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02/13/19 - (WR) - Lawrence Cager, rJr, 6-4, 220
Georgia landed a potential impact graduate transfer target for Jake Fromm on Friday night. Lawrence Cager, who grabbed a team-high six touchdown catches for Miami last season, announced he plans to play for the Bulldogs this coming season. He tied for third on Miami last season with 21 catches for 374 yards. "I am excited for this new journey with Coach (Kirby) Smart and the entire UGA family. #Go Dawgs," Cager wrote on Twitter. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Cager played as a freshman for the Hurricanes when Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley was in the same role at Miami. - Marc Weiszer, Online Athens

02/07/19 - (TE) - Eli Wolf, rJr, 6-4, 236
Tight end Eli Wolf, a part-time starter at Tennessee as a fourth-year junior in 2018, says he will play his final year of eligibility as a graduate transfer at Georgia. After graduating from Tennessee in May, Wolf will be immediately eligible at Georgia. He had five catches for 30 yards and a touchdown last season. Wolf announced his decision on his Twitter account Thursday. He followed older brother Ethan Wolf, also a tight end, to Tennessee as a walk-on before earning a scholarship before the 2017 season. The addition of Wolf helps Georgia fortify a suddenly thin position after junior Isaac Nauta entered the NFL draft and freshman Luke Ford announced his transfer to Illinois. Tight end Brett Seither from Clearwater, Florida, was one of Georgia's two signees on Wednesday. - AP College Football

01/07/19 - (K) - Rodrigo Blankenship, rJr, 6-0, 191
Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship says he'll be returning to the Bulldogs for his senior season. The specialist known for his thick glasses announced his decision on Twitter. He wrote, "I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Dawg Nation, I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE." Blankenship decided not to follow the lead set by four teammates. Wide receivers Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman, running back Elijah Holyfield and tight end Isaac Nauta entered the NFL draft last week. Also, backup quarterback Justin Fields is expected to transfer. Underclassmen have until Jan. 14 to declare their plans. Blankenship took over the kicking job in 2016, earned a scholarship and developed into one of the nation's most reliable weapons. This season, he connected on 19 of 23 field goals and all 65 extra points to finish with 122 points. - AP College Football

01/04/19 - (RB) - *Elijah Holyfield, Jr, 5-10, 215
Georgia's offense was hit with a four-player exodus of juniors to the NFL on Friday that took away the team's top three receivers and second-leading rusher. Tailback Elijah Holyfield, tight end Isaac Nauta and wide receivers Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman announced Friday they are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft. Holyfield, the son of former boxing champion Evander Holyfield, joined D'Andre Swift to give Georgia two 1,000-yard rushers for the second straight season. Holyfield ran for 1,018 yards with seven touchdowns. Holyfield said on his Twitter account he was grateful for the support from his teammates, coaches and Georgia fans. "I am humbled by the love you have given me during my time in Athens, and you all have ensured red and black will forever run through my veins," Holyfield said. Coach Kirby Smart issued a statement in which he said: "We wish the best" to the four "as they pursue their careers at the next level. - AP College Football

01/04/19 - (WR) - *Mecole Hardman, Jr, 5-10, 183
Georgia's offense was hit with a four-player exodus of juniors to the NFL on Friday that took away the team's top three receivers and second-leading rusher. Tailback Elijah Holyfield, tight end Isaac Nauta and wide receivers Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman announced Friday they are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft. Hardman had 34 catches for 532 yards and seven touchdowns. Nauta had 30 catches for 430 yards and three touchdowns. Nauta's top game of the season came against Florida, when he had five catches for 73 yards. - AP College Football

01/04/19 - (WR) - *Riley Ridley, Jr, 6-1, 200
Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley and tight end Isaac Nauta are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft, taking away two of the Bulldogs' top three receivers. Ridley and Nauta announced the decisions on Friday on their Twitter accounts. "I could not imagine any other program preparing me for the next stay the way this one has," Ridley said, adding thanks for coach Kirby Smart and the coaching staff. Ridley, the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons rookie Calvin Ridley, led Georgia with 44 catches for 570 yards and nine touchdowns. He finished strong with five-catch games against Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game and against Texas in the Sugar Bowl. - AP College Football

01/04/19 - (TE) - *Isaac Nauta, Jr, 6-4, 240
Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta says he is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Nauta was third on the team with 30 catches for 430 yards and three touchdowns this season. His top game of the season came against Florida, when he had five catches for 73 yards. Nauta announced his decision on his Twitter account on Friday. He says he made the decision to pursue his "life-long dream" of playing in the NFL after consulting with his family and coaches. Nauta is the first Georgia underclassman to declare for the draft. The school is awaiting decisions from other underclassmen including tailback Elijah Holyfield, wide receivers Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman and defensive back J.R. Reed. - AP College Football

