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    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 bowl projections heading into the home stretch Georgia football will be playing in a bowl game this year. Even if the Bulldogs somehow lose their final three regular-season games, Georgia will still finish 8-4. Of course, the Bulldogs will be aiming to finish much higher than that. Should the Bulldogs win one of their final two SEC games, Georgia will play in the SEC championship game. And as Tuesday's College Football Playoff rankings told us, Georgia is very much still in the playoff discussion. To stay in the top four Georgia must win out, which would include wins over No. 12 Auburn and No. 1 LSU. But those options are still on the table, however unlikely that might be. So with only a handful of options still on the table, let's look at where Georgia may end up playing in December (or January). The 2019 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Dec. 28 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. in Atlanta How Georgia gets there: Beats Auburn, Texas A&M, Georgia and LSU. Have Ohio State lose a game but still win the Big Ten. Hope the committee values Georgia's wins over Clemson's potential unbeaten record. Why it might happen:This is the dream scenario. This is one of the two College Football Playoff games and it will be played in Atlanta. Georgia would need a lot of chaos to move up to the No. 1 spot, but college football is a sport built on chaos. Ohio State has losable games against Michigan and Penn State. Clemson struggled with North Carolina earlier this year and plays a 7-2 Wake Forest team this weekend. To quote Kevin Garnett, ' ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.' Why it might not:Even if this is supposed to be a neutral site game as well as the site of the SEC championship game it won't be if Georgia is playing in it. And I highly doubt the College Football Playoff committee is going to want to reward an unbeaten Ohio State or Clemson by matching them up against a one-loss SEC champ Georgia in the Bulldogs' backyard. Seeing as how Atlanta is much closer to Clemson, S.C., and Columbus, Ohio, that would likely be the first choice for either of the schools. And as illustrated in the 'how Georgia gets there' section, the Bulldogs would need to win out and have quite a bit of chaos happen. Chances of playing in this game:5 percent Related: If Georgia football wants to win beat Auburn, it starts with blocking Derrick Brown The 2019 Playstation Fiesta Bowl: Dec. 28, 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. in Glendale, Az., How Georgia gets there:Beats Auburn, Texas A&M, Georgia and LSU. Why it might happen: This is the other College Football Playoff game. If Georgia wins out, it seems clear the committee is going to put them in the College Football Playoff. And given that Georgia would have a head-to-head win over LSU, the committee probably puts the Bulldogs ahead of the Tigers and makes them the No. 3 team. The most likely scenario here would be Georgia playing an unbeaten Clemson, assuming the Tigers and the Buckeyes also win out. Why it might not happen: Did you see what LSU did this past weekend? To quote Marcus Spears, 'They went into Bryant-Denny and put 46 points on the board.' And even before that Georgia has to get past a tough Auburn team. Kirby Smart's record against SEC West teams on the road is not what you want going into this game. But Georgia has beaten the likes of Florida and Notre Dame already, making this the more likely of the two College Football Playoff scenarios. Chances of playing in this game:20 percent *Of note here: ESPN's Playoff predictor gives Georgia a 25 percent chance of making the College Football Playoff The 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl: Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m. in New Orleans How Georgia gets there: Georgia is the highest-ranked SEC team not to make the College Football Playoff. Why it might happen: Georgia would have to get to the SEC championship game with an 11-1 record to LSU and then lose that game. But that's only half the battle. To get to New Orleans, Georgia would need the College Football Playoff committee to decide that Alabama is one of the four best teams in the country. That would mean it likely needs a two-lose PAC 12 champion as well as possibly a two-loss Big 12 champion. There's also the chance that Georgia loses to Auburn, beats Texas A&M and then beats LSU in the SEC championship game to finish. That gets very murky though, and it's not a guarantee that Georgia would be ranked above the Crimson Tide. There's also a scenario where Auburn beats Alabama and Georiga 10-2 Auburn team would be a very compelling Sugar Bowl pick. Why it might not happen: It would need a whole lot of chaos, as outlined above. There's no way a two-loss Georgia team that fails to win the SEC championship is ranked above a one-loss Alabama team. Chances of playing in this game:2 percent The 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl: Dec. 30, 8 p.m., Miami Gardens, Fla. How Georgia gets there: Georgia beats Auburn, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech but loses to LSU. Georgia would also finish behind an Alabama team that does not make the College Football Playoff. Why it might happen: This is by far the most likely scenario in play. Just going by likely Vegas odds, this is how many will likely predict the Georgia season to finish. Assuming LSU, Clemson and Ohio State win out, a big assumption to be sure, and Oregon and Utah meet in the Pac-12 title game with one-loss each, those are your most likely four playoff teams. Georgia would likely get picked for this game, given the Bulldogs haven't played in the game since 1960 and there might be some interest to attend the bowl game in South Florida. Why this might not happen: Beating Texas A&M and Auburn is no easy task. There is also the chance that the Orange Bowl could choose a two-loss Michigan to play in the game if the Wolverines are able to beat the Buckeyes at the end of the season. Chances of playing in this game:70 percent The Georgia football misses the SEC championship game scenario How Georgia gets there: The Bulldogs lose to Auburn and Texas A&M. Florida beats Missouri, thus putting the Gators into the SEC championship game. The Bulldogs very likely drop out of the top-10 and likely find themselves trending towards say the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. That game would be played on Jan. 1 and would pit Georgia up against a Big Ten or ACC team. Why it might happen: Auburn and Texas A&M are good teams! Anything can happen, as evidenced by Georgia's loss to South Carolina earlier this season. Why it might not happen: Georgia is also a good team, and will likely be favored in both games. Chances of this happening: Let's say 3 percent to get to an even 100. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Kirby Smart has a chance to answer a major question if Georgia football can get an SEC West road win Georgia football podcast: UGA absolutely belongs in top 4 of CFP rankings Will Muschamp compares, analyzes Georgia-Alabama team strengths Kirby Smart: No difference' for Georgia in wake of No. 4 College Football Playoff ranking Georgia star Anthony Edwards making Bulldogs' basketball fun, but Tom Crean wants more Dawgs on Twitter Leading by example #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/IUe7ycBS23 Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) November 13, 2019 After dropping 24 and 29 points in the first two games of the season, Anthony Edwards has become the leading scorer in the SEC! pic.twitter.com/zWRE5Se1QF Georgia Hoops Fans (@UGAHoopsBlog) November 13, 2019 Homegrown from Atlanta, GA. Welcome to #DawgNation, @Swdkd10 #GoDawgs | #CommittedToTheG pic.twitter.com/KY1Ht2UoJY Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) November 13, 2019 #DawgsOnTop Gabby Connally, Maya Caldwell, and Jenna Staiti combine for 45 points in the #UGA win! FINAL: #Georgia 72 NC A&T 54 #GoDawgs | #Alzati pic.twitter.com/X3CwUFBhBm Georgia Basketball (@UGA_WBB) November 14, 2019 Good Dawg of the Day look at him go, whalefact pic.twitter.com/N7G2uWMsym WeRateDogs (@dog_rates) November 13, 2019 The post Handicapping Georgia football bowl game options heading into key November stretch appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia basketball freshman Anthony 'Antman' Edwards isn't holding anything back, his energy and enthusiasm often bubbling over in a demonstrative fashion. 'I want to keep my teammates in the game,' said Edwards, who scored 29 points in the 95-86 victory over The Citadel on Tuesday night with 8,058 in attendance at Stegeman Coliseum. RELATED: Edwards explodes for 29, Georgia drops The Citadel 'Most of it is my passion for the game,' the 18-year-old projected NBA lottery pick said. 'I love what I do, I love my teammate, and I want to keep my teammates happy.' Most importantly, Edwards is keeping his head coach happy for now. Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean is in Year Two of a massive overhaul of the Bulldogs' downtrodden basketball program. Crean has 10 new players on a roster this season that is lacking size and maturity in the front court. The 6-foot-5 Edwards can seemingly do it all. Edwards is scoring 26.5 points per game and averaging 7 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game. 'I thought he did a lot of good things,' Crean said. 'When they went box-and-one on him (defense), I thought Anthony made adjustments really quick. 'I think he did a lot of good things for his second college game.' Senior graduate-transfer Donnell Gresham agreed. 