The Georgia Bulldogs are ranked 3rd in the 2019 preseason Top 25 AP Poll. UGA received a total of 1,403 points and no first-place votes.
UGA is also ranked 3rd in the preseason Coaches Poll that was released on Thursday, August 1.
Four of Georgia’s 2019 opponents are ranked in the preseason poll. Florida is ranked 8th, Notre Dame is ranked 9th, Texas A&M is ranked 12th, and Auburn is ranked 16th.
The Clemson Tigers top the preseason AP rankings. SEC teams ranked in the Top 25 include Alabama (2), Georgia (3), LSU (6), Florida (8), Texas A&M (12), and Auburn (16).
The Big Ten leads all conferences with seven teams in the AP Top 25 poll. The SEC is second with six teams, and they are followed by the Pac-12 with five, Big 12 with three, ACC with two, and the American and Independents with one each.
The complete 2019 Preseason AP Poll is listed below (first-place votes in parentheses):
1. Clemson (52)
2. Alabama (10)
5. Ohio State
9. Notre Dame
12. Texas A&M
15. Penn State
18. Michigan State
21. Iowa State
23. Washington State
Others Receiving Votes
Others receiving votes:Missouri 117, Army 94, Mississippi St. 87, Miami 70, Northwestern 63, TCU 57, Virginia 44, Boise St. 38, Cincinnati 16, South Carolina 15, Virginia Tech 12, Fresno St. 8, Utah St. 8, Minnesota 7, Memphis 6, Appalachian St. 5, UAB 3, West Virginia 3, Oklahoma St. 3, Arizona St. 3, Arizona 1, Southern Cal 1.
The Georgia Bulldogs picked up a verbal commitment for 2020 on Saturday night from four-star offensive lineman Sedrick Van Pran of New Orleans, Louisiana (Warren Easton High School).
Van Pran announced his commitment to the Bulldogs via his Twitter account.
— Sedrick Van Pran (@LXIII_NOVA) August 18, 2019
Sedrick Van Pran (6-4, 305) committed to Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs over Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Alabama, and Arkansas. He also had offers from most of the top schools in the country, including Auburn, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and others.
In the 247Sports Composite, Sedrick Van Pran is rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 3 offensive center, and the No. 101 overall recruit for the 2020 class.
Van Pran is also rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. They list him as the No. 72 overall recruit and the best offensive center in the country.
Shortly after Van Pran’s commitment tonight, Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman chimed in with his customary Twitter video.
— Coach Sam Pittman (@CoachSamPittman) August 18, 2019
With Van Pran’s commitment, the Georgia Bulldogs now have the 5th best recruiting class in the 247Sports team rankings for 2020. Georgia currently trails Clemson (1), Alabama (2), LSU (3), and Ohio State (4).
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The Georgia Bulldogs have added UAB, UMass, and three FCS opponents to their future football schedules, the Athens Banner-Herald has reported.
The UAB Blazers will travel to take on the Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium in Athens on Sept. 23, 2023. The Bulldogs will pay the Blazers a $1.9 million guarantee for the contest.
Georgia and UAB are also scheduled to meet in Athens on Sept. 11, 2021, which was previously announced.
The UMass Minutemen will return to Sanford Stadium on Nov. 23, 2024, and they will receive the same guarantee of $1.9 million. Georgia hosted UMass last season and defeated the Minutemen 66-27.
Georgia has also added home games against three Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) opponents. The Bulldogs will host the Charleston Southern Buccaneers on Nov. 20, 2021, the Samford Bulldogs on Sept. 10, 2022, and the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Sept. 7, 2024.
UGA will pay $500,000 guarantees to both Charleston Southern and Samford and a $550,000 guarantee to Tennessee Tech.
With the addition of these five games, Georgia’s non-conference schedules for 2021, 2022, and 2024 are now complete.
Georgia’s 2021 schedule opens at home against the San Jose State Spartans on Sept. 4, one week before UAB comes to town. The Bulldogs then host Charleston Southern before closing the regular-season at Georgia Tech on Nov. 27.
The 2022 season begins on Sept. 3 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff against the Oregon Ducks at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Two weeks after a visit from Samford, Georgia plays host to the Kent State Golden Flashes (Sept. 24). Georgia concludes the season in Athens on Nov. 26 against Georgia Tech.
Georgia’s 2024 slate also begins with a Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta. The Bulldogs take on the Clemson Tigers in that contest on Aug. 31. The remaining three non-conference contests for UGA are all at Sanford Stadium — Tennessee Tech (Sept. 7), UMass (Nov. 23), and Georgia Tech (Nov. 30).
Georgia will play two non-conference games against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents in both the 2022 and 2024 seasons. Other seasons when Georgia takes on two FBS teams outside of SEC play include 2019 (vs. Notre Dame, at Georgia Tech), 2020 (vs. Virginia, vs. Georgia Tech), 2025 (at UCLA, at Georgia Tech), 2026 (vs. UCLA, vs. Georgia Tech), 2027 (at Florida State, at Georgia Tech), 2028 (at Texas, vs. Florida State, vs. Georgia Tech), 2029 (vs. Texas, at Clemson, at Georgia Tech), 2030 (vs. Clemson, vs. Georgia Tech), 2031 (vs. Oklahoma, at Georgia Tech), 2032 (vs. Clemson, vs. Georgia Tech), and 2033 (at Clemson, at Georgia Tech).
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The Georgia Bulldogs will host the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in 2026, it was announced on Monday.
Georgia will host Western Kentucky at Sanford Stadium in Athens on September 12, 2026. The game will be only the second meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.
In their first matchup on Sept. 2, 2006 in Athens, the Bulldogs defeated the Hilltoppers 48-12.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers compete in Conference USA. The 2019 season will be their first under new head coach Tyson Helton, who was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Tennessee last season.
Western Kentucky is the third scheduled non-conference opponent for the Bulldogs in 2026. Georgia is slated to open the season against the UCLA Bruins in Athens on Sept. 5 and will host the in-state rival Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Nov. 28 to close out the regular-season.
In SEC play in 2026, Georgia is scheduled to host Auburn, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt at Sanford Stadium and play Florida in Jacksonville (pending a contract renewal). The Bulldogs will travel to take on Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, and Arkansas.
Georgia is scheduled to open the 2019 season on Saturday, August 31 at the Vanderbilt Commodores. The game will be televised by the SEC Network at 7:30pm ET.
The UGA football roster for the 2019 season has been updated by the school. The Georgia Bulldogs kick off the season on Saturday, August 31 at the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Newcomers to the Georgia Bulldogs football roster for 2019 include several walk-ons and transfers, plus the remaining recruits that did not enroll early.
Sophomore outside linebacker Brenton Cox, who has reportedly been dismissed from the team, has been removed from the UGA football roster. Cox formerly wore the No. 1 jersey, which now belongs to 5-star freshman wide receiver George Pickens.
Below are players that have been added and removed from the Fall roster, plus a few jersey number changes:
2019 signees added
- DL Zion Logue (No. 96)
- RB Kenny McIntosh (No. 6)
- DL Tymon Mitchell (No. 91)
- DL Bill Norton (No. 45)
- TE Brett Seither (No. 18)
- WR Makiya Tongue (No. 19)
- OL Xavier Truss (No. 73)
- DL Travon Walker (No. 44)
- DB Tyler Beaver (No. 43)
- OL Brandon Bunkley (No. 63)
- WR Lawrence Cager (No. 15)
- PK/P Noah Chumley (No. 95)
- TE Jarrett Freeland (No. 48)
- OL Chase Harof (No. 43)
- WR Ty James (No. 32)
- DB Dan Jackson (No. 47)
- TB Darius Jackson (No. 29)
- OL Caleb Jones (No. 67)
- DL Tyler Malakius (No. 97)
- RB KJ McCoy (No. 39)
- LS William Mote (No. 56)
- LS Steven Nixon (No. 59; Graduate)
- DB Aaron Olalude (No. 38)
- QB Nathan Priestley (No. 9)
- OL Hayden Rubin (No. 58)
- QB John Seter (No. 16)
- RB Anthony Summey (No. 28)
- QB Jes Sutherland (No. 22; Graduate)
- OL David Vann (No. 64)
- OL JC Vega (No. 64)
- DB Jake Wilson (No. 46)
- TE Eli Wolf (No. 17; Graduate)
Jersey number changes
- WR Jaylen Johnson changed from No. 32 to No. 81
- TE Kolby Wyatt changed from No. 91 to No. 82
- WR Willie Erdman changed from No. 19 to No. 23
Removed from roster/not on roster
- OL Blake Anderson
- PK Drew Byus
- WR JT Dooley
- LB John Eager
- WR Michael Gay
- LS Palmer Henderson
- RB Isaiah McCoy
- TE Andrew Medina
- ILB Kyle West
Check out the link below to our complete roster which also includes a printable version.
