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Georgia’s Nic Claxton: ‘Ready to get to work here in Brooklyn’
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Georgia’s Nic Claxton: ‘Ready to get to work here in Brooklyn’

Georgia’s Nic Claxton: ‘Ready to get to work here in Brooklyn’

Georgia’s Nic Claxton: ‘Ready to get to work here in Brooklyn’

ATHENS Georgia's Nic Claxton is ready to get started with the Brooklyn Nets after being selected with the first pick in the second round of the NBA Draft late Thursday night.

"I couldn't have scripted everything any better, I feel like God has everything planned out for me," said the 6-foot-11 Claxton, a versatile post noted for his shot-blocking skills and inside-out game.

"To be picked here is a blessing, and I'm ready to get to work here in Brooklyn."

The NBA Draft took part in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where Claxton will play his home games for his new team.

"I just want to show people I can play," Claxton said. "A lot of people think I'm a project. I just want to show people that I can play and go out there and contribute in a major way."

Claxton grew appreciably as a sophomore under first-year UGA coach Tom Crean last season, leading the Bulldogs with 13 points and 8.6 rebounds per game after averaging just 3.9 points and 3.9 rebounds as a freshman.

Some felt Claxton might need another year of seasoning, and indeed, his draft stock likely would have been higher with another year under Crean.

But the Georgia head coach encouraged Claxton to follow his heart and chase his dream.

In fact, Crean was Claxton's biggest supporter in the days leading up to the draft, putting out factoids on Twitter via his "Nic Nuggets."

Crean, who developed top-five NBA Draft picks Dwyane Wade while he was head coach at Marquette, and Victor Oladipo during his tenure leading Indiana, feels Claxton is going to the right team.

"Being drafted by an organization on the upswing like the Brooklyn Nets that is so well run by Sean Marks and well coached by Kenny Atkinson will be tremendous for Nic," Crean said.

"Personally, I was hopeful he'd go to an organization that was totally committed to player development, and that's definitely the case with Brooklyn."

Claxton said he knew he had what it takes to play in the NBA after his 13-point, 13-rebound performance in the Bulldogs' 70-59 win over Georgia Tech.

RELATED: Georgia wins fourth straight over Georgia Tech

"I had a breakout game when we played against Georgia Tech," Claxton said, asked when he knew he could play in the NBA, "and that's when I realized I can really do this."

Claxton is well aware his size is the biggest issue; at 220 pounds he will be challenged against bigger, stronger and more physically mature NBA players.

"That's something I know that will be really critical for me, making sure I continue to put on good weight and good strength," Claxton said.

"I'm definitely a high energy guy, and being able to guard multiple positions and I'll continue to work on stretching my game out with being consistent with my jump shot and continue to add some muscle and I'm going to be a force in the NBA."

Claxton is the Georgia's 36th all-time NBA Draft pick, a list that includes his father, former Bulldogs' great Charles Claxton.

Charles Claxton was a second-round pick of the Phoenix Suns in 1994.

Georgia basketball recently finished off a top 10-ranked signing class, but Crean admits there's no replacing a player like Claxton.

RELATED: Crean has no immediate answer' for Claxton departure

We're in a rebuild situation, but we knew that, we knew that going in," Crean said. ""We have to figure out a way to play without him. Whether that's through recruiting, whether that's through what we have, whether it's through scheme, whatever it is, because he was a really unique player for us."

