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    When Marcus Rosemy watched the LSU game last Saturday night, he had a different reaction than recruiters at rival schools might have been wishing for. Georgia's top receiver recruit for this cycle broke it down into a simple formula: Hard work + talent + An opening = An early opportunity. That 27-point loss on a very big stage did notgive him pause about his commitment, but more of a cause to prepare himself for. 'The game last night was an eye-opener for me cause I saw first hand that the receiver corps is not where it's supposed to be at the moment,' he said on Sunday. 'But that it is a great opportunity for me to come in during June and win a starting job.' He didn't reach for any negativity with that. He just processed what his eyes saw. The same word kept showing up in his thoughts: Opportunity. Rosemy sees a way he can help the Bulldogs get more out of its offense in the next big game like that one. 'It does because when I look at the receiver spots I see a wide-open slot waiting for me but I just have to go in with a business mentality,' he told DawgNation. That 37-10 loss showed him how quickly he might be able to play for Georgia.When Georgia lost to South Carolina earlier this year, it stoked up more of the same reaction. He learned something from that. The lesson: Bring your best every Saturday in the SEC. 'It's definitely a learning lesson for me so when I get there I know to not perform to the level they played like,' he said back in October. Rosemy took his official visit to Georgia for the Kentucky game. It was raining that day, but he couldn't stop smiling. The Twitter activity here certainly backs all of those words up. Check out his Dec. 8th tweet. A couple of his most recent tweets also follow. I'm Still All Dawg!!! Marcus Rosemy (@rosemy_marcus) December 8, 2019 I Will Be Signing On December 18th Marcus Rosemy (@rosemy_marcus) December 10, 2019 Rosemy welcomed Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley and wide receivers coach Cortez Hankton for his in-home visit on Wednesday. Check out the size and frame here for a future playmaker at WR. Great In-Home Visit @CoachColey @Coach_Hankton @gogetityft @MrsGoGetIt2 pic.twitter.com/Q8CDrpvifS Marcus Rosemy (@rosemy_marcus) December 12, 2019 Rosemy now rates as the nation's No. 7 WR and No. 41 overall prospect for 2020 on the 247Sports Composite rankings. Justin Robinson is Georgia's other WR commit for this cycle. He's already 6 feet, 4 inches tall and right at 206 pounds. Robinson picked up his fourth star during his senior season. He has not yet even begun to scratch the surface of what he can be. This is just his second season of varsity football for Eagles Landing Christian Academy. His Charges face Wesleyan at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the GHSA Class A Private state championship game at Georgia State Stadium. He rates as the nation's No. 48 WR for 2020 per the 247Sports Composite ratings, but the feeling here is Robinson will wake a lot of people up on Saturdays. I can't wait to see @jay_robi22 suit up and play for @KirbySmartUGA. The ref called this potential touchdown out of bounce but clearly his feet was in. One more game and off to UGA for Justin. #TEwracademy pic.twitter.com/TuCSQDeIA1 TE Wr Academy (@TEwracademy) December 8, 2019 Marcus Rosemy: All the tools to make an early impact DawgNation wrote earlier this week why not having more talents like Rosemy was a glaring head-to-head gap for the Bulldogs in the SEC championship . This is the time of year when even more members of a school's fan base start to pay closer attention to the recruiting efforts. Folks have the recent season fresh in their minds. They know what the team might be missing or an area that will need reinforcements coming in after NFL early entries or graduation. For Georgia, that is at the receiver position. Rosemy puts a big checkmark next to that nee for the 2020 roster.There's a lot to like in his scouting profile given his ability, frame and skill set. He looks to be part of a surge in the 2019 and 2020 classes for UGA to do more with its receiver recruiting, too. Don't think recruiting rankings matter?Let's take a quick eyeball test with the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder from South Florida. To do so, let's toss all of his rankings and Under Armour All-American status aside. Just take a look at these clips. It is really only necessary to watch the first clip from each of these embedded tweets. These hands are Georgia-Ready!! @rosemy_marcus @STA_Football @GeorgiaFootball #CommitToTheG #GoDawgs #ATD pic.twitter.com/6c6KNmhzfu Who's Next (@WhosNextHS) August 24, 2019 'Im still a Dawg' @rosemy_marcus @STA_Football @CoachHarriott pic.twitter.com/emgkh2FUBt Pressure Athletics (@pressure_athl) December 8, 2019 When doing so, there's the easy conclusion: Georgia doesn't have enough guys on the team who can do what Rosemy can right now. He has a diverse set of skills. He even threw a touchdown pass on a reverse earlier this season. It was called back, but it was another example of what he can do. He is still a quarterback at heart. The young bucks won't appreciate this player parallel, but his frame and ability to make plays, be it the spectacular or just the hard-nosed variety, reminds of what Michael Irvin used to do back in college with the Miami Hurricanes. This 4-star seems to check every box like that. The tough balls over the middle. The sideline routes. Contested catches along the route tree. Slipping tackles and then winning on the home run ball. Rosemy might find himself celebrating in the end zone a lot on Saturdays like Irvin did, too. Marcus Rosemy tosses a touchdown on a reverse but it comes back on a penalty. pic.twitter.com/mkCTfr0zAs Adam Lichtenstein (@ABLichtenstein) November 30, 2019 He will play at 200 pounds in Athens. At least. And it going to be hard to get him on the ground once he catches it in the secondary. Another viral catch by @rosemy_marcus Holding him for 20 yards @STA_Football @CoachHarriott #And1 pic.twitter.com/pt6cOeyT7Q Pressure Athletics (@pressure_athl) November 18, 2019 No penalty this time. Marcus Rosemy breaks a few tackles and gets into the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. @STA_Football leads Venice 14-0 with 8:49 left in the first half. @SSHighSchools @FlaHSFootball pic.twitter.com/RLJCPIyND7 Adam Lichtenstein (@ABLichtenstein) November 30, 2019 The post Marcus Rosemy: Georgia's top WR recruit sees great opportunity' in Athens appeared first on DawgNation.
