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    Georgia saw a number of freshmen make significant contributions during the 2019 season. And two of them were recognized for their efforts, as George Pickens and Travon Walker were each named to the Freshman All-SEC team. Pickens was Georgia's leading receiver this season, as he caught 37 passes for 552 yards and seven touchdowns, all of which were team highs. The freshman from Hoover, Ala., also had a tendency to make ridiculous catches, such as his touchdown catch against the Missouri Tigers. W H A T A C A T C H !!!!!!!! WR George Pickens ( @geo_Thagoat) #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/IHXwLQQ5wr GEORGIA HEROES (@GeorgiaHeroes) November 10, 2019 It wasn't all great this year though for Pickens, as he had to sit out the first of the SEC championship game after he was ejected from the Georgia Tech game due to fighting. Georgia coach Kirby Smart said he is committed to helping Pickens improve as both a person and player. Related: George Pickens shows his importance to Georgia football 'We're going to help George,' Smart said after the Georgia Tech game. 'We're going to help him grow up. We're going to help him make better decisions do he can help our team.' In the second half against LSU, Pickens did catch four passes for 54 yards and a touchdown, flashing his potential once again. Walker finished the season with 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks on the season. He consistently earned Smart's praise during the course of the season, as the Georgia head coach continued to say Georgia had to find a way to get him on the field. The biggest play of Walker's freshman season came against Auburn, when he had the game-ending sack of Auburn quarterback Bo Nix. Travon Walker ( @D1Figure_) with the SAAAAAACCCCCKKKKKK!!!!!! GEORGIA WINS!!!!!!!!! #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/jDPFswHWeA GEORGIA HEROES (@GeorgiaHeroes) November 17, 2019 Related: Extremely athletic' Travon Walker churns freshman potential into performance Other true freshmen who had strong seasons include the likes of Nolan Smith, Dominick Blaylock and Tyrqiue Stevenson. The Bulldogs the nation's No. 2 signing class in 2019, and are poised to bring in another talented group of recruits in 2020, highlighted by 5-star prospects such as Mekhail Sherman, Kendall Milton and Broderick Jones. The Bulldogs return to action on Jan. 1 when they take on the Baylor Bears in the Sugar Bowl. To see the full 2019 All-Freshman SEC team, see below. Nix was named the SEC Freshman of the Year earlier in the week 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team TE Jalen Wydermeyer, Texas A&M OL Wanya Morris, Tennessee Darnell Wright, Tennessee Kenyon Green, Texas A&M Evan Neal, Alabama WR George Pickens, Georgia Treylon Burks, Arkansas QB Bo Nix, Auburn RB Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss AP Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss DEFENSE DL Christian Barmore, Alabama Zacch Pickens, South Carolina Nathan Pickering, Mississippi State Travon Walker, Georgia LB Shane Lee, Alabama Christian Harris, Alabama Henry To'o To'o, Tennessee DB Derek Stingley, LSU Demani Richardson, Texas A&M Kaiir Elam, Florida Jammie Robinson, South Carolina SPECIAL TEAMS PK Cade York, LSU P Ty Perine, Alabama RS Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia outside linebacker Robert Beal enters the transfer portal UGA star knew early in season what type of offense Bulldogs had 5 questions about Georgia OL coach Matt Luke with Ole Miss beat writer Neal McCready Georgia safeties Richard LeCounte, J.R. Reed both say they're playing in Sugar Bowl Tate Ratledge: Kirby Smart and Matt Luke drop in to check on a priority O-line target Georgia football podcast: Matt Luke hire a major win for UGA The post Two Bulldogs make SEC All-Freshman Team appeared first on DawgNation.
  • At the beginning of Georgia's 37-10 loss to LSU, wide receiver Lawrence Cager was often seen by himself on one the makeshift training tables on the Georgia sideline. This is because Cager recently had ankle surgery and had his entire leg in a cast. He also had a scooter to help him wheel around when he needed to move. Over the course of the loss though, Cager was joined by another Georgia receiver, as Dominick Blaylock joined Cager on the elevated platform in the second half. Blaylock exited the game in the first with a knee injury that ended up being a torn ACL. Related: Why Dominick Blaylock is ready for the big moment in 2019 SEC Championship Game Cager hasn't suffered the same injury as Blaylock, who is expected to be and ready to go for the start of fall camp, but he is well versed in recovering and battling through injuries. He was hampered all season by shoulder and rib injuries, yet still found a way to be a very productive player for the Bulldogs when called upon. And Cager shared some of the things he told Blaylock following the SEC championship game loss. 'Just keep his head up. If he had any questions, that he could call me,' Cager said. 'I know a little something about injuries.' Cager finished second on the team in receptions and receiving yards with 33 and 476 respectively. Blaylock was second in touchdowns catches and first in yards per catch. And even though Cager will be departing the Georgia program as he prepares for the NFL, he made it known that his relationship with Blaylock will extend long past the 2019 season. 'He can call me at any time of the day,' Cager said. 'He's my brother for life and I'm always here for him.' Cager also spoke on a number of other topics as well. He admitted that he was looking forward to playing in the SEC championship game, but that, 'life happens.' Cager injured his ankle during the Wednesday of the Georgia Tech, which effectively ended his season. He was also asked to reflect back on his one season at Georgia, which included a seven-catch, 132-yard performance against Florida that will not be forgotten. 'Honestly, I loved every minute of it,' Cager said. 'The fans, the atmosphere, my teammates, my coaches. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I wish had more years to be here but man it was great to be here for the one year I was here.' He arrived as graduate transfer this past summer from Miami and certainly made the most of his one season in Athens. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football: The recruiting issue smack dab in the middle of the 27-point loss to LSU Andrew Thomas, Rodrigo Blankenship earn SEC Player of the Year honors Georgia football: The recruiting issue smack dab in the middle of the 27-point loss to LSU WATCH: Georgia RB James Cook confident things are going to get better' What Georgia is getting in new offensive line coach Matt Luke Broderick Jones: Georgia remains in a good spot, but Auburn is in the race' for 5-star OT Georgia football needs to make tweaks for 2020 season, but how drastic do they need to be? WATCH: Georgia freshman MLB Nakobe Dean ready to be seen and heard The post WATCH: Lawrence Cager discusses what he told injured Dominick Blaylock, reflects on his time at Georgia 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 must tweak its philosophy going forward Under Kirby Smart, Georgia has made it a point to stockpile more talent than anyone. In the past three recruiting cycles, Georgia is the only team to sign a top-three recruiting class every year. No program has signed more 5-star recruits in that span than Georgia. For the most part, this strategy has worked. The Bulldogs have gone 11-1 in each of the past three regular seasons and won the SEC East each time. At no point in since the SEC split into divisions had Georgia done that. But the last three times they've played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Bulldogs have gone up a team that's able to recruit at a similar level. Each time, Georgia lost. The most recent result being the most embarrassing, a 37-10 drubbing at the hands of LSU. And one only has to look at the individual players that bested Georgia to show that recruiting rankings aren't a good metric to determine who might be the better team. Joe Burrow was the No. 280 ranked player in the 2015 recruiting cycle. Jake Fromm was the No. 44 player in the 2017 cycle. LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helarie who finished the regular season with more rushing yards than D'Andre Swift was a 3-star recruit. So was LSU's leading receiver on Saturday in Justin Jefferson. 'They're not 27 points better than us but we didn't show up today and win,' Georgia linebacker Monty Rice said after the game. 'We didn't come to play and they did.' Georgia isn't going to suddenly stop recruiting the best players in the country. That would be a terrible strategy. But based on what Georgia got out of its team on Saturday, the Bulldogs have to find a way to maximize the talents of its best players, as opposed to just relying on the depth to overwhelm a team. The frustrations around the offense existed all season and will likely continue to do so into the offseason. Whether there is a Joe Brady-esque solution out there as far as a new coach to come in on offense will be up to Smart to decide. He is going to have to replace Sam Pittman as the offensive line coach, which won't be easy given he's perhaps the best offensive line coach in the country. Related: What a Georgia football timeline of events looks like as 2019 comes to a close But whoever comes to help on the offensive side of the ball will have to find a way to get more out of some of the perimeter playmakers. James Cook and Zamir White both flashed at times this year, but Georgia was never able to work them in as consistent weapons. The Bulldogs will have to do that next season with Swift gone. The biggest question on offense once again will be what can Georgia get out of its wide receivers. The group will once again face major question marks, as Lawrence Cager and Tyler Simmons graduate. The Bulldogs will also have to monitor the health of Dominick Blaylock, who tore his ACL in the loss to LSU. The expectation is for him to be back for the start of fall camp. George Pickens did play well in the second half, but he was only able to play in the second half due to his suspension stemming from the Georgia Tech game. Georgia is going to need a full season of a locked-in and controlled Pickens in 2020 if it is going to accomplish its goals. Rice did point out the Georgia defense didn't exactly help out the Georgia offense on Saturday. The unit did give up a season-high 37 points against LSU and struggled to contain Burrow. The biggest area of improvement is just getting more consistent pressure. The Bulldogs did improve their sack and tackle for loss numbers from the 2018 season, but still ranked seventh in the SEC in sacks and eighth in tackles for loss. LSU ranked second and third in both categories. Much like how coaching staff on offense will need to manufacturer more explosive plays, Georgia's coaching staff has to find a way to create more negative plays on the defensive side of the ball. Given how LSU, Clemson and Ohio State all look and played this year, it's easy to ask why the Bulldogs can't come out and play like that. Those teams along with Alabama all have recruited at similar levels. But those teams were all able to get a little more out of their players this year than Georgia. That's why LSU, Clemson and Ohio State are in the College Football Playoff and Georgia is in the Sugar Bowl. As far as making wholesale changes, not everyone sees it that way. Just about every player on Saturday said the Bulldogs just need to execute better. And given the team figures to be stacked with talent once again next week, don't expect the Bulldogs to come out and look like a Mike Leach offense or a todd Grantham defense. 'Georgia just needs to be Georgia,' Swift said. We had opportunities, we just didn't capitalize.' More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation New Arkansas coach Sam Pittman makes interesting comment that may be UGA-related Georgia football podcast: Sam Pittman's departure provides opportunity for UGA to reinvent itself League-leading Georgia defense gets shut out on AP All-SEC First-Team list BREAKING: Major Georgia recruiting target Theo Johnson has made his decision ESPN's Finebaum: Kirby Smart is trying to run Alabama 2.0 and it's not working' 3 critical Georgia football factors involving Sam Pittman's departure Georgia football winners and losers following 2019 SEC Championship game defeat WATCH Georgia RB Zamir White: All I know is hard work and grinding' Dawgs on Twitter Great In home visit with @CoachCwarren and the family. All is well Dawg Nation #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/C7iectrk7G JALEN KIMBER (@J_BOOGIE_5) December 10, 2019 Great Home Visit #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/oK8mhLh0OH Kendall Milton (@therealkmilt) December 10, 2019 I will be changing my commitment date, I will release that date later this week!!, no interviews at this time pic.twitter.com/fWi2dneMas Micah Morris (@MicahMorris56cc) December 9, 2019 #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/N0fVk6RPFG Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) December 9, 2019 Good Dawg of the Day There are two types of dogs in this world pic.twitter.com/KODfgJdRcb Cute Emergency (@CuteEmergency) December 8, 2019 The post Georgia football needs to make tweaks for 2020 season, but how drastic do they need to be? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • It was bound to happen with Sam Pittman. He is just too good at his job and had always planned to retire in Arkansas one day. That timetable went fast with the strong pull from Arkansas. Pittman has taken the head coaching job at Arkansas in a most uncommon move from position coach to head coach. He makes the move with zero experience as an offensive coordinator or a head coach for that matter. At least outside of the high school or junior college ranks. But he's the sort that can get it done. Pittman will be able to assemble an excellent staff and make SEC Media Days far more interesting going forward. Sam can recruit. Players love him. He will bring an unmistakable attitude to Arkansas football. He knows the landscape & will ha able to put a solid staff together. Big fan of this move. Congrats @CoachSamPittman https://t.co/gTfQWCP81g Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) December 9, 2019 The big DawgNation questions abound now. Can Georgia keep what was shaping up to be a historic offensive line class together? That doesn't seem likely. Especially given how some of them were so closely tied to Pittman and that long sustained relationship was the reason why they chose Georgia over other elite programs. Pittman also built his classes early. He had his work done months in advance. So that means the Bulldogs haven't had a lot of groundwork with backup plans. The thinking here is the next hire will likely need to have strong relationships built with their own targets to be able to replace any departures with what was set to be the highest-rated overall OL signing class in program history. Let's look at the current Georgia o-line class as a whole and try to anticipate where things stand. We'll assess each of the five commitments with the latest 247Sports Composite rankings. Georgia is now coming up on nine days prior to the first day of the early signing period. The biggest remaining weekend for official and unofficial visitors will be this weekend. 5-star OT Broderick Jones/Lithonia High/Lithonia, Ga. Height/Weight: 6-6/315 Saturday position fit: Left tackle National rankings: Nation's No. 2 OT prospect and No. 19 overall/ Spot in the class: Rankings place him No. 2 out of Georgia's 15 public commitments. Committed since: April 26, 2018 (At least. Was a silent pledge for at least a month prior.) Ties to Pittman factoring in the overall strength of commitment to UGA: Very strong ties here. This should be seen as a decision that now impacts him greatly. He chose Georgia over interest in these programs: Auburn, Illinois, South Carolina and Miami. Early enrollee: No. A thing or two to know here: Jones wasn't planning on signing during the early period. But his fondness for Pittman might have eventually swayed him early. Look for him to now go on all his official visits to several schools like Auburn, Miami and South Carolina, among others. The Bulldogs do have a chance to get back in here with a strong replacement hire. The proximity of Georgia and the scope of the program are major draws here. There's really just an unknown here. He's going to likely hit the reset button on everything now. 4-star OT Tate Ratledge/Darlington School/Rome, Ga. Height/Weight: 6-6/325 Saturday position fit: Right tackle National rankings: Nation's No. 3 OT prospect and No. 36 overall Spot in the class: Rankings place him No. 3 out of Georgia's 15 public commitments. Committed since: May 13, 2019 Ties to Pittman factoring in the overall strength of commitment to UGA: Very strong ties here to both Pittman and his overall feeling of a great all-around fit at Georgia. Ratledge has a sense of investment in the program by now. He was at every home game he could attend and was one of the behind-the-scenes leaders of the group. The well-respected prospect is close to a good group of the current class. He chose Georgia over interest in these programs: Tennessee and Alabama. Early enrollee: No. A thing or two to know here: Ratledge planned to sign during the early period but not graduate early. He grew up a Tennesse plan but the overall scope of Georgia and the relationship with Pittman was the major factor. He did realize that coaches do come and go even one as uncommonly popular and genuine as Pittman. If the right replacement hire is made, he seems like one of the more likely commits to remain in the Georgia class. He's grown close to QB commitment Carson Beck and RB pledge Kendall Milton. DawgNation has learned that the Pittman news does not affect the strength of their respective commitments to UGA. I will not be answering questions on my current situation. This will stay between me and my family for now. Thank you Tate Ratledge (@tateratledge22) December 9, 2019 4-star Sedrick Van Pran-Granger/Warren Easton/New Orleans, La. Height/Weight: 6-4/305 Saturday position fit: Center National rankings: Nation's No. 3 C prospect and No. 103 overall Spot in the class: Rankings place him No. 7 out of Georgia's 15 public commitments. Committed since: Aug. 7, 2019. Ties to Pittman factoring in the overall strength of his commitment to UGA: Very strong ties here to both Pittman and UGA. But he also liked the location in Georgia as he has already has a lot of family in Georgia or planning to move there. The future graphic design major did love the idea of playing for Pittman, though. He chose Georgia over interest in these programs: Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Early enrollee: No. A thing or two to know here: Van Pran was not expected to sign during the early period. He has always placed the focus on his Warren Easton state championship run ahead of any official visits during his senior season Van Pran-Grainger will now likely take the official visits he told Sam Spiegelman of Rivals.com he was planning on taking anyway. Look for him to give Georgia a new look and it might still work out. But this will be one of the toughest commitments to retain in this class. 