ATHENS — Georgia freshman quarterback Brock Vandagriff has yet to take a game snap, but he’s expected to be notified of a name-image-likeness endorsement opportunity with Onward Reserve apparel on July 1.
UGA kicker Jack Podlesny, a hero in the Bulldogs’ 24-21 win over Cincinnati in the Peach Bowl, also is expected to be approached by the popular men’s apparel brand based in Buckhead.
UGA track star Matthew Boling, baseball star Connor Tate and All-SEC first-team golfer Trent Phillips could also have deals presented to them on July 1.
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UGA alum TJ Callaway is the founder and CEO of the company, which has 12 locations. The company was licensed to make UGA products six years ago and also has licensing agreements in place with Clemson and Florida State, among others.
UGA alum TJ Callaway is the founder and CEO of the company, which has 12 locations. The company was licensed to make UGA product six years ago and also has licensing agreements in place with Clemson and Florida State, among others.
Potential terms of the NIL opportunities with UGA athletes have not been announced, but Callaway said he anticipated they would be “low cost” should the athletes agree to them on or after July 1.
Former Georgia punter Drew Butler, who heads Icon Source’s college division, will provide the platform that allows Callaway to send opportunities to the student-athletes.
Governor Brian Kemp signed Georgia’s version of the NIL bill on May 6 that would enable student-athletes to start making money on endorsements and sponsorships starting on July 1.
More than 10 states have signed NIL laws, including SEC states Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas and South Carolina.
The University of Georgia has partnered with Altius Sports Partners to help educate the UGA student-athletes on the NIL legislation and their dealings.
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