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    The UGA Police Department is seeking help from the public and identifying suspects in an armed robbery that occurred on campus late last night.  From the UGA Police Department:  October 11, 2019 UGA Police Department Timely Warning UPDATE ARMED ROBBERY The University of Georgia Police Department is seeking the assistance of the community in identifying the suspects in an armed robbery that took place shortly before midnight on Oct. 10, 2019, in the lower Russell Hall parking lot, off of Cloverhurst Avenue. The below images were caught on nearby security cameras. An updated description of the suspects has been developed based on the victim’s statements and video taken from the area. Both suspects were described as black males in the their early to mid-twenties, approximately six feet tall with slender builds. One of the males was described as having a dark complexion, short hair, short facial hair, wearing a dark blue or black long-sleeved t-shirt with a white design on the front, dark jeans with tears on the front and white shoes. The second male was described as having a medium complexion, clean shaven, wearing a dark grey hoodie style zip up jacket, dark pants with a white stripe down the sides, grey beanie hat and white shoes.The University of Georgia Police Department is continuing to actively investigate this crime. If you have any knowledge of the incident or observed individuals near the area matching the description given by the victim above, please contact the University of Georgia Police Department at 706-542-2200 as soon as possible.
  • The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified a subject in this week’s office involved shooting in Athens. From the GBI Update - 10/9/19 - The subject has been identified as Salvador Salazar, age 28, of North Carolina. He remains in the hospital in serious condition. An arrest warrant has been issued and turned over to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office to be served for one count of aggravated assault on a peace officer. Athens, GA (October 6, 2019) - On Saturday, October 5, 2019, the GBI Athens Office was requested by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation.  Preliminary information indicates that just before 5:00 p.m., the Athens-Clarke County Police Department responded to a domestic incident at University Gardens Apartments located on Baxter Drive in Athens. When officers arrived, they were confronted by a male subject from North Carolina who was armed with a machete. The subject ignored commands from the officer to drop the machete and attacked one of the officers. The officer fired at the subject, striking him. The subject was transported to a local hospital where he remains in serious condition. No officers were injured in the incident. The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the Athens-Clarke County District Attorney’s Office for review. 
  • From the Hall County Sheriff’s Office:  A memorial fund benefiting the wife and children of Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon has been established at Peach State Bank Trust in Gainesville, Georgia.  The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is very grateful for the outpouring of support from members of the community, businesses, and other organizations during this time of need. 100% of all donations go directly to the family. Interested donors can make deposits in person, or at the bank’s drive-through teller line or night deposit box at the following address:  Peach State Bank & Trust 325 Washington Street Gainesville, GA 30501 Donors can also mail their donations to the following address: Peach State Bank & Trust PO Box 290 Gainesville, GA 30503-9835  Please make all checks payable to the following: Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon Memorial Fund The 28-year old Dixon was a three-year veteran of the Department, and a father of two young boys. He was  killed in a shootout after a car chase last Sunday night near Gainesville. Four 17-year old suspects are in custody and are facing charges of felony murder. 
  • The Hall County sheriff’s deputy killed in a shootout late Sunday night has been identified as Nicolas Dixon. Dixon has been with the department for three years, Sheriff Gerald Couch told reporters at a news conference. The 28-year-old was married and had two young children, Couch said. The shooting took place at about 11 p.m. after an encounter with several suspects linked to weekend car break-ins and burglaries. Several firearms were taken in the break-ins, The suspects fled in a vehicle that wrecked. Several people jumped out and started running, prompting a foot chase.  “He was out there in the darkness while most of us slept comfortably,” Couch said of Dixon. Couch said that an arrest warrant for felony murder has been issued for Hector Garcia., who was wounded in the shooting. He is believed to be the shooter, Couch said. There is an active manhunt Monday for the remaining suspects, who authorities consider to be armed and dangerous. Gainesville police, Gwinnett County police and Georgia State Patrol troopers are joining in the search. Deputies exchanged gunfire with the suspects in the area of Jesse Jewell Parkway and Highland Avenue in Gainesville, according to the sheriff’s office. A description of the suspects was not available Monday morning. Sheriff’s investigators are working to interview persons of interest and other parties. One person was put in handcuffs around 7:30 a.m., but authorities have not identified him or said what connection, if any, he has to the deadly shooting.  The GBI has been called to investigate, which Hall County Sherrif’s Department spokesman Derreck Booth said is standard sheriff’s office procedure in the event of an officer-involved shooting. Agents are on the scene and have blocked off one block of Highland Avenue, a narrow residential street in central Gainesville. The deadly incident is the 42nd officer-involved shooting the GBI has investigated in 2019, a spokeswoman for the agency said. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don't involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the GBI's tally. The slain Hall County sheriff’s deputy is the fourth officer killed in the line of duty in Georgia this year.
