01/15/18 - (ILB) - *Roquan Smith, Jr, 6-0, 225 LB Roquan Smith, the Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker, announced Monday he will enter the NFL Draft. Although it took him until the deadline day to declare, his decision comes as no surprise, considering he is a potential top 10 pick. NFLDraftScout.com rates him as the No. 9 prospect.
Smith (6-1, 225) led the charge on defense for Georgia, which lost 26-23 in overtime to Alabama in the national championship game. He made 137 tackles, including 14 for loss and 6.5 sacks, in 15 games. He earned SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors, was the Defensive MVP of the Rose Bowl victory over Oklahoma, and took home MVP honors in the SEC title game.
01/13/18 - (DT) - *Trenton Thompson, Jr, 6-3, 295 Georgia junior defensive tackle Trenton Thompson is entering the NFL draft despite a decline in production in 2017. Thompson had three sacks and was named MVP in Georgia's Liberty Bowl win over Texas Christian following the 2016 season. He had no sacks in 2017. Thompson, from Albany, Georgia, helped lead this year's team to its first Southeastern Conference championship since 2015 and a spot in the national championship game. He had 38 tackles, including 3 ½ for loss, this season. Thompson announced he was entering the NFL draft on his Instagram account. He wrote the decision followed "long discussion with my family and coaches." He added "playing in the NFL has been a lifelong dream of mind and I'm excited to see what the future holds." - AP College Football
01/12/18 - (QB) - Jacob Eason, So, 6-4, 235 Quarterback Jacob Eason said Friday he is leaving Georgia, an expected decision after he lost his starting job to freshman Jake Fromm. Eason made the announcement on his Twitter account. "Thank you UGA for an incredible two years," he wrote. "The memories and relationships I have made will truly last a lifetime. I will miss suiting up in red and black, but Athens will always be a place I can call home." Eason didn't indicate where he intends to play next, but The Seattle Times reported this week that he is expected to transfer to Washington. Eason played his high school football at Lake Stevens, Washington, and would be in position to take over the Huskies' starting job after sitting out a year under the NCAA's transfer rules. Jake Browning is returning for his senior season at Washington, which is expected to be one of the nation's top teams in 2018.
After starting for Georgia as a freshman, Eason began this season as the No. 1 signal-caller ahead of Fromm. But a knee injury in the opener against Appalachian State knocked Eason out of the lineup, and he never got the job back. Fromm guided the Bulldogs to a 13-2 record, their first Southeastern Conference title since 2005 , a thrilling victory in the Rose Bowl and a spot in the national championship game against Alabama. The Tide rallied from a pair of 13-point deficits to beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime. Eason was a five-star recruit who initially committed to the Bulldogs with former coach Mark Richt. After Richt was fired, Eason hinted that he might go to another school but wound up staying at Georgia under new coach Kirby Smart in 2016. As a freshman, Eason completed 55 percent of his throws for 2,430 yards and 16 touchdowns, with eight interceptions. - AP College Football
01/12/18 - (DT) - *Trenton Thompson, Jr, 6-3, 295 Georgia defensive tackle Trenton Thompson announced he will enter the 2018 NFL draft. Thompson, a junior, came to Georgia as one of the top prospects in the nation in 2015. In three seasons, Thompson has been one of Georgia's top contributors on defense. This past season, Thompson totaled 38 tackles as part of a deep rotation on the defensive line. "After long discussion with his my family and coaches I have decided to enter the 2018 NFL Draft," Thompson wrote on his personal Instagram page. "I would like to thank my family, teammates, Coach (Kirby) Smart and the rest of the staff for all of their support the last 3 years."