  • UGA coach Kirby Smart made a surprising and rare public display of celebration after his team's win over lowly Tennessee last weekend. While walking off the field after the game, the normally low-key Smart ran and jumped into the stands, joining UGA players Brian Herrien and Isaiah Wilson among the fans. It was perhaps the happiest Smart has looked to the public since the dramatic win in the 2017 Rose Bowl over Oklahoma. But for Tennessee? The Vols are 1-4, including a loss to Georgia State. Tennessee was a 28-point underdog to UGA at home and failed to cover. The postgame celebration, which also included UGA quarterback Jake Fromm singing 'Rocky Top' in front of reporters, still seems kind of odd. Nevertheless, Smart explained his reasoning for cutting it loose to WSB-TV's 'Bulldogs Game Day,' and it makes sense: 'Well, I saw an opportunity. I saw two of our kids up there. I'm not as low key after a win when your kids have put so much work in. You want them to see you be real, and see your real personality. That's who I am. 'I wanted Brian and those guys to enjoy the moment. This was Brian's last chance to go to Neyland Stadium. I wanted him to enjoy that.' 'They want to see you be real and see your real personality.' @KirbySmartUGA let loose after last weekend's win at Tennessee! : Sat at 10am on @wsbtv! #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/ehlOcb5JdR Bulldogs Game Day (@WSBbulldogs) October 9, 2019 The post Kirby Smart explains his surprising jump into stands after Tennessee win appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Kirby Smart's Georgia Bulldogs got off to another slow start Saturday night in Knoxville, especially on defense, before finally shutting down a feisty Tennessee offense and reeling off 33 unanswered points to take a convincing SEC road win. Anxiety ran high for a while among some of Bulldog Nation, with fans alarmed by the way the Vols' first-time starter at quarterback, f reshman Brian Maurer, seemed to be having his way with the Georgia pass defense, amassing 205 passing yards in the first half. The Vols announced they were going to make a game of it with a 73-yard touchdown bomb after Georgia's first, rather methodical scoring drive. The Dawgs had to settle for a field goal from Mr. Reliable, Rodrigo Blankenship, on their next drive of the game, after a Lawrence Cager TD catch was waved off for offensive pass interference. That didn't make Georgia fans feel any better, especially after Maurer went right back to work, completing a number of those short-to-medium completions that the UGA defense has allowed all season. The second Tennessee TD drive also was helped along by a really dumb and needless roughing-the-passer infraction. The Dawgs trailing 14-10 to a team that lost to Georgia State had the orange checkerboard crowd at Neyland Stadium going bonkers, as Larry Munson might have said, and Georgia fans fretting, even after another Blankenship field goal made it 14-13. Still, the more sanguine elements of the UGA fan base looked at unflappable Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, who was his usual efficient self, and figured that, once the Dawgs got on track, it wouldn't be much of a game. They were right. Fromm set the tone for the Dawgs' offense in the first half, completing 16 of 20 passes for 195 yards and 2 TDs as the Bulldogs tallied 354 yards of total offense on 42 plays. The Dawgs took back control of the game in the final 4 minutes of the half, reclaiming the lead with 1:59 remaining on a 6-play, 60-yard TD drive capped off by one of Fromm's patented back-shoulder throws to Miami transfer Cager, who appears to have become the QB's favorite target. The Vols missed a field goal attempt and then Georgia got the ball back at its own 30 with 59 clicks left on the clock. That's when Fromm reminded everyone that he's probably the nation's best 2-minute-offense QB, quickly leading the Dawgs downfield, ending in a 7-yard TD pass to freshman receiver George Pickens. Georgia was stopped on a 2-point conversion try, but the 26-14 halftime lead felt pretty comfortable. The Georgia defense gave up a season-high 239 yards in the first half, but it was a different story in the second half. Whether it was true halftime adjustments by the Dawgs' D, or just people executing properly, as Smart indicated to Chuck Dowdle of the Bulldogs radio network after