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Georgia football Freshmen Report: Georgia 43, Tennessee 14

Georgia football Freshmen Report: Georgia 43, Tennessee 14

Georgia football Freshmen Report: Georgia 43, Tennessee 14

Georgia football Freshmen Report: Georgia 43, Tennessee 14

DawgNation will offer this report after every game which focuses on the freshmen who played, what they did and which ones might lose one of those newfangled (four games or less) redshirts. Check out the Georgia football edition after stepping away from Rocky Top with a song and a 29-point win.

The rhetoric all week was about checkerboards, road game attendance and letting that junior gunslinger loose on Rocky Top. When it was over, the Bulldogs had a crooner under center and a 29-point SEC East win.

How did the freshmen do? The Knoxville chapter of the 2019 season left this author convinced that a freshman in class standing ( but definitely not in word or deed) is clearly one of the most vital players to the program.

That's redshirt freshman Azeez Ojulari. We'll get to chronicling another one of his Vibranium outings a bit deeper in this space. For now, let's discuss how all the freshmen fared just off the SunSphere's shadow.

Georgia played 63 players on Saturday night. They sent 60 out on the field for the previous game against Notre Dame.

  • 15 of the 63 Bulldogs who played were freshmen (redshirt or true freshmen)
  • Georgia did start a redshirt freshman inOjulariat OLB.
  • The Bulldogs did start a 2019 signee in graduate transfer Lawrence Cager for the second straight game. DJ Daniel, another junior college signee from the 2019 class, also started his second straight game at UGA.

Want a clear takeaway from the freshman who played earlier this year? The Bulldogs saw 13 of 61 play against Vanderbilt, 29 of 86 see time against Murray State, 30 of 86 log reps versus Arkansas State and 13 out of 60 against that strong Notre Dame team.

Who played against Notre Dame (by classes):

  • Freshmen: 9
  • Redshirt freshmen: 6
  • Touchdowns by true or redshirt freshmen: 1 (George Pickens)
  • True or redshirt freshmen among the leading tacklers: 1 (Ojulari)

Tennessee game freshman focus

Georgia played 15 redshirt or true freshmen against the Irish.The big picture tallies up to 24 percent of all the Bulldogs who played on Saturday. That equates to:

  • 0 of 2 QBs (1QB played against Notre Dame)
  • 2 of 6 RBs(4 RBs played against Notre Dame)
  • 3 of 7 WRs (7 WRs played against Notre Dame)
  • 0 of 7 OLs (8 OLs played against Notre Dame)
  • 1 of 3 TEs (3 TEs played against Notre Dame)
  • 1 of 9 DLs (9 DLs played against Notre Dame)
  • 2 of 7 ILBs (7 ILBs played against Notre Dame)
  • 2 of 6 OLBs (5 OLBs played against Notre Dame)
  • 3 of 12 DBs (9 DBs played against Notre Dame)
  • 0 of 1 PKs (No change versus Notre Dame)
  • 0 of 1 Ps (No change versus Notre Dame)
  • 2 of 1 LSs (2 LSs played against Notre Dame)

An interesting finding from that study so far this year: Georgia basically plays the same group of DLs, ILBs and OLBs regardless of the quality of the opponent.


Georgia football Freshmen Report: Georgia 43, Tennessee 14


What's more important? Snaps or starts? Both are important, but there is a reason why certain players start the game and stay on the field for the biggest plays. That's because the coaches trust them to play winning football by what they have seen on the practice field.

There are common instances where the scheme fit based on each opponent allows for a different starting rotation as well.

Here is the weekly list of the true freshmen and redshirt freshmen that have started games in 2019.

  • Redshirt freshman TE John FitzPatrick (1 game)
  • Redshirt freshman WR Kearis Jackson (1 game)
  • Redshirt freshman OLB Azeez Ojulari (5 games)
  • Redshirt freshman DB Divaad Wilson (1 game)

Who started against UT (all freshmen) : Ojulari

How many different Bulldogs have played in 2019: 95

How many of those have been freshmen or redshirt freshmen: 33 (35 percent of all participation)

Overall participation in 2019

  • Redshirt or grad transfer seniors: 9
  • Seniors: 8
  • Redshirt juniors: 5
  • Juniors: 15
  • Redshirt sophomores: 14
  • Sophomores: 12
  • Redshirt freshmen: 11
  • Freshmen: 22
  • Interesting that: Georgia has seen seven of its true freshmen play in every game this year. That's out of the 22 Bulldogs who have played so far in 2019. ( Lewis Cine, Nakobe Dean, Trezmen Marshall, George Pickens, Nolan Smith, Tyrique Stevenson and Travon Walker.)


