UGA Recruiting: Dawg Commits and Top Targets Lead Player of the Year Watch

State records are about to fall, and Trevor Lawrence is the main stalker. But keep an eye on Rashod Bateman, the Tift County wide receiver. He’s chasing the record books, too.
Lawrence’s day is almost at hand. The Cartersville quarterback has moved within 105 passing yards and six passing touchdowns of breaking the Georgia career records of 13,077 and 155 held by Deshaun Watson.
The yardage record is almost certain to fall Friday, when Cartersville plays Chapel Hill.
The TD record is also a possibility. Lawrence has thrown six TD passes in a game four times, most recently against LaGrange on Oct. 10, when he threw six, all in the first half. Lawrence has thrown five TD passes in a game six times. Five would tie the record of Watson, the Houston Texans quarterback from Gainesville.

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The Latest on UGA Football and Recruiting

Hit the Classic City Chat for LIVE UPDATES on UGA football, recruiting, and other Dawg sports. From there, navigate the dropdown to the specific day.

Also check out or latest posts and four year recruiting board below, as well as a twitter feed from UGA media covering UGA football.

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UGA Football: Kirby Smart Named to Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award Watch List

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia head football coach Kirby Smart has been named to the 2017 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award Watch list.

Smart joins 19 other coaches on the Watch List.  He has led the Bulldogs to a 7-0 mark to start his second season as head coach.  While coaching at Alabama, Smart was named the winner of the 2009 Broyles Award as college football’s top assistant coach and the 2012 AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year.

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UGA Men’s Basketall: Maten Tabbed Preseason Co-SEC Player of the Year

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia’s Yante Maten was voted co-SEC Preseason Player of the Year in voting of a select panel of SEC and national media members. Maten, Missouri’s Michael Porter, Jr., and Texas A&M’s Robert Williams shared the accolade, which was announced Wednesday in association with Tipoff 18, the SEC’s Basketball Media Days.

Maten was also voted first-team All-SEC, along with Porter, Williams, Florida’s KeVaughn Allen and Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo.

Maten, a 6-8, 243-pound senior forward from Pontiac, Mich., ranked among the SEC statistical leaders in five categories last season – No. 4 in scoring (18.2 pig), No. 9 in rebounding (6.8 rpg), No. 2 in field goal percentage (.519), No. 9 in blocked shots (1.5 bpg) and No. 19 in minutes played (29.0 mpg). He is the leading returning scorer in the SEC and also is the league’s active career leader in points (1,250), rebounds (606) and blocked shots (149).

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UGA Recruiting: Cartersville Had a Good Group of Prospects in Town This Past Weekend

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UGA Recruiting: Take a Look at Last Weeks Stars on the Georgia Gridiron

A great cornerback might not have great statistics because opposing teams don’t throw in his direction. And a standout slot receiver might not have standout numbers in a run-oriented offense.
But Jalen Perry, a four-star recruit from Dacula, has found ways to be conspicuous despite the challenges. Perry stepped up last week for 240 all-purpose yards in a 28-0 victory over Gainesville. He also forced a fumble and made four tackles.
Perry is the state’s top-rated cornerback among juniors. He has nine pass breakups and two interceptions.
On offense, Perry has rushed for 356 yards and four touchdowns on just 22 carries (16.2 ypc). He has 12 receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown. On special teams, Perry is averaging 26.8 yards on kickoff returns and 12.8 yards on punt returns. He also has three special-teams tackles.
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UGA Football: Dawgs Wrap Up Tuesday Practice

ATHENS — The #3-ranked Georgia Bulldogs worked out in shorts and shoulder pads for a little over two hours on Tuesday afternoon, the first of three practices during their only bye week of the regular season.

Following are comments from head coach Kirby Smart after today’s practice:

Opening Statements
”I thought the energy was good.  Fall weather is here, which is nice.  It’s not nearly as hot out there.  We were able to get a lot of good work.  We were able to get the 2s and 3s and 1s all a lot of reps, so it was good work and we’ll get back to work tomorrow.  We’ll be a little more physical tomorrow.”

Of the players who have been injured, how many do you expect back against Florida?
”I don’t even know who you’re asking specifically about.  Terry (Godwin) practiced today.  He was great.  Trenton (Thompson) practiced today.  He looked good; he’s bouncing back and I expect him to be back.  David Marshall did not practice today.  Hope to get him back.  Daquan Hawkins-Muckle did not go today but hope to get him back.  Reggie Carterwas out there today, practiced good.”

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