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New Commission needs nominees

New Commission needs nominees

New Commission needs nominees

New Commission needs nominees

The Athens-Clarke County Government is looking for nominees to serve on the new Athens in Motion Commission, which was created by the Athens-Clarke County Commission earlier this month. The new panel will help develop and implement a plan for a connected network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities for Athens. 


From the Athens-Clarke Co Government website…


The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government is seeking qualified candidates to fill five positions on the new Athens in Motion Commission, which was created by resolution June 4, 2019.

The Athens in Motion Commission is responsible for development, implementation, and modification of the Athens in Motion Plan (www.accgov.com/athensinmotion) for a safe and connected network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities throughout the community. The Athens in Motion Commission is advisory in nature and is charged with the responsibility of recommending projects, policies, and initiatives to the Mayor and Commission. 

Applicants must be Athens-Clarke County residents. The deadline for receiving applications is Monday, June 17.

The Mayor and Commission is tentatively scheduled to interview applicants the afternoon/night of Tuesday, June 25 and make appointments at the Mayor and Commission Regular Session meeting on Tuesday, July 2. Applications can be obtained online at www.accgov.com/clerkofcommission or from the Clerk of Commission's office in Room 204 of City Hall, 301 College Avenue.

For more information, call Jean Spratlin, Clerk of Commission, at 706-613-3031.

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Local News

  • An Athens-based manufacturing firm will open a facility in Banks County, creating about 30 jobs: RAI will build in the Martin Bridge area off I-85 in Banks County.    “Georgia’s manufacturing industry has seen many wins in recent years, and we are proud that RAI is expanding their already successful operation into Martin Bridge,” says Governor Brian Kemp. “As the Top State for Business, our skilled workforce has received national recognition, and I am confident that it will meet the company’s needs as they create exciting, new opportunities for hardworking Georgians in Banks County.” RAI says it will be hiring welders, fabricators, machine operators, detailers, material handlers, project managers, coating specialists, and quality controllers at the new facility at the Martin Bridge exit, the only undeveloped exit on I-85.
  • Lumpkin County state Senator Steve Gooch will be among those taking part in the next Rural Prosperity Summit hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. It will take place next month at the UGA campus in Tifton.    From the Ga Chamber of Commerce…   The Georgia Chamber will be hosting its third annual Rural Prosperity Summit on October 1-2, 2019 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton.    About 450 attendees are anticipated to join for the two-day Summit which features expert speakers, elected officials, practitioner panels and small group conversations that will share meaningful solutions to challenges facing rural communities.    Notable speakers include: S. Congressman Buddy Carter S. Congressman Austin Scott Former U.S. Congressman Lindsay Thomas Attorney General Chris Carr President and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, Doug Shipman CEO of Goodwill North Georgia, Keith Parker S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialist, Thurmond N. Tillman Economic Innovation Group’s Director for Research and Policy Development, Kenan Fikri Atlanta-based rural community writer and advocate, Alan Richard   Elected officials planning to attend include:  Senator Ellis Black Senator Steve Gooch Senator Tyler Harper Senator Freddie Powell Sims Representative Debbie G. Buckner Representative Matthew Gambill Representative Dominic LaRiccia Representative Clay Pirkle Representative Ken Pullin Regional Representative from Congressman Austin Scott’s Office Regional Representatives from U.S. Senator David Perdue’s Office
  •  The University of Georgia, just in time for Notre Dame weekend, is hosting an art exhibit, featuring George Cooke’s Interior of St Peter’s Rome. From Larry Dendy... Enjoy a rare opportunity to view at close range an acknowledged 19th century art masterpiece by American artist George Cooke from 3 to 6 pm Friday, September 20, on the University of Georgia campus. Interior of St. Peter’s Rome, which is 17 feet high, 23 feet long, and weighs more than a ton,   was described as the largest framed oil painting in the United States when it was exhibited in the 1840s. George Cooke (1793-1849), an itinerant artist whose paintings have been found in private collections in a dozen states spent much time in Athens. His 1845 painting titled View of Athens from Carr’s Hill, is housed in the Rare Books section of the University of Georgia Libraries. Another of his works Tallulah Falls  1841, is part of the permanent collection at UGA’s Georgia Museum of Art. Art patron Daniel Pratt commissioned and owned Interior of St. Peter’s Rome. After Cooke’s sudden death from illness in New Orleans in 1849, Pratt became executor of the artist’s estate. Seeking an appropriate venue to exhibit this large work, and with the support of Cooke’s widow, who married an Athenian, Pratt donated the painting to the University of Georgia in 1867 and shipped the painting to Athens. University officials decided to mount the painting on the interior back wall of the 1832 Greek Revival-style University Chapel, and the installation was completed in 1868 and opened for public view. The painting has been restored twice, in 1936 and 1955, to recover from age and fire damage. Visitors on Friday, September 20, will be able to walk close to the painting and make photographs. The closest approach will be to enter the University of Georgia through its historic Arch on Broad Street, at the foot of College Avenue. SilverDawg volunteers will greet visitors and direct them along the walkway to the University Chapel.
