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    One young UGA superfan has found a creative way to spend some of his new-found free time to make others smile, while also displaying his passion for the Bulldogs. Cole Cochran, a 9-year-old boy from Grayson, Ga., has been making homemade baseball cards of Georgia football players from scratch. 'I've always been a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, but I really started paying attention much closer attention this past season,' Cochran said in a phone interview with DawgNation. For every UGA game last fall, Cochran and his father sat together on the couch in Georgia gear to cheer for the Bulldogs on TV. Cole saw that his dad loved the UGA so much, that he wanted to make him some cards. The project actually launched in mid-February, but it accelerated within the last few weeks due to staying around home for the pandemic. The cards have proven to be popular among his siblings and extended family. 'I had NFL cards,' Cole said. 'I realized, Hey Dad likes college football,' so I decided to make cards for him as a surprise.' Here's how Cochran's manufacturing process works: He picks out the players, searches for their pictures on the internet, and then prints them out to cut them out for the cards. He also researches all the info that he writes on the back of the cards. He has made 10 UGA cards so far, along with some players on other teams such as LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. He plans to make 'a lot' more for the Bulldogs. 'I guess I will need to buy some new ink for the printer,' said his father, Brian Cochran, who became a Georgia fan after watching his former high school classmate (quarterback David Greene) play for the Bulldogs. The younger Cochran says his favorite player is running back D'Andre Swift: 'He's really good. He's like the Herschel Walker of 2019.' Story continues below the pictures And what did he think of last season? 'Well, there are some things that could've (gone better). I've been thinking about that one pass in the LSU game to Dominick Blaylock. That one was way off. It could've been a big play. 'And in the Georgia Tech game, their defense was good. If our defense wasn't great, we might've lost that game. We had a good season (last year), but it could've been better.' Cole has never been to a Georgia football game, but hopes to do so this upcoming season. 'My dad got tickets to a game before, but he took my mom. And she's a Notre Dame fan.' Know any other kids who are using their free time to express their passion for UGA football? Please send an email to carvell@ajc.com The post 9-year-old fan crafts UGA football cards to make others smile appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Like many of you, I have watched repeats of various SEC football games from recent years over the past couple of weeks, what with spring sports sidelined by the pandemic. In fact, I've even having resorted sampling a couple of Wake Forest games on the ACC Network to get a look at transfer quarterback Jamie Newman. Even though it's mostly repeats and old documentaries on the SEC Network and its ESPN parent right now, I've still been struck by how spoiled today's UGA fans are when it comes to seeing the Dawgs on television. Those of us following the Bulldogs in the 1960s, '70s and even the early '80s can remember when getting to see Georgia play on TV was a big deal, something that didn't happen all that often. Nowadays, all of the Dawgs' games are televised, even the cupcakes, but, through the '90s and even into the early 2000s, that wasn't the case. Still, the last time less than half the Bulldogs' schedule was televised was 1993, when we got to see only five games. And five games seemed a lot at the time. Incredibly, during the national championship season of 1980, Herschel Walker and the Dawgs were on TV only three times: the South Carolina matchup with George Rogers, the Florida game, and the Sugar Bowl win over Notre Dame. No wonder Larry Munson's radio broadcasts were so important to us. Actually, I clearly can recall the very first time UGA was seen playing football on TV. It was New Year's Day, 1960, and Wally Butts' Bulldogs, led by QB Fran Tarkenton, were set to play Missouri in the Orange Bowl. I awoke that morning with both sides of my face ballooned out with a terrible case of the mumps, but my 7-year-old self was determined not to miss the game! Thankfully, Mom allowed it, propping me up with pillows to see Georgia take a 14-0 win. The next time the Dawgs were on TV was the following fall, when Georgia's 21-6 loss to Alabama in Birmingham became the first regular-season Georgia football game to be televised and, in fact, the first college football game ever televised by ABC Sports. The Bulldogs weren't on the tube again until Vince Dooley wound up his first season at the helm, with 7-0 win over Texas Tech in the Sun Bowl. The fact that Georgia rarely appeared on TV in those days wasn't unusual. Back then, the game of the week was literally the game of the week! I remember what a major event it was when ABC came to Athens to televise the 1965 season opener against national champion Alabama. There's no doubt that the Dawgs' flea-flicker upset win being televised to the entire nation was a big leg up for Dooley in returning the Georgia program to national relevance. I was in 8 th grade at the time, and attended the game with my Dad, so I didn't see the telecast, but 12-year-old Darrell Huckaby watched it on TV at his home. After the Dawgs won, he ran out his back door and turned down the alley toward the house where future Bulldogs player Craig Hertwig lived. 'We leaped into one another's arms, like in one of those old movies,' he recalled. Beginning in the late 1960s, and lasting until the mid-70s, Georgia usually only had two or three regular-season games on TV each year. An eye-opener for many younger fans is that the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville, now an automatic addition to the CBS schedule, wasn't televised at all until ABC gave it a regional slot (as opposed to national) in 1967. It would be another 20 years before the clash between the Dawgs and Gators started being televised every year. A little-remembered Dawgs TV footnote is that, in 1981-82, Georgia's games were taped for delayed replay Sunday nights on Channel 5 and Monday nights on cable's USA Network. Longtime Atlanta sportscaster (and UGA grad) Bill Hartman called those games, with folks like Lewis Grizzard, Buck Belue and longtime high school coach Butch Clifton doing the color. 'It was all about Herschel,' Hartman told me this week. 