UGA Recruiting Daily 16-June-2016

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UGA Recruiting Daily 16-June-2016

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Clay Webb earned an offer during the final day of UGA 7v7 Camp


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Sophomore G
Oxford High School
Oxford, AL

D’Andre Swift

Philadelphia, PA
(St. Joseph’s)
All Purpose Back



Junior T DE
North Stafford High School
Stafford , VA


Junior WR CB
Chaminade-Madonna High School
Hollywood, FL



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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.

276 responses on “UGA Recruiting Daily 16-June-2016

  1. WaterlooDawg

    WalktheDawg Whisky  Greg Poole Run till you puke.

    You can have some water after you do it right.

  2. Bulldawg36

    I agree dawg daddy- they’re the most delusional. Won’t be too hard for them to keep the dust off of that one and only ACC trophy. Their trophy case will always be empty

  3. WalktheDawg Whisky

    Greg Poole Guess the line.
    “The human body is a miraculous machine…It will pass out before it dies”  Would not be proper encouragement?

  4. WalktheDawg Whisky

    Greg Poole  damn Finally I have heard the phrase to describe the OL play of the CMR era …”You become the nail and not the hammer”…. Pittman has always been the “HammerTime” guy…

  5. Bansai buckeroo

    Probably Link…haha……. I have heard several of the pundits out there say he is not going to drag this thing out so we may know soon.

  6. DawgDaddy

    Bulldawg36 If you think about it he should know that they suck, this is the time of the year for their preseason National Championship. They are the most delusional fan base in the world.  One ACC championship and it was with a 6-4 record back in the 60’s.  

    At least they are consistent and loyal.

  7. haws1178

    I will be pulling for Vandy the first game for sure. I hope they get beat down and stay down for awhile. (USC irrelevant) has a good sound to it

  8. haws1178

    With all these new designer beers that have come out I’m surprised red kool-aid beer is not a thing

  9. haws1178

    I’m trying to figure out what tastes better this off season. The cold beer or the red kool-aid

  10. dsw61

    Looks like Trevor Lawrence is not going to do any interviews until the dead period. Hope he picks the good guys and not Clemson.

  11. haws1178

    We beat them so bad their coach quit and the worst QB on our roster set a record lol I love that they fell on their faces last year

  12. Bulldawg36

    I did.. But then he said it won’t happen again this year. He said sc will win 9 games and be the surprise team in the east. How delusional!!!!!!!!

  13. Bulldawg36

    I could see him being a tiger fan since he is that close…but not a darn chicken! I hate Clemson as well!!!!!!!!!

  14. Frankly

    I think BoBo’s comments were spot-on. Starting Eason is really irrelevant to me because he’s going to play period. The issue is not giving a true freshman quarterback in the toughest conference in college football too much too soon.

  15. rugbydawg79

    Greg Poole PatriotVeteran I could be mistaken but I think big Ben is still only 17 years old

  16. Bulldawg36

    I got into an argument with a chicken fan on Facebook…he said that UGA hasnever been great!!!! So I let him have it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This joker is from Elberton ga! Didn’t know they were chicken fans there!!!

  17. ed603

    Watched Clay Webb’s video…not real big, but he is country boy strong. His technique is not bad…

  18. Greg Poole

    A teammate of mine recently told our old coach that if he were coaching today he would be charged with assault.

  19. RobDawg

    Mmcsdawg not only that but this would be dangerous precedent to set and I can see an over reaction such that coaches would be told to not even touch students ever again

  20. RobDawg

    And why didn’t a suspension come from GHSA who is concerned with sports teams in high school


    dawgathon AlphaDawg Our coaches would have been put in jail if this is a 1-year suspension…

  22. dsw61

    MMCSDAWG AlphaDawg dsw61 Greg Poole Thanks to Martin Ayers, many golfers are rediscovering the benefit of externally rotating the right arm (right handed) on the down swing. This is the same movement that all the best hitters do…and is what we do when we throw a ball. The external rotation of the arm is what creates a tight hand path in a way that is smooth and fluid…natural. Once you figure out how to do it, you shouldn’t need a towel anymore. Everything just happens naturally.