  • The director of the Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter is out of work: County Manager Blaine Williams says he has asked for and received the resignation of David Fluck, who has held the job for the past 12 years. The Shelter has been the focus of much community criticism over the past several months.  From the Athens-Clarke Co government website… Athens-Clarke County Unified Government Manager Blaine Williams announces the resignation of Central Services Department Director David Fluck. The resignation was effective September 16, 2019. Williams requested Fluck’s resignation.  'After careful consideration, I decided that it would be best for the community and the department for a change in leadership moving forward. I want to thank David for his work for the Athens community and the Unified Government,” said Williams. “Not only did he serve as the Central Services Director for over a dozen years, but he also served in an additional role as Interim Airport Director for a number of months while we conducted a search for a new director.”  Williams has appointed Sustainability Officer Andrew Saunders to serve as Interim Director until a permanent replacement is named after a national search. Saunders has worked with the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government since 2007 in various roles, including as the Community Forestry Coordinator, Environmental Coordinator, and Sustainability Officer.  The Athens-Clarke County Central Services Department consists of the Animal Control Division, which operates the Animal Shelter and Animal Control services; the Facilities Management Division, which maintains ACCGov-owned property; the Fleet Management Division, which manages most Unified Government vehicles; the Landscape Management Division, which maintains grounds and landscapes at ACCGov facilities and roadways; and Internal Support, which provides services for ACCGov departments such as mailing services, printing services, copy services, parking, and telephone services. The department also handles special event permitting, publication rack permitting, and downtown vending permits. 
  • Northeast Georgia Health System has reached an agreement to acquire Habersham Medical Center in Demorest. “Many people in Habersham County have asked for a deal like this for years, and many before us have tried to make it happen,” says Lynn Boggs, HMC’s chief executive officer. “We’re thrilled to deliver this agreement, which can lead to security and stability for this community’s local hospital. We are truly working together for healthier tomorrows.” “This is a win-win for the future of our community, and it has taken creative thinking and innovative solutions by all parties involved to create this positive path forward,” says Stacy Hall, chairman of the Habersham County Commission. “This puts power back in the hands of the people of Habersham County. By utilizing HMC’s services, they will make both the hospital and county financially stronger.” The five-year plan calls for Northeast Georgia Healty System to invest $3 million annually to help Habersham Medical Center fund capital projects to enhance and expand services for the hospital in Demorest.

