know in this day and age you would say (White’s recovery) was quick,” Smart said. “I think he’s on schedule or a little ahead of schedule. He got injured last year in football season. It’s not a miracle he’s back going. He is pretty special when it comes to rehab, buying in, doing wrestling, doing karate. He does all these extra things like Nick (Chubb) did. That part — his effort and all the work — is incredible.” As a result, Georgia fans will get to see what all the fuss is about. And with White, there has been a lot of fuss made. That’s what happens when one is a consensus 5-star prospect and the No. 1-rated running back in high school. His numbers at his little school in Laurinburg, N.C., were ungodly — 2,086 yards and 34 TDs in 11 games as a senior and a gaudy per-carry average of 14.1 yards. White regularly draws comparisons to a couple of other great Georgia backs from small-town North Carolina, Todd Gurley of Tarboro and Tim Worley of Lumberton. Both of them wowed the masses with the Bulldogs and earned riches in the NFL. The thinking is that this young man who has come to be called “Zeus” is on a similar path. First, White will have to get through one of the most intense running back competitions in Georgia history, which is saying something. Sophomore D’Andre Swift is the heir apparent to succeed the last greats, Chubb and Sony Michel. Talented juniors Elijah Holyfield and Brian Herrien have been patiently biding their time and awaiting their opportunities. And fellow freshman signee James Cook, brother of Dalvin, has turned heads with his quickness and broken-field running. But White is thought to have all the characteristics Georgia looks for in great backs. He has the size and strength to punch the football into the A and B gaps of the defense while also possessing the speed get around the end and outrun defensive backs to paydirt. That script has yet to be written. But optimism abounds. The early chapters in the Book of Zeus certainly have been incredible, especially that first one. If White plays the way coaches and recruiting analysts expect, he’ll be another reason Georgia “Owns the East.” The post Own the East: Georgia’s Zamir White has been overcoming adversity from the start appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart isn’t exactly sure how his offense is going to look from play to play this season right now. Smart, however, said he’ll have a better idea following the Bulldogs’ second scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday. “ Scrimmage two is kind of a defining moment,” Smart said this week. RELATED: Kirby Smart explains why Georgia offense a work in progress Georgia is loaded with talent across the board, but particularly at the skill positions where running backs, tight ends and receivers are vying for play calls. “You want your best players on the field, so if our best players on the field are four wideouts and no tight ends, we better have some good tackles and be able to block well because we don’t have edges,” Smart said. “But if our best players are tight ends, then we’ll have three of them out there. If our best are backs, we’ll have two of backs and maybe two receivers.” The intense competition playing out in fall camp will go a long way toward determine who is on the field. Once that’s determined, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney can play Dr. Frankenstein with the playbook, the Bulldogs’ operating behind a monstrous offensive line. RELATED: Georgia football 5-star receivers getting outplayed in practice “We’ve got a set of plays, our core belief that we always have, which is balance, being powerful, being able to run the ball at our will, not somebody else breaking our will,” Smart said. “[But] as far as having it formed by any shape or form, I don’t think we’ll have that until the two-deep is set on the offensive line and how the top 10 shake out and the alignment that we’re going to be able to work with this season. I don’t think that will play out until even after scrimmage two.” RELATED: Georgia gets receivers back on the field from injury Some questions were answered in the first scrimmage, both quarterbacks proving they can manage the huddle, and running backs breaking loose on substantial runs. But Smart wants to see who can do it consistently, and the second scrimmage will go a long ways toward determine how Georgia will open the season at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 against FCS Austin Peay at Sanford Stadium. Georgia football Kirby Smart 8-16-18     The post Georgia football second scrimmage ‘defining moment’ in offensive evolution appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football true freshman James Cook opened eyes at the Bulldogs’ open practice on Aug. 4,  and apparently he has continued to excel through fall drills. RELATED: James Cook catches Kirby Smart’s eye at open practice Georgia linebacker Monty Rice made it clear on Thursday that he has been impressed with all of the backs, and particularly Cook. “I’ve never played against a running back like Cook before, he has his own little style, and it’s very unique,” Rice said. “He’s very tough to cover …   you can’t be looking at the quarterback when you cover him, or you’ll watch them complete the pass.” Rice has had an impressive offseason himself, making a team-high 14 tackles in the G-Day game to put himself in position to win a starting job. Rice said nothing has been determined at linebacker yet, himself working at both “Mike” and “Will.” From the sounds of it, Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will have a hard time sorting through the offensive weapons. RELATED: Kirby Smart explains offensive personality still evolving Elijah Holyfield tore through the first-team defense in the first scrimmage, and Rice said the defense is eager to atone in the upcoming second scrimmage on Saturday. “I don’t want to see Brian Herrien, Holyfield or [D’Andre] Swift run for 60 yards on a play, not against us,” Rice said. RELATED: Watch Elijah Holyfield run through first-team defense They’ve all impressed, Rice indicated. “Little Cook never stops running, he’s fast, I mean, just fast,” Rice said. “Then you’ve got Holyfield   Brian, Swift, Prather [Hudson], Zamir [White], there’s a bunch of them, and they are all pretty good.” Cook, 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, is the younger brother of NFL tailback and former Florida State star Dalvin Cook. He was one of the last freshmen in the 2018 class to arrive on campus. RELATED: Kirby Smart confirms James Cook on campus Cook and the Georgia backs could find the going tougher on Saturday. “We just have to get better on our techniques,” Rice said, “and if we get our techniques right, we can prevent those big runs.” Georgia football LB Monty Rice The post WATCH: Georgia linebacker Monty Rice raves about ‘Little (James) Cook’ appeared first on DawgNation.
