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Man wins $875K slot machine jackpot at Detroit casino

Man wins $875K slot machine jackpot at Detroit casino

Man wins $875K slot machine jackpot at Detroit casino
Photo Credit: Greektown Casino-Hotel
A man won more than $875,000 playing a slot machine at a Detroit casino on Wednesday.

Man wins $875K slot machine jackpot at Detroit casino

A 50-year-old man turned a $20 investment into six figures Wednesday, winning $875,527 in a slot machine at a Detroit casino, WXYZ reported.

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The man, who requested anonymity, won after putting $20 into the Wheel of Fortune Double Diamond slot machine at the Greektown Casino-Hotel, the television station reported.

The man was so shocked he was unable to move, the casino said in a news release.

The patro, a frequent visitor to the casino, said he plans to take his family on a trip, WJBK reported.

In 2015, a guest won $2 million while playing the Wheel of Fortune slot machine, The Detroit Free Press reported. In 2004, another guest won $1.77 million playing the game, WXYZ reported. 

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  • A Walton County lawyer, part-time judge and ex-special assistant attorneys general (SAAG) faces 12 charges of sexual exploitation of children, Channel 2 Action News reported. George Randolph Jeffrey, who goes by Randy, was arrested Friday amid a joint investigation by the GBI and FBI, Channel 2 reported. Documents obtained by the news station indicate that most of the charges Jeffrey faces involve photos or videos of child pornography, but one charge alleges that he used an email account to entice a child for indecent purposes. A spokesperson for Attorney General Chris Carr sent Channel 2 a statement that said Jeffrey had been appointed to serve as a SAAG, representing the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Child Support Services in Walton and Newton counties. “Attorney General Carr opposes any and all forms of child exploitation and abuse,” the statement said. “We hold our Special Assistant Attorneys General to very high standards. Given the circumstances, we terminated Mr. Jeffrey’s appointment as a Special Assistant Attorney General immediately upon getting word of the arrest.”
  • The Elbert County Commission, in a unanimous vote, calls for a referendum to be held next March, with Elbert County voters approving or rejecting an additional 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax for transportation. Commissioenrs say that if the proposal passes, the TSPOST would generate a total of nearly $1.9 million per year, with about $1.2 million used for improvements and maintenance of county roads and the remainder going to the cities of Elberton and Bowman.  
  • There is more rain in the forecast for Athens and northeast Georgia, coming on the heels of Monday’s downpour on a day that saw temperatures linger in the lower 40s. It will be slightly warmer today, with highs forecast to hit the mid 50s. The National Weather Service in Peachtree City says the rain, that will fall on the region through Thursday, will raise the risk of flooding in the area.  From the National Weather Service…       PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN WILL INCREASE RISK OF FLASH FLOODING    WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY...        .RAINFALL EXPECTED...        Although additional light rain is expected today, the main period    of concern is Wednesday and Thursday, with current forecast    rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches across a large portion of    central and eastern Georgia. These rainfall amounts will increase    the risk of flash flooding and river flooding over the area. These    rainfall amounts may be conservative, given the abundantly moist    environment, and slightly higher rainfall totals may be    advertised in subsequent forecast packages.        .SYNOPSIS...    Overall weather pattern not expected to change much over the next    few days, with an anomalously moist air mass persisting. An upper    low pressure system is expected to develop over the mid-south and    deepen quickly, promoting strong moist and warm advection over    Georgia late Wednesday and Wednesday night. As a result,    anticipate periods of heavy rainfall, producing a total of 2 to 3    inches of rain.        .ANTECEDENT CONDITIONS...    Soils are saturated from ongoing rainy conditions over the area,    and local creeks and rivers are currently at normal to well above    normal stream flow. Rainfall observed over the last 7 days has    been 150 to 400 percent of normal, with isolated areas of 400 to    600 percent of normal over east central Georgia. As rainfall    continues to accumulate, the ability of rivers to handle    increased runoff within the channel is suppressed and could    quickly result in flash flooding.        .IMPACTS...    With the expected rainfall amounts, isolated flash flooding can    be expected. Periods of heavy rain can overwhelm or clog storm    drains and ditches with debris and cause extensive street flooding    and road ponding, particularly this time of year as fallen leaves    block or impede drainage systems.    Minor flooding of some of the larger creeks or rivers is likely    with the expected storm total rainfall amounts and should be    monitored closely. Moderate flooding of rivers and creeks already    above Action or Minor Flood stage is also possible.    Stay alert to changing forecasts. A Flood or Flash Flood Watch is    likely to be issued later today or tonight for large portions of    north and central Georgia. Know what to do if a Warning is issued,    particularly if you live near a creek or river.    For additional hydrologic information, visit our website at    weather.gov/atlanta. CLick on the Rivers and Lakes tab under    current weather to access the latest river state and precipitation    information.       Instructions:        Target Area:        Baldwin Banks Barrow Bartow Bibb Bleckley Butts Carroll Catoosa Chattahoochee Chattooga Cherokee Clarke Clayton Cobb Coweta Crawford Crisp Dade Dawson DeKalb Dodge Dooly Douglas Emanuel Fannin Fayette Floyd Forsyth Fulton Gilmer Glascock Gordon Greene Gwinnett Hall Hancock Haralson Harris Heard Henry Houston Jackson Jasper Jefferson Johnson Jones Lamar Laurens Lumpkin Macon Madison Marion Meriwether Monroe Montgomery Morgan Murray Muscogee Newton Oconee Oglethorpe Paulding Peach Pickens Pike Polk Pulaski Putnam Rockdale Schley Spalding Stewart Sumter Talbot Taliaferro Taylor Telfair Toombs Towns Treutlen Troup Twiggs Union Upson Walker Walton Warren Washington Webster Wheeler White Whitfield Wilcox Wilkes Wilkinson         
