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Dawgs rediscover their offensive mojo in notching second Top 10 win
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Dawgs rediscover their offensive mojo in notching second Top 10 win

Dawgs rediscover their offensive mojo in notching second Top 10 win

Dawgs rediscover their offensive mojo in notching second Top 10 win

"Thank God for grad transfers!"

That was a text a friend sent me Saturday night, immediately after Kirby Smart's eighth-ranked Dawgs had beaten the No. 6 Gators for the third year in a row.

Yes, when UGA fans fondly recall the 2019 game in Jacksonville in years to come, the names of wide receiver Lawrence Cager, a graduate transfer from Miami, and tight end Eli Wolf, another graduate transfer from Tennessee, are sure to figure prominently.

Sure, a strong bounce-back game by quarterback Jake Fromm, great pass protection by Georgia's sometimes underperforming offensive line, tough running by D'Andre Swift against a stout Florida defensive front, a couple of big plays by Brian Herrien, and James Coley apparently finding some misplaced pages of Georgia's offensive playbook also factored into the big win.

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Dawgs rediscover their offensive mojo in notching second Top 10 win

But, in a game where the Georgia defense shut down their opponent's running offense almost completely while also managing to contain the Gators' formidable receiving corps much of the time, the real key to the Dawgs beating a Top 10 team for the second time this season was in rediscovering their own passing game mostly in the person of Cager, who returned from injury to have a career day, catching 7 passes for 132 yards, including a 52-yard scoring strike and a catch for a 2-point conversion.

As Coley said after the game, "What a difference No. 15 makes, huh?"

Three of Cager's first-half catches were third-down conversions, as the Dawgs completely turned things around in that aspect of the game against the Gators defense led by former UGA assistant Todd Grantham. Whereas Georgia was only 3 of 12 on third-down conversions against Kentucky, the Dawgs finished the Florida game 12-of-18 on third-down tries (8 of 11 in the first half), including a 22-yard reception on a 3rd-and-7 by Wolf to allow Georgia to kill the clock and seal the win in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Yes, "third-and-Grantham" is still a thing.

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Dawgs rediscover their offensive mojo in notching second Top 10 win

Florida was only 2 of 9 on third down, though they did convert 2 of 3 fourth-down tries.

Remarkably, there were no turnovers in the game by either side.

With the OL having its best game against the pass rush (Florida came into the game leading the league with 29 sacks, but got none against Georgia), Fromm had a fine game, completing 20 of 30 passes for 279 yards and 2 TDs, with no interceptions. He also was effective scrambling to avoid Gator defenders.

Against a very good Florida front that stacked the box and got quite a few tackles for loss, things didn't go quite a smoothly in the running game for Georgia. The Dawgs did run for 119 yards mostly in very small chunks, though Swift did tear off a 30-yarder where he hurdled a defender. He led UGA runners with 25 carries for 86 yards. Georgia's running game again took a while to get going, especially in the first quarter, and mainly started clicking when Swift was able to bounce it outside.

Swift also had one catch for 24 yards and fellow running back Herrien had 4 for 46 yards (including one incredibly acrobatic 18-yard catch that would do any wide receiver proud). Herrien also had a season-high 27-yard kickoff return, as Georgia's special teams play took an upswing.

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Dawgs rediscover their offensive mojo in notching second Top 10 win

For the 14 th straight year in the series, the team with the most rushing yards got the victory, as Georgia held Florida to just 21 yards on the ground. Notably, the Gators had negative yards rushing until their long fourth-quarter scoring drive.

The Bulldogs outgained the Gators, 398 yards to 278, on Saturday.Florida came into the game averaging 400 yards of offense a game, so it was a good day overall for the Georgia defense, though they did give up a few explosive plays to Florida's incredibly talented corps of receivers. Mostly, though, it was bend-but-don't-break.

After Florida scored to make it 24-17 with 3:11 left, Georgia managed to kill the clock, despite getting off to an awful start with a delay of game penalty on the first play of the drive. The key was the 3 rd -down pass to Wolf, thrown by Fromm under severe pressure.

Perhaps the biggest improvement for the Dawgs was in the play selection by Coley. Although that bunched-up formation that generally produces negligible yards up the middle did show up (with predictable results against the mighty Gators front), Coley generally called a smart game, ably mixing up the run and pass and rediscovering such past Georgia staples as the slant pass, the toss sweep (!) and even the wheel route (where Cager wound up so wide open for a touchdown that he practically could have walked across the goal for the score). Georgia dominated time of possession in three of the four quarters, with the the fourth quarter basically split (though the Gators took so long on a scoring drive that ate up nearly 7 minutes that they basically allowed Georgia to kill the clock).

