Kirby Smart complains about Jacksonville location of Florida-Georgia game — again
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart has been grumbling about the Florida-Georgia game being held in Jacksonville for years, and during Southeastern Conference Media Days this week, he renewed his calls for the annual rivalry game to be played on the universities’ campuses instead.
Georgia’s quarterback situation set with JT Daniels with Mandarin’s Carson Beck developing
Georgia went from a program with very little quarterback talent to a program with a lot of quarterback talent. This year, the Bulldogs are heading into the season with arguably the most talented quarterback in the entire SEC, JT Daniels, and that should just tell you where their expectations are for this Bulldogs offense this fall. They're pretty high.
Gators Breakdown: 2021 Defense Early Preview
Kaiir Elam during the Gators' game against the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. / UAA Communications photo by Adler GarfieldTo say the 2020 Florida defense was a disappointment is an understatement. With that disappointment comes change on and off the field in the form of instant-impact transfers and new coaching hires. David Waters, Will Miles (Read and Reaction) and Nick Knudsen (American Football Stories, Read and Reaction) discuss the changes and issues for the Florida defense. Get Gators Breakdown merchandise at https://www.ebay.com/str/gatorsbreakdownLISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Podcasts | Stitcher
Georgia’s Smart wary of COVID-19 results before Peach Bowl
“Thrill a minute,” Smart said dryly on Monday when asked about his team’s status with COVID-19 testing results. Georgia’s final regular-season game against Vanderbilt was canceled after the Commodores’ roster fell below minimum requirements due to COVID-19 problems. Smart wouldn’t say his team will be without any player due to COVID-19 testing. He said “we’re in a good place” with COVID-19 testing but said he’s also wary of changes before the game. Smart said his Bulldogs are facing three opponents: “Cincinnati, Cincinnati and COVID.”He said a season of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic has been stressful.
New report suggests less college football could kill 50,000 Florida jobs
A new report from Florida TaxWatch says the pandemic-hampered college football season paints a bleak picture for the economy. College football games generate billions for local economies and over $141 million in state and local tax revenue each year in Florida. Baltuch expects anywhere from 10 to 25 fewer college football games to be played in Florida this year due to a shortened season and possible COVID cancellations. Even a 1% drop in leisure and hospitality spending could put more than 5,000 Florida jobs at risk. You look at Florida State boosters.
Gators Breakdown: Georgia Game Preview 2020 with Chris Doering
Dan Mullen has brought the Florida program back to national relevances with only one step remaining… beat Georgia. David Waters is joined by, former Gators great WR and SEC Network analyst, Chris Doering to preview the big, top-10 matchup. Also, Robert Steltenpohl, hops on to dive even deeper to the game and gives a Georgia perspective. Get Gators Breakdown merchandise at https://www.ebay.com/str/gatorsbreakdownLISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Play | Stitcher
Gators Breakdown: Florida in familiar situation heading into game vs Georgia
Florida-Georgia is always a big game no matter the circumstances, but the stakes have been higher in recent years. David Waters is joined by Will Miles (ReadandReaction.com) to take a look at the stakes of this year’s game and what the Gators did on the field this past week to carry over into the game. Get Gators Breakdown merchandise at https://www.ebay.com/str/gatorsbreakdownLISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Play | Stitcher
No. 4 Georgia to be reunited with popular Pittman in opener
Kirby Smart gives much credit to first-year Arkansas coach Sam Pittman for helping to make No. Smart and his Bulldogs will be reunited with Pittman when Georgia opens its pandemic-delayed season at Arkansas on Saturday. In four years as Georgia’s offensive line coach, including the 2019 season with the added title of associate head coach, Pittman was a key member of Smart’s staff. After Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman opted out of the season, Mathis is competing with JT Daniels, freshman Carson Beck and junior Stetson Bennett. Coach Pittman, he was my guy for two years.
Smart finds no QB clarity in No. 4 Georgias 2nd scrimmage
4 Georgia on Saturday provided no clarity to the quarterback competition that continues without a top contender. After Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman announced his decision to opt out on Wednesday, the competition took on a different look. Smart said another transfer, former Southern Cal starter, JT Daniels, and DWan Mathis worked with the first-team offense in the scrimmage. Nobody has really taken charge and taken over. I am under the assumption that that is going to happen, but that is not my decision, Smart said.
Georgia QB Newman opting out of season to prepare for draft
ATHENS, Ga. Jamie Newman, the Wake Forest transfer who was the projected starting quarterback for No. 4 Georgia, is opting out of the season to prepare for the 2021 NFL draft. Former walk-on Stetson Bennett, who was Jake Fromms top backup last season, freshman Carson Beck and DWan Mathis are the Bulldogs other quarterbacks. Newman announced in January he would transfer to Georgia for his final year of eligibility. In his statement, Newman thanked Smart for extending the offer for me to be a part of the University of Georgia football program.