'Once he left Georgia, the production stopped.' Things started looking up in 1984, when Ted Turner's SuperStation signed an SEC football deal. That year, half a dozen Georgia games were televised, and that was about par for the course through the rest of the '80s. We gradually started seeing more games televised as CBS, ABC and Turner were joined by Fox, the nascent ESPN (which showed its first UGA game in 1984) and various regional syndicators like Jefferson-Pilot/Raycom. Local Atlanta stations even televised games occasionally. There also were a few cupcake games shown on pay-per-view. That included one game in 2004, the first season that all of Georgia's games were on TV in one way or another. An ESPN syndication package, originally called the SEC Network (later SEC TV), joined the fray in 2009, and all of Georgia's football games have been televised nationally or regionally ever since then. SEC TV was replaced in 2014 by today's 24-hour SEC Network. Looking back over 60 years of Bulldogs football on television, many high points come to mind. Asked to name their favorite Georgia game on TV, a lot of fans automatically say the 1981 Sugar Bowl against the Fighting Irish. Frankly, I think viewers who weren't fans of either school probably found that 17-10 Georgia win a bit of a snore. My longtime friend Ben Anderson conceded that it was 'not the most dramatic of games with a lot of twists and turns,' but he made the valid point that it still 'was a national title game with a one-possession final score.' The other great TV game that quickly comes to mind is the thrilling double-overtime 2018 Rose Bowl win over Oklahoma. Many believe that one is Georgia's greatest game ever and its back-and-forth nature made it great television, too. Another fan favorite is the 1971 Thanksgiving night comeback win over Georgia Tech engineered by Athens' Andy Johnson, televised nationally by ABC. A much less remembered game, treasured by Jeff Dantzler of the Bulldogs radio network as an 'underrated doozy,' is Georgia's 1982 visit to Starkvegas for a 29-22 win over Mississippi State. 'Herschel was tremendous,' recalled Dantzler, who watched the regional CBS telecast as a boy from his home in Statesboro. Another TV game that stands out in the memories of fans who came of age in the '90s is No. 12-ranked Georgia's 28-27 upset of 6 th -ranked LSU in Baton Rouge in 1998. The Dawgs' freshman quarterback, Quincy Carter, had a great night, completing 27 of 34 passes for 318 yards, catching a pass for 36 yards and rushing for 41 more. Three-way player Champ Bailey, who was in for 96 of the game's plays, caught 7 passes for 114 yards, and fellow defensive back Kirby Smart had a team-high 12 tackles. Clinging to a 1-point lead, the Dawgs' final, clock-killing drive of the fourth quarter, highlighted by a key third-down reception by Bailey, was gripping viewing. And, certainly a TV classic was the New Year's Day 2000 Outback Bowl, billed as 'the first sporting event of the millennium,' which saw Carter lead the Dawgs in an amazing comeback against the Purdue Boilermakers, who had future NFL star Drew Brees at QB. Brees set or tied six Outback Bowl records in the game, including passing for 378 yards, and, early in the second quarter, Purdue had a 25-0 lead over Jim Donnan's Dawgs. Things looked bleak. Terrence Edwards finally put the Dawgs on the scoreboard with a 74-yard scoring run, and it was all Georgia from that point on, with an 8-yard Carter-to- Randy McMichael TD pass tying the game with 1:19 remaining. After the Boilermakers missed a field goal in overtime, Georgia placekicker Hap Hines made a 21-yard kick for the win. At the time, it was the largest comeback in bowl history. Now, that's great television. When ESPN televised Georgia's visit to Tuscaloosa in 2007, I watched it on a big-screen TV with my two brothers, my daughter and one of my nieces. We wanted to hear how the Scott Howard-Eric Zeier broadcast team did in their debut without Munson, so we muted the sound on the TV and instead listened to the Bulldogs radio broadcast while watching. The last time previously where all three King brothers had watched Georgia on TV together was the 1999 game against Tech, an overtime affair that didn't turn out well. So, when this one also went to overtime, we were more than a bit nervous. Thank goodness, Matthew Stafford and Mikey Henderson were as cool as could be, though. After Bama kicked a field goal in OT, Stafford threw a perfect strike to Henderson for the one-and-done winning score. That's the last time the Dawgs have beaten the Tide to date. Another fan favorite from the 2007 season is the 42-30 win over Florida that saw most of the Georgia team celebrating the Dawgs' first score by dancing in the end zone. There was a lot more to the game, of course, with Knowshon Moreno running for 188 yards and 3 TDs, and the Dawgs defense sacking Gators QB Tim Tebow 6 times. But the 'Gator Stomp' is what fans remember most. Other fan TV favorites include the 1996 win over Auburn (Georgia was terrible in the first half, but the second half and four overtimes were great viewing); and the 2007 Auburn 'Blackout' game, with CBS' Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson dancing along to Soulja Boy in the booth. However, the most frequently mentioned choice as the greatest Bulldogs TV game is known by two words: 'Run, Lindsay.' The 1980 Jacksonville clash saw the Dawgs trailing 21-20 in the fourth quarter, facing third-and-long at their own 7-yard line. Backed up in his own end zone, quarterback Buck Belue found receiver Lindsay Scott at the 25-yard line. Urged on by Munson on the radio, Scott scored the game-winning touchdown. That game was playing on TV during Clint Ard's 21 st birthday party, and, he said, when Scott scored, 'my whole family exploded with joy. It was one of the greatest birthday presents I've ever received!' Jason Hasty, now the sports archivist at UGA's Hargrett Library, was just 5 years old at the time, but his favorite memory of watching the Dawgs on TV is looking up from playing with his toys to see his quiet church secretary mother on her feet as Munson shouted 'Run, Lindsay!' on the radio. Hasty still prefers a radio soundtrack for TV games. 'When I'm not in Sanford Stadium, the TV will be on with the sound turned down and the radio broadcast turned up,' he said. Mark Symms, meanwhile, was a UGA student watching that Florida game at the Alpha Gamma Rho house in Athens. After Scott's touchdown, Symms said, he and his drunken fraternity brothers ran out the front door and straight into Milledge Avenue, bringing traffic to a complete halt as they jumped up and down, screaming. A police officer, who had no idea what they were celebrating, got them out of the street and wrote Symms a ticket for 'rioting.' The brothers continued their celebration safely on the sidewalk for a few more minutes, when the cop suddenly returned. 'I am really in trouble,' Symms thought, but the officer grabbed the ticket and tore it up. 'He glared at me again, then winked. He had heard the news. He walks back to the car and says, Stay out of the damn streets. Go Dawgs!' As Symms put it: 'Greatest UGA TV game ever.' The post Dawgs on TV have produced some great memories for fans through the years appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Todd Gurley will be playing football in the state of Georgia once again, as the former Georgia star signed a one-year deal to play for the Atlanta Falcons. And while many Georgia fans are thrilled about the move, there are some out there that are skeptical of the move, wondering why the Falcons would sign a running back that appears to be somewhat past his prime. But as we explain in the video below, people who don't want to see Gurley succeed with the Falcons are probably anti-fun. Related: Todd Gurley hype video will give Georgia fans chills Gurley gave Georgia fans plenty to celebrate during his time as a Bulldog, as he rushed for 3,285 yards and added 36 rushing touchdowns. And that's despite missing multiple games in both his sophomore and junior seasons. The Los Angeles Rams, then located in St. Louis, took Gurley with the No. 10 pick int he 2015 NFL Draft. He shined instantly, winning the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. He was named an All-Pro three times and in 2017 won the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year award. Gurley also played a key part in leading the Rams to the Super Bowl during the 2018-19 season. But he began to suffer knee problems toward the end of that campaign. Gurley did have surgery on a torn ACL he suffered during his junior year. Those knee issues continued into the 2019 season, where Gurley posted his lowest rushing total of his career. Factor in the monster contract the Rams were paying him he signed a $60 million deal prior to the start of the 2018 season and he just became too pricey and too dinged up for the Rams. They released him halfway through the contract he signed. The Falcons figure to be a perfect landing spot for Gurley, as they released Devonta Freeman this offseason. Factor in that he'll get to play with Julio Jones and Matt Ryan, and Gurley does have the possibility for a real bounce-back season. And that would certainly excite a lot of Atlanta and Georgia fans. It's not hyperbolic to say that Gurley might be the most popular player on the team next year. The Falcons haven't had much of a history of signing or drafting Georgia Bulldogs, but signing Gurley and seeing him do well would make a number of Georgia fans forget about that. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down D'Andre Swift draft stock Georgia football podcast: 5 things to know about UGA's chances of making Playoff Tony Grimes: Nation's No. 1 CB was set to see UGA amid a flurry of spring visits How Georgia football can maintain its gap over Florida and Dan Mullen Bracket season: Kirby Smart's Florida celebration pulls upset in top Georgia football moments tournament Georgia football podcast: National analyst calls UGA's victory vs. Georgia Tech a bad win' The post WATCH: If you don't like Todd Gurley on the Atlanta Falcons, you're anti-fun appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry checks in with what was lost for 5-star CB Tony Grimes during March due to the COVID-19 scare affecting our country. Tony Grimes had plans for a big March. The nation's No. 1 cornerback prospect (per the 247Sports Composite) had the following visits lined up prior to our daily lives changing radically across America. Check this out: Georgia Georgia Tech North Carolina Ohio State Texas A&M Clemson USC Virginia South Carolina Tennessee (end of April) Virginia Tech Grimes was set to really dig in and start thoroughly evaluating his decision with a sensible brick-by-brick approach. He was in no hurry with any of it. It was just the thing to do. Even with his announced commitment date of Dec. 1, 2020, still months and months down the road. Those were the visits planned about two weeks ago. Grimes was going to be in a Pylon 7-on-7 Tournament in Atlanta on the weekend of March 15. There was a trip planned to see Georgia and Georgia Tech on that same weekend with a few of his 7-on-7 teammates. That Sunday trip had already been set up with the Georgia coaching staff. That was during a big period of uncertainty. Grimes had been told earlier this month by his Hampton Roads school district in Virginia some startling news. If he left the school district for travel outside the region, he'd have to self-quarantine for 14 days before he could return to school. RELATED: Check out the remarkable on and off-the-field read on Tony Grimes. It is about a lot more than football here. @757EliteDB You should have keep going son Im thinking about tagging a few coaches pic.twitter.com/gFO5a3kydf Coach Glover (@dhglover) March 23, 2020 Check out the push-ups reps in that embedded tweet. The 6-foot-1, 179-pound Grimes repped out over 50 in that 51-second clip. Tony Grimes: The thoughts there about Georgia Team Grimes was not about offer chasing. It wasn't looking for more offers. It was drilling down on the schools they had already seen with solid offers. 'I tell people all the time to stop chasing offers from programs you don't have a scholarship with,' his father Deon Glover said. 'Go visit the schools that you do. Take advantage of that time. If you have a good scholarship offer with two or three schools, go visit those two or three schools two or three times apiece.' 'We couldn't see anything like this happening but at least you have enough information about a school to make an informed decision.' With Georgia, they had only seen the Bulldogs one time. That was a big trip that vaulted UGA outside of his top 10 schools to landing an official visit slot after just one visit. 'Of course we want to visit Georgia more,' Glover said. 'We love it. We love the coaches there. We talk to them all the time. I want to visit the program more with Tony to kind of get around the team a little bit. See the camaraderie and see how it all flows with being around them.' That was important here. Even with that Dec. 1 deadline way down the road. 'We've been to enough schools to say Hey if push came to shove and we need to make a decision now we can make a decision now' and we've been to enough schools multiple times to be able to say that,' Glover said. 'At least with the schools we like. We've been multiple times. With the exception of Georgia.' There is a clear interest here in Kirby Smart's program. 'What's going on at Georgia is elite mimic energy that you see in Clemson and some of the other top programs,' Glover said. 'With the program itself. We learned a lot when we were down there the first time and of course, we were going to go back this time in March and go back again in April.' 'We had an official visit set up for June 12. We had put the gas in on them there with Georgia. Trying to get as much as we can about Georgia in a short period of time. But with those other schools, we have already got enough information on them. For real.' Nobody knows if those dates can be met at this time. That seems more than likely. This does back up the research portion of his timeline. A few schools, like Clemson, have already said that they will wait for Grimes until he's completed his decision process. The Tigers will give him a reserved parking spot in their 2021 class until he's let them know they are no longer in it. North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, Texas A&M and USC have said the same thing. Would Georgia be one of those schools? Glover said the staff didn't say that. They said something even more impactful. 'Georgia told us that he was the most important recruit in the class for them,' Glover said. 'Period. Overall. With me hearing that from the coach, that tells me that they are definitely in it until the end.' You asked for it. We heard you. Our weekly live DawgNation 'Before the Hedges' recruiting show is now up on Apple podcasts. Check it out. The post Tony Grimes: Nation's No. 1 CB was set to see UGA amid a flurry of March visits 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. How Georgia football can maintain its gap over Florida Dan Mullen has rather famously stated that the difference right now between Georgia and Florida is just seven points. Nevermind that the Bulldogs have beaten a Mullen coached team in each of the past three seasons, or that Georgia continues to recruit at a better level than the Gators. Still, Mullen is a talker, and talk he shall. But he's not the only one who sees the difference between the two rivals as a few points. Sportsbetting.ag put out a number of early lines for 2020 games and the Georgia-Florida game was among those listed. It had the Bulldogs as just a 2-point favorite over the Gators. This might seem small given the recent history between Smart and Mullen, but keep in mind that Florida is likely to enter the 2020 season as a top-10 team. The Gators will also bring