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Dawg Treats – Tuesday

Photo: Logan Booker/Bulldawg Illustrated

Photo: Logan Booker/Bulldawg Illustrated

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Dawg News

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Two former Dawgs earn Super Bowl rings

The Seattle Seahawks rolled over the Denver Broncos 48-3. Defensive end Chris Clemons(UGA 2000-02) played a big part in it, recording three tackles and a sack and forcing two fumbles for the Seahawks. One of Clemons’ coaches is none other than Travis Jones (1990-94), defensive captain of the 1994 Bulldogs. They join a long list of Bulldogs who have had the opportunity to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy. Clemons is the 27th to do it as a player, 39 including players on the NFL championship teams before the Super Bowl

Cornerback Champ Bailey (1996-98) and running back Knowshon Moreno (2006-08) fell short of the goal playing for the Broncos. Moreno had five carries for 17 yards and three receptions for 20 yards before being sidelined early in the second half with a back injury. Bailey had four tackles but not pass break-ups or interceptions.

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Recruits are better prepared than ever for the transition to college ball

The NCAA’s Summer Bridge Program, instituted in 2000 to help incoming freshmen adjust academically, allows schools to foot the bill for athletes to take at least six hours of core courses the summer before their freshman seasons. Players can spend eight hours a week working with programs’ strength and conditioning staffs. Sumlin calls it “one of the biggest changes in college football,” citing increased graduation rates (including more players getting their degrees in less than four years) and the impact on player development.

“Back in the day, my dad dropped me off [at college], you put tape on your helmet, come out to practice and you didn’t have any idea what was going on,” said Sumlin, a former linebacker at Purdue. “Now you know your teammates, you’ve worked out for two months, so you’re in condition.”

All of that helps freshmen potentially see game action sooner. And a new rule adopted last October could accelerate the process even more. In response to coaches’ frustration over their limited access to players during the summer — not coincidentally, a period with the most headlines about players getting into legal trouble — coaches will, for the first time, be allowed to meet with their players for two hours a week. Much of that time will likely be spent on film study and playbook installation.

Of course, there are downsides to the sport’s trend toward immediate gratification. As football begins to more closely mirror basketball, a sport in which it’s assumed that big-name recruits will play right away, both players and fans are more likely to grow impatient. While football players can’t bolt to the pros after one year, a record 98 underclassmen declared for this year’s NFL draft. LSU has lost 17 such players in the past two years alone.

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Nick Chubb intends to compete

The 5-star running back out of Cedartown High School is already looking ahead to his future with the Bulldogs, and the coaching staff has told him they fully expect him to come in and make a statement early.

“The coaches want me to compete for the top spot – first team running back,” said Chubb.

He’s looking forward to teaming with fellow commitment Sony Michel, a teammate of his at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this month in San Antonio.

“I know he’s another really good back,” Chubb said. “I think he’s very similar to me, very explosive with great speed.”

He’s not afraid of a little competition, either.

“Competition helps everybody. The only way you get better is by competing,” Chubb said. “I hope to learn the things that he does and hopefully the same for him.” (Anthony Dasher, Rivals)

Bulldog fans have likely already begun to picture Chubb and fellow 2014 commit, Sony Michel, as the next 1-2 punch at running back; Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall—arguably, two of the best running backs in the country—have held that distinction for the past two seasons; and while both Gurley and Marshall were saddled with injuries in 2013, expectations are still high for both in Athens for next season.

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LHB-000 2-3-2014

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SEC and National News

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Super Bowl bonuses

According to the NFL office and the league’s post-season media guide, each participating member of the victorious team—the Seattle Seahawks—receives $92,000.

And while the Denver Broncos may have been devastated by their 43-8 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, the $46,000 check that each Bronco picks up should help ease the pain at least a bit.

Including what came with the Super Bowl blowout, each Seahawk took in about $157,000 in the post-season, including $23,000 each for their divisional playoff win over the Saints, and $42,000 each for their conference championship triumph over the 49ers.

