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    One of the hallmarks of Georgia under coach Kirby Smart has been a big, physical offensive line. Despite the offseason departure of offensive line coach Sam Pittman who became head coach at Arkansas and the loss of three starters to the NFL draft, expectations remain high that the Bulldogs can field a formidable unit once again. However, that will require some newcomers to the program or possibly some players who've been waiting in the wings in reserve roles to get quickly acclimated to the challenge of facing SEC defensive lines as they prepare to fill the shoes of former tackles Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson, both of whom were first-round picks in April, as well as former guard Solomon Kindley, who was a fourth-round pick. Former Bulldogs offensive lineman Jon Stinchcomb, who was an All-American tackle in 2002, believes a successful transition is possible. 'There's such good options there,' Stinchcomb recently said on DawgNation Daily. 'Across the SEC, and really around the country, they would be chomping at the bit to have the level of talent Georgia has despite the uncertainty of losing three starters to the NFL draft. 'Georgia's got a bevy of players in that room that are highly capable and I think are just waiting for the opportunity to prove the merit that their names brought once they signed a letter of intent to come to the University of Georgia.' One of the easiest names to fill in as a new starter is probably rising junior Jamaree Salyer. a former five-star signee from the 2018 class. Salyer's reputation has been growing since being called upon to start at right tackle in the Bulldogs' Sugar Bowl win vs. Baylor. 'Jamaree really solidified himself in showing that he's going to be more than capable of being a starter and holding his own,' Stinchcomb said. 'That's no longer in question. Now you're talking about how good he can be.' Salyer's Sugar Bowl performance is even more impressive given the change that was happening around him at the time. In addition to players leaving for the NFL, new offensive line coach Matt Luke was also stepping in for the first time in place of Pittman. Yet the Bulldogs' offensive line still got the job done. 'Those guys stepped up to the challenge,' Luke told DawgNation after the Sugar Bowl. 'We had three normal starters out and those guys went wire to wire and played every snap. I'm really proud of those guys for stepping up.' Now Salyer could be ready to take an even bigger step this season. He's spent much of the offseason showcasing a newly slimmed-down frame, and the efforts that have led to that body transformation have some saying he could be ready to emerge as a leader and a possible starter at left tackle, arguably the offensive line's most important position. 'He's going to be a great player,' Thomas who was also a high school teammate of Salyer's at Pace Academy told DawgNation in March. 'He has kept his head up and continued to fight. He's going to be the anchor along that offensive line.' If Salyer earns the nod at left tackle, that leaves a crucial position battle at right tackle between guys who've been in the program and a couple of hyped recent arrivals. Xavier Truss was a four-star prospect from the 2019 class and the former No. 1 player in the state of Rhode Island. He appeared in three games for the Bulldogs a year ago, and is thought to be solidly in the mix to possibly replace Wilson on the right side this year. A similar statement could be made for Warren McClendon another four-star 2019 signee who played in four games for UGA last season. Owen Condon who has appeared in four games over his two years at UGA could join the fight as well as two elite 2020 signees, Broderick Jones and Tate Ratledge. Stinchcomb thinks the guys who've gained some experience in the program could have the early advantage over the incoming freshmen. 'I think [experience] makes a considerable difference because they've seen the power and speed of some of these elite outside linebackers and defensive ends in the SEC mainly because they've practiced against them on a week in and week out basis,' Stinchcomb said. 'For some of these guys, just last season, but for some of the others that's two years of facing that level of competition.' Stinchcomb says he'd favor Truss slightly in the competition for now. However, Jones because he was a five-star signee will almost certainly be the subject of much curiosity among UGA fans once practice begins. 'Having seen Broderick's film coming out of high school, he's big. He's athletic. He moves really well,' Stinchcomb said. 'I can see why he was as highly-regarded as he is. But you have to lean on the fact that these aren't scrubs we are talking about Truss, Condon, McClendon. They came in highly-touted in their own regard. 'He's not walking into an empty space. There's not this gaping void where there's no talent in-house. 'I think if I were to make a projection, it's one of your veterans that gets the starting nod. But you could see Broderick Jones get reps throughout the season in a rotational basis probably at the beginning of the season, and then who knows what happens by the end of the year. I think he's a special talent, but I think there's a lot of talent in that room.' No matter who ultimately wins the competition at right tackle, Stinchcomb believes UGA will be in good hands. 'It's not going to be a position of weakness,' Stinchcomb said. 'It's not like you're going to have to hide the right tackle spot.' Stinchcomb's assessment, if it turns out to be true, would be good news for UGA. The Bulldogs almost certainly feel confident in the offensive line's two returning starters center Trey Hill and right guard Ben Cleveland. If Thomas and Wilson can be replaced with quality starters at the tackle spots, the offensive line should once again be one of UGA's strengths. The post Former All-American expects UGA offensive line to remain a strength despite departures appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Tralee Hale never knew she had quite this many Dawgs in her corner. Until now. Her introduction to the Georgia fan base was quick and memorable during the last recruiting cycle. Hale, a flight attendant, is the mother of 5-star cornerback prospect Kelee Ringo. She kept visiting Athens from Arizona with her son all last year. Ringo was rated as the nation's No. 1 cornerback prospect for the 2020 cycle. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder was 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed more than 205 pounds. There was a 'Junior Day' visit. Then for G-Day. Then for the annual Georgia scavenger hunt recruit weekend in May. Those were just the trips that popped up over social media. He also had an official visit in early January. The Bulldogs were battling Texas and Oregon primarily for his commitment and eventual signature on a letter-of-intent. Ringo had sprinter's speed in the 100 meters. He was capable of clocking 10.40 seconds and below in the 100. But his mother also kept showing up on his viral recruiting visits. There was that timeless photo when she draped the pet python of a Georgia staffer around her neck. Her son, the chiseled and hyper-athletic 5-star would have nothing to do with that serpent. That photo opp with Georgia staffer Bryan Gantt's pet 'Sunshine' eventually led to the creation of a new NCAA rule for recruits. Of all things. Her son did eventually sign with Georgia . He committed to the Bulldogs back in January on a live announcement from the All-American Bowl out in Texas. Hale was planning to move to Georgia to be closer to her son and follow his career from not just the same time zone, but the same state as well. Life, as we all know, sometimes can bust up even the best-laid plans. Hale was diagnosed in June with an aggressive form of breast cancer. When she learned that, she went through the expected range of emotions. She eventually was faced with the reality that she was going to need some help. A lot of help. It necessitated that a GoFundme page was set up to help her raise the funds necessary to pay for those treatments and also deal with the loss of income necessary while she was set to go through all the chemotherapy. Her situation is described on that page. 