'I think he impacts the game in a lot more ways than scoring, on defensive especially,' Gresham said. '(He gets) deflections and steals. He does a great job rebounding and finds all of us open when passing and gets us open shots.' Edwards' 60 points through two games is a new UGA mark, eclipsing the 47 Georgia legend and NBA star Dominique Wilkins scored in his first two games for the Bulldogs in 1979. Crean and Edwards, however, are much more interested in the future than measuring achievements against history. Georgia has one more warm-up this Friday against Delaware State before the meat of the schedule arrives. Rival Georgia Tech comes to Athens on Nov. 20, and then a trip to Hawaii looms where a Nov. 25 game against hard-nosed Dayton awaits. Basketball royalty Michigan State, Kansas and and UCLA are also in the Maui Invitational's heavyweight field, the three games taking place Nov. 25-27. Crean has made it clear he wants and needs more from his big men, junior Rayshaun Hammonds (6-9, 235) and Amanze Ngumezi (6-9, 235), as well as others on the glass. 'The number one issue we have as a team is how are we going to get our rebounding right,' said Crean, whose team was out-rebounded by The Citadel 43-36. 'We're not physically aggressive yet, we're not urgent enough on the glass yet, and we haven't been.' 'If we're going to shore up and be able to compete, we've got to have a team defensive rebounding mindset with five guys being in that paint.' That would include Edwards, who to this point has been up to most every challenge. As much as Crean needs Edwards' athleticism, he'll need the freshman's infectious enthusiasm to carry over to the Bulldogs' front-line players. Edwards may not know any better, or he might just be that confident, but he believes this Georgia team will find a way despite its obvious limitations. 'I feel like we are extremely dangerous,' Edwards said. 'We have (Donnell Gresham) who can knock the 3 down, we've got Tyree Crump who's a vet who can knock the 3 down, we have Sahvir Wheeler who's coming downcourt dishing the ball out. 'And we've got Ray (Hammonds) who an knock the corner 3 down or post-up, and Amanze (Ngumezi) can catch (alley-) oops, everybody on the team can contribute.' Tyree Crump on Anthony Edwards DawgNation Georgia basketball coverage Tom Crean wants more control against The Citadel RELATED: Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Georgia basketball strikes exhibition gold vs. Charlotte 49ers Sahvir Wheeler hidden star, directs point after first exhibition Anthony Edwards lives up to hype in exhibition opener Georgia freshman already making basketball history The post Georgia star Anthony Edwards making Bulldogs' basketball fun, but Tom Crean wants more appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia's Anthony 'Antman' Edwards scored 29 points and fellow freshman Sahvir Wheeler scored 10 points with 8 assists in a win over The Citadel. UGA, playing with 10 new players this season, scored the 95-86 win over the South Carolina military school before a rowdy crowd at Stegeman Coliseum on Tuesday night. Graduate-transfer Donnell Gresham and senior Tyree Crump each scored 13 points for Georgia, and junior Rayshaun Hammonds narrowly missed a double-double, scoring 10 points with nine rebounds. Georgia (2-0) never trailed The Citadel (0-2), but the game was not without some suspense. The Citadel went on an 8-0 run to cut the UGA lead to 74-73 midway through the second half. Hayden Browns's trey triggered a Tom Crean timeout with 9:39 remaining. Crean re-entered Wheeler into the game, and the diminutive playmaker went to work, turning up the tempo and driving the lane. Georgia went on a 10-3 spurt to build a comfortable 84-76 lead at the 7:22 mark on a Donnell Gresham steal and breakaway dunk. The Citadel drew no closer than 4 points for the remainder of the game.. Edwards flashed his offensive takeover skills just prior to The Citadel's late run. The projected NBA lottery pick scored nine straight points for the Bulldogs during one stretch of the second half, putting the ball in the bucket four different ways on four consecutive possessions. Edwards scored on a transition layup, a jump shot, a 3-pointer in succession ending his personal run with a reverse dunk that made it 69-62. Georgia had held a 48-40 lead at the half despite being out-reounded 25-19. Crump and Amanze Ngumezi scored 10 points apiece through the first 20 minutes, while Edwards had just 6 points at the break on 3-of-9 shooting. Georgia returns to action at 7 p.m. on Friday in Athens against Delaware State before a Nov. 20 showdown with rival Georgia Tech in Stegeman Coliseum. DawgNation Georgia basketball coverage Tom Crean wants more control against The Citadel RELATED: Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Georgia basketball strikes exhibition gold vs. Charlotte 49ers Sahvir Wheeler hidden star, directs point after first exhibition Anthony Edwards lives up to hype in exhibition opener Georgia freshman already making basketball history The post Georgia basketball drops The Citadel 95-86, Anthony Edwards scores 29 points appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1) and Texas A&M Aggies (6-3, 3-2) will meet as SEC foes for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 23. And a game time for the contest has been announced. The Bulldogs and Aggies will air on CBS. The game will start at 3:30 p.m. ET. This game will also double as senior day, as it's Georgia's final home game of the season. times and networks announced for games on November 23: https://t.co/4nVQpTsnb7 pic.twitter.com/r1lG5Rt9IO Southeastern Conference (@SEC) November 11, 2019 The Georgia-Texas A&M game will match former Nick Saban assistants against each other, as the Aggies are led by Jimbo Fisher. This will be the first time Smart and Fisher square off as coaches. Before Georgia and Texas A&M meet, the Bulldogs have a difficult matchup this week as they visit No. 13 Auburn (7-2, 4-2). Georgia beat Auburn a season ago, but it lost 40-17 the last time these two teams played in Auburn, Ala. Shortly after Georgia's 27-0 victory over Missouri, Smart quickly shifted his attention to Auburn. 'I've got a lot of respect for the way they play. They're a physical football team. Great defense. Really good young quarterback,' Smart said. 'Really hard offense to prepare for. Gus and I have seen a lot of each other over the years. I've got a lot of respect for their program, and I know they'll be ready to play coming off an off week.' Related: Georgia football opens as slight road favorite over rested Auburn Georgia could have the SEC East clinched by the time it plays Texas A&M. The Bulldogs only need a win against Auburn or a loss by Florida to win the division for a third consecutive year. It would be the first time since the league split into divisions that Georgia has accomplished that milestone. Georgia's final game of the regular season will be a trip to Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Georgia's game against Auburn this week is set for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff on CBS. Texas A&M plays South Carolina. Georgia football-Texas A&M game time, TV network for Week 13 game Game time: TV Network: More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia defense tops SEC in every major category, leads nation in red zone Georgia offensive lineman Cade Mays no moment is too big for him' Georgia football winners and losers after shutting out Missouri Auburn's Gus Malzahn: UGA is maybe the most talented' team in the country Georgia football moves into top 5 of Coaches and AP Poll for Week 12 WATCH Georgia QB Jake Fromm: Everybody knows that we can play better' The post Georgia football-Texas A&M game time, TV network announced for Week 13 contest appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football has some big games coming to Sanford Stadium in the future, but not before a series of games against weaker opposition in Athens. Austin Peay is the latest 'buy' game to be announced, the Governors of Clarksville, Tenn., putting out a release on Thursday that UGA has agreed to pay them to ravel to Georgia. Georgia beat the FCS Ohio Valley Conference School 45-0 last season. The Bulldogs aren't currently scheduled to play a Power 5 conference school in Athens other than Georgia Tech until 2026. Earlier on Thursday, Georgia announced it would play Ohio State in a home-and-home series in 2030-2031. The Georgia-Austin Peay game is scheduled for Sept. 6, 2025. A look at the Bulldogs schedule that season reflects at Aug. 30 season-opening game at UCLA, and non-conference games with UNC-Charlotte on Nov. 22 in Athens and in Atlanta at Georgia Tech on Nov. 29. Here's a look at he updated future non-conference schedules for Georgia football, which also this year agreed to keep the Florida series in Jacksonville through 2023. Future Georgia football schedules (Home games boldface type) 2020 Sept. 7 Virginia, in Atlanta Sept. 12 East Tennessee, in Athens Sept. 26 Louisiana Monroe, in Athens Nov. 28 Georgia Tech, in Athens 2021 Sept. 4 San Jose State, in Athens Sept. 11 UAB, in Athens Nov. 20 Charleston Southern, in Athens Nov. 27 AT Georgia Tech 2022 Sept. 3 Oregon, in Atlanta Sept. 10 Sanford, in Athens Sept. 24 Kent State, in Athens Nov. 26 Georgia Tech, in Athens 2023 Sept. 9 AT Oklahoma Sept. 23 UAB, in Athens Nov. 25 AT Georgia Tech 2024 Aug. 31 Clemson, in Atlanta Sept. 7 Tennessee Tech, in Athens Nov. 23 UMass, in Athens Nov. 30 Georgia Tech, in Athens 2025 Aug. 30 AT UCLA Sept. 6 Austin Peay, in Athens Nov. 22 Charlotte, in Athens Nov. 29 AT Georgia Tech 2026 Sept. 5 UCLA, in Athens Sept. 12 W. Kentucky, in Athens Nov. 28 Georgia Tech, in Athens 2027 Sept. 4 AT Florida State Nov. 27 AT Georgia Tech 2028 Sept. 2 AT Texas Sept. 16 Florida State, in Athens Nov. 25 Georgia Tech, in Athens 2029 Sept. 1 Texas, in Athens Sept. 15 AT Clemson Nov. 24 AT Georgia Tech 2030 Aug. 31 Clemson, in Athens Sept. 14 Ohio State, in Athens Nov. 30, Georgia Tech, in Athens 2031 Aug. 30 AT Ohio State Sept. 13 Oklahoma, in Athens Nov. 29 AT Georgia Tech 2032 Sept. 4 Clemson, in Athens Nov. 27 Georgia Tech, in Athens 2033 Sept. 3 AT Clemson Nov. 26 AT Georgia Tech The post Georgia football softens 2025 slate, bringing FCS Austin Peay back to Athens appeared first on DawgNation.