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS A pair of legends were on the sidelines the last time two Top 10 teams met between the hedges at Georgia's Sanford Stadium in 1966. Bulldogs' coach Vince Dooley shared his memories of that matchup with Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd in the days leading up to Saturday night's matchup between No 3 UGA and No. 7 Notre Dame. 'I do recall, it was a big game, and they were undefeated,' said Dooley, recalling a meeting of then No. 7 Georgia and the No. 5 Yellow Jackets. 'We had lost one game at that point to a Miami team that was really good.' It was the final season on the sidelines for Dodd, one of just four men in the College Football Hall of Fame as both a coach and a player. Dodd was 165648 as the Georgia Tech coach, leading the Yellow Jackets to the 1952 national championship, the school naming their stadium after him in 1988. Dooley, who had the Sanford Stadium field named after him two weeks ago, could still remember how Georgia took the early lead on a punt return en route to the 23-14 victory that day. 'Kent Lawrence returned a punt for a touchdown,' Dooley said. 'We really played well, and had them pretty much under control.' The Bulldogs built a 23-7 before Dooley cleared his bench, his team in firm control before the crowd of 48,782 on a mild afternoon with temperatures in the 60s. 'I played everybody that I had in that ball game,' Dooley said. 'And then they drove and scored another (final) touchdown, and I remember that Coach Dodd told me the next day, when we saw each other at the TV station where we were doing our TV shows, he said, You were kind to me today.' 'Back then, you were more apt never to try to embarrass somebody, but we had them in good shape at the time.' Dooley, who directed Georgia to a 201-77-10 record in his 25 years as head coach including the 1980 national championship built reflected on how Georgia scheduled differently during his era. There were still top non-conference games with other Power 5 schools, but they weren't necessarily home-and-home series, and neutral site games were not in vogue. 'We were able to play a lot of schools back then, like UCLA (1983), though that was supposed to be a home-and-home, Dooley said. 'They didn't have us back (in Los Angeles) because they couldn't make the payment that we agreed on, that's why. 'But we played Virginia, North Carolina, Clemson. Of course we played (Clemson) every other year and South Carolina every other year. But we were able pay schools like Oregon, Oregon State and California came here. 'It would be hard to schedule those schools on a one-shot deal today, like we were able to do then.' Georgia future schedules include neural site games with Virginia (2020), Oregon (2022) and Clemson (2024). But as things stand, the Bulldogs won't host another non-conference Power 5 team in Athens other than Georgia Tech until UCLA in 2026. Here's a look at how the last four coaches from Notre Dame and Georgia have fared vs. AP Top 5 competition NOTRE DAME Brian Kelly (0-4 vs. Top 5) 2018 Dec. 29, LOSS, No. 3 Clemson (CFP Cotton Bowl), 30-3 ND was ranked No. 3 2014 Oct. 18, LOSS, AT No. 2 Florida State (Tallahassee), 31-27 ND was ranked No. 5 2012 Jan. 7 (2013), LOSS, No. 2 Alabama (Miami), 42-14 ND was ranked No. 1 2011 Nov. 26, LOSS, AT No. 4 Stanford (Palo Alto), 28-14 ND was ranked No. 22 Charlie Weis (1-5 vs. Top 5) 2008 Nov. 29, LOSS, AT No. 5 USC (Los Angeles), 38-3 ND was unranked 2007 Oct. 13 LOSS, No. 4 Boston College (South Bend), 27-14 ND was unranked 2006 Jan. 3 (2007) LOSS, No. 4 LSU (New Orleans), 41-14 ND was ranked No. 11 Nov. 25 LOSS, No. 3 USC (Los Angeles), 44-24 ND was ranked No. 6 2005 Jan. 2, (2006) LOSS, No. 4 Ohio State (Tempe), 34-20 ND was ranked No. 5 Sept. 10, WIN No. 3 Michigan (Ann Arbor), 17-10 ND was ranked No. 20 Tyrone Willingham,0-4 vs. Top 5 2004 Nov. 27, LOSS, No. 1 USC (Los Angeles), 41-10 ND was unranked 2003 Nov. 1, LOSS, No. 5 Florida State (South Bend), 37-0 ND was unranked Oct. 18, LOSS, No. 5 USC (South Bend), 45-14 ND was unranked Sept. 13, LOSS, No. 5 Michigan (Ann Arbor), 38-0 ND was ranked No. 15 Bob Davie, 1-4 vs. Top 5 2001 Sept. 8, LOSS, No. 5 Nebraska (Lincoln), 27-10 ND was ranked No. 23 2000 Jan. 1 (2001), LOSS, No. 5 Oregon State (Tempe), 41-9 ND was ranked No. 10 Sept. 9, LOSS, No. 1 Nebraska, (South Bend) 27-24 (OT) ND was ranked No. 23 1999 Nov. 6, LOSS, No. 4 Tennessee (Knoxville), 38-14 ND was ranked No. 24 1998 Sept. 5, WIN, No. 5 Michigan (South Bend), 36-20 ND was ranked No. 22 Georgia Kirby Smart, 2-2 vs. Top 5 2018 Dec. 1, LOSS, No. 1 Alabama (Atlanta), 35-28 Georgia was ranked No. 4 2017 Jan. 8, LOSS, No. 4 Alabama (Atlanta), 26-23 (OT) Georgia was ranked No. 3 Jan. 1, WIN, No. 2 Oklahoma (Pasadena, Calif.), 54-48 (2OT) Georgia was ranked No. 3 Dec. 2, WIN, No. 4 Auburn (Atlanta), 28-7 Georgia was ranked No. 6 Mark Richt, 3-9 vs. Top 5 2012 Dec. 1, LOSS, No. 2 Alabama (Atlanta), 32-28 Georgia was ranked No. 3 Oct. 27, WIN, No. 3 Florida (Jacksonville), 17-9 Georgia was ranked No. 12 2011 Dec. 3, LOSS, No. 1 LSU (Atlanta), 42-10 Georgia was ranked No. 12 Sept. 3, LOSS, No. 5 Boise State (Atlanta), 34-21 Georgia was ranked No. 19 2010 Nov. 13, LOSS, No. 2 Auburn (Auburn), 49-41 Georgia was unranked 2009 Oct. 31, LOSS, No. 1 Florida (Jacksonville), 41-17 Georgia was unranked Oct. 3, LOSS, No. 4 LSU (Athens), 20-13 Georgia was ranked No. 18 2008 Nov. 1, LOSS, No. 5 Florida (Jacksonville), 49-10 Georgia was ranked No. 8 2006 Nov. 11, WIN, No. 5 Auburn (Auburn), 37-15 Georgia was unranked 2005 Dec. 3, WIN, No. 3 LSU, 34-14 (Atlanta) Georgia was ranked No. 13 2004 Nov. 13, LOSS, No. 3 Auburn, 24-6 (Auburn) Georgia was ranked No. 8 2003 Dec 5, LOSS, No. 3 LSU, 34-14 (Atlanta) Georgia was ranked No. 5 Jim Donnan, 0-3 vs. Top 5 1999 Oct. 30, LOSS, No. 5 Florida, 30-14 (Jacksonville) Georgia was ranked No. 10 1998 Oct. 10, LOSS, No. 5 Tennessee, 22-3 (Athens) Georgia was ranked No. 7 1996 Nov. 2, LOSS, No. 1 Florida, 47-7 (Jacksonville) Georgia was not ranked Ray Goff,0-3-1 vs. Top 5 1995 Oct. 28, LOSS, No. 3 Florida, 52-17 (Athens) Georgia was not ranked 1994 Nov. 12, TIE, No. 3 Auburn, 23-23 (Auburn) Georgia was not ranked Oct. 29, LOSS, No. 5 Florida, 52-14 (Gainesville) Georgia was not ranked 1990 Dec. 1, LOSS, No. 2 Georgia Tech, 40-23 (Athens) Georgia was not ranked The post Vince Dooley showed mercy in last Top 10 non-conference battle in Athens appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. The play sheet today calls for a quick unofficial visit primer with 5-star junior QB Caleb Williams. Caleb Williams is back in Athens today. It marks at least the fifth or sixth time he's made it to Athens as a recruit since his first trip before he started high school. Williams is an uncommon quarterback. Both mentally and physically. The way he launches the ball from all angles with some serious steam brings to mind the skill sets made famous from the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson, among others. Skywalker pic.twitter.com/JdOGsxdNiR Caleb Williams (@CALEBcsw) September 1, 2019 DawgNation.com has its list of top recruiting visitors up today . But Williams making another return trip to UGA makes him one of the top 5 prospects in town today. That's saying a lot given that 5-stars Noah Sewell and Darnell Washington are in Athens for their official visits today. Carson Beck, the highly impressive 4-star QB commit in the 2020 class, is also in town on his official visit. Beck and Williams play the game's most important position. The Bulldogs also only have three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster at this time. Jake Fromm won't likely be around for the 2021 season is not lost on DawgNation, too. So does the fact that redshirt sophomore passer Stetson Bennett IV will be a senior by then. Williams matters to the Bulldogs stockpiling elite talent for competition at the QB position for years to come. That's the same as any other spot on the field. Williams has said he 'loves' Georgia. That's not that big of a leap given the frequency of his visits. Prospects will keep coming back to the schools that feel like the very best fit along their recruiting journeys. Georgia is not the only team to watch out for here. LSU, Maryland, Oregon, Penn State and Stanford should all factor highly in contention for his eventual decision. Williams was also at the Clemson-Texas A&M game earlier this month. It will be very interesting to hear his thoughts on how the two elite venues for a big-time game stack up against one another. Williams and his father, Carl, maintain a comprehensive plan and spreadsheet outlining the highs and lows of each school as they visit all those schools. Carl Williams will also be with him again today. What is Caleb Williams looking for out of this visit? What will he be paying attention to at Georgia today?His words sum up that heading quite well. 