'In June of this year, Tralee Hale was diagnosed with Triple Negative Ductal Carcinoma breast cancer. This is an aggressive form of cancer, and fewer treatment options are available. Tralee is being treated at Cancer Treatment Centers of America here in Arizona where she will undergo 16 rounds of chemotherapy. Before this diagnosis, Tralee has been on leave from her job as a flight attendant for American Airlines due to a work-related injury. She has had one surgery to correct a knee issue and multiple others for her knee and back are required. Shortly before this diagnosis, Tralee sent her son, Kelee, off to live his dream playing football for the Georgia Bulldogs. She has always been his biggest cheerleader but now she needs our help! Please consider donating to help Tralee with her loss of income and additional expenses not covered by insurance.' Kimberly Cochran, her cousin, set up the page and organized the online effort. As of late Thursday evening, she had 490 donations to help her in that fight. While an original goal of $25,000 was quickly established, it became clear that the support was going to provide more help in her fight than she ever imagined. Those 490 pledges have been good for a total of $26,015 so far. The quick math on that is an average of $53 per pledge. Hale was so moved that she took to her Twitter account to try to begin to share her gratitude. 'I wanted to come on and say thank you,' Hale says in the embedded video below. 'I have been brought to tears these last two days over the amount of support and messages and encouragement that I have been receiving. I am so thankful and blessed to be a part of the UGA family and a part of DawgNation.' 'I'm so thankful for everyone showing their love and support. We have a fight in front of us but I am definitely going to get through it with your help. Thank you and I look forward to seeing ya'll between the hedges.' Thank you for ALL the love and support! I feel so blessed to be a part of Dawg Nation and the UGA family! GoDawgs! pic.twitter.com/EJfvvUdTwr Tralee Hale (@HaleTralee) July 3, 2020 How Team Tralee has helped out in a big way Hale and her funding drive known as 'Team Tralee' quickly picked up $16,000 toward that original $25,000 in less than a day. When it started to get tweeted around on social media and on a few sites which cover the Bulldogs, the cause really started to gain some real momentum. Take a look at how that support quickly came to be: 8:15 AM on June 30: $1,300 approximately. The page was established early on June 30. 12:00 PM on June 30: $6,800 in less than five hours 2:45 PM on June 30:The total here is now $10,200. That's $9,000 in pledges in less than seven hours from early on June 30. 10:20 update on June 30:That total now rests at $17,595. 9:35 AM on July 1:Support for 'Team Tralee' reaches $19,480. The fund-raising effort is approximately 30 hours old. 4:30 PM on July 1:The tally moves to $21,895 with 441 donors. Thepledge goal now shows an increase to $40,000. As it started to really pick up steam, Ringo even shared a word of appreciation on his Twitter account. I really appreciate the love and prayers for my mom, She's a fighter. Kelee Ringo (@KeleeRingo) June 30, 2020 Hale replied to a tweet from Radi Nabulsi of UGAsports.com. The Rivals UGA site was one of many UGA online properties and message boards to post the news of her fight and that GoFundme.com page to help out. Thank you so very much for posting and for your support! I'm going to beat this! Next.. All I want is to get there and watch football with y'all!! GoDawgs! Tralee Hale (@HaleTralee) June 30, 2020 It wasn't just those who are charged with covering the Georgia football team, but a grassroots effort of the rank-and-file members of the Georgia fan base. Thank you soooooooo very much! I'm so blessed to be a part of the Dawg Family! I'm soooo thankful for all of the encouragement and support! Your thoughts and prayers mean so much! I will beat this! Tralee Hale (@HaleTralee) July 1, 2020 Calling all Dawgs! Let's show @KeleeRingo and his family what Dawgnation is capable of. Please share this and contribute if at all possible! #GODAWGS Join TEAM TRALEE in her fight against cancer! https://t.co/AMrixJaZ6V Jamey Goodman (@JameyGoodman) June 30, 2020 While quickly scanning through the donor lists and the comments, there's an overwhelming number of pledges from Georgia fans or those simply stating that DawgNation and the UGA fanbase has her back. 'I am soooooo very thankful to have so much support from UGA fans,' she told DawgNation on Wednesday. The special bond she has with her son is clear in Ringo's tweet from back on Mother's Day. Happy Mother's day to my best friend @HaleTralee pic.twitter.com/ZyeHOjDMwX Kelee Ringo (@KeleeRingo) May 10, 2020 It doesn't matter which colors one might rep. The movement taking place here is an awesome gesture of humanity. Especially during times where a lot of families are going through their own hardships of some sort. Those donations have already led to an upgrade in her initial hopes for her patient care. 'I quite literally need to thank them for coming together for me because I am going to be able to be seen by the Cancer Treatment Centers of American because of their support,' Hale said. To support 'Team Tralee' in her fight, please visit her Gofundme page. The post Tralee Hale: The mother of freshman CB Kelee Ringo finds out she's not alone in her cancer fight appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 1,229 (July 2, 2020) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about what ESPN's Rece Davis said about his optimism that college football will be played this fall. Georgia football podcast: ESPN personality provides some much-needed optimism about upcoming season Beginning of the show: Questions persist about what college football will look like this fall including whether or not the games will take place as the country contends with the coronavirus. There's been no shortage of dire projections from many national media members in recent days in the wake of some positive tests that have emerged from teams participating in voluntary workouts. With all that in mind, I'll share a message on today's show from ESPN's Rece Davis in which Davis shares optimism about the upcoming season. Five-minute mark: I discuss five-star quarterback and Georgia commit Brock Vandagriff's performance at the Elite 11 camp. 10-minute mark: I discuss an ESPN writer's take that Florida is UGA's most important game for the upcoming season. 