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Based on conversations with orthopedic experts, Gridiron Now's Tony Barnhart said that he is "going to be surprised" if Georgia senior RB Nick Chubb plays early in 2016.

"The orthopedic people that I’ve talked to say from the date you injure the way he injured that knee, it’s a calendar year," Barnhart told 1010XL in Jacksonville. Chubb suffered his left knee injury on the team's first offensive series against Tennessee on October 10. HC Kirby Smart has played the "cautiously optimistic" card when it comes to the 5-foot-10, 228-pound senior, but has not committed to Chubb starting the season-opener against North Carolina on September 3. We should have a much better idea of Chubb's recovery and readiness when preseason camp boots up in August. The yearlong rehab timetable Barnhart cites is by no means hard and fast for every player.
May 28 - 6:01 PM

ESPN's Tom Lugbill noted that Georgia five-star 2017 S Richard LeCounte III and Alabama senior S Eddie Jackson share a similar "corner-like change of direction ability."

"These two have almost identical measurables," Luginbill wrote, "and now Jackson has blossomed into a 200-pounder which we expect LeCounte to do as well. The added bulk could help in run support and durability." ESPN 300 lists LeCounte at 5-foot-11, 176 pounds, giving him room to grow with the Bulldogs. A native of Hinesville, Georgia, LeCounte received offers from heavy-hitters Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Florida (among others), but chose to commit to Georgia in mid-December.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 5:45 PM

Georgia AD Mitch McGarity apologized to the board of directors for the contract Ludacris signed to perform at the spring game.

"There are no reruns in life so we need to turn the page, learn from our mistakes and do everything we can to make sure errors of this nature do not reoccur," McGarity said. Ludacris netted $65,000, liquor (amorphous amount) and a box of condoms for his work during spring festivities. School president Jere Morehead summed it up well enough, saying, "[o]bviously in retrospect they should have done a more thorough job of reviewing all of the riders and removing those that were objectionable."
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 1:48 PM

Georgia announced that per-seat donations for priority season-ticket holders will rise an average of 17% starting in 2017.

This rate-hike for those interested in Georgia season tickets is expected to generate in the neighborhood of $2.5 million in extra revenue. AD Greg McGarity noted that the price bump comes in anticipation of big things for the Bulldogs in the future. "We wanted to be respectable in the increase to not price people out of a certain area but we did feel like we needed to make an adjustment," he said.
May 27 - 2:29 PM

According to ESPN's Edward Aschoff, Georgia sophomore DT Trenton Thompson "was a monster" in spring practices.

Incoming defensive whiz kids Kirby Smart and Mel Tucker saw three starting linebackers leave, including stars Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins, but the returning talent is stellar, led by Thompson. Thompson was the No. 3 overall recruit in the nation in the last cycle, per ESPN. Though he underwhelmed as a freshman, Aschoff wrote that Thompson "should be a force" and a "double-team machine."
Source: ESPN.com
May 25 - 8:33 PM

Georgia four-star 2017 LB Jaden Hunter indicated that there is a 96% chance he stands by his commitment.

If the weatherman tells you there is a 96% chance of rain, you pull out the umbrella. It probably isn't quite time to pull on the Hunter Georgia jersey, but he seems pretty set in his commitment. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder still plans on taking visits to USC, Michigan, Alabama and LSU over his summer break, but those shouldn't be considered commitment-shakers right now. Rivals ranks Hunter as its No. 59 overall recruit for 2017
Source: Rivals
May 22 - 3:01 PM

ESPN's Travis Haney wrote that Georgia freshman QB Jacob Eason is "easily the most talented option on the roster, but he still has a lot to learn."

"Even after a strong showing this spring for Eason, first-year coach Kirby Smart has made it clear he isn’t going to rush the freshman into action," Haney wrote. He sees graduate QB Greyson Lambert as the leader in the clubhouse to start in Week 1 against North Carolina, comparing the situation to the one Clemson faced in 2014. Two years ago, Cole Stoudt won the starting job out of August camp before ceding the job to Deshaun Watson over the course of the season. In the case of this season's Georgia team, Haney speculated that an October 1 home game against Tennessee might be an opportune time to unveil Eason to the masses. This is a delicate dance for Kirby Smart, particularly if he does roll with Lambert and finds the offense lacking early.
May 20 - 4:26 PM

Georgia junior OLB Lorenzo Carter will compete with Deven Bellamy for Leonard Floyd's old spot.