Statistically, Thompson's best season came in 2016, when he tallied 64 tackles and five sacks. He had a huge Liberty Bowl game that saw him record three sacks and earn MVP honors. One of his better games of the 2017 season came in the national championship loss against Alabama. Thompson recorded three tackles, with half of a tackle going for a loss. In early December, Thompson initially hinted that he might be returning to Georgia with an Instagram post captioned, "Looking ahead! #UGA19 #SeniorSoon." However, after Georgia's 54-48 double overtime win over Oklahoma, Thompson said his decision wasn't final and that his family would play a role in it. "I love Georgia so everything will come down to my mom," Thompson said. Thompson is the first underclassman at Georgia to announce he is declaring for the NFL draft. - Jason Butt, Macon.com
01/09/18 - (QB) - Jacob Eason, So, 6-4, 235 Sophomore Jacob Eason, who was Georgia's starting quarterback when the 2017 season began, is expected to transfer to Washington, the Seattle Times reported Tuesday. This does not come as a surprise based on a series of events that seems likely to push Eason back to third string next season. As a true freshman, Eason started the final 12 games of the 2016 season after replacing Greyson Lambert in the opener. Eason then started the 2017 opener against Appalachian State, but he suffered a knee injury that knocked him out of the game. He was replaced by true freshman Jake Fromm, who led the Bulldogs to a berth in the national championship game before losing in overtime to Alabama.
Besides Fromm, Georgia is adding Justin Fields, ranked the nation's No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2018 by ESPN. A dual-threat quarterback, Fields announced he plans to enroll at Georgia this winter, allowing him to participate in spring football. Eason is from the state of Washington and played his high school football at Lake Stevens, which is about a 40-mile drive to Seattle. If Eason does, in fact, transfer to Washington, he would be required to sit out the 2018 season, then would have two seasons of college eligibility remaining. Eason was 4 of 7 for 28 yards this past season. He completed 55.1 percent of his passes with 16 touchdown passes and eight interceptions in 2016, when the Bulldogs finished 8-5. - The Sports Xchange
01/08/18 - (ILB) - *Roquan Smith, Jr, 6-0, 225 College Football Playoff national championship game: No. 3 Georgia (13-1) vs. No. 4 Alabama (12-1) at Atlanta, Monday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)...PLAYERS TO WATCH: Georgia: LB Roquan Smith. The Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker and the only defensive player to finish in the top-10 of Heisman voting. Even in a game that featured 104 points and more than 1,000 yards of offense, Smith was one of the best players on the field in the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma. - AP College Football
01/08/18 - (RB) - Sony Michel, Sr, 5-11, 215 College Football Playoff national championship game: No. 3 Georgia (13-1) vs. No. 4 Alabama (12-1) at Atlanta, Monday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN), KEY MATCHUP: Georgia RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel against Alabama's top-ranked run defense, led by NT Da'Ron Payne. Seniors Chubb and Michel are the first Georgia teammates to run for more than 1,000 yards in the same season and the roommates went off in last week's Rose Bowl victory against Oklahoma, combining for 326 yards rushing and six touchdowns. Alabama allows 2.7 yards per carry and the 302-pound Payne's play is pivotal, consuming blockers and allowing linebackers such as Rashaan Evans to track down ball carriers. If Georgia's dynamic duo of Chubb and Michel is slowed that puts more pressure on freshman quarterback Jake Fromm to produce. - AP College Football
01/08/18 - (OLB) - Lorenzo Carter, Sr, 6-5, 243 When Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter wants to wash away the pressure's of football, he turns to cello music. The only difference? Carter is playing it. Carter is an accomplished cello player who grew up loving the classical instrument because of its soothingly, sweet sound. These days, when he needs an escape, he'll pull out his cello and play. "When you get stressed out in one part of your life, it helps to have another," he said. Carter's had little to stress over on the football field. The 6-foot-6, 243-pound senior was one of the Bulldogs heroes at the Rose Bowl, blocking an Oklahoma field goal try in the second overtime that set up Georgia's walk-off win (a 27-yard run by Sony Michel) moments later.
Now, Carter and the Bulldogs face Alabama for the national championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday night. Carter credits his love of music to his parents, who emphasized a well-rounded background that included music. He learned to play several brass instruments like the tuba and the trombone when his high school did not have an outlet for cello players. When he first showed some Georgia teammates, Carter saw some eyebrows rise about his musical taste. "They didn't know what it was," Carter said, laughing. Carter, an NFL prospect, returned for his senior season to help Georgia try for a title. He's projected as a high-round selection in this year's draft. - AP College Football
01/08/18 - (RB) - Nick Chubb, Sr, 5-10, 225 To win national championships the old-school, SEC way, you must have a smothering defense packed with big plays and a strong kicking game. Most importantly, you must run the ball. Then run it some more. Georgia's running game is deeper and better than Alabama's, by only a slight margin. That'll be the difference in Monday night's national championship game. In 1980, Herschel Walker's decision to sign with Georgia laid the groundwork for a national title that year. Similarly, the 2017 Bulldogs' hopes turned on the decisions by tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to put their NFL dreams on hold for a year and return for their senior seasons.