15-minute mark: CBS Sports' Barrett Sallee joins the show. Some of the topics covered include The comparison between UGA and Florida in the race to win the SEC East The Bulldogs' potential quarterback competition between Jamie Newman and JT Daniels The outlook for Alabama And thoughts on how the coronavirus could impact the upcoming season 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including the commonly misunderstood story of Mississippi State cancelling its alumni tailgate. 35-minute mark: I discuss some UGA recruiting storylines including four-star linebacker Dallas Turner's decision to choose the Crimson Tide over the Bulldogs and a message from five-star linebacker Smael Mondon teasing a possible announcement coming soon. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. DawgNation Daily Episode 1229: ESPN personality provides some much-needed optimism about upcoming season The post Georgia football podcast: ESPN personality provides some much-need optimism about upcoming season appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Tony Grimes, the 5-star Virginia CB, chose North Carolina earlier this week. Elite pass rusher Dallas Turner opted to roll with the Tide the very next day. It proved to be a swift one-two punch of 'what just happened here' with Georgia recruiting. If we're being honest, the Georgia football program hasn't seen many single days like that under Kirby Smart. But back-to-back days where the 'Power G' logo was the hat on the table which didn't get picked up was especially telling. The COVID-19 health scare which halted all on and off-campus recruiting played a factor in why those All-American recruits did not choose Georgia, but also in the timing of those announcements. They saw no need to wait and the chance to take a validation visit or two were not going to take place until at least September 1, if not later than that. We discussed those matters on this week's 'Before the Hedges' but also brought up three reasons why Georgia's recruiting has also been aided by that shutdown, too. It is not like Georgia is the only school that hasn't been able to build the necessary momentum in the pandemic for a few elite targets on the recruiting trail. There has been a lot of 'if only we could get that guy on campus' taking place with a record number of commitments to NCAA Division I schools through the end of June during the coronavirus health scare. Auburn, Penn State and South Carolina were saying the same things about Georgia offensive line verbal pledge Dylan Fairchild That is just the most recent example present with the last commitment who chose Georgia. Did you know the weekly DawgNation.com 'Before the Hedges' program is now available as an Apple podcast? Click to check it out and download it. Before the Hedges on DawgNation: This week's teaser trailer The focus of the open to this week's weekly show was to highlight three ways in which the shutdown also aided the Bulldogs on the recruiting trail for the 2021 and 2022 classes. Among the examples discussed: 5-star OT Amarius Mims was set to take a least a few unofficial or official visits to power programs like LSU and Oklahoma this spring. He's also been able to get back to Tuscaloosa. That program still looms large for the Bulldogs to have to overcome with his eventual decision. Mims remains uncommitted. 5-star ILB Smael Mondon Jr. had hoped to take a spring unofficial visit to Oklahoma this spring, too. Not to mention there was the plan to see major contenders like Auburn and Tennessee this spring, too. It seems like DawgNation is already doing a lot of nail-chewing in regard to Mondon and his eventual decision as it is. Mondon has yet to make his public decision. The Bulldogs weren't able to make the necessary gains with those repeated interactions with Grimes and Turner, but the same can also be said for other rival schools in the chase for Mims and Mondon, too. Georgia has seen five of its nine commitments make that move to commit to the G during the pandemic. We can point to feedback that at least four of them decided they didn't need to wait any longer to see if there were any other schools out there that impressed them as much as the chance to play for the Bulldogs. 4-star Philadelphia OLB Elijah Jeudy was one of those commitments who was hoping to be able to take one more trip to check out Texas A&M before deciding but ultimately decided there was no need to wait with the restoration of visits nowhere in sight. In-state RB native Lovasea' Carroll even shared on Twitter than he was thinking long and hard about a flip to the Gators and the chance to a faster path to major SEC carries, but ultimately decided that three to four years at Georgia would serve his career better in the long run. It was beneficial to consider that he had to weight that decision out from his home and not from the football building and locker room while on a visit to the University of Florida. The terrific recruiting that Georgia has been able to do during the pandemic with a rich crop of 2022 prospects in the state of Georgia. We also introduced a pair of new names to the weekly 'Top Targets' lineup for the 2021 class. That feature also included a brand new prospect in the No. 1 slot. Check out the latest episode of 'Before the Hedges' embedded below. It airs live at 6 p.m. each Wednesday on the DawgNation Facebook and YouTube channels , respectively. SENTELL'S INTEL (the recent reads on DawgNation.com) CJ Washington: The electric 2022 LB prospect drops UGA into his top 3 Elite pass rush target Dallas Turner has made his college decision Where does Georgia turn now at CB after Tony Grimes in the 2021 recruiting class? Class of 2022 ATH Malaki Starks could be a future class anchor at UGA 6-foot-7 sophomore OT Payton Kirkland shares why UGA is his dream school Andrew Thomas says to expect a lot of pancakes from Jamaree Salyer in 2020 Xavier Worthy: Can the speed demon WR be the next link in the California-UGA pipeline? Checking in on the four biggest Georgia football recruiting storylines at this time Why Malcolm 'The Jet' Johnson Jr. and his 10.38 speed is giving UGA a good look Georgia RB commit Lovasea' Carroll shuts down all talk of a Florida flip 5-star ATH James Williams changes things up a bit with his new top 2 HEDGES: Who's the best QB on the board in the class of 2022? MJ Morris: New Georgia coordinator Todd Monken has made him a priority WATCH: Georgia commit Chaz Chambliss shows he has a bright future at OLB The post HEDGES: 3 ways the lack of campus visits have also helped Georgia football recruiting appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry takes a look at the recent top 3 dropped by Cedartown Class of 2022 linebacker prospect CJ Washington. CJ Washington has logged many a workout with Georgia all-time great RB Nick Chubb. When he does, there's not a lot of time spent shifting the plates around and back and forth. He's a rising high school junior at Cedartown High School. That's where Chubb starred and where Washington racked up 18 sacks last year as a sophomore. When you watch him work, there's no question he has a level of athleticism and physicality that will stand out on any field. Does anyone need to hear any more about what type of college football player he could out turn out to be? The 4-star ATH is likely seen as a linebacker on Saturdays. Washington played tailback and defensive end and linebacker and looked like a walking muscle on a hoverboard in whatever role he was excelling at on the field. Washington released his top schools on Wednesday