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  • Brad Nessler, who is the 'voice of the SEC on CBS Sports,' had a recent conversation with Jake Fromm. And one of things the UGA quarterback revealed to Nessler is that he'd like to wear those sacred black jerseys just once before he finishes his Bulldogs career. 'Jake mentioned that I don't know if I should say this, I haven't told anyone this I think we should wear black jerseys,'' Nessler said an interview with 92.9 FM The Game's from SEC Media Days that was aired by the radio station on Saturday. 'I said you better get to work on that with Kirby right now because that's getting close (the end of Fromm's UGA career). He goes I'd just like to wear them once.' I go You might not get another chance,' because (Fromm is) not going to be around next year. 'We kidded around about that that the (NFL) is probably within his sights a year from now. I don't think anybody would've thought that when he showed up at Georgia as a freshman.' Perhaps nothing generates more mixed opinions among Georgia fans than the black jerseys. The Bulldogs haven't donned them since 2016 (vs. Louisiana-Lafayette), but nearly every recruit that visits UGA takes pictures in them. The Georgia Football Equipment Twitter account teased the black jerseys in a tweet around a year ago, hyping up the speculation that the Bulldogs would wear them in a game last season. But they never did. For the record, UGA coach Kirby Smart the decision-maker on the black jerseys made it clear last year that the topic w asn't greatly important to him. 'I'm not saying we're not ever going to do it, I'm not saying that we are, that's just really not what is important to me,' Smart said. 'I believe in the guys going out and playing physical, playing hard; you don't have to do things like that to get them fired up to do it, I really think they should want to do it. 'It's great for recruiting, though.' Thoughts on the black jerseys? Please post below. Should UGA wear black jerseys this season? Yes, they're awesome! Nope Vote The post Jake Fromm wants to wear UGA's black jerseys just once appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football will open the doors to its 'House of Payne' for fans who want to spend a few moments with players and head coach Kirby Smart from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 3. The University of Georgia announced this year's Fan Day will take place in the William Porter Payne and Porter Otis Payne Indoor Athletic Facility and feature a free autograph session. The line will likely start to form long before doors open at 10 a.m. Entry to the building is off Smith Street. Georgia is limiting fans to two posters per person. The posters must be the 2019 Georgia football schedule poster, and those will be distributed to the fans as they enter the building. Smart and his players are not signing any other items. Smart is also not posing for any pictures for fans, not will his players, according to the UGA release. Fans can, however, get their picture taken with UGA X at 11:30 a.m. in the Richard B. Taylor room of the Stegeman Coliseum Practice Annex. Special tickets will be required for that photo opportunity with Georgia's famous and friendly bulldog. The first 150 fans in line at the Stegeman Coliseum ticket booths when they open at 8:30 a.m. will get the special ticket coupons needed to get their picture taken with UGA. Only those with a ticket are guaranteed a photo, and the UGA release says 'to stand-by tickets will be issued.' Parking will be available in lots located behind Foley Field, along with he McPhaul Lot, the Carlton Street parking deck and South Campus parking deck. The post Georgia football reveals details, rules and restrictions on August Fan Day' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Florida coach Dan Mullen showed off some news shoes at SEC Media Days Monday, but apparently not everyone was impressed. Mullen wore custom retro DM 11 Jordans an expression of the Gators' partnership with Jordan Brand, the apparel company made famous by former NBA great Michael Jordan. The fashion statement of combining sneakers with the customary suit each coach wears to meet reporters is a tradition Mullen's maintained for years. 'For me as a head coach, it's always important to be able to relate to players and where they are in the world today,' Mullen told the Tampa Bay Times last year. 'What's new? What's trendy? What's happening? That's one way to do it.' Sneaker collecting is a popular hobby among many players, and undoubtedly some of them probably like the fact Mullen takes the effort to understand their passion. However, at least one top-rated recruit questioned Mullen's taste. That's the subject of this edition of DN90. 4-star defensive back Avantae Williams an Oregon commit used some colorful language on Twitter to describe his aversion to Mullen's fashion choice. At first glance, this might seem like little more than a difference of style opinions. However, this particular shoe critic also represents one of the more contested recruitments for the class of 2020 a battle that apparently includes Mullen's Gators and Georgia. In fact, The Oregonian recently questioned whether Williams who lives in Deland Fla. should still be considered a commitment to the Ducks. Williams has reportedly taken visits to both Florida and UGA within the last few months, and recently touted his affection for Miami as well. Williams distaste for Mullen's shoes shouldn't be taken to mean he'll exclude Florida from his eventual college decision, but don't expect the Bulldogs to slow down their pursuit of him any time soon either. DawgNation's recruiting insider Jeff Sentell has explained that UGA is likely looking to sign three or four defensive backs to this year's class. 