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Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 21, Kentucky 0
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Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 21, Kentucky 0

Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 21, Kentucky 0

Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 21, Kentucky 0

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 a 21-0 blanking of SEC East foe Kentucky.

Georgia fell last week.

Raindrops (and plenty of them) fell this past weekend to soak all the narratives and game summations from Georgia's 21-0 home win against South Carolina.

It marked the second shutout of the season for Georgia. It was also the second shutout of an SEC opponent of the Kirby Smart era. The night also meant the 11th time one of his defenses held a team to single digits during his time in Athens.

The Bulldogs played fewer players against Kentucky on Saturday than they did in any other Power 5 game this season. It was the first time this year that UGA fielded less than 60 players against an opponent.

How many freshmen (redshirt and true) still hit that soggy Sanford Stadium field? The charter for this post will be to break all of that down.

The Bulldogs played 58 players on Saturday. They sent 62 out on the field in the previous game against South Carolina. Let's also quickly note that:

  • 14 of the 58 Bulldogs who played were freshmen (redshirt or true freshmen)
  • UGA started two of its redshirt freshmen in Azeez Ojulari (OLB) and Divaad Wilson (STAR)
  • The Bulldogs also started a true freshman ( George Pickens) for the first time in 2019.
  • Georgia continued to start a 2019 signee in JUCO transfer DJ Daniel. It was his fourth straight start.
  • Kentucky saw just 46 of its players see action in that game

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, 13 out of 60 against Notre Dame and 15 of 63 players at Tennessee and 15 of the 62 who took on South Carolina.

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Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 21, Kentucky 0

Who played against Kentucky (by classes):

  • Freshmen:8
  • Redshirt freshmen: 6
  • Touchdowns by true or redshirt freshmen: 0
  • True or redshirt freshmen among the leading tacklers: 1 (Nakobe Dean)

Kentucky game freshman focus

Georgia played 14 redshirt or true freshmen.The big picture still tallies up to 24 percent of all the Bulldogs who played on Saturday. That equates to:

  • 0 of 1 QBs (1 QBs played in the previous game)
  • 2 of 6 RBs(5 RBs played in the previous game)
  • 3 of 5 WRs (7 WRs played in the previous game)
  • 0 of 7 OLs (8 OLs played in the previous game)
  • 1 of 3 TEs (3 TEs played in the previous game)
  • 0 of 8 DLs (9 DLs playedin the previous game
  • 2 of 7 ILBs (8 ILBs played in the previous game)
  • 2 of 5 OLBs (5 OLBs played in the previous game)
  • 3 of 12 DBs (12 DBs played in the previous game)
  • 0 of 1 PKs (No change versus the previous game)
  • 0 of 1 Ps (No change from the previous game)
  • 1 of 2 LSs (No change from the previous game)

Why did Georgia play fewer Bulldogs on Saturday: The main reason was due to injury. Lawrence Cage, Justin Shaffer and Travon Walker were not able to dress out. Brian Herrien returned and Matt Landers also did not show up on the participation report.

What that study has shown far this year: Georgia plays the same group of DLs, ILBs and OLBs regardless of the quality of the opponent.

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Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 21, Kentucky 0

FRESHMEN BULLDOGS IN 2019

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 (7 games)
  • Redshirt freshman DB Divaad Wilson (2 games)
  • Freshman WR George Pickens (1 game)

Who started against Kentucky (all freshmen) : Ojulari, Pickens and Wilson.

How many different Bulldogs have played in 2019: 97

How many of those have been freshmen or redshirt freshmen: 34 (35 percent of all participation)

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Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 21, Kentucky 0

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: 23
  • Of note: Georgia has seen six of its true freshmen play in every game this year. That's out of the 23 freshmen who have played so far in 2019. ( Lewis Cine, Nakobe Dean, Trezmen Marshall, George Pickens, Nolan Smith and Tyrique Stevenson.)

