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Man arrested in Newton Co road rage case

Man arrested in Newton Co road rage case

Man arrested in Newton Co road rage case

Man arrested in Newton Co road rage case

Video shows the moments a man pulled out a gun on a group of Newton County teenagers after authorities said he was triggered by road rage.

Investigators told Channel 2’s Matt Johnson that a 56-year-old man thought he had been rear-ended by an 18-year-old, and he got upset.

But what happened next landed him in jail and made a group of teens scared for their lives.

One of the teens who was held at gunpoint shared the video he recorded of the incident with Johnson.

“Can you tell him to put the gun down, please?” one of the 18-year-olds can be heard saying on the video. He is talking to another witness as the man held him and his friends at gunpoint.

Deputies said the teens crashed their car while trying to get away from the man.

“I looked back and I could see he's following me,” Za'reon Greer said.

Greer recorded the Nov. 10 incident on his phone while he was speaking with his mother.

“He's got a gun, Ma!” Greer can be heard saying on the video.

He said the man ordered him onto a curb after he wrecked the car while the man was on his tail.

“I just was going along with what he said to do because I didn’t want to lose my life,” Greer said.

Greer said it all started after the man felt that Greer got too close to his car at a stoplight on Salem Road in Covington.

“It looked like he had a gun, so I definitely wanted to avoid the situation,” Greer said.

He told Johnson that the man then followed him as he drove south toward Oak Hill Road and eventually crashed into a tree in front of a subdivision.

“I look out to look at my damages and I looked back and there he is behind me with a gun, pointed at our face,” Greer said.

Stacy Greer, Za'reon’s mother, said she got a frantic phone call around 1:30 p.m.

“I’m thinking, 'This guy is going to kill my son,'” Stacy Greer said.

She's told Johnson that she’s thankful a deputy responded to a 911 call for the crash, interviewed everyone involved and arrested 56-year-old Patrick Garrett.

“He tried to take the law into his own hands,” Stacy Greer said.

Garrett faces misdemeanor charges and has bonded out of jail.

“If he did it to him, he could do it to somebody else, and next time he'll pull the trigger,” Stacy Greer said.

The Greers have  started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for a new car. 

