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    Tony Grimes announced his college decision live on several streaming national platforms on Tuesday evening. The nation's No. 1 CB prospect chose North Carolina from a field of four finalists from a commitment party from Virginia. 'The last three months have been interesting but I found out that I wanted to UNC about three months ago,' Grimes said on a live broadcast announcing his commitment. The Tar Heels were able to lean on the long-standing and local relationship established by defensive backs coach Dre' Bly. Bly was from the same Virginia Beach area as Grimes. He went on to become a two-time All-American at North Carolina and then spent 11 years in the NFL. He told him that he could put the nation's No. 1 CB prospect and the nation's No. 7 overall recruit on that same path. That was the pitch and Grimes felt good about that. The 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback chose the Tar Heels from a field of finalists which included Georgia, Ohio State and Texas A&M. Georgia recruited Grimes very hard here. Even to the point prioritizing him just as much as any target in the 2021 class. It must be noted that the 5-star CB does plan to take three of his official visits after the decision he made today. That will be worth noting going forward. The nation's No. 1 CB prospect (247Sports Composite) for 2021 has also recently announced his top 4 schools and that he would be moving up his commitment date some five months from a previously-planned December 1, 2020 date. Grimes becomes the 17th commitment and the highest-rated pledge for the Tar Heels in 2021. That moves Mack Brown's program up to the nation's No. 3 recruiting class for this cycle on the 247Sports Team Composite rankings. The 5-star CB announced on Father's Day morning was set to make the decision he did today. Committing June 30th @dhglover @Bubblesdnf @RivalsFriedman @BrianDohn247 @DemetricDWarren pic.twitter.com/GPNErk07hJ Tony Grimes (@757EliteDB) June 21, 2020 The 5-star recruit was able to take just one visit to Georgia earlier this year before National Signing Day for the 2020 class back in February. It was an impactful trip for the Bulldogs and the Grimes family. Georgia was basically hanging on by a thread as one of his top 12 schools prior to that trip. Grimes shared the reasons why with DawgNation in a lengthy conversation here. The Bulldogs quickly moved up as one of the core teams in his recruitment off that one trip. Texas A&M had the earliest momentum in this recruitment. They were also the first school to secure a future official visit prior to the pandemic. But the Aggies did lose substantial built-up relationship equity when former DBs coach Maurice Linguist took a similar position at the first of the year with the Dallas Cowboys. Ohio State has an impressive track record of sending cornerbacks to the NFL as first-round draft picks, but the staff recently brought Kerry Combs back from the NFL to serve as defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator. Combs returned to Ohio State in late January. Check out his junior highlight reel below. This clip from when he released his previous commitment date this year shows why he holds that ranking as the nation's No. 1 CB prospect for the 2021 cycle. Main Focus Committing December 1st 2020 @dhglover @Bubblesdnf @RivalsFriedman @PAHSCAVS @JBrumage2 @CoachYeager2019 pic.twitter.com/z5hXs6RYEz Tony Grimes (@757EliteDB) January 23, 2020 Tony Grimes: What might have been with UGA This is a decision that might have been different if not for the global pandemic. Grimes had hoped to learn more about Georgia back in mid-March. He had several planned visits prior to the shutdown of all on-campus recruiting activity. The 5-star had already planned an official visit that was going to be earlier this month to UGA. That was the official that Grimes and his father told DawgNation the Bulldogs had earned after that one trip to Athens earlier this year. He was set to take part in a 7-on-7 Tournament in Atlanta 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. 'Of course we want to visit Georgia more,' his father Deon Glover said back in March. '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 back then. 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.' They were about to do all the due diligence and research necessary to fix that. 'What's going on at Georgia is elite mimic energy that you see in Clemson and some of the other top programs,' Glover said back in March. '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 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.' RELATED: What kind of prospect is Tony Grimes? The very first get-to-know DawgNation profile The post BREAKING: Nation's No. 1 CB Tony Grimes has made his commitment appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Every Tuesday, we're going to take a deep dive on every Georgia position in the run-up to the 2020 season. Georgia figures to have one of the most talented teams in the country and the Bulldogs have a number of talented players across the board. But there are still some questions that have to be answered if the Bulldogs are to achieve their end goals. This week we take a look at the wide receiver position. PLUS: The most talented player on the team George Pickens showed in the Sugar Bowl that when he is fully locked in, there might not be a better player on the Georgia team. Pickens caught 12 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown as he earned MVP honors for the game. The now sophomore scored a touchdown in each of his final four games as a freshman. In total, he led Georgia receivers with 49 catches for 727 yards and 8 touchdowns. Add in the fact that Georgia's new offensive coordinator Todd Monken has a great track record with wide receivers, from Justin Blackmon at Oklahoma State to Mike Evans with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and it's not unrealistic to think that Pickens could become the second receiver in program history to have a 1,000-yard season. Related: ESPN names the most exciting Georgia football player for 2020 season But Pickens does have some very specific areas he can improve in. As he and Georgia coach Kirby Smart acknowledged, the Hoover, Ala., native does have some growing to do. He was suspended twice last season, once for an unspecified violation of team rules and another time for throwing a Georgia Tech defender into a brick wall. If Pickens does continue to mature, it could make life a whole lot easier for whoever lines up at quarterback for Georgia in 2020. MINUS: Injury history The Georgia wide receivers have not always been the healthiest bunch and that could be a worry once again in 2020. Veterans Kearis Jackson and Tommy Bush both missed time last season due to various injuries. Senior Demetris Robertson has as well dating back to his time at both Cal and Georgia. Then there's Dominick Blaylock. Like Pickens, Blaylock showed a lot of promise during his freshman season. He just didn't get a chance to finish it in spectacular fashion like Pickens, as Blaylock tore his ACL in the opening quarter of Georgia's SEC championship loss to LSU. All indications are that Blaylock will be ready to go for Georgia's opener against Virginia on Sept. 7. But the far bigger game for Blaylock might be against Alabama on Sept. 19. That will be the game that Georgia really needs him to be ready by. Wide receiver was a huge issue for Georgia last season. In addition to a lack of top playmakers, they were also snake-bitten buy injuries. We haven't even mentioned the departed Lawrence Cager, who missed a number of games due to shoulder and ankle injuries. Georgia's quarterback, whether it be Jamie Newman or JT Daniels, needs to have its best pass catchers on the field. That means avoiding injuries. PLUS: Young reinforcements It's well established how much of a need wide receiver was for Georgia. Kirby Smart and wide receivers coach Cortez Hankton brought in an infusion of talent as the Bulldogs signed five wide receivers in the 2020 class. Three of them ranked in the top-100 of all 2020, as Georgia landed Marcus Rosemy, Arian Smith and Jermaine Burton. The Bulldogs also signed Justin Robinson and Ladd McConkey. All five offer something a little different. Smith is the fastest of the group, while Robinson is the most physical. Rosemy figures to be the one most-ready to help right away, while Burton is the most complete wide receiver. Related: Georgia football is betting big on its freshman wide receivers in 2020 and beyond Much like it needed Pickens and Blaylock last season, Georgia once again will need contributions from these freshmen wide receivers. Pickens and Blaylock were top-40 overall recruits and by the end of the season, you felt very comfortable about what they could give you. Georgia will need the same from some of the five freshmen from the 2020 class. MINUS: Possible chemistry issues Georgia will have a new offensive coordinator, a new quarterback and a brand new offense. And the Bulldogs will have to break in that new offense without the benefit of having spring practice. Lost are the extra reps and organized seven-on-seven workouts that span the entire offseason. Georgia is back on campus now and does have the opportunity to organize those, but not with coaches present. It has to be on the players. Many of the things that would get worked out over the long summer are now less likely too. Newman, Daniels or whoever ends up being the starting quarterback won't have as much time to develop trust in the wide receivers, simply due to the loss of reps. This makes the month of August, when practice returns, all the more crucial for the wide receivers. It's cliche to say it, but in practice leading up to the start of the season, every single rep is going to matter for this group given how it has been disrupted over the past four months. