Welcome to your one-stop shop for Georgia football news and takes every Monday through Friday. In this edition, we look at a JUCO return man joining the Bulldogs this season, Vince Dooley throwing out the first pitch at a Cubs game and the team’s biggest deep threat.
As he does every Thursday, Seth Emerson published his DawgNation mailbag. Along with questions about whether Georgia is a year away from competing for titles, how good the pass rush can be and potential redshirts on the defensive line, I found the answer complicated for a query about the Bulldogs’ greatest offensive needs in 2017: a legit deep threat at receiver.
As of now, who is our best deep-threat receiver?
— John Vaughn, Newnan
Well, Javon Wims springs immediately to mind after his 51-yarder against Kentucky, and Riley Ridley for his 57-yard juggling catch against Auburn, as well as that almost game-winner against Tennessee. J.J. Holloman and Mecole Hardman have the deep-play ability as well, and don’t count out Terry Godwin because of his speed. There are different deep-ball plays, but if you told me that Georgia needs to pick one to get open downfield and catch a 50-yarder, I’m going with Wims, because of his blend of size and speed.
My sleeper pick: Isaac Nauta. In 2016, the tight end had 4 receptions of 28 yards or more, including a 50-yard TD reception against Tennessee. He’s never gonna outrun a man and beat him on a post pattern, but he does have the ability to find space in the middle of the field and gain big chunks of yardage.
A 3-star WR heading Georgia’s way?
IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., annually produces some of the best college football recruits in the country, many of whom Georgia covets. As part of the school’s media day (yes, this high school has a media day), Bud Elliott of SB Nation asked a handful of players to predict where some of their teammates will land in college, and Georgia was the overwhelming pick for one prospect.
That player is 6-foot-4, 3-star WR Jalen Jordan, who played in Alpharetta before transferring to IMG. Of the 11 teammates who predicted a college destination — including 2019 5-star DE and UGA commit Nolan Smith — nine predicted Jordan will pick the Bulldogs.
— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) July 27, 2017
JUCO kick returner ‘a go’ to join Bulldogs
Reports surfaced recently that Georgia could add junior college return man Ahkil Crumpton to the team for the 2017 season. And although Crumpton isn’t in Athens yet, his JUCO coach sounded confident that Crumpton will be a member of the Bulldogs soon.
“Everything’s a go with him,” Los Angeles Valley College coach Matt White said on Thursday, according to Seth Emerson. “I know he’s back home right now. He’s just doing all his medical paperwork and stuff. He’ll be there. He’ll be in Athens soon.”
Dawgs paying $1.9 million to play Kent State
According to Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald, Georgia has reached an agreement to play Kent State in Athens in 2022, all for the tidy sum of $1.9 million.
Vince Dooley to throw first pitch at Cubs game
Any Georgia fan who plans to make a pilgrimage to Wrigley Field the night before the showdown with Notre Dame on Sept. 9 will also get a glimpse of a Bulldogs legend. Vince Dooley is slated to throw the ceremonial first pitch at the Cubs-Brewers game on Sept. 8.
Dawgs on Twitter
"For those of us who have been here for awhile, this is a huge deal." – Yante Maten on the Stegeman Renovations.
— Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) July 28, 2017
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) July 28, 2017
— Coach Sam Pittman (@CoachSamPittman) July 27, 2017
There goes my hero …
"I'LL SAVE YOU" pic.twitter.com/jT1kHbeBGU
— Captain Kidd (@kidd_kong78) July 25, 2017