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#CommitToTheG Social Media Countdown

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Well, football camp opened yesterday and we're getting excited over here! We've decided to keep the excitement going, we're going count down the days to the upcoming season on social media starting Tuesday - marking 25 days until the Clemson game. But this won't be just any old countdown... we need YOUR help to make it happen. Send us a photo of you or your loved ones showing how you Commit To The G. BE CREATIVE! We'll choose our favorites and post one each day until Aug. 31 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Be sure to include your name and hometown! We look forward to seeing our great fans in action heading into the season, and hey, even if your photo doesn't make it, we'd love for you to share your favorites on social media using our #CommitToTheG hashtag. We promise we'll retweet!

To participate, email your photos to CommitToTheG@gmail.com, and check out our official social media accounts starting Tuesday to see if you made it!

For more information, click here

GO DAWGS! 

Storify: What They're Saying About The Dawgs

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#SECMediaDays

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Well, Bulldog Nation, you waited all spring and summer and now it's just about that time - football season is right around the corner and feeling particularly close now that #SECMediaDays for the Dawgs is tomorrow! It began on Tuesday and continues today, with Georgia's turn set for tomorrow (Thursday) morning beginning at 9:30 AM ET in Hoover, Ala. Georgia will make the rounds along with Alabama, LSU, and Vandy. If you've never heard of #SECMediaDays (yes, we are pushing that hashtag!) it really is quite the scene. Mark Richt and the Georgia players in attendance - Aaron Murray, Garrison Smith, and Arthur Lynch - will visit with media in different formats, from speaking to rooms full of people to sitting on TV sets and taping things for later, to doing one-on-one interviews and signing autographs for fans. Then there's Radio Row - with tons of local and national radio stations assembled in one gauntlet-like aisle for players and coaches to make a trip through - the day is truly like nothing you've ever seen before and reminds us just how important college football is in this conference and part of the country!

That said, we wanted to remind you of the ways you can follow along with tomorrow's events. We will be live on the scene, tweeting from both @UGAAthletics and @UGAHedgesBlog as our coach and players make their way around. We will also be uploading behind-the-scenes photos to our Facebook page (Facebook.com/GeorgiaBulldogs) and using Instagram (ugaathletics) and Vine (@UGAAthletics). Don't miss out on some great content as we'll do our best to give you a peek into what's being said and get a taste of the events as they unfold. When we return, keep your eyes out for a video on Georgiadogs.com.

And of course, use the #SECMediaDays hashtag to stay connected with the conversation involving all the teams.

We'll be in touch tomorrow and GO DAWGS!

Prevent. Protect. Perform.

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Georgia's Director of Sports Nutrition Jen Ketterly was recently awarded the Excellence/Perseverance
Award from the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietician Association
(CPSDA) at the group's annual convention earlier this month. The award is given
annually in recognition of "immeasurable enthusiasm and extraordinary
dedication" to the profession and the organization. In her role as the head of
the two-year-old sports nutrition department within the UGA Athletic
Association, Ketterly is responsible for managing nutrition education for
student-athletes, writing individual nutrition plans, monitoring body
composition, evaluating nutritional supplements, and planning pre-game and
travel meals for the teams. In addition, she oversees nutrition care for football,
men's and women's basketball, volleyball, and women's golf.

Just after Ketterly's award was announced, UGA Director of Athletics Greg McGarity was given the CPSDA's Tom Osborne Award for Commitment to Nutrition, as he was instrumental in starting the program at Georgia and has allowed Ketterly and her team to be successful through his support of their work.

Between The Hedges recently sat down with Ketterly to discuss the ins and outs of her work as Georgia's nutritionist, and what results she has seen from the student-athletes after two years here.

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Between The Hedges: What did the CPSDA award mean to you?

Jen Ketterly: It was great to be recognized by our association, my peers and colleagues. It's a testament to the people I've worked with and the places I've been. I'm a believer that you're a sum of your parts, and this shows that I've been around some great people and places in my career.

BTH: How did you get into sports nutrition and how did you get to Georgia?

JK: I was a student-athlete - I played basketball at Cornell University - and growing up at some of the elite camps I attended they would have sessions for us on things like GRE and SAT prep, but they'd also have information on nutrition, and how hydrating and taking iron and eating certain foods could have a positive impact on your performance. I remember thinking it was really cool that those things could affect the way you played. When I was recruited to Cornell I was lucky that they had a great nutrition program. At the time there was only one full-time sports dietitian in the country, and that was Kris Clark at Penn State. It was just coming onto the scene and it wasn't even a field of its own at that time. It was just an idea. I thought it was something I would really like to do and it seemed like a neat path. It's been great to see it develop to where it is today, embraced by athletic programs everywhere. I got to Georgia through stops at UConn and UNC.

BTH: How did the start of the program here at Georgia come about?