  23. Greg Poole

    Bansai buckeroo  Yeah, he might have grabbed a convenience store burrito at the Golden Pantry on the corner. ##

  24. Greg Poole

    MMCSDAWG Yeah, I think he would go for something like deal Cavan has, but he is not going to be a go’fer for the assistants or grinding away in a windowless office.


    Greg Poole 1mandawgpack Me either, he can assist with some special recruiting type events and Volunteer at camps like this and possibly Camps at UGA, but he’s got a ton of $$$$$ coming in from those TV deals and I’m not seeing him give that up while it’s available.

  26. Greg Poole

    1mandawgpack ..and I don’t see him taking one of the QC-type jobs.  I doubt HW is looking to dive into that kind of grunt work.


    Greg Poole Not trying to beat the boy up, and it’s probably just a photo timing issue, but why is Lambert leaning to the right and hit feet are less than 3-4 inches apart????  I know he is not the most athletic person in the world, but dang, and only one with his left hand out of position.  lol

  28. 1mandawgpack

    PatriotVeteran bahits MMCSDAWG  You do you recommend firing because that’s the only way to get him on staff as there are limits to the number of coaches a staff can have?

  29. Greg Poole

    UGADAWGII If one can not second guess the coaches, one might as well do something else – like work.

  30. Greg Poole

    AlphaDawg mSo when 36’s youngster joins us, do we start him/her out a Bulldawg09? 3.6?


    Bansai buckeroo  I, nor most of the other posters on here, are knowledgeable enough to  second guess the coaches, but that never stops us!

  32. dsw61

    AlphaDawg dsw61 Greg Poole The players doing this exercise are externally and internally rotating their arm…at the shoulder joint…which shouldn’t lead to adding much bulk at all. I’m sure the S&C staff also has them doing shoulder flexibility exercises.

  33. Bansai buckeroo

    I was going to say all that Chief. But I am old and my fingers get tired..###…… 🙂


    WalktheDawg Whisky  PatriotVeteran You can’t underestimate the value of experience when evaluating and determining the best starting group along the OL.  In one on one’s both of those two may be 2 of the better players on the field, but that means Very little when evaluating the best starting rotation.  You could be the most dominant lineman on the team, but if you don’t know your assignments and understand the concepts your of little use in the starting unit.  The OL is the one position group that operates in tandem.  The OL is only as strong as the weakest link.  The 5 guys playing TOGETHER is what matters a LOT more than the strengths or weaknesses of a single individual player.  Picking up complex blitzes and making adjustments at the LOS scrimmage based on defensive alignments are paramount in the success of an offensive line.  This is the one position in upper level (SEC especially) that an individuals physical prowess or raw physical abilities are less important than their understanding of concepts, responsibilities and ability to work together as a cohesive unit!

  35. WalktheDawg Whisky

    PatriotVeteran Sure seemed like Pittman worked Cleveland and Madden like rented mules this spring…They took tons of snaps at G Day…. At this point seems like Gaillard has the edge for playing time.

  36. Greg Poole

    PatriotVeteran  You are mistaken about their coaches being disinterested in them. Being big and being ready for the SEC trenches are not the same thing. As you become more familiar with the transition of offensive linemen from high school to CFB starter, you will learn that more training and physical maturity are needed along the OL than any other position group.
    Both of those guys will get there (they may contribute this year), but their real value will become apparent next year and after.

  37. Bansai buckeroo

    I’m confident the coaches will put the best guys out there come game time…. I know I’m not knowledgeable enough to second guess them….

  38. AlphaDawg

    MMCSDAWG AlphaDawg dsw61 Greg Poole LOL my comment was supposed to indicate I’m too tight! Makes driving harder when your chest and lats are pumped.

  39. PatriotVeteran

    Big Ben and Madden aren’t little fella’s and yet they seem to not get the interest of their coaches and the question is, why?      These guys are really big, strong and seem to do well, but smaller players who are more senior seem to get preference.     I hope they will get some experience and a chance to be successful in playing some in our first game, defending Eason.


    AlphaDawg dsw61 Greg Poole Put a golf towel under your right arm pit, and hit some balls with a 7 iron or wedge…  Make at least a 3/4 wing minimum and that’ll tighten up your swing and get you moving the club inside instead of casting or over the top!

