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    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. 1,074 (Nov. 15, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about what a FOX Sports analyst said about Georgia as the No. 4 team in the College Football Playoff rankings. Georgia football podcast: FOX analyst rips UGA for No. 4 ranking Beginning of the show: Georgia doesn't belong at No. 4 of the College Football Playoff ranking according to FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt. I'll explain on today's show why the Bulldogs' current resume is stronger than the 'haters' want to give it credit for being, and I'll discuss how it will improve with a win at Auburn. 10-minute mark: I'll explain why Saturday's game with Auburn could possibly involve more scoring than the common consensus thinks. 15-minute mark: DawgNation recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show. Some of the topics covered include UGA's 'homegrown' talent including Richard LeCounte and Tae Crowder The latest on 4-star defensive back Jalen Kimber Info on 5-star 2021 5-star wide receiver Agiye Hall And an update on 4-star tight end Theo Johnson 35-minute mark: I preview the weekend's top SEC games including Alabama-Mississippi State, Florida-Missouri, LSU-Ole Miss, South Carolina-Texas A&M, as well as the top national games. 40-minute mark: I share audio of UGA coach Kirby Smart discussing what makes Auburn defensive linemen Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson valuable, and theorize why UGA's Jordan Davis could make a similar impact for the Bulldogs Saturday. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater and preview this weekend's DawgNation broadcast schedule at Auburn. The post Georgia football podcast: FOX analyst rips UGA for No. 4 ranking appeared first on DawgNation.
  • EDITOR'S NOTE: This original Tae Crowder story continues a special series in partnership with Georgia Farm Bureau profiling homegrown talent from the state of Georgia. To access the other HomeGrown Talent articles, please visit the series hub on DawgNation.com. The eye black can tell the Tae Crowder story. Or at least kick it off. Crowder's eye black is the 2019 model. It no longer requires a big jumbo marker.The strip of black adhesive allows the wearer to write on that strip. He has done so often in his breakthrough senior year. It could convey his struggle and pain, but he chooses hope instead. It is limited, though. It cannot trace the position changesbefore he settled in during his fifth season in Athens. He now patrols the middle of Georgia's nationally-rated defense. Yet his season is not an example of one of the oldest guys on the team finally being good enough. It is more like he is finally being great. The Harris County High alum (Hamilton, Ga.) did soak up four previous seasons of how the Georgia staff sculpts and molds its ILBs, including three under Kirby Smart. Now, he's finally earned the starting reps. That's a good story, but this takes a speed turn towards the exceptional with the way he's played this fall. His recent selection as a Butkus Award semifinalist jacks up the degree of difficulty with his climb a great deal. That Butkus recognition places the first-year starter among the top 12 linebackers in college football. How does one go from four career starts to a Butkus semifinalist? What powers such a sharp hairpin turn in his football career? Check the film each week. Then check his eye black. These scripts in white ink have been seen this fall: '#LLB 4s up' 'Phillippians 4:13' His head coach could start his story there, too. His proud inside linebackers coach knows what those things mean. So does his buddy up in Chicago. That's the one who is younger than him and yet somehow he is the one who is already in his second NFL season. Crowder just never gave up. Never. He just never walked back his dream to play for Georgia. That's what impresses his family the most. 'LLB 4s up' is for his lost older brother. It means Long Live Big.If his brother Cortez Johnson, Jr. was still alive today, he would still just be 23 years young. Everyone knew him as 'Big Man' and not as Cortez Johnson.When Crowder makes a play, that is for him. It was inspired by him, too. 'Every time I make a big play I thank God and I just think about him every time,' Tae Crowder said. When he said that, he took a breath. Pausing his train of thought to point to the initials 'LLB' that are also tattooed across his chest and neck. 'This tat is all him,' he said. 'I feel like where ever I go, then he is with me.' Tae Crowder: Coming up out of the mud The 6-foot-3, 235-pound senior has made a statement with his fifth season in Athens. Check the timeline. 2015: Rated as a 3-star and the nation's No. 221 WR 2015: Was the No. 175 prospect in Georgia and No. 1868 overall (247Sports Composite) 2015: Almost signed with Georgia Southern. 2015: Redshirted. Slated to play RB at Georgia. 2016: Moved to ILB. Played in one game 2017: 15 games played. No starts. Recovered a big Rose Bowl squib. 2018: 15 games played. 4 starts. That's one for every year on campus up to that point. 2018: Really started to get his career 'up out of the mud' as he likes to say 2019: Started in all nine games. Second on the team in tackles. 2019: From WR to RB to Butkus Award Semifinalist. In the midst of that progression, his world was rocked. Crowder lost his older brother.That's why Crowder chose to write 'LLB 4s up' across his eye black for the Notre Dame game. The year was 2017. It was a traffic accident. Crowder was with his older brother the day before it happened. The biggest question here will not be why he did not transfer out while he waited for his turn. It is how he kept his head up as he waited for his time at Georgia. I didn't come this far, just to come this far Tae Crowder 4 (@TaeCrowder) August 5, 2017 That tweet was from back in 2017. His personal faith had been tested, but it was still strong. It is represented by that Phillipians 4:13 verse. The wait and the grind to get to the 2019 season feels to him like it was worth the wait. 'It is just a great feeling, man,' he said after the Notre Dame game. 'I just thank God for it each and every day.' That unbreakable spirit comes from his mother, Felicia. She raised him as a single parent. That set the example. Those who know her and her son wearing that 'Dirty 30' Georgia jersey describe them as two of the most positive people in this world. Crowder already had that spirit about him. When he lost his brother, it just lent even more fuel to his will he was going to make it. Eventually. Those who know him best clearly believe that. Tae Crowder: What 'LLB' will always mean to him Crowder is from Pine Mountain. That part of the state might hold as many Auburn fans as it does Georgia Bulldogs. This week's game will be another special one as it is played closer in proximity to his roots. He grew up a Bulldog. That '4s up' part of that hashtag is a local thing. If you hear someone from that part of Georgia say '4s up' it is meant to convey they are from Pine Mountain. There's a reason why he also wears that bible verse beneath his eyes on gamedays. It reads: ' I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' His older brother was hit by a car. He was on a motorcycle. 