JK: We didn't have a nutrition program at all before our staff came on bard. We were one of the few SEC schools who didn't. When Greg McGarity came on board in 2010, he recognized that as one of the gaps in our services provided to student-athletes. He came from Florida and worked with their training table there, and when he came here he was able to identify that need. Ron Courson was charged with running the search and also absorbing the nutrition program under the sports medicine department. That's how it happened.

BTH: What are your primary responsibilities?

JK: We wear a bunch of different hats each and every day. A couple of key areas are, first, the training table. We have a temporary space in Stegeman Coliseum that services our football, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, tennis, and some baseball student-athletes - and we oversee that effort administratively and programmatically. We work with food services on that, and at first we had to do everything from planning the menu to running electrical lines for our hot bar to ordering mass beverages for 200 people every day. Training table is a big area for us. Second, we are tasked with servicing our programs - similarly to how the athletic trainers and sports information staff have people assigned to sports, we have that as well. So our staff members work directly with the teams to meet with the student-athletes and make plans based on their needs. We work on education - our goal as a staff is to change the culture of what nutrition was in the athletic department. We want to be very performance-based and positive. We work with the sports' directors of operations on planning meals both and home and on the road, and on game days we manage what needs to happen in terms of hydration and fueling so we can be the best-fueled team out there. We work with supplement vendors to manage that product, and from a health and safety standpoint we make sure that we are educating on the risk and benefits of certain supplements, because of course we have to adhere to stringent UGA and NCAA drug testing policies. Those are a few of our biggest jobs.

BTH: How have the student-athletes received the nutrition education?

JK: That has been one of the most pleasant surprises since being here. Our program is celebrating its two-year anniversary this July, and since we've been here we've had great support from the coaches. They've embraced what we're doing without a doubt. The majority of the student-athletes have taken it all in stride and opened themselves up on how they can get better. We take the angle not of "don't do this and this" and letting them know that they don't have to give up everything they like, but letting them know it's a learning process and teaching them how they can best utilize foods and fluids to their advantage.

BTH: How has the department grown since you arrived? Have you achieved the goals you set?

JK: Coming in, we would laugh because we came into our offices and there was nothing here. Maria [Breen] and I were hired on the same day and we came into these empty offices, and we were like, "Okay, here we go." My goal was to begin to establish that conversation about nutrition, about what it is and what it means. Our philosophy is just as it says on our logo - "Prevent, Protect, Perform." Good nutrition programs can help prevent injury. The protection element is about protecting eligibility through knowledge of those banned substances. And the performance element is very clear - science has taught us that good nutrition definitely can impact your strength, speed, stamina, endurance, and power in a positive way. Those were the elements we wanted to work with the teams on understanding. We also wanted to build the infrastructure of making those elements support our teams and make the concepts happen. I think we've done a great job of that.

BTH: What is the goal of the nutrition department going forward?

JK: The big goal we have is to create a training table facility for all our student-athletes that we can grow into and where we can have team functions. We do a lot of things surrounding food and meals, so we would like a space that is supportive of all our messages we're promoting and have a great meal. From there, I think we would like to have a better staff-to-team ratio. Right now we have about a 5-6-7 ratio, where each of our staff members works with five to seven teams and we'd like to improve on that. It would be nice to give our teams more individualized attention.

BTH: What else do you want people to know about your program?

JK: We've been able to accomplish a lot in a short time. It's truly a testament to Greg being here and giving us the support we need, and identifying that this is additive to our student-athletes and their success. He's passionate about taking care of them on and off the field and this is an example of that commitment. We are also lucky to have the wonderful sports medicine staff that we do, starting at the top from Ron Courson as our leader. He gives us the creative space and support to do what we do, and that's special. 

Foley Field 'revival' coming!

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Good morning, Bulldog Nation! As you know, Georgia takes great pride in having the best facilities in the nation - as that is just one piece of the puzzle of equipping our teams with the tools they need to be successful. Well, we wanted to keep you posted on some EXCITING news on the facility front: a fundraising effort is now underway in the Georgia Bulldog Club office to begin a 'revival' of Foley Field. The plans are amazing and we are very excited to get this project off the ground. It will be a new era in Georgia Baseball as we are already welcoming in a brand new head coach in Scott Stricklin, and now with facility upgrades in the works it is sounding even better! For the full release on the plans, click here. That link also contains a photo gallery of the plans, the project brochure, and information on how YOU can get involved and help improve Foley Field!

Thank you for your continued support of our teams, and as always, GO DAWGS!