(Redshirt) Freshman Game Ball (2nd time this year)


Georgia football Freshmen Report: Georgia 43, Tennessee 14

OLB Azeez Ojulari (Marietta High, Marietta, Ga.)

Ojulari now earns this weekly "Freshmen Report" honor for the second time this season. His first "FR" game ball came against Vanderbilt in the season opener.

  • The Azeez Ojulari stat line: 3 total tackles (2 solo), 2 sacks for 12 yards in losses
  • What Kirby Smart said about him: "Azeez is a great leader on our team . He was a captain for this game and to do that as a sophomore or I guess as a redshirt freshman whatever he is, is pretty special. He leads at practice. He plays the right way. He's everything you want in a student-athlete and its a credit to his family. They've done a great job with him."
  • What Ojulari told DawgNation about being the first freshman captain of the Smart era: "I didn't know that at all. It is just a blessing. It is a true honor. [I'll] just continue to work and get better every week and just take advantage of the opportunity and just make the best of it and just know it as a blessing."
  • Richard LeCounte III on what's unique Ojulari:" The way he moves and moves around you have just got to be around him to see how he is. He's not a real outspoken guy. He comes in and he'll work hard too just just how most everybody in this room is. He comes in there and doesn't say much but he leads with his actions. That's something you will thrive on and gain on."
  • Final 247Sports Composite recruiting rankings: Nation's No.10 weak-side DE/No. 144 overall prospect/Ojulari was the 15th highest-rated recruit in Georgia's 2018 class.
  • Former All-American: Yes (Ojulari was a 2018 U.S. Army All-American)

There are four noteworthy elements to point out here from Ojulari's outing against the Vols.:

  • Prior to kickoff, he became the first freshman Bulldog, redshirt or otherwise, to serve as a captain for a Kirby Smart team
  • Ojulari's two sacks against UT were a career-high and a season-high for UGA so far in 2019
  • Those two sacks were the most by a Bulldog in a single game since D'Andre Walker had two sacks at Missouri on Sept. 22, 2018.
  • His game marked only the fourth time that a Bulldog defender notched at least two sacks in a game for Smart. Lorenzo Carter had two sacks against Vanderbilt in 2016. Trenton Thompson had three sacks against TCU in the 2016 Liberty Bowl. Carter had another 2-sack game against Samford in 2017 and Walker tallied his two sacks against Mizzou in 2018.

DawgNation should be thankful he chose Georgia just prior to his senior season on August 17, 2017. Check out his DawgNation.com commitment day story from that date.

He was rated as the nation's No. 3 DE at the time, but then saw a season-ending knee injury cut short his senior year.

RELATED: Breaking down Azeez Ojulari's big game against UT


Georgia football Freshmen Report: Georgia 43, Tennessee 14

Notable time for other freshmen against the Vols.

  • Freshman WR George Pickens: Caught a 7-yard touchdown from Jake Fromm with nine seconds left to play in the third quarter. That gave the Bulldogs a much cozier 26-14 edge in the game.
  • Redshirt freshman RB Zamir White: White responded well from not playing in the previous game with Notre Dame to churn out 57 yards on his seven carries against the Vols. He had a long run of 17 yards in the game and saw action in the first quarter and also on the punt return team.


There are a number of categories in which a redshirt or a true freshmen Bulldog is already leading the team in 2019.

