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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, a former member of the Alabama Crimson Tide, threw shade at Georgia recently when asked about the National Championship Game.

Falcons WR Julio Jones throws shade at Georgia football

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Julio Jones takes swipe at the Dawgs

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones might be the best former Alabama player currently in the NFL, but he didn’t have time to watch his alma mater beat Georgia in the National Championship Game.

According to Rainer Sabin of AL.com, Jones admitted he fell asleep and missed Tua Tagavailoa’s climactic 41-yard walk-off touchdown pass in overtime. Jones explained he couldn’t stay up to see his alma mater win its 17th national title because he wanted to get as much sleep in as possible as the Falcons prepared to travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in the playoffs (the Falcons lost to the eventual NFC champions). In that explanation, Jones couldn’t resist taking a swipe at Georgia, which I’m sure stung just a bit extra for Dawgs fans who also hold an allegiance to the Falcons. From Sabin:

“It’s kind of hard to stay up and watch,” he said. “I’ve got to get my proper sleep to go out and perform the way I need to perform. I want to go out and perform for you guys. I can’t go out there and put bad stuff [on film]. I am from Alabama. I can’t go out there and put out some Georgia.”

After throwing shade at the team the Tide vanquished on college football’s biggest stage, Jones smiled.

“Is that too far, too soon?” he said.

Yeah, Julio. It’s too soon.

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How to replace Roquan Smith

Seth Emerson of DawgNation continued his position-by-position breakdown of Georgia’s roster with a look at the inside linebackers Wednesday. In the post, Emerson tackles the two biggest issues facing the inside linebackers: Will Natrez Patrick be back, and who will replace Roquan Smith? Here’s what Emerson had to say about a replacement for Smith:

Tae Crowder is a pretty interesting case. He was a late addition to the signing class in 2015 — as a tailback, where he didn’t last long. But he’s found something at inside linebacker, and he played in the National Championship Game. And, of course, who can forget his squib-kick catch in the Rose Bowl, which established him as part of Georgia lore. So it’ll be interesting to see how long a look Crowder gets this spring. As for the other players, [Nate] McBride entered 2017 with a lot of hype but played mostly on special teams, thanks to the crowded depth chart ahead of him. [Jaden] Hunter played in only the season opener, so while we list him as a sophomore, don’t rule out the team seeking a redshirt for him. Anyway, as stated earlier, the team likely will find its two best inside linebackers and fit them to each role, and while a couple of players might have an early lead, it’s not a huge one.

Check out links to the rest of the posts in Emerson’s series below.

Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers | Tight ends | Offensive line | Defensive line | Outside linebackers

Silver Dawgs

I heard plenty of Georgia fans rave about the hospitality they received in South Bend when they traveled to watch Georgia take on Notre Dame. Part of that great game-day experience is Notre Dame’s “Guest Services Team,” a group of (generally speaking) older folks who help guide visitors around campus on game day. One retired UGA professor, William Barstow, was so impressed by what he heard from fans who traveled to South Bend that he wants to bring the idea to Athens and create the “Silver Dawgs.” From Chip Towers of DawgNation:

Barstow soon realized that UGA did not have a similar group of people on campus helping out game-day visitors. Georgia does, of course, contract with CSC (Contemporary Services Corporation) to help usher people to their seats and provide other forms of security and crowd control around the stadium on game days. But the Bulldogs don’t have a group of people dedicated to just help out, show people around and generally be nice.

So, Barstow has set out to rectify that. He is in the process of identifying “retired professionals” like himself who wouldn’t mind spending all weekend in Athens showing visitors around and generally assisting in helping them have a good experience when they come to Sanford Stadium and Athens for the first time.

“We’re trying to find some nice, gray-haired people who want to do some good things for the University,” Barstow told the board.

Gray hair need not be present, or any hair at all, Barstow allowed later.

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I can’t let you go this close to Signing Day without some recruiting news. Here are a couple of updates on two of Georgia’s top targets from Jeff Sentell of DawgNation.

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