‘Incredible’ homecoming for Oconee County alum McGarity

by Marc Weiszer

Sean McGarity’s homecoming didn’t look that good on the scoreboard, but the Oconee County High graduate was thrilled to play in Sanford Stadium. Full Story

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Nov. 22, 2014

More than 13 months since he last caught a pass in a football game, Justin Scott-Wesley’s reappearance as a playmaking wide receiver came Saturday on a first-quarter 19-yard touchdown catch in Georgia’s 55-9 win against Charleston Southern. - Full Story

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Georgia apparently came out of Saturday’s blowout of Charleston Southern without any major injuries. - Full Story

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Georgia’s offensive line turned to backups before the game was way out of hand in the second half. - Full Story

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Sean McGarity’s homecoming didn’t look that good on the scoreboard, but the Oconee County High graduate was thrilled to play in Sanford Stadium. - Full Story

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Senior Jonathon Rumph led Georgia with five catches for 67 yards and had a 12-yard touchdown catch from Brice Ramsey in the third quarter. …Georgia’s Marshall Morgan booted a season-long 53 yard field goal in the first quarter and also converted from 27 but missed from 49 …Freshman tailback Sony Michel had 21 yards on five carries after missing the Auburn game with an ankle injury. Tailback Keith Marshall (ankle) did not dress out. He appears headed for a medical redshirt season barring another injury at the position. …Freshman cornerback Malkom Parrish started his first collegiate game He had four tackles, including one for loss. …Kosta Vavlas wore No. 6 to honor injured wide receiver Michael Erdman. Vavlas had one tackle…Outside linebacker Shaun McGee wasn’t dressed out with an apparent undisclosed injury. - Full Story

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It was entirely fitting that the Georgia Redcoat Marching Band played the theme from “Star Wars” when Bulldogs receiver Chris Conley scored the first of his two touchdowns Saturday in a 55-9 victory over Charleston Southern at Sanford Stadium - Full Story

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After the Bulldogs put up a 38-3 lead in the first half, Brice Ramsey showed a glimpse of how the Georgia offense will look post-Hutson Mason. - Full Story

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Everyone associated with the Georgia women’s basketball program had a feeling freshman Mackenzie Engram would have a breakout performance, but it’s likely no one thought it would come this early in the season. - Full Story

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Aaron Murray immediately fired off a text to his father seconds after Todd Gurley went to the ground on his final carry against Auburn with what was later proven to be a season-ending knee injury. - Full Story

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The top goal that Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt put on a board for his players this past week: “Get Over Ourselves.” - Full Story

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Penn Wagers is here to referee the Georgia-Charleston Southern game. - Full Story

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Nov. 21, 2014

Georgia senior forward Marcus Thornton threw down his third transition dunk of the night still with more than 12 minutes to play in the Bulldogs’ matchup with Troy Friday. - Full Story

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Auburn couldn’t find much room to run against Georgia, so you would think that Charleston Southern won’t either. Then again the Buccaneers lead the Big South in rushing and are 16th in the FCS at 230.5 yards per game. And Georgia still ranks ninth in the SEC in rush defense at 151.8 per game. “Their […] - Full Story

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Offense Edge: Georgia Georgia leads the SEC in scoring at 42.1 points per game and is sixth in total yards at 449.1. Quarterback Hutson Mason leads the SEC with a 67.6 completion percentage with 16 touchdowns and three interceptions and is averaging 163.8 passing yards per game, 11th in the SEC. Charleston Southern amassed 576 […] - Full Story

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1. Take care of business early There’s a big game against Georgia Tech next week. And just maybe an SEC title game the week after that. So Georgia could use a game where it takes control early and puts away its FCS opponent. That would allow backups and deep reserves to give starters some rest. […] - Full Story

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On 306 occasions in his career, Amarlo Herrera has met the ball carrier and won the battle. - Full Story

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There may not be tons of buzz for Georgia-Charleston Southern, but that doesn’t mean that Bulldog Bytes won’t get you ready for your football Saturday. Marc Weiszer and Fletcher Page of the Athens Banner-Herald hit on what became a big subject this week: the indoor football practice facility and its impact on recruiting. We turn […] - Full Story

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Nov. 20, 2014

Regaining the type of defensive play that had Georgia ranked No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference in field goal percentage allowed last season is a goal that starts tonight against Troy, according to coach Mark Fox.

