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    Organizers in Algeria are predicting huge demonstrations across the country's major cities as protesters step up their demand for the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. It's the fifth straight Friday since nationwide anti-Bouteflika protests began Feb. 22 that Algerians have taken to the streets. Workers of Sonatrach, the national oil company whose executives are close to Bouteflika, held a symbolic sit-in Thursday in solidarity with the protests that span all sections of society including the country's youth and doctors. New Prime Minister Nourredine Bedoui is still struggling to form a government with many potential candidates sought to keep their distance from the unpopular president.
  • The World Health Organization says Ebola has spiked in Congo in recent days because of 'increased security challenges,' a week after its director-general predicted the outbreak might be contained within six months. The U.N. health agency said late Thursday the recent attacks on Ebola clinics slowed response efforts for days. Congolese officials reported dozens of new suspected and confirmed cases in recent days. Last week, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared that Ebola was 'contracting.' Doctors Without Borders has said that conditions at the outbreak's epicenter are 'toxic' and that international responders have failed to convince local communities to accept their help. WHO acknowledged that many people with Ebola are refusing to seek care at health centers and are dying at home, increasing the chances of the virus' spread.
  • A 71-year-old Minnesota man believes he has broken the Guinness World Record for his age in planking, WCCO reported. >> Read more trending news  Andy Steinfeldt, of Minnetonka, held the planking position for 38 minutes at the Sabes Jewish Community Center, the television station reported.  Planking is an isometric exercise that involves holding a position similar to a push-up for the most time possible. According to officials at the Jewish Community Center, the world record is 36 minutes, 58 seconds, WCCO reported. According to Guinness World Records, the longest time any man has held the planking position -- at any age -- is 8 hours, 1 minute, set by China’s Mao Weidong in 2016. “It’s quite grueling. And I don’t really practice it (planking),” Steinfeldt told the Lakeshore Daily News. “(Holding a plank is) is “too boring to practice. So it was stressing a few places I usually don’t get stress. But I’m recovering.” Steinfeldt said he planks to motivate others to overcome challenges, WCCO reported.
  • China says it will look into charges against two Chinese firms sanctioned by the U.S. for suspected violations of sanctions against North Korea. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday that China upholds all United Nations Security Council sanctions against the North over its nuclear and missile programs. However, he said Beijing opposes unilateral sanctions on Chinese firms such as those imposed by the U.S. separate from those of the U.N. The Trump administration on Thursday sanctioned Dalian Haibo International Freight Co. Ltd. and Liaoning Danxing International Forwarding Co. Ltd. for using deceptive methods to circumvent international and U.S. sanctions and the U.S. commitment to implementing U.N. Security Council resolutions. Calls to the two companies rang without response Friday or were answered by people who immediately hung up the phone.
