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Apr. 8, 2016

The SEC’s third-leading returning rusher from last season is being judged this spring by his new head coach on much more than how he hits the hole or picks up the blitz. Kirby Smart has made it very clear he wants Georgia running back Sony Michel to influence his offensive teammates by pushing and prodding […] - Full Story

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Apr. 7, 2016

Georgia’s running back group had one more healthy player at practice on Thursday Junior Brendan Douglas shed a black jersey for a regular red one for the first time this spring. He had been limited after a wrist injury that kept him out of the Bulldogs’ bowl game. Douglas ran third behind Sony Michel and […] - Full Story

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Apr. 5, 2016

If SEC football coaches join the likes of Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer by venturing out to satellite camps of their own, Georgia’s Kirby Smart will be in position to make a move. “We’ve looked into it as a staff, we’ve got a plan ready to kick in if it happens,” Smart said after practice […] - Full Story

Tracy Rocker’s defensive line group continues to get smaller, but it certainly isn’t making the third-year Georgia assistant coach take it any easier on his guys. Even with sophomore DaQuan Hawkins out, Rocker kept on the players at his position throughout the allotted time for the media in Tuesday’s practice. Coach Kirby Smart said on […] - Full Story

Aaron Davis has started more games for Georgia than all but two players currently on the Bulldogs’ defense, but that doesn’t guarantee him anything when it comes to playing time this season. Davis went from little-known walk-on to starting cornerback after Jeremy Pruitt took over as defensive coordinator. This spring there’s not only a new […] - Full Story

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Apr. 2, 2016

Georgia’s first spring scrimmage under Kirby Smart had something that was too often missing last season for the Bulldogs. Big plays in the passing game. Georgia ranked 104th nationally in passing offense in 2015, but while the ground game was lacking Saturday in Sanford Stadium with Nick Chubb held out as he recovers from a […] - Full Story

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Apr. 1, 2016

Georgia has held several of its football practices already this spring in Sanford Stadium, but Saturday the intensity figures to be raised when the first spring scrimmage is held there. “It’s a big deal,” said Dyshon Sims, the first-team offensive right guard. “All of them are big. Definitely going out there and getting to prove […] - Full Story

Former Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will give his book, The Magician’s Hat, to every first-grader in Athens-Clarke County this spring. Mitchell is partnering with Athens-based non-profit Books for Keeps to provide 1,200 students with his work — a $15,000 fundraising endeavor. “The only boundaries are those we create for ourselves,” Mitchell said in a […] - Full Story

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Mar. 31, 2016

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity intended to speak with the media Wednesday about the state of the Bulldogs basketball program. Questions quickly shifted from Mark Fox and his team to the open records amendment attached to Senate Bill 323. The bill allows athletic associations in the state of Georgia 90 days to respond to Freedom […] - Full Story

Of all of Georgia’s position groups outside of quarterback, the most chatter this winter may have surrounded the offensive line given the Bulldogs’ new coaching staff’s desire to get bigger up front. Now more than halfway through spring practices–the Bulldogs pushed up their eighth workout to Wednesday due to the threat of heavy rains Thursday–there […] - Full Story

There was a starting offensive lineman missing at Georgia’s practice Wednesday and a wide receiver getting a little work at running back. Right tackle Greg Pyke was absent during the media viewing periods. Coach Kirby Smart said on Tuesday that some linemen had class conflicts including one on Wednesday. Receiver Shaquery Wilson took a toss […] - Full Story

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Mar. 30, 2016

Lorenzo Carter’s 2014 signing day announcement created a lot of noise inside Georgia’s football offices after the coaches learned they had landed the prized pass rusher. His second Bulldog season last fall was surprisingly quiet with less heralded Davin Bellamy becoming the top player at outside linebacker behind established upperclassmen Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins. […] - Full Story