  • There is an afternoon work session for Athens-Clarke County Commissioners: they will meet at 5:30 at City Hall in downtown Athens.  The Athens Downtown Development Authority meets this afternoon: 3 o’clock in the Gameday Building on West Broad Street.  The scrap tire amnesty week that began Monday continues today and through the week in Athens. Old tires can be dropped off without the usual disposal fee from 7:30 til 4:30 at the Athens-Clarke County Landfill on Lexington Road.  Oconee County’s Board of Tax Assessors is meeting this morning: it is a 9 o’clock session at the Oconee County courthouse in Watkinsville.  There is an afternoon meeting of Oglethorpe County’s Economic Development Authority, underway at 5:30 at the courthouse in Lexington.  Barrow County Commissioners will meet, 7 o’clock tonight in Winder. 
  • An expanded slate of programs at the University of Georgia tailored to the needs and ambitions of students is helping them earn their degrees in record time. The university’s four-year completion rate has moved up 2 percentage points to reach a record 68 percent, and 75 percent of UGA students earn their degrees in four years plus one semester. For comparison, the average four-year graduation rate at UGA’s highly selective aspirational institutions is 69 percent, while the average four-year graduation rates for peer and SEC institutions are 53 percent and 49 percent, respectively. The university’s six-year completion rate moved up 1 percentage point to reach a record 86 percent, which is just 1 percentage point shy of the 87 percent six-year completion rate for the university’s aspirational institutions. UGA’s 86 percent six-year completion rate exceeds the 76 percent average for UGA’s peer institutions as well as the 72 percent average for Southeastern Conference institutions. “It is exciting to see the results of several UGA initiatives to increase student success building on one another to produce record-setting outcomes for our students,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “These achievements also reflect the dedication of faculty and staff across campus to helping our students attain their goals.” Promoting Academic Success UGA provides a range of programs that promote academic success while building community among students with similar interests and aspirations. Schools and colleges, the Division of Student Affairs, Public Service and Outreach and the Office of Instruction are among the many units that work, often in tandem, to create a learning environment that keeps students on track to graduate while also helping them grow and thrive as individuals. Programs such as the Freshman College Summer Experience, Dawg Campand the First-Year Odyssey Seminar program lay a strong foundation in the very first year of a student’s college experience. Academic advising, which has been bolstered with increased face-to-face support and new digital tools, helps students navigate their coursework and choice of majors. UGA is the nation’s largest public university to ensure that each of its undergraduate students engages in hands-on learning such as internships, research, study abroad and service-learning. A small class size initiative and a recently completed Investing in the Student Experience hiring initiativehave lowered the student-to-faculty ratio and enabled more personalized academic support. This fall the university launched two new Living Learning Communities—one focused on entrepreneurship and another focused on research—that connect students with exclusive learning opportunities, facilities and faculty mentors. In addition, a program known as Double Dawgs gives students more than 150 opportunities to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years or less. President’s Task Force Initiatives Recommendations from the university’s Task Force on Student Learning and Success, charged by Morehead, have resulted in an active learning initiative that is promoting higher levels of student engagement and success by transforming traditional classrooms into environments that foster critical thinking, discussion and teamwork. A new program known as ALL Georgia, which also stems from the work of the task force, supports students from rural parts of Georgia with a network of resources and common experiences. It also provides financial aid for six outstanding students from the state’s rural areas per year, for a total of 24 students. Tailored academic and support programs such as these have helped the university jump three spots to No. 13 in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report ranking of best public national universities—the highest U.S. News ranking in UGA’s history—and also earned the university a No. 12 national ranking in Kiplinger’s list of best values in public colleges. The university’s career outcomes rate is at a record level as well, with 96 percent of students either employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. “Each and every student at the University of Georgia has a support network of faculty, staff and peers who are deeply invested in their success,” said Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Libby V. Morris. “Our record completion rates are a cause for celebration—for our students and for the entire university community.”

