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    As freshman Dominick Blaylock caught his fifth touchdown of the season, he was once again being overshadowed by George Pickens. Against Georgia Tech, Blaylock created just enough separation and got in the perfect position to catch a Jake Fromm touchdown pass. TOUCHDOWN!!!! Jake Fromm ( @FrommJake) Dominick Blaylock ( @domblaylock_1)!!!! WHAT A CATCH!!!! pic.twitter.com/Ke4Lws3H1F Hiro Katsuki (@KatsukiFB) November 30, 2019 Of course, you might remember this play differently, as Pickens was simultaneously dragging a Georgia Tech defender into a wall on the other side of the field. Pickens has drawn more headlines and attention this season with his spectacular catches and aggressive play. But in Georgia's biggest game of the year the 2019 SEC championship game against LSU he won't be on the field for the first half. And Georgia's suspect passing offense will have to rely on another wide receiver to keep the offense in the game until Pickens returns. Related: How much does the first-half suspension of George Pickens hurt against LSU? If Pickens is your blockbuster action movie, than Blaylock should be seen as the family drama you find yourself watching over and over again. He does all the little things you need a wide receiver to do that often go unnoticed to the untrained eye. And he's also shown a propensity for making big-time plays in big-time games. 'He played big everywhere,' Georgia coach Kirby Smart said.'He played big in high school playoff games. He had all the indicators of being ready for the moment. There's no moment too big for Dom.' Blaylock has already come through with touchdown catches in Georgia's two biggest games this year against Florida and Auburn. Against the Gators, he leaked out into the flat and created just enough of an angle to dive for the touchdown. Against Auburn, he snuck behind the defense and stumbled his way into the endzone for a 51-yard touchdown catch. Neither of the plays were all that aesthetically pleasing but both were very crucial to a Georgia victory. In those two games combined, Pickens finished with just two catches for 15 yards Blaylock has only 17 catches to this point in the year. But he's turned those limited opportunities into 299 receiving yards, third-most on the team, and five touchdowns second on the team. He's also got two of Georgia's three receptions for more than 50-yards and the best yards per catch mark on the team. Based on his pre-Georgia track record, this shouldn't come as a surprise. As a high school freshman, Blaylock racked up nearly 200 receiving yards and multiple touchdowns in a key region game, recalled his coach, Daniel Brunner of Walton High School in Marietta. To open his senior season, Blaylock finished a game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium the site of Saturday's game against LSU with 132 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Later in his senior season, Walton faced off against defending state champion North Gwinnett in a game that was televised on ESPN2. Despite having Blaylock, Walton entered the game as the underdog. And in a back-and-forth game that saw Walton lose its starting quarterback for a chunk of the game, Blaylock came up with the big plays as a wide receiver, running back and, yes, even at quarterback. He finished the game with 50 receiving yards, 55 rushing yards and 40 yards passing to go along with the game-winning touchdown run with 32 seconds left. UGA commit Dominick Blaylock GAME WINNING rushing TD Walton beats North Gwinnett 27-24 UGA is LOADED nxt yr wit him and Jadon Haselwood pic.twitter.com/vm0SCX1BMh VERSACEBOYENT (@versaceboyent2) September 15, 2018 'The kid is just all substance,' Brunner said. 'He's not about the flash, he's not about the look at me, he's not about the social media.' Walton played North Gwinnett again this season, once during the regular season and once again in the playoffs. Without Blaylock, Walton lost the two games by a combined score of 95-10. As for what allows Blaylock to make these kinds of plays, it wouldn't be because he has some other-worldly physical trait. Blaylock isn't the most impressive looking athlete. His 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame doesn't stand out on a field of freaks. He's not the speedster Mecole Hardman was either. In comparison to Pickens, Blaylock smaller, less physical and doesn't have the same body control that Pickens displays. But when asking around, just about everyone praises Blaylock's intangible abilities. 'He's always calm and collected,' senior wide Tyler Simmons said. 'He's pretty confident and he knows the playbook, so that gives you a certain level of confidence going out there on the field that slows the game down for you.' Blaylock rarely made much noise after his commitment to Georgia prior to his junior season. Even when Brunner told him other coaches were going to pull him out of class to try and convince him to play elsewhere, Blaylock made it clear he didn't much care for the recruiting hoopla. 'He told me, Coach, I'm going to Georgia. I just want to be a good teammate, be here for my boys and just play football,'' Brunner said. 'There's not many kids like that in this day and age.' Related: Home team: Dominick Blaylock found a homegrown fit at UGA However, those intangibles aren't easy to calculate or factor into how good a recruit could end up being. That's why over the course of the recruiting process, Blaylock slipped in the national recruiting rankings.This still irks Brunner, especially when time and time again Blaylock showed he was clearly one of the nation's best wide receivers. In the 2019 All-American Bowl a high school all-star game which features many of the nation's top high schools talents such as Georgia's Nolan Smith and Travon Walker Blaylock had two touchdown catches and a touchdown pass. It was clear he was an elite player and perhaps even the best wide receiver on the field. After the game, Blaylock was downgraded from a 5-star prospect to a 4-star prospect. When he and Pickens arrived at Georgia, Pickens was the higher-rated recruit even though he spent almost the entire recruiting cycle as a lower-rated prospect. 'You want him to be recognized for all his hard work. But he doesn't care about that stuff,' Brunner said. 