  • Athens has become the first 911 operating system in the state of Georgia to be outfitted with Uber integrations to assist local police in the safety of its users. WGAU’s Abby Jessen spoke with Athens-Clarke County Police Department Captain Keith Kelley about the implementation.  From the Athens-Clark County Police Department: Uber has expanded its 9-1-1 information sharing program to include Athens-Clarke County. With this sharing program, when a rider or driver uses the Uber in-app emergency button to contact 911 operators, key trip details that can be used to help respond to an emergency will now be transmitted automatically to 9-1-1 dispatchers in Athens-Clarke County. The ACC 9-1-1 Center is the first in the state of Georgia to have this Uber integration.  This Uber integration relies on another ACCPD partnership established earlier in the year. In January, the Athens-Clarke County 9-1-1 Center, commonly called Central Communications, partnered with RapidSOS, an emergency communications technology company. Through RapidSOS, Central Communications has access to the NG911 Clearinghouse which receives data from the Internet of Things (smartphones, connected cars, wearables, and connected homes) and securely sends the relevant data to 9-1-1 and first responders.  “In Athens-Clarke County, it is important to get help to individuals during an emergency quickly. In some cases the caller may not be able to give accurate information about their location or may not be able to communicate at all. This technology will help 9-1-1 call takers get emergency services personnel to individuals in need by more quickly pinpointing their location,” said Captain Keith Kelley with the 9-1-1 Communications Center.  Previously, riders and drivers have been able to see their GPS location and vehicle details (make, model, color, and license plate) in the app when they press Uber’s emergency button to call 9-1-1. With this new technology, those details will be sent to 9-1-1 dispatchers electronically in Athens-Clarke County.  “We believe technology can help make the roads safer. This feature is available in more than 60 cities, and we are proud to add Athens-Clarke County, to the growing list of cities and counties using this technology,” said Krishnaja Gutta, Uber Product Safety Manager. “Every second counts in an emergency, and we want to make sure Uber users have important information to get help quickly if faced with an emergency situation.' The NG911 Clearinghouse is a centralized and secure location information server that is purpose-built for Next Generation 9-1-1.  To learn more about RapidSOS and the NG911 Clearinghouse, visit https://rapidsos.com/ng911clearinghouse/.  Visit https://www.uber.com/newsroom/emergencybutton/ to learn more about Uber’s Emergency Button.
  • There is a traffic heads up for drivers in Athens, a campus construction advisory from the University of Georgia: UGA says the southbound sidewalk and bike lane on the west side of East Campus Road will be closed from the current DEP2, Computer Services, and Museum of Natural History driveway entrance up to approximately mid-block for the temporary construction office entrance concrete pour. The sidewalk on the east side of East Campus Drive will still be accessible for pedestrians.
  • Senator Bill Cowsert and state Representatives Houston Gaines and Marcus Weidower are the scheduled speakers for tonight’s meeting of the Oconee County Republican Party. They’ll recap the legislative session that ended earlier this month in a 6:30 session at the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Watkinsville.  An Athens-Clarke County Commission work session is on tap for today, underway at 4 o’clock this afternoon at City Hall.  A town hall with Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrelle is set for 7 o’clock tonight. It’ll take place at the Depot in Winterville.  Madison County Commissioners meet tonight: it’s a 6 o’clock this evening at the Madison County Government Complex in Danielsville. Jackson County Commissioners meet at 6 at the courthouse in Jefferson. 
