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Feb. 6, 2016

The term “freshman 15” has been around longer than Jacob Eason has been alive. The Georgia quarterback may have already put on that amount of weight in his first month on campus. The 6-foot-5 early enrollee is up to 230 pounds, which he says is 10 or 15 more than when he arrived in Athens. […] - Full Story

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Feb. 5, 2016

Roquan Smith, who could have a more prominent role for Georgia as a sophomore at inside linebacker, will miss spring practices after undergoing wrist surgery Jan. 28. The Macon County product is expected to be a full participant in summer workouts, according to UGA. Smith had surgery to repair a ligament injury to his left […] - Full Story

Two months before he was hired as Georgia’s football coach, Kirby Smart saw firsthand that the Bulldogs big-play ability was in short supply on the outside at wide receiver. Smart was defensive coordinator for an Alabama team that held the Bulldogs to 106 passing yards in a 38-10 Crimson Tide win. “To me, you have […] - Full Story

Georgia went down to South Florida to find its last two placekickers. From Blair Walsh arriving in 2008 to Marshall Morgan following in 2012, the torch was passed and held for four seasons. Each left the Bulldogs with their place in the SEC record books. Walsh is the league’s all-time leading scorer with 412 points […] - Full Story

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Feb. 4, 2016

The 20-player recruiting class that Kirby Smart and his Georgia football coaching staff landed on Wednesday will have a chance to make an impact starting this fall. A healthy Nick Chubb, of course, already has proven he changes the complexion of how potent Georgia’s offense can be in 2016. Smart didn’t field any questions during […] - Full Story

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Feb. 2, 2016

Georgia’s football recruiting efforts since hiring Kirby Smart brought a sprint to signing day that included long days and nights, plenty of miles on the road and texts, direct messages, phone calls and visits. Fifty-nine days after he was officially hired, Smart’s first class at Georgia will come to fruition. That’s not a lot of […] - Full Story

Kirby Smart shared some of the finer points and intricate details of what went into Alabama’s defensive success with high school coaches at a clinic in Atlanta last week. When the new Georgia football coach opened the floor to some questions after speaking for more than 50 minutes, one coach asked him a question: “Kirby, […] - Full Story

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Feb. 1, 2016

Coveted recruits get wooed by well-known college football coaches who can offer early playing time, a chance to win championships, fabulous facilities and helping to get a player to the NFL. Those close to a player may swing a decision one way or another. In the case of Jackson defensive tackle Michail Carter, that’s Maudine […] - Full Story

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Jan. 29, 2016

Jacob Eason calls his first three weeks on campus at the University of Georgia “an easy transition for me.” Considering that he’s some 2,800 miles away from home, that’s saying something. How he pivots going from a five-star heralded recruit in Lake Stevens, Wash., to Bulldogs quarterback will be watched closely starting this spring, rolling […] - Full Story

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Jan. 28, 2016

Georgia’s recruiting class now has a specialist in it. Punter Marshall Long from South Rowan High in China Grove, N.C., posted on his Instagram account Thursday night that he had given the Bulldogs a verbal commitment. Long recently decommitted from Virginia Tech. Georgia’s special teams coach is former Hokies assistant Shane Beamer. “I have decided […] - Full Story

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E.J. Price declared his intentions to play for Georgia once before and could again next week when it matters most. The Bulldogs and new coach Kirby Smart already won a battle to get the offensive tackle from Archer High in Lawrenceville to come to Athens this weekend for an official visit. “It’s been crazy, everyone’s […] - Full Story

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Jan. 27, 2016

Georgia already has two five-star recruits in the fold for its 2016 class on campus: quarterback Jacob Eason and tight end Isaac Nauta. That number could grow next week with national signing day coming on Wednesday. Elite recruiting ratings may not be a guarantee of making a big splash on the college level, but the […] - Full Story

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Jan. 26, 2016

College football fans from programs that are recruiting Mecole Hardman have reason to watch and try to decipher his moves leading up to the Feb. 3 national signing day. An official visit to Alabama last weekend was scrapped, he said, when winter weather made traveling difficult. The short drive from Elberton to Athens to take […] - Full Story

Mays High School wide receiver Randrecous Davis gave a verbal commitment to Georgia in July, but a change in the Bulldogs’ coaching staff resulted in Davis now poised to sign elsewhere next week. The three-star rated prospect decommitted from Georgia, according to his high school coach, something he said came about after a cooling of […] - Full Story

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Jan. 24, 2016

It didn’t take long for Georgia to fill in an offensive line spot in its recruiting class after one player parted ways with the Bulldogs last week. Solomon Kindley from Raines High School in Jacksonville committed Sunday morning to the Bulldogs, he posted on his Twitter account. Kindley was in Athens over the weekend on […] - Full Story

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Jan. 23, 2016

There was quite a roar from the crowd in Stegeman Coliseum at the second media timeout Saturday during the Georgia men’s basketball game. It had little to do with the home team cutting into an early eight-point Arkansas lead. After waiting in a tunnel, new Georgia football coach Kirby Smart and recruits in town for […] - Full Story

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Jan. 22, 2016

The building blocks, as new Georgia coach Kirby Smart termed it for his program, will begin in the trenches. Offensive line coach Sam Pittman already came to Athens with a reputation of relying on large guys paving the way up front. “You’ve got to have good depth on the offensive line, especially in this conference,” […] - Full Story

One of Georgia’s early commitments for the 2016 recruiting class revealed a change of plans late Wednesday night. Three-star offensive lineman Aaron Dowdell from Creekside High in Fairburn took to Twitter to explain he is now looking elsewhere. “I would like to thank everyone for (their) continuing support through my recruiting process,” he posted. “I […] - Full Story

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Jan. 20, 2016

The Georgia football program that Kirby Smart now leads has one of the nation’s most fertile recruiting bases to attract talent from, plenty of tradition, a long-awaited $30.2 million indoor practice facility on the way in 2017 and the potential to compete for championships annually. It also has one the most stringent drug policies for […] - Full Story

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Jan. 19, 2016

At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, Ben Davis is a coveted linebacker that will make a college football program very happy when he announces his decision of where to play at the next level in about two weeks. Georgia is in the running, he says, and projects him to be able to line up both inside […] - Full Story

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Jan. 18, 2016

Brian Schottenheimer is resuming his coaching career back in the NFL. The former Georgia offensive coordinator is the Indianapolis Colts’ new quarterbacks coach, the club announced on Monday afternoon. Before being hired a year ago in Athens, Schottenheimer spent the previous 14 seasons in the NFL but said at the time going to the college […] - Full Story

Football has taken the Theus brothers from The Bolles School in Jacksonville to starting jobs at Georgia and now, they hope, the next step will be playing in the NFL. John Theus, an offensive tackle who arrived at Georgia as a heralded five-star recruit, is considered to possibly go in the second day of the […] - Full Story

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Jan. 17, 2016

A security guard stood purposefully in the aisle behind one of the baskets in Stegeman Coliseum Saturday. Sitting in the first three seats closest to her were new Georgia head football coach Kirby Smart who had former boxing champion Evander Holyfield on one side and five-star linebacker recruit Lyndell “Mack” Wilson from Montgomery, Ala., on […] - Full Story

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Jan. 15, 2016

There is always plenty of work to do for any first-year college football head coach. Some have more to do than others after rolling up their sleeves like the 18 taking over FBS programs coming off losing seasons. The bar is higher at Georgia, which is why Kirby Smart now has the job. Every other […] - Full Story