'He just wants to get out there and compete.' That's our Dawg. 2019 #AllAmericanBowl alum Dominick Blaylock ( @domblaylock_1) takes the top off the Auburn defense. #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/c4NXkUFOIL All-American Bowl (@AABonNBC) November 16, 2019 For all his praise though there have been times though when Blaylock has played like the 18-year-old freshman he is. He's had a missed block here and there. He fumbled a punt that led to Georgia Tech's only points in the 52-7 Georgia win. But Smart stuck with Blaylock as the team's punt returner despite having other options available. Blaylock responded with a 32-yard return later in the game, the longest of his young Georgia career. He didn't mope or sulk. He got back out there and made another play for the Bulldogs. Brunner was confident Blaylock was going to produce as a freshman, given his work ethic and the fact that Georgia was going to be losing its top five pass catchers from 2018. In the spring, Smart said he was expecting big things from Blaylock before he even stepped on campus. On Saturday, Georgia will once again be short-handed at the wide receiver position due to Pickens' suspension and Lawrence Cager's ankle injury. It will need someone in the passing game to make a handful of plays if the Bulldogs are going to win their biggest game of the season. And based on what Blaylock has done in the past, he's going to have a chance to earn some widespread acclaim of his own. 'Dom, he's a guy who just shows up and works. He doesn't complain a lot,' Fromm said. 'That's what we like about Dom. He's a really consistent guy and a guy who's always going to get it done for us on the field.' More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Tim Tebow Q&A: Georgia game plan, Jake Fromm, Justin Fields and LSU X-factor What the national media is saying about Georgia football before 2019 SEC Championship Game Does Georgia football have to beat LSU for 2019 to be a successful season? 3 keys for Georgia football against LSU in SEC Championship Game CBS analyst Gary Danielson: Jake Fromm is going to show up fine' Georgia football: The most pro-Georgia stat to pay attention to versus LSU Dawgs on Twitter In honor of championship weekend, we are throwing it back to 1990 when the Dawgs topped the LSU Tigers on their way to the regular season @SEC title. #TBT | #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/Y60PLkbMoC Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) December 5, 2019 Game 13 Trailer | Fearless pic.twitter.com/rYZCDEgQmr Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) December 6, 2019 #Throwdownthursdays KEEP CHOPPING! Championship Week! @GeorgiaFootball @Bsowders48 @coachellis6 #ATD pic.twitter.com/XdRUKU7oMm scott sinclair (@coach_sinclair) December 5, 2019 Congratulations to our student-athletes of the week! pic.twitter.com/HkFvwCjnpz Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) December 5, 2019 Good Dawg of the Day Put the brakes on Finnagan! pic.twitter.com/cnNS59H5db Cute Emergency (@CuteEmergency) December 6, 2019 The post Why Dominick Blaylock is ready for the big moment in 2019 SEC Championship Game appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The 2019 SEC Championship game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 7. The game will feature the No. 2 LSU Tigers and the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs. The game is set for a 4 p.m. ET kickoff and will air on CBS. This will be Georgia's third-straight season playing in the SEC championship game. Georgia beat Auburn in 2017 but lost last year to Alabama. Georgia went 11-1 this season and 7-1 in SEC games. The Bulldogs' lone loss came against South Carolina. LSU enters the game with an unbeaten record. This is the first time LSU is playing in the game since the 2011 SEC Championship Game. LSU beat Georgia that day, coming away with a 42-10 win. The Tigers and Bulldogs played in 2018, and LSU came away with a 36-16 win. If Georgia were to win this game, there is a chance that both teams make it into the College Football Playoffs. The SEC got two teams into the College Football Playoff in 2017, when Alabama and Georgia represented the conference. 2019 SEC Championship Game time The 2019 SEC Championship Game will start at 4 p.m. ET. 2019 SEC Championship Game TV Network The 2019 SEC Championship Game will be broadcast on CBS.Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl will broadcast the game. 2019 SEC Championship Game odds Georgia is 7.5-point underdog in the game. The over/under for the contest is 54. Georgia enters the game with a 7-5 record against the spread this year. How you can listen to the 2019 SEC Championship game on the radio Georgia fans can listen to the Georgia football-Georgia Tech game on 95.5FM WSB or AM750 WSB. How to watch the 2019 SEC Championship game on online The Georgia football-Texas A&M game can be streamed online on CBS.com if you have a subscription. What Kirby Smart said about LSU football before the 2019 SEC Championship Game On if he relishes the challenge as a defensive guy going against an explosive offense 'I probably did until about yesterday afternoon. I started watching the tape and then you realize that there really aren't weaknesses. I mean, arguably one of the best backs in the country. I mean, just vicious attack, you spin, you hit, you in the biggest games Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been one of the biggest players. Joe Burrow speaks for himself. I could go on and on. Wideouts, tight ends, they've got five, really, returning starters on their offensive line. They got defensive players. They got an outstanding all around team. It's a tremendous opportunity to measure where you are as a team when you get an opportunity to play a team like this that is firing on all cylinders. I mean, there's no such thing as a perfect game. Nobody will ever play it. But what they did last week on A&M was pretty incredible in all three phases.' On if there is any advantage having experience in this game 'Experience is valuable. I think the experiences in the Mercedes Stadium, the routine, you go over there Friday, you walk through, we don't typically walk through where we play. Well, this is a different deal, so we go over there and walk through where we play and a lot of our kids have done that a couple times now, but we've got 20 or so guys that have never done it because they're freshmen and it will be their first time. So I don't think that's a big advantage by any means, but our kids have played in it. Like I said yesterday on the teleconference, their kids have played in a ton of big games. It's not going to be any different for them or us when you play in the SEC and the stage you play on. Week-in and week-out you're playing on CBS in front of the largest crowds in the country.' What LSU coach Ed Orgeron said about Georgia football before the 2019 SEC Championship Game On if he's confident that no matter what happens Saturday that you are in the playoff? 