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Georgia football winners and losers from Virtual G-Day
Winner: Georgia football fans
Not having a spring game was not an ideal situation for a fan base that likes to put on a show. But being forced to celebrate Virtual G-Day from the comfort of their own homes didn’t damper the spirits of many Georgia fans.
A number took to Twitter and various social media platforms to show off the fact that they were still tailgating, still dressed in Georgia football gear and still willing to support the program.
It helped that the coaches, in addition to Kirby Smart, showed that they were trying to enjoy virtual G-Day as much as the common folk. Dan Lanning and Cortez Hankton shared how their families were going about the day, while Scott Sinclair – ever the strength and conditioning coach — made sure to still walk through what a G-Day would look like.
— Scott Sinclair (@coach_sinclair) April 18, 2020
Even if they didn’t get to show up at Sanford Stadium, Georgia fans once again were able to show why they are some of the most passionate in the country.
What a win in front of the LARGEST crowd in the history of Sanford Stadium. YOU GUYS made the difference! #VirtualGDay
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) April 18, 2020
Twice during Saturday’s telecast of the Georgia football-Notre Dame game, Smart called attention to the fact that a player made a great defensive play and that Georgia was going to be looking for a guy to replace him.
And both times it did not take either 2021 recruit long to pick up on the hints Smart was putting out there.
First, Smart took the time to highlight the play of J.R. Reed. Most remember his incredible second-half interception, but it was a play early in the game that caught Smart’s eye.
And he knew perfectly how to get the attention of the nation’s No. 1 safety in James Williams.
— James Williams (@Begreat_20) April 18, 2020
Williams is one of Georgia’s top targets and he has Georgia as one of his three finalists.
Later on in the game, Smart called attention to the strong play of Tae Crowder. Smart once again wondered where he could find a linebacker to replicate Crowder’s sideline-to-sideline speed.
The prospect that came to mind was 4-star linebacker Barrett Carter. And he noticed as well.
oh hey 🙋🏾♂️ https://t.co/AI2uAHKb2y
— barrett carter (@bcsznn) April 18, 2020
It will be interesting to see longterm if this day had any impact on the recruitments of Carter and Williams. But Georgia didn’t come up empty on the recruiting front this weekend, as the Bulldogs landed a commitment from 4-star defensive end Elijah Jeudy on Sunday.
Winner: Kirby Smart
Smart has always wanted to make G-Day a showcase for what the Georgia football program has to offer. And even on a day where people couldn’t congregate and enter Sanford Stadium, he was still able to do just that.
Virtual G-Day turned into an event and Smart deserves a lot of credit for going out and making it such.
He didn’t have to tweet through the game like so many Georgia fans did when the game first happened. He didn’t have to hope on a Facebook Live and talk about Georgia’s offense and quarterback situation on Saturday, but he did that too.
This past Saturday could’ve just been another Saturday stuck at home. But it wasn’t. It felt like a unique experience and for a few hours anyway, people were able to focus on Georgia football.
And Smart deserves some praise for allowing the people to do so.
Loser: The actual Georgia football-Notre Dame game
While this weekend was a great one for Georgia football, as Smart has mentioned multiple times, the game didn’t exactly live up to everything else that transpired that weekend.
The Georgia defense, as it was all season, was stout. The offense was rather blah. In hindsight, it showed many of the problems Georgia would go on to have on the offensive side of the ball as the season progressed.
There were better-played games from Georgia against top-10 opponents — Florida and Baylor — from the 2019 season. And Smart even joked that the ending wasn’t exactly as rosy as everyone would’ve hoped.
I bet you all had some butterflies too – am I right?
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) April 18, 2020
The Notre Dame weekend will be looked back upon with great reverence, as it showed how special a Saturday in Sanford Stadium could be. But as for the game itself, it was simply fine and best to leave it at that.
Winner: Lawrence Cager
If there was one big winner from the game though, it was Cager.
Everyone will remember him for his Florida heroics and rightfully so. But in this game, Cager was once again awesome. He made two huge catches in the second half that greatly helped Georgia.
Georgia tight ends coach Todd Hartley shouted-out Cager before the game and after watching it again, it’s much deserved.
— Todd Hartley (@coach_thartley) April 18, 2020
This might be perfectly timed as well with the NFL draft set to get started on Thursday. Given how he played against Notre Dame, and Florida as well, it is very fair to speculate on what kind of impact Cager would’ve had against LSU if he had been healthy enough to play.
Because when he was at full health in 2019, he was a game-changer for the Georgia offense.
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- Kirby Smart offers rare compliment for Georgia defense but points out player miscue
- What we learned from Kirby Smart live tweeting the Georgia-Notre Dame game
- WATCH: Jake Fromm, Andrew Thomas share hilarious Kirby Smart practice stories
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— Tom Crean (@TomCrean) April 19, 2020
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