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    A former United States Air Force intelligence officer recounted in a new book an incident he claims resulted in the killing of an alien being in 1978. >> Read more trending news  Retired Air Force Major George Filer III told author John L. Guerra that on a day in January 1978, a 4-foot creature, gray and brown in color with a large head, long arms and a thin body, was shot and killed at Fort Dix in New Jersey, The Asbury Park Press reported. The book, titled “Strange Craft: The True Story of an Air Force Intelligence Officer’s Life with UFOs,” claims a military police officer shot and killed the alien with a .45-caliber military issued handgun. The military first spotted the alien after observing an oval-shaped blue-green craft hovering over a vehicle, the Asbury Park Press reports. The alleged alien died of gunshot wounds on the Air Force side of what is now Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Filer told the author. After the alien was shot and killed, a cleanup crew from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was flown in to retrieve the body, the Press reported. When it comes to aliens and unidentified flying objects, Wright-Patt often comes up because of its involvement in an operation called “Project Blue Book,” said base spokesman Daryl Mayer. From 1947 to 1969, the Air Force investigated UFOs as part of the project, which was headquartered at Wright-Patt, according to the Air Force Declassification Office. The project was terminated in December 1969. At the time the project ended, around 701 of 12,618 sightings remained “unidentified,” according to the Air Force. The project concluded that no UFOs showed technology outside the scope of what was within the range of “scientific knowledge” at that time.
  • Two people are dead after a shooting at a South Carolina nightclub Friday night, officials said. >> Read more trending news  The shooting happened at Old Skool nightclub near Lancaster, WSOC-TV reported. No arrests have been made at this point, police said. Police said Saturday morning that the investigation is ongoing. No other information has been released, but the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is expected to release more information later Saturday.
  • Police found more than $22,000 worth of drugs inside a New York home Thursday, including a half-pound of cocaine tucked inside an oven mitt, according to felony complaints filed in Syracuse City Court. >> Read more trending news  Police found the knotted bag of cocaine in the mitt, which was hanging on a kitchen cupboard, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported. Three gray grocery bags filled with more cocaine were hidden inside a nightstand in the master bedroom of the home, the newspaper reported. In the basement, 10 doses were found inside envelopes stamped with the words 'Body Bags,' police said in the complaint. A small amount of crack cocaine was found wrapped in plastic and hidden in a black safe, according to the Post-Standard. Police arrested Angel DeJesus, Monique Gaulden-DeJesus and Amy Hoffman, WSYR reported. They were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony punishable by up to 25 years to life in prison, according to the radio station. All three are being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center without bail, according to jail records.
  • Police are searching for a thief who broke into a Massachusetts home and stole a man's WWII bayonet, which was a gift from his late brother-in-law. >> Read more trending news  The German artifact, which is more than 70 years old, comes from the Normandy invasion in June 1944 and is of huge significance to its owner. 'He gave it to me a long time ago, 60 years ago,' said the victim, who prefers to remain anonymous. 'He was in the invasion of Normandy. 'That's how he got the souvenir. ... So it was tough. He didn't talk about it much or at all.' Along with the bayonet, police said the thief also took the victim's wallet about a month ago when his Saugus home was broken into. Now, police said they have photos of the person they believe committed the thefts after the suspect used the stolen credit cards at nearby businesses. The victim told WFXT he only noticed his home was broken into the next morning, where his bayonet, credit cards and cash from his wallet were missing.  'I was angry that someone did that,' said the victim. 'I'm still angry about it. Someone breaking in like that.' Police are determined to find the suspect based on surveillance footage showing the burglar using the stolen credit cards. The victim told WFXT other homes were broken into around the same time, just a few blocks away from his house. 'I'd try to grab him and whack him a few times,' the victim told WFXT. 'I was just angry about it.