  • Their voices have thundered across this heartsick city, in parks and at flower memorials and schools. Day after day, the students of Christchurch have gathered, feet smashing the ground in unison as they chant the words of their nation's indigenous people in an outpouring of grief and love and support. In the aftermath of last week's deadly shooting spree on two mosques blamed on a white supremacist, the young people of Christchurch have found solace in an old tradition: a Maori ceremonial dance called the haka. To much of the world, the haka is largely associated with New Zealand's rugby team, the All Blacks, who perform it before games. That has led to a misconception that it is solely a war dance meant to inspire fear. But though it may have started out that way, the haka has evolved to mean so much more. 'Whenever I haka, I feel like I am from the tribe, standing with them — that all their spirits are with us,' said high school student Georgia Horiana Myers Meihana, after she and her classmates finished reciting a karakia, or Maori prayer, at a flower memorial. 'To us, it doesn't feel like we're just shouting words.' Millions around the world have viewed videos of the students' hakas over the past week, with many people commenting that they have been moved to tears, even if they don't understand what the Maori words mean. Such a reaction is not surprising, says Tapeta Wehi, founder of the New Zealand performance group The Haka Experience. 'I've performed haka around the world, and that's normal,' Wehi says. 'I remember performing it in Germany, and I had these big German guys coming up to me with tears in their eyes, wondering why they're crying. It's the inner spirit that we portray.' Though hakas were traditionally performed by the Maori people in preparation for battle, they are not all about war, Wehi says. Hakas are performed to celebrate and to mourn, and are often part of important events such as funerals or 21st birthdays. In the aftermath of the shootings, Wehi says, people across New Zealand have performed hakas to show support and respect for the victims and their families. For the students, the haka has served as a powerful form of healing after a harrowing week in which they lost friends and the sense of safety that came from living in a nation previously largely immune to mass gun violence. Many New Zealand students learn how to perform hakas in school. Some schools have hakas specifically written for them; other schools teach traditional hakas. On Monday, more than a thousand students gathered for a vigil in the park across from one of the mosques that was attacked. White and Maori, Catholic and Muslim, they stood and performed a haka that held a particularly poignant meaning: It is the haka used by Cashmere High School, which lost two students in the attack. This haka, called Tahu Potiki, comes from the South Island Maori tribe Ngai Tahu, said Cashmere High Principal Mark Wilson. Tahu Potiki was an ancestor of Ngai Tahu, and the haka calls for his descendants to rise and claim their place in the new day, Wilson said. Being part of a haka group can be a powerful emotive moment, he said, one in which people are left uplifted and strengthened. In some ways, the students' response to the attacks has been similar to the aftermath of last year's mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida, where it was the voices of the youth that rose above the din. The students of Parkland — around 30 of whom actually visited Christchurch last year — united to demand gun law reform. In Christchurch, the students have united in an utter rejection of the intolerance spewed by the white supremacist accused of the massacre. 'It melts my heart,' 15-year-old Seraphim Tempest said after joining in Monday's performance of the Tahu Potiki. 'It's just showing that everyone's the same here and we accept everyone.' Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has encouraged students to turn to the haka in the wake of the attacks, particularly if they are struggling to express themselves. 'Never underestimate the power of just sending a message, looking out for someone, performing a haka,' Ardern told students at Cashmere High after they performed the Tahu Potiki for her during a visit on Wednesday. 'There is power in that, because in doing that, you are sending a message of solidarity and of support.' Fourteen-year-old Rayhan Satriawan was born in Indonesia, but later moved to New Zealand. Two of his friends were killed in the attack, something he is still struggling to understand. He hopes the message behind the students' hakas will carry beyond Christchurch to the rest of the world — that no matter how different people seem, he says, 'we are one.' 'I want to stay strong,' he says. 'Everything that I do in my life is going to be on behalf of the people who have died.' And when the students stood to perform the Tahu Potiki at their vigil on Monday, their strength was clear in every stamp of their feet, every slap of their chest. Together, they roared: 'MARAKA! MARAKA!' RISE UP! RISE UP!
