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Vanderbilt HC Derek Mason told FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman that Georgia junior RB Nick Chubb is "really special."

"[Chubb] can anticipate contact and his ability to offset tacklers from angles is unbelievable," Mason said. "That’s an innate ability. His ability to see what’s happening in front him and react on a dime." Vandy's head honcho went on to call the 5-foot-10, 228-pounder "the best running back in this conference that I’ve faced." Alas, Chubb's status for the opener against North Carolina remains uncertain. He continues to rehab from the severe knee injury he suffered last October and while HC Kirby Smart said that Chubb would take part in non-tackling drills this August, his readiness (or otherwise) for physical contact later in camp figures to be a prime factor in determining if he will be suiting up in Week 1. Competitive champ that he is, Chubb has already said that he will be ready to rock and/or roll come September 3.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 24 - 2:32 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart indicated that Georgia sophomore DE Jonathan Ledbetter (DUI) will be suspended for at least two games.

Per ESPN's Chris Low, Smart "hinted" that the suspension could even extend beyond the first two games. Ledbetter was arrested on the morning of July 10 after authorities received noticed that the 6-foot-4, 251-pounder's vehicle was blocking traffic. Ledbetter was found passed out behind the wheel. The police incident report noted that it took authorities upwards of half-an-hour to wake the defensive lineman. Last season, he registered four tackles in seven games. He will sit out Georgia's season-opener against North Carolina on September 3 and their battle with Nicholls State on September 10. At the very least.
Jul 19 - 2:58 PM

Georgia received a commitment from four-star 2017 T Andrew Thomas.

This has to stand as one of Kirby Smart's better recruiting weeks since he took over for Mark Richt in December. Not only did Georgia land ESPN 300's No. 38 overall prospect in Thomas, they also earned a commitment from the outlet's No. 109 overall prospect in four-star RB Toneil Carter. For his part, the 6-foot-5, 318-pound Thomas is "a tackle prospect with some very good physical tools." That, according to the Worldwide Leader's scouting department. They believe a freshman redshirt might be in the best interest of player and team.
Jul 17 - 3:00 PM

According to ESPN's Tom Luginbill, Georgia four-star 2017 verbal RB commit Toneil Carter "is at his best hitting the downhill crease as a one-cut and get North runner

Luginbill noted that while Carter is "not always flashy" and lacks something of an elusive nature (Loch Ness Monster, he is not), he has shown the ability to "open it up and go with 4.5 speed" with "good lateral movements to stretch out runs [and] cut back through tight traffic." The analyst views the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder as a potential workhorse back down the road with Georgia as they look to continue churning out sparkling running back prospects under new HC Kirby Smart. Carter ranks as Rivals' No. 175 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Jul 16 - 7:57 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart indicated that freshman QB Jacob Eason's lack of experience will not be held against him in the quarterback competition.

Smart was asked how much Eason's newness to the program could hinder his chances, to which the coach responded "Zero." He went on to add, "I mean, the options we're going to weigh are going to be what gives us the best chance to win. … We're going to play the best player that gives us the best opportunity to win football games. And I don't know who that is." This has been Smart's spin since Eason initially signed his letter of intent in February. He noted that the reps between the stud freshman, Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey in the spring essentially broke down evenly. That is the plan for August, too, at least until one of these young men begins to pull away in camp. For now, Smart insists that none of the three have the inside track to win the job. Eason ranked as Rivals' No. 7 overall prospect for the 2016 cycle. He makes for one of the true SEC wild cards given his prodigious talents.
Source: Rivals
Jul 12 - 3:52 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart said that junior RB Sony Michel's left forearm fracture suffered over the Fourth of July weekend was an open fracture.

Michel fractured his left forearm while riding an ATV during the Independence Day weekend. He subsequently underwent surgery and spent a week in the hospital. "It’s an injury [the medical staff doesn't] have a lot of experience with because it’s not a normal football injury," Smart said. He noted that he had firsthand experience with a broken arm (Kenyan Drake's) while on Alabama's sideline last autumn, but "that was one bone and it didn’t come out of the skin." Smart is optimistic about the result of Michel's surgery, but wouldn't nail down a timetable for his return. "I don’t think we’ll know availability until closer to the first or second scrimmages," Smart said. "We’ll know closer then how long it will take. People say six to eight weeks but Kenyan’s was less than that but his injury is less than that." Senior RB Brendan Douglas and four-star frosh Elijah Holyfield should see increased opportunities in August camp.
Jul 12 - 12:36 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart indicated that junior RB Nick Chubb (knee) will be a full participant in August drill work.

While Smart said that Chubb would be able to "do pretty much everything" when it comes to non-tackling drills, he isn't necessarily ready to let him loose in a live setting. "The psychological factor of him taking the first hits and going through tackling we’ll be a big part of that," Smart said, "and we have people working with him on that, as well as learning what to do." The 5-foot-10, 228-pounder is working his way back from major knee surgery after being sidelined against Tennessee in October. His status for the season-opener against North Carolina on September 3 remains up in the air. Cubb, himself, has vowed to be ready for that showdown with the Tar Heels.
Jul 12 - 12:22 PM

Georgia sophomore DE Jonathan Ledbetter apologized for his weekend arrest.

