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Overreaction Monday: Falcons (2-0), Georgia (3-0) can’t lose … ever!

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman scores a touchdown for a 14-7 lead over the Packers during the second quarter Sunday night. The Falcons’ offense clicked in Week 2 after struggling in the season opener. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) Welcome back to Overreaction Monday, the weekly blog that asks the question:  “Will Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth ever ...



Yes, Georgia knew all about Nick Fitzgerald — and passed

ATHENS – Yes, Georgia knew all about Nick Fitzgerald in high school. Charles Pledger made sure of it. Fitzgerald is the fantastic quarterback who is currently piloting the SEC’s top offense for Mississippi State. He is the latest big, hulking quarterback tutored by Dan Mullen, the Bulldogs’ head coach who knows a thing or two about building offenses around...

Georgia players ready to welcome their old friend Jonathan Abram

ATHENS — Terry Godwin and Jonathan Abram came texted on Monday morning. It was “nothing serious,” as Godwin recalled a few hours later, just normal encouragement. “And be ready for Saturday,” Godwin said. Abram is a starting safety for Mississippi State, which visits Georgia this weekend, thus marking a return. Abram began his career at Georgia...

UGA quarterback Jacob Eason could return to practice Monday

ATHENS — Jacob Eason has improved enough that he could “do some things” at Georgia practice on Monday, head coach Kirby Smart said. “Jacob’s recovering well. We hope to get him out there today to do some things,” Smart said. “We’ll find out more today to see where he’s at.” Asked if that meant Eason could take some...

Georgia cornerback Malkom Parrish could return this week

ATHENS — Georgia’s best cornerback has yet to play this season, but Malkom Parrish might be available when Mississippi State visits on Saturday. Parrish is expected to try to practice on Monday, to test out the foot injury that has kept him out this season. “We hope to be able to get him back this week, but I can’t tell you anything until after practice today,&rdquo...

Georgia football podcast: Still two unanswered questions as UGA prepares for SEC play

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 cast of DawgNation experts as they discuss UGA coach Kirby Smart’s quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC and break down the latest Georgia football...

Kickoff time, TV network options revealed for Georgia-Tennessee

Georgia will continue its SEC schedule on Saturday, Sept. 30 as the Bulldogs travel to Knoxville, Tenn. to take on the Tennessee Volunteers in Neyland Stadium. The Bulldogs will be looking for a bit of revenge after a last-second 34-31 loss last season to the Volunteers on a Hail Mary pass. The status of starting quarterback Jacob Eason is still up in the air, but Jake Fromm...

Why 5-star Jadon Haselwood remains ‘1000 percent’ committed to UGA

Want a daily lap through Georgia football recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. We’ll cover the news and which way this 4-star or 5-star might lean plus add some perspective to help fans figure out what it all means. _______________________________________________________ Fake news. That’s the vogue rallying cry...
Overreaction Monday: Falcons (2-0), Georgia (3-0) can’t lose … ever!

Overreaction Monday: Falcons (2-0), Georgia (3-0) can’t lose … ever!

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman scores a touchdown for a 14-7 lead over the Packers during the second quarter Sunday night. The Falcons’ offense clicked in Week 2 after struggling in the season opener. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) Welcome back to Overreaction Monday, the weekly blog that asks the question:  “Will Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth ever ...

At Second Glance: Where Georgia is now and what it means for Mississippi State

Each week during the season, we re-watch that week’s Georgia football game in order to gain more insight, observations and just plain make sure we didn’t miss anything. This week it’s not so much about what went right and wrong for Georgia in its 42-14 win over Samford – it was almost all right, as it was supposed to be – but what it means...

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Georgia is ranked (Week 3)

Georgia didn’t face much of a challenge in Week 3 of the college football season, easily dispatching FCS opponent Samford 42-14. But thanks to Mississippi State’s upset of LSU, Georgia moved up one spot to the penultimate position in the SEC Country Power Poll. The 2017 SEC Country Power Poll, consisting of 29 voters from around the SEC, placed Georgia in the No...

