UGA Football: Game Notes – Dawgs Return Home to Face the Wildcats

The Georgia Bulldogs vs. The Kentucky Wildcats

GAME & BROADCAST INFO

  • Game 11: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats
  • Kickoff: Saturday, November 18 – 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Sanford Stadium (92,746) – Athens, Ga.
  • 2017 Records: Georgia 9-1 (6-1 SEC), Kentucky 7-3 (4-3 SEC)
  • 2016 Records: Georgia 8-5 (4-4 SEC), Kentucky 7-6 (4-4 SEC)
  • Rankings: Georgia #7, Kentucky NR
  • TV: CBS – Brad Nessler (PxP), Gary Danielson (analyst), Allie LaForce (sideline)
  • Video Stream: CBSSports.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 190
  • Web Stats: Live Stats
  • Twitter: #UKvsUGA
  • ReBroadcast: SEC Network: TBA

 

Georgia 2017 Averages Kentucky
34.6 Scoring Offense 27.9
*14.5 Scoring Defense 25.7
+2 Turnover Margin +5
424.1 Total Offense 361.0
256.0 Rushing Offense 168.5
168.1 Passing Offense 192.5
8.2 Punt Returns 17.3
24.7 Kickoff Returns 23.5

*ranks No. 5 nationally

Finale In Sanford Stadium

The matchup between the Bulldogs and Wildcats is Georgia’s final home game of the 2017 season. Currently, this year’s Bulldog seniors have 37 career victories and are in pursuit of their fourth consecutive postseason victory. This class has bowl victories over Louisville (Belk Bowl), Penn State (TaxSlayer Bowl) and TCU (Liberty Bowl). In this span, the 2017 SEC Eastern Division champion Bulldogs have eight wins over top-25 opponents, including two this year. Also of note, they have claimed Georgia’s first SEC division title since 2012 and will take aim at the school’s first conference title since 2005. The 2017 Bulldogs enjoyed a 9-0 start, which was the best for the team since 1982. Georgia is coming off a 40-17 loss at #10 Auburn this past Saturday.

Series History

In the all-time series history with Kentucky, Georgia leads 56-12-2, including a 27-4-2 mark in Athens. Georgia has a seven-game winning streak in the series with Kentucky’s last victory coming in 2009 in Athens (34-27). The Bulldogs won 27-24 in Lexington last year and in 2015, Georgia posted a 27-3 victory in Athens.

A Glance At The Wildcats

Kentucky has played six games this season decided by a touchdown or less and won four of them. The losses came to Ole Miss and Florida as they scored the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of the contest. The Wildcats had one last shot against the Gators but missed a 57-yard field goal as time expired.

Kentucky scored a season-high 44 points to top Vanderbilt in Nashville last weekend. The Wildcats rushed for 232 yards, the defense registered five sacks and special teams play was highlighted by a 93-yard kickoff return.

Sophomore running back Benny Snell Jr., who is second in the SEC in Rushing Yards (1,113), was on the watch lists for the Maxwell Award and the Doak Walker Award. He is the third player in SEC history to have at least 1,000 rushing yards and at least 13 rushing touchdowns in his freshman and sophomore seasons, joining Georgia’s Herschel Walker (1980-81) and Knowshon Moreno (2007-08).

Inside The Numbers

Scoring Offense: Georgia is 4th (33.6 pts/game): Kentucky is 8th (27.9) Scoring Defense: Georgia is 2nd (14.5 pts/game); Kentucky is 7th (25.7) Rushing Offense: Georgia is 2nd (256.0 yds/game); Kentucky is 9th (168.5) Rushing Defense: Georgia is 2nd (103.8 yds/game); Kentucky is 4th (121.9) Turnover Margin: Georgia is tied for 6th (+2); Kentucky is 4th (+5)

FLASHBACK: Georgia Edges Kentucky 27-24

With the game tied at 24-all at the 2:42 mark in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs had the ball at their own 25. Freshman QB Jacob Eason marched Georgia 69 yards on nine plays. Eason was 4-for-4 for 42 yards on the drive. Rodrigo Blankenship then stepped up and hit a 25-yard field goal as time expired to cap the comeback. This was Blankenship’s fourth field goal in the contest and he became the 10th player in Georgia history to make four field goals in the game.

Both squads had success running the ball as Georgia’s Sony Michel had 127 yards on 19 carries and UK freshman Benny Snell Jr. had 114 yards on 21 attempts and two touchdowns. Eason finished 17-of-31 for 245 yards and a touchdown. His primary target was Javon Wims, who posted career highs of five catches for 90 yards. Georgia’s defense had a goal-line stand late in the game as UK was forced to a game-tying field goal.

