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    ATHENS Georgia coach Tom Crean always talks to his team about 'taking what the game gives you,' but on Saturday night at Mississippi State, UGA might need a different approach. Indeed, Crean's young and undersized team will have to take even when the game isn't giving them any breaks or advantages. Coach Ben Howland's maroon-clad Bulldogs lead the SEC in rebounding margin, the very area Crean's vertically challenged canines are most often challenged to measure up. 'I mean, every game we come in here talking about how important the rebounding is and now we're playing the league leader,' said Georgia coach Tom Crean, who has just two players 6-foot-9 or taller. 'That part of it is tough.' Mississippi State features two starters who are even taller, center Abdul Ado (6-11, 255) and power forward Reggie Perry (6-10, 250). The teams tip off at 8:30 p.m. (TV: SEC Network) at the so-called 'Hump.' Officially known as Humphrey Coliseum, Mississippi State's arena which some say resembles a cake from the outside has a smaller, intimate setting similar to Stegeman Coliseum with a capacity of 10,575. Georgia brings an 11-5 overall mark and 1-2 SEC record into the action. Mississippi State is 10-6 and 1-3 in league play. UGA is looking for what would be its first consecutive league wins under Crean, who is now in his second season. Georgia is also looking to play its way into NCAA tournament contention, and it will likely take a .500 record in league play or better for that to happen. It's Crean's first trip to Starkville, and he may be forced to make it without the playing services of Sahvir Wheeler, who fellow freshman Anthony Edwards refers to as 'the heart of the team.' Wheeler suffered an ankle injury in the second half of Georgia's resounding 80-63 blowout win over Tennessee. Crean made it clear on Friday that Wheeler is questionable, having just managed to walk through the Thursday workout. 'You just have to deal with it, and if he can't it is what it is,' Crean said. 'You just go. Right? That's why you try to develop and try to get multi-dimensional versatile guys. Obviously he's a huge factor.' If Wheeler is out, Georgia will rely more heavily on senior graduate transfer Donnell Gresham along with Edwards at the point. Edwards, named a second-team, mid-season All-American by the Sporting News earlier this week, is averaging 19.1 points per game this season, second in the SEC. Georgia, with its size deficiency, will also need another signature performance from 6-9, 245-pound junior Rayshaun Hammonds. Hammonds is averaging 14.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, and he's coming off a 21-point, 5-rebound in the win over the Vols. Mississippi State represents UGA's fifth-straight game against teams that played in the NCAA tournament last season. The Bulldogs are 2-2 in the past four, winning on the road against then-No. 9 Memphis 65-62 on Jan. 4 and hammering Tennessee in Athens on Wednesday night. The losses were to No. 13 Kentucky (78-69) and then-No. 5 Auburn (82-60). Last year's home loss to Mississippi State featured one of the most bizarre endings in Stegeman Coliseum history. WATCH: Stuffed bulldog triggers decisive technical foul in UGA home loss A small stuffed bulldog toy was thrown on the court in the final moments, resulting in a technical foul that helps swing the game State's way, 68-67. Georgia had rallied from 17 down to tie the game at 67-67. DawgNation Georgia Basketball Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Anthony Edwards says UGA didn't play tough enough vs. Kentucky Georgia basketball delivers signature Top 10 win at Memphs Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Georgia freshman already making basketball history The post Georgia basketball looks to get over the hump at Mississippi State appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia's bowl game against Baylor was a success, as the Bulldogs came away with a 26-14 win to end the 2019 season. The win pushed Georgia's record to 12-2 and ended up putting the Bulldogs at the No. 4 spot in the final AP Poll. And ESPN took time to recognize the efforts of two Bulldogs for their bowl game performance, as George Pickens and Richard LeCounte were named to ESPN's All-Bowl Team. Pickens had the best game of his career against Baylor, as he hauled in 12 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. He showed why he came to Georgia with such hype and why there might be better days ahead for the Georgia passing attack, given he will be just a sophomore in 2020. Pickens was named the MVP for the game, capping his freshman season that also saw him named to the Freshmen All-SEC team. He led Georgia in receiving yards, catches and receiving touchdowns. Jake Fromm dropped this one right in the bucket pic.twitter.com/TnpUhn0Rbn ESPN (@espn) January 2, 2020 But it wasn't all rosy for Pickens in 2019. He was suspended for the first half of the Georgia Tech game, then got ejected in the second half of that game for fighting. Pickens had to miss the first half of the SEC championship game due to the ejection. Georgia missed him badly, as the Bulldogs scored just three points in the opening 30 minutes against LSU. Pickens had Georgia's only touchdown of the game in the 37-10 loss to the eventual national champion LSU Tigers. 'I've still got growing to do,' Pickens said. 'But I can kind of tell myself that I'm improving every day.' Related: Georgia Sugar Bowl star George Pickens: Improving every day' Pickens should be a huge target for new quarterback Jamie Newman, who transferred from Wake Forest after Jake Fromm announced he would be heading to the NFL. 'George is a great teammate, a great football player,' Fromm said after the Sugar Bowl. 'What I love about George is he loves football. He loves going out, competing. I can say for him showing up at practice, he's the same guy, same competitor every single day. And I know I love it. As for LeCounte, his two interceptions were huge for Georgia in the win over Baylor. The defensive effort, without the likes of J.R. Reed and Tyler Clark, helped Georgia end the season with the nation's No. 1 scoring defense in the country. Georgia also went the entire season without giving up a rushing touchdown to an opposing running back. LeCounte gave Georgia fans some great news shortly after the New Year's Day victory, as he announced he would be returning for his senior season. LeCounte will be the unquestioned leader of the 2020 Georgia defense, which should once again be one of the nation's best. Related: Richard LeCounte is the face of the Georgia football program for the 2020 season Georgia will likely begin the 2020 season ranked in the top-10, given it has talents like Pickens and LeCounte returning while also bringing in another elite recruiting class. The Bulldogs open the season on Sept. 7, when they take on the Virginia Cavilers in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Mark Richt, Florida State DC give scout on new Georgia TE Tre' Mckitty UGA could look at NFL offensive coordinator Todd Monken, per ESPN Jamie Newman: Future Bulldogs share their thoughts on the new Georgia QB National media projects where Georgia football will start in 2020 Way-Too-Early Top 25 ESPN experts: Georgia has Jimmys and Joes all over the place Kelee Ringo: A 5-star forecast for his future as a Georgia Bulldog The post ESPN names 2 Georgia football standouts to All-Bowl Team appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia basketball wants to make sure 'two big losses' don't turn into three on Wednesday night. 'It was two big losses, but at the end of the day it was two very good teams,' said Toumani Camara, one of nine Bulldogs' freshmen. 'We learned from it and are going to come back from it.' Tennessee (10-5, 2-1 SEC) is next up for the Bulldogs (10-5, 0-2) at 7 p.m. (ESPNU) in yet another game expected to sell out at Stegeman Coliseum. The Vols embarrassed Georgia last season 96-50, and the Big Orange rolls into the Classic City this time looking even bigger. Tennessee received news on Tuesday that its 7-footer from Serbia, Uros Plavsic, has been cleared for action. Georgia's lack of experience hasn't been as much of a hurdle this season as its lack of size, and Tom Crean knows that's something the Vols could exploit. 