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  • Lawmakers from the US House of Representatives and the Georgia legislature are featured speakers at tonight’s meeting of the Walton Co Republican Party: US Congressman Jody Hice and Walton County state Representative Bruce Williamson address the Walton County GOP in a session that will take place at the Community Center in Monroe.  From the Walton Co Republican Party website… Our next monthly meeting is on Monday, October 14, at 7 pm. Our speakers are U.S. Representative Jody Hice and Georgia state Representative Bruce Williamson.
  • A north Georgia community is divided over the school district’s decision to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice. Pickens County Superintendent Carlton Wilson said a Florida appellate judge’s ruling mandates that public schools allow students who identify as male to use the boys’ restroom and vice versa, Channel 2 Action News reported. Now, the controversy is brewing in the mostly conservative town as some parents push back against the district’s decision.  “There could be a fight. The safety in general is my concern, regardless of where you stand on the issue,” parent Becky Hernandez told the news station Friday. Others, such as parent Rachel Evans, said allowing students to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity is the right move. “They would use the stall and it wouldn’t be an issue,” she said. “They just want to be treated like everyone else.”  Wilson said there are several transgender students who attend school in Pickens County. “Every one of these students are our students and every one of the students — all of them — are going through different things in their lives,” he said. “They all need to be nurtured and loved.” A community meeting to address the matter is planned for 6 p.m. Monday at Pickens High School. Wilson said he expects more than 600 people to attend.
  • Today is an open house day at UGA: the University’s Health Sciences Campus shows off renovations and expansions to the Augusta University-University of Georgia Medical Partnership facilities on Prince Avenue. Open House activities start at 5 o’clock this afternoon.    There are currently 40 students per class in the Medical Partnership, and that number will grow to 50 students per class in 2020, then 60 in 2021 and every year thereafter, bringing the total enrollment in Athens to 240 medical students by 2024. In order to provide for the growth of students, the partnership campus plans to add 12 additional faculty members and six additional staff members over the next two years. In Augusta at MCG’s main campus, there are plans to grow the class size from 190 to 240 by 2028, bringing MCG’s total class size to 300 and total enrollment to 1,200.
  • Oconee County Commissioners have signed off on a plan to repair a half-dozen tennis courts ant Herman C. Michael Park in Bishop. The project comes with a price tag of $56,000.    From the Oconee Co Government website… The Oconee County Board of Commissioners approved repairs to a total of six tennis courts, including four regulation tennis courts and two quick start tennis courts, at Herman C. Michael Park at its October 1 regular meeting. In addition, the two quick start courts will be striped so that they may be used as pickleball courts when not utilized for tennis programming. The total cost of the repairs to the courts will be $56,698. The project is scheduled to begin in mid-November with completion expected by the end of December, barring any weather delays. “The Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department strives to provide quality parks by investing in the ongoing maintenance of park facilities, as well as being responsive to the recreational interests of the community,” says Director Lisa Davol. “Oconee County continues to have a high rate of tennis participation, and pickleball is becoming more popular. Both are lifetime sports that provide physical, mental, and social health benefits for all involved.”

