Report: Georgia could open 2022 season vs. Oregon

The Georgia Bulldogs could open the 2022 season in Atlanta against the Oregon Ducks. The two schools are in discussions for the matchup, according to a report by Dawgs247.

The game would be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium and would likely be part of the annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff. Possible dates for the game include Saturday, Sept. 3 or Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day).

In their first and only meeting on the gridiron back in 1977, Georgia defeated Oregon 27-16 at Sanford Stadium in Athens.

The two schools were scheduled to meet in a home-and-home series in 2015 and 2016. But shortly after new athletic director Greg McGarity arrived in Athens, the series was canceled.

In Georgia’s first appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff, the Bulldogs fell to Boise State 35-21. The Dawgs evened their record at 1-1 after defeating North Carolina 33-24 in 2016.

Georgia is scheduled to take on the Virginia Cavaliers in the 2020 Chick-fil-A Kickoff on Monday, Sept. 7.

Georgia currently has two non-conference games scheduled for the 2022 season. The Bulldogs are slated to host Kent State on Sept. 24 and Georgia Tech on Nov. 26.

Oregon was scheduled to open the 2022 season at home against Eastern Washington. However, that game was recently pushed back one week to Sept. 10.

Future Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games

  • 2018 – Washington vs. Auburn (Sat., Sept. 1)
  • 2019 – Alabama vs. Duke (Sat., Aug. 31)
  • 2020 – West Virginia vs. Florida State (Sat., Sept. 5)
  • 2020 – Georgia vs. Virginia (Mon., Sept. 7)
  • 2020 – North Carolina vs. Auburn (Sat., Sept. 12)
  • 2021 – Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Aug. 28 or Sept. 4-5)
  • 2021 – Alabama vs. Miami, FL (Aug. 28 or Sept. 4-6)

Future UGA Football Schedules

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Four-star DT Tymon Mitchell commits to UGA for 2019

The Georgia Bulldogs have picked up another verbal commitment for the class of 2019, this one from four-star defense tackle Tymon Mitchell of Nashville, Tennessee (Franklin Road Academy).

Mitchell announced his commitment to the Dawgs this afternoon via his Twitter account.

Tymon Mitchell (6-3, 309) committed to the Georgia Bulldogs over offers from Alabama, California, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and others.

Rivals.com rates Tymon Mitchell as a four-star recruit and the No. 19 defensive tackle for the 2019 class.

In the 247Sports Composite, Tymon Mitchell is rated as a three-star recruit, the No. 24 defensive tackle, and the No. 400 recruit for the 2019 class.

The addition of Mitchell gives the Georgia Bulldogs 19 total commitments for the class of 2019. Georgia’s class is currently rated the best in the nation by 247Sports.

UGA Football Commitments

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What it means to replace Nick and Sony

Football Study Hall has a piece looking at the most well-rounded tailbacks from 2017. To determine how well-rounded a back is, they looked at the combination of efficiency and explosiveness. For efficiency, they looked at a back’s success rate relative to the expected success rate for a play, and explosiveness compared actual vs. expected IsoPP. All of that is defined much better in the post.

There were only 22 backs in 2017 with at least 150 carries “who rated in the 50th percentile in both marginal efficiency and explosiveness.” It should come as no surprise that Georgia had two of those 22. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel weren’t just productive in terms of yardage. They were both among the best in the nation at being efficient and explosive, and they accomplished that sharing carries in a tailback rotation that went five-deep. Michel was in the 80th percentile in both categories.

That’s what Georgia is attempting to replace at tailback. It’s not just 2,600 yards and 31 TD. It’s generating that production with a consistency of both efficiency and explosiveness.

One point the FSH piece makes is how running the ball is a tough way to get ahead.

First things first: it must be noted that, of these 83 players, only 28 produced a marginal efficiency above zero percent. As with what people have begun to firmly establish on the pro side…running is a reasonably lower-ceilinged endeavor. It’s lower-risk, too, and some teams have certainly figured out how to run more than others, but for a majority of feature backs, handing them the ball was likely to put you behind schedule. It was also far less likely to produce big plays — only 18 of these 83 produced a marginal explosiveness above plus-0.0 points per successful run.