The 2020 Georgia Bulldogs Football Schedule has been officially announced.
UGA opens the 2020 season against the Virginia Cavaliers on Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Georgia will kick off their home schedule at Sanford Stadium in Athens the following week on Saturday, Sept. 12 against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers.
The Bulldogs open SEC play in Tuscaloosa at the Alabama Crimson Tide on Sept. 19 before returning home to host consecutive games against ULM (Sept. 26), Vanderbilt (Oct. 3), and Auburn (Oct. 10).
This will be the first season that the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry will not be played in November since 1936.
Georgia travels to take on Missouri on Oct. 17 and then has their open date on Oct. 24, one week before the annual Georgia-Florida game at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida (Oct. 31).
November begins with a trip to take on South Carolina on the 7th, followed by a home contest in Athens against Tennessee on Nov. 14 and then a trip to take on Kentucky on Nov. 21.
The Bulldogs close out the 2020 regular-season with their annual battle for the Governor’s Cup against Georgia Tech at Sanford Stadium on Nov. 28.
The 2020 SEC Championship Game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
ATHENS, Ga. – University of Georgia Fain and Billy Slaughter defensive coordinator/outside linebackers coach Dan Lanning and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach James Coley met with media members on Monday. They offered the following comments.
Fain and Billy Slaughter Defensive Coordinator Dan Lanning
“We’re excited; I think this is every coach’s favorite time of year. You know, we really enjoyed the opportunity to work for our guys and this is really why you get in the profession, the opportunity to teach. Obviously extremely grateful to coach Smart for the opportunity to be here at the University of Georgia and work with the collective unit of coaches that we get to work with. We’ve got a phenomenal staff who do a really good job, and we’re really fortunate to get to coach some really, really good players.”
On the hiring process as the defensive coordinator…
“I think one thing that’s great about Coach Smart, anybody that works for him puts himself in a position every day where he’s training you for opportunities moving forward. He wants you to think outside the box. So, I think the interview process for me started the day that I got here and probably back to my time when I was at Alabama with Coach. But I think that’s for every one of our coaches on staff, as he puts you in situations where you have to think. Try to be ahead of the curve and prepare yourself for a situation if something changes and an opportunity presents itself.”
On continuing to work with the outside linebackers…
“You know I have a real passion for this game, it’s something I really love to do, and I always tell our guys whenever football is over with, make sure you do something you’re passionate about. But I think your players take on your mentality. If I coach really casually, and just kind of cruise on cruise control out there, then I expect my players to play that way. So I want to coach with passion so my players play with passion. On a young guy stepping up, we’ve got a ton of competition in that room I’m really, really excited about it. In fact, yesterday we were joking around when we started fitting some runs, the pads came on yesterday, I don’t know if you guys know it’s Shark Week, but Nolan Smith, we’re calling him Hammerhead now, the way he likes collision runs. There’s some really good competition, we’ve got some guys in there that are working really hard but at this point, you know that it’s still wide open.”
On depth of the edge players…
“Every year, we do a self-scout, and we try to evaluate what things can we do better, what issues can be created for the offense, and what can we change schematically. And then I think every Fall when you start, you say ‘okay what are the points of emphasis, what are we really going to hammer home,’ because if you try to do everything, you’re going to be an expert at nothing, right? So, we want to really focus on how do we coach it and how do we create it. If we emphasize it in that team meeting room, show examples of it every single day. Then I think that more of it’s going to show up on the field. In correlation with also what we’re doing different schematically, I think that’s going to help as well.”
On which of the outside linebackers have the opportunity to take the next step in productivity…
“It’d be hard to single out one or two but there’s some guys that have had a really good camp so far and obviously we’re only three days in. Walter Grant’s a guy that moved around a lot in the Spring and has done some really good stuff coming back; he’ll work with us more full time this Fall. Azeez Ojulari’s a guy that finished off the year last year really strong and is doing really well, but I don’t think you could put aside the work that Robert Beal’s put in. It’s hard to just sit here and say this guy, that guy, and obviously we have some newcomers we’re really excited about.”
On freshman linebacker Nolan Smith…
“One thing coming in with guys, you want to make sure that it’s not just about stars. I think coming to college is a humbling experience for any person, so Nolan handled that the right way. He’s really eager to learn, he’s extremely bright and smart. He’s one of those guys that signed the signing day papers and then the next day is like, ‘coach, where’s my playbook at?’ That’s Nolan, and he’s great for our room, he motivates our guys, he plays really hard, and you can overcome a lot of young mistakes when you play hard. And that’s what’s exciting probably about Nolan.”
On lessons and takeaways from coordinating the Sugar Bowl…
“Obviously a great learning experience and a great opportunity but we didn’t take advantage of it. I think it left a sour taste in our mouth but that was last year and this is 2019. The 2019 team’s a completely different team than our 2018 team. That’s the focus around our very first day, we talked about the guys who were there before and the guys that are there now and it’s a different group. I wouldn’t say that we put that game behind us because we like to acknowledge what happened but we’ve moved on from that. We know that this is a completely different team at this point.”
On the Sugar Bowl being a glimpse of what the defense looked like without Deandre Baker and D’Andre Walker…
“They were big keys to our defense but I’ll say this, especially going into this year, we’re not going to play 11 players on defense. We’re going to play a lot of guys. We’ve got a lot of experience returning. I’m looking to play as many guys as we can that are ready to play. So now the expectation is to find the guys that can go in there, put themselves in position to go play and then who’s going to take advantage of those opportunities. We’ll play as many as we can.”
On his role during the Sugar Bowl and his role now…
“It was a team effort then and it’s a team effort now. Right now, I’m in charge of being the head coach of the defense. My job is to make Coach Smart’s job easier. But I don’t do that alone, I do that with every one of the coaches we have on defense with Coach [Glenn] Schumann, Coach [Tray] Scott, Coach [Charlton] Warren, and it’s going to be a collective unit from today, all the way to the end of season and that’s the way we’re always going to operate. On game day, will there be a little bit of an executive committee? At times. But it all starts with our head coach and lucky for me, every day where I’m having to question, ‘how would I operate as a defensive coordinator in that room,’ I can just look to my left and look at the guy that was the best defensive coordinator in the nation for nine years and ask him a question. As long as I’m here, we’ll always be committed, you know we’ll always work together to get what we need to get accomplished but there’s some things I’m going to be charged with that requires some more decisions to be made.”
On it being a dream to be a defensive coordinator…
“Yeah, absolutely. I’ve always had the goal to be able to be in a position I’m in now and honestly realize how fortunate I am to be in that spot because I know how many good coaches don’t get this opportunity. It’s something I’ve absolutely worked for, and obviously extremely grateful to Coach Smart for that opportunity.”
On secondary coach Charlton Warren and what he brings to the meeting room…
Anytime you’re able to bring in a coach that’s been some other places, it’s always exciting to get some fresh ideas, some new stuff and Coach Warren’s an extremely bright coach. He does a really good job and has a lot of experience in the SEC and just across the nation. We’re able to sit back and ask him questions about how they’ve done it different somewhere else to see if it’s something we can improve on defensively. And then I think he brings a great discipline to that room with his players, he holds those guys accountable and does a really good job with that. He’s been great for us.”
On the expectation of sophomore defensive lineman Jordan Davis…
“To whoop the guy across from him’s butt, that’s what I’m expecting, so I hope he gets a chance to watch that because that’s what I want to see him do every snap. Obviously, he has to be in great condition to do that, great shape to do that, but Jordan has the potential to be a great player. He has to put that together every single day when he comes to work, and he’s one of those guys.”
On the ceiling for the defensive line and impressions of freshman Travon Walker…
“It’s hard to measure a ceiling three days in, it’s still relatively early in fall camp, especially with yesterday being just the first day of pads. But am I excited about the guys we have in that room? Absolutely. Travon is extremely athletic, is strong, he’s really an athletic guy for his size; obviously has the basketball history as a high school player, so I’m definitely excited to see what he can do. He’s a guy that’s good moving but he’s also strong enough to hold the point. So, I don’t think I would put a ceiling on Travon and I also wouldn’t put a ceiling on our D line at this time.”
On freshman linebacker Nakobe Dean and his recruitment process…
“Anytime that you’re recruiting guy you always go beyond football, beyond turning on the film and saying, ‘can this guy play for us.’ We do character evaluations. We’re going to get into the school and see what the janitor’s going to say about him, see what the secretary says about him. When you go to Horn Lake, Mississippi, there’s not a person that’s going to say a bad thing about Nakobe Dean. Obviously, he’s over a 4.0 student. We knew he was a good student; we knew he was a high-character guy before he ever got here and I think that’s just carried over to this time of year.”