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS Georgia tailback D'Andre Swift has 58 carries the past three games and has not broken a run longer than 23 yards, averaging 4.88 yards per carry. Those would respectable numbers for most backs. But for the dynamic Swift, it almost constitutes a slump even as he leads SEC tailbacks with 6.44 yards per carry Consider, Swift's burst last season against Florida, Kentucky and Auburn, when he rushed for 447 yards on 45 carries (9.93 yards per carry) with home run carries of 83 and 77 yards against the Wildcats and the Tigers. 'I need to do a better job breaking tackles, I can't put it on anyone else,' Swift said on Monday. 'People load the box, but you can't use that excuse,' Even if film review reveals Swift simply hasn't had running lanes. The No. 10-ranked Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1 SEC) will be looking to get back on track when they play host to Kentucky (3-3, 1-3) at 6 p.m. on Saturday (TV: ESPN). Swift is ready to do his part, on and off the field. 'I'm going to address the team today and just tell everybody we need to stick together, we need to be more of a family now than any time, and let them know one loss doesn't define our season,' Swift said. 'We need to keep going and treat every game like a playoff game, that's really what it is,' Swift, like most everyone else, has high expectations for the Georgia offense. 'We should be one of the best teams in the country on offense, in every aspect, and I think we need to do a better job of playing fast in practice and hopefully see that trickle down to Saturday,' Swift said. 'We haven't played a complete game offensively, at all. Swift echoed Smart's suggestions for the offense to open up. 'I think we need to do a better job of getting the ball to playmakers in space and try to get the ball outside a little more,' Smart said. 'Outside zones, screens, stuff we need to work on in practice, to get better at those things.' All that said, Swift said no blame should be placed on new offensive coordinator James Coley. 'I think he's done a good job so far, you can't put it on him, what he calls really doesn't matter, as long as we execute and get the job done, it really shouldn't matter,' Swift said. 'So you definitely can't put it on Coach Coley at all, he's done a good job with what he's been doing.' It's just a matter of going back to work after the 20-17 overtime loss to South Carolina. 'We know how good we can be,' Swift said. 'No loss is a good loss, we just have to approach every game like it's our last.' SEC Rushing Leaders Georgia RB D'Andre Swift Georgia-Kentucky Game Week Big Ben Cleveland says challenge to go out and prove something' Winners and losers from South Carolina game Loss to Carolina could prove season defining WATCH: Rodrigo Blankenship discusses missed field goals Georgia recap: How the Bulldogs lost 20-17 in 2OT to South Carolina Stock Report: Bulldogs stock falls in mistake-filled loss to Gamecocks Demetris Robertson clutch in fourth quarter for Bulldogs Remainder of 2019 season impossible to predict The post WATCH Georgia RB D'Andre Swift: We know how good we can be' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia could be missing its most reliable receiver for an undetermined amount of time. Kirby Smart said senior graduate transfer Lawrence Cager may not be healthy enough to play when the No. 10-ranked Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1 SEC) play the Wildcats (3-3, 1-3) at 6 p.m. on Saturday (TV: ESPN). 'I don't know if Cager is going to be able to play,' Smart said at his Monday press conference. 'He's dealing with more than a shoulder, now.' Cager, who made three third down conversion catches in the first half of the 20-17 overtime loss to South Carolina, had been playing with a separated shoulder entering the game. Cager also sustained a rib injury, according to a sideline report. Smart said offensive guard Justin Shaffer, who started the past three games, will be out this week with a sprained week and will week-to-week moving forward. Cornerback Tyson Campbell, who has been out with turf toe since Sept. 14, remains questionable Smart said. 'Tyson feels like he's almost back, he can run, plant, point and drive,' Campbell said, 'but the pressure and torque it takes to hit someone . it's a long, slow injury, guys. There's nothin you can do to speed that up.' Smart said left guard Solomon Kindley is 'dinged' up, but he expects him to be ready to play at Kentucky. Smart did not update defensive back Mark Webb or Brian Herrien. Webb left the game after banging knees with South Carolina's quarterback, who was wearing a knee brace, and Herrien had back spasms. The post Kirby Smart: Status of Georgia go-to receiver Lawrence Cager questionable appeared first on DawgNation.