  • PRACTICE OBSERVATIONS ATHENS — It was another stifling hot day on Woodruff Practice Fields on Thursday as the Georgia Bulldogs conducted their 12th practice of preseason camp in full pads. Good thing for the hard-working, and always-running receivers that they welcomed two back to their number. Senior Terry Godwin and freshman Kearis Jackson, each were dressed out and going through position drills during the 15-minute media viewing period. Godwin, the Bulldogs’ leading returning receiver from last year, has been out for most of camp with what coach Kirby Smart has described as a “not too serious” knee injury. Jackson, an early enrollee who turned some heads last spring, has been battling a hamstring injury. While Georgia’s offense got back those two targets, they were missing one other one from the tight ends group. Luke Ford, a 6-foot-6, 252-pound true freshman from Carterville, Ill., was reportedly involved in a minor motorcyle accident Thursday morning, according to ugarivals.com. Ford was not seriously hurt but did suffer some sort of foot injury, the fan site reported. UGA has yet to confirm the report. Other observations: Redshirt freshman receiver Matt Landers seems to have added significant weight to his 6-foot-5 frame, though he’s still listed on the roster at 200 pounds. Landers also seems to have moved up in the rotation. Georgia’s defensive backs were really getting after it during position drills. Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Mel Tucker was having them work on moving toward the ball carrier even though engaged in a lock-down block by the wide receiver. It made for some great individual matchups, with freshman Otis Reese facing off against fellow freshman Tyson Campbell and senior Deandre Baker locking up with J.R. Reed. Cornerback Tyrique McGhee (broken foot) was still sidelined as expected. Freshman corner Divaad Wilson, who suffered a knee injury in the spring, continued to run on the side under the guidance of team trainers. Georgia continued to mix and match on the offensive line. Kirby Smart said Wednesday the Bulldogs are simply trying to identify the best fill-ins in the case of an injured starter. The top five still appears to be LT Andrew Thomas, LG Kendall Baker, C Lamont Gaillard, RG Ben Cleveland and RT Isaiah Wilson. Speaking of Wilson, the 6-7, 340-pound redshirt freshman from Brooklyn appears to have completely remade his body. More importantly, there have been no reports of him falling out of preseason workouts due to the heat, as was often the case a year ago. The post Practice report: Key wide receivers back on the field for Bulldogs appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — I fancy myself a pretty decent writer, a pretty good journalist. I can’t hold a candle to Kristen Eargle. If you don’t know who she is, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that you learn about her. Go read her blog, “Ruler of Hope.” It’ll be the best thing you read all day, I promise. And it’ll be incredibly informative. Kristen Eargle is the wife of Joshua Eargle, Austin Peay’s offensive line coach and running game coordinator. She’s also a sort of in-house sports personality for Austin Peay’s football program. She’s a sideline reporter during the Governors’ games — she’ll be wearing that hat for the OVC Network when they visit Athens on Sept. 1 — and she hosts the coaches’ show each week during the season. So as her strong writing indicates, Kristen is journalist by training. But she had to give up her full-time gig as a TV news broadcaster to fulfill her more important role of being mother to little Landrey Eargle. Landrey, Kristen and Joshua’s 5-year-old daughter, has the rarest of rare diseases, and one that just happens be incredibly cruel in nature. It’s so rare it doesn’t even have a name. For working purposes, doctors just refer to it as a “Rare Genetic Condition.” Technically, it is a mutation of the CSNK2B gene. Kristen does an excellent job of explaining the medical side of it on her blog. In the interest of keeping it simple here, I’ll just say because of it Landrey battles myoclonic epilepsy, intellectual disability, a congenital heart defect and immunodeficiency, among other things. Basically it keeps her really sick and in pain. It’s awful. In the latest entry of her blog, published on August 10, Kristen informs in her incredibly eloquent style what she and her husband just learned about Landrey’s illness in their latest conference with a pediatric geneticist. The hopelessness is palpable. “A future undetermined. A past too complicated to explain. A present that requires relentless tenacity,” Kristen writes. She goes on to explain that the genetic mutation from which Landrey is suffering is the first in documented medical history with that error in that gene; that Landrey is only the fourth person in the history of the world with even a notated abnormality in that gene; that Landrey the first person in the country with an error in that gene at all. “It’s an answer with no answer,” Kristen writes. All that is obviously sad and tragic, and not something any parent wants to hear. But it wasn’t long after that last blog post that Landrey’s story took a sudden, positive turn. And the Bulldog Nation was at the center of it. The Eargles’ struggles are well known to the Austin Peay fan base. But this past Sunday, a sophomore place-kicker for the Governors, Cole Phillips, decided to bring their plight to the attention of Georgia fans. A native of Cairo, Ga., he reached out to a hometown friend, Emerson Hancock, who happens to be a pitcher for the Georgia Bulldogs. Phillips asked Hancock to share on his social media platforms a link to a story on Eargles’ journey that appeared on the GoPeay.com website. “That was about 11 o’clock Eastern Time Sunday night,” Kristen Eargles said via telephone Thursday. “Cole told him, ‘this a great opportunity to share with the Georgia faithful about this. Would you do me a favor and retweet this and bring some attention to this family that needs some help?'” Hancock did him one better. He shared the tweet with his Georgia football buddies. Each of them, in turn, pushed it out on their respective social media channels. That, of course, caught the attention of a number of Bulldogs’ fans who follow those players. And they also retweeted and liked the story. “I guess this is the definition of something going viral,” Kristen said with a hearty laugh. “When the Georgia players started tweeting it out, the Austin Peay players started retweeting and liking all their tweets, and then fans started noticing. Keep in mind, this is all happening without me or Joshua knowing anything about it.” It wasn’t until the next day, Monday, that Kristen became aware of what was happening. Dutifully, she started tweeting back