  • The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 11:40 a.m. Germany's main business lobby group is calling on Britain to put a swift end to the 'excruciating uncertainty' companies face and resolve its Brexit impasse. European Union leaders have agreed to give London a bit more time to try and pass a twice-rejected divorce deal or choose a new path, but the agreement doesn't make any clearer what will ultimately happen. Joachim Lang, the chief executive of the Federation of German Industries, said that 'our companies need clarity. To ensure that, British politicians must conclude the Brexit process as soon as possible.' Lang said that 'Parliament in London should weigh the alternatives and accept the withdrawal agreement.' He added that 'Europe has more to deal with than just the British withdrawal.' ___ 11:10 a.m. Labour lawmaker Hilary Benn says Prime Minister Theresa May needs to start considering alternatives to her divorce deal with the European Union to avert the crisis a no-deal Brexit would bring. The day after EU leaders agreed to extend the deadline for Britain's departure, Benn told the BBC 'this is a crisis delayed but this is not a crisis avoided, and we need to get on with it.' Benn, the leader of the House of Commons' Brexit Committee, is calling for debate on alternative proposals to begin Wednesday but says this won't work if May is 'not prepared to move an inch.' Benn says it is time to 'open up this process' because Parliament has already rejected the prime minister's deal and the option of leaving without a deal. ___ 10:45 a.m. Croatia's prime minister says European Union leaders are protecting their citizens and businesses by setting strict deadlines for Britain's departure from the bloc given the impasse in the U.K. Andrej Plenkovic said Friday that 'we are saving the stability, credibility, and reliability of legal system of the union and its institutions and the decisions which are taken.' EU leaders have granted a Brexit delay until May 22 should Prime Minister Theresa May convince Parliament to accept her deal, or failing that until April 12 to take an entirely new approach. Plenkovic says Croatian citizens want to know whether they will have 12 candidates in the May 23-26 EU polls or only 11, if Britain remains a member country. He regrets the result of the Brexit referendum in Britain in 2016 and says EU leaders 'are negotiating something we didn't want.' ___ 8:05 a.m. European Union leaders are gathering again Friday after deciding that the political crisis in Britain over Brexit poses too great a threat to the world's biggest trading bloc. In a move that underlined their loss of confidence in British Prime Minister Theresa May, the leaders, set two deadlines for Britain to leave or to take an entirely new path in considering its EU future. At marathon late night talks, the leaders rejected May's request to extend the Brexit deadline from March 29 — just one week away — until June 30. They agree to delay only until May 22, on the eve of EU elections, if she can persuade Britain's Parliament to endorse the Brexit deal. Failing that, May would have until April 12 to choose a new path. ___ Follow AP's full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/Brexit
  • The men’s soccer coach at UCLA resigned after his indictment last week for his alleged involvement in accepting $200,000 as part of a college admissions and testing bribery scheme, the Los Angeles Times reported. >> Read more trending news  Jorge Salcedo, who had been placed on leave since his indictment on charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, stepped down, an athletic department official confirmed to the newspaper Thursday. Salcedo, a former All-American player at UCLA, has coached at his alma mater the past 15 years, He owns a 182-89-42 record, winning six conference titles and taking the Bruins to the NCAA tournament 14 times, ESPN reported. Salcedo is accused of facilitating the acceptance of one female and one male student to the school under the pretense of being soccer players, even though they did not compete in the sport, the Times reported. One of those students, Lauren Isackson, was part of the women’s soccer team in 2017 despite no previous experience, prosecutors said.  Salcedo is alleged to have received a $100,000 payment for his role in Isackson’s admission to UCLA from William Rick Singer, the founder of a college prep business that created fake profiles for students, Times reported. Salcedo was indicted as part of a Justice Department investigation that accused Singer of using his business to solicit money from parents to help their children gain admission into elite universities such as Georgetown, Stanford, Yale, USC and UCLA, ESPN reported. Others indicted in the probe include Hollywood actors Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman and several college coaches and administrators.
  • European Union leaders worried about China's growing power are devising plans to counter the ambitions of a country they describe as a 'systemic rival.' The European Council will discuss on Friday a 10-point strategy set out by the European Commission before an EU-China summit next month. The EU wants to 'fully address the distortive effects of foreign state ownership' and 'achieve a more balanced and reciprocal economic relationship.' China is the EU's second-biggest trading partner behind the U.S. while China is the EU's second largest partner. The trade in goods between the two is worth around 1.1 billion a day, but the balance is largely in China's favor. Chinese President Xi Jinping is currently in Italy and will travel to France next week as part of a European tour.