The Bulldogs (1-1) tipoff against the Trojans (1-1) at 7 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum after defeating Stony Brook earlier this week in a game that saw the Bulldogs perform inconsistently on the defensive end of the floor.

“We can’t guard anybody right now to the level that we need to to win in this league,” Fox said. “I’m not going to say our defense is a catastrophe because it’s not that. But it’s not where it needs to be.”

The Bulldogs allowed two Georgia Tech players post 20-plus points in the season-opening loss. That was followed by Stony Brook guard Carson Puriefoy pouring in 21 before halftime on Tuesday. Georgia made the necessary adjustments, mostly by switching to a zone defense, to secure the win.

That’s not a move Fox wants his team to become comfortable making, though.

“The other night the zone was effective for us, but we went to the zone because our man-to-man defense was terrible. No other way to put it — terrible.”

Georgia finished second in the conference last season thanks in large part to stellar defensive play. The Bulldogs held opponents to 40 percent from the field and only 31 percent on 3-point attempts.

Fox pointed out that last season’s defensive performance weren’t that great to start off with either. He said the lack of knowledge on opponents this early in the season is partly to blame.

“It’s a guess as to how (opponents are) really trying to play,” he said. “That’s only a small part of it. You still have to have a guy that is committed to really being a good defender.”

In contrast, five Bulldogs reached double figures in scoring versus Stony Brook and seven players had at least eight points.
That kind of offensive balance and production, boosted by 43 free throw attempts and 14 assists, was encouraging to sophomore guard Jawon Parker.

“It was so fun spreading the ball out and everybody scoring,” he said. “That’s the best way to play. It’s all just about getting into the system and making the offense work for us. If everybody is cutting hard, you’re going to get open shots and good looks for everybody and not just one or two guys.”

Troy enters having defeated Brewton Parkerlast week and falling to Ole Miss 74-64 on Monday.

The Bulldogs host Florida Atlantic Sunday and then resumes play in the Preseason NIT on Nov. 26 in New York City against Gonzaga in Madison Square Garden. - Full Story

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Regaining the type of defensive play that had Georgia ranked No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference in field goal percentage allowed last season is a goal that starts tonight against Troy, according to coach Mark Fox.

The Bulldogs (1-1) tipoff against the Trojans (1-1) at 7 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum after defeating Stony Brook earlier this week in a game that saw the Bulldogs perform inconsistently on the defensive end of the floor.

“We can’t guard anybody right now to the level that we need to to win in this league,” Fox said. “I’m not going to say our defense is a catastrophe because it’s not that. But it’s not where it needs to be.”

The Bulldogs allowed two Georgia Tech players post 20-plus points in the season-opening loss. That was followed by Stony Brook guard Carson Puriefoy pouring in 21 before halftime on Tuesday. Georgia made the necessary adjustments, mostly by switching to a zone defense, to secure the win.

That’s not a move Fox wants his team to become comfortable making, though.

“The other night the zone was effective for us, but we went to the zone because our man-to-man defense was terrible. No other way to put it — terrible.”

Georgia finished second in the conference last season thanks in large part to stellar defensive play. The Bulldogs held opponents to 40 percent from the field and only 31 percent on 3-point attempts.

Fox pointed out that last season’s defensive performance weren’t that great to start off with either. He said the lack of knowledge on opponents this early in the season is partly to blame.

“It’s a guess as to how (opponents are) really trying to play,” he said. “That’s only a small part of it. You still have to have a guy that is committed to really being a good defender.”