  • Receptions in a game: 5 (George Pickens is now tied with graduate transfer Lawrence Cager)
  • Receiving yards in a game: 112 (Blaylock)
  • Longest catch: 60 (Blaylock)
  • Longest TD catch: 60 (Blaylock)
  • Longest run: 62 (Kenny McIntosh)
  • Longest TD run: 62 (McIntosh)
  • Sacks (game): 2.0 (Ojulari
  • Sacks (season): 3.5 (Ojulari)
  • Tackles for a loss (game): 2 (Ojulari)
  • Interceptions (game): 1 (Lewis Cine and Divaad Wilson, tied for season-high)
  • Interceptions (season): 1 (Cine and Wilson, tied for first)



Georgia football Freshmen Report: Georgia 43, Tennessee 14

HOT BOARD: Game-by-game freshman heat check

FRESHMAN MOMENT OF THE UT GAME: There was one play in which freshman DT Travon Walker was working inside after the injury to Jordan Davis. He came all the way around the right edge off a stunt and almost took down the QB. He just missed and Ojulari came crashing in and tallied that one.

It offered up an impressive glimpse of the future of the pass rush at UGA.

Let's continue the blog with an assessment of the five most valuable freshmen and redshirt freshmen to the team for the 2019 season.

This feature is a nod to the top freshmen (redshirt or true) who have impacted the overall balance of the season the most up to this point.

  • No. 1: OLB Azeez Ojulari (Redshirt freshman and a former 4-star recruit): The opinion here is that Ojulari is both playing and leading like one of the top 5 players on the team. The former Marietta High star is one of two redshirt or true freshman Bulldogs to start a game this season, but he continues to keep getting better.
  • No. 2: WR George Pickens (former 5-star recruit): Pickens is now tied for second on the team in catches (12) and TD receptions (2) in 2019. His 185 yards receiving so far is also No. 2 for the Bulldogs this fall.
  • No. 3: WR Dominick Blaylock (former 4-star recruit):Blaylock didn't record a catch against the Vols but he is still the third-leading receiver (179 yards) on the team. He got a lot of important reps against UT and also served as the primary punt return in the game.
  • No. 4: RB Zamir White (former 5-star recruit): He was on the punt team against the Vols and Kirby Smart noted on Monday he's continuing to progress as a pass protector. White has 26 carries for 198 yards (7.6 yards per carry) and that ranks him third on the team. He also ranks third with his two rushing touchdowns and is averaging 49.5 rushing yards per game as a Bulldog. He stands out for how quickly he hits the hole. The 220-pounder has only lost one yard on his carries this year.
  • No. 5: OLB Nolan Smith (former 5-star recruit): Smith continues to get key on third downs in the "Nickel" and "Dime" packages for the Bulldogs. His combination of power and speed rushes make him an all-around pass rusher. Smith also plays with relentless energy. He's also clearly one of the most enthusiastic Bulldogs on the field. He genuinely revels in seeing his teammates succeed.
  • No. 6: DT Travon Walker(former 5-star recruit): Walker rounds out this list of former All-Americans this week. He's been a first-teamer on kickoff coverage since the opener and he now appears to be a first-team contributor on the defensive line in third-and-long and dime situations. He didn't record a tackle against the Vols but was able to pressure the passer.

OTHERS TO MAKE THE HEAT CHECK THIS FALL: Redshirt freshman DB Divaad Wilson.


There were a few strong offerings this week.


The following true or redshirt freshmen Bulldogs have played in every game so far this season:

  • S Lewis Cine
  • ILB Nakobe Dean
  • Redshirt TE John FitzPatrick
  • ILB Trezmen Marshall
  • Redshirt OLB Azeez Ojulari
  • WR George Pickens
  • CB Tyrique Stevenson
  • OLB Nolan Smith
  • Redshirt walk-on LS Payne Walker
  • DT Travon Walker
  • Redshirt DB Divaad Wilson

Participation for 2019 signees

The Bulldogs who have seen action so far in 2019 is worth watching in terms of the new redshirt rules.

  • QB Stetson Bennett IV (redshirt sophomore): 3 games
  • WR Dominick Blaylock: 4 games
  • WR Lawrence Cager (grad transfer senior): 5 games
  • S Lewis Cine: 5 games
  • CB D.J. Daniel (junior college transfer): 4 games
  • ILB Rian Davis: 0 games
  • ILB Nakobe Dean: 5 games
  • TE Ryland Goede: 2 games
  • OLB Jermaine Johnson (junior college transfer): 5 games
  • DL Zion Logue: 2 games
  • ILB Trezmen Marshall: 5 games (special teams)
  • QB D'Wan Mathis: 0 games
  • OL Warren McClendon: 2 games
  • RB Kenny McIntosh: 3 games
  • DL Tymon Mitchell: 2 games
  • DL Bill Norton: 2 games
  • WR George Pickens: 5 games
  • TE Brett Seither: 2 games
  • OLB Nolan Smith: 5 games
  • CB Tyrique Stevenson: 5 games
  • WR Makiya Tongue: 2 games
  • OL Xavier Truss: 2 games
  • DT Travon Walker: 5 games
  • DL Tramel Walthour: 0 games
  • OL Clay Webb: 1 game
  • TE Eli Wolf (grad transfer senior): 5 games