The 6-foot-5, 234-pound Carter is about as Floyd-like as you can get. Though he failed to live up to expectations as a freshman (-7.4 PFF grade), Carter improved greatly last fall with a +8.8 grade on 306 snaps. Bellamy has been better on the field, with a +16.6 career grade on four sacks, four quarterback hits and 11 hurries over 426 snaps.
May 16 - 3:24 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff wrote that Georgia junior WR Isaiah McKenzie is "a guy who can do just about anything on the field."

After Nick Chubb went down with a severe knee injury early in the season, McKenzie served (at times) as the entire Georgia offense. He finished the season having recorded 10 catches for 123 yards, 11 rushes for 117 yards and a touchdown, 17 punt returns for 217 yards and two touchdowns and three kick returns for 40 yards. Phew. The 5-foot-8, 164-pound junior won't necessarily post all-world stats in any one single category, but HC Kirby Smart will have the luxury of a Swiss Army Knife who can impact the game in a ton of ways come the start of the 2016 campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
May 15 - 7:09 PM

Georgia dismissed sophomore defensive end Chauncey Rivers.

The ouster comes two days after Rivers was arrested for marijuana possession, the third time he's had a pot-related incident over the past seven months. Rivers faces a felony charge for violating Georgia’s Controlled Substances Act and misdemeanor charges for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, parking in a disabled parking spot and keeping drugs in a container. "It's extremely disappointing," said HC Kirby Smart. "He's been given previous opportunities to remain on our football team but continues to exhibit a lack of good judgment and commitment to the standards we require and expect from our players."
May 13 - 3:30 PM

Georgia senior RB Nick Chubb (knee) took the final spot on Mel Kiper's 2017 top-25 prospect rankings.

"Health and mileage are concerns, as Chubb was lost to a knee injury last season after getting 219 carries as a freshman," he wrote. "But assuming he's able-bodied, Chubb is a great combination of size, speed and vision." Chubb tore the PCL and a pair of ligaments in his left knee on Oct. 10 against Tennessee. The good news is that Georgia has consistently reported that he's either on or ahead of his recovery schedule.
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 7:00 PM

Sportsbook 5dimes installed Georgia as a 4.5-point favorite for their Week 1 showdown with North Carolina.

This line might seem a bit low if you were solely judging the two teams on their name value -- particularly given that it will be played in the Georgia Dome -- but the Bulldogs and new HC Kirby Smart are still progressing through some offseason question marks, most notably at quarterback. Graduate Greyson Lambert, redshirt junior Brice Ramsey and freshman Jacob Eason are all in competition for the starting gig. North Carolina has no such issue, having already named Mitch Trubisky their starting gunslinger.
May 9 - 7:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that "[Bears] GM Ryan Pace did a masterful job managing the board [during the draft]."

Internal strife at the Worldwide Leader. While McShay loves the Bears' selection of Georgia LB Leonard Floyd with the No. 9 pick, colleague Mel Kiper Jr. was decidedly more lukewarm, saying that the pick would be a reach if Floyd can't develop his overall game beyond the already-present pass-rush. No such worries for McShay. "Floyd has a really high ceiling as a pass-rusher, along with the versatility to drop into coverage," he wrote.
May 8 - 2:26 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. questioned the Bears' selection of Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd at No. 9.

"The concern on Floyd is pretty simple: Can he maintain his weight and not get physically overwhelmed if he's not simply winning with speed? I think he provides immediate help in a pass-rushing role," Kiper wrote, "but if that's all he becomes, No. 9 could be a reach." As the longtime Worldwide Leader draft mouthpiece additionally noted, the Bears coughed up a fourth-round pick to the Buccaneers just for the right to jump from No. 11 to No. 9. While he isn't quite sure if Floyd will justify his top-10 selection, Kiper highlighted Indiana RB Jordan Howard and Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman as two late-round picks who could provide early offensive dividends for the Bears. He thinks Braverman could develop into a "stud in the slot." Even with the perceived reach on Floyd, Kiper still gave Chicago an A- for their draft class as a whole. Rotworld's Evan Silva did likewise with his Internet red pen.
May 5 - 8:45 PM

Titans signed Georgia FB Quayvon Hicks.

Hicks (6'1/259) played special teams as a freshman before serving as the Bulldogs' fullback in his final three seasons, completing his career with a 23-166-3 (7.2 YPC) rushing line and 12 receptions. A defensive tackle in high school, Hicks packs thump in the running game and is the premier lead-blocking fullback in this year's draft. Hicks' special teams background will increase his chances of holding onto a roster spot.
May 4 - 3:38 PM


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