  • New Zealand's deputy prime minister said the gunman accused of killing 50 people in two mosques in the South Pacific nation would spend the rest of his life in isolation in prison and called for solidarity to eradicate 'hate-filled ideologies.' Winston Peters was speaking at an emergency session of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation's executive committee in Istanbul where he denounced last Friday's attacks as 'an attack on all of us' in his country of 'religious tolerance.' Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant was arrested and charged with murder. Tarrant, 28, livestreamed the attack and released a manifesto describing his white supremacist views and how he planned the shootings. Peters said 'no punishment can match the depravity of his crime but the families of the fallen will have justice.' He screened photographs of New Zealanders mourning the victims.   The comment appeared to be in response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who during a speech earlier this week said: 'If New Zealand fails to hold the attacker accountable, one way or another we will hold him to account.' Addressing the OIC meeting Friday, Erdogan thanked New Zealand for its 'sensitivity and determined stance.' He praised New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, saying her 'reaction, the empathy displayed and her solidarity with Muslims' should serve as an example to all leaders. Erdogan slammed populist politicians who he said encouraged attacks on Muslims and refugees. 'Politicians who pave themselves the road to power by alienating Muslims and creating enemies out of refugees, must pull themselves together.' He argued Muslims weren't the only ones affected by 'rising cultural racism.' But Erdogan himself has sparked outrage abroad by screening excerpts of Tarrant's video at campaign rallies to denounce Islamophobia but also to shore up Islamic and nationalist sentiments before the March 31 local elections.   Despite widespread criticism, Erdogan has continued showing the blurred out video with clear audio of automatic gunfire to thousands of people at rallies and broadcast live on Turkish televisions. New Zealand has been trying to prevent the use of the video and Peters is expected to take up the issue. Facebook said it removed 1.5 million videos of the shootings during the first 24 hours after the massacre. Thousands of people gathered in New Zealand for Friday prayers and to pay their respects during a mass funeral.   Peters said the government was working to ensure Muslims' safety with an increased police presence, measures on social media and new gun control laws that already went into effect.    Erdogan called for measures to combat and outlaw Islamophobia. 'We have to show our reaction in a strong way so that similar pains don't occur again and mosques are not turned into a bloodbath,' he said. ___ Suzan Fraser reported from Ankara.
  • Media reports say that more two dozen people have been detained in Kazakhstan's capital over a proposed name change. The parliament in this Central Asian nation voted earlier this week to change the name of the capital Astana to Nursultan after the outgoing long-time president. The new president will have to sign the decree to make the change official. The Interfax news agency and other local media reported on Friday that some 20 people have been detained in the commercial capital Almaty to protest the name change. More people were detained in Astana and Almaty on Thursday amid scuffles with police. President Nursultan Nazarbayev abruptly resigned on Tuesday after nearly 30 years at the helm of this oil-rich country.

Local News

  • The 2019 Alumni Weekend is underway at UGA: activities that began Thursday continue today and tomorrow at the University of Georgia. From the University of Georgia master calendar… The UGA Alumni Association wants to welcome alumni back to Athens and make them feel like students again. Come back to campus, relive the glory days with friends and loved ones, and experience what it's like to be a student in Athens today.Registration covers: * Thursday: Orientation Dinner with President Jere W. Morehead * Friday: Classes, meals, reception at Wall & Broad and TEDxUGA * Saturday: Commencement Brunch The University of Georgia’s curriculum committee meets today: it’s a 3:30 session at New College on Herty Drive in Athens. 
  • Georgia track and field’s Elija Godwin has been named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Freshman of the Week following his performance at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, according to a league announcement.   Godwin, a native of Covington, Ga., and graduate of Newton High School, is the Bulldogs’ first outdoor weekly award winner following the first collegiate outdoor meet of his career.   Godwin clocked a career best 10.47 into -0.4 wind to be the top 100-meter dash finisher in the 33-man field. This finish ranks No. 13 nationally (No. 8 nationally for wind-legal times under 2.0 meters/second), makes him the No. 4 freshman nationally and the No. 3 SEC performer in 2019. He returned to win the 200m with a 20.90, which is his fastest time of 2019 and second best of his career, to move to No. 3 nationally (No. 2 for wind-legal times) as the country’s top freshman and No. 2 competitor from the SEC.   Georgia trains through the coming weekend before splitting squads to the Florida Relays (March 28-30) and Raleigh Relays (March 29-30).
