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Extra Special People at Georgia football practice
The bye week not only gave Georgia football players a chance to rest and recuperate. It also gave them a chance to meet and greet some of their biggest fans.
On Thursday, Kirby Smart invited Watkinsville-based non-profit Extra Special People to bring young fans with developmental disabilities to practice for a special viewing and autograph session.
Georgia football and Extra Special People have a longstanding relationship dating back to Mark Richt’s tenure as head coach. Smart has continued that relationship last October when he invited the organization to attend a practice at Sanford Stadium.
“I had so many people tell me last year at the stadium how appreciative they were of the players who stayed and spent time with them,” Smart said. “It means a ton to them.”
Outside the annual practice event, many Georgia players volunteer their time to Extra Special People. Former quarterback Aaron Murray has hosted the organization’s annual Big Hearts Pageant for years dating back to his college days. Current players such as Lorenzo Carter and Jacob Eason have also volunteered at the event. Tight end Jeb Blazevich was named to AFCA Allstate Good Works because of his work with Extra Special People and organizations like it.
“This is what matters. This puts everything into perspective. This puts all the success, all the failures, all the work we’ve put in into perceptive,” Blazevich said. “We get way more out of it than they do. I can promise you that.”
“We get way more out of it than they do. I can promise you that.”
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) October 22, 2017
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) October 20, 2017
Justin Fields out for the season
Georgia 5-star quarterback commit Justin Fields’ high school football career is over after breaking his hand in a game last Thursday. Although it will keep him from playing the remainder of his senior season, the injury is minor in the grand scheme. From Jeff Sentell of DawgNation:
“Done for the season,” [Justin’s father] Pablo Fields shared in a text message with DawgNation. “Surgery Monday. Pretty common surgery. Clean break. A full recovery is expected.”
“He’ll be good-to-go in six weeks (and) then maybe six weeks of physical therapy,” Pablo Fields added. “It is a pretty common injury. Two pins. Takes about 30 minutes and anesthesia.”
Smart took a helicopter to see the game between Fields’ Harrison High and Dalton High Thursday night.
Deputy AD Carla Williams hired by Virginia
There’s been a major shakeup in the Georgia athletic department. Deputy AD Carla Williams, a former Bulldogs women’s basketball player and the No. 2 to Greg McGarity in the athletic department, was named Sunday as the athletic director at the University of Virginia. From Seth Emerson of DawgNation:
The news could have far-reaching consequences in UGA athletics because Williams has handled a number of responsibilities as the top aide to athletics director Greg McGarity. Williams also was actively involved in administration duties for the football team, seen often at practices. At meetings of the UGA athletics board, she usually would sit next to McGarity.
At Georgia, Williams has been a constant-but-quiet presence, responsible officially for almost everything involved in athletics. (Her bio on the website lists her duties including supervision of academic support, business operations, compliance, event management, external operations, facilities, human resources, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, student services and ticketing.) The one area she did not have a clear role was in fundraising.
Georgia a big favorite over Florida
For the first time in a long time, Georgia is a two-touchdown favorite heading into the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.
Georgia opens as 14-point favorite over Florida. This is the most UGA has been favored over UF in records going back to '85 kept by @covers.
— Brandon Zimmerman (@BZSEC) October 22, 2017
Dawgs in the polls
Georgia was inactive on the field and in the polls this week. The Bulldogs stayed at No. 3 in both the AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll. They also stayed at No. 2 in the SEC Country Power Poll. The first edition of the College Football Playoff rankings, which determines the four teams who will compete in the College Football Playoff, will be released following Week 9.
Dawgs on Twitter
— Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) October 23, 2017
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 22, 2017
— Georgia Soccer (@UGASoccer) October 23, 2017
me every time i see a dog pic.twitter.com/iiU97yyolu
— Nature is Amazing 🌻 (@AMAZlNGNATURE) October 23, 2017
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