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  • The following is from Athens-Clarke County Government: Athens-Clarke County Unified Government Manager Blaine Williams announces recent changes for two Unified Government departments that work closely with community organizations and businesses. Williams has named Hayley Banerjee as the new Director of the Housing and Community Development (HCD) Department effective immediately. Banerjee has served as the Interim Director of the Department since April 2019, when former Director Deborah Lonon was named as an Assistant Manager. “During her time with Housing and Community Development in various roles and, especially as Interim Director, Hayley has proven to be an effective leader and someone who truly cares about the needs of our community,” says Manager Blaine Williams. 'Her background in working with local organizations and directly with some of our most vulnerable populations gives her valuable insight related to housing and other areas that this department helps address.' Banerjee has worked in HCD since 2016 and, prior to serving as Interim Director, previously held positions as Community Development Coordinator and Community Development Specialist where she worked closely with community organizations receiving Continuum of Care and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, among other responsibilities. She has also held positions with the University of Georgia School of Social Work as a part-time instructor in the Master of Social Work program, with the Athens Area Homeless Shelter as an Emergency Shelter Program Coordinator, with the University of Georgia J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development as a Fellow coordinating a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site, and with Advantage Behavioral Health Systems as a Homeless Day Service Center Case Manager and with the Assertive Community Treatment Team providing intensive mental health case management services to individuals. 'Working directly with individuals and families in Athens-Clarke County has given me valuable perspective on the needs of this community and has given me a lasting reminder of the importance of this department’s work,' said Banerjee. 'I am honored to serve as director of the Housing and Community Development Department and am excited to work collaboratively to support and improve the lives of all our residents.' Banerjee holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Georgia and a Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia with a concentration in community empowerment and program development. She has served as a member of the Athens-Clarke County Homeless Coalition, the Athens Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) Committee, the Georgia Homeless Management Information System Collaborative Steering Committee, the University of Georgia Institute for Nonprofit Organizations Advisory Council, and the Mayor's Task Force on Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity. She also plays the violin in the Athens Symphony Orchestra. The Athens-Clarke County Housing and Community Development Department's (HCD) mission is to provide funding for the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing, to foster and coordinate services for disadvantaged populations, and to promote economic mobility among residents of Athens-Clarke County. For more information on the Housing and Community Development Department, visit www.accgov.com/hcd or call 706-613-3155. Williams also announces the resignation of Economic Development Director Michelle Nguyen effective December 2, 2019. “Fostering connections between the Unified Government, the University of Georgia, the state of Georgia, entrepreneurs, and the business community for economic development projects is a key function of this department that we will continue to grow,” said Williams. “Although Michelle has decided to pursue other opportunities, I want to thank her for her work for the Athens community and the Unified Government over the years in both in the Economic Development Department and the Human Resources Department.” Williams has appointed Ryan Thornton, Manufacturing and Industry Specialist with the Economic Development Department, to serve as Interim Director until a permanent replacement is named after a national search.  The Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department was established as a department of the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government by ordinance of the Mayor and Commission on February 5, 2013.  The purpose is to serve as the primary point of contact for industries, large commercial developments, site location consultants, and state economic development organizations interested in developing, expanding, or locating new or expanded businesses in Athens-Clarke County. For more information about the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department, call 706-613-3233 or visit www.whyathensga.com.
  • The Oconee County High School Warriors football team will play for a state championship: the Warriors, who beat the Sandy Creek Patriots this past Friday night at Warrior Field in Watkinsville, will face the Blessed Trinity Titans in a game that will kick at 4:30 Saturday at Georgia State Stadium--the old Turner Field--in Atlanta. 
  • Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor speaks this morning in Gainesville.From the Lt. Gov’s office… Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan will speak to business executives, educational leaders and students as his office hosts the twelfth annual Business & Education Summit at Lanier Technical College in Gainesville.    'One of the key reasons Georgia's economy is thriving is due to the great strides we have made in workforce development,' said Lt. Governor Duncan. 'College and Career Academies have played a vital role in that effort, and I am honored to speak with those individuals who have been part of that process.'   What: Lt. Governor's Business & Education Summit Where: Lanier Technical College's Ramsey Conference Center, 2535 Lanier Tech Drive Gainesville When: Monday, December 9, 2019 Time: 9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
  • The exhibition hall in the University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries will be named in honor of CNN founder, environmentalist and longtime Atlantan Ted Turner, subject to UGA Cabinet approval, thanks in part to a $550,000 donation made by WarnerMedia (formerly Time Warner), an entertainment and media conglomerate that merged with Turner Broadcasting in 1996.   Announcement of the donation was made on Friday at a ceremony in Atlanta at WarnerMedia’s Techwood campus, which was dedicated to Ted Turner. The gift amount includes $50,000 to establish the Ted Turner Scholarship Fund, which will be matched by the UGA Foundation to endow need-based scholarships to incoming students in the university’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.   “As the home of the third largest media archive in the country and the first school of ecology in the United States, the University of Georgia is an ideal location to preserve the Turner legacy, and we thank WarnerMedia for this gift to help create the Ted Turner Exhibition Hall and Gallery,” said P. Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost. “Ted Turner’s contributions to society have altered the landscape of television, the environment, activism and so much more, and his legacy will continue to change lives through the research, instruction and outreach activities in the UGA Special Collections Libraries.”   The Ted Turner Exhibition Hall and Gallery will denote the entry space for the museum level of the Russell Building, which is home to the special collections units of the UGA Libraries, including the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.   As part of the donation, two large marquee gallery spaces will be dedicated to showcase Turner’s life and legacy through artifacts, photographs and other items. An interactive kiosk will be located at the entrance to the gallery that will focus on Turner’s environmental and conservation activism, and his contributions to the media, entertainment and sports industries.    “Ted Turner has made an indelible effect on our world, and it is impossible to truly quantify the impact, or fully express our gratitude to him,” said Dennis Williams, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility for WarnerMedia. “It is our great pleasure to help establish the permanent Ted Turner Exhibition Hall and Gallery at the University of Georgia Libraries’ Russell Special Collections Building.”   In addition to the scholarship, WarnerMedia is establishing the Ted Turner Maverick Internship position at its newly dedicated Techwood campus in Atlanta to provide experiential learning opportunities to Grady College students.
  • There will be a Tuesday funeral for Johnny Childs, a volunteer firefighter in Jackson County who died last week, a day after helping battle a blaze at a home in Arcade. Childs was 64 years old. He appears to have died of cardiac arrest.  A Winder woman gets a 20-year prison sentence, with five of those years to be served behind bars: Amber Lisy was convicted on an assault charge in Madison County. Investigators in the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office say a man found dead in a park on the shores of Lake Lanier is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A man walking his dog made the grim discovery at Tidwell Park in Forsyth County.  Atlanta Police investigate a weekend homicide: a 33 year-old woman was shot and killed outside a restaurant near East Point.