4-star prospect Jalen Kimber already accounts for one of those spots. Many fans hope 5-star cornerback Kelee Ringo who named UGA as a finalist June 27 becomes another. That leaves room for the possibility of Williams flipping, or perhaps 4-star safety Chris Thompson Jr. spurning strong interest from Texas to pledge to the Bulldogs. Either way, Williams' recruitment is likely a long way from over. And as UGA makes its pitch to Williams, don't expect Georgia coach Kirby Smart to try to impress him with any sneakers. For more on Williams, including what he said about Mullen's shoes, click the video linked above. The post DN90: UGA recruiting target throws shade at Dan Mullen's shoes appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The bulletin board material has been posted, and now it's up to the Georgia football players to change the narrative. The Bulldogs are big men on campus and around the Peach State, but the SEC Media Days preseason first team served as a reality check. The outside world doesn't believe Kirby Smart will get Georgia over the hump this season. Only 49 of the 260 voters picked the Bulldogs to win the SEC that's less than one in five. Or, to put it another way, more than four out of five college experts predict Georgia will fail to finish adequately once again, which would make them the Buffalo Bills of the SEC. Also, would you believe that for all if Smart's defensive wizardy, Georgia has had only three defensive players selected as first-team All-SEC by the league's coaches the last six years combined? Only four Georgia football players were picked for first-team honors: Andrew Thomas, J.R. Reed, Rodrigo Blankenship and D'Andre Swift. Alabama, meanwhile, had 11 players selected for first-team honors. It's more evidence that the teams may not be that far apart on the field, but they certainly are in the world of perception. There are several Bulldogs who didn't put up numbers last season that figure to have breakout years. But today's list focuses on UGA players that did enough last season to have deserved more or better recognition on the SEC preseason teams released on Friday. Here are 6 Bulldogs who were overlooked or not given enough credit: 1. OG Solomon Kindley Yes, Kindley was a second-team preseason All-SEC pick, but he should have easily been a first-team selection. Don't be surprised if Kindley earns All-American honors this season and finds himself in the running for the Outland Trophy. RELATED: Breaking down UGA's Great Wall' 2. LB Monty Rice So maybe Rice couldn't come close to filling Roquan Smith's shoes last season, as a former UGA staffer had predicted. But part of the reason was that Rice suffered knee and ankle injuries severe enough to put him on the sideline. Rice has great character and ability, and Kirby Smart is all in on him. Plan on seeing Rice on All-SEC postseason teams. RELATED: Former UGA assistant takes anonymous shot at Monty Rice 3. DT Jordan Davis It's hard to miss a 6-foot-6, 330-pounder like Davis, especially after he earned Freshman All-American honors and dominated the snaps he played the second half of the season. But the big man was dealt a big snub. WATCH: Jumbo Jordan Davis throws down offseason dunk 4. WR Lawrence Cager OK, so he's a transfer and hasn't played a snap in the SEC. But the 6-foot-5 Cager led Miami in TD catches and average yards per catch last season, and he's now working with one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Jake Fromm. Cager is flying under the college football radar, even as NFL scouts are tuned in to him. RELATED: Lawrence Cager reunited with Georgia OC James Coley 5. S Richard LeCounte A third-team pick, really? That's what the world has come to, when the leading tackler on Georgia's defense from the season before can't even make first or second-team all-league? LeCounte will be the first to admit he got run over by Texas, but his strong offseason appears to have gone unnoticed. For now. RELATED: Richard LeCounte says lessons learned, ready to ball out 6. Tae Crowder OK, so he's not a household name, and he was still adjusting to his move from running back last season. But if anyone looked deep enough they'd see No. 30 tied for the team lead in interceptions and was second in QB pressures last season. Crowder will do a lot more this season. DawgNation from SEC Media Days Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason: Kirby Smart is 'like a brother' Alabama players agree, Georgia toughest team' they faced Herschel Walker shares what UGA must do to beat Alabama The unbelievable story of how Herschel Walker chose Georgia Kirby Smart puts breaks on recruiting trail SEC Network analyst: I love Georgia this year' Outland Trophy favorite Andrew Thomas locked into junior year Florida says playing UGA in Jacksonville a home game' Gators believe they're closer to Georgia than scores indicate Georgia football offensive line, by position Podcast: 3 overlooked Georgia football topics from media days Kirby Smart The post 6 biggest Georgia football snubs on SEC preseason All-SEC team appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Another race, another win for UGA track phenom Matthew Boling. This victory, however, was international. Boling, who expected to report to Georgia later this summer, won the 100 meters at the Pan American U20 Championships with a wind-legal personal best of 10.11 seconds. The event took place in Costa Rica on late Friday, and Boling's blistering time was no surprise after he was clocked in the semifinals at 10.2 seconds. Winning never seems to get old for Boling, who is from Houston, Texas. He became a bona-fide mainstream sports celebrity in the last four months with his viral track videos and jaw-dropping times. Boling is one of the nation's top Olympic hopefuls for the 2020 Games in Japan. Matthew Boling runs a wind-legal personal best of 10.11 to win the Pan Am U20 100m title in Costa Rica. Moves into sole possession of 4th on the all-time high school list, per T&F News. pic.twitter.com/m2ATCTsKtw Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) July 20, 2019 Four words you never want to hear in a race: 'here comes Matthew Boling' Watch him in the finals tonight at Pan Ams, live on FloTrack! pic.twitter.com/gfDYdSFWrO FloTrack (@FloTrack) July 19, 2019 The post Mathew Boling: UGA track phenom turns heads in international event appeared first on DawgNation.