thank yous with the hashtag #ForTheLoveOfLandrey. “Within about two hours, it just took off,” Kristen said. In a word, Dawg Nation responded. Many of them made their way to the GoFundMe site set up for the Eargles. At the time, the site had raised $22,000 toward a goal of $41,500., according to Kristen. As of Thursday afternoon, the balance had ballooned to more than $57,000. And it was still climbing. “I just started crying when I saw that,” Kristen said, tearing up again. “It’s unbelievable that people we don’t even know would do something like this not expecting to get anything back.” To be clear, the funds were desperately needed. Because so much of Landrey’s treatment is experimental and expensive, the costs have spiraled well beyond the means of insurance coverage. Kristen said they had no other choice than to start applying the balance to their credit cards. The Eargles met with the family banker on August 8th and were informed that, based on the enormous balance that had accrued, their interest payment alone was going to be about $5,600 by the end of this month. “We got to where we couldn’t even afford the minimum payment anymore,” Kristen said. Now they can. In fact, thanks to the actions of the DawgNation, they can start thinking about paying off that balance and perhaps preparing for the next wave of bills and expenses that will surely come. And nobody knows what else there is to come. There is so much uncertainty about Landrey’s rare illness that the Eargles have no way of knowing what to expect next. The doctors don’t even know. That’s why the Eargles are so blown away by the outpouring of love and support they’ve encountered from the Georgia people. Austin Peay Athletics knew it would benefit financially from the Sept. 1 date with the Bulldogs, who will pay the school $500,000 to visit Sanford Stadium. But the Eargles never dreamed what a blessing this matchup would be to their family personally. “If I could say one thing to the Dawg Nation, it is, ‘you’ve changed the course of Landrey’s life,'” Kristen said Thursday morning from Clarksville, Tenn. “It’s just a beautiful thing they’ve done. Now we can pay for what happened before and not be so crippled by it and start thinking about other modifications that might be needed. We’re forever grateful.” None of this, of course, fixes little Landrey’s problem. It doesn’t cure her disease. But it does, if just for a moment, alleviate some financial pressure and restore one family’s faith in their fellow mankind, not to mention the God they worship. As for UGA, it’s worth noting that Kristen already was a fan. Though raised in Germantown, Tenn., and an alumnae of Memphis, she actually grew up a Georgia fan. Her grandfather, Frank Jolley, attended Georgia in the 1950s, and her brother, Nathan, is a 2013 graduate. “I grew up listening to Larry Munson,” Kristen said. “You could pick up the radio broadcasts in Memphis. That was probably my inspiration for wanting to become a sports journalist.” Nobody’s quite sure what the future holds for Landrey Eargle. She turns 6 on Sept. 6. The Eargles plan to celebrate her birthday on Sunday in Athens. The Dawg Nation’s outpouring should help that cause as well. The post Dawg Nation comes up big in support of one Austin Peay family appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart was still in teach mode when he went before the media on Wednesday night. Smart avoided cliches and explained the philosophy that has the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs competing at a national championship level in just his third year leading the program. For as much attention as skill position players get for what they do with the football in their hands, Smart explained that what they do when the ball is not in their hands might ultimately dictate how much they are on the field. “There’s only one ball and there’s 11 guys out there, so the guy without the ball better have a lot more value than just the guy with the ball,” Smart said. “We’re trying to get the guys who can play without the ball on the field. “I think that’s what our offensive staff does a good job of and those guys kind of buying into the team concept of, if I do well, then the backs will do well. If the backs do well, the receivers will do well and they work off each other.” RELATED: Kirby Smart says 5-star ratings mean nothing in receiver room In summation: Georgia has a lot of talent, so the so-called little things will make all the difference in deciding which ones get on the field most. Smart also revealed that the offensive identity, while sure to feature some traits, is still a work in progress as position battles play out in fall camp. “We’ve got a set of plays, our core belief that we always have which is balance, being powerful, being able to run the ball at our will, not somebody else breaking our will — that’s always going to be the identity we have,” Smart said. “As far as having it formed by any shape or form, I don’t think we’ll have that until the two-deep is set on the offensive line and how the top 10 shake out and the alignment that we’re going to be able to work with this season.” RELATED: 3 questions for Georgia football to answer in Scrimmage Two The upcoming Saturday scrimmage will go a long way toward putting the finishing touches on the season-opening plan. That said, Smart said there will be room for movement leading up to the Sept. 1 game with FCS Austin Peay. “Scrimmage two is kind of a defining moment, but it’s not over, just because it’s scrimmage two,” Smart said. “We still have eight or nine practices left before the first game.” RELATED: Kirby Smart heaps praise on Georgia football QB Smart has yet to announce a starting quarterback, but most believe sophomore Jake Fromm will hold the job while talented Justin Fields will get playing time. Georgia football coach Kirby Smart   The post Georgia football coach Kirby Smart explains why offensive personality remains work in progress appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Mike Bobo and Kirby Smart couldn’t be more competitive on the football field or the recruiting trail. Off of it, though, they couldn’t be closer friends. So Smart’s thoughts were with his buddy and former teammate after Georgia finished up its 11th practice of preseason camp on Wednesday. In his fourth year as head coach at Colorado State, Bobo remained hospitalized Wednesday night as doctors continue to evaluate treatment options for a nerve disorder in his legs. “I’ve talked to Mike probably more than (his wife) Lanie just out of our friendship,” said Smart, referring to the weekly phone calls they have. “Thoughts and prayers go out to George and Barbara (Bobo, Mike’s parents) and their family. He’s got five kids I know he worships and cares about so much. They’re a