Georgia looks to make a statement against #20 Arizona State

Tom Crean’s Hoop Hounds will be looking to establish some momentum when they play host to Arizona State tonight in Stegeman Coliseum.

The Bulldogs (5-3) have been up and down in Crean’s inaugural season, showing flashes of explosiveness (especially offensively) but at times have also looked like a team learning new schemes. The Sun Devils (7-1) will be the stiffest competition they’ve faced by a mile. Coach Bobby Hurley’s team just suffered their first setback of the season, losing to #6 Nevada a week ago after leading the Wolfpack by 12 at the intermission.

This is a tournament level team coming off a hard loss to a great team. Georgia meanwhile hasn’t played in 12 days since dispatching Texas Southern at the Stege back on December 3rd. Talk about a rough group to knock the rust off against. On the flipside, if the Red and Black can hang with this group, it could be a nice confidence booster for the looming conference schedule.

Tip-off is at 6:00 pm Athens standard time with television coverage on the SEC Network. This will be our official Open Thread for the night’s festivities.

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

Let’s Go Bowlin’: Your Saturday Bowl Open Thread

It’s bowl season everybody!

College football’s own exhibition season gets underway this afternoon with a series of games that won’t decide the national championship but nevertheless should be more entertaining than doing all the household chores you’ve been putting off since August.

Your full bowl season television schedule remains right here. For today the action kicks off at noon on ABC with Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T in the Celebration Bowl. 1:30 brings the Cure Bowl on the CBS Sports Network, pitting the school formerly known as Louisiana-Lafayette against Tulane in a Pelican State throwdown.

On ESPN at 2:00 pm there’s a matchup of surprisingly good football teams as North Texas takes on Utah State in the New Mexico Bowl. Fun fact: the New Mexico Bowl is the only annually televised sporting event which originates in the state of New Mexico. I think the rest of us kind of owe it to them to watch it.

The Las Vegas Bowl hits the air on ABC at 3:30. Herm Edwards’ Arizona State Sun Devils will be taking on the #21 ranked Fresno State Bulldogs. Fresno is the favorite, but let’s be honest, you should never bet against the Herminator. Oh, who am I kidding? You should always bet against Herm.

5:30 brings the Camellia Bowl between Eastern Michigan and Georgia Southern (ESPN). The Eagles are returning to the ranks of the bowl eligible. Your Georgia Southern fan neighbor is aware of this. But he still hates Tyson Summers. Which is a nice break for Brian Van Gorder.

Finally, at 9:00 pm Appalachian State and Middle Tennessee State square off in the New Orleans Bowl (also on ESPN). Let’s stay up together and see if Rick Stockstill becomes the eleventy-billionth person to make a bad late night decision in Nawlins.

We’ll have a separate thread this evening’s UGA basketball game against Arizona State. Until then, happy bowling, and....

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

Friday Morning Dawg Bites Knows There’s Not a Better Time of Year

Hip hip hooray for Christmas vacation!

College students across the country have wrapped up their semester and are headed home for Christmas vacation. I have a couple of days until I can do the same. Now, I’d walk into traffic for the 75 sixth graders I get to teach about H-R diagrams, the real causes for World War I (hint: it wasn’t the assassination of Franz Ferdinand... at least, not really), and clay sedimentology in coastal Georgia marshes (my specialty... no, really. I’ve done funded research and everything). But I don’t mind telling you that I could use a break. You probably could, too. So let’s do this:

And now for some Friday Morning Dawg Bites...


  • Get ready for a big game at the Stege tomorrow night...

That’s all for now, folks. Until next time...

GOOOO DAWGS!!!

Georgia football team honored at annual Gala

ATHENS, Ga. — A pair of seniors, a junior and a sophomore were named team captains and brought home a total of five individual awards at the recent University of Georgia football team’s annual gala.

Center Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C.) and defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter (Tucker, Ga.), both seniors, joined junior tailback Elijah Holyfield (College Park, Ga.) and sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm (Warner Robins, Ga.) as the team’s captains.

Fromm and sophomore tailback D’Andre Swift, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., were the Vince Dooley Offensive Most Valuable Players.  Ledbetter and senior defensive back Deandre Baker, a native of Miami, Fla., who won the Jim Thorpe Award last week, garnered Vince Dooley Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Ledbetter also shared the Defensive Up-Front Award with senior outside linebacker D’Andre Walker of Fairburn, Ga., while Gaillard earned the Offensive Up-Front Award with sophomore left tackle Andrew Thomas of Lithonia, Ga.  In addition, Holyfield won the Leon Farmer Strength & Conditioning Award.

The Community Service Award went to junior place-kicker Rodrigo Blankenship of Marietta, Ga., and the Senior Scholar Award went to senior tight end Jackson Harris of Columbia, Tenn., who has a 3.74 in Mechanical Engineering.

Blankenship and junior receiver/returner Mecole Hardman received the Kevin Butler Special Teams Most Valuable Player awards and senior receiver Jayson Stanley (Fairburn, Ga.), sophomore outside linebacker Walter Grant (Cairo, Ga.) and junior receiver Tyler Simmons (Powder Springs, Ga.) were included as Charley Trippi Award winners as the team’s most versatile players.

The Frank Sinkwich Award winners for being the team’s toughest players were senior inside linebacker Juwan Taylor (Hollywood, Fla.), redshirt sophomore tailback Prather Hudson (Columbus, Ga.) and sophomore receiver Jeremiah Holloman (Covington, Ga.).

Junior defensive back Tyrique McGhee of Byron, Ga., senior receiver Terry Godwin of Hogansville, Ga., and junior defensive back J.R. Reed of Frisco, Texas, received the David Jacobs Award, which is given to a player who portrays courage, spirit, character and determination.

Headlined by junior receiver Riley Ridley of Coconut Creek, Fla., on offense and junior inside linebacker Tae Crowder of Hamilton, Ga., on defense, eight Bulldogs were named the team’s Most Improved Players: Offense – redshirt freshman offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson (Brooklyn, N.Y.), redshirt sophomore offensive guard Solomon Kindley (Jacksonville, Fla.), Ridley; Defense – Crowder, redshirt freshman defensive back Eric Stokes (Covington, Ga.); Special Teams – senior outside linebacker Keyon Richardson, senior snapper Nick Moore (Snellville, Ga.), junior tight end Charlie Woerner (Tiger, Ga.).