night. It was something akin to what Chubb might have done. In a time where everyone fancies it appropriate to release top 8s and top 10s when they are less than six months away from signing day, he went about his process a different way. The 6-foot-2, 223-pound junior released a top 3. It was: Georgia LSU Tennessee Simple. Direct. Impressive. That's basically Washington in a nutshell. He's the type of player where hyperbole is not necessary, but his first Dawgnation profile story did bring to mind the name Nolan Smith and a reference to Fred G. Sanford. it's coming fosho @Mansell247 @ChadSimmons_ @247Sports pic.twitter.com/tOUzpnbXxh Cedric Washington (@cedric_washing4) July 1, 2020 The scouting report on CJ Washington Washington bench presses 340 pounds, will do some rep maxes with 295 for power cleans, and is already squatting 515-plus pounds. His power clean max is at 330 pounds. ( NEWS FLASH: This was where a high school sophomore was about three or four months ago in the weight room) When recruiting analysts size him up, it is a fitting comparison to liken him to former No. 1 overall recruit Nolan Smith. He's got that kind of explosion coming off the edge. He currently rates as the nation's No. 9 ATH and No. 88 overall prospect for the 2022 cycle for his standalone 247Sport rating. TBT Tuesday (Rockmart v Cedartown) 4 '22 Cedartown DE CJ Washington @cedric_washing4 pic.twitter.com/fO7kbcZCrW NwGa Football (@NwGaFootball) December 10, 2019 When he competed at the Georgia Elite Classic last December at McEachern High School, he was one of the truly great players in the sophomore game. He racked up the hurries, tackles and tackles for losses. Consider a sampling of the following quotes from his head coach at that game. Chris Hirschfield is the offensive coordinator at Walton High in Marietta. Hirschfield has experienced the great fortune and career timing to coach a pair of NFL players in Kerryon Johnson and Jordan Matthews in his lottery winner of a career so far. He also coached Georgia sophomore WR Dominick Blaylock at Walton, too. He's also been on the staff for teams that also lined up a few more high-level ACC and SEC players, too. Washington played at H-Back, defensive end and outside linebacker for the winning team in that showcase. 'When we had him out wide at d-end, we stood him up and put him an extra yard out wide basically as an outside backer,' Hirschfield said. 'Basically nobody could block him coming off a speed rush.' His roster didn't have any H-Back or fullback types on the other side of the ball. 'He obviously fit the part there, too,' he said. 'We taught him four plays literally. Power. Counter. Literally four or five plays in practice. I've never seen anybody collision and hit the way that kid does. His explosiveness might be the best I have ever seen.' 'Absolutely explosive. Full speed and does not shy away from contact and he's so powerful. He doesn't just hit. He drives people backward.' They gave him maybe four or five reps in practice at those positions. Those reps had to come after the defensive period.Washington had it from that point on. Hirschfield even handed him the ball a few times in the game, too. 'He's special,' he said. 'I didn't even teach him the name of all the plays I would just tell him Right Strong' or Left Strong' as far as his alignment and I gave him three words. Counter. Down call which is our power. He'd kick out the play-side defensive end. Or Insert. He then knew to insert there and get that middle backer. He was really really good at it.' That was his part-time job. His main duty was flying off the edge. 'He couldn't be blocked,' Hirschfield said. 'He's special. Absolutely special.' That goes for on and off the field. 'Great kid, too,' he said. 'I talked to him outside of practice and the game. Polite. Spoke to him at the bowling alley event. Extremely humble. Very well-spoken young man. Very gracious. Just a very very nice kid.' Check out a few clips of Cedartown sophomore OLB CJ Washington in action tonight at the @GAEliteClassic at McEachern. @cedric_washing4 played on both sides of the ball in a night fit for a Gore-Tex photo shoot. pic.twitter.com/HXtNKu1l0i Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) December 23, 2019 Matthews was a receiver. So was Blaylock. Johnson was one of the best running backs in college football at Auburn back in 2017. 'Those were all offensive playmakers and we are talking about a defensive playmaker here,' Hirschfield said. 'But he's just so versatile. So much athleticism. He's got wide shoulders. His frame. He's long. He is going to carry weight and he has no fat on him.' 'He's definitely going to be a defensive player in college.' Washington showed physicality as an H-Back at that event. It was enough to convince Hirschfield that he could be an inside linebacker in college, too. 'The way he closes space down as a blocker I see that and think about a middle linebacker and filling a gap so quickly the other way around,' he said. 'I do think he can be that type of impact player there, too.' Washington could be pretty impressive at either LB spot at that next level. Especially as an ILB in a 3-4 front. 'Where ever you want to play me,' he said last September. 'I'll get it done.' CJ Washington on the potential fit at Georgia Washington was able to visit Georgia earlier this year. Dell McGee has been his primary recruiter up to this point. He had some unique feedback on the trip and shared that with DawgNation earlier this year. 'They were telling me how they look at me as not even a one-spot player,' he said. 'They see me playing all around for them.' 'They see I can do middle, outside linebacker and possibly play running back. They were also talking about the school and once they got into the school stuff I really started listening.' 'The way they were describing it is everyone learns differently. Basically. They were telling us that all players learn differently. Once you get there and open up to Georgia, you go to the academic counselors and you tell them how you learn things and study. Then they help identify the way you learn and show you the way you learn and the best way they are going to be able to help you from an academic support standpoint.' He did say that Georgia felt like home, but I get the sense he'd like to check out what those other great programs have to offer as well. That will have to take place when college visits open back up. He still has time to wait that out as a member of the class of 2022. LSU and Tennessee were both recent offers. Georgia and Tennessee have been hitting him up and recruiting him consistently during the pandemic shutdown of all on-campus visits. It will be interesting to see where this recruitment goes. There are elements to his game that will also bring to mind former LSU great and current NFL vet Kwon Alexander, too. Especially for a pair of eyes who have now seen both players up close in high school. Thankful to receive an offer from LSU TIGERS!! @CoachOsborneLSU @Mansell247 @ChadSimmons_ @LSUfootball @Coach_EdOrgeron #GoTigers pic.twitter.com/BSnzlOtuDr Cedric Washington (@cedric_washing4) June 10, 2020 Washington has all the potential in the world to be one of the special players in the nation for the 2022 class. While he doesn't have elite size or length for an OLB, his athleticism, explosion and strength will stand out as uncommon among his peers. Those traits are nice, but his mindset and work ethic are what will really set him apart. He has a mentality to just put his head down and go to work. There's not a sense of entitlement to his personality and approach to being a great football player in every facet of his game. 