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    The announcement this past week that UGA bought out its scheduled 2021 game against San Jose State in Athens in order to play Clemson in a neutral-site game in Charlotte has a lot of fans excited (which couldn't be said about the now-dropped matchup with the Aztecs of the Mountain West conference). The addition of national powerhouse Clemson to next year's schedule justifiably has drawn praise across the college football landscape. The bold move is part of the aggressive upgrading of the Dawgs' nonconference schedule that head coach Kirby Smart and his football operations director, Josh Lee, have spearheaded over the past couple of years. The results so far have been impressive. Georgia has previously announced home-and-home series scheduled withTexas (2028 at Austin and 2029 in Athens), UCLA (2025 in Pasadena and 2026 in Athens), Florida State (2027 in Tallahassee and 2028 in Athens), Oklahoma (2023 in Norman and 2031 in Athens) and Ohio State (2030 in Athens and 2031 in Columbus). Plus a pair of home-and-home series with Clemson (2029 at Clemson and 2030 in Athens, and 2032 in Athens and 2033 at Clemson), and three other neutral-site Power 5 games at Atlanta's Mercedes Benz Stadium: this year againstVirginia, 2022 vs. Oregon, and 2024 vs. Clemson. (It was amusing to read one national site's estimation that Georgia-Clemson 'is about to become a bit of a rivalry.' Obviously, they don't know the tremendous history of the Georgia-Clemson series, which dates back to 1897 and included a long stretch of meeting every year. In fact, I feel safe in saying that, Jacksonville included, Georgia-Clemson was the Dawgs' hottest rivalry in the early '80s, with the peak being the 1982 game, which was nationally televised and played on Labor Day. It was the first night game to take place in Sanford Stadium in three decades, and it featured not only two Top 10 teams, but also the two most recent national champions.) As a longtime proponent of more games against the Tigers, I'm especially pleased that this gives Georgia and Clemson six games scheduled over the next 14 years, a vast improvement over the two-games-a-decade pattern they'd fallen into after the expansion of the SEC ended the annual meetings of the two programs located about 80 miles apart. The Dawgs and the Cats have met only eight times since 1987, with the most recent being 2014, when a Georgia win Between the Hedges avenged a loss at Clemson a year earlier. The addition of this game serves Clemson's interests as well, as the ACC powerhouse is looking to upgrade its nonconference schedules, since its weak conference opposition has been the subject of much griping nationally as the Tigers have become a regular participant in the College Football Playoff. UGA has turned heads across the country with its aggressive Power 5 scheduling over the coming decade and a half, and I'm all for it. As Athletic Director Greg McCarity told me this time last year, 'the scheduling model we're moving to in the future will be built around eight conference games, and Tech, and two more Power 5's and one non-Power 5 opponent.' So, in other words, only one 'cupcake' per season (as opposed to 2018, when Georgia had three such games in Athens). As I said then, it's an ambitious and somewhat daunting schedule model. But, McGarity said, 'That's our goal. Kirby is all about playing a tough schedule and playing quality opponents.' As McGarity said in a statement announcing the 2021 Clemson game, ' We will now have at least two Power 5 opponents on our schedule through 2033.' That will give the Dawgs at least 10 regular-season games each year against Power 5 conference teams (including the eight SEC games). This also means that Georgia will open away from Athens in a high-profile neutral-site game three years running: this season against Virginia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, 2021 in Charlotte, and back to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2022 to meet Oregon in another Chick-fil-A game. Still, despite all that, there's definitely room for improvement in Georgia's home scheduling. Just look at the 2021 season, which had a pretty weak lineup for fans in Athens even before they dropped the San Jose State game. Now, the six remaining games in Athens will consist of South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, UAB and Charleston Southern, the latter another FCS opponent from the level of Division 1 NCAA football below the bowl division. That's not as dire as the 2018 season, which saw a nonconference lineup of Austin Peay, Middle Tennessee and UMass in addition to Tech, but it's definitely nothing to get excited about. I recognize that the filling out of the nonconference schedule with so-called 'cupcakes' is something of a necessary evil in college football, since Power 5 opponents usually demand a return game in a home-and-home deal. And, with the Dawgs filling one spot each year with Georgia Tech and looking to add a second Power 5 opponent each year, you expect the two remaining nonconference games to be a bit less challenging. Also, not all cupcakes are equal. Opponents taken from the Group of 5 conferences that rank just below the Power 5 range from true cupcakes to something more akin to college basketball's 'mid-majors.' (Maybe, if we're going to continue the food-related terminology for opponents you pay handsomely to come be a sacrificial lamb, we should call these teams something other than a cupcake. Let's borrow from the QuickTrip chain and call them 'snackles.') The true cupcakes tend to be programs along the lines of Louisiana-Monroe (on this year's schedule), UMass and Western Kentucky. Unfortunately, Georgia seems to be relying a bit too much on the allowance that schools at its level can count one game a season against FCS opponents, who really aren't even up to cupcake level. Let's call them 'bon-bons.' Looking at upcoming schedules, we see these bon-bons coming to Athens: East Tennessee State in 2020, Charleston Southern in 2021, Samford in 2022, Tennessee Tech in 2024, and the return of Austin Peay in 2025. Asking UGA fans shell out for tickets and travel to Athens, dealing with the attendant traffic and parking headaches, to see such games is a bit much. That's especially true for those of us who contribute to the Hartman Fund for the chance to buy season tickets. I thought it was noteworthy that, as part of the Georgia-Clemson scheduling musical chairs, Southern Cal was able to dump UC Davis and pick up San Jose State, meaning it will maintain its status of never having played an FCS opponent. (Only three Football Bowl Subdivision programs have never played a team from the FCS in football Notre Dame, UCLA and USC.) Really, it would suit me if Georgia never again added another FCS opponent to its schedule with the exception of Yale, which I still would love to see come back to Athens in 2029 to mark the centennial of the Georgia-Yale clash that dedicated Sanford Stadium. Unfortunately, as UGA told me last year, they tried to schedule Yale for 2029, but the Ivy League school wasn't interested. But, the Yalies aside, I'd like to see Smart and Lee focusing more on the Group of 5 than the FCS. And, maybe, they could give some thought to opponents at that level that have some regional interest. (Besides Georgia Southern, which has shown up occasionally on UGA schedules in recent decades, a game against Georgia State would be of much greater interest to fans. And, as Tennessee found out last year, the Panthers aren't to be taken too lightly.) There's another reason UGA ought to be thinking about an upgrading of its non-Power 5 opponents: attendance. Figures showing actual attendance at Sanford Stadium released by UGA show that lower-tier opponents tend to put fewer folks in the stands, sinking as low as 56,065 for Louisiana-Lafayette in 2016. In the 2018 season, the most recent for which real attendance (as opposed to paid attendance) figures have been released, Austin Peay brought only 78,050 to Sanford for the season-opener, and only 67,764 attended the UMass game. So, yeah, the seats may have been sold, but in an era when every game is televised, the fact that quite a few fans aren't bothering to show up for such games should send a message that such cupcakes aren't really what the UGA fan base wants to see. Like I said, overall, I'm very pleased with the aggressive scheduling Georgia has undertaken at the Power 5 level, but I'd like to see the rest of the nonconference schedule be less of a snoozefest. The post UGA's nonconference football schedule needs even more bold moves appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Lawrence Cager might not be 100 percent for the NFL combine this week, but fans who have followed his career know better than to count him out. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Cager overcame a shoulder injury and bruised ribs to lead Georgia to a 24-17 win over Florida this season with 7 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown last season. pic.twitter.com/IsmaE5biyV Lawrence Cager (@lawrencecager3) October 28, 2019 'I was dead, I hadn't practiced or played in like 2 1/2 weeks, so you got to rise from the dead sometime,' Cager said after his historic performance. 'I wasn't going to miss this game for anything.' RELATED: Lawrence Cager performance at Florida one for the ages Cager did, however, miss the final three games of the season after suffering an ankle injury in a Nov. 27 practice and undergoing ankle surgery on Nov. 29. Cager's absences staggered the Georgia football team. Cager had three first down catches in the first half against South Carolina, but without him, the offense came apart and lost 20-17 overtime. The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm completed more than 70 percent of his passes with Cager on the field. But without him, the pass game struggled. Fromm completed less than 50 percent when the graduate transfer from Miami was sidelined. 'He was the one guy, and this isn't from Jake, (but) he looked like the guy that Jake was really comfortable with,' Former New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl scout Jim Nagy said. 'He was kind of the bailout guy. Jake knew where Lawrence was going to be, and they looked like they were on the same page,' said Nagy, who has studied film of UGA players in preparation an ESPN analyst role for the NFL combine. 'That wasn't always the case (with other receivers). Especially the guys out on the perimeter. It looked like they weren't on the same page quite a bit.' Cager, despite his success for Georgia this season he had 33 catches for 476 yards and 4 TDs in nine games projects as a later-round pick heading into the combine. 'Where he gets drafted will be interesting,' Nagy said. 'But big picture, where Cager is concerned at the next level, is going to be what he does on special teams. 