In contrast, five Bulldogs reached double figures in scoring versus Stony Brook and seven players had at least eight points.
That kind of offensive balance and production, boosted by 43 free throw attempts and 14 assists, was encouraging to sophomore guard Jawon Parker.

“It was so fun spreading the ball out and everybody scoring,” he said. “That’s the best way to play. It’s all just about getting into the system and making the offense work for us. If everybody is cutting hard, you’re going to get open shots and good looks for everybody and not just one or two guys.”

Troy enters having defeated Brewton Parkerlast week and falling to Ole Miss 74-64 on Monday.

The Bulldogs host Florida Atlantic Sunday and then resumes play in the Preseason NIT on Nov. 26 in New York City against Gonzaga in Madison Square Garden. - Full Story

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From Herschel Walker to current Georgia workhorse Nick Chubb, Georgia has a history of gifted running backs. And in the past four years, the stream of freshmen talent has been constant.

In 2011, Isaiah Crowell was the best freshman in the Southeastern Conference. In 2012, the tailback tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall — or “Gurshall” as the power couple became known — shined in the Georgia offense, combining for 2,144 yards. In 2014, Chubb, with the help of classmate Sony Michel, has powered Georgia to be the No. 2 rushing offense in the SEC while dealing with the absence of Gurley due to suspension and now injury.

And when it comes to recruiting, Georgia’s staff zeroes in on and attracts players with competitive mentalities, according to Bryan McClendon, running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

“A lot of guys like the idea of competing, but when it comes down to it, the true competitors kind of rise to the occasion,” McClendon said. “It was very similar when Isaiah was still here, he was the SEC Freshman of the Year, and then Todd and Keith both came in as freshmen, and both of those guys were excited about the opportunity to just be able to compete.”

It would seem fair that a loaded depth chart could intimidate a high school senior looking to play as soon as possible at the next level. But Georgia is looking to find players to fill out the depth chart as complimentary talents instead of one-man-show rushers.

“I think the playing time question was more common when you used to see the one premier back, where he got a bunch of carries per game. Now it’s about getting guys quality carries versus quantity, keeping guys fresh, rotating backs, keeping them in situations where they can be successful and be 100 percent,” said Ben Brandenburg, recruiting operations coordinator.

McClendon said he has no doubt that young running backs deciding on the next three to four years of their athletic careers have playing time on their minds. That is the ultimate goal of the recruiting process. But with the physical nature of the position, McClendon echoed Brandenburg in the necessity of keeping players healthy, something Georgia has struggled with in recent years.

“That guy gets hit every single play, whether it be running the football, and he gets hit more than one time, whether it be blocking or pass protection. Their body isn’t really made for it,” McClendon said. “I haven’t seen a football season yet where somebody hasn’t gotten banged up in one way, shape or form.”

Between those injuries, player dismissals and one very notable suspension, the depth at the running back position has been almost as important as any name listed.

“We’ve been an example why it’s important to have more than one, or even two, or even three guys at that position that can come in and win football games for you and play good and be productive,” McClendon said.

Like most of their SEC opponents, Georgia runs a multi-back offense —  the style of offense McClendon believes football has developed to accommodate both the health of the players and the overall approach to the game.

“I think the young men nowadays understand there’s value in having depth. There’s value in not having to carry the load,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. “But if you’re in a system that’s going to highlight these guys’ skills, they get excited about playing."

While playing time, positional competition and skill advancement all play their roll in getting guys to don a Georgia hat come Feb. 4, 2015, McClendon knows that a guy can find those things at a number of schools. What he considers to be the key to landing a recruit won’t show up in a statistic.

“The biggest thing when it comes to recruiting is it’s about the relationships,” McClendon said. “They’ve got to trust you and feel like you are telling them the truth and you’ll be fair no matter what.”

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From Herschel Walker to current Georgia workhorse Nick Chubb, Georgia has a history of gifted running backs. And in the past four years, the stream of freshmen talent has been constant.