tight-knit family.” Bobo, 44, had been complaining about numbness in his feet for the last two weeks, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan. The condition worsened to the point that he was watching practices from a golf cart. He finally had to be admitted to the hospital after the Rams’ scrimmage at Canvas Stadium this past Saturday night. Bobo issued a statement via his Twitter account on Tuesday saying he has been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy and is undergoing a “multi-day treatment.” The nerve disorder is not thought to be related to the knee replacement surgery Bobo underwent in April. pic.twitter.com/0P81gjsGw8 — Coach Mike Bobo (@CoachBobo_CSU) August 15, 2018 “If I know Mike Bobo, whatever he’s dealing with, it ain’t too strong for him,” Smart said. “He was built rock-solid. I know he’ll fight his way through it.” The problem for Colorado State is there currently is not a timetable for Bobo’s return. The Rams open the season against Hawaii on Aug. 25. So plans are being discussed of Bobo possibly coaching from the press box or the team proceeding without him. Bobo, who was Georgia’s offensive coordinator from 2007-2014 and quarterbacks coach going back to the 2001, is Colorado State’s play-caller and usually coaches from the sideline. “There’s a plan in place; we’re carrying out the plan,” said Rams offensive coordinator Dave Johnson, who coached tight ends at Georgia from 2001-07. “(The game plan has) already been structured. … So, we’re just following the plan right now.” Bobo said he remains in close contact with the coaching staff and watches practice video “every day.” Former Georgia linebackers coach John Jancek (2005-09) is the Rams’ defensive coordinator. He and Johnson are running the team in Bobo’s absence. “We just pray for Coach Bobo, and we want him back,” Jancek said told reporters in Fort Collins on Wednesday. “We miss him. He’s a great leader, has a tremendous impact, has created an outstanding culture here.” The post Former Bulldog Mike Bobo could miss Colorado State’s season opener appeared first on DawgNation.
  • GEORGIA’S OWN #12: WR/KR MECOLE HARDMAN ATHENS – One of the terrific things about Georgia’s Mecole Hardman is everybody always believes he can do better. That’s quite a testament to Hardman’s potential, considering he already is exceptionally good. This time last year, we were all wondering whether Hardman could make the transition from defensive back to wide receiver and become a consistent offensive threat. We’re not wondering that anymore. We were also wondering a year ago whether Hardman had any potential as a kick returner. We’re not wondering about that anymore either. But the more we see Hardman do, the more it becomes evident that he could do even more. Even Hardman’s admits that. “I can play better, definitely,” Hardman said this past spring. Entering his junior year, this former 5-star prospect from Elbert County has a grand total of one start in his career. It’s hard to believe even when you say it out loud, but it’s true. There are a couple of reasons for that. One, Hardman began his career as a defensive back. Recruited by former Georgia defensive coordinator – and current Tennessee head coach – Jeremy Pruitt, the Bulldogs brought this championship-winning high school quarterback to Athens believing he could he the consummate cover corner. Maybe he would’ve been, but we’ll never know. After tutoring as a full-time defensive back for the first time his career, Hardman could never crack the Bulldogs’ lineup and actually played sparingly as a backup. There had always been discussion of Hardman one day playing both ways at Georgia. The No. 4 jersey he wears is an homage to Champ Bailey, the last, great two-way player for the Bulldogs. But Isaiah McKenzie’s early exit to the NFL after his junior season left Georgia with a significant void at the slot position. Knowing this was coming about, Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs began to give Hardman looks on offense during bowl practices that December. By last spring, Hardman had transitioned into a full-time flanker. Hardman’s physical gifts were immediately evident. As his inclusion on Georgia’s national championship men’s track team will attest, he is one of if not the fastest player on the Bulldogs’ roster. But early on, Hardman struggled with the idiosyncrasies of the receiver position, not to mention just catching the ball. Hardman dropped a sure touchdown on a deep ball from Jake Fromm against Notre Dame in the second game of the year. He did catch four other passes in that contest, but that represented more than half of the seven receptions he’d make the first half of the regular season. To his credit, Hardman improved every week. By the end of the year – and notably in the postseason – Hardman became one of the Bulldogs most lethal offensive threats. He caught a pass in all but one of Georgia’s remaining eight games, including four in the SEC Championship Game and an 80-yard touchdown against Alabama in the College Football Playoff final. At the end of it all, Hardman finished as the Bulldogs’ third-leading receiver. He had 25 catches for 418 yards – a 16.7 yard average – and scored four touchdowns. “I feel good, I feel in place,” Hardman told reporters during spring practice. “I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be at. Definitely, being at a set position, you can put your mind on just receiver and do what you’re supposed to do.” Mecole Hardman nearly broke a couple of returns against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, including this 21-yard punt return. (Reann Huber/AJC)   It was as a returner that Hardman really drew the “oohs and ahs.” Hardman never broke free for a touchdown on a punt or kickoff return, but he came tantalizing close time and again. At least a half-dozen times, Hardman had one man to beat to take it all the way. To his considerable frustration, a shoelace tackle or single unblocked defender spoiled his jaunt. Nevertheless, Hardman’s production was undeniable. He led the SEC and finished eighth nationally with an 11.8-yard punt return average and second in the league and 21st in FBS on kickoffs. Ever confident, Hardman believes he not only can approve on the that, but take a couple to the house as well. “You go back and watch the film, it was like one block away or just one cut away, that type of thing,” Hardman said earlier this year. “But it was very close. First year doing it; seeing different things out there. This year, I should take a couple back — hopefully.” Hardman’s teammates desperately want to see that happen. “We’ve got a lot of guys blocking their tail off for this man,” junior safety J.R. Reed told reporters. “He’s just got to put it together. He’s going to get one this year; he