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  • Which playoff team should UGA cheer for to win the national championship? LSU: This is the easy choice. First, if LSU wins, Bulldog fans can say 'we got knocked out of a playoff spot by the team that won it all.' Secondly, LSU obviously is an SEC team, which will further validate the narrative that the SEC is the nation's biggest and baddest conference. Finally, other than this dirty play from the SEC Championship , what's not to like about LSU? Coach Ed Orgeron is jovial and smiles a lot, his voice sounds cartoon-like, and he's created an atmosphere where they players look like they're having a lot of fun rather than the ultra-serious and businesslike manners of other top programs. It seems like LSU would be the easy fan favorite for UGA fans. Ohio State: For UGA fans, supporting Ohio State would be a vote in favor of quarterback Justin Fields, who was wearing the Bulldogs uniform this time last year. There are two things some UGA fans will always wonder: (1) Why wasn't Fields ever given a fair chance to get significant playing time for the Bulldogs, particularly after the 2018 LSU loss? It's still confusing. Years from now, when all parties (i.e. former O.C. Jim Chaney, players) are far removed from the radioactive topic, the truth will come out on how it all really went down. (2) I'll always wonder what was Fields thinking by signing with UGA in the first place after a freshman quarterback had just led the Bulldogs to an appearance in the national championship. Flash forward to now: There was never any doubt about Fields' elite talent. Given the chance at Ohio State this year, he rapidly developed into one of the nation's top overall players, recently being named as one of the four Heisman finalists. It's understandable that some UGA fans may still be upset at Fields for leaving, but it also must be pointed out that three of four playoff teams have transfers as starting quarterbacks. It's part of the game, and the Bulldogs have also benefitted from transfers (ie, JR Reed, etc.). Fields just wanted to play, and he felt like it wasn't in the cards at UGA, so he moved on. It's as simple as that. One final note: Maybe I've missed it, but I haven't ever seen Fields say anything negatively publicly about the Bulldogs or his time there. Clemson: For some UGA fans, this is the 'new Alabama' or the team to hate, especially after Tigers coach Dabo Swinney threw the Bulldogs under the bus with his comments a couple of weeks ago. Oklahoma: There's really no reason for UGA to be for or against Oklahoma, other than the fact that the Sooners took the final spot in the playoffs over the Bulldogs. In other words, if the Bulldogs had won the SEC Championship (or had avoided the South Carolina upset), they would've been the team in there with Clemson, LSU and Ohio State. Which team do you support and (more importantly) why, please post it below in the comments? Who do you want to win it all? Oklahoma Ohio State LSU Clemson 1 vote 1 answer Vote The post Which team should UGA fans be rooting for to win it all? 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. 1,093 (Dec. 13, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about Georgia's busy recruiting weekend. Georgia football podcast: UGA gears up for huge recruiting weekend Beginning of the show: Georgia coaches have been busy with in-home visits this week ahead of the final weekend for official visitors before the early signing period begins Wednesday. I'll profile some of the key names to know on today's show. 10-minute mark: I'll celebrate UGA kicker Rodrigo Blankenship for winning the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show. Some of the topics covered include UGA coaches' visit this week to Columbia, S.C. to check in on one of the country's most unpredicable recruits, 5-star defensive lineman Jordan Burch How 4-star safety Major Burns' recent de-commitment from LSU impacts the Bulldogs Some of Saturday's most important visitors including 5-star cornerback Kelee Ringo, 4-star defensive back Dontae Manning and 4-star offensive tackle Tate Ratledge UGA's recent offer to 4-star defensive lineman McKinnley Jackson 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including how Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin and LSU coach Ed Orgeron are seemingly doing their part to make the SEC fun again, and I'll address 4-star offensive lineman Joshua Braun's decision to commit to Florida. 35-minute mark: I share audio of a recent conversation I had with UGA wide receiver Lawrence Cager. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: UGA gears up for huge recruiting weekend appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Louisiana prospect Eric Reed Jr. will be one of many official visitors this weekend at Georgia. The list could climb up to eight official visitors for the last weekend before the early signing period comes on Wednesday. Reed is an intriguing option for a lot of reasons, including the following: Lists Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Notre Dame as his final four. Thatsaid, Reed has only has visited Auburn so far and UGA is this weekend. He was a former Ole Miss commit under new Georgia offensive line coach Matt Luke. The Calvary Baptist standout (Shreveport, La.) plans to sign at 3 p.m. on December 18 after having only taken officials to Auburn and Georgia. Rates as the nation's No. 12 safety, but played extensively at cornerback for Calvary Baptist. The 247Sports Composite ranks Reed as the nation's No. 16 safety