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Georgia Bulldogs. 2012 SEC East and state champions.



Updated: 2018-04-19T07:00:01-04:00

 



‘Dawgs on Tour: Back To Texas

2018-04-19T07:00:01-04:00

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Why would anyone put all the PGA Tour events in Texas together on the schedule? Why not just jump all over the country every week?

Tournament: Valero Texas Open, April 19-22, 2018

Course: TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks), 7,435 yards, par 72. Yes, that San Antonio.

Purse: $6,200,000

Defending Champion: Kevin Chappell. The UCLA Bruin captured the title last year for his first PGA Tour career victory, defeating a hard-charging Brooks Koepka in the process.

Fun Fact: Sergio Garcia is named as a consultant on the course redesign completed in 2010. Sergio has also not played in this tournament since 2010. Something smells like paella left in the Texas sun too long.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS)

Former 'Dawgs in the Field ( Four ): Chris Kirk, Harris English, Keith Mitchell, Hudson Swafford.

After a relaxing week on Hilton Head Island, the Tour swings back to Texas for the Valero Texas Open. If you’ve been reading, yes, the Tour was in Texas back in March for consecutive weeks. And yes, the Tour will head around the Southeast before making it back to Texas for 2 weeks in May. And no, this makes no sense except to appease corporate sponsors and television broadcast companies.

Situated in the Hill Country, rolling elevation changes and a resort-style golf course will give this field a great chance to earn FedEx Cup points. Because only 6 of the top 30 in the world are playing this week. All of the top 30 (aside from an injured Koepka) were in the Masters 2 weeks ago, and several made the trip down to HHI last week. But most are taking a break before jumping back into the pressure-filled fray of The Players Championship to be held in just a few weeks. But 4 former Bulldogs did the make the trip.

Hudson Swafford is coming off a missed cut last week, and this is out of character for him the last 18 months. So he’ll look to play the weekend and keep his playoff chances alive.

Keith Mitchell did make the cut but didn’t do anything spectacular at the RBC Heritage. He did close with a 69, jumping him from the bottom of the board to a T55, and wants to continue his momentum.

Chris Kirk is playing okay, but seems to miss a cut about every 3 or 4 tournaments. He’s won in Texas before (Colonial), so maybe he scares the leaderboard this week.

And Harris English has made 4 of his last 6 cuts, with all being T33 or better. He’s holding his own in the rankings, but it’s nowhere near where he was 3-4 years ago. Still, he’s exempt and better play well to keep that exemption.

So those will be the ‘Dawgs chasing little white balls. If you’re not into watching G-Day, or want something to sandwich around G-Day, flip it on over to CBS and root on our boys.

And as always….

GO ‘DAWGS!!!




Five Reasons For G-Day Excitement

2018-04-18T18:22:02-04:00

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What’s there to look forward to? A lot

In the big picture, spring games don’t mean much as far as how spring practices goes. There is so much that goes on beyond the wondering eyes of the pubic during spring practice. The spring game, by and large is a show not so much for the fans as it is, especially recently, for recruits.

Here’s five reasons to look forward to being in Athens on Saturday, Where It’s Always a Beautiful Day In The Classic City.

It’s Athens.

There’s no way around it. Athens is one of creation’s greatest gifts to mankind. Do you really need an excuse to travel to The Classic City?

The Atmosphere

It won’t be on the level of 93K Day (No, Luda’ and his rider won’t be there) but the coaching staff appears to be assembling a highly impressive guest list for recruits. There’s a reason why Kirby Smart is not waiting for the season opener to be the big reveal for the brand new video boards. Saturday is all about keeping up the energy from last season and creating a ‘wow’ factor for the high targets and casual observers.

The Day Of Elijah

With Deandre Swift having been a big banged up and Zamir White not yet up to speed, to say that G-Day is Elijah Holyfield’s time to shine is an understatement.

The New Guys

Saturday will also be the first full-on look at the bevy of new enrollees. On the surface, the main one many want to see first-and is Justin Fields. Beyond that, the flashy Kearis Jackson as well as offensive linemen Cade Mays and Trey Hill and Brenton Cox on defense are others that will be much anticipated, even if it’s only a glimpse of them during warm ups of spot duty.

Possible Surprises

In an era when most spring games are on TV, there is absolutely no reason to give away any wrinkles or secrets that an early season opponent may stumble across. For that reason, you never know sometimes what kind of bizarre play may be run that in no way would be run during the season. For the fun of it, who knows, maybe Jim Chaney runs the full house backfield for a drive or even lets a fan tweet him what play to run?

