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WATCH: Tyler Clark, Georgia’s D-Line warhorse ready for more rugged action

WATCH: Tyler Clark, Georgia’s D-Line warhorse ready for more rugged action

WATCH: Tyler Clark, Georgia’s D-Line warhorse ready for more rugged action

WATCH: Tyler Clark, Georgia’s D-Line warhorse ready for more rugged action

ATHENS Tyler Clark represents the old warhorse on the Georgia football defense, a durable 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman who just keeps coming back for more.

Clark, a starter on the defensive front each of the past two seasons, has played 41 games in his career and is ready for more and better this season.

"I feel great, I'm healthier, I'm stronger and I'm faster," said Clark, a product of Americus, Ga. "We have everybody coming back (on the D-Line), and we're ready."

Clark and his fellow senior defensive linemen certainly have heard the talk that their unit is one of the most concerning on the team.

There are no apparent first-round NFL Draft picks or senior dominators, and Clark admits he didn't make the progress last season that he should have.

"I didn't do as well as I thought, or as well as I could," Clark said. "I started feeling myself too much, and it got in my head. But I'm going to be back this year."

The fact Clark came out to talk to the media and own up to his lackluster junior season was telling. Apparently, all it took was letting him know the media wanted to hear from him during his autograph session at FanDay.

Clark gives the impression of a team-first guy who is eager to please the fans and his coaches, to the point of playing through several painful ailments.

Indeed, Clark said the training room has been a big part of his regiment and staying durable enough to answer the bell for the Bulldogs week-in and week-out.

"It's been pretty tough playing in the SEC, and when I come out of the games, of course there will be bumps and bruises," Clark said. "I go in the cold tub, I get the hammers, I get rolled out, stretched and massaged every Sunday."

And then Clark comes back for more, working against one of the best offensive lines in the country to sharpen his skills.

"It feels like a Saturday in Athens going against that O-Line in practice," Clark said. "But it's the only O-Line we'll face like that."

Clark would know, he's seen them all, and now he's ready for a strong finish his senior season.