There were nine Newcomer of the Year awards given out to various Bulldog true freshmen.  Offensive lineman Cade Mays (Knoxville, Tenn.), tailback James Cook (Miami, Fla.), quarterback Justin Fields (Kennesaw, Ga.) and offensive lineman Trey Hill (Warner Robins, Ga.) were the winners on offense.  On defense, Tyson Campbell, a defensive back from Plantation, Fla., and Jordan Davis, a defensive lineman from Charlotte, N.C., earned the honor while punter Jake Camarda of Norcross, Ga., inside linebacker Channing Tindall of Columbia, S.C., and inside linebacker Quay Walker of Cordele, Ga., were the special teams’ recipients.

Twelve Bulldogs garnered Scout Team Player of the Year honors: Offense – redshirt sophomore receiver Willie Erdman (Merritt Island, Fla.), freshman tight end John Fitzpatrick (Atlanta, Ga.), senior receiver Steven Van Tiflin (Saginaw, Mich.), freshman receiver Tommy Bush (Schertz, Texas); Defense – redshirt sophomore defensive back Jordon McKinney (Dalton, Ga.), redshirt freshman defensive back Jake Skole (Roswell, Ga.), freshman defensive back Hugh Nelson (Powder Springs, Ga.), redshirt freshman defensive lineman Kolby Wyatt (Snellville, Ga.); Special Teams – redshirt freshman defensive back Latavious Brini (Miami Gardens, Fla.), Van Tiflin, Erdman, freshman tight end Peyton Mercer (Twin City, Ga.).

Senior Scholar Award
Jackson Harris

Community Service Award
Rodrigo Blankenship

Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year
Willie Erdman, John Fitzpatrick, Steven Van Tiflin, Tommy Bush

Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year
Jordon McKinney, Jake Skole, Hugh Nelson, Kolby Wyatt

Special Teams Scout Team Player of the Year
Latavious Brini, Steven Van Tiflin, Willie Erdman, Peyton Mercer

Offensive Most Improved Player
Isaiah Wilson, Solomon Kindley, Riley Ridley

Defensive Most Improved Player
Tae Crowder, Eric Stokes

Special Teams Most Improved Player
Keyon Richardson, Nick Moore, Charlie Woerner

Offensive Newcomer of the Year
Cade Mays, James Cook, Justin Fields, Trey Hill

Defensive Newcomer of the Year
Tyson Campbell, Jordan Davis

Special Teams Newcomer of the Year
Jake Camarda, Channing Tindall, Quay Walker

Offensive Up-Front Award
Lamont Gaillard, Andrew Thomas

Defensive Up-Front Award
Jonathan Ledbetter, D’Andre Walker

Leon Farmer Strength & Conditioning Award
Elijah Holyfield

David Jacobs Award
Tyrique McGhee, Terry Godwin, JR Reed

Frank Sinkwich Award (toughest player on the team)
Juwan Taylor, Prather Hudson, Jeremiah Holloman

Charley Trippi Award (most versatile player)
Jayson Stanley, Walter Grant, Tyler Simmons

Kevin Butler Special Teams Most Valuable Player
Rodrigo Blankenship, Mecole Hardman

Vince Dooley Offensive Most Valuable Player
D’Andre Swift, Jake Fromm

Vince Dooley Defensive Most Valuable Player
Jonathan Ledbetter, Deandre Baker

Captains
Jake Fromm, Lamont Gaillard, Elijah Holyfield, Jonathan Ledbetter

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Around the SEC

Around the SEC is back! After a brief hiatus spent initially downtrodden, having just watched an inexplicable fake punt, this writer has been, in soccer terms, buzzing thanks to Atlanta United breaking the city’s 23 year championship drought.

But enough about Atlanta United (although our friends at Dirty South Soccer do an excellent job), let’s catch everyone up on the happenings of the league.

Here is what’s happening around the SEC:

  • Alabama may have won the game, but Georgia essentially took away Tua Tagovailoa’s Heisman. After a dreadful SEC Championship game performance, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray took home the Heisman.
  • North Carolina hired away Ole Miss offensive coordinator to take over the same position. In talks with Rebels fans, they are largely happy to have a playbook that consists of more than 25 plays.
  • Kansas hired away Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey (former Lassiter High School head coach – Go Trojans) to the same position. Leaving before he potentially let go, Lindsey was once a hot head coaching candidate, previously flirting with Southern Miss. He will try to right the Jayhawk ship.
  • Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant has committed to play his final season at Missouri. This is a great get by the Tigers as they look replace quarterback Drew Lock.
  • South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel has elected to skip the Gamecocks’ bowl game. Unless it’s a playoff game, I think NFL prospects are justified in their choice to sit out these bowl games in order to protect their long-term future.
  • Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin has stated he would be open to scheduling a 2-for-1 series with UCF. Central Florida athletic director Danny White says that top 10 programs don’t schedule 2-for-1 series. This is great banter from White, assuming he it is truly banter and he doesn’t correlate being ranked in the top 10 at a given time with being a top 10 program. If that were the case, Missouri and Kansas would have claims to be top 2 programs after the 2007 season!

Until next time… GO DAWGS!!!

Thursday Morning ‘Dawg Bites Won’t Turn Around

Der Kommissar’s in town.

Welcome to Thursday, Bulldog Fans! News is fairly scarce around these parts, especially until the college bowl season begins.

A little something did rear it’s ugly head recently. It seems to be around possible playoff expansion for the existing CFP system. Though if you only interview B1G administrative-type folks, you’re bound to hear less than a thorough and objective vetting of the issue. Even with the crazy pro-expansion/anti-expansion platforms, let’s face it... the idea is going nowhere without the one voice that will sway everything. And everyone knows who that one person is: SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. So Greg... alles klar, Herr Kommissar?

Now onto news and notes of the Bulldog variety:

The Sugar Bowl game may be 3 weeks away, but they have joined the news cycle by announcing the 2nd Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame inductees. Included in the 10 honorees are former Bulldog player Scott Woerner, and former Auburn player Bulldog coach Vince Dooley. Both instrumental in the 1981 Sugar Bowl victory by Georgia, I refuse to recognize that a Sugar Bowl was held in 1982 or 1983.

Speaking of the game, at least one AP writer likes the Bulldogs’ chances. If you want to see what is thought of the other 79 bowl games, be my guest.

What do the locals think of the matchup against the heavily favored Bulldogs? Cautiously optimistic.

And how will they do it? With 2019 Heisman hopeful gunslinger Sam Ehlinger. You’ll never guess who else might win the Heisman.