True freshmen signees who did not play this week: ILB Rian Davis, TE Ryland Goede, QB D'Wan Mathis, OL Warren McClendon, DL Zion Logue, DL Bill Norton, TE Brett Seither, WR Makiya Tongue, OT Xavier Truss, and OL Clay Webb.

Interesting travel roster note of the week: Georgia has gone on the road in the SEC for two road games. True freshman OT Xavier Truss has made the travel roster for both of those games, but he did not play. That's a positive sign for the No. 1 player from Rhode Island in the 2019 class.

More travel roster to keep in mind: Preferred walk-on QB Nathan Priestley again traveled with the Bulldogs as the No. 3 QB behind Jake Fromm and Stetson Bennett IV.

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  • ATHENS Georgia put the game on D'Andre Swift's shoulders Saturday night, and the junior tailback delivered. The No. 10-ranked Bulldogs beat Kentucky 21-0 thanks to Swift's hard-charging ways. The junior from Philadelphia carried 21 times for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns. Swift had strong comments about the Bulldogs' offense earlier in the week. Swift felt more passes downfield should be called in the wake of last week's 20-17 overtime loss to South Carolina. 'They put a lot of people in the box so it's hard,' Swift said. 'Once you get past one level, there are three guys right there.' That was once again the case on Saturday night. But Swift found a way to break tackles and make Kentucky defenders miss with 6:20 left in the game. The Bulldogs had taken over a the Wildcats' 39 after a 15-yard punt, their first possession in Kentucky's territory in the game. Swift took the handoff and broke right, making two Wildcats' defenders miss at the line before outracing the reminder of the Kentucky defense to the end zone to break a scoreless tie. Swifted added a 3-yard TD run with 6:24 left to make it 21-0, capping a 13-play, 92-yard drive to essentially put the game on ice. Georgia has a bye next Saturday and will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Jacksonville, Fla., against Florida. The post Georgia football game ball: D'Andre Swift carries Bulldogs to 21-0 win appeared first on DawgNation.
  • On Friday afternoon a train collided with a tractor-trailer in Winder at the May Street and Broad Street intersection. The Winder Police Department is asking that motorists avoid the area as they work to clear the roadway.
  • A Hartwell man faces vehicular homicide charges after slamming head-on into a car driven by a University of Georgia student and then leaving the scene, Athens police said. The student, identified as 20-year-old junior Drury Anderson Shierling, was killed about 6 a.m. Wednesday on Timothy Road when the other driver took a curve too fast and crossed into his lane, according to a crash report. The driver who caused the wreck, identified by police as 51-year-old Edward Lee Stowers, was traveling north from the Inner Loop to Timothy Road when his rented 2018 Ford Fusion crossed the raised median and entered the southbound lanes, authorities said. After striking the UGA student, Stowers allegedly got out of his vehicle, flagged down another driver and asked for a ride to a nearby gas station, according to the report. He was arrested after the witness called 911 and told police where he was. Shierling, who was from Leesburg, studied business and real estate, a university spokeswoman said.  Another passenger in the students car was injured in the wreck and taken to a hospital, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.  Stowers is charged with vehicular homicide, hit-and-run resulting in death, traveling too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane and driving with a suspended license. He remains held without bond at the Athens-Clarke County jail, records show.  In other news: 
