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Georgia football hard at work this summer
College football never stops, it only slows to a crawl. At least for us, the fans. While we spend the summer sitting, waiting and dreaming about the season to come, players and coach are hard at work preparing for it. On Thursday, Georgia football released a video on its Twitter account showing just that.
Coach Kirby Smart has long emphasized hard work in the offseason as a cornerstone for success, and the proof is in the pudding. Because of their tireless work in summer workouts and on the practice field, Smart’s players tend to be some of the best conditioned in the SEC. That applies not only to his two seasons at Georgia but also the seven years he spent coaching the defense at Alabama. The season may be three months away, but Smart and his players understand that it’s the work they put in now that will put them in a position to succeed when the ball is snapped.
These workouts also take on an added significance this summer in the wake of a mass departure of senior leadership. Smart will be the first to tell you there’s a leadership void on this team following the losses of Roquan Smith, Nick Chubb, Lorenzo Carter, Sony Michel and so many other veterans. Summer workouts also serve as a proving ground for the next generation of team leaders and Smart will have his eyes peeled for anyone who can fill that void.
“We’re not where we need to be from a leadership standpoint. If you said, ‘Hey are you there?’ No we’re not even close,” Smart said last month according to the Athens Banner-Herald’s Marc Weiszer. “We’ve got to develop that throughout May, summer, conditioning, we have to push the envelope with how are we going to get guys to confront and demand other guys. And we’re not where we need to be, and you know what they’ve got to learn from some of the examples some of these other guys set, because those other guys were pretty remarkable now, when it comes to leadership. They made our jobs as coaches easier.”
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) June 7, 2018
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Keturah Orji claims first long jump national title, seventh overall
Georgia senior Keturah Orji has spent her college career winning national title after national title, and she did it once again at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday. Orji claimed the individual title in the long jump. It’s her first national championship in the long jump, but her seventh overall, with all six other coming in her best event, the triple jump.
But there’s still work to be done before she finishes her legendary UGA career. On Saturday, Orji, the three-time reigning outdoor national champion in the triple jump, will try to end her career a perfect 4 for 4 in the event on the national stage.
#RingTheBell She did it at #SECTF, now she's done it at #NCAATF! Sr. Keturah Orji wins her 1st national title in the long jump, giving her 7 total national championships with the triple jump to come on Sat. @UGAAthletics #GoDawgs #FindYourGreatness pic.twitter.com/lvfmsFbXyW
— Georgia Track&Field (@UGATrack) June 8, 2018
Four-star guard Ignas Sargiunas signs with Georgia
Lithuanian Ignas Sargiunas’ committed to play basketball at Georgia last week. On Thursday his decision became official as Tom Crean announced the 6-foot-5 combo guard has signed with the program.
“We are very pleased that Ignas will be joining our program,” Crean said. “As a combo guard, his versatility will help us greatly on both ends of the floor. Watching him play and develop, we have seen that he has great touch as a shooter, he has excellent ball-handling skills, and he provides solid defensive work, not to mention that he plays with poise and can be a vocal leader. His international experience will add a special dynamic to our team. He has proven that he’s a winner, and we’re happy that he has decided to be a Bulldog.”
Go here and scroll down a bit for some info about and video of the newest Bulldog. I have a hunch he could turn out be a good one.
UGA’s Cayman Islands Classic opening opponent set
It was just yesterday that I was running down Georgia’s men’s basketball schedule, but just a few hours after that was published, the team’s first opponent for the Cayman Islands Classic was announced.
The Bulldogs will open this holiday tournament against Illinois State on Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Georgia will then face either Akron or Clemson on Nov. 20.
Dawgs on Twitter
#ICYMI Amsterdam native Denzel Comenentia delivered a historic #NCAATF sweep last night for #UGA as team had 2 more qualify for finals & 2 surge early in the decathlon. Dec starts Day 2 at 1pmET Thurs.#GoDawgs #FindYourGreatness#DoubleDutch
— Georgia Track&Field (@UGATrack) June 7, 2018
For Day 86 of @UGASportscom's Countdown of Plays, we’re reminded of #UGA’s game-changing 86-yard drive vs. GA Tech in 2013, capped by a @HMason14-to-@TG3II TD pass, totally swinging momentum into the Bulldogs’ favor of an eventual 41-34 overtime victory: https://t.co/4hNvTJA0I8 pic.twitter.com/PKtiacxvi6
— Patrick Garbin (@patrickgarbin) June 7, 2018
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) June 7, 2018
Let him live his life!
Dogs are so ridiculously dramatic at life lmao. pic.twitter.com/ZuxpyJNtdv
— 🐶Puppies🐶 (@Standardpups) June 5, 2018
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