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Winners and Losers for Georgia football
The Bulldogs dominated on Saturday, as they led throughout the contest and coasted to a 45-0 win. Georgia fans got to see a number of new faces shine and the result is just about all you could ask for from a season-opener against an FCS foe in Austin Peay.
Winner: D’Andre Swift
Saturday was the start of the Swift era at Georgia and he didn’t disappoint. The sophomore running back shined in a situational role a year ago but there were some questions about whether or not he could replace both Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. Against Austin Peay, Swift proved he just might be up to the task.
He flashed as both a runner and pass catcher as he totaled 76 yards on just 12 touches and he managed to find the endzone. While the opponents will no doubt get tougher, Swift will also see more touches and thus put up bigger numbers
Loser: James Cook
Things were going really well for James Cook. Among the Georgia running backs, Cook led the group with 68 yards on 6 carries. He showed why so many of his teammates raved about him in preseason camp.
He also got kicked out of the game in the fourth quarter of a 45-0 game due to a targeting penalty. In addition to being ejected from the Austin Peay game, he will miss the first half of the South Carolina game. It’s an unfortunate blemish to what was otherwise a strong debut. There’s just something about freshman running backs playing on special teams this year.
Winner: Demetris Robertson
I think this was by far the coolest moment from Saturday. Robertson, who very nearly picked the Bulldogs out of high school, took a long and winding road to get to Georgia from Cal. But he was on the field on Saturday and on his first touch, he took a Justin Fields handoff 72-yards for a touchdown.
“I don’t think it could have gone any better than that,” Robertson said after the game. “It was great just to play.”
Robertson didn’t have a catch on the day but that’s more than fine. South Carolina, and the rest of the SEC know he’s going to be someone you have to try and gameplan against.
Loser: Georgia’s schedule
So while Georgia was beating up on Austin Peay, two of Georgia’s future opponents pulled out signature victories. Auburn won a knock-down drag-out game against Washington, while LSU surprised many in how good it looked in beating Miami. Joe Burrow looked like the first competent/potentially good LSU quarterback since Matt Flynn. And while Jake Fromm and Justin Fields are galaxies than Miami quarterback Malik Rosier, both of those opponents look like very tough outs.
A number of people penciled in Georgia going 12-0 during the regular season and while it can’t be ruled out yet, that looks like a much tougher task now.
Winner: Georgia’s Schedule
At the same point in time, a number of critics wondered how tough Georgia’s schedule was going to be given that there isn’t a major non-conference opponent on the schedule and that the SEC East didn’t look like a great. But after Auburn and LSU’s big wins, Georgia’s schedule has very legitimate opponents on it. It’s not going to be a cake-walk but it’s also not going to be a hinderance for Georgia come College Football Playoff Selection Sunday.
Clear your calendars for Oct. 5 and Stegmania
For fans wanting to get a first look at Tom Crean or Joni Taylor’s team this year, you won’t have to wait till November. The men’s and women’s Georgia basketball teams will be participating in Stegmania.
The event will take place on Oct. 5, the night before Georgia football hosts Vanderbilt, and gates at Stegeman Coliseum will open at 6:30 p.m.
“I’m extremely excited about our first-ever StegMania,” head coach Tom Crean said. “The atmosphere and the energy at the Steg will be vital to us taking Georgia Basketball to a new level, and StegMania will help us set that tone. I know it will be a fantastic evening and a great way for our team to interact with the Dawg Nation.”
“Having an event like this will be a great way to tip off basketball season for both our men’s and women’s programs,” head coach Joni Taylor said. “I want to thank all those who are working tirelessly to make StegMania a success, and we are excited to introduce our team in this unique way. I encourage all Georgia fans to join us on October 5th for this special night at The Steg.”
The first 1,500 students to attend the event will get a free t-shirt and Bojangles. The women’s team will conduct a 3-point contest while the men’s team will have a slam dunk contest and scrimmage. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. ET.
More Bulldog news
The football team wasn’t the only one in action in this weekend. The Men’s golf team earned a second place finish at the Carmel Cup out at Pebble Beach over the weekend. The Bulldogs finished the tournament at 44-under and a nearly won the tournament. Georgia entered the day 15 shots back of the leader but closed the gap to two strokes. Freshman Trent Phillips, who was making his collegiate debut, fired a 15-under for the tournament which was good for third place.
The Georgia soccer team drew Virginia Tech on Sunday as the two teams played to a 0-0 draw at home. It was the first 0-0 draw for Georgia since the season opener of the 2015 season.
The Georgia Volleyball team improved to 6-0 on the season after the team won the UCI/Adidas Invitational out on Irvine, Calif. Junior Meghan Donovan was named the MVP of the tournament. In the three matches, Georgia did not drop a set.
Best stories from around DawgNation
- Internet praises Maria Taylor following Nick Saban’s uncalled for blow-up
- Georgia single-digit favorite over South Carolina in ‘trendy upset’ game
- Georgia QB Jake Fromm ‘wanted to be clean’ against Austin Peay
- Freshman report on UGA football: Georgia 45, Austin Peay 0
- WATCH: Georgia coach Kirby Smart says Bulldogs ‘soft’ at times, ‘got to grow up’
- Report Card: Bulldogs far from perfect in dominating win over Austin Peay
- Georgia football QB Justin Fields earns Kirby Smart’s praise — and caution
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