The coaching and communication errors that plagued Florida throughout the game and resulted in unnecessary timeouts (and a Dan Mullen on-camera tantrum), were mostly absent on the Georgia sideline, thankfully.

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Dawgs rediscover their offensive mojo in notching second Top 10 win

However, there's still room for improvement. The game shouldn't have been as close as it was. A beautiful 37-yard touchdown run by Swift was called back due to a holding call on receiver Matt Landers (who also had a pass hit off his fingertips during the game), and, while the Bulldogs finished 4-for-4 in the red zone, they had to resort to too many field goals.

As Smart said after the game, "That was a hard-earned win against a good football team. Credit goes to these kids who played hard and played with grit. So many people doubted, and they never did. I am just happy for these guys in that locker room."

But, the Georgia head coach added, "We have not arrived. We have to get better. We've got a lot of things we need to work on."

In the end, though, it was an impressive win for Georgia, who now is 4-3 all-time against the Gators when both teams are ranked in the Top 10. This was the second straight year it was a Top 10 matchup, and Georgia again came out on top.

As another friend noted after the game, "Remember when all we wanted for Christmas was a win over the Gators?" Now, Georgia has three in a row and once again controls its own destiny in the SEC East.

All in all, a fine night to be a Georgia Bulldog. As my brother Tim texted right after the game, "I love beating the Gators!!!"