'If you don't project to be a top three receiver on an NFL team next year, and you're a four or a five or a six, you're going to have to play in the kicking game.' Georgia football coach Kirby Smart harps on that all the time. The message seems to get lost on some. Smart is actually doing his players a favor by teaching them to play special teams and utilizing them on the units. Former Bulldogs receiver Jayson Stanley went undrafted last year and didn't make a catch all season. But Stanley's special teams ability landed him a spot on the Miami Dolphins' practice squad, and he's now rostered with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cager, however, didn't play special teams in his short time at Georgia. With the injuries he was battling he hurt his shoulder before the halfway mark of the season it was all he could do to play receiver. Nagy said that Cager impressed when he was on the field at Georgia. 'You heard from the people in Miami he was inconsistent catching the football, but he sure didn't look that way (at Georgia),' Nagy said. 'I was at the Notre Dame game, he made plays in that game, so yeah, the injury thing is real, he's going to have to work through that. And, Nagy said, Cager is going to have to convince teams is willing and able to play special teams. 'From a scout's perspective, that would be my reservation, never really seeing Lawrence do that,' Nagy said. 'Is he fast enough, is he aggressive enough, is he strong enough to be that guy to run down on kickoff or punt? 'I'm not saying he's not, but when you are talking about Day Three (NFL draft rounds 4-6) receivers, that's a huge part of the equation, not just what they do at receiver.' Nagy said very few college receivers transition quickly into one of the top three receiver spots on an NFL team, so they need to show value on special teams to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. 'Big picture, that's what Lawrence is going to be facing, that's what teams are battling with now,' Nagy said. 'If we take him in the fifth or the sixth round, is he going to be active on game day for us?' First things first, Cager needs to get himself active and healthy enough to work out for the NFL teams. If not at the combine, perhaps by the Georgia Pro Day, which is projected to be March 18. Cager has been mum, but earlier the year he put a short video out of himself running on a treadmill. Cager was one of 10 Georgia players invited to the NFL combine. The quarterbacks and receivers work out on Thursday night (TV: NFL Network, 4 p.m.). DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Why Jake Fromm is not for everybody, per NFL Network analyst D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine ESPN labels Georgia a 'loser' in NFL early entry process NFL draft projections: Jake Fromm staying down South? Mel Kiper Jr.'s mock: Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift future teammates The post Georgia's Lawrence Cager has questions to answer at NFL combine appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia basketball senior Tyree Crump hit a last-second 3-point shot from the top of the key to lift the Bulldogs to an 80-78 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday night. Georgia was down five points with less than 18 seconds left before it pulled off the improbable victory. 'it was dead-eye perfect,' UGA coach Tom Crean said. 'There was no short-arm, he snapped his wrist, it was picture-percent, and it was huge.' Commodores' guard Scottie Pippen Jr. missed two free throws with 5.1 seconds left, and Jordan Harris tipped out the second miss to Crump, who raced down court and launched the game-winner. Crump for the WIN https://t.co/8wNHw3rig4 Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) February 23, 2020 It's the first time Georgia (14-13, 4-10 SEC) has won back-to-back SEC games this season. It gives the Bulldogs a sweep over Volunteer State teams, as they beat Memphis, Tennessee and now Vanderbilt (9-18, 1-13). Georgia had beat No. 13 Auburn, 65-55, on Wednesday, to get much-needed confidence and momentum. 'It's perseverance, throughout the year,' Harris, who scored a season-high 17 points, said on the Georgia Sports Radio Network. 'We're living in the now.' The Bulldogs led for just 57 seconds of the 40-minute contest in Nashville, but they were ahead when it mattered most in the end. Anthony Edwards led UGA with 19 points, and point guard Sahvir Wheeler had 11 points and 5 assists. Georgia trailed by 11 points in the second half when a Toumani Camara dunk triggered a 12-0 run. Edwards capped the run with a drive that gave the Bulldogs a 52-51 lead with 11:56 left. It proved to be Edwards' final points in the game. The Commodores answered UGA's big run with an 8-0 burst of their own, however, and the lead was back up to 59-52 with 10:23 left. Vanderbilt appeared to be in control when Saben Lee, who scored a career-high 34 points, went to the free-throw line and hit two free throws to make it 78-73 with 22 seconds left. Wheeler raced downcourt and scored on a layup with 17.7 seconds left to narrow the gap to 78-75. Then it was Lee going back to the free-throw line with 11.3 seconds left. This time, he missed the front end of the one-and-one. Vanderbilt's Braelee Albert rebounded the miss, but he was ruled to have stepped out of bounds. Down three, Wheeler drove to the basket again, drawing a foul with 6 seconds left. Wheeler hit both free throws to make it a 78-77 game. Edwards fouled Pippen Jr. on the ensuing inbounds, fouling out of the game and setting up the final sequence. Vanderbilt held a 40-32 lead at the half after leading by as many as 11 points early. Edwards hit a 3-pointer at the 11:17 mark to cut into that 11-point margin and trigger a 10-0 run that left the Commodores up 20-19. Moments later, a Wheeler drive tied the game at 25-25. The Commodores answered with a 7-1 run, and took the 8-point lead into the half when Drew Weikert stole a back-court pass with two seconds left and laid it in. Georgia returns to action at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at South Carolina. Anthony Edwards dunk The world reacts to the Anthony Edwards' poster pic.twitter.com/8Bkyt6w6YG SEC Network (@SECNetwork) February 23, 2020 DawgNation Georgia basketball Tom Crean: We're building a program' after big home win Bulldogs score resounding win over No. 13 Auburn Georgia basketball drops close one at Texas A&M, Anthony Edwards ill Georgia suffers deflating defeat at Florida UGA snaps four-game losing streak with Texas A&M win Perplexing loss for Georgia basketball at Missouri Column: Anthony Edwards needs to get back to having fun Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post WATCH: Georgia basketball pulls off amazing last-second win at Vanderbilt appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The 2020 NFL Combine has yet to get underway, the players reporting on Sunday for an event that runs through March 2. But already, ESPN has a pay site article up on which players could stand out at the 2021 NFL combine, and Georgia has a couple of them. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is widely considered the odds-on favorite to be the top pick in 2021 draft. That would be good news for Georgia, which opens the 2021 season against Clemson. RELATED: Georgia football schedule 2021 adds Clemson Former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields, now at Ohio State, is also in the discussion as a potential early entry who could star at the 2021 NFL Combine. But the Bulldogs have a quarterback expected to be 'on the radar' and in the mix at the 2021 NFL Combine, too, according to ESPN writer Adam Rittenberg. Jamie Newman, a graduate transfer expected to get plugged into Kirby Smart's made-over offense, has the size (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) and arm strength to draw attention. RELATED: Georgia's Jamie Newman and George Pickens SEC's highest-rated QB-WR duo, per PFF ESPN recognized Georgia safety Richard LeCounte among its 'defenders to watch,' as well. ESPN didn't mention him, but senior defensive lineman Malik Herring should be on the list. Herring, 6-3, 280, was rated by PFF as the top returning defensive lineman in the SEC. RELATED: Malik Herring spearheads dominant Georgia football front DawgNation underclassmen to watch Georgia has a pair of potential top picks at cornerback in juniors Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell that didn't make the list. Stokes has the fourth-best grade according to Pro Football Focus (PFF) in single coverage over the past two seasons. Campbell is a former 5-star recruit who started as a true freshman but was slowed by a foot injury last season. RELATED: Georgia players discuss fastest man' on Bulldogs team Campbell has the size (6-2, 185) and speed (former 100- and 200-meter champion in Florida) that NFL teams like at the position, and has shown great ability. Georgia junior offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer could elect to turn pro after next season with a big enough campaign, as could junior nosetackle Jordan Davis. UGA senior 2021 combine candidates Monty Rice (linebacker) Jermaine Johnson (linebacker) Julian Rochester (defensive line) Devonte Wyatt (defensive line) DJ Daniel (cornerback) Mark Webb (defensive back) Ben Cleveland (offensive line) Justin Shaffer (offensive line) Demetris Robertson (receiver) DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Georgia football LB Tae Crowder snubbed, but arrow pointing up Why Jake Fromm is not for everybody, per NFL Network analyst D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine ESPN labels Georgia a 'loser' in NFL early entry process NFL draft projections: Jake Fromm staying down South? Mel Kiper Jr.'s mock: Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift future teammates The post Georgia football returning stars among 2021 NFL combine prospects appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Ten Georgia football players will be headed to Indianapolis for the NFL combine in the next week. Linebacker Tae Crowder is not one of them. The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine But Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy, who has four Super Bowl rings from his stints in Green Bay, New England, said he believes Crowder can still make an NFL roster. 'Getting the invite to Indy isn't the end all be all, whatsoever,' Nagy said during the DawgNation Ingles On The Beat Show. 'He'll have his pro day and the rest of the process to work it out.' Crowder was a key to the nation's best defense last season from his inside linebacker position. The Bulldogs finished last season ranked No. 1 in scoring defense and rushing defense and No. 3 in total defense and No 8 in pass efficiency defense. 'I'll say this about Tae Crowder, to me, the arrow is pointing up with him,' Nagy said. 'When you're in scouting, you talk about guys that are ascending players, and I think Tae is doing that.' Crowder, a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder, was a late bloomer of sorts. A noted running back and receiver prospect in high school, Crowder converted to the linebacker position under Coach Kirby Smart. Crowder finished second on the team with 62 tackles last season, and many believe his best football is ahead of him. 'I think he's playing his best football this year, no doubt,' Nagy said. 