THE BIG PICTURE, PART I

Freshman Game Ball

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Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 21, Kentucky 0

ILB Nakobe Dean (Horn Lakes High, Horn Lakes, Miss.)

Dean earns this weekly "Freshmen Report" honor for the first time this season.

  • The Nakobe Dean stat line:6 total tackles/ 4 solo tackles/1 forced fumble
  • The biggest play he made was: It came on special teams. Dean forced a fumble by punt returner Josh Ali that the Wildcats were able to recover at their own 29. He also tallied up four of his six tackles in the second half.
  • Final 247Sports Composite recruiting rankings: Nation's No. 2 ILB and No. 19 overall (Was the nation's No. 1 ILB at the time he signed with UGA.)
  • Former All-American: Yes (2019 Under Armour All-American)

There are a couple of elements to point out here from the day Dean had against South Carolina:

  • Led the team with his four solo tackles
  • Tied for the team-best total with his six total tackles

Why did he choose Georgia? Dean chose Georgia over a late back-and-forth and 11th-hour struggle which included a tug to stay home and play for Alabama or in-state Ole Miss.

Notable time for other freshmen against Kentucky

  • Freshman WR George Pickens: Led Bulldogs in catches (4) and yards (35) while getting his first career start against the Wildcats.
  • Redshirt freshman Divaad Wilson:Finished his second career start for UGA with two total tackles.
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FRESHMEN SUPERLATIVES FOR 2019

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: 7 (George Pickens)
  • 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)

THE BIG PICTURE, PART II

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HOT BOARD: Game-by-game freshman heat check

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): Ojulari continues to perform admirably along his redshirt freshman season, but he did not record a tackle on Saturday against the Wildcats. He continued to provide pressure on the pocket.
  • No. 2: WR George Pickens (former 5-star recruit): Besides his first start, he had four catches for 35 yards, including a 22-yard connection from Jake Fromm. That play call came on 1st-and-10 from the Georgia 19. He brought down an even bigger catch for seven yards on 4th-and-4 from the Kentucky 29 which extended the final Bulldog scoring drive of the game.
  • No. 3: RB Zamir White (former 5-star recruit): White had one carry for three yards against the Wildcats. Senior RB Brian Herrien was back this week and that reduced his touches. He has 39 carries for 249 yards (6.3 yards per attempt) this fall and that ranks third on the team. He also ranks third with his two rushing touchdowns and is averaging 40.8 rushing yards per game.
  • No. 4: OLB Nolan Smith (former 5-star recruit): Smith continues to take the field on third down in the "Nickel" and "Dime" packages for the Bulldogs. His combination of power and speed rushes make him an all-around pass rusher. He finished with one tackle against Kentucky.
  • No. 5: DB Divaad Wilson (former 4-star recruit): Wilson has now started two games for Georgia this fall. That's more than every other redshirt or true freshmen on the team except for Ojulari.
  • No. 6: ILB Nakobe Dean(former 5-star recruit): See above.

OTHERS TO MAKE THE HEAT CHECK THIS FALL: Freshman WR Dominick Blaylock, Freshman DT Travon Walker

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FRESHMEN TO PLAY IN EVERY GAME

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
  • 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: 6 games
  • WR Lawrence Cager (grad transfer senior): 6 games
  • S Lewis Cine: 7 games
  • CB D.J. Daniel (junior college transfer) : 6 games
  • ILB Rian Davis: 1 game
  • ILB Nakobe Dean: 7 games
  • TE Ryland Goede: 2 games
  • OLB Jermaine Johnson (junior college transfer): 7 games
  • DL Zion Logue: 2 games
  • ILB Trezmen Marshall: 7 games (special teams)
  • QB D'Wan Mathis: 0 games
  • OL Warren McClendon: 1 game
  • RB Kenny McIntosh: 5 games
  • DL Tymon Mitchell: 2 games
  • DL Bill Norton: 2 games
  • WR George Pickens: 7 games
  • TE Brett Seither: 2 games
  • OLB Nolan Smith: 7 games
  • CB Tyrique Stevenson: 7 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): 7 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 Tymon Mitchell, DL Bill Norton, TE Brett Seither, WR Makiya Tongue, OT Xavier Truss, DT Travon Walker and OL Clay Webb.

