Every year it seems like there are at least three prospects (usually in state) that seem to be top targets for The University of Georgia. These are the guys that you look at and know that our recruiting class could be doomed without them. Sometimes it’s the higher ranked 5 star guys, and sometimes it’s guys that could fill a position of need. It could be a kid that all of the other in state recruits look up to and want to play with.
What does ILB Roquan Smith bring to the table for the Dawgs? Speed, speed, and more speed. He’s not the biggest, although he has gained weight while working out on his own. He brings the speed that Jeremy Pruitt covets in his linebackers. Roquan was rated a 4* recruit and the #5 linebacker in the nation. I also wouldn’t be surprised at all if he ended up playing some of the star role as well. He has enough size to make the down hill tackles and can cover from sideline to sideline, while the added size will hopefully help him get off blocks. He definitely has the athleticism, as he played multiple positions in high school (LB, RB, KR, PR).
Well, it looks like the Philip Fulmer Cup will find its way back home. The Fulmer Cup started as a parody award around 2006 because of Fulmer and Tennessee being known for having a high number of players arrested. I guess since Tennessee can still only win 5-7 games a season on the field, they have to win something off the field. Just check out last years picture of Tennessee players participating in the Vol Walk on the way to the stadium!
Chip Towers of the AJC spoke with UGA President Jere Morehead about a timeline for the IPF that is to be constructed for the different atletic programs at UGA. Towers said that this is the timeline for the $30 million project. Morehead proceeded to tell Towers that January is the earliest construction could start, as to not interfere with the football season.
Next in line in our review of past great UGA games is the 2002 SEC Championship. UGA came into the game with an 11-1 record, with it’s only blemish a 13-20 defeat at the hands of Florida. The Dawgs had already racked up wins against Clemson(31-28), South Carolina(13-7), Alabama(27-25), Tennessee(18-15), Auburn(24-21), and Tech(51-7). The Dawgs came in only giving up 16.5 poins per game on defense and didn’t disappoint against Arkansas.
The Junkyard Dawgs only allowed Arkansas to score three points in route to a 30-3 beatdown. The defense was led by Tony Gilbert’s 10 tackles and 2 tackles for loss, Boss Bailey’s 6 tackles, 1 TFL, and 1 sack, and David Pollack’s 5 tackles, 2 TFL, and 1 sack.
On offense, Musa Smith racked up 112 yards, with 2 touchdowns, on 19 carries. David Greene passed for 237 yards with 1 touchdown and no interceptions. Terrance Edwards had 92 yards receiving, while Fred Gibson had 93 yards receiving. Ben Waton had 20 yards receiving and the only receiving touchdown.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 14/14 Georgia softball team earned its 18th shutout of the year with a 3-0 win over No. 17/19 Kentucky on Friday, April 24 at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Ky. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 37-13 on the year and 12-9 in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky is now 29-18 overall and 5-14 in league play.
AUBURN, ALA.—–Auburn defeated Georgia 5-1 Friday at Plainsman Park in game two of a Southeastern Conference series.
The Tigers (28-16, 9-11 SEC) took a 1-0 lead in the first on a two-out, run-scoring double by Daniel Robert. In the top of the first, Georgia had Nick King at third with one out but Stephen Wrenn and Daniel Nichols struck out. The Bulldogs tied the game in the fourth with a two-out run-scoring single bySkyler Weber. It scored Nichols who was on after a two-out single ended a stretch of 11 in a row retired by right-hander Rocky McCord. Nichols moved to second whenZack Bowers drew a walk. For Weber, it was his team-leading 29th RBI.
ATHENS, Ga. — Karen Lange, who has more than two decades of playing and coaching experience at college basketball’s highest levels, has been named associate head coach for the Georgia Lady Bulldogs, head coach Joni Crenshaw announced on Friday.
