Georgia Bulldogs senior safety Dominick Sanders has been named to the 2017 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (OSHOF) have announced.
The Jim Thorpe Award is an annual award presented “to the best defensive back in college football based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character.”
30-50 student-athletes are named to the list annually by a screening committee. Three finalists will be announced at a later date, and the winner will be selected and announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, on ESPN.
This season, 45 student-athletes were named to the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Watch List. Here is the breakdown by conference: AAC (3), ACC (7), Big Ten (5), Big 12 (5), C-USA (4), MAC (3), MW (2), Pac-12 (6),
SEC (7), Sun Belt (3).
Dominick Sanders, who hails from from Tucker, Georgia, had 34 total tackles for the Bulldogs in 2016 (23 solo, 11 assisted). He also had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
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The AJC shared over the weekend a letter from a former baseball letterman calling for a change of leadership for the athletic department. The letter doesn’t break much new ground in its litany of complaints against the athletic department. It wasn’t a great year for some of Georgia’s more visible programs, and Greg McGarity isn’t a popular athletics director these days. Fine.
I couldn’t let this line pass without comment though. Which program would this informed letterman have Georgia emulate?
“Look at Clemson and what their athletic department has done with great leadership and a plan for high success.”
Clemson finished a lofty 52nd in this year’s Directors’ Cup standings. Lest you think that was an off-year, the Tigers were 42nd in 2016 and 57th in 2015. When I say “it’s about the football“, this is what I’m talking about. Clemson’s overall program can barely break into the top 50, but success in the most visible sports creates the perception of “great leadership.” Meanwhile it’s a crisis that Georgia nearly fell out of the top 20.
I don’t bring that up to diminish the concerns expressed in the letter. Success in football won’t eliminate customer service issues, and it won’t make the volleyball program any better. It might be enough that perception matters here: as the AJC notes, the letter gives “an on-the-record voice to the concerns that others have expressed behind the scenes.” Whether it’s based on football (or, in this case, baseball), those shortcomings invite us to find others. The athletics administration doesn’t have many defenders, at least not in the public space. Is that perception recoverable?
Georgia Bulldogs senior defensive back Aaron Davis has been nominated for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, according to an announcement on Monday.
Davis is one of 147 nominees for the prestigious off-the-field honor, which began back in 1992 to “honor their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others.” Nominees for the AFCA Good Works Team are student-athletes that have “made significant contributions to the greater good of society, inspiring future generations of young athletes and the larger college football community.”
“After looking at the bios of the 146 nominees we received for 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it really shows that there are great football student-athletes all over this country who just don’t care what happens between the sidelines, but they also care about their community and giving back to others,” Todd Berry, AFCA Executive Director said. “The AFCA has been proud to partner with Allstate these past 10 years to honor football players who give more of themselves to help others in need.”
Aaron Davis, a native of Locust Grove, Georgia, has contributed the following services to the community:
- Joining the nationwide fight to end bullying and domestic violence by working with the UGA Student Athletic Advisory Committee’s production of a PSA against domestic violence and sexual assault, and participating in the Project Safe program, a local nonprofit working to end domestic violence through prevention and educational programs
- Speaking at the UGA Athletic Association’s “Learn, Play, Excel” event that mentors local students on topics such as education, leadership and anti-bullying
- Working with the Special Olympics on facilitating and participating in athletic activities and serving as an escort to Special Olympics prom
The final roster of 22 players named to the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team will be announced in September. It will consist of 11 student-athletes from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and 11 student-athletes from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Divisions II, III, and the NAIA.
After the 22 players are named, fans will be able to vote for the Captain of the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works team at their website on ESPN.com.
Former UGA offensive lineman Matt Stinchcomb, who was named to the 1997 and 1998 teams, is part of the selection panel that also includes former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.
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UGA senior outside linebackers Davin Bellamy and Lorenzo Carter have been named to the 2017 Butkus Award Watch List, The Butkus Foundation announced on Monday.
The Butkus Award, named after legendary linebacker Dick Butkus, is an annual college football award given to the nation’s best linebacker by The Butkus Foundation.