  • 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 South Carolina's improbable 20-17 win. Georgia fell. South Carolina capitalized on a +4 turnover ratio at Sanford Stadium to topple the nation's No. 3 team. That doesn't keep the DawgNation 'Freshmen Report' from its appointed rounds. The Bulldogs played 62 players on Saturday. They sent 63 out on the field in the previous game against Tennessee. 15 of the 62 Bulldogs who played were freshmen (redshirt or true freshmen) Georgia did start a redshirt freshman in Azeez Ojulariat OLB. The Bulldogs did start a 2019 signee in graduate transfer Lawrence Cager for the third straight game. DJ Daniel, another junior college signee in the 2019 class, started his third straight game at UGA. True freshman ILB Rian Davis was listed on the participation report for the first time all season South Carolina saw just 52 of its players see action in that game on Saturday. 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 out of the 63 players who faced Tennessee. Who played against South Carolina (classes): Freshmen: 9 Redshirt freshmen: 6 Touchdowns by true or redshirt freshmen: 0 True or redshirt freshmen among the leading tacklers: 1 (Ojulari (tied for fourth with six) South Carolina game freshman focus Georgia played 15 redshirt or true freshmen against the Gamecocks.The big picture tallies up to 24 percent of all the Bulldogs who played on Saturday. That equates to: 0 of 1 QBs (2QBs played against Tennessee) 2 of 5 RBs(6 RBs played against Tennessee) 3 of 7 WRs (7 WRs played against Tennessee) 0 of 8 OLs (7 OLs played againstTennessee) 1 of 3 TEs (3 TEs played againstTennessee) 1 of 9 DLs (9 DLs played against Tennessee) 2 of 8 ILBs (7 ILBs played againstTennessee) 2 of 5 OLBs (6 OLBs played against Tennessee) 3 of 12 DBs (12 DBs played against Tennessee 0 of 1 PKs (No change versusTennessee) 0 of 1 Ps (No change versusTennessee) 2 of 2 LSs (2 LSs played againstTennessee) 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. Davis seeing time on Saturday was the lone variant. 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 (6 games) Redshirt freshman DB Divaad Wilson (1 game) Who started against South Carolina (all freshmen) : Ojulari How many different Bulldogs have played in 2019: 96 How many of those have been freshmen or redshirt freshmen: 34 (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: 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 WR George Pickens (Hoover High, Hoover, Ala.) Pickens earns this weekly 'Freshmen Report' honor for the first time this season. The George Pickens stat line: 7 receptions, 98 yards, 14.0 yards per reception The biggest play he made was: The freshman brought down a 33-yard gain down to the South Carolina 44 on the first play of Georgia's last drive of the third quarter. That promising drive was the one halted by a bobbled center snap between Trey Hill and Jake Fromm. Final 247Sports Composite recruiting rankings: Nation's No. 4 WR/No. 24 overall prospect/Pickens was the fourth highest-rated recruit in Georgia's 2019 class. Former All-American: Yes (2019 Under Armour All-American) There are a couple of elements to point out here from the day Pickens had against South Carolina: His seven catches were a career-high Pickens is not tied for the team lead in receptions with Lawrence Cager He is also now the team leader in receiving yards with 283. Why did he choose Georgia? He said on the day he flipped from Auburn that it had something to do with Georgia's winning tradition compared to other finalists like Auburn and Tennessee. Notable time for other freshmen against Carolina Redshirt freshman OLB Azeez Ojulari: Ojulari had six tackles against the Gamecocks and remains one of the best all-around players on the Georgia defense. Freshman OLB Nolan Smith: Smith had another strong all-around game with his two tackles. He also displayed strong awareness of his role out on the field and the discipline to maintain his assignments in each defensive play call. He continued to flash his impressive pass rush ability on several occasions. Freshman WR Dominick Blaylock: He had two catches for 27 yards, including a 16-yard catch late in the game. The Bulldogs need to up his work rate more as he still leads the team in yards per reception (18.7) in 2019. Freshman ILB Nakobe Dean: Dean had just one tackle, but continues to show he is worthy of the time he gets when he is in there. He is constantly diagnosing the read of each offensive play. He even flew into the pocket to pressure the South Carolina QB on at least one occasion. 