Welcome to your one-stop shop for all the relevant UGA football news and takes every Monday through Friday. UGA gave us one our first glimpses of the new indoor practice facility in action, plus it announced the 2017 slate of early enrollees. Did you stand by me?
‘Attack the year’
Offseason workouts began for the Georgia Bulldogs on Tuesday and with it came our first glimpses of action inside the new indoor practice facility. Come for the fresh practice facility shots, stay for the Rodrigo Blankenship power clean.
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) January 18, 2017
It’s not a long or thorough look at the new facility, but it gives you a good idea of what the Dawgs are working on. But even after only a short glimpse it’s easy to see how superior this setup is to what Georgia previously had. Gone are the days of bussing to Flowery Branch when it’s a little rainy, something I think that has had a bigger effect on teams than it might seem. It’s a new day for sure.
Now, the athletic department just has to figure out a way to compete with “Dabo World.” It only took, like, a decade to get the indoor facility up and running, so that shouldn’t be too hard.
UGA hoops secures necessary win
Every game from here on isn’t a must win for the Georgia basketball team, but most of them are, particularly the games against inferior competition. Another loss or two to non-tourney teams could spell the end of Mark Fox and his Dawgs’ March Madness hopes, regardless of any big wins they may accumulate between now and Selection Sunday.
Georgia’s 76-68 home win against Vanderbilt on Tuesday wasn’t spectacular, but it was necessary. It’s the third win in four games for UGA, pushing its season record to 12-6, including 4-2 in the SEC.
— Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) January 18, 2017
After a fouling out early against Florida on Saturday, Yante Maten scored 21 points and committed only one foul against the Commodores, a promising and hopeful sign because Georgia can’t afford to lose him for long stretches in any games. UGA also cut down on the turnovers, committing a season-low 6, another positive sign that this team may be figuring out solutions to some of the problems that have persisted this season.
Georgia heads back on the road next with a trip to College Station to face the 9-8 Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday at noon ET.
Early enrollees officially announced
The early enrollees from the Class of of 2017 have been on campus for close to two weeks now, but the Georgia Football Twitter account officially welcomed the new additions to the team on Tuesday. The players announced are DB Richard LeCounte III, QB Jake Fromm, DB DeAngelo Gibbs, WR J.J. Holloman and ILB Monty Rice. JUCO transfer D’Marcus Hayes was announced in December.
But the Georgia Football Twitter account wasn’t alone in welcoming the new players. Former Bulldogs Thomas Davis and Chris Conley also chimed in with well wishes to a couple players who will slot in at the former Dawgs’ respective positions.
— Thomas Davis (@ThomasDavisSDTM) January 17, 2017
— Chris Conley (@_flight17_) January 17, 2017
Check here for my take on which early enrollees have the best chance to contribute in 2017.
- Kirby Smart is putting together the best first full recruiting class ever (Connor Riley, DawgNation)
- What Kirby Smart learned when he visited the New England Patriots (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
- Three rising sophomores who could have bigger roles in 2017 (Jason Butt, Macon Telegraph)
- Georgia’s biggest offseason need: offensive line (David Ching, ESPN)
- Florida, Tennessee are the SEC East teams hit hardest by early draft departures (Sam Khan Jr., ESPN)
- The decision for Leonard Warner III sounds complicated after his Stanford official (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)
- Four of Texas’ best young prospects react to new Georgia offers (Dan McDonald, UGA Sports)
- Georgia commits and controversial rankings (Mike Farrell, Rivals)
- Why I whine. (Senator Blutarsky, Get The Picture)
Is that a dog or a parrot?
— Complex (@Complex) January 17, 2017