'He's long, he can run, he can play in space. I think he's going to make somebody's team on special teams.' Nagy pointed out that Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick made the Los Angeles Rams 53-man roster last season without an invite to the NFL combine. 'Tae Crowder to me is a better prospect than Natrez, and to Natrez's credit he signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent and made their 53, so that's awesome for him,' Nagy said. 'But if you're just grading players, Tae is a better prospect in my mind than Natrez was, so it surprised me (Crowder) wasn't in another all-star game, that was a little surprising, and then the combine snub. 'I hope he uses that as some fuel moving forward. I was part of a lot of teams that drafted guys with no all-star game, no combine, and that played for a long time.' DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Why Jake Fromm is not for everybody, per NFL Network analyst D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine ESPN labels Georgia a 'loser' in NFL early entry process NFL draft projections: Jake Fromm staying down South? Mel Kiper Jr.'s mock: Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift future teammates The post Georgia LB Tae Crowder snubbed by NFL combine, but arrow is pointing up' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia basketball is looking for a win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night that would give the Bulldogs their first back-to-back SEC wins of the season. A win would also enable UGA to claim a Tennessee state championship of sorts. The Bulldogs beat then-No. 9 Memphis 65-62 on the road, and Tennessee 80-63 in Athens, earlier this season. Georgia (13-13, 3-10 SEC) plays at Vanderbilt (9-17, 1-12) at 6 p.m. in Memorial Gym on Saturday in Nashville (TV: SEC Network). The Bulldogs are looking to gain momentum after knocking off No. 13 Auburn last Wednesday night in Stegeman Coliseum. WATCH: Tom Crean, Anthony Edwards discuss win over Auburn The win over Auburn represented the highest-ranked opponent Georgia has beaten at home since topping No. 11 Florida back in 2012. Second-year coach Tom Crean said during a Friday media availability at Stegeman Coliseum that the win over Bruce Pearl's Final Four program was key, but it's important his team continue to show growth. 'It was the way that we won, and we were able to grow up inside of the game make free throws, not turn it over,' said Crean, who's operating with nine freshmen on the team. 'Now, the key is to be able to sustain it and get better, and that's where the maturity part of it comes in.' Georgia won last season's meeting over Vanderbilt 82-63 in Athens. But the last time the Bulldogs played the Commodores on the road, on Feb. 7, 2018, Vanderbilt pulled off an 81-66 victory. The Commodores' only SEC win this season was a shocker, a 99-90 victory over then-No. 18 LSU on Feb. 5. It was the Bayou Bengals' first conference loss of the season. Crean said first-year Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse runs a complex offense that Georgia will have to digest quickly. 'Very difficult challenge because of how much movement they have,' Crean said. 'They run a ton of different actions, and there's no way we're going to get ready for every bit of that, we got to get ready for the concepts, we got to make sure we understand what they're trying to get.' Georgia's Anthony Edwards enters the game leading the nation's leading freshman scorer, averaging 18.9 points per game. Edwards has score in double figures in 22 of his 25 games this season. DawgNation Georgia basketball Tom Crean: We're building a program' after big home win Bulldogs score resounding win over No. 13 Auburn Georgia basketball drops close one at Texas A&M, Anthony Edwards ill Georgia suffers deflating defeat at Florida UGA snaps four-game losing streak with Texas A&M win Perplexing loss for Georgia basketball at Missouri Column: Anthony Edwards needs to get back to having fun Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post Georgia basketball looking for second straight win at Vanderbilt appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Jake Fromm's not for everybody, according to NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah. That's probably doesn't seem like much of a revelation for Georgia football fans, who have seen Fromm championed as a hero as a freshman, and booed along with teammates at halftime of a scoreless home game with Kentucky this past season. ' I don't think he's for everybody,' Jeremiah said on an NFL Network conference call on Friday. 'But I think if you've got run-game (offense), and you want somebody to be efficient and make good decisions, I think that's who Jake is.' Georgia football coach Kirby Smart felt the same way. That's who Fromm was throughout his career with the Bulldogs, asked to hand off to first-round caliber tailbacks while making sure to be careful with the football. It was a formula that led to Fromm becoming the first full-time starter in SEC history to win three consecutive East Division championships while running up a 35-7 record as the starter. Of course, Georgia has become a program where it seems only a national championship will do. So when the wheels came off in the Bulldogs' rebuilt receiving corps this season the top five pass catchers from the season before were gone, and six players missed games due to injury this season Fromm was put on blast by critics. RELATED: Kirby Smart defends Jake Fromm, sets uniformed critics straight There are considerably more positives than negatives where Fromm is concerned on and off the field, and Jeremiah pointed out NFL teams have and will take note. ' When you visit with him, you're immediately impressed just talking with him,' Jeremiah said. 'He's very mature. He's engaging. You can see how he's won over the locker room there at Georgia. 'He's going to be impressive when you get in the room and get on the board and talk Xs and Os, very sharp.' Fromm 35-7 as the Bulldogs' starter was also honored as one of only 22 student-athletes in the nation to be part of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his community and charity works off the field. RELATED: Watch Jake Fromm share message of identity But the NFL draft process is a business, and there's a harsh bottom line with franchises investing millions of dollars and coaches and general managers putting their careers on the line with each pick. Players learn quickly it's the antithesis of recruiting, where attributes are accentuated and shortcomings minimized. NFL teams still feature quarterbacks who lack the ability to make plays with their legs, but arm strength is a must, and Fromm will be under the microscope at the NFL combine next week in Indianapolis. RELATED: Mel Kilper Jr. reveals most important asset Jake Fromm must show at combine ' The knock on him, the concern has really been pure arm strength,' Jeremiah said. 'When I've watched him, I've seen throws, I've seen him make deep outs from the far hash in the Florida game. You see examples of it, but there's other times where the ball hangs and the ball dies.' Fromm's struggles throwing in the rain against Kentucky were well-documented and surely noted by NFL teams. WATCH: Jake Fromm explains passing struggle in wet-weather win over Kentucky Fromm's passing line against Kentucky 9 of 12 for 35 yards came amid heavy rains and wind gusts measured between 14 and 20 mph. 'It was tough, the ball was super slippery out there tonight, so we said Hey it's going to be a ground and pound game,' ' Fromm said. 'It's really frustrating to pick up a ball, and (say) I'm going to throw it in that direction, but I have no idea where it's going. Sometimes it was like that.' It was an honest self-assessment, and there have been plenty of NFL quarterbacks who have struggled in inclement weather. Indeed, even NFL legend Tom Brady had trouble in a rainy cold game last season, just17 for 37 for 190 yards in a cold, windy and rainy game last season against Dallas. Fromm has been doing all he can to improve his technique and set himself up for great success in Lucas Oil Stadium since announcing on Jan. 8 that he was leaving Georgia a year early. RELATED: Jake Fromm makes surprising announcement, leaving Georgia Fromm will throw in front of NFL coaches next Thursday night (TV: NFL Network, 4 p.m.). 'I think mechanically he can help with some things there to get his lower body more involved,' Jeremiah suggested. 'And I know he's been down in Mobile, Alabama, at QB Country working with David Morris and (New York Giants QB) Daniel Jones is down there. 'He's starting to make progress there. That's his challenge. I have him in that second-round range.' On Jacob Eason While Fromm is at the forefront of the minds of Georgia football fans who also follow the NFL draft, former Bulldogs QB Jacob Eason will also be getting some attention It was Eason who Fromm replaced in 2017, after the incumbent fell injured in the opening game against Appalachian State. Eason transferred to Washington, sat out a season, and has himself developed into one of the top NFL draft quarterback prospects. But Eason, like Fromm, is not everyone's cup of tea, Jeremiah indicated. 'Teams are literally all over the map, and I talked to a team yesterday that has him as the second quarterback in the draft, so there's teams that really, really like Eason,' Jeremiah said. 'And then you've got teams that have concerns. 'Now, when I watch him, I see the big arm. You watch the Oregon game, you get really, really excited. There's a lot of good things to take away from that game. He's got some really good tape.' But as with most any player under the scrutiny of the NFL draft evaluation process, there are drawbacks. 'He's got some bad habits where you get him off of his spot he's got a bad habit of trying to wheel out, turning his back on the defense,' Jeremiah said. 'That's something he's going to have to clean up, which is something you can fix. But that's one of the things to keep an eye on with him. 'And then you just want to see him be a little bit of a playmaker, instead of just being a pure thrower. I want to see him create some plays and extend some plays there. That's the kind of thing with him. I think he'll go in the first two rounds. Wouldn't shock me if he went in the first round . ' The 2020 NFL Draft takes place April 23-25 in Las Vegas. Fromm will begin among 10 Georgia football players at the NFL combine, which begins with players reporting on Sunday and runs through March 2. DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine ESPN labels Georgia a 'loser' in NFL early entry process NFL draft projections: Jake Fromm staying down South? Mel Kiper Jr.'s mock: Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift future teammates The post NFL Network analyst: Jake Fromm's not for everybody, neither is Jacob Eason appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry gives DawgNation a chance to get to know 5-star CB Tony Grimes for a lot more than what he can do on a football field. There was this one memorable play Tony Grimes made at a football field. It was not captured by the eye in the sky.It did not go viral. It will not appear on any highlight tape, but it had a lot to do with his field of vision. That is because it just off to the side of the practice field.His father, Deon Glover, will beam with pride as he tells that story. Grimes now makes the same move every Friday in-season during the pregame meal. He goes behind the practice field to make a friend. She will now feel like an old friend this season. He went to go check on a woman. Glover and Grimes both believe she is homeless, but she seems to be a fan of their Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.) team. 