  • Barrow County Commissioners meet in a special session today: they’re scheduled to vote on a proposal that would place an ambulance station at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Barrow in Winder. It’s a plan to end a dispute between the Barrow County government and the city of Winder over who provides ambulance service inside the Winder city limits. This morning’s Commission meeting is set for 8:15 in Winder.  The Franklin County School Board is sending to the Georgia School Superintendent’s Association the list of 32 candidates who have applied to be the next school superintendent in Carnesville. The Board is looking to replace Wayne Randall, who will retire at the end of the current school year. Randall was told by the Board that his contract would not be renewed.  The Hall County city of Oakwood is getting a new top cop: Tim Hatch is now the police chief in St. Mary’s; he’ll take over in Oakwood, replacing former Chief Randall Moon, who retired last month. Hatch’s resume’ includes time on the force with the University of Georgia campus police department and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. 
  • The Georgia football team held its second practice of spring drills on Thursday on the Woodruff Practice Fields.   The Bulldogs practiced for approximately two hours in helmets, shoulder pads, and shorts. The practice was No. 2 of what is expected to be 15 during the spring, which will culminate with the annual G-Day Game on Saturday, April 20. The Bulldogs will return to the practice fields on Saturday.   Senior Charlie Woerner was asked how the transition is going for the tight ends with him as the elder statesman following the departures of Isaac Nauta and Jackson Harris and with the addition of new tight ends coach Todd Hartley.   “Things have started well,” Woerner said. “Day 2 is done, and we’re looking as good as we can two days in. I think we’re pretty far ahead on our installs. It’s a lot different (in the tight ends room), but it’s fine. We have a really good group, a lot of good guys in the room. It feels like it’s my time and I’m ready to have a big year, but I don’t feel any pressure. All I can do is my best for this team.”   Junior Jeremiah Holloman also finds himself in a potential leadership role on and off the field among the receivers since the Bulldogs said goodbye to the likes of Terry Godwin, Riley Ridley, Mecole Hardman, and Ahkil Crumpton.   “I feel like our whole room can step in and contribute,” Holloman said. “We have guys just waiting for a chance. I stepped in last year and made an impact (with 24 catches for 418 yards and five touchdowns), and we have plenty of guys like that. We have a load of guys capable of going out there and competing and making plays.”   On Wednesday, all 32 NFL teams were in attendance as the Bulldogs eligible for next month’s draft participated in Pro Day drills.   The G-Day Game is slated for Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. at Sanford Stadium. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.
  • From the Athens-Clarke County government website... The Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services Department will celebrate the arrival of their new Engine 25 with a traditional “push-in” ceremony to place the equipment into service at Fire Station #5 at 1090 Whit Davis Road on Friday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m. Engine 25 will replace a 19-year old model that will move into reserve status for the community. The 2018 E-One Cyclone Engine cost approximately $650,000 fully equipped. Some of its features include a modern thermal imaging for search and rescue, a 1250 gallon per minute pump and a 780 gallon water tank, an emission system that meets current regulations, and wireless headsets with an intercom system for Fire and Emergency Services personnel with connectivity to the 911 radio system. Due to this station’s location that serves rural portions of the territory with fewer streetlights, Engine 25 also has LED headlight technology and lights in the front and above the side doors to supplement the two telescoping scene lights. The public is invited to attend the 'push-in' ceremony, which will feature brief remarks, the 'push-in' of Engine 25, and refreshments. For more information, contact the ACC Fire and Emergency Services Department at 706-613-3360.