Summer Reruns

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Hey, Bulldog Nation! Well, if you're like us, we're enjoying a little rest & relaxation so far this summer as we gear up for another exciting year of UGA Athletics! But don't think for a second that we'll let Georgiadogs.com and our social media channels gather dust this time of year! The folks at GTV have organized a way for you to revisit your favorite (and our favorite) videos from the past year and will be showing them again in our "Summer Reruns" series! Below is the full schedule of what you can expect to see each day of the week. The first one has already been posted for today and can be viewed here


Mic'd Up Mondays: A video feature where a coach wore a microphone during a game or practice.
Travel Tuesdays: Videos that followed our teams around the country and/or the world!
Hump Day Highlights: A look back at the best athletic contests of 2012-13.
Throwback Thursdays: Some of our favorite videos from the recent to the more distant past.
Feature Fridays: Interesting profiles and behind-the-scenes looks back from the past year.
Sunday Funday: Our favorite funny features!

Go Dawgs!

A Big Bulldog Welcome

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On Wednesday the University of Georgia Athletic Association welcomed its newest member to the family as head baseball coach Scott Stricklin was officially introduced and spoke to media members, donors, and fans for the first time. Stricklin joins the Bulldogs after nine years at his alma mater, Kent State University, where he led the Golden Flashes to five NCAA Regionals and the 2012 College World Series. For more Stricklin bio information, which is pretty darn impressive, click here

In addition to Stricklin's press conference yesterday (the archive can be found below), he sat down for a 1-on-1 interview with GTV's Kevin Copp, which is also below. Stricklin and his family - wife, Cheri, daughters Sydney (11) and Keaton (5) and son Cale (8) - spent the rest of the day meeting various Athletic Department staff and administrators, touring campus, and taking photos.

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Must-read/must-watch:

Alex Wood's MLB debut

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It was just one short year ago that Alex Wood was playing baseball at UGA, and last night he made his major league debut with the Atlanta Braves. Wood was a second round pick in the 2012 draft and went to Class A Rome to start his career, before a quick rise through the ranks saw him in the majors last night.

Below are a couple good reads about the lefty's debut, in which he pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the win:

*AJC: Big night in Braves debut for ex-UGA pitcher Alex Wood here
*Red & Black: Successful MLB debut for ex-Bulldog, now Atlanta Brave Alex Wood here
*AtlantaBraves.com: Wood revels in rush of big league debut here

Follow Alex on Twitter @awood45.

#GDAY13 coverage information

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Happy Friday, Bulldog Nation! Well, if you can believe it, tomorrow is already G-Day, the annual intrasquad scrimmage for the Georgia football team. Kickoff is set for 1 PM at Sanford Stadium and it's bound to be a great afternoon as fans get to preview the 2013 edition of the Bulldogs for the first time!

If you can't make it to the game, check out the information below to enhance your viewing experience!

Watch: Live television coverage (regionally) is being provided by our friends at CSS. Check your local listings for more.
Listen: Listen to the Dawgs on Georgiadogs.com or on the official Georgia Bulldogs mobile app (UGA Sports) with a GTV subscription. The broadcast will carried on 95.5FM/AM750 News/Talk WSB, and is being made available to all Bulldog Radio Network network affiliates. Check with your local station for confirmation.
Connect: Get live game tweets from our official Twitter account @UGAAthletics and behind-the-scenes looks at the day from Between The Hedges @UGAHedgesBlog. You can also find updates on Facebook.com/GeorgiaBulldogs and by following us on Instagram (ugaathletics) and Vine (ugaathletics). Don't miss a thing!
The game's official hashtag is #GDAY13. Be sure to tag your tweets to join the conversation and find out what others are saying about the game.
Chat: Join the conversation in real-time on the Georgiadogs.com live chat, which will be located here at kickoff.

The G-Day homepage on our official Web site is located here, with everything you need to know including information on game promotions, rosters, parking, and what else is going on around campus this weekend! 

As always, GO DAWGS! Enjoy the game!

Signing Day Recap

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Well, another National Signing Day has come and gone and the Georgia football team has locked down yet another top-10 recruiting class. It was a great day all the way around, and we appreciate all the fans who came out to enjoy the day with us at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall or who watched the live broadcast or who participated in the chat or who shared their thoughts with us on Twitter using the hashtag #GeorgiaNSD. We are so appreciative of Bulldog Nation and we know you'll join us in welcoming the 32 signees who officially become Bulldogs yesterday!

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In case you missed it, Coach Richt spoke to the media yesterday afternoon, and shared his thoughts on the class though he's still recovering from hip surgery. Full video of Coach Richt's interview - as well as interviews with other coaches who spoke during our live broadcast yesterday - can be found here

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Yesterday also marked Signing Day for the soccer team and track teams, and they also brought in great classes! For info on Georgia's soccer class of 11 players and an interview with head coach Steve Holeman, click here! Track signed four student-athletes and is expecting more, so you can check out who they signed on our Twitter page (@UGAAthletics). 

So, thank you again for being a part of the special day and we can't wait to join you in watching these new Bulldogs get here and start contributing! Go Dawgs!