Semi-finalists for the Butkus Award will be announced on Monday, Oct. 30, finalists on Monday, Nov. 20, and winners will be notified on or before Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Davin Bellamy (6-5, 240) hails from Chamblee, Georgia. Last season, he started 11 times and appeared in all 13 games. He finished the season with 51 total tackles (25 solo, 26 assisted), nine tackles for loss, and five sacks.
Lorenzo Carter (6-6, 242) is a native of Norcross, Georgia. He started 11 times and appeared in all 13 games. He finished the 2016 season with 44 total tackles (23 solo, 21 assisted), six tackles for loss, five sacks, and two forced fumbles.
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Over the weekend, the Georgia Bulldogs added two big-time commitments for the class of 2019 — four-star outside linebacker J.D. Bertrand and five-star wide receiver Dominick Blaylock.
Bertrand announced his commitment to the Dawgs via his Twitter account on Saturday afternoon.
ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia football team had eight players named to the Preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams and was picked to win the league’s Eastern Division, according to an announcement on Friday.
The Bulldogs received 138 of the media’s 242 first place votes at this week’s SEC Media Days. Alabama was the media’s selection to win the conference title and Georgia was picked third overall.
Georgia had four First Team selections, including two on offense and two on defense. Senior tailback Nick Chubb, sophomore tight end Isaac Nauta, junior defensive lineman Trenton Thompson and junior linebacker Roquan Smith were included on the league’s First Team.
The Bulldogs also had another four players named to the Second and Third teams. Senior offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn and senior safety Dominick Sanders were included on the Second Team while senior tailback Sony Michel and senior linebacker Lorenzo Carter were voted to the Third Team.
The Bulldogs open their 2017 campaign at Sanford Stadium in Athens on September 2 versus Appalachian State. ESPN will televise the matchup at 6:15 p.m.
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UGA junior defensive tackle Trent Thompson has been named to the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Award Watch List and the 2017 Outland Trophy Watch List, according to announcements on Thursday.
The Bronko Nagurski trophy is an annual award given to the top defensive player in college football as voted by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). 103 players have been named to the list and the ACC leads with 20 players.
On Thursday, Nov. 16, the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Trophy. The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet will be held on Monday, Dec. 4 at the Charlotte Convention Center and UGA head coach Kirby Smart will be the keynote speaker.
The Outland Trophy, also awarded by the FWAA, is given to the nation’s best interior lineman. The ACC again leads the list with 17 of 81 players named.
On Wednesday, Nov. 15, the Outland Trophy list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists. Three finalists will be named six days later, and the winner will then be announced live on ESPN at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 7.
Trent Thompson hails from Albany, Georgia. Last season, he had 56 total tackles (24 solo, 32 assisted) and five sacks for a loss of 39 yards.
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The Georgia Bulldogs have picked up a verbal commitment from three-star tight end John Fitzpatrick of Atlanta, Georgia (Marist School) for the class of 2018.
Fitzpatrick announced his decision Thursday afternoon on Twitter.
Very excited to announce I'm committed to the University of Georgia! pic.twitter.com/xbvKJzbNrs
— John FitzPatrick (@john_fitzpat) July 13, 2017
In the 247Sports Composite, John Fitzpatrick is listed as a three-star recruit, the No. 34 tight end, and the No. 745 overall recruit for the 2018 class.
Fitzpatrick (6-6, 230) committed to the Bulldogs over offers from most of the top schools, including Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Florida, Louisville, NC State, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
The Georgia Bulldogs now have a total of eight commitments for the class of 2018.
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UGA sophomore tight end Isaac Nauta has been named to the 2017 John Mackey Award Watch List, The Friends of John Mackey have announced.
Nauta is one of 55 tight ends on the John Mackey list. The award is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end.
The winner of the 2017 John Mackey Award will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 and then presented live on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.
Nauta, a native of Buford, Georgia, recorded 29 catches for 361 yards and three touchdowns last season.
Other Bulldogs named to preseason watch lists include Roquan Smith (Bednarik Award), Trent Thompson (Bednarik Award), Jacob Eason (Maxwell Award), and Nick Chubb (Maxwell Award).
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UGA sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason and senior running back Nick Chubb have been named to the 2017 Maxwell Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club has announced.
The Maxwell Award, named after Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, is an annual award given to the college football player of the year.
