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UGA has the ninth-most NFL players on Week 1 rosters
The NFL released a list of schools with the most players on Week 1 NFL rosters, and Georgia finds itself among the top 10.
The Bulldogs tied for ninth on the list of colleges with most players in the NFL with 30 players on a roster during the opening weekend of the season. That also puts UGA fourth in the SEC following Alabama and LSU (tied for first) as well as Florida (fifth). Southern California, Clemson, Ohio State, Florida State, and Miami also finished ahead of Georgia. Oklahoma tied with Georgia to round out the top 10.
Seth Emerson released the latest edition of the DawgNation mailbag on Thursday. Among questions about Jim Chaney’s play calling, tight ends, and the toughest games left on the schedule was this bit on potential redshirts I think most of you will find interesting.
Who is looking like they will redshirt?
This weekend may tell for sure, but for what it’s worth the newcomers who didn’t play against Appalachian State were offensive linemen Isaiah Wilson, D’Marcus Hayes and Netori Johnson, outside linebacker Robert Beal and defensive backs Tray Bishop, Latavious Brini and Eric Stokes.
One of Georgia’s biggest problems against Notre Dame was penalties. The Bulldogs racked up 12 for 127 yards during the win in South Bend, something that would probably be a much bigger talking point had they not escaped with a win.
But don’t think Kirby Smart doesn’t recognize UGA’s penalty problem and/or isn’t doing anything about it. If a player commits a penalty in practice, their name is called after and they are forced to do extra runs or rolls with strength coach Scott Sinclair. And no one want to do extra runs with Sinclair. “Heart drops instantly,” linebacker Natrez Patrick said, according to Jason Butt of The Telegraph. “As soon as they call the names.”
And that was before Notre Dame. Patrick added that Georgia’s coaches have “upped the ante” since incurring all those penalties against the Irish.
But Smart isn’t overly worried about penalties, in general. He’s more worried about the kind of penalties his players make, differentiating between “undisciplined” and “aggressive” penalties. From Butt:
“Some of those penalties are not undisciplined. They’re aggressive,” Smart said. “And I don’t go after aggressive penalties all the time because I think you can coach caution in your players. But we bring it to their attention, and we show them a lot of stats on penalties.”
Down on their luck of the Irish
The post-Notre Dame jubilation ends Saturday. A college football fan shouldn’t live in the past (at least not too much), and with a new Saturday comes a new game and a new opportunity for bragging rights, even if those would be over Samford.
But if you want to relish in a bit more Notre Dame schadenfreude, these letters to the editor of the South Ben Tribune will be right up your alley. Here’s just a taste from one Irish fan who is spitting mad about the number of Dawgs who invaded South Bend.
I walk into our stadium and see more red than I care to even think about again. Shame on the professors, university employees, season ticket holders and alumni who sold their tickets and allowed the Georgia nation to enjoy a home game away from home. I have always considered it a privilege to have Notre Dame season football tickets, especially for the big games such as this one. I am embarrassed and appalled. I remain and will always bleed blue and gold. Go Irish.
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