'No. Not even thinking about it. Uh-huh. I'm not buying into that at all. We got to win. I don't know if we got to win to get in the playoffs or not. I'm not even talking about that. Our goal is to beat Georgia and win the SEC, then let's see what happens. Coming in to play, we're not talking about that. We're not even considering it right now.' On what he's seen from Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm: I don't know that much about him. I watched three or four games. What I'm saying is, we're not done in evaluating. Going to take the whole week. I can't tell you why he's throwing under 50% yet. I can't tell you that. I will tell you this: he's a winner, a fantastic young man, he's a leader. They believe in him at Georgia. He's won a lot of games. That tells you a lot about a quarterback. More 2019 SEC Championship Game stories from around DawgNation Tim Tebow Q&A: Georgia game plan, Jake Fromm, Justin Fields and LSU X-factor What the national media is saying about Georgia football before 2019 SEC Championship Game Does Georgia football have to beat LSU for 2019 to be a successful season? 3 keys for Georgia football against LSU in SEC Championship Game CBS analyst Gary Danielson: Jake Fromm is going to show up fine' Georgia football: The most pro-Georgia stat to pay attention to versus LSU How Kirby Smart handles the coaching carousel with 2019 SEC Championship Game looming Ticket data measures Georgia fans vs. LSU fans at SEC Championship Game, prices falling The post 2019 SEC Championship: Game time, TV Network, odds, how to watch online for Georgia football-LSU (December 6, 2019) appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 1,088 (Dec. 5, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about an underrate d reason UGA could upset LSU in Saturday's SEC championship game. Georgia football podcast: An underrated reason why UGA could upset LSU Beginning of the show: Much has been made of the anticipated matchup between LSU's heralded offense and Georgia's stingy defense, but ESPN's Bill Connelly also pointed out this week that UGA also has the No. 1 special teams unit according to his SP+ rankings. I'll discuss on today's show why that could be a factor in the Bulldogs' bid for an upset. I also discuss why UGA's tight ends could be called upon more against the Tigers than some expect based on a stat given by Payne Insider on a recent podcast. 10-minute mark: I address whether LSU's improved defensive play vs. Texas A&M was related to the challenge coach Ed Orgeron gave his team after a faulty performance against Ole Miss. 15-minute mark: CBS Sports' Brad Nessler joins the show to preview the SEC championship game. 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including Mike Bobo being out as Colorado State coach and possibly emerging as a candidate for South Carolina offensive coordinator, or in a role with UGA, and I address the chances LSU could be left out of the Playoff with a loss to the Bulldogs. 35-minute mark: Former SEC star Chuck Smith joins the show to explain why he thinks UGA will beat LSU. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: An underrated reason why UGA could upset LSU appeared first on DawgNation.
  • SEC Legend Tim Tebow took some time with DawgNation to dive into some hot Georgia football topics with the league championship game approaching. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) are a touchdown underdog to No. 2-ranked LSU (12-0) in the SEC Championship Game at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Tebow indicated Georgia doesn't want to get into a track meet with this explosive Tigers' offense. WATCH: Tim Tebow says Georgia can trust Jake Fromm But the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback also believes LSU could have its challenge against the Bulldogs defense. 'I think if you're Georgia, you want to play that possession game and be smart, control it, and then score when you have your chances,' Tebow said on Thursday. 'And then see what your defense can do.' LSU, Tebow says, has only faced one defense comparable to the Bulldogs' and that was a 23-20 win over Auburn. 'LSU was at home and only scored 23 points, so I think there's some things like that Georgia can see that should give them confidence,' Tebow said. 'They can say, We went to Jordan-Hare Stadium and beat an Auburn team that took LSU to the wire.' Here are some other thoughts Tebow shared on Georgia football issues: How should Jake Fromm and the Georgia approach this football game? Tebow: 'For me where I've been vocal on Jake is to put more of the burden on him and let him win it earlier. He's a great decision maker, and he's not going to put you in harm's way, so he can handle that pressure. He's going to have to make some big plays to win this game, but I also think they are going to have to be balanced. So they are gong to need to play ball control, I think they're going to need to take their time. I think they are going to need to be able to convert on third downs to keep the ball. 'You want to think about this as a possession game. So, OK, if Georgia can hold LSU to 10 or less possessions, that's a win for Georgia. You say if we can get the last possession of the first half and the first possession of the second half, we're going to hold them to three or four (possessions) in the first half, and maybe four in the second half, and really game plan it out like that. 