4-star Chad Lindberg/Clear Creek High /League City, Tex. Height/Weight: 6-6/320 Saturday position fit: Guard or tackle National rankings: Nation's No. 17 OT and No. 169 overall Spot in the class: Rankings place him No. 9 out of Georgia's 15 public commitments. Committed since: July 28, 2019. Ties to Pittman factoring in the overall strength of his commitment to UGA: Very strong ties here. Pittman was essentially the difference. The distance away from his Texas roots wasn't going to be the easiest move, but the Pittman move now makes Oklahoma and Texas major factors. He chose Georgia over interest in these programs: LSU, Texas, Texas A&M and USC. Early enrollee: No. A thing or two to know here: Incredible academic profile with his AP classes and weighted approximate 5.43 Texas-sized GPA. He will enroll in college as a sophomore with those AP credits and was going to be able to get a master's degree in four years. Arkansas could become a factor here with Pittman and the location fit. .. Could play either guard or tackle in college like Cade Mays has for Georgia. Lots of untapped potential here with this young man. A college weight program will retool his body and added another level to his on-field play. He had already taken all five of his officials. This will also one of the toughest commitments to retain in this current class. Josh Braun/Suwanne High /Live Oak, Fla. Height/Weight: 6-6/335 Saturday position fit: Guard or tackle National rankings: Nation's No. 22 T and No. 285 overall His spot in the class: Rankings place him No. 13 out of Georgia's 15 public commitments. Committed since: June 10, 2019. Ties to Pittman factoring in the overall strength of his commitment to UGA: Pittman was the ace in the hole on a well-researched recruiting march. That said,Georgia fit Braun on many tiers. He wanted to play for a championship-level program but do so at a strong academic institution with an elite strength and conditioning program. Those are all still there at UGA. He chose Georgia over interest in these programs: Florida and South Carolina. Early enrollee: Yes A thing or two to know: There's some faith Georgia can retain Braun, but the timing works against him because he planned to sign during the early period and enroll in January. His two older brothers started for many seasons at Georgia Tech and Texas so his family knows how coaches come and go. Don't let the rankings fool you. DawgNation projects Braun to be as likely to play well in the SEC as any O-line prospect in this class. He's wired for success with his mean streak, size, athleticism and military family background. He politely declined to comment about the move other than to wish Pittman well. .. His decision will be a big piece of keeping the line class together at UGA. Josh Braun on the Pittman move: 'It's a tough process but I am thrilled for coach Pittman and I hope he is successful at Arkansas.' Georgia football: 3 things with the Sam Pittman decision The hasty and reckless thing to do here would be to offer up a prediction. That's because so much will hinge on assurances from Kirby Smart with these young men this week and also a quick replacement with a strong background. The only statement with accuracy to be made here is that this O-line class might stay together if the current other commits keep them in the fold because of the relationships they have already established about looking forward to playing together. That's one way. The other would be if a strong voice in this class like Ratledge or Braun decides they still want to be Bulldogs and this class as a unit still comes in together because they want to be special. Even not playing for Pittman. It will be hard for all of them to find another group of young men with so much potential this late in the game. The boards at other elite programs could only shift slightly at this point to take advantage of this opening with Georgia's line class. With that, there are three other thoughts on the matter. Georgia will hunker down to keep all of this together:The first element to try and keep all of this together would be finding the new O-line coach. The right O-line coach. How quickly does that happen? Especially with the early signing period AND the only major official visit weekend left before that time comes up this weekend. Would make a lot of sense to have the new OL coach in place by then. The confidence point here for DawgNation is that this is recruiting time. That is the one time of the year where Kirby Smart and this staff has done nothing but come up aces in that department. Bet on that to be well-executed. The retention of the draft-eligible players on the current roster:Seems logical to consider that Pittman moving on is a pause button for those Bulldogs who were thinking about going pro or not going pro. This forces them to really look at both sides of this. Maybe even when they thought they had it all figured out.Don't think Thomas and Wilson are in play here. But what about a Ben Cleveland or a Solomon Kindley? Coming back to play for Pittman would have been a consideration. He's close with all of his guys. But coming back to play for a new O-line coach with the thoughts of an NFL future looming? Hmm. It makes the pull to the Sunday league even stronger now. Georgia's offensive identity: If there was ever a time to do something differently with the UGA offense, then this would be the time to look at this month and this week as a crossroads. It was already the time to do it after the LSU loss. Why? That's because the way those last two seasons ended with Alabama. The closure to the 2019 season wasn't like those near-misses with the Tide. Georgia wasn't one player away (Sony Michel or D'Andre Walker injury) or a 2nd-and-26 from being right there as a national championship-level team. It can be a time to look at the Georgia Way in the mirror and see if the offensive identity really needed to consider the changes Nick Saban made after those early decade losses to Auburn's Gus Malzahn. The same thing with Ed Oregon and the rejuvenation of the LSU program. And then there's this new sudden change with Pittman leading the offensive line room. Jim Chaney and Pittman were tied together. Not James Coley and Pittman. It might be a moment of opportunity for a program that was going to have to take a hard look at whether some LSU or Alabama changes need to be made to the way Georgia plans to put points on the board going forward. The post Georgia football: What does the O-line recruiting picture look like now without Sam Pittman? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA Georgia tailback D'Andre Swift sat dejectedly in front of his locker, a towel over his head, ready to answer difficult questions. Swift had likely played his last game for the Bulldogs, his decision to make himself eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft likely imminent. Swift was one of three team captains for the SEC Championship Game on Saturday. But most knew something was amiss when he didn't start, and things grew very suspicious when he came in and lined up as a receiver. Swift's use proved very limited in the 37-10 loss to LSU on Saturday in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. RECAP: Georgia falls to Tigers 37-10, scoring and injury details 'My shoulder has been messed up for a minute now, not too many people knew that, but I was trying to push through it,' said Swift, who was limited to just five touches, none beyond the first series of the third quarter. 'The game got away from us early.' Swift was noncommittal when asked about his plans to play in the bowl game, which will be officially determined when the CFP rankings are released beginning at noon on Sunday. 