Continuing his hardware collection, Georgia cornerback Deandre Walker was named to the American Football Writers Association All-America First Team.

Right on the heels, Walker also gets tabbed by the Sporting News for it’s All-America First Team.

With those accolades, many expect Walker to be drafted on the first day by the NFL. A mock draft is now out, and it shows DGD Deandre going #16 to the Eagles. Oh, that should have been a spoiler alert. But it’s a veiled AJC link, so you probably don’t mind.

Feel free to post your own news gleanings in the comments below. And as always...

GO ‘DAWGS!!!

Georgia’s Baker named to Sporting News All-America Team

ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia senior defensive back Deandre Baker has been named to the 2018 Sporting News All-America First Team.

Baker, a Miami, Fla., native, became the first Bulldog to win the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award last week for being nation’s best defensive back in college football. He has also garnered Walter Camp, Associated Press, Sports Illustrated and ESPN.com First Team All-America honors and was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Second Team.

Baker becomes the first Georgia All-American from the defensive backfield named to the Sporting News’ First Team since safety Greg Blue in 2005.

A Miami, Fla., native, Baker has started all 13 games for Georgia and has 40 tackles and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. He also has a team-best 10 pass break-ups. In addition, Baker has a forced fumble and has collected a fumble recovery for a defense that ranks 15th nationally allowing just 18.5 points per game.

The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America teams are scheduled to be released on Wednesday.

The No. 5 Bulldogs (11-2) will take on No. 15 Texas (9-4) in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La., on Jan. 1 at 8:45 p.m. ET. ESPN will televise the fifth all-time matchup between the programs and the first matchup between the teams since 1984.

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NFL Dawgs Update

Both Roquan Smith and Leonard Floyd continued to cement themselves as part of arguably the NFL’s best defense as the Bears beat the Rams 15-6. Smith had six tackles to go with his first NFL interception and Floyd had two tackles. Todd Gurley found the sledding tough against the Bears, being held to 28 rushing yards.

Riding Matthew Stafford’s solid 15-of-23 for 101 yards, Detroit beat Arizona 17-3.

Against Tampa, New Orleans took a 28-14 win and clinched the NFL South with help with Benjamin Watson and his three catches for 24 yards.

The Giants claimed a big division win against the Redskins being on defense by Alec Olgetree who had an interception return and a team-high eight tackles. ‘Tree” has three interceptions in the past two games. Lorenzo Carter chipped in with five tackles and a sack for the Giants.

The Patriots lost in a heartbreaker to the Dolphins, but not without the help of David Andrews in an offense with 421 yards and Sony Michel’s 57 rushing yards. On the winning side was Reshad Jones for Miami with five tackles.

The resurging Cleveland Browns beat Carolina 26-20 with help from Nick Chubb and his 13 carries for 66 yards. Orson Charles also had a nine-yard catch while for Carolina, Thomas Davis recovered a pair of fumbles.

The Jets, helped by Jordan Jenkins two tackles, one for a loss, beat Buffalo 27-23. Isaiah McKenzie had four rushes for 22 yards including a 15-yard touchdown run to go with 47 receiving yards and 101 returning yards on kickoffs.

With Chris Conley’s two catches for 13 yards, and Justin Houston’s six tackles, Kansas City clinched a playoff spot.

Sure, Derrick Henry’s highlight run made the headlines, but it was spring by an offensive line with Ben Jones at center as the Titans gained 426 rushing yards against the Jaguars.

Cincy lost 26-21 to San Diego despite Shawn Willaims logging six tackles and Clint Boling lined up at right tackle in an offense that had 295 total yards.

Go Dawgs!

Wednesday Dawg Bites Is Finding Motivation

Bowl games are an odd way to judge a team. In the end, it’s all about who is excited to be there and who is there collecting bowl swag and heading into whatever is next.

For Georgia, however, motivation should be no issue.

Jadon Haswelwood....there’s a reason why every dad-gum body wants him.

Here’s one reason why

And another...

In between the epic...and highly questionable coaching decisions in Tuesday’s 5A final between Bainbridge and Warner Robins, the Bearcats have at least one notable alum watching

Sad news from the land of Hoop Dawgs as former Georgia basketball legend Tim Bassett passed away. An All-SEC center in 1973, he has second all-time at Georgia in career rebounding average.

Bulldog QB Commit Headed Elsewhere?

Georgia could be calling an audible on the class of 2019.

Rumors that John Rhys-Plumlee may be headed elsewhere for college could have a silver lining.

It was just last week that we were talking about the spectacular senior season put together by Bulldog quarterback commit John Rhys-Plumlee. This week, as Signing Day approaches 247Sports crystal ball predictions are pouring in for the Magnolia State star to stay home and go to Ole Miss.

What gives? There’s no doubt Georgia needs to sign a quarterback in this class. It seems that Rhys-Plumlee may be interested in playing another position. There’s also the very real possibility that the lure of the home state school may win out.

That being said, Georgia also appears to be trending up for a series of blue chip recruits at other positions. The ‘Dawgs also recently received a visit from Hawaii QB Dillon Gabriel, an impressive prospect who picked up an offer in November.

An optimistic mind might well view Plumlee’s potential defection as a chance for the Bulldogs to take only one quarterback and instead use a scholarship on offensive lineman Evan Neal or tailback Trey Sanders if one of those guys has surprisingly decided to come to Athens. We’ve reached the point at which Georgia has more elite players available than slots every single season.

In short, Kirby Smart is probably going to find a way to maximize the scholarships available. Until later...

Go ‘‘Dawgs!!!

Georgia pairs big commitment with not-so-subtle recommitments as Signing Day approaches

“Five stars to the left. . . .everyone else pick up your Georgia Tech orientation packet and Quick Lane Bowl goodie bag on the right.”

Obviously the big recruiting news of the day in Bulldog Nation is the commitment of Oxford, Alabama standout Clay Webb. But if you follow many Georgia recruits on social media you may have noticed that Webb wasn’t the only one making a big announcement today.

Many of Georgia’s committed prospects, including several who had been rumored to be considering other options, posted today about how solid their commitment to the University of Georgia is. As we have discussed on many occasions, in the world of Kirby Smart recruiting, there are no accidents. This seems like a pretty clear, coordinated effort to ward off any speculation and squash any momentum-stealing that might take place in the last none days before the early National Signing Day.

