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Nick Chubb calls for ‘truce’ with Baker Mayfield
In January, Georgia and Oklahoma squared off in one of the best Rose Bowl Games ever. The greatness of that game was created in no small part by a pair of new NFL teammates — quarterback Baker Mayfield and running back Nick Chubb.
The new Cleveland Browns were two of the Rose Bowl’s most impressive performers on New Year’s Day. Mayfield paced the Sooners in the 54-48 double-overtime loss to the Dawgs, passing for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns in the College Football Playoff semifinal. Chubb, meanwhile, made hay with only 14 carries, rushing for 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Fast forward a few months and the two have gone from opponents to teammates. Mayfield and Chubb were drafted by the Cleveland Browns at No. 1 and No. 35 overall, respectively, in the 2018 NFL Draft. But that didn’t mean Mayfield was ready to forgive Chubb and move on from the heartbreaking playoff defeat to Georgia quite yet.
Mayfield and Chubb were paired to room together at Browns rookie minicamp a few weeks back, something Mayfield described as akin to “a sick joke.” The Heisman winner also admitted to thinking about the Rose Bowl every night, saying, “There’s still a little salt in the wound.”
But at some point, bygones must be bygones. Monday on Instagram, Chubb posted a picture of himself with Mayfield, both looking spiffy in their new Browns uniforms along with the caption “truce.”
Mayfield and Chubb figure to be the cornerstones of a new-look Browns offense for years to come. Now that the hatchet is officially buried, these two Rose Bowl stars are can get to work doing the seemingly impossible — turning the Browns into winners.
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Clemson DT considering transfer to Georgia
Coach Kirby Smart and Georgia are still on the lookout for ways to get deeper along the defensive line, and they might be aided in that effort from a soon-to-be former member of the Clemson Tigers.
Last week, defensive tackle and Class of 2018 Clemson signee Josh Belk was handed his unconditional release from the program by coach Dabo Swinney. It’s a strange move considering Belk had only signed and enrolled in January, and even stranger considering Clemson isn’t limiting his choice of destinations.
Belk will be allowed to transfer to any program he chooses, a departure for the transfer policy of most programs, and Georgia is among those under consideration. According to the (Chester, S.C.) News & Reporter, Belk will be in Athens to receive Georgia’s pitch Thursday.
BREAKING NEWS: Lewisville graduate Josh Belk, who received an unconditional release from his Clemson football scholarship last week will visit the University of Georgia on Thursday, per his attorney Everett Stubbs.
— News & Reporter (@CNR_Sports) May 22, 2018
Will Kirby Smart be the next coach to win his first national title?
There are 100 days — or thereabouts — until the beginning of the 2018 college football season, which means the college football blogosphere has been inundated with “100 things to know with 100 days to go” type of posts. ESPN put together one of the best so far this year, and in it, reporter Mark Schlabach gave his take on why he believes Smart will be the next college football coach to win his first national championship.
My money would be on Georgia’s Kirby Smart (21). He got the Bulldogs really close last year, before losing to Alabama 26-23 in overtime in the CFP National Championship Presented by AT&T.
I think Smart is Saban’s biggest threat because he knows the Alabama program so well. He’s following the same blueprint as Saban, and Georgia is so fertile when it comes to recruiting (22). The Bulldogs are spending money on facilities, and Smart has everything he needs in terms of resources.
Georgia might take a small step back after losing so many players from last year, especially tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel (23). But D’Andre Swift was fantastic as a freshman, and Elijah Holyfield looks like the real deal.
Odds & Ends
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- UGA recruiting: How will class size affect the final 2019 team ranking?
- Mix of young stars, grizzled veterans winning formula for Georgia baseball
- LOOK: 5-star Georgia commit Nolan Smith has been expertly trolling Auburn and Tennessee commits on Twitter
- Sophomore Aaron Schunk does it all to help lead resurgent Georgia baseball team into SEC Tournament
Dawgs on Twitter
Deandre Baker returns in 2018, having allowed the lowest catch rate among all returning SEC CBs pic.twitter.com/M2lN0dTOtd
— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 19, 2018
After or before he flips to UGA https://t.co/F242ZXOLLl
— Nolan Smith II (@SmithNoland2) May 20, 2018
— Tom Crean (@TomCrean) May 22, 2018
Hey, I think he found some mud.
Get a dog they said, it'll be fun they said… pic.twitter.com/uNqHVj2TNJ
— LADbible (@ladbible) May 22, 2018
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