might get a couple. I feel it.” Coach Kirby Smart appreciates all the confidence in Hardman, and Hardman in himself, but he warned that Georgia has other talented returners on the roster. He said Hardman is not guaranteed to get all the work in the return game. The Bulldogs are also working Terry Godwin, Ahkil Crumpton and Kearis Jackson on punt returns. They added Demetris Robertson to the roster this summer, who returned kicks at Cal. And several incoming freshmen are getting practice reps on kickoff returns. “That is an earned position,” Smart said. “That is not (Hardman’s) position yet. We’ll see what happens.” Suffice it to say, if Hardman continues to show the rate of improvement he did in his first year as a receiver and returner, he’ll be yet another reason Georgia could “Own the East.” The post Own the East: Georgia’s Mecole Hardman is simply a big play waiting to happen appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Kirby Smart is thrilled with the performance and competition in the Georgia football receivers room. That said, the Bulldogs head coach wants to set the record straight when it comes to the perception that it’s just a bunch of 5-star recruits showing up and showing out. RELATED: Watch Kirby Smart Wednesday press conference video “The guys that are playing best right now don’t have five stars, we go off performance,” Smart said following Wednesday’s practice. “The receiver position is where do you help the team the most, can you cover a kick, can you block somebody, can you make a play outside on the perimeter that nobody can make, and right now that has nothing to do with what you were regarded as coming in.” The Georgia football team’s most recent addition was Demetris Robertson, once a 5-star recruit who began his career at Cal. RELATED: ESPN analyst says Georgia one of “scariest” teams with Demetris Robertson addition Smart said some of the media are putting too much emphasis on what the receivers’ star rating was when they signed with the Bulldogs. “How they came in does not matter to us, you mention they came in highly regarded, that ain’t nothing in that room, it means absolutely nothing,” Smart said. “Every time you guys print something about receivers, it’s about how many 5 stars are in there.” For the record, here’s a list of the 5-star receivers on the Georgia roster: • Mecole Hardman • Demetris Robertson • Terry Godwin The most impressive looking receiver in the portions of practice open to the media has been Riley Ridley. Ridley, who had six of his 14 catches last season in the College Football Playoff national title game, was a 3-star prospect coming out of high school. Smart said the receivers are pushing one another hard. “The culture of competition good, absolutely, because maybe those guys that were 3 stars and 4 stars have out-worked the guys that were 5 [stars] because none of that makes a decision for us, all we do is say ‘who’s playing well?’ “ Smart said. “And right now, the guys that are playing best at receiver were not the highly regarded guys, and we’re going to play the guys that play the best, we’re going to play the guys that practice the best, we’re going to play the guys that bust their butt and help the team, and a lot of them are helping   on special teams. “I’m very pleased with our receiver room, top to bottom, they are competing hard, they are playing hard, they are making good plays and they are really helping on social teams.”   The post Georgia football 5-star receivers getting out-played in practice appeared first on DawgNation.

Local News

  • The Georgia House Rural Development Council, created by the House to find ways to boost rural Geiorgia's economic fortunes, is looking to encourage multi-county industrial partnerships. Committe co-chair State Rep. Terry England says that came out of a meeting in Elberton this week. He notes one such authority covering several counties east of Atlanta attracted a Facebook data center this year. He says this would particularly benefit smaller counties without the resources to land such an economic plum. He says those counties would share the cost of building industrial parks-and then share the revenue. The Council plans more meetings and will report recommendations back to state lawmakers by year's end. 
  • Colorado State football coach Mike Bobo released a statement after news broke of his hospitalization due to numbness in his feet. In his statement released on Twitter, Bobo said he was thankful for the support he and his family have received while he’s undergone testing is looking forward to the upcoming football season. “I am currently in the process of a multiple day treatment for a peripheral neuropathy, and continue to be encouraged by the results of the ongoing medical testing,” Bobo said in part. “While I’ve been hospitalized, I have been able to remain in close contact with our staff and watch practice film in preparation for our season opener against Hawaii.” Colorado State released a statement Monday from Bobo and Colorado State athletic director Joe Parker which announced Bobo was hospitalized after a Rams scrimmage Saturday and then admitted to a hospital to undergo further testing after consulting doctors. A former Georgia quarterback, Bobo coached at the University of Georgia under Mark Richt as the quarterbacks coach from 2001-2006 and offensive coordinator from 2007-2014. In three seasons at Colorado, Bobo holds a 21-18 record.
  • Did you miss all the rain, thunderstorms and risk of severe weather? Well, it’s all expected to return Friday, whether you missed it or not.    It’ll also set the precedent going forward for the weekend and beginning of next week, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz said. Friday morning should be free of rain, and drivers should only have to contend with some light fog, Nitz said.  However, storms should roll into North Georgia around 2 p.m., and those should run through the evening commute, potentially causing problems for drivers. “We're looking at isolated to scattered (storm) coverage through 5 p.m.,” Nitz said. “As they come in, they could pack a punch.”     The risk of isolated severe thunderstorms is mostly north of I-20 and includes most of North Georgia and eastern Georgia, Nitz said. The storms present the possibility of 60-mph winds, small hail, downpours and frequent lightning. The worst of the storms should be over before the Braves take on the Colorado Rockies at 7:35 p.m. at SunTrust Park.  Friday’s 60 percent chance of rain increases to 70 percent Saturday, Nitz said. The rain chance remains above 60 percent through Tuesday. The cloud cover should lower temperatures into the mid-80s Saturday and beyond, but the added humidity and moisture should thicken the air, increasing how hot it feels outside, Nitz said.
