UGA Football: Game Notes – Dawgs Return Home to Face Missouri

The Georgia Bulldogs vs. The Vanderbilt Commodores

GAME & BROADCAST INFO

  • Game 7: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Missouri Tigers
  • Kickoff: Saturday, October 14 – 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Sanford Stadium (92,746) – Athens, Ga.
  • 2017 Records: Georgia 6-0 (3-0 SEC), Missouri 1-4 (0-3 SEC)
  • 2016 Records: Georgia 8-5 (4-4 SEC), Missouri 4-8 (2-6 SEC)
  • Rankings: Georgia #4/5, Missouri NR
  • TV: SECN – Tom Hart (PxP), Jordan Rodgers (analyst), Cole Cubelic (sideline)
  • Video Stream: SECN+
  • 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: #MIZvsUGA
  • ReBroadcast: SEC Network: TBA

 

Georgia 2017 Averages Missouri
35.0 Scoring Offense 27.2
*10.0 Scoring Defense 40.0
+1 Turnover Margin -10
414.0 Total Offense 469.8
268.3 Rushing Offense 175.8
145.7 Passing Offense 294.0
7.8 Punt Returns 0.7
25.2 Kickoff Returns 22.8

*ranks No. 2 nationally

Homecoming Showdown With Missouri

Georgia is aiming to push its win streak to seven games while Missouri is focused on snapping a four-game losing streak. The Bulldogs won at Vanderbilt 45-14 last Saturday and Kentucky downed Missouri 40-34 in Lexington. Missouri is one of 10 different SEC schools that has served as a Homecoming opponent for Georgia since the league was formed in 1933. The others from the SEC that Georgia has faced on Homecoming include Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. It will mark the 53rd time Georgia’s Homecoming foe will be an SEC rival. Since 1922, Georgia is 75-18-2 in Homecoming contests, and the Bulldogs have won nine of their last 10 on this occasion.

Series Record Versus The Tigers

In the all-time series history with Missouri, Georgia leads 5-1. Before the Tigers joined the Southeastern Conference in 2012, they had faced Georgia just once. The Bulldogs posted a 14-0 shutout in the 1960 Orange Bowl. Then, Georgia registered a 41-20 victory in Missouri’s SEC debut in Columbia in 2012 and the Tigers came to Athens and collected a 41-26 decision in 2013. During the 2014 matchup in Columbia, the Bulldogs blanked Missouri 34-0. In 2015, the teams combined for five field goals and no touchdowns as Georgia edged the Tigers 9-6. In the teams’ most recent meeting, the Bulldogs snuck past Missouri 28-27 after quarterback Jacob Eason found Isaiah McKenzie (now with the Denver Broncos) for a 20-yard, game-winning touchdown with 1:29 left to play. The scoring connection came on a 4th-and-10 situation as Eason finished with a career high 308 yards and three touchdowns.

Inside The Numbers

Georgia ranks third in the league in scoring offense (35.0 points per game) while the Tigers are eighth (27.2 points per game). In scoring defense, the Bulldogs lead the SEC and rank second nationally (10.0 points per game) while the Tigers are 14th in the SEC at 40.0 points per game. Georgia has allowed only 60 points through six games this year while the Tigers have given up 200 points in five games. Georgia is one of six teams nationally to have scored on each trip Inside the Red Zone this year. The Bulldogs are 23-for-23 (17 touchdowns, five field goals). Missouri has an 80 percent scoring rate, going 12-for-15 including seven touchdowns. In Red Zone Defense, Georgia is tied for second in the SEC at 75 percent (9-for-12) while the Tigers are 14th at 95 percent (19-for-20).

Bulldogs Have Their Sights Set On 7-0 Start

Georgia’s best start in recent history came during the 2005 season when the Bulldogs jumped out to a 7-0 mark. Georgia won the SEC title over LSU that season, played in the Sugar Bowl and finished 10-3. Currently, the Bulldogs are 6-0, including a perfect 3-0 start to their SEC schedule. Georgia picked up its sixth win over the year last Saturday in Nashville, Tenn., with a 45-14 victory over Vanderbilt. This matched the team’s six wins in a row during the 2012 season. After starting 5-1 that year, Georgia reeled 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.

Freshmen Getting Snaps For Georgia

The Bulldogs are tied for fourth nationally with the number of true freshmen who have played through their six games:
T1. LSU (20)
T1. Illinois (20)
3. Texas A&M (18)
T4. GEORGIA (17)
T4. Arizona (17)
T4. Miami (17)

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 Florida State ’03Coaching 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 6 0 1.000 3-0

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, Multiple players
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 35 Points In SEC Games

Georgia has opened up SEC play 3-0 and is averaging 35.0 points/game with wins over #17 Mississippi State (31-3), at Tennessee (41-0) and at Vanderbilt (45-14) en route to a 6-0 start. The Bulldogs are tied for the national lead in Red Zone Offense this year, going a perfect 23-for-23, including 17 touchdowns.

Directing the offense this season have been sophomore Jacob Eason and freshman Jake Fromm. Fromm took over for Eason after he went down with a knee injury in the first quarter of the season opener versus Appalachian State. Fromm is 57-for-95 for 836 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions.