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS — Remember way back in early August, when it was hot as the blazes and everybody was getting excited about the coming football season? That’s when we launched the second annual “Own the East” season preview series. In 20 stories — five a week for the month of August — we tried to figure out what would be the most important things that needed to happen for the Georgia Bulldogs to “own the East” again in 2018. Now it’s nearly Thanksgiving and it’s finally starting to cool off. And as we all are well aware at this point, the Bulldogs do, indeed, own the East again. In fact, Georgia clinched the division with its 34-17 win over Kentucky on Nov. 3. So, along with Alabama clinching the West on the same day with a win over LSU, it’s the earliest that the SEC Championship Game participants have both been decided. But it’s not like they’ll have to do much to promote this matchup. Considering these two teams met in the same place for the National Championship just 11 months ago, this should be one of the most anticipated SEC title games in a while. We’ll be breaking down that matchup every way possible over the next three weeks. In the meantime, back to that Own the East series. Since all that is decided now, I figured it’d be a good time to go back and review what we thought in August were going to be the most critical people and positions that needed to come through for the Bulldogs to reclaim the Eastern Division. In inverse order, from 20th to 1st, let’s revisit and see how we did. No. 20:   The post SEC Nation has to change set locations due to rain on UGA campus appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia sophomore Jake Fromm has operated under more pressure than arguably any quarterback in the nation the past two seasons. But Fromm — 20 years old, seemingly going on 35 — shrugs off critics who question him despite his 21-3 record and gaudy 67.5 completion percentage. Expectations at Georgia have never been higher after the program won the 2017 SEC title game with Fromm under center and narrowly missed dethroning Alabama in the College Football Playoff Championship Game. “You just don’t worry about it,” Fromm said Monday afternoon. “You put your head down and keep working. If you hear good things you keep working, if it’s bad things you keep working. “I know what my family says about me, and I know what my teammates say about me, and that’s all I need.” Mental toughness Fromm’s resilience is impressive. If anything, he seems to feed off the segment of doubters in the Georgia fan base who continue to rail for unproven freshman quarterback Justin Fields to replace him in the lineup. “You like being in these kind of situations,” Fromm said. “It’s fun, it’s exciting and it makes you who you are.” Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart was beaming after Fromm’s commanding performance in Georgia’s make-or-break road win in Jacksonville, Fla., against the Gators. “I’m sure he felt and heard the noise,” Smart said, referring to what must have seemed like an eternal bye week for Fromm and the Bulldogs in the aftermath of their worst performance of the season, a 36-16 loss at LSU. “ Jake works as hard as anybody on our team and he believes in the players around him,” Smart said after Fromm dissected Florida. “He understands what we’re trying to do offensively, and he did a good job of dealing out the ball when he had an opportunity and he made some big throws tonight to some guys that were open and to some guys that were in tight coverage.” Underrated Fromm Former Florida quarterback legend Tim Tebow, of all people, predicted the day before the game that Fromm would bounce back from the loss at LSU. RELATED: SEC Legend Tim Tebow talks UGA quarterbacks Fields, Fromm “I think he’s underrated, and I think he had a really tough week against LSU,” Tebow said. “I don’t think that they necessarily game-planned it well. He got a little bit shell-shocked, but I think he’ll bounce back from that. “He’s handled big moments so I wouldn’t say that the moment of LSU got to him, I’d say that (it was) a really good defense that dialed up 11 pressures and hit him in the face quite a bit.” Smart directed his offensive staff to work on pass protection during the bye week, while Fromm and his receivers worked to get more in sync. Wins over Florida, Kentucky and Auburn have ensued, and now Fromm is trying to make sure the Bulldogs keep the pedal down for the UMass game at 4 p.m. on Saturday. “ We really want to go out there and try to get better,” Fromm said. “Everyone is playing off each other, and everyone is in that groove right now, hopefully we can keep rolling with it.” Unbelievable leader NFL quarterback whisperer Bruce Arians saw it coming before the season, noting Fromm’s leadership and poise as far back as spring drills. “ Man, what an unbelievable leader,” Arians told DawgNation. “Jake has an unbelievable amount of moxie about him, to take a team like that, and take charge with all the great athletes they have. The respect factor in that locker room I saw was amazing.” Fromm