  41. AlphaDawg

    PatriotVeteran Reddawg13 Greg Poole I think both of our fresh RBs will get some time. There’s no reason to let fresh legs sit.

  42. PatriotVeteran

    Reddawg13 Greg Poole HOLYFIELD is not afraid to go straight towards any player and I believe, he will be very effective this coming season.      Let him bang up a few of our opponents and see how he does.     2 RB’s are experienced, but that doesn’t mean a couple of new players won’t contribute to our RB Game.     GO DAWGS

  43. AlphaDawg

    bahits Bulldawg36 I’m sure he could call any girl on the cheer squad baby and they’d be okay with that

  44. DawgDaddy

    Greg Poole DawgDaddy PTCDawg I will clear the cache, it is somewhat sluggish when I visit sometimes, sometimes not.  Strange.

  45. AlphaDawg

    PTCDawg I’ve made it mandatory for all of my staff (37) users use Chrome. Not only is IE a pain, but eventually it will be vulnerable with MS not supporting anything but the latest IE11


    Greg Poole Exactly Hines….  you learn a lot faster on the field than you do on the sidelines!  I agree, start him and let’s start riding the E-train while we can!  limit the playbook and required reads initially and expand as the season progresses!

  47. bahits

    TeeHDawg Well, fully qualified in Missouri is a little different than fully qualified in many other schools.  If Auburn and the Vols didn’t figure out how to get him in….

  48. PatriotVeteran

    bahits MMCSDAWG BOBO will probably go for Hines knowing he can get Georgia Players to Colorado.       Coaches are competitive and Hine’s made his statement, saying he wants to coach for UGA and guaranteed he can get Georgia Players to stay in-state.        If CKS does find a way to put him on his staff, Hines will probably go elsewhere.    I hope not.

  49. Greg Poole

    PTCDawg >> IE is simply not reliable, IMHO.  There is no reason for it to bog out on this page.  It could be with the way it handles comments – IDK.  Of course, you can always test the site by going to another page on the site that has no (or few) comments to see if there are issues. 

    People are using this page with Apple tablets which are notorious for small RAM packages. Many of those same folks could not comment with LF. 

    If you are not doing so already you can install AdBlock+ to further cut down on RAM use.

    The only thing that has changed on the site is that I put the video back on our server rather than loading them from Storify. That does add to the load but should not crash a machine with 2 gigs or so of RAM.

  50. PTCDawg

    Greg Poole DawgDaddy PTCDawg Greg, I am sure there are others using IE so it is something configurable on this laptop, which is also my work laptop. 

    But for the last few days every time I opened BI I would have from 30 seconds to 5 minutes before I would get the box about an error force closing my browser window. It would shut down IE completely. I also would get where I could not scroll down or up, a scroll would just return me over and over again to the same spot. Had none of these issues with any other site.

    Like I say, I am sure it was something unique to my laptop but it was also unique to BI. Have had no problems with Chrome.

  51. TeeHDawg

    Afternoon guys. I just read the story on Darvis Holmes out of Ludowici that just signed signed with Missouri. His coach kept telling schools and him that he wasn’t qualified and wouldn’t. Missouri kept digging and found out he was a full qualifier. Had this guy been fully recruited, he may as well been the top OL based on size and athleticism in Ga. Wish we would have gotten this kid.

  52. dsw61

    Greg Poole This exercise in the picture is one of the things a QB can do to improve arm strength. It’s backed up by science…and doesn’t create bad throwing habits. Next time to hear a coach or QB say that throwing from one knee helps their arm strength…think of this drill and others like it. I’m also a big believer in long toss when done correctly.

  53. Greg Poole

    DawgDaddy PTCDawg I’m not sure what you mean by ‘trouble’ but if you are experiencing slow loading of comments or other sluggish behavior, you probably need to clear your browser cache. I boot my machine(s) and clear the browser cache daily.

    The fact that people who had problems with  BZ on devices that have limited RAM are now able to comment is evidence that LF is vastly less resource intensive – but it still uses resources.

  54. dsw61

    MMCSDAWG Thanks for posting. More confirmation that some coaches are better at coaching than others. “Explaining” the “why” behind what is being taught is just as important as the “how”. This is “how” I want you to do it…and this is “why” you need to do it this way. You would not believe the number of coaches I have come across that believe the “why” is unimportant. To make it worse, some coaches will label a kid not coach-able is they ask “why” they are being asked to do something. Some coaches have a “how dare you question me” attitude.