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Position Plus/Minus: A detailed look at Georgia football 2020 running backs Position Plus/Minus: A detailed look at the Georgia football quarterback position in 2020 Georgia freshman WR Ladd McConkey a natural pass catcher' Payton Kirkland: 6-foot-7 sophomore OT gushes about dream school' UGA offer Georgia football podcast: Jermaine Johnson's message about physical condition is good news for UGA Andrew Thomas on Jamaree Salyer: You are definitely going to see some pancakes' SEC commissioner Greg Sankey: we are in a time of uncertainty' Eric Stokes' return to UGA was more important than you think The post Position Plus/Minus: A detailed look at Georgia football wide receivers in 2020 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • At this point, looking ahead to the college football season still requires a bunch of ifs and maybes, as quite a few high-profile programs have reported players testing positive for COVID-19 (including Texas, Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss and Florida State). The surge in positive tests even resulted in Kansas State suspending workouts by its players for two weeks, with Houston and Boise State also among those temporarily suspending voluntary activities. Georgia has chosen not to announce its testing results on the players working out in Athens, but the assumption here is that, since workouts haven't been suspended, the positive tests, if any, have been few and isolated. (I honestly don't believe UGA would continue workouts and endanger the health of additional players if it was seeing a flood of positive tests like Clemson, which has reported 37 football players testing positive for COVID-19.) So, it's looking like the college football season indeed will be played this fall, if the pandemic news doesn't get a lot worse in the next month or so. As for whether fans will be in attendance, the prospects of that look a lot dicier, though UGA officials have indicated they hope to be able to let fans in unless circumstances dictate otherwise. The latest from athletic director Greg McGarity is that they'll wait a while to make that call. 'Our goal is to be able to communicate our plan in early August,' McGarity wrote in his most recent McGarity's Minutes message to fans and donors. 'We want to wait as long as possible to make important decisions and ask for patience during this process. Time is on our side right now and we want to have the latest information available to inform and educate everyone on the 2020 season.' Still, even if fans aren't in attendance, there appears to be a good chance the games will be played. Along those lines, this week, sports oddsmakers announced their strength-of-schedule rankings (Georgia's schedule is rated the 25 th toughest in college football), which got me and some other fans talking about which games are likely to be the Dawgs' toughest in 2020. Of course, trying to handicap the upcoming season in the absence of spring practices for most programs, including UGA, is a crapshoot, even for the professional oddsmakers in Las Vegas. Still, based mostly on returning talent, coaching track records and gut feelings, below is how I see Georgia's schedule. Feel free to share your own views! Bama obviously is the toughest game. As I noted recently, it would be a major upset if Kirby Smart's Dawgs knocked off Nick Saban's Crimson Tide on the road. Alabama is a 7.5-point favorite and has won the past five times the two schools have met on the gridiron. The last time Georgia won was the last time it visited Tuscaloosa, in 2007. It doesn't help that the conference opener for both teams will be the third game of the season for Georgia's new offensive coordinator, new quarterback and mostly new offensive line. Still, it should be a pretty competitive game. The Dawgs are expected to have one of the nation's best defenses. Bama, meanwhile, lost some key players on both sides of the ball from last season (including star receiver Jerry Jeudy), and the Tide may be a little uncertain at quarterback last season's backup-turned-starter, Mac Jones, is likely to be challenged by new five-star arrival Bryce Young. But, likely Heisman candidate Najee Harris is back for his senior season at running back, and receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle are major threats. Bama's defense, hampered by injuries last year, is a work in progress. However, while Georgia's Smart recruits at a ridiculously high level, so does Saban. So, if there's a game where the Dawgs don't have a talent advantage, it's this one. Playing in Tuscaloosa in a crazy season that didn't have a spring practice probably would be Georgia's biggest challenge anywhere on the schedule, but coming in just the third game will make it even tougher for Smart to become the first of Saban's assistants who's now a head coach to defeat his mentor. Beyondthe Bama game, I think Florida is heavily overhyped, but I tend to lean toward the annual grudge match with Gators in Jacksonville as being the Dawgs' second-toughest game. As usual, the SEC East probably comes down to this game. Vegas oddsmakers see Georgia winning its fourth consecutive division title, with the Dawgs a slight, 3.5-point favorite in the Halloween game against Florida, but a lot of national sports commentators have decided this is the year Dan Mullen's Gators topple the Dawgs. Georgia will be going for four in a row over Florida, but the Gators steadily have improved since Mullen' s arrival in 2018, and last year's game was decided by a single touchdown, so it should be a tight one. Florida lost leading rusher Lamical Perine, but they do have several experienced backs, plus five-star Miami transfer Lorenzo Lingard. The Gators also have stability at quarterback, with fifth-year senior Kyle Trask back. Last year's leading receiver, Van Jefferson, is gone, but the Gators do return tight end Kyle Pitts and some other veteran receivers. On the other hand, the Gators' offensive line has a lot of room for improvement from last year, and the defense lost some key players, although it still should be pretty good. However, there remains a definite talent gap between the Gators and Dawgs. Also, Mullen never has beaten Smart, and, best of all, it's always third-and-Grantham. So, I'm not sold on this being Florida's year. The next toughest game for Georgia, I believe, will be Auburn's visit to Athens on Oct. 10, the 125 th meeting of the two teams, and the first time in more than eight decades that the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry has been played in October (thanks to the SEC acquiescing to Auburn's continual griping about having to meet Georgia and Bama back-to-back late in the season). The oddsmakers have Georgia as a 7.5-point home favorite, and the Dawgs have won the past three meetings (starting with the 2017 SEC Championship Game), and 12 of the past 15. Auburn does have QB Bo Nix back after an up-and-down freshman season, and a couple of the SEC's best receivers, but the offensive line is a rebuilding project under a new coach (much like Georgia), they have a new offensive coordinator (like Georgia) and they lost their leading rusher (like Georgia). Unlike Georgia, the Tigers' defense also took more of a hit from departures. My brother Tim summed it up: 'I think Florida will be the tougher of the two. I don't think either will be as good as they were last year. Especially Auburn, losing that defensive line that kept them in games last year.' Then, there's Tennessee, another media darling thanks to a strong finish (after an awful start) last season, and improved recruiting. Tennessee's offensive line should be one of its strengths, helping a resurgent running game, but the Vols lost three of their four best receivers, and quarterback is still an unsettled spot, though the inconsistent Jarrett Guarantano did play better late in the season last year. The defense looks pretty good, though it has a few holes to fill, too. Still, it appears Jeremy Pruitt's Vols aren't quite ready to challenge Georgia and Florida in the East. My friend Scott put it this way: 'Tennessee is a bit of a wild card. The defense will be solid. They certainly have a first-class OL, which is always a good starting point on offense. Their problem is at QB, but [offensive coordinator Jim] Chaney's track record seems to be his offenses and QBs take off in his second year. I'm glad we have them in Athens this year.' Some Georgia fans also worry just a little about the