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Georgia hopes that sophomore WR Riley Ridley (ankle) will be able to return to action by the end of spring practice.

Ridley continues to work his way back from an ankle injury suffered in the lead-up to Georgia's Liberty Bowl date with TCU. He ultimately underwent surgery on that ankle. Slow and steady, now, but a return could be in the offing for the near future. Said HC Kirby Smart, "We think Riley will be back by the end of spring, at least running, maybe not doing full contact but being able to run routes and do some things." This past season, Ridley logged a 12-238-2 receiving line. He may be facing a one-game suspension to start the 2017 season after being arrested for marijuana possession earlier this month.
Mar 29 - 2:05 PM

Georgia senior RB Nick Chubb has been running without a brace or wrap on his knee this spring.

Chubb had himself a somewhat down 2016 season after being waylaid by a serious knee injury the previous October. He ultimately finished out the campaign rushing for 1,130 yards and eight touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 228-pounder subsequently opted to return to school for 2017 rather than jump to the NFL Draft. When asked how hurt he was during the 2016 season, Chubb gave a pretty fair assessment of his mindset, saying, "It’s just kind of different. I don’t know. I wasn’t hurt at all. I don’t know how to explain it. Maybe range of motion? Being able to move more, move quicker and better laterally. I think it was mental."
Source: Dawg Nation
Mar 26 - 3:08 PM

Georgia sophomore CB Mecole Hardman Jr. has been seeing work on offense during spring practice.

"He’s very fast. Speed, we could use that speed in the receiving room. Especially in the slot. And he’s very versatile," said wide-receiver teammate Javon Wims. While the team is dabbling in using Hardman on offense, Georgia HC Kirby Smart indicated earlier this week that the 5-foot-11, 176-pounder will continue to see the bulk of his snaps at corner. This past season, Hardman recorded six tackles in four games played. He was a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle.
Source: Dawg Nation
Mar 26 - 12:50 PM

Georgia sophomore WR Riley Ridley did not participate in the first week of spring practice due to a foot injury.

The extent and circumstance of Ridley's injury are not yet known, but according to Seth Emerson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "it doesn't appear the injury is too serious." The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder was in the news for the wrong reasons earlier this month, as he was arrested and charged with marijuana possession in mid-March. That arrest could lead to a one-game suspension once the season starts. Ridley hauled in 12 passes for 238 yards and a pair of touchdowns as a true freshman in 2016.
Source: Dawg Nation
Mar 26 - 12:13 PM

Georgia junior DT Trenton Thompson has returned to the team and is training.

This is big news. Thompson withdrew from school over the winter for the spring semester to deal with what was called a "significant" medical issue. He reportedly could be back in classes in May. His high school coach Octavia Jones said Thompson has lost weight and looks "more like a defensive end than a defensive tackle." Thompson was listed at 6-foot-4 and 309 pounds last season and now is, according the Jones, "265 or 270. He still has his muscles; he’s just not as thick." Thompson reportedly had shoulder surgery in January and has been dealing with high blood pressure as a result of stress. Thompson, the nation’s consensus No. 1 recruit in the 2015 cycle, led the team with 9.5 TFL last year.
Mar 23 - 3:25 PM

Georgia senior QB Parker McLeod is not listed on the team’s updated spring roster.

McLeod's long, winding journey continues. He signed with Alabama out of high school, transferred to Western Kentucky in May 2014, and then announced he was retiring from the sport in January 2015. Instead, he resurfaced at Georgia as a student and then joined the football team last year. His departure leaves the Bulldogs with only two scholarship quarterbacks in sophomore Jacob Eason and freshman Jake Fromm.
Source: Dawg Nation
Mar 23 - 2:13 PM

An opposing SEC defensive coordinator said that Georgia sophomore QB Jacob Eason "has the arm strength to make all the throws you’re going to ask him to do in any offense."

