UGA Football: Game Notes – Undefeated Dawgs Head to Vandy

The Georgia Bulldogs vs. The Vanderbilt Commodores

GAME & BROADCAST INFO

  • Game 6: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
  • Kickoff: Saturday, October 7 – 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Vanderbilt Stadium (40,550) – Nashville, Tenn.
  • 2017 Records: Georgia 5-0 (2-0 SEC), Vanderbilt 3-2 (0-2 SEC)
  • 2016 Records: Georgia 8-5 (4-4 SEC), Vanderbilt 6-7 (3-5 SEC)
  • Rankings: Georgia #5/6, Vanderbilt NR
  • TV: ESPN – Mike Patrick (PxP), Tommy Tuberville (analyst), Paul Carcaterra (sideline)
  • Video Stream: WatchESPN.com
  • Radio: WSB AM 750 – Bulldog Network | Affiliates | Scott Howard (PxP), Eric Zeier (Color), Chuck Dowdle (sideline)
  • Audio Stream: georgiadogs.com | Mobile
  • Satellite: Sirius 138, XM 191
  • Web Stats: Live Stats
  • Twitter: #UGAvsVANDY
  • ReBroadcast: SEC Network: TBA

 

Georgia 2017 Averages Vanderbilt
33.0 Scoring Offense 21.6
*9.2 Scoring Defense 22.0
+2 Turnover Margin +2
387.0 Total Offense 285.2
237.4 Rushing Offense 79.2
149.6 Passing Offense 206.0
6.8 Punt Returns 9.4
25.2 Kickoff Returns 18.5

*ranks No. 2 nationally

Road Swing Continues At Vanderbilt

Fifth-ranked Georgia (5-0, 2-0 SEC) makes its second straight trip to the state of Tennessee as it faces the Commodores (3-2, 0-2 SEC) Saturday in Nashville. Last Saturday in Knoxville, the Bulldogs notched their 800th all-time win with a dominating shutout of Tennessee 41-0. Georgia is in its 124th season and they have a record of 800-418-54. The Bulldogs rank 11th nationally in all-time victories. Vanderbilt got off to a 3-0 start but has lost its last two games as conference play opened up. Two weeks ago, the Commodores fell 59-0 to top-ranked Alabama in Nashville, and last Saturday, they lost 38-24 to #21 Florida in Gainesville. Vanderbilt’s 3-0 start included a victory over #18 Kansas State.

Series Record Versus The Commodores

The Bulldogs hold a 55-20-2 lead in the all-time series with the Commodores dating back to 1893. Georgia has won 11 of its last 12 meetings in Nashville, including the Bulldogs’ 31-14 victory in Vanderbilt Stadium in 2015. In fact, Georgia is 19-3 over the teams’ last 22 matchups. However, the Commodores held on for a 17-16 victory in the seventh game of the 2016 season in Athens. This marked the first home loss to Vanderbilt for the Bulldogs since 2006.

Inside The Numbers

Saturday’s matchup features three of the nation’s top senior running backs, including two who are ranked among the NCAA’s top 10 active rushing leaders. Georgia’s Nick Chubb ranks fourth nationally with 3,904 yards and 35 touchdowns in 37 games while Vanderbilt’s Ralph Webb checks in at seventh on this list. He has 3,540 yards in 42 games with 24 touchdowns. The Bulldogs’ Sony Michel is 17th on this list with 2,667 yards. Georgia ranks third in the SEC in Rushing Defense, allowing just 90.4 yards/game while Vanderbilt is 12th (204.6). The Commodores and Bulldogs rank third and fourth, respectively, in Pass Defense. Georgia leads the league in Red Zone Defense while Vanderbilt is tied for second.

