UGA Recruiting: Will Shyheim Carter Commit Before Leaving Athens?

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Shyheim Carter has made a ton of noise this week. After being committed to Alabama for just over a year, he announced his decommitment from the Crimson Tide on twitter. The 247sports crystal ball picks then started rolling in for the Dawgs.

He is making more noise now, as he is already on a visit to UGA with our newest commit, 2017 ATH Devonta Smith. Will Carter join Smith this weekend and Commit to the G???

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UGA Recruiting: Where We Stand, In-State #6-10

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Although the state of Georgia is fertile recruiting ground for many college football programs across the nation, the Dawgs are doing a great job recruiting the in-state talent this year. There are triple digit D1 football players in the state every year with as many as 6 Power5 programs within driving distance. Here’s a look at where we think the top recruits in Georgia will end up this year (#6-10):

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Pruitt’s Impact Goes Far Beyond the Defense

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Athens, Ga.—I asked Josh Dawson, Georgia’s senior defensive tackle, to give me one sentence to describe Jeremy Pruitt, the Bulldogs’ second-year defensive coordinator.

Dawson didn’t hesitate.

“Coach Pruitt tells us that in order to be a good player, you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable,” said Dawson.

And that, more than any flowery words I could give you, pretty much describes the impact Pruitt has had in his first 20 months at Georgia.

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Geno Atkins Back to Unstoppable

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CINCINNATI — The same words kept coming out of the mouths of every Cincinnati Bengals coach, linemen, both offensive and defensive, and anybody else associated with the team here this week.

“Geno can’t be blocked.”

For Bengals observers, those four words might be only slightly less important than “Dalton has taken the next step.”

Geno is Geno Atkins, Cincinnati’s best defensive player, but a player who spent 2014 trying to come back from major knee surgery and basically looked like a shell of the player he used to be. Atkins, at his best, is a penetrating, quick, strong inside player who commands the double team.

He spent 2014 getting blocked, not getting a lot of push inside and not commanding the double, which meant those single blocks elsewhere that freed guys to rush the passer weren’t as frequent. The sack numbers for the Bengals plummeted from 43 in 2013 to 20 in 2014, which was last in the league.

This was from a defense that was expected to be a top-level unit, but injuries, defections and below-average play of Atkins led to problems.

“The three-technique (Atkins’ spot) is so important in our defense,” Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said. “When Geno is playing at a high level, it makes everybody else that much better. That’s part of why we struggled last year.”

Don’t expect a repeat performance.

Atkins is killing it in practice so far, his explosive ability all the way back, making it brutal on those lined up against him.

“He’s better than he was before the injury,” Guenther said. “Those guys say he’s ruining practice when he’s out there.”

Guard Kevin Zeitler, who has to battle him in practice, echoed those same thoughts.

“He’s back,” Zeitler said. “If we can block Geno the way he’s playing, we can block anybody.” After the second workout with the New York Giants here this week, I talked some line play with Zeitler. I told him Atkins was killing the Giants, too.

“That’s good to know,” Zeitler said. “It’s not just us having problems.”

Atkins, for his part, has played it low key this season. He isn’t talking to the media, or at least hasn’t yet. I’ve talked several times with him in the past, including at the Pro bowl last January, but when I asked to do so this week as he came off the practice field, it was a no-go.

“No comment,” he said. “I am off the clock.”

It wasn’t a nasty brush off, by any means. So that was fine by me. Atkins has been a bit of a media recluse since coming into the league, and now his focus is simply on getting back to playing at a high level. He will let his play do his talking — for now.

Atkins tore the ACL on Halloween of 2013 against the Dolphins. The rehab process hurt his weight room time, which, in turn, influenced his power at the point of attack. His quickness also seemed to wane.

Atkins barely resembled the player who was a 2012 All-Pro, a player who received a five-year, $55-million deal before the 2013 season. There were rumblings that maybe he would never be the same player.

Geno Atkins is out to put 2014 behind him. (USATSI)
Geno Atkins is out to put 2014 behind him. (USATSI)

At the end of last season, Guenther publicly said Atkins was “just a guy.” The reality was that was true. But publicly it sounded like Guenther was calling Atkins out. I asked Atkins about that at the Pro Bowl, and he brushed it off. Said it didn’t influence him in any way, but one has to wonder.

That is all behind now. There is no lasting animosity and Guenther had nothing but praise for Atkins.

“He’s our best player,” Guenther said. “He’s come back in great shape. He’s responded. When he came back in the spring, the quickness was back. You could see he was Geno again.”

Against the Giants this week, there were times where Atkins exploded into offensive linemen and pushed them deep into the pocket. He destroyed guard Adam Gettis in one drill.

Get used it. The guy has been a one-man wrecking crew this summer in Cincinnati. Healthy again, Atkins is poised for a big season.

Geno can’t be blocked isn’t just lip service. I saw it with my own eyes.

Atkins is back.