'God first, school after and then family,' he told DawgNation last year. 'The reason I said school right after God is that I know I am blessed with this talent. But without my grades what am I? I'm just thankful for this life I have.' Did you know the weekly DawgNation.com 'Before the Hedges' program is now available as an Apple podcast? Click to check it out and download. SENTELL'S INTEL (the recent reads on DawgNation.com) Elite pass rush target Dallas Turner has made his college decision Where does Georgia turn now at CB after Tony Grimes in the 2021 recruiting class? Class of 2022 ATH Malaki Starks could be a future class anchor at UGA 6-foot-7 sophomore OT Payton Kirkland shares why UGA is his dream school Andrew Thomas says to expect a lot of pancakes from Jamaree Salyer in 2020 Xavier Worthy: Can the speed demon WR be the next link in the California-UGA pipeline? Checking in on the four biggest Georgia football recruiting storylines at this time Why Malcolm 'The Jet' Johnson Jr. and his 10.38 speed is giving UGA a good look Georgia RB commit Lovasea' Carroll shuts down all talk of a Florida flip 5-star ATH James Williams changes things up a bit with his new top 2 HEDGES: Who's the best QB on the board in the class of 2022? MJ Morris: New Georgia coordinator Todd Monken has made him a priority WATCH: Georgia commit Chaz Chambliss shows he has a bright future at OLB The post CJ Washington: Electric 2022 LB prospect places Georgia in his top 3 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Matt Luke is more than a replacement for Sam Pittman at Georgia, as Kirby Smart likely picked up on quickly. Smart has respected Luke from the onset, able to look him in the eye as an equal as they were both former SEC players who went on to earn business degrees and coach at their alma maters. Luke and Smart lettered at their respective schools from 1995-1998, and they were actually on the same field together. RELATED: Matt Luke brings high energy to shuffled Georgia O-Line In 1995, Ole Miss beat Georgia 18-10 in Oxford, and again in 1996 in Athens, 31-27. Georgia got payback in 1997 and 1998, winning in Oxford (21-14 in 1997) and again in (Athens 24-17). More recently at a UGA baseball game last spring, Smart and Luke were spotted spending time together. No doubt, they've built a friendship and level of trust that will ease the transition to new offensive coordinator Todd Monken. There aren't any signs Smart and Monken wouldn't or don't get along. After all, Smart hand-picked Monken for the job. RELATED: A closer look at new Georgia OC Todd Monken But it's no secret defensive-minded coaches like Smart don't always mix well with so-called offensive gurus like Monken, or for that matter, the departed Jim Chaney. Luke provides the perfect buffer in his role as associate head coach in addition to his offensive line coaching duties. Smart may not feel as inclined to make as many trips down the hallway to the offensive meeting room this season as he did with first-year coordinator James Coley last year. Luke's experience as a head coach provides him with an understanding of knowing what Smart wants and needs as a head coach. Luke was the head coach at Ole Miss for three seasons before being fired on Dec. 1 in the wake of a 4-8 record and 15-21 mark over the past three campaigns. Less than 48 hours after Sam Pittman was announced as Arkansas' new head coach on Dec. 8, Smart worked through agent Jimmy Sexton to hire Luke. Neal McCready, publisher for RebelGrove.com, the Ole Miss Rivals website, said UGA is getting a coach that fits well on Smart's staff. 'At the end of the day Matt Luke is a blue-collar, former walk-on offensive lineman who played for Tommy Tuberville and David Cutcliffe in an offense built around Deuce McAllister and Joe Gunn,' McCready said. 'Even when he had Eli Manning, Cutcliffe was about establish the run. (Luke) is blue-collar coach who is going to try to out-work everyone.' That was quickly apparent at the Sugar Bowl, where Luke's enthusiasm was on display from the jump, as he hurried around and pumped up the Bulldogs as they prepped for a record-setting Baylor pass rush. Georgia, notably, was without three starting offensive linemen with Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson electing to skip the bowl game, and Ben Cleveland academically ineligible per a 247Sports report. The Bulldogs held the Baylor defense in check, though two sacks were given up by since-departed offensive lineman Cade Mays, who was attempting to play left tackle. McCready says Luke's Ole Miss offensive line exhibited great continuity when he was serving as a position coach under Cutcliffe (from 2002-05 at Ole Miss, 2006-07 at Tennessee, 2008-11 at Duke), and then back at Ole Miss under Hugh Freeze (2012-16). 'He was always able to develop very cohesive units,' McCready said. 'The guys who played for Matt love him, trust him, believe in him, and think he's fair and genuine. 'He's exactly who he comes off to be. A salt of the earth guy in that field, he's a rarity.' If @CoachMattLuke is the next oline coach at @GeorgiaFootball they will be in good hands. He recruited me when he was at duke and was my favorite coach that I got to spend time with. Really pushing for this one! David Andrews (@dandrews61) December 10, 2019 DawgNation Matt Luke stories 5 questions about Matt Luke with Ole Miss beat writer How Georgia O-Line prospects feel about Matt Luke Why Matt Luke must make good impression on recruiting trail What Georgia is getting in new O-Line hire Matt Luke The post Why Georgia associate head coach Matt Luke a rarity,' per Ole Miss insider 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. Recent misses highlight importance of visits for Georgia football national recruiting Two of Georgia's top targets in the 2021 recruiting cycle announced their commitment plans this week. Both prospects come from out of state and both are among the top players at their respective positions. Tony Grimes, a 5-star cornerback ended up picking North Carolina. Dallas Turner, an edge rusher from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who doubles as the No. 42 overall prospect in the country picked Alabama. Georgia had been in the running for both prospects but ended up coming short in both of those recruitments. Under normal circumstances, Grimes and Turner would probably both still be uncommitted prospects. Each player ended up moving up their commitment timeline from when they originally planned to announce. BREAKING: Tony Grimes, the No. 1 CB in the class of 2021 commits to @TarHeelFootball @CoachMackBrown and the Tar Heels have a top 5 class in 2021 @757EliteDB | @247recruiting | @InsideCarolina pic.twitter.com/DHPIT9DSPn CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) June 30, 2020 ROLL TIDE ! pic.twitter.com/cwYjtE8e2V Dallas Turner (@UnoErra) July 1, 2020 This is due in some part to the fact that players still are not able to take visits, as the NCAA's dead period has extended all the way to Aug. 31. This means no camps, face-to-face interactions and most importantly, visits to the campus and interactions with the coaching staff. Grimes had multiple visits planned to Georgia over the spring and summer months. Those ended up not happening. And