  • There are now indictments for two men from Madison County, charged in a deadly shooting in Athens: David and Martin Garcia are cousins, 22 and 18 years old, from Hull. They’re accused in the June 4 death of Saheed Snow, who was shot and killed on Nellie B Avenue in Athens. Athens-Clarke County Police say it was apparently a drug-related shooting.  There are now indictments for Jonathan Herbert: the 30 year-old former Gwinnett County school teacher was arrested last month in Hall County, accused of biting a 14 year-old girl in the buttocks while she swam in Lake Lanier on the Fourth of July. Herbert is facing criminal counts that include sexual battery and public intoxication.    A Dawson County man is indicted on charges stemming from allegations that he stole money from a baseball umpire’s association and used it to pay prostitutes: Timothy Ryan is 55 years old, from Dawsonville. 
  • Athens-Clarke County Police say gunshots that were fired into a home off Linda Avenue were apparently in retaliation to earlier shootings that happened on Oak Hill Drive and Pamela Drive in Athens. A suspect in those shootings—identified now as Johntavious King—was arrested and booked into the Clarke County jail earlier this week. The search for suspects in the most recent shooting was, at last report, ongoing. There have been no injuries in any of the shootings. 

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS — My debut for the Georgia football “ask the expert” feels very appropriate in that the subject matter in running backs. Of all the positions I’ve covered in college football, this is the one where I feel most qualified based on the fact I have covered some of the best running backs in SEC football history. While a journalism student in college I covered the Detroit Lions when Barry Sanders was the running back. Every handoff brought me to the edge of my seat in the Pontiac Silverdome, and I’ve only seen a few backs since then that can do that. Some of them I’ve had the good fortune of covering. The Stephen Davis-James Bostic duo on undefeated 1993 Auburn was special, and Shaun Alexander is the most talented running back in Alabama history in my opinion. The Jamal Lewis-Travis Henry-Travis Stephens trio at Tennessee was dynamic, and later, a Vols’ backfield with two 1,000-yard rushers in Gerald Riggs Jr. and Cedric Houston was among the most underrated. Arian Foster came along later for Tennessee, and you could see his talent his true freshman yea. I moved to the Michigan State beat in 2012 where Le’Veon Bell and Jeremy Langford were waiting to impress. My return to cover the Vols saw Jalen Hurd, Alvin Kamara and John Kelly sharing the backfield. They are all NFL talents, and I believe current UT back Ty Chandler could be special, too. Now, Georgia, and the first thing I did was look at the games last year and review the recruiting tape of Zamir White and “Little” James Cook. RELATED: Georgia LB raves about running back James Cook That brings us to today’s question:   @ChipTowersDN here’s one for you both.  With all the depth at running back, what are the chances of seeing more 2 back sets this year?  Saw it a few times last year, but not much. #keepemguessing — Michael McCollum (@mgmccollum) August 17, 2018   I’ll come right out and say it: Cook has captivated me from the time I saw his highlights. Not because of what he did — most all FBS backs are run away from the competition in high school. It’s where Cook did it. You don’t see guys run away that easily on the high school football field of South Florida. But there was Cook, electrifying and dazzling against future FBS players. Usually I put the videos at the bottom of the story, but you got to watch this — look at the change of direction and acceleration from Cook: James Cook High School Highlights Now you know why Monty Rice said: “I’ve never played against a running back like Cook before, he has his own little style, and it’s very unique.” Question is: What does Jim Chaney think? My guess is Georgia’s base offense will be single back, three-wide and one tight end. When two backs are in the game, I’d guess it would be in shot gun, and sometimes one might go in motion as a receiver. That’s what I saw on video from last year’s games, and it worked well. I could see Chaney doing it most often in passing situations or in the two-minute offense. D’Andre Swift looks strong and appears to be the starting back. Elijah Holyfield has had some camp moments, but I’m always somewhat skeptical of junior and senior backs having breakout years — seems their star would have already shined. But if you go with a second back, whether it’s Cook, Holyfield, Brian Herrien or White, who do you take off the field? RELATED: Kirby Smart explains why Georgia football offense personality still unsresolved Do you subtract a Demetris Robertson or Mecole Hardman? Because it sure looks to me like Riley Ridley is emerging as a go-to guy and Terry Godwin is proven. Ideally Cook will grow to be the same size as his big brother, 6-foot, 210-pound Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings. But for now, “Little” Cook — as Monty Rice calls him — is listed at 5-10, 190. Not big enough to be a three-down back in the SEC. I’m of the Alabama football mindset of utilizing bigger, stronger backs as primary ballcarriers. If anyone can appreciate that, it’s Georgia fans who have first-hand memories of the greatest SEC back of all time, Herschel Walker. So my answer isn’t as definitive as maybe you’d like, but hopefully it provides some perspective. Oh, and for those who wonder what I think of White, I’m reserving judgement until he gets that bulky knee brace off.       The post Georgia football likely to utilize 2-back formations in shot gun most often, but when and who? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • GEORGIA’S OWN #11: RB ZAMIR WHITE ATHENS — The term “freak” probably is overused in sports. But with regard to Georgia’s Zamir White, it suits him perfectly. And that goes beyond the Adonis-like body and size/speed combination White showed up with to UGA. No, White is a bit of a medical freak. It goes back to the very beginning with him. As detailed by DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell during White’s recruitment, doctors recommended White’s mother abort her pregnancy due to severe underdevelopment around the end of the first trimester. When he was born, the first 100 days of White’s life were spent in intensive care. As a newborn, White’s tiny body endured multiple surgeries. They had to address issues such as cleft lip, cleft jaw, kidney function, cysts, and other minor and major malformations. Initially, he was given 10 days to live. From his first breath, White was having to overcome adversity. But as all the world can see he turned out considerably better than “just fine.” “I’m really just happy he’s here,” said his mother, Shanee White. “It is not all this football stuff.” Zamir White has not missed a preseason snap despite wearing a significant metal brace to protect the right knee that required ACL surgery last December. (Steven Colquitt/UGA)       With that context, it’s easy to understand why White wasn’t about to let a little ol’ torn ACL slow down his development as the next great back to sign with Georgia. And he hasn’t. To cut to the chase, White will be available to play in the Bulldogs’ season opener against Austin Peay on Sept. 1. And word is, he would’ve been ready if that game had been played on August 1 as well. That’s when Georgia opened preseason camp, and White has been “full go” since the first whistle. The only thing limiting him is a somewhat cumbersome metal brace on his right knee. He longs for the day in the not-too-distant future when he’ll be able to play without it. “He could take the knee brace off and practice, but it’s precautionary,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said after the Bulldogs’ first scrimmage of the preseason. “It’s a little rigid and it’s not comfortable for him. He’s not out there feeling like he’s his old self yet. … But he is cleared and he’s safe to practice. He just doesn’t like having that knee brace on.” That he’s already working out full speed with the Bulldogs does not make White a medical miracle. His timeline to recovery from a simple tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is not unusual in modern-day sports medicine. But White was fortunate to have been able to enlist Georgia in his treatment and recovery. White actually incurred the knee injury in a playoff game with Scotland High School on the night of Nov. 17 last fall. It came on his last carry in the fourth of quarter of game his team led by 25 points. White came out of the game knowing he’d taken a helmet blow to the knee, but didn’t realize he was seriously injured. White remained on the sideline the rest of the game and signed autographs for fans for at least a half-hour afterward in 30-degree temperatures. Then he went home and crashed inn advance of an early wake-up call for an unofficial recruiting trip to UGA. It was only after walking around Sanford Stadium and up and down the stands that White realized he might have more than a bruise. He mentioned it to Ron Courson, Georgia’s director of sports medicine, and a routine examination on the spot revealed that a ligament indeed was torn. A month later, surgery was performed by UGA doctors in Athens. As an early enrollee with the Bulldogs, White’s rehabilitation began in earnest upon his arrival on campus. White’s progress was evident in April during Georgia’s spring practices. By the end of them, he was already running full speed through position drills with the rest of the backs. He was held out of contact and any competitive scrimmage situations, but otherwise was getting in work and learning the offense. Fast forward to the summer, and a video was released by UGA of White high-kicking and hitting and moving in a Taekwondo workout in the Payne Athletic Center. It was on Aug. 2, the first official day of Georgia’s preseason camp, that Smart pronounced White “full go.” “I don’t know in this day and age you would say (White’s recovery) was quick,” Smart said. “I think he’s on schedule or a little ahead of schedule. He got injured last year in football season. It’s not a miracle he’s back going. He is pretty special when it comes to rehab, buying in, doing wrestling, doing karate. He does all these extra things like Nick (Chubb) did. That part — his effort and all the work — is incredible.” As a result, Georgia fans will get to see what all the fuss is about. And with White, there has been a lot of fuss made. That’s what happens when one is a consensus 5-star prospect and the No. 1-rated running back in high school. His numbers at his little school in Laurinburg, N.C., were ungodly — 2,086 yards and 34 TDs in 11 games as a senior and a gaudy per-carry average of 14.1 yards. White regularly draws comparisons to a couple of other great Georgia backs from small-town North Carolina, Todd Gurley of Tarboro and Tim Worley of Lumberton. Both of them wowed the masses with the Bulldogs and earned riches in the NFL. The thinking is that this young man who has come to be called “Zeus” is on a similar path. First, White will have to get through one of the most intense running back competitions in Georgia history, which is saying something. Sophomore D’Andre Swift is the heir apparent to succeed the last greats, Chubb and Sony Michel. Talented juniors Elijah Holyfield and Brian Herrien have been patiently biding their time and awaiting their opportunities. And fellow freshman signee James Cook, brother of Dalvin, has turned heads with his quickness and broken-field running. But White is thought to have all the characteristics Georgia looks for in great backs. He has the size and strength to punch the football into the A and B gaps of the defense while also possessing the speed get around the end and outrun defensive backs to paydirt. That script has yet to be written. But optimism abounds. The early chapters in the Book of Zeus certainly have been incredible, especially that first one. If White plays the way coaches and recruiting analysts expect, he’ll be another reason Georgia “Owns the East.” The post Own the East: Georgia’s Zamir White has been overcoming adversity from the start appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart isn’t exactly sure how his offense is going to look from play to play this season right now. Smart, however, said he’ll have a better idea following the Bulldogs’ second scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday. “ Scrimmage two is kind of a defining moment,” Smart said this week. RELATED: Kirby Smart explains why Georgia offense a work in progress Georgia is loaded with talent across the board, but particularly at the skill positions where running backs, tight ends and receivers are vying for play calls. “You want your best players on the field, so if our best players on the field are four wideouts and no tight ends, we better have some good tackles and be able to block well because we don’t have