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Georgia football recruiting: The mid-year enrollee picture for 2020
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Georgia football recruiting: The mid-year enrollee picture for 2020

Georgia football recruiting: The mid-year enrollee picture for 2020

Georgia football recruiting: The mid-year enrollee picture for 2020

Editor's Note: DawgNation will publish a periodic snapshot during each recruiting cycle which gauges where the Bulldogs are as a class. Consider it a big-picture November overview of how the next wave of Georgia football talent is coming together.

UGA welcomed 13 early enrollees from its 2019 signing class back in January. That figure matched the highest of the modern era in Georgia recruiting. The 2013 signing class also had 13 mid-year enrollees.

Those two classes sandwich a trend that has seen the Bulldogs welcome 56 early members of each signing class to campus in January. Dating back to that 2013 class, we have seen an average of eight mid-year Bulldogs across each of those seven recruiting classes.

Those prospects (in some cases JUCO transfers) get a head start on the academic load, campus life, strength training, and sports nutrition on the other members of their class. That's the reward for working to graduate high school early. Not to mention getting to be a full participant in spring practice. It usually leads to the best possible shot at early playing time.

That's the trend, but it looks like Georgia's 2020 class might dip a bit from last year's tally. Here's the most current information regarding the Bulldog commits for 2020.

Early Enrollee commits (6)

  • 4-star QB Carson Beck (Also plans to join the team in December for bowl practices)
  • 4-star OL Joshua Braun (Set to report on Jan. 2)
  • 4-star DL Warren Brinson (Set to report after the Under Armour All-American Game)
  • 4-star CB Jalen Kimber (Set to report after the All-American Bowl)
  • 4-star RB Kendall Milton (Set to report after the All-American Bowl)
  • 4-star WR Justin Robinson (Set to join the team in January)

Commits who will not enroll early (10)

2020 targets who can enroll early

  • 5-star ILB Noah Sewell
  • 4-star TE Theo Johnson
  • 4-star SDE Zykeivous Walker
  • 4-star ATH Mikey Henderson Jr.

2020 targets who cannot enroll early

  • 5-star SDE Jordan Burch
  • 5-star CB Kelee Ringo
  • 5-star ATH Darnell Washington

Georgia football: Midyears by the numbers

(Source: DawgNation.com)

  • 2019: 13
  • 2018: 9
  • 2017: 6
  • 2016: 6
  • 2015: 8
  • 2014: 1
  • 2013: 13
  • 2009-2012: 9 (combined)
  • 2005-2008: 17 (combined)
  • 2000-2004: 7 (combined)

Want a speed read over the last week? Here are a few of the bigger DawgNation.com stories of late on the recruiting trail:

Check out the latest "Before the Hedges" on UGA recruiting

Did you see "Before the Hedges" last week? Brandon Adams hosts a weekly UGA recruiting show called Before the Hedges at 3 p.m. every Wednesday on the DawgNation Facebook page .

It also streams each Wednesday on the DawgNation YouTube channel.

If you watch that show every week, then you know that the DawgNation.com staff was reporting on the early enrollee picture for 2020 with segments all the way back in September.

Do you follow the "Hurry-Up Intel" thread on the DawgNation message board forum ? That's where we also drop some daily bite-sized recruiting info, too.

Where UGA recruiting ranks for 2020

Georgia has 16 public commitments for 2020. It if feels like the program hasn't had a commitment in a while, that's because it has been 81 days since 4-star OL Sedrick Van Pran-Gra nger committed to Georgia.

He is the most recent commitment to the G in the class of 2020.

UGA sits at No. 5 nationally for 2019 in the 247Sports composite team recruiting rankings. That places the Bulldogs third in the SEC.

LSU and its 24 pledges rank No. 1 in the SEC. Clemson sits at No. 1 nationally, followed by LSU, Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Texas, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Michigan and Florida.

Georgia is the only school in the top 5 that does not have at least 20 commits. The top five teams in those rankings have 20, 24, 23 and 24 commits, respectively. The Bulldogs are the only program in the top 10 of those rankings that does not have at least 17 commitments.

How far away are the Bulldogs from taking over that No. 1 spot? It will take quite a lot.

If Kirby Smart and the Georgia staff can add three of its four highest priority 5-star recruits to the board right now, it would just be enough. That would give the Bulldogs a 304.81 score on the 247Sports Team Composite ratings. Clemson would be just behind with a 304.25 score.

Yes, that's correct. Georgia could see its total of 5-star pledges rise to five for this cycle and it would barely be enough to overtake Clemson at this time.

The current UGA recruiting commits for 2020

(presented in order of their 247Sports Composite ratings)

Mekhail Sherman/5-star OLB/St. John's College/Washington, D.C./Speedy hybrid LB has the tenacity to play inside but the wheels and length to also work out on the edge with his 4.5 speed. The nation's No. 2 OLB recruit chose UGA in May. Rates as the nation's No. 14 overall prospect. Check out the essential DawgNation read on Sherman.