'Right where we would hang out every day,' Crowder said. 'It was crazy. I was actually at school. It was on a weekend when it happened. It was just crazy.' The two were so close, but they were just half-brothers. It didn't lessen the bond. They were always together, but they were actually like night and day. Tae was the one who really liked sports. Georgia's digital storytellers released a video this week about Crowder. It included the hardship of his brother's passing. He called it one of the biggest challenges of his time at UGA. It was. More than he lets on in that video. Some members of his family still 'can't speak on it' because it makes them so emotional. Who We Are | Tae Crowder 'I'm from Georgia, and I just take full pride in it.' pic.twitter.com/X5u43DLZ1Z Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) November 14, 2019 When Crowder got the call with the tragic news, he was stunned. He didn't want to believe it. So he didn't allow himself to. 'Then you get that second call and it just confirms it,' he said. He was with him just two days earlier. Crowder left to go back to Georgia for workouts on that Saturday. 'It happened that Saturday night,' he said. 'I was with him that whole week before that. That Thursday and Friday.' Crowder's deep voice has some Rick Ross tones to it. But that was a moment where a few of his deep raspy octaves cracked a little bit. He got the 'LLB' script tattoed across his neck maybe a month or two after that happened. It was necessary. Cathartic. He's been playing to honor him and his memory ever since. 'Yes, sir,' he said. 'To honor him. No doubt. It showed me I had to go. It showed me I had to grind. I took a loss in my family. It taught me to cherish every moment. You just don't know when your day like that will come.' He still thinks of how his brother motivated him during his senior year of high school ball. 'My senior year all he wanted to see me do was shine,' Crowder said. 'When I go back and watch the film of my senior year, he was always behind me. He was always putting a hand on my helmet. He was always with me on and off the field. It was just a special bond we had.' When he lost his brother, the Georgia program was there for him. 'The team was there for me, 'Crowder says in that video. 'The coaches were there for me. They let me come back when I was comfortable. I came back a week later just because I wanted to get better with the team and I used him as my motivation.' He didn't start playing linebacker until the end of his redshirt sophomore year. 'Another challenge I had was just coming home each day not knowing if I was going to ever play,' Crowder said. 'I didn't know if I still had a love for the sport. I just put my head down and went to work.' Kirby Smart: His view on the Tae Crowder story Rewind this year back to Rocky Top. The head coach of the Georgia team was beaming about Crowder's scoop-and-score TD. Eric Stokes forced the fumble. Crowder claimed it and hauled it for 60 yards for the final points of the 43-14 win. Smart knows what Crowder has gone through so he used the moment to crack a little joke about that ultimate havoc play. 'I told him he was probably the slowest guy on the field by the time he got to the end zone,' Smart said. 'He looked like a turtle finish.' Want to watch a game a little differently? Want to know who the good dudes really are? Watch what happens when a Bulldog makes a big play. Do his teammates swallow him up in hugs and helmet slaps they are so happy for him? With Crowder, his teammates all dap him up. They know. Who he is. What he has worked and waited for. They are just like Big. His team loves it when their Dirty 30 shines, too. It was not an easy transition for Crowder at the ILB spot. It was hard. As it should be. A young man doesn't just put on some magic eye black and shoot out of a cannon to make that big tackle for loss he had against Notre Dame. He had nine tackles that night. Crowder came up with another 12 stops in that tough South Carolina loss. 'The first couple times he played he didn't like contact, he wasn't into that, but he's come so far, and he's such a great story in college football for perseverance and sticking it out and staying and looking to see what he's done,' Smart told the Georgia beat reporter pool this year. 'It's pretty awesome when you think about that.' Remember that eye black? Crowder was tested early in his Georgia career. He was determined to prove that he could go on and do all things. It includes being rated as the nation's No. 1868 football player coming out of high school. It means still making impact plays after waiting for your fifth season in the SEC. It steeled him after a position change. Crowder played in just one game in his first two years at Georgia. 'I've known Tae since the eighth grade, he was a receiver, he got [a] scholarship super late, he came to be a running back, he was going to Georgia Southern, and then he ends up a Georgia,' Kirby Smart said earlier this year. 'I can still remember the first time we practiced I thought this kid is a good athlete, he's just not going to play running back here.' Now, he's a Butkus semifinalist. Amazing. When he sees his name on the back of that jersey now, it means something to him. 'Because I am from Georgia and I just take full pride in it,' he said. The young man with the 'LLB' underneath his eyes certainly seems worthy of another set of initials. It would be the hallowed 'DGD' label that DawgNation has for players who truly reflect the Bulldog spirit . With what he's endured to finally make plays for Georgia, Crowder is a Damn Good Dawg if there ever was one. Georgia's Homegrown Talent: The DawgNation series Down South Georgia Boy: How Richard LeCounte III kicked off the Kirby Smart era Homegrown: From Rodrigo Blankenship to 'Hot Rod' status at Georgia Brian Herrien: Why he embodies the Georgia Bulldog spirit Trey Hill: From Homegrown to the center of the Bulldog offense Homegrown: The twists and turns in Quay Walker's road to UGA The Eric Stokes storyline will read more like 'UGA-grown' Charlie Woerner: Homegrown from a Bulldog family Jake Fromm: From Little League to duck holes to the face of a program Andrew Thomas develops quickly into a hometown here at UGA Warren McClendon: Family roots run 44 years deep for this Georgia family D.J. Daniel: Likely impact defensive back took a longer route to Athens Travon Walker: Expect big things on the line from 5-star freshman Dominick Blaylock: Talented freshman WR found a homegrown fit in Athens Nolan Smith: From 'Baby Boy' to a long-awaited Bulldog in Athens The post Homegrown: The hard LLB' to DGD' road for Tae Crowder at Georgia appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia and Auburn would both prefer to run the football on first down, but the reality is neither is likely to establish any sort of consistency in the run game. It won't be for lack of effort or opportunity. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1 SEC) play the No. 12-ranked Tigers (7-2, 4-2) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in a game that has 'slugfest' written all over it. RELATED: Georgia injury report for Auburn Field position football, they call it, with Georgia using the run game to neutralize a fierce Auburn pass rush and project QB Jake Fromm from big hits. Auburn, meanwhile, looks to use its RPO package and tempo to put freshman legacy QB Bo Nix in the best possible situations and keep the Bulldogs' assignment-sound defense off balance. Georgia coach Kirby Smart and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn have matched up several times, and while Smart has gotten the better of the Tigers' head coach more times than not, there's always some trepidation. 'Gus has always had a lot of different things,' Smart said. 'They've got different tempos, formations, they've got different groupings. There's just a lot to prepare for. a lot of offense, at the end of the day. 'You've got to be careful that you don't overload the kids with too much and paralyze them.' Georgia will be counting on its seniors and most experienced players to lead the way, but two freshmen have the potential to determine the outcome. Here are 7 Georgia football players to watch at Auburn RB D'Andre Swift Swift's yards per game have been dropping off as the competition has increased, though it's worth noting he broke his longest run of the season (47 yards) against Missouri. Swift broke Auburn's back in last season's game, rushing for a career-high 186 yards on 17 carries, but it's highly unlikely the junior approaches those numbers this season. Swift can, however, prove a difference maker as a receiver out of the backfield provide Jake Fromm has time to find him. QB Jake Fromm Remember that bit about how you can't go broke taking a profit? It was Fromm's way of saying how effective it is to take what the defense is giving. Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele ranks among the best in the nation, so Fromm can expect his first and second options to be off the board, so Saturday afternoon will require some heady play and careful decision making from the Georgia quarterback. Expect Fromm to use his legs often, to escape pressure and also to scramble for first down yardage. MLB Monty Rice Rice, an Alabama high school product, said there will be plenty of familiar faces on the Auburn football team. It's important he makes this game personal, because there's a feeling the Tigers' players more than 35 from Georgia are investing more emotion into the rivalry. Rice is a tone-setter at linebacker, giving the Bulldogs extra bite when he's playing at his best. Rice needs to contribute to forcing turnovers more often, however, as UGA has been sorely lacking in that area with just 10 takeaways second fewest in the SEC. TE Charlie Woerner The senior tight end is one of just four players on offense to start every game, though he has just 6 catches for 35 yards. This is a game for Woerner, a likable fan-favorite, to make a difference and live up to his celebrated name. Woerner will be charged with pivotal perimeter blocking duties and pass protection responsibilities, but he'll also be key in the huddle and in the ears of the many teammates who respect him. PK Rodrigo Blankenship There aren't any other collegiate kickers in the nation with Blankenship's fan following, nor are there many kickers with the senior's talents. Points will be at a premium at Jordan-Hare Stadium, and Blankenship will need to be at his best under pressure. Another Blankenship overtime miss this season would likely knock UGA out of the College Football Playoff picture. WR George Pickens The former Auburn commit and Hoover High School product will be in the spotlight, as much for his ability and need to produce in the pass game, as his back story. Pickens' temperament is well-known, and Georgia will need the freshman to show poise and stay in control against a Tigers' secondary that will have it out for him. Pickens has the talent to lift Georgia to victory, provided he's assignment sound and lined up properly on each snap. OLB Azeez Ojulari Only a redshirt freshman, Ojulari has become a trusted playmaker in the Georgia front seven, equally adept at playing the run and pass. Ojulari leads the Bulldogs with 5 tackles-for-loss and 4.5 sacks. It was Ojulari who had the first sack on Kyle Trask in Georgia's impressive 24-17 win over Florida in Jacksonville two weeks ago. It will likely be Ojulari who sets the tone again at Auburn. Georgia football stories from DawgNation Homegrown special: Richard LeCounte holds special place Will Muschamp discusses Georgia and Alabama UGA confident it has the speed to keep up with Auburn Georgia defense tops SEC in every major statistical category Bulldogs move into top 5 in rankings George Pickens makes UGA live with the bad to get his good Bulldogs stock report: George Pickens scores, defense soars Kirby Smart talks about UGA injury situation for Auburn game The post 7 Georgia football players to watch vs. Auburn, slugfest pending appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia basketball will continue its season-opening basketball home stand Friday night with what's shaping up as another high-flying track meet. The Bulldogs (2-0) lead the SEC in scoring at this early juncture of the season on the strength of Anthony 'Antman' Edwards' lead-leading 26.5 points per game average. Edwards will likely be shooting, quite literally, to match the feat of Georgia and NBA All-Time Great Dominique Wilkins, who scored more than 20 points in each of this first three games as a freshman in 1979. Bulldogs coach Tom Crean, who has a complete makeover on his hands with 10 new players in his second season leading Georgia, has warned his young team about the brand of ball the Hornets look to trap them into playing. 'They press, they defend, they switch, they play extremely fast on offense and want to get out in transition, they want to attack the rim,' Crean said at his media availability on Thursday. 'They mix up their defenses to play a lot of zone. They'll get into us. 