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Nov. 23, 2014

This week of “Clean, Old Fashioned Hate” for No. 8 Georgia will include some love for Arkansas. - 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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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

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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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. 19, 2014

Georgia coach Mark Richt is among 20 semifinalists named Wednesday to the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year. Alabama’s Nick Saban, Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze and Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen are the others from the SEC. Richt was also named coach of the week by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Peach Bowl. …Cornerback Damian Swann did not practice due to “flu-like symptoms,” Richt said. …Brendan Langley, who started at cornerback against Missouri but has not played in the last two games, worked as a scout-team receiver Wednesday. That’s the same position he played after moving from the secondary after spring practice. “I’m not sure if he’s getting defensive reps right now or not,” Richt said. “You’ve got to help where needed sometimes.” …The latest bowl projections from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach put Georgia in the Peach Bowl against a familiar bowl opponent: Michigan State. Georgia played the Spartans in the Outback Bowl to end the 2011 season and in the Capital One Bowl to finish the 2008 season. ...Country music star Lee Greenwood will perform the National Anthem and at halftime Saturday with the Redcoat Band. - Full Story

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Georgia had an atypical game with several dropped passes against Auburn, but the threat of throwing the ball downfield paid off, coordinator Mike Bobo said. - Full Story

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Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked earlier in the week about maybe sitting out tailback Nick Chubb against Charleston Southern to make sure the tailback position doesn’t get further depleted. - Full Story

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After averaging 30 carries per game during a three-game stretch, Nick Chubb has carried the ball 13 and 19 times the last two games. - Full Story

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Coach Mark Richt smiled Wednesday when he was asked about whether he heard defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt’s comments a day earlier that caused a bit of a stir. Pruitt said that this would be the last Georgia team that wouldn’t have an indoor practice facility. - Full Story

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Some of Georgia’s biggest football fans aren’t so big. - Full Story

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Nov. 18, 2014

Inside linebacker Ryne Rankin will miss Saturday’s game after undergoing surgery for a broken left wrist. He is expected to return for next week’s game against Georgia Tech. Senior walk-on receiver Michael Erdman sustained a left wrist dislocation and will miss the remainder of the season. …Offensive guard Brandon Kublanow missed practice Monday with a minor injury but was back on Tuesday. - Full Story

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Keith Marshall could be headed for a medical redshirt after sustaining an ankle injury Sept. 20.
 “I don’t think we need to make that decision,” coach Mark Richt said. “It’s just like when Hutson (Mason) was going to redshirt (in 2012). That was a year we played for the SEC championship and he knew if something happened, he was going to play.” Tailback Sony Michel split reps at tailback Tuesday and is expected to play barring a setback from his ankle injury. “I feel like he’s going to be ready to go,” Bobo said. “The trainer’s do, too,” Bobo said. - Full Story

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Even if injured Georgia tailback Todd Gurley plans to enter the NFL draft as widely anticipated, the junior will be expected to fulfill the conditions set for reinstatement from his four-game NCAA suspension.
 Gurley was lost for the season to a season-ending injury Saturday against Auburn in his first game back from a four-game suspension for violating NCAA rules for taking improper benefits.
 He was to repay a portion of the more than $3,000 he received for signing memorabilia and other items over two years and was required to complete 40 hours of community service.
 “It stays,” athletic director Greg McGarity said. “The repercussion to the institution is if he doesn’t fulfill the community service piece, I think, for a four-year period if you go before the infractions committee again that opportunity is no longer an option as a penalty. So there may be other penalties that could be in place, but you lose that opportunity.”
 An NCAA spokesperson referred questions about Gurley’s NCAA obligations in light of his injury to the school.
 “Todd will honor exactly what he was expected to do,” McGarity said. “I don’t think there will be any wavering on that.” - Full Story

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Georgia coach Richt raised the possibility that the team may do a blackout this season on his radio show Monday night, but shot that down on Tuesday.
 “No,” Richt said. “Maybe next year.”
 The obvious candidate would be Alabama, which will be making their first visit to Athens on Oct. 3, 2015 since the blackout in 2008.
 “My goal would be to have one game next year that we could do that,” Richt said. “Maybe have it a planned event before the season even starts, not have a big secret about it, but know that’s part of our uniform combination and do it at a time when you’re not wearing black jerseys in a sweltering hot day.”
 Georgia won wearing black jerseys in the 2007 season against Auburn and in the Sugar Bowl against Hawaii, but lost 41-30 in 2008 against Alabama in them.
 Senior Michael Bennett said Tuesday: “I’d love one, but I don’t even know if we have the jerseys.”
 Bennett said players have asked for the chance to wear black.
 It just won’t come this year, Richt said.“We are the red and black,” Richt said. “To have a black jersey to me is not a radical thing at all. It’s part of who we are.” - Full Story

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Strength of schedule is a phrase that will be heard plenty leading up to Dec. 7 when the College Football Playoff selection committee announces the chosen four teams for the semifinals. - Full Story

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Don’t be surprised to hear some Georgia players singing “Rocky Top” on the way home from Saturday’s game against Charleston Southern. The Bulldogs could use some help from Tennessee Saturday night with a win over Missouri. If the Volunteers prevail, the Bulldogs clinch the SEC East and go to Atlanta for the league title game. […] - Full Story

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Some early morning homework from Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt helped deliver quite a Saturday night performance from his players against Auburn’s vaunted offense. “He stayed up until 4 o’clock in the morning every day last week, just to make sure we get the right game plan,” said Damian Swann, the Bulldogs’ senior cornerback. Swann […] - Full Story

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