  • A body found in an Athens river earlier this week has been positively identified.  From the ACCPD:  The Athens-Clarke County Coroner has positively identified the deceased individual located in the Middle Oconee River as 54-year-old Emory Odell Findley of Athens. Findley was reported missing on March 29, 2019. The ACCPD will continue investigating the circumstances surrounding Findley’s death. The ACCPD asks that anyone with information about this incident to contact Det. Johnson at 706-613-3330, ext. 522 or Paul.Johnson@accgov.com . 
  • A man now sits in the Oconee County Jail for multiple counts of burglarizing cars in addition to other charges.  From the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office:  Jerod Tyron Crumbley (18) of Clarkston is in the Oconee Jail charged with 25 counts of entering auto, four counts of theft by taking, and three counts of burglary.The charges stem from his banditry on the night of 3/28 that targeted multiple subdivisions along HWY 15, HWY 53, and within Watkinsville.We're still hunting the others.Crumbley was recently sentenced in Jackson County to 10 year probation for a string of car thefts and entering autos up there. The Oconee County Sheriff's Office worked on this case with the Madison County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Walton County and Monroe PD, DeKalb Police and the DeKalb Department of Community Supervision. We mean to do our best to take all these offenders into custody.
  • The Miracle League baseball field planned for Watkinsville to benefit Extra Special People is becoming much more of a reality with the addition of new corporate sponsors, bringing its $1.4M goal within reach.  From Extra Special People:  ATHENS, GA —Extra Special People announced several corporate partners who are bringing the Miracle League baseball field and sports complex to life. These generous donors include current ESP partners who are increasing their giving specifically for ESP’s new fully-accessible sports complex, as well as new sponsors dedicated to giving children of all abilities the chance to experience the game of baseball. St. Mary’s Hospital announced they will be the scoreboard sponsor of the Miracle League baseball field, set to be built at Harris Shoals Park in Watkinsville and opening in spring of 2020. “One of St. Mary’s core values is honoring the dignity of every person. We believe the opportunity for children with special needs to experience the joys of childhood that typical kids enjoy through physical activity, such as baseball, is a core component of our community support,” said Montez Carter, President and CEO. Golden Pantry has donated $50,000 toward the Miracle League for the concession stand, and has also agreed to provide product in perpetuity, offering a branded “mini mart” experience for players and fans at the sports complex. “One of our core values at Golden Pantry is to serve the neighborhoods where we’re located, and we couldn’t be more excited to support ESP’s Miracle League Sports Complex,” said Robert Griffith, President, Golden Pantry. “We have a unique opportunity by sponsoring the concession stand at the Miracle League field, and we’ll be turning it into a mini Golden Pantry with all of the snacks and drinks that our customers love.” Bulldog Kia, a long-time ESP supporter, is increasing their already-generous gifts in order to sponsor the Miracle League outfield with a $25,000 donation. ESP’s Miracle League complex will include construction of special facilities that meet the unique needs of players and their families. Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other devices while helping to prevent injuries. “The highlight of our week at Bulldog Kia is always the visit from our ESP friends and their Java Joy coffee service,” said David Kernall, Owner and General Manager of Bulldog Kia, presenting sponsor of Java Joy. “We were thrilled when the opportunity to support the new Miracle League Sports Complex arose, and we’re looking forward to cheering on our favorite Joyristas as they step up to home plate in 2019.”   