opening game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta against Virginia. As my buddy Joel put it: 'I think Virginia might be a sleeper. They're a decent team, it's the first game, and the lack of a spring practice hurts us worse than most teams, because we have a new QB and a new offense. I expect our defense will win the day, though.' I tend to agree with the oddsmakers, who have the Dawgs as a 17.5-point favorite over Bronco Mendenhall's 'Hoos. That's probably because Virginia lost the sparkplug of its improved offense last year, dual-threat QB Bryce Perkins, plus a couple of key receivers. The Cavaliers, last year's ACC Coastal Division champion, do return all five starters on their offensive line, but the Virginia running game (aside from Perkins) wasn't all that impressive last year, so that's something of a question mark, too. If Todd Monken's Georgia offense has too many early hiccups, this one could get interesting, but I think the Dawgs are a solid favorite. Filling out the less-challenging remainder of Georgia's schedule: East Tennessee State, Louisiana-Monroe, Vanderbilt, Missouri, South Carolina (which probably will suffer mighty retribution for last year's shocking upset), Kentucky and Georgia Tech. So, that's a look at the toughest games, assuming the season gets played. As I indicated above, I think the season will begin on time; whether it runs through to completion, and we see a postseason, is a much bigger question, especially considering a lot of schools, including UGA, aren't planning to have classes on campus after Thanksgiving. And, then there's the uncertainty about what might happen if key players end up testing positive for COVID-19 once the season has begun. Even if we do start the season on time, can you imagine how fluid the roster situation potentially could be? As Scott said, 'We could wake up the morning of the Bama game, for example,to news that Jamie Newman and other starters on offense have tested positive and won't play It'll be like having in-season injury attrition on steroids!' Scott's right. Any way you look at it, it's going to be a crazy season. The post Which games on the Dawgs' schedule look to be the toughest? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS ESPN analyst and SEC Network host Paul Finebaum said he 'almost answered' Alabama when asked to name the Georgia football program's biggest current rival. Finebaum, guest on the Ingles On the Beat Show on Monday, settled with Florida as his answer and provided a twist. 'It might be bigger on the other side in fact, I know it's bigger on the other side,' Finebaum said of the Gators' infatuation with Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs. Georgia has won the past three meetings in the series and six of the last nine. 'I almost answered Alabama, because in some ways, there's that battle, there's the invisible conversion among fans,' Finebaum said. 'But to me Georgia still has to deal with Florida every year. There's no escaping Florida.' That's quite literally true in the sense of the location of the game, which is under contract to be played in Jacksonville through 2023 even as COVID-19 makes travel significantly more complex and arguably dangerous for Georgia than Florida. RELATED: Jacksonville's $35 million gain comes at Georgia's expense The Gators have been making the 71-mile bus ride for decades, grinning at the notion of a 'neutral site' as the Bulldogs make the 338-mile trek annually. Indeed, all-time Florida great Steve Spurrier cackled at playing UGA in stadium once known as the Gator Bowl. RELATED: Q&A with Steve Spurrier, fierce rival shares thoughts on Kirby Smart 'Heck, when I was coaching at Florida, I said it's to our advantage to get on the bus, and they've got to get on the airplane,' Spurrier told DawgNation, 'and we're in the state of Florida, (and) the stadium used to be called the Gator Bowl.' But the rivalry that Finebaum seemed to zero-in on as somewhat nonsensical and at the very least, non-valuable was Georgia Tech. 'From my standpoint very little (value), and I say that as someone who grew up in that rivalry,' Finebaum said. 'I've been around long enough to remember when Georgia Tech mattered they really don't anymore. 'That's not a game that, and as you know I spend a lot of my time on Saturdays getting through airports and going places, when I go through the Crown Room in Atlanta I'm not saying, Oh man, Georgia-Georgia Tech is on,' Finebaum said. 'That's not a game that, even in Atlanta, that's not going to draw many people to watch it.' Georgia has won the past three meetings with the Yellow Jackets decisively 38-7, 45-21 and 52-7 and the rivalry doesn't seem to be getting any closer. Even so, Georgia Tech greatly damaged Georgia's chances in the SEC Championship Game last season. D'Andre Swift suffered a shoulder injury, and George Pickens was lured into a third quarter fight that led to his ejection and suspension for the first half of the game against LSU the following Saturday in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. DawgNation Georgia preseason stories Georgia football OL Jamaree Salyer weighty issue, eager to compete Richard LeCounte explains UGA has great chance for national title Jamie Newman on the clock, embracing UGA's elite defense D.J. Shockley shares take on UGA freshman QB Carson Beck Georgia projections, playmakers at receiver and running back Why Georgia must take advantage of new schedule more than others The post WATCH: Paul Finebaum puts Georgia football rivals on blast appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Georgia Bulldogs have one of the top teams in the country heading into the 2020 season. Thanks to four straight stellar recruiting classes, the Bulldogs are brimming with talent and elite players at a number of positions. And while Georgia's defense has been hailed, in terms of excitement and hype for the upcoming season, there is one Bulldog player on the offensive side of the ball that stands out from the rest. That is sophomore wide receiver George Pickens. Pickens shined at times as a freshman, most prominently in the Sugar Bowl where his 12 catches and 175 receiving yards earned him MVP honors. He has higher expectations heading into his second year in Athens, where he'll have the possibility of becoming only Georgia's second 1,000-yard receiver in program history. For the first time since the days of AJ Green, there's a real excitement around a Georgia wide receiver. ESPN recognizes and adds to that, as it named Picken the most exciting player on Georgia's 2020 team. 'The guy defensive coordinators already fear is sophomore receiver Pickens,' ESPN's AlexScarborough wrote. 'If he can steer clear of trouble, he's a big-play threat from anywhere on the field.' Pickens had a number of highlight and big-time catches in his first season at Georgia, where he finished the year with 47 catches for 727 yards and 8 touchdowns. He had a touchdown catch in each of his final four games in 2019, even as the Georgia offense around him struggled. With new offensive coordinator Todd Monken, Pickens figures to be a player that could really benefit from his coaching. Monken helped turned former Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon into the best receiver in the sport and a top-5 pick in the NFL draft. Monken also played a big role in the development of Tampa Bay wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin at the NFL level. Monken and Pickens will also play a big role in reshaping Georgia's passing game. The Bulldogs ranked 72nd in passing offense last season and was a big reason the offense floundered during the final month of the season. Quarterback Jake Fromm and former offensive coordinator James Coley are out, with Monken and a new quarterback in. Georgia brought in two transfer quarterbacks this offseason in Jamie Newman of Wake Forest and JT Daniels of USC. Newman enrolled at Georgia in January and is immediately eligible as a graduate transfer. Daniels meanwhile announced his transfer decision last month and it is not yet known if he will be eligible for the upcoming season. Related: The good and bad that comes with Georgia football's new quarterback depth Whoever ends up starting will benefit greatly from having Pickens, who demonstrated last season that he's fully capable of catching just about anything thrown his way. TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! QB Jake Fromm ( @FrommJake) To WR George Pickens ( @geo_Thagoat) #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/XbbbTzPOHz GEORGIA HEROES (@GeorgiaHeroes) November 10, 2019 The one concern that exists with Pickens is that he was suspended twice last season. He missed the first half of the Georgia Tech game due to an unspecified violation of team rules. Then in the second half of the same game, he was ejected for fighting, which meant he would miss the first half of the SEC championship game against LSU. Pickens told reporters after the Sugar Bowl win over Baylor that he still has some growing to do. 'We're going to help George, we're going to help him grow up,' Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. 