now with Grimes enrolling early for the 2020 season at North Carolina, the chances of Georgia flipping him are about the same as a vaccine for COVID-19 being developed by the Fourth of July. Related: Georgia football: Checking the 2021 recruiting options at CB after the Tony Grimes decision Turner isn't enrolling that early and he still may be able to take visits depending on what the NCAA allows. Predicting that is murky at best though, given that should be the stance on predicting when the NCAA decides to act on anything, such as the waiver application from Georgia quarterback JT Daniels. Georgia has had a propensity to pull off late flips of seemingly strong commitments before. From George Pickens to Jermaine Burton in the last two cycles and even the likes of Monty Rice from the 2017 class. Those are all out of state prospects who were committed to other big-time programs that Georgia ended up landing. Of course none of those likely happen if Burton, Pickens and Rice hadn't been allowed to visit the Georgia program. It's not just limited to visiting for game weekends either. More often than not, Georgia's biggest visits happen when there isn't a game being played in Sanford Stadium on a fall Saturday. Think back to 2019 G-Day. Future Bulldogs like Kelee Ringo, Mekhail Sherman and Kendall Milton all ended up visiting for that event. Then Milton took his all-important official visit to the program in June. Georgia's scavenger hunt at the end of July has been a big hit in recent cycles as well for the program. COVID-19 wiped all those visit opportunities for Georgia out. Obviously it affected other programs as well, given Georgia isn't the only dealing with these recruiting restrictions. But the lack of visits, especially from out of state prospects, might hurt the Bulldogs more than most given the way Georgia goes about building its recruiting classes. In each of the previous two cycles, Georgia has leaned more and more on out of state prospects to make up their highly rated classes. Georgia signed only eight players from the state of Georgia in each of the past two cycles, compared to the 17 out of state prospects the Bulldogs landed. When relying more on out of state prospects, these visits to campus become all the more paramount. With players having to travel such great lengths, on their own dime when it's an unofficial visit, it gives school fewer chances to impress. The Bulldogs pretty clearly make the most of those chances, as they've signed the No. 2 and No. 1 classes in the last two recruiting cycles. The other point worth mentioning with Georgia is that more so than some other major recruiting programs Clemson and Ohio State in particular earns a lot more commitments late in the cycle than early. While Clemson and Ohio State more often than not prefer to have their recruiting classes largely wrapped up prior to the start of the football season, the Bulldogs have shown they're willing to play the long game. They want to see how prospects develop over their senior seasons. In the last cycle alone Georgia earned 10 commitments/signees after losing to LSU in the SEC championship game. It often makes for a very exciting early signing period. But given the new world we're living in, the Buckeyes and Tigers, who have the No. 1 and No. 2 recruiting classes in the 2021 recruiting cycle, are at an advantage because they more often do their work early. Georgia is now in limbo waiting for the NCAA to give them the all-clear to charge once again. Kirby Smart has long been prepared for this. He knew recruits were going to move up their timelines, as Grimes and Turner did. He knew prospects were going to grow weary of the current recruiting process. And because Georgia has Smart at the helm, it will be fine. The Bulldogs have always been an elite recruiting program and will likely remain so under Smart. The Bulldogs have done well in-state for 2021, having commitments from six of the top 18 players and being well-positioned for many more. Just because Georgia hasn't landed as many in-state prospects doesn't mean Smart forgot how to recruit the home state. The Bulldogs are also still making inroads nationally. Georgia is still in the mix for the likes of 5-star safety James Williams, 5-star defensive end Korey Foreman, 4-star tight end Brock Bowers and 4-star wide receiver Malcolm Johnson. All of those talents come from outside of Georgia. Visits will eventually start flowing once again. Georgia will likely continue to impress those who travel from all corners of the country to visit the football program. Even some of those currently committed elsewhere. But it's safe to say at this point in the cycle that inability to host visitors has hurt Georgia in its recruiting efforts. And we won't know the full extent of the damage for years given the long-game that is recruiting. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football podcast: UGA seemingly embracing personal branding with recruiting pitches ESPN claims Florida, not Alabama, is Georgia's most important game in 2020 WATCH: 5-star QB commit Brock Vandagriff has his pro day at the Elite 11 WATCH: Georgia basketball transfers share surprising stories that led them to Athens UGA pitcher Cole Wilcox hits jackpot with record-breaking $3.3 million bonus Malaki Starks: The 2022 prospect who could be a future class anchor at UGA Position Plus/Minus: A detailed look at Georgia football wide receivers in 2020 Payton Kirkland: 6-foot-7 sophomore OT gushes about dream school' UGA offer Dawgs on Twitter Thank you to the whole @Elite11 staff for a great couple of days. It's much bigger than ball; it truly is a brotherhood. Much respect to all that were in attendance. #GoDawgs #NYP pic.twitter.com/IkpbZNWN4I brock (@BrockVandagriff) July 2, 2020 pic.twitter.com/bCSTAttcPX Xavian Sorey Jr (@Sorey_Jr) July 1, 2020 This former 5 OG prospect @jamareesalyer69 from @PaceKnights Getting ready for a huge breakout season for @KirbySmartUGA 'Doing more than whats required' @DASHGwinnett @CoachKev79 pic.twitter.com/ON20Kvxsn8 Kynan Forney (@KForney65) July 1, 2020 https://t.co/sX40RZVGcZ Kendall Milton (@therealkmilt) June 30, 2020 Good Dawg of the Day Here's a friendly boy who says hi back to anyone who passes by his yard. 14/10 would definitely pet pic.twitter.com/Wr0tgnpzlQ WeRateDogs (@dog_rates) June 30, 2020 The post Recent misses highlight importance of visits for Georgia football national recruiting efforts appeared first on DawgNation.