'She sits at the back of our football field and she always watches us practice,' Tony Grimes said. 'Since forever she has been watching us practice. So on game days, I brought her out a plate of food out one time. After that, she and I had a good conversation. Then before ever game, I will bring her some money and some food. Or just some food.' Glover never saw her before. Grimes did. He even thought to bring her a blanket. 'He just said he didn't know why,' Glover said. 'Just said that he sees her out there every day and that she was always watching us practice. Tony said his heart just went out to her and he just wanted to help her.' Grimes still doesn't know her name, but he has a nickname for her. She has a nickname for him, too. 'She calls me Guts' and I don't know why she calls me Guts' but she does,' Grimes said. 'I think because it takes guts to come out and give a homeless person food every single Friday.' It takes a plate of food to see Grimes with more depth that his status as the nation's No. 1 cornerback (247Sports Composite rating) for the 2021 cycle. He is establishing a history of reaching out to his community like that. Grimes is already affiliated with a seasonal ministry in his community. 'It is called Provision for the Seasons,' Glover said. 'We go out every season and just do different stuff.' Grimes has a talent for locking down receivers. And also spotting folks that appear down on their luck. 'I can spot out a homeless person easily,' he said. 'I was just going around and finding people. It just warms my heart to see the homeless be grateful. Some homeless people don't care and then others are grateful. It is just so perfect to me when we get to do that.' Glover couldn't believe their first lap about their Virginia Beach community. 'We started driving around and Tony located every single person that was in need,' Glover said. 'I was like how does he know they need something but he just automatically knew.' They would pull up near the ocean front. Grimes would yell 'who's hungry' and would just know by seeing those people every day. He'd want to make sure they got at least a cup of hot chocolate. 'That's because he was that dialed in,' Glover said. 'He noticed those people every day.' Both my son's are tremendous students and athletes!! Tino a wrestler and Tony the top football player at his position N class 2021 over 42 scholarships from Stanford to Clemson. Here they are feeding the homeless. They do this on the reg. Dont tell me all football players R Thugs pic.twitter.com/l41gx8G0lr Coach Glover (@dhglover) February 13, 2020 Grimes is also an excellent student with a 3.8 grade-point average. He will graduate early and enroll with his future team in January of 2021. Truth be told, he is so far ahead in his coursework that he could have reclassified into the 2020 class. 'The reason why that is so important to me is that without football I would still want to go to college,' he said. 'I'd be looking for an academic scholarship. The reason grades are important to me is in college you still can't do anything in college with out grades. Still have to go to class. Still have to make a certain GPA to be on the team.' Tony Grimes and UGA: The 180-degree visit When the subject of Georgia came up at the Future 50, Grimes brought up a past history. The Bulldogs didn't offer as early as other programs did. 'I understand why they didn't throw the offer out early but you can't expect me to wash all these other colleges out when you came in the game late,' he said on December 31. 'But I still like what they are doing with the program and I respect them because Coach Glenn [Schumann] has been keeping up with me and some of the other coaches there have also been keeping up with me.' Glover will still kid Schumann about that to this day. Their relationship has reached the point where they can chide one another about that. 'It was rocky for Georgia at first,' Glover said. Schumann came to the school when Grimes was a freshman. The Georgia offer then came during his third recruiting cycle visit. The Bulldogs couldn't get a visit date set because Grimes wanted to see all the schools who had been recruiting him harder first. There was some confusion about when Georgia offered him. Georgia defensive backs coach Charlton Warren would later let it be known that Grimes should have been offered when he first arrived in Athens. When the topic comes up, Glover said he still puts Schumann 'on blast' about everything. 'I pulled coach Schumann to the side and kidded that we were going to have to duke it out,' Glover said while laughing. 'That's my guy, though. Coach Schu' is my guy. He is good people. He is really good people.' Grimes echoed that at the Future 50. Georgia had to have a strong visit to stay in the race for the nation's No. 6 overall prospect for this cycle. 'So I am going to give them a chance,' he said prior to a mid-January trip. 'But if I go down there and don't feel like it is home or I don't feel good about it or I don't bond with the coaches then I am not going to go there.' The Bulldogs were going to have a hard time keeping up with Clemson, Penn State and Texas A&M.Those schools had already locked up official visits. Georgia now has, too. Consider this passage to be the before/after picture when it comes to what the Georgia staff does very well when hosting a priority recruit. 'I'm glad I took that visit,' Grimes said. 'That visit was amazing. That visit was so good that I added them to one of my official visits.' Clemson, Georgia, Penn State and Texas A&M have those OV slots. For now. 'Anything can happen as of right now,' he said. Those dates are undetermined. But he does know that he wants to commit on December 1, 2020. 'I am not going to lie I was just on Instagram and then that date just popped into my head,' Grimes said of the genesis of that specific date. Grimes said that Smart and Warren endorse his film. They see him as a Dawg. 'They tell me that if I come in and put in the work that I am supposed to and I get that playbook down then I am going to be on that field for them,' he said. 'For sure' He wants to play around other great players That's why both he visited Georgia in tandem with elite 2021 cornerback Isaiah Johnson.But he will also redline the confidence that elite defensive backs must have these days. 'I'm going to be different from every other DB' I play with regardless,' he said. 'Because I am going to be the man. I am going to be that dude. When I step on that field on that defense they are all going to know who Tony Grimes is. They are going to know that Tony Grimes is different.' Grimes is passionate about his game. If he gives up a single catch in a game or a 7-on-7 tournament, well then that just wasn't his best day. His aim will be to set the tone. 'The team leader, the swag, the hype and all of that,' he said. 'Combined into one. It is going to be different because I am from the 757 [area code] and when you are from the 757, we breed different.' Great Work today son!! @757EliteDB @Giavanni_Ruffin Thanks for pushing Tony past what he thinks are his limits!! #NoLiMitS pic.twitter.com/FYJdQunEUs Coach Glover (@dhglover) February 20, 2020 Former Virginia safety Quin Blanding inspires him, along with a long line of great football players from the 757. Those names will include Dre' Bly, Plaxico Burress, Kam Chancellor, DeAngelo Hall, Percy Harvin, Bruce Smith, Lawrence Taylor and Michael Vick, among countless others. Grimes plays both ways for his high school team. It is a magnet school where there are probably only about 15 players who would be considered as a quality varsity player. There are maybe 10-12 who have any sort of college potential. Receiver clips are all over his junior film. Tony Grimes: A little more depth on Georgia That previous passage is a good measure of Grimes. While that food plate and community outreach stuff shows off a very mature side, he's still a teenager. Young men are creatures of their expanding minds and options. Grimes is an impulse surfer who still lets Instagram thoughts steer a commitment date. He will view his No. 1 as just the 'cleanest' number out there.He sounds just like a high school kid should at times. But also flashes growth and maturity in other moments. 'I always thought No. 1 was like the goat number,' he said. 'All the real ones wear number one. So when I went to high school I wanted to wear No. 1 and got No. 1. I wore it throughout the season and all my years in high school. If they would have had a number zero, I would have most definitely gotten the number zero.' @GeorgiaFootball Trip was @CoachCwarren with 2 Dawgs @IsaiahJohns21 @757EliteDB Only 1 thing wrong with this pic; missing @GaQMcK1 pic.twitter.com/WRHKkcaoJt Coach Glover (@dhglover) January 20, 2020 How did Georgia stand out on that difference making visit? Grimes used the term 'greatests' to describe it. 'It was different when I talked to coach [Charlton] Warren and coach Kirby Smart,' he said. 'Those two right there are the greatest in the game right now. One of the greatests in the game right now.' He shared a recipe at the Future 50. It detailed all the checkmarks the school that signs him have to earn his commitment and signature. It was: Great personal relationship with a coaching staff Does it feel like home? Stability in the coaching staff Can they develop him for the next level? Does the strength and conditioning coach develop their players for the NFL? What success has the school had in developing players at his position? What is the value of the degree and the education at that school? It seems fitting to compare that formula to how he feels about Georgia at this time. 'Just the coaching staff,' he said. 'Coach [Charlton] Warren and coach Kirby Smart. That's the one main thing that I like. When I think of Georgia, it is coach Kirby Smart and coach Warren. The two best, well two of the best DB coaches, in the college game right now.' How does he feel about the development of DBs at Georgia? 'They are doing really well,' Grimes said. 'They are trying to build that thing into a real DBU' and they are trying to make that secondary unbelievable and I love that they are doing that. Because honestly the DBs' win games. To me, the DBs win the games.' Glover noticed something immediately about UGA. He started by calling it a rare 'charisma.'It blew him away from the jump. 'It is an ability to connect and I'm telling you every coach does not have it,' Glover said. 'But the elite coaches do. I don't even think it is a skill. It is just the person you are. That Mack Brown-type of thing and with coach Smart I swear it oozes out of him. It oozes out of his staff. That was the thing that popped for us. We weren't expecting that at all from Georgia.' He summed up the magnitude of that visit quite clearly. 