'We're going to help him make better decisions so he can help our team.' Pickens is back going through voluntary workouts with the Georgia team in preparation for the upcoming season. The Bulldogs are still set to open the 2020 season against Virginia on Sept. 7 in Atlanta. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Greg McElroy: Georgia's Jamie Newman way more talented' than Alabama's Mac Jones Georgia football podcast: UGA's elite defense is too frequently overlooked Tony Grimes: The 5-star CB from Virginia settles his plan for this fall Position Plus/Minus: A detailed look at the Georgia football quarterback position in 2020 Georgia football legend Champ Bailey named to 2021 College Football Hall of Fame ballot Details emerge on arrest of former Georgia football All-American Bacarri Rambo Georgia football podcast: The Kirby Smart-Dan Mullen debate will have a decisive winner soon WATCH: What the Blue-Chip Ratio says about Georgia football's 2020 schedule The post ESPN names the most exciting Georgia football player for 2020 season appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The early betting favorites to meet in the 2020 SEC Championship are Georgia and Alabama, but before either team gets that far, they'll first meet in the third game of the regular season. And, when Kirby Smart's Dawgs travel to Tuscaloosa, they'll be heavy road underdogs, with oddsmakers having installed the Crimson Tide as a 7.5-point favorite. That's not particularly surprising, since Alabama has won the two schools' past five meetings ironically, the last time the Dawgs beat the Tide was the last time they visited Tuscaloosa, in 2007. So, yes, a UGA win in that game definitely would be considered a major upset, but it wouldn't be anywhere near the biggest upset win in the modern era of Georgia football (which I loosely define as starting with the Vince Dooley years). What is Georgia football's biggest upset win? I put that question to several fans recently, and the game most frequently mentioned was another one against Alabama the famous 'flea flicker' game in 1965. Bear Bryant's Tide was the defending national champion and ranked No. 5 when they came to Athens for the nationally televised game and, as one Georgia fan put it: 'We were nobody.' Bama was leading 17-10 late in the game when Dooley told quarterback Kirby Moore to run the flea-flicker. Moore passed to Pat Hodgson who, while falling, pitched the ball back to Bob Taylor, who sprinted for the score. Rather than settle for a tie, Georgia went for 2 and secured a win that stunned the college football world. It was the only loss that season for the Tide, which went on to another national championship, and it put Dooley's Georgia on the map. As Bryant later told Dooley's wife Barbara, 'Young lady, don't you forget that I'm the man who made your husband famous.' Dooley recalled in his memoir, 'My 40 Years at Georgia,' that Bryant handled the loss with class. 'I remember him coming into our dressing room and congratulating our entire team.' While I consider that win over Bama at the top among Georgia's upsets, the game that ranks alongside it in my mind incredibly happened just two weeks later, when Georgia hit the road to Ann Arbor to take on mighty Michigan before a crowd of 100,000 at the Big House. By that point, UGA was ranked No. 10, but still was the underdog. Dooley's players were much smaller than the No. 7-ranked Wolverines and trailed 7-6 at halftime on the strength of a pair of Bobby Etter field goals. But, it was all Georgia in the second half, and a fourth quarter Dawgs drive, keyed by a 23-yard run by Georgia's other QB, Preston Ridlehuber, put Georgia up 12-7. Then, QB-turned-All-American-safety Lynn Hughes intercepted a Michigan pass and returned it 38 yards, setting up another Etter field goal, for the final upset score of 15-7. Bulldog fandom was ectatic when the flight carrying the Dawgs landed at Athens' Ben Epps Field, a crowd of 10,000 greeted them and the national media took notice. Georgia football no longer was a 'nobody.' For fans who can't remember 1965, another contender for Georgia's greatest upset victory is the 1985 win over Florida in Jacksonville. The undefeated Gators came into the game ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time in the school's history, but Georgia knocked off the lizards 24-3, thanks to freshman running backs Keith Hendersonand Tim Worley,both of whom ran for over 100 yards that day. Another of Georgia's greatest upsets was the Jan. 2, 1984, Cotton Bowl game against Texas. The Longhorns came into the game ranked No. 2 (and would have won the national championship if they'd beaten Georgia) . Neither offense could do much except kick field goals that day and Texas led 9-3 when Georgia recovered a fumble, setting up the winning score when QB John Lastinger ran the option to his right and scampered 17 yards with 3:22 left on the clock, diving for the end zone. Hence the the frequently quoted phrase among Dawgs fans, 'It's still 10 to 9 in Dallas.' One of my favorites among Georgia's biggest upsets is the only SEC Championship Game I've ever attended in person. Led by QB D.J. Shockley, Mark Richt's Dawgs upset Les Miles' No. 3-ranked LSU Tigers 34-14. The game included a pair of quick touchdown passes to Sean Bailey, who caught them right in front of me and my son at the Georgia Dome. Georgia's defense had a big day, and there was an inevitability about Georgia's win that you could feel from that second superb grab by Bailey. It's not often that you see LSU fans start to leave with 12:28 left in the game, and their team trailing. The next year saw another major upset win for the Dawgs, over Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Georgia had lost four of its previous five games (including to unranked Vanderbilt and Kentucky) and No. 5-ranked Auburn was a two-touchdown favorite, but Tigers QB Brandon Cox spent much of the game flat on his back with a Bulldog on top of him. Georgia jumped out to a 30-7 halftime lead thanks to three interceptions (and a touchdown) by safety Tra Battle, and cruised to a 37-15 win , with tailback Kregg Lumpkin running for 131 yards and a TD and freshman QB Matthew Stafford throwing for 219 yards and two touchdowns and running for 83 yards . The upset ended Auburn's chances at an at-large BCS berth. Other fan favorite upset wins by the Dawgs include the 1997 victory over Florida, when a Jim Donnan team featuring Mike Bobo, Hines Ward, Robert Edwards, Champ Bailey and Kirby Smart beat the 20-point favorite Gators 37-17 the 2001 upset of Tennessee in Knoxville for Richt's first major win (the 'hobnail boot' game) the 1976 game against Florida, when the Gators were ranked No. 10 and seeking their first SEC football championship, but the Dawgs, led by QB Ray Goff, came back from a 27-13 halftime deficit to win 41-27 with the aid of UF coach Doug Dickey's infamous 'fourth-and-dumb' call the 1986 win over Auburn at Jordan-Hare with backup QB Wayne Johnson (the 'Between the Hoses' game) the 1991 upset in Athens of No. 6 Clemson (the eventually ACC champion) in probably the biggest win of Goff's coaching career at Georgia the 2012 upset of No. 2-ranked Florida, which was assured when Jarvis Jones punched the ball out of a Florida receiver's hands and Georgia recovered the 1966 game in Jacksonville when Heisman winning QB Steve Spurrier threw three interceptions as Georgia won 27-10 over the previously unbeaten Gators the 2014 upset of No. 9 Auburn in Athens, in which the Dawgs scored 34 unanswered points to win 34-7 the 1964 win over Georgia Tech by Dooley's first team the 1970 upset of an Auburn team led by the passing duo of Pat Sullivan and Terry Beasley, which Dooley later said was 'one of the biggest of my career' and, most recently, the 2016 upset in Athens of Auburn by an unranked Dawgs team that was a double-digit underdog on a day that saw the Tigers' offense, one of the nation's best, held to zero first downs in the second half. And, yes, a lot of those games involve Florida and Auburn. Of course, upsets go both ways, and Georgia has been on the losing end of some unexpected doozies. Some cite the 1974 loss to lightly regarded Miami of Ohio in the Tangerine Bowl as the Dawgs' worst upset (though, frankly, Georgia, which finished 6-6, didn't really belong in a bowl that year). Others opt for the 2010 road loss to a Colorado team that finished the year 5-7 and fired its head coach midseason the 2004 game where Tennessee ended third-ranked Georgia's 17-game home winning streak with a 19-14 upset the 2006 loss in Athens to Vanderbilt, in which a Commodores team that would finish the season 4-8 left Sanford Stadium with a 24-22 win over the 14th-ranked Bulldogs the 2007 loss to an unranked Tennessee team that kept Georgia out of the BCS in a season in which they finished ranked No. 2 the 2014 overtime loss to Tech in Athens and the 2018 Sugar Bowl loss to Texas. However, three other games stand out to Georgia fans as really painful upsets. One is the 2002 loss to Florida, when a previously unbeaten and clearly superior Georgia team, which was ranked No. 4 coming in, went 0-13 on third-down conversions against a struggling Ron Zook Gators team . That 20-13 upset cost Georgia (which finished 13-1 that year) a