back Kyle Trask, a more known entity than what Jamie Newman might look like for the Bulldogs. So how does Georgia maintain this edge over Florida? Whether it be two points or seven, beating Florida every season is one of the more important goals for Smart t Georgia. And there are a few things Georgia can continue to do to maintain, and perhaps even grow that edge. 1. Continue to practice social distancing: We're repeating this bit from Monday. As trying as it is at the moment, it's the only way we're going to get through it. There's a popular joke going around on the internet that if you told southerners that staying inside for seven days would save the college football season, they'd do it. Well, there is always a bit of truth in jokes. A Greater Mission | A message from @KirbySmartUGA pic.twitter.com/n62U9xrvz4 Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) March 16, 2020 Related: How Georgia football can close the gap on Alabama in 2020 and beyond 2. Find a more consistent(ly great offense Georgia's offensive performance against Florida last season was a departure from what we saw against most capable defenses. Jake Fromm was excellent, turning in his best performance of the season. Lawrence Cager made the most of his one game against Florida count, hauling a huge touchdown. And the offensive line kept Fromm clean the entire game, as the vaunted Florida pass rush finished with no sacks. If Georgia's offense looked more like it did against Florida, James Coley is probably still the offensive coordinator. Now it will be up to Todd Monken to right some of the wrongs from last season. Monken will have Newman and his dual-threat ability could open up some more things for the Bulldogs. Georgia hasn't always had a great offense under Smart but imagine if Monken is able to turn things around. Imagine Georgia having a talent and possible schematic edge on the offensive side of the ball. That would make Florida's task even more daunting. 3. Continue to recruit at a noticeably better clip than Florida Georgia has signed the No. 3, No. 1, No. 2 and No. 1 recruiting classes in each of the past four cycles. Recruiting is clearly not an issue for Smart and his staff. The same can't be said for Florida. The Gators saw a number of members from their 2019 class leave before the start of the 2019 season. The 2020 Florida class came at No. 8 and is headlined by 5-star defensive tackle Gervon Dexter. But that No. 8 class ranks sixth in the SEC. Georgia and LSU, two teams the Gators play every season, finished ahead of Florida. It's still clear thMullen and his assistants have to improve on the recruiting side of this rivalry. The Gators have gotten off to a strong in the 2021 recruiting cycle, as Florida has the No. 3 ranked class, largely due to the Gators having 14 commitments. There isn't really anything Smart and company can do about this one. The Bulldogs are still going to be one of the top recruiting teams in the country. It's going to be up to Florida here to close the gap. Related: Reevaluating expectations for Georgia football's No. 1 2020 recruiting class 4. Continue to have Kirby Smart involved in the defense Dating back to his final season Mississippi State, Mullen's lowest-scoring performance in two out of the past three seasons have come against Smart and Georgia. In 2017, Mississippi State scored just 3 points. In 2018, Florida scored 17 but it still wasn't the worst offensive game of the year. Last season, the Gators once again scored just 17 points, making it the lone time the Gators were held below 20 points. In each of those games, Mullen's teams also entered ranked in the top-25 as well. So it's not exactly like he was leading a team like Geoff Collins is at Georgia Tech. Mullen has had some talent. And given Mullen's reputation as an offensive guru, one would think he'd be able to put together a team that scored more than 20 points. This is the point where we remind you that Smart is still one of the best defensive minds in the sport. Even though he may not be the defensive coordinator, his fingerprints are all over the defensive side of the ball. Even after the change in coordinators from Mel Tucker to Dan Lanning, the defensive unit improved. And it might be poised to do so again in 2020 with all the talent Georgia has returning. Unless Smart takes a hands-off approach as Mark Richt did at the end of his Georgia tenure, this aspect isn't likely to change either. Smart and Mullen are going to be matching wits for the foreseeable future and Georgia fans have to like that matchup. 5. Hope Florida continues to employ Dan Mullen For all that we've said about Mullen to this point, he's still proven that he's a pretty good coach. He's won 10 games in back-to-back seasons and finished in the top-10 each time. If you had to describe the trajectory of the Florida program, it would be up. And yet, Mullen has still shown to this point that he is not on the same level of Smart as a head coach. Not that Smart isn't without his flaws either. But following the Orange Bowl win over Virginia, Mullen remarked how difficult it is to go from an 11-win team to a 12-win team. That is something Smart has already done twice. Given their past three matchups, it's clear right now Smart has an edge over Mullen. That doesn't mean Mullen will lose every game against Smart, but for the moment, you would have to say Georgia has the superior coach. If it stays that way, Georgia is going to stay on top of this rivalry. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Bracket season: Kirby Smart's Florida celebration pulls upset in top Georgia football moments tournament Georgia football podcast: National analyst calls UGA's victory vs. Georgia Tech a bad win' Dylan Fairchild: Georgia offer to 4-star OL was like drinking from a fire hydrant' Matt and Kelly Stafford donating meals to Michigan first responders amid coronavirus pandemic Georgia football podcast: UGA's been on a nice streak of DL recruiting wins The benefit and impact of having Matt Luke at Georgia extends beyond the offensive line Dawgs on Twitter Rise Up I'm Home #GoDawgs #ATL pic.twitter.com/IJ0NVsomir Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) March 26, 2020 Enthusiasm we have when everyone washes their hands, practices social distancing, and only travel when necessary! #HunkerDown #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/oczbCDKlVh Cortez Hankton Jr. (@Coach_Hankton) March 25, 2020 It's #TryItTuesday! Here's some simple, budget-friendly, recipes you can try at home today! Which one are ya'll going to cook up first? pic.twitter.com/i1NogEDcjq UGA Football Performance Nutrition (@UGA_FBNutrition) March 24, 2020 'Happy Birthday Coach Crean' https://t.co/r7YjxPJLHl Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) March 25, 2020 Good Dawg of the Day This is Mac. Sometimes he misplaces his ears. Always finds them though. 13/10 pic.twitter.com/SVEQmtCYLr WeRateDogs (@dog_rates) March 26, 2020 The post How Georgia football can maintain its gap over Florida and Dan Mullen appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Todd Gurley will be returning to the state of Georgia to play football, as he signed last week with the Atlanta Falcons on a one-year deal. The move brings Gurley back to the state where he played his college football, as Gurley was a star during his three seasons in Athens. It obviously excited a lot of people in and around the state of Georgia, given his popularity. Many hoped the Falcons would take Gurley back in the 2015 NFL Draft, but Atlanta drafted Vic Beasley instead. Related: Mark Richt on Todd Gurley: I am jumping for joy right now!!' Gurley, whose Twitter game is quite strong, posted a simple message on his Twitter account that should excite both Georgia and Atlanta fans. 