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Broderick Jones/5-star OT/Lithonia/Lithonia, Ga./Rates as the nation's No. 2 OT prospect and as the nation's No. 23 overall recruit on the 247Sports Composite ratings. He can enroll early at UGA and play quickly at tackle. Check out the latest from DawgNation on Jones.

Kendall Milton/4-star RB/Buchanan High School/Clovis, Calif./Rates as the nation's No. 6 RB prospect and No. 34 overall prospect. Interesting to see his rating dip as Milton looks to be having a fantastic senior season. Check out the latest DawgNation piece on Mr. Milton.

Marcus Rosemy/4-star WR/St. Thomas Aquinas/Fort Lauderdale, Fla.:The nation's No. 5 WR has seen his stock rise slightly over the summer. He's now the nation's No. 35 overall prospect for 2020. Great size (6-2.5 and 195) and is also a polished route runner. Rosemy took his official visit to Georgia for the Kentucky game.

Tate Ratledge/4-star OT/Darlington School/Rome, Ga.:Physical athlete is listed as the nation's No. 3 OT recruit for 2020. That places him at No. 36 overall in the class. His ratings have gone up two spots as far as his positional and overall rank over the summer. Still hard to believe the near 6-foot-7 bruiser also punts for his high school team. Check out his commitment day overview story.

Jalen Carter/4-star DT/Apopka HS/Apopka, Fla.:Impressive size athlete who has put together a ton of highlight dunks on the basketball court. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound prospect rates as the No. 6 DT and No. 61 overall for this cycle on the 247Sports Composite. The pure 247Sports rating even pegs him as the nation's No. 2 DT and at No. 20 overall.

Jalen Kimber/4-star CB/Mansfield Timberview/Arlington, Tex.: Kimber continues to climb up the prospect ranks. Now all the way up to the nation's No. 6 CB and No. 84 overall for 2020. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Texas resident has true 4.4 speed in the 40. Kimber is a driven young man motivated to honor his grandmother's memory.

Sedrick Van Pran-Granger/4-star OC/Warren Easton HS/New Orleans, Lou./ The nation's No. 3 center prospect for 2020 will be a Bulldog. Georgia was his first SEC offer and the first big-time program he traveled to for an unofficial visit for the Austin Peay game in 2018. Line coach Sam Pittman was a big reason why Sedrick Van Pran-Granger will be a Bulldog. Also rates as the nation's No. 104 prospect overall.

Chad Lindberg/4-star OT/Clear Creek HS/League City, Tex. Big-time Texas hoss in all things. The 6-foot-6.5, 325-pounder throws the shot put at a state championship level and also had a sterling 5.38 grade-point average heading into his senior year. That placed him among the top 30 in his class. He wants to bring back a master's degree and will arrive at UGA academically as a sophomore because of his high school credits from AP classes. Currently ranks as the nation's No. 14 OT and at No. 130 overall. Can play guard or tackle at UGA. He chose UGA back in late July.

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Carson Beck/4-star QB/Mandarin HS/Jacksonville, Fla./The nation's No. 5 pro-style QB has fallen to No. 149 overall across the last few months. Beck wields a strong and accurate arm and good size at 6 feet, 4 inches. The latest DawgNation offering on Mr. Beck breaks down his down-and-way-up senior season.

Warren Brinson/4-star DT/IMG Academy/Bradenton, Fla.: Brinson de-committed and re-committed back to the UGA class in June . He did so a day after naming Florida and Georgia as his top two schools. The Savannah native rates as the nation's No. 23 DT and the No. 264 overall prospect for 2020. He holds the honor of being the UGA commitment who has increased his 2020 rankings the most over the course of his senior season. He's climbed seven spots on his positional ranking and 66 slots overall.

Nazir Stackhouse/4-star DT/Columbia HS/Decatur, Ga.:Nation's No. 24 DT prospect also checks in at No. 273 overall. Stackhouse was the first pledge for the 2020 class back in December of 2017. He chose UGA on the day the Bulldogs toppled Auburn for the program's first SEC title since 2005.

Joshua Braun/4-star OT/Suwanee High School/Live Oak, Fla.:This 6-foot-6, 350-pound mauler is as versatile as it gets for his position. Expect him to play guard and tackle in Athens. He doesn't do camps but still rates as the nation's No. 21 OT and No. 280 overall prospect. This young man has a 33 on his ACT, a 4.0 GPA and is on the No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles slots for his varsity tennis team.

Justin Robinson/4-star WR/Eagles Landing Christian Academy/Stockbridge, Ga./Nation's No. 59 WR despite having just played one season of varsity football up to this point. Big upside for this young man. He's 6 feet, 4 inches and a solid 210 pounds now. It looks like he's playing the best football of his career at this point during his senior season. He also plays both ways for Eagles Landing Christian.