the game, the Vols were held to just 15 yards of total offense in the third quarter (only 1 yard rushing), and just 104 yards total in the second half, 70 of those coming on a final futile drive against Georgia reserves when Tennessee had 1 st -and-goal at the Dawgs' 5-yard line and still couldn't score! The Dawgs offense, meanwhile, couldn't get out of its own way much of the third quarter, with Georgia's first drive of the second half derailed by a couple of penalties, ending in a punt. The second drive also saw a couple more penalties and resulted in another Blankenship field goal. (The officiating crew, which had to swap out referees at halftime due to injury, seemed to think it was getting paid by the flag, but also, as Smart told Dowdle, Georgia 'had some dumb penalties that cost us.') On the Dawgs' third drive of the second half, they turned the ball over on downs after D'Andre Swift was held to 1 yard on 3 rd -and-2 and got nothing on 4 th -and1, indicating that Georgia still has short-yardage concerns. (Considering that, earlier on that drive, freshman back Zamir 'Zeus' White had peeled off runs of 10, 17 and 8 yards, you had to wonder if maybe he shouldn't have been the one to carry the ball on the fourth-down play.) In the fourth quarter, a drive that nicely balanced the running and passing games was punctuated by a Brian Herrien TD. Meanwhile, the defense made amends for the first half by constantly harassing Maurer (and, on a few plays, former Tennessee starter Jarrett Guarantano), allowing just 68 passing yards. (The Vols basically had no running game against the Dawgs.) Georgia safety Richard LeCounte, who had been burned badly on the Vols' long TD in the first half, bounced back to snag an interception (though the ensuing drive produced no points), and, in the fourth quarter, sophomore defensive back Eric Stokesput a strip-sack on Maurer, with linebacker Tae Crowderscooping the fumble up and returning it 60 yards for the Dawgs' final touchdown. Offensively, Georgia never really opened it up the way Smart had hinted they might, but the Dawgs did rack up 526 yards of total offense. Fromm wound up the day completing 24 of 29 passes for 288 yards and 2 TDs. His completion percentage now is an astounding 77.4.While the failures on short-yardage plays continue to be a concern, the Georgia offensive line had a great day protecting Fromm in the passing game. Cager led the Georgia receivers (with 5 catches for 58 yards and 1 TD), followed by tailback D'Andre Swift(4-for-72 yards). Fromm completed passes to nine different Bulldogs. In the running game, the Dawgs tallied 159 yards on the ground in the first half and finished the game with 241 yards on 39 attempts (averaging 6.2 yards per run). Herrien led the team with 11 carries for 88 yards (including a 40-yarder on which he broke numerous tackles) and a TD. Swift had 17 carries for 72 yards and a TD to go with his receiving yards. White averaged 8.1 yards per run while Herrien averaged 8 yards and Swift averaged 4.2. The Georgia defense ended the night with 3 sacks, two of them by redshirt freshman Azeez Ojulari. LeCounte and defensive back Mark Webb tied for the team lead with five tackles apiece. On special teams, Blankenship continues to provide the Georgia offense with a safety net (hitting on all his PATs and all three of his field goal attempts, including a 50-yarder), but the punting game is still erratic. Jake Camarda did have a 53-yarder, but he also shanked another one for just 18 yards. That inconsistency could hurt the Dawgs big down the road. Overall, after the Vols' early bomb, which Smart characterized as a 'punch in the mouth,' the Georgia head coach thought his team did a pretty good job of bouncing back. 'We didn't start the way we wanted tonight, especially not defensively,' he said. 