In 2011, Isaiah Crowell was the best freshman in the Southeastern Conference. In 2012, the tailback tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall — or “Gurshall” as the power couple became known — shined in the Georgia offense, combining for 2,144 yards. In 2014, Chubb, with the help of classmate Sony Michel, has powered Georgia to be the No. 2 rushing offense in the SEC while dealing with the absence of Gurley due to suspension and now injury.

And when it comes to recruiting, Georgia’s staff zeroes in on and attracts players with competitive mentalities, according to Bryan McClendon, running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

“A lot of guys like the idea of competing, but when it comes down to it, the true competitors kind of rise to the occasion,” McClendon said. “It was very similar when Isaiah was still here, he was the SEC Freshman of the Year, and then Todd and Keith both came in as freshmen, and both of those guys were excited about the opportunity to just be able to compete.”

It would seem fair that a loaded depth chart could intimidate a high school senior looking to play as soon as possible at the next level. But Georgia is looking to find players to fill out the depth chart as complimentary talents instead of one-man-show rushers.

“I think the playing time question was more common when you used to see the one premier back, where he got a bunch of carries per game. Now it’s about getting guys quality carries versus quantity, keeping guys fresh, rotating backs, keeping them in situations where they can be successful and be 100 percent,” said Ben Brandenburg, recruiting operations coordinator.

McClendon said he has no doubt that young running backs deciding on the next three to four years of their athletic careers have playing time on their minds. That is the ultimate goal of the recruiting process. But with the physical nature of the position, McClendon echoed Brandenburg in the necessity of keeping players healthy, something Georgia has struggled with in recent years.

“That guy gets hit every single play, whether it be running the football, and he gets hit more than one time, whether it be blocking or pass protection. Their body isn’t really made for it,” McClendon said. “I haven’t seen a football season yet where somebody hasn’t gotten banged up in one way, shape or form.”

Between those injuries, player dismissals and one very notable suspension, the depth at the running back position has been almost as important as any name listed.

“We’ve been an example why it’s important to have more than one, or even two, or even three guys at that position that can come in and win football games for you and play good and be productive,” McClendon said.

Like most of their SEC opponents, Georgia runs a multi-back offense —  the style of offense McClendon believes football has developed to accommodate both the health of the players and the overall approach to the game.

“I think the young men nowadays understand there’s value in having depth. There’s value in not having to carry the load,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. “But if you’re in a system that’s going to highlight these guys’ skills, they get excited about playing."

While playing time, positional competition and skill advancement all play their roll in getting guys to don a Georgia hat come Feb. 4, 2015, McClendon knows that a guy can find those things at a number of schools. What he considers to be the key to landing a recruit won’t show up in a statistic.

“The biggest thing when it comes to recruiting is it’s about the relationships,” McClendon said. “They’ve got to trust you and feel like you are telling them the truth and you’ll be fair no matter what.”

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ATLANTA ‑ An Augusta-area state lawmaker is sponsoring House Bill 3 to impose what he calls a hefty fine on anyone jeopardizing the eligibility of a student athlete such as the sports-memorabilia broker who paid University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley for his autograph. - Full Story

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ATLANTA ‑ An Augusta-area state lawmaker is sponsoring House Bill 3 to impose what he calls a hefty fine on anyone jeopardizing the eligibility of a student athlete such as the sports-memorabilia broker who paid University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley for his autograph. - Full Story

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Nov. 19, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio | Tiaria Griffin's 16 points led four Georgia players in double figures and the Lady Bulldogs withstood a 3-point barrage from Ohio State en route to a 67-59 victory Wednesday night at Value City Arena.

Shacobia Barbee added 13 points and Krista Donald and Mackenzie Engram chipped in 12 apiece.

Freshman Kelsey Mitchell paced Ohio State with 26 points.