edges,” Smart said. “But if our best players are tight ends, then we’ll have three of them out there. If our best are backs, we’ll have two of backs and maybe two receivers.” The intense competition playing out in fall camp will go a long way toward determine who is on the field. Once that’s determined, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney can play Dr. Frankenstein with the playbook, the Bulldogs’ operating behind a monstrous offensive line. RELATED: Georgia football 5-star receivers getting outplayed in practice “We’ve got a set of plays, our core belief that we always have, which is balance, being powerful, being able to run the ball at our will, not somebody else breaking our will,” Smart said. “[But] as far as having it formed by any shape or form, I don’t think we’ll have that until the two-deep is set on the offensive line and how the top 10 shake out and the alignment that we’re going to be able to work with this season. I don’t think that will play out until even after scrimmage two.” RELATED: Georgia gets receivers back on the field from injury Some questions were answered in the first scrimmage, both quarterbacks proving they can manage the huddle, and running backs breaking loose on substantial runs. But Smart wants to see who can do it consistently, and the second scrimmage will go a long ways toward determine how Georgia will open the season at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 against FCS Austin Peay at Sanford Stadium. Georgia football Kirby Smart 8-16-18     The post Georgia football second scrimmage ‘defining moment’ in offensive evolution appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football true freshman James Cook opened eyes at the Bulldogs’ open practice on Aug. 4,  and apparently he has continued to excel through fall drills. RELATED: James Cook catches Kirby Smart’s eye at open practice Georgia linebacker Monty Rice made it clear on Thursday that he has been impressed with all of the backs, and particularly Cook. “I’ve never played against a running back like Cook before, he has his own little style, and it’s very unique,” Rice said. “He’s very tough to cover …   you can’t be looking at the quarterback when you cover him, or you’ll watch them complete the pass.” Rice has had an impressive offseason himself, making a team-high 14 tackles in the G-Day game to put himself in position to win a starting job. Rice said nothing has been determined at linebacker yet, himself working at both “Mike” and “Will.” From the sounds of it, Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will have a hard time sorting through the offensive weapons. RELATED: Kirby Smart explains offensive personality still evolving Elijah Holyfield tore through the first-team defense in the first scrimmage, and Rice said the defense is eager to atone in the upcoming second scrimmage on Saturday. “I don’t want to see Brian Herrien, Holyfield or [D’Andre] Swift run for 60 yards on a play, not against us,” Rice said. RELATED: Watch Elijah Holyfield run through first-team defense They’ve all impressed, Rice indicated. “Little Cook never stops running, he’s fast, I mean, just fast,” Rice said. “Then you’ve got Holyfield   Brian, Swift, Prather [Hudson], Zamir [White], there’s a bunch of them, and they are all pretty good.” Cook, 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, is the younger brother of NFL tailback and former Florida State star Dalvin Cook. He was one of the last freshmen in the 2018 class to arrive on campus. RELATED: Kirby Smart confirms James Cook on campus Cook and the Georgia backs could find the going tougher on Saturday. “We just have to get better on our techniques,” Rice said, “and if we get our techniques right, we can prevent those big runs.” Georgia football LB Monty Rice The post WATCH: Georgia linebacker Monty Rice raves about ‘Little (James) Cook’ appeared first on DawgNation.
  • PRACTICE OBSERVATIONS ATHENS — It was another stifling hot day on Woodruff Practice Fields on Thursday as the Georgia Bulldogs conducted their 12th practice of preseason camp in full pads. Good thing for the hard-working, and always-running receivers that they welcomed two back to their number. Senior Terry Godwin and freshman Kearis Jackson, each were dressed out and going through position drills during the 15-minute media viewing period. Godwin, the Bulldogs’ leading returning receiver from last year, has been out for most of camp with what coach Kirby Smart has described as a “not too serious” knee injury. Jackson, an early enrollee who turned some heads last spring, has been battling a hamstring injury. While Georgia’s offense got back those two targets, they were missing one other one from the tight ends group. Luke Ford, a 6-foot-6, 252-pound true freshman from Carterville, Ill., was reportedly involved in a minor motorcyle accident Thursday morning, according to ugarivals.com. Ford was not seriously hurt but did suffer some sort of foot injury, the fan site reported. UGA has yet to confirm the report. Other observations: Redshirt freshman receiver Matt Landers seems to have added significant weight to his 6-foot-5 frame, though he’s still listed on the roster at 200 pounds. Landers also seems to have moved up in the rotation. Georgia’s defensive backs were really getting after it during position drills. Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Mel Tucker was having them work on moving toward the ball carrier even though engaged in a lock-down block by the wide receiver. It made for some great individual matchups, with freshman Otis Reese facing off against fellow freshman Tyson Campbell and senior Deandre Baker locking up with J.R. Reed. Cornerback Tyrique McGhee (broken foot) was still sidelined as expected. Freshman corner Divaad Wilson, who suffered a knee injury in the spring, continued to run on the side under the guidance of team trainers. Georgia continued to mix and match on the offensive line. Kirby Smart said Wednesday the Bulldogs are simply trying to identify the best fill-ins in the case of an injured starter. The top five still appears to be LT Andrew Thomas, LG Kendall Baker, C Lamont Gaillard, RG Ben Cleveland and RT Isaiah Wilson. Speaking of Wilson, the 6-7, 340-pound redshirt freshman from Brooklyn appears to have completely remade his body. More importantly, there have been no reports of him falling out of preseason workouts due to the heat, as was often the case a year ago. The post Practice report: Key wide receivers back on the field for Bulldogs appeared first on DawgNation.