shot at a national championship. Then there's the 2014 loss to the Gators when a Florida team that would get rid of coach Will Muschamp that season rushed for 418 yards to beat No. 11 Georgia. Many view that upset as the beginning of the end for Richt at UGA. And, finally, we get to the game that one fan called the 'leader in the clubhouse' for worst upset ever: last season's South Carolina debacle. Once again, a vastly superior Georgia team lost to a Muschamp team in perhaps the biggest upset in the country last season and one that cost Georgia a spot in the College Football Playoff. Yes, the wound is still fresh, but I have a feeling that, even 20 years from now, that game still will stand out as one of Georgia's most unexpected and most inexplicable losses. The post Shocking upsets have cut both ways for the Dawgs appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry discusses the blossoming recruiting relationshipbetween elite 2022 QB MJ Morris and the Bulldogs. Carrollton High's Myles Jamison Morris was not invited to the Georgia-Notre Dame game last September in Athens. It really seems implausible to think about it now. That was when a who's who along a constellation of stars showed up to see the Bulldogs hold off the Irish in a nationally-televised matchup. But then again, the Bulldogs had a different quarterback coach and offensive coordinator at that time. When did things change for him with Georgia? 'It was right when coach [Todd] Monken got hired as the new offensive coordinator,' Morris said. 'That's when things really took off for me with Georgia at that time. I've been in contact with them now about once a week. Things definitely skyrocketed for me with Georgia when Monken got hired. I would definitely say it had something to do with that.' That one story will reflect why things have definitely changed between the Bulldogs and Morris. Even in a recruiting world stuck in carbon freeze since the global pandemic. Morris, who goes by MJ, has been an ascending talent on the recruiting trail for the last five months. Especially since his sophomore tape was released. Do yourself a favor and check it out below. Long-time national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming liked what he saw enough to rate Morris as the nation's No. 1 QB prospect for the 2022 cycle. My #1 Overall QB in the Class of 2022 is MJ Morris of Carrollton High School in Georgia. Check out our complete 2022 QB rankings below! https://t.co/v4jh6nJ8Z4 pic.twitter.com/X8CKQspxsm Tom Lemming (@LemmingReport) June 5, 2020 Morris has been a steady riser with his pure 247Sports rating over the last year, too. That well-respected service pegs him as the nation's No. 2 dual-threat QB and the No. 41 overall recruit for 2022. When discussing his recruiting, Morris feels that he has a lot of research left to do.If the NCAA waved the green flag for immediate recruiting visits, he knows which schools he would need to check out first. Those would not be Alabama, Auburn and Georgia. Those are the schools which he feels like he already has a pretty good read on. 'I've only been to UGA twice but I feel like I know a lot about UGA it being the hometown school. I would definitely say that I know the most about UGA, Auburn and Alabama right now.' Where would he have been over the last three months if not for the novel coronavirus? 'I definitely would have been to Penn State, Michigan, Florida State, Mizzou and Oregon,' he said. 'Those are pretty much some of the schools I haven't been to yet.' If prospects were allowed to visit schools again, where would he go first? 'It would probably be Mizzou, Florida State, Penn State and Michigan,' he said. 'If I were to hit two at a time, it would probably be Penn State and Michigan in one weekend.' Morris values loyalty. The reason why Missouri is on that list can be seen as reflection of his character. 'I would definitely want to go visit Mizzou because coach [Ed Drinkwitz] is the head coach there now and he was the head coach before at Appalachian State. He was my first offer so I have a lot of interest in him and what he's doing and I love him a lot. That's why I have a lot of interest in Mizzou.' Did you know the weekly DawgNation.com 'Before the Hedges' program is now available as an Apple podcast? Click to check it out and download. MJ Morris: The things to know now about the elite 2022 QB The purpose of the first DawgNation.com in-depth profile piece on a recruit it to try to share a few traits about a player that most might not know. We need to tick off a few of those with Morris. His film is very impressive at times. That's not just his athletic ability and the way he spins the football. His understanding of route concepts and how to read a defense is advanced for any high school QB, much less one who has two more seasons of varsity games to play. While digesting that reel, it is pertinent to know he played last season at basically 70 percent health. Morris had a hip injury that required surgery after the season. He's grown a little and is bumping up on that 6-foot-2 mark on the growth chart. His weight is now right at 180 pounds. Morris had a 'hip impingement' last fall. His doctor gave him permission to play through it because he couldn't do any further damage. When it was time for that repair, his surgeon had to shave off some of the bone around that hip area. As a result, he does not expect to be released for physical activity until July. Those that look for class separation between elite QBs in Athens will be keen to learn of his passion for baseball. Morris considers himself to be a true two-sport prospect and intends to play baseball his senior year at Carrolton. He will pitch, play shortstop, third base and center field. He has played everywhere on the diamond except first. base and catcher. 'I actually think I am a better baseball player than a football player,' he said. 'I have a dream to play both in college. If I come out early, then I wouldn't be able to finish out my baseball year and baseball my senior year. I have a lotto think about right there.' That would go against the typical January early enrollee trend for quarterbacks to get a jump on early playing time with his recruitment. Morris attended Pace Academy in Atlanta through the eighth grade He is a true 2022 QB. He has a remarkable maturity for a young man who is just 16 years of age. Morris will turn 17 on June 30. When he shared his thoughts on the racial tension in America, his words were grounded in awareness, conviction and reason. His heart-breaking 'two strikes' comment will stick with this author for a long time. He does feel the global pandemic and the resulting halt to on-campus recruiting has pushed back his recruiting process. There's another impressive takeaway here with Morris. That is his outlook toward the transfer portal when it comes to elite nationally-rated quarterbacks. There were 'five or six' talented quarterbacks when he arrived at Carrollton. While hefelt he showed a lot of promise as a freshman, he didn't win the job. 'But I was like I'm not about to transfer because I didn't get the job,' he said. 'I was just like that showed me I had to work ever harder than I did before.' He put in the work. Before and practices. Morris logged the extra film work. 'Then midseason I won the job,' Morris said. 'I feel like if I would have transferred, I would have given up on myself. I would have not given myself that extra chance instead of going to extra practices and working even harder for what I want.' 'When I get to college, I'm not going to sit there. I'm going to work my tail off to make sure I get that starting job. That's why I don't want to transfer out if I don't become the starter. I'm going to go somewhere I will want to stay and work my butt off to get that job.' MJ Morris: What is he looking for in a college fit? He discussed what his family is thinking on a commitment timeline. 'We don't have a set time span but we definitely do not want to wait too long,' he said. 'Let's say that I would really want to go to a certain school, but then a quarterback commits there before I do because I waited too long. I don't want to do it too early.' 'I definitely want to make sure I weigh all of my options. Because of this coronavirus, I didn't get to visit a lot of my options that I wanted to go to right now. But I definitely want to explore all of my options before I narrow it down and do a commitment or anything like that.' What is he looking for? 'Definitely academics first,' he said. 'That's my mom right there. That's her thing. I know most of the colleges that I'm looking at right now have great academics so there's not too much there to worry about.' 'Then I would say if I could stay at that school for three or four years without thinking about transferring at all,' he said. 'I can go there and compete for a job. I can just be around the coaches and the players and they can all just build me into being the best man and the best player I can be which helps me be the guy who can walk on that stage and become a first-round draft pick.' He plans to pursue a business management degree. Morris finished up his sophomore year at Carrollton with a '3.5 or a 3.6 grade-point average in honors classes.' His mother Kimberly Morris is the prime motivator behind that. 