I can’t say whether it was Coach Smart’s idea specifically. Heck, it could have been Nolan Smith’s for all I know. But somebody decided today was a good day to quiet any doubts about how solid Georgia’s 2019 class is.

With several elite prospects still on the board, the message seems pretty clear: Georgia’s coaches and recruits want you to know that this class may be getting bigger, and the foundation it’s been built on isn’t getting any smaller. Until later . . .

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

Georgia’s Baker, Thomas named To AP All-America teams

ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia senior defensive back Deandre Baker has been named to the 2018 Associated Press All-America First Team while sophomore left tackle Andrew Thomas has been included on the AP All-America’s Second Team.

Baker, a Miami, Fla., native, became the first Bulldog to win the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award last week for being nation’s best defensive back in college football. He was also a Walter Camp First Team All-American. Thomas, a native of Lilburn, Ga., was named to the Walter Camp All-America Second Team as well.

Baker becomes the first Georgia All-American from the defensive backfield named to the AP’s First Team since Bacarri Rambo in 2011.

A Miami, Fla., native, Baker has started all 13 games for Georgia and has 40 tackles and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. He also has a team-best 10 pass break-ups. In addition, Baker has a forced fumble and has collected a fumble recovery for a defense that ranks 15th nationally allowing just 18.5 points per game.

Thomas, a native of Lithonia, Ga., has gotten the starting nod at left tackle for 12 of the Bulldogs’ 13 games, only missing the Middle Tennessee State game with an ankle injury. He has anchored an offensive line that leads the SEC in Rushing Offense at 251.6 yards per game and that currently features one senior, two sophomores and two freshmen as starters.

The Bulldogs are averaged 39.2 points per game during their second straight run to the SEC Championship Game and a their first invitation to the Sugar Bowl since 2008. Thomas and his offensive line unit were named a Joe Moore Award finalist for being one of the top offensive lines in the nation.

The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-America teams are expected to be released later on Monday. The Sporting News All-America teams are scheduled to be released on Tuesday and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) teams on Wednesday.

The No. 5 Bulldogs (11-2) will take on No. 15 Texas (9-4) in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La., on Jan. 1 at 8:45 p.m. ET. ESPN will televise the fifth all-time matchup between the programs and the first matchup between the teams since 1984.

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Scouting report: Clay Webb

The headline is splashy all by itself. After all, it’s not every day that the state of Alabama’s top high school football prospect, and a five star offensive lineman at that, chooses the Georgia Bulldogs over the Alabama Crimson Tide.

But a closer look shows why Clay Webb’s commitment to the Red and Black is even better news than you imagined.

The eyeball test

Webb’s listed by various recruiting services around 6’3 and 295 pounds. Assuming that’s accurate he carries the weight pretty well. He has a solid lower body and will likely put on a few pounds in a college nutrition and strength program. I could see him playing in the 305-310 pound range early in his college career. Webb is an early enrollee, and those few months between January and July of 2019 could make a huge difference for him in this respect.

We’re less concerned with things like arm length with a center than with a left tackle, for instance. But Webb’s arm length is sufficient should he find himself blocking one-on-one in space.

The tale of the tape

There isn’t a lot of game footage on Webb from the last couple of seasons. His Hudl page doesn’t have anything from the last two years, for example.

But Webb’s been a frequent, impressive visitor to elite camps during that time, and there’s a good bit of footage of those performances. Here’s a mashup of some of his camp work from SB Nation Recruiting’s own Bud Elliott.

Two things stand out about Webb from this footage. One, ironically, is actually his feet. Webb’s got a quick foot set, which is critical at center. You’re looking for a guy to snap the ball and get his first two steps down as quickly as possible, whether pass setting or getting in position to run block.

The other thing I like is that he’s great at using his body to, and this is a very technical recruiting term, “fight in a phone booth.” At center you don’t have a lot of room to string guys down the line, use their momentum to carry them away from the plays, and engage in a lot of balletic jiu jitsu. You’ve got to win a man-on-man battle in a three foot by three foot box. Webb’s solid lower body mass and good, quick hip set allow him to do that against big, SEC-caliber bull rushers.

Webb is also a state champion heavyweight wrestler, and it shows. He has a wrestler’s intuitive understanding of leverage and the ability to adjust on the fly to take advantage of it. If Webb has any parts of his game that still need work, it would probably be dealing with faster, edge rushers, and stalemating bigger 3-4-type nose tackles. At this point he’s big, but not as big as he’ll need to be, and his preferred style of blocking (getting a body on defenders then sinking his hips to halt progress) doesn’t work against guys who are faster and use a lot of lateral movement/spin moves. See this Rivals Atlanta camp footage to get an idea of what I’m talking about.

There’s no such thing as a “can’t miss” prospect. But because of his athleticism and size Webb strikes me as a guy with a pretty high floor. I have a hard time imagining he won’t make an early impact.

Once Webb gets in optimal physical shape, he’s got the potential to be a multi-year starter at center. With Lamont Gaillard graduating the center spot in Athens is open. Trey Hill filled in admirably as a true freshman, but is probably more natural at guard. Clay Webb has a real shot to earn playing time, and eventually even the starting nod in the middle of the Bulldog line as a true freshman much like Ben Jones and Boss Andrews did before him. Until later . . .

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

Clay Webb commits to the Georgia Bulldogs for 2019

Clay Webb, a five-star offensive lineman from Oxford, Alabama, has committed to the Georgia Bulldogs for the class of 2019.

Webb announced his commitment to the Bulldogs on Monday at a ceremony at his high school (Oxford).

Webb (6-3, 295) committed to the Georgia Bulldogs over Alabama, Auburn, and Clemson. He also had offers from most of the top schools, including Florida, Michigan, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.

Rivals.com rates Webb as a five-star recruit, the No. 1 offensive center, and the No. 23 overall recruit for the 2019 class.

In the 247Sports Composite, Clay Webb is listed as a five-star recruit, the No. 1 offensive center, and the No. 22 recruit in the country for 2019.

Webb is the 19th verbal commitment for the Georgia Bulldogs for the class of 2019. Georgia’s class is now ranked 2nd by 247Sports after Webb’s commitment.

The Bulldogs have five less commitments than the top-ranked team, Alabama.

UGA Football Commitments

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Georgia pulls nation’s top center recruit away from Alabama

Kirby Smart and company picked up a huge commitment this morning with the announcement of Oxford, Alabama center Clay Webb that he’ll be playing his college football at the University of Georgia. Webb chose the ‘Dawgs over a host of other offers, primarily from his other finalists Alabama and Clemson. He’s ranked the #1 prospect in the state of Alabama and the #22 player in the country according to 247Sports composite rankings. In short, Webb is one of the bluest of blue chips.