Aiming For Sixth Straight Victory

Georgia’s five consecutive wins marks the first time the Bulldogs have reeled off five in a row since the end of the 2015 season. That year, Georgia posted victories over Kentucky, at Auburn, versus Georgia Southern, at Georgia Tech and against Penn State in the TaxSlayer Bowl to end the year. The Bulldogs are now aiming for their sixth straight win when they face the Commodores on Saturday. The last time Georgia tallied six wins in a row was during the 2012 season. That season, the Bulldogs started 5-0 before dropping a contest at South Carolina. But Georgia managed to bounce back and reel off six consecutive victories (at Kentucky, vs. Florida, Ole Miss, at Auburn, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech) and clinched a spot in the SEC Championship Game. The Bulldogs were edged 32-28 by top-ranked Alabama in Atlanta. Georgia’s best start in recent history came during the 2005 season when the Bulldogs jumped out to a 7-0 mark. Georgia won that the SEC title over LSU that season and finished 10-3.

Yet Another Dog Named To Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

Senior DB Aaron Davis has been named to the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Davis is one of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) selected based on their commitment to community service. Davis, a Finance graduate and native of Locust Grove, Ga., is one of four players from the Southeastern Conference on the FBS 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Georgia leads the nation in Allstate AFCA Good Works Team honorees with 18 since the award’s inception in 1992, including four straight and six in the last seven years. Current Bulldog TE Jeb Blazevich was awarded the honor in 2016. This year, Davis has started all five games and is third on the team with 17 tackles.

Head Coach Kirby Smart

 

Personal
Full Name: Kirby Paul Smart
Birthdate: December 23, 1975
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
Family: Wife: Mary Beth; Children: twins Weston and Julia (Feb. 8, 2008), and Andrew (May 25, 2012)
High School: Bainbridge (Ga.)
College: BBA Georgia ’98; MS Samford State ’03

Coaching Experience
1999 Georgia Admin. Asst.
2000 Valdosta State Defensive Backs
2001 Valdosta State Def. Coord.
2002-03 FSU Grad. Assistant
2004 LSU Defensive Backs
2005 Georgia Running Backs
2006 Miami Dolphins Safeties
2007 Alabama Asst. HC/DBs
2008-13, ’15 Alabama Def. Coord./ILBs
2014 Alabama Asst. HC/Safeties
2016-current Georgia Head Coach

Playing Experience
Georgia (1995-98): Four-year letterman as defensive back. First team All-SEC in ’98; 13 career interceptions; four-time member of SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Bainbridge H.S. (1991-93): Three-year letterman in football, basketball, and baseball; first team Class AAAA All-State as a senior; 16 career interceptions.
High School Coach: Sonny Smart (father)

Coach Smart’s Record
Year W L Pct. SEC
2016 8 5 .615 4-4
2017 5 0 1.000 2-0

When Georgia looked for a new head football coach after the 2015 season, the arrows pointed to Kirby Smart, longtime University of Alabama defensive coordinator and former UGA player and assistant. After one season, he has not disappointed.

In his first year leading the Bulldogs, Georgia extended its school record to 20 consecutive bowl appearances and posted five fourth-quarter comebacks including wins over No. 8 Auburn and No. 22 North Carolina. He led UGA to an 8-5 final record, which included a victory over TCU in the Liberty Bowl.

He has also made an immediate impact in recruiting circles posting the nation’s third-ranked class in 2017 following his first class in 2016 generally considered among the top ten. In addition to his coaching duties, Smart oversees the Kirby Smart Family Foundation, which is focused on being champions in the community by supporting and giving back to needy children and families.

Smart officially came home to Georgia on Dec. 6, 2015. But he still had unfinished business at Alabama, which was chasing a national title. He juggled two jobs for a month until January 11, 2016, when the Tide won its fourth national championship in a seven-year span. Twelve hours later, he was at work in Athens, where he is one of nine head coaches at schools from Power 5 conferences that are coaching at their alma mater.

Did You Know?
Kirby Smart is one of nine head coaches at schools from Power 5 conferences that are coaching at their alma maters.