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  • Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean understands there will be challenges for his young and undersized team this season. But Crean, a two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and the architect of a Final Four team at Marquette, will not accept the lack of effort witnessed on Saturday night in Starkville. RELATED: How Mississippi State won battle of SEC Bulldogs The 91-59 defeat at Mississippi State was embarrassing on the scoreboard, but also to the most casual of UGA basketball fans that tuned in to the SEC Network on Saturday night. 'The most disheartening thing is we didn't compete on the glass, at all,' Crean said after the game on the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network, referring to State's 40-22 rebounding advantage. 'Ray Hammonds is the third leading or fourth leading rebounder in the league, his effort was pitiful, as was everybody else's on the glass.,' Crean said. 'That's a toughness issue that we've got to continue to work through. 'I wouldn't even call that a maturity issue, I'd call that a toughness issue.' Freshman Anthony Edwards, who called out himself and his Georgia teammates for a lack of toughness in the second half of a home loss to Kentucky earlier this season, led Georgia with 19 points. But Edwards had his issues getting back on defense and communicating. 'The maturity issue is when it's not going well for us offensively, or we turn it over, we've got to get back on defense,' Crean said. 'So the two biggest keys to the game were rebounding and then transition defense, by far, as they are most games. 'Both of those we failed, and we failed miserably tonight.' Georgia, which scored it's only road SEC win under Crean last year at Florida. returns to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Kentucky. DawgNation Georgia Basketball Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Anthony Edwards says UGA didn't play tough enough vs. Kentucky Georgia basketball delivers signature Top 10 win at Memphs Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Georgia freshman already making basketball history The post Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean: Bulldogs' rebounding effort pitiful,' lacking toughness appeared first on DawgNation.
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  • ATHENS Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken has yet to call his first play, but it's safe to say the 53-year-old already knows he's walking into a better situation than a year ago. RELATED: Todd Monken a Statement hire' by Kirby Smart Monken's differences on the Cleveland Browns' staff with first-year coach Freddie Kitchens were well-documented from the onset. Many close to Kitchens have said Monken was not even the head coach's choice for the job. It's no wonder Monken was quoted as referring the Cleveland franchise a 'total mess.' It was an accurate description. Receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry were a handful. The Myles Garrett helmet swing incidentreached epic proportion. Georgia football is anything but a total mess. Monken arrives in Athens knowing he was Kirby Smart's top choice. Smart hasn't announced it, but it's a good bet Monken will assume the playcalling duties. It's something Monken has said before is important to him. RELATED: Why Todd Monken is a proven OC, and the Smart choice The best-case scenario for Georgia and Monken next season is a national championship. At the very least, a fourth-straight trip to the SEC Championship Game. The Georgia defense is that good. Nine of 11 Sugar Bowl starters return. It was a unit that led the nation in scoring defense and run defense, and finished third in the country in total defense and 8h in pass efficiency defense. Smart will be looking for an offense that makes more explosive plays while maintaining a reliable run game. But the bottom line for Smart was and is offensive efficiency and consistency. If Monken's offense can score 24 points in each game next season, it's hard to project the Bulldogs losing a game. That said, Georgia has its share of challenges on offense. Chief among those hurdles are growing an inexperienced receiving corps, and developing and scheming for a new quarterback. Georgia rising sophomore George Pickens is the key to the receiving corps. He's coming off a Sugar Bowl MVP performance, making 12 catches for 175 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs' 26-14 win over Baylor. Pickens, however, was