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  • Athens Technical College - Delayed until 10 a.m.  Banks County Schools - 2-hour delay on Friday  Calhoun City Schools - 2-hour delay on Friday  Cobb County Schools- All school-related activities prior to noon canceled on Friday  Chattahoochee Tech - Delayed Friday  Crossroads Christian/Canton - Closed Friday  Dawson County Schools - Closed Friday, 12 month staff to report  Douglas County Schools - 2-hour delay Friday  Fannin County Schools - Delayed 2 hours  Floyd County Schools - Closed Friday  Forsyth County Schools - 2-hour delay on Friday  Gainesville City Schools - 2-hour delay on Friday  Habersham County Schools - Closed Friday  Hall County Schools - 2-hour delay on Friday  Hart County Schools - Delayed 2 hours  Kids R Kids, Cumming - Delayed 2 hours  King’s Way Christian School - Delayed 2 hours  Lakeview Academy - 2-hour delay on Friday  Lanier Christian Academy - School begins at 10 a.m.  Lanier Technical College - Closed Friday  Lumpkin County Schools - Closed Friday   Madison County Schools- Delayed 2 hours on Friday Marietta City Schools - Delayed until 10 a.m. Friday  Polk County Schools - Closed Friday  Riverside Military Academy - 1-hour delay on Friday  Rome City Schools - Closed Friday  Stephens County Schools - Closed Friday  The Heritage School - Closed Friday  Towns County Schools - Closed Friday  Truett McConnell University - 2-hour delay on Friday  Union County Schools- Closed Friday  University of North Georgia- Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, and Gainesville campuses delayed opening until 10am Friday White County Schools - Closed Friday  Whitfield County Schools - Closed Friday In addition to the school districts, all public health departments and public health services in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties are closed through Friday. The U.S. District Courts and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts will open on a two hour delay Friday. DOWNLOAD the WSB Radio App to stay on top of any winter weather. FOLLOW: WSB Meteorologist Kirk Mellish has the latest forecast details.  
  • The Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office says the deaths of father and son whose bodies were found in a home near Lexington have been ruled as a case of suicide and accidental death.  From the Oglethorpe Co Sheriff’s Office Facebook page…   The Sheriff’s Office is concluding their investigation of the deaths from earlier this week. We received information from the crime lab on critical forensic information needed to give the full picture of what transpired. Andrew Colvard-Moneymaker (27) had been struggling with issues related to his mental health. From the scene and ballistic information Andrew was attempting to harm himself with a firearm. His father, Jason Colvard (51) appeared to be trying to intervene and stop him by grabbing him. Andrew was able to fire one round, striking himself in the head. The bullet exited Andrew and the same bullet also struck Jason killing both of them. The case will be ruled a suicide and an accidental death. There is no evidence that Andrew intended to harm his father. If you or someone you love is having issues with mental illness there are people to help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 The family had 4 pit-bulls that lived in the house with them and 20-30 barn cats that lived outside. The four dogs are Beau, Cita, Gremlin and Buddy. They are currently at the Oconee County Animal Shelter. They will be adopted out. The cats are currently being caught and will also be up for adoption at the same facility. They are located at 1171 Branch Rd Bishop, Ga. 30621 phone- 706-769-3956.   Police in Gainesville were, at last report, still trying to track down a suspect in a bank robbery: it happened Wednesday at a BB&T bank branch on Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville. Bank workers say a man who claimed to have a gun made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.
  • .-----Garrett Blaylock and Cam Shepherd hit home runs to lead fourth-ranked Georgia to a 10-3 road win over Kennesaw State Wednesday at Stillwell Stadium.   Georgia (4-0) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. Ben Anderson led off with a walk, took second on a passed ball and came around to score on a base hit by Tucker Bradley. In the second, Anderson drew his team-leading fifth walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Shepherd for a 2-0 advantage. The Owls threatened in the fourth after a pair of miscues to start the home half of the frame. However, Georgia turned a double play to keep them off the scoreboard.   In the fifth, Georgia extended its lead to 5-0. Riley King executed a squeeze bunt to bring Anderson home, who led off the inning getting hit by a pitch and made his way around the bases with a stolen base and a wild pitch. On the squeeze, Tucker Bradley, who was at first after a walk, scored on a throwing error by the first baseman Justin Russell. Blaylock followed with his second home run of the year.   