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS — Georgia football practice No. 2 is in the books, the Bulldogs still working to establish a new identity and new leaders. There weren’t many clues in the open portion of practice on Thursday, but Kirby Smart will talk on Saturday and provide more insight into how he sees the Bulldogs developing. The early sentiment is this UGA team could throw the ball more, but it won’t come at the expense of being able to run the football. DawgNation reporters give their early takes on how Georgia is evolving in what will be Smart’s fourth season at the helm. Mike Griffith & Chip Towers   Georgia football practice headlines Kirby Smart sheds light on James Coley’s ‘balanced’ philosophy J.R. Reed puts NFL dreams on hold for title run Georgia football injury updates, Zamir White status James Coley ‘likes to throw more’ than Jim Chaney Offensive line, Brian Herrien look the part Complete Georgia early enrollee roster numbers   The post WATCH: DawgNation observations from Georgia football spring practice No. 2 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — The qualifier remains that “Georgia is going to be Georgia,” but it’s starting to sound more and like the Bulldogs are going to throw the football more in 2019. The Georgia players are all excited about James Coley taking over the offense from Jim Chaney. The consensus is that more of the playbook will be used, and more balls will fly through the air. The Bulldogs had the heaviest run ratio of any non-option team in 2017, and last season Georgia lead the SEC in rushing. But Coley could be a game-changer calling plays. “His first instinct would be to throw,” Bulldogs senior tight end Charlie Woerner said Thursday. “Just knowing him, every G-Day game (Coley) is the offensive coordinator on one team, and Chaney is the other, and you look at the stats and it’s a lot more pass-heavy on Coach Coley’s team than Chaney’s. “Chaney is just a little more old-school running the ball, which I didn’t mind that either, but (Coley) likes to throw more than Chaney.” Junior receiver J.J. Holloman agreed following Thursday’s practice. “I’m confident that he will throw the ball a lot more, and we’ll have more explosive plays to look forward to,” said Holloman, UGA’s leading returning receiver. Junior tailback D’Andre Swift is a returning 1,000-yard rusher and the Georgia offensive line is a powerful group capable or road-grading most any opponent. But Swift is also adept at catching the football out of the backfield, and that offensive line is talented in pass protection. Perhaps most importantly, Jake Fromm is a third-year starting quarterback, and Holloman said that factors in as much as Coley. “It’s a mix of both, (Fromm) having all the experience he has,’ Holloman said, “and Coley opening the playbook and making a lot of things happen.” Mecole Hardman is headed to the NFL, but the speedy junior receiver said he, too, expects more passing in the UGA offense. RELATED: NFL WR steal could be Georgia’s biggest loss “Probably a little more passing, I think Coley will bring a title bit more of that,” Hardman said after his pro day workout on Wednesday. “But they definitely are going to run the ball. “You got Swift back, Zamir (White) coming back from injury , (James) Cook here, and they just signed another running back, so it’s going to be a similar offense, we’ll play our brand of football, but probably a little bit more finesse, a little bit more passing there was well. I’m excited for Coley, I know he’s gong to do big things.” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said Tuesday the updated definition of “balance” has less to do with run-pass ratio and more to do with the ability to do both effectively. “People think balance means 50/50 — balance is not 50/50,” Smart said. “Balance is being able to run the ball when you have to run the ball and being able to throw the ball when you have to throw the ball. “So can you do both? Yes, you can be successful at both. That might be 70-30 one game and then 30-70 the other way the next game.” Georgia TE Charlie Woerner   The post Georgia TE Charlie Woerner: James Coley ‘likes to throw more than (Jim) Chaney’ appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia has updated its roster to include all of the early enrollees football numbers with the Bulldogs this spring. The numbers are as follows: 2 QB D’Wan Mathis 4 LB Nolan Smith 7 DB Tyrique Stevenson 11 LB Jermaine Johnson 12 LB Rian Davis 13 QB Stetson Bennett 14 DB DJ Daniel 15 