Vanderbilt HC Derek Mason agrees on Eason's arm strength, telling ESPN, "I don’t know what everybody else has seen, but what I saw was a guy who can make all the throws, who just needed some seasoning and some forgiveness in a conference that’s really unforgiving." The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder's physical tools are readily apparent, but there is still work to be done on the mental side of the game. One opposing defensive coordinator relayed to ESPN that Eason struggled to adjust pre-snap when defenses became more complicated, which in turn led to slow reaction times when the play actually started. During his freshman season in 2016, the former stud recruit threw for 2,430 yards (55.1% completions) with a 16/8 TD/INT ratio. Incoming five-star QB Jacob Fromm could push him during spring and summer camps, but we would expect Eason to retain his starting gig unless Fromm truly impresses while Eason stagnates.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 21 - 5:30 PM

Georgia has self-reported three minor rules violations to the NCAA.

We are talking very minor stuff, here. The violations occurred during the 2016 season. One consisted of former DL coach Tracy Rocker -- who has since been fired -- making an unauthorized phone call to a recruit. Another saw a non-coaching staff member make a call to a high school coach in relation to a recruit's eligibility. Such calls are only allowed to be made by head coaches and assistant coaches. The final violation is just silliness, as it consisted of a recruit's guest (on a visit) taking a picture of the Georgia team and subsequently sharing it online. As photos such as these are not allowed to be shared with the media, boom, another violation. None of this amounts to much of anything.
Mar 19 - 12:25 PM

Georgia WR Isaiah McKenzie told reporters at his pro day workout that one reason he decided to enter the NFL Draft early was an academic issue.

That issue would've required an appeal and would have forced him out of spring practices. McKenzie opted to stand on his 40-yard dash of 4.42 at the NFL Combine. He worked with the Falcons staff on punt returns.
Mar 16 - 2:59 PM

Georgia redshirt senior CB Reggie Wilkerson will transfer as a graduate.

Wilkerson, who played in five games in 2016, will be eligible wherever he transfer for his final season of eligibility.
Source: ESPN
Mar 14 - 3:04 PM

Georgia senior RB Nick Chubb had a 40-inch vertical and a sub 4.5-second 40-yard dash prior to injuring his knee in 2015.

Chubb has a solid return from his devastating knee injury last season -- rushing for 1,130 yards on 5.0 yards per carry -- but he didn't look like the same runner that punished the SEC for 1,547 yards on 7.1 ypc as a freshman in 2014. Back then, the 5-foot-10, 228-pound Chubb looked like a potential future first-rounder. He has one more year to mend his knee before the NFL pokes and prods it.
Source: ESPN
Mar 14 - 2:48 PM

Georgia redshirt senior QB/P Brice Ramsey will transfer as a graduate.

Ramsey will complete his degree in May and then transfer for his final season of eligibility. He'll be eligible immediately wherever he winds up. Ramsey played sporadically as a backup quarterback between 2014-2015. He functioned as Georgia's punter in 2016, averaging 34.7 yards on 20 punts. He has said he'll pursue punting in the pros.
Source: ESPN
Mar 14 - 1:08 PM

Georgia sophomore WR Riley Ridley was arrested for marijuana possession on Saturday night.

Ridley is facing a misdemeanor possession charge after being found with less than an ounce of the green. He was booked at 10:07 and has been released on bond. Georgia has not commented on the arrest, but a one-game suspension would be in line with the handbook guideline for a first arrest. This past season, the 6-foot-1, 198-pounder caught 12 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns.
Source: Rivals
Mar 12 - 12:28 PM

Recruiting analyst Chad Simmons noted that Georgia freshman LB Walter Grant has the ability to play either inside or outside linebacker at the collegiate level.

Simmons was writing for Scout.com at the time, but has since moved on to fellow recruiting outlet Rivals. At the time Grant initially committed to the Bulldogs this past November, the analyst noted that the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder "has that nasty streak, he has the size and he has the ability to make many plays between the hedges in the coming years."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 28 - 5:40 PM

Georgia junior DT Trenton Thompson has withdrawn from school for the spring semester while dealing with a "significant" medical issue.

The medical issue led to Thompson being taken by police to an Athens hospital. Georgia said in a statement that Thompson had "an adverse reaction to medications prescribed specifically for his medical condition." Thompson was, according to the Associated Press, "behaving incoherently, and appeared to be experiencing some type of unknown medical problem." The undisclosed medical issue led him to be hospitalized recently for an extended stay. Thompson led the team with 9.5 TFL last year.
Source: ESPN
Feb 24 - 1:04 PM


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