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS Georgia football finished the regular season leading the SEC in each of the four major defensive statistical categories, but the Bulldogs failed to have a player named to the Associated Press First-Team defense. Offensive tackle Andrew Thomas and kicker Rodrigo Blankenship are the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs only first-team All-SEC picks. Georgia's second-team picks were tailback D'Andre Swift, offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, center Trey Hill, and on defense, linebacker Monty Rice and cornerback Eric Stokes. Alabama and Auburn each had three first-team All-SEC defensive picks, and Missouri had two. Safety J.R. Reed, one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award and one of five finalists for the Nagurski Award, did not make first or second team All-SEC as selected by the Associated Press. The Bulldogs completed a rare grand slam of leading the league in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense and pass efficiency defense playing a regular-season scheduled that included wins over three Top 15 teams. E ven after the 37-10 loss to LSU, the Georgia defense ranks: No. 1 in the SEC in scoring defense and No. 2 in the nation. No. 1 in the SEC in total defense and No. 4 in the nation. No. 1 in the SEC in rushing defense and No. 3 in the nation. No. 5 in the SEC in pass efficiency defense and No. 15 in the nation. Coach Kirby Smart was asked at the SEC Championship Game press conference about the 'No-Name' nature his defense seemed to have this season, with many overlooking individual talents. ' We play a lot of guys, so it's easy to kind of label it a no-name type defense,' Smart said. 'I think they play so well together, they play so hard, they buy into the game plan, and they're unselfish. 'There's not that dominant personality or dominant player, but there's a lot of good football players that buy into it.' DawgNation Georgia football Zamir White keeps working hard 3 critical factors with Sam Pittman leaving Georgia staff Georgia favored over Baylor in Sugar Bowl clash Arkansas announces Sam Pittman as next head coach Kirby Smart calm at center of Georgia whirlwind D'Andre Swift discusses limits and pain in SEC Championship Jake Fromm makes no excuses after defeat in SEC Championship Game WATCH: Kirby Smart sheds light on LSU, Jake Fromm passing issues Bulldogs stock report, LSU crashes Mercedes-Benz Stadium The post League-leading Georgia defense gets shut out on AP All-SEC First-Team list appeared first on DawgNation.
  • It was bound to happen with Sam Pittman. He is just too good at his job and had always planned to retire in Arkansas one day. That timetable went fast with the strong pull from Arkansas. Pittman has taken the head coaching job at Arkansas in a most uncommon move from position coach to head coach. He makes the move with zero experience as an offensive coordinator or a head coach for that matter. At least outside of the high school or junior college ranks. But he's the sort that can get it done. Pittman will be able to assemble an excellent staff and make SEC Media Days far more interesting going forward. Sam can recruit. Players love him. He will bring an unmistakable attitude to Arkansas football. He knows the landscape & will ha able to put a solid staff together. Big fan of this move. Congrats @CoachSamPittman https://t.co/gTfQWCP81g Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) December 9, 2019 The big DawgNation questions abound now. Can Georgia keep what was shaping up to be a historic offensive line class together? That doesn't seem likely. Especially given how some of them were so closely tied to Pittman and that long sustained relationship was the reason why they chose Georgia over other elite programs. Pittman also built his classes early. He had his work done months in advance. So that means the Bulldogs haven't had a lot of groundwork with backup plans. The thinking here is the next hire will likely need to have strong relationships built with their own targets to be able to replace any departures with what was set to be the highest-rated overall OL signing class in program history. Let's look at the current Georgia o-line class as a whole and try to anticipate where things stand. We'll assess each of the five commitments with the latest 247Sports Composite rankings. Georgia is now coming up on nine days prior to the first day of the early signing period. The biggest remaining weekend for official and unofficial visitors will be this weekend. 