'Georgia wasn't even one of his top 13 schools,' Glover said. 'After one visit and after mingling with the coaching staff for one visit, they have got an official visit set up.' Glover mentioned two vivid things he likes the most about Georgia. The first is that he interprets that Smart is not going anywhere. That speaks to that stability they are looking for. 'I also believe the quality [of the character] of the recruit you bring into the program is super important to the future success of the program,' Glover said. Tony Grimes: A unique family story at work Deon Glover is his father. Grimes refers to him as his 'Dad' often. They visit together and he is wound tightly in his life. Glover also coaches his son along with all the other defensive backs at Princess Anne in Virginia. DawgNation was told his biological father is not in the picture and he is currently incarcerated. But it was also made clear this situation is certainly on very amenable terms. 'I want you to know one thing about [his] natural Dad,' Glover said. 'Even though he has experienced some unfortunate things and has never been around. He is 100 percent in approval of me as being the Dad of his sons. .. The things I have done. How I father.' Glover married his mother over a decade ago. He has been in Tony's life for almost a decade, but Grimes came to him with a request when he was in the seventh grade. His mother, Nickey Glover, describes it best. Glover has been there for all of her children, including Tony's twin brother. Tino Grimes is also a high school wrestler. 'Deon has been a father figure in their lives since I think about the second grade,' she said. 'Since he has been in Tony's life and Tino's lives as a father figure, he has wanted him to be his father and to take on his last name.' Those two will describe themselves as tough parents. They are hard and real with all of their children because they understand what it means to grow up in America in the year 2020. Truth be told, Glover said that their mother is the 'hammer' parent. He's the lightweight when it comes to that. The plan is for Grimes to change his name to Tony Grimes-Glover when the right time comes. It is not the exact story, but it brings to mind what it is in the works with 2020 Georgia signee Sedrick Van Pran-Granger. 'His natural Dad is 100 percent in approval of that,' Glover said. 'Even down to the name change. He is on board with it all.' At first, Grimes said that when Glover came into his life that it was about making his mother happy. He just wanted to see his Mom happy. There's another wrinkle here. Glover is also an author. He published the book 'Turning the Hearts of Fathers Back to Their Children' in 2007. The work, which calls to mind Malachi 4:6, is available on Amazon. The item description details Glover as a minister, an executive director of a non-profit, inner city youth counselor and a panel member of a weekly radio talk show . 'He did what a father figure does,' Grimes said. 'So that's why he's my father. He came in and took care of me and my brother and he made it happen for us.' With a resume like that, what has Glover meant to Grimes? 'Everything,' Grimes said. 'Everything I can imagine of. He has helped me grow up to be a better man.' That's a father-son and player-coach relationship at work here. 'I will say being the DB,' Grimes said when asked if it is harder being the son or the player in their relationship. 'He pushes me like no one else has. Every when I've get those days like Yo' because to me I'm self-motivated. But when I mess up on a play, but I will be Ok next play' but sometimes I think like I need to go ask him what I did wrong and he tells me and gives it to me straight.' 'He is not going to sugar coat or anything like that.' The example set has instilled the need to go further. He told Glover that he wanted to enroll in summer school on his own. He wanted to go ahead and finish up his requirements in English early after the 10th grade. When Princess Anne hired a new coach before last season, he was in on the interview process. That's a pretty telling feat for a rising high school junior. Grimes, the youngest of four brothers, has that same mature outlook on what football can bring to his life. The future business major has a specific plan. It certainly sounds like he wants to keep extending a hand. 'Coaching or helping other players get better going into their development and their strength and conditioning,' he said. 'Something most definitely back in my hometown. Build something up for all the athletes that would be able to relate to me coming up from the same place. Not just work out but talk to them. Motivational speeches.' He also aspires to hand out more food plates. 'I am going to open up a program that is like a homeless shelter. It is going to be a huge homeless shelter. Somewhere they can get back on their feet type of thing.' The post Tony Grimes: 'Guts' and helping others shape the nation's No. 1 CB prospect appeared first on DawgNation.
  • D'Andre Swift could give Georgia bragging rights as 'RBU' if he's the first running back selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. And Swift might ultimately be the first Georgia football player off the 2020 NFL Draft board if he has a strong enough showing at the NFL combine. Swift has a chance to impress in Indianapolis next week. A sub-4.4-second time in the 40-yard dash would be a game changer. I'm rolling w/ D'Andre Swift today The combine's coming up & from what I see, he's ready to go Expect some serious speed when he runs the 40 @DAndreSwift #UGA pic.twitter.com/pyZhrvzyzj Emily Gagnon (@Emily_Gagnon) February 20, 2020 ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. projects Swift will be the first running back selected in the draft, which begins on April 23 in Las Vegas and runs through April 25. 'Swift I have going to Miami at 26, he's still the number one running back,' Kiper said on a national teleconference on Wednesday. 'He's more complete than the other two, in terms of running, catching and blocking, particularly catching out of the backfield. 'He's been more reliable in terms of not fumbling the football.' The 'other two' are Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins and Wisconsin tailback Jonathan Taylor. Swift is trying to become the first Georgia tailback to be the first at his position selected in the draft since Todd Gurley was the No. 10 overall pick for the then-St. Louis rams in the 2015 NFL Draft. In the 2009 NFL Draft, Knowshon Moreno was the first running back selected, going No. 12 overall to the Denver Broncos. Kiper explained he's projecting the first running back to be selected later in the first round than sooner based off last year's NFL draft. The Oakland Raiders made Alabama's Josh Jacobs the first RB selected with the No. 24 overall pick. 'I think right around where we saw Josh Jacobs go last year, so I have (Swift) at 26 to Miami,' Kiper said. 'Swift would be an immediate starter at running back.' Kiper also has outgoing Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas projected to be selected by the Dolphins at No. 18 overall. RELATED: Kiper says Andrew Thomas not a finished product Miami ranked last in the NFL in rushing with just 72.2 yards per game on the ground, well off the pace set by league-leader Baltimore (206.0) and second-place San Francisco (144.1). Mark Walton was Miami's leading running back last season with 53 carries for 201 yards and no touchdowns Swift was recently compared to two of the best NFL running backs this past season: To Dalvin Cook, by ESPN's Matt Bowen; and to Alvin Kamara, by Bleacher Report's Matt Miller. Georgia tailbacks in NFL draft since 2000 2018 Sony Michel, No. 31 (first round, third RB selected), New England 2018 Nick Chubb, No. 35 (second round, fourth RB selected, Cleveland 2016 Keith Marshall, No. 242 (seventh round), Washington 2015 Todd Gurley, No. 10 overall (first round, first RB selected), St. Louis 2009 Knowshon Moreno, No. 12 overall, (first round, first RB selected), Denver 2008 Thomas Brown, No. 172 overall, (sixth round), Atlanta 2003 Musa Smith, No. 77 overall (third round), Baltimore 2002 Verron Haynes, No. 166 overall (fifth round), Pittsburgh DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout RELATED: The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine Mel Kiper Jr. says Andrew Thomas unfinished product ESPN labels Georgia a 'loser' in NFL early entry process NFL draft projections: Jake Fromm staying down South? Mel Kiper Jr.'s mock: Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift future teammates The post D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' once again appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Outgoing Georgia All-American offensive tackle Andrew Thomas is projected to be the first Bulldogs' player taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. But Thomas, one of five Bulldogs' underclassmen who declared for the draft, is by no means a finished product, according to ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. 'Andrew Thomas, who has dropped a little bit, needs some technique work,' Kiper said on a national teleconference on Wednesday. 'Plays a little high, so he's got to get down lower or those quick bend guys might give him a little bit of trouble,' Kiper said. 'So he's got to improve that technique a bit. But he's got a lot of talent and he works hard.' And, offensive tackles are highly valued. So even though Kiper has Thomas rated fifth among offensive tackles in the draft, he still has him going No. 18 overall to the Miami Dolphins per his NFL Mock Draft 2.0. 'Thomas, like I said before, he's still not where he needs to be, Kiper said. 'He's not a finished product. 'At 18 (pick overall), he would be a developmental left tackle.' Kiper broke down outgoing quarterback Jake Fromm on the same teleconference, saying the jury is largely out and much will be determined at the NFL combine next week. RELATED: Kiper reveals what Jake Fromm NFL draft stock hinges on Georgia will have 10 players at the NFL combine, which begins Sunday and runs through March 2. Testing and drill work takes place largely in Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. Offensive linemen will workout on Friday, Feb 29, along with kickers, special teams players and running backs (NFL Network). DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout RELATED: The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine ESPN labels Georgia a 'loser' in NFL early entry process Evaluating Andrew Thomas, why he's a first-round lock Eli Wolf, Charlie Woerner, Brian Herrien, Tyrique McGhee shine in all-star games NFL draft projections: Jake Fromm staying down South? Todd McShay projects Georgia QB Jake Fromm to have first-round talent Mel Kiper Jr.'s mock: Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift future teammates WATCH: Relaxed Jake Fromm explains importance of Sugar Bowl The post Outgoing Georgia football offensive lineman Andrew Thomas not a finished product' appeared first on DawgNation.

