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Georgia Football: Gurley’s Appeal Denied, UGA/FL Hype Videos, 5 Keys For UGA – Daily Dose of Dawg


Todd Gurley - Photo courtesy of ESPN

Todd Gurley – Photo courtesy of ESPN

Todd Gurley’s Appeal Denied

To no one’s surprise, Todd Gurley’s appeal was denied yesterday by the NCAA. There was just no way the NCAA was going to go back on their punishment because in their minds, it’d make them look weak. What’s interesting, though, is that Georgia really thought they had a good chance of getting the case overturned. Last night, the University released this statement:

 

“We are very disappointed in tonight’s decision by the Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee regarding our appeal on Todd Gurley’s eligibility reinstatement. We believe our case to the NCAA for Todd’s immediate reinstatement was strong and compelling. However, we now have exhausted all available options and look forward to Todd’s return to competition on November 15. The full attention of the Bulldog Nation now needs to be focused on our team and Saturday’s important game against Florida.”

 

I could go on and on about the NCAA and how crooked they are, but I’ll save that for a future post. For now, let’s all turn our full attention to beating the Gators for the fourth year in a row.

Story on Gurley’s denied appeal here.

 

World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party Hype Video

 

Saturday Down South released a really good video as well:

 

Five Keys for Georgia to Beat Florida

Here are Gentry Estes’ five keys for Georgia to beat Florida.

I really don’t even think UGA needs to do five certain things to beat this terrible Florida team, so I’ll just name 3:

Stop Treon Harris Running the BallOne thing the Georgia defense has struggled with in recent years is mobile quarterbacks. Now Harris is no Nick Marshall or even Connor Shaw, but the guy is very athletic, and if UGA doesn’t have someone spying him, he could run all over this defense.

Watch for the Trick PlayWill Muschamp has nothing to lose. He can read the writing on the wall, and he knows that his time in Gainesville is coming to an end quickly. He will try anything and everything, regardless of how risky, to try to beat his alma mater. UGA needs to be aware of this at all times, meaning they need to be on the look out for onside kicks, fake punts, and little trick plays in the backfield.

Open Up Running LanesAs atrocious as this Florida team has been, they’ve actually done a great job stopping the run, holding opponents to only 117 yds/gm (4th in the country). If Georgia is able to open up running lanes and Nick Chubb can get going, this will be a very long game for the gators. Now, I don’t think this Georgia team needs to have a dominating rushing attack because teams have still been able to beat Florida without one, but if they can establish the run, I give the Gators a 0% chance of leaving Jacksonville with a “W.”

 

I’ll just leave this here

 

**WARNING**: All of these keys could go flying out the window come Saturday because this is the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, and as we all know, ANYTHING can happen.

 

If you’re looking for a way to watch past Georgia highlights and get access to some other great content, make sure to check out The UGA Vault!

 

Check back daily for more Daily Dose of Dawg!

Jonathan 

Georgia Football Recruiting: HUGE 5-Star Likes UGA For Interesting Reason, #2 Ranked Cornerback Very High Talks On Dawgs


Demetris Robertson - Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Demetris Robertson – Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

The Jacob Eason Effect

Demetris Robertson *2016 – ☆☆☆☆☆
Savannah Christian School (Savannah, GA) ATH
6-0/167

The #2 ranked player in Georgia and #5 ranked player in the nation for 2016 is starting to think more seriously about the Dawgs despite being committed to Alabama. Demetris Robertson says he’s still committed to the Tide, but also admits that Georgia is giving him a lot to think about and that they’re certainly one of his top schools. Mike Bobo is a big reason that Robertson is so high on the in-state team, but perhaps the biggest reason is 5-star UGA quarterback commit, Jacob Eason. Robertson, like most top wide receivers in the country for the class of 2016, knows that Eason is a huge talent and would be special to play with. He says that they’ve texted a few times and that he hopes they can workout and throw sometime in the spring.

Robertson is an absolute freak of an athlete and will be one of UGA’s biggest priorities moving forward. He reminds me a lot of current 2015 Dawg commit, Terry Godwin, and might honestly be a little bit faster. If the Bulldogs are able to flip Robertson, they would certainly have one of the most talented group of wide receivers in the whole country.

Robertson will be visiting UGA for the Auburn game on November 15.