'Definitely the atmosphere there,' Williams told DawgNation this week. 'Because I've seen everything else.' Georgia is showing Williams he is a wanted man for the 2021 cycle. The best possible example of that was when the Sept. 1 date rolled around this month. That's the ultimate arbiter for elite high school prospects. The NCAA allows its member schools to start contacting high school juniors every year on that date.That's when all those verbal offers either become very real or something that really never was. There was one school that found a way to reach out to Williams at exactly 12:00:00 midnight on that date. That was Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley. There were a lot of schools to blitz him immediately after midnight on that date.But Coley was the first. Georgia's Kirby Smart was also in there, too. Area recruiter Dan Lanning also said hello in the flurry of those messages to mark the occasion. 'Yeah,' Williams told DawgNation. 'Georgia was right at 12:00:00. They said they wanted to be first.' What makes that story seem even more impressive? Coley and Lanning and Smart were maybe mere minutes outside of walking to the team buses outside Vanderbilt Stadium. The Bulldogs had just won their conference opener on the road by a 30-6 margin. That didn't stop them from reaching out to Williams as soon as they possibly could. 5 quick-hit things to know about Caleb Williams 1. Check out the definitive DawgNation story so far on DawgNation.com What will you read about in that one? How 'bout the fact that his high school coaches trusted him with the keys to the offense to make checks and change plays at the line as a true freshman back in 2017? He's been to Georgia at least five or six times dating back to his middle schools days Williams is a highly-interesting kid off the field. That is reflected by his pregame and halftime intake of 'SourPatch Kids' candy. 2. That article also includes a 'signature quote' from Williams When Williams shared a specific line with DawgNation.com earlier this year, it struck a chord with readers. It says something about Williams and what he plays for. It will be pretty hard for any high school quarterback to phrase it any better. Especially one with all the offers that he has. 'I want to keep going to championships and winning,' he said. 'That's my thing. I like winning.' 5-star QB Caleb Williams 3. That 'signature moment' of his prep career so far. Williams made magic happen last season in the Washington D.C. Metro Western Catholic Athletic Conference Capital Division Championship. The clips below are derived from the game in which the 5-star threw for approximately 200 yards and scored three of his six touchdowns in the final 3:03. That closing flurry features 20 combined points in the final 107 seconds. Those late big throws from Williams somehow render the other 200 yards and three touchdowns he tallied up as mere footnotes. DeMatha led Gonzaga 36-33 with 1:47 left to play. There were three touchdowns scored in the final 30 seconds. Disney would reject this script. This seems like too much late magic for even them to film. Williams made it happen regardless in a 46-43 victory for his team. 'It was crazy,' Williams said. 'I guess I was zoned in that day. Pretty fun.' Just watch. Enjoy. It will be a task to believe it all on the first watch anyway. As if the ending wasn't thrilling enough, his team was also down 20 points to DeMatha at one point. 'We were down 20 and I had my arms over the bench on the backside of the bench,' he said. 'Left-arm on the left side. Right arm on the right side. I was leaning down. My feet were crossed.' Joe Cool? Nope. Caleb Sour Patch Chill? Maybe. 'I'm a very very very chill person on the sidelines,' he said. 'My teammates don't like it. My linemen hate it how chill I am on the sideline. They know I'm there and ready to go but my linemen are a lot more amped up than me. Even on the bus ride. We're pulling up to the field and they are going crazy in the back.' They're going crazy. He's likely listening to old school Drake. With sour candy on his mind. 4. His ratings are way up there in the Class of 2021 The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Williams plays for a Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) team that is 4-0 so far this year. He is the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia region. His Gonzaga team plays often on Saturdays. So this is a rare trip for him to see the Bulldogs with his team's 2019 schedule early in the college football season. Williams was also in Athens back over the summer for a camp visit. He rated as the nation's No. 1 dual-threat QB prospect and No. 16 overall recruit for the 247Sports Composite rankings in 2021. When he visited college quarterback camps, he stood out as one of the best, if not the best prospect, at several of the elite camps he visited. 