'I'm going to talk to my team, talk to my coaches and try to get my shoulder better,' said Swift, who had exited the Nov. 30 Georgia Tech game in the third quarter, triggering speculation he may not be 100 percent for the SEC title match. UGA coach Kirby Smart said throughout the week Swift was practicing, and he expected him to play well. Smart didn't change his tune on his tailback's health after the game. 'He did everything we asked him to do, (and) he said he was going to be able to play and thought he would be able to compete,' Smart said. 'As far as I know, he was fine. Towards the end of the game, we ended up holding him out once the outcome was decided, but he seemed fine to me.' Swift, who carried the Bulldogs to their third straight SEC Championship Game appearance with more than 1,200 yards rushing this season, said it was difficult watching his team struggle. 'It was real frustrating because my mentality is you want to be out there with them guys,' Swift said. 'I love playing with my brothers. I wanted to play with them. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to contribute like I wanted to.' Georgia finished with a season-low 61 yards, averaging 2.4 yards per rush with Brian Herrien gaining a team-high 24 yards on 8 carries. Swift had 2 carries for 13 yards and 3 receptions for 18 yards. This, despite the shoulder injury that affected his running. 'It was a lot of pain,' Swift said. 'Really, couldn't run, couldn't swing my arm, had no motion in my arm. I just tried to push through for my team.' DawgNation Georgia football Jake Fromm makes no excuses after defeat in SEC Championship Game What's next for Georgia football: Bowl bid, players leaving, staff changes WATCH: Kirby Smart sheds light on LSU, Jake Fromm passing issues 3 takeaways on Georgia football loss to LSU in SEC title game Bulldogs stock report, LSU crashes Mercedes-Benz Stadium How LSU beat Georgia in SEC title game, scoring, injuries Georgia RB D'Andre Swift The post WATCH: Georgia's D'Andre Swift slowed by shoulder in SEC Championship Game appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA Georgia football ran out of gas early in the SEC Championship Game and was run out of Mercedes-Benz Stadium by LSU on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers (13-0), already the SEC's all-time leading scoring team with single-season passing record holder Joe Burrow, were dominant en route to a 37-10 win. Burrow exited in the fourth quarter to LSU cheers of 'Joe For Heisman.' Most of the Georgia fans, who had made up approximately three-fourths of the crowd, had already left the stadium. Things started bad for the Bulldogs (11-2), who were down 17-3 at halftime, and they grew worse. Georgia soldiered through an embattled season filled with close wins and injuries just to get to its third straight SEC Championship Game. It didn't appear there was much left in the tank. The Bulldogs entered missing their top two receivers in the first half. Lawrence Cager underwent surgery on Nov. 29, and George Pickens suspended. It was obvious immediately their absences would be a factor. Quarterback Jake Fromm had a deep ball dropped by senior Tyler Simmons on the first play from scrimmage. Later, on the same drive, Matt Landers ran out of bounds early, negating a completion, and then timing appeared off on a shallow post to Demetris Robertson . Instead of gaining momentum, three missed strikes cost Georgia an early opportunity to set the tone. The Bulldogs punted, LSU scored on its opening drive, and the Tigers never looked back. Here are three quick takeaways from Georgia's loss to LSU on Saturday No Run Game A common and accurate pregame narrative was that Georgia would need to establish a run game to have any chance at a victory. From the onset, when D'Andre Swift didn't start, the odds didn't look good. Swift, apparently still suffering from the shoulder injury he suffered last Saturday against Georgia Tech, as used sparingly. UGA mostly used their most dynamic skill position player on pass routes. Swift had one carry in the first half that failed to gain any yardage. Brian Herrien, James Cook and Zamir White all had first-half carries, rotating in the backfield. All ran hard, but none could match the rare blend of power and speed Swift brings at his best. Georgia was unable to chip wood, much less chop wood, against a determined LSU defense. Pass defense shredded It would be too easy, and in fact inaccurate, to place all the blame on the secondary. Burrow's ability to scramble and buy time, dodging sacks, tucking and running for first downs on would-be negative plays, factored throughout. Still, there were opportunities for UGA's talented defensive backs to make plays and win one-on-one matchups, and they fell short. Senior safeties J.R. Reed and Richard LeCounte appeared in position on most occasions, but they were unable to make the sort of game-changing plays Georgia desperately needed against the Tigers' vaunted offense. Receivers awful Fromm was often stuck holding the ball with no one open, and there were several dropped passes from the onset that could have likely would have, with the partisan crowd provided essential momentum. The lack of development in the receiving corps among the returning players has been startling and likely worthy of review by coach Kirby Smart. Pickens will likely never forget how much damage his emotional outburst at Georgia Tech did to his team's chances of winning. Pickens' third quarter fight in a 52-7 win over Georgia Tech led to his first-half suspension. The UGA receiving corps, already missing Lawrence Cager, grew shallow quickly when Dominick Blaylock suffered a serious knee injury and Kearis Jackson left the game with an ankle injury. If there's one area to address in recruiting and in the coach's office before the next game and in the offseason, it will be the receiving corps. The post 3 quick takeaways on Georgia football loss to LSU in SEC Championship Game appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA Georgia football has endured an injury riddled first half in the SEC Championship Game against LSU at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Tigers lead 17-3 at halftime in a game UGA must win to have any chance at making the College Football Playoff. RELATED: Georgia football LIVE UPDATES, scoring, news and injuries Georgia tailback D'Andre Swift, who suffered a shoulder injury last Saturday against Georgia Tech, did not start and played sparingly in the first half. Swift, UGA's leading rusher with 1,203 yards entering Saturday's game, had just one carry that failed to gain and caught three passes for 18 yards. It appeared UGA was avoiding using Swift on runs between the tackles, where he has frequently carried the load. The Bulldogs lost freshman receiver Dominick Blaylock in the first quarter to what appeared t o be a serious left knee injury. Coach Kirby Smart