'They will absolutely get into it. It's a good test for us to come back and have to be a lot better than what we were the other night, especially when it comes to our defense, when it comes to our defensive transition.' The Bulldogs marched up and down the floor to the tune of a 95-86 win over The Citadel on Tuesday night, committing an astonishingly low 8 turnovers while owning a 28-6 advantage in points off turnovers. The Hornets don't figure to be as giving, and Georgia isn't as likely to get away with another poor rebounding effort. The Citadel out-rebounded UGA 43-36 on Tuesday night a point junior forward Rayshaun Hammonds indicated didn't sit well with the head coach. 'We don't have Nic (Claxton) or Derek (Ogbeide) on the floor, so we are just trying not to get out rebounded on the court,' he 6-foot-8, 235-pound Hammonds said. 'I think it falls on me a lot, I am a junior, I have to know how to rebound, which I do.' Christian Brown, a 6-foot-6 freshman and part of Crean's Top 10 2019 signing class, said Thursday Crean has gotten the message across. 'He emphasized that the most: Rebound, rebound, rebound,' Brown said. 'That's what he wants. If we can't get a board, then we can't get the ball. That's what he wants us to do the most.' DawgNation Georgia basketball coverage UGA drops The Citadel, Anthony Edwards scores 29 Anthony Edwards having fun, but Tom Crean expects more Tom Crean wants more control against The Citadel RELATED: Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Georgia basketball strikes exhibition gold vs. Charlotte 49ers Sahvir Wheeler hidden star, directs point after first exhibition Anthony Edwards lives up to hype in exhibition opener Georgia freshman already making basketball history The post Georgia basketball: Bulldogs bracing for Delaware State, Rebound, rebound, rebound' 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. 1,073 (Nov. 14, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about how Georgia coach Kirby Smart matches wits with Auburn's Gus Malzahn. Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart might have something to prove vs. Gus Malzahn Beginning of the show: Georgia coach Kirby Smart is respected as a top defensive mind, but he hasn't always gotten the better of his head-to-head matchups with Auburn's Gus Malzahn. I'll discuss on today's show why the backstory between Smart and Malzahn is another compelling plot line in UGA's game with Auburn. 10-minute mark: I discuss the latest on 4-star tight end Theo Johnson. 15-minute mark: Mr. College Football Tony Barnhart joins the show. Some of the topics covered include The rich history of UGA's rivalry with Auburn A look at how tough a matchup Auburn is for the Bulldogs What to make of the College Football Playoff selection committee ranking UGA fourth Tuesday night Whether UGA can win a national championship as a defensive-led team 25-minute mark: I discuss wide receiver Lawrence Cager's status for Saturday. 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including Auburn reportedly installing new LED lights at season's end, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp's comparison between UGA and Alabama and former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoop's comments about possibly returning to college coaching. 35-minute mark: I share Smart's response to a question about UGA offensive line coach Sam Pittman possibly being a candidate to become Arkansas head coach, and I preview the weekend's top games. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart might have something to prove vs. Gus Malzahn appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Georgia-Auburn game almost always has some stakes attached to it. These two teams have had a few memorable battles, especially when both teams enter the game ranked. In 2017, Auburn took a sledgehammer to Georgia's unbeaten season, winning 40-17. Then just weeks later, Georgia returned the favor by beating Auburn 28-7 in the SEC championship game to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff. There's also the Prayer at Jordan-Hare in 2013 and the famous black-out game in 2007. And this year's contest between the No. 4 Bulldogs and No. 12 Tigers figures to be no different. ESPN's Heather Dinich labeled this Saturday's game between the two sides as the biggest remaining SEC game on the slate. Bigger than LSU-Texas A&M and Alabama-Auburn. This largely has to do with how a potential defeat would affect the College Football Playoff discussion. Dinich called a two-loss SEC champion Georgia the 'worst-case scenario' for the SEC. As for the best case for the conference, Dinich said it would be a one-loss Georgia beating an unbeaten LSU in the SEC Championship game. That likely opens the door for getting two SEC teams into the College Football Playoff, regardless of what happens in other conferences. If the scenario mentioned above happens, it would leave Georgia, LSU and Alabama all with one defeat. That does potentially allow for some to make a case that Alabama should be in the College Football Playoff. But ESPN's Paul Finebaum would actually side with Georgia over Alabama in that scenario. 'I also think beating LSU would be significant. In the end, you know what I'm going to do? I'm going to side with the SEC Champion,' Finebaum said. 'Georgia would've found a way to get there and Alabama didn't do that.' Related: Handicapping Georgia football bowl game options heading into key November stretch Georgia only needs a win this weekend to officially punch its ticket to Atlanta. If the Bulldogs do so, it would be the first time the program has been to three consecutive SEC Championship games. Georgia is most likely to face LSU. The two teams have played for the SEC championship three times, with LSU winning two of those contests. As for Georgia's current College Football Playoff ranking, Georgia came in at No. 4 in this week's poll. But there are a host of contenders who also have arguments to be the No. 4 team at the moment. Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde explained that the reason for the Bulldogs having the best argument for that spot is because Georgia has the best wins. 'Nobody vying for the fourth spot has two better victories than the Bulldogs (8-1), who beat Florida on a neutral field and Notre Dame between the hedges; six wins by 21 points or more, and an average victory margin of 23.6; 10 Power 5 opponents,' Forde wrote. Forde did also point out that among the teams vying for the No. 4 slot, no one has a loss worse than Georgia's 20-17 home loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Georgia and Auburn kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will air on CBS. Georgia beat Auburn 27-10 last year when the game was played in Athens. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football injury report: Bruised Bulldogs hungry for opportunities 5 questions with Auburn beat writer Brandon Marcello on heated' Georgia rivalry Kirby Smart has a chance to answer a major question if Georgia football can get an SEC West road win Georgia football podcast: UGA absolutely belongs in top 4 of CFP rankings Will Muschamp compares, analyzes Georgia-Alabama team strengths Kirby Smart: No difference' for Georgia in wake of No. 4 College Football Playoff ranking The post What the national media is saying before Georgia plays Auburn appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia team captain Tyler Simmons spelled it out where players' attitudes toward injuries are concerned at this stage of the season. 'You can either sit out and miss those opportunities,' Simmons said, 'or you can go and do what you can do.' Simmons is an example of the latter, playing with a shoulder brace since the third game of the season even now that he's no longer returning punts or being targeted with multiple passes. RELATED: Tyler Simmons role now limited, but senior continues to lead and contribute For center Trey Hill, mobility will surely be limited after spraining his left ankle in the 27-0 win over Missouri. Hill was already playing with his right ankle heavily taped. Coach Kirby Smart insisted Hill was fine on Tuesday, however. 'Trey has been fine,' Smart said. 'He's taken all the reps and done everything.' South Carolina's defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw made Hill not look so fine on Oct. 12, and this Saturday it's future NFL starter Derek Brown chomping at the bit to attack the center of the Georgia offensive line. The Bulldogs' line has been deemed one of the nation's 10 best by the Joe Moore Award committee after finishing among the three finalists the previous two seasons. But only left tackle Andrew Thomas has started every game, and the line has not yet made a convincing case that it's the best in the nation. Auburn, with what's regarded as the SEC's best defensive front and quite possibly the best in the country will provide the ultimate challenge. Georgia right guard Ben Cleveland was nominated by the school for the SEC's offensive lineman of the week award, which is more telling in some ways than the fact that he won it. Cade Mays has split starting duties with Cleveland at right guard, so it's fair to speculate if Mays will continue to play center in place of Hill even if Hill is cleared. Mays left the Missouri game after his ankle was 'rolled up on,' but he said in the postgame press conference he's fine and he was featured on Georgia's Game Day show this week. He's just a sophomore, but @cade_mays has already played every position across the OL. How would he rank them? : Sat at 10am on @wsbtv! #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/AvZpfSRuyf Bulldogs Game Day (@WSBbulldogs) November 14, 2019 Receiver Lawrence Cager has continued to play despite having a separated shoulder. Cager has been taking reps in practice this week and has shown he can be effective even when he's at less than 100 percent. Smart indicated earlier in the week that senior defensive back Tyrique McGhee was not back at practice after re-injuring an already surgically repaired foot. McGhee has brought a savvy veteran presence and the versatility to play cornerback or safety. Georgia football injury report WR Lawrence Cager (shoulder) probable WR Tyler Simmons (shoulder) probable OL Cade Mays (ankle) probable C Trey Hill (ankle) questionable LB Channing Tindall (unknown) questionable DB Tyrique McGhee (foot) doubtful QB D'Wan Mathis (head) out WR Tommy Bush (groin) out OL Justin Shaffer (neck) out Georgia football stories from DawgNation Homegrown special: Richard LeCounte holds special place Will Muschamp discusses Georgia and Alabama UGA confident it has the speed to keep up with Auburn Georgia defense tops SEC in every major statistical category Bulldogs move into top 5 in rankings George Pickens makes UGA live with the bad to get his good Bulldogs stock report: George Pickens scores, defense soars Kirby Smart talks about UGA injury situation for Auburn game The post Georgia football injury report: Bruised Bulldogs hungry for opportunities appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia's season goals are likely riding on the outcome of its game at Auburn, the Bulldogs with no margin for error amid a heated College Football Playoff race. Kirby Smart is keeping the focus strictly on the Tigers and the pending battle at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. It's affectionally known as 'The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry,' but it also ranks among the most bitter. The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1) and the No. 12 Tigers (7-2, 4-2) recruit against one another and its abundantly clear the coaches are not favorites of one another. Auburn beat writer Brandon Marcello, however, is a friend of DawgNation's and provided some deep insight into Auburn football for Georgia fans this week. Here are five questions with Marcello, who handles the beat on The Plains for 247Sports for the Auburn Undercover Website. For the latest on Auburn sports, follow Marcello on Twitter. 1. Gus Malzahn is known for his offensive innovation, where is Auburn strongest and weakest on offense, and how far along is Bo Nix? BM: Auburn's weak point is along the offensive line, where inconsistency has plagued the Tigers also season. The second weak spot might just be quarterback, where Bo Nix has shown signs of brilliance but also has been pretty average for the most part. The good news for Auburn is Nix is a much different quarterback at home than he is on the road (63.5 vs. 48.5 completion percentage) but that will be challenged against the best defense he has faced all season (Georgia). I really like Auburn's receivers, and I believe the coaching staff needs to find a way to get them more involved, particularly speedster Anthony Schwartz He has world-class speed and might be an Olympian in a few years. They need to utilize him as much as possible in the passing game, but also on jet sweeps, end-arounds and reverses. Auburn has to stretch every defense sideline to sideline and goal line to goal line. Schwartz is the only player on the roster who can do that. 2. The Tigers' defense is filled with veterans, what are Auburn's strengthsand weaknesses at each level? BM: The Auburn defensive line is the strength of the entire team. The combination of Derrick Brown in the middle demanding double teams and collapsing the quarterback's pocket has been tremendous. Defensive end Marlon Davidson has been the star pass rusher. The two are great friends and constantly poke fun at each other for being 'fat,' which has made for some funny stories through the season as they have combined to win five (!) defensive lineman of the week awards in the SEC this season. They'll have to play their best to give the Tigers a chance Saturday. With Brown being from Georgia, I don't see him lacking for motivation. Auburn's secondary has been fine, but there's room for improvement. I think cornerback Noah Igbinoghene has a future in the NFL. Safeties Daniel Thomas and Jeremiah Dinson, both seniors, haven't let many balls go over their heads this season and both have been tremendous in run support. The biggest thing for this defense is its open-field tackling. It helped slow LSU's offense earlier this season and it needs to continue during this tough stretch against the Bulldogs and Alabama. 