Will this above picture of our true freshman on the field with the UGA fans cheering him on be a regular occurence for UGA’s games this year? Is Kirby Smart really thinking about starting Jacob Eason in game 1 in the dome? Is Eason the frontrunner now? Could the job be his to lose?
Of course Kirby Smart isn’t going to clearly answer any of these questions, at least not publicly. That information will likely be on a need to know basis until UGA’s first offensive play Saturday.
Most everyone thinks that Eason will either be the starter sometime this year or get a ton of playing time. By all accounts it’s looking more and more like #10 will not only start this year, but be the man from play 1!
It was probably difficult for Sony Michel to do his jazz hands after his ATV accident this summer.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that #1 is one of the most important players on this team. Of course Nick Chubb is on top of the list and we’re going to get to see what he has in exactly one week.
Then we have true freshman Elijah Holyfield, who had been showing out on the field this fall until he injured his ankle. This isn’t Auburn, so I know we can count to 3 and that makes our top 3 running backs coming off of injuries…………………if Sony is able to go.
KJ Britt is one of many top targets at linebacker for The University of Georgia, but he is a little different from some of the others. At just over 6 foot tall and weighing 230 pounds, you’d think Britt would be known as just a thumper. The inside linebacker will come downhill quick and mean to knock a running backs head off, but he can also play sideline to sideline.
The 4* linebacker has had both UGA and Auburn in the lead at one point and was set to make his decision on August 8th. Obviously he wasn’t ready and delayed that decision, but he may not last much longer. Stanford has tried to jump into the mix, but it looks like a UGA/Auburn battle, with Auburn seemingly having some momentum. His last two visits were there in July and you can expect him to be there for the Clemson game.
Isaiah Wilson has been a top target on the offensive line for UGA for a good while now. It definitely doesn’t hurt that he grew up watching UGA football with his dad. It looks like the biggest obstacle that could keep the two from coming together right now is The University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide have also been after Wilson for a while, but there may be a couple of things working in UGA’s favor.
Alabama already has 4 offensive tackles committed in the 2017 class and they’re at or near the top for Jedrick Wills. Wilson is almost guaranteed to be moved to guard if he chooses to play there. They also have a true freshman starting at right tackle this year, making it likely that he’ll hold a tackle spot for the next three years.
At one time, everyone else seemed to be looking up at UGA on Zamir White’s list……………way up. While the Dawgs are very much still in this race, we have a fight on our hands. Clemson is doing a tremendous job of recruiting right now, and he’s been on campus at North Carolina in what seems like every other weekend. South Carolina may be looking up at the other 3, but the Gamecocks are trying to get in there.
White’s season hasn’t started off as well as last season, but it is due to injury. He bruised his thigh in the first half of the opening game, but still had 15 carries for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also took a kickoff back 82 yards for a touchdown. This was the first time in 30 games that “Zeus” hasn’t rushed for 100 yards. He sat out last nights game, but should be ready to go for game 3.
While Clemson and other should always be watched, this could end up being UGA vs the in-state Tar Heels. It would definitely help if the Dawgs were to land Trevor Lawrence.
UGA is known for turning out high profile running backs year after year. With Gurley/Marshall to Chubb/Michel to Holyfield/Herrien, the Dawgs have been able to stay in-state and go into other parts of the country for guys to tote the rock. Next year we are after the top running back in the nation in Zamir “Zeus” White, but may want another to form a dynamic duo with him.
We could look right up the street in Jefferson, where Colby Wood was named AAA Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore last year. While he has flown somewhat under the radar so far, it won’t be long before the big boys start to notice this 5’10 180 pound back.
Tonight is the night that many high school football fans have had circled on their calendar for a long long time. It’s Grayson vs IMG Academy, the #2 ranked team in the nation versus the #4 ranked team in the nation.
Not only does Grayson have many high profile prospects, IMG also has a couple of high profile recruits that transferred from Georgia schools.
Another big game is Colquitt County vs American Heritage (FL). The two time defending state champions had their 30 game win streak snapped last week by Mill Creek in the Corky Kell Classic.
Check out the previews by GHSF Daily:
Photo via DawgTime
We’re exactly a week away from the Chick Fil A kickoff in the Georgia Dome and we don’t have a starting quarterback……………………………..or do we?
Good news on the day was Elijah Holyfield being back on the field and practicing. Of course Kirby Smart also said on the Paul Finebaum Show that Sony Michel could end up being a game time decision.
Check out today’s happenings from the various media outlets that were in attendance:
Aug. 26, 2016
ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia Bulldogs continued to build-up for next weekend’s season opener against North Carolina with an intense workout in shoulder pads and shorts on Friday afternoon. The Bulldogs and Tar Heels will meet in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic next Saturday, an ESPN televised matchup slated for 5:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome.
Following the workout, selected defensive players visited with the media.
Safety Dominick Sanders discussed having a former defensive back as his head coach.
Aug. 26, 2016
By John Frierson
UGAAA Staff Writer
Isaiah McKenzie is one Georgia’s most exciting players. Among the most explosive and dangerous return men in college football, the junior from Miami has five career returns for touchdowns.
The speedy McKenzie, listed at 5-foot-8, 175 pounds, came to Georgia from American Heritage High School in Miami, where he was teammates with fellow Bulldog junior Sony Michel. Both players have been significant contributors in their first two seasons.
With the season opener against North Carolina right around the corner, McKenzie sat down Thursday for a quick chat about how a big return comes together, playing with Michel and much more. Here’s some of what he had to say:
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Aug. 26, 2016
By John Frierson
UGAAA Staff Writer
There are four Grand Slam tournaments in professional tennis. Ellen Perez will have played in half of them in 2016 once she takes the court next week at the U.S. Open, in New York.
That’s not bad for the Georgia junior, a three-time All-American from Shellharbour, Australia, who finished her sophomore season with a 16-3 dual match record at No. 1 singles and an ITA ranking of No. 5 in the country.
Back in January, Perez teamed up with fellow Australian Belinda Woodcock, then a junior at Florida, and played in the Australian Open doubles main draw, losing in the first round. That wildcard was a gift from the Tennis Australia Federation to two of the country’s top collegiate players.
Aug. 26, 2016
ATHENS, Ga. — Following a delay due to lightning, the Georgia soccer team won its first game of the season with a 3-1 victory over Samford Friday night at the Turner Soccer Complex.
Senior Marion Crowder scored two of Georgia’s three goals in the victory, marking her second and third of the season. This was her first multi-goal game since Sept. 21, 2014 vs. Vanderbilt.
For the second year in a row, Georgia’s first win of the season came against Samford. Last season’s victory marked the first under head coach Billy Lesesne.
Aug. 26, 2016
ATHENS, Ga.—The Georgia volleyball team notched the official first win for Georgia athletics in the 2016-17 year, taking a 3-1 victory over UNC Asheville on Friday night. Georgia took the game by scores of 25-19, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-23.
“I thought we started off a bit shaky,” said head coach Lizzy Stemke. “We were filled with emotions opening up the season here at home. We were nervous, but we were also very amped up. We really wanted to show everyone what we have been working on and how competitive we can be. I think we held our composure well throughout a tight match and pulled off a great win to start off the season.”
We are just over a week away and our Dawgs began preparation for UNC yesterday.
Nick Chubb was again going full speed, but this time it was with no knee brace whatsoever. Elijah Holyfield was still on the exercise bike, while Sony Michel was still in his black jersey.
Jacob Eason was still running with the ones, as you’ll see below. Tyler Catalina was also still at 1st string LT.