Dawgs head into SEC wars looking good, but not yet great

The nonconference preliminaries are out of the way, with the 3-0 Georgia Bulldogs looking better than their 2016 selves, but still very much a work in progress. Now comes the hard part: continuing to improve as the level of opponent goes up several notches. The Bulldogs’ game against an overmatched FCS opponent is of interest here mainly in what...

Breaking: Georgia moves up in Coaches, AP polls after 3-0 start

After starting the season 3-0, Georgia is starting to creep up the polls. The Bulldogs had an impressive 42-14 win over Samford on Saturday, and as a result, they moved up in both the Coaches and AP polls. Georgia is No. 13 in the AP poll, moving up two spots from last week’s rankings. In the Coaches poll, the Bulldogs are No. 12, up one spot from the Week 3 rankings...

By the Numbers: More from Georgia’s win, and looking at Mississippi State

Every week we take a deeper dive into the numbers, and update Georgia’s stats and rankings, and look ahead to the next opponent. This week we review more from Georgia’s 42-14 win over Samford, and look ahead to what suddenly is a very intriguing match-up with Mississippi State: 17 Three-and-outs forced by Georgia’s defense this season. (7 vs. Notre Dame, 5...

Report Card: Bulldogs trending up entering SEC play

ATHENS — Nick Chubb rushed for 131 and two touchdowns and quarterback Jake Fromm passed for three more as the Georgia Bulldogs rolled over Samford 42-14 Saturday night at Sanford Stadium. Georgia’s defense also flexed its muscles in the victory, which got the 13th-ranked Bulldogs to 3-0 on the season. Samford was limited to 16 yards on four consecutive three-and-outs...

Georgia’s J.R. Reed brings block party back to Athens

For the first time since 2014 the Georgia defensive unit can add a blocked field goal to its repertoire. With less than three minutes remaining before halftime, Samford’s Jordan Weaver stepped back from 37 yards out for a field goal attempt. However, Georgia’s J.R. Reed was there a millisecond quicker with a hand standing in between Weaver’s kick and the three...

As SEC gauntlet approaches, UGA’s Kirby Smart likes his Bulldogs

ATHENS – OK, Georgia, here you go. It’s all sitting there for you. What are you going to do with it? SEC play begins next Saturday and the No. 13-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) are right where they’d hoped to be. They’re undefeated with Mississippi State coming to town for the conference opener. Only, this Mississippi State team doesn’t look quite like Mississippi...

Mecole Hardman knows the problem: ‘Drops, Drops, Drops’

ATHENS – The first touchdown of Mecole Hardman’s career, the first of what could be many, had just occurred, and his Georgia football team had won easily. And yet Hardman knew would be talked about was the pass he didn’t catch. He is an intriguing and dynamic option for Georgia’s offense, a former five-star recruit who was moved to offense this year ...

No excuses permitted: Georgia must win SEC East this time

ATHENS — There’s no excuse, not this year. Georgia has to win the SEC East. There’s only one team in this motley division that stands half a chance of being any good, and that team wasn’t on display in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday. If these Bulldogs don’t play in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Dec. 2, this program – sorry to mix sporting...

Fan Sound Off: Eyes of DawgNation turn toward Mississippi State

DawgNation was a little subdued after UGA’s 42-14 victory over Samford Saturday. One reason, the game was expected to be a rout. Another reason – the Bulldogs were 32 1/2-point favorites and failed to cover the spread. The eyes of DawgNation quickly turned to Mississippi...

Georgia emerges as real winner of nailbiter between Florida-Tennessee

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Against the backdrop of his team losing the season opener by more than two touchdowns, and after closing the 2016 regular season with two losses by an aggregate of 85-29, Florida coach Jim McElwain chose an interesting way to appease a grumbling fan base. He launched a new BBQ sauce. Right there, on campus, in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Saturday, the...