hit with two suspensions his freshman campaign. The first involved an unspecified violation of team rules. The second came by NCAA rule after his well-publicized tangle at Georgia Tech. RELATED: Pickens apologizes to team for costly SEC title game suspension Pickens' growth and development as a person and potential leader will factor into Monken's future game plans where skill position players are concerned. Georgia has other receiver options returning and promising incoming freshmen. But none appear to have the game-changing dynamic Pickens presents. Georgia is also green in the backfield. Zamir White enters spring drills battling Kenny McIntosh for first-team reps. Rising junior James Cook and incoming freshman Kendall Milton have breakout talent. To this point, none of the backs have shown the dynamic game-breaking ability departing back D'Andre Swift flashed his first two seasons. It doesn't mean they won't, but expectations should be kept in check, Swift was special. The ultimate challenge, however, is at quarterback. Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman is considered the favorite to win the job in spring drills. Newman is coming to Georgia to throw more, and the Bulldogs are excited to have a quarterback who can run and scramble effectively. The two sides will meet somewhere in the middle, with Newman gaining experience in an offense that can transition into the NFL. Georgia also has redshirt junior Stetson Bennett, redshirt freshman D'Wan Mathis and incoming freshman Carson Beck in the quarterback room this spring. The final piece for Monken's success is the fit in the offensive meeting room, and the trust and chemistry he builds with Smart. Unlike Cleveland, Monken will be handed the keys, and he'll be surrounded by an all-star staff that includesJames Coley, Matt Luke and run game coordinator Dell McGee. Georgia football, unlike the NFL's Cleveland Browns, doesn't mess around. Georgia football offseason Kirby Smart lands Air Raid guru Todd Monken LSU DC Dave Aranda reveals UGA offensive game plan Mark Richt gives scout on FSU grad-transfer Tre Mckitty UGA provides status update on James Coley Numbers game: Comparing Jamie Newman to Jake Fromm Bulldogs' safety headed for Ole Miss RELATED: Cade Mays makes stunning Rocky Top Hop Projected starting Georgia lineman returning from injury PODCAST: Brandon Adams discusses Todd Monken addition The post New Georgia OC Todd Monken trades total mess' for championship quest appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Former Georgia football safety Otis Reese announced on Twitter that he's headed for Ole Miss after entering his name in the NCAA transfer portal two weeks ago. Reese, a 2018 signee, has three years of eligibility remaining. He would have to sit out a season unless granted an NCAA waiver. Reese a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder from Leesburg, Ga., saw action in all 14 games for the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs last season. Most all of Reese's opportunities were on special teams, however, as he finished with just three tackles. It has been a busy offseason of comings and goings by way of transfer for the Bulldogs. Georgia has scored big additions with Wake Forest QB graduate transfer Jamie Newman and Florida State TE grad transfer Tre' Mckitty. Cade Mays has been the biggest departure, shunning a starting spot with the Bulldogs' championship contender to return to his hometown of Knoxville where his father player. RELATED: Cade Mays makes stunning Rocky Top Hop Reese's situation is clearly about playing time and opportunity. Georgia's elite defense was stacked in the secondary last season with Thorpe Award finalist J.R. Reed at one safety position, and rising star Richard LeCounte at the other. Freshman safety Lewis Cine, like Reese a top 100 prospect in high school, won the starting job for the Sugar Bowl when Reed pulled out of bowl preparation with a foot injury. WATCH: Lewis Cine knows his time is coming, putting in the hard work Cine had six tackles in the 26-14 win over Baylor and appeared to be the perfect partner to the playmaking LeCounte. Christopher Smith was also competing for reps at safety during bowl prep New Orleans. Rising sophomore Tyrique Stevenson figures to fit into the mix moving forward. Reese entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal after LeCounte made it public that he planned on returning to the Bulldogs. Reese was ranked the No. 87 player in the nation by the 247Sports composite coming out of Lee