'I think that's what Kirby will do.I think they will take their shots to be aggressive here and there, but they know you don't want to give Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson and this offense a lot of chances to get it going and roll.' What is your take on the criticism Jake Fromm is receiving and the comparisons to Justin Fields? Tebow: It's crazy that the first quarterback since Danny Wuerfel to go to three SEC championships in a row is getting any criticism. I still think Jake is one of the better quarterbacks in the country. I think Justin has had a spectacular season, and he was someone I always believed in to a certain extent, that when he got in the right fit, in the right scheme in the right offense. 'But I also think if you are Georgia last year, it's tough to ever say We're going to pull Jake, one of the best quarterbacks in the country, for another guy who has great talent. It's just a tough situation to be in. I'm happy both of the kids are doing extremely well. 'I know Jake hasn't put up the numbers he would have liked this season, but if you put on the film and you watch him play, he's still doing so much to help the team. I think one of the biggest things is his receivers aren't necessarily getting open a lot in one on ones, they're not winning that much, especially when you have your best receiver hurt on and off through the year, Lawrence Cager, and then (George) Pickens, a very talented receiver, but he's kinda of been on and off and now he's missing the first half. That makes it a hard. 'I would tell Jake, Hey, you've got to your third SEC Championship Game in a row, you got to a national championship game, now it's your job to go try to finish it.' What about the whole aspect of Justin Fields choosing to transfer? Tebow: 'For Justin, I'm so happy he's doing well. I got the chance to be there at Ohio State and spend some time with him in the quarterback room. I support him as well, I think he's got a lot of football ahead of him, too. Both of these guys are great quarterbacks, it's not an easy place to be in and it's not an easy decision. 'If not a judgment on Justin at all. I think for him it obviously was the right move. Some people say hey you need to stay and stick it out when you go to a school, but it's different when you're a quarterback versus other positions, for the most part, only one quarterback steps on the field, and it's one person's job.Other positions, you have five or six receivers play, four or five linebackers, a bunch of defensive linemen, and so on. 'But as a quarterback, it's hard. There are a lot of great players that truly never got a shot, and we'll never know what they could have done, so I don't knock someone going to try to live out their dream one bit, I would never knock Justin for that.' How does this Georgia defense compare to the one that faced Alabama in last year's SEC Championship Game? Tebow: 'I think it is a better defense, top to bottom. I think what they did last year was expose a few things on Alabama and make it hard on them for a while. And If Tua (Tagovailoa) stays in that game and Jalen (Hurts) doesn't come in, Alabama loses that football game. I think what made it really hard is they had a different style of running quarterback in the game with Jalen, and they had to adjust. And then their offense kind of sputtered at the end. 'But I think what Kirby does so well, and I was on the opposite sideline of him too many times where you know he does a very similar approach to Bill Belichick. He wants to take away what they do well and last year that was to take away giving Tua time in the pocket and hitting him early, and getting to his feet early, making him move, and getting right in front of him and they were able to capitalize on some turnovers. 'I think you will see some similar things in Georgia trying to exploit ways to stop LSU that maybe other people haven't been able to do. 'I think they'll try to take away explosive plays, and I think they'll try to get pressure up the middle. Tackling in space, that will be huge. I think you'll see some disguise (defenses), trying to show, hey, we're going to give them one-high (safety), and then roll to a two-high and try to trap some corners. Little things like that in different situations, take a few risks and try to gamble to see if they can get them in some tough situations.' Many have pointed to LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire as the X-Factor, why? Tebow: 'He is a different animal. I think we all talk about Joe Burrow, and we should, but we've got to mention Clyde because he's so versatile and makes them so hard to stop. When he can get third-and-1 from the backfield, and he can catch swing passes, and be in motion and be a slot (receiver), and then motion out and be an X (receiver) and win on one-on-one patterns. 'He ran a corner route versus Alabama for a touchdown and smoked a linebacker. That's so hard, because as a defense we say, How are we going to play this? What personnel are we going to call against it?' And then you see him and he motions out and then it's Oh boy, we've got our middle linebacker on him.' It creates mismatches, and that's why I think he gives the LSU offense such an X-Factor, because he's just so versatile. That will be one of the biggest things to look for, if you can contain and stop him, especially on third down.' Tebow's interview was made possible through the work of the All-State Good Works Team. Tebow, himself was selected to the team at Florida, like Fromm was this season at Georgia. 'It's one of the few awards given to young men for who they are off the field not just what they do on the field,' Tebow said. 'There's a lot of awards for touchdowns and championships but very few for making a difference in other people's lives.' Georgia football DawgNation Kirby Smart compares Jake Fromm to Tim Tebow CBS analyst Gary Danielson says key for Georgia not Jake Fromm Why D'Andre Swift is the most important player for UGA vs. LSU LSU coach Ed Orgeron brings great confidence into matchup Georgia aware of Tigers dangerous running back Kirby Smart relays how LSU represents greatest challenge James Cook could provide offensive spark vs. LSU Statistical comparison of Georgia-LSU in SEC title game VIDEO: Kirby Smart shares feelings on George Pickens WATCH: Jake Fromm zeroes in on LSU The post Tim Tebow Q&A: Georgia game plan, Jake Fromm, Justin Fields and LSU X-factor appeared first on DawgNation.