 

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Civil Rights Title IX Lawsuit Against Florida State May Continue

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By Letitia Stein

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday denied a motion by Florida State University to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit filed by a former student who alleged the school failed to properly investigate her accusations that star quarterback Jameis Winston raped her.

The decision comes as Winston, the No. 1 pick in this year’s National Football League draft, begins his professional career as the starting quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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UGA Recruiting: Dawgs Newest Commit Visiting This Weekend

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UGA got a good surprise Monday when 2017 Louisiana athlete Devonta Smith committed to the Dawgs. Smith is listed at 6’1 155 and likely to play WR at the next level. The timing looked like no accident, as 2016 DB Shyheim Carter decommitted from Alabama as well.

Smith is bringing us good news again today, as he tweeted early this morning that he is on his way to Athens. It is not known if Carter or any other prospects are making the trip from Louisiana with him.

***UPDATE***

Shyheim Carter is making the trip from Louisiana as well.

Dawgs Conduct First Scrimmage of Fall Camp

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Aug. 14, 2015

ATHENS—-The Georgia football team conducted the first scrimmage of fall camp Friday at Sanford Stadium, working out for two hours in full pads.

One of the top storylines during the preseason is the quarterback battle featuring junior Faton Bauta, junior Greyson Lambert and redshirt sophomore Brice Ramsey. No statistics were kept during Friday’s action, and Bulldog head coach Mark Richt said all three quarterbacks had bright moments.

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UGA Recruiting: Another WR High on Dawgs, Likes Our Offense

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I have just the thing that all recruitniks need……………….another receiver that has UGA in his top group to confuse the WR picture even more. After receiving a 2016 WR commit from Texas and a 2017 ATH/WR commit from Louisiana, the Dawgs are looking good for 2016 WR Grant Holloway from Virginia.

The 6’2 190 pound wideout that has been clocked with a 4.26 40 yard dash has recently named the Dawgs in his top 4.

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UGA Recruiting: Top In-State Prospect Out For Season After Breaking Wrist

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2017 LB Nate McBride is now likely out for the season after breaking his wrist in a car wreck.

“I was tired from practice and fell asleep at the wheel and hit a tree,” McBride told the AJC.

Of course, being the person he is, Coach Richt called to check on the 5* linebacker.

McBride is the #42 overall player in the nation, the #3 OLB overall, and the 4th ranked player in Georgia according to the 247sports composite rankings. UGA has 3 of his 4 crystal ball votes.

We’re definitely glad that McBride isn’t injured worse and pray for his speedy recovery.

“I wasn’t going very fast because I was almost home, but it still shocks me now,” he said.

 

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UGA Recruiting: Where We Stand, In-State #11-15

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Although the state of Georgia is fertile recruiting ground for many college football programs across the nation, the Dawgs are doing a great job recruiting the in-state talent this year. There are triple digit D1 football players in the state every year with as many as 6 Power5 programs within driving distance. Here’s a look at where we think the top recruits in Georgia will end up this year (#11-15):

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Six Reasons why Nick Chubb Will Win the Heisman

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Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy last season, but was he really the best, most exciting player at the end of the regular season?

Eh, I think there was someone much more exciting to watch in Nick Chubb, who might have been the best player in the country late in the year.

Somehow, this true freshman, who had to replace All-World back Todd Gurley, averaged 165.4 yards per game in his eight starts last year. He finished the season with 1,547 rushing yards after playing sparingly to start the year.

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Dawgs Infiltrating Backyard of Fellow SEC Power

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In landing 2017 4-star athlete Devonta Smith, Georgia head coach Mark Richt and his staff were able to pluck an elite talent out of fellow SEC heavyweight LSU’s backyard.

However, the Bulldogs may not be done in their pursuit of top prospects from the Pelican State.

As Smith told Kipp Adams of Dawgs247, he’s close friends with 2016 4-star corner and Kentwood, Louisiana, product Shyheim Carter, who announced he was backing off a commitment to Alabama on Monday.

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GPS Technology Helping Teams Work More Efficiently

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Derek Mason certainly understands how to be efficient in practice. His Vanderbilt team needed just 74 minutes to complete practice on Monday.

That’s because the Commodores are making use of GPS technology, worn by 30 key players, that track which practice periods require the greatest physical effort and how much work the players can complete and still recover properly.

Their findings, according to a story this week in The Tennessean, show that less is more.

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Bulldogs Prep For First Scrimmage

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Aug. 13, 2015

ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia Bulldogs practiced for just under two hours in shoulder pads and shorts on Thursday afternoon, the 11th session of fall camp and the final one before their initial scrimmage on Friday at Sanford Stadium.

“We’ve gotten a lot of work in, and now it’s time to scrimmage and get an idea of what we’ve got,” head coach Mark Richt said. “We’ll look to see how far everybody has come. Also, we’ll see who’s ready to play and schematically the things that we’re good at and the things we might need to throw out.”

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