Georgia was able to buck that trend and produce a dominant running game in 2017 largely because they had an unusual concentration of backs who could stay ahead of the chains (efficient success rate) and possessed a better-than-most threat to rip off an explosive run. It would be an accomplishment for Georgia to have one such back in 2018 – it was nearly unstoppable to have two. That alone suggests a larger role for the passing game for Georgia’s offense in 2018.

Another interesting thing from that post: Georgia faced six of the 19 rushing quarterbacks (60+ attempts, not including sacks) who rated in the 50th percentile or better in both rushing efficiency and explosiveness. The results?

  • Taylor Lamb (App St.): 10 carries, 66 yards, 1 TD, 32 long
  • Brandon Wimbush (Notre Dame): 16 carries, 1 yard, 1 TD, 8 long
  • Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State): 10 carries, 47 yards, 0 TD, 14 long
  • Stephen Johnson (Kentucky): 8 carries, 4 yards, 0 TD, 7 long
  • Jalen Hurts (Alabama): 6 carries, 47 yards, 0 TD, 31 long
  • Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma): 12 carries, 1 yard, 0 TD, 22 long

Yes, those yardage totals include sack yardage, but the few explosive runs Georgia gave up to rushing quarterbacks were more or less inconsequential. Considering that the scrambling QB was considered an Achilles heel of the defense entering the season, those are some fairly impressive results against a half-dozen of the nation’s most well-rounded rushing quarterbacks.

Matchups that keep you up at night

The stars have aligned to bring several Missouri previews across the wire this week. We’ve all circled the South Carolina trip as an early battle in the SEC East, but there’s another September trip to another Columbia that will test Georgia’s reloaded defense.

Missouri of course got Georgia’s attention last season with a competitive first half and tallied the most points scored on Georgia until the Auburn game. They’re replacing a creative offensive coordinator (with Derek Dooley) and lose productive receiver J’Mon Moore. But talented quarterback Drew Lock returns after considering a jump to the NFL, and deep threat Emanuel Hall will remain a favorite target. In 2017 Hall got behind the Georgia defense for 141 yards and two long scores on just four receptions.

But the Missouri player I find myself dwelling on is sophomore TE Albert Okwuegbunam. Georgia fans will be glad to see South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst gone, but “Albert O” might be in a position to take Hurst’s place as a nightmare matchup. As a freshman Okwuegbunam caught 29 passes for 415 yards and an impressive 11 touchdowns. Better than 1 out of every 3 catches went for a score. Only Ole Miss’s A.J. Brown, considered the SEC’s top returning wide receiver, had as many receiving touchdowns.

Okwuegbunam caught a four-yard shovel pass for Missouri’s first touchdown in Athens last year, but he’s most dangerous releasing down the seam. He’s a favorite target on pop passes where interior defenders must pay attention to the run and also follow the imposing tight end releasing right past them. At a solid 6’5″ and 260 lbs., he’s a load for most defensive backs and elusive enough to get open against slower linebackers.

Modern offenses love to feature the Gronkowski-style receiver exactly because of that speed vs. size conundrum, and Missouri seems to have found their Gronk in Okwuegbunam. It’s something Georgia is looking for in its fleet of tight ends, and it’s why Georgia fans ask about the position every offseason. There’s a trade-off in a power running game when the TE must often stay in to block, but we know that hasn’t been Missouri’s identity.

Other than the shovel pass on which Okwuegbunam sliced through Georgia’s interior defense, he had just one other reception in the game. The matchup interests me more this year because of what Georgia lost on the interior of the defense. The Dawgs will miss Roquan Smith for many reasons, and his pass coverage ability is near the top of the list. That had been a big weakness of Georgia’s middle linebackers prior to Smith, and it’s not an easy job even for the best. Georgia also loses ball-hawking defensive back Dominick Sanders. Sanders worked at both safety and star – positions that might be asked to pick up a releasing tight end down the seam. We’ll find out in September if Georgia’s replacements at both ILB and safety/star can be as effective containing one of the SEC’s most prolific scorers.