'My mom doesn't let any of us slack,' he said. 'My sister or my brother. If we came home with a C' or an F' then it would be a tough day for ourselves. I definitely put that first. I value my academics first and then football and other sports will come after that.' MJ Morris: How does he really feel about Georgia? Morris started playing football when he was four years old. When he did, he found himself competing against kids 1-2 years older than him. That pattern continued. He was that 10-year-old QB competing with 12-year-olds. His father, Eddie Morris, played college basketball at Lincoln University. That's now an NCAA Division III program. It helps his son. 'It is just the mindset he has,' Morris said. 'I kind of go off that. He wants us to be better than him. If I want to be really great, I know that football and baseball would help me get to that point.' Kyler Murray was drafted in the first round by the Oakland A's. That was before he starred on the football field for the Oklahoma Sooners. He was later drafted No. 1 overall by the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. Morris would love to follow along that early career path. He aims to figure out his eventual pursuit as he goes along. 'Yes sir,' Morris said. 'That's the dream.' Oregon was the dream school growing up. That's because of the uniforms. Auburn was next after that. That was sparked by two things: 1) The way Cam Newton tore up the SEC; 2) His mother graduated from Auburn. When it comes to the Bulldogs, Monken has certainly made an impression. 'He really knows a lot about football,' Morris said. 'He came from the NFL with the [Tampa Bay] Buccaneers. I've learned a lot from him already over calls. We talk a little bit about football, too. I've learned so many things from him about football on those couple of minute calls. That I would have never known. I love him. I'd definitely want to play for him and learn from him.' What's the biggest tug for him right now with Georgia? 'I would say definitely the way they give their quarterback the option to control the whole offense,' Morris said. 'The quarterback is in control and coach Monken will really teach you how to be a real quarterback. You have to go through all of your reads. I would definitely say it is one of those offenses I could play in.' 'Coach Monken said with my skill set that I could definitely run. I can throw great inside the pocket and outside the pocket. He said I would fit great in that offense.' Monken appreciated his ability to read a defense from the pocket and dissect it with his arm strength. 'But when the play breaks down, I can get outside the pocket or I can tuck it and make an accurate throw on the run with my speed,' Morris said. 'They definitely like that about me at Georgia.' Watson pattens his game after current Houston Texans star QB Deshaun Watson. He also said that only Georgia Tech and Stanford are currently recruiting him as a two-sport athlete at this time. Stanford traditionally offers less than 60 players every cycle and has yet to offer any QBs in the 2022 class. DAWGNATION RECRUITING (the recent reads on DawgNation.com) WATCH: Georgia commit Chaz Chambliss shows he has a bright future at OLB There's a big potential development in the recruiting scope of 5-star CB Tony Grimes Kirby Smart's comments on the 2021 recruiting cycle thus far laced with empathy and uncertainty Nation's No. 1 CB prospect Tony Grimes places UGA among his top four schools BREAKING: All-American OL Dylan Fairchild has made his college decision Brock Vandagriff: How does that family feel about the JT Daniels transfer? The JT Daniels to Georgia buzz seems very real BREAKING: Elite 2022 DB Marquis Groves-Killebrew commits to UGA Who is Chaz Chambliss? Carrollton staff shares the goods on the new Bulldog commit BREAKING: Chaz Chambliss commits to Georgia football Taking a deep dive at how well Georgia has been recruiting Metro Atlanta of late Elite 2022 defensive athlete Daniel Martin already has a 'family' feel at UGA Brock Bowers: Nation's No. 3 TE knows what he needs to do before his college decision De'Jahn Warren: The 'nugget' for the nation's No. 1 JUCO prospect with UGA Decrypting that recent tweet from 5-star LB Smael Mondon Jr. Prince Kollie: The ILB target who had 1,085 yards as a receiver in 2019 Lovasea Carroll: DawgNation goes one-on-one with the 2021 RB commit The post MJ Morris: How Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken has prioritized the elite 2022 QB appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Dylan Fairchild is a state heavyweight wrestling champion and an All-American football player out of West Forsyth High School. Needless to say, he is a priority target for the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2021 recruiting cycle. He was so well-regarded by Georgia line coach Matt Luke, that Luke wanted to make sure he offered him in person earlier this year. When he told DawgNation this week he was ready to make his college decision, he spoke with a conviction and a clear purpose that we rarely hear from a recruit. Especially not one rated as the nation's No. 2 OG and the No. 40 overall prospect (247Sports) for the class of 2021. Toss in the global pandemic denying all the college visits he thought needed to take. Sprinkle in the fact that he never thought he'd be committing this early regardless of the COVID-19 concerns. Fairchild just knows. He makes a very telling case. 'It was always Georgia and Auburn,' Fairchild said. 'I think it was those two. Those were the closest but I think that Georgia was there. I think I was sitting there and I don't think I had that two hour or three-hour conversation with other schools like I did with coach Matt Luke and coach [Kirby Smart] to get to know each other.' 'To get to really really know each other. The more I am around Coach Luke and I see his style and the way he coaches and takes care of his kids, the more I have grown closer with him. We've built a very good bond.' The 4-star prospect becomes the ninth public commitment of the 2021 recruiting class in Athens. That moves the Bulldogs up to the nation's No. 12 class for 2021 on the 247Sports Team Composite rankings. 'Georgia is going to be the best of both worlds for me,' he said. 'Even with football, I am picking a school that even without football I would want to go too. You never know what could happen. This football life could end in one moment. I think I am going to go to a place where I am going to be happy with football and I am going to be happy with school, too.' 'I think Georgia is really the best of both worlds. I think all the pieces of a national championship are falling right into Georgia's hands. I want to be a part of that and do something special over there. I think that me and a few other guys have that same mindset. I'm just ready to go.' 'I've been talking with Brock [Vandagriff] and Micah Morris and a few other guys and we are all with this. We are ready to be a part of something really special at Georgia.' Dylan Fairchild: This is one committed member of the class He actually knew he wanted to be a Bulldog before he got his first Georgia hat. The West Forsyth rising senior called the Georgia staff at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. That was a private chat and he made his commitment. He then joined DawgNation for a special recruiting announcement on its Facebook and YouTube social channels. When Fairchild sent out his tweet letting the world know he was a Bulldog, he was live on the air with DawgNation. 'If I were to do this without the whole coronavirus thing going around I would go see the Georgia coaches and do it in person,' Fairchild said. 'It just wanted to give them that respect and call them. Person to person. Just tell them I was 100 percent with this and ready to go. I'm ready to get to work already.' It was a bit unexpected here, but he said the fact he couldn't visit the Georgia coaches in person actually helped him come to that decision faster than he ever expected. 'The Zoom meetings really helped me more,' Fairchild said. 'It really made it feel like I was doing a one-on-one with the coaches on a recruiting visit. I don't think it would have been the same for me with that if I was on a recruiting visit on the campus at Georgia. You can really ask the questions you would really want to ask face-to-face and in some circumstances it helped even more than doing it when you are around a bunch of people and have a lot of activities going on.' 'I think in my case the Zooms actually helped me more.' Fairchild ranks as the nation's No. 7 OG and the No. 135 overall prospect on the 247Sports Composite ratings. He grew up a Georgia fan with his family barking at the TV every Saturday in the fall. His family is made up of mostly Bulldogs with a few Georgia Tech fans sprinkled in. 'I don't know it is just like it kind of all matches up,' Fairchild said. 'There's just no way that if I went to any other school. There's no way at any point that I would regret it if I went to Georgia. It was just meant to happen. All the recruiting put aside, I just think that degree from Georgia is just going to be the best fit for me. I've never been more excited about something.' Check out his junior highlight reel. Did you know the weekly DawgNation.com 'Before the Hedges' program is now available as an Apple podcast? Click to check it out and download. The post BREAKING: Elite OL Dylan Fairchild has made his college decision appeared first on DawgNation.