'Rise up I'm Home,' Gurley wrote, while also accompanying the tweet with a video highlighting his high school and college days. Rise Up I'm Home #GoDawgs #ATL pic.twitter.com/IJ0NVsomir Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) March 26, 2020 Gurley gave Georgia fans plenty to celebrate during his time as a Bulldog, as he rushed for 3,285 yards and added 36 rushing touchdowns. And that's despite missing multiple games in both his sophomore and junior seasons. The Los Angeles Rams, then located in St. Louis, took Gurley with the No. 10 pick int he 2015 NFL Draft. He shined instantly, winning the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. He was named an All-Pro three times and in 2017 won the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year award. Gurley also played a key part in leading the Rams to the Super Bowl during the 2018-19 season. But he began to suffer knee problems toward the end of that campaign. Gurley did have surgery on a torn ACL he suffered during his junior year. Those knee issues continued into the 2019 season, where Gurley posted his lowest rushing total of his career. Factor in the monster contract the Rams were paying him he signed a $60 million deal prior to the start of the 2018 season and he just became too pricey and too dinged up for the Rams. They released him halfway through the contract he signed. The Falcons figure to be a perfect landing spot for Gurley, as they released Devonta Freeman this offseason. Factor in that he'll get to play with Julio Jones and Matt Ryan, and Gurley does have the possibility for a real bounce-back season. And that would certainly excite a lot of Atlanta and Georgia fans. It's not hyperbolic to say that Gurley might be the most popular player on the team next year. The Falcons haven't had much of a history of signing or drafting Georgia Bulldogs, but signing Gurley and seeing him do well would make a number of Georgia fans forget about that. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Bracket season: Kirby Smart's Florida celebration pulls upset in top Georgia football moments tournament Georgia football podcast: National analyst calls UGA's victory vs. Georgia Tech a bad win' Dylan Fairchild: Georgia offer to 4-star OL was like drinking from a fire hydrant' Matt and Kelly Stafford donating meals to Michigan first responders amid coronavirus pandemic Georgia football podcast: UGA's been on a nice streak of DL recruiting wins The post WATCH: Todd Gurley's Falcons hype video will give Georgia football fans chills appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Our first No. 1 seed has fallen in the bracket determining the top moment of the Kirby Smart era of Georgia football. In the 2018 region, Smart's YEET inspired celebration sprung a resounding upset win over Georgia's SEC East clinching victory over Kentucky. Perhaps Smart's celebration was underseeded, given the Florida win turned the Kentucky game into a true, winner-take-all matchup. The Gators at the time were also a top-10 foe and the Georgia-Florida rivalry is unquestionably the top rivalry at the moment. With the No. 1 seed out of the way in the 2018 bracket, Smart's joyful dance with his team will take on D'Andre Swift's 77-yard touchdown run against Auburn for the right to represent the 2018 region in the Final Four. Swift's run actually took down Jeremiah Holloman's performance in that Florida game, where he hauled in two touchdown passes. As for the rest of the remaining bracket we've reached the Elite Eight if you will see below and remember that you can vote and determine what moves on. Full bracket 2017 Region No. 1 Sony Michel's walk-off against Oklahoma vs. No. 5 shutting out Tennessee Breakdown:Michel dominated again, winning 97-3 in the second round. Michel's game-winning touchdown run is the heavy favorite to win the entire bracket. Think back to how great it felt in that moment for the Bulldogs to punch their ticket to Atlanta. The Notre Dame moment earned a comfortable 61-39 win over Swift's touchdown run in the SEC championship game. . You could've easily argued for Terry Godwin's touchdown catch or Davin Bellamy's game-ending strip-sack, but that entire weekend really validated that Georgia had one of the best fan bases in the country. That victory also proved to be a springboard to a season that ended in the national championship game. 2017 Region Final DawgNation (@DawgNation) March 25, 2020 2016 Region No. 1 Nick Chubb's return vs. UNC vs.No. 3 Jacob Eason's winner against Mizzou Breakdown: Chubb cruised again, this time topping the Auburn upset by a 72-28 margin. This was Chubb's first game back after a horrific knee injury against Tennessee in his sophomore season. He came out and ran for 222 yards, the second-most in his illustrious Georgia career. The result also gave Georgia a win over North Carolina in Smart's first-ever game as Georgia's head coach. Eason actually ended up outlasting any of Jake Fromm's moments, thanks to beating Rodrigo Blankenship's game-winner against Kentucky. Unlike Eason's touchdown in the Tennessee game, this one actually proved to be the winner. Eason's fourth-down toss to Isaiah McKenzie gave the Bulldogs their first SEC win under Smart and Eason his first road win. 2016 Region Final DawgNation (@DawgNation) March 25, 2020 2018 Region No. 5 Kirby Smart's post-Florida celebration vs.No. 2 D'Andre Swift's touchdown run against Auburn We previewed this at the top of the article. We think there's a good chance Smart's Florida celebration ends up winning the 2018 region. Auburn has one of the best run defenses in the country. @DAndreSwift has 186 yards against it, including this 77 yard touchdown. pic.twitter.com/XoxKAB0fyq Dayne Young (@dayneyoung) November 11, 2018 2018 Region Final DawgNation (@DawgNation) March 25, 2020 2019 region No. 1 The Notre Dame lights show vs.No. 2 HBTFD Breakdown: this was the only region to feature the No. 1 and No. 2 seed. The Notre Dame light show figures to be the heavy favorite to advance, given Smart's colorful press conference against Auburn has eeked out two close victories just to get to this point. 'How 'bout them f****n Dawgs' indeed pic.twitter.com/D0sZnNkzsw Connor Riley (@Kconnorriley) November 17, 2019 2019 Region Final DawgNation (@DawgNation) March 25, 2020 More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football podcast: National analyst calls UGA's victory vs. Georgia Tech a bad win' Reevaluating expectations for Georgia football's No. 1 2020 recruiting class Dylan Fairchild: Georgia offer to 4-star OL was like drinking from a fire hydrant' Matt and Kelly Stafford donating meals to Michigan first responders amid coronavirus pandemic Georgia football podcast: UGA's been on a nice streak of DL recruiting wins The benefit and impact of having Matt Luke at Georgia extends beyond the offensive line Georgia football star Andrew Thomas top 15 pick, per ESPN expert Mock 3.0 The post Bracket season: Kirby Smart's Florida celebration pulls upset in top Georgia football moments tournament appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 1,160 (March 25, 2020) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about why some of Georgia's recent victories vs. Georgia Tech are considered 'bad wins' according to a formula recently shared by a national analyst. Georgia football podcast: National analyst calls UGA's victory vs. Georgia Tech a bad win' Beginning of the show: Georgia has 10 bad wins over the last five years according to analysis recently posted by College Football News which defines bad wins as victories that come vs. an FCS opponent or an FBS team with three or fewer wins in a given season. I'll discuss on today's show the fact that two of these s0-called 'bad wins' since 2015 have come against Georgia Tech and what that should mean for the future of the rivalry known as 'Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate.' 10-minute mark: I'll share an example of how new UGA special teams coach Scott Cochran is seemingly trying to make the best of the coronavirus shutdown and stay in contact with recruits. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's Connor Riley joins the show. Some of the topics covered include UGA strength coach Scott Sinclair's daily workout tweets Connor's thoughts on the Bulldogs' rivalry with Georgia Tech How the college football world is responding to the coronavirus And an update on the ongoing voting for the top moment so far in the Kirby Smart era 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including a look at how the league's other teams have performed on the 'bad wins' metric, a deep dive from ESPN into the new-look Egg Bowl rivalry between Ole Miss and Mississippi State and some audio from Alabama coach Nick Saban encouraging Tide fans to do their part to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: National analyst calls UGA's victory vs. Georgia Tech a bad win' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry gets onthe mat with Class 7A state heavyweight wrestling champion Dylan Fairchild. He picked up a big UGA offer earlier this year. Dylan Fairchild now has over 20 offers, but he's still getting used to this recruiting stuff. 'I really didn't get recruited big-time or pretty much at all my freshman or sophomore years,' he said. 'So this is really all kind of new to me for my junior year.' South Carolina was his first 'big' offer from the Southeastern Conference. That one was extended his way prior to his junior season. It was one of the very best days of his life so far. He all but jumped out of his size-15 shoes. LSU and Georgia offered in early March. He believes the Bulldogs were his 20th offer at that time. The 247Sports Composite ratings have him as the nation's No. 20 offensive guard and the No. 343 overall prospect for 2020. The pure 247 rating has him as the nation's No. 12 guard and the No. 188 overall prospect. It seems more in line with the type of player he can at the next level. Those traits reflect his worth, but maybe not as much as these next two bullet points: Georgia line coach Matt Luke evaluates Fairchild as a versatile do it all lineman. 'But the plan would be to start me out at tackle there,' Fairchild said. 'Coach Luke sees me as a tackle.' Fairchild also won the Georgia High School Association's Class 7A heavyweight wrestling title earlier this year. He logged a 46-0 record with 46 pitfalls. He actually pinned an opponent in just four seconds. That came deep in the championship bracket. His football DNA shows what he can do even more precisely below. What does he love best about playing the game of football? 'I'll be honest here,' he says. 'It is just trying to get to pummel and hurt someone over and over all night long. Just ruin somebody else's night and not having any consequences. I mean really coming from a wrestling background and wrestling and football background it is just who I am.' 'I quit baseball last year because it was too non-contact and too boring. I threw track last year and I told my coaches it was too boring. I have to have contact. That's my favorite sign about football and wrestling is you get to compete with someone and just try to dominate them all night last. That's just the best feeling for me. Dominating someone is just really it.' Georgia offered earlier this month. That places the Bulldogs squarely into the mix of his top schools for his eventual college decision. 'We were blown away,' Fairchild said of the Georgia offer. 'It was like drinking from a fire hydrant with all of their academic support and everything. We were kind of just blown away.' Dylan Fairchild: The early things to know here Fairchild is fun to be around. He is a strong communicator and tells the story of how his father was introduced to a baby named 'Dylan Cooper' at the hospital when he was born and plugged those first two names into his own birth certificate. He will mimic the growling snarl of the West Forsyth school mascot on cue at a photographer's request and will actually be quite good at it. Not to mention completely accommodating. That's probably why he can say that he wears the No. 51 jersey for his Wolverines and actually make it seem not so corny that Del Monte wouldn't can it. 'Five linemen and one heartbeat,' he said. 'At my school, I try to be an offensive line leader and try to lead our team. It all starts at the line of scrimmage so if you've got all five of those guys all with one heartbeat and all on the same level then everything else behind you is going to fall into place and it is going to work out.' When the interview concludes, he will say that he loves to fish. He is actually headed out to catch a fish. When he throws his line in the water, he will even snag a fish, too. He brings up his blessings often. He has the ability to play two sports at a very elite level for a high school athlete. How much does his faith matter to him? 'For me personally it is living in God's glory,' Fairchild said. 'I'll always remember this verse Whether you are eating or drinking you always live in God's glory. Do things for the glory of God' and I mean God blessed me with this body. Like you said, you're just born that way.' 'I've just been blessed and it would be a shame for me to throw that away.' He wakes up somedays 'turned up' and ready to go. But he has other days where he doesn't crackle with energy. 'The days that I am struggling or days that I am tired it is just those moments where I remember what I am doing all for,' he said. 'It is just living in that glory and achieving that goal I have wanted to achieve since I was a little kid.' Coach speak: West Forsyth's David Svehla on Dylan Fairchild David Svehla has only been the coach at West Forsyth for about five weeks. That was still enough time for him to notice a lot of positive character traits about Fairchild in his program. 'I haven't known him for a number of years like a lot of people here,' Svehla said. 'I don't have any preconceived notions. I'm seeing him a lot for the first time now. The thing that stands out to me is he is a good leader.' 'The kids like him and they follow him. Part of that is he is really good. Part of that is because he seems to me to be all in. He's bought in when he's in the weight room. He's bought in when's running. He's bought in during our meetings. He's been a really good influence on our younger players.' 'Everyone is attracted to that really good player. But sometimes that really good kid isn't a good leader. Sometimes that really good kid isn't a guy you want to follow. Sometimes the really good kid just keeps to himself. He doesn't possess those kinds of characteristics. That is just not Dylan at all.' Svehla has noticed Fairchild run. He's seen him fly around those agility ladders. He feels he would be a great defensive lineman, too. 