The complete list:
Paul Chryst (Wisconsin) Barry Odom (Missouri)
Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern) Mark Richt (Miami)
Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State) David Shaw (Stanford)
Jim Harbaugh (Michigan) Kirby Smart (GEORGIA)
Cliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech)

Top Ind. Single-Game Performances Under Smart
Rushing Yards: 222, Chubb vs. #22 UNC (9/3/16)
Rushing TDs: 2, Fromm vs. Tennessee (9/30/17), Chubb vs. Samford (9/16/17), Chubb vs. App State (9/2/17), #22 UNC (9/3/16), @ SC (10/9/16); Herrien @ #21 OM (9/24/16)
Longest Rush: 55-TD, Chubb vs. #22 UNC (9/3/16); 55-TD, McKenzie vs. LA (11/19/16)
Passing Yards: 346, Eason vs. VU (10/15/16)
Passing TDs: 3, Fromm vs. Samford (9/16/17), Eason @ Missouri (9/17/16)
Receiving TDs: 2, Godwin vs. Samford (9/16/17), McKenzie @ Missouri (9/17/16)
Longest TD Pass: 66-TD, Eason to McKenzie vs. Nicholls (9/10/16)
Longest Pass: 77, Eason to McKenzie vs. TCU (12/30/16)
Tackles: 13, R. Smith vs. Georgia Tech (11/26/16)
Sacks: 3, T. Thompson vs. TCU (12/30/16)
TFL: 3, Thompson vs. Nicholls (9/10/16)

Quick Facts

  • Led UGA to its first win over a ranked team in a season opener away from Sanford Stadium in school history, posting a 33-24 win over #22 UNC during the 2016 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic
  • In head coaching debut, Bulldogs overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half and scored the final 19 points of the game in a win over the #22 Tar Heels in the Georgia Dome in 2016
  • Became first UGA football coach since Joel Hunt in 1938 to start his career 3-0 after winning his first 2016 SEC game on the road with a 28-27 victory over Missouri
  • Five fourth-quarter comebacks, including wins over #8 AU & #22 UNC

Defense/Special Teams Scores
2016: Safety vs. #22 UNC; Lorenzo Carter 24-yd fumble recovery for TD vs. Nicholls; Terry Godwin 43-yd KOR for TD @ SC; Maurice Smith 34-yd INT return for TD vs. #8 Auburn; Isaiah McKenzie 82-yd PR for TD vs. UL Lafayette

6 Victories When Tied Or Trailing Late
Year Opponent Start of 4th Qtr. Final
2016 %#22 UNC Trailed 24-23 33-24
2016 @ Missouri Trailed 27-21 28-27
2016 @ Kentucky Trailed 21-16 27-24
2016 #8 Auburn Tied 7-7 13-7
2016 ^TCU Trailed 23-21 31-23
2017 #24 Notre Dame 17-16, trailed 19-17 with 10:21 left 20-19

%Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic, Ga. Dome; ^Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn.

Bulldog Offense Averaging 36 Points In SEC Games

Bulldog Offense Averaging 36 Points In SEC Games Georgia has opened up SEC play 2-0 and is averaging 36.0 points/game with wins over #17 Mississippi State (31-3) and at Tennessee (41-0) en route to a 5-0 start. The Bulldogs are tied for the national lead in Red Zone Offense, going a perfect 19- for-19, including 14 touchdowns.

Directing the offense this season have been sophomore Jacob Eason and freshman Jake Fromm. Fromm has been filling in for Eason after he went down with a knee injury in the first quarter of the season opener versus Appalachian State. To date, Fromm is 50-for-84 for 734 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Eason began the season as the starter and Fromm has gotten the nod the last four games.

Fromm earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after posting a career high 201 yards, completing nine of 12 passes with two touchdowns in the win over #17 MSU. His completions against MSU included touchdown strikes of 59 and 41 yards. Fromm was 7-for-15 with a touchdown and an interception at Tennessee and the Warner Robins, Ga., native ran for a pair of touchdowns.