On evaluating a player in the Spring…
“Lucky for us, I think we had 14 mid-years. That’s huge. [Spring] means getting an extra 15 practices in and then walk-throughs some days in between and meetings. For what we ask our guys to do, I think it’s really, really important that they get that extra time and that was obviously a benefit to [Travon Walker].
On the rigors of academics and someone like Nakobe Dean being an engineering student…
“It’s hard for me to talk about the rigors because I was a P.E. major. It was a little bit different. But Nakobe, he’s an engineering student, so is Nolan Smith as well as a few other guys on our team that are, and takes his academics extremely serious. I think the very first week he was here, his academic advisor the next day said, ‘I was getting an email from Nakobe after midnight, asking about where’s this assignment at.’ He takes pride in it. So, yeah, Georgia’s a great academic school. When you come here you have to perform not only on the field but in the classroom and that’s what we ask our guys to do not just, ‘I don’t want you to be number one just on the field, you’ve got to be number one in the classroom,’ and he’s of those guys that does that.”
On junior linebacker Jermaine Johnson and bringing him to Georgia…
“Obviously Jermaine’s somebody we’re really, really excited about. But at the end of the day, regardless of who you’re recruiting, recruiting is about relationships. Jermaine’s a guy when I was at Memphis, I went and watched a junior college football game and I got to see Jermaine Johnson perform that year. And I said, ‘Man, I wish I could recruit that guy,’ but I couldn’t. Well now this year I can. When I got here that was one of the early guys that I identified as a target that we could look at and was able to build a relationship with him and we had for a long time and whenever you have a relationship that gives you an opportunity.”
On Jermaine Johnson’s time at Independence (Kansas) CC that would fit into the SEC…
“Football is football, right? Football is football in Missouri. Football is football in Kansas. Football is football in Georgia. Obviously, the SEC, though, is a different animal. So, I think it’s always hard to compare and contrast but the field still 100 yards, I mean that stuff doesn’t change, but the difference in the way you prepare there and the way you prepare here, there’s a difference.”
On what excites him about the secondary…
“We’ve got a lot of young talent, and I think if you look at just across our entire defense, it’d be really hard for you to say, ‘this guy’s number one, this guy’s number two.’ We’ve got a ton of depth right now across the entire defense, so that’s exciting to me. Concern’s always in the secondary. You’re concerned about not giving up explosive plays, having a great discipline, staying on top of the defense and the way you do that is just continue to practice it every single day. But it’s the more we get the experience, the communication in the back end is really important. We’re looking for some guys to take on some leadership roles back there. Obviously, we’ve got a lot of experience returning with J.R. Reed; guys like Richard LeCounte. Then some great experience on the outside with Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell, but there’s also a lot of newcomers that we’re really, really excited about too. But as long as they continue to communicate, make sure they’re in position defend the explosive plays, we’ve got a great chance.”
On teaching younger student-athletes who maybe dominated in high school but have to learn in college…
“You put them in a competition scenario. So what do we do, we try to create competition every day; and like you said, a lot of these guys were coming from a situation at 13 where they’re the best player on their team, and maybe that competition didn’t exist, but when you walk on that field at Georgia, you better get ready to strap it on and go to work or somebody else is going to move ahead. So, competition almost creates itself at our practice because we’ve got a lot of great players.”
On mixing and matching at the linebacker position…
“At the end of the day, you find roles for guys that are ready and that have prepared for their role. So like I said I don’t want to play 11, and we won’t, but there’s definitely certain packages you look, you want to take a guy’s skill set, similar to my background as a high school coach, you want to make sure you put your guys in the best position to be successful and some guys do some things better than other guys. So, within that, we obviously have packages that match that. And they need to become experts at their position. And then, obviously, after that it goes to, how many positions can you execute. If you’re able to play multiple positions, now your value just went up for the team and what you can do for the defense.”
On Kirby Smart not sweating the small stuff anymore…
“Coach Smart’s extremely detailed. Maybe the most detailed and efficient man I’ve ever been around. Every day he reminds me not to waste a minute. So, I don’t know if I’d say he’s not sweating the details or not. I’ll say this, the guy’s detailed.”
On Divaad Wilson’s return from an ACL injury…
“Again, still early, but Divaad’s a really, really sharp football player; very smart, can adjust on the fly, understands the mechanics of the secondary, and can play multiple positions. He’s one of those guys, we’re talking about when you can do stuff with somebody, what can they do. He’s one of those guys that can play multiple positions. But he’s very smooth in transition, He has a cover background. I think we’re continuing to challenge him to continue to get more physical and run. And that’s something I think that we’re going to see here in the next few days of practice and the next few weeks leading up. Divaad’s a very sharp player that adjusts really well which is required for our defense.”
On freshman Tyrique Stevenson and his projection for the season…
“Tyrique Stevenson’s a playmaker and one of the things, you go back to talk about havoc, when you put guys out in the field, there’s guys that do their assignments and then there’s guys who create production. What we want are guys to do is both. Tyrique Stevenson is a guy that was extremely productive this Spring and as he continues to become more disciplined with his eyes and more disciplined with his play, he’s going to be a guy that can do both for us and we’re very excited to see the plays he can make. You go watch practice, you watch that guy for a little bit, you’re saying, ‘holy moly, we got a ballplayer,’ and that’s what he is so we’ve got to do a good job of coaches and getting them ready to go out there and play.”
On talking with Kirby Smart about the ins and outs of being a defensive coordinator…
“Not that much because guess what, when [Kirby] was the defensive coordinator, what did I do, I watched him and watched how he operated and I understand the requirements of the position. Getting to be here with Coach [Mel] Tucker, phenomenal football coach, for a year, getting to see how he operates as defensive coordinator. So, I understand what the position requires.”
Offensive coordinator James Coley
On what “bring the juice” means…
“It’s the energy, you know, we expect them to have energy and we feel like as a coaching staff, we have to reflect that and inspire that. It’s loud, energetic, moving fast, constantly questioning them on the field. When you’re walking by in the hallway if their heads down and they’re slumping, occasionally yelling at them, ‘do you have any juice?’ They’ll jump and get started but that’s it. It’s about being happy to be here. Right? You know, this is a this is a great thing we’re all doing- the players, coaches, the whole works.”
On the excitement that comes with being back in a coordinating role, calling plays…
“I’m definitely excited. I think I never lost my excitement. Every challenge is new, every coordinator job is new, every position job is new. The people that you’re around cause that to be new- the environment the time that you’re in currently. When you get the opportunity, you’re excited, but then you jump into it and then the excitement kind of it is what it is, It’s what you do. So being that’s what you do, you do work, you don’t really sit down at night going, ‘wow, how great’. No, I’m down there at night going through scripts.”
On taking an offense that was productive last year to a new level…
“That’s what we do every day. That’s kind of the theme. That’s what Coach Smart expects from us as coaches, as players. So, it’s not that we weren’t taking it to the next level, it’s the demand. That’s how we work here. So, there are some good players [returning] and we play against really good players. We all understand that the challenge is to be better- to always be better the day before, more so than just ‘hey, we have to be better next week’. It’s really not it, we have to be better the next drill. So, going into this job, you know what’s ahead of, you know what you have. Right now, we’re getting in this training camp mode. We’re figuring out little by little where we’re at with some of the guys, how much they have to improve. The benchmark is not there yet, we’re still in jerseys.
On being able to work with a quarterback like Jake Fromm, who is very detailed…
“Jake’s a grinder. That’s part of his greatness. We say in our room, ‘what’s your greatness today?, What are you going to be great at?’. He’s a constant grinder. So, it’s always inspiring to go in there when it really matters to that person. Being with really great quarterbacks and really good quarterbacks- the good ones do have that they have that passion for the game. And he’s passionate. The constant strive for him is to bring it every day, which he does, and to get better every day so that one day become great.”
On weighing the simplification of the scheme to get freshmen like George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock on the field…
“First of all, I don’t think you simplify it for them early. I think you figure out how much they can retain, what they are bringing to the table. And then at some point, you sit back and say, ‘Okay, this guy has exceptional skill, we’re going to feature him doing this and that because this might be too much.’ But ultimately, the goal is not to be so complicated that you can’t execute. You want to be complicated enough so that you’re not predictable. Those kids have been thrown in the fire a little bit this early in this camp. We want to see what they know, what they can pick up, and what they can do.”
