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Georgia Football Recruiting: BIG UGA Target to Commit Next Week, 5-Star Jacob Eason Recruiting for Dawgs, New Dawg Commit Interview


Abernathy

Recruiting Quick Hits

Micah Abernathy (CB) – ☆☆☆☆

Micah Abernathy, one of UGA’s biggest targets is set to commit next week following his Tennessee visit. His decision has come down to Tennessee and Georgia, but I would be absolutely shocked if he doesn’t go with the Bulldogs. Right after his visit to the Georgia/Tennessee game, Abernathy stated that he thought he knew where he wanted to go and that he’d be committing soon. The fact that this came right after him and his father raved about their visit to Athens bodes well for the Dawgs. I have a feeling I’ll be writing another post about Abernathy very soon.

Story on Abernathy here.

 

Jacob Eason (QB) *2016 – ☆☆☆☆

I know I talk about Eason a lot, but considering the fact that he’s the best quarterback commit UGA has had since Matthew Stafford, it’s hard not too. Many 2015 and 2016 recruits have already talked about how they’d love to play with Eason and that he would certainly factor into their decision. Eason knows the effect he has, so he’s been busy trying to recruit some play-makers to join him in Athens. Some of the big names he’s been talking to a lot are Nate Craig, the #1 player in the nation and #1 wide receiver according to Rivals , and Isaac Nauta, one of the best tight ends in the country. We all knew Jacob would play a huge role in the 2016 class, and it will be interesting to see how everything turns out.

Interview with Eason here.

 

Chauncey Manac (DE) *2016 – ☆☆☆☆

On Saturday, Georgia got a huge commitment from 4-star defensive end, Chauncey Manac, one of the best players in the state for the class of 2016. Manac said that Georgia’s persistence and heavy recruiting were large factors in his commitment, but he also stressed how much it meant to him to play in state. When he gets to Athens, Manac plans on playing linebacker, with a little bit of defensive line thrown in if he’s able to gain some weight. I don’t really think it matters too much as long as Jeremy Pruitt has this kid going after the quarterback on every down.

Interview with Manac here.

 

Check back daily for more Recruiting Updates!

Jonathan

Geogia Football: HEISMAN – Gurley vs. Mariota, Mason Changing His Approach, Inside Georgia Football Video – Daily Dose of Dawg


Todd Gurley - Photo courtesy of LockerDome.com

Todd Gurley – Photo courtesy of LockerDome.com

Who Leads For the Heisman? Todd Gurley vs. Marcus Mariota

Through the first five weeks of college football, there have been a lot of Heisman contenders popping up, but two players seem to be rising to the top, Todd Gurley of Georgia and Marcus Mariota of Oregon. I think both are absolutely phenomenal players and the best at their respective positions, but right now, I’d have to go with Gurley as the frontrunner. There’s no one in college football right now that can do what Todd’s been doing, and no one that’s meant more to their team so far. Without #3 in the backfield, Georgia could easily have a 1-3 record and an even more disgruntled fan base.

***Side note: Gurley has more yards and more touchdowns through 4 games than Herschel did in his first 4 games of his Heisman season, and he’s done it on way less carries.

Photo courtesy of @RadiNabulsi

Photo courtesy of @RadiNabulsi

ESPN’s Edward Aschoff and Chantel Jennings debate this topic here.

Oh, and in case you missed it this weekend, you’ll be seeing this on every “Todd Gurley for Heisman” video to come out in the next few months.

 

Hutson Mason Changing His Game

Yesterday, Hutson Mason met with the media to discuss the Vanderbilt game and had some interesting things to say about his approach moving forward.

“There’s just gonna be a new mindset I take this week where I’m just gonna let it fly to the best of my ability, and obviously still try to make good decisions,” Mason said. “But I think some of my problem in the past has been that I put too much pressure on myself as far as trying to get everything right. And I think that’s kinda made me slow down in my ability to play, mentally.”

My response to this is, “Well, why not?” If he’s hesitant, he either throws an interception or we punt. If he’s aggressive, he either throws an interception or we have a chance at a big play. That’s one thing I always liked about Aaron Murray. Sure he threw some interceptions, but he also wasn’t afraid to make some tough throws and try to win ball games.

Story on Hutson’s new mindset here.