'But, offensively, I thought Jake did a really nice job and [Offensive Coordinator James] Coley called a really nice game and changed some things up.' Still, there are things to fix, including the short-yardage game, the penalties, pass coverage and punting. If Georgia played against an elite team the way they played early on against Tennessee, they might find themselves in too big a hole to recover. As Smart summed up, ' We've got to keep getting better. We've got to get rid of some of the errors.' The post Fromm continues to set the standard as Dawgs look for more consistency appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Tennessee was ranked in the top 10 just three years ago, and coach Jeremy Pruitt has already beaten two Top 25 opponents in his short tenure. But the Vols haven't beaten a Top 10 team since Phillip Fulmer was the head coach in 2006 (Georgia, 51-33) and the last win over a top 5 team came in 2004 (LSU, 30-27). Georgia is more than a three-touchdown favorite with Saturday's game at Neyland Stadium fast approaching, and the Bulldogs are expected to bring a strong fan contingent. Pruitt insists that Tennessee is '100 times better' than a season ago, despite a 1-3 record that includes a home loss to Georgia State. Knoxville News-Sentinel beat writer Blake Toppenmeyer has covered the Vols the past three seasons and provided DawgNation with some insight into the current sate of Tennessee football. 1. Jeremy Pruitt says UT is 100 times better than last year where are the Vols better or worse? Obviously Tennessee is not 100 times better than last year. It is better in some areas, worse in others. The upside: The offensive line, wide receivers, tight ends and running backs are at least a bit improved compared to last season. The negative: Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano has regressed, and Tennessee's defense is worse at every level. The defense suffered more attrition than the offense, so perhaps its issues should have been expected. Having said that, most returners on defense did not improve, and some regressed. 2. Jim Chaney is a proven OC, what are the most noticeable changes in the UT offense? Coach Jeremy Pruitt wants a pro-style offense and had one under offensive coordinator Tyson Helton, so the transition has not been drastic under Chaney. There are some subtle changes unofficially, the Vols are using a fullback less and using two tight ends more and the quarterback has more pre-snap responsibility. To layperson eyes, though, this offense is similar to last season's. Pruitt wanted an offense that emulated Georgia's, and with Chaney at the controls, he's got the man to operate it. 3. There's a lot of chatter about a QB change. What percentage would you put on Pruitt giving a QB his first career start against this UGA defense? 20%. Pruitt has said consistently he thinks Jarrett Guarantano is the best quarterback on Tennessee's roster. The problem is, Guarantano is not playing like he practices. That's frustrating for Pruitt, but I'm not sure most rational people think turning to a freshman against Georgia is the answer to jumpstarting this offense. Neither Brian Maurer nor J.T. Shrout has been effective in his limited relief duty. 4. Georgia fans like to travel but Tennessee fans are known for their deep love of the Vols. What's the highest majority you could see of Georgia fans in the stands? 25%. By the fourth quarter, though, it could be a black and red party in the stands if this game gets out of hand the way the 2017 matchup did. 5: Phillip Fulmer is a first-ballot HOF Coach now acting as AD. What are some of the most significant highs and lows of his AD tenure, and is it fair to say most Tennessee fans are behind him? The majority of Tennessee fans seem to be on board with Fulmer as AD, or at least are reluctant to make a change this early into his tenure. Fulmer's lows: Failing to jumpstart football, not progressing the Neyland Stadium renovation and almost losing men's basketball coach Rick Barnes to UCLA. Fulmer's highs: Not losing Barnes to UCLA and inking him to a new contract, and firing women's basketball coach Holly Warlick. The latter was a tough move, considering Fulmer and Warlick go way back, and he knows her role in the program's history. But it was time to make that move, and Fulmer did. DawgNation Georgia football Family ties make UGA-UT more emotional game UGA linebacker Tae Crowder sees the light, NFL scouts see him Kirby Smart updates injuries on Monday, who's back, who's not Tim Tebow says Georgia must open offense to win title Winners and losers from the bye week UGA defensive lineman Jordan Davis wants bragging rights in Knoxville Beat-up' Georgia a heavy favorite to beat Tennessee Georgia struck gold with transfers Eli Wolf, DJ Daniel, Lawrence Cager Georgia looks to tweak offense, more downfield The post 5 questions with Tennessee football beat writer Blake Toppenmeyer appeared first on DawgNation.