"This is a heckuva win for this team because this team still has a long way to go," Andy Landers said. "We stayed the course defensively when I'm sure we were frustrated offensively. We stayed the course for 40 minutes defensively and we rebounded and when we needed to, we made plays and made shots and made free throws."

Ohio State's 13 3-point field goals equaled the most ever against Georgia, and the Buckeyes' 39 shots from behind the arc represented the most ever versus the Lady Bulldogs.

Georgia trailed by nine points twice in the second half, lastly at 44-35 with 12:16 remaining. The Lady Bulldogs used an 8-0 run to close the gap to one before a Cait Craft three put the Buckeyes back up by four.

Ohio State regained a 45-40 edge before another Georgia surge, this time a 10-0 run that flipped the five-point deficit into a five-point lead. Engram opened the scoring with a layup, followed by a short jumper from Merritt Hempe, a 3-pointer from Griffin and 3-of-4 free throws from Engram.

After Craft hit another 3-pointer, Donald scored on a nifty layup and Engram canned a 3-pointer from the left corner with 2:39 remaining to put Georgia up 60-53.

All of Engram's points came in the second half. Making the performance even more meaningful were the 20 family and friends in attendance. Engram's mother, Michelle Zelina, is an Ohio State alum.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair with four ties and six lead changes.

Georgia gained the game's first meaningful lead midway through the first half with a 9-0 run that put the Lady Bulldogs up 24-18. Griffin knocked down a 3-pointer at the 9:44 mark, and Barbee followed with back-to-back buckets from behind the arc to give Georgia the six-point lead with 6:10 left in the period.

The Buckeyes then rallied to score the last 10 over the final 5:11 of the half to gain a 28-24 advantage at the intermission.

The Lady Bulldogs missed their final seven shots of the half, and after opening by hitting 6-of-12 shots from the floor, finished the period connecting on just 27.3 of their field goals.

Ohio State did much of its damage from 3-point range. The Buckeyes made 6-of-15 3-pointers – versus 4-of-13 two-point attempts – in the opening 20 minutes.

Mitchell opened the second-half scoring with another 3-pointer that extended Ohio State's run to 13-0 before Donald scored from the right block to finally end the surge.

Georgia will return to action on Sunday when the Lady Bulldogs face Georgia Tech in Atlanta at 2 p.m.That contest will be available via espn3.com.

Georgia will host a pair of home games next week. The Lady Bulldogs will take on Georgia Southern on Tuesday before hosting Colgate on Wednesday. Both contests will tip at 7 p.m.

Single-game reserved seat tickets for Lady Bulldog games are $5 for adults and $3 for children. UGA students, faculty and staff are admitted to all Lady Bulldog games free of charge with a valid UGA Card. Faculty and staff should pick up tickets at the Coliseum box office. Students are admitted to the arena via the entrance to the left of the box office by showing their UGA Card.

Single-game tickets are on sale via georgiadogs.com, by calling 877-542-1231 or in person at the UGA Ticket Office in the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall from 8:30-4:30 on weekdays. In addition, single-game tickets go on sale at the Stegeman Coliseum box office (closest to Sanford Drive) beginning 60 minutes before tip-off of every home game.

Game Notes
•       Georgia used the same starting five for the third time in as many games this season, with Shacobia Barbee (63rd career start), Merritt Hempe (38th career start), Krista Donald (36th career start), Tiaria Griffin (26th career start) and Marjorie Butler (eighth career start) getting the nod.
•       Tiaria Griffin finished with 16 points, her third double-digit outing of the season and the 26th of her career.
•       Shacobia Barbee finished with 13 points, her second double-figure scoring game of the season and the 30th of her career.
•       Krista Donald scored 12 points, her second double-figure night of the season and the 22nd of her career.
•       Mackenzie Engram finished with 12 points, the first double-digit performance of her career. All of Engram's points came in the second half.
•       Engram played in front out approximately 20 family and friends. Her mother, Michelle Zelina, is an Ohio State alum. - Full Story

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