  • On Thursday morning, Georgia and Ohio State announced the two schools agreed to a home-and-home series, set to be played in 2030 in Athens and 2031 in Columbus, Ohio. ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit who played quarterback for Ohio State was thrilled by the news and praised both programs for the decision. 'Good for these 2 programs and AD's for setting this precedent. Wow!!! Can you imagine those 2 game,' Herbstreit tweeted. 'Hope this trend keeps growing nationwide. Love it!' Good for these 2 programs and AD's for setting this precedent. Wow!!! Can you imagine those 2 games?!?? Hope this trend keeps growing nationwide. Love it! https://t.co/lNwOwYNOtb Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 7, 2019 Related: Georgia football schedules home-and-home series with Ohio State With the Buckeyes now on the schedule, Georgia will have three Power Five games every year from 2028 through 2031. During that time, Clemson, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida State and now Ohio State will all come to Athens, to go along with Georgia's annual rivalry contest against Georgia Tech. In 2030 specifically, Georgia will host Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia Tech. 'We are committed to playing in as many big games as possible, keeping Georgia on the national stage,' Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. 'Matchups with a team like Ohio State are one of the many reasons great players come to Georgia.' As for the current Bulldogs, they earned plenty of high praise for their performance against Florida. Georgia earned a 24-17 victory over the rival Gators, giving Georgia it's third-straight victory in the series. Herbstreit named Georgia one of his top-performing teams of week 10, while Cole Cubelic and Paul Finebaum also chimed in with their thoughts on Georgia. My top performing teams of WEEK 10: 1- @Utah_Football 2- @GeorgiaFootball 3- @oregonfootball 4- @IndianaFootball 5- @BoilerFootball Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 4, 2019 GEORGIA: Time to start discussing this as a great defense. Caused problems all afternoon. OL got the job done. Saw 7 & 8 near the LOS often. Swift created when he had to. Fromm had time & hit some big throws. 55 was great at center. Cager pickup has been massive! Right back in it Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) November 3, 2019 What a wonderful win by Georgia. Fromm so clutch. Give Kirby Smart credit. Everything still possible. Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) November 2, 2019 A big reason for Georgia's success was the offensive line, as it held Florida to zero sacks on Saturday. The Gators came into the game leading the SEC in sacks. Because of that performance, Andrew Thomas was named the SEC's Offensive Lineman of the Week, while Cubelic called Georgia's group his top-performing offensive line of the week. Week 10 SEC offensive line performances: pic.twitter.com/gGjdfvb6QU Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) November 6, 2019 Georgia debuted as the top-ranked one-loss team in the first batch of the College Football Playoff rankings and came in at No. 6. The Bulldogs still have some work to do to crack the top four, but some numbers aren't so confident the Bulldogs will able to do it. The Bulldogs have just a 14 percent chance of making the College Football Playoff per ESPN's Stats & Info department. Georgia has a tough test against No. 11 Auburn on Nov. 16, a game with ESPN's FPI only gives Georgia a 45 percent chance of winning that contest. The Bulldogs will very likely face the winner of Alabama-LSU in the SEC championship game. ESPN's Heather Dinich did wonder about Georgia's possible validity as a two-loss SEC Champion and thus possible College Football Playoff contender. 'Would a two-loss Georgia get in ahead of a one-loss Pac-12 champ, undefeated Baylor, or one-loss Oklahoma, or a second Big Ten team? Many are quick to assume that the SEC champion would neverget left out of the playoff but this is how it could,' Dinich wrote. 'Without beating Auburn, Georgia would be dependent on wins against Notre Dame, Florida and either LSU or Alabama to impress the committee. It might be enough for the CFP to see its first two-loss team in the top four. Might not.' Before Georgia gets to Auburn, the Bulldogs welcome Missouri to Sanford Stadium on Saturday. The game is set for a 7:00 p.m. ET kick on ESPN. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football injury report: Receivers getting up to speed, secondary taking hits BREAKING: Georgia picks up massive mauler Jared Wilson for 2021 class November to remember? Priority DE Zykeivous Walker updates visit plans, timeline How Georgia football has found success with graduate transfers and why it's likely to continue Missouri coach updates QB Kelly Bryant status for Georgia football game Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship has mental toughness, championship psyche Georgia football podcast: CFP committee chair touts UGA rush defense as key resume factor The post What the national media is saying about Georgia football heading into Missouri 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. As Georgia defensive line shines, Kirby Smart wants to see more from Travon Walker Georgia's defensive line hasn't just been a pleasant surprise so far this season. It's arguably been the best unit on the team. Georgia's run defense is first in the SEC and fresh off a game against Florida where the Gators ran for a season-low 21 yards. The Bulldogs who entered the year with plenty of questions mark along with the unit have gotten contributions from a number of players. Malik Herring has flashed as a disruptive player from a variety of positions. Tyler Clark is having a bounce-back season for Georgia and made big plays against Florida and South Carolina. And Jordan Davis is still only scratching the surface of his potential as he's become a handful for opposing teams to block at 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds. But there's one guy Georgia coach Kirby Smart would like to see more of going forward. That's true freshman Travon Walker. 'He's got a lot of promise because he's got a lot of heart. We've got to find ways to use his talents more,' Smart said. 'He's playing but he's a talented player.' As Herring pointed out, Walker truly is an athletic marvel. He's 6-foot-5, 290 pounds. Georgia very much wishes there were two of him. In addition to working as a key member of Georgia's third-down unit, he's playing on kickoff team for the Bulldogs, That's unheard of for someone of his size. Walker's skills go beyond his athletic gifts, as Smart praised his mental approach to the game. 'He's bright. He's conscientious,' Smart said. 'He's one of those people he takes pride in his performance every day so he'll watch the tape and say, Man, I see what you're saying coach. I can do better than that,' and he raises his standard.' Related: Homegrown 5-star Travon Walker resets a recruiting narrative at UGA Walker's playing time was limited in the month of October after having wrist surgery forced him to miss the South Carolina and Kentucky games. But he was back for the Florida game. He used his gigantic arms to knock down a third-down pass of Kyle Trask, which ended a promising Florida drive with a field goal. Smart called it one of the biggest plays in the game. 'He's long, he can run fast and he's strong. his future is probably going to be way better than mine,' Herring said. Georgia's incredible depth at the position is one reason why Walker has yet to become an every-down contributor. But there is a benefit to playing such a deep rotation. Herring noted how much fresher he feels during the game, now that he's only on the field for 20-25 plays. Smart was asked on Tuesday what if any difference there was between the defensive line this year and last year. A season ago, the Bulldogs ranked fifth in the conference in rushing yards allowed. It became a significant problem against LSU, Alabama and Texas, all Georgia defeats in 2018. Smart didn't give anything definitive in that category. He noted that this year's group is more experienced and that the depth might be a little better. Walker though is the one significant difference between last year's group and the 2019 unit. He was the first 5-star defensive linemen Smart signed in his time at Georgia. And the Bulldogs adding him to a group that's gotten better year over year is why the Bulldogs have gone from a good defense in 2018 to potentially the best unit in the SEC in 2019. Georgia football coach Kirby Smart on Travon Walker Georgia coach Kirby Smart doesn't care about College Football Playoff rankings The first set of College Football Playoff rankings have been released for the 2019 season. And the Georgia Bulldogs placed well in the committee's initial rankings, as the Bulldogs came in at No. 6 in the rankings. The top four teams are Ohio State at No. 1, LSU at No. 2, Alabama at No. 3 and Penn State at No. 4. Unbeaten Clemson came in at No. 5. The Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1) were the highest-ranked one-loss team in both the Coaches and AP Polls, putting them ahead of the likes of No. 7 Oregon, No. 8 Utah and No. 9 Oklahoma. Related: The case for and against Georgia as the best one-loss team as College Football Playoff rankings debut Georgia boasts wins over No. 10 Florida and No. 15 Notre Dame. But the Bulldogs do have one noticeable blemish on their resume, as they lost at home to a 4-5 South Carolina team. Only once in the brief history of the College Football Playoff has a team lost to an opponent that did not reach a bowl game and still make the College Football Playoff. That happened back in 2016 with Oklahoma. The Bulldogs will have an opportunity to play themselves into the playoff picture in the coming weeks. Georgia visits No. 11 Auburn on Nov. 16, in addition to having games against Missouri, Texas A&M and Georgia Tech. Georgia is also in the driver's seat to win the SEC East and possibly play either Alabama or LSU in the SEC championship game. Every SEC champion has played in the College Football Playoff. Georgia coach Kirby Smart was asked about the significance of the rankings prior to their release on Tuesday night. 