  • The Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee is proud to announce Dinner & Conversation with the U.S. Senate Candidates to be held on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11, at the Cotton Press in Athens, Georgia. On the cusp of one of the most important election-cycles in Georgia history, attendees will get the unique opportunity to hear from Sarah Riggs Amico, Jon Ossoff, Mayor Ted Terry, and Mayor Teresa Tomlinson about their vision for Georgia and the United States.   Dinner & Conversation with the U.S. Senate Candidates will begin at 6:15pm (doors at 5:45pm) on Monday, November 11 at the Cotton Press. Attendees will be treated to a delicious family-style dinner as they hear conversations between candidates and our special guests. After hearing from all 4 candidates and finishing apple pie for dessert, attendees will be invited to mingle with the candidates and continue the conversations in a less formal way at our meet-and-greet.   “This is the first, and possibly only, time that Athenians and the people of northeast Georgia will be able to see all of the Senatorial candidates in one location,'' says Denise Ricks, Chair of the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee. “It is an opportunity to witness a one on one, in depth conversation with each candidate and have them answer submitted questions. We know voters want to hear where the candidates stand on healthcare, foreign policy, education, and the environment. This is your chance to hear about those issues and to get answers to your questions!”   The 2020 elections will decide the Presidency, not one but both U.S. Senate seats for Georgia, along with every Georgia Congressional, State House, and State Senate seat.    'Make no mistake, the stakes of the 2020 elections are enormous” says Georgia State Representative and Democratic Caucus Leader Bob Trammell. “ Elections have consequences, and the election before redistricting has consequences for the next decade. We can not afford for anyone to sit out democracy in 2020. All hands on deck.' 
  • Hall County state Senator Butch Miller says he is looking at legislation that would protect students from sexual assaults at the hands of teachers. The Republican from Gainesville is pitching a bill he says would clarify existing law on cases in which students are victimized by teachers, coaches, and principals at schools in Georgia.  The next session of the Georgia Legislature begins in January.    From the Ga Senate press office… Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Miller (R – Gainesville) recently announced legislation aimed at further protecting students from sexual assault by those entrusted with their care. “When legislation we pass doesn’t go far enough to protect our most vulnerable citizens like students in our schools, we must address necessary changes as soon as possible,” said Sen. Miller. “This legislation will fix an oversight in our existing law and will add necessary protections for victims of sexual assault by ensuring their perpetrators can be brought to justice. I hope we can get this legislation passed and to the Governor’s desk as soon as possible during the 2020 Legislative Session.”  Under the current Georgia Code definition for improper sexual contact by employee or agent, sexual assault of a student occurs when the victim is “enrolled as a student at the school.” This specific language was used by the Northeastern Judicial Circuit to send back a case to the state court regarding a coach who was charged with felony sexual assault. According to the decision by the circuit, the felony sexual assault charge did not apply since the accused coach “was not a teacher at the school where the student attended.”  The legislation announced by Sen. Miller will address this issue by revising Georgia code and adding “within the school district” to the existing “enrolled as a student at the school” language. School district will be defined as “any area, county, independent, or local school district.” 