The Owls (3-1) pushed across a pair of runs in the fifth. Georgia redshirt freshman Garrett Brown was making his debut and allowed just one hit through four innings before the first three KSU batters reached with one scoring. Freshman Jonathan Cannon came in and got the Bulldogs out of further trouble including picking off a runner at second. Cannon would provide three scoreless innings for his first career win.   In the eighth, Shepherd connected for a two-run home run, his first of the year and 19th of his career for a 7-2 lead as the Bulldogs would erupt for four in the frame. Blaylock added his second home run, a two-run blast for a 9-2 lead. KSU  got a run in the eighth and Georgia got it back in the ninth for the final.   Dawg Tracks - Junior Tucker Bradley extended his hitting streak to four games with an RBI-single in the 1st while senior Patrick Sullivan has a four game streak after a double in the 8th. -Senior Cam Shepherd notched his team-high third RBI-double of the year to make it 2-0 in the 3rd and added a two-run home run in the 8th for a 7-2 lead. -Junior Garrett Blaylock smashed his second home run of the year for a 5-0 lead in the 5th and added another in the eighth to make it 9-2. -Redshirt freshman pitcher Garrett Brown and true freshman Michael Polk made their Bulldog debut. Brown started and went four innings while freshman Jonathan Cannon garnered his first career win in relief with three perfect innings and three strikeouts.   Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott StricklinOn the game… “We’ve got a lot of veteran guys, several guys in the lineup that have redshirted and they are playing well right now. We came in and had a good approach and got big nights from Cam (Shepherd) and Garrett (Blaylock) I thought Garrett Brown pitched well in his first outing and Jonathan Cannon was lights out coming in from the bullpen for the second time this season. It was good to get our first road win. ”   Up Next:  Georgia begins a four-game series with Santa Clara (5-0) on Friday. First pitch at Foley Field is set for 3 p.m.
  • The state Department of Juvenile Justice is looking for workers: a jobs fair is on tap for today, underway at 10 and lasting til 1 at the Wilkes Regional Youth Detention Center in Washington. From the Ga Dept of Labor… The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will be accepting employment applications in Wilkes County on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. DJJ is searching for dedicated individuals to work at the Wilkes Regional Youth Detention Center in Washington, Ga.    Onsite interviews will take place for the positions of juvenile correctional officers and food service workers. Interested candidates should bring their resumes and dress for an on the spot interview.    Job seekers are also asked to bring a valid driver’s license and proof of a high school diploma or GED to assist in the application process. A special military salary incentive of up to 10 percent will be available for the juvenile correctional officer positions based on years of active military duty. For more information, please contact DJJ’s Office of Human Resources at 404-294-3431.     Date: Thursday, Feb. 20 Location: Wilkes Regional Youth Detention Center 1430 Industrial Park Road Washington, GA Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • The Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division hosts a community forum on sustainability in local industry: it’s set for 8 o’clock this morning at the W&A Engineering offices on Oneta Street in Athens.  From the A-CC Government website... Community members and business & industry professionals alike are invited to share sustainable practices in a discussion organized by Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division and hosted by W&A Engineering. This will include a tour of W&A’s new office building which is an adaptive reuse of a renovated historical textile manufacturing facility located in the Southern Mill. They will also share an overview of their business, th There is a noon-hour meeting of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission: it takes place at the downtown Holiday Inn on Broad Street in Athens.  A special session of the Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission is set for 6 o’clock this evening at the Government Building on Dougherty Street. Planning Commission members will hear from the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing.  The parent-teacher conferences that began Wednesday continue today for parents and teachers of students at Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals High Schools. Those students will be released from their classes early this afternoon and again tomorrow.   Drivers on Highway 29 near Hartwell can look for traffic delays: the Georgia DOT is working on 29 in Hart County, replacing a stretch of drainage pipe. 