Military Appreciation Day

In honor of last weekend’s Veterans Day, Georgia will recognize Purple Heart recipients, the Student Veterans Resource Center’s Executive Board and the flyover crew during Saturday’s game at Sanford Stadium.

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 ’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 9 1 .900 6-1
Total 17 6 .739 10-5

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: 74-TD, Michel vs. Florida (10/28/17)
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
2017: J.R. Reed 3-yd fumble recover for TD vs. Florida
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 34.6 Points Per Game

Georgia enters the Kentucky game having already clinched the Eastern Division with an SEC record of 6-1. The Bulldogs are averaging 34.6 points/game overall. The Bulldogs lead the nation in Red Zone Offense, going 37-for-38, including 27 touchdowns.

Freshman QB Jake Fromm is 8-1 as a starter and is ranked fourth in the SEC in Passing Efficiency at 163.4. Georgia leads the SEC and ranks sixth nationally in Third Down Conversions at 48 percent. Six of Fromm’s 16 touchdown passes have covered at least 30 yards. Fromm took over for sophomore Jacob Eason after he went down with a knee injury in the first quarter of the season opener versus Appalachian State.

Fromm is a two-time recipient of SEC Freshman of the Week honors. He earned the accolade in victories over #17 MSU and versus Missouri. In the era of RPOs, Fromm has three rushing touchdowns to go with his passing stats.

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. Fromm joined Eric Zeier (1991) as the only true freshmen to have their first career start on the road.

Fromm’s first career start came at #24 Notre Dame. 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.

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
MU (W) 26 18 2 1 326 1 192.2
vs. UF (W) 4 7 1 1 101 0 196.9
USC (W) 22 16 2 0 196 1 177.6
@ #10 Auburn (L) 28 13 1 0 184 4 113.4
TOTAL 178 108 16 4 1,643 11 163.4

 

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
vs. Florida (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 7 4 0 0 28 2 90.7

*came in as a reserve

CAREER G/GS Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. INT TD Eff. LG
17/14 208 377 55.2 2,458 8 16 119.7 77 TCU

 

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, a Maxwell Award semifinalist, ranks fourth in SEC history with 4,318 career rushing yards.

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

1. Royce Freeman (Oregon) Sr. 49 games 5,364 yards 54 TDs
2. Justin Jackson (Northwestern) Sr. 48 games 4,973 yards 38 TDs
3. Jarvion Franklin (W. Michigan) Sr. 50 games 4,700 yards 51 TDs
4. Nick Chubb (Georgia) Sr. 42 games 4,318 yards 39 TDs
5. Larry Rose III (New Mexico St.) Sr. 39 games 4,246 yards 32 TDs
16. Sony Michel (Georgia) Sr. 42 games 3,142 26 TDs

Georgia ranks second the SEC and is 10th nationally in Rushing Offense at 256.0 yds/game. Chubb leads the SEC with 16 runs of 15+ yards this season.

Michel went for 137 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries in the win over Florida to become only the sixth Bulldog in school history to rush for more than 3,000 yards. Chubb and Michel are the first Bulldog teammates to each have 1,000-yard rushing seasons in their career.

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 9/0 99 731 9 74 3 17 0 16
Total 42/9 534 3,142 26 75 58 542 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 10/10 151 894 5.9 89.4 10 33 VU
Total 42/35 686 4,318 6.3 102.8 38 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 10/10 2 20 10 0.2 0 11ND
Total 42/35 29 351 12.1 8.4 4 49TD LA

 

A Look At The Line

Georgia ranks second in the SEC in Rushing Offense at 256.0 ypg. A week after facing #10 Auburn, who has one of the best Rushing Defenses in the league, the Bulldogs now face a Kentucky front who ranks fourth surrendering 121.9 yards/game. The Bulldogs tallied 292 yards and four touchdowns on the ground against Florida. Coming into the contest, the Gators had allowed just four rushing TDs on the year, which ranked third nationally. Against Missouri, the Bulldogs piled up 370 rushing yards and finished with the second-most total yards (696) in UGA history. The unit paved the way for a season-high 423 rushing yards on 54 carries (7.8 avg.) against Vanderbilt, the sixth most in UGA history and the most since 1987 when Georgia had 454 yards versus VU.

Georgia has started the same combination at LT, C and RT in 2017 with Isaiah Wynn, who was named a Midseason All-American by The All-American, 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 eighth straight game versus South Carolina while redshirt freshman RG Solomon Kindley has started the last five.

