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On where he has developed the most while playing at Georgia…

“Definitely the mental aspect. Coming out of high school I was a tackle. Then coming here, I moved to guard. I played a year and a half at guard and then I started playing center a little bit. The mental part was definitely the biggest jump for me coming to Georgia.”

On which upperclassmen offensive lineman has helped him learn the most…





“I feel like our room is one of the tightest groups in the country, honestly. We’re so close, we hang out outside of the facility. We do things off the field. If I have to say one guy, I’d probably say Sedrick (Van Pran). Moving to center is a lot, especially here in this offense and when Coach Monken was here and how he ran things. Sedrick has been a great mentor to me.”

On the key to being versatile along the offensive line…

“I think one thing I have is athleticism. I think I’m pretty athletic. Being able to move laterally from the left side to the right side then the middle of the line, I think my athleticism is where theversatility comes from.”

On what some of his biggest physical and mental obstacles were coming back from injuries…

“The mental part of the obstacles I was facing just made me feel like I was weak. I didn’t feel like I was strong enough because I just couldn’t stay healthy. With that mental aspect, I just try to stay positive, and stay around my guys so they can keep me going.”

On Rara Thomas’ progress since getting to Georgia…

“He’s gotten much better with the play calling, by seeing single coverage and how he’s lining up. It’s only week three, but he’s really developed with seeing coverages, getting lined up and making plays.”

On Daylen Everette…

“He has the ability to really stay patient. A lot of guys will fall for the first move, but he’s not going to fall for the first move. He’s got some great catch-up speed, so those two things are what he’s been really good at.”

Baseball: Dawgs’ SEC Schedule Announced

Charlie Condon

The Georgia Bulldogs will open the Southeastern Conference portion of their 2024 baseball schedule on the road, according to announcement by the SEC office Wednesday.

The Bulldogs will begin their 30-game conference slate March 15-17 in Lexington, Kentucky against the Wildcats. The Bulldogs’ SEC home debut will be the following week, March 22-24 against Alabama. Georgia’s other four SEC home series will be against Missouri (Apr. 12-14), Ole Miss (Apr. 19-21), Vanderbilt (May 3-5) and Florida (May 16-18). The remaining four SEC road series will be against Tennessee (March 29-31), Mississippi State (Apr. 5-7), Texas A&M (Apr. 26-28) and South Carolina (May 10-12).

Georgia will begin fall practice Sept. 22 under the direction of Ike Cousins head baseball coach Wes Johnson who begins his first season in Athens after helping LSU win the 2023 national championship. As pitching coach for the Tigers, his staff featured eight selections in this past June’s Major League Baseball Draft including the top overall pick in Paul Skenes. A record-tying 10 SEC teams earned NCAA Tournament bids in 2023 with a nation-leading three teams advancing to the CWS.

Georgia’s fall exhibitions along with the regular season non-conference schedule will be announced­­ later this year. The 2024 college baseball season begins Feb. 16. Ticket information will be available in early December. Follow this link for information on supporting baseball student-athletes through the Georgia Baseball Fund (GBF).

The 2024 SEC schedule is subject to change for television, including the move of some conference series to begin on Thursdays. The SEC Tournament returns to Hoover, Ala., and will be held May 21-26. The format again will feature the league’s top 12 finishers. NCAA Regional action will be May 31-June 2 with Super Regionals slated for June 7-10, both played at various campus sites. The College World Series (CWS) will be conducted June 15-25 in Omaha, Neb.

Consensus All-America first baseman/outfielder Charlie Condon, who batted .396 with 25 home runs, 67 RBI and an .800 slugging percentage as a redshirt freshman, highlights the returning Bulldog lettermen. Six pitchers who started a game are back including redshirt senior LHP Charlie Goldstein (3-2, 5.03 ERA) and sophomore LHP Jarvis Evans (2-0, 4.71 ERA). A host of bullpen contributors return including sophomore Leighton Finley (2-2, 6.26 ERA, 4 Saves) and junior Chandler Marsh (1-3, 5.46 ERA) as they excelled in summer action in the Cape Cod League.  The Bulldogs have an array of veteran transfers including infielders Kolby Branch (.325-6-41 at Baylor) and Slate Alford (.248-9-36 at Mississippi State), outfielder Clayton Chadwick (.294-10-49 at Sam Houston State) and pitchers Brandt Pancer (3-1, 4.18 ERA, 5 SV at Stanford), Josh Roberge (8-4, 3.46 ERA at Southern New Hampshire) and Brian Zeldin (2-1, 3.74 ERA at Penn).

Georgia’s SEC Home Series

March 22-24 vs. Alabama

Apr. 12-14 vs. Missouri

Apr. 19-21 vs. Ole Miss

May 3-5 vs. Vanderbilt

May 16-18 vs. Florida

Georgia’s SEC Road Series

March 15-17 @ Kentucky

March 29-31 @ Tennessee

Apr. 5-7 @ Miss. State

Apr. 26-28 @ Texas A&M

May 10-12 @ South Carolina

^The schedule is subject to change for television, including the move of some conference series to begin on Thursdays.

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