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Isaac Nauta named to 2018 John Mackey Award Watch List

UGA junior tight end Isaac Nauta has been named to the 2018 John Mackey Award Watch List, The Friends of John Mackey have announced.

Nauta, who was also named to the Mackey watch list last season, is one of 64 tight ends on the 2018 John Mackey list. The award is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end.

The winner of the 2018 John Mackey Award will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 and then presented live on Thursday, Dec. 6 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.

Nauta, a native of Buford, Georgia, played in eight games during the 2017 season. He recorded nine receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bulldogs are set to open the 2018 season in Sanford Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 1 against the Austin Peay Governors. Georgia opens SEC play the following week at South Carolina.

UGA Football Schedule

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Dogs picked to win SEC East, 12 named to preseason teams

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia’s football team had 12 players named to the Preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams and was picked to win the league’s Eastern Division, according to an announcement on Friday.

The defending SEC and Rose Bowl Game champions received 271 of the 285 first place votes to win their second consecutive SEC East crown. Alabama was the media’s selection to win the conference title and Georgia was picked to be second overall.

The Bulldogs had two First Team selections at the defensive back position with senior Deandre Baker and junior J.R. Reed both being voted to the squad as well as junior Rodrigo Blankenship at place-kicker.

Georgia had an SEC best eight Second Team selections. On offense, sophomore running back D’Andre Swift, senior receiver Terry Godwin, junior tight end Isaac Nauta, sophomore offensive lineman Andrew Thomas and senior center Lamont Gaillard were all included while on defense, senior defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter and senior outside linebacker D’Andre Walker were listed. In addition, junior returner/receiver Mecole Hardman was included from the special teams.

Sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm was also named to the Third Team on offense.

The Bulldogs open their 2018 campaign at Sanford Stadium in Athens on Sept. 1 versus Austin Peay. ESPN will televise the matchup at 3:30 p.m. Georgia begins its SEC slate at South Carolina on Sept. 8.

2018 PRESEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM

OFFENSE

Second-Team

RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia
WR Terry Godwin, Georgia
TE Isaac Nauta, Georgia
OL Andrew Thomas, Georgia
C Lamont Gaillard, Georgia

Third-Team

*QB Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
*QB Jake Fromm, Georgia

DEFENSE

First-Team

DB Deandre Baker, Georgia
DB J.R. Reed, Georgia

Second-Team

DL Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia
LB D’Andre Walker, Georgia

SPECIALISTS

First-Team

PK Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia

Second-Team

RS Mecole Hardman, Georgia

* – Indicates a tie

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D’Andre Swift named to 2018 Doak Walker Award Watch List

UGA sophomore running back D’Andre Swift has been named to the 2018 Doak Walker Award Watch List, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced on Wednesday.

The Doak Walker Award “was created in 1989 to recognize the nation’s premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community.”

Ten semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award will be named in November, and three finalists will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The recipient of the 2018 Doak Walker Award will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards show on Thursday, Dec. 6 live on ESPN.

D’Andre Swift, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, played in all 15 games as a freshman for the Georgia Bulldogs. He rushed 81 times for 618 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 17 receptions for 153 yards and one touchdown.

Earlier this week, D’Andre Swift was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List along with UGA quarterback Jake Fromm. The Maxwell Award is given to the college football player of the year.

Georgia opens the 2018 season in Athens on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Austin Peay.

UGA Football Schedule

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Jake Fromm named to 2018 Davey O’Brien Award Watch List

UGA sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm has been named to the 2018 Davey O’Brien Award Watch List, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced.

The Davey O’Brien Award is an annual award given to the nation’s top quarterback. Fromm is one of 26 student-athletes named to this year’s watch list.

Semifinalists for the 2018 Davey O’Brien Award will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 6, followed by the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 19. The winner of the 2018 Davey O’Brien Award will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

For the 12th season, fans will be able to participate in the voting process for the Davey O’Brien Award at VoteObrien.org beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Results from the fan vote will be combined with ballots from the selection committee.

As a freshman, Jake Fromm completed 181 of 291 passes for 2,615 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also rushed 55 times for 79 yards and three touchdowns.

Other SEC quarterbacks named to the watch list include Jake Bentley (South Carolina), Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State), Jalen Hurts (Alabama), Drew Lock (Missouri), and Jarrett Stidham (Auburn).

The Georgia Bulldogs open the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 vs. Austin Peay at Sanford Stadium in Athens. The game is set for 3:30pm ET on ESPN.

