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Sep. 13, 2014

The kickoff for Saturday’s matchup between Georgia and South Carolina was scheduled for 3:39 p.m., barring inclement weather. - Full Story

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Sep. 11, 2014

John Theus missed last Wednesday’s practice with what coach Mark Richt called a sprained ankle. - Full Story

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When Georgia takes on South Carolina in Columbia on Saturday, both team’s coaches and players will highlight September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. - Full Story

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Marshall Morgan is on the brink of SEC history. - Full Story

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Sep. 10, 2014

Steve Spurrier knows what’s at stake in Saturday’s game between South Carolina and Georgia, even if recent history suggests otherwise. - Full Story

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Sep. 4, 2014

After roughly eight years of football, Taylor Maxey finally has a position he calls his own. - Full Story

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Sep. 2, 2014

Todd Gurley’s odds of winning the Heisman Trophy went from 14/1 to 7/1, according to Bovada, after his monster game in the opener when he rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns and scored on the kickoff return. He was also named one of four weekly honorees for the Paul Hornung Award for a versatile, single-game performance. …Junior college transfer cornerback Shattle Fenteng and freshman cornerback Malkom Parrish didn’t play against Clemson because they weren’t ready to play, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt said. Fenteng missed most of the preseason practices with a shoulder injury. “Some guys had to play that weren’t ready to play,” Pruitt said. “We can say that, too.” …Nose guard Chris Mayes, who started seven games last year, didn’t play Saturday after missing practice time with an injury. “I’m more concerned about getting him healthy and full speed,” defensive line coach Tray Rocker said. …Receiver Jonathon Rumph didn’t play due to a lingering injury, Bobo said. “We’re going to have to have Rumph,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “He’s going to have to play for us this season. So this is a big week and a half for Jonathon.” - Full Story

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Georgia climbed four spots in the Amway Coaches Poll and received a first-place vote after topping Clemson on Saturday. - Full Story

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Aug. 30, 2014

After over a week’s worth of worry regarding Georgia’s Ramik Wilson’s status as a starter, the senior linebacker was on the field for the game’s first series. - Full Story

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Aug. 29, 2014

Sometimes Corey Moore feels like an old man. - Full Story

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Aug. 28, 2014

J.J. Green is a confident cornerback, even if he hasn’t played defense in a college football game before. - Full Story

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his top 20 NFL Draft prospects for 2015 and two Georgia players made the cut. - Full Story

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When Georgia takes the field on Saturday its players will honor Bulldog legend Dan Magill by wearing a special decal on their helmets. - Full Story

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J.J. Green is a confident cornerback, even if he hasn’t played defense in a college football game before. - Full Story

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A look at things to watch in the Southeastern Conference during Week 1 of the season:

GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 16 Clemson at No. 12 Georgia. One year ago, these two teams provided one of the best opening-weekend matchups in a game Clemson won 38-35. Georgia has the home-field advantage in Saturday's rematch, which again has as much intrigue as just about any first-week game across the nation. This game could come down to whether Clemson's defense can slow down Georgia running back Todd Gurley and whether Georgia's offensive line can keep Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley away from Bulldogs quarterback Hunter Mason. Georgia is 36-1 in home nonconference games since 2001.

BEST MATCHUP: Arkansas at No. 6 Auburn. The Razorbacks travel to face the Tigers in a game most notable for the chilly relationship between coaches Bret Bielema and Gus Malzahn. Bielema is an unapologetic basher of the hurry-up offense, claiming it leads to more injuries — while few push the offensive pace like Malzahn. The Razorbacks are clearly longshots in this matchup, coming off a 0-8 record in the SEC last season, but they would love nothing more than to spoil Auburn's opener after the Tigers played for a national title last season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Only five of the SEC's 14 members have quarterbacks who started the majority of games for their respective teams last season. Those five teams are Arkansas (Brandon Allen), Auburn (Nick Marshall), Mississippi (Bo Wallace), Mississippi State (Dak Prescott) and Tennessee (Justin Worley). Wallace's 6,340 career passing yards lead active league QBs by a wide margin.

LONG SHOT: Tennessee has more overall talent than six-point underdog Utah State, but the Aggies enter Sunday's season opener with more experience and the better quarterback in Chuckie Keeton, who is making his first appearance since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament midway through last season. "All you have to do is put their film on," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. "If you know anything about football, then you say this is a really, really good football team." The youth of Tennessee's roster makes this game hard to predict. If Utah State grabs an early lead, how will all the newcomers on Tennessee's roster respond?

IMPACT PLAYER: LSU running back Leonard Fournette is only a freshman, but expectations for the highly-regarded recruit are through the roof. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder from New Orleans is already generating Heisman Trophy talk down in Louisiana. While that may be premature, he has a chance to make a big impression when the No. 13 Tigers host No. 14 Wisconsin on Saturday. Said Miles: "He's going to want the opportunity to do everything that he can do. And certainly he'll play a role in this game."

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AP Sports Writers Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, and David Brandt in Oxford, Mississippi, contributed to this story.