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley walked out of the coaches' box after Saturday night's 21-0 win over Kentucky wearing a big smile. No one would have guessed the Bulldogs gained a season-low 270 yards of offense or that his quarterback had a career-low 35 yards passing and failed to throw a TD pass for just the second time in his career. Georgia's head coach, Kirby Smart, was pleased with the play calling and the hard-fought win over the Wildcats, so Coley's mission was accomplished. But many fans at Sanford Stadium booed the No. 10-ranked home team during the game, however, frustrated with what appeared to be very conservative play calling amid the heavy rain and wind. 'I'm not a fan, it's probably frustrating for the fans, but as a team we win however we can find a way to win, that's all we did today, we found a way to win,' Swift said. 'If they boo us, they boo us. I'm fine. As long as we're winning the games.' Some Georgia football followers on social media channels have been imploring reporters to ask Smart about play-calling and his offensive coordinator, James Coley. Smart was indeed asked on Saturday night to assess Coley, who was promoted to offensive coordinator and play caller after serving as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season. ' Very pleased today, I thought we were extremely patient on offense and in tough conditions,' Smart said. 'And, we've got more explosive plays than we did last year at this time, with three wide receivers that are in the NFL.' Smart said he didn't think it very rationale for anyone to try to assess the Georgia offense on a night where the weather conditions played such a large role. 'If you go out there and evaluate that, and you give judgement based on that, you're a lot smarter than me,' Smart said. 'There's not a lot you can do in those conditions.' As for the booing, Smart said he could't hear it because he had headphones on. 'We're trying to make the best decisions that gives us the best chance,' Smart said. 'I mean, you know, fans, that's what they pay their money for, to give their opinions and they are entitled to that. I respect that. 'But at the end of the day our job is to put our kids in the most successful situations and allow them to be successful, you know what I mean? I don't think you make decisions based on that (crowd reaction).' The Bulldogs, two-time defending SEC East Division champs, have a bye next weekend before returning to action on Nov. 2 against Florida in Jacksonville. Georgia-Kentucky stories Georgia football stock report, lock-down defense gets shutout D'Andre Swift gets game ball, carries Bulldogs to victory Georgia game recap, how the Bulldogs beat Kentucky WATCH: Kirby Smart proud Bulldogs able to chop wood' The post Georgia's Kirby Smart very pleased' with OC James Coley, addresses home fans booing appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia coach Kirby Smart gets paid to win games and compete for championships, so there wasn't a lot of second-guessing after a 21-0 win over Kentucky. Smart has never been too concerned with style points, and especially not on a night of torrential rain and wind gusting up to 20 mph during the No. 10-ranked Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1 SEC) win over the Wildcats (3-4, 1-4) at Sanford Stadium. Still, there were some scattered boos. Smart shrugged it off after the game, saying fans pay for their right to share their opinions, and it didn't affect him because he had headphones on, anyway. ' I could have told you two days ago we weren't going to go out there and throw it for 200 yards in those conditions,' Smart said. 'We had to put a plan together to give us the best chance to be successful. I thought we did a good job.' Georgia out-gained Kentucky 270 yards to 177 in a game where both teams' pass game was pretty much non-existent. Jake Fromm was 9-of-12 passing for 35 yards considerably better than the 2-of-16 passing, 17-yard output Eddie Gran's Kentucky offense mustered. Fromm attempted only one pass in the second half, a 7-yard completion, as the Bulldogs run game took its toll. D'Andre Swift's 39-yard TD run with 6:20 left in the third quarter broke open what had been a scoreless tie. The Georgia defense seemed to feed off the energy. Safety J.R. Reed delivered a fumble-inducing hit on UK quarterback Lynn Bowden on the Wildcats' ensuing drive, Richard LeCounte recovering the ball on the Kentucky 31, Five consecutive run plays later, Brian Herrien sped around right end for an 8-yard TD that made it 14-0 with 1:43 left in the third quarter. 'I think that's a wear and tear effect,' Smart said, reflecting on how the Bulldogs run game took over the second half. 'You're not just going to walk out there in those conditions and just walk down the field and score on people that's tough. It's tough to get traction.' The Georgia defense dug in one final time in the fourth quarter, stemming a Kentucky drive that reached the UGA 8-yard line when linebacker Jermaine Johnson flushed Bowden out of the pocket and forced an incompletion. The Bulldogs' offense slammed the door shut after the change of possessions, marching 92 yards on 13 plays for the final score of the night, Swift crashing in from 3 yards out with 6:24 remaining. ' I told the team we had to be patient and continue to chop wood throughout the game,' Smart said. 