The decisions by Chubb and Michel, as well as outside linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy, all announced on the same December day in 2016, were crucial for coach Kirby Smart's second season. Carter blocked a field goal and Michel had the winning touchdown run in the second overtime of last week's 54-48 Rose Bowl playoff semifinal win over Oklahoma. Chubb and Michel combined to run for 326 yards against Oklahoma to become the most productive tandem in NCAA FBS history, passing SMU's Eric Dickerson and Craig James. In 1980, Walker was a one-man running game. Chubb trails only Walker on the SEC's career rushing list, yet he has far more help than Walker every dreamed of. - AP College Football
01/08/18 - (K) - Rodrigo Blankenship, rSo, 6-0, 191 Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship knows he's getting more looks these days and he knows it's for more than just being a clutch kicker. "It's the glasses," Blankenship said simply at Saturday's media day for the college football's national championship game. Yes, those glasses. When he has them, he looks like he could play the role of a fourth Hanson brother in Slap Shot. But hockey is not Blankenship's sport, it's football _ and he's producing. Blankenship has hit 17 of 20 field goals this season, including two at the Rose Bowl in the dramatic 54-48 win over Oklahoma as the Bulldogs (13-1) advanced to the title game Monday night against Alabama (12-1).
Blankenship set the Rose Bowl record with his 55-yard field goal right before halftime with Georgia trailing by two touchdowns. He also had made his only kick in overtime from 38 yards out before Sony Michel's 27-yard run won the game in the second extra period. "I guess it would have been late last year that the specs picked up a little bit of traction," said Blankenship, then a non-scholarship player who was 14 of 18 on kicks in 2016. But Blankenship said he leaves most of the hype to his father, Ken, who calls or emails his son anytime there's a story about his son's glasses on the field. "He gets more caught up in the all the articles, the blogs and all that stuff," he said. - AP College Football
01/04/18 - (RB) - Nick Chubb, Sr, 5-10, 225 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Running back...Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Georgia (Rose): We're including the Georgia teammates as a package after they combined for six touchdowns in the third-ranked Bulldogs' 54-48 double-overtime semifinal triumph over No. 2 Oklahoma. Michel ran 11 times for 181 yards and three touchdowns - including the game-winning 27-yard score - and caught four passes for 41 yards and a fourth touchdown. Chubb ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. - AP College Football
01/04/18 - (RB) - Sony Michel, Sr, 5-11, 215 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Running back...Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Georgia (Rose): We're including the Georgia teammates as a package after they combined for six touchdowns in the third-ranked Bulldogs' 54-48 double-overtime semifinal triumph over No. 2 Oklahoma. Michel ran 11 times for 181 yards and three touchdowns - including the game-winning 27-yard score - and caught four passes for 41 yards and a fourth touchdown. Chubb ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. - AP College Football
01/04/18 - (ILB) - *Roquan Smith, Jr, 6-0, 225 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Linebacker: Roquan Smith, Georgia (Rose): The Butkus Award winner made 11 tackles , including a key third-down stop in overtime that forced Oklahoma to kick a field when a touchdown would have won it for the Bulldogs. - AP College Football
01/01/18 - (RB) - Sony Michel, Sr, 5-11, 215 Lorenzo Carter's block of an Austin Seibert field-goal attempt in double-overtime set the stage for Sony Michel's game-winning, 27-yard touchdown run, as No. 3 Georgia outlasted No. 2 Oklahoma 54-48 in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl on Monday. Michel -- the Offensive Player of the Game -- rushed for 181 yards, scored three touchdowns on the ground and a fourth receiving, and gained redemption for an earlier miscue in the first overtime game in Rose Bowl history. Georgia (13-1) fell behind 45-38 when Oklahoma defensive back Steven Parker scooped up a Michel fumble, walked a tight rope, and ran the ball 46 yards for a touchdown.