UGA Football Schedule

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Rodrigo Blankenship nominated for 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

Georgia Bulldogs junior kicker Rodrigo Blankenship has been nominated for the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, according to an announcement on Monday.

Blankenship is one of 169 nominees for the prestigious off-the-field honor, which began back in 1992 to “honor their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others.” Nominees for the AFCA Good Works Team are student-athletes that have “made significant contributions to the greater good of society, inspiring future generations of young athletes and the larger college football community.”

“Each nominee has an inspiring story to tell – often times about how they have prevailed over hardships and adversity only to turn around and pour their hearts into helping others,” said David Prendergast, president of the Eastern Territory at Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2018 voting panel. “It is our privilege at Allstate to come together with the AFCA for the 11th consecutive year to shine a light on these exceptional nominees who set the highest standards of community service and serve as role models for generations to come.”

The final roster of 22 players named to the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team will be announced in September. It will consist of 11 student-athletes from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and 11 student-athletes from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Divisions II, III, and the NAIA.

After the 22 players are named, fans will be able to vote for the Captain of the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works team at their website on ESPN.com.

Former UGA offensive lineman Matt Stinchcomb, who was named to the 1997 and 1998 teams, continues as a member of the selection panel that also includes former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.

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UGA football: Four-star OL Warren McClendon commits for 2019

UGA football has picked up their second verbal commitment in the past 24 hours, this one from four-star offensive lineman Warren McClendon of Brunswick, Georgia (Brunswick H.S.).

Like several other recruits lately, Warren McClendon announced his commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs via his Twitter account.

McClendon (6-4, 304) committed to the Georgia Bulldogs over offers from most of the top schools, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and others.

In the 247Sports Composite, Logue is listed as a four-star recruit, the No. 26 offensive tackle, and the No. 242 overall recruit for the 2019 class.

Rivals.com also rates Warren McClendon four-stars, the No. 22 offensive tackle, and the No. 207 overall recruit in the country for 2019.

The addition of Warren McClendon and Zion Logue to Georgia’s class gives the Bulldogs 12 total commitments for 2019. The class has also jumped up to 8th in the nation per 247Sports.

UGA Football Commitments

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Jake Fromm, D’Andre Swift named to 2018 Maxwell Award Watch List

UGA sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm and sophomore running back D’Andre Swift have been named to the 2018 Maxwell Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club has announced.

The Maxwell Award, named after Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, is an annual award given to the college football player of the year.

Last year, quarterback Jacob Eason, now at Washington, and running back Nick Chubb were named to the Maxwell Award Watch List.

Semifinalists for the 2018 Maxwell Award will be announced on Monday, Oct. 29, followed by the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 19. The winner of the 2018 Maxwell Award will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2017.

In his freshman season, Jake Fromm led the Bulldogs to an SEC Championship, Rose Bowl Game win over Oklahoma, and an appearance in the National Championship game.

Fromm completed 181 of 291 passes for 2,615 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also rushed 55 times for 79 yards and three touchdowns.

D’Andre Swift, who played behind Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, rushed 81 times for 618 yards (7.6 avg.) and three touchdowns. Swift also caught 17 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown.

The Georgia Bulldogs are slated to open the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 vs. Austin Peay at Sanford Stadium in Athens. The game is set for 3:30pm ET on ESPN.

UGA Football Schedule

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Deandre Baker named to 2018 Bednarik Award Watch List

UGA senior defensive back Deandre Baker has been named to the 2018 Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club has announced.

The Bednarik Award, named after Chuck Bednarik, is an annual award given to the college football defensive player of the year.

Last season, Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith and defensive tackle Trent Thompson were named to the Bednarik Award Watch List. Smith was later named a finalist for the award.

Semifinalists for the 2018 Bednarik Award will be announced on Monday, Oct. 29, followed by the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 19. The winner of the 2018 Bednarik Award will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

Deandre Baker, who hails from from Miami, Florida, had 44 total tackles in 2017 (30 solo, 14 assisted). Baker also had three interceptions for 37 yards.

UGA Football Schedule

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UGA football: Three-star DE Zion Logue commits for 2019

UGA football has picked up a commitment from three-star defensive end Zion Logue of Lebanon, Tennessee (Lebanon H.S.).

Zion Logue announced his commitment to UGA via Twitter on Sunday.

Logue (6-5.5, 287) committed to the Georgia Bulldogs over offers from several top schools, including Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Virginia, and others.