  • DawgNation has four staffers who cover Georgia football from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The 'Cover 4' concept is: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement on that opinion. 4) Pepper the page with photos for the big picture. For this edition, we discuss a the biggest pro-Georgia stats that stick out for Saturday's SEC championship between LSU and UGA. DawgNation continues with the 'Cover 4' concept. The focus is always a timely look with each of our guys manning the secondary on a pertinent topic. The quick in-and-out game remains. It is designed to come out quicker than former Bulldog Nick Chubb scored his third touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens earlier this year. The latest 'Cover 4' question is of the fill-in-the-blank variety: The most pro-Georgia stat to pay attention to versus LSU is Brandon Adams: LSU is tied for 31st in average yards per rush allowed (3.68) The 'why' from 'DawgNation Daily' here: ' It's known that LSU doesn't have a great defense (The Tigers are just 29th in Football Outsiders' defensive FEI). Yet LSU is particularly vulnerable against the run despite only facing two top-25 rushing offenses .' Mike Griffith: Kirby Smart is 7-3 vs. Top 10 teams . The 'why' from 'On the Beat' here: 'The Georgia head coach is a masterful game-planner, which is exactly what this game will require for the banged-up Bulldogs to have a chance. Alabama was a 12-point favorite last season and no one had stayed within 3 touchdowns of the Tide prior to UGA in the SEC title game a game the Bulldogs easily could have won. ' Connor Riley: Redzone defense The 'why' from 'Good Day UGA' here: 'Georgia has given up the fewest points in the red zone in the country this year. Auburn was able to limit LSU in this area, which was why that game was only a 3-point margin. If Georgia can get stops in that part of the field, it's going to really have a chance in this game . ' Jeff Sentell: The Georgia defense has allowed a grand total of six points this season in the third quarter. The Intel here: 'Stick close for the first half. Chop and chop. Wear LSU down hammering at their front. Get George Pickens back in the third quarter. Then make a move. UGA has given up six points in the third quarter through 12 games. Murray State got three of those against reserves. It means the 10 Power 5 teams on the schedule got one field goal in those 10 quarters after halftime against the Georgia D. I had a stat in my mind about a minimum of 40 rush attempts until Mr. Riley brought that one up during a recent DawgNation broadcast.' The 'Cover 4' topics of late: The way Georgia beats LSU is .. How much will the first-half suspension of George Pickens hurt? What's the desired outcome for the Alabama-LSU game? Who is coaching Georgia when Ohio State comes to town in 2030? The Florida Gators who can do the most damage against Georgia are Name the Bulldog who delivers a key supporting role against Florida What's the big area where the Bulldogs must 'do more' to beat Florida? Cover 4: What will Georgia's record look like at the end of the regular season? What is the toughest game left on the schedule? What is the biggest edge that Georgia will have on Notre Dame? Who has already opened our eyes after just two games? What is your take on the legendary Vince Dooley? Who has the biggest day against Murray State? The most improved Bulldog since last season is . A few big non-score predictions for Georgia-Vanderbilt Which returning Bulldogs impressed the most in fall camp? The players set to become the new fan favorites for 2019 are . What will convince you the Bulldogs are throwing the ball more this fall? What kind of numbers will D'Andre Swift put up in 2019? Jake Fromm 's best quality? The Cover 4 crew chops that one up The post Georgia football: The most pro-Georgia stat to pay attention to versus LSU appeared first on DawgNation.
  • CBS analyst and former NFL quarterback Gary Danielson has seen a lot of Georgia football this season, and he has seen the Bulldogs at their best and worst. Danielson, in a preview of the SEC Championship Game, said Georgia's offensive line is going to have to show up big for the Bulldogs to pull the upset, and D'Andre Swift will need to be on point. RELATED: 3 keys to Georgia beating LSU LSU (12-0) is a touchdown favorite to beat Georgia (11-1) in the 4 p.m. matchup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday (TV: CBS). The Tigers feature Heisman Trophy favorite and SEC single-season passing record holder Joe Burrow, but Danielson explained that another Tigers' player could steal the show. ' IfJoe Burrowisn't the MVP of the SEC, then I thinkClyde Edwards-Helairehas been, that's really what has given defenses problems,' Danielson said of the LSU tailback. 'His match-ups in the passing game have driven defenses crazy this year. They put him all over the field. He beats linebackers and safeties that can't cover him. 'Right now, everybody who plays LSU points to him as the difference on this team. I'm pretty much agreeing with that. Edwards-Helaire going up against the skilled linebackers for Georgia is a really interesting match-up.' The UGA offense, Danielson said, is going to have to go with what got them this far. 'I think Georgia is going to have to use the power in which they've built this program,' Danielson said in the CBS release. 'Their offensive line must be as dominant as the wide receivers are for LSU. That's how they've built the program. And that's what they have to lean on.' The Bulldogs' defensive line also factors heavily. 'On defense, their inside players people that are not household names likeTyler Clark,Jordan Davis,David Marshall they have to become playmakers in this game,' Danielson said. 'They shoot a lot of gaps. If those guys inside can get Joe Burrow off and a little bit uncomfortable, then they have a chance with the number of skill players they have in the back.' Swift, coming off a two-fumble performance against Georgia Tech, is the ultimate X-Factor. 'There's one player that has to have a good game for Georgia, and that'sD'Andre Swift,' Danielson said. 'I don't see how Georgia can stay in this game without the breakaway abilities of Swift. He's the real deal. I think Swift is the key to the game. 