'I'm so tied in with what we've got this week, I don't even think about that,' Smart said. 'I don't have any idea and don't care. Everyone knows it doesn't matter. What matters is how we play against Missouri. That's the only thing we can control.' 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Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in debut, leads Georgia to 91-72 win Georgia football podcast: UGA win vs. Florida has Dan Mullen supporters backtracking Georgia football coach Kirby Smart reveals more injuries FLASHBACK: The fascinating story of how Lawrence Cager ended up at Georgia Georgia football recruiting: The mid-year enrollee picture for 2020 Dawgs on Twitter Opening Night Dub Anthony Edwards 24 PTS, 9 REB, 3 STL Sahvir Wheeler 19 PTS, 3 AST Tyree Crump 15 PTS, 5 REB #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/2uWtBxR7uU Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) November 6, 2019 BLESSED TO SEE 17 pic.twitter.com/qtT19VhbJ4 David Daniel (@David_X_Dope) November 5, 2019 18/11/19 s/o @Hayesfawcett3 pic.twitter.com/aCa0qcHtvj Theo Johnson (@theo_Johnson_) November 6, 2019 119 vs 21 #Yessirrr #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/emIlW9NJxO Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) November 5, 2019 Good Dawg of the Day 'ok groomer' pic.twitter.com/uD0wmA5MPT darth (@darth) November 5, 2019 The post As Georgia defensive line shines, Kirby Smart still looking to find ways to use Travon Walker's talents more' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The first set of College Football Playoff rankings have been released for the 2019 season. And the Georgia Bulldogs placed well in the committee's initial rankings, as the Bulldogs came in at No. 6 in the rankings. The top four teams are XXX at No. 1, XXX at No. 2, XXX at No. 3 and Penn State at No. 4. Unbeaten Clemson came in at No. 5. The Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1) were the highest-ranked one-loss team in both the Coaches and AP Polls, putting them ahead of the likes of No. 7 Oregon, No. 8 Utah and No. 9 Oklahoma. Related: The case for and against Georgia as the best one-loss team as College Football Playoff rankings debut Georgia boasts wins over No. 10 Florida and No. 15 Notre Dame. But the Bulldogs do have one noticeable blemish on their resume, as they lost at home to a 4-5 South Carolina team. Only once in the brief history of the College Football Playoff has a team lost to an opponent that did not reach a bowl game and still make the College Football Playoff. That happened back in 2016 with Oklahoma. The Bulldogs will have an opportunity to play themselves into the playoff picture in the coming weeks. Georgia visits No. 11 Auburn on Nov. 16, in addition to having games against Missouri, Texas A&M and Georgia Tech. Georgia is also in the driver's seat to win the SEC East and possibly play either Alabama or LSU in the SEC championship game. Every SEC champion has played in the College Football Playoff. Georgia coach Kirby Smart was asked about the significance of the rankings prior to their release on Tuesday night. 'I'm so tied in with what we've got this week, I don't even think about that,' Smart said. 'I don't have any idea and don't care. Everyone knows it doesn't matter. What matters is how we play against Missouri. That's the only thing we can control.' The next chance for Georgia to impress the College Football Playoff committee will come Saturday when it hosts Missouri. The game is set for a 7 p.m. ET start and will air on ESPN. To see the full College Football Playoff rankings for Week 11, see below. College Football Playoff rankings for 2019 Week 11 Penn State Clemson Georgia Oregon Utah Oklahoma Florida Auburn Baylor Wisconsin Michigan Notre Dame Kansas State Minnesota Iowa Wake Forest Cincinnati Memphis Boise State Oklahoma State Navy SMU More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Former Georgia football pass rushers rack up sacks in Week 9 of NFL season Georgia football: Which players are right on the bubble of redshirt status? Georgia football podcast: UGA win vs. Florida has Dan Mullen supporters backtracking Georgia football coach Kirby Smart reveals more injuries FLASHBACK: The fascinating story of how Lawrence Cager ended up at Georgia Georgia football recruiting: The mid-year enrollee picture for 2020 Dawgs on Twitter BLESSED TO SEE 17 pic.twitter.com/qtT19VhbJ4 David Daniel (@David_X_Dope) November 5, 2019 18/11/19 s/o @Hayesfawcett3 pic.twitter.com/aCa0qcHtvj Theo Johnson (@theo_Johnson_) November 6, 2019 119 vs 21 #Yessirrr #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/emIlW9NJxO Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) November 5, 2019 The post College Football Playoff rankings for week 11 released, UGA top-ranked one-loss team appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football politics are back in session, with the College Football Playoff Committee releasing their first rankings of the season. The Bulldogs have a case to be as high as No. 6, but the CFP Committee uses several different metrics in its evaluations, and as Kirby Smart said last year it will change every year. RELATED: Kirby Smart is legit worried about Missouri, and here's why Georgia's path to the College Football Playoff is simple: Beat Missouri, Auburn, Texas A&M and Georgia Tech, and then win the SEC Championship Game, and the Bulldogs are in. But one more regular season loss could prove costly, even if the Bulldogs were to win the SEC Championship Game. Would the CFP Committee choose a one-loss Alabama or LSU over a two-loss Georgia that won the SEC Championship Game? It happened to Big Ten Champion Penn State in 2016, when the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten Championship Game and finished 11-2 and the CFP took Ohio State into the playoffs even though Penn State beat the Buckeyes head-to-head! Here's some CFP talk, along with more stories about Lawrence Cager and the start of the Anthony 'Antman' Edwards era at Georgia. RELATED: Amazing story of Lawrence Cager's path to Georgia On the Beat Georgia football DawgNation Monday Georgia football practice observations UGA freshman report from Florida game Lawrence Cager rises from the 'dead,' slays Gators Georgia football report card from 24-17 win over Florida Dan Mullen sounds off after Florida loss Kirby Smart talks validated offensive philosophy UGA 24, Florida 17, scoring and game details of Bulldogs win Game ball for Lawrence Cager, 7 catches for 132 yards Georgia football stock report: Bulldogs soaring, highlighting performances The post WATCH: Closer look at pending College Football Playoff rankings, Georgia football mojo appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Editor's Note: DawgNation will publish a periodic snapshot during each recruiting cycle which gauges where the Bulldogs are as a class. Consider it a big-picture November overview of how the next wave of Georgia football talent is coming together. UGA welcomed 13 early enrollees from its 2019 signing class back in January. That figure matched the highest of the modern era in Georgia recruiting. The 2013 signing class also had 13 mid-year enrollees. Those two classes sandwich a trend that has seen the Bulldogs welcome 56 early members of each signing class to campus in January. Dating back to that 2013 class, we have seen an average of eight mid-year Bulldogs across each of those seven recruiting classes. Those prospects (in some cases JUCO transfers) get a head start on the academic load, campus life, strength training, and sports nutrition on the other members of their class. That's the reward for working to graduate high school early. Not to mention getting to be a full participant in spring practice. It usually leads to the best possible shot at early playing time. That's the trend, but it looks like Georgia's 2020 class might dip a bit from last year's tally. Here's the most current information regarding the Bulldog commits for 2020. Early Enrollee commits (6) 4-star QB Carson Beck (Also plans to join the team in December for bowl practices) 4-star OL Joshua Braun (Set to report on Jan. 2) 4-star DL Warren Brinson (Set to report after the Under Armour All-American Game) 4-star CB Jalen Kimber (Set to report after the All-American Bowl) 4-star RB Kendall Milton (Set to report after the All-American Bowl) 4-star WR Justin Robinson (Set to join the team in January) Commits who will not enroll early (10) 5-star OT Broderick Jones 5-star OLB Mekhail Sherman 4-star DT Nazir Stackhouse 4-star OT Tate Ratledge 4-star WR Marcus Rosemy 4-star OL Chad Lindberg 4-star DT Jalen Carter 4-star OL Sedrick Van Pran 3-star WR Coren Wren 3-star PK Jared Zirkel 2020 targets who can enroll early 5-star ILB Noah Sewell 4-star TE Theo Johnson 4-star SDE Zykeivous Walker 4-star ATH Mikey Henderson Jr. 2020 targets who cannot enroll early 5-star SDE Jordan Burch 5-star CB Kelee Ringo 5-star ATH Darnell Washington Georgia football: Midyears by the numbers (Source: DawgNation.com) 2019: 13 2018: 9 2017: 6 2016: 6 2015: 8 2014: 1 2013: 13 2009-2012: 9 (combined) 2005-2008: 17 (combined) 2000-2004: 7 (combined) Want a speed read over the last week? Here are a few of the bigger DawgNation.com stories of late on the recruiting trail: 5-star CB Kelee Ringo accepts All-American Bowl jersey, breaks down recruiting timeline What do the remaining recruiting battles look like for 2020 with Florida? How much will the NCAA's move toward allowing athletes to promote themselves affect recruiting? 