Jordan Jenkins, LB, Georgia: Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree got all the attention, but Jenkins was a quiet force on the Georgia defense as a freshman last season. At 6-3 and 246 pounds and with the speed of a safety, Jenkins aims to improve on his five sacks and set his sights on the school’s single-season sack record of 14.5 that Jones set a year ago. If he reaches that goal and Georgia is in the SEC championship game again, Bulldogs fans will know who to thank.[ESPN]
SEC assistants who will become head coaches:
Mike Bobo, Offensive Coordinator, Georgia
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Buzz: Like Doug Nussmeier, Mike Bobo could be better positioned to take a head coaching job in 2013 more than Todd Grantham. Southern Miss and other schools looked at Bobo in December, but he returned to Georgia. And it’s only a matter of time before he takes a head coaching gig. Bobo’s been with Richt since 2007, and his 2012 offense averaged the most points per game (37.79) since 2001.Todd Grantham, Defensive Coordinator, Georgia
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Buzz: It’s arguable whether or not Grantham’s defenses have lived up to the billing at Georgia, but it seems like Grantham is waiting for a head coaching gig, rather than take another NFL assistant job. Grantham has 11 years worth of NFL experience, and he’s coached under some of the best teachers in all of football in Nick Saban, Wade Phillips, Frank Beamer and Mark Richt. Grantham’s first priority is to get his inexperienced defense playing at a high level, but he’s said in the past he wants to be a head coach someday.[Saturday Down South]
Critical game stretches in 2013 season for SEC teams:
Georgia Aug. 31 at Clemson
Sept. 7 South Carolina
Conventional wisdom says we’ll know a lot about Georgia’s season after the first two weeks, but the last time Georgia started 0-2, the Bulldogs won 10 in a row to win the East in 2011. Meanwhile, South Carolina won the last two matchups and Georgia won the East anyway thanks to some fortunate scheduling. Still, if Georgia wins both games, the Bulldogs will be BCS title contenders. Lose both, and Georgia’s out of the discussion.[Athlon Sports]
SOCCER: Allen Named Preseason All-American
Georgia senior defender Torri Allen has been named to the College Sports Madness unofficial preseason All-America third team, the organization announced Thursday.Allen – a native of Stafford, Va., was a first team All-South Region and second team All-SEC selection in 2012, and was tabbed by College Sports Madness as a preseason first team All-SEC selection earlier this week.Allen started all 20 games last season, logging the second-most minutes among field players with 1,811 and playing a pivotal role for a Bulldog back line that kept opponents to just 1.10 goals per game with six shutouts. For her career, she has played in 61 games with 48 starts, and has one goal to her name on the offensive end.
The Georgia soccer team will host a home exhibition game against The Citadel this Friday night at 7 p.m. – open to the public with free admission. The team opens the 2013 regular season on the road against Texas and Houston on Aug. 23 and 25, respectively.
[Georgia Sports Communications]
Georgia lost some key guys, but also bring back a TON of talent. From all accounts, Tray Mathews is going to be a stud at safety and he will be countered by either Connor Norman or Corey Moore – both of whom have played a lot. At corner, Georgia returns Damian Swann (led the team in INTs last year) who started a ton and Sheldon Dawson who is a star in the making. The linebacking corp is stacked with talent like Jordan Jenkins, Amarlo Herrera, Ramik Wilson, James Deloach, Chase Vasser, and Josh Dawson. The line returns starter Garrison Smith and a host of talent to join him on the line like JUCO transfer Toby Johnson, Mike Thornton, and Ray Drew (who I think will have a breakout year). Mistakes will be made, but Georgia will be fine on defense.Clemson’s inexperience on offense will be the equalizer to Georgia’s inexperience on defense. Clemson’s defense going against Georgia’s offense is where the mismatch occurs. Brent Venables will be losing sleep trying to figure out whether to load the box to stop Georgia’s stud running backs (Gurley and Marshall) or play safe to try to cover Michael Bennett, Malcolm Mitchell, Arthur Lynch, Chris Conley, Rantavious Wooten etc while Aaron Murray is safe behind a very deep offensive line that returns every starter from last year. You heard it here: Georgia pulls away at the end and wins this game 38-24.