Fromm is only the seventh true freshman Bulldog quarterback to start a game, including just the second to do it on the road in his first career start. True freshman Georgia quarterbacks to start include Johnny Rauch (1945), Joe Dupree (1990), Eric Zeier (1991), Quincy Carter (1998), Matt Stafford (2006), Jacob Eason (2016) and now Fromm. Fromm joined Zeier as the only true freshmen to have their first career start on the road. Zeier led #22 Georgia to a 37-17 win over #23 Ole Miss in Oxford. In that game, Zeier was 18-for-30 for 216 yards.

Against No. 24 Notre Dame, Fromm finished 16-for-29 for 141 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT in the win which featured a fourth quarter comeback. Trailing 19-17 with 6:47 left in the contest, Fromm directed a nine play, 63-yard drive to set up the goahead field goal. He was 3-for-4 for 45 yards during the drive.

Jacob Eason (2016 UGA)
2016 Att Cmp TD Int Yds Sk Eff.
vs. *#22 UNC 12 8 1 0 131 1 185.9
NICH (W) 20 11 1 1 204 1 147.2
@ MIZZOU (W) 55 29 3 1 308 4 114.1
@ #23 OM (L) 36 16 0 1 137 3 70.9
#11 UT (L) 28 17 2 1 211 3 140.4
@ SC (W) 17 5 1 1 29 1 51.4
VU (L) 40 27 1 0 3 46 1 148.4
vs. #14 UF (L) 33 15 1 0 143 2 91.9
@ UK (W) 31 17 1 0 245 0 131.9
#8 AU (W) 31 20 0 0 208 2 120.9
LA (W) 19 13 2 1 165 0 165.5
GT (L) 27 14 1 2 139 0 92.5
^TCU (W) 21 12 2 0 164 3 154.2
2017 Att Cmp TD Int Yds Sk Eff.
vs. App State (W) 3 1 0 0 4 1 44.5
@ Tennessee (W) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0

*came in as a reserve

Year G/GS Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. INT TD Eff. LG
TOTAL 15/13 205 374 54.9 2,434 8 16 119.3 77TCU

 

Jake Fromm (UGA Career)
2017 Att Cmp TD Int Yds Sk Eff.
ASU (W) 15 10 1 0 143 0 168.7
@ #24 ND (W) 29 16 1 1 141 2 100.5
SU (W) 13 8 3 0 165 0 244.3
#17 MSU (W) 12 9 2 0 201 0 270.7
@ UT (W) 15 7 1 1 84 2 102.4
TOTAL 84 50 8 2 734 4 159.6

 

Chubb, Michel Highlight Bulldog Rushing Attack

The centerpieces of the Bulldog backfield are seniors Nick Chubb and Sony Michel (for a complete look at Chubb’s career, see pg. 4). Chubb ranks fourth nationally (first in the SEC) in career rushing yards among active players with 3,904 while Michel is 17th (third in the SEC) with 2,667. The Bulldogs are the only school with two players in the top 17.

Here’s the top five active rushing leaders in NCAA FBS:

1. Royce Freeman (Oregon) Sr. 44 games 4,738 yards 54 TDs
2. Justin Jackson (Northwestern) Sr. 42 games 4,402 yards 34 TDs
3. Larry Rose III (New Mexico St.) Sr. 36 games 4,015 yards 29 TDs
4. Nick Chubb (Georgia) Sr. 37 games 3,904 yards 35 TDs
5. Jarvion Franklin (W. Michigan) Sr. 45 games 3,871 yards 44 TDs
*17. Sony Michel (Georgia) Sr. 37 games 2,667 20 TDs

In the road win over #24 Notre Dame, the Bulldog duo tallied 136 yards on 26 attempts with one TD. Versus a #17 MSU team that had boasted one of the nation’s top defenses against the rush, Chubb went for 81 yards and another two scores while the Bulldogs finished with 203 yards rushing. In the shutout at UT, Georgia amassed 294 yards of rushing, including 109 by Chubb and 64 by Michel, who also had a rushing touchdown.