County High School. He chose UGA over Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Auburn, among others, per his recruiting profile. Georgia is expected to start offseason conditioning next week with spring drills likely to begin after UGA's spring break. The Bulldogs open next season playing Virginia in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Monday Sept. 7. Even in my darkest times, I have always believed, the light would shine & it's TIME!!! @OleMissFB , @Lane_Kiffin , @CoachCPartridge COMMITTED pic.twitter.com/NkFdvkKxPo O Dog.. (@otisreese13) January 18, 2020 The post Former Georgia football safety Otis Reese announces he's headed for Ole Miss appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia coach Tom Crean always talks to his team about 'taking what the game gives you,' but on Saturday night at Mississippi State, UGA might need a different approach. Indeed, Crean's young and undersized team will have to take even when the game isn't giving them any breaks or advantages. Coach Ben Howland's maroon-clad Bulldogs lead the SEC in rebounding margin, the very area Crean's vertically challenged canines are most often challenged to measure up. 'I mean, every game we come in here talking about how important the rebounding is and now we're playing the league leader,' said Georgia coach Tom Crean, who has just two players 6-foot-9 or taller. 'That part of it is tough.' Mississippi State features two starters who are even taller, center Abdul Ado (6-11, 255) and power forward Reggie Perry (6-10, 250). The teams tip off at 8:30 p.m. (TV: SEC Network) at the so-called 'Hump.' Officially known as Humphrey Coliseum, Mississippi State's arena which some say resembles a cake from the outside has a smaller, intimate setting similar to Stegeman Coliseum with a capacity of 10,575. Georgia brings an 11-5 overall mark and 1-2 SEC record into the action. Mississippi State is 10-6 and 1-3 in league play. UGA is looking for what would be its first consecutive league wins under Crean, who is now in his second season. Georgia is also looking to play its way into NCAA tournament contention, and it will likely take a .500 record in league play or better for that to happen. It's Crean's first trip to Starkville, and he may be forced to make it without the playing services of Sahvir Wheeler, who fellow freshman Anthony Edwards refers to as 'the heart of the team.' Wheeler suffered an ankle injury in the second half of Georgia's resounding 80-63 blowout win over Tennessee. Crean made it clear on Friday that Wheeler is questionable, having just managed to walk through the Thursday workout. 'You just have to deal with it, and if he can't it is what it is,' Crean said. 'You just go. Right? That's why you try to develop and try to get multi-dimensional versatile guys. Obviously he's a huge factor.' If Wheeler is out, Georgia will rely more heavily on senior graduate transfer Donnell Gresham along with Edwards at the point. Edwards, named a second-team, mid-season All-American by the Sporting News earlier this week, is averaging 19.1 points per game this season, second in the SEC. Georgia, with its size deficiency, will also need another signature performance from 6-9, 245-pound junior Rayshaun Hammonds. Hammonds is averaging 14.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, and he's coming off a 21-point, 5-rebound in the win over the Vols. Mississippi State represents UGA's fifth-straight game against teams that played in the NCAA tournament last season. The Bulldogs are 2-2 in the past four, winning on the road against then-No. 9 Memphis 65-62 on Jan. 4 and hammering Tennessee in Athens on Wednesday night. The losses were to No. 13 Kentucky (78-69) and then-No. 5 Auburn (82-60). Last year's home loss to Mississippi State featured one of the most bizarre endings in Stegeman Coliseum history. WATCH: Stuffed bulldog triggers decisive technical foul in UGA home loss A small stuffed bulldog toy was thrown on the court in the final moments, resulting in a technical foul that helps swing the game State's way, 68-67. Georgia had rallied from 17 down to tie the game at 67-67. DawgNation Georgia Basketball Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Anthony Edwards says UGA didn't play tough enough vs. Kentucky Georgia basketball delivers signature Top 10 win at Memphs Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Georgia freshman already making basketball history The post Georgia basketball looks to get over the hump at Mississippi State appeared first on DawgNation.