'T ennessee is playing well, (and) definitely have a shot in the arm since they've added the young man from Europe (Plavsic),' Crean said. 'They know what it takes to win. We don't have that yet. 'But every day, (Georgia players) have got to understand that the rebounding is going to be a huge part any equation if we're going to have success. Freshman Anthony Edwards, a projected NBA lottery pick, has not been as big a part of the equation toward winning of late. Edwards leads freshmen with 18.7 points per game, but he has appeared intimidated to go to the rim against the past two quality opponents, settling for challenging jump shots at times. 'I think that the problem and a big growth step for him right now is the is the predetermination,' Crean said. 'He's got a fantastic jump shot, and catch and shoot we've got to continue to move him around more but he's got to move around, but our entire team does.' Georgia flashed its potential when it rang in the new year with a road win at then-No. 9 Memphis, 65-62. It was only the second non-conference road win over a ranked opponent in program history. But the past two outings the Bulldogs have revealed the Bulldogs' warts, in addition to driving up the schedule strength to No 8 in the nation, per the NCAA (NET) rankings. Georgia folded in front of a sellout crowd in a 78-69 home loss to Kentucky last week, getting beat badly on the boards in the second half and settling for bad jump shots. The result at No. 4 Auburn was even worse, the experienced Tigers out-playing and out-hustling the Bulldogs in an 82-60 blowout. Junior Rayshaun Hammonds (13.6 points, 9.1 rebounds) says he knows Tennessee will prove a great challenge. 'They're a hard team; they play hard on both ends,' said Hammonds, who failed to score in the 16 minutes he played and grabbed just one rebound. 'That's always been their forte if you've ever seen them play. The main focus is just to play with physicality.' Crean said he's hoping for another sellout home crowd like Georgia had for Kentucky. The Bulldogs led by as many as 9 points over the Wildcats before fading in the second half. Georgia basketball Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Anthony Edwards says UGA didn't play tough enough vs. Kentucky Georgia basketball delivers signature Top 10 win Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Georgia overwhelms Delaware State, Rayshaun Hammonds stars Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Georgia freshman already making basketball history The post Georgia basketball faces tall task against Tennessee at Stegeman Coliseum 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. Predicting Georgia football 2020 schedule, record The 2019 season is in the book, with the national champion LSU Tigers beating the Clemson Tigers in New Orleans. So with that, we turn the page to the 2020 season. Odds have already been released for next season, with Georgia getting 8-to-1 odds to win it all next year, per SuperBookUSA, which is tied for the fourth-best. Only Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama have better odds. And while Georgia does have to replace a good chunk of its offensive production, the Bulldogs bring back most of their defense and one of the nation's best-recruiting classes. The schedule is once again rugged with the usual games against Florida, Tennessee and Auburn. Georgia replaces a home game against Notre Dame with a game in Atlanta vs. Virginia and Texas A&M with a visit to Alabama. Below we take a look at Georgia's 2020 schedule and offer up some way too early predictions. Vs. Virginia, Sept. 7 (Game played in Atlanta):Georgia opens the season on a Monday against a Virginia team that won the ACC Coastal last season. And while you can bet the Cavaliers will be well coached by Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia won't have do-everything quarterback Bryce Perkins. Georgia is going to be able to overwhelm Virginia with its talent to a victory. Georgia 31, Virginia 13. Home vs. East Tennessee State, Sept. 12: Georgia has a short turnaround, but this is a game against an FCS foe. Easy win. Georgia 56, East Tennessee State 7. At Alabama, Sept. 19:Georgia once again has another big Septemeber game that will likely be a top-10 matchup. The Bulldogs have struggled against Alabama in recent history and much will be made of how Nick Saban has not yet lost to one of his former assistants. Much will be made about the Georgia defense vs. the Alabama offense, but given there are still so many questions about the Georgia offense at this point, we'll side with Alabama. Alabama 27, Georgia 21. Home vs. UL-Monroe, Sept. 26: Georgia gets a break in the schedule with a get right game. Don't be surprised if Georgia starts slow, but the Bulldogs will coast to a win. Georgia 48, UL-Monroe 17 Home vs. Vanderbilt, Oct. 3: The Bulldogs figure to have a massive talent edge over a Vanderbilt team that has to replace its top skill players. This isn't 2016. Georgia wins easily setting up a big game against Auburn. Georgia 34, Vanderbilt 0 Home vs. Auburn, Oct. 10: Georgia hasn't lost at home against the Auburn since 2005. This will be the first time these two teams have met before November since 1936. The Tigers will need to get more out of Bo Nix and the offense next year, given Derrick Brown, Marlon Davidson and most of Auburn's secondary will be gone. And add in that Auburn most also replace four starters on the offensive line, and we think Georgia's defense will do enough to grind out a win over Gus Malzahn's team. Georgia 20, Auburn 13 At Missouri, Oct. 17: This will be Georgia's first time against new Missouri head coach Eli Drinkwitz. The Bulldogs stifled Missouri this past season and Georgia has not lost at Missouri since the Tigers joined the SEC in 2012. That trend is likely to continue next season. Georgia 38, Missouri 10 Vs. Florida, Oct. 31 (Game played in Jacksonville, Fla.): The annual rivalry game figures to see both combatants ranked in the top-10 to start next season. The Gators have to replace most of their skill talent as well as their top playmakers on defense. But Florida will have the edge at quarterback as Kyle Trask returns. This figures to be a tight game like the 2019 version was. But ultimately, we think Kirby Smart is going to be able to do just enough to get past Dan Mullen once again . Georgia 28, Florida 23. At South Carolina, Nov. 7: Expect many offseason pundits to label this as the trap game for the Bulldogs. Georgia will be coming off an emotional game against Florida, and there is a contest against Tennessee looming. Factor in the improvements the Gamecocks figure to make on offense with Mike Bobo as the offensive coordinator, and the Gamecocks seemed poised for a better year. But given the Bulldogs dropped a game against South Carolina last year, expect the Bulldogs to be fully focused in Columbia, SC. Georgia 24, South Carolina 20. Tennessee, Nov. 14: This rivalry figures to spicer in 2020 with the Volunteers adding in Cade Mays to their roster. The Volunteers finished 2019 on a six-game winning streak and greatly improved following the 43-14 loss to Georgia. But the talent gap is still very wide between those two teams and Tennessee will have to replace both Jauan Jennings and Marquez Callaway at wide receiver . Georgia 27, Tennessee 14. At Kentucky, Nov. 21: What will Georgia have left in the tank at this point the season? The three contests prior to this one figure to be incredibly physical and Kentucky was able to hang with the Bulldogs for a half in 2019. But like some of the other games on this schedule, we think Georgia just has too much talent especially on defense to lose this kind of game. Georgia 35, Kentucky 17 Georgia Tech, Nov. 28:Geoff Collins still has a lot of work to do with the Yellow Jackets. Hopefully, George Pickens doesn't get into a fight when these two teams meet again. The Bulldogs should win this game fairly easily to cap an 11-1 season and a fourth straight SEC East title. Georgia 45, Georgia Tech 10. Georgia football 2020 schedule, predicted record Sept. 7, Vs. Virginia in Atlanta: Georgia 31-13 Sept. 12, Vs. East Tennessee State: Georgia 56-17 Sept. 19, At Alabama: Alabama 27-21 Sept. 26, Vs. UL-Monroe: Georgia 48-17 Oct. 3: Vs. Vanderbilt: Georgia 34-0 Oct. 10: Vs. Auburn: Georgia 20-13 Oct. 17: At Missouri: Georgia 38-10 Oct. 24: Bye week Oct. 31: Vs. Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.,: Georgia 28-23 Nov. 7: At South Carolina: Georgia 24-20 Nov. 14: Vs. Tennessee: Georgia 27-14 Nov. 21: At Kentucky: Georgia 35-17 Nov. 28: Vs. Georgia Tech: Georgia 45-10 Record: 11-1, 7-1 in the SEC More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation WATCH: Herschel Walker, inaugural Freshman Legend winner: Georgia championship more than football' Georgia football podcast: Jamie Newman can help usher in new era for UGA Georgia's Azeez Ojulari one of four SEC players named FWAA Freshman All-American Georgia football lands Florida State tight end Tre' Mckitty Numbers game: Comparing new Georgia QB Jamie Newman to Jake Fromm What the success of recent transfer quarterbacks does and doesn't mean for Georgia football Dawgs on Twitter pic.twitter.com/vxlCauGBO9 Tre' Mckitty (@T_mckitty) January 13, 2020 Kirk herbstreit and other announcers be way off, they have no idea what responsibility each players have just guessing https://t.co/mhThowLNmT Monty Rice (@RiceMonty) January 14, 2020 FRESHMAN ALL AMERICAN 36 QB Pressures 6 Sacks 5 TFL's 35Tackles pic.twitter.com/y6sFpmE3Jh Aviation Ax (@AXdawgEL) January 13, 2020 Everyone: ' Why did you come back to school ?' ME: #GoDawgs #ATD pic.twitter.com/mgTM3MyO3l Richard LeCounte III (@LilEasy_35) January 14, 2020 Congratulations to the great @HerschelWalker on being named the 2nd greatest college football player of all-time on ESPN's CFB 150 list. #DGD pic.twitter.com/duqL1oo36z Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) January 14, 2020 Good Dawg of the Day pic.twitter.com/5hl9NiNDFA Cute Emergency (@CuteEmergency) January 13, 2020 The post Predicting Georgia football 2020 schedule, record appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia coach Tom Crean won't have to look far to see where he wants his Bulldogs' program to be on Saturday. Bruce Pearl has built Auburn into a Final Four team and has the Tigers ranked No. 5 and sporting a 14-0 (2-0 SEC) record entering their clash with Georgia (10-4, 0-1) at noon on Saturday. The game has been moved up to noon (TV: ESPNews) from 6 p.m. on account of the threat of severe weather. Crean's not worried about the game being moved up the Bulldogs planned to bus to Auburn on Friday night, anyway. But the head start Pearl has had building a basketball powerhouse at a football school yeah, Crean said, that's tough to catch up to. 'They've got a huge advantage, [Bruce Pearl] actually been there a lot longer than I've been here, so, do the math, he's had a chance to really build itthe way that he wants to build it,' Crean said at Georgia's media opportunity in Athens on Friday. 'I give him great credit for that. He's an outstanding coach, and a great leader. He's built a fantastic team, that's the way it is.' Indeed, but Pearl said there's more to the story where this game is concerned. 'Georgia is a much better team than they were a year ago,' Pearl told DawgNation matter-of-factly on Friday night. 'ObviouslyTom has re-energized that program. His expectations as a coach is national championships, so he coaches that way, and he recruits that way.' No doubt, Crean has done a pretty impressive job at Georgia in a short amount of time. The Bulldogs scored a historic victory last Saturday. Georgia beat then-No. 9 Memphis for just the second-ever program win over a Top 10 team on the road. The task at Auburn could prove tougher, Crean explained. 'It's a matter of just coming out and getting under control,' Crean said. 'I tell the team, Who wakes up first, lot of times it's going to have an edge in those early morning games, and we've got to do a really good job of coming out there prepared, ready to go, a lot of energy, and not give them a lot of live ball turnovers.' 'They feast on runs. They feast on them, and most teams do, but they really do. We've got to make sure that we're not giving them those type of runs.' Georgia will obviously look to freshman Anthony Edwards to lead the team. The 6-foot-5 combo guard, a projected NBA lottery pick, in scoring 18.7 points per game, which ranks second in the nation among freshman. 'I love Anthony Edwards, I've known him a long time and him and Isaac Okoro battled for years,' Pearl said. 'You've got two great kids, two incredibly hard workers. 'You know, some guys get in the position of Anthony Edwards, as the No.1 player in high school, or as a Top five pick, and the success affects them. 'But Anthony hasn't let the success or fame change him.' Auburn won the last meeting between the teams, 78-75 at Georgia last February, its fourth-straight win in the series. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series, 76-66. Georgia basketball Anthony Edwards says UGA didn't play tough enough vs. Kentucky Georgia basketball delivers signature Top 10 win Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Georgia overwhelms Delaware State, Rayshaun Hammonds stars Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Georgia freshman already making basketball history The post Georgia tip at Auburn moved up, Bulldogs braced for unbeaten Tigers appeared first on DawgNation.
  • No one perhaps summarized the afternoon Georgia football is having better than that of offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer. Woooweee Jamaree Salyer (@jamareesalyer69) January 8, 2020 To recap, Georgia saw quarterback Jake Fromm declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. It also saw offensive lineman Cade Mays enter the transfer portal, with ESPN's Mark Schlabach reporting Tennessee is intended destination. There was also a report from Rivals.com that the Mays family is suing the University of Georgia Athletic Association after Mays' father had a part of his pinky finger amputated after an incident involving a folding chair at a Georgia athletic event. Naturally, there were all kinds of reactions to the news, starting with Fromm. Many connected to Georgia took the time to thank Fromm for what he has done with the program, starting with former Georgia quarterback DJ Shockley. Related: Jake Fromm announces 2020 NFL Draft decision From 1 DAWG to another DAWG extremely proud of the way you represented this university the last 3 years! 36-7 as a starter speaks volumes in this league! Much respect to you on the decision and wish you all the success on the next level my guy!! #DGD https://t.co/41KkyT0ETA DjShockley (@DjShockley3) January 8, 2020 Georgia QB Jake Fromm has officially declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 8, 2020 Thank you @FrommJake #DGD https://t.co/wsmFJen9CQ Barstool UGA (@ugabarstool) January 8, 2020 you, a fool: wow Jake Fromm really weakens Georgia me, a genius: They've only become more Georgia than ever before pic.twitter.com/OQ1KzZjvZ0 BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) January 8, 2020 One of the best QBs in UGA history is leaving Athens 3-0 vs Florida 3-0 vs Tennessee 3-0 vs Georgia Tech 3-1 vs Auburn SEC Championship win (3 appearances) Rose & Sugar Bowl wins https://t.co/zUJNMdZxXB Mike Reiter (@Mike_Reiter) January 8, 2020 #Dawgs Jake Fromm thru the years.. #GoDawgs #FrommDay pic.twitter.com/RIgklYaisK GATA Dawgs (@BassinDawg) January 8, 2020 Legend. pic.twitter.com/QrM15pL4vj blakejmorgan (@bIakejmorgan) January 8, 2020 I love you son! https://t.co/zyKItcHjqV lee fromm (@dylantylerjake) January 8, 2020 With Jake Fromm turning pro, who is the favorite to win the SEC East? Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 8, 2020 TIER TWO QB conversation will be fascinating: Jordan Love all traits, struggled once Matt Wells left. Jacob Eason huge arm, limited tape, inconsistent vs. good teams Jake Fromm limited athleticism/arm, experienced, smart, support cast dropped off in '19 Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 8, 2020 Fromm will join the likes of Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jacob Eason in what appears to be a loaded quarterback class for the 2020 NFL Draft. In his time at Georgia, Fromm went 3-0 against rival Florida, 3-1 against Auburn, won an SEC championship as a freshman, led Georgia to an appearance in the national title game to go along with three SEC East titles. He also leaves as the all-time Georgia leader in completion percentage. As for Mays, Al.com's Matt Zenitz first reported the news of him entering the transfer portal. Mays is from Knoxville, Tenn., his father played for the school and his younger brother signed with the school as a member of the 2020 recruiting class. Given that Mays' offensive line coach, Sam Pittman, is now the head coach at Arkansas and a move to Tennessee would be closer to home, MAys would have a very compelling case to be immediately eligible. Source: Georgia offensive lineman Cade Mays has entered the transfer portal. Former five-star recruit. Started 11 games this year. Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) January 8, 2020 Come on home bro @cade_mays Alontae Taylor (@_TaeeTaylor) January 8, 2020 Cade Mays is in the transfer portal pic.twitter.com/qYjL6QIhVb RockyTopTalk (@RockyTopTalk) January 8, 2020 Mays started 11 games for Georgia this past season, and worked at both guard and tackle. It was widely expected that he was going to be Georgia's left tackle to start the 2020 season. With him now gone, there is a real chance that a freshman either Tate Ratledge or Broderick Jones could start left tackle to open the 2020 season. There is also the news of the lawsuit against the University of Georgia Athletic Association after the incident with the folding chair. Naturally, there were a lot of varied reactions to the news. Your family suing the University of Georgia and the UGA athletic association is a pretty good reason you might choose to hit the transfer portal, I guess. https://t.co/JOxLci5LiF Jon Tweets Sports (@JonTweetsSports) January 8, 2020 normal sport https://t.co/AEh867OjCj Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) January 8, 2020 What the what https://t.co/rt0VbjuvNJ Jordan D. Hill (@JordanDavisHill) January 8, 2020 Kirby Smart has LOST CONTROL https://t.co/EOyLJbX4qb Joe Burrow Stan Account (@jake_nazar) January 8, 2020 #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/tz0vKzBS0Y Barstool UGA (@ugabarstool) January 8, 2020 2017: Dad Mays finger gets partly amputated at a UGA football gala 1/7/2018: Cade enrolls at UGA 12/5/2019: Mays Family files a suit against UGA 12/8/2019: Sam Pittman announced as head coach at Arkansas 12/9/2019: UGA is served notice of the suit Timing is everything Jon Tweets Sports (@JonTweetsSports) January 8, 2020 With all this news out, there were a number of reactions from sections of the fan base. From what all this news and the offensive departures to what it possibly means for Georgia, Florida and Tennessee in the SEC East race in 2020. Dawgs are losing: Top 2 RB's Starting QB Starting TE 3 Starting O-Linemen and Cade Mays Top WR for most of year blakejmorgan (@bIakejmorgan) January 8, 2020 One of my favorite Fromm moments I got to witness in person. Thanks for the memories @FrommJake. pic.twitter.com/rx08T094Np Mitchell Smeak (@mitchsmeak) January 8, 2020 George Pickens on the UGA offense next season with all the starters graduating, leaving early, and entering the transfer portal pic.twitter.com/IbaYokfzHg Pablo Escobarner [blue check] (@PabloEscobarner) January 8, 2020 https://t.co/4LLIdahX4K s (@its_lisa25) January 8, 2020 Justin Shaffer (@ShafferJustin54) January 8, 2020 Wit those backs and that defense, and the receivers that signed, I know where I'd go, if I was a QB. Immediately. FOST (@GeorgeFoster72) January 8, 2020 5 star #1 RB Zach Evans released from LOI. 5 star and 11 game starter Cade Mays enters transfer portal. Star QB Jake Fromm turns pro. Georgia loses to #14 Kentucky in Basketball after leading all game. if you were wondering what it's like to be a Georgia fan. https://t.co/11AcsbDvoW pic.twitter.com/9IgYQDrk3c blakejmorgan (@bIakejmorgan) January 8, 2020 Y'all wanted a new offense in 2020 and by God you're gonna get it. Dawg Sports (@dawgsports) January 8, 2020 Georgia football opens the 2020 season on Sept. 7 when it takes on Virginia. The game will be played in Atlanta in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium as a part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic. The Bulldogs went 12-2 this past season, even with some struggles on offense. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Report: Georgia offensive lineman Cade Mays enters NCAA transfer portal Georgia middle linebacker Monty Rice makes NFL draft decision Why Matt Luke must make a good first impression on the recruiting trail Georgia fades down the stretch, falls 78-69 to Kentucky The midyear enrollees for Georgia football are on campus in Athens Alex Huntley: South Carolina DT commit will likely give UGA an official visit Jalen Kimber: The stories you haven't read yet about the UGA early enrollee Georgia football podcast: UGA fans awaiting Jake Fromm announcement The post Social media reacts to news of Jake Fromm departure, Cade Mays family lawsuit appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm has announced he will forego his senior season and enter his name into the 2020 NFL Draft. Go Dawgs and God Bless pic.twitter.com/hz0qxJLumE JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) January 8, 2020 Fromm's decision comes as somewhat of a surprise because he is not projected to be a first-round NFL draft pick, and the NFL combine is not likely to help him raise his stock. Fromm enjoyed a decorated career with the Bulldogs, 35-7 as the starter after Jacob Eason was injured in the first game of the 2017 opener. Fromm leaves the college ranks as the most experienced quarterback in the nation with 42 consecutive starts. Georgia is expected to look to the graduate transfer ranks for a quarterback with Fromm leaving. The Bulldogs have only three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. Former walk-on Stetson Bennett is a tad undersized at 5-11, 190, and he played in just five games. Bennett was 20-of-27 passing for 260 yards, 2 TDs and an interception. Redshirt freshman D'Wan Mathis will go through spring drills and expects to have full clearance by next fall. Mathis had emergency brain surgery last May. Carson Beck is an incoming freshman who will compete in spring drills. Fromm, a Georgia team captain, finished the 2018 season with one of his best performances and a signature victory. Fromm was 20-of-30 passing for 250 yards and two touchdowns in Georgia's 26-14 win over No. 7 Baylor in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Fromm No. 5 among draft eligible quarterbacks. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Fromm ranks fourth on UGA's all-time passing list with 8,224 yards. His 78 career touchdowns are second on the all-time list. Fromm led the Bulldogs to a 12-2 mark this season and made history along the way. Fromm became just the second quarterback in the ranks to start in three consecutive SEC Championship Games. Florida's Danny Wuerffel also accomplished the feat at Florida from 1994-96, though Wuerffel split repetitions with Terry Dean during the 1994 season. Fromm's decision has been among the most-discussed topics in recent Georgia football history. A homegrown Bulldog from Warner Robins, Fromm has a strong fan following, and many who hoped he'd return and lead another championship run. Georgia had its share of challenges in the passing game last season, but Smart and coordinator James Coley explained Fromm was not as at fault as it might have appeared. The Bulldogs were dealing with a depleted and injury-riddled receiving corps after losing their top five pass catchers from the season before. Four of those players three underclassmen departed for the 2019 NFL Draft, and another was dismissed following spring drills. Georgia lost starting slot receiver Kearis Jackson to a broken hand in the opening game, and in Week Two, starter Tyler Simmons suffered a shoulder subluxation that required he wear a restrictive shoulder brace. Demetris Robertson, another starter, battled a hamstring injury all season. The breaking point was when Miami graduate transfer Lawrence Cager, who had been playing with a separated shoulder, was knocked out of the South Carolina