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Top Dawgs – rising seniors
We’ve reached our final day of ranking the top 5 players in each class, and the rising seniors were the easiest to do by far. Let’s go:
1) Nick Chubb, RB — What is there to say about this man that hasn’t already been said over and over again? He’s the best player on Georgia’s roster and maybe the best running back in America if he is 100 percent fit and has a good line in front of him. Having those two things is easier said than done, though. But even if Georgia’s line still isn’t up to snuff next season, Chubb will still get his. Any success UGA finds on the gridiron next season will flow directly though Chubb.
2) Lorenzo Carter, OLB — I argued in December that Carter coming back was every bit as important, if not more, than Chubb and Sony Michel returning. Like all the players in the front seven, Carter improved as the season went on. If he continues on the trajectory he was on last season, Carter is going to make a lot of money when the 2018 NFL Draft rolls around.
3) Dominick Sanders, S — The best player in UGA’ secondary, in multiple facets. Not only is he the best player in the group, Sanders also is the leader. This could pay off big for Georgia in a few years. The Dawgs signed two of the best safety recruits in America this year, Richard LeCounte III and DeAngelo Gibbs. If Sanders can pass his ball-hawking skills down to that duo, the UGA secondary will be set for at least the next four years.
4) Sony Michel, RB — Georgia is unbelievably blessed to have Michel to pair alongside Chubb. There is debate whether Chubb is the best back in the country. There is no debate that Chubb and Michel are the best running back tandem in the country. He’s been overshadowed by Chubb and Todd Gurley his entire time in Athens, so I hope UGA fans give him his due next season. If not for the two aforementioned guys and the embarrassment of riches UGA has had at tailback the last half-decade, we may be talking about Michel as one of the greatest UGA backs of all time.
5) Davin Bellamy, OLB — I don’t think Bellamy is quite as talented as Carter, hence him grabbing the fifth spot, but he will be integral to UGA’s defense next season. Along with Carter, he lead the team in sacks with 5. Bellamy and Carter may not be the best pair of OLBs in America next season, but they should be damn close.
Georgia’s new-and-long-sought-after Indoor Practice Facility received its dedication on Tuesday, marking it officially open for business. There isn’t much to say about the IPF that hasn’t been said already — it’s good! — but Kirby Smart did mention a few former players, including Champ Bailey and Richard Seymour, visiting the facility last week. From Seth Emerson:
“It was amazing to see their faces, because so many of them had practiced on this ground when it was grass. And it was hot,” Smart said. “And now it’s covered up and it’s a special place. One of the most beautiful in the country. That speaks volumes to our commitment to athletics, and also to football. It means a lot to our players and our team to be able to use it.”
West end zone project announced
The college football arms race never ends. Now that the IPF is completed, it’s time to move on to the next facility improvement: renovating Sanford Stadium’s west end zone.
The main point of the project is to build a new locker room and recruiting room, where the team can host visitors during games, under the west end zone. There will also be a new video board and revamped concessions in the plaza below the Sanford Way bridge. Here are some more details on what the $63 millions project will bring to Sanford, from Seth Emerson:
- The number of student seats is not expected to change but some may be relocated, according to Georgia president Jere Morehead.
- The current scoreboard will move about 30 feet back toward the bridge.
- Athletic director Greg McGarity compared the area around the locker room to the Reed plaza on the north end, which was added to the stadium in 2010.
- The visiting locker rooms, still on the east end, will remain the same.
- The Dawg Walk into the stadium will stay the same, only now players won’t have to wrap up the walk by trapsing [sic] across the stadium field to the locker rooms on the east end.
UGA hoops beats Mississippi State
Georgia beat Mississippi State, 79-72, in Athens on Tuesday on the back of a 17-point second-half burst from J.J. Frazier. There wasn’t much inherently interesting in the game, but this oop from Frazier to Mike Edwards was pretty sick.
— GATA Dawgs (@BassinDawg) February 15, 2017
- Jaden Hunter looks to make his own legacy at UGA (Chip Towers, DawgNation)
- OK that’s great, but what about Sanford Stadium’s bathrooms? (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
- Funeral information announced for former Georgia DE Quentin Moses (Andrew Astleford, DawgNation)
- An eventful day for UGA, and me (Chip Towers, DawgNation)
- Sneak peek of new UGA QB Jake Fromm in upcoming documentary series (Matt Jennings, DawgNation)
- Georgia depth chart analysis: inside linebackers (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
- Remembering Quentin Moses (Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald)
- The top 10 returning SEC players (Gordon McGuinness, Pro Football Talk)
Today’s good dog is Rumor, who won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night.
— Westminster Dog Show (@WKCDOGS) February 15, 2017