With Malcolm Mitchell moving back to receiver on a full-time basis, along with the return of Michael Bennett from a knee injury, quarterback Aaron Murray will have one of the nation’s top receiving corps at his disposal. Chris Conley averaged 17.1 yards per catch last year, and his big-play ability will help ease the loss of Tavarres King. Tight end Arthur Lynch is a rising star after grabbing 24 receptions for 431 yards and three touchdowns in 2012. Jay Rome caught 11 passes as a true freshman and should secure the No. 2 tight end spot.[Athlon Sports]
Picture day – Saturday:
Outside items may not be brought in for autographs. Instead the UGA Athletic Association will provide fans two free schedule posters to be signed.This isn’t a reaction to reports of Johnny Manziel getting paid to sign autographs for brokers. Georgia already had changed its policy for the event last year.
Players get asked to sign autographs in their daily lives.
“If they’re at the grocery store and somebody asks them, ‘Can I have a picture and would you mind signing this?’ our guys I’m sure sign it,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “They know they can’t do anything for money. Normal civility of a guy who has some celebrity in his life, most people will stop and take a picture or sign something for someone.”
The event Saturday will be held in the Reed Plaza area of Sanford Stadium.
Special ticket coupons for Uga IX and Richt will be distributed to the first 150 fans at 8 a.m at ticket windows on East Campus Road.
The football team and Richt will be available from 3 to 5 p.m. Uga IX and other athletic teams are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m.
Three Georgia soccer games are set to be televised during the 2013 season, including one nationally on ESPNU, the Southeastern Conference office announced late Wednesday afternoon.Georgia’s Sept. 29 road game at Kentucky will be carried on CSS at 6 p.m., while the Bulldogs’ home game on Oct. 20 vs. Texas A&M will air on ESPNU at 3 p.m (originally scheduled for 2 p.m.). Finally, the Oct. 27 contest between Georgia and Arkansas in Fayetteville will be televised on CSS at 2 p.m. ET.Additionally, the championship game of the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala., will be televised nationally on ESPNU onNov. 10 at 2 p.m. ET.
ESPNU is available in more than 75 million households, and will carry four SEC regular season games in 2013 in addition to the tournament game. Fox and CSS are combining to push the SEC’s television appearances to more than 15 matches per year.
[Georgia Sports Communications]
SEC and National News
Players and other conferences parrot SEC memes:
It was also interesting to see what other players had to say about the SEC. Let’s dive into a few:Powerhouse: No surprise here. The SEC has been the class of college football during the BCS era and has captured the past seven BCS titles. The SEC is 9-1 all time in BCS national championships, with the only loss coming when Alabama beat LSU in 2011. Since the SEC’s championship run began in 2006, only Oregon has come within double digits of an SEC team in the national championship, when the Ducks lost to Auburn 22-19 at the end of the 2010 season. The SEC has had four Heisman Trophy winners during its run, has gone 42-22 in bowl games and is 10-4 in BCS games. That’s pretty powerful.Fast: From a physical standpoint, this is the most common description of SEC players. Speed kills and it has been a big reason the SEC has overmatched its nonconference foes. The SEC has the luxury of recruiting all these speedy studs from just around the corner from campus, and they seem to grow on trees down this way. An advantage for that homegrown talent is that it gets to train year-round thanks to the accommodating weather.
Top-heavy: This really has been a big topic of conversation of late. The SEC has won seven straight national championships, but four teams — Alabama, Auburn, Florida and LSU — have won them and Alabama is looking to win its third straight and fourth in the past five years. Four schools fired head coaches because of sub-.500 records in 2012. But the SEC also saw five teams win at least 10 games and all nine bowl teams finished with winning records. Seven SEC teams finished the 2012 season ranked in the Associated Press top 25, including five in the top 10. Both led the country and the SEC went 6-3 in bowl games. Not enough? Well, since 2006, the SEC has had 58 teams finish the season, including the postseason, with a winning record. That leads all conferences. You can read more about all of this top-heavy talk here.
@UtahDawg He was touring with Kyle at the time and they opened for these guys during their April residency at the Brookline Bowl but yea he has known Rob Somervile on sax (Deep Banana Blackout) for a long time.