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  •     Congressman Doug Collins told Fox News this morning he would not accept an offer to be the next Director of National Intelligence. Original story: President Donald Trump said late Thursday he could make U.S. Rep. Doug Collins his permanent director of national intelligence, a move that could spare Republicans of a nasty intraparty fight against U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler.          The president told reporters on Air Force One that he is considering appointing the Gainesville Republican, one of his most visible defenders in Congress, for the coveted position.    It came days after Trump hinted he could intervene in the bitter race between Collins and Loeffler, a wealthy financial executive who Gov. Brian Kemp selected for the seat despite lobbying by Trump and some of his allies who favored the congressman.    “I know, Kelly, that you’re going to end up liking him a lot,” Trump said on Feb. 6 of Collins, adding that “something’s going to happen that’s going to be very good. I don’t know; I haven’t figured it out yet.” The president’s remarks triggered immediate talk in Georgia GOP circles that Collins could be in line for a prized appointment, though what exactly what that job could be was uncertain.   Collins’ aides could not immediately be reached for comment late Thursday, but earlier this month his camp was dismissive of the idea that he could be knocked out of the race to accept an appointment.    Trump on Wednesday tapped Richard Grenell, a U.S. ambassador to Germany, as acting director of national security, a post that oversees a vast part of the U.S. national security apparatus. Grenell is only expected to fill the post for a short time. Whoever Trump selects to permanently take the job would require U.S. Senate confirmation, which could set up a divisive debate if Collins is picked.  Republican leaders have searched for ways to diffuse the scathing race between the two, which has forced top national and Georgia GOP leaders to take sides at a time when the party can ill afford a divide.  Since Collins entered the race in January, he has assailed her as an out-of-touch millionaire, a “fake conservative” and a “pretend farmer.” Her allies have fired back, depicting him as a tax-and-spend phony.  The escalating feud has raised GOP concerns that Democrats could win the special election for the seat once held by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, who retired in December because of growing health concerns. That’s because the race will feature multiple candidates from both parties on the same ballot, with no primaries to filter nominees. That could give Democrats an opening to exploit Republican divisions by unifying behind a candidate. The decision by Rev. Raphael Warnock to enter the race in January has amplified those fears, as the Democrat has quickly locked up support from state and national figures, including Stacey Abrams and the party’s U.S. Senate campaign arm.  Some Republicans also worry that the GOP feud could spill over to damage U.S. Sen. David Perdue, who is up for a second term in November, as well as Trump’s chances of holding a state he won by 5 percentage points in 2016. Still, Democrats have their own challenges to work out. The party hasn’t captured a statewide seat in more than a decade, and no Democratic presidential candidate has carried Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992. And Warnock has failed to scare off two contenders from his own party who could complicate his chances of scoring an upset victory: Entrepreneur Matt Lieberman and former federal prosecutor Ed Tarver, who announced his campaign earlier Thursday. 
  • The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia received the award for exhibition of the year at the Georgia Association of Museums Conference for the exhibition “Richard Hunt: Synthesis.” “Richard Hunt: Synthesis” was on view at the Georgia Museum of Art Oct. 20, 2018 – Feb. 3, 2019. Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art at the Georgia Museum of Art, organized the exhibition to fill a notable gap in critical evaluation of Hunt’s career. Hunt, born in 1935, is an African American sculptor whose career has spanned more 60 years so far. His art helped redefine public sculpture in the late 20th and early 21st century through his 130-plus public commissions in more than 24 states. The exhibition featured both Hunt’s sculptures and his works on paper. It also highlighted formative moments and progressions in his artistic development. Welded and cast sculptures from the 1950s to the present were on display as well as models for public commissions dating back to the 1960s and lithographs and drawings that demonstrated Hunt’s complex sense of three-dimensional design. In conjunction with the exhibition, museum staff created a wide array of public programming, including a program for toddlers and their caregivers to a Teen Studio, numerous public tours, a Family Day attended by hundreds of people aa part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival, a screening of the documentary “Richard Hunt: Sculptor” and a public conversation with the artist himself. The exhibition also served as the basis for the museum’s fifth-grade tour program, as part of Experience UGA, allowing all fifth-grade students in the Clarke County School District to tour it and participate in a hands-on sculpture project designed to facilitate STEAM learning. The Georgia Association of Museums is a private, nonprofit museum and gallery association dedicated to serving and maintaining a diverse membership of museums across the state. It establishes a responsive network, serves as a resource base and promotes professionalism to uplift the Georgia museum community.
  • Fourth-ranked Georgia starts a four-game series with undefeated Santa Clara Friday at Foley Field. First pitch will be at 3 p.m. followed by a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday.   Both teams are coming off midweek victories as the Bulldogs (4-0) went on the road and defeated Kennesaw State Wednesday 10-3. The Broncos are off to their best start since 2012 when they began the year 5-0. Before heading to Athens, Santa Clara upset No. 25 Stanford 3-2 Tuesday as six pitchers combined to limit the Cardinal to a pair of runs on three hits. The Broncos have outscored their opponents 43-12 and boast a team ERA of 2.00. The Bulldogs and Broncos have never met on the diamond.   Georgia is batting .308 with a 3.75 ERA and a .980 fielding percentage. Also of note, the Bulldogs are 14-for-14 in stolen base attempts with junior Tucker Bradley leading the team with five followed by senior Cam Shepherd with four. Bradley (.538-1-6) and Shepherd (.412-1-6) rank among the SEC’s leading hitters at this point while junior Garrett Blaylock (.294-3-6) is second in the in SEC in home runs. Sophomore Ben Anderson (357-0-1) is second in the SEC with 10 runs scored. Freshman reliever Jonathan Cannon (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is one of two pitchers in the league who have faced at least 13 batters and yet to allow a hit. Senior Jake MacNichols headlines the Broncos offense, batting .350 with four home runs and 11 RBI while senior Ryan McCarthy is tops on the club in batting at .476 with a home run and six RBI.   Georgia will start junior RHP Emerson Hancock (0-1, 13.50 ERA) and Cole Wilcox (1-0, 1.80 ERA) in the first two games of the Santa Clara series while the Broncos have not announced their rotation. The Broncos have employed 15 pitchers this year and none have tossed more than four innings. The Santa Clara staff has allowed just 12 runs with 53 strikeouts and 13 walks on the year. Georgia has used 12 pitchers and given up 16 runs with 43 strikeouts and 13 walks.   Prior to Saturday’s action, the Bulldogs will honor Nicholas Chaclan and his family as part of their support for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Vs. Cancer program. During the fall semester, the Bulldogs began a Vs. Cancer campaign, and they will present a donation to the organization Saturday. These funds will go to child life programs at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Pediatric Brain Cancer research to save kids’ lives. Saturday’s doubleheader is being played in honor of children and teenagers who have experienced a pediatric brain tumor or cancer diagnosis. 
  • Athens Republicans hold precinct meetings Saturday. It’s the first step in a delegate selection process that will continue with a county-wide meeting of the Athens-Clarke County GOP and will continue through this summer’s state and national Republican conventions. From the Athens-Clarke Co GOP website… MASS PRECINCT MEETINGThe Athens-Clarke County Mass Precinct meeting will be held on February 22, 2020. Registration will begin at 9:00 am with the doors closing at 10:00 am. The purpose of this meeting will be to elect Delegates and Alternates to the County Convention on March 21. 2019. Note that only those delegates elected by the precincts may vote in the County Convention. Mass Precinct Meeting will be held at the Athens Moose Lodge 767, 185 Ben Burton Road, Bogart, GA 30622 (near Adcock Furniture on Atlanta Highway).COUNTY CONVENTIONThe Athens Clarke County GOP Convention will be held in Saturday, March 21, 2020 in Athens, GA. The purpose of the convention is to elect delegates and alternates to the District and State Conventions. The County Convention will be held at the Athens Moose Lodge 767, 185 Ben Burton Road, Bogart, GA 30622 (near Adcock Furniture on Atlanta Highway).TENTH DISTRICT CONVENTIONThe 10th District Convention will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Marswood Hall, St. Philothea Greek Orthodox, 3761 Mars Hill Road | Watkinsville, Georgia 30677. $25 registration fee.GEORGIA STATE REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONThe Georgia State Republican Convention will be held May 29-30, 2020 at the Cobb Galleria, Marietta, GA (Cobb County). Cost information to be announced.PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESSWhy do we hold conventions?In 2020, a presidential election year, we hold conventions to vote on Delegates and Alternates to the County Convention, and then the District Convention and the State Convention. We also vote on key resolutions to let the Republican officials know where the rank-and-file stand on important issues.In Presidential Election years, including 2020, the main work we do - the real work of the party - is to choose delegates and alternates to each of the held conventions, including to the National Convention. The Delegates chosen to participate in the National Convention will vote on the Republican candidate for President of the United States.Who can be a delegate?You must be registered to vote in the Clarke County Georgia, in the precinct/district/state in which the convention is held.Who should be a delegate?The best delegates/alternates pool should come from those who attend GOP meetings regularly and are members of the local GOP.How much does it cost to attend a convention?Precinct meetings: $0County Convention: $0District Convention: $25 feeState Convention: Cost depends on what you attend: Saturday only: just convention fees. If you attend all of the activities (hotels, parties, dinner, breakfast, etc.) then it may be several hundred dollars.
  • There are charges for a Hoschton man stemming from a deadly crash in Gwinnett County: 27 year-old Bareten Petraro was killed when his motorcycle was hit by an SUV driven by 63 year-old Samuel Perry. Perry faces charges that include vehicular homicide.  Clayton Hardy is booked into the Hall County jail: the 34 year-old Gainesville man is facing child porn charges. He’s also accused of methamphetamine possession.  A 55 year-old woman from Flowery Branch is arrested on forgery charges: Wendy Schwartz is in the Hall County jail, accused of forging checks and using the credit card of an elderly family member. The victim in the case is said to be 88 years old.  The explosion that rocked a firewood company in White County is under investigation, with initial reports indicating a mechanical failure led to the blast that gutted a metal building at Mount Yonah Lumber on Helen Highway. There were no injuries reported. 