Corey Wren/3-star ATH/John Curtis/New Orleans, La .: The nation's No. 26 ATH is explosive in the open field and it is all because of his rare speed. He's been timed this spring at 10.41 seconds in the 100 meters. He chose the Bulldogs over Arizona State largely because of his relationship with receivers coach Cortez Hankton and his desire to play around a roster flush with NFL talent. The 5-foot-9 Wren now ranks as the nation's No. 514 overall prospect.

Jared Zirkel/3-star/Tivy High/Kerrville, Tex:The 3-star kicker now rates as the nation's No. 4 prospect at his position on the 247Sports Composite. The recruiting services which only rate kickers offer up a more comprehensive view here. Zirkel already has an NFL-caliber leg on kickoffs. He was able to drill a 59-yard field goal as a junior.

The 2021 crop for UGA recruiting

There was a long lull, but Georgia has seen two commitments join this class over the last few months. South Carolina DB Brayln Oliver joined the class on Aug. 22. "Jack G" rates as a 3-star prospect and shows up as the nation's No. 410 overall prospect for 2021.

Georgia resident David Daniel (Woodstock High/Woodstock, Ga.) stands as the most recent Georgia commitment regardless of class year. The big 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety chose the Bulldogs on Sept. 13 . He rates as the nation's No. 2 ATH and No. 41 overall prospect for 2021.

The Bulldogs and their two pledges currently rate as the nation's No. 20 class for 2021.

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The 2020 UGA recruiting class timeline

  • Dec. 2, 2017: 4-star DT Nazir Stackhouse (Stephenson/Stone Mountain, Ga.) commits. (Class count: 1)
  • April 26, 2018: 5-star OT Broderick Jones (Lithonia/Lithonia, Ga.) commits. (2)
  • August 25, 2018: 4-star DT Jamil Burroughs (McEachern/Powder Springs, Ga.) commits. (3)
  • November 24, 2018: Unrated DT Warren Brinson (IMG Academy/Bradenton, Fla.) commits. (4)
  • January 29, 2019: Brinson de-commits from UGA (3)
  • March 2, 2019: 4-star WR Justin Robinson (Eagles Landing Christian Academy/Stockbridge, Ga.) commits. (4)
  • March 3, 2019: 4-star QB Carson Beck (Mandarin/Jacksonville, Fla.) commits. (5)
  • April 17, 2019: 4-star CB Jalen Kimber (Mansfield Timberview/Arlington, Tex. commits. (6)
  • April 20, 2019: 4-star OG Akinola Ogunbiyi (Kempner/Sugar Land, Tex.) commits. (7)
  • May 9, 2019: 5-star OLB Mekhail Sherman (St. Johns College/Washington, D.C) commits (8)
  • May 13, 2019: 4-star OT Tate Ratledge (Darlington/Rome, Ga.) commits. (9)
  • May 20, 2019: 4-star DT Jalen Carter (Apopka/Apopka, Fla.) commits. (10)
  • June 1, 2019: 4-star DT Warren Brinson recommits to UGA. (11)
  • June 10, 2019: 4-star OT Joshua Braun commits. (12)
  • June 13, 2019: 2-star PK Jared Zirkel (Tivy/Kerrville, Tex.) commits. (13)
  • June 20, 2019: 4-star WR Marcus Rosemy (St. Thomas Aquinas/Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) commits. ( 14)
  • June 21, 2019: 3-star ATH Corey Wren (John Curtis/New Orleans, La.) commits. (15)
  • June 23, 2019: 4-star OL Akinola Ogunbiyi flips to Texas A&M. (14)
  • July 28, 2019: 4-star OL Chad Lindberg (Clear Creek/League City, Tex.) commits. (15)
  • July 29, 2019: 5-star RB Kendall Milton (Buchanan/Clovis, Calif.) commits. (16)
  • Aug. 17, 2019: 4-star C Sedrick Van Pran (Warren Easton/New Orleans, La.) commits (17)
  • Sept. 6, 2019: 4-star DT Jamil Burroughs (McEachern/Powder Springs, Ga.) de-commits. (16)

The big 2020 targets for UGA recruiting

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The Bulldogs can still sign up to four more recruits with a 5-star rating for 2020. That's for those who judge classes by the number of elite players at the very top of the board.

Let's look at a roll call of several names for the class as it sets up right now. The big thing to comprehend here is that these are not the highest-rated targets with offers but more like a trickle of names with mutual interest who would fill major needs for the 2020 class.

