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Georgia players Jacob Gross (from left), Jonathan Ledbetter, and Dyshon Sims celebrate a 31-3 victory over Mississippi State with their fans in a NCAA college football game on Saturday, September 23, 2017, in Athens.

10 reasons for Georgia fans to be thankful this Thanksgiving

Cy Brown

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Good Turkey Day, UGA

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! I’m sure you’re all celebrating with turkey and stuffing and gravy and tryptophan-induced comas and all that good stuff. But you should also be celebrating by taking some time to reflect on what you’re thankful for. So we’re going to do that right now and list 10 reasons why Georgia fans should be thankful today and every day.

1. Because Georgia won the SEC East — with a perfect record against the East — making it one of only seven or eight teams with a realistic shot at making the College Football Playoff. The Dawgs playoff destiny is in their own hands with two games left, which is pretty much all you can ask for in any season.

2. Because you got to enjoy six perfect Saturdays in Athens watching Georgia go undefeated between the hedges this season, the first time it’s done that since 2012. And no home nooners to boot!

3. Because you’ve had the pleasure of watching Nick Chubb and Sony Michel tear up the SEC for the last four seasons. Some schools are lucky to have one tailback of their caliber come through every 10 or 20 years. Georgia had two in the same class.

4. Because it took Kirby Smart and Mel Tucker less than two seasons to transform the Georgia defense into one of the most formidable units in college football.

5. Because Jake Fromm never flinched when Jacob Eason went down against Appalachian State. Had he played like a freshman against Notre Dame or Mississippi State this would be a much different (i.e. worse) season.

6. Because Smart has the program way ahead of schedule. This wasn’t supposed to be The Year. It wasn’t even supposed to be The Year Before The Year. But Georgia is in title contention. And with elite recruits such as Justin Fields, Zamir White, Dominick Blaylock and Nolan Smith coming in over the next few years, the Dawgs stand to get even more talented. Smart is building something big in Athens, and this is just the beginning.

7. Because you’re not a Florida fan.

8. Because you’re not a Tennessee fan.

9. Because you’re not a Georgia Tech fan

10. Because you’re a Georgia Damn Bulldogs fan.

Staying fresh

One of the pleasant surprises of the season has been the improved play of Georgia’s offensive line, which finds itself up for national honors. But while the starting unit has done well, Georgia has struggled with a lack of depth along the offensive front. That seems to be changing, however, as former 5-star Ben Cleveland made the first start of his career in place of Solomon Kindley at right guard against Kentucky. That small bit of added depth could help keep the line fresh down the stretch. From Seth Emerson of DawgNation:

“They both deserve to play,” Smart said of Cleveland and Kindley. “There’s not a lot of drop off when you go from one to the other, so that’s important. I think those two guys probably get a little more tired than the other guys. So they compliment each other by keeping each other fresh.”

Another win for stuffing

If you’ve ever wondered about Smart’s favorite Thanksgiving dish, wonder no more. From Connor Riley of DawgNation:

On the call, Smart also revealed his favorite Thanksgiving side dish. He said it was his “Mama’s dressing.” That’s a big win for fans of stuffing, which is the same thing as dressing.

I always took him for more of a cranberry sauce kinda guy. The more you know …

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