Kirby Smart announces Georgia’s Week 2 Players of the Week

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Mecole Hardman, Richard LeCounte among the Georgia players of the week

A day after Rodrigo Blankenship was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, Georgia announced its own players of the week. A total of eight players earned the honor with three coming on offense, three coming on defense and two on special teams.

The offensive players were all wide receivers as Mecole Hardman, Tyler Simmons and Riley Ridley. The trio racked up 152 yards on 11 catches. The real standout was Hardman, who racked up 133 yards on seven touches and a touchdown. As Georgia began to pull away from South Carolina, Hardman was a big reason why. The junior wide receiver has quickly become one of the Bulldogs’s top players.

On defense, sophomore safety Richard LeCounte, senior linebacker Juwan Taylor and junior defensive tackle Tyler Clark. LeCounte led the team in tackles on Saturday and broke up a number of passes. Taylor also found the endzone as he recovered Deandre Baker’s fumble on the 1-yard line to give Georgia an early lead.

Related: Georgia’s Juwan Taylor on fumble recovery TD: ‘I just knew it didn’t look right’

The two special teams players were Blankenship and sophomore linebacker Walter Grant. Blankenship connected on both of his field goal attempts and had every kickoff go for a touchback.

Game 2 players of the week! #ATD

— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) September 11, 2018

Recapping the Bulldogs in the NFL

With the NFL’s first week in the book, let’s look back on how some of the top former Bulldogs did.

  • Todd Gurley, LA Rams running back: Gurley rushed 20 times for 108 yards and caught three passes for 39 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown, for the Rams.
  • Lorenzo Carter, New York Giants outside linebacker: In his NFL debut for the Giants, Carter had one tackle and one pass defense.    
  • Alec Ogletree, New York Giants linebacker: Ogletree posted seven tackles and defended one pass in his first game with the Giants.
  • Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle: Atkins recorded four tackles, with two for loss, including a sack, for the Bengals.
  • Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns running back: In his NFL debut, Chubb rushed three times for 21 yards and had a special teams tackle for the Browns.
  • Roquan Smith, Chicago Bears linebacker: On the first snap of his NFL career, Smith posted a quarterback sack for Chicago. He finished with three tackles.
  • Reshad Jones, Miami Dolphins safety: Jones intercepted two passes with returns of 54 and 26 yards. He also had seven tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
  • A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver: Green paced the Bengals with six catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.

When factoring in practice squad and players on injured reseve, a total of 35 Bulldogs were on NFL teams. The Cincinnati Bengals have the most former Georgia players on their roster with five(Atkins, Clint Boling, Cordy Glenn, Green, Shawn Williams).

UGA schedules scrimmage with UAB

The Georgia basketball team added another opponent to its slate, as the Bulldogs will visit UAB on Oct. 18 to take on the Blazers in a preseason scrimmage which will benefit parties assisting the Red Cross and its disaster relief. The game will be played at UAB’s Bartow Arena and tip at 8:00 p.m. ET.

This will be the first chance for fans to get a look at Georgia under new coach Tom Crean against an opponent.

“We’re extremely excited for the opportunity to play UAB and help raise funds for the Red Cross and the tremendous work they perform,” Crean said in a release. “We hope to play in front or a packed house at Bartow Arena. To play a true road game will be a great benefit for us as we prepare for the upcoming season. It will be a valuable test and learning experience for our team as we begin building this program to a championship level.”

The game will not be broadcast on television. Georgia begins it’s 2018-19 season on Nov. 9, when the Bulldogs host Savannah State. Georgia fans can also get a look at both the men’s and women’s teams on Oct. 5, when the two teams will host “Stegmania”. Georgia also has an exhibition game schedule against West Georgia that is set for Nov. 1. That game will be played at Stegeman Coliseum.

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