Running back Nick Chubb scored the second of his two rushing touchdowns for Georgia on a 2-yard, direct snap to force overtime at 45-45. Chubb contributed 145 yards rushing to the Bulldogs' 502 total yards of offense. Parker's touchdown was the second of two consecutive scores for Oklahoma (12-2), which fell behind after a 24-0 run by Georgia. A Rodrigo Blankenship field goal of 55 yards just before halftime began the Bulldogs' outpouring, which spanned the third quarter and spilled into the fourth. Chubb and Michel scored on touchdown runs of 50 and 38 yards in the third quarter, then a Dominick Sanders interception of Mayfield led to a 4-yard touchdown from quarterback Jake Fromm to wide receiver Javon Wims. Wims' grab gave Georgia its first lead with 13:57 remaining in regulation. - The Sports Xchange
01/01/18 - (RB) - Sony Michel, Sr, 5-11, 215 As Sony Michel pulled away from the Oklahoma defense for a 75-yard touchdown run in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl, he made history for Georgia's traditionally dominant rush offense. Michel went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the play early in the second quarter, giving the Bulldogs two 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in school history. Senior Nick Chubb came into Monday's game with 1,175 yards rushing. The tandem of Chubb and Michel powered Georgia to its best single-season rushing offense, with 3,426 yards coming into the Rose Bowl. Chubb ranks second among Georgia players in career yards rushing, Michel third. The school's all-time leading rusher, Herschel Walker, is in attendance at the Rose Bowl. - AP College Football
12/21/17 - (ILB) - Natrez Patrick, Jr, 6-2, 235 Troubled Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick is entering a drug treatment program after violating his probation and will miss Georgia's College Football Playoff semifinal game against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl. Patrick was facing 30 days of jail time for the violation before the case was resolved Thursday. He will be admitted to an inpatient program in Augusta, Ga. Patrick was arrested on Dec. 3 with teammate Jayson Stanley. It was Patrick's third marijuana-related arrest since 2015 and second this year. The latest arrest triggered probation activity and he was discovered to have marijuana in his system in a drug test administered on Dec. 6. Patrick underwent another test on Dec. 19 and had marijuana and opiates in his system. The two failed drug tests resulted in the probation violation. Patrick, a junior, had 35 tackles this season. - The Sports Xchange
12/14/17 - (ILB) - Natrez Patrick, Jr, 6-2, 235 A misdemeanor marijuana possession charge against Georgia starting inside linebacker Natrez Patrick has been dismissed, apparently clearing the way for him to play in the Rose Bowl semifinal game. The Athens Banner-Herald reported that the charge was dropped Thursday morning, according to a Barrow County probate court official. The newspaper also reported that backup receiver Jayson Stanley negotiated an agreement to plead guilty to possession of marijuana of less than an ounce and speeding. A DUI drug charge was dropped. Patrick was facing dismissal from the team under Georgia athletic rules for a third violation of the drug and alcohol policy. The school hasn't commented on his status for the Jan. 1 game against Oklahoma. Stanley is facing a mandatory one-game suspension as a first-time marijuana offender. - AP College Football
12/13/17 - (CB) - Deandre Baker, rSo, 5-11, 180 2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Deandre Baker, Georgia,...Senior outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter, of Norcross, Ga., and junior defensive back Deandre Baker, of Miami, Fla., were named to the Second Team on defense. The third-seeded Bulldogs (12-1) travel to Pasadena, Calif., to face second-seeded Oklahoma (12-1) in the College Football Playoff's semifinal round in the Rose Bowl on Monday, January 1. Kickoff is at 5:10 p.m. ET. - Georgia Football
12/13/17 - (OLB) - Lorenzo Carter, Sr, 6-5, 243 2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB Lorenzo Carter, Georgia,...Senior outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter, of Norcross, Ga., and junior defensive back Deandre Baker, of Miami, Fla., were named to the Second Team on defense. The third-seeded Bulldogs (12-1) travel to Pasadena, Calif., to face second-seeded Oklahoma (12-1) in the College Football Playoff's semifinal round in the Rose Bowl on Monday, January 1. Kickoff is at 5:10 p.m. ET. - Georgia Football