game by halftime with injured ribs. The Bulldogs fell 20-17 in overtime to the Gamecocks after Rodrigo Blankenship missed a second field goal attempt in overtime. It was UGA's only loss to an unranked opponent in Fromm's career. Cager battled back from his shoulder and rib injuries to turn in a 7-catch, 132-yard performance as Fromm ran his record to 3-0 against Florida with a 24-17 win. But Cager was unable to play a full game after that, and he was ultimately lost for the season to an injured ankle before the Georgia Tech game. In the first quarter of the SEC Championship Game, freshman receiver Dominick Blaylock suffered a season-ending knee injury, and the Bulldogs fell to No. 1-ranked LSU. Fromm, however, stayed positive throughout the bowl preparation. It led to a memorable performance against a tested Baylor defense. WATCH: Jake Fromm brings tears to eyes of ESPN reporter Fromm connected with Sugar Bowl MVP George Pickens 12 times for 175 yards and a TD. Former Bulldogs' quarterback legend Eric Zeier said if Fromm returned, Georgia could have had a 'prolific' offense in 2020. But Fromm decided his best option would be in the NFL ranks. Fromm is the fifth underclassmen on offense to declare for the NFL draft, joining offensive tackles Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson, offensive guard Solomon Kindley and tailback D'Andre Swift. The defensive trend has been for players to stay. Defensive backs Richard LeCounte and Eric Stokes both announced they will come back to compete for the Bulldogs, as did defensive lineman Malik Herring. Underclassmen have until Jan. 20 to declare themselves eligible for the NFL draft. A list of underclassmen approved for entry will be sent to NFL teams on Jan. 24. The NFL draft evaluation process includes the East-West Shrine Game (select players Jan. 18, St. Petersburg, Fla.) and the Senior Bowl (select players, Jan. 25, Mobile, Ala.). The NFL combine takes place Feb. 24-March 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The University of Georgia will also hold a 'Pro Day' combine in March, typically the week leading up to the start of spring drills. The post Jake Fromm announces 2020 NFL Draft decision appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Jake Fromm has a decision to make, and based on his history, it will come down to prayer. Fromm openly shares the role faith plays in his life, both in his successes and the strength it has provided him in challenging situations. It's how Fromm stayed upbeat during Sugar Bowl preparations and led his team. Fromm was relaxed and smiling in New Orleans, even when the team was seemingly crumbling around him with key support cast leaving early for the NFL, players being suspended and a depleted receiving corps filled with injuries. Fromm was so positive that he made ESPN veteran reporter Holly Rowe cry, as she wasovercome with his spirt and conviction amid adversity. 'I kind of have strength in knowing that Christ is not going to put me in any position that I can't handle,' Fromm said leading up to the game. 'I know I'm prepared and well-armored for anything I walk into.' Fromm directed a 26-14 Sugar Bowl win over Baylor, finding freshman WR George Pickens 12 times for 175 yards and a TD, avoiding turnovers against the only defense in college football with 40 sacks and 30 turnovers. It was a happy ending to a challenging season for Georgia, but was it a happy enough ending for Fromm to leave on? Fromm's likely not feeling any pressure now or looking to force any decisions, even as the fanbase waits. It's a matter of going through the progressions, gaining all the information, praying and waiting for a sign. The deadline for NFL teams to know which underclassmen are available is Jan. 20. So Georgia fans want to know: What Will Jake Do? Indeed, WWJD? Does Fromm want another year in the spotlight contending for a national championship at the college level? Or does the anonymity of holding a clipboard on an NFL sideline next season suit him better? The pressure at football-crazed Georgia should not be underestimated. This is especially true with the existing social media phenomenon that has led to student-athletes dealing with anonymous attacks on a daily basis. Smart has addressed that it's a very real thing, to the extent the Bulldogs and many other programs have professionals on hand to help the student-athletes deal with the stress and anxiety that has become a part of their world. Who could forget the emotional scene that unfolded at Florida, when Smart embraced Fromm with a telling message: 'Don't ever doubt Jake Fromm!' The Bulldogs have become an annual national championship contender. Coming close the past few years has only added fuel to a fire that has been burning since they last won the title in 1980. The face of the program, Fromm has been in the middle of that firestorm. Georgia was a few plays away from winning the 2017 College Football Playoff Championship.. The opportunity to get back into the College Football Playoffs next season is back within Fromm's grasp, but it comes at a price. Is pressure really a privilege? Georgia will have a national championship caliber defense next season. There's no doubt about that when one considers who is returning off a unit that was best in the SEC this season in total defense, scoring defense and run defense and No. 8 in the nation against the pass. The Bulldogs have a much more manageable schedule than this season, outside of Sept. 19 trip to Alabama. There's always the Florida game in Jacksonville, as Fromm is 3-0 vs. the Gators. Auburn and Tennessee, the next biggest SEC threats, are both home games. Fromm would be directing a young, but talented offense that wouldn't be asked to do much more than his freshman season, in terms of the emphasis on efficiency. The difference from then to now, and perhaps next season, is that Fromm would need to be the central figure and make plays on occasion. In terms of raising NFL draft stock, that's one way Fromm could do it. Fromm would need to work to develop the young players around him. That would mean investing the time to build not only timing and chemistry, but also relationships. It's an every day thing that requires complete buy-in and conviction from everyone involved. The most notable SEC quarterback in recent memory that could understand the scope of pressure that would be on Fromm should he return is Peyton Manning. The same sort of pressures were on Manning when he returned for his senior year at Tennessee in 1997, and that was in an era of no social media. For Manning, it was beat Florida, or else. 'Or else' happened, and while some Heisman Trophy voters lost their minds in the moment has there been a greater college player than Manning not to win the award? Manning's career turned out fine, with 5 NFL MVP trophies and a couple of Super Bowl rings. Manning turned down first-round draft status after the 1997 season to return for his senior season. Fromm is not a first-round 2020 NFL Draft pick, and probably not a second-round selection, either. For all of his intangibles, and Fromm seemingly has all of them going for him, his physical skills are adequate, at best. But Fromm is a leader, and his legacy at Georgia is strong, whether he returns for his senior season, or not. There aren't many who can measure up to Fromm's accomplishments: An SEC title, a Rose Bowl win, a Sugar Bowl win, three straight SEC East crowns and three straight wins over rivals Florida, Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia Tech. Fromm has played 41 of 43 games with his team in contention for a national championship, and he has let to allow the pressure to affect his performance. Does Jake Fromm want to sign up for another national championship chase at the college level, or will his heart and spirit lead him in another direction? God only knows what's next for Georgia football, either way. . The post The Decision: Jake Fromm considers putting faith in Georgia football another season appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Major Burns. Jalen Kimber. There may have already been a point sometime this week when those two looked at one another on the UGA campus and just shook their heads. For those two to both end up in Athens