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 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. No. 2: WR George Pickens (former 5-star recruit): Pickens earned the 'Freshmen Report' game ball after his performance on Saturday. No. 3: RB Zamir White (former 5-star recruit): White was Georgia's second-leading rusher against the Gamecocks with his 12 carries for 44 yards. Senior RB Brian Herrien was unable to go against USC and that saw White pick up a season-high 12 carries. He now has 38 carries for 242 yards (6.4 yards per attempt) and that ranks third on the team. He also ranks third with his two rushing touchdowns and is averaging 48.4 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. Smith also plays with relentless energy. He's also clearly one of the most enthusiastic Bulldogs on the field. Smith made two plays against South Carolina QB Dakereon Joyner on Saturday that could be classified as eye-opening. No. 5: WR Dominick Blaylock (former 4-star recruit):Blaylock had two catches for 27 yards against South Carolina. He also served as the primary punt returner in the game. No. 6: DT Travon Walker(former 5-star recruit): Walker did not play on Saturday due. His left arm and wrist were stabilized in a sling on the sidelines on Saturday. His return is unknown. OTHERS TO MAKE THE HEAT CHECK THIS FALL: Redshirt freshman DB Divaad Wilson. 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: 5 games WR Lawrence Cager (grad transfer senior): 6 games S Lewis Cine: 6 games CB D.J. Daniel (junior college transfer): 5 games ILB Rian Davis: 1 game ILB Nakobe Dean: 6 games TE Ryland Goede: 2 games OLB Jermaine Johnson (junior college transfer): 6 games DL Zion Logue: 2 games ILB Trezmen Marshall: 6 games (special teams) QB D'Wan Mathis: 0 games OL Warren McClendon: 2 games RB Kenny McIntosh: 4 games DL Tymon Mitchell: 2 games DL Bill Norton: 2 games WR George Pickens: 6 games TE Brett Seither: 2 games OLB Nolan Smith: 6 games CB Tyrique Stevenson: 6 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): 6 games True freshmen signees who did not play this week: 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. The 2019 Freshman Reports on DawgNation The 'Freshmen Report' from Georgia's 43-14 win at Tennessee The 'FR' from the biggest win of the year so far: Georgia 23, Notre Dame 17 FR: Georgia 55, Arkansas State 0 Freshmen Report: Georgia 63, Murray State 17 Freshmen Report: Georgia 30, Vanderbilt 6 The post Georgia football freshmen report: South Carolina 20, UGA 17 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS It was an ugly loss for Georgia that will not soon go away, a page of football history that Jake Fromm and the 2019 Bulldogs will have to live with for life. But the final chapter has not yet been written. The same players who lost 20-17 in double overtime to South Caroline still control the ending. Fact is, six of the last eight college football national champions had a loss. Tthe two the didn't (Florida State 2013, Clemson 2018) emerged from the watered-down ACC. There's a lot of work to be done before the No. 10-ranked Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1 SEC) are discussed among the frontrunners again. That's just as well, because this team doesn't handle favored status well. Georgia now has something to prove after getting taken down by a third-team quarterback on a 2-3 team in their home stadium on national television. Here are three takeaways from the South Carolina loss: Nowhere to hide The game plan is out: teams will continue to stack the box against the Georgia run game and make Jake Fromm beat them with his arm or his legs. Saturday he did neither, but only part of that was on him. The Bulldogs receivers struggled against press coverage, and the top target (Lawrence Cager) is playing with a separated shoulder. Talented freshmen George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock must grow quickly, Demetris Robertson must continue his ascension in the ranks and UGA needs Kearis Jackson to return to opening game form. Players, not plays, will be the key to solve the problems. The new O.C. Offensive coordinator James Coley has the toughest job on the team working for a defensive-minded head coach sitting in the most second-guessed seat in every college stadium. And he can't even talk to the media to explain himself. Coley did speak in August and said 'players not plays' were the focus, and now it's time for position coaches to put their egos on the shelf and play the best players. It's clear some players are more explosive than others with the ball in their hands James Cook, for one and six games into the season they should all be coached up well enough to execute the playbook. Georgia is not going to flip the script and turn into a different offense midseason. Too much work has been put into building the core plays and schemes. But an occasional twist a misdirection (counter) run, a halfback pass, could bring some fun and unpredictability back into an offense that has become painful to watch. Defensive prowess One of the most impressive things about the 2018 team was how Smart and his defensive staff developed young players and improved the defense has the season progressed. That's what needs to happen by the start of November, and Smart said as much in his press conference. For all the talk