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15 former SEC players will be getting Super Bowl rings

  • CB Akeem Auguste, South Carolina (Practice squad)
  • OT Alvin Bailey, Arkansas
  • DE Michael Bennett, Texas A&M (Played in Big 12)
  • DE Red Bryant, Texas A&M (Played in Big 12)
  • OG James Carpenter, Alabama
  • DT Dewayne Cherrington, Mississippi State (Practice squad)
  • WR Arceto Clark, Mississippi State (Practice squad)
  • DE Chris Clemons, Georgia
  • WR Percy Harvin, Florida
  • OG/C Lemuel Jeanpierre, South Carolina
  • DT Tony McDaniel, Tennessee
  • RB Christine Michael, Texas A&M
  • WR Sidney Rice, South Carolina (Injured Reserve)
  • CB Tharold Simon, LSU (Reserve)
  • FB Spencer Ware, LSU (Injured Reserve)
  • DT Jesse Williams, Alabama (Injured Reserve)
  • LB KJ Wright, Mississippi State

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Athletics director salaries

CFB RANK SCHOOL  ATHLETICS DIRECTORS SCHOOL PAY OTHER PAY TOTAL PAY MAX BONUS
1 Vanderbilt David Williams $3,239,678 $0 $3,239,678 $0
3 Florida Jeremy Foley $1,233,250 $0 $1,233,250 $50,000
11 Arkansas Jeff Long $900,000 $3,900 $903,900 $650,000
14 Tennessee Dave Hart Jr. $817,250 $0 $817,250 $0
15 Texas A&M Eric Hyman $800,000 $0 $800,000 $200,000
16 LSU Joe Alleva $725,000 $0 $725,000 $100,000
22 South Carolina Ray Tanner $675,000 $0 $675,000 $0
23 Missouri Mike Alden $651,917 $22,400 $674,317 $347,915
24 Kentucky Mitch Barnhart $650,000 $4,000 $654,000 $240,000
29 Auburn Jay Jacobs $612,000 $3,000 $615,000 $150,000
44 Georgia Greg McGarity $525,000 $0 $525,000 $0
57 Mississippi State Scott Stricklin $182,000 $268,000 $450,000 $0
63 Mississippi Ross Bjork $400,000 $0 $400,000 $32,000

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Saban doesn’t care about closing the borders

Alabama expects to sign six players from outside the SEC area Wednesday, and one already is on campus. Here’s a look at them: 

Pos. Name Height/Weight Hometown (School) 

■ QB David Cornwell 6-5/241 Norman, Okla. (Norman North High)
■ DE Da’Shawn Hand 6-4/265 Woodbridge, Va. (Woodbridge High)
■ C JC Hassenauer 6-2/292 St. Paul, Minn. (East Ridge High)
■ OT Dominick Jackson 6-7/304 San Mateo, Calif. (College of San Mateo)
■ WR Derek Kief 6-5/197 Cincinnati (LaSalle High)
■ OT Ross Pierschbacher 6-4/290 Cedar Falls, Iowa (Cedar Falls High)
■ P/K JK Scott 6-4/185 Denver (Mullen High)

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Kentucky has an ad for…football?

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Dawg Treats

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Music by PanicFan

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William Royce “Boz” Scaggs (born June 8, 1944) is an American  singer songwriter and guitarist   He gained fame in the 1960s as a guitarist and sometime lead singer with the Steve Miller Band, and in the 1970s with several solo Top 20 hit singles in the United States, along with the #2 album, Silk Degrees. Scaggs continues to write, record music and tour.

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Loan Me a Dime

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Lowdown

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Breakdown Dead Ahead

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Lido Shuffle

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Stuff

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Cullman Liquidation

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Return of the hula hoop is a good thing

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Steady cam in rough sea

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First shoe of the day

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O Brother Where Art Thou Grammy Performance

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Instant coffee

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Red Bull Stratos – The Full Story

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