In his career, Michel now has 2,667 yards and that is good for eighth in school history. He went for a career-high 170 yards on 19 carries (8.9 avg.) and a touchdown in last year’s game versus Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs are the only school in the FBS to have two active rushers each with more than 2,000 yards. They lead the nation in combined yardage at 6,571.

Chubb and Michel are the first Bulldog teammates to each have 1,000-yard rushing seasons in their career. Michel became the 10th Georgia player in history to rush for more than 1,000 yards while starting six games in 2015.

Career Rushing For Sony Michel
Year G/GS Att. Yds TD LG Rec Yds TD LG
2014 8/1 64 410 5 75 7 106 1 33
2015 13/6 219 1,161 8 66 26 270 3 48
2016 12/2 152 840 4 42 22 149 1 33
2017 4/0 47 256 3 44 2 1 0 3
Total 37/9 482 2,667 20 75 57 526 5 48

 

Career Rushing For Nick Chubb
Year G/GS Att. Yards Per/Att. Per/Gm. TD LG
2014 13/8 219 1,547 7.1 119.0 14 83 CSU
2015 6/6 92 747 8.1 124.5 7 83 ALA
2016 13/11 224 1,130 5.0 86.9 8 55 UNC
2017 5/5 75 480 6.6 96.0 6 32 SU
Total 37/30 610 3,904 6.4 105.5 35 83 (2x)

 

Career Receiving For Nick Chubb
Year G/GS Rec. Yards Per/Rec. Per/Gm. TD LG
2014 13/8 18 213 11.8 16.4 2 27 AUB
2015 6/6 4 32 8.0 5.3 1 24 SU
2016 13/11 5 86 17.2 6.6 1 49TD LA
2017 5/5 1 11 11 0.2 0 11ND
Total 37/30 28 342 12.2 7.6 4 49TD LA

 

A Look At The Offensive Line

One of the story lines for the Bulldogs this season was the development of the offensive line. Georgia used the same starting offensive line in back to back games versus Samford and #17 Mississippi State after starting three different lineups in the first three games. The Bulldogs have started the same combination at LT, C and RT all year with senior Isaiah Wynn, junior Lamont Gaillardand freshman Andrew Thomas, respectively. Thomas became the first true freshman to start on the offensive line for the Bulldogs since John Theus in 2012.

Junior LG Kendall Baker started his third straight game at UT while senior Dyshon Sims returned to the starting lineup at RG. He was starting in place of redshirt sophomore Solomon Kindley, who had started two games before sustaining an ankle injury during the win over MSU. However, he did play in the win versus the Vols.

An Array Of Targets

A dozen Bulldogs have caught a pass this season. Senior Javon Wims leads the team lead with 11 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Terry Godwin has a team best four touchdowns and 257 yards on 10 catches. He made an acrobatic one-handed grab for a five-yard TD at No. 24 Notre Dame, which was No. 1 on ESPN SportsCenter’s “Top-10 List.”

The Bulldogs executed a “flea flicker” to start the game versus #17 MSU and Godwin was on the receiving end of a career-long 59-yard touchdown pass from Fromm.

Defense Setting The Tone

In Georgia’s last two games, the Bulldogs have allowed just three points and have a streak of six consecutive scoreless quarters. Georgia’s 5-0 start includes wins at #24 Notre Dame, versus #17 Mississippi State and at Tennessee. The Bulldogs rank second nationally in Scoring Defense, surrendering just 9.2 points/game. In the SEC opener, Georgia faced #17 MSU and it was leading the SEC and was ranked ninth nationally in Scoring Offense at 47.7 points/game.

The Bulldogs blanked the Volunteers 41-0 in Knoxville, which snapped the nation’s fourth-longest active scoring streak and sixth-longest streak in college football history. The Vols had scored in 289 games in a row dating back to 1994. Georgia’s defense held the Vols to just 142 yards of total offense and they entered the game averaging 32.2 points/game. UT tailback John Kelly was averaging 158 yards/game through his team’s first four games. However, he was held to just 44 yards on 16 carries against the Bulldogs.