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  • ATHENS Outgoing Georgia All-American offensive tackle Andrew Thomas is projected to be the first Bulldogs' player taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. But Thomas, one of five Bulldogs' underclassmen who declared for the draft, is by no means a finished product, according to ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. 'Andrew Thomas, who has dropped a little bit, needs some technique work,' Kiper said on a national teleconference on Wednesday. 'Plays a little high, so he's got to get down lower or those quick bend guys might give him a little bit of trouble,' Kiper said. 'So he's got to improve that technique a bit. But he's got a lot of talent and he works hard.' And, offensive tackles are highly valued. So even though Kiper has Thomas rated fifth among offensive tackles in the draft, he still has him going No. 18 overall to the Miami Dolphins per his NFL Mock Draft 2.0. 'Thomas, like I said before, he's still not where he needs to be, Kiper said. 'He's not a finished product. 'At 18 (pick overall), he would be a developmental left tackle.' Kiper broke down outgoing quarterback Jake Fromm on the same teleconference, saying the jury is largely out and much will be determined at the NFL combine next week. RELATED: Kiper reveals what Jake Fromm NFL draft stock hinges on Georgia will have 10 players at the NFL combine, which begins Sunday and runs through March 2. Testing and drill work takes place largely in Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. Offensive linemen will workout on Friday, Feb 29, along with kickers, special teams players and running backs (NFL Network). DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout RELATED: The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine ESPN labels Georgia a 'loser' in NFL early entry process Evaluating Andrew Thomas, why he's a first-round lock Eli Wolf, Charlie Woerner, Brian Herrien, Tyrique McGhee shine in all-star games NFL draft projections: Jake Fromm staying down South? Todd McShay projects Georgia QB Jake Fromm to have first-round talent Mel Kiper Jr.'s mock: Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift future teammates WATCH: Relaxed Jake Fromm explains importance of Sugar Bowl The post Outgoing Georgia football offensive lineman Andrew Thomas not a finished product' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The SEC Media Days annually signals the unofficial start of football season and stands as one of the most anticipated events of the year. Every team is undefeated, each fanbase has built up its reasons for optimism, and poured over concerns. This year's event is back at the College Football Hall of Fame and Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta from July 13-July 16. The event was held at the same venue two years ago. The SEC office released this year's schedule for the event, with Georgia coach Kirby Smart kicking off his presentations on Tuesday. MONDAY, July 13 Florida Dan Mullen LSU Ed Orgeron Missouri Eliah Drinkwitz Tuesday, July 14 Georgia Kirby Smart Kentucky Mark Stoops Ole Miss Lane Kiffin Vanderbilt Derek Mason Wednesday, July 15 Alabama Nick Saban Arkansas Sam Pittman Miss issippi State Mike Leach Tennessee Jeremy Pruitt The SEC Network and ESPN will be on hand to televise the popular event to a national audience, highlighting the most interesting and intriguing comments. As always, there will be national and league-wide issues to address and follow up on. An NCAA work group most recently approved a reccomendation that would green light immediate eligibility in revenue sports, such as football RELATED: NCAA proposal too late for Luke Ford The measure has led some to equate it with free agency, with coaches and commentators split on the issue. Georgia football coach Kirby Smart has never shied away from controversial topics. Smart most often qualifies his remarks by acknowledging he has faith in SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey and stands behind his policies, even if there are other facets he may disagree with. Here are four Georgia questions for SEC Media Days, with projected answers. 1. (From Alabama reporter) Are you looking forward to playing at Alabama this season? Do you think you can get over the hump? Nick Saban has never lost to an assistant! Projected answer: That's the furthest thing from my mind. These are totally different teams than the last time we played. We've got plenty of our own issues to focus on. Four quarterbacks and four running backs competing for jobs, a brand-new offensive line. There's only one or two guys on defense I'd consider starters. We're going to have our hands full with Virginia in the opener, that's an excellent program. We're nowhere near ready to play a game. 2. (From Florida media) Dan Mullen said on Monday he expects the Gators to compete for championships. With everything Dan has done with the offense already this offseason, do you think you can catch up to them? Are you excited to extend the series in Jacksonville? Projected answer: Dan is a great coach, has the program headed in the right direction. Kyle Trask is a capable quarterback, really got a lot of respect for him. That game is a long way off. Our administration extended the series in Jacksonville two more years. It's a great venue, have great memories playing there. It comes at a high cost for our recruiting, especially with the early signing day in December, that's a pivotal weekend we can't host recruits. It's something we'll continue to look at and discuss. 