'It was going to be a field-position battle the whole game. I was proud of the way our guys fought in what was a tough environment to play in. 'I told the team if they handled it best, they would probably come out on top.' Georgia coach Kirby Smart Georgia-Kentucky stories Georgia football stock report, lock-down defense gets shutout D'Andre Swift gets game ball, carries Bulldogs to victory Georgia game recap, how the Bulldogs beat Kentucky The post WATCH: Kirby Smart proud Bulldogs able to chop wood' in win over Kentucky appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Rain poured down and a harsh wind blew through Sanford Stadium, gusts over 20 mph at times. Georgia and Kentucky offensive play callers responded accordingly. A slugfest ensured, the Bulldogs finally overpowering the Wildcats in the second half en route to the 21-0 victory. UGA held Kentucky to 177 total yard of offense and just 9 first downs. Meanwhile, tailback D'Andre Swift rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns to lead Georgia, which didn't have he ball in Kentucky territory until the 6:31 mark of the second half. Swift scored on a 39-yard run one play later to give the Bulldogs all the points they would need. It was a scoreless tie at the end of the first half, that first time that had happened in a Georgia game since a 10-0 loss to Alabama in 1991. Georgia out-gained Kentucky 123-52 through the first 30 minutes, but the closest the Bulldogs could et to crossing midfield was a fourth-and-1 attempt. Quarterback Jake Fromm was stopped on the play, coming up short. The Bulldogs average starting position on their six first-half drives was their own 15-yard line, and Smart was not in the mindset to take many chances with a wet ball and a wind. Fromm was 8-of-11 for 29 yards passing in the first half, and UGA ran the ball 16 straight times in the second half before he would attempt another pass. Fromm finished 9-of-12 passing for 35 yards, the Bulldogs gaining 235 yards on the ground. Stock Up D'Andre Swift was the MVP, no doubt, charging into a stacked Kentucky defensive front throughout the night, but still managing to average 8.5 yards per carry in leading the offense. Freshman WR George Pickens made the most of this first career start, making four catches for 35 yards to lead all receivers. Georgia pass coverage: UK's Lynn Bowden didn't complete a pass until there was 4 1/2 minutes left, throwing incomplete on his first nine attempts. J.R. Reed stepped up with physical play, forcing a fumble in the third quarter with big hit on QB Lynn Bowden. Richard LeCounte was strong in run support throughout the night, and he came up with a fumble recovery on the Kentucky 31 in the third quarter. Brian Herrien had four straight carries to extend UGA's lead to 14-0; runs of 3, 5 and 4 to pick up a first down at the 8, and he scored from there. Rodrigo Blankenship came up with a TD-saving tackle on Zach Johnson kick return at Georgia 40 Jeremaine Johnson with the QB pressure on Lynn Bowden on Kentucky's failed fourth down attempt at the UGA 9 in the fourth quarter. Stock Down Georgia short yardage offense: The Bulldogs couldn't convert a fourth-and-1 at the 50 with Fromm, even with Cade Mays and Charlie Woerner in the backfield as pushers. Prather Hudson is known as a special teams ace, but his holding call wiped out a 10-yard Dominick Blaylock punt return and pinned UGA back to the 9. Charlie Woerner holding penalty wipes out 8-yard Brian Herrien run. Woerner got blown up on a James Cook swing pass in the first quarter, too. Safety Divaad Wilson missed open-field tackle on 9-yard RB run for first down The post Georgia football stock report: Defense locks down Kentucky 21-0 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia put the game on D'Andre Swift's shoulders Saturday night, and the junior tailback delivered. The No. 10-ranked Bulldogs beat Kentucky 21-0 thanks to Swift's hard-charging ways. The junior from Philadelphia carried 21 times for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns. Swift had strong comments about the Bulldogs' offense earlier in the week. Swift felt more passes downfield should be called in the wake of last week's 20-17 overtime loss to South Carolina. 'They put a lot of people in the box so it's hard,' Swift said. 'Once you get past one level, there are three guys right there.' That was once again the case on Saturday night. But Swift found a way to break tackles and make Kentucky defenders miss with 6:20 left in the game. The Bulldogs had taken over a the Wildcats' 39 after a 15-yard punt, their first possession in Kentucky's territory in the game. Swift took the handoff and broke right, making two Wildcats' defenders miss at the line before outracing the reminder of the Kentucky defense to the end zone to break a scoreless tie. Swifted added a 3-yard TD run with 6:24 left to make it 21-0, capping a 13-play, 92-yard drive to essentially put the game on ice. Georgia has a bye next Saturday and will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Jacksonville, Fla., against Florida. The post Georgia football game ball: D'Andre Swift carries