On what Lawrence Cager brings to UGA…
“I think the biggest thing, and again, still in jerseys, but coming to work every day and enjoying the atmosphere of what we have and being positive with learning and the learning curve, because it’s definitely different every place you go. He’s a veteran and he’s learning our culture. The big thing, also, that he brings, he brings experience. So where you sit back and you say, ‘well, I wonder if this guy’s going to make this play in a particular time’. Veteran guys, you’ve seen it happen and you know that they’ve been those spotlights.”
On if crossing paths with Lawrence Cager for one year at Miami persuaded the decision to recruit him to Georgia…
“He was good player. I think a lot of us recruited him out of high school I did, obviously ,we signed him at Miami. I know at Alabama, that crew when Coach Smart was there recruited him. So, we all had some sort of relationship with Cager. His skill set when he became available, also made it a very intriguing thing to go after. But knowing a little bit further, working with him for a full year you knew what type of character kid he is. So, yes.”
On if he has previously worked with an offensive line this deep and with these many expectations heading into the season…
“I’ve been very fortunate to be around some really good offensive lines. And this group, when you’re saying it on paper, they have that potential. We’re still in jerseys and in our game, it is a constant improvement on the field. The paperwork is kind of out the door, and I’m not saying paperwork regarding you guys and what you guys do. But I’m saying that now it’s competition and the depth chart, when you have depth with no injuries, now you start seeing the level of competition which helps you out within your periods. So this is probably a deep group going into training camp and in training camp and there are heated competitions is going on. It’s good. It helps you and makes people better and that’s where that’s where it stands out.”
On if he has to adjust the things he does as a coordinator to meet the philosophy of the head coach…
“I think in the pro-style game, you coordinate to your players. Players, not plays. It’s a little cliché in the coaching profession, but it’s the truth. Players, not plays. Coach Smart is all about players, not plays. He definitely preaches that to us. And sometimes as coaches you forget, you’re like, ‘man, this scheme is really intriguing’. But are your players touching the ball within this game. So, I don’t know that there’s been an adjustment. I’ve been here several years. I think I think that the philosophy that we have here at Georgia is that- who’s touching the ball and are they the guys are going to give us the biggest impact. But you definitely have to play towards your strength. I’ve always been a part of that where I’ve been.”
On the similarities he’ll have as the play caller at Miami versus at Georgia…
“I think your personnel changes you. Your personnel changes you completely. Whatever you had, wherever you’re going, wherever you’ve been. When I was the coordinator at Florida State, we had different personnel than when I was at Miami. And that’s different personnel than we are here. So I think that changes you as a coordinator when you’re a pro-style guy. If you come in here with the system and you’re running one of these spread systems- the system is what it is. I think when you’re pro-style you really feature on who’s touching the ball, how we’re going to format it for that person to touch the ball, how we’re going to attack structure for those people to touch the ball. It changes, is what I’m basically saying, with your jobs. Obviously coming here, working under Coach Smart, it’s football one-on-one every day. It’s constant situations. He really pushes his coaches, develops his players, develops his coaches. I feel like the last three years have been great for me as a coach, position coach, learning everything I’ve learned under him and his philosophy.”
On senior tight end Charlie Woerner’s potential and impact on the offense…
“I think the potential part is hard for us right now because we’re not in a potential mode in camp. We’re in the grind mode. I have to think back and say, ‘where’s Charlie?’. Whereas right now we have Charlie in different situations, wearing multiple hats and just seeing how much he can do. I think Charlie has a really good skill set. I think who he is as a person makes him a better competitor because he wants to be that good.
Comparing him to the other guys, he’s a little different from a lot of these other guys and all those other guys are very different. [David] Njoku is very different from [Chris] Herndon. It’s very different from Clive Walford, is very different from Nick O’Leary. Those are all guys that are different and Charlie is probably a bigger guy than most of those guys. I think Charlie has the right mindset after day three. We are going to see where he’s at towards the end of camp. We know who he is as a person and we know how he competes. He’s probably the highest percentage catcher for us last year at 90 percent, so we’ll see.”
On his observations of Demetris Robertson…
“On day three and coming out of spring, D. Rob [Demetris Robertson] has continued to improve within our system He’s definitely a guy who has a great skill set. He’s fast, he’s quick. We just have to continue to develop him into the type of player we need him to be. Right now he’s playing multiple spots. As a player he’s growing. I think that was the biggest part for him to continue to grow within our system. Coming out of high school was a really good athlete. And now when he went to college, he’s learning to be a wide receiver. Coach [Cortez] Hankton has done a good job with him. I like what I see right now, I just want to see it continue with consistency from these guys.”
On Eli Wolf’s strength and speed fitting into his scheme…
“Well, certain guys can do certain things. So if you sit there and you say you’re the best five offensively, philosophically, how are you going to use their skill set? We’re just tapping into his skill set because we’re probably just going into pads today. We’re going to figure out some more about their skill sets. He does move well, he was a wide receiver coming out of high school. He has the ability to run routes. He has good hands. So, we’ll see. We’ll see where he goes. But yes, that that was very intriguing for us after seeing Isaac [Nauta] go to the NFL. It opens the opportunity for a lot of catches for whatever five guys can fit those roles to get that. But he’s definitely in competition.”
On Zamir White…
“We’re still in jerseys. But love seeing the kid play. We all we love this kid. It’s very unfortunate his injuries so just seeing them out there getting plays, running the ball, catching, swing passes and picking up protections. It’s fun coaching him because you know how grateful he is to be back out there. Just love the kid though. He’s a moose, he’s a big dude.
On how his history in south Florida gives him an asset to build relationships…
“It helps. It definitely helps. The relationships that I have down there are lifelong relationships with guys that I grew up with. It definitely helps in recruiting.”
On if he’ll be in the press box calling plays…
“We haven’t decided that yet.”
On the dynamic last season with former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney…
“We definitely consulted in between series but Jim called all the plays. Jim headed the whole deal and I was kind of his right hand up in the press box. He’d turn around say look at these different scenarios and tell me what you think. And then he’d choose what he liked. So that was our dynamic.”
On what makes Jake Fromm different from other great quarterbacks he’s been around in the past…
“Again, when you talk about all these other guys, they all have their greatness to them. Every single one of them. The guys I’ve been around, it’s hard to find guys that are carbon copies of each other. One thing I do know about Jake is I’m not walking in a meeting room without him not being in there. He’s already watched film, he’s already sitting there in there going, ‘okay, what do you got for me? I watched it. You have anything new?’. It challenges you as a coach, you have to go in there and make sure that you are maximizing his potential in the meeting room so he can go maximize it on the field because he does so much work on his own. I think that’s it- all the actual work he does. And I’ve been around some guys that do a lot of extra work. He probably does a little bit more.”
On what he saw from Kenny McIntosh in high school that made him target him to come to UGA…
“He’s a bigger back. He has to be able to move in the backfield. He show that and really get hands out of the backfield. He played in a fast league down in South Florida. I got to see him play against fast people. Sometimes that transition from high school to college, take the plays and learning the system out of it, the physical part of it, when guys play against fast competition it’s a plus because there’s not a learning curve for it. There’s just a mental learning curve.”
On how he feels about the guys that he has…
“I’m excited about the guys that we have. I’m excited that they’re competing as hard as they’re competing- day three, going into day four. I love the fact that they’re grinding. There are a lot of things we require from them, coming in and out of meetings and the challenge is on. There is big opportunity for them.”
On if James Cook is comparable to Dalvin Cook…
“Dalvin Cook is a great player. James is little brother. I think James is moving towards that. I they’re both different players, though. You don’t see Dalvin Cook and James Cook in the same light. They’re just different and if you watch they’re games you know they’re different.”
On what it takes for the wideouts to get to the point they need to be for the beginning of the season…
“It’s on me, it’s on Jake [Fromm], and it’s on them. It’s on them winning spots to get in position to be playmakers. And it’s on Jake for knowing the situation of who he is going to go to and it’s on me to put them out there. I have to say, ‘we’re going to feature this guy because he can do this really well’. We are all tied to a string. Everyday it’s fun because every day we evaluate our talent.”
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Tom Crean has added another late commitment to his Top 10 ranked 2019 class. Mike Peake, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound power forward from Kansas City, Missouri (Northeast), committed to the Bulldogs on Monday.
— Mike P.🏀 (@MichaelPeake16) August 5, 2019
“I’m excited to announce that I’ve officially qualified and will be reclassifying to 2019,” Peake told Rivals.com.
“I’m excited to announce my commitment to the University of Georgia. Coach (Tom) Crean has a long history of developing players at the highest level. I’m excited to get to work and give him the chance to develop me.”
Rivals.com rates Mike Peake as a three-star recruit. Peake also had offers from Denver, Detroit, South Dakota, and UMKC.