  • There's a lot of comparisons being made this week between Jeremy Pruitt and Kirby Smart. Both are young coaches and former Alabama assistants who were hired to take over two of the SEC East's best traditional football programs Tennessee and UGA, respectfully. Pruitt's start with the Volunteers hasn't gone anywhere nearly as smoothly as Smart's. On Monday, Pruitt was asked about Smart being able to turn around things so quickly at UGA. The Tennessee coach was very candid in his response, per Volquest's Rob Lewis: 'I think the program he took over won 20 games in its previous two years (under Mark Richt). That helped. He had a very young football team that he inherited. 'He has done a really nice job and has a really nice staff together. It is a place where you can have success. Those guys were used to winning and now he has been recruiting in his fourth year and all those guys that he has there he has recruited there ' Last year was Pruitt's first season as Tennessee's coach, and the team posted a 5-7 record. This year, the Volunteers are off to a 1-3 start, including a loss to Georgia State and a dropping a 34-3 decision at Florida. In Smart's first season at UGA in 2016, the Bulldogs posted an 8-5 record. He followed that up with one of the best seasons in school history in 2017, with UGA going 13-2 and losing to Alabama in the national championship game. Pruitt, 45, and Smart, 43, were rival assistants at Alabama, with both serving as defensive coordinators under Nick Saban. Pruitt also worked directly under Smart from 2010 to 2012 as the Crimson Tide's defensive backs coach. The post Tennessee coach reminds media of talent Kirby Smart inherited at UGA appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia coach Kirby Smart and his players were in good spirits during the bye week, and why not? The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs survived the first segment of the season unbeaten at 4-0 and feeling very much like they've improved and grown closer together. Smart talked about the value of a close win like the 23-17 victory Georgia posted against then-No. 7 Notre Dame. WATCH: Kirby Smart halftime speech for Notre Dame win The Bulldogs rallied from a 10-7 halftime deficit to take a 23-10 lead in the fourth quarter, but had to hold on in the final minute with the Irish driving to their 38-yard line with a chance to win. 'There are going to be games like that, that's critical,' Smart said. 'I 100-percent think when you play in the SEC, you are going to play games like that week in week out. I don't know who it's going to be, I don't know which one it's going to be.' Georgia figures to be a double-digit favorite in the next three games, at least. The Bulldogs play at Tennessee (1-3) at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5. The Vols have been struggling, coming off a 34-3 loss at Florida and having suffered a shocking defeat to Georgia State earlier this season. Georgia plays two more games in October before a bye week, playing host to South Carolina (Oct. 12) and Kentucky (Oct. 19) before taking off the Oct. 26 weekend. Georgia has won 14 consecutive games over SEC East Division opponents the past 13 by double-digits but Smart is taking nothing for granted. 'Everybody's going to look at the Las Vegas lines and say, They're supposed to beat this team by whatever,' ' Smart said. 'Those games are going to come down to those crunch time plays and decisions and opportunities, and the only way you get better at them is to be in them.' Georgia has won 16 consecutive home games after the victory over the Irish, which ranked as the only game during the streak that UGA didn't win by double digits. The most recent Bulldogs' single-digit win before last Saturday night was a 54-48 double-overtime victory over Oklahoma in the 2017 College Football Playoffs at the Rose Bowl. 'At least we gained some confidence from the fact that we played in it (the close win over Notre Dame),' Smart said. 'I can acknowledge that is helpful that we got a little Hey, we can handle this adversity.' ' DawgNation Georgia football Bye week heat: DC Dan Lanning brings the intensity Georgia looks to tweak offense, more downfield D'Andre Swift shows he can be thunder and lightning vs. Irish Georgia football freshman report from Notre Dame game Fake injuries? Kirby Smart addresses issue Kirby Smart says Georgia got tested' in 23-17 win Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly: Physicality was real' Recap: Georgia football holds on to beat Notre Dame, 23-17 The post Kirby Smart sees value in close Notre Dame win: we gained some confidence' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • No. 3-ranked UGA is off this week, and the next opponent is Tennessee on Oct. 5. Tennessee is struggling this season under second-year coach Jeremy Pruitt. The Volunteers are 1-3, with losses to Georgia State and a 34-3 decision on the road against Florida. However, Tennessee still has its confidence, at least publicly. 'Our football team is 100 times better than it was this time last year,' Pruitt told reporters on Wednesday. Pruitt's comment generated a lot of reaction among Tennessee fans, which are obviously divided with their feelings on the state of the program. Here's how Pruitt, who was UGA's defensive coordinator from 2014-2015 under Mark Richt, further explained his claim: 'It's not hard to figure out. In the three games that we've lost, I mean, y'all watch the games. We had an opportunity to win two of them. The first game, we had five turnovers, whether it was three turnovers like we had or two turnovers on downs on fourth-and-1, right? And we only got one, so we're minus-4 in the turnover margin there. It's hard to win that way. Probably left some plays out there on both sides of the ball. 