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  • The announcement this past week that UGA bought out its scheduled 2021 game against San Jose State in Athens in order to play Clemson in a neutral-site game in Charlotte has a lot of fans excited (which couldn't be said about the now-dropped matchup with the Aztecs of the Mountain West conference). The addition of national powerhouse Clemson to next year's schedule justifiably has drawn praise across the college football landscape. The bold move is part of the aggressive upgrading of the Dawgs' nonconference schedule that head coach Kirby Smart and his football operations director, Josh Lee, have spearheaded over the past couple of years. The results so far have been impressive. Georgia has previously announced home-and-home series scheduled withTexas (2028 at Austin and 2029 in Athens), UCLA (2025 in Pasadena and 2026 in Athens), Florida State (2027 in Tallahassee and 2028 in Athens), Oklahoma (2023 in Norman and 2031 in Athens) and Ohio State (2030 in Athens and 2031 in Columbus). Plus a pair of home-and-home series with Clemson (2029 at Clemson and 2030 in Athens, and 2032 in Athens and 2033 at Clemson), and three other neutral-site Power 5 games at Atlanta's Mercedes Benz Stadium: this year againstVirginia, 2022 vs. Oregon, and 2024 vs. Clemson. (It was amusing to read one national site's estimation that Georgia-Clemson 'is about to become a bit of a rivalry.' Obviously, they don't know the tremendous history of the Georgia-Clemson series, which dates back to 1897 and included a long stretch of meeting every year. In fact, I feel safe in saying that, Jacksonville included, Georgia-Clemson was the Dawgs' hottest rivalry in the early '80s, with the peak being the 1982 game, which was nationally televised and played on Labor Day. It was the first night game to take place in Sanford Stadium in three decades, and it featured not only two Top 10 teams, but also the two most recent national champions.) As a longtime proponent of more games against the Tigers, I'm especially pleased that this gives Georgia and Clemson six games scheduled over the next 14 years, a vast improvement over the two-games-a-decade pattern they'd fallen into after the expansion of the SEC ended the annual meetings of the two programs located about 80 miles apart. The Dawgs and the Cats have met only eight times since 1987, with the most recent being 2014, when a Georgia win Between the Hedges avenged a loss at Clemson a year earlier. The addition of this game serves Clemson's interests as well, as the ACC powerhouse is looking to upgrade its nonconference schedules, since its weak conference opposition has been the subject of much griping nationally as the Tigers have become a regular participant in the College Football Playoff. UGA has turned heads across the country with its aggressive Power 5 scheduling over the coming decade and a half, and I'm all for it. As Athletic Director Greg McCarity told me this time last year, 'the scheduling model we're moving to in the future will be built around eight conference games, and Tech, and two more Power 5's and one non-Power 5 opponent.' So, in other words, only one 'cupcake' per season (as opposed to 2018, when Georgia had three such games in Athens). As I said then, it's an ambitious and somewhat daunting schedule model. But, McGarity said, 'That's our goal. Kirby is all about playing a tough schedule and playing quality opponents.' As McGarity said in a statement announcing the 2021 Clemson game, ' We will now have at least two Power 5 opponents on our schedule through 2033.' That will give the Dawgs at least 10 regular-season games each year against Power 5 conference teams (including the eight SEC games). This also means that Georgia will open away from Athens in a high-profile neutral-site game three years running: this season against Virginia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, 2021 in Charlotte, and back to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2022 to meet Oregon in another Chick-fil-A game. Still, despite all that, there's definitely room for improvement in Georgia's home scheduling. Just look at the 2021 season, which had a pretty weak lineup for fans in Athens even before they dropped the San Jose State game. Now, the six remaining games in Athens will consist of South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, UAB and Charleston Southern, the latter another FCS opponent from the level of Division 1 NCAA football below the bowl division. That's not as dire as the 2018 season, which saw a nonconference lineup of Austin Peay, Middle Tennessee and UMass in addition to Tech, but it's definitely nothing to get excited about. I recognize that the filling out of the nonconference schedule with so-called 'cupcakes' is something of a necessary evil in college football, since Power 5 opponents usually demand a return game in a home-and-home deal. And, with the Dawgs filling one spot each year with Georgia Tech and looking to add a second Power 5 opponent each year, you expect the two remaining nonconference games to be a bit less challenging. Also, not all cupcakes are equal. Opponents taken from the Group of 5 conferences that rank just below the Power 5 range from true cupcakes to something more akin to college basketball's 'mid-majors.' (Maybe, if we're going to continue the food-related terminology for opponents you pay handsomely to come be a sacrificial lamb, we should call these teams something other than a cupcake. Let's borrow from the QuickTrip chain and call them 'snackles.') The true cupcakes tend to be programs along the lines of Louisiana-Monroe (on this year's schedule), UMass and Western Kentucky. Unfortunately, Georgia seems to be relying a bit too much on the allowance that schools at its level can count one game a season against FCS opponents, who really aren't even up to cupcake level. Let's call them 'bon-bons.' Looking at upcoming schedules, we see these bon-bons coming to Athens: East Tennessee State in 2020, Charleston Southern in 2021, Samford in 2022, Tennessee Tech in 2024, and the return of Austin Peay in 2025. Asking UGA fans shell out for tickets and travel to Athens, dealing with the attendant traffic and parking headaches, to see such games is a bit much. That's especially true for those of us who contribute to the Hartman Fund for the chance to buy season tickets. I thought it was noteworthy that, as part of the Georgia-Clemson scheduling musical chairs, Southern Cal was able to dump UC Davis and pick up San Jose State, meaning it will maintain its status of never having played an FCS opponent. (Only three Football Bowl Subdivision programs have never played a team from the FCS in football Notre Dame, UCLA and USC.) Really, it would suit me if Georgia never again added another FCS opponent to its schedule with the exception of Yale, which I still would love to see come back to Athens in 2029 to mark the centennial of the Georgia-Yale clash that dedicated Sanford Stadium. Unfortunately, as UGA told me last year, they tried to schedule Yale for 2029, but the Ivy League school wasn't interested. But, the Yalies aside, I'd like to see Smart and Lee focusing more on the Group of 5 than the FCS. And, maybe, they could give some thought to opponents at that level that have some regional interest. (Besides Georgia Southern, which has shown up occasionally on UGA schedules in recent decades, a game against Georgia State would be of much greater interest to fans. And, as Tennessee found out last year, the Panthers aren't to be taken too lightly.) There's another reason UGA ought to be thinking about an upgrading of its non-Power 5 opponents: attendance. Figures showing actual attendance at Sanford Stadium released by UGA show that lower-tier opponents tend to put fewer folks in the stands, sinking as low as 56,065 for Louisiana-Lafayette in 2016. In the 2018 season, the most recent for which real attendance (as opposed to paid attendance) figures have been released, Austin Peay brought only 78,050 to Sanford for the season-opener, and only 67,764 attended the UMass game. So, yeah, the seats may have been sold, but in an era when every game is televised, the fact that quite a few fans aren't bothering to show up for such games should send a message that such cupcakes aren't really what the UGA fan base wants to see. Like I said, overall, I'm very pleased with the aggressive scheduling Georgia has undertaken at the Power 5 level, but I'd like to see the rest of the nonconference schedule be less of a snoozefest. The post UGA's nonconference football schedule needs even more bold moves appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Lawrence Cager might not be 100 percent for the NFL combine this week, but fans who have followed his career know better than to count him out. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Cager overcame a shoulder injury and bruised ribs to lead Georgia to a 24-17 win over Florida this season with 7 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown last season. pic.twitter.com/IsmaE5biyV Lawrence Cager (@lawrencecager3) October 28, 2019 'I was dead, I hadn't practiced or played in like 2 1/2 weeks, so you got to rise from the dead sometime,' Cager said after his historic performance. 'I wasn't going to miss this game for anything.' RELATED: Lawrence Cager performance at Florida one for the ages Cager did, however, miss the final three games of the season after suffering an ankle injury in a Nov. 27 practice and undergoing ankle surgery on Nov. 29. Cager's absences staggered the Georgia football team. Cager had three first down catches in the first half against South Carolina, but without him, the offense came apart and lost 20-17 overtime. The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm completed more than 70 percent of his passes with Cager on the field. But without him, the pass game struggled. Fromm completed less than 50 percent when the graduate transfer from Miami was sidelined. 'He was the one guy, and this isn't from Jake, (but) he looked like the guy that Jake was really comfortable with,' Former New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl scout Jim Nagy said. 'He was kind of the bailout guy. Jake knew where Lawrence was going to be, and they looked like they were on the same page,' said Nagy, who has studied film of UGA players in preparation an ESPN analyst role for the NFL combine. 'That wasn't always the case (with other receivers). Especially the guys out on the perimeter. It looked like they weren't on the same page quite a bit.' Cager, despite his success for Georgia this season he had 33 catches for 476 yards and 4 TDs in nine games projects as a later-round pick heading into the combine. 'Where he gets drafted will be interesting,' Nagy said. 'But big picture, where Cager is concerned at the next level, is going to be what he does on special teams. 'If you don't project to be a top three receiver on an NFL team next year, and you're a four or a five or a six, you're going to have to play in the kicking game.' Georgia football coach Kirby Smart harps on that all the time. The message seems to get lost on some. Smart is actually doing his players a favor by teaching them to play special teams and utilizing them on the units. Former Bulldogs receiver Jayson Stanley went undrafted last year and didn't make a catch all season. But Stanley's special teams ability landed him a spot on the Miami Dolphins' practice squad, and he's now rostered with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cager, however, didn't play special teams in his short time at Georgia. With the injuries he was battling he hurt his shoulder before the halfway mark of the season it was all he could do to play receiver. Nagy said that Cager impressed when he was on the field at Georgia. 