  • Barron Hilton, who expanded his father's hotel empire and was a founding team owner in the American Football League, died Thursday. He was 91. >> Read more trending news  Hilton's death was announced by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, The New York Times reported. Hilton died of natural causes at his Los Angeles home, according to the Los Angeles Times. Hilton served as chief executive officer of the Hilton hotel chain for 30 years. The Blackstone Group bought the chain for $26 billion in 2007, purchasing a chain that included 2,800 hotels with 480,000 rooms in 76 countries, the Los Angeles Times reported. In a statement, Hilton Hotels said, 'the world of hospitality mourns for one of the greats.” 'Barron Hilton was an incredible family man, business leader and philanthropist. From his leadership of our company for more than three decades to the transformative work he led with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for many years, Barron was a man unlike any other,” Hilton Hotels’ president and CEO, Christopher J. Nassetta said in the statement. William Barron Hilton was born in Dallas on Oct. 23, 1927. He served in the Navy and was an entrepreneur before joining his father's company in 1951, working in the operations department, the Los Angeles Times reported. By 1954, he had been promoted to vice president. Hilton was one of the charter owners in the American Football League, forming the Los Angeles Chargers when the league began play in 1960. Hilton moved the team to San Diego in 1961 after the franchise lost $900,000 in its inaugural season, and the Chargers won the 1963 AFL title, The New York Times reported. The Chargers returned to their roots in 2017, becoming the Los Angeles Chargers again. Dean Spanos, the current owner of the Chargers, said in a statement that Hilton was 'a pioneering leader.' 'A founding father and charter member of the upstart AFL’s sarcastically self-dubbed ‘Foolish Club,’ Barron was a pioneering leader, risk-taking entrepreneur, prolific philanthropist, devoted family man and, of course, anything but foolish,' Spanos said. 'Without Barron, there would be no Chargers.' Paris Hilton tweeted Friday that her grandfather was 'a visionary.' 'His spirit, heart and legacy will live on in me,' she tweeted.
  • A marriage proposal went horribly wrong in Tanzania early Friday, as a Louisiana man died while attempting an underwater marriage proposal, his girlfriend wrote on social media. >> Read more trending news  Kenesha Antoine, an attorney in Baton Rouge, posted on Facebook that her boyfriend, Steven Weber Jr., of Zachary, died during the couple's trip overseas, The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported. It was 'the cruelest twist of fate imaginable,' Antoine wrote on Facebook. Antoine said the couple was vacationing at the Manta Resort on Pemba Island. The cabin at the resort had a submerged bedroom, including windows looking out into the water. Antoine wrote in the post that Weber died before he reached the surface to hear her 'Yes' to his marriage proposal, WBRZ reported. 'You never emerged from those depths, so you never got to hear my answer, “Yes! Yes! A million times, yes, I will marry you!!” We never got to embrace and celebrate the beginning of the rest of our lives together, as the best day of our lives turned into the worst, in the cruelest twist of fate imaginable,' Antoine wrote. Antoine said the couple was vacationing at the Manta Resort on Pemba Island, an elaborate cabin with a submerged bedroom, including windows looking out into the water. Antoine shared a video showing Weber swimming up to the glass with handwritten messages, with the final message being the proposal, The Advocate reported. Weber then pulls out a ring, and Antoine can be heard exclaiming 'Yes,' the newspaper reported. Weber is shown swimming out of the frame, but Antoine said her boyfriend never made it back to the surface. It is not clear what caused Weber's death. The U.S. Department of State confirmed a U.S. tourist had died in Tanzania but did not offer any other details, WBRZ reported. Weber was a graduate of Zachary High School, who attended Delgado Community College, LSU and Baton Rouge Community College, The Advocate reported.
  • An assisted living facility worker in Florida is accused of falling asleep in a minivan, as the disabled man he was caring for died in the hot vehicle, authorities said Friday. >> Read more trending news  Joshua D. Russell, 26, of St. Petersburg, was charged with aggravated manslaughter of a disabled adult in connection with the May 9 incident, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. Russell, who was working at Crossroads of Pinellas, an assisted living facility in Seminole, had taken John LaPointe, 35, to a doctor’s appointment, the Tampa Bay Times reported. At a news conference, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said LaPointe had Down syndrome, was nonverbal and had the intellectual capacity of a 1-year-old. According to deputies, Russell said he stopped by his home after the appointment and took kratom, WTSP reported. He told deputies he began to feel ill and parked the assisted living facility's Toyota Sienna minivan to take a nap, the television station reported. Russell said he later woke up in a sweat from the minivan's heat and noticed LaPointe was not breathing, WFTS reported. Russell attempted CPR but could not revive LaPointe, the television station reported. Investigators said LaPointe died of heatstroke, Gualtieri said. 'This poor guy baked in that car,' Gualtieri said at the news conference.  Russell went back into his home to retrieve a gun and called his mother, who worked at the assisted living facility, telling her he was going to kill himself, the Times reported. Deputies later arrested Russell on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Russell posted bail May 14, the newspaper reported. The charge filed Friday was added after the medical examiner's office ruled LaPointe died of hyperthermia, the Times reported. Investigators estimated the temperature inside the minivan reached 125 degrees, the newspaper reported. Russell was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, where he remains in lieu of $50,000 bond, according to arrest records.