Brad Akins, owner of Akins Ford in Winder, and his wife, Vanessa, long-time supporters of ESP, generously donated to support construction of one of the field’s dugouts. Akins Ford Winder and The Ford Fund also recently helped ESP secure a new van for additional transportation routes. “From Java Joy to Big Hearts, we are all-in for Extra Special People,” said Akins. “Of course we were ready to invest in our community of kids with special needs to bring them a baseball field and sports complex. They deserve nothing less.” The incredible success and generosity of individuals in the community at ESP’s recent Big Hearts at Bat banquet, Giving Tuesday and holiday campaign in late 2018 garnered more than $250,000 that will go toward the rubberized surface of the field, backstop and stadium lights, enabling kids to play into the evening hours. Additionally, these generous corporate sponsors have donated significantly to the Miracle League complex, which has now reached $1.1 million of the $1.4 million goal. 3T Sports 3Tree Realty ABB Cares through Thomas Eye Center Ashford Manor Athens Ford Athens Seed Company BankSouth Foundation Cable East East Coast Grading Oconee State Bank Prudential R&R Mobility Southern Protective Group Striplings General Store The Southern Brewing Company “Individuals with disabilities experience limitations in community spaces and face barriers that prevent them from fully participating because of inaccessible design,” explained Laura Whitaker, Executive Director of ESP. “Building a Miracle League field in our community and partnering with these incredible local businesses helps fulfill our belief that every kid deserves to play sports and thrive in an accessible space that allows them to gain confidence, improve their physical health and abilities and foster meaningful relationships with their peers.” Multiple studies show children with disabilities are excluded from peer-to-peer play at far higher rates than typically-developing children. Inclusive public play spaces are shown to eliminate these negative effects for individuals with disabilities but also create positive effects for typically-developing children and adults alike. Inclusive playgrounds, parks and community spaces promote engagement and interaction with a diversity of people both in age and ability levels, create economic and social gains for communities, increase play among kids with and without disabilities and promote overall feelings of acceptance for people with disabilities. There are still opportunities for corporate partners to step up to the plate to reach ESP’s $1.4 million goal that includes not only a baseball field for kids with special needs, but also a splash pad and playground for everyone in the community to enjoy. Naming opportunities for the field, dugout, playground and more can bring ESP’s field of dreams to life in 2019. To become a giving partner, visit www.espmiracleleague.org. ### About Extra Special People Extra Special People, Inc., (ESP), a 501 (c)(3) is a nonprofit serving families and children with special needs in the eight-county area surrounding Watkinsville, Ga., since 1987. With ever-expanding after-school programs, weekend clubs, an eight-week long summer camp and family resources, ESP now reaches more than 450 children, with an ongoing dream of reaching every Northeast Georgia family that has a need and a desire to help their special child grow and thrive. Contributing to this dream was the addition of 70 acres in Jackson County in December 2014. Camp Hooray will one day continue the ESP mission by hosting overnight camps, weekend retreats, and events for children and families of all abilities
  • Logan Booker

    Logan graduated from the Grady Sports program in the University of Georgia's Grady School of Journalism. He has been with 960 The Ref in some capacity since 2016, and was named full time co-host of The Ref Morning Show in spring of 2019. Logan has covered UGA Sports for various local media outlets since 2013, and often serves as backup PA announcer for the UGA softball and volleyball teams. 

     

    During his free time, Logan enjoys hiking and woodwork, and can frequently 'not' be found on the lake without his phone but with a fishing pole. He has been involved with Extra Special People in media outreach and fundraising. 

    He and his wife Ashley share their home with their dog, Chipper. 

     

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Local News

  • On Friday afternoon a train collided with a tractor-trailer in Winder at the May Street and Broad Street intersection. The Winder Police Department is asking that motorists avoid the area as they work to clear the roadway.
