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Watch Georgia’s Rose Bowl victory like you’ve never seen it before
This video has been out since January after Georgia defeated Oklahoma in a classic Rose Bowl, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it — h/t @Loyal_To_The_G — so I figure it’ll be the first time many of you are seeing it as well.
Jared Jacobs — @goldyeller on Twitter — is a stop-motion animator, and he made an amazing video recreating the final keys plays of Georgia’s 54-48 double-overtime victory over the Sooners using nothing but LEGOs. Yeah, it’s as cool as it sounds.
Check out the video below to see Lorenzo Carter’s blocked field goal on the first possession of double-overtime, followed Sony Michel 27-yard touchdown run for the victory. The detail is amazing, down to the correct players on the field, players going in motion and camera angles. He even capture’s Carter’s post-block celebration and Baker Mayfield’s despair in defeat perfectly.
And when you’re finished watching Georgia’s Rose Bowl win like you’ve never seen it before, you should go through some of the videos’ on Jacobs’ Twitter profile and YouTube channel. He’s got everything from J.R. Smith’s boneheaded mistake in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals to Jean van de Velde’s collapse at the 1999 British Open. (There’s also a cool behind-the-scenes feature of him making the van de Velde video.) It’s awesome stuff all around.
I'm ready for the #CFPNationalChampionship AKA The SEC Championship Volume 2. Hopefully it is as exciting as the Rose Bowl was. I made this little #lego re-creation in anticipation for tonight's game. I'll be cheering for @FootballUGA. Who are you cheering for? #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/qOLhkbWj3w
— Jared Jacobs (@goldyeller) January 8, 2018
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5-star DT commits to Georgia
Kirby Smart and his staff got some major news on the recruiting front Tuesday with the announcement that Thomaston, Ga. 5-star DT Travon Walker has committed to the Dawgs.
Anyone who follows Georgia football knows how big Walker’s commitment is for the program’s future. The Dawgs will lose a lot of players along the defensive over the next few seasons, specifically at defensive tackle. Attrition and loss is a reality of college football, but unlike at other positions, Georgia has had trouble stocking up on top-tier DT talent. It also reverses a trend of the best in-state DTs spurning Georgia. Any way you shake this, it’s fantastic news for Georgia.
Jeff Sentell of DawgNation has more on what Walker’s commitment means for Georgia.
- It adds the fourth prospect with a 5-star rating to the 2019 class. Georgia is the only program this year with four elite 5-star prospects. LSU and Oklahoma are the only programs with two prospects with that coveted 5-star rating.
- Walker gives the Bulldogs a huge in-state commitment at a major position of need. The Bulldogs add the nation’s No. 2 DT prospect on the 247Sports composite rankings. He’s also seen as the nation’s No. 26 overall prospect nationally on that same scale.
- The senior from Upson-Lee High School is a three-sport athlete. He played on a state championship basketball team and also made the state finals in the shot put this year at the Georgia High School Association state meet.
- He will not enroll early. His two-time defending state champion Knights haven’t lost a game on the basketball court in two seasons. Walker will aim to extend that 63-game win streak going forward during his senior season.
- Georgia has a dire need to shore up the DT spot with elite talent in its 2019 class. Walker checks that box. Clearly.
- The 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect is a major coup that will enhance the recruiting reputation of defensive line coach Tray Scott. The Bulldogs had missed on a few of the state’s top defensive line prospects (Derrick Brown, Aubrey Solomon) over the last few cycles.
Todd Gurley set for a major payday
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Gurley and the Rams are in the process of completing a 4-year extension $60 million including $45 million guaranteed, one of the most lucrative contracts ever signed by a running back. According to Schefter, it’s the largest sum ever guaranteed to a running back as well as the largest per year average for a running back.
Gurley was drafted by the Rams 10th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. In three seasons with the organization, Gurley has rushed for 3,296 yards and 29 touchdowns. Last season, he put up a career-high 1,305 yards and 13 touchdowns as part of a revitalized Rams offense on his way to being named to his second Pro Bowl and first All-Pro first-team selection.
The big-money contract isn’t just a big deal for Gurley — no pun intended — but also every other top running back in the league. As Schefter notes, Gurley’s contract will set a new standard for running backs. Whenever David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott or any other of the league’s top young running backs enter negotiations next, they’ll be able to point to Gurley’s contract as a benchmark of their value. A rising tide lifts all boats.
Dawgs on Twitter
"To be honest, I kind of blinked and woke up to my senior year. It still feels like I just got to Georgia, but it's been amazing — it's been one great ride." – Terry Godwin
— Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) July 24, 2018
Georgia just released details on its annual “Fan Day” (used to be Picture Day). It’s Saturday, Aug. 4 at 3 p.m. and will feature an open practice at Sanford Stadium followed by an autograph session.
— TOWERS' TAKE (@ChipTowersDN) July 24, 2018
Because everybody follows me for softball news: Georgia softball coach Lu Harris-Champer received a raise this month and will now earn $230,000. She had been earning $160,000. Georgia made the Women's College World Series this year.
— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) July 24, 2018
Oh, look, a forest dog.
— LOLBOOK (@LOLBOOKcom) July 21, 2018
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