4 BIG 2020 recruiting targets

  • Kelee Ringo/5-star CB/Saguaro High/Scottsdale, Arizona: The nation's No. 1 cornerback prospect now has UGA in his final five schools. Ringo and his 10.49 speed in the 100 meters will certainly belong in the discussion of the nation's best overall football players. Not just as a recruit. But he does rate as the nation's No. 6 overall prospect in that right, too. Ringo recently shared a good look with DawgNation about the remaining steps of his recruiting process .
  • Noah Sewell/5-star ILB/Orem/Orem, Utah: This appears to be a Georgia-Oregon battle. His brother, Penei, is a likely All-American sophomore OT for the Ducks. Noah is right at 265 pounds but carries that weight with ease. He will likely be the only ILB that Georgia will try to sign in this class. Georgia isn't in need of another ILB, but Sewell is that rare player it can ill afford not to go all out and try to sign. There just aren't many Sewells anywhere. Even in the SEC. The nation's No. 2 ILB recapped his "didn't stop laughing" official for the Notre Dame game earlier this year.
  • Jordan Burch/5-star DE/Hammond School/Columbia, SC: Burch is the nation's No. 2 overall prospect for 2020. The Under Armour All-American has Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and South Carolina as his top five schools . The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is athletic enough to play all over the field, but he's an elite interior line prospect. He rates as the nation's No. 2 strong-side DE prospect. Burch will play running back, quarterback and wide receiver for his high school team. He's more than athletic enough to play all of that off.
  • Darnell Washington/5-star ATH/Desert Pines/Las Vegas, Nevada: Washington is the nation's No. 1 ATH and the No. 11 overall prospect for 2020. He took his official visit to Georgia for the Notre Dame game and most recently visited Tennessee on an unofficial visit. He's expected to be at Alabama for the LSU game this weekend.

Big misses for 2020: 5-star DT Bryan Bresee (Clemson); 5-star OT Myles Hinton (Stanford); 5-star DE Myles Murphy (Clemson); 5-star ATH Arik Gilbert (LSU); 4-star RB Don Chaney Jr. (Miami); 4-star DT Gervon Dexter (Florida); 4-star OG Andrew Raym (Oklahoma);

UGA recruiting by position in 2020

Which positions are the major priorities for 2019? The running back and tight end spots are clearly two of the biggest left for this class.

Here's a quick snapshot as to how DawgNation expects the position-by-position breakdown to go down the stretch:

  • QB: Beck(1/1)
  • RB: Milton(1/1)
  • TE:None (0/2)
  • WR: Robinson, Rosemy and Wren(3/3)
  • OL: Braun, Lindberg, Jones, Ratledge and Van Pran-Granger(5/5)
  • DE: None (0/1)
  • DT: Brinson, Carter, Stackhouse(3/3)
  • ILB:None (0/1)
  • OLB: Sherman(1/1)
  • CB: Kimber(1/2)
  • K: Zirkel (1/1)
  • Best player available: None (0/3)
  • Totals: 16/24

That projected class slants to the offensive side of the ball. Bear in mind the Bulldogs signed two more defensive players in its 2019 class than they did for James Coley's unit a year ago.

Here's a glance at what DawgNation sees as the positional priorities for the class:

  • DL: (1-2 more slots in the class)
  • TE(1-2 slots in the class)
  • DB (1-2 more slots in the class)
  • WR: (Potentially one more slot in the class)
  • RB: (Potentially one more slot in this class)
  • QB: (Potentially one more slot in this class)

2020 UGA recruiting offers by the numbers

(as published by 247Sports)

  • Reported offers:250
  • Florida recruits offered: 64
  • Texas recruits offered:35
  • In-state recruits offered:31
  • California recruits offered: 15
  • Louisiana recruits offered: 13
  • Alabama recruits offered: 12
  • Tennessee recruits offered:9
  • North Carolina recruits offered: 8
  • Receivers offered:40
  • Defensive tackles offered: 30
  • Safeties offered: 24
  • Running backs offered: 21
  • Tackles offered: 20
  • Cornerbacks offered: 20
  • Quarterbacks offered:19
  • Defensive Ends offered: 18
  • Athletes offered: 12
  • Guards offered: 12
  • Tight ends offered:10
  • OLBs offered: 10
  • ILBs offered: 9
  • Centers offered: 3

Geographical UGA recruiting breakdown

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The current UGA commits broken down by state:

  • Florida: 5 (Braun, Beck, Brinson, Carter and Rosemy)
  • Georgia:4 (Jones, Ratledge, Robinson and Stackhouse)
  • Texas: 3 (Kimber, Lindberg and Zirkel)
  • Louisiana:2 (Van Pran-Granger and Wren)
  • California: 1 (Milton)
  • Washington, D.C: 1 (Sherman)
  • In-state Bulldogs: 4
  • Out-of-state Bulldogs: 12

The end-of-the year grind recruiting note

Check out the recruiting ratings on the 247Sports Team Composite ratings right now for Georgia and the closing kick of its 2019 schedule.

  • Georgia: No. 5 overall
  • Florida: No. 10
  • Missouri: No. 40
  • Auburn: No. 13
  • Texas A&M: No. 7
  • Georgia Tech: No. 24

There was a time about five months when the Yellow Jackets were right there with the Bulldogs for this cycle. That's a nod to the strong recruiting efforts for first-year coach Geoff Collins and his staff.

Needless to say, the market has corrected itself in regard to this sample size over time. Tech has just a trio of 4-star commitments and 20 more pledges that currently hold a 3-star rating.