3. (From Tennessee media) Tennessee has won six straight games entering this season, Phillip Fulmer says the Vols are back so your game with them on Nov. 14 could decide the SEC East. How much do you miss Jim Chaney and how concerned are you about defending Jarrett Guarantano with all the progress he's made? Projected answer: Jeremy has done a nice job up there, and Jim is a great coach, has the offense headed in the right direction. Guarantano is a capable quarterback, really got a lot of respect for him. We expect a tough game every time we play Tennessee. It's a great rivalry, good for college football. The East is wide open, lots of great teams. You have to throw South Carolina, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Missouri in there they're all capable. 4. (Follow up from Georgia reporter) You said during the offseason this team couldn't afford to be complacent. Georgia is a favorite to make history and win the East a fourth-straight time, and Jamie Newman is a Top 5 Heisman Trophy favorite. How do you keep your team hungry? Projected answer: You guys are amazing. Way too many mistakes in the spring game. It's not hard to keep them humble when we turn on the film. The pressure is a privilege, but we've got to do more, attack the day. Just like when I said our defense was atrocious after that shutout win over Kentuckylast season, same thing now, just got to keep chopping wood. The post SEC Media Days schedule released: 4 questions (and projected answers) for Georgia appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry goes deep with elite WR target Mario Williams. What about that other sport? What drives him? How was Georgia able to reshuffle his top 5? Mario Williams can go deep. Way deeper than any pass route. The nation's No. 4 WR and No. 40 overall prospect (247Sports Composite rankings) now has a strong interest in Georgia. It has developed quickly since naming a top 5 in December. Top5 Lootrunner.mariooo (@MarioWill00) December 9, 2019 That top 5 has a new entry of the red and black variety. To put it simply.But things with Williams can go deeper than that. There's the notion he played on a state baseball championship team last year. The Plant City (Plant, Fla.) standout aims to pursue that dual-sport passion in college, too. Georgia values his role as a future playmaker. 'They tell me that I am dynamic and they love the way I catch the ball,' he said. 'They say that it looks like every time I touch the ball that I am looking to score.' There's also what Todd Monken has told the 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior he can do in the Georgia offense. 'He said he's ready to throw the ball to me,' Mario Williams said. That view will now parallel what he has been hearing for awhile from 5-star Georgia QB commit Brock Vandagriff, too. Vandagriff wanted him to make plays for him when he was an Oklahoma commit. 'He just tells me that I am special and that he would love to play with me,' Williams said of Vandagriff. 'He said I am the type of receiver that he is looking to play with.' Williams is known among his circle as 'The Lootrunner.' Watch his game tape a little later below. It fits. 'Just chasing money really,' he said when asked to explain that connection. But those are just the hitch routes of his story. Mario Williams: What powers him in life and on the field When Williams gets ready for any big game, he will think of his lost friend Jephte Germain Rogers. He write either his name or the phrase LLJ3 on his shoes. Rogers was struck by a car three years ago and he did not survive. 'J3' was just 18 years old. He wore No. 3. 'Everything I do is for him,' Williams said. When you check his phone, that memory will be his lock screen. Those two grew up playing together in the apartments they lived in. 'He was my friend,' Williams said. 'But I call him my brother.' If that wasn't enough to answer just what burns within him to be great, he also wants to live a life that inspires his younger brother. The dual-sport athlete cites dual inspirations. 'I want to see how far I want to take myself and see my brother follow in my footsteps,' Williams said. 'I want to help make my whole family live a better life.' His younger brother's name is Sincere Williams. That seems appropriate here. 'Every little brother is going to look up to you, right?' he said. 'You always have to set an example for your little and make sure he's straight and make sure things go right for him. You basically set a goal for him to also do the same things as you and keep that happening and going on. That's how it is supposed to work.' Williams is 17. His younger brother, Sincere, is 15. He also plays football and will be another receiver. 'I think he's already better than me at that age because as I get more experience, he gets more experience,' Mario Williams said. 'I can help him now instead of him having to learn it as I did. What I learn now, I share with him. That's basically helping him be a better football player now.' Check out how dynamic he is along his junior film. It does seem like he tries to score every ball. He can make it happen all over the field. Not just as a primary slot receiver. Mario Williams: Thecollege fit he is looking for Alabama was one of his most impressive visits, along with UGA. He still hopes to visit LSU and Oklahoma. 'I really liked Florida, too,' he said. Williams currently plans to enroll early in January of 2021. He was raised to value academics. 'They really don't even want Bs,' he said. If he pulled a 'C' in a class, he was likely not going to be able to play ball until he brought that grade up. 'I've been making all As and Bs all through high school and middle school so my grades are always up,' he said. He cites the 'Sluggo' as his favorite route. That slant-go hybrid is built off a double move that drops an early feint with a slant and then screams downfield to get behind the defense. It fits his skill set to a tee. What does he do best? 