In the 247Sports Composite, Logue is listed as a three-star recruit, the No. 42 strongside defensive end, and the No. 650 overall recruit for the 2019 class.

Rivals.com also rates Zion Logue three-stars and the No. 65 strongside defensive end.

Georgia now has 11 commitments for the class of 2019, and the class is currently ranked 11th in the nation by 247Sports.

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5-star WR Demetris Robertson to transfer to UGA

The Georgia Bulldogs picked up a big-time player on Saturday when 5-star wide receiver Demetris Robertson announced he intends to transfer from California to UGA.

Robertson (6-0, 190) committed to Cal back in May of 2016 and played for the Golden Bears during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Demtetris Robertson posted a video to his Twitter account on Saturday informing fans of his decision.

After a little over three minutes, Robertson states “I’m staying home. Go Dawgs!”

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

Most of Robertson’s action, 12 games, came during his freshman season when he earned Freshman All-American honors. He had surgery the following season after playing only two games and received a medical redshirt.

Robertson is expected to petition the NCAA for a hardship waiver, which would give him immediate eligibility and would give him three years to play three.

Upon hearing the news, head coach Kirby Smart and the official football Twitter account of UGA football tweeted out their praise.

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UGA’s 2018 SEC Network takeover set for Monday, July 23

For the fourth consecutive year, the Georgia Bulldogs will take over the SEC Network with 24 hours of programming. UGA’s takeover day is set for Monday, July 23.

Below is the full SEC Network Takeover schedule for the Georgia Bulldogs:

12:00am – 1980 Georgia/Florida Football Game
2:00am – 1980 National Championship Football Game
4:00am – SEC Storied: Miracle 3
5:00am – 2008 MBB Tournament Champ Game
7:00am – SEC Storied – Sarah and Suzanne
8:00am – 2018 NCAA Indoor Track
10:00am – UGA WBB vs. Missouri
Noon – 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Champs
2:00pm – Best of the Bulldogs Spring
3:00pm – 2018 NCAA Softball SuperRegional Final
5:00pm – SEC Storied: Herschel Walker
6:00pm – Football Season Review Show
7:00pm – 2017 SEC Football Championship Game
9:00pm – Kirby Smart All Access: SEC Championship
9:30pm – Road to the Roses
10:00pm – 2018 Rose Bowl Game

UGA TV Schedule

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2018 UGA Football Media Guide available to view online

The 2018 UGA Football Media Guide is now available to view online (see below).

The guide features 220 pages of Georgia Bulldogs football information, including the 2018 roster, opponent information, player bios, signee bios, 2017 season review, history, and more.

Featured on the front cover are quarterback Jake Fromm, defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter, center Lamont Gaillard, and tight end Charlie Woerner.

The rear cover includes Georgia’s 2018 football schedule.

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Georgia announces 2018-19 non-conference basketball schedule

The Georgia Bulldogs announced their full non-conference basketball schedule on Tuesday, which includes home games vs. Arizona State, Texas, and UMass.

Georgia will open their 2018-19 non-conference slate on Friday, Nov. 9 at home in Stegeman Coliseum against the Savannah State Tigers. UGA will then hit the road to take on the Temple Owls on Tuesday, Nov. 13 before returning home to host the Sam Houston State Bearkats on Friday, Nov. 16.

The Bulldogs then travel to play in the 2018 Cayman Islands Classic in Grand Cayman. Georgia faces Illinois State in the first round on Monday, Nov. 19 and will then face either Akron or Clemson on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Other teams in the tournament include Boise State, Creighton, Georgia State, and St. Bonaventure.

Georgia then returns to Stegeman Coliseum to host four consecutive games: Kennesaw State (Tuesday, Nov. 27), Texas Southern (Monday, Dec. 3), Arizona State (Saturday, Dec. 15), and Oakland (Tuesday, Dec. 18).

The Bulldogs travel to face in-state rival Georgia Tech on Saturday, Dec. 22 and host UMass on Sunday, Dec. 30. After a few SEC contests, the Bulldogs close out the non-conference portion of their schedule at home against Texas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 26.

“A lot got done in a relatively short period of time, and I appreciate the hard work of everyone involved, led by John Bateman (Assistant AD for Marketing), in finalizing our schedule,” head coach Tom Crean said. “I think we’ve built a very challenging non-conference schedule that will help prepare us for SEC play.”

Georgia’s SEC opponents have been set, but dates have not yet been announced. UGA will host Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. The Dawgs will travel to play Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.

UGA Basketball Schedule

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