5-star DE Jordan Burch drops Georgia in his top 5 What did the blue-chip recruiting ratio look like with the Gators? How Georgia has been cleaning Florida's clock so far in 2020 recruiting 5-star Arik Gilbert breaks down why Georgia just didn't feel right 4-star Oklahoma commit Mikey Henderson Jr. is taking a good look at UGA Why Kirby Smart compares elite CB target Dontae Manning to an NFL star Check out the latest 'Before the Hedges' on UGA recruiting Did you see 'Before the Hedges' last week? Brandon Adams hosts a weekly UGA recruiting show called Before the Hedges at 3 p.m. every Wednesday on the DawgNation Facebook page . It also streams each Wednesday on the DawgNation YouTube channel. If you watch that show every week, then you know that the DawgNation.com staff was reporting on the early enrollee picture for 2020 with segments all the way back in September. Do you follow the 'Hurry-Up Intel' thread on the DawgNation message board forum ? That's where we also drop some daily bite-sized recruiting info, too. Where UGA recruiting ranks for 2020 Georgia has 16 public commitments for 2020. It if feels like the program hasn't had a commitment in a while, that's because it has been 81 days since 4-star OL Sedrick Van Pran-Gra nger committed to Georgia. He is the most recent commitment to the G in the class of 2020. UGA sits at No. 5 nationally for 2019 in the 247Sports composite team recruiting rankings. That places the Bulldogs third in the SEC. LSU and its 24 pledges rank No. 1 in the SEC. Clemson sits at No. 1 nationally, followed by LSU, Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Texas, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Michigan and Florida. Georgia is the only school in the top 5 that does not have at least 20 commits. The top five teams in those rankings have 20, 24, 23 and 24 commits, respectively. The Bulldogs are the only program in the top 10 of those rankings that does not have at least 17 commitments. How far away are the Bulldogs from taking over that No. 1 spot? It will take quite a lot. If Kirby Smart and the Georgia staff can add three of its four highest priority 5-star recruits to the board right now, it would just be enough. That would give the Bulldogs a 304.81 score on the 247Sports Team Composite ratings. Clemson would be just behind with a 304.25 score. Yes, that's correct. Georgia could see its total of 5-star pledges rise to five for this cycle and it would barely be enough to overtake Clemson at this time. The current UGA recruiting commits for 2020 (presented in order of their 247Sports Composite ratings) Mekhail Sherman/5-star OLB/St. John's College/Washington, D.C./Speedy hybrid LB has the tenacity to play inside but the wheels and length to also work out on the edge with his 4.5 speed. The nation's No. 2 OLB recruit chose UGA in May. Rates as the nation's No. 14 overall prospect. Check out the essential DawgNation read on Sherman. Broderick Jones/5-star OT/Lithonia/Lithonia, Ga./Rates as the nation's No. 2 OT prospect and as the nation's No. 23 overall recruit on the 247Sports Composite ratings. He can enroll early at UGA and play quickly at tackle. Check out the latest from DawgNation on Jones. Kendall Milton/4-star RB/Buchanan High School/Clovis, Calif./Rates as the nation's No. 6 RB prospect and No. 34 overall prospect. Interesting to see his rating dip as Milton looks to be having a fantastic senior season. Check out the latest DawgNation piece on Mr. Milton. Marcus Rosemy/4-star WR/St. Thomas Aquinas/Fort Lauderdale, Fla.:The nation's No. 5 WR has seen his stock rise slightly over the summer. He's now the nation's No. 35 overall prospect for 2020. Great size (6-2.5 and 195) and is also a polished route runner. Rosemy took his official visit to Georgia for the Kentucky game. Tate Ratledge/4-star OT/Darlington School/Rome, Ga.:Physical athlete is listed as the nation's No. 3 OT recruit for 2020. That places him at No. 36 overall in the class. His ratings have gone up two spots as far as his positional and overall rank over the summer. Still hard to believe the near 6-foot-7 bruiser also punts for his high school team. Check out his commitment day overview story. Jalen Carter/4-star DT/Apopka HS/Apopka, Fla.:Impressive size athlete who has put together a ton of highlight dunks on the basketball court. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound prospect rates as the No. 6 DT and No. 61 overall for this cycle on the 247Sports Composite. The pure 247Sports rating even pegs him as the nation's No. 2 DT and at No. 20 overall. Jalen Kimber/4-star CB/Mansfield Timberview/Arlington, Tex.: Kimber continues to climb up the prospect ranks. Now all the way up to the nation's No. 6 CB and No. 84 overall for 2020. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Texas resident has true 4.4 speed in the 40. Kimber is a driven young man motivated to honor his grandmother's memory. Sedrick Van Pran-Granger/4-star OC/Warren Easton HS/New Orleans, Lou./ The nation's No. 3 center prospect for 2020 will be a Bulldog. Georgia was his first SEC offer and the first big-time program he traveled to for an unofficial visit for the Austin Peay game in 2018. Line coach Sam Pittman was a big reason why Sedrick Van Pran-Granger will be a Bulldog. Also rates as the nation's No. 104 prospect overall. Chad Lindberg/4-star OT/Clear Creek HS/League City, Tex. Big-time Texas hoss in all things. The 6-foot-6.5, 325-pounder throws the shot put at a state championship level and also had a sterling 5.38 grade-point average heading into his senior year. That placed him among the top 30 in his class. He wants to bring back a master's degree and will arrive at UGA academically as a sophomore because of his high school credits from AP classes. Currently ranks as the nation's No. 14 OT and at No. 130 overall. Can play guard or tackle at UGA. He chose UGA back in late July. Carson Beck/4-star QB/Mandarin HS/Jacksonville, Fla./The nation's No. 5 pro-style QB has fallen to No. 149 overall across the last few months. Beck wields a strong and accurate arm and good size at 6 feet, 4 inches. The latest DawgNation offering on Mr. Beck breaks down his down-and-way-up senior season. Warren Brinson/4-star DT/IMG Academy/Bradenton, Fla.: Brinson de-committed and re-committed back to the UGA class in June . He did so a day after naming Florida and Georgia as his top two schools. The Savannah native rates as the nation's No. 23 DT and the No. 264 overall prospect for 2020. He holds the honor of being the UGA commitment who has increased his 2020 rankings the most over the course of his senior season. He's climbed seven spots on his positional ranking and 66 slots overall. Nazir Stackhouse/4-star DT/Columbia HS/Decatur, Ga.:Nation's No. 24 DT prospect also checks in at No. 273 overall. Stackhouse was the first pledge for the 2020 class back in December of 2017. He chose UGA on the day the Bulldogs toppled Auburn for the program's first SEC title since 2005. Joshua Braun/4-star OT/Suwanee High School/Live Oak, Fla.:This 6-foot-6, 350-pound mauler is as versatile as it gets for his position. Expect him to play guard and tackle in Athens. He doesn't do camps but still rates as the nation's No. 21 OT and No. 280 overall prospect. This young man has a 33 on his ACT, a 4.0 GPA and is on the No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles slots for his varsity tennis team. Justin Robinson/4-star WR/Eagles Landing Christian Academy/Stockbridge, Ga./Nation's No. 59 WR despite having just played one season of varsity football up to this point. Big upside for this young man. He's 6 feet, 4 inches and a solid 210 pounds now. It looks like he's playing the best football of his career at this point during his senior season. He also plays both ways for Eagles Landing Christian. Corey Wren/3-star ATH/John Curtis/New Orleans, La .: The nation's No. 26 ATH is explosive in the open field and it is all because of his rare speed. He's been timed this spring at 10.41 seconds in the 100 meters. He chose the Bulldogs over Arizona State largely because of his relationship with receivers coach Cortez Hankton and his desire to play around a roster flush with NFL talent. The 5-foot-9 Wren now ranks as the nation's No. 514 overall prospect. Jared Zirkel/3-star/Tivy High/Kerrville, Tex:The 3-star kicker now rates as the nation's No. 4 prospect at his position on the 247Sports Composite. The recruiting services which only rate kickers offer up a more comprehensive view here. Zirkel already has an NFL-caliber leg on kickoffs. He was able to drill a 59-yard field goal as a junior. The 2021 crop for UGA recruiting There was a long lull, but Georgia has seen two commitments join this class over the last few months. South Carolina DB Brayln Oliver joined the class on Aug. 22. 'Jack G' rates as a 3-star prospect and shows up as the nation's No. 410 overall prospect for 2021. Georgia resident David Daniel (Woodstock High/Woodstock, Ga.) stands as the most recent Georgia commitment regardless of class year. The big 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety chose the Bulldogs on Sept. 13 . He rates as the nation's No. 2 ATH and No. 41 overall prospect for 2021. The Bulldogs and their two pledges currently rate as the nation's No. 20 class for 2021. The 2020 UGA recruiting class timeline Dec. 2, 2017: 4-star DT Nazir Stackhouse (Stephenson/Stone Mountain, Ga.) commits. (Class count: 1) April 26, 2018: 5-star OT Broderick Jones (Lithonia/Lithonia, Ga.) commits. (2) August 25, 2018: 4-star DT Jamil Burroughs (McEachern/Powder Springs, Ga.) commits. (3) November 24, 2018: Unrated DT Warren Brinson (IMG Academy/Bradenton, Fla.) commits. (4) January 29, 2019: Brinson de-commits from UGA (3) March 2, 2019: 4-star WR Justin Robinson (Eagles Landing Christian Academy/Stockbridge, Ga.) commits. (4) March 3, 2019: 4-star QB Carson Beck (Mandarin/Jacksonville, Fla.) commits. (5) April 17, 2019: 4-star CB Jalen Kimber (Mansfield Timberview/Arlington, Tex. commits. (6) April 20, 2019: 4-star OG Akinola Ogunbiyi (Kempner/Sugar Land, Tex.) commits. (7) May 9, 2019: 5-star OLB Mekhail Sherman (St. Johns College/Washington, D.C) commits (8) May 13, 2019: 4-star OT Tate Ratledge (Darlington/Rome, Ga.) commits. (9) May 20, 2019: 4-star DT Jalen Carter (Apopka/Apopka, Fla.) commits. (10) June 1, 2019: 4-star DT Warren Brinson recommits to UGA. (11) June 10, 2019: 4-star OT Joshua Braun commits. (12) June 13, 2019: 2-star PK Jared Zirkel (Tivy/Kerrville, Tex.) commits. (13) June 20, 2019: 4-star WR Marcus Rosemy (St. Thomas Aquinas/Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) commits. ( 14) June 21, 2019: 3-star ATH Corey Wren (John Curtis/New Orleans, La.) commits. (15) June 23, 2019: 4-star OL Akinola Ogunbiyi flips to Texas A&M. (14) July 28, 2019: 4-star OL Chad Lindberg (Clear Creek/League City, Tex.) commits. (15) July 29, 2019: 5-star RB Kendall Milton (Buchanan/Clovis, Calif.) commits. (16) Aug. 17, 2019: 4-star C Sedrick Van Pran (Warren Easton/New Orleans, La.) commits (17) Sept. 6, 2019: 4-star DT Jamil Burroughs (McEachern/Powder Springs, Ga.) de-commits. (16) The big 2020 targets for UGA recruiting The Bulldogs can still sign up to four more recruits with a 5-star rating for 2020. That's for those who judge classes by the number of elite players at the very top of the board. Let's look at a roll call of several names for the class as it sets up right now. The big thing to comprehend here is that these are not the highest-rated targets with offers but more like a trickle of names with mutual interest who would fill major needs for the 2020 class. 