Welcome to Good Day, UGA, your one-stop shop for Georgia football news and takes. Check us out every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Georgia football, recruiting, basketball and more.
Nick Chubb and Trent Thompson among top 100 players
David Kenyon of Bleacher Report ranked his top 100 players in college football, and two Georgia Bulldogs found themselves on the list. At No. 65 is defensive tackle Trent Thompson, one of the best run-stoppers in college football.
Have fun trying to run on Trenton Thompson. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound DT racked up 56 tackles from his interior position last year. Thompson still needs to progress as a pass-rusher, but as his three-sack performance in the Liberty Bowl showed, the tools are there.
Ranked 31 spots above Thompson at No. 34 is running back Nick Chubb.
Georgia would’ve been a preseason favorite in the SEC East regardless, but Nick Chubb’s decision to stay in Athens solidified the projection. In his return from a terrible knee injury, Chubb ran for 1,130 yards and eight touchdowns. A more consistent offensive line will result in a more productive year for Chubb.
Improvement on the offensive line is the key to a better season for Chubb, and Georgia’s offense in general, in 2017. Chubb also sounds more headstrong and confidents in his abilities heading into his senior season. With one more chance to return to the form he was in before that gruesome left knee injury against Tennessee in 2015, Chubb sounds like he won’t let anything stop him. From Seth Emerson of DawgNation:
“Attack. Don’t go to the sideline. Get upfield,” Chubb said. “I let myself get on the sideline at Tennessee. So now I just get upfield every time. Instead of going out of bounds.”
Well, it was pointed out, don’t you have to go to the sidelines sometimes?
“Yeah, I mean … you don’t really have to,” Chubb said.
Pat Allen holding steady at left guard
Here’s a player you probably haven’t thought much about but who could be a major factor for the Bulldogs this season: redshirt sophomore Pat Allen. He’s holding steady at first-team left guard, fighting to fend off a slew talented freshmen vying for early playing time. And it sounds like he’s relishing the challenge. From Emerson:
“The competition is really real,” Allen said. “That’s what helps motivate me to keep going, and make sure that I’m on the go. I’m making strides. I’m making calls. I know my technique. I know what form I need to be in. Plays I need to make. Reading the defense. Stuff like that. (The competition) keeps me aware.”
Jacob Eason’s hot spots
CFB Film Room released some interesting heat maps that say a lot about quarterback Jacob Eason. Click the link to check them out, but the bottom line is that Eason is most accurate when throwing short and to his right. So Eason needs to become more accurate on deep balls, or he needs to dink and dunk Georgia into the end zone. Whatever works.
Dawgs on Twitter
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) August 21, 2017
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) August 22, 2017
NBC's Mike Tirico at UGA's practice today getting ready for the Notre Dame-Georgia game. He's set to call the game. pic.twitter.com/HYDt8YjpeY
— DawgPost (@Dawg_Post) August 22, 2017
Everyone’s day is better with a bag full of dog.
The cuteness is killing me pic.twitter.com/vuXDyzZxZg
— Dog Posts (@shibesbot) August 22, 2017
Miss a previous edition of Good Day, UGA? Get caught up here.