Georgia Bulldogs look for get over the hump in 2019
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia begins another season with the highest of expectations.
None of that will matter if the Bulldogs don't finish stronger.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — It is the year of the veteran quarterback in the Southeastern Conference.
Tua Tagovailoa and Jake Fromm are the headliners, but the league is loaded with experienced...
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — If you're looking for a terser-than-usual response from Kirby Smart, just bring up how the last two seasons ended.
The Georgia coach will shoot you a steely eyed glare...
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Kirby Smart talks about Georgia taking "that next step." Quarterback Jake Fromm wants the Bulldogs "to get over the hump."
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference media days begins at the event's longtime home.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey kicks the four-day event off Monday with his annual media address...
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia has dismissed junior receiver Jeremiah Holloman from the football team after university police investigated an allegation that he punched and choked his...
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Swift eager to show he can be Georgia’s No. 1 tailback
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — D'Andre Swift's long wait has ended.
Finally, the junior stands alone atop Georgia's depth chart at tailback. Swift has seized the opportunity this spring.
Georgia QB Fromm likes learning new tweaks to offense
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's offensive coordinator, top three wide receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher have all departed since the end of the 2018 season.
Georgia AD Greg McGarity given 1-year contract extension
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity has been given a one-year contract extension.
The extension through June 2020 came in a unanimous vote by the Georgia athletic...
Georgia hires Warren from Florida as defensive backs coach
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart has hired Charlton Warren from Florida as defensive backs coach.
Warren spent the 2018 season as Florida's cornerbacks coach after coaching defensive backs and special teams at Tennessee in 2017.
Warren, an Atlanta native, previously had coaching stops at North Carolina (2015-16), Nebraska (2014) and Air Force (2005-13). He played as a defensive back at Air Force.
Former Georgia DB Deangelo Gibbs transferring to Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Georgia defensive back Deangelo Gibbs is transferring to Tennessee.
Gibbs tweeted Friday that "I am 100% committed to giving everything I have to the #VolNation." The Tennessee football program's official Twitter account sent out a tweet with Gibbs in a Tennessee uniform along with the message "Welcome To Rocky Top."
Georgia’s Smart hires Hartley from Miami as tight ends coach
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart has hired Todd Hartley from Miami to coach the Bulldogs' tight ends.
Hartley returns to Georgia after spending the last three seasons as Miami's special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.
A native of Gray, Georgia, Hartley was Georgia's director of player personnel in 2015 following four seasons on the Marshall staff. He first worked at Georgia as a student assistant from 2005-08.
Georgia promotes James Coley to offensive coordinator
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — James Coley was promoted to Georgia's offensive coordinator on Friday, taking over a lead role after Jim Chaney left for Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee.
The 45-year-old Coley served as co-offensive coordinator this past season, handling the quarterbacks while Chaney called plays and worked with the tight ends.
Coley came to Georgia when Kirby Smart was hired as head coach in 2016, overseeing the wide receivers for two seasons.
Georgia safety J.R. Reed returning for senior season
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia safety J.R. Reed says he is returning for his senior season, giving the Bulldogs good news two days after the offense lost four juniors to the NFL draft.
Reed announced on his Twitter account Sunday he made the decision after consulting with his family and Georgia coach Kirby Smart.
Reed was second on the team with 66 tackles while starting every game.
Texas looks to continue resurgence vs Georgia in Sugar Bowl
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas coach Tom Herman has needed less than two years to pull the football program out of mediocrity and get to a prestigious bowl game on New Year's Day.
The 14th-ranked Longhorns will face No. 6 Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night looking to continue their resurgence on the national landscape. Herman hopes his team is ready to take advantage of the opportunity.
"This is another very important step," Herman said. "Winning it would certainly be even bigger."
Georgia signs QB Mathis as Fields considers transfer
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Quarterback Dwan Mathis signed with Georgia on Wednesday after giving a verbal commitment to Ohio State, giving the Bulldogs crucial depth at the position as Justin Fields contemplates a possible transfer.
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AP source: Georgia’s Fields listed in NCAA transfer database
Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields was listed Tuesday night in the NCAA's transfer database among the players who have notified their school of their intention to leave, a person with access to database told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NCAA's so-called transfer portal is not public. The person also provided a screenshot to the AP showing Fields listed in the database, with an NCAA identification number and a date initiated of Dec. 18, 2018.
AP source: Georgia freshman QB Fields plans to transfer
Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields has informed Bulldogs coaches he plans to transfer, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Monday night.
Georgia faces Texas for first time since 1984 in Sugar Bowl
The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken: Georgia is not among the four playoff teams and won't have a chance to play for the national title.
Kirby Smart disagrees. But the Georgia coach said he and his team aren't going to pout about the opportunity to play Texas in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day.
Georgia playoff longshot after Smart’s fake punt flops
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart gambled big on a fake punt as he looked for a way to beat No. 1 Alabama and put his team in the College Football Playoff.
