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What’s happening in UGA sports
It’s going to be a busy weekend in Athens for UGA sports. Georgia baseball, softball, tennis and women’s golf team all host contests in the Classic City this weekend. (Not to mention one of the final football practices of the spring.) Here’s a rundown of what you can expect from the Dawgs this weekend.
• When it come to spring practice, Georgia football doesn’t take weekends off. Coach Kirby Smart will conduct the team’s 12th practice of the spring on Saturday. In the past, Georgia has used the final few Saturdays of spring practice for intersquad scrimmages, as it did last Saturday. With G-Day a little more than a week away, it’s likely the Dawgs will use this weekend for a final scrimmage before the big show on April 21. Check below for more info on Thursday’s practice.
• Georgia baseball has already exceeded expectations with its performance this season. At 24-9 overall, 8-4 in the SEC, the Diamond Dogs are not just vying to make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011, they’re in the hunt to host a regional. But if they’re going to do that, they’ll need to continue their strong run through the conference, starting this weekend against No. 11 Kentucky at Foley Field in Athens. First pitches are slated for 7 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday and for noon Sunday.
• Even in the wake of star pitcher Brittany Gray’s career-ending injury, the Georgia softball team (36-5, 11-4 SEC) still has high expectations. The Bulldogs beat Georgia State 7-0 on Wednesday, their first game this season without Gray, and will face another in-state foe in Athens this weekend. They’ll face Mercer in a doubleheader Saturday (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.), then finish the series Sunday afternoon (2 p.m.).
• The Georgia men’s and women’s tennis teams will conclude the regular season this weekend with both competing at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The men face Vanderbilt on Friday (5 p.m.) and Kentucky on Sunday (1 p.m.). The women defeated Arkansas in Athens on Thursday night and will finish the regular season Saturday against Missouri (11 a.m.). The women’s and men’s SEC Tournaments begin on April 18 and 26, respectively.
• Both Georgia golf teams will be in action. The women will have home-course advantage for the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the UGA Golf Course from Friday to Sunday. The men will spend the weekend competing at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn.
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Spring practice roundup
After football practice Thursday, Smart broke the news to media that receiver Michael Chigbu is considering quitting football and taking a medical disqualification. He would be the fourth Georgia football player to take a medical DQ in the last year. Chigbu didn’t catch any passes last season, but saw the field frequently in blocking situations.
Terry Godwin can’t quit making amazing catches. According to Seth Emerson of DawgNation, Godwin made a spectacular one-handed snag in skeleton passing drills Thursday. Between this, that amazing touchdown against Notre Dame and another highlight worthy one-hander from earlier this spring, this is becoming quite a trend. “I don’t ever think he catches it with two hands,” Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker said.
Smart has been more critical of his defensive backs than any other position players on the team this spring. Thursday, sophomore safety Richard LeCounte was the subject of Smart’s opprobrium. Many, including me, had assumed LeCounte was a virtual shoo-in to start at safety alongside J.R. Reed. There’s still plenty of time to get back in Smart’s good graces, but it’s safe to say we shouldn’t consider LeCounte a lock for the first team anymore.
Mackenzie Engram drafted by Atlanta Dream
Former Georgia women’s basketball player Mackenzie Engram was drafted by the Atlanta Dream in the third round of the 2018 WNBA Draft on Thursday night. Engram was second-team All-SEC and paced the Bulldogs with 12.9 points per game as a senior.
“With Mackenzie, you get the whole package,” Georgia coach Joni Taylor said. “First of all, she’s a very skilled player who brings so much to the court from a basketball standpoint. Off the court, she’s someone you hope your daughter becomes one day. She’s smart, thoughtful, caring and the perfect teammate. I’m thrilled for Mackenzie but also excited for the Atlanta Dream because they are getting a very special player.”
Engram is the 22nd Georgia Bulldogs player to be selected in the history of the WNBA draft, ranking the program fourth nationally in all-time draftees.
— Georgia Basketball (@UGA_WBB) April 13, 2018
Odds & Ends
- Isaac Nauta on why, stats aside, his Georgia sophomore season was better
- Dollar amount for new Georgia assistant Chad Dollar released
- NFL draft analyst says Lorenzo Carter might sneak into first round
- Nation’s No. 3 sophomore OLB Mekhail Sherman plans visit to UGA
- In-state DE Colby Wooden dishes on special sauce — and Georgia
Dawgs on Twitter
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) April 12, 2018
— Joni Taylor (@CoachJoniTaylor) April 13, 2018
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— Clint Falin (@ClintFalin) April 11, 2018
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