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Aug. 15, 2016

Georgia’s secondary appears to be dealing with an injury to one of its starters after Saturday’s scrimmage. Senior Quincy Mauger wore a walking boot Sunday on his left foot in a photo from a visit with team members to the Watkinsville First Baptist Church. Big thanks to @watkinsvillefbc for welcoming our team to your church […] - Full Story

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Aug. 14, 2016

Before Kirby Smart opened the floor for questions from the media after Georgia’s first preseason scrimmage, the Georgia coach addressed the biggest position battle right away. “I know you guys will ask about the quarterback,” Smart said. “I’ll address that by saying I don’t really know. I’ll reserve judgment until I watch the tape because […] - Full Story

Georgia coach Kirby Smart admitted he kept a close eye on Nick Chubb during his first couple of runs Saturday. They came early in the Bulldogs’ first preseason scrimmage and marked the first time the star junior running back carried the ball in the closest thing to a game-type environment since his season-ending knee injury […] - Full Story

Before Georgia’s first preseason scrimmage got underway Saturday afternoon in Sanford Stadium, the buzz was about the newest Bulldog who was out on the field in helmet and shorts but not in pads. Alabama graduate transfer Maurice Smith, wearing jersey No. 2, went through drills with the defensive backs a day after the SEC granted […] - Full Story

Some of Georgia’s most heated competition this preseason is on special teams where the kicker and punting jobs are on the line. Coach Kirby Smart wanted both spots shrouded in some mystery when asked after Saturday to give his assessment after the Bulldogs’ first preseason scrimmage, which was closed  to the media. “The punter hit […] - Full Story

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Aug. 12, 2016

Maurice Smith will get his wish to play for Georgia. The SEC on Friday afternoon stamped approval for the defensive back to join Georgia after granting the Alabama graduate transfer a waiver he had wanted for weeks. Commissioner Greg Sankey made the final call after Alabama reversed course Wednesday and gave him a release. He […] - Full Story

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Aug. 11, 2016

The path for defensive back Maurice Smith to transfer to Georgia has opened up after Alabama reversed course in blocking him from the chance to play for the Bulldogs. “We are still waiting on a response from the SEC,” Smiths’ father, also named Maurice, said in a text. “It’s not over yet.” The Tuscaloosa News, […] - Full Story

The equipment worn by Georgia’s offensive and defensive linemen in practice now includes more than the standard shoulder pads, gloves, helmets and chin straps. Those players who typically have the most collisions this preseason are for the first time donning helmet covers intended to reduce the force of those impacts. They are Guardian Caps, a […] - Full Story

Georgia inside linebacker Tim Kimbrough’s Bulldog career is over, his father said Wednesday night after a flurry of tweets from the senior indicating that he was done. “He just made a decision to leave in his best interest,” Tim Kimbrough Sr. said. The senior from Indianapolis was the team’s third-leading tackler last season with 67. […] - Full Story

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Aug. 10, 2016

With dark clouds in the distance, the Georgia football team practiced Tuesday night at the UGA Club Sports Complex. Wind whipped up, but there was no thunder or lightning during the media viewing period. Some observations: –This could be nothing but since it involves freshman quarterback Jacob Eason, it’s worth keeping an eye on. Eason […] - Full Story

No matter who wins Georgia’s starting quarterback job–Jacob Eason, Greyson Lambert or Brice Ramsey-there should be no shortage of tight end targets on the receiving end of passes. It’s the kind of luxury that new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney insists is as good as any he’s had in his three decade coaching career, a tight […] - Full Story

Georgia football coach Kirby Smart served as Nick Saban’s defensive coordinator for eight of his nine seasons at Alabama and was on Saban’s staff at LSU and with the Miami Dolphins. So how has that relationship with his mentor been affected by the Maurice Smith transfer saga? The Alabama defensive back still wants to come […] - Full Story