doesn’t accept compliments any more than he allows outside criticism to bother him, instead deflecting accolades to the team. “Yeah, the team is definitely taking strides right now, the caliber of opponents we’ve been playing and how we’ve been able to run the football and play as a team,” Fromm said. “Defense is playing at an unreal level right now, stopping the run, and getting off the field on third downs. So we’ll try to keep going and chopping away at it.” Fromm, selected as the FWAA Freshman All-American quarterback last season, has been named   one of 16 semifinalists for the Dave O’Brien Award. Georgia coach Kirby Smart insists on a balanced, pro-style attack, so Fromm might not have the numbers to win any individual awards. Fromm won’t let that bother him, either. “I’m just trying to go out and make the right checks, do what I got to do to give the offense the best chance to succeed,” Fromm said, “whether that’s throwing it 80 times a game or handing off 80 times a game, doesn’t really matter to me, as long as the offense is doing well and the team is winning.”     The post On the beat: Georgia QB Jake Fromm embracing challenges, silencing critics appeared first on DawgNation.
  • This is the first in a series of stories that will break down the matchups between Georgia and Alabama as last year’s College Football Playoff finalists prepare for a rematch on Dec. 1 in the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. ATHENS — Tyler Simmons was onsides, and Georgia did a lot of other things right on special teams against Alabama in the National Championship Game last January. In fact, the Bulldogs won the special teams battle against the Crimson Tide in that 26-23 overtime loss, and that’s an area in which Georgia appears to hold a significant advantage this season as the teams get set for a rematch in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 1. No. 1 Alabama (10-0, 7-0 SEC) and the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (9-1, 7-1) still have regular-season games to play before meeting in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the second time in 11 months for conference bragging rights and the College Football Playoff berth that will come with it. But, to this point, there isn’t a college football analyst anywhere who is giving Georgia a chance in that game. That’s based on a Tua Tagovailoa offense that ranks third nationally in points (48.6 ppg) and fourth in yards (539.5 ypg) and a defense that’s No. 1 in points allowed (12.7 pg). What’s not discussed much if at all is that Georgia is pretty good on those fronts as well (23rd, 18th and 9th, respectively). And the Bulldogs happen to be far superior to Alabama in that third area of the game of football — special teams. That Georgia is good at is no accident. “We work really hard on it,” coach Kirby Smart said Monday. “I think (special teams coordinator) Coach (Scott) Fountain and his staff of guys that help him with special teams have done a tremendous job. Our kids are committed to special teams. I try to make it the most important thing of the game … and they’ve bought into that.” Heading into the 12th week of the season and 11th game for both teams, statistics indicate that Georgia is better at almost every aspect of special teams player. Nowhere is the contrast more stark than the area of kicking. The Bulldogs, of course, feature Lou Groza Award semifinalist Rodrigo Blankenship, who has proven to be one of the most consistent and clutch kickers in the country going back to last season. The junior from Marietta currently leads the SEC in scoring at 9.4 points per game and touchbacks with 64 on 72 kickoffs. Blankenship is 17-of-19 on field goals this season, with a long of 53 yards, and continues to build on his school record of consecutive extra points with a miss, which stands at 132 in a row now. Compare that Alabama, which has utilized two players on placement kicks this season. Between Josh Bulovas and Austin Jones, they’ve missed five of 16 field goal attempts and, incredibly, six PATs on the season. Bulovas, a freshman, has recorded just 36 touchbacks on 85 kickoffs. Similarly, the Crimson Tide’s punting has been subpar. Their net average of 34.7 yards ranks 13th in the 14-team SEC. That, too, has come off the feet of two different punters, freshman Skyler DeLong and senior Mike Bernier. Georgia hasn’t been much better. Freshman Jake Camarda is ninth in the league with a 42.2-yard average and the Bulldogs are 10th in net average at 38.1 yards. But Camarda has displayed a power leg in practice and at times in games. Meanwhile, Georgia junior Mecole Hardman should have some return possibilities. His punt return average of 24.3 yards leads the SEC and is nearly double that of the league’s No. 2 player, which is Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle. Hardman also averages 27.6 yards on kickoff returns with a long of 41 yards against Auburn last week. Crimson Tide junior Josh Jacobs is also one of the nation’s top kickoff returners with 31.5-yard average. That won’t be an issue if Blankenship continues to boot the ball