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Georgia DB Maurice Smith feels comfortable with Bulldogs’ defense

Georgia DB Maurice Smith, illness a graduate transfer from Alabama, link hasn’t been with the Bulldogs long.

However, after making the start in Saturday’s win over North Carolina, the senior said he felt comfortable with the playbook thanks to the fact that he’s playing for his old defensive coordinator:

According to the Gridiron Now article, Smith said it was a hectic end to fall camp as he scrambled to learn as much of the playbook as he could:

“It was a grind,” Smith said. “I had to come up here with a limited amount of time to get on the field and I really had to study the playbook. But in the end, I did what I did and the coaches gave me a good chance. I just appreciate it.”

Georgia returns to the field this Saturday in Athens for a game against Nicholls State.

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Georgia Bulldogs win NCAA Sportsmanship Award

On Sept. 26, 2015, during the third quarter of Georgia’s game in Athens, Southern University wide receiver Devon Gales suffered a career-ending spinal injury while blocking on a kickoff return.

When Gales went down, he received first-response care at Sanford Stadium. In the following months, the Georgia football team continued to support Gales during his recovery. The Bulldogs have visited him in the hospital, voiced support on social media, and arranged for Gales’ family to fly in from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Georgia will start freshman QB Jacob Eason vs. Nicholls

Georgia officials confirmed Friday morning that freshman quarterback Jacob Eason will make his first career start against FCS foe Nicholls at Sanford Stadium on Saturday.

Eason, the No. 1-ranked pocket passer in the ESPN 300 as a senior at Lake Stevens (Washington) High School, made his college debut in last week’s 33-24 win over North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff at the Georgia Dome.

Senior Greyson Lambert started and played the first series against the Tar Heels, but Eason came off the bench and helped spark the No. 9 Bulldogs’ rally from a 10-point deficit in the second half. Eason completed 8 of 12 passes for 131 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown to Isaiah McKenzie in the third quarter.

Lambert, a senior, who started 12 games in 2015, completed 5 of 8 passes for 54 yards against North Carolina.

Earlier this week, first-year Georgia coach Kirby Smart said both quarterbacks would continue to work with the No. 1 offense in practice this week in preparation for the Nicholls game (noon ET, SEC Network).

“The quarterback plan is very similar to last week right now,” Smart said. “We’re going to continue to rep both of those guys, give those guys a lot of work, and make a decision as to what we’re going to do, whether it’s later in the week, or game time.”

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Georgia Bulldogs RB Sony Michel ‘Still Waiting to be Cleared’

It appears doubtful Georgia Bulldogs running back Sony Michel will play in week 2 against Nicholls.

Kirby Smart said on his Thursday night radio show that Michel is “still waiting to be cleared, discount ” as reported by Gridiron Now.

Michel suited up against UNC but didn’t see the field. He’s been practicing in a non-contact jersey for the last three weeks after breaking his left forearm in an ATV accident the weekend of July 4.

Smart has said the targeted return date for Michel is week 3, nurse so it’s possible he’ll see action against Missouri.

However, there with Michel likely out and a relative lightweight lining up against the ‘Dawgs Saturday, there’s a good chance we could get our first look at freshman running back Elijah Holyfield.

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Georgia Bulldogs Football Grades: North Carolina Edition

Opening week is different. Georgia fans have had eight full months to look forward to last Saturday’s season opening match-up against defending ACC Coastal Champion, story North Carolina Tar Heels. Bulldog nation was excited, viagra sale but had questions as well.

While it’s just one game, nurse some answers are emerging from the off-season haze. Georgia came out and executed the game plan, repeatedly fed a healthy Nick Chubb the ball, and contained a potent Carolina offense 16 points off their 2015 average.

Georgia’s Game Grades:

Offense: B+

On the offensive side of the ball, Georgia returned seven starters from 2015. The team averaged 26.3 points a game last season. Georgia effectively utilized the run game and exposed a weak Carolina run defense. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney relied heavily on the running backs, and the Bulldogs were able to put together several long drives with 50% success on third downs. The offense stuck to their game plan, adjusted when needed, and overall looked like a very well coached football team.

Offensive Stat of the Game: Time of Possession. Georgia lead this category 38:07 to 21:53. The Bulldogs were able to hold on to the ball and utilize it to their advantage. They were able to take it down the field and score on long drives. Most importantly, they kept a dangerous Tar Heel offense from having too many opportunities.

Quarterback: B

It was a tale of two quarterbacks. Greyson Lambert may have got the start, but Jacob Eason is the one who got Georgia’s offense going. Lambert struggled early, playing reserved and taking far too long to make decisions. The offensive line also didn’t seem as in sync with Lambert.

It was a different story when Eason took over. The offense ran much smoother, and the line played better. Eason went 8-12 for 131 yards and one TD. Those numbers might seem pedestrian, but when you have a stable of backs like Georgia, that’s all you need. Eason was more confident after throwing a 51-yard pass to Isaiah McKenzie, his longest of the night. However, it seems that Georgia still hasn’t really decided who is going to get the starting position for quarterback.

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ATHENS – Barring a last-minute snag in negotiations, find Alabama’s Kirby Smart will become Georgia’s new football coach. An announcement could come as soon as Sunday or Monday.

Smart, 39, is the Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator. He worked at Alabama for the last nine years, helping it win three national championships. The No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide will face Florida in the SEC Championship game on Saturday. It won’t be until after Smart fulfills his duties in that game that an announcement could be made, persons familiar with the negotiation told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Smart will bring in his own staff but is expected to retain some members of Georgia’s current staff, including running backs coach Thomas Brown and recruiting coordinator/wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon. What other coaches he brings is not immediately known but it will be of his choosing.

Smart became the highest paid defensive coordinator in the country this past June when he received a $150,000 a year raise to $1.5 million. He has three years left in a four-year deal.

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Thirteen-year-old Rachel Eaves is not just the only girl on her school football team; she’s also a team leader.

Last year as a seventh-grader, Rachel was the only girl on the Columbia Middle School football team in Grovetown, Georgia. And this year as an eighth-grader, she became one of the team’s six captains, Coach Brian Atkins said.

Rachel has been playing football since the fifth-grade, her mother Lori Burchett said, ever since she saw the cheerleading and football registrations next to each other at an open house and decided on the latter.

Rachel made the middle school team in seventh-grade, Burchett said, while about 20 boys were cut.

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