    When I saw a clip of Schotty at practice yelling out at Lambert; “use your legs”; I just SMH. That phrase gets thrown around in baseball all the time. Hitters and pitchers hear it a lot. I’ve never used that phrase one. Teach them “how” to leverage the earth…which is really what using your legs means…and “why” it’s important to use your body a certain way to create that leverage…and you’ll never have to tell a player to use their legs. Btw, despite the barrage of coaches that will tell you that you will just confuse kids giving them too much information; they actually eat it up and their interest level will go through the roof. I’ve rarely come across a kid that doesn’t like to learn the details of what they’re being asked to do.

  55. DawgDaddy

    PTCDawg I have been having problems with Chrome and MS Edge both.  Chrome is slightly more stable for me.

  56. Greg Poole

    PTCDawg  There simply are no issues with the site. The server is humming along and we have done all sort of load time testing. This page loads slightly more slowly than the homepage but we are talking about a half second.

  57. Jesse1

    bahits MMCSDAWG Hines is tough. He enjoyed planting db’s. Even when he wasn’t the intended receiver, Ward was a guy folks knew they better know where on the field he was.

  58. Avon Barksdale

    I want Stevens, McBride, and Lawrence to commit between now and opening kickoff.
    Who am I missing?

  59. Jesse1

    D’antne Demery committing is a great way to start the weekend. Enjoyed reading the article. Sounds like a very mature young man. Prepared to put in the work. Though he has a lot to work with.

  60. bahits

    MMCSDAWG PTCDawg years ago, I loved IE.  Now, I am 90% Chrome and only do IE for testing.

    I had high hopes for Microsoft Edge that comes with Windows 10, but I abandoned it quickly.  Slow and crappy the last I tried it.


    PTCDawg I have totally switched over to Chrome as well in the last month or so, I was having intermittent issues with IE on multiple sites and platforms.  Chrome is much better.

  62. PTCDawg

    fyi, in case this applies to anyone else…been having terrible issues on here with IE for several days…finally gave up and downloaded Chrome and it is far more stable with Chrome…

  63. bahits

    MMCSDAWG Wearing camo also helps as the defenders search in vain to find you… then if they do, you pump your arms real fast so they can’t grab you.

    I really like Hines.  We need to ease him in via these camps and QA role.  Then, if he really likes the coaching gig, get him a spot when one opens.  Even if it is a defensive coaching spot or some other thing he didn’t do.  Didn’t Kirby coach RBs at one time and talks about how good it is for young coaches to get broader experience?

  64. Bulldawg36

    They need to commit! Me and the patriot dawg are gonna go have a talk with them and see what we can get done.###

  65. Bulldawg36

    I want Isaiah Wilson! Jacoby Stevens! Deanglo Gibbs and swift!!! Commit to the G!!!!!!!


    Talked to my brother and talked with my nephew who plays ball in and around Atlanta last night…   He has been to the CMR youth camps a couple of times and has been playing on his teams 7 vs 7 team for a couple of years now.  He’s an OL, but nothing that UGA would ever be interested in.  He’s pretty good and looking at a couple of D-1A schools to possibly play.  He was at UGA last year as well.   I specifically asked him about Coach Pittman…  He said Pittman was hilarious and very personable, but he also made it clear that he was very instruction oriented.  He would not just yell something without explaining it, he was impressed with his ability to catch almost every single move an OL would make and break it down for them to understand and work on.    He was quick to tell me there is a NIGHT and DAY difference in the coaching of Pittman compared to Sale last year….   Not going to beat up Sale, but Pittman is the real deal and we are going to see the difference immediately, he might not have all the pieces he wants right now, but I really believe we will see a much improved and more consistent OL this year!

  67. rugbydawg79

    bahits dsw61 Reddawg13 Greg Poole I am excited about 2 back up guards that go 6 6 345  — lean on them baby


    BenKellam AlphaDawg Baylor and their potent rushing attack put 645 yds on them in January.  Not out of reach!!!