  • A Hartwell man faces vehicular homicide charges after slamming head-on into a car driven by a University of Georgia student and then leaving the scene, Athens police said. The student, identified as 20-year-old junior Drury Anderson Shierling, was killed about 6 a.m. Wednesday on Timothy Road when the other driver took a curve too fast and crossed into his lane, according to a crash report. The driver who caused the wreck, identified by police as 51-year-old Edward Lee Stowers, was traveling north from the Inner Loop to Timothy Road when his rented 2018 Ford Fusion crossed the raised median and entered the southbound lanes, authorities said. After striking the UGA student, Stowers allegedly got out of his vehicle, flagged down another driver and asked for a ride to a nearby gas station, according to the report. He was arrested after the witness called 911 and told police where he was. Shierling, who was from Leesburg, studied business and real estate, a university spokeswoman said.  Another passenger in the students car was injured in the wreck and taken to a hospital, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.  Stowers is charged with vehicular homicide, hit-and-run resulting in death, traveling too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane and driving with a suspended license. He remains held without bond at the Athens-Clarke County jail, records show.  In other news: 
  • The Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee is proud to announce Dinner & Conversation with the U.S. Senate Candidates to be held on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11, at the Cotton Press in Athens, Georgia. On the cusp of one of the most important election-cycles in Georgia history, attendees will get the unique opportunity to hear from Sarah Riggs Amico, Jon Ossoff, Mayor Ted Terry, and Mayor Teresa Tomlinson about their vision for Georgia and the United States.   Dinner & Conversation with the U.S. Senate Candidates will begin at 6:15pm (doors at 5:45pm) on Monday, November 11 at the Cotton Press. Attendees will be treated to a delicious family-style dinner as they hear conversations between candidates and our special guests. After hearing from all 4 candidates and finishing apple pie for dessert, attendees will be invited to mingle with the candidates and continue the conversations in a less formal way at our meet-and-greet.   “This is the first, and possibly only, time that Athenians and the people of northeast Georgia will be able to see all of the Senatorial candidates in one location,'' says Denise Ricks, Chair of the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee. “It is an opportunity to witness a one on one, in depth conversation with each candidate and have them answer submitted questions. We know voters want to hear where the candidates stand on healthcare, foreign policy, education, and the environment. This is your chance to hear about those issues and to get answers to your questions!”   The 2020 elections will decide the Presidency, not one but both U.S. Senate seats for Georgia, along with every Georgia Congressional, State House, and State Senate seat.    'Make no mistake, the stakes of the 2020 elections are enormous” says Georgia State Representative and Democratic Caucus Leader Bob Trammell. “ Elections have consequences, and the election before redistricting has consequences for the next decade. We can not afford for anyone to sit out democracy in 2020. All hands on deck.' 
  • Hall County state Senator Butch Miller says he is looking at legislation that would protect students from sexual assaults at the hands of teachers. The Republican from Gainesville is pitching a bill he says would clarify existing law on cases in which students are victimized by teachers, coaches, and principals at schools in Georgia.  The next session of the Georgia Legislature begins in January.    From the Ga Senate press office… Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Miller (R – Gainesville) recently announced legislation aimed at further protecting students from sexual assault by those entrusted with their care. “When legislation we pass doesn’t go far enough to protect our most vulnerable citizens like students in our schools, we must address necessary changes as soon as possible,” said Sen. Miller. “This legislation will fix an oversight in our existing law and will add necessary protections for victims of sexual assault by ensuring their perpetrators can be brought to justice. I hope we can get this legislation passed and to the Governor’s desk as soon as possible during the 2020 Legislative Session.”  Under the current Georgia Code definition for improper sexual contact by employee or agent, sexual assault of a student occurs when the victim is “enrolled as a student at the school.” This specific language was used by the Northeastern Judicial Circuit to send back a case to the state court regarding a coach who was charged with felony sexual assault. According to the decision by the circuit, the felony sexual assault charge did not apply since the accused coach “was not a teacher at the school where the student attended.”  The legislation announced by Sen. Miller will address this issue by revising Georgia code and adding “within the school district” to the existing “enrolled as a student at the school” language. School district will be defined as “any area, county, independent, or local school district.” 
  • The annual Oconee County Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday. It’s set to take place at Rocket Field in Watkinsville, starting at 9am and lasting through 4pm. From Facebook… The Oconee Chamber Fall Festival started in 1974 and today is known as a premiere Arts & Crafts festival. It is held annually on the 3rd Saturday in October in Historic Downtown Watkinsville. With over 200 booth spaces and 20,000+/- visitors in attendance, this one day outdoor festival is the largest arts & crafts venue in the area.