'Our football team is 100 times better than it was this time last year, and our guys are working hard. We're stronger, we're more physical, but when it comes to having success winning a football game, you can't turn the ball over and you have to create turnovers, and that's something that has hampered us in our three losses.' Also on Wednesday, two of Tennessee linebackers entered the NCAA transfer portal system, while a Volunteers receiver was absent from practice. UGA plays at Tennessee at 7 p.m. next Saturday. The post Tennessee coach says Vols 100 times better' than last year appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia tight end Eli Wolf said from the onset that he was going to be politically correct when it came to discussing his former program. But on Tuesday, Wolf provided some insight into the unique circumstance of a former team captain in good standing leaving a program for a better opportunity at a rival school. Yes, Wolf is happy to be at Georgia and thriving in James Coley's offense, leading the Bulldogs with 80 yards on five catches through two games. But no, Wolf is not reveling in Tennessee's gut-wrenching losses to Georgia State and BYU, and the Vols' first 0-2 start since 1988. 'I'm not happy at all, I grew up with those guys, and played four years there with them and it doesn't make me happy to see them lose and see their heart break like that,' Wolf said, asked if there's a sense of relief he left a program that's off to a difficult start. 'It's going to matter one game in the fall, and after it's over, those guys are still going to be my buddies in life,' said Wolf, referring to the Oct. 5 game in Knoxville between Tennessee and Georgia. 'So I'm not happy to see them lose, I still wish them the best, all except that one week in the fall.' Wolf had only 10 targets in his three seasons playing at Tennessee, catching nine of them. For much of his career he played behind his older brother, former Vols team captain Ethan Wolf, a 6-foot-6, 250-pounder who helped key Butch Jones' 2016 record-breaking offense. Eli Wolf had plenty of work to catch up with his brother on the field and on the scale after reporting at a scant 205 pounds. 'I remember sometimes waking up middle of the night, setting an alarm, eating a peanut butter sandwich or something quick, and drinking protein shakes three times a day,' Wolf said. 'The weight room was huge, too. And since I've gotten here the weight room has done nothing but help me put that weight on and keep that weight on. 'It took a while, and it was hard mentally and physically to get there, but I never looked at my weight and said, hey, if I'm 220 I'm not going to be able to perform'. I always looked at it if I'm 220, I'm still going to be able to do what everybody at 240 can. I may not be as heavy but I'll be just as strong as every tight end in the country, and I took that as a personal challenge.' Wolf credits his new Georgia teammates for his successful transition with the Bulldogs, recalling how Jake Fromm and Charlie Woerner came out to meet him on a visit. 'They came in on a Sunday, took time out of their day, which showed a lot to me,' Wolf said. 'It meant a lot to me, and we just kind of took off from there, super friendly guys, they took me right in.' Wolf said his approach has just been to work hard every day since arriving in Athens. The results seem to speak for themselves. DawgNation Georgia-Arkansas State week Zamir White showing more confidence, per Kirby Smart Georgia football OLB Nolan Smith plays like wild man' 'Shifty' James Cook impressing everyone George Pickens growing into go-to role already Nolan Smith's relentless effort' spearheads pass rush Cade Mays holds Great Wall' together in win over Murray The post Georgia TE Eli Wolf excited to be at Georgia, but not celebrating Tennessee's misery appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Welcome to Good Day, UGA , your one-stop shop for Georgia footballnews and takes. Check us out every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Georgia football, recruiting, basketball and more. Georgia football winners and losers following big win over Murray State Winner: freshman wide receiver Dominick Blaylock Everyone will want to read about fellow freshman George Pickens and rightfully so. Between his circus catches and bone-crushing blocks, he's one of the most exciting young players Georgia has had in recent years. But don't lose sight of what Blaylock did on Saturday. Blaylock saw game action for the first time after traveling but not playing in the Vanderbilt game. When Tyler Simmons briefly left the game with a minor injury, Blaylock filled in at punt returner and churned out an 11-yard gain. He then added 3 catches and his first career touchdown later in the game by housing a screen pass. I love that we're finally seeing screens back in the offense. What I love seeing even more though, is everyone blocking. Seems like all of our WRs now love to get physical and block. pic.twitter.com/KyZ8GJCNV1 PB (@UGA_PB) September 8, 2019 While Murray State was overmatched physically, it's still a positive sign to see Blaylock making the most out of his early playing time. Wide receiver was a major concern to begin the season but with the early progress shown by Blaylock, Pickens and Demetris Robertson, this group has a chance to be a real positive for the Georgia team. Loser: Georgia pass defense Coming into the game,Kirby Smart and the Georgia defense knew they were going to be tested by Murray State's Air Raid offense. They were going to be spread out and the secondary was going to be put in a position to where they had to make a lot of one-on-one plays. And early on in the game, Georgia gave up bust. Junior defensive back Mark Webb got beat in coverage and surrendered a 60-yard touchdown catch to former Florida receiver Daquon Green. 'We had busted coverage on defense. They made a really good throw and catch,' Smart said of the play. 'We were in man coverage and we didn't have a middle field safety. And you when you don't have a middle field safety and they catch it, they're gonna take it the distance.' Related: Kirk Herbstreit removes UGA from his rankings of top 4 teams On the day, Murray State starter Preston Rice completed 20 of his 25 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown. Smart did admit to tweaking Georgia's usual defensive gameplan and playing more aggressive. And while it paid off in some areas the Bulldogs gave just 23 rushing yards Georgia will need better efforts from the secondary going forward. Winner: Georgia pass rush The previously mentioned aggressive gameplan did greatly benefit Georgia's pass rush. The Bulldogs racked up 6.0 sacks on the day, the most in a game since Smart became the coach. And it's not like one player was consistently beating some poor Murray State player over and over again. The 6.0 sacks came from six different players. Nolan Smith led the way with 1.5 sacks, but Adam Anderson, Walter Grant, Travon