5-star OT Broderick Jones/Lithonia High/Lithonia, Ga. Height/Weight: 6-6/315 Saturday position fit: Left tackle National rankings: Nation's No. 2 OT prospect and No. 19 overall/ Spot in the class: Rankings place him No. 2 out of Georgia's 15 public commitments. Committed since: April 26, 2018 (At least. Was a silent pledge for at least a month prior.) Ties to Pittman factoring in the overall strength of commitment to UGA: Very strong ties here. This should be seen as a decision that now impacts him greatly. He chose Georgia over interest in these programs: Auburn, Illinois, South Carolina and Miami. Early enrollee: No. A thing or two to know here: Jones wasn't planning on signing during the early period. But his fondness for Pittman might have eventually swayed him early. Look for him to now go on all his official visits to several schools like Auburn, Miami and South Carolina, among others. The Bulldogs do have a chance to get back in here with a strong replacement hire. The proximity of Georgia and the scope of the program are major draws here. There's really just an unknown here. He's going to likely hit the reset button on everything now. 4-star OT Tate Ratledge/Darlington School/Rome, Ga. Height/Weight: 6-6/325 Saturday position fit: Right tackle National rankings: Nation's No. 3 OT prospect and No. 36 overall Spot in the class: Rankings place him No. 3 out of Georgia's 15 public commitments. Committed since: May 13, 2019 Ties to Pittman factoring in the overall strength of commitment to UGA: Very strong ties here to both Pittman and his overall feeling of a great all-around fit at Georgia. Ratledge has a sense of investment in the program by now. He was at every home game he could attend and was one of the behind-the-scenes leaders of the group. The well-respected prospect is close to a good group of the current class. He chose Georgia over interest in these programs: Tennessee and Alabama. Early enrollee: No. A thing or two to know here: Ratledge planned to sign during the early period but not graduate early. He grew up a Tennesse plan but the overall scope of Georgia and the relationship with Pittman was the major factor. He did realize that coaches do come and go even one as uncommonly popular and genuine as Pittman. If the right replacement hire is made, he seems like one of the more likely commits to remain in the Georgia class. He's grown close to QB commitment Carson Beck and RB pledge Kendall Milton. DawgNation has learned that the Pittman news does not affect the strength of their respective commitments to UGA. I will not be answering questions on my current situation. This will stay between me and my family for now. Thank you Tate Ratledge (@tateratledge22) December 9, 2019 4-star Sedrick Van Pran-Granger/Warren Easton/New Orleans, La. Height/Weight: 6-4/305 Saturday position fit: Center National rankings: Nation's No. 3 C prospect and No. 103 overall Spot in the class: Rankings place him No. 7 out of Georgia's 15 public commitments. Committed since: Aug. 7, 2019. Ties to Pittman factoring in the overall strength of his commitment to UGA: Very strong ties here to both Pittman and UGA. But he also liked the location in Georgia as he has already has a lot of family in Georgia or planning to move there. The future graphic design major did love the idea of playing for Pittman, though. He chose Georgia over interest in these programs: Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Early enrollee: No. A thing or two to know here: Van Pran was not expected to sign during the early period. He has always placed the focus on his Warren Easton state championship run ahead of any official visits during his senior season Van Pran-Grainger will now likely take the official visits he told Sam Spiegelman of Rivals.com he was planning on taking anyway. Look for him to give Georgia a new look and it might still work out. But this will be one of the toughest commitments to retain in this class. 4-star Chad Lindberg/Clear Creek High /League City, Tex. Height/Weight: 6-6/320 Saturday position fit: Guard or tackle National rankings: Nation's No. 17 OT and No. 169 overall Spot in the class: Rankings place him No. 9 out of Georgia's 15 public commitments. Committed since: July 28, 2019. Ties to Pittman factoring in the overall strength of his commitment to UGA: Very strong ties here. Pittman was essentially the difference. The distance away from his Texas roots wasn't going to be the easiest move, but the Pittman move now makes Oklahoma and Texas major factors. He chose Georgia over interest in these programs: LSU, Texas, Texas A&M and USC. Early enrollee: No. A thing or two to know here: Incredible academic profile with his AP classes and weighted approximate 5.43 Texas-sized GPA. He will enroll in college as a sophomore with those AP credits and was going to be able to get a master's degree in four years. Arkansas could become a factor here with Pittman and the location fit. .. Could play either guard or tackle in college like Cade Mays has for Georgia. Lots of untapped potential here with this young man. A college weight program will retool his body and added another level to his on-field play. He had already taken all five of his officials. This will also one of the toughest commitments to