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Georgia head coach Kirby Smart confirmed that junior RB Nick Chubb will play in the season opener against UNC.

He won't be the only running back to see touches, however. "I think everybody’s in line to get carries. Nick’s in line, Elijah’s (Holyfield) in line, Brian’s (Herrien) in line, Brendan Douglas is in line, Tae Crowder’s in line," Smart told the media. Georgia relied on their ball carriers every single season under Mark Richt, and that likely won't be any different with Smart running the team. Chubb is the huge news here, coming off a major knee injury last season. Before that, he looked like one of the nation's most talented runners. Sony Michel still appears to be sidelined.
Aug 25 - 10:27 AM

Georgia freshman RB Elijah Holyfield's ankle injury is not serious, according to head coach Kirby Smart.

Smart made sure to note Holyfield's injury is not a high ankle sprain and should be able to return to the field by the end of the week. Holyfield suffered the injury during a scrimmage on Saturday. Right now Nick Chubb sits atop the depth chart, with Sony Michel behind him despite working back from a broken arm. There might be a handful of carries available to open the season.
Source: Dawg Nation
Aug 23 - 10:37 AM

Georgia freshman RB Elijah Holyfield suffered an ankle injury during Saturday's scrimmage.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Seth Emerson and Chip Towers hear that Holyfield suffered the ankle injury early in scrimmage, after the media's open-viewing period had ended. He was subsequently spotted sporting a walking boot. The 5-foot-11, 204-pounder likely wouldn't have seen extended playing time this season prior to fellow back Sony Michel's fractured arm in July, but that injury opened the door for him to earn a potential early backup role behind Nick Chubb. Holyfield's status moving forward is not yet known, but the former four-star recruit's outlook should become more clear after HC Kirby Smart addresses the media on Wednesday.
Source: Dawg Nation
Aug 22 - 2:23 PM

Georgia junior RB Sony Michel (arm) did not participate in Saturday's scrimmage.

Michel has missed both of Georgia's scrimmages this month as he recovers from a fractured left forearm suffered in an ATV misadventure during the Fourth of July weekend. The 5-foot-11, 208-pounder has been taking part in conditioning work, but just isn't ready to take live contact. While August camps will be drawing to a close soon, HC Kirby Smart has yet to officially rule out Michel for the opener against North Carolina. Said Smart, "It’s one of the deals that’s a medical decision right now. They’re trying to decide when it’s safe for him to go back and do things."
Aug 20 - 5:46 PM

Georgia junior RB Sony Michel (arm) was seen at practice this weekend without a cast.

While Michel is far enough along the road to recovery that he no longer apparently needs the cast, the 5-foot-11, 208-pound junior did not take part in Saturday's scrimmage. Michel initially fractured his left forearm in an ATV accident over the Fourth of July weekend. His status for the opener against North Carolina remains nebulous, but given that the opener is under three weeks away, now, it might take something of a minor miracle for Michel to see the field for that contest.
Aug 14 - 2:15 PM

In his first scrimmage of August, Georgia junior RB Nick Chubb (knee) received upwards of eight carries.

Not only did Chubb see eight carries, he was also tackled in the scrimmage, one of those little psychological hurdles to clear after a major knee surgery. "I think the officials were more worried about him than we were because they were blowing the whistle quick and we didn’t want that," said HC Kirby Smart. At this point, all signs are pointing toward Chubb being ready to start against North Carolina on September 3. At the beginning of August, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Seth Emerson wrote that it was "approaching a certainty" that Chubb would see action against the Tar Heels.
Source: Dawg Nation
Aug 14 - 1:45 PM

In a statement, Georgia HC Kirby Smart thanked the SEC for granting Alabama graduate CB Maurice Smith a conditional waiver to transfer to the Bulldogs.

"This has been a difficult situation to navigate and we are grateful to all who have been involved in bringing it to a resolution," Smart said. "Now that it is behind us, we are all anxious to move forward." Smith had been trying for a Georgia transfer since mid-June, but Alabama would not allow him to transfer in-conference, leading to a lengthy appeal. Bama finally granted him that waiver on Thursday, at which point the case was passed along to the SEC, with Smith receiving a conditional waiver on Friday.
Aug 13 - 1:48 PM

The SEC approved Alabama graduate CB Maurice Smith's request to transfer to Georgia.

Smith initially requested the transfer in the middle of June, but Crimson Tide HC Nick Saban refused to relent to his request to join former DC Kirby Smart at Georgia. After a lengthy appeals process, Alabama granted him a full release from his scholarship on Thursday. That put the decision into the hands of the SEC. They acted quickly in granting him a conditional waiver on Friday. It is not normally the policy of the conference to allow graduate transfers to move within the conference ranks unless they have two years of eligibility remaining. With the conditional waiver now in hand, Smith will be allowed to join Georgia immediately.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 12 - 4:06 PM

Transferring Georgia senior LB Tim Kimbrough indicated that HC Kirby Smart told him he either had to transfer or he would be dismissed from the team.