  • One of UGA's biggest fans warned that the college football season is at risk if more people don't start wearing masks. That fan is Brian Kemp, governor for the state of Georgia. 'If people, especially our young people, don't start wearing a mask when they're going out in public and our numbers keep rising, that's going to be a tall task,' Kemp said of the prospect of a college football season, per Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 'But if we all hunker down right now, and dig in the next two or three weeks, we can get this turned in the right direction.' The Bulldogs are approaching this season as if they will play a regular schedule, but it's still up in the air on how exactly things will go down at the start of the season. Within the last couple of weeks, Clemson had 37 football players test positive for COVID-19, while LSU has at least 40 in quarantine. On Wednesday, South Carolina's governor declared that there may be no college or high school football in that state if the citizens don't start taking the safety precautions more seriously. The post Gov. Kemp says people need to hunker down' and wear masks appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 1,228 (July 1, 2020) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about how UGA is seemingly embracing the push to allow players to profit off their names, image and likenesses with its recruiting pitches. Georgia football podcast: UGA seemingly embracing personal branding with recruiting pitches Beginning of the show: A fast-moving trend in college football is the push to allow players to profit off their name, image and likeness in the form of endorsement details. It remains to be seen how these policies will change the shape of the sport, but Georgia seemingly isn't wasting any time in reminding recruits that if there's money to be made off personal brands the prestige of playing for UGA could provide them a valuable boost. 10-minute mark: I react to five-star cornerback Tony Grimes' decision to commit to North Carolina. 15-minute mark: DawgNation recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show. Some of the topics covered include Reaction to Grimes' decision A preview of four-star linebacker Dallas Turner's commitment decision The latest on five-star linebacker Smael Mondon Thoughts on concerns expressed from some UGA fans about the current state of the 2021 class An update on five-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff's performance at the Elite 11 quarterback camp 40-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including Arkansas coach Sam Pittman's retort to members of the sports media who think the season will be cancelled due to the coronavirus. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. DawgNation Daily Episode 1228: UGA seemingly embracing personal branding with recruiting pitches The post Georgia football podcast: UGA seemingly embracing personal branding with recruiting pitches appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Sept. 19 contest against Alabama has long been circled by Georgia. It will be the Bulldogs first time back in Tuscaloosa, Ala., since 2007. It will be Kirby Smart's first trip there after serving as Nick Saban's long-time defensive coordinator. It will also be the first time Saban and Smart meet during the regular season and away from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The first two times these two teams played with Smart as Georgia's head coach, Alabama came up victorious in ways that can only be described as painful for those who root for Georgia. Given no former Saban assistant has ever beaten him while at Alabama, the game is a chance for Smart and his team to make a real statement. That they are just as good as one of the clearly elite teams in college football. It's an opportunity for Smart to show that the program he's built is equal or perhaps superior to the one that Saban has put together. But for all that is at stake in the Sept. 19 contest, ESPN does not see it as Georgia's most important game in 2020. That distinction, in the eyes of ESPN's Alex Scarborough, belongs to the Oct. 31 game against the Florida Gators. 'The Gators have been building since coach Dan Mullen's arrival, and the emergence of quarterback Kyle Trask gives them a real chance of contending in the East,' Scarborough wrote. 'If Georgia doesn't want to let the division flip this season and possibly in the long term, then extending the win streak to four games is a must.' Georgia has beaten Florida in each of the past three seasons, with Mullen being the head coach of the Gators for two of them. Florida was ranked in the top-10 in each of the last two contests and yet the Bulldogs were still able to come away with a victory. Smart's teams, dating back to his time at Alabama, have long flummoxed Mullen's, as Mullen is 1-11 all-time against teams with Smart on staff, including an 0-3 record when both are head coaches. Florida and Georgia both figure to be ranked in the top-10 when the season begins and Florida does have the benefit of bringing back quarterback Kyle Trask. Georgia conversely will be breaking in a whole new offense with new offensive coordinator Todd Monken. Georgia will also likely have a new starting quarterback, with it looking like Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman being the front-runner for the job. Related: Position Plus/Minus: A detailed look at the Georgia football quarterback position in 2020 While the Gators obviously have an edge on what they bring back on offense, Georgia figures to have the edge on defense. The Bulldogs bring back eight starters from a defense that in 2019 ranked first in the country in both scoring defense and rushing defense. The Bulldogs also seem set to get bigger contributions from sophomores such as Travon Walker, Nakobe Dean and Nolan Smith. Georgia, as has just about every team, been hurt by the loss of spring practice and it will be interesting to see how the offense looks early on in the season. To Scarborough's point about the SEC East, the winner of the annual World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party has represented the SEC East in each of the past five seasons. The Bulldogs have done so in each of the past three years and will look to be doing so again. In the SEC championship game, the Bulldogs could get a second crack at Alabama, as it is favored to win the SEC West. In each of the past three seasons, Georgia has finished the regular season record with an 11-1 record. In the past two, the Bulldogs entered the Florida game with a blemish on the record, and still found a way to win the game and division title. With the early-season contest at Alabama, Smart and company may have to repeat that task for a third-straight season. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation WATCH: Georgia basketball transfers share surprising stories that led them to Athens Georgia football: Checking the 2021 recruiting options at CB after the Tony Grimes decision UGA pitcher Cole Wilcox hits jackpot with record-breaking $3.3 million bonus Malaki Starks: The 2022 prospect who could be a future class anchor at UGA Position Plus/Minus: A detailed look at Georgia football wide receivers in 2020 Payton Kirkland: 6-foot-7 sophomore OT gushes about dream school' UGA offer Georgia football podcast: Jermaine Johnson's message about physical condition is good news for UGA Andrew Thomas on Jamaree Salyer: You are definitely going to see some pancakes' SEC commissioner Greg Sankey: we are in a time of uncertainty' The post ESPN claims Florida, not Alabama, is Georgia's most important game in 2020 appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • There are new rules in place for the holiday weekend if you plan to rent an Airbnb. The company says guests under 25 years old with fewer than three positive reviews will not be able to book an entire home close to where they live Airbnb didn’t reveal how it defines what is “close.” Airbnb said it wants to weed out any potential problems, specifically unauthorized house parties and feels this is the best way to do so. The company says it’s a nationwide policy, but it is most relevant for a handful of cities. The company says its technologies would block that guest from booking. “No one policy is going to stop all unauthorized parties. We’re also conscious that just because you’re 25 or older doesn’t mean that every single person in that group is booking for the right reasons too,” spokesperson Ben Breit told WSB-TV. Guests under 25 with at least three positive Airbnb reviews and no negative reviews won’t be subject to the restrictions. Airbnb began stepping up efforts to ban “party houses” last November after five people were shot and killed during an unauthorized party at an Airbnb rental in Orinda, California. At the time, Airbnb set up a rapid response team to deal with complaints from neighbors and started screening “high risk” bookings, such as reservations at a large home for one night. In a message to hosts, the company said reducing unauthorized parties is even more of a priority right now as states try to avoid coronavirus outbreaks. “With public health mandates in place throughout the country, we’re taking actions to support safe and responsible travel in the United States,” the company said. The Associated Press contributed to this story.