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Aug. 27, 2014

The annual Georgia-Florida weekend in Jacksonville is going to start off a little different this year with a concert from the band that almost shares a name with one of the biggest rivalries in college football. - Full Story

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Aug. 20, 2014

This is it for Jonathon Rumph. - Full Story

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Aug. 13, 2014

The preseason front-runner for the Heisman Trophy last season was easy. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won it as a freshman the year before, so there was little reason to pick against him.

No different this year. Florida State's Jameis Winston won it as a freshman last season while leading the Seminoles to the national title, so, again, no sense in looking elsewhere.

But Winston is far from a lock.

Manziel couldn't come through with another Heisman last season and there has only been one repeat winner — Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975 — in the 78-year history of college football's most prestigious award.

With that in mind, we are going to run down six other players who should have a chance at taking home the Heisman:

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Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon. The Ducks' leader was a strong Heisman contender last season before being derailed by a knee injury. He still set a school record with 4,380 yards of total offense and accounted for 40 TDs, though he was disappointed when Oregon fell out of national-title contention. After bypassing a shot at the NFL, the junior returns to lead an offense that piles up points and yards like a video game. If he stays healthy, Mariota is one of the nation's best dual-threat quarterbacks and could find himself holding that bronze trophy.

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State. The Buckeyes are taking it slow with Miller after offseason shoulder surgery, but he is expected to be ready for the opener against Navy on Aug. 30. Despite missing nearly three full games with a sprained knee last season, he passed for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns, and ran for 1,068 yards and 12 scores. The Big Ten's two-time MVP, he bypassed a shot at the NFL to return to Columbus for his senior season and is motivated to make it a big one.

Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor. The Bears set an NCAA record with 52.4 points per game last season, and Petty was the conductor, setting 17 school records while leading Baylor to its first Big 12 title and only BCS bowl. The senior was the Big 12 offensive player of the year after passing for 4,200 yards and 32 TDs — with just three interceptions — and running for 14 more scores. Expect more big numbers from the Bears and Petty.

Myles Jack, LB, UCLA. UCLA teammate Brett Hundley might have a better shot at winning the Heisman, but we wanted to get a defensive player in the mix. Jack made a big splash as a freshman last season by becoming a where-did-he-come-from two-way player, rushing for 120 yards in his first game, scoring four TDs the next. But Jack's NFL future is as a linebacker, and the Bruins have limited him to that side of the ball in fall camp. He might see some time at running back again this season, but he is going to have an impact on D regardless.

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia. Gurley missed three games last season with an ankle injury and wasn't right when he came back as the Bulldogs limped to an 8-5 finish. Fully healthy again, this bulldog of a Bulldog — 6-foot-1, 226 pounds — has his eyes set on a 2,000-yard season and possibly a spot in New York. Even with his injury a year ago, the junior has rushed for 2,374 yards and 27 touchdowns in two seasons, so 2K isn't completely out of the question.

Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn. Marshall's chances might be hurt by starting the season opener on the bench. The senior was cited for marijuana possession last month and coach Gus Malzahn said he won't start against Arkansas on Aug. 30. He still might play in that game and is expected to have another big season after passing for 1,976 yards, running for 1,068 and accounting for 26 touchdowns while leading the Tigers to the final BCS national championship game last year.

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Aug. 12, 2014

ALBANY | The long wait is finally over for Trenton Thompson and Georgia.  - Full Story

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Aug. 11, 2014

With top fullback Merritt Hall sidelined with an undisclosed injury, freshman Detric Bing-Dukes from Tucker worked at fullback in Monday morning’s Georgia football practice. - Full Story

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Jul. 28, 2014

Former University of Georgia and Team USA track and field standout Torrin Lawrence was killed early Monday when a tractor trailer hit his car on Interstate 75 near Cordele, the school has confirmed. He was 25. - Full Story

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Former University of Georgia and Team USA track and field standout Torrin Lawrence was killed early Monday when a tractor-trailer hit his car on Interstate 75 near Cordele, the school has confirmed. He was 25. - Full Story

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Jul. 24, 2014

Georgia’s hot streak in recruiting is still gaining momentum. this time with a commitment from the No. 8 overall player in Louisiana. - Full Story

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Jul. 22, 2014

ATLANTA | Georgia men’s tennis rising senior Nathan Pasha suffered a 6-2, 7-5 loss to world No. 84-ranked Lukas Lacko of Slovakia in Tuesday night’s first round singles match in the main draw of the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station.

The BB&T Open is the first event in the men’s Emirates Airline US Open series. Pasha played in the main draw for the first time tonight after appearances in the qualifying the previous two summers. - Full Story

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ATLANTA | Georgia men’s tennis rising senior Nathan Pasha suffered a 6-2, 7-5 loss to world No. 84-ranked Lukas Lacko of Slovakia in Tuesday night’s first round singles match in the main draw of the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station.

The BB&T Open is the first event in the men’s Emirates Airline US Open series. Pasha played in the main draw for the first time tonight after appearances in the qualifying the previous two summers. - Full Story

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