4 BIG 2020 recruiting targets Kelee Ringo/5-star CB/Saguaro High/Scottsdale, Arizona: The nation's No. 1 cornerback prospect now has UGA in his final five schools. Ringo and his 10.49 speed in the 100 meters will certainly belong in the discussion of the nation's best overall football players. Not just as a recruit. But he does rate as the nation's No. 6 overall prospect in that right, too. Ringo recently shared a good look with DawgNation about the remaining steps of his recruiting process . Noah Sewell/5-star ILB/Orem/Orem, Utah: This appears to be a Georgia-Oregon battle. His brother, Penei, is a likely All-American sophomore OT for the Ducks. Noah is right at 265 pounds but carries that weight with ease. He will likely be the only ILB that Georgia will try to sign in this class. Georgia isn't in need of another ILB, but Sewell is that rare player it can ill afford not to go all out and try to sign. There just aren't many Sewells anywhere. Even in the SEC. The nation's No. 2 ILB recapped his 'didn't stop laughing' official for the Notre Dame game earlier this year. Jordan Burch/5-star DE/Hammond School/Columbia, SC: Burch is the nation's No. 2 overall prospect for 2020. The Under Armour All-American has Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and South Carolina as his top five schools . The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is athletic enough to play all over the field, but he's an elite interior line prospect. He rates as the nation's No. 2 strong-side DE prospect. Burch will play running back, quarterback and wide receiver for his high school team. He's more than athletic enough to play all of that off. Darnell Washington/5-star ATH/Desert Pines/Las Vegas, Nevada: Washington is the nation's No. 1 ATH and the No. 11 overall prospect for 2020. He took his official visit to Georgia for the Notre Dame game and most recently visited Tennessee on an unofficial visit. He's expected to be at Alabama for the LSU game this weekend. Big misses for 2020: 5-star DT Bryan Bresee (Clemson); 5-star OT Myles Hinton (Stanford); 5-star DE Myles Murphy (Clemson); 5-star ATH Arik Gilbert (LSU); 4-star RB Don Chaney Jr. (Miami); 4-star DT Gervon Dexter (Florida); 4-star OG Andrew Raym (Oklahoma); UGA recruiting by position in 2020 Which positions are the major priorities for 2019? The running back and tight end spots are clearly two of the biggest left for this class. Here's a quick snapshot as to how DawgNation expects the position-by-position breakdown to go down the stretch: QB: Beck(1/1) RB: Milton(1/1) TE:None (0/2) WR: Robinson, Rosemy and Wren(3/3) OL: Braun, Lindberg, Jones, Ratledge and Van Pran-Granger(5/5) DE: None (0/1) DT: Brinson, Carter, Stackhouse(3/3) ILB:None (0/1) OLB: Sherman(1/1) CB: Kimber(1/2) K: Zirkel (1/1) Best player available: None (0/3) Totals: 16/24 That projected class slants to the offensive side of the ball. Bear in mind the Bulldogs signed two more defensive players in its 2019 class than they did for James Coley's unit a year ago. Here's a glance at what DawgNation sees as the positional priorities for the class: DL: (1-2 more slots in the class) TE(1-2 slots in the class) DB (1-2 more slots in the class) WR: (Potentially one more slot in the class) RB: (Potentially one more slot in this class) QB: (Potentially one more slot in this class) 2020 UGA recruiting offers by the numbers (as published by 247Sports) Reported offers:250 Florida recruits offered: 64 Texas recruits offered:35 In-state recruits offered:31 California recruits offered: 15 Louisiana recruits offered: 13 Alabama recruits offered: 12 Tennessee recruits offered:9 North Carolina recruits offered: 8 Receivers offered:40 Defensive tackles offered: 30 Safeties offered: 24 Running backs offered: 21 Tackles offered: 20 Cornerbacks offered: 20 Quarterbacks offered:19 Defensive Ends offered: 18 Athletes offered: 12 Guards offered: 12 Tight ends offered:10 OLBs offered: 10 ILBs offered: 9 Centers offered: 3 Geographical UGA recruiting breakdown The current UGA commits broken down by state: Florida: 5 (Braun, Beck, Brinson, Carter and Rosemy) Georgia:4 (Jones, Ratledge, Robinson and Stackhouse) Texas: 3 (Kimber, Lindberg and Zirkel) Louisiana:2 (Van Pran-Granger and Wren) California: 1 (Milton) Washington, D.C: 1 (Sherman) In-state Bulldogs: 4 Out-of-state Bulldogs: 12 The end-of-the year grind recruiting note Check out the recruiting ratings on the 247Sports Team Composite ratings right now for Georgia and the closing kick of its 2019 schedule. Georgia: No. 5 overall Florida: No. 10 Missouri: No. 40 Auburn: No. 13 Texas A&M: No. 7 Georgia Tech: No. 24 There was a time about five months when the Yellow Jackets were right there with the Bulldogs for this cycle. That's a nod to the strong recruiting efforts for first-year coach Geoff Collins and his staff. Needless to say, the market has corrected itself in regard to this sample size over time. Tech has just a trio of 4-star commitments and 20 more pledges that currently hold a 3-star rating. The post Georgia football recruiting: The mid-year enrollee picture for 2020 appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • A 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy died Thursday morning after a classmate opened fire on students at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, injuring three other students before he attempted to take his own life, sheriff's deputies said. >> Read more trending news  Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded to reports of the shooting just after 7:30 a.m. local time. Authorities found six people suffering gunshot wounds in the school's quad. Deputies said the injured included the suspected shooter. The shooter later died Friday afternoon at a hospital with his mother present, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Update 7:50 p.m. EST Nov. 15: Police say 16-year-old boy who shot five students at his Los Angeles-area high school has died. People who knew the boy described him as a quiet, smart kid who they’d never expect to turn violent. Update 7:30 p.m. EST Nov. 15: Authorities have identified the second student killed in a shooting by a fellow student at a Southern California high school. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office says 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell died Thursday along with 15-year-old Gracie Muehlberger. Two teenage girls remain hospitalized but are expected to be released over the weekend. A third student was treated and released. Update 3:20 p.m. EST Nov. 15: Los Angeles County coroner's officials on Friday identified one of the two teenagers slain Thursday after a student opened fire on classmates at Saugus High School as Gracie Anne Muehlberger, 15, according to The Los Angeles Times. The newspaper reported she celebrated her 15th birthday on Oct. 10. A 14-year-old boy killed in the shooting was not immediately identified, according to KCBS-TV. Update 6:37 a.m. EST Nov. 15: The suspect has been identified by two separate law enforcement sources as Nathaniel Berhow, CNN and the Los Angeles Times reported. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has not confirmed his identity due to his age, CNN reported. Neighbors described Berhow as a good student and typical teenager who was affected by the death of his father in 2017, CNN reported. Neighbors said Berhow found his father dead after had a heart attack, KTTV reported. His mother and father had divorced in 2016, CNN reported. There is no motive for the attack, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office.  Members of the community gathered near the campus Thursday night to remember the victims, KNBC reported. The Associated Press reported the gunman shot whoever was near him and that there was no known connection to the victims. Update 3:10 p.m. EST Nov. 14: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Capt. Kent Wegener identified the gunman as a 16-year-old student who opened fire on his classmates on his birthday. Wegener said video from the scene showed the teenager, who was not identified by name, taking a gun out of his backpack in the quad at Saugus High School on Thursday morning. He shot five of his classmates before turning the gun on himself. Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters Thursday that the suspect shot himself in the head. He was among six people transported to the hospital after the shooting. Two students died in Thursday's shooting, a girl and a boy. Authorities did not identify the victims by name. Update 2:30 p.m. EST Nov. 14: Authorities in Los Angeles County are holding a news conference Thursday to update the public on Thursday morning's deadly shooting at Saugus High School. Update 1:05 p.m EST Nov. 14: Officials with Henry Mayo Hospital confirmed a female died after being taken to the hospital following a shooting at Saugus High School. It was not immediately clear whether the victim was a student. Hospital officials said three other male victims were taken to the hospital with injuries after shooting. Two of the victims were listed in critical condition while the third was listed in good condition. Update 12:50 p.m. EST Nov. 14: Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said a suspect was in custody after Thursday morning's shooting at Saugus High School. Authorities were expected to provide more details at a news conference scheduled Thursday morning. Update 12:35 p.m. EST Nov. 14: Officials at Henry Mayo Hospital confirmed they had received four patients after a gunman opened fire Thursday at Saugus High School. Hospital officials said the victims included three males and one female. All the victims, aside from one male in good condition, were listed in critical condition in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. Update 12:30 p.m. EST Nov. 14: Parent Brian Skiba told KCBS-TV that his daughter ran into a classroom when she heard shots fired Thursday morning at Saugus High School. 'She heard the shots ... she in the quad, where it started, and ran into the band room,' Skiba told the news station. '(She) locked the door behind her and told everybody to get down.' Skiba told KCBS-TV a police officer was in the band room with about 50 students Thursday. 'I'm still pretty shook up,' Skiba said. Update 12:10 p.m. EST Nov. 14: Sheriff's deputies told KNBC-TV that they were surrounding two locations Thursday morning in Santa Clarita, including a home believed to be the suspect's residence. KTLA reported authorities believe the gunman was a student at Saugus High School. Officials asked residents in the area to stay inside and keep their doors locked as they continued to investigate Thursday. Update 12 p.m. EST Nov. 14: White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said President Donald Trump was monitoring reports of Thursday morning's shooting in Santa Clarita. 'The White House encourages all those in the area to follow the advice of local law enforcement and first responders,' Deere said. Update 11:50 a.m. EST Nov. 14: Officials with Henry Mayo Hospital in Valencia said two people were taken to the hospital in critical condition after Thursday morning's shooting at Saugus High School. Hospital officials said three other victims were en route to the hospital Thursday morning. Their conditions were not immediately known. Update 11:45 a.m. EST Nov. 14: Deputies asked residents in the area of Saugus High School to lock their doors and shelter in place as they continue to search for a shooter who opened fire Thursday morning at the school. Update 11:30 a.m. EST Nov. 14: Authorities revised down the number of people injured in Thursday morning's shooting from seven to three, according to KNBC-TV. Sheriff's deputies warned the incident was active and ongoing Thursday morning. Original report: Deputies said nearby schools were placed under lockdown as authorities investigated. Officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department told KNBC that at least seven people were shot. Their conditions were not immediately known. Check back for updates to this developing story.
  • A 9-year-old child prodigy in Belgium is expected to graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. >> Read more trending news  Laurent Simons, of Belgium, started studying electrical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology when he was 8 and will complete a three-year program in 10 months, The New York Times reported. His final project is an electrical chip that is connected to the brain. “Then, I want to study medicine and do a Ph.D. and make artificial organs,” he told The New York Times. He was raised by his grandparents while his parents worked in the Netherlands. They are all doctors. He now lives with his parents. “His grandparents always taught us he’s very special,” father Alexander Simons told The Times. “We thought they were taking him too seriously.” Laurent, who has an IQ of 145, started school at 4 and was in high school at 6 years old.  'Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,' Sjoerd Hulshof, the director of education at the university, said in a statement, CNN reported. 'Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.' His instructors rave about his academic abilities. “Laurent’s absorption capacity is very high, which means that everything goes much faster and we can cover a lot more material in a short span of time,” Peter Baltus, a professor at the university and the boy’s mentor, told the Times. “It’s been quite special and enjoyable.” In his off-time, Laurent has interests similar to most kids, playing video games, posting on social media and watching Netflix.  Ultimately, he would like to develop artificial hearts. “My goal as a scientist is life extension,” he told AD, an online publication in the Netherlands. “My grandfather and grandmother are heart patients and I want to help them.”
  • The 19-year-old driver who struck three people, including two children, at a Forsyth County school bus stop now faces numerous charges including DUI.Deputies with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department say Christopher Ray Frachiseur may have been under the influence of drugs when he failed to stop for the bus on Buford Highway near Bonnie Brea Road just before 7 a.m. Friday. His Toyota Camry jumped the curb, traveled down the sidewalk and struck the three victims who were waiting at the end of their driveway to board the bus which had its signal arm out.
  • A Philadelphia 14-year-old has been charged with murder in the death of a well-known animal rescuer who was found tied to his bed, naked, and bludgeoned to death last week. The girl is also charged with robbery, possession of an instrument of crime, obstruction and tampering with evidence in the killing of Albert 'Al' Chernoff, according to Philadelphia court records. Her name is being withheld due to her age and the uncertainty of her status as a defendant. Jane Roh, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, told CNN on Monday that prosecutors had not yet decided whether the girl would be tried as an adult. CBS Philadelphia reported last week that investigators were also looking into whether the girl was a victim of a crime. Her connection to Chernoff and her reason for being at his home were not clear, but the CBS affiliate reported the day after Chernoff was found dead that detectives believed he may have been the victim of an escort who tied him up, robbed him and killed him. Court records show the teen is being held without bail at the Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center. >> Read more trending news  Chernoff, who went by the nickname 'Alley Cat,' was found dead around 3 a.m. Nov. 5 in his home in the Rhawnhurst neighborhood of northeast Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was suffering from a massive head injury and multiple slashes to his chest, the newspaper reported. The 59-year-old previously appeared on the NatGeoTV reality show 'Rescue Ink,' which profiled tattooed bikers working against animal abuse. Police were called to Chernoff's home by a concerned neighbor who requested a welfare check, the newspaper said. Chernoff, who authorities believe was attacked around 10:30 p.m. Nov. 4, was pronounced dead at the scene. Tony Branconi, Chernoff's neighbor in the duplex where he lived and died, told the Daily Mail he called police because he 'heard a racket.' 'I have heard such noises before, but this was in the middle of the night,' Branconi, 70, told the publication. 'It was like he was building something.' He said he went outside and saw Chernoff's car parked in an unusual spot on the driveway. When he looked inside, he saw the vehicle had been ransacked. ‘A very brutal murder' Acting Philadelphia Police Commissioner Christine Coulter said last week that the case is an 'extremely troubling' one. 'It was a very brutal murder,' Coulter said, according to video shot by Fox29 in Philadelphia. Sources told ABC6 that Chernoff was killed with a nail-studded two-by-four, though Coulter declined to identify the weapon used in the crime. 'We're not going to release details about the crime scene itself until we have the evidence that we need,' she said. The commissioner said it was hard to grasp anyone committing such a grisly crime, but that it was even harder to imagine a child being involved. 'But then you have to look to why did this happen, and, you know, that's what the investigators are going to attempt to find out,' Coulter said. Philadelphia detectives trying to identify Chernoff's killer released surveillance footage Nov. 6 from inside the Army veteran's house. The footage showed the suspect, wearing red sweatpants, a black jacket and a pink top, walking through the living room of the home and into the kitchen, where she washed her hands and looked in the fridge and freezer before leaving. Some of Chernoff's 11 cats can be seen in the footage as his suspected killer walks though his living room. Listen to Coulter speak about the crime and see footage from inside Chernoff's home below. Witnesses also reported seeing a young woman leaving Chernoff's house shortly before his body was found, the Inquirer reported. The 14-year-old girl, accompanied by her mother and two defense attorneys, turned herself in to police Nov. 8 after family members saw the footage, CNN reported. Coulter told Fox29 that the girl's family brought her in 'because she was clearly the person on the video.' Once the girl was in custody, police officials removed the footage from their website. On Twitter, at least one person wondered if the footage was removed because the girl was a possible sex trafficking victim. 'Everybody talking about how good of a man Al Chernoff was,' another man tweeted. 