retain in this current class. Josh Braun/Suwanne High /Live Oak, Fla. Height/Weight: 6-6/335 Saturday position fit: Guard or tackle National rankings: Nation's No. 22 T and No. 285 overall His spot in the class: Rankings place him No. 13 out of Georgia's 15 public commitments. Committed since: June 10, 2019. Ties to Pittman factoring in the overall strength of his commitment to UGA: Pittman was the ace in the hole on a well-researched recruiting march. That said,Georgia fit Braun on many tiers. He wanted to play for a championship-level program but do so at a strong academic institution with an elite strength and conditioning program. Those are all still there at UGA. He chose Georgia over interest in these programs: Florida and South Carolina. Early enrollee: Yes A thing or two to know: There's some faith Georgia can retain Braun, but the timing works against him because he planned to sign during the early period and enroll in January. His two older brothers started for many seasons at Georgia Tech and Texas so his family knows how coaches come and go. Don't let the rankings fool you. DawgNation projects Braun to be as likely to play well in the SEC as any O-line prospect in this class. He's wired for success with his mean streak, size, athleticism and military family background. He politely declined to comment about the move other than to wish Pittman well. .. His decision will be a big piece of keeping the line class together at UGA. Josh Braun on the Pittman move: 'It's a tough process but I am thrilled for coach Pittman and I hope he is successful at Arkansas.' Georgia football: 3 things with the Sam Pittman decision The hasty and reckless thing to do here would be to offer up a prediction. That's because so much will hinge on assurances from Kirby Smart with these young men this week and also a quick replacement with a strong background. The only statement with accuracy to be made here is that this O-line class might stay together if the current other commits keep them in the fold because of the relationships they have already established about looking forward to playing together. That's one way. The other would be if a strong voice in this class like Ratledge or Braun decides they still want to be Bulldogs and this class as a unit still comes in together because they want to be special. Even not playing for Pittman. It will be hard for all of them to find another group of young men with so much potential this late in the game. The boards at other elite programs could only shift slightly at this point to take advantage of this opening with Georgia's line class. With that, there are three other thoughts on the matter. Georgia will hunker down to keep all of this together:The first element to try and keep all of this together would be finding the new O-line coach. The right O-line coach. How quickly does that happen? Especially with the early signing period AND the only major official visit weekend left before that time comes up this weekend. Would make a lot of sense to have the new OL coach in place by then. The confidence point here for DawgNation is that this is recruiting time. That is the one time of the year where Kirby Smart and this staff has done nothing but come up aces in that department. Bet on that to be well-executed. The retention of the draft-eligible players on the current roster:Seems logical to consider that Pittman moving on is a pause button for those Bulldogs who were thinking about going pro or not going pro. This forces them to really look at both sides of this. Maybe even when they thought they had it all figured out.Don't think Thomas and Wilson are in play here. But what about a Ben Cleveland or a Solomon Kindley? Coming back to play for Pittman would have been a consideration. He's close with all of his guys. But coming back to play for a new O-line coach with the thoughts of an NFL future looming? Hmm. It makes the pull to the Sunday league even stronger now. Georgia's offensive identity: If there was ever a time to do something differently with the UGA offense, then this would be the time to look at this month and this week as a crossroads. It was already the time to do it after the LSU loss. Why? That's because the way those last two seasons ended with Alabama. The closure to the 2019 season wasn't like those near-misses with the Tide. Georgia wasn't one player away (Sony Michel or D'Andre Walker injury) or a 2nd-and-26 from being right there as a national championship-level team. It can be a time to look at the Georgia Way in the mirror and see if the offensive identity really needed to consider the changes Nick Saban made after those early decade losses to Auburn's Gus Malzahn. The same thing with Ed Oregon and the rejuvenation of the LSU program. And then there's this new sudden change with Pittman leading the offensive line room. Jim Chaney and Pittman were tied together. Not James Coley and Pittman. It might be a moment of opportunity for a program that was going to have to take a hard look at whether some LSU or Alabama changes need to be made to the way Georgia plans to put points on the board going forward. The post Georgia football: What does the O-line recruiting picture look like now without Sam Pittman? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia coach Kirby Smart is doing his best juggling act with players and coaches coming and going at the most fluid time of the football season. Smart, in four seasons, has built a strong foundation in Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall that figures to be tested each season the Bulldogs have success. The price for this season's Top 5 campaign was the loss of offensive line coach Sam Pittman, who built arguably the best offensive line in the nation at Georgia and now heads to Arkansas as a head coach. Smart took his time to replace Mel Tucker when the former defensive coordinator left after the SEC Championship Game last year to become the head coach at Colorado, but he may not have that luxury with his next offensive hire. Particularly if he has any visions of landing another high-profile offensive mind for his staff. Here are three issues that arise out of Pittman leaving he Georgia staff 1. Offensive crossroads Smart oversees the defense and provides a steadying force, Dan Landing a star understudy who himself will likely soon become a head coach. But offense is different, and Smart is at a crossroads of sorts as he considers his next move. Doe Smart make a 'big-name' hire that he could pair with James Coley, and turn the offensive meeting room over to a million dollar assistant? Or does Smart look to maintain control of the framework, and find someone like-minded that will maintain the identity that put Georgia on the doorstep of the 2017 national championship and produced three straight SEC Championship Game appearances? 2. O-Line player attrition We're talking returning players, and we're talking recruiting, because Pittman is a beloved figure who the Georgia offensive lineman rally around. UGA has long known junior Andrew Thomas was leaving for the NFL, as he's a projected Top 10 pick. But for other players who might be on the fence despite appreciably lower draft stock Pittman's departure could play a role. Particularly when they are uncertain of who will be coaching them next season. Juniors Solomon Kindley, Isaiah Wilson and Ben Cleveland would all seem to be in position to benefit from another season at Georgia, but none have committed to returning, or leaving, at this point. Georgia's current crop of commits includes five offensive linemen 33 percent of the class including three who had planned to sign early. 3. Buy-in Smart has had unquestionable buy-in from his players the past two seasons, but with each staff change the chemistry changes. Smart's presence and Lanning's energy has maintained the buy-in on defense. Coley's promotion to replace Jim Chaney was plenty popular with the offensive players, but the disappointing results the second half of the season in conjunction with Pittman's departure threatens the confidence on that side of the football. Pittman, whether he proves to be a successful head coach or not, was a warm and unifying figure in the offensive meeting room. DawgNation Georgia football Zamir White keeps working hard Georgia favored over Baylor in Sugar Bowl clash Arkansas announces Sam Pittman as next head coach Kirby Smart calm at center of Georgia whirlwind D'Andre Swift discusses limits and pain in SEC Championship Jake Fromm makes no excuses after defeat in SEC Championship Game WATCH: Kirby Smart sheds light on LSU, Jake Fromm passing issues Bulldogs stock report, LSU crashes Mercedes-Benz Stadium The post 3 critical Georgia football factors involving Sam Pittman's departure appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia tailback Zamir White just keeps moving the pile on and off the field. White returned to action this season after suffering torn ACL ligaments in his right knee (high school, Nov. 2017) and left knee (UGA fall camp, Aug. 2018). Bulldogs fans, appreciative of the inspiring comeback from injury, have greeted White with cheers of 'ZOOOOOOOOOOOS!' each time he takes the field. Which Georgia running back are you most eager to see carry the ball at Vanderbilt? Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) August 30, 2019 'Georgia fans are great fans, they are huge,' White said after the SEC Championship Game on Saturday night, having turned in a 5-carry performance. 