A Georgia defensive lineman who is in line to get increased playing time this fall probably will be out the rest of the spring. Sophomore Michael Barnett is sidelined with a knee injury, coach Kirby Smart said after Tuesday’s practice in Sanford Stadium. Barnett sustained the MCL injury Thursday at a practice at Georgia’s Club […] - Full Story

A bill approved by the Georgia General Assembly March 23 after midnight that would give Georgia’s athletic department and other public colleges in the state up to 90 business days to respond to open records requests instead of the current three came after UGA coach Kirby Smart met with legislators. “When I went over to […] - Full Story

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Mar. 25, 2016

Earlier this year during a visit to Athens, Matthew Stafford stepped into the Georgia quarterbacks room and a Bulldogs’ assistant coach was there. The Detroit Lions quarterback asked to get a look-see at the guy that is where Stafford was a decade earlier at Georgia. So the coach pulled up some high school game tape […] - Full Story

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Mar. 24, 2016

Reggie Carter sat down on a stool after Georgia’s fifth spring football practice Thursday night and became the media focal point since he was the only player available at the time. “Jeez,” he said as cameras pointed towards him and recorded. The inside linebacker hadn’t been in an interview setting for more than six months […] - Full Story

Kirby Smart will have a scaled back UGA speaking tour from what Mark Richt did in recent spring stops. Smart is expected to appear at just three fan events and men’s basketball coach Mark Fox wil be at three. Georgia will have a total of five, but only one such event has been announced so […] - Full Story

Georgia’s defensive line at practice Georgia’s two-day coaching clinic is underway, which meant high school coaches were lining the practice fields out at the UGA Club Sports complex on Thursday afternoon. They were allowed to go down the sidelines so they had better vantage points than the media. Here’s some of what I could see […] - Full Story

JOHNS CREEK | A Panasonic speaker, purchased through perseverance, blares rapper Jeezy’s motivational lyrics. John Theus wheels it near the row of benches, bars and weighted plates in Ryan Goldin’s GATA gym. It’s a Thursday in late February. The NFL combine is five days away, UGA Pro Day in three weeks. Theus is training to […] - Full Story

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Mar. 22, 2016

Georgia will indeed have a second defensive lineman out suspended for its season opener against North Carolina. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart confirmed the expected after Tuesday’s practice that sophomore Jonathan Ledbetter will serve a one-game suspension after being arrested early Sunday on two-alcohol related charges. Ledbetter was described as “very inebriated,” according to the police […] - Full Story

Demetris Robertson, the nation’s top unsigned 2016 recruit, signed financial aid paperwork with Georgia, which puts him in the company of two other schools. It also allowed Georgia coach Kirby Smart to mention him in a weekend tweet and answer a question about him on Tuesday. Asked how he envisioned using Robertson and where he […] - Full Story

Georgia’s best punter so far this spring? Coach Kirby Smart says that’s Brice Ramsey. The redshirt junior who took over as the team’s top punter last season hasn’t always been the No. 1 punter in practice but that’s because he’s also competing at quarterback. This time a year ago, Ramsey was considered the favorite to […] - Full Story

Georgia’s defensive players are learning this spring under a new coordinator who coached the secondary for Kirby Smart at Alabama. Just like two springs ago when Jeremy Pruitt took over after a season at Florida State that followed three  coaching the defensive backs on Nick Saban’s staff. So it’s hardly an entirely new system under […] - Full Story

Georgia reversing course on an unwritten open door transfer policy to become more restrictive under new football coach Kirby Smart has been met with criticism from some national voices. It came after athletic director Greg McGarity met with Smart about reserve running back A.J. Turman wanting to transfer from the program. Turman, from Orlando, was […] - Full Story

Georgia’s altered stance on placing restrictions on players seeking transfers came after new coach Kirby Smart met with athletic director Greg McGarity and other athletic administrators. McGarity said Monday Smart “educated” him on the “transfer culture that is prevalent which caused us to change our stance.” That came in a meeting about running back A.J. […] - Full Story