  69. AlphaDawg

    Can’t wait to see Bellamy, TT, Walker, and Carter eat up that freshman QB against NC. Going to look like that kid from Mizzou!!

  70. Avon Barksdale

    Love to hear that! If you want to win a championship, you gotta get to the QB! Herring, Bryant, and Beal would be a GREAT haul!

  71. Reddawg13

    Avon Barksdale According to his coaches I have talked to they say he love UGA and his coaches are trying to get him here too.

  72. Reddawg13

    lagadawg Reddawg13 Greg Poole had we had a dual threat QB last year we would have faired better with the circumstances.

  73. Reddawg13

    MMCSDAWG Reddawg13 Every year a team pops up from nowhere. Often with less talent and coaching than we will have this coming year. If these kids start believing and doing the work and we get a few leaders, who knows, it could be us!

  74. lagadawg

    Reddawg13 Greg Poole Another reason it seemed we only threw short passes where it was easy to stack the box.


    Reddawg13 Why Not Us???   Probably a year or 2 away from NC, but why not us now…  stranger things have happened.

  76. DawgLink

    I still hope Bobo is successful at CSU but I think he will be back in the SEC as a head coach. Maybe Vanderbilt or Kentucky or Miss St if Mullen goes somewhere

  77. Reddawg13

    bahits Greg Poole and never in the slot with all that speed, or never returning kick offs, geez!

  78. Reddawg13

    dsw61 Reddawg13 Greg Poole a huge O line also wears down the defense and frustrates the oppositions offense because they have to sit on the sidelines and watch time run off the clock


    bahits Greg Poole Stupidity…  He’s not a between the tackles guy IMO due to him being a shuffle stepper, but there is absolutely no excuse for not getting him on the edges and in the open field.  How many true screens did we throw to him last year???  I don’t remember seeing a true screen set up for him at all.


    Dawgnation89 If we got this class it would be incredible…    I think there will be closer to 28 or 29 in this class when it’s all said and done.  I expect a little attrition between now and NSD 2017.  Awesome class especially if we could land Wilson.

  81. Dawgnation89

    My wish list for a 2017 signing class:
    QB-  Fromm
    RB- Carter, Swift
    WR – Blount, Jenkins, Landers, Holloman, Webb
    TE – NONE
    OL – Demery, Johnson, Shaffer, Wilson, Thomas
    DL – Herring, Solomon
    LB – Beal, McBride
    DB – Poole, Leconte, Stevens, Samuels, Terrell
    Ath – Bishop

    Stanford Samuels and Isiah Wilson are my reaches on this list, but I would ecstatic with this class. I also wanted to put us down getting Akers too, but I just dont see us taking 3 rbs this class. 

    Who does everyone else think we end up with?

  82. bahits

    Bansai buckeroo yeah, I was looking at that, too.  It is probably instinctive to look at the ball when you throw, but is it productive?  I sure can’t argue with that kid’s ability and results.

  83. bahits

    dsw61 Reddawg13 Greg Poole I love the idea of huge, physical and athletic OL leaning, pushing and falling on the other teams DL.  If we can rotate our line and they have great endurance via S&C, then the 4th and end of the 3rd should be when we separate from other teams.

    It has been the Bama formula.  Sadly, when we meet them in the SECc this year, we won’t have it fully in place for a battle of the Titans, so we will need some finesse to knock them off.

  84. bahits

    Greg Poole bahits I think KM changed up his body a lot and was more of a tackle breaker last year.  Wasn’t his ypc the best on the team?  He didn’t get the touches for some reason.

  85. Greg Poole

    bahits Replace Sony with Keith in the quote below.

    “The reason is that Sony is not tackle-breaker who can beat an inside linebacker and that is what UGA’s inside run game was based on – get a back in a one-on-one with a backer.”

  86. dsw61

    Reddawg13 Greg Poole CMR really does seem to have a different mentality when it comes to the run game. He seems to be content with most of the runs going for no gain or a yard or two; knowing that eventually one of the LBs will blow an assignment; not fill his gap; leading to a big run…like what Chubb did towards the end of the Bama game. I like the idea of running behind a big powerful OL that can string together multiple three or four yard runs; or at least consistently get into manageable 3rd down  yardage to run play action. 3rd down and six or seven last year with Lambert wasn’t very fun to watch. The 3rd down conversion rate last year was terrible.