12/13/17 - (ILB) - *Roquan Smith, Jr, 6-0, 225 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Roquan Smith, Georgia,...Senior offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and senior tailback Nick Chubb, of Cedartown, Ga., were named to the First Team Offense while junior inside linebacker Roquan Smith was included on the First Team Defense. The third-seeded Bulldogs (12-1) travel to Pasadena, Calif., to face second-seeded Oklahoma (12-1) in the College Football Playoff's semifinal round in the Rose Bowl on Monday, January 1. Kickoff is at 5:10 p.m. ET. - Georgia Football
12/13/17 - (OG) - Isaiah Wynn, Sr, 6-2, 302 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Isaiah Wynn, Georgia,...Senior offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and senior tailback Nick Chubb, of Cedartown, Ga., were named to the First Team Offense while junior inside linebacker Roquan Smith was included on the First Team Defense. The third-seeded Bulldogs (12-1) travel to Pasadena, Calif., to face second-seeded Oklahoma (12-1) in the College Football Playoff's semifinal round in the Rose Bowl on Monday, January 1. Kickoff is at 5:10 p.m. ET. - Georgia Football
12/13/17 - (RB) - Nick Chubb, Sr, 5-10, 225 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Nick Chubb, Georgia,...Senior offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and senior tailback Nick Chubb, of Cedartown, Ga., were named to the First Team Offense while junior inside linebacker Roquan Smith was included on the First Team Defense. The third-seeded Bulldogs (12-1) travel to Pasadena, Calif., to face second-seeded Oklahoma (12-1) in the College Football Playoff's semifinal round in the Rose Bowl on Monday, January 1. Kickoff is at 5:10 p.m. ET. - Georgia Football
12/06/17 - (ILB) - *Roquan Smith, Jr, 6-0, 225 2017 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Roquan Smith, Georgia,...Smith, a native of Montezuma, Ga., gave Georgia its first SEC Defensive Player of the Year since David Pollack garnered the only other award of its kind for Georgia in 2004. Smith, who became Georgia's first Butkus Award winner over the weekend as the nation's top linebacker, is also a finalist for the Bednarik Award and that winner will be announced at the ESPN College Football Awards ceremony on Thursday night. - Georgia Football
12/06/17 - (QB) - Jake Fromm, Fr, 6-2, 225 2017 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Jake Fromm, Georgia,...Fromm, a native of Warner Robins, Ga., becomes UGA's first Freshman of the Year since Nick Chubb accomplished the feat in 2014. Fromm becomes the ninth Bulldog in history to be voted the league's top freshman (Garrison Hearst, 1990; Eric Zeier, 1991; Randall Godfrey, 1992; Quincy Carter, 1998; David Greene, 2001; Knowshon Moreno, 2007; A.J. Greene, 2008; Chubb, 2014). - Georgia Football
12/05/17 - (ILB) - *Roquan Smith, Jr, 6-0, 225 Dec 5 Stock Report, A look at NFL prospects who helped themselves over championship weekend: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia, JR. (6-0, 224, 4.64, #3)...In my recent mock draft, only one linebacker made the cut and surfaced in the first round: Smith to the Dallas Cowboys at No. 15 overall. And in the SEC Championship Game against Auburn, the junior only reinforced his status as a potential top-15 draft pick if he chooses to declare. Smith finished with a game-high 13 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and two fumble recoveries, earning the game's MVP honors. The performance was basically a microcosm of the dominance he has shown all season, proving himself to be the most valuable player on a Bulldogs' defense full of future pros.
The term "sideline-to-sideline" speed is often overused for linebackers, but Smith deserves that description because of his quick first step to track the ball, followed by the reaction to unlock and close on the ball-carrier, finishing with the balance and physicality to shut down the run. As if his weekend wasn't already impressive enough, Smith was recognized as the winner of the Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker) Sunday night in a surprise ceremony during Georgia's end-of-season awards event. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com