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS Georgia football coach Kirby Smart is keeping one eye on the weather report and another on Kentucky game film with Saturday night's Homecoming Game fast approaching. The No. 10-ranked Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1 SEC) play host to the Wildcats (3-3, 1-3) at 6 p.m. on Saturday (TV: ESPN) looking to shake off a historic upset loss to South Carolina last week. RELATED: Georgia QB legend Eric Zeier shares fixes for offense 'Every player was sick about the performance, just like the coaches,' Smart said Thursday night on his radio show. 'I've always said sometimes the worst thing you can do is play bad and win, because you don't learn the things you need to learn.' No doubt, Georgia's offense sputtered against Power 5 competition the first half of the season, even as the Bulldogs were building a 5-0 record and rising to No. 3 in the ranks. The Bulldogs' offensive objectives and fixes have been well-documented this week as concerns about a wet-weather game have risen. Smart, known for his detailed-oriented nature, typically likes for Georgia to get wet weather work in practices whenever possible. 'I'm concerned about the weather conditions, because you never know what they will be, it's not a variable you can control,' Smart said. 'I like going in the rain once every two or three weeks, but if it's lighting, I can't. 'But we have wet ball drill and we do it once every two weeks, it's on a rolling schedule, so even if you've gone two or three weeks without a wet practice,' he said. 'We spray the ball down, and make the quarterbacks and receivers catch it, throw it, exchange it, (and) kickers, holders, snappers everybody has to. We were doing it (Thursday), spraying it down, making it as hard as possible' The current forecast for Saturday's kickoff (as of Friday) reflected a 100-percent chance of rain in Athens at 6 p.m., with the likelihood of precipitation not tapering off until 9 p.m. Georgia-Kentucky Game Week 7 Georgia players to watch under center 3 keys for a happy homecoming vs. Kentucky Promising Nolan Smith grows, expands role Receivers must step up, beat press coverage Closer look: How Georgia's offense adds up Cover 4: How do Bulldogs get back on track D'Andre Swift says We know how good we can be' Big Ben Cleveland says challenge to go out and prove something' The post Georgia coach Kirby Smart concerned about the weather conditions' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Atlanta Braves star first baseman, Freddie Freeman underwent arthroscopic right elbow surgery. Freeman had three fragmented loose bodies cleaned out of his elbow joint, as well as multiple bone spur formations that had developed in his elbow. After putting together an MVP-caliber regular season, Freeman looked like a different player in the playoffs and now it all makes sense. During the NLDS, Freeman was asked about his elbow and told reporters that his elbow was not bothering him. However, fans knew something was not right with the all-star first baseman, who arguably played his worst five-game stretch of his career in the NLDS. Freeman’s -0.46 win probability added (WPA), was the lowest mark for a Braves batter during the NLDS. Freeman’s NLDS stats .200/.273/.400 .673 ops 1 run 4 hit 1 double 1 home run 1 rbi 1 bb 6 strikeouts
  • ATHENS Georgia legend Eric Zeier has played and seen a lot of football as the SEC's former all-time leading passer and current Bulldogs radio color analyst. Zeier is as measured with his opinions as he once was his passes, so his thoughts on fixing the Bulldogs are sure to resonate in Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. The No. 10-ranked Georgia football program plays host to Kentucky at 6 p.m. on Saturday (TV: ESPN) looking to get back on track after a shocking 20-17 upset at the hands of unranked South Carolina last week. 'I think we'll get back to who we want to be and who we are this week,' Zeier said on Kirby Smart's coach's show on Thursday night. 'We want to be a big, bruising team that plays great defense, that's able to control the ball on offense. In the critical moments of games we are typically balanced last week we got out of that a little bit.' Zeier suggests versatile and explosive playmaker James Cook could be part of the solution, and he's surprised the Bulldogs didn't look more to him last Saturday. 'South Carolina has been able to get after quarterbacks, we've seen that, (so) I thought we were going to try to get the football out of Jake's hands, utilize the quick game,' Zeier said. 'I was a little surprised we didn't get James Cook more involved in the football game.' Zeier said 'the blueprint is out right now, on how to attack us on the offensive side of the football,' and that 'you've got defenses that are selling all out against the run.' Indeed, Jake Fromm attempted a career-high 51 passes in the loss to the Gamecocks with a career-high three interceptions. Fromm who had not been intercepted in the first five games, also was sacked three times and fumbled away a center exchange. It was not all on Fromm, but Zeier did not give his fellow quarterback a pass. 