Walker, Jermaine Johnson and Azeez Ojualri all chipped in as well. Georgia is going to play better and more physically equipped offensive lines a season gets more difficult. But getting contributions from a multitude of pass rushers should excite Smart and the defensive staff. Other than Tindall's sack, none of the quarterback takedowns came with Georgia having to commit additional bodies to the pass-rushing effort. Related: Nolan Smith's relentless effort' leads to Georgia's best pass rushing day in Kirby Smart era Going forward they should have the ability to get creative with the pass rusher and mix and match players to different downs and distances. On third down packages Georgia put Smith, Anderson and Walker all on the field. That combination of speed and power is going to be a nightmare for opposing offenses. Loser: Georgia fans looking for a challenging road game against Tennessee Tennessee thought they would try and replicate what Georgia did when it hired Kirby Smart. It went after Alabama's defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and named him head coach. Then they brought in Jim Chaney to run the offense though the Volunteers did it going into Pruitt's second season and paid him a lot more money to do be their offensive coordinator Naturally, you would think a melding of those minds would lead to improved results for Tennessee. Instead, things have actually gotten worse. After getting beat by Georgia State in the opener, the Volunteers blew a game to BYU this weekend in which they were leading BYU with less than 30-seconds left and the Cougars having to go 60-yards to get into field goal range. It's Tennessee's first 0-2 start since 1988. Butch Jones, Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley never accomplished such a feat. What some were calling a one-day threat to Georgia now looks like another failed coaching hire. The Bulldogs visit Tennessee on Oct. 5 and that game is looking like an easier win as every week passes. Some might have been worried about a possible trap game, as it will be the first opponent for Georgia after the Notre Dame game. But those Admiral Ackbar wannabes won't have anything to shout about if Tennessee continues to play like it has in the first two weeks of the season. Winner: Fans of the Georgia tight ends For a number of reasons, people constantly want to see Georgia gets its tight ends more involved in the offense. Whether it be the success NFL teams have with the position or the possible allure of landing some highly-rated tight end prospects, the common Georgia supporter wants to the tight end get involved more in the passing attack. Well on Saturday, those fans got some appeasement, as the Bulldogs featured their tight ends early and often in the passing offense. Graduate transfer Eli Wolf caught 4 passes for 73 yards. And while he had an early fumble, the Bulldogs continued to target Wolf in the passing game. 'He's a bright kid, he took a pretty good shot' Smart said of Wolf. ' He caught the ball when he had some opportunities, he made some plays and had some good run after catch. I think he's a talented player and a weapon for us.' Fellow tight end John Fitzpatrick also brought in his first career catch, a 22-yard reception. For right now it might be window dressing, but it is something teams like Notre Dame and Tennessee will have to prepare for going forward. As for what Smart, he's probably more excited with how Charlie Woerner and Ryland Goede played, as the two sprung big plays with their blocking on Saturday. All in all, it was a good day to be a Georgia tight end on Saturday. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation WATCH: Emotional' Georgia WR George Pickens growing into go-to role Georgia football a prohibitive favorite over Arkansas State Georgia football Freshmen Report: Georgia 63, Murray State 17 Georgia among three SEC teams in Top 5 of Associated Press Top 25 Poll Georgia report card: Bulldogs start slow in 63-17 win over Murray State What Georgia football fans are saying on social media after beating Murray State WATCH Jake Fromm: Georgia chasing perfection,' but needs to enjoy victories WATCH: Georgia's Cade Mays holds Great Wall' together in 63-17 win 3 quick takeaways from Georgia's 63-17 win over Murray State Georgia coach Kirby Smart: Pleased with the progress' in 63-17 win Dawgs on Twitter Boys since day 1 pic.twitter.com/Xc9IwGOcyF Ryland Goede (@rylandgoede10) September 8, 2019 Everything Litty I Love when It's HOT pic.twitter.com/us1jaGtMHe Brian Herrien (@brianherrienn) September 9, 2019 Ground game #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/RLer1VNq98 Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) September 8, 2019 Hey Siri, show me videos about 'havoc' Siri: #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/cRHP85VMAC Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) September 8, 2019 Good Dawg of the Day This is Bassie. 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  • The remains of six victims of a deadly volcano eruption in New Zealand have been recovered. Sixteen people were killed on White Island when a volcano there unexpectedly erupted Monday, The Associated Press reported. Eight military specialists recovered six of the eight victims believed to be on the island, and the bodies will be taken to Auckland for identification, CNN reported. Due to toxic gases still being released from the volcano, the team had to wear protective suits and breathing gear to be on the island, the AP reported. The search had to end as air supplies ran low, the New York Times reported. An additional recovery mission is planned to find a tour guide and boat captain who had taken tourists to the island. At least one of them is expected to be in the water, but the other person’s location is unknown, the AP reported. Forty-seven tourists, many from a Royal Caribbean cruise, and guides were on the island when the volcano exploded. Many of the people who survived were burned. Fifteen tourists not from Australia are in burn units across the country with 11 listed as very critical. Thirteen Australians who were part of the tour have all returned to their home country, the AP reported. Skin banks are sending tissues to hospitals to help treat the burns, as medical teams from Australia, Britain and the U.S. travel to New Zealand to help treat patients, the AP reported.