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  • With two games left in the regular season, it has become clear that Kirby Smart's 2019 Dawgs will live or die by their top-level defense. That was the case Saturday at Auburn, where the Georgia D was magnificent for three quarters, carrying a shutout of the Tigers until the final 10 minutes of the game. Unfortunately, that almost wasn't enough. The Dawgs' defenders, who have notched a remarkable 28 scoreless quarters this season, were on the field way too long against Auburn, due to an only fitfully effective Georgia offense that, despite taking a 21-0 lead, was held to a ridiculous nine three-and-outs by the best defense they'd faced all season. As a result, the Georgia defense 'lost composure,' as Smart put it later, and let Auburn back into the game with a pair of too-easy fourth-quarter scoring drives. As the Georgia head coach told the Bulldogs radio network's Chuck Dowdle after the game, 'Defensively, we just wore down. And we can't do that. We've got to be able to play four quarters.' The Bulldogs had to defend a season-high 86 plays, the most by an opposing team in theSmart era. It didn't help that, perhaps because his troops were tiring in spite of his liberal substitution policies, defensive coordinator Dan Lanning had the Dawgs' defense in soft zone schemes in the fourth quarter that allowed Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix to slice and dice his way downfield with the sort of short passing game that unfortunately seems to have gone absent from UGA's offensive playbook. It also didn't help that Georgia again appeared to try to sit on a lead (you'd think Smart would have learned that lesson after being burned twice by Alabama), with Georgia's already less than prolific offense going ultra conservative in the fourth quarter, resulting in no first downs for the Dawgs in that period. In the end, the Georgia defense, so stout against the run all season, even gave up its first rushing touchdown of the year (though it held the Tigers' rushers in check most of the game, with AU netting only 84 yards on the ground). Auburn QB Nix was the Tigers' leading rusher, with a net 42 yards on 13 carries. Nix put the ball in the air 50 times, completing 30 of them for 1 touchdown. Georgia's Jake Fromm completed just 13 of 28 passes for 110 yards, but 3 of those passes were for TDs. Part of the problem with the 2019 Dawgs is that the word long has been out on how to defend Georgia's talented but incomplete offense, resulting in a wash-rinse-repeat storyline week after week: Stack the box with 8 men to slow down or stop the run, because the Dawgs' passing game isn't consistent. While it's true that Georgia's receiving corps lost an awful lot of talent at the end of last season, the relative youth and inexperience of the Dawgs' pass catchers isn't the main problem. In fact, they made some terrific catches Saturday, including the 51-yard bomb caught by Dominick Blaylock that gave Georgia its first score, and a third-quarter pass to Kearis Jackson in the corner of the end zone that was ruled out of bounds on video review but was still a fantastic effort. (Georgia did manage to score on that drive, thankfully.) No, the problem wasn't receivers not getting open; it was ineffective scheming. Sorry if this sounds like a broken record stuck on the same phrase over and over, but the offensive play-calling again was problematic. Too many times Saturday, we saw the Dawgs facing a 3 rd -and-medium or 3 rd -and-long situation, and too many times offensive coordinator James Coley and Fromm seemed fixated on difficult sideline routes 15 or 20 yards downfield. If you need just 5 to 9 yards for a first down, why send so many receivers deep? Two years ago, in Georgia's march to the national championship game, the short slant pass was Fromm's bread and butter, to the point that opposing defenses centered their trash-talking on that tendency. Remember the 'anyone can throw a slant' diss that Fromm made the Gators regret? However, this season, Coley calls a slant (the sort of pass that Auburn was so successful with on its two scoring drives) only once or twice a game, if that often. Instead, Georgia fixates on those back-shoulder sideline routes that are wonderful when they work, but which don't work often enough. The 3 rd -down magic Georgia had back in the Florida game seems to have evaporated, as they converted only 3 of 15 tries Saturday. (Auburn was a similarly dismal 5 of 18.) The result was a decidedly lackluster day offensively for the Dawgs. Remember how a week ago we were complaining that Georgia relied too heavily on Rodrigo Blankenship, settling for too many field goals instead of scoring touchdowns? If only that had been the case Saturday, as Hot Rod never even got to try one against Auburn. Instead, it was Georgia punter Jake Camarda getting the stiff workout, kicking an incredible 11 punts for an average 50.7 yards. That included a magnificent field-flipping 66-yarder in the first quarter. In the end, with Auburn having seized the momentum after a second scoring drive that took just over a minute off the clock, it was Georgia's defense that put the game away, with a couple of 4 th -down stands. On the first one, Nix misfired on a short pass, but the play that nailed the coffin shut on the subsequent Auburn drive saw freshman Trayvon Walker sacking Nix. That ended the Tigers' final chance. Thus, Georgia will represent the SEC East in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta for the third consecutive year. It was Georgia's 12 th win in the past 15 games of the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. Auburn wound up the game with