deep at his current rate. However, the Bulldogs need to shore up their kick coverage when he doesn’t kick it out of the end zone. “We’re not really where we need to be … on kickoff coverage, but it’s very misleading because of Rod’s leg strength and his ability to get touchbacks, and it’s the same way with punt coverage,” Smart said. “We haven’t hit a lot of great punts, but we haven’t had a lot of return yards against us because our gunners are good. We’re good in both return units, and that’s thanks to Mecole as well as some guys that are committed to it.” Junior Tyler Simmons is one of those Georgia players that has committed himself to excellence on special teams. He occupies a starting position on virtually every one of the Bulldogs’ special teams units. That includes their punt-return and punt-block units. It looks like Tyler Simmons was onside on this blocked punt…. pic.twitter.com/7EkFmnnXOS — DawgNation (@DawgNation) January 9, 2018 Simmons was the Georgia player who came flying in on Alabama’s right flank last season to block a punt early in the third quarter of the championship game last season. He was incorrectly ruled offsides on the play, which would have given the Bulldogs the ball inside the Crimson Tide’s 20-yard line leading 13-0. Instead, Alabama — which actually had two players move before the snap on the play — was awarded five yards and got to punt again. Hardman returned the 54-yard punt 19 yards, but the Bulldogs failed to capitalize and had to punt the ball back. Asked how often he is asked or reminded of that play, Simmons said, “pretty much every day.” But even before that play, Simmons had become dedicated to trying to make an impact on Georgia’s special teams. “It didn’t take me long to (buy in) if I wanted to get onto the field,” said Simmons, who came to UGA from Powder Springs’ McEachern High as a wide receiver. “That’s something that was definitely different for me. Growing up, I was always the return man and everything, so that’s a little different. But that’s definitely something that has really helped me get on the field.” Georgia edged Bama in most phases of special teams that day last January. Blankenship was perfect on three field-goal attempts — including a 51-yarder in overtime — while Alabama missed two of their four field-goal tries. The Bulldogs also averaged 17 yards on two punt returns to Bama’s 7.6 and forged pushes with the Tide on kickoff returns and in other areas. Nowadays, Georgia enters virtually every game with an air of superiority that they’re going to win the special teams battle. “With the amount of talent and ability that we have on all of our special teams we feel we have an advantage no matter who we play,” Blankenship said. “But that only comes with hard work. Week in and week out we have to grind. We have to give as much focus and attention to detail as we can to every phase of special teams. As long as we do that Monday through Friday we’re going to have a chance to win that phase of the game on Saturday.” The post Road to Atlanta: Tyler Simmons was onsides, and Georgia still has a special teams edge over Alabama appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football is looking more and more like a legitimate national championship contender, improving its odds of beating Alabama each week. First things first, Coach Kirby Smart has challenged his players to maintain their intensity for non-conference cupcake UMass in what amounts to the final dress rehearsal of the season at 4 p.m. on Saturday. RELATED: Why Kirby Smart is counting on team leaders this week The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (9-1, 7-1 SEC) have built up some noteworthy momentum with wins over Florida, Kentucky and Auburn, and Smart wants them to maintain it. It has been an impressive reload this season after Georgia lost SEC Defensive Player of the Year Roquan Smith and the No. 2 and No. 3 rushers in the school’s noteworthy RB history, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. RELATED: Early betting line on Alabama-Georgia released Still, for much of this season, it has been hard to envision a realistic scenario where Georgia could beat No. 1 Alabama. While it’s still more unlikely than not, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for the Bulldogs, who have taken an “unfinished business” approach to 2018. RELATED: Why Georgia looks like the SEC East’s best hope to dethrone Alabama Here are three takeaways from the Bulldogs’ pivotal three-game stretch, and reasons why Georgia has a shot at repeating as SEC champions: Resilience To beat Alabama it’s going to take plenty of fight and a never-say-die approach, and Georgia has shown that since a humbling 36-16 loss at LSU. Smart and the Bulldogs circled the wagons during the bye week and dug in, recognizing and remedying keys ares such as pass protection and run defense/tackling. Georgia remains a work in progress and must absolutely solve its “low red zone” (short-yardage) offense to conquer the Tide. But the offensive line has improved as the season has progressed, and the defensive front has grown deeper and