By: Joe Vitale of UGAFootballLive.com
Monday, December the 8th was a relatively eventful day for Georgia Football. The Associated Press released their All-SEC selections, which included a few Georgia Bulldogs. Rivals updated their 2016 top 100 recruits and placed a UGA commit at number one overall. A certain running back announced that he is indeed transferring to one of UGA’s most hated rivals.
Today’s news is as follows:
- UGA opens as a 7.5 point favorite over Louisville. The two teams have never met each other on the gridiron, but that will all change on December 30th, at 6:30 P.M in Charlotte.
- This will mark UGA’s 51st bowl game (4th most in NCAA history), and 17th consecutive (longest in the SEC).
- Last week,UGA running back J.J. Green announced that he would transfer from Georgia in hopes for more playing time elsewhere. Yesterday, news broke that Green had made his decision to transfer to in-state rival, Georgia Tech. Green announced today that those rumors were indeed true and he will enroll at Georgia Tech.
- Most college coaches would not allow their players to transfer to rival schools, especially an in-state school. However, Richt is not like most coaches. There will certainly be mixed opinions on whether or not Richt should put his foot down and implement a blockade on kids transferring to rival schools, but I say let the kid go where he wants. He didn’t do anything wrong or break any rules, he just wants to ply more.
- TheRimington Award, given annually to the nation’s top center, released their six finalists today. Among those six finalists wasUGA Center, David Andrews, a senior who has started 40 consecutive games for the Bulldogs.
- The Dawgs have had great success at the Center position in the past decade. Over the last seven years, UGA has been fortunate enough to have only two players start at that position: Ben Jones (4 years) and David Andrews (3 years).
- In more award related news, the Associated Press released their All-SEC teams and Players of the Year.UGA had multiple players on the first and second All-SEC team.
- First team All-SEC included UGA freshman running back, Nick Chubb, who rushed for 1,281 yards and 12 touchdowns while only starting six games in 2014. Chubb is the third ever UGA true freshman to rush for over 1,000 yards. The other two are Herschel Walker (1980) and Todd Gurley (2012).
- Also making the first team is UGA senior linebacker, Amarlo Herrera. Herrera has been a leader on the Georgia defense since day one. He recorded a career high of 19 tackles, verses Georgia Tech on November, 29th.
- Four Dawgs were named to the All-SEC second team by the Associate Press. Those players are as follow: Redshirt sophomore Greg Pyke (OG), senior Ramik Wilson (ILB), senior Damian Swann (CB), and senior David Andrews (C).
- Not only did the AP release their All-SEC teams, but they also released their players of the year. It comes as no surprise that UGA running back Nick Chubb was awarded SEC Freshman of the Year. The future is very, very bright.
- 72 years ago today, one of the greatest to ever don the red & black was awarded the Heisman Trophy. On this day in 1942, US Marine, Frankie Sinkwich, won UGA’s first ever Heisman, beating out the likes of Paul Governali (Columbia), Clint Castleberry (Georgia Tech), and Mike Holovak (Boston College). In 1941 he led the nation in rushing yards with 209 carries for 1,103 yards. He was a two-time All-America selection and led the Bulldogs to an 11-1 season in 1942, capturing the SEC Championship and a victory over UCLA in the 1943 Rose Bowl.
- In recruiting news, the 2016 Rivals Top 100 Recruiting Rankings were updated this morning and there is a new number one overall recruit. The man atop the leaderboard isfive star quarterback, JacobEason, a familiar name toUGA fans.Eason (6’5″205lb) is a junior quarterback from Lake Stevens, Washington who committed toUGA back in July.
- Eason had a phenomenal junior season for Lake Stevens. His season stats are as follows: 195 of 284 (69%), 2,855 yards, 32 touchdowns, and only 3 interceptions. Congrats to Jacob on a great junior season.
- Also listed in the updated 2016 Rivals Top 100 are two otherUGA commits:
- Ben Cleveland (6’7″, 322lbs), a five star OT from Toccoa, Georgia, checks in at number 20 in the rankings and is the highest ranked OL in his class.
- Chauncey Manac (6’3″, 230lbs), a weakside defensive end from Homerville, Georgia, comes in at number 48 in the rankings; giving the Dawgs three commits in the top fifty.
- Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green recorded 11 receptions for 224 yards and a touchdown yesterday verses Jarvis Jones (three tackles) and the Steelers. Cincinnati fell to Pittsburgh 42-21, but Green’s 224 yards is a career high for the young receiver out of Summerville, South Carolina.
- Chiefs OLB Justin Houston had another great game yesterday verses the Cardinals. Kansas City lost, but Justin Houston couldn’t be stopped as he recorded two sacks and had a forced fumble. Houston now has sixteen sacks on the season, which ranks first in the NFL.
- UGA ILB Ramik Wilson accepted an invite to play in the Reese Senior Bowl on January 24th in Mobile.
- Tennessee and Butch Jones hasve agreed to a two year contract extension that will keep him in Knoxville until 2020.
- UGA will report to Charlotte on Christmas eve.
- Heisman finalists: Amari Cooper, Melvin Gordon, Marcus Mariota