This is the third consecutive year that Nick Chubb has been named to the Maxwell Award Watch List.
Semifinalists for the 2017 Maxwell Award will be announced on Monday, Oct. 30, followed by the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 20. The winner of the 2017 Maxwell Award will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
In three seasons at UGA, Nick Chubb has rushed 535 times for 3,424 yards and 29 touchdowns. As a receiver out of the backfield, Chubb has caught 27 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns.
As a freshman, Jacob Eason completed 204 of 370 passes (55.1%) for 2,430 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The Georgia Bulldogs are slated to open the 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Appalachian State at Sanford Stadium in Athens. The game is set for 6:15pm ET on ESPN.
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UGA junior linebacker Roquan Smith and junior defensive tackle Trent Thompson have been named to the 2017 Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club has announced.
The Bednarik Award is named after Chuck Bednarik and is an annual award given to the college football defensive player of the year.
Last season, defensive back Dominick Sanders was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List.
Semifinalists for the 2017 Bednarik Award will be announced on Monday, Oct. 30, followed by the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 20. The winner of the 2017 Bednarik Award will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
Roquan Smith, who hails from from Montezuma, Georgia, had 95 total tackles in 2016 (52 solo, 43 assisted). He also forced two fumbles and recovered one.
Trent Thompson is from Albany, Georgia. Last season, he had 56 total tackles (24 solo, 32 assisted) and five sacks for a loss of 39 yards.
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Trenton Thompson was already one of Georgia’s more interesting players. As a headliner of the 2015 signing class, he showed early promise and emerged as an anchor of the defensive line as a sophomore. His second season ended with a well-deserved MVP recognition in the Liberty Bowl. After that impressive performance Thompson seemed poised for a triumphant junior season that would usher him into the NFL.
Life isn’t linear, and it had other plans for Thompson. His withdrawal from classes in February after a peculiar hospitalization was one of the most shocking stories of the offseason. Weeks earlier Thompson had been a dominant focal point of the Georgia defense. In February all of that became secondary to his physical and mental well-being.
Fortunately Thompson seems to be back on more solid ground and will be back in classes over the summer. There’s good news on the medical side also. Kirby Smart revealed at SEC Media Days that Thompson “should be full go” for preseason practices.
While Thompson’s first two seasons make big expectations reasonable for 2017, his offseason setbacks add a bit of uncertainty about the player we’ll see. He missed spring practice during his hiatus, and he would have likely missed time anyway due to some shoulder surgery shortly after the bowl game. It’s great that won’t miss any more time, but there has to be some readjustment after missing time in the classroom and on the practice field. Can Thompson return to the player he was against TCU, and how quickly can he get there? Smart likes what he’s seen so far. “He’s gone out and worked out very hard,” Smart said. “His conditioning has been really good. His weight has been really good. I’m expecting him to be full go.”
Thompson’s readiness will be put to the test early in the season. He and his fellow defensive linemen might face their toughest challenge of the season just two weeks into the campaign.
Recently Cy Brown at Dawgnation took a stab at the top five offensive linemen Georgia will face in 2017. Two of them play next to each other: Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson and tackle Mike McGlinchey. Nelson and McGlinchey are Notre Dame’s Chubb and Michel: two experienced and talented upperclassmen who passed up likely NFL draft selections and returned to their team for a final season. McGlinchey isn’t just a senior – he’s a graduate student. SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic believes that the duo “might be the best double team combo” in the nation.
Might be the best double team combo entering 2107. McGlinchey & Nelson at Notre Dame. 1st step splits defender. Nice pad level & movement. pic.twitter.com/9HO3XvmCHX
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) May 11, 2017
This is the kind of matchup that should be a fascinating game-within-the-game: one of the nation’s best defensive linemen against a pair of excellent blockers. If Thompson is not completely back in form, the Irish duo would have the advantage, and Notre Dame’s new quarterback might have an easier time getting comfortable. But if Thompson can hold his own against this offensive line, it could be the game that launches him and his team toward much greater national recognition.
|Georgia's All-Name Team has a formidable offensive line consisting of (L to R) Sandy Beaver, Bum Day, Max Jean-Gilles, Puss Whelchel, and Pud Mosteller.|