  • Jillian Wuestenberg, 32, and Eric Wuestenberg, 42, were charged Thursday with felonious assault after pulling a gun out on a Black mother and her children when a confrontation escalated outside a Chipotle in Michigan. Each of them had a loaded firearm and concealed pistol licenses. Deputies seized the two handguns, Sheriff Mike Bouchard said. On Thursday, the couple was arraigned and were given a $50,000 personal bond.  “As part of the bond conditions, they must turn over all firearms, not engage in any assaultive behavior, and may not leave the state,” sheriff’s officials told The Detroit News. The Detroit News first reported on the three-minute video posted online that shows part of the interaction. Takelia Hill, who is Black, told the newspaper that it happened after the white woman bumped into Hill’s teenage daughter as they were entering the fast food restaurant. The video footage [WARNING: Contains graphic language] starts after that, in the parking lot. A woman since identified as Jillian Wuestenberg is heard arguing with Hill and her daughters. Wuestenberg climbs into the vehicle, rolls down the window and says, “White people aren’t racist,” and, “I care about you,” before the vehicle she was in starts to back away. Her husband, who had led his wife to the vehicle, turns to the camera and asks, “Who ... do you think you guys are?,” using an expletive. Then, as someone is standing behind the vehicle, Jillian Wuestenberg jumps out and points a handgun in the direction of a person who’s recording. She screams at people to get away from her and her vehicle. A woman shouts, “She’s got a gun on me!” and urges someone in the parking lot to call the police. Wuestenberg then lowers the gun, climbs into the passenger seat and the vehicle drives off. Cooper, the prosecutor, told The Associated Press that her office viewed the available video and looked at the facts before filing charges. “It is an unfortunate set of circumstances that tempers run high over, basically, not much of an incident,” she said of the initial alleged spark that caused the confrontation. Bouchard said people are “picking sides” and that threatening calls were made to the sheriff’s office dispatch center after the videos were posted online. “We don’t see sides. We see facts,” he said. “There’s a lot of tension in our society, a lot of tension among folks and people with each other. I would just say this, we are asking and expect our police — and rightfully so — to deescalate every situation they possibly can, and we should be doing that. But I would say that needs to happen with us individually in our own lives and situations, that we interact with each other and deescalate those moments.” The Associated Press contributed to this story.
  • The United States Geological Survey reported that a 4.9 magnitude earthquake struck this morning near Puerto Rico around 9:55 a.m. EDT. The quake was felt across the U.S. territory and is the latest in a series of tremors that began in late December and have damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes. Ángel Vázquez, who oversees the emergency management agency in Ponce, said a house collapsed in the town of Lajas. The house was empty and slated for demolition, according to Kiara Hernández, spokeswoman for Puerto Rico’s Department of Public Security. Víctor Huérfano, director of Puerto Rico’s Seismic Network, told The Associated Press that the tremor is an aftershock related to the 6.4-magnitude quake that struck in early January, killing at least one person and causing millions of dollars in damage. The Associated Press contributed to this story.
  • With The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race postponed this year, the Atlanta Police Department warned people against running or walking the course on the Fourth of July. APD noted in a tweet Friday that the course will not be closed to car traffic on Independence Day. With hashtags including #MyPersonalPeachtree and #APDCares, the police department said in the tweet that people should avoid running or walking the course on Saturday for safety reasons. >>Read MORE on AJC.com. [Summary]
  • The Washington Redskins issued a statement that they will “undergo a thorough review of the team’s name.” “This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” Majority owner Daniel Snyder said in the the statement. Snyder had previously shown no indication he would change the name since buying the team in 1999, but was quoted in the release. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that he supports “this step.” The title sponsor of the Washington Redskins’ stadium, FedEx asked the NFL team to change its name in a statement Thursday. The company paid the team $205 million in 1999 for the naming rights to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Amid the national debate over race, pressure has been mounting on the organization to abandon the name called a “dictionary-defined racial slur” by experts and advocates. Investors this week wrote to FedEx, PepsiCo and other sponsors asking them to request a change. FedEx is believed to be the first to take action. Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store Thursday evening according to The Associated Press. The other 31 NFL teams were listed and a search for “Redskins” came up with no results. The team last week removed the name of racist founder George Preston Marshall from its Ring of Fame at FedEx Field, and a monument to him was removed from the site of the old RFK Stadium. Washington, D.C., mayor Muriel Bowser also said the name was an “obstacle” to the team returning to the District. The team’s lease at FedEx Field expires in 2027, and it is still talking to Washington, Virginia and Maryland about building a new stadium. The Associated Press contributed to this story.
  • Two people are dead after a shooting Friday morning near North Carolina A&T State University. The shooting happened just before 6:30 a.m. near North Dudley and and Salem streets in Greensboro. The victims, 34-year-old Rodney Letroy Stout and 34-year-old Bakeea Abdulla Douglas both died of their injuries, according WGHP. Police said they are now investigating the case as a homicide. The university sent out an Aggie Alert at 7:15 a.m., encouraging students and staff to “stay behind closed and locked doors until further notice.” University officials said the shooting involves a “male suspect wearing a white t-shirt with black pants and a black mask traveling in an unknown direction.” No arrests have been made.