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What you need to know for G-Day
We’ve finally reached the culmination of spring practice: G-Day weekend. Since coming to Athens, Kirby Smart has done everything in his power to turn a game that inherently doesn’t matter into a big deal. And he’s succeeded. Fan enthusiasm is at an all-time high, and it should show in the stands. So whether you’re one of the thousands of Dawgs fans who will pack Sanford or planning to enjoy the game from the comfort of your couch, here’s what you need to know.
First things first, make sure to set your DVRs. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET on ESPN with a broadcast team of Bob Wischusen, Todd Blackledge and Maria Taylor. If you’ll need to watch on mobile or online, a stream will be available on WatchESPN with an ESPN subscription. If you’ll be on the road, News 95.5 FM and AM 750 WSB will have you covered on radio.
For those heading to Athens for the game, Sanford’s gates will open at 1 p.m. ET. Because construction on the West End Zone project removed thousands of seats at Sanford and the expected high turnout, Georgia has instituted a (free) pass system for G-Day. Upon entering, fans will be given a pass that will assign them to a section of the stadium. Gate 10 (under the bridge next to the Tate Center) will be closed, but all other gates will be open as usual. Georgia suggests fans enter through a gate near where they would like to sit in the Stadium. The clear-bag policy will be in effect. On-campus will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can find a parking map here.
Georgia has also indicated there will be events held inside Sanford in the three hours between when gates open and kickoff. At 1:15 p.m. ET, an alumni flag football game will be played between more than 60 UGA football lettermen. The Dawg Walk will take place at 2:50 p.m. ET. Expect good weather. Forecasts call for sunny skies and a high of 71 degrees with no chance of rain.
These are the rosters for the red and blacks squads. Jake Fromm will quarterback the red team, while 5-star early enrollee Justin Fields will be behind center for the black team. There will be dozens of players working to make names for themselves Saturday, but you should keep your eye on these five in particular.
Unfortunately, Georgia hasn’t had much luck with injuries this spring, specifically on defense, and a number of players figure to miss G-Day. It was recently revealed cornerback Mark Webb suffered a meniscus injury and will not play. Fellow defensive backs Jarvis Wilson and Divaad Wilson and defensive tackle Michael Barnett also won’t play. Defensive lineman Justin Young has missed most of spring practice, but could make it on the field Saturday. Running back D’Andre Swift and wide receiver Terry Godwin will be game-time decisions. Early enrollee RB Zamir White has been limited all spring, but he is listed on the G-Day roster as a member of the black team.
And that’s pretty much everything you need to know. All that’s left is killing time until Saturday. So watch this a few dozen times and it’ll be G-Day before you know it.
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) April 18, 2018
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Georgia holds final practice of spring
With G-Day on the horizon, the final practice of the spring, held Thursday, was relatively quiet. Chip Towers of DawgNation has a practice report you should check out that includes all the news and notes you need.
Tom Crean hires second assistant coach
Georgia men’s basketball coach Tom Crean’s staff is beginning to take shape. On Thursday it was announced that Joe Scott, most recently an assistant at Holy Cross, will join the staff as an assistant coach, joining Chad Dollar. Georgia has one remaining opening for an assistant coach.
“I’m excited to welcome Joe, Leah, Ben and Jack to our Georgia Basketball family and the entire UGA community,” Crean said in a statement released by the school. “Joe is known nationally as someone who excels at coaching, teaching and competing. He has tremendous respect of his peers who have gone against him and those who have worked along side him. He will bring many different elements to our program, but overall and he will help our young men get better every day.”
2 UGA teams to compete for national titles this weekend
Georgia equestrian has completed the first two days of competition at the 2018 NCEA Championships in Waco, Texas. Following a dominant 13-1 win over Texas A&M Thursday, the Bulldogs have qualified for the finals of the team championship. They’ll face Auburn in the finals Saturday. On Friday, they’ll compete in the quarterfinals and potentially semifinals of the event championship. The event championship final will also be held Saturday.
Meanwhile, Georgia gymnastics is in St. Louis for the NCAA Championships. The Gym Dogs will compete in the semifinals Friday in the 1 p.m. ET session, which will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Should they finish in the top three of their group, they’ll advance to the Super Six on Saturday, where they’ll battle for the program’s 11th national championship.
Dawgs on Twitter
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) April 20, 2018
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— Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) April 19, 2018
Though Saturday is not a huge game against a top SEC opponent, G-Day is a big day for me. It… https://t.co/1lWwdghOOR
— Marshall Long (@marshall_long) April 20, 2018
Full steam ahead!
— My Dog Is Cutest (@mydogiscutest) April 19, 2018
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