Georgia’s 2019 recruiting class now consists of Peake, five-star shooting guard Anthony Edwards, four-star small forward Toumani Camara, four-star guard Jaykwon Walton, four-star small forward Christian Brown, four-star point guard Sahvir Wheeler, and three-star center Rodney Howard.
Brenton Cox, a sophomore outside linebacker, has been dismissed from the UGA football team, according to a report by UGASports.com.
UGASports.com also reports that Brenton Cox has already entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal.
The reason for the dismissal is unclear, but Cox was arrested this Spring on a charge of misdemeanor marijuana possession.
At a press conference this morning, UGA defensive coordinator Dan Lanning was asked what he expected from Brenton Cox this season. His answer was ominous.
“That’s a good question,” Lanning said. “I would actually leave that up to Coach Smart at this time.”
As a freshman for the Georgia Bulldogs, Brenton Cox played in 13 of 14 games and started once. He ended the season with 20 tackles (7 solo, 13 assisted), two tackles for a loss of 10 yards, and one sack.
Cox was a five-star signee out of Stockbridge High School. He signed with Kirby Smart and UGA during the early signing period in December of 2017.
The Georgia Bulldogs open the 2019 season on the road against the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday, August 31. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.
ATHENS, Ga. – University of Georgia head football coach Kirby Smart, along with several players, met with media on Friday to preview fall camp. Below are comments from Friday’s media session.
Head Coach Kirby Smart
“Welcome, guys. Talking season is over, it’s time to do more. We’ve had a really good conditioning offseason session, some really good bars hit from a mat standpoint in summer conditioning. I want to give a lot of credit to Scott Sinclair and his staff. They do tireless work during the summer. We don’t get to see a lot of it because our players are on a little different schedule, but our guys have been excited to get started for camp and Scott’s staff did a great job of working with them. It is very time intensive. Sometimes they have to have four and five different workouts a day with different groups, so they’re repeating the same workouts. Our strength staff is by far the best in the country, in my opinion, at what they do. I am excited for them and excited to get started. With that, I will open it up.”
On what he looks for out of the guys now, especially the defense…
“Well, I think when you think about training camp or preseason camp for us, it’s about creating an identity.
So we are trying to get effort, toughness, all those intangibles. You can’t get all those in one day. We can’t go out there today and create a lot of toughness by how we hit people because we don’t have pads on. But the biggest thing we’re trying to do is to be the best conditioned team in the country, most disciplined team in the country and defensively we are trying to improve our pass rush and a lot of other areas. But I’m excited about seeing those guys. We have a lot of competition on defense, it’s going to be wide open.”
On what the secondary is going to have to do to get revamped….
“You’d say revamped. I wouldn’t say revamped. I feel like we’ve got a lot of guys coming back that have played a lot of snaps. I’m excited about those guys. When you look at it, the group we went out there in the Bowl game with is the group we’re playing with now.
So a lot of those guys have gained experience. We have some really good competition in that room, so I’m excited about those guys. They are a year older. We are really young I felt like last year in the secondary, and now this year we have more experienced players and the best players are going to get to play.”
On freshman D’Wan Mathis’s ability to participate in fall camp after injury…
D’Wan is not fully cleared, but D’Wan is able to do passing drills, individual drills. Things where we know that he can be safe and not take a hit and not risk injury. So still don’t know when he’s going to be fully cleared but I’m excited to see him go out and work today. He gets to do seven-on-seven, individual drills. He gets to do a lot of things.
On the offensive line, specifically Deontrey Hill…
“Deontrey has done a great job. He’s helped reshape his body from a strength standpoint. His weight hasn’t changed a lot but his body fat has come down. We’ve seen quickness in his ability to reach people, play at center, powerful. He’s smart. He’s going to be calling a lot of protections and doing a lot of things along with Jake [Fromm]. Excited about Deontrey’s attitude and effort. He’s done a lot of good things in the off-season.
On the feelings towards Jake Fromm heading into his third fall camp…
“Well, glad we got him. I mean, Jake’s a good football player. He’s smart and does a lot of good things from a leadership standpoint. He has tremendous energy in meetings and his enthusiasm rubs off on people, his confidence does. Comforting to know you’ve got a guy that has that much experience and that’s a luxury because you don’t always get that in this league.
On the atmosphere of preseason camp and the importance of the team spending time together…
“Training camp is a grind and I think it’s important that it is that way. You create adversity in camp. We practice almost every day with the exception of we have to give them a day off per week. But it’s a grind, and you go to the point of getting exhausted. You go from running 2,000, 3,000 yards a workout in the summer to possibly running 5,000, 6,000 in a practice.
We create adversity with how we practice. The heat creates adversity. Our team will define how they respond to all these situations. You guys may write that it’s based on this guy or that guy but really it’s who we become in camp, what is our level of toughness, effort, commitment, to all of the things we have to be good at. It takes what it takes to be great- so there’s really no choice, no decision. It takes what it takes and it takes hard work, man. It takes beating the heat and that’s what this is about. It’s about finding out who has some grit within him.”
On the advantage, for coaches, of having good leadership in place…
“Well, I would never turn my back on leadership regardless how good our players are as leaders. I think that’s still yet to be did he finds. I’m certainly pleased with where they are right now and we have a lot of guys that care about this team and care about this university. It’s important to them that they have a successful season.
They still have to confront and demand excellence of anybody, but I would never take my attention away from one thing to another, especially in support of leadership. That’s the ethos, all the stuff that goes into our team is way more important than what defense we all what offense we call. It doesn’t matter when it comes to that.”
On the injury update of players on the defensive line…
“Everybody is cleared on the D-Line. Julian [Rochester] is going to be cleared today but we are not in pads. Were we at pads and tackling, he stills had some room to improve there to be in full contact, but all those guys are back, [Michail] Carter, Julian, all the young guys will be out there. Zamir [White], same as last time you asked. He’s doing well. He’s ready to go out and compete. Excited to have him out there. He’s excited to be back. He’s a lot further post-op obviously than a guy like Julian.
On the plan for running back Zamir White once the pads come on…
“Zamir is clear, so again, we’ll do everything like normal. He’ll be thudded, just like every other back will be thudded and we’ll progress from there. We won’t practice live until the first scrimmage.”
On anything that stems from preseason camp last year that you might change in camp this year to end strong…
“Not really. I mean, what we did at the finish of last year is behind us. We are looking forward. We are excited about this year. Thought we had a good camp last year and it’s really important to have a good camp this year.”
On nearly the entire roster being players that he has recruited to the University of Georgia…
“I don’t think it changes much. I don’t look at the guys that weren’t the guys I brought here any different than the ones that I did. I mean, they are part of the University of Georgia program. They adhere to our principles and values, and I love the guys that I inherited as much as the guys that we recruited, so it doesn’t change much in my mind.”
On the asset of Run Game Coordinator/Running Backs Coach Dell McGee to the program…
“Well, he’s a great person for me to lean on. He’s a guy that’s been a head coach at the high school level. He’s done a head coaching short stint there at Georgia Southern, went to the Bowl game. Is very live. Can relate to the players. Is a great recruiter. Very knowledgeable. Making adjustments on the offense. He’s been a huge bonus for me personally and when I’m not here, he’s usually the guy in charge.”
On Demetris Robertson’s change to meet his criteria, physically, since this time last year…
“I don’t know, to meet my criteria — those are your words. Those wouldn’t be my words. He doesn’t have to.
What he has to do is play within our system and play well within our system and play better than the people in front of him and that’s his challenge. That hasn’t changed from that was last year. He still has to play the best three to be the first three out there. To be in the top six and rotate, he’s got to be in the top six and I fully expect him to do that. He did that in the spring.
He did really well. He’s done a lot of good things. There are a lot of things that he can still work on, as all our guys can. But he’s fast. He’s explosive. I think he understands the system a little better and I think he’s probably more prepared for the competition level he’s going against now.”
On if he thinks this is an exciting time for Fain and Billy Slaughter Defensive Coordinator/ Outside Linebackers Coach Dan Lanning with the outside linebacker group…
“Yeah, he [Dan Lanning] has good depth, he had that depth kind of in the spring. The only guy that would be different would be Walter [Grant] where he was working both sides — we’ve got good depth there. I’m excited about that but at the same time, the guys that were there, other than Nolan [Smith] and Jermaine [Johnson] were all there last year and we weren’t as productive as we needed to be at that position.
So we have to improve some production and create some ways for those guys to take advantage of their skill-set which is fast, big, where we’ve got to get rush. The bottom line is, we don’t get the rush, it doesn’t matter what we do.”
