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  • College football is turning 150 years old this season and as a way to celebrate the 150 anniversary of the college football and the first ever game between Rutgers and Princeton, teams are putting a “150” patch on their jerseys.  The UGA Football Equipment Twitter account posted pictures of the red, white and even the black jerseys with the “150” patch. Which asks the question, will Georgia wear their black jerseys this season?
  • Even NBA legends like former Atlanta Hawk Dikembe Mutombo can be victims to petty crimes. The Hall of Famer and Sandy Springs resident was enjoying dinner with his family in Buckhead on Father’s Day and returned to his car to find his windows smashed, according to a police report obtained Monday by AJC.com. He told Atlanta police he and his family went inside the Landmark Diner on Roswell Road about 9:45 p.m. June 16. When they walked back to Mutombo’s Rolls-Royce Phantom around 10:30 p.m., the driver’s-side window and both passenger-side windows were shattered.  Nothing was reported stolen, according to the report. The incident was captured on surveillance video. TMZ obtained the footage.  A police spokesman said Monday no arrests have been made in the case. An investigation is ongoing. Mutombo played five seasons of his 18-year NBA career with the Hawks. An eight-time All-Star with a 7-foot-6-inch wingspan, Mutombo has dedicated much of his retirement from the game to humanitarian work.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news: 
  • ATHENS Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm calls the huddles on the football fields and makes the phone calls off them to set up the voluntary workouts. Now, more than ever, Fromm will need to forego his offseason hunting and fishing trips to get the pass game up to snuff with the top five pass catchers from a season ago no longer with the team. RELATED: Georgia QB Legend explains confidence in offense, Fromm The Bulldogs couldn't ask for anyone better to be making those connections, according to former All-SEC and NFL receiver turned SEC Network analyst Chris Doering. 'I don't think there's a better person that they could have to break in those receivers than a guy like Jake Fromm,' Doering told DawgNation. 'This being Jake's third year, he has a comfort level with his role as a leader and the things his receivers need to work on.' ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit was on the same page this spring when asked about Georgia football. 'It starts with Jake Fromm, and I know they lost some key pieces,' Herbstreit told DawgNation. 'In my mind with his leadership, and with the way they've recruited in the last three years, there's no question or no concern for me to wonder whether this is going to be an offense that will be productive.' RELATED: Kirk Herbstreit puts his spin on Jake Fromm's role Doering said Georgia's receiving corps was going to be under the microscope this season even before leading returning receiver Jeremiah 'J.J. Holloman was suspended last week on account of an alleged domestic assault. 'There has to be a sense of urgency among those receivers to fill the void that was left,' Doering said. 'Those workouts are not something the coaches can organize, but it's something that should be worked on every day. RELATED: UGA title hopes take hit, transfer receivers must step up 'The quarterback typically is the guy that spearheads what time these things are going down, where it's going down, and what they are going to work on.' UGA coach Kirby Smart said he saw Fromm take even more steps forward as a leader this spring. 'I think leadership was the biggest thing (Fromm) took a step forward in, and asserting his personality on the receivers and on the O-Line,' Smart said at the conclusion of spring drills. 'Not being timid to step up and say things to guys when things needed to be said. 'Not that he's every been afraid to do it, but I think he has asserted himself more.' Fromm finished fifth in the nation in passing efficiency last season, and he's the only one of the four permanent team captains from 2018 that's returning to the team. Fromm was part of the Georgia leadership team that recently traveled to Florida, and he was among the most popular players to volunteer his time at Camp Sunshine last week. RELATED: Jake Fromm, D'Andre Swift bring joy to young cancer patients But it's what Fromm does on the field that gets the most attention, and in addition to the Georgia fan base the NFL scouts will be watching. RELATED: Fromm among 5 Georgia players projected early in 2020 NFL Draft Doering, who was with eight teams in the NFL during his 11 years of professional football, said the best quarterbacks are sometimes the most demanding. 'I've been with quarterbacks before where they don't have a personal comfort with a play, and they want to rep it again and again,' Doering said. 'Or, they see something with a receiver that they want to correct based on film study from the spring, or something they've seen in workouts.' As much as anything, Fromm has to find his rhythm with the new receivers. The leading returning wide receiver is senior Tyler Simmons, who had just 9 catches last season. 'Obviously, you want to have guys that the quarterback can be confident in knowing where they will be, and also have some consistency catching the football,' Doering said. 'There are nuances to how the guys are running the routes, so I think it's something that is up to the quarterback to get comfortable with. 'This time of year, it's all about the quarterback organizing activities, whether it's one-on-one with the receivers, or 7 on 7s with the defense.' That that's where the pressure is on Fromm to come through this offseason, something Herbstreit is confident he will do. 'You look around the entire county, he's one of those leaders beyond his Xs and Os and what he can do when he starts throwing the ball,' said Herbstreit, once a quarterback himself at Ohio State. 'Fromm is like a dad that's on the team, the younger players are like his kids, and I just have a lot of confidence that between his experience and leadership he'll get the offense in the right spot.' The post SEC Network expert: Georgia QB Jake Fromm making calls on and off field appeared first on DawgNation.