An Array Of Targets

A total of 16 Bulldogs have caught a pass this season, including eight different players in the win over South Carolina. Senior Javon Wims leads the team lead with 27 receptions for 471 yards and four touchdowns. Junior Terry Godwin has a team best five TDs and 476 yards on 23 catches. Eleven of his catches are for 20+ yards. 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.”

Sophomore Mecole Hardman converted to WR from DB after 2016 and is showing his versatility of late, including tallying 203 all-purpose yards at #10 Auburn. He had his best game of his career against Missouri, accounting for two catches for 71 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown. He also scored his first rushing touchdown, a 35-yard scamper, and added 66 return yards on three kickoffs. Hardman notched a 20-yard TD catch versus the Gamecocks.

Defense Setting The Tone

In Scoring Defense, the Bulldogs are fifth nationally (14.5 points/game). The Bulldog defense had a stretch during the 2017 season of holding opponents without a touchdown for 31 straight drives. The streak started in the final quarter of the Samford game and continued until the first half of the Vanderbilt game. This was the longest streak of its kind since 2006. The Bulldogs had a shutout of Florida until just under three minutes left in the contest. At that point, Georgia was up 42-0 and the final was 42-7.

In Red Zone Defense, Georgia is fourth in the SEC at 81 percent. Florida had a 15-play, 82-yard drive going when the Bulldog defense stopped them on fourth down on the 4 yard line. This marked the first time the Gators had been stopped in the Red Zone all year.

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, who was named a Midseason All-American and a Bednarik Award semifinalist, is on pace to lead UGA in tackles for the second year in a row. In 2017, Smith has the most tackles of any Bulldog with 82, including a 12-tackle performance at #10 Auburn. He led the team in tackles (95) in 2016. This marked the first time a sophomore led UGA in tackles since 2008 (Rennie Curran, 115). Senior Reggie Carter was the second-leading tackler in the win over USC with seven stops, including a TFL. Junior Natrez Patrick returned to action versus the Tigers and had three stops.

Senior OLBs Lorenzo Carter matched his career high with a team-high nine tackles against Florida, including a sack. He and Davin Bellamy wreaked havoc at #24 Notre Dame, as the defense forced their first two turnovers of the year. Carter now has 13.5 career sacks. Both Smith and Lorenzo Carter have been named Butkus Award semifinalists.

Take A Look At The Guys Up Front

The anchor is senior nose John Atkins, who has 25 stops for the frontline. Junior Trenton Thompsonmissed the wins over Missouri and Vanderbilt due to a MCL sprain and has 26 stops on the year, including three TFLs. Sophomore DL Tyler Clark and Julian Rochester played a part in the Bulldogs having a season-high five sacks in the win over the Gators.

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).

Tackles, And Now A Touchdown For Reed

Redshirt sophomore J.R. Reed ranks second on the team with 58 tackles and two interceptions. He is coming off a career-best 11 tackle game at #10 Auburn. Reed started in the 42-7 demolition of Florida and scooped up a fumble and returned it three yards for a touchdown and was named the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week. He added nine tackles against the Gators.

Reed enjoyed a big night in the 31-3 win over #17 MSU with 10 tackles and three pass breakups. He followed that up with his first career INT (followed by a 34-yard ret.) and fumble recovery to go with three tackles in the road shutout of UT. Reed added a blocked field goal against Samford. He also had a sack and a forced fumble in the same play against App State.

Sanders Sets One Record, Creeping Up On Another

Senior safety Dominick Sanders, a Thorpe Award semifinalist, set the Bulldog record for career interception return yardage after picking off his 14th career pass and returning it 18 yards versus Missouri. After snagging his 15th career interception a game later during the rout of Florida, Sanders emerged as the NCAA active career leader and is third on the UGA all-time list. Sanders collected his first interception of the year against #17 MSU and had a 15-yard return. Sanders is now tied for sixth in school history for non-kickers at 48 starts and has started the last 28 contests. After not having an interception in the first three games, the Bulldogs now have eight picks on the year.
INTERCEPTIONS (RET. YDS) – CAREER
T1. 16 (315) – Jake Scott, 1967-68
16 (293) – Baccari Rambo, 2009-12
2. 15 (*342) – Dominick Sanders 2014-
*UGA record, fifth in SEC history

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 44.4 average on 41 punts, including placing 20 inside the 20. Opponents have had just eight punt returns for 40 yards. Georgia is sixth nationally in Net Punting at 42.4. The Bulldogs are lingering around the school’s Net Punting record (42.6, Collin Barber, 2013).