'Jake Frommis going to show up fine. Their receivers are going to be what they are they're not game-breakers yet. D'Andre Swift has to be a difference-maker in this game.' Georgia football DawgNation Why D'Andre Swift is the most important player for UGA vs. LSU LSU coach Ed Orgeron brings great confidence into matchup Georgia aware of Tigers dangerous running back Kirby Smart relays how LSU represents greatest challenge James Cook could provide offensive spark vs. LSU Statistical comparison of Georgia-LSU in SEC title game VIDEO: Kirby Smart shares feelings on George Pickens WATCH: Jake Fromm zeroes in on LSU The post CBS analyst Gary Danielson: Jake Fromm is going to show up fine' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia coach Kirby Smart spent most of the week admiring and praising the one player he has been scheming to tear down on Saturday afternoon. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, the SEC's new single-season passing record holder, the recently named Golden Arm Award winner and the Heisman Trophy front runner, is in the crosshairs. 'He's got balance, body control, pocket awareness,' Smart said. 'Probably when you wrap all those things together, it makes the combination of probably one of the best quarterbacks that I've seen, because I've seen guys that can run, tons of them. 'Very few that keep their eyes downfield like he does.' The Tigers' offense is the envy of the league with its New Orleans Saints' concepts and Penn State RPO elements. Smart said he has never seen anything like it. RELATED: Georgia challenged but not intimidated by LSU offense The video of LSU offense has undoubtedly rolled for hours in Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. Smart and the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) are plotting to find ways to disrupt Burrow and derail the No. 2-ranked Tigers (12-0) in the 4 p.m. SEC Championship Game on Saturday. Georgia calls its indoor football facility the 'House of Payne,' but Mercedes-Benz Stadium has been another version of such for opposing quarterbacks who have faced Smart's defenses there. The last two times the Bulldogs have played in the Atlanta Falcons' NFL nest, the opposing team's starting quarterback did not finished the game. There was Tua Tagovailoa replacing Jalen Hurts in a national championship game, and then Hurts replacing Tagovailoa in last year's SEC Championship Game. Georgia doesn't necessarily need or want to knock out Burrow to be effective, but the Bulldogs have to make him uncomfortable in the pocket. 'He's calm in the pocket, he extends plays,' Smart said, explaining Burrow's secrets to success. 'When you think you've got everything done right, he breaks tackles. I mean, they have a free run of the quarterback. He breaks a tackle and throws a completion.' Here are the three keys for a Bulldogs' win over LSU Quarterback pressure Georgia and LSU have several returning players from their last meeting in Baton Rouge, a game the Tigers dominated en route to a 36-16 win. But the Bulldogs have added some noteworthy pass-rushing weapons since that meeting in the form of outside linebackers Azeez Ojulari, Nolan Smith and Jeremaine Johnson. Freshman defensive lineman Travon Walker has emerged as the season has progressed, making the game-clinching sack at Auburn in the fourth quarter of the 21-14 win. Senior defensive lineman Tyler Clark is considerably healthier and more effective than last year. Junior Devonte Wyatt, who was held out of the Georgia Tech game, did not play against LSU last season and has blossomed into a pass-rush threat. Swift run game There's only one D'Andre Swift, and the Bulldogs need the talented junior to continue to carry the run game and provide a much-needed home run threat. Swift, at his best, is as good as any tailback in the nation. But there have also been times, like last Saturday, and like the Sugar Bowl, where Swift has gone into a fumbling funk. That version of Swift doesn't do himself or his team any favors, as he has yet to show he can turn things around after a bad start to a game. Georgia has a deep backfield, but there are no options that measure up to Swift when he's in his zone. The NFL scouts have seen the best from Swift and worst. But marquee games like this are often what backs get judged on. This is a legacy game, and if it's not a Georgia win, it's likely Swift's last game for the Bulldogs. One way or another, it's a game Swift will be remembered by. Mighty Mo Momentum is such a powerful component in an emotional game like football, and Georgia will need to own that intangible early to pull the upset. Mercedes-Benz Stadium will have a decidedly red tint about it in the crowd, one secondary ticket broker projecting approximately 70 percent of he crowd to be of the Bulldog persuasion. But for anyone familiar with LSU's following, the purple and gold are among the loudest and certainly most festive in the nation, and that 30 percent will make itself known and heard appreciably. Georgia players, like much-maligned quarterback Jake Fromm, near to hear the Bulldogs' crowd get behind the team early and find some positive reinforcement. A Swift breakaway touchdown, a J.R. Reed Pick-6 or perhaps an Ojulari sack and forced fumble, scooped up by Malik Herring. UGA needs to score first or at least be tied with LSU at halftime to have a chance. Playing catchup against this ring of Tigers is not a desirable scenario. 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  • Welcome to Good Day, UGA , your one-stop shop for Georgia footballnews and takes. Check us out every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Georgia football, recruiting, basketball and more. Does Georgia football have to beat LSU for 2019 to be a successful season? Fair or not, Georgia came into the 2019 season with championship or bust expectations. The Bulldogs returned one of the top offensive lines, a veteran quarterback in Jake Fromm, a dynamic running back in D'Andre Swift and a defense brimming with young talent. Sure, the Bulldogs may not have been the favorites or the most dominant team on paper. But for a program that hasn't won a national title since 1980, few seasons had begun with as much hype and promise. Now as we reach the conclusion, it's worth looking back at what Georgia has done to this point and what it can do in the potential games ahead to deem this season a successful one. But you should know before answering that Georgia head coach Kirby Smart doesn't factor in the wins and losses when determining how successful a season was. 