  • 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. Georgia football must find a new No. 1 wide receiver following dismissal of Jeremiah Holloman When Georgia football made the 2017 College Football Playoff, it did so as an outlier when it comes to its leading receiver. Javon Wims led Georgia in receiving yards and receptions during the 2017 season. Going into the College Football Playoff, Wims had just 38 catches for 631 yards. That is the lowest number of yards for a leading receiver among the 20 teams to make the College Football Playoff. And it was well below the average season from a leading receiver on a College Football Playoff team. We bring these numbers up because Georgia's goal is to at least make the College Football Playoff in 2019. That task became more difficult on Friday after Kirby Smart dismissed wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman following police investigation where he is alleged to have hit a woman in the face back in 2018. Related: Wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman dismissed from the team after investigation 'Jeremiah Holloman no longer represents the University of Georgia football program,' Smart said. 'We expect every member of our team to uphold the highest standards and values of the University of Georgia and Georgia football. It is disappointing when this does not happen.' Holloman was widely expected to be Georgia's top wide receiver in 2019. A season ago he finished with 24 catches for 418 yards and 5 touchdowns. Those numbers aren't eye-popping, but he had room to grow as Georgia's top three wide receivers were all taken in the 2019 NFL Draft. Now with Holloman off the team, Georgia will have to look for another candidate as a leading wide receiver. Of the returning wide receivers, Tyler Simmons had the most receptions and yards last season with 9 catches for 138 yards. Other options include highly-touted freshmen George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock, but it should be noted no team to make the College Football Playoff has been led in receiving yards by a freshman. Marquise Brown did lead the 2017 Oklahoma team in receiving yards in his first year with the program after arriving as JUCO transfer. Georgia does have a receiver on its team who topped 700 yards in a season, as Demetris Robertson did it in 2016 while he was at Cal. But the air raid offense Robertson played in at Cal might as well be a different language compared to what Georgia runs. Robertson's quarterback at Cal Davis Webb threw for 4,295 yards in 12 games. Last season one in which Robertson finished with 0 catches Jake Fromm threw for 2,746 yards in 14 games. Georgia also has another transfer wide receiver in Lawrence Cager. At Miami last season, the 6-foot-5 wide receiver finished with 21 catches for 374 yards. Related: Georgia title hopes take hit with WR dismissal, transfers must prove on target Those numbers are a far cry from what has been required to make the College Football Playoff. The average regular season for a leading receiver to make a College Football Playoff has ended with 66.75 catches and 981.7 yards. Even using the median season to thus remove outliers from a College Football Playoff bound receiver finished 68 catches for 896.5 yards. Leading receivers for every College Football Playoff team Year Player School Catches Yards 2017 Javon Wims Georgia 38 631 2017 Deon Cain Clemson 52 659 2016 Curtis Samuel Ohio State** 91 704 2014 Devin Smith Ohio State 30 799 2018 Tee Higgins Clemson 52 803 2018 Myles Boykin Notre Dame** 54 803 2015 Artavis Scott Clemson 84 805 2014 Byron Marshall Oregon 61 814 2016 Calvin Ridley Alabama 52 852 2017 Calvin Ridley Alabama** 55 896 2015 Calvin Ridley Alabama 75 897 2017 Marquise Brown Oklahoma 49 1081 2018 Jerry Jeudy Alabama 59 1103 2016 John Ross Washington 76 1122 2016 Mike Williams Clemson 84 1171 2014 Rashard Greene Florida State 86 1183 2015 Sterling Sheppard Oklahoma** 79 1201 2015 Aaron Burbridge Michigan State 80 1219 2018 Marquise Brown Oklahoma 75 1318 2014 Amari Cooper Alabama 103 1573 **Indicates wide receiver only played 12 games However, the numbers do not show that you need a truly dominant wide receiver to win a national title. Of the nine wide receivers who have entered the College Football Playoff with over 1,000 receiving yards, only Clemson's Mike Williams in 2016 was able to play on a team that ended up winning the national championship. Entering the 2019 season Smart had already said that wide receiver was the position he was most uncomfortable with. During spring practice, he openly wished that Pickens, Blaylock, fellow freshman Makiya Tongue were already with the program. Cager likely would've been mentioned as well had Smart been able to comment on him. 