GeorgiaDogs.com recently had a chance to sit down with head men’s tennis coach Manuel Diaz to discuss the Bulldogs’ season and also to look ahead to the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Tournament bracket will be announced Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. on NCAA.com
GeorgiaDogs.com: How have you seen this team grow from the beginning of the season until now?
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Bulldogs posted nationally competitive marks both in the field and on the track during the third day of the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, under cloudy skies and with temperatures in the 50s on Friday.
“We didn’t have a great day with the weather or performances over all,” said Bulldog head coach Wayne Norton. “But there were two notable results. Chanice Porter continues her improvement in the long jump and it was especially nice to have Freya (Jones) start her season. We are still set up to have a successful postseason.”
AUBURN, ALA.—–Auburn edged Georgia 4-2 Thursday at Plainsman Park in game one of a Southeastern Conference series.
The Tigers (27-16, 8-11 SEC) grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first, sending nine to the plate, and they left the bases loaded. Anfernee Grier, Daniel Robert and Blake Logan registered RBI. Georgia got a run back in the second as Zack Bowers led off with a double and later scored on a groundout by Skyler Weber.
Recruiting may seem slow at the moment. Spring practices are over, so there isn’t a lot going on to get the recruits to Athens. Spring breaks are over for high schools, which cuts out most visits during the week. I guess the term STUDENT-Athlete does mean something! The summer 7on7’s and Mark Richt Camps aren’t here yet and Dawgnight comes after those.
First there was Gurley and Marshall. Marshall the 5 star and Gurley the 4 star out of high school. Although they said they didn’t like the name, it kind of stuck. Next came Chubb and Michel. I’m not sure if anyone came up with a good nickname for them besides Gurshall 2.0. The Dawgs chose to not take a RB in 2015 and will likely only take one in 2016. Now, 2017 is a different story. The Dawgs are chasing another dynamic duo to continue the tradition of great running backs ‘Between the Hedges’.
Oh, how the might have fallen. ESPN used to be the go to for all things sports, even recruiting. It seems in recent years that they put less and less focus on recruiting each year. Every year they have at least a few very questionable rankings. Of course, no one is perfect and everyone could probably find a ranking or two that they don’t agree with. We all know that fans of every school is going to think each ranking service has an agenda against them. You see it asked time and time again, “Why does ESPN hate UGA?”
A lot of people just read the title and said “what the F is he talking about”, but hear me out. One word – CHUBB! We have #27, who actually gained more yards in his freshman season than Gurley did in his, and only started 8 of those games. The freshman sensation already took over last year and we barely lost a step, if any at all.
How do you control a revved up crowd of thousands of alcohol-drinking college-age adults who traditionally amass on the beach at St. Simons Island on the eve of the annual Georgia-Florida football game in Jacksonville?
Tough question, but it’s one past and current county officials are trying to answer.
Eliminating alcohol on what is popularly known as “Frat Beach” during the University of Georgia-University of Florida football weekend is one proposal county officials and community representatives are considering.
If you’re like me you use this time in between spring practice and fall practice to watch old games. Well, we’ve found tons of them that we’ll routinely post. Where better to start than last years beatdown of Auburn. I don’t know if you hate the barn as much as I do, but this would be one of your favorite games last year if you come close. GO DAWGS!!!
ATHENS, Ga. — Paige Wilson was in the starting lineup for the Georgia softball team Wednesday night against Georgia State at Jack Turner Stadium. Also, the grass in the outfield was green and the sun rose and fell.
Being in the starting lineup is nothing new for the Chicago native, who played shortstop and drove in a run in the No. 14 Bulldogs’ 15-6 win in five innings. Not starting or playing, now that would be news.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Georgia’s Olivia Ball, Nicolas Fink and Coach Jack Bauerle have been chosen as Southeastern Conference year-end award winners, according to an announcement Tuesday by the league office.
Ball was named the SEC Female Freshman of the Year, Fink was picked as the SEC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and Bauerle earned SEC Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year honors for the 15th time.