Matchups that keep you up at night

The stars have aligned to bring several Missouri previews across the wire this week. We’ve all circled the South Carolina trip as an early battle in the SEC East, but there’s another September trip to another Columbia that will test Georgia’s reloaded defense.

Missouri of course got Georgia’s attention last season with a competitive first half and tallied the most points scored on Georgia until the Auburn game. They’re replacing a creative offensive coordinator (with Derek Dooley) and lose productive receiver J’Mon Moore. But talented quarterback Drew Lock returns after considering a jump to the NFL, and deep threat Emanuel Hall will remain a favorite target. In 2017 Hall got behind the Georgia defense for 141 yards and two long scores on just four receptions.

But the Missouri player I find myself dwelling on is sophomore TE Albert Okwuegbunam. Georgia fans will be glad to see South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst gone, but “Albert O” might be in a position to take Hurst’s place as a nightmare matchup. As a freshman Okwuegbunam caught 29 passes for 415 yards and an impressive 11 touchdowns. Better than 1 out of every 3 catches went for a score. Only Ole Miss’s A.J. Brown, considered the SEC’s top returning wide receiver, had as many receiving touchdowns.

Okwuegbunam caught a four-yard shovel pass for Missouri’s first touchdown in Athens last year, but he’s most dangerous releasing down the seam. He’s a favorite target on pop passes where interior defenders must pay attention to the run and also follow the imposing tight end releasing right past them. At a solid 6’5″ and 260 lbs., he’s a load for most defensive backs and elusive enough to get open against slower linebackers.

Modern offenses love to feature the Gronkowski-style receiver exactly because of that speed vs. size conundrum, and Missouri seems to have found their Gronk in Okwuegbunam. It’s something Georgia is looking for in its fleet of tight ends, and it’s why Georgia fans ask about the position every offseason. There’s a trade-off in a power running game when the TE must often stay in to block, but we know that hasn’t been Missouri’s identity.

Other than the shovel pass on which Okwuegbunam sliced through Georgia’s interior defense, he had just one other reception in the game. The matchup interests me more this year because of what Georgia lost on the interior of the defense. The Dawgs will miss Roquan Smith for many reasons, and his pass coverage ability is near the top of the list. That had been a big weakness of Georgia’s middle linebackers prior to Smith, and it’s not an easy job even for the best. Georgia also loses ball-hawking defensive back Dominick Sanders. Sanders worked at both safety and star – positions that might be asked to pick up a releasing tight end down the seam. We’ll find out in September if Georgia’s replacements at both ILB and safety/star can be as effective containing one of the SEC’s most prolific scorers.

Georgia Bulldog Nike shoes for 2018 released

Georgia Bulldog Nike shoes for 2018 are set to be released on Monday, Aug. 13 at 10:00am ET. This year, men’s and women’s versions will be available.

This year’s Georgia Bulldog Nike shoes are the Nike Free TR8 trainer. The shoes are $110 per pair and are available to purchase at the links below:

Below are pictures of both the men’s and women’s Georgia Bulldog Nike shoes for 2018:

Men’s Nike TR8

Georgia Bulldog Nike Shoes

Women’s Nike TR8

Georgia Bulldog Nike Shoes

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WR Demetris Robertson eligible to play in 2018

Five-star wide receiver Demetris Robertson, who transferred to UGA from Cal, is eligible to play this season for the Bulldogs.

Seth Emerson of The Athletic reported the news late Friday afternoon.

Robertson (6-0, 190) committed to Cal back in May of 2016 and played for the Golden Bears during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He announced he would continue his college football career in Athens last month.

In two seasons (14 games) for the Golden Bears, Robertson caught 57 passes for 837 yards (14.7 avg.) and seven touchdowns. He also rushed two times for 40 yards and one touchdown.

Robertson adds another weapon to a UGA offense that is stacked with young talent, which is summarized perfectly in the tweet below.

Georgia kicks off the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 in Sanford Stadium against the Austin Peay Governors. The game is set for 3:30pm ET on ESPN.

UGA Football Schedule

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