The fake ended with a flop, and exactly 2 minutes later the Crimson Tide took their first lead, completing a comeback from a two-touchdown deficit for a 35-28 win in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
They’re back! Bama vs Georgia in rematch of January classic
ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Saban and Kirby Smart posed stiffly behind the trophy, forcing smiles for the cameras.
Saban whispered something in his former assistant's ear, drawing a bit of a chuckle.
Then, a quick handshake, and off they went in opposite directions.
It was a formality that had to wait until the last day of November.
Smart, Georgia facing Bama’s ‘elite group of skill players’
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Kirby Smart's Alabama defenses routinely squared off in practice against Heisman Trophy-winning running backs and NFL-bound wide receivers.
Still, the Georgia coach never saw a collection of offensive weapons during his days as the top-ranked Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator like he'll see Saturday when the teams meet in the Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta.
No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 Georgia return to scene of thriller
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hello again, Georgia and Alabama.
For the second time in less than 11 months, the two Southeastern Conference powers are set to meet at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a championship on the line in a mentor-versus-protege coaching showdown. Tua Tagovailoa's back, too, this time as anything but an understudy.
Freshmen Fields, Cook power No. 5 Georgia past UMass, 66-27
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's playmakers feasted as if lined up at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
No worries. There was plenty of offense for everyone.
Freshman Justin Fields threw two scoring passes and ran for another touchdown, Tyler Simmons had rushing and receiving scores, and No. 5 Georgia protected its playoff hopes by overwhelming UMass 66-27 on Saturday in one of the biggest offensive games in school history.
No. 5 Georgia’s focus to be tested in visit from UMass
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — There's never been a better time for Kirby Smart to tell his Georgia players the focus is on them, not the opponent.
It's a much-repeated mantra for the Georgia coach that should hit home with players as they begin preparation for Saturday's visit from UMass.
Georgia focused on team from Alabama _ Auburn, that is
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs are firmly focused on a team from Alabama.
No, not the mighty Crimson Tide.
After locking up a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game for the second year in a row, Georgia briefly celebrated but quickly turned its attention to Saturday night's game against Auburn, the 122nd meeting in the Deep South's oldest rivalry.
UGA’s ‘Hot Rod’ Blankenship returns to where legend was born
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — No one is quite sure how Rodrigo Blankenship sees through those big, thick glasses.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart even tried them on .
"I don't understand eyesight," Smart said, "but I don't see how those could help anybody see."
Clearly, they work just fine for the kicker known as "Hot Rod," who has become one of the sixth-ranked Bulldogs' most reliable players and a bit of a cult hero between the hedges.
The Latest: Georgia’s Tom Crean wants what Saban, Izzo had
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Southeastern Conference media day (all times Eastern):
Tom Crean wanted what Nick Saban and Tom Izzo had: A strong relationship between the basketball and football coach.
Crean thinks he is building that with Georgia football coach Kirby Smart. He was a Michigan State assistant who arrived about the same time Saban, Alabama's current football coach, took over that program in 1995.
Fromm, Georgia offense struggle in loss to No. 13 LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm arrived at Death Valley completing passes at a record-setting pace.
After a 36-16 loss Saturday at No. 13 LSU, the No. 8 Bulldogs' quarterback will be looking for a way to get back to those accurate ways.
Georgia radio personality hospitalized, injured at practice
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Longtime Georgia sideline reporter and radio commentator Loran Smith was hospitalized after being struck by two players while attending a Bulldogs football practice.
The school says two players ran out of bounds on a special teams play and collided with Smith on Monday.
Smith had hip surgery at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. He's expected to be released from the hospital by Thursday.
Georgia’s Smart says Kindley improving, could play vs. LSU
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Left guard Solomon Kindley participated in practice Tuesday for No. 2 Georgia and hasn't been ruled out for Saturday's game at No. 13 LSU.
Kindley was carted off the field with a right knee injury early in last week's blowout win over Vanderbilt. He has a mild sprain of his medial collateral ligament, but seems to be improving.
No. 2 Georgia prepares to face gauntlet of Top 25 teams
ATLANTA (AP) — The first half of the season was a breeze for No. 2 Georgia.
No daunting opponents. No game closer than two touchdowns.
Now the real season begins.
The Bulldogs must run a gauntlet of four straight games against Southeastern Conference opponents currently ranked in the Top 25, beginning with Saturday's trip to No. 13 LSU.
No. 2 Georgia LG Solomon Kindley has only mild knee sprain
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Coach Kirby Smart says left guard Solomon Kindley avoided a serious knee injury and could play for No. 2 Georgia in this week's game at No. 13 Louisiana State.
Kindley was carted off the field in the first quarter of Georgia's 41-13 win over Vanderbilt .
LSU, Kentucky undefeated starts only part of SEC’s surprises
Under Nick Saban, the Alabama Crimson Tide always seems to start the season racking up wins.
