UGA Sports blog from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Garrison Smith: Look out for Toby and ‘Meatball’

4:22 pm Jan. 31, 2014

Garrison Smith is having a blast. He’s down in Pensacola, Fla., training hard for the NFL draft with a group called Athletes Performance Institute. He’s optimistic about his NFL prospects and, with his UGA degree already in hand, feels ready for whatever the future holds for him.

But in a lot of ways Smith wishes he could still be in Athens getting ready for another football season next fall. Smith was

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Did Georgia’s defense get better as result of Grantham’s departure?

11:01 am Jan. 31, 2014

ATHENS —  The Bulldogs ended up completely rebuilding their defensive staff after coordinator Todd Grantham flew the coop for more money and less challenge at Louisville. But it’s hard to look  at what they’ve done since then and not say they’re better off.

They lost a defensive coordinator who had given up more points and yards than any Georgia coach in decades and replaced him with Jeremy Pruitt, the architect of

UGA football tops SEC for academic honor roll selections

6:59 pm Jan. 30, 2014

ATHENS — There was a lot of complaining about the Georgia Bulldogs’ 8-5 record this past football season. But nobody can complain about how UGA players are doing in the classroom.

The Bulldogs on Thursday had 38 football players named the SEC’s Academic Honor Roll for fall semester of 2013. That was tops among the conference’s 14 schools. After Georgia the top five included Tennessee (34), Vanderbilt (32), Florida (29) and

Rescued by Roswell’s ‘Red Jeep Hero’

9:58 am Jan. 29, 2014

I was among the lucky ones.

I was one of the thousands of that got stranded in yesterday’s gridlock for the ages. My sister and I were trying to make it to my father’s house in Calhoun to celebrate his 76th birthday. I was aware of the weather and the growing gridlock when we left shortly after lunch. But I planned to take back roads to avoid the interstates and, based

Beat-up Bulldogs hope to heal before Vanderbilt

4:37 pm Jan. 27, 2014

Apparently the Bulldogs are even more beat up than previously thought.

It’s well known that Georgia played without shooting guards Kenny Gaines (thigh bruise) and Juwan Parker (hamstring) this past Saturday at Kentucky. But forward Donte Williams also had to leave that game after slamming his head on the court while trying to take a charge from 250-pound Julius Randle. And guard J.J. Frazier had to get an MRI and X-rays

Tracy Rocker happy to finally help his home-state Bulldogs

6:35 pm Jan. 25, 2014

Asked Saturday afternoon if had indeed accepted a job with the Georgia Bulldogs, Tracy Rocker made no attempt to bridle his enthusiasm about the new gig

“Yep,” he said before shouting, “Go Dawgs!”

Rocker said it’s been a long time coming, him being able to say that. A native Atlantan, he said he has always been fond of the Bulldogs and everything UGA. Never mind that he was an All-America player and

Bulldogs make official the hiring of Kevin Sherrer as ‘defensive assistant’

6:08 pm Jan. 24, 2014

UPDATE: UGA finally made official the hiring of Kevin Sherrer as a “defensive assistant” coach.

The AJC reported on Wednesday that Sherrer had been tabbed to join the staff of new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Sherrer is expected to coach either inside or outside linebackers or both for the Bulldogs, according to persons familiar with the hiring. But Friday’s news release from Georgia did not specify beyond “defensive assistant.”


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Jeremy Pruitt got job, but who else did UGA consider for D-coordinator?

12:41 pm Jan. 24, 2014

ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt created a lot of intrigue at the Jan. 13 news conference to introduce new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt when he said he’d made just one other phone call before learning of Pruitt’s mutual interest in the Bulldogs.

Most assumed that one call was to Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. It was not.

Turns out it was someone most Georgia fans have never heard of — NFL

Update: After wavering, Chris Wilson takes USC job after all

12:58 am Jan. 17, 2014

See tweet above …

ATHENS — Todd Grantham was rather infamously introduced at Louisville as the new defensive coordinator on Thursday and the Washington Redskins announced that Kirk Olivadotti had been hired as inside linebackers. But if you’ve been paying attention like me, you may have noticed that Chris Wilson has yet to be named the new defensive line coach at Southern Cal.

There’s a reason for that.