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Aug. 9, 2016

Listen to Kirby Smart talk about Roquan Smith and it sounds like the Georgia football coach wishes he had a roster full of players that bring the same approach the inside linebacker does to the practice field. “He just plays as hard as he can every play,” Smart said. “He doesn’t have a governor….He plays […] - Full Story

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Aug. 8, 2016

One week into Georgia’s preseason practices there hasn’t been any discernible movement on the offensive line that signal coaches have settled on how their starting unit will line up in the opener. Coaches could still insert graduate transfer offensive tackle Tyler Catalina into the starting lineup, prompting left tackle Isaiah Wynn to slide over to […] - Full Story

Jonathan Ledbetter was in full pads and practicing fully with the defensive linemen in Monday’s Georgia practice. He was on the field early in practice Saturday but was limited and not in pads. He is expected to be suspended for at least two games following two alcohol-related arrests. The sophomore was away from the team […] - Full Story

Georgia’s secondary boasts players who combined to start 90 games last season and were part of a defense that ranked No. 1 in the nation against the pass. “Stats are stats,” junior safety Dominick Sanders said. “A lot of teams out there got their opinion on their people and their DBs and what not. Our […] - Full Story

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Aug. 6, 2016

This wasn’t quite 93K Day. There may not have been 930 people in Sanford Stadium for Georga’s open practice when the Bulldogs started before 2:30 p.m. on Saturday but that grew ever so slightly as the session progressed. Most sought shade on an afternoon with temperatures rising to 97 degrees. The line snaked up in […] - Full Story

Georgia coach Kirby Smart drew a proverbial line in the sand with his own transfer policy and that of his former boss, Alabama’s Nick Saban, on Saturday. While being asked directly about defensive back Maurice Smith, who is being blocked by Alabama from coming to Georgia as a graduate transfer, Smart said graduate transfers should […] - Full Story

Nose guard John Atkins is sidelined by a hyperextended knee but didn’t have any ligament damage, Smart said Saturday before the Bulldogs held their sixth practice. “We think he’ll be fine, he’ll be back, but he’s out for a little while,” Smart said. “That’s tough at a position we’re kind of already thin at, but […] - Full Story

Georgia’s starting quarterback competition may be one of the most closely watched this preseason anywhere, but the coach that is deeply involved in making the call will offer his take on it all publicly only once. That came on Saturday morning when offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jim Chaney met with the media for the […] - Full Story

Mel Tucker is entering his first season as Georgia’s defensive coordinator but don’t call it Mel Tucker’s defense. “The one thing I’ve learned is that it’s UGA’s defense,” coach Kirby Smart said. “It’s not Mel’s defense, it’s not Kirby’s defense, it’s UGA’s defense. It’s Davin Bellamy and Lorenzo Carter and Dom Sanders defense.” Some may […] - Full Story

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Aug. 5, 2016

Marquee out-of-state programs came calling for Rome outside linebacker/defensive end Adam Anderson but the 2018 four-star prospect made an early pledge on Friday morning to Georgia and Kirby Smart. “That’s been kind of his favorite team if he has a favorite team,” Rome coach John Reid said. “It’s an in-state team. Kirby did a good […] - Full Story

Isaiah McKenzie is tied for fourth in SEC history with five returns for touchdowns on punts and kickoffs. That isn’t enough to lock down Georgia’s return jobs. Not unless he has a handle on holding onto the ball those times he’s back to return. Georgia coach Kirby Smart is putting a premium on ball security, […] - Full Story

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Aug. 4, 2016

Alabama doesn’t appear likely to move from its stance of blocking defensive back Maurice Smith from transferring to Georgia after he graduates on Saturday. The school put out a statement on Thursday explaining its reasoning and drawing a distinction between Smith’s case and that of wide receiver Chris Black who is at Missouri after going […] - Full Story

Georgia’s defensive line was missing one of its top players in practice on Thursday. Nose guard John Atkins was absent during the media viewing period. Any details on an injury to Atkins may not come from Georgia until Saturday, the next time coach Kirby Smart is to meet with the media. Georgia’s defensive line already […] - Full Story