indicated at halftime that receiver Kearis Jackson is also injured, but he did not specify the nature or expected duration of that injury. Freshman receiver George Pickens was suspended for the first half of the game on account of his fight last Saturday against Georgia Tech and can rejoin the team in the second half. Sophomore linebacker Quay Walker left the game with a shoulder injury in the first quarter, per a UGA sideline report. Quarterback Jake Fromm appeared to suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter when he was sacked and rolled up on by Tigers safety Grant Delpit, but Fromm returned to the game on the next series. RELATED: LSU safety sacks Fromm, rolls up on his ankle Fromm was 10-of-20 passing for 117 yards with an interception that occurred when LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. smartly played a back shoulder fade intended for Tyler Simmons. Georgia defensive tackles Michel Barnett and Devonte Wyatt both left the game with what appeared to be lower body injuries. Barnett went down with his injury with 4:52 left in the second quarter. Wyatt left the game on the next series, at the 1:15 mark. The post Georgia halftime injury report: Several Bulldogs out or limited in SEC Championship Game appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA Georgia freshman receiver Dominick Blaylock left the game with a knee injury at the 3:48 mark of the first quarter after making an 11-yard each. Blaylock attempted to plant and cut back after making the catch from Jake Fromm with his team down 7-0 when the knee gave way. Blaylock was carted off to the locker room per a CBS sideline reporter. He is not expected to return to the game. RELATED: Georgia football pregame injury report The Bulldogs started the game without top receiver Lawrence Cager, who underwent season-ending knee surgery on Nov. 29. UGA is also without freshman George Pickens in the first half of the SEC Championship Game after Pickens was ejected last Saturday for fighting in the third quarter at Georgia Tech. PREGAME READS David Pollack sounds off on Georgia offense Kirby Smart compares Jake Fromm to Tim Tebow CBS analyst Gary Danielson says key for Georgia not Jake Fromm 7 Georgia players to watch vs. LSU LSU coach Ed Orgeron brings great confidence into matchup Kirby Smart relays how LSU represents greatest challenge James Cook could provide offensive spark vs. LSU Statistical comparison of Georgia-LSU in SEC title game The post Georgia freshman receiver Dominick Blaylock leaves game with knee injury appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said D'Andre Swift was expected to play all week, but it was Brian Herrien getting the start on Saturday. Swift, however, entered the game on the second play as a slot receiver. Swift, who has a left shoulder injury, was one of three UGA team captains and was in the starting lineup for the Bulldogs (11-1) against LSU (12-0) in the SEC Championship Game. Defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt, held out against Georgia Tech, was also in uniform. Georgia's receiving corps was down its top receiver, Lawrence Cager out after having surgery on his ankle on Nov. 29. George Pickens wasn't injured, but the freshman was sitting out the first half on account of being suspended following a third quarter altercation in the 52-7 win over Georgia Tech. Georgia football injury report RB D'Andre Swift (shoulder) probable DB Tyrique McGhee (foot) probable C Trey Hill (ankle) probable OG Ben Cleveland (foot) probable DL David Marshall (foot) probable WR Tommy Bush (groin) probable OL Cade Mays (ankle/shoulder) probable WR Lawrence Cager (shoulder) out QB D'Wan Mathis (head) out OL Justin Shaffer (neck) out The post Georgia football injury report: D'Andre Swift didn't start, but entered game as WR appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is one of the favorites to win the national championship this season, and many Bulldogs fans who are watching those odds are also watching the week-to-week point spreads as well. With that in mind, DawgNation is proud to share a brand new show in partnership with R.S. Andrews called Go With the Flow. It offers a chance to hear from some of your favorite DawgNation personalities as they share their thoughts on UGA, and the other big games each week around college football, and play along with R.S. Andrews' Dari Payrow as he decides which picks he likes best. 3 things to know before betting UGA as a seven-point underdog vs. LSU Georgia has been a strong performer in the underdog role as of late. Georgia has covered five-straight games when its opponent was favored, and won three of those contests straight up according to ESPN's Chris 'The Bear' Fallica. The last time the Bulldogs weren't favored was a year ago in the 2018 SEC Championship Game when UGA was a 12-point underdog to Alabama. LSU is 7-3-2 against the spread this season. The Tigers have won 13-straight games dating back to a 40-32 win against UCF in last year's Fiesta Bowl, but LSU hasn't been perfect against the spread this season. The Tigers most recently failed to cover as 41.5-point favorites in a 56-20 win vs. Arkansas on Nov. 23. LSU pushed as 21-point favorites in a 58-37 win against Ole Miss on Nov. 16. The Tigers were also kept within the point spread in wins against Auburn, Florida and Northwestern State according to OddsShark. The 'under' has hit in nine of UGA's 12 games this season. The total went over for the Bulldogs in their 52-7 win at Georgia Tech. Marking just the third time that's occurred this season, and just the second instance for UGA against a Power-Five opponent. The high-powered offense of LSU has led to considerably more overs for the Tigers. The total has gone over in eight of LSU's 12 games this season. For more on UGA vs. LSU, and a betting preview of the rest of the weekend's top games, check out the latest edition of Go With The Flow presented by R.S. Andrews linked below. Go With the Flow: Why Georgia can beat LSU in 2019 SEC Championship Game Georgia takes on LSU in the 2019 SEC Championship Game. And there is a case to be made for the Bulldogs winning despite being underdogs. Posted by UGA DawgNation Georgia Bulldogs on Friday, December 6, 2019 The post 3 things to know before betting UGA as a 7-point underdog vs. LSU appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • Update 8:14 a.m. ET Dec. 13, 2019: After more than 14 hours of debate on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, abruptly adjourned the hearing, saying the historic vote would be taken on Friday morning. The decision to adjourn before voting to send the articles of impeachment to the full House for a vote next week came just shy of midnight. Republican committee members were shocked and angered at Nadler’s actions, with Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, the committee’s ranking member, shouting as the gavel fell. 