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'It is unbelievable,' Carrollton defensive coordinator Brian Simmons said. 'It is like he is an old man already.' That's part of his ritual before he makes sure he gets in his daily workouts and strives academically to maintain his 3.9 grade-point average at Carrolton High School. Chambliss works out three hours every day until noon during the quarantine. Remember the hit 1993 movie 'The Program' starring the stunning Halle Berry and Omar Epps? That movie about a fictitious college team was even able to hand Georgia Tech an 'L' on the big screen. There's a character named Phillip Latimer in that movie. Latimer does just about everything wrong in that movie as far as an exemplary student-athlete goes. Yet he was a hulking brute. When that movie ends, the staff of Eastern State University sets out to find the next Latimer on the recruiting trail. They were looking for a Chaz Chambliss. Yet the strongest thing this football and classroom 'nerd' takes in would be that stout cup of black coffee. Carrollton High head coach Sean Calhoun and defensive coordinator Brian Simmons feel that Chambliss plays like Latimer but then does everything the right on and off the field. If you haven't seen 'The Program' then the necessary imagery will be a guy who will deliver a hit so forceful it shoots snot bubbles out of the ballcarrier's nose. They will flow like the Gatorade on a South Georgia practice field. RELATED: Chaz Chambliss commits to Georgia football The Chaz Chambliss stories to know at the next tailgate This story is one of many involving Chambliss. We will chronicle two of those in tonight's blog. Well, maybe even three. Just for a few laughs. 'During pregame I always talk to the other coaching staffs and I'm not going to mention who it was here,' Simmons said. 'We're talking about this kid or that kid and the head coach of that school says to me Well, we haven't had a great week of practice' right on the field. Simmons then asked why. The head coach of the team Carrollton was about to face said his guys were scared. 'Scared of what?' Simmons replied. 'They have got a bad case of the Chaz Chambliss,' that coach went on to say. 'They are scared of your No. 32 man.' Simmons countered that he was scared of Chambliss, too. The physical attributes and the maturity of his body catch the most eyes here. Most DawgNation readers are quick, and on point, to label him as just a big mean country boy. Chambliss will skin a buck and run a trout line, but he will also track turkeys and squirrel. Those things matter more here than social media followers or chasing the prettiest girl he can find. His coaches describe him as a thinking man's football player. 'He can really talk to us out on the field and tell us what the other team is doing from film study,' Simmons said. 'Then once he decides it is time for no more talking and it is time to act, then he is probably the most physical and aggressive kid I've ever been around.' 'It is literally when I hit you, I want to destroy your soul. You can tell by almost any highlight that you watch, that his physicality is almost unmatched.' His defensive coordinator will reel him in on practice days. 'We will do that 100 percent because everything he does is 100 percent,' Simmons said. 'I tell him sometimes We need these scout guys. You can't kill them' and I tell Chaz to slow down. I tell him it is okay to tag them off every once in a while.' 'I do call him Latimer' sometimes.' Chambliss will even paint his face with eye black on game days. All the way down to the cheek. Did you know the weekly DawgNation.com 'Before the Hedges' program is now available as an Apple podcast? Click to check it out and download. Chaz Chambliss file: A speed read on the newest UGA commit Chambliss looked like a high school junior or senior with big SEC offers when he arrived at Carrollton. He was an instant starter in the summer before his freshman season. Let's rip off several quick things of note: His actual name is Chaz. No joke. Calhoun will call him 'Charles' about half of the time, but he's not sure if that iswell-received by his 4-star linebacker. He has one of the five highest GPAs on his team across all grade levels. The risingsenioris also one of the five strongest pound-for-pound Trojans on the team, too. Chambliss takes honors and AP classes at Carrollton. His coaches call him a 'nerd' on the field and in the hallways. He is very low-key. So much that his coaches were surprised he wanted to do a commitment video. That said, it made perfect sense that he didn't say a single word in that clip. 'That was exactly him,' Calhoun said. 'Very well done.' He will be a two-time team captain this fall. That is voted on by the players on the team. The Carrollton staff verified he is still just 17 years old. He will not turn 18 until October. He does plan to enroll early at UGA in January of 2021. This commitment should be seen as solid as his 253 career tackles and 69 stops for losses in three varsity seasons.Calhoun said that loyalty matters to Chambliss. The new Bulldog pledge told DawgNation that he will not visit any other schools as a Georgia commit. His coaches both called him 'an old soul' in their program. Chambliss had some good lifts in the weight room with a 345-pound bench, a 485-pound squat and a 325-pound power clean. Those were in January and he's made gains since then. He's now at 525 on the squat and 365 on the bench. He said he's added another 10 pounds to that power clean. He will be the second Carrollton Trojan in program history to enroll early as a mid-year graduate. His impressive career stat line will also include 38.5 career sacks and eight forced fumbles. He stacked up 85 tackles and 16.5 sacks last year as a junior. Chambliss comes from a military background. His father served in the Army for 25 years. Simmonsapproximated that 65 percent of the reps forChambliss were as a stand-up OLB or a stack OLB. He's had hishand on the ground atdefensive end 20 percent of the time and theremaining 15 percent of his snaps have been at ILB. 'I remember the first day he walked into the football facility as an upcoming ninth-grader,' Simmons said. 