3. There's been plenty of discussion about how these teams matchup, why or why not are the Tigers a tough matchup for Kirby Smart's version of Georgia football? BM: Auburn's defense is a tough matchup for any offense. Just look at what the Tigers did at LSUin October. They held LSU to four touchdowns under its average. Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele introduced a 3-1-7 scheme that confused LSU and put a lot of pressure on Joe Burrow to deliver highly-accurate passes, which he did for the most part, but Auburn made fantastic stops in the open field. 4. The Alabama-Auburn rivalrygets its fair due, how is the Tigers' rivalry with Georgia different? BM: This rivalry seems a bit more heated from a players' perspective, particularly on the Auburn side, because many players hail from Georgia. I'm not sure it's a betterrivalry, all around, than the Iron Bowl, but it's in the same neighborhood. This is something that has obviously been built organically over the years, but for it to truly be personal, the players have to be invested. And with players from both states on both rosters, it's about pride and as one Auburn player put it today, going home to your brother and tell him you beat them. 5. Malzahn has been workingwith a freshman QB and beat a Top 10 Oregon team and stayed even with No. 1 LSU. How importantis this game to his future, and why do some fans seem so intent on pushing the job security issue and hampering the team's ability to recruitin doing so? BM: Everywhere I've been, and I'm sure you would agree one some basis, the fan bases have been incredibly loyal and passionate. They can also be their own worst enemy because of their love for the program and the desire to for their football programs to be the best they possibly can be. You couple that with the old saying that a head coach loses 10 percent of the fan base for every year he's on campus (well, save if you're winning national titles), and Gus Malzahn is near that tipping point after nearly seven years as the head coach and an additional three years as the offensive coordinator. Malzahn has been part of Auburn football for the majority of the last 11 years, and with that comes stability but also the ability to easily identify weaknesses and strengths. Fans feast upon those things, and when a strong, powerful, cash-rich group is not happy with the coach, it makes it easier for fans to jump on the hate train as well. My simple question to people is this, which always brings about heated debate: who can Auburn hire? Who will be more successful? Who will lead Auburn to two SEC Championship games, a national title appearance, two New Year's Six bowl games in six years? Only two SEC West teams have reached the SEC title game since Malzahn has been on campus: Alabama and Auburn. That will change this season with LSU, but you get my point. Sometimes the grass is not always greener, but like listening to someone snore for a few minutes in the middle of the night, even the most beautiful creature during the day can seem like something else entirely if you choose to focus on the things that irk you rather than the attributes that make you happy. Success can be fleeting, especially in the SEC. For Auburn to do what it has done under Gus Malzahn in this era with Nick Saban across the state has been, well, remarkable. Maybe there's a better coach out there who could work under these circumstances and take Auburn to the playoff every two to three years, but can you point them my direction? And would they take the job? I understand frustration. It's fandom. It's why college football is great. But let's have some perspective here, too. Georgia football stories from DawgNation WATCH: How Tyler Simmons has shown leadership, resilience Will Muschamp discusses Georgia and Alabama UGA confident it has the speed to keep up with Auburn Georgia defense tops SEC in every major statistical category Bulldogs move into top 5 in rankings George Pickens makes UGA live with the bad to get his good Bulldogs stock report: George Pickens scores, defense soars Kirby Smart talks about UGA injury situation for Auburn game The post 5 questions with Auburn beat writer Brandon Marcello on heated' Georgia rivalry appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Welcome to Good Day, UGA , your one-stop shop for Georgia footballnews and takes. Check us out every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Georgia football, recruiting, basketball and more. Georgia football bowl projections heading into the home stretch Georgia football will be playing in a bowl game this year. Even if the Bulldogs somehow lose their final three regular-season games, Georgia will still finish 8-4. Of course, the Bulldogs will be aiming to finish much higher than that. Should the Bulldogs win one of their final two SEC games, Georgia will play in the SEC championship game. And as Tuesday's College Football Playoff rankings told us, Georgia is very much still in the playoff discussion. To stay in the top four Georgia must win out, which would include wins over No. 12 Auburn and No. 1 LSU. But those options are still on the table, however unlikely that might be. So with only a handful of options still on the table, let's look at where Georgia may end up playing in December (or January). The 2019 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Dec. 28 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. in Atlanta How Georgia gets there: Beats Auburn, Texas A&M, Georgia and LSU. Have Ohio State lose a game but still win the Big Ten. Hope the committee values Georgia's wins over Clemson's potential unbeaten record. Why it might happen:This is the dream scenario. This is one of the two College Football Playoff games and it will be played in Atlanta. Georgia would need a lot of chaos to move up to the No. 1 spot, but college football is a sport built on chaos. Ohio State has losable games against Michigan and Penn State. Clemson struggled with North