Georgia injury updates: Jacob Eason, Malkom Parrish and Tyler Clark

ATHENS — Kirby Smart decided to play coy when it came to Georgia’s most notable injured player. He wasn’t too expansive on a couple other key ones either. Quarterback Jacob Eason missed a second straight game with a sprained knee ligament, though he walked without a crutch during Saturday’s 42-14 win over Samford. So what are the chances, Smart was asked...
Georgia dismisses Samford in Sanford and eyes a bigger prize

Georgia dismisses Samford in Sanford and eyes a bigger prize

Terry Godwin, flying in for six. (Curtis Compton/AJC photo) ATHENS — There’s no excuse, not this year. Georgia has to win the SEC East. There’s only one team in this motley division that stands half a chance of being any good, and that team wasn’t on display in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday. If these Bulldogs don’t play in Mercedes-Benz Stadium...

Kirby Smart on Sony Michel: ‘We wanted to hold him’

ATHENS — Georgia tailback Sony Michel walked off the field Saturday night without any visible limp, or any extra tape on either ankle. The Georgia senior tailback stopped to talk to a fan, smiling widely and saying a few words before heading into the locker room. It didn’t look like his status for next week’s game at Mississippi State was in question. And...

What UGA coach Kirby Smart said after Georgia’s victory over Samford

Most Georgia fans can probably guess that Kirby Smart was pleased but not satisfied by the Bulldogs’ 42-14 victory over visiting Samford Saturday in Athens. For one, the Bulldogs allowed a pair of touchdowns to their FBS opponents. Georgia missed several scoring opportunities before the second-unit players took over. Jake Fromm was efficient with his passing game, completing...

Instant Analysis: Bulldogs take care of business vs. Samford

ATHENS — Georgia’s preseason concluded here at Sanford Stadium Saturday night. The real season will begin next Saturday against Mississippi State. At least that’s what it feels like. The Bulldogs’ 42-14 victory over Samford Saturday — and the ones over Notre Dame and Appalachian State the previous two weekends — did actually count, of course...

PHOTOS: No. 1 prospect Justin Fields headlines recruits at UGA-Samford

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia held a nice little catch-the-breath game with Samford on Saturday night. It was wedged in between the prime time tilt at Notre Dame and what looks like a tremendous SEC cross-division tussle with Mississippi State next week. As far as recruits go, Samford was not expected to draw a big crowd. But that’s just the sort of time for 5-star Justin...

Georgia offense finally reaches a benchmark under Kirby Smart and Jim Chaney

ATHENS — When D’Andre Swift darted around the defense and into the end zone on Saturday night, it marked a new accomplishment for Georgia in the Kirby Smart-Jim Chaney era. For the first time in their tenures, Georgia reached the 40-point mark. Swift’s 10-yard touchdown run, with 1:27 left in the third quarter, gave Georgia a 42-7 lead over Samford, an FCS opponent. It...
Florida and McElwain survive mistake-filled game, beat Tennessee

Florida and McElwain survive mistake-filled game, beat Tennessee

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, left, and Florida head coach Jim McElwain meet at midfield before a game Saturday in Gainesville that shouldn’t scare anybody else in the conference, especially Georgia. (AP photo) GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Against the backdrop of his team losing the season opener by more than two touchdowns, and after closing the 2016 regular season...

VIDEO: Kroger Tailgaters of the Week vs. Samford

ATHENS, Ga.  – After a a win over Notre Dame last weekend, Georgia was back at home  on Saturday night. It’s the battle of the Bulldogs as Georgia hopes to improve its 2-0 record against Samford. Georgia is ranked No. 13 in the AP Poll, and is expected to be a top contender in the fight to reach the SEC Championship Game. Kroger tailgaters of...

Georgia-Samford: Live updates, score for week 3 game

The G eorgia Bulldogs return to Sanford Stadium to take on the Samford Bulldogs on Saturday night. The two teams kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network’s Alternate channel. Georgia will be looking to move to 3-0 on the season before beginning SEC play next week. Below is everything you need to know about the Bulldogs game with Samford, including game time, TV Channel...

Ticket broker Jeff Cook arrested in Putnam County

ATHENS — Jeff Cook, the ticket broker who left dozens of Georgia football fans without Notre Dame tickets, was arrested by the Putnam County sheriff’s office on Friday, two media outlets were reporting. And that might be just the beginning of Cook’s troubles. Police executed a warrant at Cook’s house in Eatonton on Friday morning and arrested him, Putnam...