Go Dawgs!




Wednesday Morning Links

2018-04-18T13:47:02-04:00

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Rumblings From Around The Classic City

Aaron Davis has graduated. Who’s on tap to replace him at the Star position?

Heading to G-Day? Here is some fan info

Hopefully this does not backfire...but Hot Rod cut a track

What’s changed in the course of a year in Athens? A lot, to say the least.

When it comes to mid-round draft picks, Mel Kiper is a Nick Chubb fan




Nuthin’ But A G Day: 3 ‘Dawgs To Watch On Saturday

2018-04-17T23:28:04-04:00

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The Georgia Bulldogs will hit the field in Sanford Stadium on Saturday for the annual G Day game, and when they do there will be a lot of players with something to prove.

Here’s a look at three players in particular to keep an eye on:

  1. LB Natrez Patrick. There was a time in late 2017 when it wasn’t a sure thing that Patrick would even be with the team this season. Following three separate drug-related infractions, Patrick went into treatment and has come out to rave reviews from teammates who have applauded both his mastery of the playbook and his leadership. Saturday will be his first chance to bring the redemption tour out into the public eye.
  2. RB Elijah Holyfield. Holyfield spent 2017 fifth on the depth chart behind Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, D’Andre Swift, and Brian Herrien. Nevertheless he still produced 297 yards on 50 carries. With Chubb and Michel moving on to the NFL the junior with the bulging arms has a real chance to move up in the rotation. Coaches have praised his physical style, which could make him the go-to back for tough yards in 2018.
  3. S Richard LeCounte. Coach Smart actually called out the sophomore a few days ago, wondering if he is willing to put in the work to succeed at the highest level of college football. It’s a trick Smart picked up from his former boss Nick Saban, a guy who loves to use the media to do his motivational dirty work. Smart knows what LeCounte is capable of, and Saturday is a good chance for him to show Bulldog fans as well that he’s ready to lock down a safety spot in Dominick Sanders’ absence.

So who are you watching on Saturday?

Until later...

Go ‘Dawgs!!!




NFL Draft: Could Georgia put two ‘Dawgs in the first round?

2018-04-15T23:37:47-04:00

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The Combine is behind us, the Pro Days have been conducted, and the Wonderlichs have been licked. The 2018 NFL Draft is a mere ten days away.

And there’s a very good chance that multiple Georgia Bulldogs will hear their names called early in the festivities. Dan Kadar of SB Nation’s Mocking the Draft now projects a pair of ‘Dawgs to go in the first round. Roquan Smith gets slotted to go #19 overall to the Dallas Cowboys. Kadar thinks teams may shy away from Smith due to his measurables. There’s pretty strong precedent for this, as highly productive linebackers have often dropped come draft day based on pure physical numbers and a belief this correlates with "upside."

You can rarely go wrong counting on NFL personnel people outsmarting themselves. After all, they get paid to hoover up tons of data on each player, 80% of which is as useless as udders on a bull. It’s as if the further away they get from watching actual football the more they forget the point is to draft, you know, football players. Roquan the Punisher could well fall victim to this myopia.

On the other end of the scale is Isaiah Wynn, who Kadar now has sneaking into the first round at no. 32 to the Colts. Wynn’s ability to play literally any position on the offensive line is like catnip for NFL GMs trying to get the most out of a 53 man roster. SB Nation’s Chargers site even makes a compelling case for the Bolts to take Wynn with the 17th pick.

I would wager that’s higher than we’ll see. But Wynn’s versatility should mean that he’ll hear his name called fairly early.

ESPN’s Todd McShay has Sony Michel going early in the second round (34th overall to the Giants) and Lorenzo Carter not far behind (59th to the Chiefs).

No matter what, it’s a safe bet that more Georgia players will come off the board earlier than in any recent draft. That’s a testament to the excellent season the Red and Black put together in 2017, and to the development of players over the past couple of years. And it should make the 2018 draft must-see TV for ‘Dawg fans.




Diamond Dawgs Drop Tough Series to UK

2018-04-15T18:34:02-04:00

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Series loss is Georgia’s second in row

This is one weekend that the Georgia baseball team likely wishes that it could have back.

The Diamond Dawgs were a clutch hit and one bad inning away from a sweep of an 11th ranked SEC opponent against Kentucky.

Rather, No. 19 Georgia is left to pick up the pieces after a second SEC series loss in a row.

For eight innings on Friday, things couldn’t have gone much better for the Bulldogs.