as members of the 2020 signing class at UGA as early enrollees? Let's just say the odds went long in that opposite direction of all that. Burns, a Baton Rouge native, was committed to LSU for almost six months prior to a de-commitment on Dec. 11. That was one week before the early signing period. He signed with Georgia that week despite not a single one of those 247Sports 'Crystal Balls' pointing to him to do so. That just adds to the following timeline. Feb. 3, 2019: Commits to Texas A&M March 25, 2019: De-commits from Texas A&M June 6, 2019: Commits to LSU Dec. 11, 2019: De-commits from LSU Dec. 18, 2019: Signs with Georgia Jan. 6, 2019: Enrolls as a mid-year signee at Georgia The odds for Burns alone have to be placed on the table to consider this tandem story in full. That's because there was a time 11 months ago where it certainly looked like Kimber was going to commit to Texas A&M. It makes sense. He's too special of an athlete for those flagship Texas programs to let him leave the state without a 15-round fight. The SEC West program had a great shot at Kimber, but then oddly hit the pause button. Jalen Kimber: How UGA swooped in to pull him out of Texas There's only so much that needs to come out about this story, but it would be accurate to say Kimber was set to commit to Texas A&M. That was back before he blew up as a recruit and started receiving the big-time national offers like the ones he would get from Alabama and Georgia. Maybe the Aggies were trying to save more early slots open for nationally-rated corners to come check out College Station. The irony here is that Kimber was a national prospect. An All-American at that. Yet for some strange reason, he was asked to wait about the same time that Burns committed to play for the Aggies. Kimber felt he was sure about the fit, but A&M was not. That opened the door for a school like Georgia to come in and actively recruit Kimber. 'I feel good about all of that now,' Jalen Kimber said. 'I'm glad all of that happened and I feel very good about where I am at right now.' The world will never know if that commitment would have stuck. Especially since Kimber was clearly a national elite recruit from the moment he tested so well at a March Opening regional. When Kimber chose Georgia, he was an instant recruiting trail advocate for the Bulldogs . He had also gotten to know Burns well while camping with him in Atlanta for the Rivals.com Five-Star Challenge. 'If I was with Texas A&M still then, then I am not telling him to come to Georgia after he de-committed,' Kimber said. 'Now we're together. That is crazy. I think about that all of the time. That situation come have been totally different but now it is kind of the same, but it is not. We're both now at Georgia.' It can also be stated that Burns de-committed from the flagship SEC school of his home state because he didn't feel that fit was mutually the same for both parties as it once was. Especially to reopen his recruitment the week prior to the first day of the early signing period when he planned to enroll early. It might not seem logical for a long-standing pledge to de-commit from the national championship favorite when the program is in the same city, but that's what Burns felt lead to do. 'As soon as the de-commitment happened I didn't what to pressure him,' Kimber said. 'So I just hit him up. I said I don't want to bother you' because he was taking this time to go through what he has to go through but I told him that 'I think you should consider us [UGA] and I think we could be a really good duo.'' Kimber sent a text to Georgia defensive backs coach Charlton Warren first. Burns had already had an offer from the Bulldogs back in April. Texas A&M sent a large posse of its staff, including head coach Jimbo Fisher to see Burns on Dec. 12. Home visit with Texas A&M went great #Gigem !!! pic.twitter.com/rnpPjgZQfM MB2 (@majorburns6) December 13, 2019 Georgia just sent Warren. But it already had another guy here in Kimber. Home visit with Georgia went great!! #Godawgs pic.twitter.com/JhKOsahjqx MB2 (@majorburns6) December 13, 2019 He texted Warren first. To basically ring the bell and let him know that Burns was the type of player Georgia needed to take a long look at. Burns was his next text after that. If this was playground basketball, then be sure to credit Kimber with the dime for the early advance work on Burns. He helped pave that road during an uncertain time for Burns. 'That was my assist there,' Kimber said. 'Seeing him as the 5-Star Challenge Major is a ballplayer. Real physical. 6-foot-2 and a corner. He can really help us out in the long run.' Burns rates as the nation's No. 11 safety for the 2020 cycle and the No. 155 overall prospect. But his size and length and 4.44 speed can also make him into a useful defensive back hybrid for the Bulldogs. Jalen Kimber: The other things to be sure you know The orientation to Kimber also has to include the meat-and-potatoes part of his recruiting story. For this effort, we will bypass the immediately eye-catching elements such as his 247Sports Composite rankings and his Opening regional and finals testing. He plays to honor a promise to a dearly departed grandmother . He vowed to Renee Kimber that he was going to use football to 'make it' and get out of his Chicago environment that wasn't conducive to young people having a lot of success. A lot of his peers will say they feel the same way, but it is different here. This promise is deeply personal. 'For my grandmother,' he said earlier this year. 'She passed three years ago right before I moved down to Texas. I made a promise to her. I am going to keep it. That is the main reason why I play football.' Football was seen as a way out of that environment. That's what his grandmother wanted it to be for 'Boogie' when he grew up.She wasn't a football fan but simply favored a way for 'Boogie' to escape those circumstances. 'She passed but I am still going to uphold that promise and do everything I can,' he said earlier this year. 'That's my family and my grandfather still lives out there.' He will say a prayer before every game. 'Then I will look up to the sky and talk to her,' he said. Kimber comes from a family of achievers. His father, Art Kimber III, successful plotted and planned and advised his son at an expert level. He could teach a class for parents of young recruits to learn the ropes of the recruiting game. But all the Kimbers have a physical mindset. That's why Jalen's father ran a full 26.2-mile marathon at just six years of age. Kimber's grandfather, Art Kimber Jr., is also a marvel at 74 years of age. In his eyes, that vow now extends to him, too.Hesacrificed for his nation and a Purple Heart, pair of Vietnam service medals, a Bronze Star, and a Presidential unit citation serve as vivid examples of that. 'Now I am just doing that for my grandfather as well because he lives in Chicago,' Kimber said. If he makes it as a professional football player, that will be his main source of motivation. 'That would just mean everything to me,' he said. His grandfather went on to serve as an educator and a track coach after his time in the service. He's sounds like he should be retired now, but he is also a accomplished professional photographer. His father, the first Art Kimber, was into everything: Golden Gloves. Newspaper photographer. Police detective. The Kimbers are a family of achievers. That can certainly be said. Jalen's younger cousin, Justin, also looks to be a legit 4-star prospect at WR in his own right. He's already garnering a lot of attention in the class of 2021. Jalen Kimber: The 'mic drop' UGA visit and the athleticism Kimber ranks as the nation's No. 8 cornerback and the No. 127 overall prospect (247Sports Composite) for 2020. I'd look for that to get a final rankings bump after all of the All-American game evals have registered by the three major recruiting services. Check out his testing at his Opening regional and then the Opening final. Those measures place him among the five most athletic performers in the nation for the 2020 class. March testing: Fun Day @TheOpening! @Protrainer1510 we got more work to do! #GrindContinues Nothing like competition pic.twitter.com/xUfqdvcQSJ JALEN KIMBER (@J_BOOGIE_5) March 4, 2019 July testing: First day at the opening in the books. pic.twitter.com/hyYyVEn95X JALEN KIMBER (@J_BOOGIE_5) July 2, 2019 That 42-inch vertical plus 4.44 laser speed plus the 4.02 short shuttle placed him No. 3 overall out of all the elite athletes who tested at the Opening finals in Texas in July of 2019 The main goal for Kimber will be to put on weight prior to spring practice. It certainly seems feasible to project him around 180 to 185 pounds once G-Day rolls around given all the 5-stars in Georgia's strength and sports nutrition programs. Kimber just had a feeling about UGA. It first hit him back on March 28. Kimber was dropping in on a lot of schools. His trip to Georgia was part of two visits in a day amid a Southeastern swing. He saw Georgia Tech in the morning and the Bulldogs later that day. He revered his time in Athens. Team Kimber didn't leave until deep into that night. When he did, he placed his hand on his father's shoulder. He knew. Even then. 