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 he 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 go-ahead 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
@ VU (W) 3 3 0 0 24 1 167.2
TOTAL 7 4 0 0 28 2 90.7

*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
@ VU (W) 11 7 2 0 102 1 201.5
TOTAL 95 57 10 2 836 5 164.4

 

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 is one of only eight players in SEC history with at least 4,000 career rushing yards. Chubb, who was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week following the win at Tennessee, ranks fifth nationally (first in the SEC) in career rushing yards among active players with 4,042 while Michel is 16th (third in the SEC) with 2,817. The Bulldogs are the only school with two players in the top 16.

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

1. Royce Freeman (Oregon) Sr. 45 games 4,800 yards 54 TDs
2. Justin Jackson (Northwestern) Sr. 43 games 4,468 yards 34 TDs
3. Larry Rose III (New Mexico St.) Sr. 37 games 4,095 yards 30 TDs
4. Jarvion Franklin (W. Michigan) Sr. 46 games 4,047 yards 47 TDs
5. Nick Chubb (Georgia) Sr. 38 games 4,042 yards 37 TDs
*16. Sony Michel (Georgia) Sr. 38 games 2,817 21 TDs

In the road win over #24 Notre Dame, the Bulldog duo tallied 136 yards on 26 attempts with one TD. Michel went for a game-high 150 yards and a score while Chubb finished with 138 and two touchdowns at Vanderbilt. The offense amassed 423 yards versus the Commodores.

In his career, Michel now has 2,817 yards and that is sixth in school history. 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 6,859.

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 5/0 59 406 4 50 2 1 0 3
Total 38/9 494 2,817 21 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 6/6 91 618 6.8 103.0 8 33 VU
Total 38/31 626 4,042 6.5 106.4 37 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 6/6 1 11 11 0.2 0 11ND
Total 38/31 28 342 12.2 9.0 4 49TD LA

 

Offensive Line Making Progress

One of the story lines for the Bulldogs this season was the development of the offensive line. The unit paved the way for a season-high 423 rushing yards on 54 carries (7.8 avg.), the sixth most in school history and the most since 1987 when the Bulldogs had 454 yards versus Vanderbilt.

The Bulldogs have started the same combination at LT, C and RT all year with senior Isaiah Wynn, junior Lamont Gaillard and 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 fourth straight game at UT while sophomore Solomon Kindleyreturned to the starting lineup at RG. He played but did not start in the win at Tennessee after hurting his ankle in the practice week before the game. Senior Dyshon Sims started in place of Kindley versus the Vols.

An Array Of Targets

A total of 14 Bulldogs have caught a pass this season. Senior Javon Wims leads the team lead with 13 receptions for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Terry Godwin has a team best five touchdowns and 327 yards on 12 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 Scoring Defense, the Bulldogs lead the SEC and rank second nationally (10.0 points/game) while the Tigers are 14th in the SEC at 40.0 points/game. Georgia only has allowed 60 points through six games in 2017 while the Tigers have given up 200 in five contests.

In SEC games, Georgia has outscored its three opponents 117-17 or by an average margin of 39-6.

In Red Zone Defense, Georgia is tied for second in the SEC at 75 percent (9-for-12) while the Tigers are 14th in the league at 95 percent (19-for-20). 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.

LBs Anchor Bulldog Defense

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 45. 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). Junior ILB Juwan Taylor got his first start at Vanderbilt and had three tackles, including a TFL. Against the Commodores, a pair of Georgia veteran linebackers in graduate Reggie Carter and junior Natrez Patrick did not play, and they have combined for 25 career starts.

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 now has 12.5 career sacks. 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 at Tennessee.

Developing Depth Up Front

Georgia ranks second nationally (leads the SEC) in Scoring Defense at 10.0 points/game and also second in the SEC and fifth nationally in Rushing Defense at 86.0 yards/game. In the recent win at Vanderbilt, Georgia was without junior Trenton Thompson, who sustained an MCL sprain during the win at Tennessee. The elder statesman is senior nose John Atkins, who has 15 stops behind Thompson’s 17 for the frontline.

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. Then, UGA held the Vols to 142 yards in total offense, the lowest ever in the Kirby Smart era and the first shutout since 2014 (34-0, Missouri). The Bulldogs most recently held the Commodores to 64 yards rushing.

Reed Between The Lines

Newcomer J.R. Reed ranks second on the team with 32 tackles. He tallied a career best 10 tackles and three pass breakups in the dominating 31-3 win over #17 MSU. Reed 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.

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 puts him second 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. 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 43.2 average on 25 punts, including placing 13 inside the 20. Opponents have had just five punt returns for 9 yards. Georgia is seventh nationally in Net Punting at 42.9 yds./game. Missouri leads the SEC and ranks second nationally in Net Punting at 44.3 yds./game.

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, 29 of Blankenship’s 39 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 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. He is in his third season with the Bulldogs.

Davis 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 SEC 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 six games and is fourth on the team with 20 tackles.

McBride Named Finalist For NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award

Freshman inside linebacker Nate McBride was 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 has played in all six of Georgia’s wins this year and had a tackle during the Bulldogs’ last two victories.

Blazevich Named Campbell Trophy 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 ILB Jake Ganus in 2015.