  • In a string of tweets Friday night, Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury joined the call for justice for George Floyd, speaking through his prism as a sports administrator. “In our nation, someone’s skin color should not & CANNOT determine what their life is worth. Let’s unite to do better,” Stansbury wrote, concluding his comments with the hashtag #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd. Stansbury became one of the first in his position as an athletic director of a power-conference school to publicly address the death of Floyd, whose slaying at the hands of Minneapolis police has sparked national reaction in the form of protests, some violent. Stansbury was joined in his call for justice for Floyd by Tech football coach Geoff Collins, who issued his own tweet with his reaction to Floyd’s death on Friday. While it would seem difficult for anyone to contest the content of his tweets, published before the protest took its most violent forms, Stansbury is not given to social commentary and is typically reserved. It casts in greater relief his decision to speak on a charged topic, particularly given that it was made without prompting for comment, according to an athletic department spokesman. “There are student-athletes across the USA who can and will change the world, but are afraid to go out for a run bc of the inhumanity that might befall them due to the color of their skin,” Stansbury wrote. “I can’t think of anything more tragic, yet I can’t think of the right words to say to them.” He continued, “My hope is that through the power of sport, we can do our part to unite and heal our country, while moving in a direction of positive change and justice for all Americans.” The comments recalled the death of Ahmaud Arbery, the black man who was shot and killed Feb. 23 in a neighborhood near Brunswick by two white men who told authorities that they suspected him of burglaries and that he became violent when confronted. Arbery’s family said that he was jogging through the McMichaels’ neighborhood. Stansbury’s final tweet included what he called his “greatest life lesson,” learned while on the Tech football team from coach Bill Curry and his teammates, that “in the huddle, someone’s background does not determine their worth.” You may find this story and more at AJC.com.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry gives a thorough breakdown of everything 4-star OLB Chaz Chambliss brings to the table as the latest commit to the 2021 class. Chaz Chambliss usually starts every day with a big mug. We are not talking about selfies for his Instagram page here. 'When I was little my Pappaw used to drink black coffee when I was hunting with him,' Chambliss said. 'He'd always tell me to kill a big buck you'd have to drink the coffee. The one time I actually drank the coffee, I killed one. So ever since then, I just drink a cup of black coffee every morning.' He will go outside the Carrollton football facility and drink his coffee. Straight black. The newest Georgia Bulldog commit will do that early Friday morning. Then on Saturdays and Sundays. That's enough caffeine intake there. He doesn't want to dehydrate during the season. 'It is unbelievable,' Carrollton defensive coordinator Brian Simmons said. 'It is like he is an old man already.' That's part of his ritual before he makes sure he gets in his daily workouts and strives academically to maintain his 3.9 grade-point average at Carrolton High School. Chambliss works out three hours every day until noon during the quarantine. Remember the hit 1993 movie 'The Program' starring the stunning Halle Berry and Omar Epps? That movie about a fictitious college team was even able to hand Georgia Tech an 'L' on the big screen. There's a character named Phillip Latimer in that movie. Latimer does just about everything wrong in that movie as far as an exemplary student-athlete goes. Yet he was a hulking brute. When that movie ends, the staff of Eastern State University sets out to find the next Latimer on the recruiting trail. They were looking for a Chaz Chambliss. Yet the strongest thing this football and classroom 'nerd' takes in would be that stout cup of black coffee. Carrollton High head coach Sean Calhoun and defensive coordinator Brian Simmons feel that Chambliss plays like Latimer but then does everything the right on and off the field. If you haven't seen 'The Program' then the necessary imagery will be a guy who will deliver a hit so forceful it shoots snot bubbles out of the ballcarrier's nose. They will flow like the Gatorade on a South Georgia practice field. RELATED: Chaz Chambliss commits to Georgia football The Chaz Chambliss stories to know at the next tailgate This story is one of many involving Chambliss. We will chronicle two of those in tonight's blog. Well, maybe even three. Just for a few laughs. 'During pregame I always talk to the other coaching staffs and I'm not going to mention who it was here,' Simmons said. 'We're talking about this kid or that kid and the head coach of that school says to me Well, we haven't had a great week of practice' right on the field. Simmons then asked why. The head coach of the team Carrollton was about to face said his guys were scared. 'Scared of what?' Simmons replied. 'They have got a bad case of the Chaz Chambliss,' that coach went on to say. 'They are scared of your No. 32 man.' Simmons countered that he was scared of Chambliss, too. The physical attributes and the maturity of his body catch the most eyes here. Most DawgNation readers are quick, and on point, to label him as just a big mean country boy. Chambliss will skin a buck and run a trout line, but he will also track turkeys and squirrel. Those things matter more here than social media followers or chasing the prettiest girl he can find. His coaches describe him as a thinking man's football player. 'He can really talk to us out on the field and tell us what the other team is doing from film study,' Simmons said. 'Then once he decides it is time for no more talking and it is time to act, then he is probably the most physical and aggressive kid I've ever been around.' 'It is literally when I hit you, I want to destroy your soul. You can tell by almost any highlight that you watch, that his physicality is almost unmatched.' His defensive coordinator will reel him in on practice days. 'We will do that 100 percent because everything he does is 100 percent,' Simmons said. 'I tell him sometimes We need these scout guys. You can't kill them' and I tell Chaz to slow down. I tell him it is okay to tag them off every once in a while.' 'I do call him Latimer' sometimes.' Chambliss will even paint his face with eye black on game days. All the way down to the cheek. Did you know the weekly DawgNation.com 'Before the Hedges' program is now available as an Apple podcast? Click to check it out and download. Chaz Chambliss file: A speed read on the newest UGA commit Chambliss looked like a high school junior or senior with big SEC offers when he arrived at Carrollton. He was an instant starter in the summer before his freshman season. Let's rip off several quick things of note: His actual name is Chaz. No joke. Calhoun will call him 'Charles' about half of the time, but he's not sure if that iswell-received by his 4-star linebacker. He has one of the five highest GPAs on his team across all grade levels. The risingsenioris also one of the five strongest pound-for-pound Trojans on the team, too. Chambliss takes honors and AP classes at Carrollton. His coaches call him a 'nerd' on the field and in the hallways. He is very low-key. So much that his coaches were surprised he wanted to do a commitment video. That said, it made perfect sense that he didn't say a single word in that clip. 'That was exactly him,' Calhoun said. 'Very well done.' He will be a two-time team captain this fall. That is voted on by the players on the team. The Carrollton staff verified he is still just 17 years old. He will not turn 18 until October. He does plan to enroll early at UGA in January of 2021. This commitment should be seen as solid as his 253 career tackles and 69 stops for losses in three varsity seasons.Calhoun said that loyalty matters to Chambliss. The new Bulldog pledge told DawgNation that he will not visit any other schools as a Georgia commit. His coaches both called him 'an old soul' in their program. Chambliss had some good lifts in the weight room with a 345-pound bench, a 485-pound squat and a 325-pound power clean. Those were in January and he's made gains since then. He's now at 525 on the squat and 365 on the bench. He said he's added another 10 pounds to that power clean. He will be the second Carrollton Trojan in program history to enroll early as a mid-year graduate. His impressive career stat line will also include 38.5 career sacks and eight forced fumbles. He stacked up 85 tackles and 16.5 sacks last year as a junior. Chambliss comes from a military background. His father served in the Army for 25 years. Simmonsapproximated that 65 percent of the reps forChambliss were as a stand-up OLB or a stack OLB. He's had hishand on the ground atdefensive end 20 percent of the time and theremaining 15 percent of his snaps have been at ILB. 