 

Inside Georgia Football With Mark Richt: Episode 6

Georgiadogs.com released it’s weekly football show with player interviews, Richt’s thoughts on the game, and game highlights. If you’re at the office in that mid-week slump, and you want to get your daily fix of Bulldog football, I’d check it out.

Video here.

 

Check back daily for more Daily Dose of Dawg!

Jonathan 

Georgia Football Recruiting: UPDATED Current Commitment List and Who Else We Will Get


Donte Jackson - Photo courtesy of Bulldawg Illustrated

Donte Jackson – Photo courtesy of Bulldawg Illustrated

Current Commits:

Trent Thompson – ☆☆☆☆☆
Westover (Albany, GA) DT
6-4/292
Terry Godwin – ☆☆☆☆☆
Callaway (Hogansville, GA) ATH
6-0/168
Jonathan Ledbetter – ☆☆☆☆
Tucker (Tucker, GA) SDE
6-4/265
Natrez Patrick – ☆☆☆☆
Mays (Atlanta, GA) WDE
6-3/220
Chauncey Rivers – ☆☆☆☆
Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA) WDE
6-2.5/247
Van Jefferson – ☆☆☆☆
Ravenwood (Brentwood, TN) WR
6-2.5/172
Jackson Harris – ☆☆☆☆
Columbia Central (Columbia, TN) TE
6-6/250
Jayson Stanley – ☆☆☆☆
Creekside (Fairburn, GA) WR
6-2/198
Michael Chigbu – ☆☆☆☆
Holy Cross (New Orleans, LA) WR
6-2/211
Patrick Allen – ☆☆☆☆
Franklin (Reisterstown, MD) OT
6-5/286
Christian Owens – ☆☆☆☆
Griffin (Griffin, GA) WR
6-5/207
Michael Barnett☆☆☆☆
Woodland (Dorchester, S.C.) SDE
6-5/258
*** I have to admit, I had no idea this one was coming, nor did a lot of people. Barnett was supposed to be signing his financial aid papers with Florida State, but instead he announced his commitment to Georgia. Story on Barnett here.
Gary McCrae – ☆☆☆
Randolph Clay (Coolidge, GA) OLB
6-4/220
DeVondre Seymour – ☆☆☆
Hinds C.C. (Raymond, MS) OT
6-6/315
Deontai Williams – ☆☆☆
Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) S
6-0/175
Sage Hardin – ☆☆☆
Marist School (Atlanta, GA) OT
6-6/260
Shaquery Wilson – ☆☆☆
Coral Gables Senior (Miami, FL) ATH
6-3/190
Juwan Taylor – ☆☆☆
Hallandale (Hallandale, FL) ILB
6-2/200
Justin Young – ☆☆☆
Grayson (Loganville, GA) DT
6-3.5/255
Deandre Baker – ☆☆☆
Northwestern (Miami, FL) CB
5-11/175
Chris Carson – ☆☆☆
Butler C.C. (El Dorado, KS) RB
6-1/200
Quincy Vasser – ☆☆☆
Navarro College (Corsicana, TX)

Will Get:

Tarvarus McFadden – ☆☆☆☆☆
American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, FL) CB
6-3/198
Roquan Smith – ☆☆☆☆
Macon County (Montezuma, GA) OLB
6-2/205
Rashad Roundtree – ☆☆☆☆
Lakeside (Evans, GA) S
6-1/195
Donte Jackson – ☆☆☆☆
Riverdale (New Orleans, LA) ATH
5-11/175
Darius Slayton – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) WR
6-2/182
Micah Abernathy – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) CB
6-1/187
Emanuel McGirt – ☆☆☆☆
Hillside (Durham, NC) OT
6-6/275
D’Andre Walker – ☆☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) WDE
6-2/218

Good Shot At:

Josh Sweat – ☆☆☆☆☆
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) WDE
6-5/240
Albert Huggins – ☆☆☆☆
Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Orangeburg, SC) DT
6-3/279
Montavious Atkinson – ☆☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) ILB/S
6-1/200
*** This will be an interesting one to watch. Atkinson is currently committed to Auburn, but he said that he grew up always watching Georgia games and that his family is nuts about the Bulldogs. He also said that early playing time is a big deal to him, and Jeremy Pruitt is assuring him that he could come in and get a lot of time at safety right away. Atkinson is also teammates and friends with current UGA target, D’Andre Walker (who I think the Dawgs will land). I wouldn’t yet move Montavious into the “Will Get” category, but I think the Dawgs are trending with him.