No. 4 Georgia to lean on tough defense while finding new QB
The Georgia coach is working to rebuild his offense after the coronavirus pandemic wiped out spring practice. Smarts first two words to reporters following Saturdays scrimmage were Were behind.We have a long way to go, Smart said. The stout defense is expected to carry the team while the offense gains steam. Georgia lost its two leading rushers, DAndre Swift and Brian Herrien from last years team that finished 12-2. The Southeastern Conferences decision to play conference-only, 10-game schedules means the Bulldogs wont play state rival Georgia Tech.
Gators Breakdown: Lorenzo Lingard eligible | 2020 Opponent Whiparound - Part 2
One of the biggest areas for improvement for the Gators in 2020 is the running game and that position received some great news as transfer Lorenzo Lingard has been granted immediate eligibility from the NCAA. Join David Waters and Will Miles (ReadandReaction.com) as they break down the running game with Lingard now on the depth chart. Also, David wraps up the 2020 opponent whiparound coverage with quick previews of Georgia, Vanderbilt, Missouri, and Florida State. LISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Play | Stitcher
Cager finally living out dream as Georgia's go-to receiver
Lawrence Cager #15 of the Georgia Bulldogs scores a touchdown during a game against the Florida Gators on November 02, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)ATHENS, Ga. - Lawrence Cager is Georgia's leading receiver, just as he planned in high school. "That's what every receiver dreams of,'' Cager said Monday of his career-best game. Despite missing Georgia's win over Kentucky with shoulder and ribs injuries, Cager leads the Bulldogs with 26 catches for 377 yards and four touchdowns. "Some of those plays Cager got, they weren't featured Cager plays,'' Smart said Monday.
Georgia stuffs Florida, takes lead in SEC East
Georgia continued its recent hot streak against Florida going, dominating statistically and turning back the Gators 24-17 on Saturday at TIAA Bank Field. The win pushed the Bulldogs to 7-1 and 4-1 in the SEC and vaulted them to the top spot in the East. Trask played well for Florida, finishing 21 of 33 for 257 yards and scoring passes to Swain and Van Jefferson. The Bulldogs have beaten Florida three straight games in the streaky series, following a pattern. Florida won three straight from 2008-10; Georgia won the next three.
Georgia vs Florida an elimination game for SEC East, playoff
Jake Fromm of the Georgia Bulldogs rushes during a game against the Florida Gators in 2018. "We're playing for pretty much everything we want in our season in one game, so we approach it just like that," Georgia running back D'Andre Swift. Greenard, the team's best defensive player , played one series against LSU and missed the team's last game against South Carolina. The Bulldogs lead the SEC and rank fifth nationally in rushing defense, allowing a measly 85.7 yards a game. If you're Alabama and you're Tennessee, are you going to help Florida and Georgia out?
MONDAY HUDDLE: Is Georgia last big hurdle to Atlanta for Florida Gators?
Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes during a game against the Florida Gators in 2018. Opportunity knocking for Florida as Georgia showdown arrivesGet ready for cocktail week in Jacksonville, but Saturdays annual battle between Georgia and Florida will once again mean more than just an excuse for fans to have a good time. Florida enters 4-1 in league play, while Georgia is 3-1, but the schedule really lightens up for the Gators beyond Saturday. In other words, if Florida wins, Gator fans will likely be drinking cocktails all the way to Atlanta for the SEC championship game. Gierke, who has been the head coach at Orangewood Christian since 2011, is 300-112-1 in his 37-year coaching career.
Countdown is on for Bold City Bash, Florida-Georgia game
From the annual Hall of Fame induction to a Friday night block party, Duuuval's Bold City Bash will keep the fun rolling right up to kickoff. Weekend festivities for Duuuval's Bold City Bash will begin Friday, Nov. 1, with the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and luncheon presented by Miller Electric Company. The fan experience continues on Friday evening with the Duuuval's Bold City Bash Block Party along Adams Street and A. Philip Randolph Boulevard. Duuuval's Bold City Bash will continue on Saturday with game-day festivities in Daily's Place Flex Field. The Bash will culminate with one of the most storied rivalries in the nation -- the Florida-Georgia game.
No. 3 Georgia romps to 63-17 victory over FCS Murray State
D'Andre Swift #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs rushes ten yards for a touch down against the Murray State Racers during the first half at Sanford Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. 3 Georgia broke loose in the second quarter for a 63-17 rout of FCS school Murray State on Saturday. Finally, redshirt freshman Zamir White darted for a 6-yard score, sending Georgia to the locker room with a 42-7 lead. But Murray State (1-1) rushed for just 23 yards. "I'm happy he got to play," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said.
TaxSlayer Bowl teams in town to prep for game
Both teams are in town days in advance of Saturday's matchup in the TaxSlayer Bowl, it will be only the second all-time meeting of the two teams. With temperatures in the 70s as the Bulldogs opened their first open practice Monday morning, the mood was light. “It’s all about getting that focus back and working hard and getting back into it.”After the morning practice, the TaxSlayer Bowl treated the Bulldogs to a fishing outing in St. Augustine. On Tuesday after both teams practice, they will be treated to receptions at the host hotels. The TaxSlayer Bowl has more activities planned each day, including a visit to Mayport Naval Station on Wednesday, golf outings a visit to Wolfson Childen's Hospital on Thursday and pep rallies on Friday.