Chase Adkins put Georgia in position to win on the mound, tossing six innings in giving up three hits and a run as the Bulldogs also led 4-0 through three innings. And much as has been the case for most of this year, the game was handed over to the bullpen. That group showed some serious cracks for the first time in SEC play.

The Wildcats got three runs and three hits off of Aaron Schunk in the ninth, and Kentucky went on to win it in the 11th, 6-4. It ruined not only a strerling outing by Adkins, but also strong day at the plate by Schunk and Shepherd, each with a pair of hits.

The teams split Saturday;s doubleheader, Georgia winning 9-7 before a pitcher’s duel went the way of Kentucky 1-0 as the Wildcats scratched across a run in the eighth inning.

Saturday was truly a day of opposites for both teams at the plate.

Georgia blew things wide open from its standpoint with a seven-run third inning. Keegan McGovern’s three-run homer put a jolt into the inning, and it was followed by by five singles in a row to keep the hit parade going to hand Georgia an 8-1 lead.

Shepherd blasted a homer in the fourth. The Bulldogs ended up needing that cushion as the Wildcats rallied to trail 9-7

Ryan Webb, initially set to start Saturday’s second game, came in to close out the win.

CJ Smith ended up getting his first career start in the nightcap instead and shined in the spotlight, giving no runs in six scoreless innings. Will Proctor came on in the sixth, recording an out before Webb entered the game. Kentucky managed a run off of him, but it was just enough to hold off Georgia, which put two runners on with two outs in the ninth but was unable to break through.

Moving ahead, Clemson comes to town Tuesday night with another SEC series against a ranked team, Ole Miss on the road, next weekend.

There’s obviously no reason at this point to crawl into the corner and retreat with this team. If it continues to get strong starting pitching and hits when it needs them, it has a chance to get a strong seed in regionals. Sure, Friday’s crack in the bullpen isn’t what anybody within the program wants, but sometimes you just have ‘one of those days’ in baseball.

This is a pretty good Georgia baseball team. The weekend showed how close it is to being even better.




Sunday Morning Links

2018-04-15T09:07:10-04:00

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What We’re Hearing From Around The Classic City

The Bulldogs scrimmaged on Saturday. The word of the day was balance.

Few may be looking forward to G-Day more than Elijah Holyfield

Mecole Hardman had a lot of punt return yards last year. But there’s one thing missing...

He started six games at receiver in 2016. Could Michael Chigbu’s career end early due to injuries?

Those stadium upgrades? Let’s just say Kirby Smart is excited about them.

Two defenders missed the early portion of Saturday’s scrimmage

Jarvis Wilson could be primed for big things this fall on Georgia’s defense. For now, he is slowed by an injury.




‘Dawgs on Tour: Exhale

2018-04-12T07:00:01-04:00

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The pressure of the first major of the year has come and gone, and how better to relax than 2.5 hours south in the Low Country?

Tournament: RBC Heritage, April 12-15, 2018

Course: Harbour Town Golf Links, 7,099 yards, par 71.

Purse: $6,700,000

Defending Champion: Wesley Bryan. The former Gamecock (and trick shot artist) is the first South Carolinian to win in the Palmetto State. Bryan shot a tidy 67 while everyone else in the final groups faded.

Fun Fact: Held on Hilton Head Island, this tournament is hosted by a municipality that is the 2nd smallest on the PGA Tour schedule. The smallest being nearby, the RSM Classic at Sea Island, GA. Davis Love III, host of the RSM, has won here on HHI five times. Oh, and they shoot a cannon to start the tourney.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).

Former 'Dawgs in the Field ( Six ): Chris Kirk, Harris English, Keith Mitchell, Kevin Kisner, Brian Harman, Hudson Swafford.

Last week was as much pressure as you could ask for. And while millions of dollars are on the line, this week is the perfect counterpoint and chance for everyone to catch their breath. With all the hype of The Masters, the RBC Heritage is close to a complete opposite. Sandy soil, the Calibogue Sound, humid air at sea level, super casual (but knowledgeable) fans. Even the course is different. Where Augusta National has severe elevation changes, is pretty dang long, and has green speeds equaling your bathtub, Harbour Town is flat as a pancake, pretty short, extremely tight thanks to overhanging tree limbs, and green speeds typical of a PGA Tour event.

We have a nice contingent of former Bulldogs playing. Kisner and Harman make the short trek from Augusta down Highway 278 onto the island, where Kirk, English, Mitchell, and Swafford are eager to get back on the course after having a week off (not invited to play in last week’s Masters).

Enjoy the respite, and enjoy golf for the men of leisure.

And as always….

GO ‘DAWGS!!!