On the progression of the wide receivers…
“You know, I haven’t got to see them enough. I see them lift. I see them do conditioning at times. But it’s hard to answer that question without some practice.”
On the blocking and the other fundamentals required to be able to play wide receiver…
“Yeah, I think we’ll find out a lot more about that when we put pads on. Hard to say right now where they are if you’re referencing the three new ones, and [Lawrence] Cager who has done it at a high level but he hasn’t done it with us. They have a chip on their shoulder. You guys continue to call them out. We continue to all them out and that gives them an opportunity to go shine.
I hope the growth happens fast and we need to get the guys touches as much as possible so they can get some confidence, because the biggest thing they are missing is experience.”
On seeing D’Andre Swift make unteachable plays…
“It’s fascinating for all of us, the runs he had at Kentucky. He’s an incredible guy with the ball in his hands. We have to find ways to do that and certainly excited for him to be 100 percent and to play at a high level.”
On the biggest challenge initially for the defensive line…
“Create havoc. That’s the mantra for all of them. No. 1, they have to get on the field. They have to beat people out and they have to compete and we have to be in unbelievable conditioning and shape to be able to play, play after play, at the pace that these offenses play.
But at the end of the day, we’ve got to be productive. We’ve got to cause havoc and we’ve got to tackle for a loss, sacks, ball disruptions and get those things out of the defensive front.”
On Justin Young’s status…
“He’s the product of a program. Very rarely do you find a guy that’s a fifth-year senior that gets better every single year, because what happens is a guy comes out for the Draft, guy transfers, guy plays four years because he didn’t get red-shirted. Jay is a unique guy in that he’s stronger for most of the guys. He’s been in the weight room for five years. He more mature and understands the defensive system. There’s a lot of value in having seniors.
I mean, the best teams I’ve been around have been senior laden, and fewer and fewer college teams have a lot of seniors. But he’s a guy that’s been a product of development and been a part of this program and he gives you consistency and he gives you toughness and that’s something we’re trying to create in our team.”
On the fun and productivity of doing challenges like the “Georgia Olympics”…
“Yeah, that was two days ago. It would have been illegal. We’re not around to do that (Laughter).
I enjoy those situations, and I think the kids do. They want a chance to compete. They want a chance to have fun and a chance to change things up. As long as they are getting the work a lot of times, difference running around that track and running around that field is not different. Those kids enjoy that and I enjoy watching them compete.”
On the type of progressions will we see from James Cook in preseason camp…
“No. 1, health. He’s got to stay healthy and be able to maintain his health and body weight. He’s explosive. He’s got to learn the offense to the point where he’s comfortable being in the lineup at all positions. We’ve had a lot of packages with him involved last year and some games we didn’t need it, and some games, we did, and he wasn’t able to execute it, but that’s not where he’s at now.
He’s a much more mature individual and we’re excited to see what he can do. We think he’s one of our most explosive players.”
On if they use the way the previous two seasons ended as motivation…
“I don’t think so. I think the biggest thing — how we finish is important, and you learn from that, and you learn from that in the off-season, we learn from the day we get back with those games and we start our workouts and we emphasize dog time, which for us is the fourth quarter all the time.
We’re always looking forward and we’re always looking for an opportunity to put ourselves in a good situation to execute. You learn from your mistakes, but you don’t dwell on them.”
On the growth of Richard LeCounte’s role…
“Yeah, Richard is much wiser. He’s much more coachable. He understands that he’s in pursuit of excellence, not perfection and there’s a difference. I think that as he grows, he can help younger players in that room realize that you’re not going to be perfect, but we are in pursuit of excellence. When a coach asks you something, challenges you, it’s just to help you and he’s now much more receptive of that and I think it’s made him a lot better player.”
On the expectations of Monty Rice…
“Give me all he’s got. I don’t play ‘you’ve got to have 64 tackles, three sacks.’ My expectation is that he leads our defense; that he gives us all he’s got and he competes and he teaches the younger players.”
On the comfort level of a committee playing at linebacker…
“It’s going to depend on how the seperation is. If there’s a lot of separation, you won’t see a package, if there’s not much separation and it becomes an advantage for us to keep a fresh guy out there, then he’ll play more. The bottom line is we want the best players on the field at the right time and if somebody stands out, somebody is exceptional we didn’t have a package when Roquan [Smith] was here, so we’re going to have by committee if it’s dead even.”
On what he’s learned the most heading into his fourth season as a head coach…
“Don’t sweat the little things. At the end of the day, a lot of big things going on. They are a lot more important than the little things and don’t sweat them, and whatever it is, keep moving because it will pass.”
On what those “little things” are…
“I don’t know. There’s a lot of details I still really focus on because I like to and I think it’s important every inch of practice. We only get a limited amount of time on that grass so every inch of that is really important. Outside of that, making sure that your coaches have the freedom to coach and your coaches have their personality impacting their position groups.”
On the expectations of the new players on the defensive line…
“We’ve had them here this summer and haven’t seen them actually go out there and do one-on-ones. That and receivers — I felt like the rest of our team was here in the spring. The new spot is the three wide-outs, four if you include [Lawrence] Cager and the defensive line, Travon [Walker], Bill [Norton], Tymon [Mitchell], Zion [Logue] and those guys have made really big strides in the summer.
But I don’t go out there expecting these guys are going to be better than the veterans we have. We’re going to have to identify quickly who has the potential by week four, five, six, to pass up someone. Because it’s going to be hard for them to do that right away. That’s part of our job is positioning the people that are getting on the bus, the buses, the group that goes to Vanderbilt and putting them in the right seats. We always talk about that, and I’m excited to see Bill, Zion, Tymon and Travon help us. To what extent, I really won’t have good judgment until we get to some practices.”
On how Monty Rice’s stoic two-point personality and feeling like he’s on a mission correlates to how he practices and how he plays…
“It’s the exact same. Monty is a businessman when it comes to that. He’s not cutting up, messing around at practice. He’s very serious about what he does. He’s got a purpose about him. That’s what we knew about him in high school. His high school coaches, were a really good high school program and they said this guy takes it serious. He buys in, he leads, and everything he does there, he’s done for us and we love the way he practices.”
On his feeling about tight end going into camp…
“Hard to answer that question. Probably until we get a couple practices under our belt. [Eli] Wolf has done a tremendous job and put up really good numbers this summer, lifting, running, but we haven’t done it on the grass with he and Brett [Seither]. So we are going to have a good group there, really competitive group. John [Fitzpatrick] has done a good job. It’s going to be interesting to see how that comes out but we’ll find out in a couple practices.
#11 Jake Fromm | Jr. | QB
On wide receiver group…
“The guys are ready to step up. They are ready to go out and make plays. It will be exciting to see what guys make certain plays this afternoon for our first practice. The freshmen are good football players. They are excited and just ready to figure stuff out in camp. Today will be kind of fast for them, it being their first practice. It was fast for me too. Hopefully we will get them lined up and running the right routes. We’ll see this afternoon.”
On camp …
“It is about coming together. It is about being mentally and physically tough. That’s what we want to be. We want to be a tough, physical, disciplined football team. That is when you figure out your identity of the football team. That is what we are trying to figure out.”
On coming in more as a veteran …
“I’m a lot more comfortable. There is a smoother transition going into things of what to expect, what not to expect, how practice is going to be ran, and the offense. There is a lot of things to be comfortable with and a lot of things that I have to push myself to do great and be a leader in. There are new things for me and we are excited for it and ready to practice.”
On D’Andre Swift…
“He is a great football player. Anytime we have him healthy – he’s ready to go today – he has all kinds of moves and brings great things to the team.”
#32 Monty Rice | Jr. | ILB
On depth at linebacker…
“It is very important to have depth. We have Jermaine [Johnson], Walter [Grant], Azeez [Ojulari], Adam [Anderson]. We have a bunch of different dudes that can do a bunch of different things. It is always great, because for our third down packages if we need this kind of guy to do what Lorenzo [Carter] used to do and spot the quarterback then that is an Adam [Anderson] type thing, but really all of them can do it. We have some elite guys this year.”
On personal expectations and development…
“Play fast, play hard, and no silly mistakes that I would have made last year as a sophomore…I’m a lot better as far as playbook. I know the ins and outs of it more so than last year.”
On team conditioning emphasis this summer…
“Oh yeah, that has always been an emphasis since I’ve been here. We had more guys stay up while we were doing it and we had less guys that were overweight. That is always a good thing especially when these SEC games are battles and you have to outlast your opponent.”
#7 D’Andre Swift | Jr. | RB
On what will be the identity of UGA’s offense this season/the type of offense…
“We’ve got to be physical, first and foremost. There are a lot of guys that can do great things with the ball in their hands, and we’ve got one of the best offenses in the nation…We want to be balanced. We want to run the ball and catch the ball. We want to do as much as we can do so we can be good at both sides.”