Webb’s commitment is big news for a couple of reasons. Obviously nabbing one of the top offensive line recruits in the country is never, ever a bad thing. But the other aspect of this one that feels pretty good is that Georgia took him right out of Nick Saban’s back yard, and out of Saban’s potential recruiting class. Georgia wants to beat Alabama on the field, and I suspect that’s coming. But a major part of doing that is going to be beating the Tide on the recruiting trail. Recruiting is the life blood of college football. Getting the players the Red Elephants want and need starves them of the stream of blue chip talent Nick Saban’s built his empire on.

This is not the last head-to-head battle between the Tide and ‘Dawgs this recruiting season by any means. The two teams are also battling down to the wire for IMG Academy offensive tackle Evan Neal (the Tide are widely viewed as the favorite here), IMG tailback Trey Sanders (the nation’s top running back, again favored to pick the Tide), and Horn Lake, Mississippi linebacker Nakobe Dean (a toss up between the two, though Ole Miss may come into play as well) among others.

Army/Navy Game 2018: Time, Television, and Preview

At 3:00 p.m. eastern today CBS will televise the 119th iteration of the Army/Navy game (or, as it was known in my house growing up, the Navy/Army game).

Navy (3-9) holds a 60-51-7 series lead, owing largely to the fourteen game winning streak run up by the Midshipmen between 2002 and 2015. The Black Knights of the Hudson (9-2) however are winners of the last two meetings. Six of the last seven matchups have been decided by a touchdown or less.

Army is the favorite behind a solid option offense that’s averaging 7.48 plays per possession, over a play per possession better than the next closest team. The Black Knights are also looking to win the commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the second year running for the first time in the Academy’s history.

This will serve as the official Dawg Sports headquarters and open thread for a game that both concludes the college football regular season and also means a lot personally to a lot of the folks who frequent this corner of the college football internet. So whether you sing Anchors Aweigh or The Army Goes Rolling Along, we’ve got you covered. Go Army! Go Navy! And . . .

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

Georgia’s Baker wins Thorpe Award, named Walter Camp All-American with Thomas

ATLANTA, Ga. — Georgia senior Deandre Baker became the first Bulldog to win the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back at the ESPN College Football Awards show at the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.

The Thorpe Award has been presented for the past 33 seasons. Baker, a native of Miami, Fla., was joined by LSU’s Greedy Williams and Notre Dame’s Julian Love as finalists for the award. The only other finalist in Georgia history was Champ Bailey in 1998.

In addition, Baker was included on the 2018 Walter Camp All-America Team, giving the Bulldogs two players on the First Team in as many years (Roquan Smith, 2017). Baker becomes the first Georgia All-American from the defensive backfield since Bacarri Rambo in 2011 and the first Georgia defensive back to receive the Walter Camp designation since Greg Blue and Thomas Davis garnered the honor back to back in 2004-05.

In addition, sophomore left tackle Andrew Thomas earned Walter Camp Second-Team All-America honors after being named a Freshman All-American by several outlets in 2017.

Baker will be honored at a Thorpe Award banquet in Oklahoma City on Feb. 5, 2019.

A Miami, Fla., native, Baker has started all 13 games for Georgia. He has 40 tackles and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. He also has a team-best 10 pass break-ups. In addition, Baker has a forced fumble and has collected a fumble recovery for a defense that ranks 15th nationally allowing just 18.5 points per game.

Thomas, a native of Lithonia, Ga., has gotten the starting nod at left tackle for 12 of the Bulldogs’ 13 games, missing only the Middle Tennessee State game due to an ankle injury. He has anchored an offensive line that leads the SEC in Rushing Offense at 251.6 yards per game and that currently features one senior, two sophomores and two freshmen as starters.

The Bulldogs averaged 39.2 points per game during their second straight run to the SEC Championship Game and their first invitation to the Sugar Bowl since 2008. Thomas and his teammates in the trenches were named a Joe Moore Award finalist earlier this week for being one of the top offensive lines in the nation.

Baker and Thomas are 15 of the SEC players included on the 50-man Walter Camp All-America teams. Players were selected by the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) head coaches and sports information directors. This marks the 129th edition of the Walter Camp All-America teams.

The Bulldogs have earned 37 Walter Camp All-America First Team honors dating back to 1922. The 2018 Walter Camp All-America teams will be honored at the organization’s 52nd annual national awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

The No. 5 Bulldogs (11-2) will take on No. 15 Texas (9-4) in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La., on Jan. 1 at 8:45 p.m. ET. ESPN will televise the fifth all-time matchup between the programs and the first game between the teams since 1984.

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Chapel Bell Curve: Sometimes the Blood-Dimmed Tide Gets Loose

Okay, six days is enough time.

It’s probably taken awhile for you to process Georgia’s SEC Championship Game loss to Alabama. Fortunately Nathan and Justin are a step ahead of you. They’ve processed it and podcasted it. I’m not sure which of the stages of grief that is, but it’s in there somewhere.

Looking to hear about how Georgia is cursed?

Want to commiserate about how Georgia “had this one won” until the fake punt?

Ready to fire Kirby Smart and find us a real ball coach?

Then you’re going to be disappointed. And probably sworn at. You probably had it coming.

It’s a sober look at how Georgia played an excellent football game against likely the best team in college football. It didn’t work out, just as the pregame stats said it likely wouldn’t. That happens sometimes.

There’s also a little look ahead to the Sugar Bowl and some Yeats. Full disclosure, like Alabama on a Georgia fake punt, I suspected the Yeats was coming. Unlike Alabama, I wasn’t entirely ready.

Be sure to listen, rate highly in your podcast ratin’ locale of choice, and tell your friends to do the same. Until later...

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

Friday Morning Dawg Bites Has The Pistols, So It Gets The Pesos

And that seems fair...

After the nightmare journey through 90s music I’ve put you through this season, I fully intended to branch into another area of my diseased musical brain this week. But then, of course, it was revealed that our #5 Georgia Bulldogs would be taking on the #15 Texas Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl. And I had an epiphany.

There is a singular song that pops into my mind when I think of our Dawgs riding into New Orleans to do battle against the Longhorns. I couldn’t help myself. It was just there. And it just so happened to be one of my absolute favorites from my incredibly awkward adolescent years. So, here you go. Enjoy.