'It was probably the one time I've seen Jake Fromm miss reads, where we had guys running open, and all of the sudden if you hit that, if the correct read is made and you complete the pass on the seam or going outside, now all he sudden, you look like a genius when you're calling plays,' said Zeier, who finished his career between the hedges in 1994 with 67 UGA records and 18 SEC marks. 'When you miss a couple of reads, make a couple of bad throws, you drop a couple of passes, all those things add up to a bad game all the way around.' Zeier said Fromm had his challenges on account of the Georgia receivers not creating separation. 'We are not creating space, so the windows that we're having to throw the football into, in many cases it looks like an NFL game, where you've got elite defensive backs where your window is extremely small,' Zeier said. 'How do you help receivers get off the jam? Get them in motion, get them moving, so you don't allow a defensive back to come up and get in your face where that first step you've got a problem,' Zeier said. 'You can also utilize slot receivers to get down the seam in quick fashion, get mismatches, get James Cook on the outside as opposed to having a receiver, force defenses into different looks than they are accustomed to, create mismatches with your alignment, and then get movements going and motions going to try to loosen up what defenses are trying to do.' Zeier indicated the forecast for rain at Saturday night's game against Kentucky should not concern Georgia fans, nor should they be worried the South Carolina loss was the start of a new trend. 'Rainy weather, with the way we can go play football, shouldn't be a problem,' Zeier stated. 'I have not one doubt in my mind; that (loss) will galvanize us as a football team and drive us to the level of excellence we have played under Kirby Smart since he's been here.' Georgia-Kentucky Game Week 7 Georgia players to watch under center 3 keys for a happy homecoming vs. Kentucky Promising Nolan Smith grows, expands role Receivers must step up, beat press coverage Closer look: How Georgia's offense adds up Cover 4: How do Bulldogs get back on track D'Andre Swift says We know how good we can be' Big Ben Cleveland says challenge to go out and prove something' The post Georgia legend Eric Zeier shares fixes for offense, key player to get involved appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football coach Kirby Smart used the phrase 'step up' quite a bit this week. The 20-17 overtime loss to South Carolina certainly wasn't acceptable, and nothing less than a convincing win over Kentucky at 6 p.m. on Saturday (TV: ESPN) will satisfy. RELATED: 5 questions with Kentucky football columnist Here are seven players to watch that all into the 'Step Up' category if the Bulldogs are to evolve into the championship contender they were projected to be: QB Jake Fromm It starts with the quarterback. Fromm is under pressure to bounce back from the worst outing of his career, a performance that brought his talent into question. Heavy rain is forecasted, so it's not likely Fromm will get a chance to prove he can win a game when he throws more than 30 passes (UGA is 0-5 in such games). Fromm will, however, get a chance to show he can pull a teetering offense back together. The junior captain needs tothrow his tight ends and receivers open after an uncharacteristically spotty performance last Saturday. Fromm missed a handful of reads and was not as accurate as he had been the first five games of the season. Center Trey Hill Hill was the weakest link last Saturday on the rotating front line once known as the 'Great Wall.' The mere mention of the nickname draws snickers from opposing fanbases and makes even the most loyal Georgia fans wince. The fact is, UGA's projected starting line played just one game together, at Vanderbilt, before injuries led to bodies shifting in and out and a breakdown in continuity. Hill has remained a constant in the lineup. The sophomore was exposed by South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, and his low, slow shotgun snaps appeared to throw off Fromm's timing. RB D'Andre Swift Swift isn't a big talker, but he made sure to get the message out for everyone to hear that he's not going to accept results like last Saturday's against South Carolina. Smart said Swift had developed into more of a vocal leader, and that was obvious by the fact he came out and publicly took accountability on behalf of the entire offense. A straight shooter, Swift has been honest about his intent to turn pro after this season. It's clear he doesn't plan on the Bulldogs going out with a whimper his final season in Athens. Swift bowed up last Saturday and showed he could handle short-yardage situations. RB James Cook Will Georgia get this exciting playmaker involved this week? Or will Cook go back to being a decoy and/or end around specialist? It's baffling OC James Coley hasn't gotten Cook