*MUST WATCH* Check out his sophomore highlights here:

 

Khalil Ladler *2016 – ☆☆☆☆
Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA) CB
5-11/168

Another big in-state 2016 recruit that the Dawgs are going after is 4-star cornerback, Khalil Ladler. Ladler was long thought to be an LSU lean, but when he was asked recently what school stands out the most, he was quick to bring up the Bulldogs. He really likes Coach Pruitt and knows that if he comes to Georgia, he’ll be able to play right away. Another thing UGA has working in their favor is the commitment of Ladler’s high school teammate and 2015 Dawg commit, Chauncey Rivers.

Ladler is a tremendous talent and would be able to contribute at cornerback right away. He would be a perfect fit for Jeremy Pruitt’s defense and you can bet that Pruitt is making him a priority.

Ladler is looking to commit either next semester of next summer, and he says that distance to home will be a huge factor (big advantage for UGA).

*MUST WATCH* Check out his sophomore highlights here:

 

If you’re looking for a way to watch past Georgia highlights and get access to some other great content, make sure to check out The UGA Vault!

 

Check back daily for more recruiting updates!

Jonathan

 

Georgia Football: NCAA Are The Good Guys, UGA Playoff Ranking Announced, Inside Scoop On The Gators – Daily Dose of Dawg


Todd Gurley - Photo courtesy of @Cheesus85

Todd Gurley – Photo courtesy of @Cheesus85

NCAA Are the Good Guys

I don’t know why everybody keeps getting so mad at the NCAA. The way I see it, they’re doing what’s right. Let’s recap:

  • Allows the generous Auburn University to donate $250,000 to father of the quarterback in order to fix up his church.
  • Quarterback in North Florida is starving, close to the brink of death, and they allow him to take free shellfish from a local supermarket.
  • A need is seen in downtown Athens: People in the streets, kids in broken families, poverty, litter on the sides of roads. The NCAA can bear it no longer, so they assign 40 hours of serving the community to star Georgia running back.

Seems to me the NCAA not only cares for student athletes, but humanity as a whole.

Full story on Gurley here.

 

First College Football Playoff Rankings Announced

Last night, the first ever College Football Playoff rankings were announced, and Georgia came in at number eleven.

Here are the complete rankings:

1 Mississippi State 7-0
2 Florida State 7-0
3 Auburn 6-1
4 Ole Miss 7-1
5 Oregon 7-1
6 Alabama 7-1
7 TCU 6-1
8 Michigan State 7-1
9 Kansas State 6-1
10 Notre Dame 6-1
11 Georgia 6-1
12 Arizona 6-1
13 Baylor 6-1
14 Arizona State 6-1
15 Nebraska 7-1
16 Ohio State 6-1
17 Utah 6-1
18 Oklahoma 5-2
19 LSU 7-2
20 West Virginia 6-2
21 Clemson 6-2
22 UCLA 6-2
23 East Carolina 6-1
24 Duke 6-1
25 Louisville 6-2

Some UGA fans were upset about Georgia’s ranking, but I really don’t have a problem with it. Yes, I think they’re better than #11, but they haven’t played many good opponents at this point in the season, so they don’t necessarily deserve to be ranked ahead of some of the other one-loss teams.  Still, the task is simple for UGA: Win out and win the SEC Championship, they’re in. Lose a game, they’re not.

 

Q & A With Florida Insider

Radi Nabulsi of UGASports.com was able to ask the Florida beat writer some questions about Saturday’s matchup, and he had some pretty interesting things to say.

Interview here.

 

If you’re looking for a way to watch past Georgia highlights and get access to some other great content, make sure to check out The UGA Vault!

 

Check back daily for more Daily Dose of Dawg!

Jonathan 

SEC Football: Can Florida Actually Beat Georgia?


Georgia > Florida 

Let me make this clear: GEORGIA SHOULD WIN THIS GAME. I am picking Georgia to win this game, and believe that they are a much better football team than the Gators at this point in the season. If I have learned anything from watching college football, it is that any team can beat anyone, at anytime.

 

Secret Agent Muschamp

Agent Will Muschamp will look to continue to fulfill his duties by making sure Florida becomes the worst team in the SEC. If for some reason Muschamp decides to go all Benedict Arnold on us, it should make for an interesting Saturday. Treon Harris is making the start over Driskell, and he gives them an interesting boost that Driskell just did not show in his career. If Harris can come out and give the Gators a much-needed spark, it might get interesting for the Bulldogs.