And now, on to your Friday Morning Dawg Bites...


I’m not gonna lie to y’all. It’s a slow news day. The players are taking finals and folks are packing up and heading out of Athens. But we still have a few notable tidbits:

  • First up, we have a look at a few names I haven’t necessarily seen tossed out with regard to Georgia’s DC position. Greg Schiano? Do not want. And not because of the Clay Travis tomfoolery... but because the man gave up nearly 50 points to the Purdue Boilermakers.
  • Next, we get a glimpse at how the SEC teams may fair in their bowl games. Speaking of Purdue, I think Auburn is quite a bit better than the Boilermakers... and I hate Auburn with every particle of my being. I sure would love to see that Kentucky prediction come true against the Nittany Lions, though.
  • Five Georgia freshmen have been selected to the SEC All-Freshman team. I’m not sure what Justin Fields did to be included other than being a Freshman that is a QB who actually saw some action, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see more and more Dawgs featured on these lists in the future.
  • In case you somehow missed it, Deandre Baker became the first Georgia player to win the Jim Thorpe award as the nation’s best DB. Baker hasn’t had a touchdown scored on him in two seasons, but don’t let that distract you from the narrative that Greedy Williams was robbed.
  • Here is a Sugar Bowl prediction I can get behind.
  • I’ll take “Contradicting Your Own Thesis” for $1000, Alex!

Georgia Bulldogs Deserved Being Left Out of College Football Playoffs

Watching the Georgia Bulldogs in the final games of the season it was obvious they are one of the four best teams in college football.

Wow. That took two whole lines.

And that’s it for an incredibly slow news day.


That’s all for now, folks. Until later...

GOOOO DAWGS!!!

Deandre Baker wins Jim Thorpe Award

Bulldog fans have known for a while now that Deandre Baker is the best defensive back in college football. Now he’s got the hardware to prove it.

Baker was named the Jim Thorpe Award winner tonight as the nation’s top defensive back over fellow finalists Greedy Williams of LSU and Julian Love of Notre Dame. Father Deandre as he is known on the Chapel Bell Curve podcast was a force during his senior season. Baker ties for the team lead with 2 interceptions, which isn’t terribly impressive. But he also had 10 pass breakups, a pretty impressive number given that teams tried desperately to avoid him all season.

Great job, Deandre. And...

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

Your College Football Bowl Game Television Schedule

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Well, well, well. It’s Bowl Season again. Your Georgia Bulldogs are meeting up with the Texas Longhorns a bit sooner than most of us had anticipated. But I love the Sugar Bowl, and Texas isn’t in the Big 10, so I’m happy as a clam. We’ve got the Orange Bowl and the Cotton Bowl, of course. Where “the 4 best teams in the country” will be matched up. We have a Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl and a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and a Cheez-It Bowl (yum)... and, heck, the Techies even get to play in something called the Quick Lane Bowl. Now if you think about it, that’s pretty funny. Cause they were at the Quick Lane Bowl last year, too.

What? This Quick Lane Bowl has something to do with automotive service and Michigan in December? Well, last year’s looks more fun.

Anyway, there are no shortage of games to occupy your last two weeks of December. And I suggest you enjoy them, because it’s gonna be a long winter. Here you go:

YOUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME SCHEDULE >>>>> CLICK HERE!!!

Later...

GOOOO DAWGS!!!

Georgia in home to visit elite defensive back

‘Tis the season for college football coaches to hit the recruiting trail, and the Bulldog coaches are definitely earning their share of frequent flyer miles.

Georgia has been on a continuing journey to upgrade its defensive backfield in the last two recruiting classes. Five of the nine cornerbacks set to be on the Bulldog roster in 2019 will be juniors, so it’s going to be important to pick up at least two and probably three guys capable of contributing at the position as part of the class that will sign on December 19th.

Today a pair of Bulldog coaches stopped by to see one of the prime candidates for one of those slots.

Kaiir Elam out of North Palm Beach, Florida is rated a four star prospect by 247Sports, the #7 cornerback in the nation and the #8 player in the Sunshine State. At 6’1, 182 pounds Elam has drawn interest at safety, corner, and receiver. He holds offers from most of the major college football powers, but it looks like Georgia’s main competition for his signature will be the Florida Gators. I hate Gators, by the way. Just thought I’d point that out.

For the record, the gentleman joining Elam and receivers coach Cortez Hankston in that picture is former UGA standout Bacarri Rambo, who’s been elevated to a recruiting role from his graduate assistant spot with Mel Tucker’s departure for Colorado. I hope seeing Bacarri our there coaching and recruiting makes you feel as old as it does me. Until later...

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

Bulldogs lead league in freshman All-SEC selections

Georgia fans have been very excited this season about the number of freshmen turning in quality performances for the #5 team in the country. Turns out they weren’t the only ones who noticed.

Georgia placed a league-leading five freshmen on the SEC’s All-Freshman team, voted on by league coaches. Or perhaps their GAs who aren’t out recruiting right now. Either way, it’s great news.

Justin Fields made the cut at quarterback after a season that saw him play significant minutes in all but a handful of games. Isaiah Wilson and Cade Mays made the list on the offensive line and quite frankly, while he didn’t make the list, I could make a compelling case for Trey Hill as well. Is the future bright up front for the ‘Dawgs? Yes siirrrr!!!!

Jordan Davis was justifiably honored on the defensive line after a season that saw him go from the bench to becoming one of the more effective nose men in the league. Finally, Jake Camarda got the nod as the league’s top freshman punter after a solid season replacing Cam Nizialek.

Of note, Alabama and Texas A&M had four selections apiece to take the runner-up slot. The ‘Dawgs, Tide, and Aggies are also among the top four teams in recruiting for the 2019 class. In short, from a talent standpoint, it appears the Red and Black are leading a group of teams separating itself from the SEC pack. The future. It remains bright. Until later...

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

Five Bulldogs named to 2018 SEC All-Freshman Team

The 2018 SEC All-Freshman Football Team was announced on Thursday, and five Georgia Bulldogs were selected.

Georgia offensive linemen Isaiah Wilson and Cade Mays were both named on offense, as was quarterback Justin Fields.

Backing up Jake Fromm this season, Justin Fields completed 27-of-39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns. Fields also rushed 42 times for 266 yards and four more TD’s.