Productive Start To 2017 For LBs

Junior ILB Roquan Smith is on pace to lead the team in tackles for the second straight season. This year, Smith has the most tackles of any Bulldog with 38. He led the team in tackles with 95 in 2016. This marked the first time a sophomore led UGA in tackles since 2008 (Rennie Curran, 115).

Senior OLBs Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy wreaked havoc at #24 Notre Dame, as the defense forced their first two turnovers of the year. Carter followed up that performance by notching two more sacks and four tackles in the win over Samford. Carter now has 12.5 career sacks, including three this season to be among the SEC leaders. He was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after posting seven tackles, including a sack for loss of 12 yards, forcing two fumbles and recovering a pair of fumbles against the Irish. Carter is tied for the NCAA lead with three fumble recoveries, including one in the latest victory at Tennessee.

Experienced Group For New Defensive Line Coach

The Bulldog coaching staff has one new face this season in defensive line coach Tray Scott, and he inherited an experienced unit. The elder statesman is senior nose John Atkins while the other returning starter is junior Trenton Thompson. Georgia ranks second nationally in Scoring Defense at 9.2 points/game (Alabama is the leader at 8.6 ppg) and also third in the SEC and 11th nationally in Rushing Defense at 97.5 yards/game.

In Georgia’s 20-19 road win at #24 Notre Dame, the Irish totaled only 55 yards on the ground, the least recorded by the Irish since 2011. During the 31-3 rout of #17 MSU, the Bulldogs held their opponent to 177 yards on the ground after they came into the contest averaging 298 yards/game. Then, Georgia held the Vols to 142 yards in total offense, the lowest ever in the Kirby Smart era and the first shutout in his two years.

Reed Between The Lines

Newcomer J.R. Reed tallied a career best 10 tackles and three pass breakups in the dominating 31-3 win over #17 MSU. He followed that up by notching his first career interception (a 34-yard return) and fumble recovery to go with three tackles in the road shutout of Tennessee. Reed added a blocked field goal against Samford to his early season contributions to the Bulldogs. He also had a sack and a forced fumble in the same play against App State and added a TFL versus Notre Dame.

Reed, whose father Jake played receiver in the NFL for 12 years and whose uncle Dale also played in the League, redshirted the 2016 season after transferring from Tulsa. Reed ranks second on the team with 28 tackles.

Sanders Closing In On School Record

Senior safety Dominick Sanders is tied for fifth in school history with 13 career interceptions. One of the Bulldogs he is tied with is Georgia head coach Kirby Smart. Sanders’ 13 career picks also ties him for the lead on the NCAA active career list. Sanders is second on the UGA all-time top-10 list and leads the SEC active list with 311 career interception return yards. Sanders snagged his first interception of the year against #17 MSU and had a 15-yard return.

After not having an interception in the first three games, the Bulldogs now have four picks on the year after. Last season, Georgia tied for third in the SEC with 15 INTs.

UGA RECORD BOOKS – INT RETURN YARDS (CAREER):
1. 315 – ^Jake Scott (16), 1967-68 {fifth in SEC history}
2. 311 – Dominick Sanders (13), 2014- ^2011 College Football Hall of Fame

Nizialek Headlines Punting Game

Graduate transfer Cameron Nizialek (NYE-zuh-lek) arrived in Athens during the preseason and earned the starting punting job. This year, he has posted a 42.6 average on 24 punts, including placing 12 inside the 20. Opponents have had just four punt returns for -4 yards. Georgia is tied for second nationally in fewest average punt return yards allowed at -1.0.

Nizialek spent his first three seasons at Columbia University where he finished with a degree in Economics. In his career with the Lions, Nizialek averaged 41.3 yards on 149 punts in three seasons. He averaged 44.8 on his punts in 2016.

