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Georgia near top of SEC in returning starters
Georgia football has a lot of spots to fill after sustaining heavy losses at linebacker, running back and defensive back, just to name a few positions. But despite all those losses, the Dawgs find themselves in a better position than most of their SEC compatriots and rank near the top of the conference in terms of returning starters, according to a post by Mike Huguenin on Gridiron Now.
Huguenin went through the SEC and counted up each teams’ returning starters, defined as players who started seven or more games in 2017. By that metric, Georgia returns 13 starters, eight on offense and five on defense. That ties Georgia for sixth-most returning starters in the league. From Huguenin:
The skinny: Four starters are back on the offensive line (and the Bulldogs also look to be bringing in the best O-line class in the nation on the recruiting trail). Linebacker took a big hit, though, as there are no full-time returning starters for a defense that plays a 3-4.
Georgia’s issue was never about the number of players it must replace as much as the caliber of player it must replace. Ready-made replacements for Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Lorenzo Carter, Davin Bellamy, Dominick Sanders and Isaiah Wynn don’t grow on trees. There are plenty of former 4-star and 5-star talents waiting in the wings to take over for those players, but whether they can step in without the team losing a beat remains to be seen.
Three Georgia opponents rank above the Dawgs in returning starters, with Missouri (16), Florida (16) and Kentucky (15) tied for second and third, respectively. South Carolina, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and LSU return fewer starters than the Bulldogs. Alabama returns the fewest amount of starters in the conference, with nine from the title-winning Tide still on the team.
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Georgia football to raise ticket prices
After the amazing season the Bulldogs just experienced, you knew this was coming: Georgia is raising football ticket prices. From Seth Emerson of DawgNation:
UGA is set to raise the price for tickets to football games when the school’s athletic board meets Tuesday.
It is expected to be a modest increase from the $50 per-game price last year, according to someone familiar with the plans. That, of course, does not include donations to the Hartman Fund, which are required to give fans the right to purchase season tickets. The minimum donation levels were raised two years ago.
It was not clear whether the price increase would happen for the 2018 season.
Stay tuned to DawgNation for specifics on the price hike.
Time to get paid
Recently departed members of the Georgia football team are making the most of their newfound (or, rather, newly allowed) ability to make an income. Chubb had a line winding through the mall during a recent autograph signing in Kennesaw, and Bellamy is selling “Humble Yourself” shirts, a phrase he made famous when jawing at Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield after the Rose Bowl.
In an interview with Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald, Bellamy explained why he gave Mayfield that famous (or infamous) piece of advice and why he decided to sell shirts.
“It was something I always heard around my family from my uncles and my mom, grandmother, they always tell me to humble yourself,” Bellamy said. “After I got all the offers and notoriety back in high school, I got out of character a couple of times and my mom used to always tell me to humble myself. That kind of just stuck with me so I guess the cameras caught it.” …
Bellamy said he saw others selling “Humble Yourself” shirts days after the Rose Bowl while Georgia was preparing for the title game and Bellamy was still restricted under NCAA rules about what he could do himself until he finished his college career.
“With my eligibility coming to an end, I thought it was best to start being an entrepreneur,” said Bellamy, who graduated with a degree in communications.
Whether it be through entrepreneurial ventures like these, the NFL or both, I hope Chubb, Bellamy and the recently departed Bulldogs keep getting paid. Lord knows they earned it.
Dawgs on Twitter
An Athens Walmart has the Rose Bowl playing on a whole row of TVs pic.twitter.com/fVuQE7heff
— Emily Giambalvo (@EmilyGiam) January 29, 2018
FWIW #Dawgs Fact of the Week#UGA was 4-5 when facing the “Mannings”—Archie and sons Peyton & Eli. Against the Dogs, the trio combined to throw 16 TDs and 13 INTs including, in this rare footage from 1970, Archie being picked by Buzy Rosenberg, followed by sacked by Chip Wisdom: pic.twitter.com/37KSFxJyyq
— Patrick Garbin (@patrickgarbin) January 29, 2018
With the win, Georgia advances to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships! pic.twitter.com/iynksIskyZ
— Georgia Tennis (@UGAtennis) January 29, 2018
“Hey so I got to pet this cute dog that came into work today…”
U wat? pic.twitter.com/DontuGrTuc
— Clint Falin (@ClintFalin) January 30, 2018
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