Ledbetter was arrested after police received a call about a vehicle blocking traffic on Sunday morning. The 6-foot-4, 251-pounder was found passed out behind the wheel. "I have a problem and have received an incredible amount of support and treatment through the Athletic Department for the problem," Ledbetter said in a statement on Monday. "For that I am thankful. I ask for everyone’s support as I continue to receive additional treatment for this disease and work toward a healthy life." He played in seven games during the 2015 campaign, recording four tackles in that space.
Jul 11 - 2:06 PM

According to the police incident report, Georgia sophomore DE Jonathan Ledbetter was asleep at the wheel in a stationary vehicle at the time of his Sunday arrest.

The authorities received a call notifying them that a vehicle was blocking traffic on Sunday morning. Upon response, Ledbetter was found passed out at the wheel of a running vehicle in front of a light. It took police around half-an-hour to wake him. Following his arrest, he was charged with driving under the influence and underage possession of alcohol. Georgia released a statement regarding the incident, with HC Kirby Smart saying, "We are committed to providing whatever assistance is necessary for Jonathan that will contribute to immediate improvement but also ensure that his long-term well-being is secure." Smart indicated that Ledbetter's arrest "will result in discipline." The 6-foot-4, 251-pounder is already suspended for the season-opener against North Carolina due to a March arrest involving a fake ID.
Jul 11 - 12:19 PM

Georgia sophomore DE Jonathan Ledbetter was arrested on Saturday morning and charged with driving under the influence and underage possession of alcohol.

Ledbetter was arrested during a traffic stop early on Saturday morning. Both the DUI and underage possession charges he faces are misdemeanor counts. This is his second arrest in the last three-and-a-half months. Back in March, he attempted to gain entry to a club using a fake ID. The charges stemming from that incident were eventually dismissed, but that did not stop Georgia from handing down a one-game suspension. As for what might come of Saturday's arrest, a DUI is cause for a two-game suspension according to the Bulldogs' drug and alcohol policy. Given that he is already set to miss Georgia's September 3rd opener against North Carolina, these newest charges could end up costing him the bulk of the September schedule. Official word on punishment should be announced in the coming days.
Source: Dawg Nation
Jul 10 - 7:10 PM

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart would not speculate if junior RB Sony Michel will be ready to play in the season opener against UNC after having surgery to repair a broken left forearm.

No timetable was given on Michel's recovery, but some speculate the healing process takes 6 to 8 weeks. The running back, who stepped up in a major way last season, was injured in an ATV accident on Monday, leading Smart to say "kids will be kids." Star ball carrier Nick Chubb is coming off of a significant knee injury and Keith Marshall graduated to the NFL.
Jul 6 - 11:30 AM

Four-star 2017 DE Robert Beal committed to Georgia.

Beal de-committed from Notre Dame in mid-February, perhaps feeling the tug of his home state roots. He hails from Norcross, Georgia, and ranks as Rivals' No. 70 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. The 6-foot-3, 217-pounder marks another feather in the cap of Bulldogs' HC Kirby Smart, whose 2017 class at this juncture is impressive given that Smart was prowling Alabama's sideline just seven months ago. Beal stands as Georgia's 13th commitment. Eight of those young men rank as four-star recruits on Rivals' board.
Source: Rivals
Jul 5 - 12:33 PM

Georgia junior RB Sony Michel underwent surgery to repair a broken left forearm.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chip Towers is reporting that Michel broke his left arm while riding an ATV. Georgia confirmed the injury (though they did not divulge the specific circumstances). At this time, the 5-foot-11, 208-pounder's timetable for recovery is not yet known. Given that Nick Chubb is still working his way back from last season's devastating knee injury, senior RB Brendan Douglas figures to receive a fair look in August camp. Four-star freshman RB Elijah Holyfield is also an intriguing backfield option here depending on how quickly Chubb and Michel are able to return to form.
Jul 5 - 2:48 AM

Four-star 2017 CB Latavious Brini committed to Georgia.

"I was really feeling Georgia, and I just wanted to get it over with. I just came to the decision today," Brini said. He is bumping his commitment up by a few weeks after initially planning on a July 31st pledge. The Bulldogs are offering the 6-foot-2, 184-pounder a chance to compete immediately. "They said I have a great chance of playing right away," Brini explained, "and they see me only as a cornerback." Scout.com notes that he "knows how to make a play on the ball" and calls him a "solid tackler for a long corner." He ranks as the outlet's No. 260 overall prospect.
Source: Rivals
Jul 4 - 1:22 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Georgia junior RB Nick Chubb No. 6 in its preseason Heisman rankings.

Chubb, who has tallied a 7.4 yards per carry average in two years campus, ranked third in the nation with an elusive rating of 108.5 last fall. "Opponents stood no chance when trying to tackle Chubb as they bounced off his regularly, and perhaps most impressive, he then showed the speed to create big plays," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "Georgia got inconsistent quarterback play a year ago, and this year may be more of the same, so look for Chubb to carry the offense."
Jun 24 - 6:22 PM


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