Carolina earlier this year and plays a 7-2 Wake Forest team this weekend. To quote Kevin Garnett, ' ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.' Why it might not:Even if this is supposed to be a neutral site game as well as the site of the SEC championship game it won't be if Georgia is playing in it. And I highly doubt the College Football Playoff committee is going to want to reward an unbeaten Ohio State or Clemson by matching them up against a one-loss SEC champ Georgia in the Bulldogs' backyard. Seeing as how Atlanta is much closer to Clemson, S.C., and Columbus, Ohio, that would likely be the first choice for either of the schools. And as illustrated in the 'how Georgia gets there' section, the Bulldogs would need to win out and have quite a bit of chaos happen. Chances of playing in this game:5 percent Related: If Georgia football wants to win beat Auburn, it starts with blocking Derrick Brown The 2019 Playstation Fiesta Bowl: Dec. 28, 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. in Glendale, Az., How Georgia gets there:Beats Auburn, Texas A&M, Georgia and LSU. Why it might happen: This is the other College Football Playoff game. If Georgia wins out, it seems clear the committee is going to put them in the College Football Playoff. And given that Georgia would have a head-to-head win over LSU, the committee probably puts the Bulldogs ahead of the Tigers and makes them the No. 3 team. The most likely scenario here would be Georgia playing an unbeaten Clemson, assuming the Tigers and the Buckeyes also win out. Why it might not happen: Did you see what LSU did this past weekend? To quote Marcus Spears, 'They went into Bryant-Denny and put 46 points on the board.' And even before that Georgia has to get past a tough Auburn team. Kirby Smart's record against SEC West teams on the road is not what you want going into this game. But Georgia has beaten the likes of Florida and Notre Dame already, making this the more likely of the two College Football Playoff scenarios. Chances of playing in this game:20 percent *Of note here: ESPN's Playoff predictor gives Georgia a 25 percent chance of making the College Football Playoff The 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl: Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m. in New Orleans How Georgia gets there: Georgia is the highest-ranked SEC team not to make the College Football Playoff. Why it might happen: Georgia would have to get to the SEC championship game with an 11-1 record to LSU and then lose that game. But that's only half the battle. To get to New Orleans, Georgia would need the College Football Playoff committee to decide that Alabama is one of the four best teams in the country. That would mean it likely needs a two-lose PAC 12 champion as well as possibly a two-loss Big 12 champion. There's also the chance that Georgia loses to Auburn, beats Texas A&M and then beats LSU in the SEC championship game to finish. That gets very murky though, and it's not a guarantee that Georgia would be ranked above the Crimson Tide. There's also a scenario where Auburn beats Alabama and Georiga 10-2 Auburn team would be a very compelling Sugar Bowl pick. Why it might not happen: It would need a whole lot of chaos, as outlined above. There's no way a two-loss Georgia team that fails to win the SEC championship is ranked above a one-loss Alabama team. Chances of playing in this game:2 percent The 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl: Dec. 30, 8 p.m., Miami Gardens, Fla. How Georgia gets there: Georgia beats Auburn, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech but loses to LSU. Georgia would also finish behind an Alabama team that does not make the College Football Playoff. Why it might happen: This is by far the most likely scenario in play. Just going by likely Vegas odds, this is how many will likely predict the Georgia season to finish. Assuming LSU, Clemson and Ohio State win out, a big assumption to be sure, and Oregon and Utah meet in the Pac-12 title game with one-loss each, those are your most likely four playoff teams. Georgia would likely get picked for this game, given the Bulldogs haven't played in the game since 1960 and there might be some interest to attend the bowl game in South Florida. Why this might not happen: Beating Texas A&M and Auburn is no easy task. There is also the chance that the Orange Bowl could choose a two-loss Michigan to play in the game if the Wolverines are able to beat the Buckeyes at the end of the season. Chances of playing in this game:70 percent The Georgia football misses the SEC championship game scenario How Georgia gets there: The Bulldogs lose to Auburn and Texas A&M. Florida beats Missouri, thus putting the Gators into the SEC championship game. The Bulldogs very likely drop out of the top-10 and likely find themselves trending towards say the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. That game would be played on Jan. 1 and would pit Georgia up against a Big Ten or ACC team. Why it might happen: Auburn and Texas A&M are good teams! Anything can happen, as evidenced by Georgia's loss to South Carolina earlier this season. Why it might not happen: Georgia is also a good team, and will likely be favored in both games. Chances of this happening: Let's say 3 percent to get to an even 100. 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  • Jalen Kimbercould be the most under-the-radar All-American on the Georgia commitment board for this cycle. The most vicarious DawgNation readers might not know his story chapter and verse, but they should. He has a Purple Heart recipient in his immediate family. Another Kimber once completed a full 26.2-mile marathon when he was six years old. That is the real-life stuff that balances out all the known elements about how well he can play football. Here's the speed read: He will enroll early in January to resupply the talent in Kirby Smart's secondary. When he chose Georgia he saw no need to draw out his process, he knew Georgia just felt like home . He committed to UGA and took a victory lap official visit back on G-Day. Kimber ranks as the No. 6 cornerback and No. 84 overall recruit (247Sports Composite) among the national ratings for 2020. He was a steady climber up the recruiting rankings this year. When he chose UGA, he was only slotted as the nation's No. 16 cornerback prospect. The Bulldogs only have a handful of commitments that hold the same promise he does. He's currently the seventh-highest rated recruit in the 2020 class. The program only has commitments from two defensive players which rate higher than Kimber does currently. Georgia coach Kirby Smart has told him they'd like to see him report to Athens at around 175 pounds. There's no pressure there with that. The Bulldogs would rather him retain the type of elite athleticism and speed he displayed below rather than show up with bad weight. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior is the definition of an elite athlete. Check out his testing numbers below from The Opening finals this summer. His testing rating is in the Nick Chubb and Nolan Smith lane from that event. First day at the opening in the books. pic.twitter.com/hyYyVEn95X JALEN KIMBER (@J_BOOGIE_5) July 2, 2019 Kimber was presented with his All-American Bowl jersey on Tuesday. It was a special moment before the entire Mansfield Timberview High School community. What stood out to him about that? 'Just being able to be a part of something great,' Kimber said. 'Not many people get to do this so I am just cherishing everything really.' Kimber has wanted to be in the All-American Game for quite some time. 'It was from the time I did the FBU [Football University) camp I wanted to do it,' he said. 'When I found out about it, that was something that I wanted to play in and really be a part of.' RELATED: The Jalen Kimber 'Boogieland' DawgNation feature story reflects a promise made and a promise kept to a beloved fallen member who has since passed on Jalen Kimber: His senior season so far Kimber and his Wolves are 6-4 on the season. The first game of their playoffs in Texas is on Thursday. He played all over the secondary in off-season camps. Kimber was a slot corner in some elite events and at safety in others. He's bounced around during his senior year, too. 'For the first five games this year I was playing safety because our starting safety got hurt,' he said. 'But I'm back at cornerback now so. I'm just following the best receiver since it is the playoffs now. Just following the best man and locking him down.' His true calling might be at cornerback. He has the size, length and athleticism to log a lot of time there in the Georgia secondary. He will also be on campus in less than 60 days. Kimber will play in the All-American Bowl on January 4th. Then he flies to Athens to join the UGA program the next day. 'Just getting prepared for it,' he said. 'Just starting a new life really. Just ready to take in everything these last few months and get ready for college.' He cites his father, Art Kimber, as a person that has made a difference in his life up to this point. 'Just being a mentor,' Jalen Kimber said. 'Just being there for me every step of the way and always pushing me to be the best and to be at my best. Just to work hard through everything really.' Jalen Kimber: Locked into being a Bulldog Kimber is not the type to go hard in the paint to recruit guys to join him. He wants to play with great players, but he is not over-the-top with it. That's just not his personality. 'I just hope we finish strong,' he said. 'Either we jump up in the rankings more or just stay where we are at. Just finish strong really.' That said, he would still love to play with 5-star CB target Kelee Ringo. Ringo is the nation's No. 1 cornerback prospect for 2020. If Ringo winds up in Athens, it will be exciting for Kimber to see what they can do to QB ratings in the SEC. 'I'm really motivated by that,' Kimber said. 'Because that could be one of the best duos in college football if we are both able to play on that stage.' He's gotten to know the Georgia class as a whole through camp showcases, campus visits and from the 2020 commit group text thread. With all those interactions, he said a future Georgia quarterback really stands out. That would be 4-star Carson Beck. That was the name he brought up of a future teammate who has really impressed him. 'Mostly Carson,' he said. 'It starts with the quarterback. He's the leader and I got to watch him at The Opening and stuff like that. I feel like he is one of those guys and one of those really good guys.' When recruiters try to ask about any chance of considering any school other than UGA, he has a go-to response. 'I don't turn them down,' he said. 'Because I like to keep relationships positive. I don't ever want to burn any bridges or anything like that. But I'm really locked down with Georgia and 100 percent committed. I just tell them that and don't try to burn any bridges.' Jalen Kimber: It comes full circle with the All-American Bowl If he comes across as a polished young man, then that is as it should. His father displayed one of the most detailed and efficient methods for organizing the data that comes at recruits 100 miles per hour on recruiting trail. Especially with the many recruiting trips than an elite prospect will endure. Art Kimber, a former athlete, is now a driven professional. But that's the way his whole life has gone. He was somehow able to complete a full marathon of 26.2 miles at six years of age. 'Five hours, eight minutes and five seconds exactly,' he said. The son is a reflection of the father. That works between Jalen and his father. It also relates to Art and his father. Jalen's grandfather, Art Sr., is a two-time Purple Heart recipient. His military file includes a pair of Vietnam service medals, a Bronze Star, and a Presidential unit citation. Jalen is motivated to 'make it' in football. A lot of his peers do feel the same way, but he has a personal promise to keep. It goes back to his roots in Chicago and a very special lady. That was his beloved grandmother Renee Kimber. That's why he works so hard to be great. '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.' He grew up in an environment that wasn't so positive. That was the description he used. Football was a way out. That's what his grandmother wanted it to be for him.She wasn't a football fan but simply favored athletics as an outlet to escape those circumstances. 'She passed but I am still going to uphold that promise and do everything I can,' he said. '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 is a unique member of the All-American Bowl family. He was named the MVP at his first 'FBU' camp back in Chicago. He went on to be named an Eastbay All-American from the 'FBU' circuit. He played in the All-American Bowl Freshman All-American Game back in 2017. It goes back to that sixth-grade day. That's when he first head about the All-American Bowl. It was known as the U.S. Army All-American Game back then. 'He said Dad I am going to play in that game one day' as soon as he heard about it,' Art Kimber said. The fact he lives in Texas in the Dallas Metro area has allowed him to attend that game, too. 'He's been to that game three times to watch it and now he gets to play in it,' his father said. Check out the DawgNation conversation with Kimber from this summer below. The post Prized Georgia CB commit Jalen Kimber is officially an All-American appeared first on DawgNation.

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