'You heard from the people in Miami he was inconsistent catching the football, but he sure didn't look that way (at Georgia),' Nagy said. 'I was at the Notre Dame game, he made plays in that game, so yeah, the injury thing is real, he's going to have to work through that. And, Nagy said, Cager is going to have to convince teams is willing and able to play special teams. 'From a scout's perspective, that would be my reservation, never really seeing Lawrence do that,' Nagy said. 'Is he fast enough, is he aggressive enough, is he strong enough to be that guy to run down on kickoff or punt? 'I'm not saying he's not, but when you are talking about Day Three (NFL draft rounds 4-6) receivers, that's a huge part of the equation, not just what they do at receiver.' Nagy said very few college receivers transition quickly into one of the top three receiver spots on an NFL team, so they need to show value on special teams to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. 'Big picture, that's what Lawrence is going to be facing, that's what teams are battling with now,' Nagy said. 'If we take him in the fifth or the sixth round, is he going to be active on game day for us?' First things first, Cager needs to get himself active and healthy enough to work out for the NFL teams. If not at the combine, perhaps by the Georgia Pro Day, which is projected to be March 18. Cager has been mum, but earlier the year he put a short video out of himself running on a treadmill. Cager was one of 10 Georgia players invited to the NFL combine. The quarterbacks and receivers work out on Thursday night (TV: NFL Network, 4 p.m.). DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Why Jake Fromm is not for everybody, per NFL Network analyst D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine ESPN labels Georgia a 'loser' in NFL early entry process NFL draft projections: Jake Fromm staying down South? Mel Kiper Jr.'s mock: Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift future teammates The post Georgia's Lawrence Cager has questions to answer at NFL combine appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia basketball senior Tyree Crump hit a last-second 3-point shot from the top of the key to lift the Bulldogs to an 80-78 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday night. Georgia was down five points with less than 18 seconds left before it pulled off the improbable victory. 'it was dead-eye perfect,' UGA coach Tom Crean said. 'There was no short-arm, he snapped his wrist, it was picture-percent, and it was huge.' Commodores' guard Scottie Pippen Jr. missed two free throws with 5.1 seconds left, and Jordan Harris tipped out the second miss to Crump, who raced down court and launched the game-winner. Crump for the WIN https://t.co/8wNHw3rig4 Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) February 23, 2020 It's the first time Georgia (14-13, 4-10 SEC) has won back-to-back SEC games this season. It gives the Bulldogs a sweep over Volunteer State teams, as they beat Memphis, Tennessee and now Vanderbilt (9-18, 1-13). Georgia had beat No. 13 Auburn, 65-55, on Wednesday, to get much-needed confidence and momentum. 'It's perseverance, throughout the year,' Harris, who scored a season-high 17 points, said on the Georgia Sports Radio Network. 'We're living in the now.' The Bulldogs led for just 57 seconds of the 40-minute contest in Nashville, but they were ahead when it mattered most in the end. Anthony Edwards led UGA with 19 points, and point guard Sahvir Wheeler had 11 points and 5 assists. Georgia trailed by 11 points in the second half when a Toumani Camara dunk triggered a 12-0 run. Edwards capped the run with a drive that gave the Bulldogs a 52-51 lead with 11:56 left. It proved to be Edwards' final points in the game. The Commodores answered UGA's big run with an 8-0 burst of their own, however, and the lead was back up to 59-52 with 10:23 left. Vanderbilt appeared to be in control when Saben Lee, who scored a career-high 34 points, went to the free-throw line and hit two free throws to make it 78-73 with 22 seconds left. Wheeler raced downcourt and scored on a layup with 17.7 seconds left to narrow the gap to 78-75. Then it was Lee going back to the free-throw line with 11.3 seconds left. This time, he missed the front end of the one-and-one. Vanderbilt's Braelee Albert rebounded the miss, but he was ruled to have stepped out of bounds. Down three, Wheeler drove to the basket again, drawing a foul with 6 seconds left. Wheeler hit both free throws to make it a 78-77 game. Edwards fouled Pippen Jr. on the ensuing inbounds, fouling out of the game and setting up the final sequence. Vanderbilt held a 40-32 lead at the half after leading by as many as 11 points early. Edwards hit a 3-pointer at the 11:17 mark to cut into that 11-point margin and trigger a 10-0 run that left the Commodores up 20-19. Moments later, a Wheeler drive tied the game at 25-25. The Commodores answered with a 7-1 run, and took the 8-point lead into the half when Drew Weikert stole a back-court pass with two seconds left and laid it in. Georgia returns to action at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at South Carolina. Anthony Edwards dunk The world reacts to the Anthony Edwards' poster pic.twitter.com/8Bkyt6w6YG SEC Network (@SECNetwork) February 23, 2020 DawgNation Georgia basketball Tom Crean: We're building a program' after big home win Bulldogs score resounding win over No. 13 Auburn Georgia basketball drops close one at Texas A&M, Anthony Edwards ill Georgia suffers deflating defeat at Florida UGA snaps four-game losing streak with Texas A&M win Perplexing loss for Georgia basketball at Missouri Column: Anthony Edwards needs to get back to having fun Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post WATCH: Georgia basketball pulls off amazing last-second win at Vanderbilt appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The 2020 NFL Combine has yet to get underway, the players reporting on Sunday for an event that runs through March 2. But already, ESPN has a pay site article up on which players could stand out at the 2021 NFL combine, and Georgia has a couple of them. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is widely considered the odds-on favorite to be the top pick in 2021 draft. That would be good news for Georgia, which opens the 2021 season against Clemson. RELATED: Georgia football schedule 2021 adds Clemson Former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields, now at Ohio State, is also in the discussion as a potential early entry who could star at the 2021 NFL Combine. But the Bulldogs have a quarterback expected to be 'on the radar' and in the mix at the 2021 NFL Combine, too, according to ESPN writer Adam Rittenberg. Jamie Newman, a graduate transfer expected to get plugged into Kirby Smart's made-over offense, has the size (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) and arm strength to draw attention. RELATED: Georgia's Jamie Newman and George Pickens SEC's highest-rated QB-WR duo, per PFF ESPN recognized Georgia safety Richard LeCounte among its 'defenders to watch,' as well. ESPN didn't mention him, but senior defensive lineman Malik Herring should be on the list. Herring, 6-3, 280, was rated by PFF as the top returning defensive lineman in the SEC. RELATED: Malik Herring spearheads dominant Georgia football front DawgNation underclassmen to watch Georgia has a pair of potential top picks at cornerback in juniors Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell that didn't make the list. Stokes has the fourth-best grade according to Pro Football Focus (PFF) in single coverage over the past two seasons. Campbell is a former 5-star recruit who started as a true freshman but was slowed by a foot injury last season. RELATED: Georgia players discuss fastest man' on Bulldogs team Campbell has the size (6-2, 185) and speed (former 100- and 200-meter champion in Florida) that NFL teams like at the position, and has shown great ability. Georgia junior offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer could elect to turn pro after next season with a big enough campaign, as could junior nosetackle Jordan Davis. UGA senior 2021 combine candidates Monty Rice (linebacker) Jermaine Johnson (linebacker) Julian Rochester (defensive line) Devonte Wyatt (defensive line) DJ Daniel (cornerback) Mark Webb (defensive back) Ben Cleveland (offensive line) Justin Shaffer (offensive line) Demetris Robertson (receiver) DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Georgia football LB Tae Crowder snubbed, but arrow pointing up Why Jake Fromm is not for everybody, per NFL Network analyst D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine ESPN labels Georgia a 'loser' in NFL early entry process NFL draft projections: Jake Fromm staying down South? Mel Kiper Jr.'s mock: Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift future teammates The post Georgia football returning stars among 2021 NFL combine prospects appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Ten Georgia football players will be headed to Indianapolis for the NFL combine in the next week. Linebacker Tae Crowder is not one of them. The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine But Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy, who has four Super Bowl rings from his stints in Green Bay, New England, said he believes Crowder can still make an NFL roster. 'Getting the invite to Indy isn't the end all be all, whatsoever,' Nagy said during the DawgNation Ingles On The Beat Show. 'He'll have his pro day and the rest of the process to work it out.' Crowder was a key to the nation's best defense last season from his inside linebacker position. The Bulldogs finished last season ranked No. 1 in scoring defense and rushing defense and No. 3 in total defense and No 8 in pass efficiency defense. 'I'll say this about Tae Crowder, to me, the arrow is pointing up with him,' Nagy said. 'When you're in scouting, you talk about guys that are ascending players, and I think Tae is doing that.' Crowder, a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder, was a late bloomer of sorts. A noted running back and receiver prospect in high school, Crowder converted to the linebacker position under Coach Kirby Smart. Crowder finished second on the team with 62 tackles last season, and many believe his best football is ahead of him. 'I think he's playing his best football this year, no doubt,' Nagy said. 'He's long, he can run, he can play in space. I think he's going to make somebody's team on special teams.' Nagy pointed out that Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick made the Los Angeles Rams 53-man roster last season without an invite to the NFL combine. 'Tae Crowder to me is a better prospect than Natrez, and to Natrez's credit he signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent and made their 53, so that's awesome for him,' Nagy said. 'But if you're just grading players, Tae is a better prospect in my mind than Natrez was, so it surprised me (Crowder) wasn't in another all-star game, that was a little surprising, and then the combine snub. 'I hope he uses that as some fuel moving forward. I was part of a lot of teams that drafted guys with no all-star game, no combine, and that played for a long time.' DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Why Jake Fromm is not for everybody, per NFL Network analyst D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine ESPN labels Georgia a 'loser' in NFL early entry process NFL draft projections: Jake Fromm staying down South? Mel Kiper Jr.'s mock: Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift future teammates The post Georgia LB Tae Crowder snubbed by NFL combine, but arrow is pointing up' appeared first on DawgNation.