more first downs than Georgia (22 to 16) and more offensive yards (329 to 251), and dominated the time of possession (32:17 to 27:43), but most of it was too little too late. Those 329 yards the Georgia defense held Auburn to were the Tigers' lowest home output of the season. Dawgs defenders also got a bit of that 'havoc' Smart always is harping on, tallying eight tackles for loss and two sacks. Georgia's leading tackler was Monty Rice,with 10 stops. Dawgs safety Richard LeCounte also recovered a Nix fumble, though Georgia wasn't able to do anything on the ensuing drive. Offensively, Georgia never really established its rushing attack (which, Smart noted, makes it tough to get the play-action passing game going), but D'Andre Swift did rack up 106 yards on his 17 carries and, for the second straight year, went over a 1,000 yards for the season. He is the fifth Bulldog in history to have a pair of 1,000-yard seasons. Brian Herrien added 26 tough yards and a couple of catches, including one for a touchdown. With Fromm's favorite receiver, Lawrence Cager, again going out injured, Demetris Robertson and Blaylock ended up the day as Georgia's leading receivers, with Robertson catching 3 passes and freshman Blaylock snagging 2 (including one TD). On special teams, Smart noted after the game that Georgia needs to 'fix' the problem of too many penalties (on one punt, Georgia was flagged for both a false start and delay of game, though the latter was a bad call by the officiating crew). So, bottom line: The defense is great, but the offense has a lot that needs fixing. As Swift said after the game, 'I can't say it enough: We've got to sustain drives. We've got to be better on third down. Third down has always been our strength. We didn't do well today, not well enough. We'll go back and look and see what we can do in those situations.' Still, there's one thing that shouldn't be overlooked amid all the fretting about the Georgia offense's shortcomings, or how the 4 th -ranked Dawgs nearly collapsed in the fourth quarter: UGA got a third quality win Saturday against the 12th ranked Tigers, to go with a pair of Top 10 victories earlier in the season. As Smart said, playing at raucuous Jordan-Hare Stadium 'was a tough environment,' and the Auburn Tigers are 'a good football team.' Georgia became the first team to defeat Auburn under Gus Malzahn following a bye week, as the Tigers previously were 9-0 after a week off. So, Georgia once again is the best of the SEC East. But, as impressive as that is, it's the least of what was expected of this team. And, the road going forward, to achieve their ultimate goals of making the playoff and having another shot at a national championship, will require better effort from the offense than we've seen so far. Smart summed it up: 'We've got to get better offensively to get where we need to go.' The post The Dawgs' sputtering offense isn't doing great UGA defense any favors appeared first on DawgNation.
  • AUBURN, Ala. It's no secret Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is no fan of Georgia coach Kirby Smart, so Saturday night's loss seemed a particularly bitter pill after the Tigers' fourth quarter comeback fell short. Smart's defense shut out Malzahn's offense for three quarters before the Tigers scrambled for two touchdowns on their final four possessions. It wasn't enough, however, as the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs held on for the 21-14 loss. WATCH: Jake Fromm says Georgia offense must get better, praises defense Malzahn, whose team ran 86 plays, was impressed with the Tigers' effort on offense and defense in the defeat. 'We were down 21-0 and it didn't look good, and we fought back and really had some chances,' said Malzahn, now 9-1 in games where his teams are coming off a bye week. 'Our guys fought their guts out, they fought their guts out for Auburn, and we've got some hurt guys in that locker room,' he said. 'Give Georgia credit, they have a very talented defense and we knew that coming in. 'That's one of the top defenses in the entire country and we still had a chance.' The Bulldogs, however, were only a 2-point favorite at Auburn by kickoff time, and many predicted an upset. Georgia go-to target Lawrence Cager aggravated his shoulder injury in the first quarter and was out the rest of the game, limiting the Bulldogs pass attack. Georgia also had two starting offensive linemen miss snaps, Cade Mays and Ben Cleveland. Still, Georgia's offense was non-existent against Kevin Steele's defense in the fourth quarter, netting just 2 yards with no first downs on 12 plays. 'They stuffed them in the fourth quarter,' Malzahn said. 'We had the momentum and the crowd was in it.' Auburn coach Gus Malzahn Georgia football DawgNation stories WATCH: Georgia QB Jake Fromm says offense much get better RECAP: How Georgia scored, held on to beat Auburn, final statistics Georgia in select company, clinches third-straight SEC East Division title UGA stock report: Bulldogs cash in at Auburn with 21-14 win Georgia game ball, punter Jake Camarda kept Tigers backed up Brian Herrien, Jake Fromm pray for injured UGA photographer The post WATCH Auburn's Gus Malzahn: Tigers stuffed' Georgia in fourth quarter appeared first on DawgNation.