Bulldogs to 21-0 win appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia's defense came to play and Kirby Smart planned accordingly Saturday night. The No. 10-ranked Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1 SEC) recorded their second shutout of the season, blanking Kentucky 21-0 amid heavy rain and gusting winds at Sanford Stadium. Tailback D'Andre Swift rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns as UGA played mistake-free football on offense, pounding the Wildcats with its giant offensive line and productive run game. Kentucky managed just 177 yards of total offense, not completing a pass until there was just 4 1/2 minutes left. Jake Fromm was 9-of-12 passing for 35 yards, deferring to a ground game that picked up steam has the minutes passed by. Georgia rushed for 235 yards on 42 carries, scoring three rushing touchdowns in the second half to pull away. Georgia has a bye next Saturday before returning to action at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 against Florida in Jacksonville. Here's how the game broke down: Fourth Quarter Georgia 21, Kentucky 0, 6:24:D'Andre Swift 3-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive:13 plays, 92 yards, 8:18. Key Play: Brian Herrien 14-yard run. Kentucky stopped on fourth-and-goal at 8-yard line, 14:42. Third Quarter Georgia 14, Kentucky 0, 1:54: Brian Herrien 8-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 5 plays, 31 yards, 2:36. Key play: D'Andre Swift 11-yard run. Georgia 7, Kentucky 0, 6:20: D'Andre Swift 39-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick. Drive: One play, 39 yards, 11 seconds. Key play: 15-yard shanked Kentucky punt. HALFTIME NOTES It's the first scoreless first half in a Georgia game since 1991, when the Bulldogs played Alabama in Tuscaloosa, losing 10-0. Georgia held Kentucky without a completed pass. Georgia held Kentucky to 52 yards of total offense. UAG lead the SEC and ranks sixth in the nation in scoring defense (12.3 ppg). Freshman WR George Pickens made his first career start. SECOND QUARTER Georgia explosive plays: Fromm to Pickens, 22 yards D'Andre Swift 23-yard run D'Andre Swift 20-yard run Jake Fromm 8-of-11, 28 yards; Lynn Bowden 0-of-3 passing D'Andre Swift 9-81 rushing; Lynn Bowden 7-26 George Pickens 3-28 receiving Georgia stopped on fourth-and-1 at 50-yard line, 8:51 FIRST QUARTER 53 degrees, feels like 49, winds at 14 mph, rain Georgia wins toss, will receive SEC Saturday 10-19-19 Auburn 51, Arkansas 10, Final Florida 38, South Carolina 27, Final LSU 36, Mississippi State 13, Final Vanderbilt 21, Missouri 14, Final Texas A&M at Ole Miss, 7:30 p.m. kickoff Tennessee at Alabama, 9 p.m. kickoff Pregame Mecole Hardman leads calling of the Dawgs CB DJ Daniel announced as a starter; CB Tyson Campbell (foot) appears full-speed in warmups, questionable to play First-team offensive line in warmups: LT Andrew Thomas, LG Cade Mays, C Trey Hill, RG Ben Cleveland, RT Isaiah Wilson George Pickens announced as a starter along with Demetris Robertson and Tyler Simmons in WR corps BIG TEN UPSET: No. 6 Wisconsin falls as 30-point underdog to Illinois SEC Scores: See Below ATHENS Georgia football opens the second half of the season looking for improvement, and it starts with players stepping up and emerging. The No. 10-ranked Bulldogs play host to Kentucky at 6 p.m. on Saturday in a game that should provide plenty of opportunities for players on all levels. Redshirt freshman Kearis Jackson is back from a broken hand and could break out, and Coach Kirby Smart has continued to praise the improvement of linebackers Nolan Smith and Nakobe Dean. Freshman defensive back Tyrique Stevenson was identified as one of the most promising players in spring drills and at the start of fall camp, and he could be on the verge of taking the next step. 'He's really improving, he's coming in, he's meeting more,' UGA cornerback Eric Stokes said, asked about Stevenson's progress. 'He's finally learning the ropes, like, I need to come in and start doing a little bit.' 'He was going through a freshman slump like anybody, it's just a learning experience, but he's finally starting to pick it up.' Smart said Stevenson has looked better in practices of late, too. ' Tyrique had a good week of practice last week and he actually played in the game when Mark Webb's injury occurred,' Smart said, reflecting on Stevenson's snaps against South Carolina. 'He had two opportunities to make tackles he missed those opportunities one was on a close sack, 'I think that's more of an experience of playing not a lack of ability. But those are the growing pains you have to go through when you play guys who are getting their first considerable playing time. But he's still in a battle at (dime defensive back) to play, he's in a battle at corner. He's becoming a better practice player.' Pregame Reads Former UGA star Eric Zeier gives his take on Bulldogs' offense Podcast: D'Andre Swift's comments on offense gain attention Kirby Smart concerned about the weather conditions' Promising Nolan Smith grows, expands role Receivers must step up, beat press coverage Closer look: How Georgia's offense adds up The post Georgia football game recap: Bulldogs pull away from Kentucky, 21-0 appeared first on DawgNation.