and No. 175 overall prospect. He's a cornerback but he's physical so he can plug-and-play in a lot of roles in an SEC secondary The popular 247Sports 'Crystal Ball' feature currently lists Georgia with 75 percent of the picks from analysts and recruiting reporters from across the country Reed will be at Georgia this weekend with his mother and father on his official. It will be his first trip back since he took an unofficial for the Notre Dame game. Before he started playing varsity football, he was given No. 1 by his high school coaching staff. When a freshman gets that digit before playing on the varsity, that's usually a very good sign. He's worn that number ever since. He also plays basketball and track for Calvary Baptist and is not an early enrollee candidate That's a lot of things that cover a wide survey of what most of DawgNation might know about him, but it is time to introduce another: Manners. Reed was able to speed turn through a wide-ranging conversation about his recruiting options and makeup while peppering those 'yes sirs' in there AND also the latest 'Call of Duty' video game. Eric Reed Jr: More than just his recruiting stuff Those bulleted items above provide the standard hurry-up (with a few more details) of what can be scanned about Reed online. He was able to communicate so effectively because he feels he has a future in thinking on his feet. That's evident by his 3.0 grade-point average, but also his planned college major. 'Sports broadcasting or a sports analyst,' he said. The reason why he plays football is pretty standard among his peers. But that doesn't make it any less meaningful. 'Really it is just to one day be able to take care of my family,' Reed Jr. said. 'To be able to get all the things that I might have wanted in life. Or they might have wanted in life when I was younger.' We'll start giving you a good look at one of this weekend's official visitors by supplying a link to check out his senior tape. https://t.co/VeGbp97nim Eric Reed Jr (@EricReedJr3) December 9, 2019 Emotional. Physical. Those are the two words he initially used to describe his game. 'Another thing I would say is that I work through my hips,' Reed Jr. said. 'Always. Because I used to be stiff in the beginning because I was originally a receiver and then they switched my position. So I've been playing defense ever since.' His coaches made that switch when he was a freshman. That was to take advantage of his skills, his physicality and his foot speed. The 6-foot, 195-pound prospect was timed at a laser 4.62 seconds in the 40 back in April at an Opening regional camp. Reed shared why he chose Ole Miss in the first place. 'It was really just a family environment and I like those family environments where ever I go,' he said. 'Where ever I go I don't want to feel like I am just there at the school. I want to feel like I'm a part of something and I will be taken care of like family on and off the field. Not just on the field.' 'I want to be around good people who want to help me be a better me.' Why did he de-commit? That decision came after Luke was not retained as the head coach. 'I want to say I was already feeling a certain way before but that really just sealed it off when [Matt Luke] left and then nobody knew if they were going to keep their job or not,' Reed Jr. said. 'I didn't know what was going on and I didn't want to just get there and then something else happens and be stuck. So I just had to do what is best for me.' When Matt Luke was hired to take over as offensive line coach at Georgia, he could only marvel at that turn life took for the both of them. 'I was just like that is crazy,' Reed Jr. said. 'But I realized with that I guess that is how this business works.' How much does Luke being on staff help the Bulldogs here? 'I take my official to Georgia this weekend so we will just see where it goes from there,' he said. That will be important to his overall decision. He can't say for certain where he is at right now with his thinking on his college selection process. 'After this OV I will see where I am at,' he said. 'I don't want to jump too far ahead.' Eric Reed breaks down his current thoughts on UGA He is aware of what the Georgia program has done over the last few seasons. 'Georgia is a big program and they are in the SEC championship [game] almost every year,' he said. 'So when they offered me it was really big. That excited me. It just motivated me to go harder.' Reed was at the Notre Dame with his girlfriend back on Sept. 21. 'She liked it,' he said. 'She liked it a lot.' That visit was almost 12 weeks ago, but it still stuck in his mind. 'Really just like the fans,' he said of what he remembers from that visit. 'Just the way the game was. A lot of the fans were very active as they started coming back. A lot of the people were just there and really into it.' If he's being honest, he feels the Bulldogs didn't really become a factor in his process until after that game. 'I was at that game and I had to look harder at Georgia after the game,' he said. 'It made me look harder.' Georgia's pitch to him is one of opportunity. The staff checks on him daily and tells him how much they need him. Defensive backs coach Charlton Warren made an in-home visit on Wednesday to see him. 'They've got guys leaving and they need me to come in and make a big impact in the secondary,' he said. Reed believes the recruiting industry rates him as a safety because he doesn't get a lot of interceptions. Just tackles. 'But whenever I am in the games I don't really get targeted a lot,' he said. 