Will Not Get, But Close:

Chuma Edoga – ☆☆☆☆☆
McEachern (Powder Springs, GA) OT
6-3/276
Antonio Callaway – ☆☆☆
Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL) OT
6-1/185
***Changes

**Rankings from 247 Sports Composite

 

Check back daily for more recruiting updates!

Jonathan

Georgia Football: UGA Player Dismissed, Gurley Falsely Accused of Assault, Richt On Using Two Quarterbacks – Daily Dose of Dawg


Sheldon Dawson - Photo courtesy of Dawgs 247

Sheldon Dawson – Photo courtesy of Dawgs 247

Sheldon Dawson Dismissed

Last night, Sheldon Dawson was dismissed from the team. Dawson, a junior out of Memphis, Tennessee, hadn’t seen a ton of playing time this year, and some speculate that his dismissal had to do with that. Mark Richt didn’t say why he was released, but I’m sure we’ll find out in the next day or two.

This isn’t a huge loss for the Dawgs, but it does take away depth at a position that already wasn’t very deep. It is expected that UGA will lose a number of defensive players after the season that aren’t a fan of Pruitt and possibly their playing time, but I don’t think anyone really thought this would happen during the season.

Story on Dawson here.

 

Todd Gurley Falsely Accused of Punching Man in Bar

To avoid skewing the details, I won’t give my summary, but will let you read for yourself here.

 

Mark Richt’s Monday Radio Show

Mark Richt held his weekly call-in radio show on Monday, and he had some interesting things to say. At one point, Richt was asked by a caller if he would consider giving the back-up quarterbacks a few series throughout the game, like D.J. Shockley back when David Greene was the quarterback. Suprisingly, Richt didnt say no.

“I think anything is possible,” Richt said. “I’m not going to sit here and start trying to tell the whole world what we’re going to do before we even talk to our players about how we’re going to rotate things like that. But that’s been done before. There’s always a possibility of something like that.”

I’m not sure I support just putting in Bryce Ramsey for the heck of it, but I wouldn’t mind having some packages where Faton Bauta came in and ran the read-option. I think this would give opponents a whole other aspect to prepare for and could really make this Bulldog offense dangerous.

With regards to the injury situation, Richt said that Mitchell, Scott-Wesley, and Rumph were all practicing Monday and are expected to play on Saturday. Keith Marshall, who suffered an ankle injury against Troy, did not practice, however, and I wouldn’t expect to see him back for the Vanderbilt game.

More of Richt’s comments here.

 

Check back daily for more Daily Dose of Dawg!

Jonathan

Georgia Football: Where Georgia Will Lose Their Next Game


We Want Brice Ramsey 

Georgia should not lose another game in my opinion, but with Hutson Mason at the helm I just do not know. Georgia has a great running game, great pass rush, and the only big questions come from the defensive backfield and quarterback positions. Can Georgia go the rest of the season without losing a game? Yes! But will they? Heck no. They will have a let down and here are the few places I believe it will happen.

  1. October 11 @ Mizzou: Maty Mauk has the potential to have a huge day against the Georgia secondary, and unless the defensive line can generate the same pressure they did against UT, it will be a long day. Loss probability: (60%) 
  2. November 1 Florida: Rivalry games are always a tricky one. You can almost always throw out whatever the spread is because no matter how good either of these teams are, it is rarely a blow out. Georgia will need to ride TG3 the entire way to win this one. Or they can just wait till Jeff Driskel screws up and wins it for Georgia. He is the Florida version of Reggie Ball. Loss probability: (20%)
  3. November 15 Auburn: I hate Auburn. I want Georgia to beat them more than most things, and I really believe it could happen. Georgia will need to control the line of scrimmage and play great disciplined football in order to beat the WarEAGLETigers. Loss Probability: (50%)

 

*I realize Georgia Tech is a rivalry game, but come on.. They are a joke.

 

They Can Win Out But…

Georgia will need to rely heavily on the run game to win out, and I believe playing at home against Auburn will be the biggest deciding factor in that win. I hope Georgia wins the SEC East. If Hutson Mason can figure out how to not throw like a middle-schooler between now and then, they could become really dangerous. Georgia has the talent and the schedule is in their favor, but can the coaches avoid the big game bust to which Georgia has become accustomed?

How do you think Georgia will fare the rest of the way?

 

 

-Alex

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