'He has outstanding feet,' Svehla said. But the thing that has really impressed him has been the way Fairchild carries himself both on and off the field. He feels he is a guard at the college level and that he will very good one at that. 'He's just naturally aggressive,' Svehla said. 'I'm of the opinion that you can teach everyone to pass block but you can't teach everyone to be great at run blocking. You have to have the physicality and have to be naturally aggressive. Dylan has that.' You asked for it. We heard you. Our weekly live DawgNation 'Before the Hedges' recruiting show is now up on Apple podcasts. Check it out. The moving parts of the college decision for Dylan Fairchild What is he looking for in a college fit? It won't be a wrestling program. He knows he will be a football player at the next level. He shared a few core criteria: 'My relationship with my coach, well definitely all of the coaches, is definitely going to be big in enrolling and where I go to school.' 'The environment and the players.' 'Really just communication and relationship are my two biggest things. By the time I would graduate [in high school] I would have had three separate position coaches and two separate head coaches so just developing that relationship and stability and knowing that I am going to a solid place is really going to be a big thing for me.' 'My whole family is all Dawgs fans. Well, actually split between Georgia and Georgia Tech.' 'My perspective before the [Georgia] offer was that's just the top of the line, you know? That's D-1. When you say D-1 playing high school football in Georgia, that's the University of Georgia. It was a big fish in a little pond but as I got more comfortable with [Georgia line coach Matt Luke] and as we build our relationship that they have offered. It seems more of like a comforting feeling. I can go there and I live in the state so it is a pretty easy drive for me. I can go down there and just talk to him and just really develop that relationship instead of I mean as a kid you're like Ooh Georgia' but when you're in it and you've got the offer there's nothing really else to earn it is just really building that relationship and trying to communicate with them.' He has no timeline for his college decision. South Carolina was that first big offer and that program has done an excellent job of recruiting him. Auburn continues to recruit him effectively. First-year line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. has made him a priority. 'Coach Bicknell at Auburn told me he's like I'm not going to tell you you're the greatest player or you're the greatest thing since sliced bread but I think that, for me, he said that he's got one guy every single year that he recruits that he's just got that right connection with and he told me that I'm that guy for him this year.' The unique way Matt Luke offered Dylan Fairchild The way Fairchild was offered here says two things: 1) How much Georgia valued him as a potential member of the 2021 class: 2) The way new line coach Matt Luke does things on the recruiting trail. When he visited Georgia earlier this month, he got to experience some good face time with Kirby Smart first. 'The first thing we did was talk to coach Smart,' Fairchild said. 'He said this is Georgia and we get the top of the line and we get to pick who and what we want. He was just kind of building the suspense.' But he didn't get the offer. Luke had told Smart he wanted to do that. In-person. When Fairchild and Luke were riding around campus on an unofficial visit, the offer came in the back SUV. 'Coach Luke brought me into the car,' Fairchild said. 'He just looked at me and told me I wanted to do this face to face' and I'm the kind of guy who will do this face to face. I'm not the kind of guy who will send you a text and offer you. I wanted you here. I wanted you to see me and get a face with the name' is what he said.' He won't soon forget it. 'That was a good moment,' Fairchild said. 'He and I really connected in that moment.' Luke told Fairchild that he likes big and strong and athletic guys for his line. 'That's not the only thing he looks at,' Fairchild said. 'He likes to see athleticism and versatility and just a well-rounded football player. The main thing he pointed out to me is that I am very athletic and versatile. He told me he sees me at tackle, but I can play tackle. I can play guard. I can play center. I think that's really one of the main reasons they decided to offer because I can come in there and plug any position.' Luke even shared with him why he was an offer for his offensive line room at UGA. Fairchild did not get a scholarship offer from former line coach Sam Pittman. 'Everybody wants to get a Georgia offer,' Fairchild said. 'Everyone who lives in Georgia and plays football wants to play football for Georgia. But I think that's really the main thing. I think that's what coach Luke wanted to express. He said this is a different time' and things have changed' and like I said things change' and that thing has changed. I think that's one of the things that he really wanted to express to me.' Georgia football recruiting on DawgNation Elijah Jeudy: Has Georgia found another future Bulldog in Philadelphia? Pulling Bulldogs from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Jersey? HS coach raves about UGA Devin Willock: The 2020 signee and the surgical scooter which rolled him to UGA Georgia adds a key 2021 commit in Peach State product Jonathan Jefferson Amarius Mims: 5-star priority OT sets his commitment date Donovan Edwards: Priority 4-star RB feels UGA probably' gets an official visit The post Dylan Fairchild: Georgia offer to 4-star OL was like drinking from a fire hydrant' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • It was around this time last year that basketball recruit Rodney Howard narrowly signed with UGA over archrival Georgia Tech. Surely being teammates at least for one season with Anthony 'Antman' Edwards, the potential No. 1 overall pick for the NBA Draft, had to play in favor of the Bulldogs. Now that Edwards is headed to his professional payday, Howard is exiting UGA, too. The 6-foot-10 center from Roswell, Ga., announced his destination on social media on Monday night: The former 3-star is headed to Georgia Tech. Howard also had heavy interest from Cincinnati and the College of Charleston, among others. At UGA this past season, Howard played in a backup role, averaging 7.3 minutes per game, along with 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds. He will have three years of eligibility remaining at Tech. The post UGA basketball player to transfer to archrival appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • Two Florida law enforcement officers who tested positive for the coronavirus have died. Broward County Deputy Shannon Bennett, 39, died Friday, and Palm Beach County Sgt. Jose Diaz Ayala, 38, died Saturday, officials said. Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said Bennett, a 12-year veteran of the agency, reported feeling sick March 23 while at work and tested positive for the virus at a hospital the next day. Bennett was hospitalized March 27 and had been showing signs of recovery, but his condition worsened Friday, Tony said. Tony said Saturday that he considers Bennett’s death to be one in the line of duty. The agency described Bennett as an “out and proud gay law enforcement deputy” who helped lead an outreach initiative to foster relations between the law enforcement and LGBTQ communities. He served as a school resource officer at Deerfield Beach Elementary School, where he also mentored students. Bennett was planning to get married later this year. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Ayala had been battling other underlying health conditions before contracting COVID-19. He had been with the agency for 14 years. Ayala joined the Sheriff’s Office’s Corrections Division in 2006 as a deputy and was promoted to sergeant in 2016. “He had an outstanding career with the agency and was respected by all of his peers,' Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said. Ayala leaves behind three daughters.