'They supported me through it all.' RELATED: Zamir White explosive in long-awaited return The powerful 6-foot, 215-pound White charged toward the line of scrimmage with the football 60 times for 316 yards this season, scoring touchdowns against Murray State and Arkansas State. White's bulldozing style had its place, though he was quick to admit he's still getting his feel back for running the football. UGA coach Kirby Smart was impressed with White's ability to accelerate through tackles and his improved pass blocking as the season progressed. Still, there was only one game where White exceeded 8 carries. It came in October, when the former Scotland County (N.C.) prep star had a 12-carry, 44-yard performance against South Carolina with Brian Herrien sidelined by back spasms. 'I've just got to be more patient with my runs,' said White, whose style was distinctively North-South with 100 mph velocity hitting the hole. 'The game is moving so fast, you've got to think quick.' White figures to get a lot more work next season with Herrien being a senior and 1,000-yard rusher D'Andre Swift expected to declare for the NFL draft. White said he's up to it, feeling good physically and working hard to keep it that way. ' I get treatment morning, noon, night, always, so my knees are feeling great,' White said. 'I just worked and did what I did to get back, because all I know is hard work and just grinding.' White should get plenty of repetitions and carries during bowl practice and against Baylor in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 in New Orleans. Georgia football RB Zamir White DawgNation Georgia football Georgia favored over Baylor in Sugar Bowl clash Arkansas announces Sam Pittman as next head coach Kirby Smart calm at center of Georgia whirlwind D'Andre Swift discusses limits and pain in SEC Championship Jake Fromm makes no excuses after defeat in SEC Championship Game What's next for Georgia football: Bowl bid, players leaving, staff changes WATCH: Kirby Smart sheds light on LSU, Jake Fromm passing issues Bulldogs stock report, LSU crashes Mercedes-Benz Stadium How LSU beat Georgia in SEC title game, scoring, injuries The post WATCH Georgia RB Zamir White: All I know is hard work and grinding' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia has opened as a 7 1/2-point favorite over Baylor in the AllState Sugar Bowl Game, according to VegasInsider.com. The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (11-2) and No. 7 Bears (11-2) are both coming off losses in their respective conference championship games. Georgia got manhandled by No. 1-ranked LSU, falling 37-10 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday. Baylor, meanwhile, lost its rematch with No. 4 Oklahoma in overtime, falling 30-23 to the Sooners at . The Bulldogs could be without some marquee players in the Sugar Bowl. Junior tailback D'Andre Swift has been dealing with an injured shoulder that led him to a limited role against LSU. Swift, who has indicated he will declare himself eligible for the upcoming NFL draft, had just two carries and three catches, none after the first series of the third quarter. Georgia junior offensive tackle Andrew Thomas is widely projected as a Top 10 pick, but Thomas seemed to leave the door open to playing following Saturday night's loss in Atlanta. Smart said he learned last season to only bring the players to the bowl site who are 'engaged' and want to be there. 'Bottom line is, it's your job to go play in a football game, and you get a great opportunity,' Smart said on the Sunday night Sugar Bowl teleconference. 'There's a lot of teams all across the country that would be dying to play in a game like this, he said. 'We're gonna sell it that way. It's a once in lifetime opportunity to be Sugar Bowl champs. 'We're going to take the ones that want to do that and want to play well.' The Bulldogs will also be without two of their top three receivers, both sidelined by injuries. Graduate transfer Lawrence Cager underwent ankle surgery on Nov. 29 and is in the early stages of recovery. Freshman Dominick Blaylock suffered a torn ACL in the first half of the SEC Championship Game and will be aiming for the start of fall drills. Smart is also dealing with a coaching vacancy, with celebrated offensive line coach Sam Pittman taking the Arkansas head coaching job on Sunday night. SEC bowl games Dec. 27, Academy Spors & Outdoors Texas Bowl, Houston Texas A&M -5 over Oklahoma State Dec. 28, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, CFP Playoff Semifinal, Atlanta LSU -13 over Oklahoma Dec. 30, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Nashville Mississippi State vs. Louisville, no line yet Dec. 30, Capital One Orange Bowl, Miami Florida 13 1/2 over Virginia Dec. 31, Belk Bowl, Charlotte Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech, no line yet Jan. 1, Outback Bowl, Tampa Auburn 7 1/2 over Minnesota Jan. 1 VRBO Citrus Bowl, Orlando Alabama -7 over Michigan Jan. 1 All State Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Georgia -7 1/2 over Baylor Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, Jacksonville Tennessee vs. Indiana, no line yet The post Georgia football favored by more than a touchdown over Baylor in Sugar Bowl appeared first on DawgNation.