Blankenship Awarded Scholarship

Redshirt sophomore PK Rodrigo Blankenship earned the starting job before the 2017 opener and received the news before the Notre Dame game in week two that he had been awarded a scholarship. He hit the game-winning 30-yard field goal at the 3:34 mark in the fourth quarter on the road in the 20-19 victory over #24 Notre Dame. During this season, Blankenship has had a streak of 18 consecutive touchbacks. In fact, 24 of Blankenship’s 31 kickoffs this year have been touchbacks. Last year, he totaled 21 touchbacks for the year out of 55.

Blankenship emerged onto the scene last year and was named to the Freshman All-SEC team after connecting on 14- of-18 field goals and all of his 26 PATs. Blankenship drilled a game winner at Kentucky last year and booted a career-long 49 yarder versus the Wildcats as well.

Bulldogs Lead As NFL Captains

Six former Georgia players have been named team captains for their respective squads this year:
C David Andrews, New England Patriots
LB Thomas Davis, Carolina Panthers
RB Todd Gurley, L.A. Rams
LB Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs
S Reshad Jones, Miami Dolphins
LB Alec Ogletree, L.A. Rams

A Family Tradition

The snapping responsibility for the Bulldogs has been shared by senior Trent Frix and junior Nick Moore. Frix is snapping on field goals and extra points. He is the younger brother of former snapper Ty Frix (2009-12) and the son of former snapper Mitch Frix (1981-82). Moore has been handling the snapping for punts. He was selected in the 30th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox and played in the organization’s minor league system for four years. Moore is in his third season with the Bulldogs.

McBride Named Finalist For NFF

Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award Freshman inside linebacker Nate McBride has been named a finalist for the 2017 National Football Foundation (NFF) Chapter Scholar- Athlete Awards, which annually honor five recipients for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level.

McBride is one of 35 finalists who all graduated from high school in 2017 and are now playing football on the collegiate level. A national committee will select the five honorees, who will be announced Oct. 4. McBride has played in all five of Georgia’s wins this year and had a tackle during the Bulldogs’ 41-0 rout at Tennessee.

If McBride were to be named as one of the five 2017 recipients, he would join Jon Stinchcomb as the only two winners to have matriculated to UGA. Stinchcomb, a 1998 graduate of Parkview High School, was a three-time All-SEC offensive lineman for the Bulldogs, an eight year NFL offensive lineman and is currently a member of the UGAAA Board of Directors.

Georgia Graduates

Georgia has seven players on this year’s roster who have already earned their degrees. The players who received a bachelor degree from UGA include: N John Atkins (Sociology), OT Aulden Bynum(Agricultural & Applied Economics), ILB Reggie Carter (Economics), DB Aaron Davis (Finance) and QB Brice Ramsey (Communication Studies).

Another pair of players joined the Bulldogs as graduate transfers during the offseason: Cameron Nizialek (Columbia University – Economics), David Marvin (Wofford – Biology/ Chemistry). Marvin was a summa cum laude Honors graduate for the Terriers and is working on a Master’s of Public Health at Georgia. Nizialek is working on a graduate degree in Sport Management and Policy. All of the SEC players who have achieved a degree will be sporting the SEC Graduate patch on their uniforms this year.

Blazevich Named Campbell Semifinalist

Senior TE Jeb Blazevich has been included as a semifinalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy. Blazevich, a native of Charlotte, N.C., is one of 71 semifinalists from the FBS. He is now a candidate to be named one of 12-14 finalists for the Campbell Trophy on Nov. 1 and to be included in this year’s NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. Georgia’s last semifinalist for the honor was linebacker Jake Ganus in 2015.

The Last Time When …

For the first time since 1944, Georgia has played four straight night games. During that stretch in 1944, the Bulldogs went 3-1 versus Wake Forest (14-7, L), Presbyterian (67-0, W), Kentucky (13- 12, W) and Daniel Field (53-6, W) to open the season in Athens. The Bulldogs have played 211 night games all-time and own a 138-67-6 record in those games.