  • A Minnesota man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 24 years in prison in the death of his 13-day-old son. Michael Herkal, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, nearly 16 months to the day after Apple Valley police responded to an Aug. 12, 2018, medical call for an infant not breathing, WCCO reported. The child died two days later, after doctors determined he had suffered a skull fracture and bleeding in his brain. Herkal was charged initially with felony assault and malicious punishment of a child, but three additional charges of murder were filed after authorities received the autopsy report, KARE11 reported. According to WCCO, Herkal initially told authorities his toddler pulled the newborn off the couch twice but later claimed the baby slipped from his hands and fell onto a coffee table during a diaper change. During his plea hearing, however, Herkal admitted he also shook the infant violently and slapped him, the TV station reported.
  • Major League Baseball announced substantial changes Thursday to its drug use and testing policy, multiple news outlets reported. In addition to removing marijuana from its “drugs of abuse” category – making it the first major US sports league to do so – the organization announced mandatory testing for the presence of opioids, cocaine, synthetic THC, LSD and fentanyl, ABC News reported. Per the policy revisions, players will still be tested for “natural cannabinoids” such as THC, CBD, and marijuana, but punishment for violations will now be treated similarly to those of the alcohol and violence policies, ABC News reported. 'Going forward, marijuana-related conduct will be treated the same as alcohol-related conduct under the Parties’ Joint Treatment Program for Alcohol-Related and Off-Field Violent Conduct, which provides mandatory evaluation, voluntary treatment and the possibility of discipline by a Player’s Club or the Commissioner’s Office in response to certain conduct involving Natural Cannabinoids,” the league, in association with its players union, stated. According to NPR, the policy changes will take effect during 2020 spring training.  “The opioid epidemic in our country is an issue of significant concern to Major League Baseball,” MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem said in a prepared statement, adding, “It is our hope that this agreement - which is based on principles of prevention, treatment, awareness and education - will help protect the health and safety of our Players.” Read more here and here.
  • Seeking emergency mental health assistance could soon be as simple as dialing 988, federal regulators announced Thursday. The Federal Communications Commission formally began the process Thursday to designate 988 as a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. “The three-digit number is really going to be a breakthrough in terms of reaching people in a crisis,” Dwight Holton, CEO of suicide prevention nonprofit Lines for Life, told USA Today. “No one is embarrassed to call 911 for a fire or an emergency. No one should be embarrassed to call 988 for a mental health emergency.' According to The Wall Street Journal, the new hotline is intended to simplify access to services available currently by dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the existing National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Once operational, dialing 988 would connect callers to the existing hotline and then route them to nearby crisis centers equipped to provide assistance. “We believe this historical and critical effort will turn the tide on reducing suicides and promote mental wellness in the United States,” said a statement from Kimberly Williams, chief executive of Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit that administers the lifeline, The Journal reported. Read more here and here.
  • An emergency landing by a single-engine plane snarled traffic Thursday night on Interstate 5 in San Diego, multiple news outlets reported. Ian Gregor, public affairs manager for the Federal Aviation Administration, told KNSD the Cessna 182 made a hard landing on the southbound lanes around 7:15 p.m. Within 30 minutes authorities had re-opened two southbound lanes, KFMB reported. Carlsbad Fire Division Chief Mike Lopez told KNSD a man and a woman were on board traveling from the San Gabriel Airport in Los Angeles to McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. According to KFMB, no injuries were reported, and the plane did not strike any motorists. “They did a pretty good job landing this thing,” Lopez told KNSD, adding, “The skill of that pilot, he did a stellar job.”
  • A Fort Gibson man recently showed off his blacksmith skills by taking first place in a competition television show. Nic Overton, 23, earned the top spot on the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire,” which is centered around blacksmith work. Along with bragging rights, Overton won a $10,000 prize. Overton told KOKI he’s been fascinated with blacksmithing since he was a child and crafted his first knife out of a railroad spike. He managed to turn his hobby into a career. He owns his own business called Nix Knives.