  • AUBURN, Ala. Georgia football passed another test Saturday afternoon, going into one of the most hostile stadiums in the nation and surviving a slugfest. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1 SEC) clinched the SEC East Division with the 21-14 win over No. 12 Auburn (7-3, 4-3) at Jordan-Hare Stadium. RECAP: How Georgia scored, held on to beat Auburn, final statistics The Georgia defense lost its historic streak of nine games without giving up a rushing touchdown, but they came through when they needed to. The Bulldogs turned away the Tigers' final two drives to protect the 7-point lead, Auburn stalling at the UGA 34 with 3:36 left and then going three-and-out with 1:39 remaining. Georgia's offense had a season-low 251 yards, but efficiency was the word of the day. Quarterback Jake Fromm had three TD passes and the Bulldogs played turnover-free for the fourth consecutive game. Here's one viewpoint of how Georgia graded out in each position group. Quarterback (B) Fromm was 13-of-28 passing for 110 yards with three touchdowns playing without top target Lawrence Cager the final 3 1/2 quarters of the game against a stubborn Auburn defense. Fromm and the Bulldogs were just 3 of 15 converting on third downs. Against that Tigers' front, it was impressive Fromm was sacked just once and avoided turning the ball over. Running backs (B) D'Andre Swift had 17 carries for 106 yards, including a 26-yard dash that sparked what proved to be a pivotal scoring drive. Georgia went up 14-0 late in the first half thanks to Swift's big run. The junior from Philadelphia, however, was fortunate his fumble went out of bounds. Brian Herrien was as reliable as ever, earning his 24 yards rushing on seven carries and catching two passes for 8 yards, including a 5-yard TD catch. Zamir White had three carries for 10 yards. Receivers (B-) This group dropped off when Lawrence Cager left the field, and they'll need to continue to work to improve and find separation for the Bulldogs to win the SEC Championship Game. Demetris Robertson had three catches for 20 yards, his longest a 13-yard third down catch. Dominick Blaylock caught a well-thrown 51-yard TD pass from Fromm, and tight end Eli Wolf executed well on his 5-yard TD catch. Kearis Jackson caught his first pass since returning from the broken hand he suffered in the season-opening game and nearly had another before a call was overturned. George Pickens made his one catch count, hauling in an 11-yard third down throw for a first down. Offensive line (A) Excellent pass protection, the one sack was a result of Auburn's pass coverage. The offensive line didn't have any motion penalties despite the deafening crowd, and there were no holding penalties against the premier defensive line in the SEC and perhaps even the best in the nation. The O-Line did this despite having to substitute for starters Cade Mays and Ben Cleveland, both of whom are battling nagging injuries. Defensive line (A) Tyler Clark, Malik Herring and Jermaine Johnson were on their games. Clark had two tackles for loss and controlled his gap seemingly all night. Herring continued to ascend with four stops and a pass break-up. Johnson, who as an outside linebacker is grouped as a down lineman by the head coach, had four tackles and a key forced fumble that led to Auburn's only turnover. Linebackers (A-) Monty Rice had a team-high 10 stops but he was beating himself up in the postgame for missing a tackle on Auburn QB Bo Nix on Nix's rushing touchdown. Tae Crowder had five stops and freshman Nakobe Dean was once again effective in third down situations, make three stops and looking solid in pass coverage. Secondary (B-) DJ Daniel had 6 tackles and a key pass break-up on a deep pass to Anthony Schwarz. The secondary gave up some big plays in the fourth quarter, however. Eric Stokes had an uncharacteristically off night, dropping an interception in the end zone and committing a pass interference penalty on a fourth-and-5 at the Georgia 9-yard line. Richard LeCounte had a fumble recovery, a TFL and 6 tackles. Freshman Tyrique Stevenson had one of the team's two sacks. J.R. Reed had five tackles. Special Teams (B) Jake Camarda had a strong performance, averaging 50 yards on his 11 punts, including dropping four of his six first-half punts inside the Auburn 20-yard line. There were too many penalties, however, with Otis Reese ejected for targeting on a block and Tyler Simmons flagged for a personal foul. Channing Tindall had two motion penalties on the punt team. Not much going in the return game. Overall (A-) Georgia was only favored by 2 points for a reason: Auburn had home field advantage and was coming off a bye week, a big factor this late in the season in the always physical SEC. James Coley deserves credit for his Red Zone package, the Bulldogs scoring each of the three times they drove past the Tigers' 40. The Bulldogs had Auburn schemed up in building a 21-0 lead through three quarters, but the fourth quarter letdown was concerning and likely left many UGA fans unsatisfied or concerned despite the win. Georgia football DawgNation stories WATCH: Georgia QB Jake Fromm says offense much get better RECAP: How Georgia scored, held on to beat Auburn, final statistics Georgia in select company, clinches third-straight SEC East Division title UGA stock report: Bulldogs cash in at Auburn with 21-14 win Georgia game ball, punter Jake Camarda kept Tigers backed up Brian Herrien, Jake Fromm pray for injured UGA photographer The post Georgia football report card: Bulldogs pass SEC West road test appeared first on DawgNation.
