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Dawg Treats – Friday

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Dawg News

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Who are the best NFL players from each University – includes a gratuitous comment about UGA

Georgia

2012 — Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati
2013 — A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati

Probably the most underrated alumni group (and they roll deep, with 46 players), there are outstanding Dawgs all over the league, which merely spotlights the underachieving in Athens, but that’s another story. Green’s greatness means the alumni jacket doesn’t leave the Queen City even after Geno’s unfortunate knee injury. But plenty of other guys had arguments, including K.C.’s Justin Houston, Minnesota’s Blair Walsh, Carolina’s Thomas Davis & Charles Johnson, Denver’s Knowshon Moreno, and Alec Ogletree of St. Louis. Whew — good thing the ultimate decision is made by a Bengals fan (that would be me).

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Bowl facts

–How tradition rich are Nebraska and Georgia?

Nebraska is tied for third in bowl appearances with 50 and Georgia is tied for fifth with 49.

Alabama leads with 61 followed by Texas with 52. Southern California also has 50 and Tennessee, which didn’t go bowling this year, also has 49.

–No pressure Hutson Mason. Remember Aaron Murray set an SEC bowl record with five touchdown passes against Nebraska last year.

–For all the talk about Georgia’s issues on special teams, the lack of pop in the return game probably doesn’t get enough attention. Georgia is 119th in the nation in both kickoff returns (16.9) and punt returns (3.17). Mark Richt said during bowl practices both jobs will be “very wide open,” in the spring.

–Unless they already used it for Christmas gifts, Georgia players have some extra spending money in their pockets for the bowl trip. They each got a $400 gift card from the school as their bowl gift, the most allowed by the NCAA.

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Gator Bowl pick

A rematch of last season’s Capital One Bowl isn’t exactly what either of these fan bases wanted, and both quarterbacks from Georgia’s 45-31 win in Orlando are out for this one. There is still the tailback pairing of Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, who has rushed for 1,568 yards, and Georgia’s Todd Gurley, who when healthy is as good as it gets. Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini said after his last game, “If they want to fire me, go ahead.” Mark Richt said nothing of the sort. Bulldogs 41, Cornhuksers 24.

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SEC players to step up in 2013

Ramik Wilson, LB, UGA: Wilson led the SEC in tackles with 128…and it wasn’t even close. The next highest player was teammate Amarlo Herrera, who finished with 107. Wilson racked up 85 of his 128 in SEC play, averaging 10.63 per game. No, Georgia’s defense wasn’t elite or even adequate at times, but Wilson’s play surprised everyone.

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Murray and Martinez

Despite 64 victories between them (35 for Murray, 29 for Martinez), neither won a conference title. At Georgia and Nebraska, a conference title, at minimum, is the standard of success.Yet as Murray and Martinez depart the college game in sadly anticlimactic fashion as the Bulldogs (8-4) and Huskers (8-4) meet for a New Year’s Day rematch in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, they leave a record of greatness.Murray’s senior season was nearly doomed from the start. Injuries to running backs Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley, several top receivers and playmakers on defense contributed heavily to four Georgia losses.

The QB persevered until Nov. 23, when he suffered an ACL tear in a 59-17 victory over Kentucky. Murray played through the injury for one series but couldn’t fight the pain any further.

In similar fashion, Martinez battled for two weeks through a foot injury, suffered in the Huskers’ season opener.

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AT&T Junior Bowl will feature two of the state’s top running backs

Sandy Creek’s Eric Swinney and Alexander’s Mikell Lands-Davis will be suiting up for the West squad.

Swinney rushed for 1,149 yards and scored 22 touchdowns for the Patriots. He averaged 8.39 yards per carry and has received scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida State, Clemson, Tennessee and Arkansas, among others.

Lands-Davis rushed for 2,374 yards and scored 27 touchdowns to help lead Alexander to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Lands-Davis has an offer from Clemson, several SEC teams, including Georgia, appear to be interested.

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SEC and National News

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Jadeveon Clowney likes to drive fast

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Speed kills in rugby also

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Dawg Treats

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Music by PanicFan

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Aaron Meyer

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Carol of the Bells

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The Bounty

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Do You Hear What I Hear

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We Three Kings

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Stuff

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Jack Bauer Interrogates Santa

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Stevie Ray Vaughan smoking a pipe

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HOW TO MOONWALK

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Airplane Prank

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Firework War!

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Bundle of Awesome

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Dueling saxophones

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