'We started talking to him and we asked him what grade he was in and he said eighth grade. I said There is no way' because he looked like a senior in high school. Heck he looked like a college kid then.' The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder has done nothing but better himself on and off the field since then. 'When you see him initially at such a young age, he just strikes you as a physical specimen,' Calhoun said. 'But then once you get to talk to him it just takes it to a whole new level. Just how great of a kid he is.' What does he look like right now? 'I think he looks like what an NFL guy will look like,' Simmons said. 'The guy has been working out three hours every day over quarantine. He built his own home gym. He's a handyman. He loves the grind. Loves to work out. Loves football. Literally that is all he has been doing over the quarantine period.' 'He even looks better than he did when he was in school. It was unbelievable.' Here is another look at his junior highlight film. That's the full reel, but arguably the best game of his career came against Rome. Check it out below. There are 3:38 of highlights just from that single game against one of the state's most well-respected programs. The Wolves held a three-game win streak on Carrollton. That's when Chambliss put the burden of ending that skid on his big shoulders. He played like he had three cups of Expresso that morning. Check that sequence where he reads the screen. Rome had it set up but Chambliss read the guard and wipes out the fullback to tackle the runner for a two-yard loss. He later dips underneath a block on a reverse that Rome had set up, too.It would have been a touchdown. Chambliss turned that into a loss of eight yards. There are clips after clips from that game. He's even beating a Division I-A offensive tackle for a sack in that game coming off the edge with his hand in the dirt. It was a Chambliss showcase game. The camera angles are just not close enough to verify the snot bubbles. Where will Chaz Chambliss play at Georgia? The evaluation here is a cross between a Malik Herring and a Nate McBride and maybe even a D'Andre Walker. Maybe toss in a David Pollack 2001 model motor under the hood, too. The projection here is a SAM linebacker on Saturdays in the SEC. 'We know how hard he works,' Calhoun said. 'We know how hard he studies. We know how hard he works at something he doesn't excel at. If he doesn't, he's going to work at it so he gets good at it. I think he is going to be able to play at whatever position Georgia puts him at. If it is a SAM, he's going to be really good at doing exactly whatever they need him to do. If there's anything he's not done before or they want him to do that he is not excellent at, there will not be anybody that will outwork him to get better at that.' Can he be a strong-side DE at Georgia? Don't let too many impressions get in the way. He's basically the same size Malik Herring was when that talented SDE signed with UGA in the 2017 class. There's no more than one inch and maybe 10 pounds of deviation from those two bodies. It remains to be seen if Chambliss can do backflips like Herring. But he can serve as an intimidator. 'He's done a lot of stuff for us where he's had his hand in the dirt,' Simmons said. 'He'sbeen a stand-up end. He's been a stack backer. He's been a middle backer. He's been a true outside 3-4 backer. Everything that he does, he's been one of the most driven and hard-working individuals I've ever been around.' 'If they need him to be an off-the-line backer or and on-the-line backer or a hand in the dirt guy, he will probably be the best one they have. Because he does such a great job getting himself ready mentally and physically as much as I've ever seen anybody. Whatever you ask Chaz Chambliss to do, he's going to be unbelievable at it. That's for sure.' 'Whether that is affecting the quarterback or stopping the run or doing whatever you need him to do, he's just going to be fantastic at it.' There's a bias here for both men. They've challenged Chambliss for three years now and have seen the results. They've seen this movie so many times they can quote all the lines. Chaz Chambliss: The funniest story so far Calhoun and Simmons both laugh at this one. It involves a Sadie Hawkins dance. Those still happen in his part of Georgia.That's the old school staple where the girls have to ask out the guys to the dance. We'll jump to the part where a young lady asks Chambliss if he is going to go to the Sadie Hawkins dance. 'What are you talking about?' Chambliss replied. 'Yeah, are you going to the Sadie Hawkins dance,' she said. 'I don't know who Sadie Hawkins is and she didn't invite me to her party so I am not going,' Chambliss said. Chambliss is seen by his two coaches as an old man in a 17-year-old defined frame. A Sadie Hawkins dance would speak to his era. He's the reverse 'Big' where the old man wishes to be young man. 'You would think so,' Simmons said. 'But he has no time for dances. Or anything. If it is not hunting or fishing or football, then he's not too interested.' 'He had a girlfriend for a little bit this fall. He might still have one. I'm not sure.' When coaches don't know if their star linebacker has a girlfriend, it usually means his priorities are aligned. 'It is not going to stop him from doing workouts,' Calhoun said. 'He's going to still get his workouts in and get better every day, too. That's the way it is going to work with him.' The love interest here might be the pages of the defensive play sheets that involve the blitz and pinch calls. 'The other story I can think of is he is in his hunting cabin in Mississippi,' Simmons said. 'They have a hunting cabin in the woods. So he will pack dumbbells on any trips that he goes too. He brings them. A suitcase of dumbbells. So he puts all the dumbbells in a big plastic barrel and he sits down on a homemade bench that he made when he was over there.' 'He's doing bench press with those packed dumbbells. He's getting his lifts with all of his homemade equipment basically.He's not going to miss a workout. I promise you.' What is Georgia getting in Chaz Chambliss? Calhoun shared his answer first to the query in that big bold type noted above. 'Somebody that is going to make their program instantly better the day he steps on campus,' Calhoun said. 'I say this to a lot of people about Chaz. Chaz is not ranked as a 5-star when you look at the rankings. He's ranked as a 4-star. But I look at it overall as a person because I am with him every day.' 