  87. Reddawg13

    Greg Poole The reason our run game sputtered is because our O line was only average and teams stacked the box because our QB play was bad.

  88. Greg Poole

    Emerson is wrong here:

    “The reason that Georgia’s run game sputtered without Chubb – not that it was great before his injury – was that you no longer had the double-punch of two dynamic tailbacks.”

    The reason is that Sony is not tackle-breaker who can beat an inside linebacker and that is what UGA’s inside run game was based on – get a back in a one-on-one with a backer.

  89. Greg Poole

    The following stat is not surprising:

    Georgia returns its two leading rushers from a year ago, and The two combined for 1,908 yards on the ground despite Chubb suffering a season-ending knee injury on the first play against Tennessee on Oct. 10. That’s more than 38 FBSteams had for the entire season. They also accounted for over 76 percent of Georgia’s rushing game.

  90. dsw61

    An example of how a little shoulder tilt naturally leads to a more over the top throwing motion. Fromm is similar. When you throw with some shoulder tilt, the throwing arm and torso finish more…”around” towards the opposite side in a very smooth fashion. The finish when throwing with level shoulders is typically more of a forward bend at the waist.

  91. Greg Poole

    dsw61 Yep. There are too many bigger kids on the board for him to get an offer from this staff, IMHO.

  92. dsw61

    Greg Poole Good interview…but makes me kind of sad. Kid clearly wants to play for Georgia.

  93. Greg Poole

    dsw61 The kid just graduated from high school. Given a few years of exp[erience, he will not try to force a piece like that. But keep an eye on him, his name will pop up in bylines in about 5 years.

  94. dsw61

    Greg Poole Agree the article is well written…but as you say, I don’t agree with all of his points. The starting QB decision will be one of Kirby’s most important decisions as a head coach. I suspect he will rely on Chaney a lot to make that determination. I still believe that the ease with which Kirby’s defense handled Lambert last year is in the back of Kirby’s mind and will play a roll in the decision. Kirby is not a fan of QBs that aren’t very mobile. Buck Belue seems to think that the best path is to scale back the offense to a manageable level for Eason and start him. The other option is to start Lambert and let him manage a more complex offense.

  95. Greg Poole

    dsw61 All of that is true, and I didn’t voice any opposition to the pitch. The notion of amateurism is a sham along with the “student-athlete” – in the revenue sports.

  96. dsw61

    Greg Poole There’s really no age limit on when a person can get and education. HS baseball players routinely skip college to follow their dream of playing MLB baseball. Nick Moore is an example of a kid who put off college to follow his baseball dream. It didn’t work out and he’s now in college. Kids who go into the military typically forgo college until after the military. I’ve always felt that athletes have a relatively short window of opportunity to make it in professional sports, and I have no problem with them chasing that dream. An argument can be made that if football was set up like baseball with a minor league system, the players would be better off because they could devote all their time to developing themselves as football players; while also making some money. There’s also a myth that a college education guarantees a person will be successful. There are many people with college degrees who are barely getting by because their profession of choice doesn’t pay well or they’re not good at what they do. Professional sports is a legit way to earn a living for a small segment of the population and I see nothing wrong with promoting it. Promoting it can provide some extra motivation for a kid to work harder in the weight room and at practice; increasing their chances of making it in the NFL.

  97. DawgDaddy

    Greg Poole that 3rd reason is invalid, the only chance any of the kids on scholarship deserve is the chance to compete in practice and thereby earn playing time.

  98. Greg Poole

    Smart’s track record shows that he should undoubtedly help the Bulldogs’ defense in 2016, but what North Carolina will have to look out for most is Georgia’s offensive attack. While the Bulldogs have yet to name a starting quarterback for the season opener, the presence of running back Nick Chubb in the backfield will test the Tar Heels’ rush defense, which was horrid in 2015. Chubb rushed for 745 yards and seven touchdowns in five games a season ago before tearing multiple ligaments in his left knee on his first carry against Tennessee — an injury that caused him to miss the rest of the season. If Chubb is anything like his old self on Sept. 3, North Carolina will have its hands full and then some against the Bulldogs.
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