stronger. Leadership It’s hard to imagine a quarterback being questioned after leading his team to an SEC title and College Football Playoff overtime win against Oklahoma. But that’s where Jake Fromm found himself throughout much of this season. Fromm stumbled against LSU and the critics came out in force. Some suggested unproven true freshman QB Justin Fields should replace Fromm in the starting lineup. But Fromm, a sophomore from Warner Robins (Ga.), has answered the bell. His poise and leadership has been evident in the wins over the Gators, Wildcats and Tigers, as Fromm has thrived under the immense pressure of producing in must-win situations. Alabama is coming off back-to-back shutout wins over AP Top 25 teams for the first time in the school’s illustrious history, so it’s clear it will take a supreme quarterback play to topple the Tide. Emergence Georgia continues to grow new limbs with young talent emerging each week. Even better, the veteran talent is elevating its play for various reasons, from improved health, to more experience or the push from the younger players on the depth chart. The re-emergence of tailback D’Andre Swift from offseason double groin surgery has been most impressive, the sophomore having returned to the explosive form of his freshman season. Receiver Jeremiah Holloman is another rising star, playing a go-to role in wins over Florida and Kentucky, and applying himself as a pivotal downfield blocker on Swift’s back-breaking 77-yard TD run against Auburn. Freshman Jordan Davis has gone from not making the travel squad in September to starting at defensive tackle. Senior receiver Terry Godwin has gotten back into form after knee and shin injuries sidelined him much of August, and redshirt sophomore offensive guard Ben Cleveland is on the verge of his first start since suffering a broken left fibula at Missouri on Sept. 22. Eric Stokes, a redshirt freshman cornerback, came off the bench against Auburn and provided lockdown coverage opposite All-American candidate Deandre Baker, posting the highest rating of all of the defensive players. An online oddsmaker told DawgNation last week that if Alabama and Georgia were to have played then, the Tide would be a 13 1/2-point favorite. The odds look a lot better for the Bulldogs after their impressive win over Auburn, and there’s still two more games to be played before the Dec. 1 showdown in the SEC Championship Game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Georgia football stories Competition is real in Georgia football secondary Bulldogs challenged to maintain lofty standards vs. UMass Georgia football a heavy favorite against UMass QB Justin Fields recipient of great ‘on-the-job training’ Georgia football tailback D’Andre Swift reveals serious surgery RECAP: Georgia gain momentum vs. Auburn with 27-10 win     The post 3 reasons why Georgia’s odds of beating Alabama keep improving appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart has set a tone that his Bulldogs are expected to play and prepare to the same standard every week, regardless of the opponent. RELATED: Georgia coach Kirby Smart updates injuries, players out The Georgia football company line will be tested this week. The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (9-1, 7-1 SEC) play host to UMass (4-7) at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Sanford Stadium (TV: SEC Network, Radio: WSB 750 AM, 95.5 FM). How, Smart was asked, does he keep his team sharp for the unheralded Minutemen   after three consecutive wins over ranked opponents? “I think that’s leadership,” Smart said. “I think we’ll find out a lot about our team this week because it’s never about who we’re playing. “I’ve told you all every week that it’s not about Florida, it’s not about Kentucky. It’s not really about them. It’s just about how we work, because we worry about us. And that way when you get to this week, it’s not different. And we focus on us.” Senior inside linebacker Juwan Taylor gets it. “We approach every week the same so there is nothing different about preparing for this game,” Taylor said. “Every week is the same for us, we prepare the same way for every opponent, no matter who we play.”  Inclement weather forced Georgia inside for practice on Monday, but Smart said he doesn’t think the Bulldogs have any drop-off when practicing inside. “As far as being inside, it’s not harder to have intensity inside,” Smart said. “As a matter of fact, sometimes I think we’re faster when we’re inside, and the collisions may be greater. Space is probably the toughest thing, having everybody in a limited space. “We have to do a good job of rotating where we do things.” Georgia football coach Kirby Smart     Georgia football stories Competition is real in Georgia football secondary Georgia football a heavy favorite against UMass QB Justin Fields recipient of great ‘on-the-job training’ Georgia football tailback D’Andre Swift reveals serious surgery RECAP: Georgia gain momentum vs. Auburn with 27-10 win   The post WATCH: Georgia football coach Kirby Smart counting on team leaders appeared first on DawgNation.