'I just want to know why a 14-year-old alleged prostitute was in his home. I'm sorry, but if he was having sex with her, he got exactly what he deserved.' Howard Taylor, one of the girl's lawyers, told CNN the situation was a sad one. 'Troubled girl. There's a reason police aren't saying much,' Taylor told the network. 'There's a lot more to it.' When a reporter asked if the girl was a victim of some kind, Taylor said he 'wouldn't put it to that extent.' He said Chernoff 'wasn't totally innocent, either,' CNN reported. Coulter described Chernoff as a 'guy who went to work every day, well liked by his neighbors and co-workers.' She said Chernoff, who was a building maintenance supervisor at the Philadelphia International Airport, did not appear to have a criminal record. ‘A fierce and tireless advocate' Animal welfare activists in Philadelphia were stunned by Chernoff's death. 'If you help animals in Philadelphia, you've met Al,' Blake Martin of Philadelphia's Animal Care and Control Team told ABC6. 'He is a wild veteran who loves motorcycles and will talk your ear off about his motorcycles and cats.' Chernoff, who was known for building shelters for feral strays in the city, also founded a one-man rescue group, Alley Cat Animal Rescue. 'His generosity was incredible,' Martin said. 'You don't see a lot of that anymore, especially towards the animal community. 'It's been a tough day.' The Facebook page of 'The Cat Rescuers,' a documentary about cat rescue in New York City, described Chernoff as 'one of many amazing rescuers' filmmakers met during filming. The crew met Chernoff during a workshop on 'trap-neuter-return,' a method of managing the stray and feral cat population that Chernoff was known to use. 'He wasn't one of the main four we were following, but we were so taken by his warmth and affability when we encountered him at a (trap-neuter-return) workshop that we just knew we had to put him in our film,' the post read. A brief clip from the documentary shows Chernoff showing off his many cat tattoos. He tells the camera that he had a cat as a child. 'I just was always into cats,' Chernoff says. 'Cats and Harleys and tattoos. That's what I'm into.' Chernoff's Facebook page is filled with photos of his cats, 11 of them, along with photos of his building projects. Motorcycles and military memorabilia are also heavily featured on his page. Last month, he posted a wedding photo of his parents, along with his Army basic training photo, writing that he had just stumbled upon the pictures. Chernoff was not married and had no immediate family left, according to Philadelphia's Jewish Exponent. 'We tried the best we could to keep him family-oriented because he had no parents, he had no siblings and he had no children,' Chernoff's cousin, Beverly Levin, told the Exponent. 'He was with us for Rosh Hashanah just last month. We kept him as close as we could because he was alone in the world.' Since his death, friends in the animal rescue community and beyond have mourned Chernoff on social media. They have also contributed more than $18,000 to a GoFundMe page set up by Levin's son, David Levin, to pay for Chernoff's funeral and provide for more cats to be rescued. 'Al's kids were his cats,' David Levin wrote on the fundraising page. A private donor, along with Chernoff's veteran benefits, have taken care of the cost of his funeral and memorial service, which is scheduled for Nov. 24 in Southampton. All the funds raised by the GoFundMe campaign will be distributed to multiple animal rescues, David Levin wrote in an update. Chernoff's 11 cats, along with three turtles and two frogs, were rescued from his home following his death. Friend and fellow rescuer Gwen Cooper wrote that she was “shocked and saddened beyond the telling of it” to learn of Chernoff’s death. 'Al was a fierce and tireless advocate for rescue cats -- one of the staunchest protectors of cats I've ever known -- and I was honored and privileged to count him among my personal friends in rescue for many years,' Cooper wrote. 'My heart goes out to the people and felines who knew and loved him best.' She said she was certain the 'veritable army of cats' he saved over the years were there to greet him on the 'rainbow bridge' when he died. Chernoff was also active in the Jewish war veterans' community, the Exponent reported. 'He went out of his way many a time for people who suffered what used to be called shell shock and what is now called PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder),' M.B. Kanis, commander of the Jewish War Veterans Drizin-Weiss Post 215, told the publication. 'He recognized PTSD and knew that people with service animals could become more calm and relaxed and more focused. In the Philadelphia area, I know of at least three service veterans who he helped hands-on (with service animals).' Emily Petry, who described Chernoff as the 'best cat daddy ever,' said he was one of the kindest people she'd ever known. 'Nobody who ever knew you would have ever done you any harm,' Petry wrote. Ashley Foresta, a fellow animal rescuer in Philadelphia, told the Daily Mail she could not imagine why the 14-year-old suspect was in Chernoff's house. Foresta speculated that perhaps Chernoff had hired the girl to clean his home, but Branconi told the Mail he had never seen the girl at the duplex before. 'I just can't imagine for one minute that Al was the type of person who would have had an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl -- but at the same time I can't think of anyone ever having a reason to kill him,' Foresta said. 'To be honest, maybe part of me doesn't want to know the whole truth,' she said. Chernoff's family and friends weren't the only ones puzzled by his slaying. Coulter said last week that detectives were still piecing together what happened and why. 'Who it is, is identified, but the why and the rationale behind it is what the investigators are now working on,' Coulter told reporters. 'These things take time to get right. 'I know that everybody would like to have everything answered, and so would we, but we want to make sure that we do it in a way that the judicial process plays out fairly and everybody involved gets justice.
  • Lyft is eliminating its scooter operation in Atlanta, nearly a year after the devices were deployed in the city, a spokesperson confirmed Friday in an emailed statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  The electric scooters will leave the city Nov. 22. The company launched in Atlanta Dec. 21, just two days after rival Uber began its own scooter service in the city.  “We’re grateful to our scooter riders in Atlanta as well as our partners in Atlanta city government,” read the statement. “We look forward to continuing to provide riders with other modes of reliable transportation.” The decision comes amid discussions about Atlanta’s regulation of electric scooters. The city is considering reducing the number of scooter companies operating in the city. RELATED COVERAGE: City of Atlanta fails to collect $200K in scooter impound fees The Lyft spokesperson said they’re focusing on markets that have the biggest impact. The spokesperson also confirmed the company is eliminating services in five other cities, including Dallas, San Antonio and Nashville.  Twenty employees are expected to be laid off as a result of the decision.  Lyft is the latest micromobility company to leave Atlanta. Uber’s electric bikes, JUMP e-bikes, left the city in September.  Like Intown Atlanta News Now on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter In other news:
  • The 2019 Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend. >> Read more trending news  With clear skies, there's a good chance you may be able to see a meteor Sunday night and see the peak in meteor showers early Monday morning. According to the American Meteor Society, spectators can expect up to nine meteors an hour during this year’s peak time, which is expected to be around 5 a.m. Monday. 'Skywatchers may be able to see some meteors on days just before and after the peak, although the moon will continue to obstruct views,' according to Space.com. The meteors can be seen each year in November when Earth's orbit crosses with the comet 55P Tempel-Tuttle. The comet was discovered by German astronomer Ernst Wilhelm Tempel and American astronomer Horace P. Tuttle in 1865. Both astronomers discovered the comet independently. The comet “makes fairly frequent passes through the inner solar system,” according to David Samuhel, senior meteorologist and astronomy blogger at AccuWeather. “This lays out fresh debris in the path of the Earth's orbit every 33 years.” When it does make a close approach to the planet, stargazers get to revel in explosive showers. In 1833, stargazers reported seeing as many as 72,000 shooting stars per hour, according to National Geographic. Later, in 1966, a group of hunters reported seeing 40 to 50 streaks per second over the duration of 15 minutes. Scientists currently predict the next major outburst won't take place until 2099. But, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported, the comet will be returning closer to Earth in 2031 and 2064, meaning more intense storms are on the horizon. Smaller showers, like the one occurring this weekend, happen annually. While the 2019 shower won’t bring hundreds of shooting stars an hour, it’s sure to be a delight in areas with clear skies and the absence of moonlight. How to watch the meteor shower Clear skies are essential for prime meteor shower viewing. Skyglow, the light pollution caused by localized streetlights, will block out the stars and negatively affect your viewing experience, so head somewhere far from city lights. When you’re outside in the dark, lie flat on your back with your feet facing south and look up at the vast sky. Give yourself 30 minutes for your eyes to adapt to the environment. Be sure to bring warm clothing, a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair and leave your telescope at home.