  • An Atlanta-area family is thankful for an act of kindness during the chaotic coronavirus pandemic. In 2013, Jamie McHenry was killed in a car crash during spring break in West Palm Beach, Florida, WSB-TV reported. Every year since his death, McHenry’s parents make the trip from their home in North Fulton County to St. George Island on the Florida Panhandle to pay their respects to their 13-year-old son at a memorial. This year, they could not go because of the coronavirus pandemic. But that didn’t mean the memory of their teen son was forgotten. A random stranger in the area heard the family’s story and decided to step in and make sure Jamie McHenry’s memorial was still decorated. The kind stranger, who posted a photo of the good deed on Facebook, wrote: “Christine and the McHenry family … we were sad to read that due to this pandemic your annual trip to SGI was canceled and you will miss visiting the memorial brick for your son Jamie. Wanted to know we are watching over it for you today and he is in our thoughts. God bless.”
  • Amoco and its parent company, BP, announced their gasoline stations will offer a 50-cent discount per gallon to first responders, doctors, nurses and hospital workers during the coronavirus pandemic. “Thank you for being on the front lines and keeping our communities healthy and safe,' the company said on its website. 'We are honored to be supporting you and helping you get where you need to go,” the company said on its website.The discount, which eligible customers can sign up for, will allow the health care workers to take the discount the next time they fill up, BP said on its website. People who want to take advantage of the discount must verify their status through ID.me, a website that “simplifies how individuals prove and share their identity online.”
  • Can’t get enough of “Tiger King”? Don’t despair. Netflix is releasing an extra episode next week, Variety reported. “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” is a true-crime docuseries about wild animal owners in the United States. The documentary focuses on the self-proclaimed Tiger King, Joe Exotic, aka Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who keeps hundreds of wild animals in cages at his G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, Entertainment Weekly reported. Current zoo owner Jeff Lowe broke the news in a Cameo video posted on Twitter by Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Turner. “Netflix is adding one more episode. It will be on next week. They’re filming here tomorrow,” Lowe said in the video. Lowe joined later episodes of “Tiger King” as Exotic’s business partner, Entertainment Weekly reported. It is not clear if the new episode will be a follow-up to the show’s seven-episode run or a reunion, Variety reported. Maldonado-Passage, 57, is currently serving a 22-year sentence in federal prison for two counts of murder-for-hire, eight counts of falsifying wildlife records and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act. The murder-for-hire charges stem from a plot to have a hitman kill Carole Baskin of Tampa, Florida, and the wildlife crimes are related to Maldonado-Passage’s killing of five tigers and falsifying of paperwork. Netflix did not respond to a request for comment about a new episode, the magazine reported.
  • Georgians are still feeling the weight of the new coronavirus Sunday as the number of confirmed cases increased to 6,647 and the death toll rose to 211.  The Georgia Department of Public Health reports since Saturday 3 more Georgians have died due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel virus. The latest data released at noon shows 264 new cases since Saturday evening.  » COMPLETE COVERAGE: Coronavirus in Georgia Of Georgia’s overall cases, 1,283 patients remain hospitalized, a rate of about 19%, according to the noon figures. That number is up from 1,266 confirmed hospitalizations Saturday evening. The rate of Georgia patients who have died of COVID-19 is about 3.1%.  The number of COVID-19 cases in the state has tripled in just over a week. Health officials announced that Georgia surpassed 2,000 cases on March 27. A statewide shelter-in-place mandate went into effect at 6 p.m. Friday in an effort to limit residents’ travel and curb the spread of the virus. The order requires Georgians to remain in their homes for all but essential activities, which include buying food, seeking medical care, working in critical jobs or exercising outdoors. » RELATED: Confusion surrounds Georgia’s coronavirus lockdown The number of cases across the state is expected to spike even more in coming weeks as plans are put in place to increase daily testing capacity. Projections suggest the state could see thousands of new cases and hundreds more deaths before the virus is contained. On Sunday, 27,832 tests had been conducted across the state with about 23.88% returning positive results.  » DASHBOARD: Real-time stats and charts tracking coronavirus in Georgia Fulton County has the most cases with 962, followed by Dougherty County with 686, DeKalb County with 543, and Cobb with 456, according to the latest data. Fulton reported 21 new cases since Saturday evening while hard-hit Dougherty County reported 50 more. The southwest Georgia county of about 90,000 has lost 30 residents to COVID-19, more than any other county in Georgia. MORE: City under siege: Coronavirus exacts heavy toll in Albany So far, the oldest patient to die in the state was a 96-year-old Bibb County woman while the youngest was a 29-year-old woman from Peach County, according to the health department.  For most, COVID-19 causes only mild or moderate symptoms. Older adults and those with existing health problems are at risk of more severe illnesses, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover in a matter of weeks. Those who believe they are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to contact their primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility. Georgians can also call the state COVID-19 hotline at 844-442-2681 to share public health information and connect with medical professionals. 
  • As you drive toward the Marietta Square, you’ll see it to your right – a “Heroes Work Here” sign display below the Wellstar Kennestone hospital sign. Go through two traffic lights and you’ll see homemade signs of support in the front yards of some homeowners along Church Street.   From Marietta to elsewhere in metro Atlanta, residents are now acutely aware of the burden on health care workers as the coronavirus crisis plays out … and with likely many more tough days ahead before it all gets better.  What public shows of support for health care workers are you seeing in your local community? What are you and/or others doing to support those most at risk on the coronavirus frontlines? Tweet at us to tell us with your words and pictures: @wsbradio. You can also share with us on the WSB Open Mic, via the WSB Radio app.