5. He's not planning a commitment decision anytime soon Williams plays for a strong high school program that wants its prospects to wait until after the season to make their college commitments. The 5-star prospect had told DawgNation that he doesn't plan to make a commitment until after his junior season. That's at the earliest. Why are all those big schools interested? Check out his 2018 highlight reel below. The post Unofficial visit preview: 5-star dual-threat QB Caleb Williams is back at UGA appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Kirby Smart knows an opportunity when he sees one, and he's hoping his Georgia team responds with the nation looking on in Saturday night's prime-time college football matchup. 'It's our turn to go on the national stage,' Smart said on ESPN's GameDay set Saturday morning, 'and put Georgia to the forefront again.' RELATED: Notre Dame confident, coach explains Irish advantages The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) play host to No. 7 Notre Dame (2-0) at 8 p.m. at Sanford Stadium (TV: CBS). It's the first non-conference matchup of Top 10 ranked teams since 1966. Smart said the spotlight gives the University of Georgia as well as the football program an opportunity to showcase itself, when asked the biggest advantage to playing a game like this. 'I think the national stages, and the advantage you gain by having an opportunity to put our program, our campus, on display,' Smart said. 'And also, to affect the rest of college football, and know you're going to get a chance to play on the biggest stage there is. 'These games are why you come to Georgia, and when you have two programs like these two playing, our team is excited, their team is excited, the fans are excited, it's what college football is all about.' Former Bulldogs stars Champ Bailey and Knowshon Moreno were also shown on the College GameDay show Saturday. The cast regularly includes Georgia football legend David Pollack and former UGA volleyball standout Maria Taylor. Notre Dame has lost 10 straight games against Top 10-ranked competition entering Saturday night's clash, and Irish coach Brian Kelly is 0-4 against Top 5 competition. But Smart gained respect for the Irish in Georgia's 20-19 win in South Bend in 2017. 'They're extremely physical, they're never going to go away, they do a great job of competing,' Smart said. 'Every time you play them, you know you're up against a legend as well as their team.' Smart said on his radio show this week that he enjoyed making appearances on ESPN and the SEC Network, recognizing the value it brings the Georgia brand. 'I really enjoy it, I think it's great exposure for our program, it's a great opportunity for recruiting,' Smart said. 'I enjoy the people on the set. I've gotten to know them through all the years that I've been coaching.' Smart said his Georgia players have had an enthusiastic week of practice leading up to the game. 'Lot of energy and enthusiasm out there on he practice field, and sometimes this week you've got to say whoa, you have to take the reins and pull them back a little bit,' Smart said. Smart said it has been a big week for himself and his coaches, too. 'You kind of live and coach for these opportunities, this is a big stage,' Smart said. 