  • A Florida police detective said he was 'only joking' last month when he told a fellow officer there would be an 'active shooter situation' at police headquarters if he did not receive an assignment he wanted. >> Read more trending news  The officer said the Aug. 5 comment 'made the hairs on the back of his neck stand up.' Now, detective Steve Bergren of the Tarpon Springs Police Department is without a job as he resigned Thursday before police Chief Robert Kochen could fire him, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Bergren, an 11-year veteran of the police department, wrote a letter to the police chief to say he was only joking, the newspaper reported. “In his letter he says it was in jest, but in hindsight it was ill-advised,' Tarpon Springs Police Maj. Jeffrey Young told the Times. “In today’s society you just can’t say something like that and not be held accountable for it.” In his letter, Bergren apologized for his comment. “During the course of this conversation, I made a statement in jest referencing an active shooter,” Bergren wrote. “I never imagined when the statement was made that it would be perceived ... as a potential threat to our shared workplace.' Bergren also wrote his 'attempt at humor' was ill-advised.  “Read read“I failed to appreciate how recent tragic events could lead to a statement referencing an active shooter being misperceived,” he wrote, The name of the detective who heard Bergren's comment was not released by police officials. In a release, police officials said the officer did not believe Bergren was joking. “The other detective said Bergren made this statement in a stoic manner and not giving any indication that this was a joke,” officials told the Times. The internal investigation will be sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Standards Commission.  Bergren could not be reached for comment Friday, the Times reported. His attorney with the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association did not return a request for comment.
  • Holy anniversary, Batman. The Caped Crusader is 80 years old and it's time to celebrate. >> Read more trending news  Saturday is Batman Day, and the iconic Bat-Signal, which lit the skies of Gotham City to summon Batman in times of trouble, will be lit in cities around the world, The New York Times reported. 'I don't know who he is beneath that mask of his, but I know when we need him, and we need him now!' Gotham City Police Commissioner Gordon would say in the campy 1960s 'Batman' television series. Batman's actual 'birthday' was March 30, 1939, when the superhero made his debut in DC Comics, But the Bat-Signal ritual has taken place on Sept. 21 to honor the Dark Knight. In the real Gotham, New York City will project the Bat-Signal on the side of the Domino Sugar Refinery Building in Brooklyn from 8 p.m. until midnight, WNBC reported. 
  • A Pennsylvania woman and her daughter came to the rescue of a pregnant dog that was delivering a litter of puppies on the side of the road, according to an animal shelter in Lancaster County. >> Read more trending news  Bryan Langlois, the co-founder and medical director of Pet Pantry of Lancaster, said the boxer had already delivered four puppies when the two women found the dogs Thursday around 8 p.m., WPMT reported. The women called the police, and a West Hempfield Township officers took the dogs to Pet Pantry, the television station reported. As the officer was driving to the shelter, the boxer gave birth to a fifth puppy in the back of the squad car, Langlois told WPMT. Once at the shelter, the dog gave birth to four more puppies, the television station reported. One of those was stillborn, and a second puppy did not survive overnight, Langlois said. Langlois told WPMT the total litter of surviving puppies included five males and two females. He said the dogs are doing well. 'Mom is a champ,' Langlois said in a news release. 'She knows just what to do, and that makes our job a whole lot easier here.' The mother dog and her puppies will be sent to a foster home after they clear a medical examination, Langlois told WPMT. The puppies will not be available for adoption for at least two months, Langlois said.