'I remember the first day he walked into the football facility as an upcoming ninth-grader,' Simmons said. 'We started talking to him and we asked him what grade he was in and he said eighth grade. I said There is no way' because he looked like a senior in high school. Heck he looked like a college kid then.' The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder has done nothing but better himself on and off the field since then. 'When you see him initially at such a young age, he just strikes you as a physical specimen,' Calhoun said. 'But then once you get to talk to him it just takes it to a whole new level. Just how great of a kid he is.' What does he look like right now? 'I think he looks like what an NFL guy will look like,' Simmons said. 'The guy has been working out three hours every day over quarantine. He built his own home gym. He's a handyman. He loves the grind. Loves to work out. Loves football. Literally that is all he has been doing over the quarantine period.' 'He even looks better than he did when he was in school. It was unbelievable.' Here is another look at his junior highlight film. That's the full reel, but arguably the best game of his career came against Rome. Check it out below. There are 3:38 of highlights just from that single game against one of the state's most well-respected programs. The Wolves held a three-game win streak on Carrollton. That's when Chambliss put the burden of ending that skid on his big shoulders. He played like he had three cups of Expresso that morning. Check that sequence where he reads the screen. Rome had it set up but Chambliss read the guard and wipes out the fullback to tackle the runner for a two-yard loss. He later dips underneath a block on a reverse that Rome had set up, too.It would have been a touchdown. Chambliss turned that into a loss of eight yards. There are clips after clips from that game. He's even beating a Division I-A offensive tackle for a sack in that game coming off the edge with his hand in the dirt. It was a Chambliss showcase game. The camera angles are just not close enough to verify the snot bubbles. Where will Chaz Chambliss play at Georgia? The evaluation here is a cross between a Malik Herring and a Nate McBride and maybe even a D'Andre Walker. Maybe toss in a David Pollack 2001 model motor under the hood, too. The projection here is a SAM linebacker on Saturdays in the SEC. 'We know how hard he works,' Calhoun said. 'We know how hard he studies. We know how hard he works at something he doesn't excel at. If he doesn't, he's going to work at it so he gets good at it. I think he is going to be able to play at whatever position Georgia puts him at. If it is a SAM, he's going to be really good at doing exactly whatever they need him to do. If there's anything he's not done before or they want him to do that he is not excellent at, there will not be anybody that will outwork him to get better at that.' Can he be a strong-side DE at Georgia? Don't let too many impressions get in the way. He's basically the same size Malik Herring was when that talented SDE signed with UGA in the 2017 class. There's no more than one inch and maybe 10 pounds of deviation from those two bodies. It remains to be seen if Chambliss can do backflips like Herring. But he can serve as an intimidator. 'He's done a lot of stuff for us where he's had his hand in the dirt,' Simmons said. 'He'sbeen a stand-up end. He's been a stack backer. He's been a middle backer. He's been a true outside 3-4 backer. Everything that he does, he's been one of the most driven and hard-working individuals I've ever been around.' 'If they need him to be an off-the-line backer or and on-the-line backer or a hand in the dirt guy, he will probably be the best one they have. Because he does such a great job getting himself ready mentally and physically as much as I've ever seen anybody. Whatever you ask Chaz Chambliss to do, he's going to be unbelievable at it. That's for sure.' 'Whether that is affecting the quarterback or stopping the run or doing whatever you need him to do, he's just going to be fantastic at it.' There's a bias here for both men. They've challenged Chambliss for three years now and have seen the results. They've seen this movie so many times they can quote all the lines. Chaz Chambliss: The funniest story so far Calhoun and Simmons both laugh at this one. It involves a Sadie Hawkins dance. Those still happen in his part of Georgia.That's the old school staple where the girls have to ask out the guys to the dance. We'll jump to the part where a young lady asks Chambliss if he is going to go to the Sadie Hawkins dance. 'What are you talking about?' Chambliss replied. 'Yeah, are you going to the Sadie Hawkins dance,' she said. 'I don't know who Sadie Hawkins is and she didn't invite me to her party so I am not going,' Chambliss said. Chambliss is seen by his two coaches as an old man in a 17-year-old defined frame. A Sadie Hawkins dance would speak to his era. He's the reverse 'Big' where the old man wishes to be young man. 'You would think so,' Simmons said. 'But he has no time for dances. Or anything. If it is not hunting or fishing or football, then he's not too interested.' 'He had a girlfriend for a little bit this fall. He might still have one. I'm not sure.' When coaches don't know if their star linebacker has a girlfriend, it usually means his priorities are aligned. 'It is not going to stop him from doing workouts,' Calhoun said. 'He's going to still get his workouts in and get better every day, too. That's the way it is going to work with him.' The love interest here might be the pages of the defensive play sheets that involve the blitz and pinch calls. 'The other story I can think of is he is in his hunting cabin in Mississippi,' Simmons said. 'They have a hunting cabin in the woods. So he will pack dumbbells on any trips that he goes too. He brings them. A suitcase of dumbbells. So he puts all the dumbbells in a big plastic barrel and he sits down on a homemade bench that he made when he was over there.' 'He's doing bench press with those packed dumbbells. He's getting his lifts with all of his homemade equipment basically.He's not going to miss a workout. I promise you.' What is Georgia getting in Chaz Chambliss? Calhoun shared his answer first to the query in that big bold type noted above. 'Somebody that is going to make their program instantly better the day he steps on campus,' Calhoun said. 'I say this to a lot of people about Chaz. Chaz is not ranked as a 5-star when you look at the rankings. He's ranked as a 4-star. But I look at it overall as a person because I am with him every day.' 'He's a 5-star and there ain't no doubt about it.Because of how he is going to make them better in the locker room and in the weight room and on the field. He'll be a 5-star in the hallways going to class. He will be a 5-star alumnus when he graduates and leaves their campus. That's everything he is bringing and he is also going to do everything he can to make the people around him better on and off the field.' 'He's going to do nothing but win. That dude is a winner. He's going to work to be a winner and he's going to win because that's who he is. It is awesome to see a kid take his academics even more seriously than his football and he is an unbelievable football player.' Simmons brought up ESPN's 'The Last Dance' with his reply to that topic. 'We've all seen that, right?' Simmons said. 'We've all seen how Michael Jordan is so internally motivated. That is a perfect example of Chaz Chambliss. You never have to get him up. You never have to get him ready for practice. You never have to get on to him about his grades. You don't have to get on to him about not doing something the right way.' DAWGNATION RECRUITING (the recent reads on DawgNation.com) BREAKING: Chaz Chambliss commits to Georgia football Taking a deep dive at how well Georgia has been recruiting Metro Atlanta of late Elite 2022 defensive athlete Daniel Martin already has a 'family' feel at UGA HEDGES: The rival national programs between UGA and another No. 1 class Brock Bowers: Nation's No. 3 TE knows what he needs to do before his college decision De'Jahn Warren: The 'nugget' for the nation's No. 1 JUCO prospect with UGA Elite cornerback Marquise Groves-Killebrew is a 'No. 1 priority' for 2022 Decrypting that recent tweet from 5-star LB Smael Mondon Jr. Prince Kollie: The ILB target who had 1,085 yards as a receiver in 2019 Lovasea Carroll: DawgNation goes one-on-one with the 2021 RB commit Dylan Fairchild: Elite O-line target includes UGA among his top six schools What exactly are these virtual recruiting visits like right now? The post Who is Chaz Chambliss? Carrollton's staff shares the juice about the new UGA commit appeared first on DawgNation.

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