The Georgia Bulldogs also seem to be starting that trend with Kirby Smart in charge.
But not everything is going according to plan in the Southeastern Conference.
QB Fields runs for 2 TDs, No. 2 Georgia tops Vols, 38-12
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — There wasn't much offensive flair in what Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm described as a "ground and pound" game against Tennessee.
There was, however, a new mix at quarterback and that may have been the most notable action in No. 2 Georgia's 38-12 victory over the Vols on Saturday.
No. 2 Georgia hoping for improved run defense against Vols
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Jake Fromm wants to see No. 2 Georgia's offense regain its momentum when the Bulldogs finally play their first home Southeastern Conference game against Tennessee on Saturday.
Coach Kirby Smart also has a request for the Bulldogs: A return to shut-down run defense.
Tennessee’s Pruitt, Georgia’s Smart have much in common
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart sees the identity that Jeremy Pruitt is trying to build at Tennessee as these two former Alabama defensive coordinators prepare to face off.
Injuries could provide test to No. 2 Georgia’s OL depth
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Ben Cleveland and Andrew Thomas are two reasons the offensive line is considered one of No. 2 Georgia's deepest positions.
Injuries to the two could test that depth when Georgia (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) plays Tennessee (2-2, 0-1) on Saturday.
No. 2 Georgia clears another SEC hurdle at Missouri, 43-29
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart learned plenty in his days as an assistant under Alabama's Nick Saban.
Among those lessons was a tendency to nitpick victories. After the second-ranked Bulldogs beat Missouri 43-29, Smart bemoaned his defense's inability to stop the run and some costly mistakes that turned a potential blowout into the closest game of the season.
Fromm leads No. 3 Georgia past Middle Tennessee 49-7
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Kirby Smart believes his Georgia players won't be lulled into complacency by three blowout wins.
The Bulldogs won their coach's trust with their hard work preparing for Middle Tennessee.
Jake Fromm threw three touchdown passes and Elijah Holyfield ran for 100 yards, each playing only the first half, as No. 3 Georgia overwhelmed Middle Tennessee 49-7 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs were impressive in their final preparation for a stretch of seven straight Southeastern Conference games.
Smart stressing competition as Georgia’s path to ‘end goal’
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Three weeks into the season, Georgia's competition for starting jobs and playing time is as intense as in preseason practice.
Perhaps especially in weeks like this, when No. 3 Georgia (2-0) is heavily favored in Saturday night's game against Middle Tennessee (1-1).
Coach Kirby Smart addressed his team on Monday about those battles for playing time at each position.
"It's really about that alone," Smart said Monday of his message to his players.
Georgia LT Thomas held out of practice with ankle sprain
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Left tackle Andrew Thomas was held out of Monday's practice for No. 3 Georgia after leaving last week's win over South Carolina with a left ankle sprain.
Coach Kirby Smart said before the practice he hopes Thomas can play in Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee State before adding "but we still don't know."
No. 3 Georgia turns road test into rout of No. 24 Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm knew the third-ranked Bulldogs were built to last after their run to last season's national title game. He believes the rest of the country found that out Saturday.
Fromm threw for 194 yards and a touchdown, all three of Georgia's latest running combo scored touchdowns and the Bulldogs turned an expected Southeastern Conference showdown into a 41-17 rout over No. 24 South Carolina on Saturday.
Georgia’s Smart preps No. 3 Bulldogs for big-game atmosphere
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart is not worried about the loud, raucous atmosphere his team faces this week at No. 24 South Carolina.
After spending plenty of time talking to the third-ranked Bulldogs about how to properly handle their first big test and Southeastern Conference opener, Smart believes they're ready.
"You either control it or it controls you," Smart said. "I'm a big believer in you control it by what you do."
‘No plan’ on how No. 3 Georgia will use QBs vs. SCarolina
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Jake Fromm is Georgia's starting quarterback.
That's not up for debate.
Not yet, anyway.
The real question at the moment: How much playing time, if any, does that leave for touted freshman Justin Fields?
It looks like that will be a week-to-week discussion.
Robertson adds speed to No. 3 Georgia’s deep group at WR
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Demetris Robertson "ran out of gas" when he scored on a 72-yard run the first time he touched the ball in his Georgia debut.
That was the report from Georgia coach Kirby Smart.
Smart's claim couldn't be confirmed by Austin Peay. No defender was close enough to Robertson to offer an expert opinion.
Fromm throws 2 TD passes as No. 3 Georgia routs Austin Peay
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A lopsided victory over FCS opponent Austin Peay wasn't enough to convince Georgia coach Kirby Smart his team is ready to defend its Southeastern Conference championship.
Next week's visit to SEC rival South Carolina will teach Smart much more about his Bulldogs.
Jake Fromm threw two scoring passes while sharing time with freshman Justin Fields and No. 3 Georgia showed off some new firepower in rolling past Austin Peay 45-0 on Saturday.