11/27/18 - (QB) - Jake Fromm, So, 6-2, 220
There's a new No. 4 team in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night. Georgia (11-1) moved up after its victory over Georgia Tech last week. The Bulldogs are preparing to take on No. 1 Alabama in Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game. The top three -- Alabama (12-0), No. 2 Clemson (12-0) and No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) -- remained in the same spots this week. Michigan held the No. 4 spot for three weeks until its crushing 62-39 loss at Ohio State on Saturday. The Buckeyes were the biggest movers, climbing from No. 10 to No. 6. They'll play No. 21 Northwestern (8-4) the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night in Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State sits just behind No. 5 Oklahoma (11-1), which faces No. 14 Texas on Saturday for the Big 12 championship. The Sooners edged West Virginia 59-56 last weekend in their regular-season finale. "We spent a lot of time on that one (No. 6)," selection committee chair Rob Mullens said in an interview . "I undestand the defensive efficiencies are there, but they really have an historic offense." - The Sports Xchange

11/12/18 - (RB) - DAndre Swift, So, 5-09, 215
NOV 12 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia,...Swift went for a career-high 186 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries (10.9 avg.) to help Georgia down #24 Auburn 27-10...He also had a team-high four catches for 43 yards as the Bulldogs piled up more total yards (516) on the Tigers than any team had since Oklahoma in the 2016 Sugar Bowl...Swift's performance included a 77-yard long touchdown run in the fourth quarter; he is the first Georgia player to have two runs of 75 yards or longer in the same season since Herschel Walker in 1980. - SEC Football

11/11/18 - (RB) - DAndre Swift, So, 5-09, 215
D'Andre Swift is still hurting. Imagine how opposing defenses must be feeling. Swift turned in a career-best performance for the second week in a row, rushing for 186 yards Saturday night and breaking loose on a 77-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter that finished off No. 5 Georgia's 27-10 victory over Auburn. The Bulldogs struck for a pair of touchdowns late in the first half to take control. Swift took it from there, following up a 156-yard effort at Kentucky with an even better game in the Deep South's oldest rivalry. Not bad for a guy who said he's still bothered by nagging injuries. "I'm definitely getting better," Swift said. "I'm a 7 or 8 (out of 10). My foot's still messed up from LSU. My groin is a little dinged up." Having already locked up a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game, the Bulldogs (9-1, 7-1, No. 5 CFP) couldn't afford to slip up against the Tigers. They finished with 303 yards rushing - the second straight week they've eclipsed 300 yards on the ground. "We knew what was at stake," Swift said. "We were playing for a lot more than they were playing for, so we didn't want them to mess up our future." - AP College Football

11/05/18 - (QB) - Jake Fromm, So, 6-2, 220
QB Jake Fromm is hovering around the school-record for completion percentage in 2018. He ranks second in the SEC at 67.7 percent. Georgia's school record is 67.9, set by Hutson Mason in 2014. This year, Fromm has completed 130 of 192 passes for 1,762 yards with 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

11/05/18 - (RB) - DAndre Swift, So, 5-09, 215
NOV 5 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia,...Swift went off for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries (9.8 yards a carry average) during the 34-17 road win at Kentucky...His performance included a career-long 83-yard touchdown run as the Bulldogs downed the #9 Wildcats to clinch the SEC East. - SEC Football

11/05/18 - (OT) - Andrew Thomas, So, 6-5, 320
NOV 5 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Andrew Thomas, OL, Georgia,...Anchored an offensive line that allowed the Bulldogs to churn out 444 total yards of offense and 34 points at #9 Kentucky, including a season-high 331 on the ground; UK's defense came into the game with the nation's top-ranked Scoring Defense giving up just 13 pts/game...Played in 70 plays and graded out at 87 percent after registering three knockdown blocks and missing no assignments...Left tackle on a youthful offensive line that has been constantly shuffled around this year because of injuries. - SEC Football

11/03/18 - (RB) - DAndre Swift, So, 5-09, 215
D'Andre Swift ran for a career-high 156 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries against Kentucky's vaunted defense and No. 6 Georgia beat the No. 11 Wildcats 34-17 on Saturday to wrap up its second straight Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title. Swift had an 83-yard breakaway in the third quarter that gave Georgia (8-1, 6-1, No. 6 College Football Playoff) a 28-3 lead. He also had a nifty 20-yard scoring run in the second period when the game was close. Elijah Holyfield ran for a career-high 115 yards on 18 carries, scoring on a 4-yarder in the third quarter.