Composure 

This game is always full of personal fouls on both teams. That plays into the Gators strong suit, and that allowed the Gators to get back into the game last year. Georgia dominated the game early jumping out to a 20-0 lead, but when they started pushing and shoving back, that is when Florida made the game interesting. It is going to be a passionate game, but Georgia will need to keep their composure and let the scoreboard do the talking. Georgia cannot play into the hands of Florida by retaliating insults and shoving matches. If Georgia does keep their composure, this game should not be a problem at all.

 

Prediction

Georgia will need to put this game away early, or they will risk allowing Florida to sneak out the victory. My pick is Georgia 30 Florida 13. Historically this is a low scoring, close game, and I can see this game being the exact same way for at least 3 quarters before Georgia (Nick Chubb) pulls away.  If this was not a rivalry, I would say Georgia beats this Gator team by 40 (still might happen),  but the rivalry is such a huge factor in this game. By the end of this game Will Muschamp might be looking for a new job, and Georgia will be one step closer to Atlanta.

 

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-Alex

Georgia Football Recruiting: 5-Star to Decide Between Dawgs and ‘Noles on Friday, Roquan Smith Update, and More!


Roquan Smith - Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Roquan Smith – Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

McFadden to Decide on Friday

Tarvarus McFadden – ☆☆☆☆☆
American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, FL) CB
6-3/198

5-star cornerback, Tarvarus McFadden, will decide between Florida State and Georgia this Friday (time is TBD). A couple of weeks ago I thought for sure he’d be putting on a red and black hat this Friday, but things have changed a little bit. Following a great visit to FSU where the ‘Noles knocked off Notre Dame, many now believe that McFadden will commit to the in-state team this Friday.

BUT, don’t worry Georgia fans! McFadden still says he is waffling big time on the decision, and regardless of who he commits to on Friday, he is going to take an official visit to UGA for the Auburn game. Even if he commits to the Noles, I feel very confident that the Dawgs could flip him. He loves Georgia and the coaching staff, and he’s also great friends with former high school teammates and current Dawgs, Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie.

Story on McFadden here.

 

Roquan Smith Update

Roquan Smith – ☆☆☆☆
Macon County (Montezuma, GA) OLB
6-0/203

Things are starting to look really good for UGA when it comes to landing the 4-star linebacker, Roquan Smith. Smith’s recruitment seemed to be coming down to Georgia and Florida, but with the Gators’ recent struggles and the inevitable coaching change coming up, many believe that the Dawgs are sitting in the driver’s seat. I’ve thought for a while now that Roquan has been a Dawg lean, but now I’d put the Dawgs chances of landing him somewhere around 95%. He’s close friends with a lot of current UGA commits, and he absolutely loves Athens. Playing time is also a huge factor for Roquan, and with Georgia likely losing 3-4 linebackers next year, there will certainly be an opportunity for him to come in and play right away.

Smith is taking his time, and he says that he’s going to commit on National Signing Day, but I’d be shocked if he doesn’t go with the home team.

Update on Roquan Smith here.

 

Georgia/Florida Recruiting Battles

Georgia and Florida are certainly big rivals on the field, but this year there are some big time recruiting battles that could be greatly affected by Saturday’s outcome:

 

Roquan Smith – ☆☆☆☆
Macon County (Montezuma, GA) OLB
6-0/203

Like I said above, I think Roquan is a Georgia lean, but it certainly won’t hurt things if Georgia puts a beat-down on the Gators.

Cece Jefferson – ☆☆☆☆☆
Baker County (Glen St. Mary, FL) DE
6-2/245

Cece Jefferson was thought to be a Florida lock with over 95% of his 247 Sports Crystal Ball predicting him to commit to the Gators. With things going south in Gainesville and a coaching change likely coming, however, Jefferson will be an interesting one to watch. Jeremy Pruitt stopped by Jefferson’s school last week to see him, and things went really well. Jefferson will likely be in Athens for the Auburn game.

Javarius Davis – ☆☆☆
Ed White (Jacksonville, FL) ATH
5-10/173

Many believed that Davis would commit to the in-state Gators, but after he received an offer from Georgia this past week, that no longer seems to be the case. Davis now says that the Bulldogs are number one, and if everything feels right when he visits, he’ll go ahead and commit. Davis is also the brother of former UGA defensive back, Bryan Evans.

Here’s the story I did on Javarius last week.

 

247 Sports also did their list here.

 

If you’re looking for a way to watch past Georgia highlights and get access to some other great content, make sure to check out The UGA Vault!

 

Check back daily for more recruiting updates!

Jonathan

 

 

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