LB Trezmen Marshall 16 DB Lewis Cine 17 LB Nakobe Dean 60 OL Clay Webb 70 OL Warren McClendon 88 TE Ryland Goede 90 DL Tramel Walthour To recap, there were also number changes since last season: RB James Cook: No. 4, previously No. 6 WR Matt Landers: No. 5, previously No. 15 S Otis Reese: No. 6, previously No. 17 CB Divaad Wilson: No. 8, previously No. 16 OLB Azeez Ojulari: No. 13, previously No. 38 OLB Adam Anderson: No. 19. previously was No. 56 The post Complete Georgia football early enrollee roster numbers appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia redshirt junior Ben Cleveland was back running with the first team at right guard during Thursday’s limited media window of observation. The Bulldogs’ offensive linemen looked to have noticeably better body builds than their counterparts on defense, more than one of which appeared to have a weighty issue. Indeed, there’s a reason why some believe Georgia has the best O-Line in the country. As expected, the players working first team were: LT Andrew Thomas, LG Solomon Kindley, C Trey Hill, RG Cleveland, RT Isaiah Wilson. If there was a surprise in the depth chart, it was seeing Jamaree Salyer working as the backup right tackle with Cade Mays tucked inside at right guard. Offensive line coach is likely doing that to build depth at tackle, as Mays would surely be the first man in at either of the offensive tackle positions should a starter go down. Clay Webb appeared to be the No. 2 center, while Justin Shaffer was No. 2 at left guard and D’Marcus Hayes was No. 2 at left tackle for the purposes of drills. RB observations The most impressive physical transformation appeared to be Brian Herrien, who looked every bit the part of the power back Georgia will need him to be. Herrien, the most impressive UGA back in the Sugar Bowl, is listed at 6-foot, 210 pounds but looked bigger. D’Andre Swift was running at the front of all the drills, while James Cook was No. 3 behind Herrien. DB observations New Georgia secondary coach Charlton Warren very loud and frenetic, chastising cornerbacks for “wasting too much time” when the next ups weren’t ready to go in drills. “We’ve got 8 minutes to get better, men!” he yelled. “Eight minutes. Now quit wasting time!” Junior Ameer Speed continues to work with cornerbacks. He had a cast on his left hand but it did not seem limit him at all. Former UGA QB in attendance Former Georgia QB Faton Bauta, now an assistant at Monmouth, was among coaches observing Thursday’s practice. The post Georgia offensive line looks the part, Brian Herrien built for power game appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart has said before he doesn’t think there are many secrets in college football. That’s probably why Smart opened up Tuesday practice to the Oregon coaching staff, according to OregonLive.com. The Ducks’ staff, led by former Alabama assistant Mario Cristobal, was in Tuscaloosa on Monday and Athens, Ga., on Tuesday to watch practice and visit with staff members. Smart was at Alabama as Nick Saban’s defensive coordinator for three seasons while Cristobal was there serving as the line coach. Georgia places heavy restrictions on the media presence at practice, even while opening up practice for the well-trained eyes of staff members they might ultimately face in the College Football Playoff or in a bowl game. That’s what happened in the Sugar Bowl, as Smart allowed Texas coach Tom Herman and his staff to attend the Bulldogs’ spring practices last year. “We took a trip out there this spring just to pick brains and talk shop a little bit,” Herman said leading up to the Longhorns’ 28-21 victory. Herman said when the Sugar Bowl matchup was announced that he didn’t see the Georgia run game as “anything too formidable.” The confident Texas coach proved correct against what was the SEC’s top rushing offense. The Bulldogs rushed for just   72 yards on 30 attempts after averaging 259.8 yards per game. Smart said his new offensive coordinator, James Coley, has been working to improve the offense and talked with other coaches. Chances are, Coley spoke with Cristobal about what the Ducks do on offense in addition to visiting other programs that Smart chose not to name. “We’ve been working on us and saying, okay, what can we do better, and I think James brings a lot of that to the table,” Smart said on Tuesday. “They’ve gone and visited with a lot of people to get new ideas.” The post One year after opening practice to Texas, Georgia allows Oregon to observe appeared first on DawgNation.