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 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.
  • ATHENS Georgia takes center stage in college football on Saturday in a game with No. 7-ranked Notre Dame that will set the 2019 narrative for the Bulldogs. Much has already been learned about this season's team, Georgia holding its No. 3 ranking with a 3-0 start that has featured impressive wins. WATCH: Georgia's exciting It Takes What It Takes' pregame video The Bulldogs have, in fact, been so overwhelming that top players haven't seen a great deal of action in the past two outings. Georgia legend Herschel Walker took note on Thursday, saying it's time for Georgia to show why it's Running Back U. 'You talk about Swift, people don't know how good that kid is,' Walker said. 'He's only running the ball 11 times (per game), but he's averaging 9 yards a carry.' Let's talk more about Swift leading the '7 players to watch' against Notre Dame. D'Andre Swift This game has been a long time coming for Swift. Swift is coming off his first healthy collegiate offseason. The results are obvious, with Swift adding power and authority to his sharp-cutting arsenal since his big-stage debacle in the Sugar Bowl. Swift's 16-carry effort in the season-opener against Vanderbilt fell one short of his carer-high, but there's a chance he could surpass that against Notre Dame. RELATED: Why Georgia could run over Notre Dame The Irish will be loaded up to stop the run, but Swift's ability to find seams, bounce runs and catch the ball makes him a sure-thing for a high volume of touches and more than 100 yards from scrimmage and at least one touchdown. The 'Great Wall' The Georgia offensive line has received more fanfare and celebrity than any college line in recent memory, and this is the game for it to truly make its mark. Andrew Thomas, Solomon Kindley, Trey Hill, Ben Cleveland and Cade Mays are on task, with Isaiah Wilson possibly coming back from his ankle injury. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said his defensive line hasn't gotten knocked off the ball this season, indicating the Irish's porous run defense (120th in the nation) has more to do with fits and run support. The lights will be shining on the Bulldogs' trench giants. Charlie Woerner Why do I get a sneaky feeling the senior tight end might be in for a big night? Is it because his uncle, Scott, was an All-American who starred for Georgia and was part of the 1980 national championship team that beat Notre Dame? RELATED: An inside story on Charlie Woerner and his recruitment Let's face it, America loves a good storyline, and seeing Charlie Woerner have a big game against the Irish is what most every Bulldogs' fan is looking for. As for fast-rising tight end Eli Wolf, Tennessee is up next on the schedule, and the former Vols' captain can get a carry into the Neyland Stadium end zone from the fullback position to make headlines that game week. Monty Rice It's time for Monty Rice to come out of relative anonymity on the national stage and show his value for Georgia. The Bulldogs have been playing a lot of defenders at linebacker, building depth. But Rice is the front-line backer and the heart of the defense. His sideline-to-sideline play and hard-hitting should be evident against the Irish. Rice has 15 tackles this season, but he could end up with 10 or more against Notre Dame. James Cook Cook is a weapon who should touch the ball at least 10 times every game, whether that's on handoffs, passes or in the return game. Cook averages 12.9 yards per carry and 9.5 per catch and 20.5 on kick return. Explosive, dynamic and fast, there don't seem to be enough adjectives to describe just how exciting of a player Cook is in the open field. Every time Cook touches the ball, there's an electricity in the air that he could score. SportsCenter Highlight in 3-2-1 . George Pickens Pickens is on the DawgNation 'Watch' List every week, and every week, the player wearing the No. 1 on offense shows why. Smart said Pickens still has work to do, but the quarterback and offensive coordinator keep showing confidence in the work that he does with the football thrown in his direction. Kudos to Smart and his staff recognizing that taking advantage of Pickens' great talents. Even while he's ironing out other wrinkles, having Pickens in the game plan gives Georgia its best chance to win. Nolan Smith Speaking of tremendous potential coming to fruition, outside linebacker Nolan Smith has a raptor-like burst that all-time UGA defensive great David Pollack described as 'freaky.' Smith saw limited snaps last Saturday, and one can't help but wonder if Smart wanted to do his best to keep this elite pass-rushing talent under wraps for one more week. Nolan Smith will be a household name in the SEC soon enough. 