'I judge it on what you get out of the team and what you're able to accomplish,' Smart said. 'I'm really proud of what our team has done so far.' To this point, the Bulldogs have already accomplished quite a bit. They won the SEC East for a third-consecutive season. It is just the fourth time since the SEC split into divisions back in 1992 that a team had won its division in three-consecutive seasons. The Bulldogs were able to beat rivals Florida and Auburn as well as earn a marquee non-conference win over Notre Dame. All three of those teams are ranked in the top-15 of the College Football Playoff rankings. Only LSU and Ohio State accomplished a similar feat this season. And the defense which took a step back in 2018 carried the team this year. The Bulldogs rank second in the country in rush defense, second in points allowed per game and surrendered just a single rushing touchdown on the season. The unit looked like one of the Alabama defense's Smart used to coordinate. 'We're all having fun,' defensive back Eric Stokes said. 'You can see it in the locker room after every game. We're having fun, turning on music. There's just love here. And we love playing here right now.' Most importantly, Georgia is still controlling its College Football Playoff fate. Should the Bulldogs win on Saturday, they would almost certainly be in the College Football Playoff. Fellow one-loss teams like Utah, Baylor and Oklahoma do not have that same luxury. 'Anytime you're still playing for a championship, I'd say it's a successful season,' senior tight end Eli Wolff. But to get to this point, it hasn't always been easy or fun to watch. The offensive line hasn't lived up to their sky-expectations. The passing game struggled mightily, due in part to the departure of Fromm's top-5 pass catchers from a season ago. And there was the unfathomable loss to a South Carolina team that went 4-8. If Georgia were to lose on Saturday, the reason it would likely miss the College Football Playoff isn't because of a defeat to LSU. It would be due to the fact that it has that awful 20-17 home-loss on its resume. Maybe the most disappointing aspect of the season though is that it seemed clear Georgia wasn't quite on the same level of Ohio State, Clemson and LSU. Yes, all three of those teams went unbeaten in the regular season, but it's the way those teams looked throughout the year that might give some Georgia fans pause when wondering if the Bulldogs are among the elite teams. The Bulldogs struggled against the likes of South Carolina, Kentucky and Texas A&M. A week after losing to Georgia by a score of 19-13, the Aggies were steamrolled by LSU, 50-7. Other than the Georgia Tech game, at no point did Georgia look that dominant. Or like Ohio State did against Michigan. Or Clemson against the entire ACC. Would beating LSU on Saturday definitively make 2019 Smart's fourth season at the helm a surefire success? To many, probably not. Smart was brought here to win national championships. The Mark Richt comparisons are going to continue to exist for Smart and the program until it wins a national title. In the movie Friday Night Lights, Billy Bob Thronton's character explains, 'There ain't much difference between winning and losing. Just how the outside world treats you.' If the Bulldogs win on Saturday it will be celebrated as a landmark win and that Smart has a turned Georgia into an elite program. A loss, and well the 1980 jokes continue into another year. More questions arise about the direction of the offense and Smart's ability as a coach. Winning the SEC is a goal for the Georgia football program every year. But doing it again on Saturday isn't going to singularly determine whether 2019 was a success or failure. There's a lot more that goes into answering that question than just one game against the No. 2 team in the country. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation UGA rides Anthony Edwards, Rayshaun Hammonds to blowout victory despite another pregame suspension Georgia football: The Bulldogs beat LSU for the SEC championship because .. Georgia football podcast: UGA fans shouldn't lack confidence for LSU showdown Ticket data measures Georgia fans vs. LSU fans at SEC Championship Game, prices falling Colorado State to part ways with former Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo Georgia safety J.R. 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  • The No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs take on the No. 2 ranked LSU Tigers this week in the 2019 SEC championship game. College GameDay will be on hand and just about everyone will be tuning in because of the massive College Football Playoff implications for the game. ESPN's Heather Dinich ranked the game as the most important game this weekend from a College Football Playoff perspective. Despite the assumption that LSU is in regardless of a result, a Georgia win might actually put an end to any and all playoff discussions for teams like Utah, Oklahoma and Baylor. 'There is no debate for the fourth spot unless LSU knocks Georgia out of contention,' Dinich wrote. 'If the Bulldogs pull off the upset, though, the one-loss SEC champs would likely finish in the top four with LSU eliminating both the Big 12 and Pac-12 champions in the process.' Georgia and LSU met last season, with the Tigers winning 36-16. But this will be the first time since 2011 that LSU has played in this game while it will be Georgia's thrid-consecutive appearance in the game. Related: What Georgia's 2018 loss to LSU does and doesn't mean for 2019 SEC Championship Game As for the fight itself, Georgia and LSU are a clear clash of styles. LSU has an explosive offense, which ranks second in the country in points and yards per game. Georgia conversely ranks second in points allowed per game and rushing yards allowed per game. The Tigers are led by quarterback Joe Burrow, who many expect to win the Heisman Trophy this year. LSU has scored 50 points a game six times this year and been held under 40 only twice. But ESPN's Greg McElroy points out the Georgia secondary will be by far the best Burrow and company have faced to this point in the year. And while the Georgia offense has been struggling and be without freshman George Pickens in the first half due to his ejection against Georgia Tech Marcus Spears brought up one thing that will be working in the favor of Georgia's offense. 