  • AUBURN, Ala. Georgia QB Jake Fromm matched his season high with three touchdown passes, cashing in on all three drives the Bulldogs made inside of the Auburn 40. But for all of that efficiency, Fromm and the Georgia offense were not overwhelming. WATCH: Georgia coach Kirby Smart says How 'bout them F****n Dawgs!' They certainly weren't effective in the fourth quarter of the 21-14 win over the Tigers on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Fromm, now 33-6 as Georgia's quarterback, was the first to say as much after his 13-of-28 passing performance totaled 110 yards with no interceptions and just one sack yielded. The Bulldogs had a season-low 251 yards on their 64 plays in their SEC East Division-clinching win over Auburn. 'Too much pressure on the defense there, we need to sustain drives, we need to get first downs and help them out,' Fromm said. 'But they answered the bell, really thankful they pulled this one out for us.' The Georgia offense had a season-high nine three-and-out series on offense, losing the time of possession battle 32-:17 to 27:43 for the first time this season. The Bulldogs were only 3-of-15 converting third downs, and punter Jake Camarda punted 11 times. Georgia managed just 2 yards of offense on 12 plays eight runs and four passes in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs were 0-for-4 on third downs and had the ball just 4:46 of the final 15 minutes. Auburn, meanwhile, scored twice to cut into what was a 21-0 lead. 'When we get back on Sunday morning, we'll watch this film and crush it and flush it and get ready to play Texas A&M, we have to get better on offense,' Fromm said. 'Our defense did a really great job and for us, and we need to get better these next two games.' Georgia QB Jake Fromm Georgia football DawgNation stories RECAP: How Georgia scored, held on to beat Auburn, final statistics Georgia in select company, clinches third-straight SEC East Division title UGA stock report: Bulldogs cash in at Auburn with 21-14 win Georgia game ball, punter Jake Camarda kept Tigers backed up Brian Herrien, Jake Fromm pray for injured UGA photographer The post WATCH Jake Fromm after 21-14 win at Auburn: We have to get better on offense' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • AUBURN, Ala. Georgia football left it all on the field at Auburn, even if there were a few players unable to take snaps by the end of the 21-14 win. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs got the 21-14 SEC East Division-clinching win over the Tigers without the services of their leading receiver most of the night. The offensive line, battered all year, was also in makeshift form by the end of the hard-fought slugfest at Jordan-Hare Stadium. WATCH: Kirby Smart says How 'bout them F****n Dawgs!' The good news was that tailback Brian Herrien, who left the game with an apparent lower body injury after a horse-collar tackle, was able to return to the action. Defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt was also forced out with a right knee, but managed to get himself back into the game for the Bulldogs. But coach Kirby Smart revealed that Lawrence Cager, who started the game, re-aggravated his shoulder injury after making a 6-yard catch on UGA's four offensive play of the game in the first quarter. 'Yeah, he's just banged up, he took a shot, and it bothered him,' Smart said, referencing a blow to Cager's separated shoulder. 'He took a shot on the (fourth) play of the game I think, maybe, and it started bothering him.' Cager suffered a separated shoulder the first month of the season and has been playing through it since at least the Oct. 12 game against South Carolina. Cager was forced out in the first half of the game against the Gamecocks when he also sustained a rib injury. After missing the Kentucky game, Cager stormed back with a 7-catch, 132-yard performance as the Bulldogs beat Florida 24-17 in the Jacksonville showdown. He played the first half of the Missouri game before exiting. Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm was 13-of-28 passing for 110 yards and three touchdowns against Auburn. The Bulldogs, however, were just 3-of-15 on third downs with Fromm's go-to receiver missing. Fromm spread the ball out to eight different pass catchers, with Demetris Robertson grabbing a team-high 3 catches for 20 yards and Dominick Blaylock hauling in 50 yards on two catches, including a touchdown. The Georgia offensive line starters were intact at the start of the game against Auburn's vaunted defensive front, but by the end of the night Cade Mays and Ben Cleveland were missing snaps. 'To be honest with you, Cade is a little beat up, we knew that going into the game, he's got some soreness and he's fighting through it,' Smart said. 'With Ben, he's beat up too, he wasn't able to practice two days last week and he's trying to come back. 'But his toe was bothering him a little bit and we felt like he just couldn't do his protection stuff, so we felt like it was the best decision to go with Jamaree (Salyer).' Center Trey Hill, who left last Saturday's 27-0 win over Missouri in the first half with a sprained left ankle, started and played the whole game. Mays had his right ankle rolled up on in that win over Missouri, too, but he was able to start and get significant snaps before having to come out. Cleveland is coming off an SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week performance last Saturday, but Smart said his toe injury prevented him from being was mobile as necessary in pass protection. Georgia senior defensive back Tyrique McGhee remained sidelined by the foot injury he suffered two weeks ago, and senior defensive lineman Julian Rochester did not play according to the participation list. Georgia football DawgNation stories RECAP: How Georgia scored, held on to beat Auburn, final statistics Georgia in select company, clinches third-straight SEC East Division title UGA stock report: Bulldogs cash in at Auburn with 21-14 win Georgia game ball, punter Jake Camarda kept Tigers backed up Brian Herrien, Jake Fromm pray for injured UGA photographer The post Kirby Smart details Georgia football injuries: Lawrence Cager and O-Line banged up appeared first on DawgNation.