UGA defensive lineman Jordan Davis and punter Jake Camarda were also named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Georgia led the way with five players named to the 2018 SEC All-Freshman Team. Alabama and Texas A&M followed the Bulldogs with four players each.

Below is the full 2018 SEC All Freshman Football Team.

FRESHMAN ALL-SEC 

OFFENSE

TE
Daniel Parker, Missouri

OL
Isaiah Wilson, Georgia
Cade Mays, Georgia
Dylan Wonnum, South Carolina
Ben Brown, Ole Miss

WR
Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
Seth Williams, Auburn

QB
Justin Fields, Georgia

RB
JaTarvious Whitlow, Auburn
*Tyler Badie, Missouri
*JaShaun Corbin, Texas A&M

AP
JaShaun Corbin, Texas A&M

DEFENSE 

DL
Jordan Davis, Georgia
Phidarian Mathis, Alabama
Bobby Brown, Texas A&M
Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M

LB
Dimitri Moore, Vanderbilt
*Jacquez Jones, Ole Miss
*Eyabi Anoma, Alabama
*DeAndre Square, Kentucky

DB
Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
Bryce Thompson, Tennessee
Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
Trey Dean III, Florida

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK
Seth Small, Texas A&M

P
Jake Camarda, Georgia

RS
JaShaun Corbin, Texas A&M

(* – Ties )

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Thursday Morning ‘Dawg Bites Needs A Smoke

Welcome to Thursday, Bulldog Fans! We’ve made it through the regular season and have started the Georgia Football postseason. Unfortunately that will only be 2 games, and one... well, you know how that turned out. Last season we were lucky enough to enjoy 15 games of Bulldog football. We are blessed to have 14 this year, though a chance at 15 seems like it was ruefully torn from our grasp.

So we have only one game left. One shot. One slug. One bullet. One hit. One toke. One drag. One tap. One... last... cigarette.

If you noticed, and most of you did not care to, I stuck with an ‘80’s cheese pop theme for the Bulldogs regular season. During this dead period (not recruiting, just college football games) we will slowly untangle ourselves from the Me Decade and explore other genres. Remember, this isn’t just for your entertainment. It’s because my wife won’t let me yell at the neighborhood kids in my yard and trampling my begonias.

Now onto news and notes of the Bulldog variety:

The coaching carousel has begun. What started with a whimper is now officially a whine. And as you probably know, the Georgia Bulldogs were not immune as UGA DC Mel Tucker was announced as Head Buff at Colorado. But how will that affect the big names on the defensive recruiting board?

At least one blue chipper says he will stay the course. And good news for the Sugar Bowl, a sure-fire NFL draft 1st rounder will help us wrangle the Longhorns.

The Athens Banner-Herald gives us a breakdown of who made the All-SEC teams and some other post-season awards.

Speaking of hardware, even the Bulldog coaching staff is up for some bling too. Apparently the committee allows for head coaches who ignore half of the game entirely.

It’s never too early to make predictions for the playoffs and the Sugar Bowl. So the Red & Black just went ahead and did the thing.

How ‘bout them Spike Squads?!?!? A nice little look at the boys and girls who ink it up and strap it on every Saturday in Section 109.

If you comb through the internet detritus long enough, you find a nugget every now and then. This serious article by a Longhorns beat writer fits the bill. A little conjecture, an attempt to balance it out with transitive properties, throw in some self-deprecation, toss with conspiracy theory, view 3 sides of the same coin, and there you have it.

Most of the athletic squads have a few days off, presumably for final exams. But if you’re near Athens this weekend, check out the first look for the Gym Dogs at the Steg. I’m anxious to see how Coach Kupets Carter rebounds from a not-quite-up-to-standard 2017-18 campaign beset by injuries.

Stick around for more news and recruiting updates, possibly more schadenfreude at the expense of other programs. All I want for Christmas is a textbook selling scandal in Gainesville. And as always...

GO ‘DAWGS!!!

Kirby Smart named 2018 Dodd Trophy finalist

UGA football head coach Kirby Smart has been named a 2018 Dodd Trophy finalist, according to an announcement by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Finalists for the Dodd Trophy “…include seven of the nation’s top coaches in college football who embody the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, both on and off the field.”

In this third season in Athens, Kirby Smart guided the Bulldogs to an 11-2 record, SEC Championship berth, and an appearance in the 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl against the No. 15 Texas Longhorns.

Overall, Kirby Smart is now 32-9 and 18-6 in conference play as the head coach of the Bulldogs. He also led UGA to the 2017 SEC Championship, Rose Bowl win, and National Championship Game appearance.

“All of these finalists truly exemplify the type of leadership that Bobby Dodd valued and are noteworthy candidates to join the esteemed group of former Dodd Trophy recipients,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “We’re honored to have such a renowned list of finalists who truly embody Coach Dodd’s spirit, both on and off the field.”

“This college football season was highlighted by outstanding coaching performances that greatly impacted the course of the season,” said Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & president. “These seven coaches have distinguished themselves as finalists for this prestigious award, not only for having successful football seasons, but also for their efforts within their communities and commitment to empower their student athletes to succeed in the classroom as well.”

Coach School CFP Ranking APR Score
Dino Babers Syracuse No. 20 967
Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern No. 22 997
Brian Kelly Notre Dame No. 3 966
Lincoln Riley Oklahoma No. 4 956
Nick Saban Alabama No. 1 984
Kirby Smart Georgia No. 5 963
Dabo Swinney Clemson No. 2 987

Finalists were selected by a panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member.

The winner of the 2018 Dodd Trophy will be selected from the list of finalists by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, and will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.

2018 UGA Football Schedule

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Wednesday Dawg Bites Sees Another Enter The Hall

More All-SEC honors roll in

Georgia now has its 14th College Football Hall of Fame inductee with Matt Stinchcomb making his way officially in on Tuesday.

Brilliant prose, as always by Loran...talking about the Hall of Fame credentials of Matt Stinchcomb..on and off the field

Despite being banged up and patched together at times. Georgia’s offensive line is a finalist for the Joe Moore Award

One change that Tom Cream has infused in the Georgia basketball program? Energy

Kelly Bryant’s transfer destination is in...and it’s Mizzou.

That makes Georgia’s 2019 November -

Florida

Mizzou

at Auburn

Texas A&M

Tech

.....Santa Maria!

The Lady Dawgs claimed a 61-38 victory over Furman Tuesday night before road tripping to Villanova on Friday.

Go Dawgs!