'It started when we were walking out the front door from Georgia,' his father Art Kimber said. 'He put his hand on my shoulder and said he already knew he wanted to take an official visit back here. I had a feeling about Georgia at that time. I really liked the vibe we had there. There was just something about the atmosphere.' He was done. He said he was done and then acted like it. Kimber never visited another school. That's even though LSU kept right on recruiting him hard until he signed with the Bulldogs. Now he's in Athens. Rooming with Burns. The odds of all of that are still stunning. The post Jalen Kimber: The stories you haven't read yet about the UGA early enrollee appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Don't call them the 'Baby Bulldogs,' because this Georgia basketball team has taken off the training wheels and is growing up quickly. Coach Tom Crean, in only his second season and with a roster featuring nine freshmen, recorded only the second road win in school history against a Top 10-ranked team last Saturday at No. 9 Memphis. RELATED: Georgia win over Memphis absolutely prominent' On Tuesday night, with a sellout crowd jammed into Stegeman Coliseum, Georgia takes aim at SEC blue blood Kentucky (TV: 9 p.m., ESPN). 'It's time to put on your grown-man pants now,' UGA junior forward Rayshaun Hammonds said on Monday. 'It's big games from now on. You can't take any days offevery day is for real.' No doubt, Georgia (10-3) opens the SEC portion of its schedule with six straight games against NCAA tournament teams from a season ago. The includes a double-dose of Coach John Calipari's Wildcats (10-3), as the Bulldogs play a return game in Lexington on Jan. 21. Kentucky is ranked No. 14 in the AP Top 25 and No. 17 in the KenPom basketball ratings. Georgia is No. 64 in the KenPom ratings. The Wildcats are a 3-point favorite to snap the Bulldogs' 8-game home court win streak, per VegasInsider.com. Crean won two outright Big Ten titles at Indiana after rebuilding the Hoosiers' program, taking over a team with just two walk-ons in 2009. Crean's development of the Georgia program has been a work in progress. There is no tradition to build on in the football-mad Peach State. The Bulldogs' CBS nationally televised win at Memphis turned heads on Saturday, however, and could prove to be a launch point. Basketball royalty will be at court side with ESPN's Jay Bilas calling the game. Few opinions carry as much weight in basketball circles as those from Bilas, a former Duke player and popular sports philosopher. A win over Kentucky would go miles for Georgia, which was included in a FoxSports bracketology projection on Monday. Crean can see it; he said this Kentucky team has similarities to the Memphis team the Bulldogs beat. ' There's tremendous athleticism, there's a great burst, and they play both ends,' Crean said. 'Memphis was getting 30 percent of their points in transition; Kentucky is getting 32 percent of their points in transition. 'The difference right now is the physicality. Kentucky is a tremendously physical, aggressive team.' That's where the 6-foot-9 Hammonds needs to step up. The Bulldogs will also need a strong performance from 6-5 combo guard Anthony Edwards. Edwards, a projected NBA lottery pick, was uncharacteristically off his mark at Memphis, just 4-for-17 shooting from the floor. But Edwards made plays in other areas with his five rebounds and four assists, along with stellar defensive play. Indeed, it was Edwards who came down with the rebound on a Memphis miss in the final seconds to seal the game. The Bulldogs improved to 4-0 this season in games decided by four points or less a notable improvement from their 0-6 mark in such contests last season. 'I think Coach Crean, and the rest of the coaching staff, are doing a great job in practice . putting us through situational stuff where we are up or we are down,' UGA freshman point guard Sahvir Wheeler said. 'With two minutes left, three minutes left, one minute left. 'Just playing those situations out that are happening in real life and in real games. So, I think our guys are more comfortable in that situation.' Crean agreed, pointing to Georgia's double-overtime win over SMU last month as a key. 'We have nine freshmen, that hasn't changed,' Crean said. 'Every game you hope is just a little more experience that they have, a little bit more knowledge but, most importantly, confidence and belief. 'When you win a game like that or you win some close games [like] SMU that game helped us. Coming back from behind against Georgia Southern that helped us. Those kind of things help you get better.' Question is, are the Bulldogs all grown up enough to handle the Wildcats? 'It's about playing Kentucky which is an outstanding program year in and year out, the benchmark of this league,' Crean said. 'No question about that. It is the benchmark. It is what people look to. It's a chance to compete against that in the best possible way coming off a great win for the program.' Georgia junior PF Rayshaun Hammonds DawgNation Georgia basketball Georgia basketball delivers signature Top 10 win Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Georgia overwhelms Delaware State, Rayshaun Hammonds stars Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Georgia freshman already making basketball history The post Georgia basketball: time to put on grown man pants' vs. SEC powerhouse Kentucky appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • The father of the Florida man accused of killing his wife, three children and family dog, also had a history of violence, according to court records dating back 40 years. Robert Todt was convicted by a jury in 1980 for a murder-to-hire plot. It bears an eerie parallel to this week, when his son, Anthony Todt, told Osceola County detectives that he killed his wife, three children and family dog at their Celebration home, WFTV reported. Alan Rubenstein is now a judge in the same Pennsylvania community where he was an assistant district attorney in 1980, and prosecuted Robert Todt’s case. He said the Todts appeared to have a picturesque life. Neighbors had great things to say about Robert Todt, who was a special education teacher and wrestling coach at a Pennsylvania high school. Then, he was arrested for hiring one of his students to kill his wife, Loretta Todt, on March 19, 1980, at their Bensalem home, People reported. The student, John Chairmonte, pleaded guilty to his involvement, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in 1980. At the time, Chairmonte was characterized as a “burglar and a drug addict,” the newspaper reported in a Dec. 13, 1980, Inquirer story. “Who do you expect Bob Todt to hire to kill his wife, Donny Osmond?' Rubenstein told the newspaper. “A shot was fired right into her skull,” Rubenstein told WFTV on Friday. “It landed through her left eye and blinded her. She should’ve died, but, amazingly, she survived.” What originally seemed like a home invasion didn’t add up, Rubenstein said. “Then we did some background checking on (Robert) Todt,” Rubenstein told WFTV. “We found out about his being engaged to this woman while he was married, about his various girlfriends, the fact that he was having a relationship with one of his students.” When Robert Todt was convicted in 1981, “everybody was wailing, especially his family members and Loretta,” Rubenstein recalled. “The calmest person in the courtroom was Robert Todt.” Robert Todt served about 10 years in prison. Investigators said Anthony Todt was in the home when his mother was shot. A local newspaper reported he woke up to his mother’s screams. Many have described Anthony Todt as a loving father and husband, devoted physical therapist and soccer coach to neighborhood kids. Investigators said they found Anthony Todt’s family’s bodies Monday, but believe Todt killed them weeks earlier. The FBI is also investigating Todt for Medicaid fraud, and records show he was being evicted from their Celebration home.