'Words cannot describe how inappropriate this was,' Collins said. He and other Republicans said the move was a complete surprise. The committee adjourned after five amendments to the articles of impeachment were introduced. Each amendment was debated and all were voted down. The committee is scheduled to reconvene at 10 a.m. for the votes on the articles. Each article will be voted on separately. Democrats have 24 members on the committee and Republicans have 17. Update 11:15 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: Rep. Nadler stunned Republican members of the committee late Thursday by calling a recess to let members take time to make a “sober decision” on the matter of impeachment. Throughout the day it had seemed that the committee was headed toward a late-night vote on both articles. Ranking Member Collins strongly objected to the recess saying Nadler had not consulted with minority leadership about recessing Thursday night. Collins asked Nadler why he was ok with “blowing up everyone’s schedule.” One Republican committee member said the move smacked of “Stalinism.” Nadler said the hearing would reconvene Friday morning at 10 a.m. ET to cast the votes on the two separate articles of impeachment against Trump. Live updates will continue Friday morning to cover the votes. Update 10:35 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, told Fox’s Sean Hannity, that there is no way that Trump will be removed from office if he is impeached by the House next week. “We all know how it’s going to end. There is no chance the president is going to be removed from office,” McConnell told Hannity Thursday night. Update 9:48 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: The debate has resumed. Rep. Sensenbrenner is speaking. He commends Nadler for the way he ran the hearing, then says he and the other Democrats are “dead wrong.” Update 8:59 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: The amendment to remove the words “impeachment of Donald J. Trump” from the articles of impeachment is defeated 23-17 vote on party lines. Chairman Nadler has called for a 30-minute recess. Update 8:57 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: From Jamie Dupree: Update 8:52 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: Ranking Member Collins and Rep. Eric Swalwell get testy after nearly 12 hours of debate. Update 7:48 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: Trump is hosting a congressional holiday ball at the White House tonight. He said it was a “very exciting month in Washington, DC,” and that 'We’re going to have a fantastic year. Update 7:12 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: Reschenthaler’s amendment to strike the second article of impeachment fails. The vote was 23-17 along party lines. A fifth amendment is offered by Rep. Jordan. The amendment takes the words “Donald Trump should be impeached” out of both of the articles. Update 7:06 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: CNN is reporting that the Justice Department has published on its website internal legal opinions that could help Trump block congressional requests. According to CNN, the Justice Department said the release of the opinions was connected to a recent opinion by the Office of Legal concerning former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn. Some of the opinions date back to the 1970s. Update 6:54 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: The debate over the articles of impeachment has been going on for around 10 hours now. Soon, there should be a vote on the fourth suggested amendment to the articles of impeachment. Update 6:01 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: Lisa Desjardins, a correspondent with PBS Newshour, is reporting that the vote whether or not to impeach Trump will likely be held on Wednesday. Update 5:58 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pennsylvania, breaks it down for you. Update 5:20 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: Rep. Biggs’ amendment about an OMB report that explained the withholding of military aid to Ukraine is defeated along party lines. Another amendment has been proposed. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pennsylvania, is moving to strike (kill) the second of the two articles of impeachment. The second article alleges Trump obstructed Congress. Update 5 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House majority leader, says the timing of the vote on articles of impeachment in the full House will be announced tonight. 'Today, the House Judiciary Committee is continuing its mark up of two articles of impeachment. Following Committee action on these articles, the Judiciary Committee will make a recommendation to the full House of Representatives. A path forward on the Floor will be announced following the Committee’s mark up. Update 4:16 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, D-Louisiana, compared the Republicans to Judas for their support of Trump. “Today I’m reminded of Judas — because Judas for 30 pieces of silver betrayed Jesus; for 30 positive tweets for easy reelection, the other side is willing to betray the American people … the future of our great country,” Richmond said. Update 4:12 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: Gaetz suggests that Democrats who represent Republican majority districts in their states will not be coming back to serve in the House. “Rent, don’t buy, here in Washington,” Gaetz said. Update 3:39 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: The committee has voted down Gaetz’s amendment to remove Joe Biden’s name from the articles of impeachment and insert Hunter Biden’s in its place. The vote was along party lines. Another Republican amendment has been proposed. The amendment from Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona calls for the inclusion of a statement from the Office of Management and Budget explaining why the military aid to Ukraine was held up. Update 3:26 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: According to a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday, 45% of Americans surveyed said Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 50% said he should not be impeached and removed. Update 3:16 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: White House counsel Pat Cipollone is meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, ahead of the expected impeachment of Trump next week, according to the Washington Post. Should Trump be impeached in the House, a trial will be held in the Senate to determine if he is guilty of wrongdoing and if he will be removed from office. White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland accompanied Cipollone to the meeting. Update: 2:51 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: President Trump has tweeted again. Update 2:40 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: The hearing has resumed. Update 1 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: The hearing is in recess for members to take votes on the House floor. Update 12:12 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: Rep. Matt Gaetz puts forth an amendment to drop former Vice President Joe Biden’s name in the articles of impeachment, leaving only Biden’s son Hunter in the document. Gaetz introduces the amendment then describes Hunter Biden’s struggle with drug addiction by reading from a New Yorker Magazine story that described a car wreck Hunter Biden was in and a description of how he allegedly asked a homeless man where he could buy crack cocaine. Update 11:58 a.