more touches, but game flow has apparently dictated the ball go to other perimeter threats. Cook would be an easy quick throw into the slot, his ability to make yardage in space superior to any of the receivers. Smart said opponents have schemed to prevent Cook from touching the ball. Good plan; part of the reason the Bulldogs are lacking explosive plays is because explosive players like Cook aren't touching the ball enough. Safety J.R. Reed The Bulldogs need playmakers in the secondary, and Reed's production does not yet match his preseason All-American accolades. Reed is second on the team with 31 tackles behind linebacker Monty Rice, but he has just one interception and three pass break-ups through six games. The senior's talent and savvy is unquestionable. But Reed has yet to show he can play with the level of enthusiasm necessary to ignite teammates and raise the level of play around him. Punter Jake Camarda Can this sophomore punter put two solid games back-to-back? Can Camarda handle a slick ball and snaps in inclement weather? Camarda has been shaky in big moments this season, but he's apparently the best option Georgia has on the roster. The Kentucky game will give him an opportunity to win back some trust and gain much-needed confidence and momentum heading into a pivotal November stretch. Receivers Impossible to name just one with what has happened. Who will step up? Kearis Jackson, Matt Landers? Tyler Simmons? Demetris Robertson? George Pickens? Dominick Blaylock? Maybe all of the above, but whoever lines up at that receiver position needs to show reliable hands and an ability to make yards after the catch. Georgia receivers haven't helped Fromm out much in that capacity, unable to get much separation from coverage, they are often tackled immediately and don't break tackles. Smart said on his coaches show the receivers group has shown the most improvement since the start of this season. But he also said they had the furthest to go. Georgia-Kentucky Game Week 3 keys for a happy homecoming vs. Kentucky Promising Nolan Smith grows, expands role Receivers must step up, beat press coverage Kirby Smart breaks down Georgia offense, keeps it simple Closer look: How Georgia's offense adds up Cover 4: How do Bulldogs get back on track D'Andre Swift says We know how good we can be' Big Ben Cleveland says challenge to go out and prove something' The post 7 Georgia football players to watch against Kentucky, starts under center appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Tom Crean is like any other basketball coach when it comes to stressing fundamentals and going back to basics. But this year's Georgia team is taking it to another level. These Bulldogs, lacking height but filled with athleticism, are aiming to be interchangeable to the extent that UGA doesn't list positions. 'B' for basketball player is the descriptive for each. Crean's message is that he plans to have interchangeable parts from the opening tip this season. The Georgia men's team, predicted to finish ninth in the SEC at the league's media days earlier this week, opens at 7 p.m. on Friday at Stegeman Coliseum against Division ll Valdosta State. Admission is free. RELATED: Anthony Antman' Edwards already making history Crean anticipates a high scoring contest, though he's concerned it could get sloppy. 'We've worked hard on our ball handling and driving, but I'm hugely afraid that with a team like this in Valdosta State, that was fifth in the country in Division II last year in points efficiency, that it could be a track meet,' Crean said on Thursday. 'We just don't want it to be turnover fest.' Georgia returns five players from last season, but 10 of the players are new, including nine freshmen. Freshman Anthony 'Antman' Edwards is the most notable newcomer. He's a projected lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and was widely considered the top prospect in the 2019 signing class. Edwards told media following the Stegmania fan event last Friday that he was working at point guard duties, among many other things. Anthony Edwards Crean explained how the Bulldogs are working to have a versatile team that can change positions on the floor without breaking stride. 'We try to put them in different situations, we have what we call our leopard offense,' Crean said. ' We're a spot team, we're not, You're the 5 man, you're the 2 man,' It's You're in the 2 spot, you're in the 5 spot.' 'The point guard is a little different, but other than that it's spot oriented. We're trying to teach guys a lot of different places to be.' So long as the Bulldogs end up on the right side of the scoreboard, the momentum figures to grow. Georgia set attendance records last season despite a 10-21 mark. UGA has already sold out its season-ticket allotment (5,750) with another 2,000 designated for students unavailable to the general public in the 10.523-seat arena. Georgia coach Tom Crean The post WATCH: Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean ready for track meet' exhibition game appeared first on DawgNation.