'You wish they were here now, but the way college football works with guys getting here in early June, they'll have two months of really good work to build up,' Smart said. 'So whether or not they'll be able to contribute this year, I don't know that we know that.' Georgia has made the College Football Playoff before with limited production from its wide receivers. Wims is the only leading wide receiver to enter the College Football Playoff with fewer than 650 receiving yards and one of only two to have less than 40 catches. And Fromm is a much better quarterback now than the one was throwing to Wims in 2017. Georgia once again figures to have a strong running game led by D'Andre Swift and perhaps the best offensive line in the country and a defense stockpiled with talent. But it's clear that the teams that most often make the College Football Playoff have a strong No. 1 receiving option. And that is something that the Georgia football team does not have at the moment. Best Georgia football stories from around DawgNation BREAKING: 4-star OL Akinola Ogunbiyi explains his flip to Texas A&M Greg McGarity addresses Kirby Smart's feelings about UGA-Florida venue and more Tim Tebow: Georgia football was ahead of schedule,' but needs to beat Alabama Jake Fromm, Cade Mays to play against brothers in SEC showdowns LOOK: Georgia football leadership team traveled to Florida, meets with renowned brain trainer' Already high expectations rise for freshmen George Pickens, Dominick Blaylock following Jeremiah Holloman dismissal Georgia QB legend Eric Zeier explains confidence in pass game, receiving corps Dawgs on Twitter Let's go back to Week Homecoming #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/Po7shu9kUV Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) June 20, 2019 Thank You! Iron Sharpens Iron. #CommitToTheG #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/Tph57MIHFS COSAVAGE (@CoreyLWren) June 22, 2019 Go get that bag https://t.co/7rnIoz9tHb Cade Mays (@cade_mays) June 21, 2019 You hard fr https://t.co/KX7F7q6Joe Zay Wilson (@_LayZay_) June 21, 2019 Good Dawg of the Day The Roombork pic.twitter.com/5LoUKU4B27 Good doggos (@DoggoDating) June 22, 2019 The post Numbers show if Georgia is to make the College Football Playoff, it will need new No. 1 receiver to emerge appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The buzz over the last few days was how many offensive linemen could possibly fit into the Class of 2020 for Georgia. The potential additions of Andrew Raym and Sedrick Van Pran have been widely discussed, but not the subtraction of Akinola Ogunbiyi. That is just what appears to have happened here. Ogunibiy, who was at one time committed to Texas A&M prior to his strong interest in Georgia, now appears to be staying in state. My recruiting is 100% over. I will be playing football and attending The Texas A&M University!!! #GIGEM #GIGEMGANG20 pic.twitter.com/SCLBNN2hSo AKI (@AkinolaOgunbiyi) June 23, 2019 He announced his commitment to Texas A&M while his Instagram and Twitter bios both still read he was committed to Georgia. That only took a few minutes before those accounts were updated to reflect that he was now on his way to Texas A&M. The decision was seen as a surprise to several members of the UGA class for 2020, including fellow OL Tate Ratledge. Ogunbiyi had also just recently take another unofficial visit to UGA earlier this month and came away more than pleased and happy to be a Bulldog. Now, he's an Aggie. It just goes to show how back-and-forth these tough decisions are for these young men. He did not immediately return a message seeking comment, but he did retweet congratulations from 5-star Texas A&M commit Demond Demas. Welcome back home bro @AkinolaOgunbiyi and we just going to keep Building https://t.co/AZ7AZUJb67 Hollywood Demas (@DemondDemas1) June 23, 2019 That decision from the nation's No. 11 offensive guard prospect for 2020 now drops the Bulldogs down to 14 commits in their 2020 class. Georgia now has just three OL commitments for the current class with names like Raym and Van Pran definitely still in play. The post BREAKING: 4-star OL Akinola Ogunbiyi flips his commitment to Texas A&M appeared first on DawgNation.