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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.
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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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:
”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.”