Georgia vs. Samford: Pregame updates and observations

Greetings from Sanford Stadium, where Samford is visiting, setting up the Samford and Sanford and Sanford and Samford confusion, so we will just refer to the visitors by their nickname … the Bulldogs? OK, never mind. Check here for pregame observations, injury updates and more as Georgia prepares to take on its FCS opponent for the season. This is assuming all goes as planned for...

Jeff Cook, ticket broker who allegedly oversold UGA-ND tickets, arrested

Jeff Cook, the broker who oversold tickets for the Georgia-Notre Dame game last Saturday in South Bend, Ind., has been arrested, per WXIA. Cook, who runs the website All Sports Tickets, has been charged with selling sports tickets without a license and advertising sports tickets for sale without posting a license number. Many Georgia fans who bought tickets...

Samford arrives at a perfect time for Fromm, Bulldogs

ATHENS – In the context of the rest of the schedule, Georgia’s game against Samford University today is the most meaningless of the season. But for where and when it falls and what it means in the grand scheme, it’s fairly consequential. Especially for quarterback Jake Fromm. Not to sound like some old coach, who’s going to tell you it’s the biggest game because...

Georgia-Samford: Game time, TV Channel, how to watch online for week 3 game

The G eorgia Bulldogs return to Sanford Stadium to take on the Samford Bulldogs on Saturday night. The two teams kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network’s Alternate channel. Georgia will be looking to move to 3-0 on the season before beginning SEC play next week. Below is everything you need to know about the Bulldogs game with Samford, including game time, TV Channel...

WATCH: 5-star QB Justin Fields scores 4 touchdowns in big win

KENNESAW, Ga. — After a bye-week that included an official visit to LSU, 5-star quarterback Justin Fields and the Harrison Hoyas returned to action with a 49-0 win against River Ridge on Friday. Fields, the nation’s top-rated recruit, had 4 total touchdowns in the game, 3 passing touchdowns  to  Steven Peterson and 1 rushing TD. He entered Friday with...

WATCH: Georgia releases awesome hype video from Notre Dame win

Georgia’s 20-19 win over Notre Dame in South Bend has been talked about a lot, but nothing encapsulates it as well as a video produced by UGA’s athletic department. The video, a little over two and half minutes, takes fans through the entire trip to South Bend all the way up until the end of the game. It starts with a pep talk from Kirby Smart and moves through...

UGA Athletic Board bylaws tweaked to give members more power

ATHENS – In the face of concerns that it is merely a rubber stamp for UGA’s administration, the school’s Athletic Board passed some changes on Friday aimed at giving individual board members more power. The reforms passed at Friday’s regularly scheduled meeting, are aimed at adding some transparency and giving the board a bigger voice. The...

Georgia football podcast: Recent media comments about SEC East should motivate UGA

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 cast of DawgNation experts as they discuss UGA coach Kirby Smart’s quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC and break down the latest Georgia football...

A.J. Green on Bengals’ offensive woes: ‘We got to find a way to get our playmakers the ball’

Former Georgia star wide receiver A.J. Green is not happy, and there is a good reason why. Green’s Cincinnati Bengals are 0-2 to start the 2017 NFL season. Worse yet, the Bengals have yet to score a touchdown in the two games, becoming the first team since the 1939 Philadelphia Eagles to start the season with two home games and fail to find the end zone. “We are...
5-star Marietta wide receiver with notable last name commits to UGA

5-star Marietta wide receiver with notable last name commits to UGA

Before Dominick Blaylock was a 5-star Marietta high schooler and No. 2 wide receiver of the 2019 class, he was a son. But not just anyone’s son. His father is former Atlanta Hawk and NBA All-Star Mookie Blaylock. And on Sunday, the Walton High School student announced on Twitter his intentions to play at the University of Georgia, which DawgNation confirmed. His stepfather...
Kirby Smart reaffirms: ‘Jacob Eason is our starter’

Kirby Smart reaffirms: ‘Jacob Eason is our starter’