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.

Busy Season For Blankenship

With one of the SEC’s best offenses scoring 34.6 points/ game, redshirt sophomore PK Rodrigo Blankenship has been busy, booming 64 kickoffs, 42 PATs and 12 field goals. In his busiest night, he tallied 17 points in Georgia’s win over Missouri on Oct. 14. The Groza Award semifinalist booted four field goals and five PATs, which ranks second on the school’s all-time list. 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 FG at the 3:34 mark in the fourth quarter on the road in the 20-19 victory over the #24 Irish.

This year, 47 of Blankenship’s 64 kickoffs this year have been touchbacks. He has had a streak of 18 consecutive touchbacks. Last year, he totaled 21 touchbacks for the year.

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).

Davis Named To Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, Burlsworth Trophy Semifinalist

Senior DB Aaron Davis has been named to the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Davis is one of 11 players from the NCAA FBS selected based on their commitment to community service. In addition, the Luella HS graduate has been included as one of 10 semifinalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, which honors college football’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on.

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 10 games and is third on the team with 35 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.

Blazevich Named Campbell Trophy Semifinalist

Senior TE Jeb Blazevich was included as a semifinalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy. Blazevich, a native of Charlotte, N.C., was one of 71 semifinalists from the FBS. Georgia’s last semifinalist for the honor was ILB Jake Ganus in 2015.

Bulldog 2017 SEC Honors

Sr. OLB Lorenzo Carter: SEC Defensive Player of the Week after 20-19 win at #24 ND (7 tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 2 recovered fumbles) Fr. QB Jake Fromm: SEC Freshman of the Week after 31-3 win vs. #17 MSU (9-for-12 for 201 yds., 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions) Sr. TB Nick Chubb: SEC Offensive Player of the Week after 41-0 win at UT (16 carries for 109 yds., eclipsed 100-mark for 20th time in his career) Sr. LT Isaiah Wynn: SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after 45-14 win at Vanderbilt (graded out at 92 percent and had 8 “knockdown” blocks as offense racked up 423 yds. rushing) Fr. QB Jake Fromm: SEC Freshman of the Week after 53-28 win vs. MU (18-for-26 for a career-high 326 yds., 2 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD) RSo. DB J.R. Reed: SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week after 42-7 win vs. UF (8 tackles, 0.5 sacks, fumble recovery for a touchdown)

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 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.

Under The Lights Again & Again

The first four home games of the Bulldogs’ 2017 season were night contests and they posted a 4-0 record in that span. Georgia has beaten App State (31-10), Samford (42-14), #17 Mississippi State (31-3) and Missouri (53-28) en route to its 9-0 start. The only other time that the Bulldogs have played this many night games in Sanford Stadium was in 1943. That year, Georgia played all five of its home games under the lights and went 5-0 with victories over Presbyterian twice, Tennessee Tech, Wake Forest and Howard. Georgia played its first night game at Miami (W, 26-0) in 1937. It played host to its first contest under the lights versus Kentucky (T, 7-all) in 1940.

Dogs In The NFL

ACTIVE
David Andrews, C, Patriots
Geno Atkins, DT, Bengals
Clint Boling, OG, Bengals
Tyler Catalina, G, Redskins
Thomas Davis, LB, Panthers
Leonard Floyd, LB, Bears
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
Todd Gurley, RB, Rams
Justin Houston, LB, Chiefs
John Jenkins, DL, Seahawks
Jordan Jenkins, LB, Jets
Charles Johnson, DE, Panthers
Abry Jones, DT, Jaguars
Ben Jones, OL, Titans
Reshad Jones, S, Dolphins
Tavarres King, WR, Giants
Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Broncos
Corey Moore, S, Texans
Alec Ogletree, LB, Rams
Garrison Smith, DE, Seahawks
Maurice Smith, S, Dolphins
Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
John Theus, OL, Panthers
Blair Walsh, K, Seahawks
Cornelius Washington, DL, Bears
Benjamin Watson, TE, Ravens
Shawn Williams, S, Bengals
Ramik Wilson, LB, Chiefs

INJURED-RESERVE
Brandon Boykin, CB, Bears
Chris Conley, WR, Chiefs
Cordy Glenn, OT, Bills
Brandon Kublanow, OL, Ravens
Keith Marshall, RB, Redskins
Quincy Mauger, TE, Falcons
Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Patriots

PRACTICE SQUAD
Reggie Davis, WR, Falcons
Orson Charles, TE, Chiefs