'Just really getting in and out of breaks and stressing the route running and finding the end zone,' he said. The best play on his tape is where he catches a short hitch and then has the jets to take it down the sideline for a touchdown. He wants to win the one-on-one battle. That's what he is built for. 'When you get to the next level everybody is elite but if you just win your one-on-ones with whatever route it is or whatever you are running if you can do that over and over, then that's a plus. That's a big plus. It is really just beating the guy that is in front of you.' What is he looking for in his college choice? His answer there were to the point. 'Where can I play baseball?' he said. 'Will they help me get to the next level? Do they have a quarterback? Do they throw the ball?' The baseball stuff is not a dealbreaker to him. But it could be a certain enhancer. 'Technically yes,' he said. 'But also no. If that school is the best place for me and it can help me get to the next level no matter if it is baseball or football or whatever then I would take it.' He's not sure which sport he likes better. 'It is the same,' he said. 'I really like both of them. That's why I am trying to play both in college.' Williams hits from the right side and will play centerfield. He bats leadoff and punches the ball into the gaps and lets his legs fly around the bases. He loves stealing bases the way he talks up those hitch routes. He can't even determine whether it is more fun to catch a '9' route or take away a home run ball from over the fence. 'It is the same,' he said. 'They are both the same. It is all doing something really good for your team.' He's discussed the matter with Kirby Smart at Georgia. It will not be a dealbreaker there. 2019 Redshirt freshman TE Ryland Goede is actually playing on the Georgia baseball team right now, too. 'Coach Kirby was telling me that they don't have a problem with me playing both,' he said. 'He said the next time I come up there they are going to have me talk to the baseball coach and stuff. I'm ready for that.' Williams has been a shortstop and a catcher. He's been a quarterback in Little League, too. 'I always love to play both at the same time,' he said. 'After a football game, I want to play baseball. After a baseball game, I want to play football. When baseball ends I want to play both. I'm always ready to play both.' He wears No. 2 in baseball. No. 4 for football. Plant City just won the school's first state baseball title in 97 years last spring. Mario Williams: How he feels about Georgia There are reasons why Georgia is now sitting snug in that top 5. His recent 'Junior Day' visit with Vandagriff and others certainly helped. 'Georgia is a great place,' he said. 'Athens is like amazing. The culture. The fans. The coaching staff. The players. Everything is just real good about Georgia. I like it.' 'When I went there it just felt like home. They were talking to me about everything. Anything and everything. They were showing me everything. I got to talk to coach Kirby one-on-one. Coach Hankton one-on-one. Really everybody.' 'Right now to this day all the coaches text me. Even the O-line coach. He texts me. He just got there. The whole coaching staff texts me. Georgia is going to be a big priority for me in this recruiting.' He doesn't have a decision timeline in mind. The first step is to start taking his official visits. Georgia is going to get one of those. He already knows that. Alabama, LSU and Oklahoma are also currently slated to get officials. How did Georgia crack into his top group? 'It changed because when I went up there everything stayed the same,' he said. 'They recruited me in my sophomore year and they were high in my recruiting.' The Bulldogs did make the top 10 list he dropped in October of 2019. 'When I went up there everything was the same,' he said. 'They want they had been texting me were the same way they presented themselves when I went up there. They were just being real.' That was his only visit. He said 'it changed when I got there and as soon as I got there' on that trip. 'It just felt like a special place,' Williams said. 'They made it feel like that as soon as I got there.' Georgia made itself a quick contender for his decision. 'I'll be back up there for an official,'he said. What does he like best about that potential fit in Athens? 'The coaching staff,' he said. 'Their facilities and then how Georgia is just Georgia.' Williams already knows 2020 Georgia signee Arian Smith. He also got to chat with highly-coveted OL Amarius Mims when they were in town for their 'Junior Day' visits in mid-January. 'I like talking to Amarius,' Williams said. 'Whenever we were up at Georgia we really talked about different things and schools and what he was thinking and what I was thinking. Brock [Vandagriff] he has been recruiting me since he was committed to Oklahoma. I'm one of his big recruits that he wants.' Smart spoke to him after life after football. 'He was telling me what would happen for me after I leave the University of Georgia,' Mario Williams said. 