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Forbes listed Georgia in the top 20 of its academic/athletic hybrid ranking.

Georgia among top 20 schools that dominate in academics and athletics

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Georgia ranks 17th in academics/athletics hybrid ranking

The University of Georgia is one of the best schools in the country in terms of excellence in academics and athletics, according to a new ranking devised by Forbes.

Forbes ranked schools in terms of team national championships — with a minimum of 20 national titles — to measure athletic prowess, and compared that to the publications’ top colleges list to measure academic success. By those metrics, Georgia is 17th nationally in these hybrid rankings, the No. 2 SEC school on the list behind Florida at No. 12. LSU came in at No. 20.

From a pure athletics standpoint, Georgia has some work to do to catch Florida in these rankings. The Gators not only beat the Bulldogs in pretty much every sport important to UGA fans this year, they’ve also become a more successful athletics department on the national stage. But 17th is not any kind of ranking to scoff at, as long as the goalposts aren’t moving.

Jacob Eason says he come comfortable in Year 2

A freshman quarterback starting under center forced Georgia to be more conservative offensively than fans wanted or hoped. Things had to be kept simple so Jacob Eason could run the offense as effectively as possible. But with a season and offseason now under his belt, Eason sounds as if he’s ready to take off the training wheels and take control of the Bulldogs offense.

“Last year I was a younger guy. I was still trying to learn the offense on the fly, I was trying to keep my head above the water in that aspect of it,” Eason said after preseason practice on Monday. “This year I have more comfort in our schemes and our playbooks. So I feel like I can line guys up, I can tell them what to do, I can help them out when they run a wrong route, and that kind of thing.”

More offensive line musical chairs

Georgia’s coaching staff continued to experiment with new combos on the offensive line, as freshman Andrew Thomas, who projected as a tackle out of high school, received some first-team snaps at left guard during practice on Monday.

Thomas was recruited as a tackle, but on Monday, he worked in a three-man drill on the interior. Thomas practiced pulling from left guard with starter Lamont Gaillard at center and Solomon Kindley at right guard.

4-star UGA target sets decision date

Another recruit from the Class of 2018 has set a decision date. Four-star Marietta High defensive end Azeez Ojulari said he will announce his commitment Aug. 17 at at 3 p.m. during a school assembly. Ojulari is ranked as the third-best weakside defensive end recruit in the class by 247 Sports, and there appears to be a good chance he winds up in Athens. According to 247’s Crystal Ball feature, all six reporters who have weighed in with a prediction on Ojulari’s college destination expect him to choose the Bulldogs.

A tight race in the SEC East?

Paul Myerberg of USA Today took on the task of predicting records for all 130 FBS teams in college football. He’s got Georgia winning the SEC East, slated at 8-4, 6-2 in the league, and losing the SEC Championship Game to Alabama. Just as interesting is the pecking order he listed in the East, with Georgia coming out on top of a tie with Florida atop the division standings, and Tennessee also finishing 8-4, albeit with all four losses coming in the league.

Paul Myerberg’s SEC East Predictions
Team  Overall Conference
Georgia 8-4 6-2
Florida 8-4 6-2
Tennessee 8-4 4-4
Missouri 7-5 3-5
South Carolina 6-6 3-5
Kentucky 5-7 2-6
Vanderbilt 5-7 2-6

I saw the sign

Greg McGarity is not a popular figure among many Georgia fans, including some who work at the Subway on Prince Avenue in Athens. This weekend, a message on the Subway’s sign read, “NEW UGA ATHLETIC DIRECTOR WANTED. APPLY HERE. GO DAWGS.” The first two sentences were removed by Sunday night, leaving the sign with the message, “GO DAWGS.” Here’s more from Seth Emerson on the sign:

Brandi Lavender, who said she is the manager of the location, said it wasn’t her decision to put the sign up. It was made by an area consultant, who could not be immediately reached for comment.

Lavender said it was her decision to take it down after at least one person, who said he worked at UGA’s athletic department, complained in person about the sign. The person’s identity could not be confirmed, according to Lavender, and a UGA spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment. (The person was not McGarity himself, according to Lavender, who viewed security footage.)

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