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A warm welcome from Georgia football
The most telltale sign that football season is only weeks away is the beginning of the school year. And wouldn’t you know it, classes at UGA begin Monday. There are less than three weeks until the referee spots the ball and the Bulldogs line up to knock heads with Appalachian State.
To coincide the beginning of the school year and the impending football season, Georgia football released a hype video titled “Welcome Back.” Set to Paulo Nutini’s Iron Sky and full of footage from fall camp, it’s sure to get you in you pumped for some Bulldogs football.
Football season begins in 20 days.
Staving off the sophomore slump
What should we expect from Jacob Eason entering his second season in Athens? If he follows the trend of Georgia’s previous sophomore quarterbacks who started the majority of games in their freshman season, a step in the right direction.
Eason was the fifth freshman (redshirt or true) since 1991 to start the majority of Georgia’s games. The others all went on to start at least the next three seasons: Eric Zeier (1991-94), Quincy Carter (1998-2000), David Greene (2001-04), Matt Stafford (2006-08), and Aaron Murray (2010-13).
The only one of those who didn’t really improve markedly was Carter — who went from SEC freshman of the year to an injury-marred junior season in which he had more interceptions than touchdowns.
Tight competition at punter
Just because Marshall Long was Georgia’s starting punter last season doesn’t mean he’ll be the starting punter this season. In fact, according to Kirby Smart, graduate transfer Cameron Nizialek has a leg up (sorry) in the battle to earn the starting gig.
“Cam is ahead of Marshall a little bit,” Smart said after his team’s scrimmage Saturday. “Just consistency, direction, hang-time, those things. Just statistically, he’s a little bit ahead. The other one is neck-and-neck. It’s just tight right now.”
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