'So I really can't do anything about that.' This weekend won't be too strenuous for him. He doesn't have a long list of questions. 'I'm just really going to go there to have fun,' he said. Reed checked out Auburn for the annual 'Iron Bowl' game with Alabama. That was certainly another 'whoa nellie' chapter in the history of that great rivalry game. It was a trip that he 'enjoyed it a lot' along his official visit. 'It is a hard decision thinking about Georgia and Auburn and all of these schools,' he said. 'After I take my Georgia official visit, then I will know in my head where every school is and how they all compare.' Signing December 18th @3pm.. pic.twitter.com/n8m1UFZI6F Eric Reed Jr (@EricReedJr3) December 5, 2019 What will one of those four schools be getting when he comes to campus? 'They are going to be getting somebody who doesn't cause any trouble and they are just goin to come in and work hard every day,' he said. 'Just a guy who will give it his all.' The post Eric Reed Jr: Former Ole Miss commit previews his official to UGA appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Sam Pittman was Georgia's second-highest-paid assistant coach last year, as he earned $900,000. And that salary is what new Georgia offensive line coach Matt Luke will make in his first season at Georgia, according to multiple reports. Luke was hired on Tuesday to replace Pittman, who left to become the head coach at Arkansas. At Arkansas, Pittman will be making $3,000,000 over at Arkansas and signed a five-year deal. The length of Luke's contract was not disclosed. Among current Georgia assistant coaches, only James Coley makes more than Luke, as he made $950,000 serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach this past season. Prior to taking the Georgia job, Luke made $3.1 million as the head coach of Ole Miss. During his time at the school, Luke went 15-21 while serving as the head coach. 'We are extremely excited and fortunate to have Matt join our staff,' Smart said via a statement released by the school. 'He's a proven football coach who has a wealth of experience on the offensive side of the ball, especially in the offensive line. He has a great reputation among those who have played for him and it's obvious watching his teams over many years that players love him and play hard for him.' Related: What Georgia is getting in new offensive line coach Matt Luke It is not yet known who will be coaching the offensive line for Georgia's game in the Sugar Bowl against Baylor on Jan. 1. When Mel Tucker left to take the Colorado job last offseason, he did not stay through the bowl game for Georgia. The Bulldogs have already seen some attrition due to the coaching switch, as the Bulldogs saw 4-star commit Joshua Braun back off his pledge to Georgia. On Friday, Braun announced that he would be attending Florida. Luke has over a dozen years of offensive line coaching experience, as he served in the role at Ole Miss, Duke and Tennessee. Georgia's offensive line this year was led by left tackle Andrew Thomas, who was named an All-American for his play this season. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football podcast: Justin Fields addresses UGA's offensive woes Rodrigo Blankenship wins Lou Groza Award, named nation's top kicker Report: UGA's Kirby Smart tried to hire Mike Bobo Marcus Rosemy: Georgia's top WR recruit sees great opportunity' in Athens Two Bulldogs make SEC All-Freshman Team Georgia outside linebacker Robert Beal enters the transfer portal UGA star knew early in season what type of offense Bulldogs had 5 questions about Georgia OL coach Matt Luke with Ole Miss beat writer Neal McCready The post Salary details for Georgia football offensive line coach Matt Luke released 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. 1,093 (Dec. 12, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about what former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields said about UGA's offense Wednesday night. Georgia football podcast: Justin Fields addresses UGA's offensive woes Beginning of the show: Former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields was in Atlanta Wednesday as part of preparations for the College Football Awards Banquet. I'll share on today's show what Fields told reporters about the Bulldogs' offensive struggles this season. Five-minute mark: I'll share some news on UGA defensive coordinator Dan Lanning, and some audio of Lanning telling an extraordinary story as part of the recent Broyles Award banquet. I'll also discuss UGA offensive coordinator James Coley's role in the recruitment of some of the Bulldogs' top targets including 4-star wide receiver Marcus Rosemy. 10-minute mark: I discuss UGA linebacker Robert Beal's reported decision to enter the transfer portal. 15-minute mark: The Sporting News' Bill Bender joins the show. Some of the topics covered include Reaction to UGA's loss to LSU An early preview of the matchup with Baylor in the Sugar Bowl Some thoughts on how other bowl games might play out And a look at how Herschel Walker emerged as Sporting News' greatest player of the last 150 years 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including Florida coach Dan Mullen responding to NFL rumors, LSU coach Ed Orgeron's case to be national Coach of the Year, and two high-profile de-commitments from four-star safeties. 35-minute mark: I discuss four-star offensive lineman Josh Braun's de-commitment from UGA. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: Justin Fields addresses UGA's offensive woes appeared first on DawgNation.