'He's a 5-star and there ain't no doubt about it.Because of how he is going to make them better in the locker room and in the weight room and on the field. He'll be a 5-star in the hallways going to class. He will be a 5-star alumnus when he graduates and leaves their campus. That's everything he is bringing and he is also going to do everything he can to make the people around him better on and off the field.' 'He's going to do nothing but win. That dude is a winner. He's going to work to be a winner and he's going to win because that's who he is. It is awesome to see a kid take his academics even more seriously than his football and he is an unbelievable football player.' Simmons brought up ESPN's 'The Last Dance' with his reply to that topic. 'We've all seen that, right?' Simmons said. 'We've all seen how Michael Jordan is so internally motivated. That is a perfect example of Chaz Chambliss. You never have to get him up. You never have to get him ready for practice. You never have to get on to him about his grades. You don't have to get on to him about not doing something the right way.' DAWGNATION RECRUITING (the recent reads on DawgNation.com) BREAKING: Chaz Chambliss commits to Georgia football Taking a deep dive at how well Georgia has been recruiting Metro Atlanta of late Elite 2022 defensive athlete Daniel Martin already has a 'family' feel at UGA HEDGES: The rival national programs between UGA and another No. 1 class Brock Bowers: Nation's No. 3 TE knows what he needs to do before his college decision De'Jahn Warren: The 'nugget' for the nation's No. 1 JUCO prospect with UGA Elite cornerback Marquise Groves-Killebrew is a 'No. 1 priority' for 2022 Decrypting that recent tweet from 5-star LB Smael Mondon Jr. Prince Kollie: The ILB target who had 1,085 yards as a receiver in 2019 Lovasea Carroll: DawgNation goes one-on-one with the 2021 RB commit Dylan Fairchild: Elite O-line target includes UGA among his top six schools What exactly are these virtual recruiting visits like right now? The post Who is Chaz Chambliss? Carrollton's staff shares the juice about the new UGA commit appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The lull in the recruiting cycle for Georgia's 2021 recruiting class is no more. The board for Georgia in the 2021 class is now up to eight after the commitment of in-state OLB Chaz Chambliss to the class on Tuesday morning. Chambliss, who ranks as the nation's No. 18 OLB and No. 255 overall prospect on the 247Sports Composite, shared his decision to commit to Georgia in a commitment video release from his Twitter account. @KirbySmartUGA @CoachDanLanning @Dawgs247 @ChadSimmons_ @Mansell247 @CoachSimmonsFB @CoachHoon @RecruitGeorgia @jeffsentell @Carrollton_High pic.twitter.com/SuD7ifAGmo Chaz Chambliss (@ChazChambliss) May 26, 2020 Chambliss is now the second OLB prospect to join the 2021 Georgia class. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound thumper is now the program's seventh in-state recruit in the 2021 class. Pennsylvania OLB Elijah Jeudy is the lone exception. The post BREAKING: 4-star OLB Chaz Chambliss has made his college decision appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia pitcher Emerson Hancock says he has yet to decide if he'll make himself eligible for the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft. Hancock, a 6-foot-4, 213-pound right-hander from Cairo, Ga., has been projected as a top-five pick. Baseball America projected him as the No. 4 pick. 'At the end of the day you take it one day at a time, I want to take things slow,' Hancock said on a Zoom conference call with reporters on Tuesday. The Major League Baseball Draft has been widely reported as taking place on June 10-11. The first round is expected to start at 7 p.m. on June 10 and be televised by the MLB Network. 'The great thing about the Major League Baseball Draft is you can see how things play out, you don't have to declare,' Hancock said. 'There's a lot of uncertainty about where people might go and how the draft might play out. 'I don't really know what's going to happen. But whatever does happen, I'll make the best of it, and I'll make the best decision for me and my family.' Hancock, who was 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA when the season was suspended in March, said even if the season was still underway he wouldn't necessarily have a decision to announce at this point. 'At this point in our season, the only thing I'd be focusing on is pitching in Hoover (at the SEC Baseball Tournament) and getting focused on the regionals,' Hancock said. 'We had a really good group of guys. I knew in my heart this was going to be the year to break through the regionals,' Hancock said. 'We were primed to play our best baseball in May and June. We certainly had fun in the 18 games we played.' The Bulldogs were off to a 14-4 start this when the season was postponed on March 12 before ultimately being canceled on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Georgia was ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today at the time. It was the program's highest ranking since the 2008 team was No. 2 after advancing to the College World Series Finals. Hancock, one of the three team captains, was a Baseball America preseason All-America and on the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award watch list. It didn't take long for Hancock to show his form, as he pitched seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts in a 9-0 win over Santa Clara on Feb. 21. In his final start before the season was suspended, Hancock matched his career high with 12 strikeouts and no walks in 7.1 innings in a combined shutout win over UMass. 'A lot of people have their opinions on me,' Hancock said. 'I love to compete, I love to win, and I love to work hard.' Hancock was just as impressive off the field while attending Georgia. Hanckock was named to the 2020 Southeastern Conference Community Service Team on Monday, an honor highlighting is community work. A member of the UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Hancock also took part in the annual Grady County HELP Agency, doing volunteer work to assist in providing necessities and toys to more than 500 families. The post Georgia pitcher Emerson Hancock undecided on 2020 MLB Draft appeared first on DawgNation.