By Kimbrough's account, he got into hot water after leaving practice with what he says was an injury (the subsequent MRI did not show one). "I just wanted to sit out, so the people in front of me could start until they needed me, until the team needed me," Kimbrough said. "But since I left practice, coach, he was like, since I left practice I’ve got to be kicked off the team, or I had to transfer." That's the way the 6-foot-1, 226-pounder paints it, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Seth Emerson is reporting that Georgia's coaches actually tried to convince Kimbrough to stay with the team. No dice. He has yet to determine his transfer locale of choice, but would like to play this coming season, meaning that an FBS program is unlikely to land the linebacker.
Source: Dawg Nation
Aug 11 - 3:42 PM

Georgia senior LB Tim Kimbrough will transfer.

Everybody involved was being somewhat coy -- HC Kirby Smart said that Kimbrough was on a "little leave of absence," while Kimbrough himself sent out multiple unachored tweets about decisions in life -- but his father, Tim Kimbrough senior, but all of this passive-aggressiveness to rest by telling the Athens Banner-Herald that his son would be transferring out of Georgia. "He didn’t get into trouble or nothing like that. It’s just in our best interests," said the elder Kimbrough. "We’re from Indiana and it’s kind of hard. I can’t do everything 600 miles away and get information like I’m supposed to. He just was very unhappy." Last season, the 6-foot-1, 226-pounder recorded 62 tackles (4.5 for loss), a sack and a fumble recovery. Those 62 tackles would have stood as the most coming back to Georgia's roster this season. Except, of course, they are no longer coming back. He plans on a Division II transfer.
Aug 11 - 12:43 PM

Georgia senior LB Tim Kimbrough is taking a "little leave of absence," according to head coach Kirby Smart.

Kimbrough recently tweeted the following cryptic message: "Sometime in Life you will have to make a hard decision even if you don't want to make it.. You just had to do it." Smart would not comment further on the matter. Kimbrough was suspended for last season's bowl game, but the reason was not public. All seemed find this past spring.
Source: Dawg Nation
Aug 11 - 10:40 AM

Alabama has granted graduate CB Maurice Smith a full release from his scholarship.

This deserves a "finally," and we wonder if the process was worth it for Alabama, or if they would change the way this whole ordeal was handled if given another chance. The transfer request is now up to the SEC, and they have the final say to allow it or not. Smith, who has targeted Georgia this entire time, should be allowed to transfer within the conference. "We don't really need to talk about that anymore and I don't have any other comments to make about it," Nick Saban said. "We're trying to focus on the guys we have here and what we need to do to help those guys have a chance to be successful." Smith has been very vocal for weeks, and for good reason. He will likely reconnect with former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart at Georgia.
Source: Rivals
Aug 11 - 8:43 AM

Alabama graduate CB Maurice Smith, who is attempting to transfer from the school, says the process has been "bigger than me."

Smith's entire process has been an interesting one. Plenty of players transfer out of or into Alabama and other SEC schools, but right now the university has resisted Smith's request to leave. Smith graduated last Saturday and wants to transfer to Georgia, but Alabama has not released him from scholarship. They could restrict his landing spots, usually inside their own conference. Smith has requested to be released "several" times, and Alabama even gave him permission to talk with other programs. But Nick Saban apparently believes Smith's best option is to stay at Alabama. Again, this process rarely plays out this way for graduate players.
Source: ESPN
Aug 9 - 9:04 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Seth Emerson relays that Georgia junior RB Nick Chubb (knee) has been taking on a full load in practice.

Emerson notes that Chubb has "been running, cutting and carrying the ball without limitation." He goes so far as to write that the 5-foot-10, 228-pound back's readiness for the Bulldogs' season-opening showdown with North Carolina on September 3 is "now approaching a certainty." We haven't seen Chubb on the field since last October due to the knee injury he suffered against Tennessee, but in a healthy 2014 campaign, he exploded for 1,547 yards (7.1 YPC) and 14 touchdowns.
Aug 5 - 1:09 PM

Transferring Alabama graduate CB Maurice Smith indicated in his appeal letter to the university that he was ostracized after deciding to leave the program.

Smith was hoping to transfer to Georgia, but Alabama is blocking that move and according to his mother, has yet to release him from his scholarship. The Crimson Tide are often cited as a professional machine in all aspects of the game, but Smith wrote in his appeal letter that the day after he talked to HC Nick Saban about transferring in mid-June, he arrived at the practice facility to find a cleared out locker, with some of his personal effects actually placed in the trash, including "sentimental items memorializing [his] deceased former friend, roommate and teammate, Altee Tenpenny." Alabama has not commented on the situation. If Smith's appeal falls on deaf ears and the Bulldogs are truly out of the picture, Miami could serve as a potential landing spot.
Source: Dawg Nation
Aug 3 - 2:44 PM


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