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  • DawgNation has four staffers who cover Georgia football from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The 'Cover 4' concept is: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement to support the informed opinion. 4) Pepper the page with photos for the big picture. For this edition, we discuss the most improved Bulldogs on the team since last season. DawgNation continues with the 'Cover 4' concept. It was a regular in our story rotation in 2018. We have four staffers who cover UGA athletics on a full-time basis. It means the focus shifts to a timely 'Cover 4' look with each of our guys manning the secondary here. The quick in-and-out game remains. These takes are designed to come out quicker than former Bulldog Mecole Hardman Jr. ran the 40 at the NFL combine. We're trying a DawgNation.com first today in advance of the Notre Dame game: Join us in the DawgNation forum for a live chat at 3 p.m. today WHAT: A DawgNation first. The Cover 4 crew (BA, Connor, Griff and some lowly intern type) will be in this forum thread from 3-4 PM talking and answering anything you good people have for the Georgia-Notre Dame game. WHEN: Today. 3-4 PM HOW DO I GET THERE: Click this link. New forum members will have to go through a brief and free sign-up for our DawgNation forums. WHY: We figured you needed to wrap up your workweek a little early given the big game on Saturday HAVE A QUESTION?: Go ahead and drop it in that forum thread now. We'll be sure to answer the first ones we see once that 3 p.m. start time hits. FOR REAL?: Yes, that's just a way to thank each and everyone one of you for helping make this forum what it is today. We want to continue to build this to be a place where you can get in touch with us, interact and get your UGA questions acknowledged right from our guys. Be there. Get ready for The The 2019 season 'Cover 4' topics so far: Georgia's biggest edge on Notre Dame will be . The most improved Bulldog since last season is . A few big non-score predictions for Georgia-Vanderbilt Which returning Bulldogs impressed the most in fall camp? The players set to become the new fan favorites for 2019 are . What will convince you the Bulldogs are throwing the ball more this fall? What kind of numbers will D'Andre Swift put up in 2019? Jake Fromm's best quality? The Cover 4 crew chops that one up DawgNation Nickel: What was the alarming trend coming out of spring ball in Athens? The post Cover 4: Join us in the DawgNation forum at 3 PM for a live chat appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football coach Kirby Smart appears on the verge of letting the so-called lion out of the cage after a week of keeping his team emotionally balanced and focused on the task at hand. 'It takes what it takes,' has been one of the Bulldogs' team slogans throughout the offseason, and now it's featured in another classic UGA football video. The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) play host to No. 7 Notre Dame (2-0) in the first non-conference game featuring two Top 10 teams at Sanford Stadium since 1966. RELATED: Herschel Walker says it's time for Georgia to display RBU 'Our guys are excited to get to play on a national stage in a home game atmosphere that will probably be unrivaled in Georgia history from a non-conference standpoint,' Smart said on the SEC teleconference on Wednesday. 'I know they are excited with a team like Notre Dame coming to town, it is really a special event.' The UGA football film crew captured the build-up in the national media along with sharing behind-the-scenes footage of Georgia's preparation. The Bulldogs' early season schedule at Vanderbilt, home against Murray State and Arkansas State hasn't provided much of a challenge. 'We're not really sure what to make of Georgia,' former Alabama national championship quarterback Greg McElroy says in the UGA hype video. 'This is going to be a different experience than anything else than they've ever had in the regular season,' said SEC Network analyst Marcus Spears. Joey Galloway, a former Ohio State star receiver now ESPN analyst, is spliced into the Georgia video saying what most in the Georgia fan base is thinking. 'Yeah, this Georgia Bulldogs team we've seen the past few years,' Galloway said. 'They've been there, they've done it, now they've got to find a way to get over the top.' Smart, shown talking to his team, summed it up. 'It's about showing the country we're one of the best teams,' Smart said, 'and you do that by how you play on the field.' It takes what it takes Week 4 Trailer | It Takes What It Takes #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/hA1poL1LLe Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) September 20, 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 WATCH: Georgia football It Takes What It Takes' video captures pre-game excitement appeared first on DawgNation.