NFL Dawgs Update

With the NFL season growing toward the playoffs, players with ties to the Bulldogs program are still finding ways to make an impact - either in the chase for postseason spots of playing the role of spoilers.

The Giants won in overtime against the Bears as Alec Ogletree had himself a day - two interceptions and one being run back for a score. On the other side was Roquan Smith leading the Bears with 10 tackles with Leonard Floyd having three.

In a matchup of two former offensive stars in Athens, the Rams clinched the NFL West by beating the Lions. Todd Gurley had 23 rushes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. For Detroit, Matthew Stafford wards,as 20-of-33 for 245 yards and a touchdown.

The Broncos beat the Bengals 24-10 with Shawn Williams leading a losing effort with nine tackles. On offense, Clint Boling filled in for the injured Cordy Glenn at left tackle.

AJ Green had a seven-yard catch before leaving the game with an injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season.

The Patriots, with David Andrews on the offensive line and Sony Michel rushing 17 times for 63 yards, beat the Vikings 24-10.

Chris Conley helped the Chiefs beat the Raiders in an offensive slugfest, catching three passes for 25 yards and a touchdown. Justin Houston had three tackles, one for a loss and recovered a fumble for KC.

Nick Chubb paced the Browns in a 29-13 loss to the Texans, rushing for 31 yards and touchdown as well as three catches for 41 yards. Orson Charles also had a 12-yard kickoff return.

The Panthers were led by the eight tackles of Thomas Davis in a 24-17 loss to Tampa.

Miami claimed a close win over Buffalo with Reshad Jones having seven tackles. For Buffalo, Isaiah McKenzie continues to blend in well with four catches for 46 yards and two kick returns for 31 yards.

Abry Jones had a tackle for Jacksonville as the Jaguars posted a 6-0 shutout win over the Colts.

The Titans beat the Jets 26-22 with Ben Jones at center.

Go Dawgs!

Paul Johnson Goes Out Doing Paul Johnson Things

“All I’m saying is if he knows the witness is the real murderer why doesn’t he ever let the Sheriff know before he puts the yutz on the stand?”

You thought that when Paul Johnson announced his retirement recently that was it.

That he would fade gently into that good night.

Quietly take up a life swimming in the three “W”s of college coaches who no longer have to chase W’s on Saturday: whittlin’, whiskey-making, and watching Matlock*.

No way, man.

Paul Johnson, fresh off a loss so bad that Kirby Smart reminded us afterward that if he kept doing it he’d get Johnson fired or retired, is leading his boys on one last march into the glory and pageantry of . . . .the Quick Lane Bowl in scenic Detroit, Michigan.

The Quick Lane is not one of the ACC’s premier bowl matchups. Honestly 74% of Detroiters have no idea it even exists. Half the people in the stands last year thought they’d bought tickets to a live action remake of Moana and were furious when the Rock didn’t show up.

Georgia Tech’s players were about as happy to be in the Quick Lane Bowl as you’d expect.

Paul Johnson was determined to go out the way he came into the coaching world: 7-5 and salty as all get out. Extolling the gracious virtues of Ford Field where the game will be held, and flattering his impending hosts, the Great Optiontino remarked:

I lived in Annapolis. It can get really damn cold, especially at the time of year when you’re playing outside. This game is going to be in a great stadium, it’s going to be indoors, it’s going to be fun.

Johnson also previewed his team’s opponent, Minnesota, by saying he hasn’t seen them play a lot this season “but I did get to watch them when they waxed Wisconsin.”

Let’s be honest here: Paul Johnson is now and forever will remain Dollar general Steve Spurrier. Just substitute Navy for Duke, the triple option for the Fun ‘N Gun, and flip the career record against Georgia and he’s basically the Bizarro Ball Coach.

Mark Richt sent one to do beer commercials. Kirby Smart sent the other to, well, I presume yell at pigeons about loafing. History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes. Until later . . .

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

*Bill Snyder’s actually been doing all three, often at the same time, and occasionally during halftime of the Iowa State game, since 1997. But the man’s an icon so what do you expect?

Seven Georgia Bulldogs named to 2018 All-SEC Team

The 2018 All-SEC Coaches’ Football Team was announced on Tuesday, and seven Georgia Bulldogs were selected to the First or Second Team.

Alabama led the way with 12 players on the 2018 All-SEC Coaches’ Team. Missouri and South Carolina had five selections each.

Arkansas and Tennessee are the only two schools that don’t have a player represented. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own player.

Andrew Thomas (OL), Lamont Gaillard (C), and Deandre Baker (DB) were named to the First Team. Bulldogs named to the Second Team include D’Andre Swift (RB), Jonathan Ledbetter (DL), Rodrigo Blankenship (K), and Mecole Hardman (RS).

Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama (First Team) and Drew Lock of Alabama (Second Team) were the quarterbacks that placed ahead of Georgia’s Jake Fromm.

Below is the full 2018 All-SEC Football Coaches Team. Individual award winners will be announced on Wednesday followed by the All-Freshman Team on Thursday.

2018 All-SEC Football Team

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

TE
Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M

OL
Jonah Williams, Alabama
Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Greg Little, Ole Miss
Bunchy Stallings, Kentucky

C
Lamont Gaillard, Georgia

WR
A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

QB
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

RB
Benny Snell, Kentucky
Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M

AP
Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

DEFENSE

DL
Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
Jachai Polite, Florida
Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

LB
Josh Allen, Kentucky
Devin White, LSU
Deshaun Davis, Auburn

DB
Deandre Baker, Georgia
Grant Delpit, LSU
Greedy Williams, LSU
Deionte Thompson, Alabama

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK
Cole Tracy, LSU

P
Braden Mann, Texas A&M

RS
Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

TE
Irv Smith Jr., Alabama

OL
Martez Ivey, Florida
Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
Deion Calhoun, Mississippi State
Zack Bailey, South Carolina

C
Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama

WR
Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Emanuel Hall, Missouri

QB
Drew Lock, Missouri

RB
D’Andre Swift, Georgia
Damien Harris, Alabama

AP
Lynn Bowden, Kentucky

DEFENSE

DL
Isaiah Buggs, Alabama
Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia
Terry Beckner, Missouri
Derrick Brown, Auburn

LB
Dylan Moses, Alabama
Cale Garrett, Missouri
Mack Wilson, Alabama

DB
CJ Henderson, Florida
Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State
Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt
DeMarkus Acy, Missouri

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK
Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia

P
Joseph Charlton, South Carolina

RS
Mecole Hardman, Georgia

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