On the expectations of this year’s team…
“Honestly, the sky is the limit for us. We’ll be as good as we want to be. Like I said, we’ve got a great group of guys here. We’ll find out a lot, and I can’t wait.”
On how difficult it’s been to put last season/its outcome aside to focus on the 2019-20 season…
“Not hard at all. New season, people. So, I’m going to focus on 2019 Georgia. We’ve got a great team and a great group of guys here. Everything I’ve seen has been real great, so I feel we’re on the right path.”
#98 Rodrigo Blankenship | Sr. | PK
On what the team motto “Do More” means to a kicker in the offseason…
“Well, doing more doesn’t just apply to working on the field, doing more applies to everything that we do. It can apply to kicking and you can go out and maybe try and get a couple extra reps in and make sure that we’re sharp and crisp, but can also apply to the weight room, get a few extra reps and in the weight room, stay afterwards, get some stretching time with the coaches do some work to try and maybe get more explosive and more flexible, things like that. It could be do more stuff to take care of your body, spend a little bit more time in the training room, trying to make sure that your body is healthy and ready to go. And it means doing more in the classroom, make sure that you do everything that you can to pass your classes and make sure that you’re eligible and good to go for the season.”
On the routine of the summer and preparing for the upcoming season…
“Over the summer, just wake up, come to Butts-Mehre, eat some breakfast, spend a little time in the training room, like I said earlier, just take care of your body, make sure you’re healthy, good to go. Workout, eat lunch, go home, do some homework, come back to Butts-Mehre, have some meetings with the coaches if it’s the day for meetings. Seven-on-seven with the team if it’s the day for that. Team runs in there, of course. Then after that go home, eat dinner, homework, and then wake up and rinse and repeat the next day.”
On how camp has changed since his first camp in 2015…
“I think it’s been really special just to kind of see how the program has changed over the last few years. I was actually going back through some film earlier today and looked back at my first camp here and at the time I was punting as well, so just goes to show you kind of how much things have changed. Camp that year was 23 days and we had 22 practices so it was grueling. Now we’re down to I think, eight or 10 practices, something like that, in 11 days, so it’s definitely been cool to see how it’s changed.”
The Georgia Bulldogs are ranked 3rd in the 2019 preseason Coaches Poll Top 25. UGA, which finished 11-3 overall and 7-1 in the SEC in 2018, received a total of 1,447 points.
Four of Georgia’s 2019 opponents are ranked in the preseason poll. Florida is ranked 8th, Notre Dame is ranked 9th, Texas A&M is ranked 11th, and Auburn is ranked 16th.
Clemson tops the preseason Top 25 rankings with 59 of the 65 first-place votes and 1,619 points overall. SEC teams ranked in the Top 25 include Alabama (2nd), Georgia, (3rd), LSU (6th), Florida (8th), Texas A&M (11th), and Auburn (16th).
The Big Ten leads all conferences with seven teams in the Top 25 poll. The SEC is just behind with six teams, and they are followed by the Pac-12 (5), Big 12 (3), ACC (2), AAC (1), and Independents (1).
The complete 2019 Preseason Coaches Poll is listed below (first place votes in parentheses):
1. Clemson (59)
2. Alabama (6)
5. Ohio State
9. Notre Dame
11. Texas A&M
14. Penn State
17 (t). Wisconsin
17 (t). UCF
20. Michigan State
21. Washington State
24. Iowa State
Other receiving votes: Nebraska 152; Boise State 118; Mississippi State 111; Miami 94; Army 91; Kentucky 79; Virginia Tech 64; Texas Christian 63; Southern California 47; Utah State 32; Fresno State 32; Virginia 30; Cincinnati 25; West Virginia 24; Memphis 24; Oklahoma State 20; South Carolina 15; NC State 12; Duke 10; Boston College 5; Florida State 4; Baylor 4; Appalachian State 4; North Texas 3; Houston 3; UCLA 2; Temple 2; Arizona State 2; Troy 1; Tennessee 1; Mississippi 1; Minnesota 1.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Georgia Bulldogs will take over the SEC Network with 24 hours of programming.
UGA’s takeover day is set for Wednesday, July 31 and the content was selected by SEC Network studio host and Georgia alum Maria Taylor.
The schedule features two SEC Championship football game victories, 2005 and 2017, the men’s basketball SEC Tournament victory in 2008, the 2007 Georgia-Florida “end zone celebration” game, plus three SEC Storied episodes involving the Bulldogs.
Below is the full SEC Network Takeover schedule for the Georgia Bulldogs:
- 12:00am – 2007 Auburn at Georgia Football
- 3:00am – SEC Storied: Miracle 3
- 4:00am – SEC Storied: Dominique Belongs to Us
- 5:00am – SEC Storied: Herschel Walker
- 6:00am – 2005 Georgia vs. LSU Football (SEC Championship Game)
- 8:00am – 2017 Georgia vs. Auburn Football (SEC Championship Game)
- 11:00am – 2019 G-Day Game
- 1:00pm – 2007 Georgia vs. Florida Football
- 4:00pm – 2008 Kentucky vs. Georgia Men’s Basketball (SEC Tournament)
- 6:00pm – 2018 Georgia vs. Oklahoma Football (Rose Bowl)
- 9:00pm – 2005 Georgia vs. LSU Football (SEC Championship Game)
- 11:00pm – SEC Storied: Miracle 3
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The Georgia Bulldogs have picked up their second commitment in the past two days, and it’s a big one! Five-star running back Kendall Milton of Clovis, California (Buchanan High School) has committed to UGA for the class of 2020.
Milton announced his commitment to the Bulldogs on Monday evening.
Committed. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rqp7xiCINy
— Kendall Milton (@therealkmilt) July 30, 2019
Kendall Milton (6-1.5, 229) committed to Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs over Alabama, Arizona, LSU, and Ohio State. He also had offers from most of the top schools in the country, including Auburn, California, Florida, Kansas State, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, and others.
In the 247Sports Composite, Kendall Milton is rated as a five-star recruit, the No. 4 running back, and the No. 22 overall recruit for the 2020 class.
Milton is also rated as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com. They list him as the No. 20 overall recruit and the 3rd best running back in the country.
With Milton’s commitment, the Georgia Bulldogs have solidified their spot with the 5th best recruiting class in the 247Sports team rankings for 2020.
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) July 30, 2019
#Dawgs The newest Dawg, Kendall Milton flexes on ‘em!
— GATA Dawgs (@BassinDawg) July 30, 2019
Go Dawgs 🔴⚫️🐶
— James Coley (@CoachColey) July 30, 2019
— Carson Beck (@carsonbeck01) July 30, 2019
— Robert Edwards III (@Robertd3rd) July 30, 2019
Georgia's RB recruiting under Kirby Smart
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kendall Milton #4 RB (2020)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kenny McIntosh #11 RB (19)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Zamir White #1 RB (18)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ James Cook #3 APB
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ D'Andre Swift #4 RB (17)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Elijah Holyfield #6 RB ('16)
⭐️⭐️⭐️ Brian Herrien #54 RB
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) July 30, 2019
Dell McGee was a high school football coach from 2002-12. His meteoric rise since then:
-2013: Analyst at Auburn
-2014-15: Georgia Southern RB coach/interim head coach
-2016-now: UGA RB coach
Now he is regarded as one of the nation’s best recruiters and coach. pic.twitter.com/jfAjQCqeOL
— Dayne Young (@dayneyoung) July 30, 2019
The Georgia Bulldogs will host the Charlotte 49ers in 2025, according to a report by David Scott of the Charlotte Observer.
Per the report, Georgia will host Charlotte at Sanford Stadium in Athens on November 22, 2025. The game will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The Charlotte 49ers compete in Conference USA. They are now led by head coach Will Healy, an Eddie Robinson Award winner as the National FCS Coach of the Year. Healy enters his first season at Charlotte after coaching for three seasons at Austin Peay.
Charlotte is the third scheduled non-conference opponent for the Bulldogs in 2025. Georgia is scheduled to open the season at UCLA on Aug. 30 and will travel to take on in-state rival Georgia Tech on Nov. 29 to close the regular-season.
In SEC action in 2025, Georgia is scheduled to host Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, and LSU at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs will travel to take on Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Florida.
The site of the annual Georgia-Florida game in 2025 will likely be Jacksonville, but there has been some discussion about playing home-and-home or in another neutral site.
Charlotte is the first non-Power Five opponent that Georgia has scheduled since announcing a home contest against Indiana State for the 2023 season. That game was later canceled.