HOOVER, Ala. — Kirby Smart appeared to acknowledge what has seemed apparent for awhile: Jacob Eason will be Georgia’s starting quarterback, at least at the outset. Jacob Eason is our starter going into the season. Jake Fromm’s got to do something to beat him out,” Smart said on Tuesday at SEC media days. “Very similar to a lot of positions. You’ve got to beat them...
UGA track and field star, Kell grad named an SEC athlete of the year

UGA track and field star, Kell grad named an SEC athlete of the year

It would be hard for Marietta’s Kendell Williams to be as athletically impressive if she wore all her hardware. And on Friday, the University of Georgia track and field phenom won another award — the 2016-2017 Roy F. Kramer SEC Female Athlete of the Year. The award is determined by a vote of the league’s athletics directors. Williams graduated from Kell High School, where...
Herschel Walker has street named after him in hometown

Herschel Walker has street named after him in hometown

This Fourth of July was extra special for University of Georgia legend Herschel Walker. On a day when Americans celebrated the birth of our country, Walker’s hometown of Wrightsville, Ga., celebrated him. The city dedicated a street to be named after its beloved son. Walker Tweeted his thanks to the city, along with a photo of him holding his new street sign. <div></div><br>...
SEC looking to cut length of average college football game

SEC looking to cut length of average college football game

If you’ve watched or attended college football games lately and said to yourself, this game seems too long, you’re not alone. The NCAA and SEC think so, too. And if you’ve sat through what’s supposed to be a 20-minute halftime and thought to yourself, that went a bit longer than 20 minutes, you’re also not alone. Again, the NCAA and SEC have noticed. The SEC, as part...
UGA ranks 9th in the SEC in revenue

UGA ranks 9th in the SEC in revenue

The Baton Rouge Advocate acquired the financial reports for the 2015-16 school year, the one most recently available for all schools. The exception being Vanderbilt, as it is a private school. Here are a few takeaways from Georgia’s perspective: Georgia ranks ninth in the SEC in both revenue ($124.66 million) and expenses ($115.5 million). The schools that Georgia spent more than were South...
Kirby Smart: First year as UGA coach was ‘disappointing’

Kirby Smart: First year as UGA coach was ‘disappointing’

The question to Kirby Smart was right to the point: How would you assess Year 1 as Georgia’s head football coach? Smart’s answer was just as direct. “Year 1 was disappointing,” Smart said. “Any time you finish 8-5 it’s a disappointment at the University of Georgia. Certainly not the standard that I expect to keep.” It wasn’t the first time Smart has...
Greg McGarity takes responsibility for Bulldogs’ struggles

Greg McGarity takes responsibility for Bulldogs’ struggles

Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity, while acknowledging and taking responsibility for the underperformance of Georgia teams, and urged his athletic board to “not be distracted by those who seek to divide us.” UGA ranks 24th in the NCAA Director’s Cup all-sports standings, updated on Thursday. The school is in danger of finishing out of the top 20 for the first time in nearly...
Lamar Heard, UGA’s Final Four team captain, dies

Lamar Heard, UGA’s Final Four team captain, dies

Lamar Heard, a captain on Georgia’s 1983 Final four men’s basketball team, has died. He was 55. The cause of death was not immediately known. However, he had fallen ill suddenly earlier this month and had been hospitalized since in Atlanta, according to persons with knowledge of the situation. Heard’s family is asking for privacy at this time. Heard, a Cartersville native, was one...
UGA’s Elijah Holyfield arrested on drug charges in Athens

UGA’s Elijah Holyfield arrested on drug charges in Athens

Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield was arrested early Monday on two misdemeanor drug charges in Athens. Holyfield, the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, was charged with possession and use of drug related objects, and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, according to the Athens-Clarke County Jail web site. A team spokesman said head coach Kirby Smart was...
UGA wide receiver arrested on marijuana charge during traffic stop

UGA wide receiver arrested on marijuana charge during traffic stop

ATHENS -- Georgia receiver Riley Ridley was arrested along with one other person for misdemeanor marijuana possession on Saturday night, after the two were pulled over by Athens-Clarke County police on a traffic stop. Ridley subsequently told police that he had bought and consumed the marijuana earlier that day, according to the arrest report. Ridley, from Deerfield Beach, Fla., was arrested at 10...
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