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: A vote is called on Jordan’s amendment to strike the first article of impeachment. All the Democrats present, 23, vote no, all the Republicans present, 17, vote yes. The amendment fails. Update 11:46 a.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, has come up several times during the hearing. Republicans have slammed him as unreliable as a witness because he revised his original testimony. Jordan said that Sondland had repeatedly said during his deposition that he did not recall key facts. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colorado, chided Democrats saying, “Ambassador Sondland is your star witness? Really? You’re basing an impeachment on Ambassador Sondland’s testimony?” Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, answered Buck saying, “They don’t like him now because he clarified his testimony to say that yes, there was definitely a quid pro quo at the heart of this whole thing,” Raskin said. Update 11:30 a.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, indicated in her weekly press conference Thursday morning that the House will wrap up the impeachment inquiry next week. “Next week we’ll take up something” in the full House, Pelosi said, after being asked about the timetable for the impeachment inquiry. Update 11:20 a.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: The committee has now spent two hours debating the amendment by Jim Jordan to delete the first article of impeachment. Update 11 a.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: President Trump weighs-in. Update 10:20 a.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, accuses the Republicans of hypocrisy. She references former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, asking, why “lying about a sexual affair is an abuse of presidential power but the misuse of presidential power to get a benefit doesn’t matter? “If it’s lying about sex, we could put Stormy Daniels’ case ahead of us,” she said. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, answers Lofgren, saying Clinton was impeached because he lied to a grand jury. That, Sensenbrenner says, is something Trump has never done. Update 10 a.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019: Democrats introduced an amendment to spell out Trump's middle name. The articles of impeachment reference Donald J. Trump. Nadler introduces an amendment to change the article to read Donald John Trump, the president’s full name. Rep. Collins responds to the amendment saying it shows the “absurdity” of the whole process. The debate takes off from there with several members arguing about the articles and what has been testified to. Rep. Joe Neguse, D, Colorado, wants Republicans to “dispense with these process arguments” and 'stay true to the facts.” “I understand that we’re going to have a robust debate about the legal standards that govern the inquiry that is before us, the decision we make on these articles,” Rep. Neguse said, “but let’s stay true to the facts, and let’s dispense with these process arguments and get to the substance of why we’re here today.” Update 9:33 a.m. ET Dec. 12: Rep. Jim Jordan introduces an amendment to the articles of impeachment. The amendment is to strike the first article. He is explaining why Article One “ignores the facts.” Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island, speaks in opposition to Jordan’s amendment. He lays out why the article was drafted saying, “There is direct evidence” of Trump being involved in a 'scheme to corrupt the American elections and withhold military aid” from Ukraine. Update 9:05 a.m. ET Dec. 12: The hearing has resumed and been called to order. The clerk of the Judiciary Committee is now reading the two articles of impeachment. Original story: The House Judiciary Committee is set to vote Thursday on two articles of impeachment charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. >> Read more trending news  The vote will mark only the third time in the country’s 243-year history that Congress will consider impeachment charges against a sitting president. The charges allege Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s connections with a Ukrainian energy company in exchange for military aid and a White House meeting for the newly-elected president. In a second charge, House Democrats say Trump obstructed Congress by blocking testimony from witnesses and refusing requests for documents during the impeachment inquiry that was launched in September. The decision to open the inquiry came after a whistleblower filed a complaint alleging that a phone call made by Trump to Zelensky on July 25 tied military aid and a White House meeting to personal political favors. On Tuesday, House Democratic leaders introduced the two articles of impeachment saying Trump presented a “clear and present” danger to not only the 2020 presidential election but to the nation’s security. In an unusual evening session on Wednesday, the committee began debate on the articles. The session saw the two parties argue over the charges against Trump, the Constitution’s meaning when it comes to impeachment and why the inquiry was undertaken instead of leaving Trump’s fate to the voters in next year’s election. What happens next? The committee is expected to reconvene at 9 a.m. ET Thursday. If the committee passes the resolution Thursday to send the articles of impeachment to the full House, a vote to impeach Trump will likely take place next week. It takes a simple majority vote of members of the Judiciary Committee to move the articles to the House floor for a full vote. The Democrats have a 24-17 majority in the committee. The vote is expected to fall along party lines. Follow us here for live updates on Thursday as the committee debates the articles of impeachment and moves to a vote. [Summary]
  • 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.”