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Georgia held its annual G-Day game on Saturday.

The best social media reactions from a successful G-Day for Georgia football

Even with some stormy skies and poor weather, it was still a successful G-Day for the Georgia football program.

The Red team, led by the first-team offense, came away with a 22-17 win over the black team, which had the first-team defense.

After the game, Georgia coach Kirby Smart came away pleased with what he saw on Saturday.

’I’m excited about the tight nature of the game, the back-and-forth battle,” Smart said. “I like it when both quarterbacks get to compete and do 2-minute. The guys get to play, so that was good from a competitive standpoint. I got to see the look in some guys’ eyes that were out there, competing and playing hard. That part was good, and no major injuries, which was also good.”

One of the highlights of the day was an Eric Stokes pick-6. The redshirt sophomore intercepted a Jake Fromm pass on the game’s opening drive and returned it for a touchdown.

After the turnover, Stokes got to don the Savage Spikes, given that he forced a turnover.

“I just had to trust my technique. I had to trust every little thing, and I’m just happy I was able to get it,” Stokes said on the play.

Another highlight was Jake Fromm’s touchdown pass to running back Brian Herrien. The Georgia football account tweeted out field level video of the touchdown, as Herrien shrugged off a would-be tackler and plowed his way into the endzone.

After the game, a number of Georgia football players took to Twitter to share some of their thoughts on G-Day. One of those was freshman quarterback D’Wan Mathis. In his debut performance in front of fans, Mathis completed 15 of his 28 pass attempts for 113 yards.

G-Day was also a huge recruiting day for the Bulldogs. Georgia picked up a commitment from 4-star offensive guard Akinola Ogunbiyi. He becomes the second commitment of the week after Jalen Kimber joined Georgia’s 2020 class on Wednesday. Both players come from the state of Texas, and both were in Athens this weekend.

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But they weren’t the only two on campus. A number of 5-star prospects — like tight end Arik Gilbert, cornerback Kelee Ringo, running back Kendall Milton and outside linebacker Mekhail Sherman — all made it known on social media that they were enjoying themselves in Athens.

One of the biggest takeaways from the game was that even amidst bad weather, Georgia still has very strong fan support. Georgia reported that 52, 630 fans made inside the stadium. That number is the lowest in Kirby Smart’s time at Georgia, but it can largely be attributed to the rain and unusually cold weather on Saturday. And it’s still more than either Tennessee or Florida had at their spring games.

After the game, Fromm made it a point to thank those fans who did make it to the game, even on a holiday weekend.

’I’m super thankful to the fans that came out with it being Easter, it being a rainy day and we’re super thankful for the fans who came out today, showing their love and getting to watch the work we’ve been putting in this spring,” Fromm said. 

Based on some of the social media reaction, it’s safe to say that the fans who did make it out to Sanford Stadium had a very good time.

As for when the Bulldogs will be in action once again, that won’t be until Aug. 31. The Bulldogs open the season on the road against Vanderbilt. Georgia’s home-opener is set for Sept. 7 against Murray State.

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