'Jake Fromm just seems to rise in these type of situations in these games,' Spears said. As for how the game might go, most see the Tigers winning. ESPN's gambling experts Stanford Steve and Chris Falica both have Georgia covering the 7.5-point spread but ultimately have the Tigers winning the game. Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde sees something similar. 'This is a great matchup of strengths: The Tigers' offense, averaging 48.7 points per game; against the Bulldogs defense, allowing 10.4 per game,' Forde wrote. 'Both units rank second nationally. But the weak link here is Georgia's No. 40-ranked scoring offense, a faltering unit that will be further inhibited by the absence of receivers Lawrence Cager (full game due to injury) and George Pickens.' The Bulldogs and Tigers kick off at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will air on CBS. In one non-SEC championship game bit of news, there has been a lot speculation about where former Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo might end up. Bobo parted ways with Colorado State after serving as the head coach for five seasons. Given Georgia's offensive issues this year, many would like to see him back working at Georgia in some way. But former Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason who led Bobo's final offense at Georgia in 2014 doesn't exactly see a potential fit between Bobo and Georgia coach Kirby Smart working out. My two cents on Coach Bobo coming back to Athens is that Bobo and Kirby are best friends. Basically family. Usually mixing business & family doesn't turnout well. Hutson Mason (@HMason14) December 4, 2019 Mason added that he thinks South Carolina, which has an offensive coordinator and quarterback coach opening, would be a much better fit for Bobo. In his final season at Georgia, Bobo's offense ranked first in the SEC in points per game with 41.3 per game. No Georgia offense under Smart has eclipsed that total. Georgia currently employs James Coley as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Does Georgia football have to beat LSU for 2019 to be a successful season? 3 keys for Georgia football against LSU in SEC Championship Game CBS analyst Gary Danielson: Jake Fromm is going to show up fine' Georgia football: The most pro-Georgia stat to pay attention to versus LSU The post What the national media is saying about Georgia football before 2019 SEC Championship Game appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia suspended sophomore forward Amanze Ngumezi prior to facing NC Central on Wednesday night, but thanks to freshman guard Anthony Edwards and junior forward Rayshaun Hammonds, it didn't matter much. Edwards and Hammonds combined to score 40 points with 15 field goals to lead Georgia (6-2) to a 95-59 victory against NC Central (2-7) at the Stegeman Coliseum in Athens on Wednesday night. Senior guard Tyree Crump was terrific too, posting a season-high 16 points. This was the first time Crump reached double figures in scoring since the victory against Georgia Tech on Nov. 20. Edwards and Hammonds combined for 29 of their 40 points in the first half to spot Georgia a 15-point halftime lead. Then the Bulldogs started the second half on a 13-2 run that essentially put the game out of reach. While Georgia shot more than 52 percent in the victory, the Bulldogs defense was terrific too, especially after halftime. NC Central went 1-for-10 to begin the second half and then after snapping out of that cold spell, the Bulldogs held the Eagles off the scoreboard for more than six and a half minutes later in the second half. Georgia's top three scorers Edwards, Hammonds and Crump combined to record a 53.8 shooting percentage, including 9 of 21 from the 3-point line. Edwards and Crump each hit four 3-pointers. Edwards led Georgia with 21 points and four assists. He posted those numbers despite playing very little during the final 10 minutes of regulation. Crump came into the night shooting just 30.4 percent from behind the arc, but he went 4-for-10 at the 3-point line Wednesday. Crump continuing to knock down 3-pointers will be a key factor for Georgia moving forward. Hammonds finished with 19 points while freshman forward Christian Brown came off the bench to register 11 points. This was the third time this season Georgia had at least four players reach double-figures in scoring. The Bulldogs had a tremendous advantage on the glass as well, as they more than doubled the Eagles in rebounds, 54-25. On the offensive glass alone, Georgia grabbed 22 rebounds. Hammonds led the Bulldogs with a game-high nine rebounds. Brown and senior guard Donnell Gresham Jr. each had eight boards. All 11 Georgia players who received at least one minute of playing time recorded a rebound. If there's one thing the Bulldogs can take away as something to still work on after this blowout victory, it will be taking care of the ball. Georgia posted 19 assists but also 16 turnovers. The Bulldogs came into the night averaging 14.4 turnovers per game. That was the only blemish to Georgia's performance on the court, but before the game, coach Tom Crean suspendedNgumezi indefinitely for'lack of personal awareness and attitude expected of a Georgia Bulldog basketball player.' This is the second time this season Crean has announced a player suspension just minutes prior to tip. Crean suspended Jordan Harris right before Georgia hosted Western Carolina in the season opener for violating undisclosed team rules. Harris has yet to play this season, but he is expected to return from his nine-game suspension on Dec. 20 against SMU. Ngumezi started the first seven games of the season. There is no report as to how long his suspension may be. NC Central was also missing a starter Wednesday. Eagles second-leading scorer Randy Miller didn't play because of a foot injury. In his absence, NC Central's top scorer Jibri Blount posted 19 points and guard C.J. Keyser added 16 points off the bench, but the rest of the Eagles lineup combined to shoot just 27.8 percent. Georgia will have 10 days off before visiting Arizona State in its next game on Dec. 14. The Sun Devils are 5-2 and will play twice before next Saturday's showdown. The post UGA rides Anthony Edwards, Rayshaun Hammonds to blowout victory despite another pregame suspension appeared first on DawgNation.