'We know we'll have a national audience, and we'll have great exposure for both programs.' A T H E N S I S R E A D Y pic.twitter.com/IqbfwuKbjt College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 21, 2019 Quavo at QB! @QuavoStuntin stopped by Athens and ran some plays with @GeorgiaFootball players, @MariaTaylor and @davidpollack47. pic.twitter.com/phSiM4k7lh ESPN (@espn) September 21, 2019 DawgNation Georgia-Notre Dame Georgia football injury report for Notre Dame game Irish QB Ian Book keeping his cool entering matchup David Pollack says Nolan Smith rising star Georgia zeroed in on Notre Dame quarterback World of difference in Jake Fromm now from 2017 Georgia newcomers proving pivotal to season success Jake Fromm, Crush it and flush it,' on to Notre Dame Brian Kelly says Irish found themselves' in 66-14 win Notre Dame coach says team in position to win national title 3 things Georgia must avoid against Notre Dame The post Georgia coach Kirby Smart on College GameDay: It's our turn' on national stage appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes his quarterback will be at his best Saturday night against a talented, but 'not very complicated' Georgia defense. '(Ian Book) had a great week of practice, he's going to play really well against Georgia,' Kelly said on his radio show on Thursday night. 'You're going to see the best of Ian Book in Athens.' The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) are a two-touchdown favorite over the No. 7 Irish, but you'd never know it listening to the confident Kelly. we play a lot of bigs games..our guys are used to playing a lot of bg gaems Georgia's massive offensive line, averaging 6-foot-5 and 329 pounds per man, is thought by many to rank among the best in college football Kelly has indicated throughout the week he's not overly concerned about how his defensive line matches up. 'It's an advantage for us,' Kelly said. 'We play these teams that slant and angle, and we haven't been very good with slant and angle teams, so we'll know where they are, and that's a good thing' Kelly has been complimentary of Georgia QB Jake Fromm throughout the week, but he's confident in Notre Dame's pass rush and pass defense. 'We're a top-down defense, certainly, but what we're better at this year is we're pressing on the outside, and the pass rush forces the ball out of your hands so quickly that the routes don't develop to the top end,' said Kelly, whose Irish rank third in the nation in pass efficiency defense. 'A lot of the interceptions, the route has not finished, so we're getting at the ball before the route finishes. When we can do that, we can be in position to undercut routes and not cheat on things. We're getting to the quarterback before he can get through his progression.' Kelly pointed out how simple the Georgia offense is, a necessity because of young receivers still learning their assignments. 'They do keep it fairly simple offensively, they're sitting down in zones and they are taking shots because they want to get their receivers to grow,' Kelly said. 'It's a young group, extremely talented, and they are coming on, and they re gong to be very good offensively once these receivers continue to mature. 'Early on they gave them some very simplified passing concepts, they did a great job with them, and we'll have to do a great job against them.' Crowd noise figures to be a factor, so Notre Dame went inside its new football building this week and turned the noise up to 107 decibels. Kelly is confident that Book's ability to communicate and adjust to Georgia's uncomplicated defensive schemes could provide a winning edge. 'How you quiet a great crowd is you score points and get ahead,' Kelly said. But if they are into the game and it's a close game, then you have to communicate effectively. 'We can't get into our process and into our traits, which I think can trump a lot of the things Georgia can do, unless we communicate effectively.' While crowd noise seems to be Kelly's biggest concern for his offense, tocus and gap integrity are the two areas Kelly stressed on defense. 'If you're distracted for a second against Georgia, they have a guy named D'Andre Swift, and he'll run past you if you do't fit the A gap,' Kelly said. 'You have to fit every play, and every play has to be 11 players playing together.' Beyond that, it's just a matter of playing Notre Dame football, the Irish accustomed to setting stadium attendance records (this will be the 10th time) wherever they go. 'Play fast, play free, be aggressiveyou don't go down there to play conservative football,' said Kelly, 23-17 vs. Top 25 teams at Notre Dame but 0-4 against Top 5 opponents. 'There's no pressure. We play in so many (big games) . and understand when you go on the road it's one play at a time, and you have to be patient. Very rarely are these games won early, they are won late.' Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly The post Notre Dame's Brian Kelly reveals Irish advantages, starting at quarterback appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS This season's edition of Georgia football has more talent than the 2017 Bulldogs that played for the national championship, according to Bulldogs' legend David Pollack. Pollack, speaking Friday as part of ESPN's College GameDay crew, had plenty to say about the rise of Georgia football and keys to this season. RELATED: 7 UGA players to watch closely Saturday The popular ESPN show is in Athens for the first time since 2013 to preview and highlight the No. 3-Ranked Bulldogs' showdown against No. 7 Notre Dame at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. It's also the first time CBS hasn't used it's one-time night game exemption for the Alabama-LSU clash since 2010. 2017 vs. 2019 Pollack's comments on the 2019 team's talents pack a punch when one considers the 2017 Bulldogs played in the CFP Championship Game. 'The 2019 team is more talented team than the 2017 team, that's fact, that's not even debatable,' Pollack said 'In 2017, Kirby was playing players that were really smart, that were in the right position, that weren't necessarily athletic freaks. Now it's fun to have both, he's got a combination of athleticism across the board, they're deep in every single spot. 'What does that mean? There's competition in every spot, that's the biggest thing, guys,' Pollack said. 'When you've got somebody breathing down your neck, to take your job, and take your spot, it makes you work harder, and Georgia has got that at every position across the board.' These are the good old days for Georgia football, Pollack said. Best ever? The Bulldogs haven't won a national championship since 1980, former UGA coach and athletic director Vince Dooley recently honored with the Sanford Stadium field being named in his honor. But Pollack believes times are good at Georgia and will get even better. 'You're living in the days where it's going to be the best in Georgia history,' Pollack said. 'If you need a team out there, Georgia is a good one to pick. If you're going to buy stock, they're stocked across the board. 'You look at all the 5-star guys and all the recruits, the discipline they play with now, and the toughness they play with, they're not going anywhere.' Pollack said there's only one Georgia position group that still concerns him, and he's looking to see who steps up against the Irish on Saturday night. Catching on 'Somebody has to step up at wide receiver for Georgia and be the guy, and I'm interested to see if it's (George) Pickens, if it's (Dominick) Blaylock Demetris Robertson is a little banged up, Kearis (Jackson) got banged up earlier in the year,' Pollack said. 'Somebody needs to get on the page with Jake Fromm that we saw years ago, with back shoulder fades, and a guy that he can trust,' Pollack said. 'Because if you're going to point to a weakness for this team, or a question mark for Georgia, it's the receivers. There is no other question mark on this team, everywhere else is pretty solid.' Pickens and Blaylock rank No. 1 and No. 2 in catches for Georgia to this point of the season, with grad transfers Eli Wolf (tight end) and Lawrence Cager rounding out the top four. Notre Dame's hope As for Notre Dame's chances against the Bulldogs, Pollack said it all comes down to Ian Book. 'I don't think there's any player in the country that has to be more productive for their team to win this week than Ian Book,' Pollack said. 'Ian Book has to be great, and it's got to be with his legs, he's got to run the ball effectively, he's got to scramble and throw the football effectively 'He's a really a talented kid, and if Notre Dame is going to come down here and pull off an upset against a Georgia team that's more talented them them, it's going to have to be Ian Book playing not (just) good, but really good, beyond good levels, to great levels.' Georgia legend David Pollack DawgNation Georgia-Notre Dame Georgia football injury report for Notre Dame game Irish QB Ian Book keeping his cool entering matchup David Pollack says Nolan Smith rising star Georgia zeroed in on Notre Dame quarterback World of difference in Jake Fromm now from 2017 Georgia newcomers proving pivotal to season success Jake Fromm, Crush it and flush it,' on to Notre Dame Brian Kelly says Irish found themselves' in 66-14 win Notre Dame coach says team in position to win national title 3 things Georgia must avoid against Notre Dame The post David Pollack: 2019 Georgia football more talented than 2017 version, that's fact' appeared first on DawgNation.