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Deandre Baker announced Wednesday his plans to play in the Sugar Bowl vs. Texas.

Georgia football podcast: Deandre Baker’s announcement helps UGA in more ways than one

Brandon Adams

Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily — the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the cast of DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss UGA coach Kirby Smart’s quest to keep the Bulldogs on top of the SEC. On episode No. 840 (Dec. 6, 2018) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker’s decision to play in the Sugar Bowl — despite the fact many other draft-eligible players are skipping their teams’ postseason games.

Georgia football podcast: Deandre Baker’s announcement helps UGA in more ways than one

Beginning of the show: Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker says he’s playing in the Sugar Bowl. I’ll talk on today’s show why Baker’s presence could help UGA beat Texas, validate the claims of many analysts that UGA is one of the nation’s four best teams and could also propel the Bulldogs to more success in 2019.

10-minute mark: I’ll discuss possible replacements for departing UGA defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.

15-minute mark: Former UGA quarterback John Lastinger joins the show. Some of the topics covered include…

  • John’s memories of UGA’s last game vs. Texas in the 1984 Cotton Bowl
  • The controversial 1983 season and the role UGA played in determining that year’s national champion
  • Thoughts on how UGA quarterbacks Jake Fromm and Justin Fields have co-existed this season
  • The value of playing a well-known program such as Texas in the Sugar Bowl
  • And a look back at John’s performance against Penn State in the 1983 Sugar Bowl

30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including reports that Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is being blocked from hiring former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze as offensive coordinator, Missouri coach Barry Odom getting a raise, Alabama’s search for a new offensive coordinator and a critical look at Florida’s recruiting effort.

35-minute mark: I update a couple recruiting story lines — including information on 5-star linebacker Nakobe Dean and 4-star defensive back Kairr Elam.

End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater and discuss a weird opinion from a Sports Illustrated writer regarding Tucker.

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