Georgia is scheduled to open the 2019 season on Saturday, August 31 at the Vanderbilt Commodores. The game will be televised by the SEC Network at 7:30pm ET.
Georgia will pay Charlotte a $1.9 million guarantee for the game in 2025, according to a copy of the contract obtained from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte via a state public records request.
The Georgia Bulldogs have picked up a commitment for the class of 2020, this one from offensive lineman Chad Lindberg of League City, Texas (Clear Creek H.S.).
Lindberg announced his commitment to UGA via his Twitter account on Sunday evening.
— Chad Lindberg (@ChadLindberg78) July 28, 2019
Chad Lindberg (6-6.5, 327) committed to the Bulldogs over offers from most of the top schools in the country, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, and others.
In the 247Sports Composite, Lindberg is listed as a 4-star recruit, the No. 14 offensive tackle, and the No. 133 overall recruit for the class of 2020.
Rivals.com rates Chad Lindberg as a 4-star recruit, the No. 11 offensive tackle, and the No. 94 recruit in the 2020 Rivals100.
“At Georgia, I like Sam Pittman a lot,” Lindberg told Rivals analyst Sam Spiegelman recently. “I went to Georgia on spring break, and it was just me and Coach Pittman on campus. I spent the whole day with him, and he talked about all the people he’s prepared for the NFL, the lives he’s changed. Coach Pittman is a good guy and a better coach.”
The Georgia Bulldogs now have 15 commitments for the class of 2020. According to the 247Sports team rankings, Georgia’s class is currently ranked 5th behind Clemson, Alabama, LSU, and Ohio State.
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) July 28, 2019
🐐 @CoachSamPittman 🐐
— Todd Hartley (@coach_thartley) July 28, 2019
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UGA football head coach Kirby Smart has been named to the 2019 Dodd Trophy Watch List, the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl have announced.
The Dodd Trophy is awarded to the head coach of a team “…who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity – the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s coaching philosophy.”
In his three seasons as head coach of the Bulldogs, Kirby Smart is 32-10 and 18-6 in Southeastern Conference play. He also led UGA to the 2017 SEC Championship, Rose Bowl win, and National Championship Game appearance.
“The Dodd Trophy is the most coveted coach of the year award because it looks beyond just the results on the field and measures the overall impact these coaches have had on their players, universities and communities,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “When determining candidates for the watch list, we carefully consider each coach’s commitment to the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity.”
2019 Dodd Trophy Watch List
|Matt Campbell||Iowa State||Big 12|
|Paul Chryst||Wisconsin||Big Ten|
|Kirk Ferentz||Iowa||Big Ten|
|Jimbo Fisher||Texas A&M||SEC|
|Pat Fitzgerald||Northwestern||Big Ten|
|James Franklin||Penn State||Big Ten|
|Scott Frost||Nebraska||Big Ten|
|Jim Harbaugh||Michigan||Big Ten|
|Bryan Harsin||Boise State||Mountain West|
|Tom Herman||Texas||Big 12|
|Brian Kelly||Notre Dame||Independent|
|Lincoln Riley||Oklahoma||Big 12|
“This impressive group of coaches has an unprecedented resume of nine National Championships, 50 conference titles and 2,012 career wins,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl CEO & President Gary Stokan. “In what will be the sport’s 150th anniversary season, we couldn’t have asked for a more influential list of current coaches who have left their mark on college football.”
Last season, Kirby Smart was named a finalist for the Dodd Trophy, which was later given to Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.
The Georgia Bulldogs are set to open the 2019 season at the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday, August 31. The game will be televised by the SEC Network at 7:30pm ET.
UGA senior kicker Rodrigo Blankenship has been named to the 2019 Groza Award and Wuerffel Award watch lists.
The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, named after legendary place-kicker Lou Groza, is an annual college football award given to the nation’s best kicker by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Blankenship, who hails from Marietta, Georgia, connected on 19-of-23 field goal attempts last season (82.6%). He also made all 65 of his extra-point attempts and is currently 100% for his career in Athens (154-of-154).
Rodrigo Blankenship was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award the past two seasons. Syracuse sophomore Andre Szmyt won the award in 2018 after becoming just the second kicker in FBS history to lead all players in points scored per game.
20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will be announced on Thursday, November 7 followed by the three finalists on Tuesday, November 26. The winner of the Groza ward will be announced on Thursday, December 12 during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.
The Wuerffel Trophy, named after former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel, is presented by the Chick-fil-A Foundation to the college football player who “best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.”
Blankenship was also named to the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy last season. Semifinalists for the 2019 award will be announced on Tuesday, November 5, followed by the finalists on Monday, November 18. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 10 at the National Football Foundation’s festivities in New York City .
The Georgia Bulldogs open the 2019 season with an SEC road game at the Vanderbilt Commodores. The game will be televised by the SEC Network at 7:30pm ET.
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UGA senior defensive back J.R. Reed has been named to the 2019 Bronko Nagurski Award Watch List, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) announced on Tuesday.
The Bronko Nagurski trophy is an annual award given to the top defensive player in college football as voted by the FWAA. 92 players have been named to the list and the SEC leads with 18 players.
The full conference breakdown is as follows: SEC 18, Big Ten 15, ACC 12, Pac-12 12, Big 12 11, American Athletic 6, Independents 5, Conference USA 4, Mountain West 4, Mid-American 3, Sun Belt 2.
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 at the Charlotte Convention Center and Ohio State head coach Ryan Day will be the keynote speaker.
J.R. Reed, who hails from from Frisco, Texas, played in all 14 games during the 2018 season and had 66 total tackles (38 solo, 28 assisted). Reed also had two interceptions and one sack.
J.R. Reed has also been named to the watch lists for the 2019 Bednarik Award, given to the college football defensive player of the year, and the 2019 Jim Thorpe Award, awarded to the “best defensive back in college football based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character.”
The Georgia Bulldogs open the 2019 season with an SEC contest on the road against the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday, Aug. 31. The game is set for 7:30pm ET and it will be televised by the SEC Network.
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Three Georgia Bulldogs have been named to the 2019 Outland Trophy Watch List, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) announced on Tuesday.
Named to the list are junior offensive guard Solomon Kindley, junior offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, and redshirt sophomore Isaiah Wilson.
The Outland Trophy is awarded to the nation’s best interior lineman as voted by the FWAA. Georgia leads the watch list this season with three players while 15 other schools have two representatives.
The Big Ten and SEC lead the way with 13 representatives each named to the Outland Trophy Watch List. The Big 12 and Pac-12 follow with 12 apiece, while the the ACC has 10. They are followed by the American Athletic (6), Independents and Mountain West (4 each), and Conference USA, Mid-American and Sun Belt (3 each).
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, up to eight semifinalists will be named for the Outland Trophy. Three finalists will be named on Nov. 25, and the winner will then be announced live on ESPN at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Solomon Kindley hails from Jacksonville, Florida. Andrew Thomas is a native of Lithonia, Georgia, while Isaiah Thomas is from Brooklyn, New York.
Georgia is scheduled to open the 2019 season on Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Vanderbilt Commodores The game is slated for 7:30pm ET on the SEC Network.
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The 2019 Georgia-Notre Dame football game has been selected as the night game of a CBS doubleheader.
The game is scheduled for Saturday, September 21 and it will be televised by CBS at 8:00pm ET (Buy Tickets). Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and reporter Jamie Erdahl will call the game from Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia.
The first game of the CBS doubleheader that day remains to be announced. Below are the options for the game that will air at 3:30pm ET:
- Auburn at Texas A&M
- California at Ole Miss
- Kentucky at Mississippi State
- LSU at Vanderbilt
- San Jose State at Arkansas
- South Carolina at Missouri
- Southern Miss at Alabama
- Tennessee at Florida
Both Georgia and Notre Dame will likely head into their 2019 matchup undefeated. The Bulldogs play at Vanderbilt and then host Murray State and Arkansas State, while Notre Dame plays at Louisville and hosts New Mexico after an off week.
The Georgia-Notre Dame game is the second of a home-and-home series that began in South Bend in 2017. The Bulldogs defeated the Fighting Irish in that contest 20-19 and went on the win the College Football Semifinal at the Rose Bowl over Oklahoma and play in the College Football National Championship.
Georgia opens the 2019 season on Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Vanderbilt Commodores (7:30pm ET, SEC Network). The Bulldogs have not opened a season playing an SEC opponent since hosting South Carolina between the hedges in 1995.
The Vanderbilt contest is followed by three consecutive home games in Athens — Murray State (Saturday, Sept. 7; 4:00pm ET, ESPN2), Arkansas State (Saturday, Sept. 14; Noon ET, ESPN or ESPN2, and Notre Dame.
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