Daily Dawg Thread – July 09, 2021

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Daily Dawg Thread – July 09, 2021

Dawgs’ Offensive Line Drawing Praise

247 Sports’ Chris Hummer has some praise for UGA’s offensive line in an article that attempts to build the ultimate college football superteam by choosing the best position groups in the nation.


 This is the most wide-open category. You could go in any number of directions, but I like the upside of Georgia’s offensive line. The Bulldogs are replacing two NFL starters off last year’s group (guard Ben Cleveland and center Trey Hill) but there’s a ton of talent remaining. That starts with Jamaree Salyer. The former five-star has played pretty much everywhere in his career, including left tackle a season ago, and has never allowed a sack. Salyer’s best position is guard, and the Bulldogs would love him to play there in 2021. But he’s capable of manning left tackle again if needed.

 The good news for Georgia is there’s a lot to work with at tackle. Warren McClendon started at right tackle last year and allowed just two sacks in 316 pass-block snaps, per PFF College. At left tackle, Xavier Truss and Amarius Mims  are battling to start. Inside, 2020 starter Justin Shaffer is a lock to start as a senior and would form an imposing all-senior pairing with Salyer at guard. Center is likely Warren Ericson’s job after he started two games late last season. But redshirt freshman and the nation’s No. 1 center in the 2020 class, Sedrick Van Pran, is also in the mix.

 Other offensive lines, like Washington, have a slightly more proven group one to five. But give me Georgia’s unit by the end of the 2021 season. There’s NFL potential across the board, including a few players who could be first-rounders by the time their careers are complete.   

Source: Building the ultimate college football Superteam

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Thirty Dawgs Will Head to 2021 Olympics

Lynna Irby,

With the addition of four athletes to their respective national team rosters, the Georgia contingent at this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games has grown. With the updated numbers, 30 members of the Georgia athletic community will compete for 13 different nations in five different sports at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. This is the second-largest contingent in Georgia’s Olympic history, trailing only the group sent to Rio in 2016 (36).

One further note, golfer Sepp Straka will be caddied by his brother and fellow Bulldog alum, Sam Straka.

2020 Georgia Olympic / Paralympic Roster
Freida Lim, Singapore, 10m Platform
Sepp Straka, Austria
Javier Acevedo, Canada, 400m Freestyle Relay
Gunnar Bentz, USA, 200m Butterfly
Duné Coetzee, South Africa, 800m Freestyle Relay
Nic Fink, USA, 200m Breaststroke
Hali Flickinger, USA, 200m Butterfly / 400m IM
Chase Kalisz, USA, 200m IM / 400m IM
Jay Litherland, USA, 400m IM
Allison Schmitt, USA, 200m Freestyle / 400m Freestyle Relay
Olivia Smoliga, USA, 400m Freestyle Relay
Jack Bauerle, USA, Men’s Assistant Coach
Ellen Perez, Australia, Doubles
Track & Field
Denzel Comenentia, Netherlands, Hammer Throw
Johannes Erm, Estonia, Decathlon
Elija Godwin, USA, Relays
Cejhae Green, Antigua & Barbuda, 100m
Charles Grethen, Luxembourg, 1,500m
Lynna Irby, USA, Relays
Morgann Leleux, USA, Pole Vault
Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Bahamas, 200m / 400m
Jasmine Moore, USA, Triple Jump
Keturah Orji, USA, Triple Jump
Chanice Porter, Jamaica, Long Jump
Garrett Scantling, USA, Decathlon
Levern Spencer, Saint Lucia, High Jump
Karel Tilga, Estonia, Decathlon
Maicel Uibo, Estonia, Decathlon
Jarryd Wallace, USA, 100m / 200m (Paralympic Games)
Kendell Williams, USA, Heptathlon
Italics denotes current student-athlete





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Hockey Returns to UGA

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Today’s Pics – Nakobe Dean

2020:  Semifinalist for the Butkus Award, which recognizes the nation’s best linebacker…made great progress in his second season…started all 10 games and played 76 percent of Georgia’s total defensive snaps in the regular season, tops among linebackers…the Bulldogs’ leading tackler with 71 total stops and 13 QB pressures…career-high 15 tackles vs. Florida, 14 stops in the Bulldogs’ win at Kentucky and 12 more in victory over Mississippi State…team-high seven stops in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl win over Cincinnati…also had four QB pressures vs. the Bearcats…one of his seven tackles was a key 2nd-down stop on UC’s final drive…had four tackles and a QB pressure in win over Auburn…three solo stops and a QB pressure vs. Tennessee…led team in tackles with a then-career-best seven stops, including an assisted tackle for a 2-yard loss vs. Arkansas…also credited with two QB pressures vs. the Razorbacks…had five stops, including a QB sack for a 7-yard loss, and three QB pressures vs. Alabama.

2019:  Co-winner of Defensive Newcomer of the Year award, given at team’s post-season awards gala…played in all 14 games and finished with 25 total stops, including 1.5 tackles for loss…solo TFL came in Sugar Bowl win over Baylor…one of four Bulldogs to have a team-high six tackles in shutout of Kentucky..also forced a fumble on a UK punt return…had two tackles and a QB pressure vs. Florida…three solo tackles and a pass breakup vs. Georgia Tech…also had a QB pressure vs. Arkansas State…enrolled at UGA in January and participated in Spring drills…had five tackles in the annual G-Day intrasquad game…Named by National Football Foundation as a member of its inaugural “Team of Distinction,” recognizing high school scholar-athletes for their combination of athletic and academic performances, as well as service to their communities. 

Source: georgiadogs.com

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