Georgia rushed for a season-high 331 yards to earn a spot in the SEC championship game Dec. 1 in Atlanta. "It's huge," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. "It's not been easy. It's never easy. People I think sometimes get spoiled when you win. These are good programs. These are good teams. Give our kids a lot of credit because their backs were against the wall kind of two weeks in a row and they came out fighting. They came out scratching and clawing." Kentucky (7-2, 5-2, No. 9 CFP) has never reached the SEC championship game, which has been played every year since 1992. - AP College Football

10/29/18 - (QB) - Jake Fromm, So, 6-2, 220
OCT 29 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jacob Fromm, QB, Georgia,...Went 17-for-24 for 240 yards and three touchdowns, which tied his career high, to stay perfect against the #9 Gators...Fromm, who had no interceptions in the matchup, connected on all three of his touchdowns on third downs for 16, 12 and 24 yards...Directed an offense that piled up 429 yards against Florida's respected defense and connected with seven different receivers, including leading receiver TE Isaac Nauta for five catches for 73 yards. - SEC Football

10/13/18 - (DE) - Jonathan Ledbetter, Sr, 6-3, 271
DE Jonathan Ledbetter, blessed with a big, lean frame, certainly passes the initial eye test with his size; he carries his weight well and could bulk up if needed. He's an athletic big man with the strength to hold his ground at the point of attack with most anyone. However, he does need to do a better job of controlling his frustrations, so that he doesn't commit dumb fouls. -- NFLDraftScout.com analyst Ric Serritella

10/13/18 - (OLB) - DAndre Walker, Sr, 6-2, 245
OLB D'Andre Walker, a senior, sets the edge for the Bulldogs' defense, one of the top units in the country. Walker possesses burst, bend and length, while showing the ability to defend against the run, drop back in coverage or get after the quarterback. Despite this being his first season as a starter (41 games without a start entering the year), Walker has made plenty of big plays during his career. He lacked discipline early on in his career and was flagged for a lot of penalties, but he has corralled that issue over the past year and a half. He has been used as a hand-in-the-dirt rusher but primarily lines up at outside linebacker in the Dawgs' 3-4 scheme and could also play inside linebacker. -- NFLDraftScout.com analyst Ric Serritella

10/06/18 - (QB) - Jake Fromm, So, 6-2, 220
Jake Fromm threw three touchdown passes, including a 75-yarder to Terry Godwin, and No. 2 Georgia beat Vanderbilt 41-13 on Saturday night to gain momentum for a crucial stretch of four Southeastern Conference games. Georgia (6-0, 4-0) trailed for the first time this season following the first of two first-half field goals by Vanderbilt's Ryle Guay less than five minutes into the game. Fromm threw for a season-high 276 yards while sitting out the final quarter. After Vanderbilt took the 3-0 lead, Fromm needed only 15 seconds to respond with the long scoring pass to Godwin, who fought off cornerback Joejuan Williams' tackle attempt.

The Bulldogs gained momentum for next week's visit to No. 5 Louisiana State. Georgia then plays Florida, Kentucky and Auburn. The four-game stretch will determine the Bulldogs' hopes of defending their SEC championship and making another run at the national title. Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-2) trailed only 7-3 after the first period. Kept out of the end zone until the final seconds, the Commodores couldn't spoil Georgia's homecoming as they did with a 17-16 win in 2016. - AP College Football

10/03/18 - (OLB) - DAndre Walker, Sr, 6-2, 245
LB D'Andre Walker has forced three fumbles through five games, which is tied for third nationally. He also has a team-high four sacks for losses of 23 yards.

09/25/18 - (K) - Rodrigo Blankenship, rJr, 6-0, 191
SEPT 10 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Rodrigo Blankenship, PK, Georgia...Blankenship was 2-for-2 on field goals, drilling a 44 and 45 yarder, and hit all five of his PATs during Georgia's 41-17 SEC opener on the road at #24 South Carolina...He connected on his 44 yarder at time expired in the second quarter to push the Bulldogs' lead to 20-10 heading into the second half...Also dropped all of his seven kickoffs in the end zone for touchbacks, making him 14-for-14 on the year...Blankenship is the top SEC kicker and No. 5 nationally for active Division I players in field goal percentage at 84 percent; his 44 career attempts are more than anyone on the nation's top-10 list. - SEC Football

09/24/18 - (CB) - DeAndre Baker, Sr, 5-11, 185
CB Deandre Baker continues to enjoy an amazing year for the Bulldogs. Routinely matched against the opposing team's wide receiver, Baker continues to get the upper hand. Last year, Missouri's Emanuel Hall caught four passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns against Georgia. Against Baker, Hall didn't come down with a single catch.

09/10/18 - (OT) - Andrew Thomas, So, 6-5, 320
OT Andrew Thomas suffered a sprained ankle in the third quarter last week and is questionable for this week's game.

09/10/18 - (FS) - Richard LeCounte, So, 5-10, 190
S Richard LeCounte made his second consecutive start at South Carolina and led the Bulldogs with a career-high 10 tackles, including a pass breakup.

09/10/18 - (CB) - DeAndre Baker, Sr, 5-11, 185
CB Deandre Baker, a preseason All-American, had six tackles, two pass breakups and the team's first interception of the year, a pick which he brought back 55 yards. Baker actually dropped the football at the South Carolina 1-yard line, but linebacker Juwan Taylor was there to pick it up and step across the goal line for the score.

09/10/18 - (WR) - *Mecole Hardman, Jr, 5-10, 183
WR Mecole Hardman had a career day at South Carolina, hauling in six catches for 103 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown. It was Georgia's first 100-yard receiving game since the 2016 Liberty Bowl versus TCU (Isaiah McKenzie, four catches for 103).

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