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Cade Mays has started the last three games for Georgia.

Cade Mays already drawing rave reviews from ESPN analyst

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Cade Mays impressing early at Georgia

ESPN and the SEC Network’s Cole Cubelic knows a thing or two about offensive line play. In addition to his work as an analyst, Cubelic  played at Auburn from 1996-2001. So while some fans just see five guys trying to prevent defenders from tackling the quarterback, Cubelic is able to look further and understand the difference between an average offensive lineman and a great one.

And Cubelic gave a special mention to Georgia freshman Cade Mays for his play on Saturday against Tennessee.

Related: Georgia football freshman report

“Really liked what I saw from @footballUGA OL Cade Mays vs Tennessee. Plays the game the way it was meant to be played,” Cubelic tweeted.

The fact that Mays was able to earn that kind of praise given the circumstances of the Tennessee game is very impressive. For one, it was his first career start at guard, as he filled in for the injured Ben Cleveland. There was also the fact that Mays was a long-time Tennessee commit and from Knoxville, Tenn. The freshman had received a lot of heat on social media for playing at Georgia instead of Tennessee from some angry Vols fans. But safe to say after Saturday’s game, he made the right choice in coming to Georgia.

Related: Kirby Smart updates Georgia football injury report for Vanderbilt week

Mays has now earned early playing time at two offensive line positions, as ge also filled in for Andrew Thomas at left tackle earlier in the season. If the freshman can keeping playing well and impress in practice as well as in games, it will be very tough for Kirby Smart to take Mays out of the line-up.

Mays wasn’t the only Georgia offensive lineman to receive praise this week as Cubelic also took some time to praise Georgia center Lamont Galliard as well.

And while Tennessee was able to get pressure from the right side of the line, whether it be Isaiah Wilson, Kendall Baker or Isaac Nauta struggling in pass protection, Tennessee wasn’t able to get by left tackle Andrew Thomas.

The sophomore Thomas, who started and finished a game for only the second time this season on Saturday thanks to a nagging ankle injury, earned a spot on Pro Football Focus’ Team of the Week.

Thomas gave up just one pressure all game in addition to a superb game in run-blocking. While much is being made about how Georgia didn’t have a running backs standout on Saturday, the Bulldogs did still rush for 251 yards.

It’s safe to say that the Georgia offensive line is really starting to take shape and turn into the devastating unit fans thought it would be at the beginning of the season.

Georgia basketball adds a 4-star commit

It was a big day on the recruiting trail for Georgia men’s basketball coach Tom Crean, as he landed another 4-star commitment. This time it came in the form of small forward Toumani Camara.

Camara currently plays at Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Florida but is originally from Belgium. The 2019 prospect is listed as the No. 103 overall prospect in the country according to the 247Sports Composite rankings

Camara joins fellow 4-star small forward Jaykwon Walton in Georgia’s 2019 class. Both players are listed at 6-foo-6, with Walton weighing 195 pounds and Camara coming in at 190 pounds.

As for the members of the current Georgia men’s basketball team, you can see them in action this Friday night along with the women’s team as a part of Stegmania. The men’s team will scrimmage on Friday night and both teams will participate in host of events. Stegmania will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday. Georgia’s first real game in on Nov. 9, when the Bulldogs host Savannah State.

Top Dawg in the NFL, week 4

Just know that I know my pick for this week’s Top Dawg isn’t going to be a popular one for a variety of reasons. But I believe this week’s winner did the most to help his team come out on top on Sunday.

First let’s start off by giving some kudos to Sony Michel, who had his first 100-yard game and touchdown in a 38-7 win for the New England Patriots. What I personally enjoyed is that this Michel performance quieted a lot of the Boston sports media who were screaming that Michel “sucked” after a slow start to his NFL career. Easy with the hot takes.

Most of you probably think that this week’s award should actually go to Michel’s former running mate Nick Chubb. Despite only finishing with three carries, he found the endzone twice and rushed for 105 yards. Georgia fans, and probably Cleveland Browns fans, would’ve liked to seen Chubb get the ball more given he had two huge runs for the Browns. Maybe if he had, Cleveland would’ve won its first Sunday NFL game since 2015. But alas, the Browns found a way to lose in overtime to the Oakland Raiders.

As for the actual Top Dawg for week 4, we have to give it to one AJ Green. Green’s raw stat-line may not be the most impressive this week, as he hauled in just four catches for 78 yards in a game that saw the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals combine for 73 points.

But with the clock winding down and Cincinnati trailing by 5, it was Green who made the play of the game as he snared in an Andy Dalton touchdown pass to grab the win for the Bengals.

The win is also a little bit more meaningful for Green given that he was playing against Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones, the player he has essentially been compared to since high school. Jones finished with more catches and yards, nine catches for 173 yards, but a good chunk of those yards came with just :07 seconds left in the game, just after Green’s touchdown. Oh and Green now has as many games with a touchdown catch in Mercedes Benz Stadium as Jones has since the start of the 2017 season. Green has played one game at the Falcons’ stadium, while Jones has played in 11 such games.

So thanks to his last minute heroics, Green is our Top Dawg of week 4.

Past Top Dawg winners:
Week 1: ReShad Jones DB, Miami Dolphins
Week 2: Shawn Williams DB, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 3: Matthew Stafford QB, Detroit Lions

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