  • Will moviegoers finally find out what’s on Page 47? That’s a possibility as reports of a “National Treasure 3” movie are beginning to circulate. Chris Bremner, who was tapped to write a “Bad Boys 4” movie, told The Hollywood Reporter he would be writing the screenplay for “National Treasure 3.” “National Treasure,” released in 2004, starred Nicolas Cage an amateur cryptologist Benjamin Franklin Gates. The movie pulled in $247 million worldwide for Disney, Variety reported. The cast, including Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel and Armando Riesc, returned for the 2007 sequel, “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.' That film made $457 worldwide, Variety reported. The sequel ended with the characters looking at 'Page 47” of a secret book owned by the president of the United States, but no explanation was given. Jerry Bruckheimer is reportedly producing the upcoming film, People reported. Jon Turtletaub directed the first two films. A Disney spokesman did not respond to the magazine’s request for comment.
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no longer working members of the Royal Family, Queen Elizabeth II announced Saturday in a statement. The Queen said the Sussexes “will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.” The couple also will no longer formally represent the Queen, the statement said. 'Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved members of my family, the Queen wrote. “I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.” The couple will forgo state funding and repay millions of taxpayer dollars used to refurbish their official residence in Windsor, The New York Times reported. The agreement will go into effect later this spring and will be reviewed by the palace after a year, the newspaper reported. “The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family,” according to the statement from Buckingham Palace. The agreement was made to end the crisis that began 10 days ago when the couple announced plans to step back from their royal duties and spend time in North America, the Times reported.
  • Odell Beckham Jr.'s legal problems might be behind him. The Superdome officer who was slapped on the rear by the Cleveland Browns wide receiver after LSU’s championship victory Monday has decided not to press charges, NOLA.com reported. A video of the encounter has gone viral. The website, citing several anonymous sources, said the 48-year-old officer had signed an affidavit saying he did not want to pursue legal action against Beckham, 27, who is from New Orleans and played for LSU. The New Orleans Police Department had obtained a warrant for Beckham’s arrest on a count of simple battery, WAFB reported. New Orleans police could rescind the warrant or continue to pursue it, NOLA.com reported. According to the website, the officer had ordered LSU players to put out celebratory cigars lit in the locker room. While talking with one player, the lieutenant said he was struck in the rear by a man who was identified as Beckham. The Browns issued a statement Thursday and said Beckham’s representatives “are cooperating with authorities to appropriately address the situation,” WAFB reported. Beckham has already come under scrutiny for reportedly throwing cash at players after the Tigers’ 42-25 victory against Clemson, potentially violating NCAA rules.
  • Professional wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a loving tribute to his father, who died Wednesday. Rocky Johnson, who wrestled for 27 years and broke barriers for black wrestlers, died at age 75. Dwayne Johnson posted a long tribute on Instagram, along with a video. “I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar. The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am. The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deep complex sides that needed to be held and understood. Son to father. Man to man. That’s when my adoration turned to respect. And my empathy turned to gratitude. Grateful that you gave me life. Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons.” The elder Johnson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008, along with his former father-in-law -- and the Rock’s maternal grandfather -- Peter Maivia. Tony Atlas, who along with Rocky Johnson became the first black tag team champions in WWE history, also posted a tribute on Twitter. “We changed wrestling by paving a new path, knocking down doors while showing what movin’ n groovin’ is all about!” Atlas wrote.
  • Amazon said Saturday it will open another massive warehouse in metro Atlanta that will create 500 new jobs, part of an ongoing courtship of the e-commerce giant that spun out of Georgia’s attempt to land the company’s second headquarters.  The company said Saturday that the 1-million-square-foot facility — roughly the size of an average mall — will be built at the Cubes of Bridgeport site in Newnan. The facility’s employees will pack and ship customer orders for Amazon, the world’s largest retailer. Gov. Brian Kemp said Amazon’s announcement was a testament to Georgia’s “logistics infrastructure, top-ranked workforce and nationally recognized business climate.” The firm did not say when it expected the construction to be complete.  It’s the second major Amazon project for metro Atlanta in the past year. The company announced in July it would build a warehouse in Gwinnett County that would eventually employ 1,000 people, and construction is well underway.  The warehouse is part of a construction spree by Amazon to expand its shipping footprint. The company now operates more than 75 fulfillment centers in North America that employ more than 125,000 staffers, including 3,500 in Georgia.  State economic officials have grown familiar with the company after years of recruiting. Georgia offered billions in incentives and Atlanta made the short list for Amazon’s massive second headquarters before losing out to New York and Northern Virginia in November 2018. Documents released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution showed that the state offered more than $2 billion worth of publicly funded incentives to lure the corporate campus, including an academy to train its employees and an exclusive lounge at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  Also in 2018, Amazon picked Nashville, Tennessee, for a new operations office where it plans to hire 5,000 workers. The company later scuttled its New York plans, briefly raising speculation that the Big Apple’s loss could be Georgia’s gain. But economic development officials were also focused on enticing the company to bring smaller projects to Georgia. Amazon operates several other fulfillment centers and warehouses in metro Atlanta, including East Point and Lithia Springs, and in other parts of Georgia, including Macon.  The warehouse project will make Amazon one of Coweta County’s largest private employers, joining other major firms such as Yamaha Motors and PetSmart, which also has a distribution center that employs about 500 people.  It’s not immediately clear what incentives were offered to Amazon to lure the project. An AJC review showed that nearly $20 million in tax breaks and infrastructure improvements were required to secure the Gwinnett project.  The company also did not immediately say how much it will spend on the site. Trae Westmoreland, head of the Coweta County Development Authority, said the “significant capital investment” will strengthen the local economy and help other firms bring in new business.