'He was telling me the stuff not what I wanted to hear but what I needed to hear. And not what everybody tells me.' The post Mario Williams: Going deep with the nation's No. 4 WR on what really matters appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Tate Ratledge. Herschel Walker. Those two fellas are part of a story that says a little about Walker, something more than that about Ratledge and then even how Walkercontinues to intersect with the next generation of Georgia football. Sedrick Van Pran-Granger shared a story last week with DawgNation about how stunned he was that Walker even knew who he was. That conversation was part of our DawgNation weekly 'Before the Hedges' live recruiting special which airs on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Ratledge was a part of the weekly Wednesday show for this week. There was a viral photo that caught a lot of eyes back during the spring of 2019 that captured their first meeting. Walker was the one who looked small in comparison. That's a striking visual here framed up in the photo with a larger-than-life glimpse of Ratledge. The All-American signee from Darlington School shared that story with DawgNation, but also just how he later used that moment to reaffirm his pledge to Georgia in the transition from Sam Pittman to Matt Luke as offensive line coach. He also covered the following topics with DawgNation: What did Walker have to say about his size? Which 2020 Georgia recruit proved to be the tireless behind-the-scenes recruiter for this class? What was that first meeting like with Luke? Check out this week's episode of 'Before The Hedges' with DawgNation. The Van Pran-Granger edition of 'Hedges' also follows below. The post WATCH: Georgia signee Tate Ratledge shares his Herschel Walker story appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Sometimes you've just got to eat it. Other times call for Whiffle Ball. Whatever the formula, Georgia basketball got a much-needed warm and fuzzy night on Wednesday, upsetting No. 13 Auburn 65-55 before a sold-out Stegeman Coliseum. RELATED: How Georgia basketball upset Auburn The Bulldogs players celebrated with the student section. Coach Tom Crean celebrated with administrators and boosters. It's the first time Georgia has beaten two Top 15 teams in the same season since the 2003-04 season. It was the highest-ranked opponent UGA has beaten at home since beating No. 11 Florida in 2012. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl limped off into the night, but not before dispensing wisdom in his postgame press conference. 'It's a rebuilding culture, and it's a work ethic,' Pearl said, explaining what he has done at Auburn, turning a football school into a Final Four basketball program after sustaining a losing conference record his first three seasons on The Plains. 'In the last couple of years, we've had a few more guys that were here that lost those games,' said Pearl, 7-1 in his last eight games against ranked teams. 'You've got to eat some of that for a little while It doesn't taste good. Then you've got to do something about it the following year.' Georgia (13-13, 3-10 SEC) doesn't want to wait until next year with freshman Anthony Edwards expected to head to the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick after this season. The Bulldogs' fans want to soak it in now, too, as evidenced by the seventh sellout crowd of the season turning out in force on a Wednesday night. 'The bottom line is we're building a program,' said Crean, who resuscitated Indiana basketball some 10 years ago, ultimately leading the Hoosiers to two outright Big Ten titles. 'We are going through adversity, but you don't get a program built if you lose momentum with your fans. They are staying with us, and I'm so thankful for that.' Crean said there were big-time prospects in the building, along with the national ESPN2 television audience looking on. As difficult as the past two months have been Georgia had lost eight of nine before snapping what had been a five-game losing streak to Auburn on Wednesday night Crean kept things in perspective. Yes, the Bulldogs had blown double-digit leads in four of the past five losses, making the same mistakes not communicating and standing around on offense. But there are nine freshmen on the team. And the upperclassmen while willing have never played in the NCAA tournament and are still learning to play with poise. 'Every day we gotto put a lot of time in what does this team need, and keep getting them fresh, keep their energy high their concentration and focusspans are really, really tough,' Crean said. 'And some of it is back of age, some of it is because they have never been through things like this.' Crean said he surprised his team with an impromptu Whiffle Ball game in the middle of a practice session before the road trip to Texas A&M. Georgia fought hard, but lost a close one in College Station. But the team's spirit, on display Wednesday, remains alive and well. Freshman point guard Sahvir Wheeler, like Crean, credited the Georgia fans for some of that. 'That home base is still sticking with us, a very special shout out to them,' Wheeler said. 'They still believe. They still are showing up. They definitely had a presence and an impact on thegame. 'Thank you DawgNation and keep continuing to support us on that.' Pearl, who has turned Auburn's home arena into a 'Jungle' worthy of ESPN Basketball GameDay, took note of what Crean has already done. 'Just look at this building, just look at the energy of the building and the student support and theenergy that he brings,' Pearl said. 'He's recruited really well and he's got a lot of kids coming back. 'That's a good, young team.' Crean will be looking for his first back-to-back SEC wins when Georgia plays at Vanderbilt at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Anthony Edwards & Sahvir Wheeler Georgia coach Tom Crean DawgNation Georgia basketball Bulldogs score resounding win over No. 13 Auburn Georgia basketball drops close one at Texas A&M, Anthony Edwards ill Georgia suffers deflating defeat at Florida UGA snaps four-game losing streak with Texas A&M win Perplexing loss for Georgia basketball at Missouri Column: Anthony Edwards needs to get back to having fun Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Leave a Comment The post WATCH Tom Crean after Georgia basketball win over Auburn: We're building a program' appeared first on DawgNation.