of 'Havoc Rate,' UGA has been relatively cautious, perhaps not wanting to give up big plays. But with 'star' position players getting beat for at least two long TD passes this season, one wonders just how much being careful is paying off . Remember, it's Smart who said, 'If it ain't broke, try to make it better.' That might apply to a secondary that has been short on producing big plays and has young talent awaiting opportunity in reserve. Georgia-South Carolina Game coverage Loss to Carolina could prove season defining WATCH: Rodrigo Blankenship discusses missed field goals Georgia recap: How the Bulldogs lost 20-17 in 2OT to South Carolina Stock Report: Bulldogs stock falls in mistake-filled loss to Gamecocks Twitter reacts to Georgia loss to South Carolina Demetris Robertson clutch in fourth quarter for Bulldogs Georgia-Kentucky game time announced Remainder of 2019 season impossible to predict The post 3 Georgia football takeaways: Players, not plays, key to success appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football doubters and critics emerged from the shadows Saturday night and Sunday, finally able to take a clear shot at Kirby Smart and his talented roster. The Bulldogs' 16-game home win streak and 15-game streak against SEC East opponents, dating back almost three years, finally came to an end and some couldn't take shots fast enough. RELATED: Georgia favored to bounce back against Kentucky There were and are many anxious to stir the pot on Jake Fromm, suggesting the junior is overrated and that UGA should have somehow supplanted Fromm with Justin Fields last season. It's a preposterous notion, as anyone who follows the program closely would attest. Smart made his feelings known on Saturday when asked about social media attacks in the aftermath of the 20-17 overtime loss to South Carolina. WATCH: Jake Fromm takes responsibility for loss to Gamecocks 'They have a right to use whatever they want and display whatever they want, (because) that's what Twitter is about,' Smart said. 'I believe in Jake Fromm. Jake Fromm is a leader of men. He gives tremendous effort week in and week out. He tried to throw the ball away and didn't get enough on it to get it of bounds and the kid picked it off. We fumbled the snap. That rarely happens with our guys. 'I can't tell you exactly why it happened it was a tough day.' Georgia offensive guard Ben Cleveland says the loss provides the team with a challenge. 'This shows we can be brought down for a minute,' Cleveland said, 'but it also gives us a great opportunity to go out and prove something.' That 'something' would be that the Bulldogs are indeed a championship caliber program, even though they dropped to No. 10 in the rankings on the heels of not making the College Football Playoffs last season. Tailback D'Andre Swift put the loss in perspective and provided some insight into how Georgia will deal with it. 'You can't put it on one person, offensively we have to do a better job executing, work on turnovers, work on third downs,' Swift said. 'It's over, we can't do nothing about it. 'I've been through this before, my first year and second year; you have to say close as a family.' And, cornerback Eric Stokes said, get back to work. 'It was pretty shocked in there (locker room), we worked our tail off this week and we were prepared to win, but it doesn't work like that all the time,' Stokes said. 'We're just going to go into next week and work, and go game by game and day by day, and keep improving.' Receiver Demetris Robertson, whose role continues to increase with each injury and game under his belt, provided evidence of just how bought in the Georgia players are with one another and their head coach. 'After a loss like this, it's distraught,' Robertson said, 'but we're a team and we'll come together, and we'll keep on chopping, and keep on playing for the next game.' Indeed, that was Smart's message. 'When it gets thick, we get tight, and we love on each other,' Smart told his team, as recorded in a team video. 'Everything we want to achieve is still in front of us. 'I love every one of you guys, we've got to stay a team and stay tight.' 'When it gets thick, we get tighter.' #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/w16VFOwJPY Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) October 13, 2019 Georgia-South Carolina Game coverage Loss to Carolina could prove season defining WATCH: Rodrigo Blankenship discusses missed field goals Georgia recap: How the Bulldogs lost 20-17 in 2OT to South Carolina Stock Report: Bulldogs stock falls in mistake-filled loss to Gamecocks Twitter reacts to Georgia loss to South Carolina Demetris Robertson clutch in fourth quarter for Bulldogs Georgia-Kentucky game time announced Remainder of 2019 season impossible to predict The post Critics tackle Georgia, players feel challenged to go out and prove something' appeared first on DawgNation.