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#GeorgiaNSD 2014

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Well, folks, it's about to be that time of year again... fans will pack Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall in anticipation, and coaches and compliance officers will man the fax machine awaiting those valuable letters, all in the name of one of the most important days of the year... NATIONAL SIGNING DAY! Once again Georgiadogs.com and our social channels will be your one-stop shop for the best coverage of UGA's day on Wednesday. Be sure to take advantage!

*Signing Day Live: The live GTV broadcast will feature Chuck Dowdle and Radi Nabulsi running through the signees as they come in. They are expected to be chatting with coaches throughout the day as well, from football as well as baseball, soccer, and track
*Live chat: Georgiadogs.com staffers will once again host the Signing Day live chat, taking fan questions and comments and posting updates as quickly as humanly possible
*Twitter: The three accounts to follow along with on Signing Day will be @UGAAthletics (news updates), @UGACompliance (behind-the-scenes and helpful reminders), and @UGAFootball (creative look at all the news from the football program itself)
*Facebook: Check out both the UGA Athletics (/GeorgiaBulldogs) and Georgia Football (/FootballUGA) Facebook pages for updates and graphics all day long
*Instagram: Photos and videos of the news
*Vine: Short glimpses capturing the essence of the crazy day
*Hashtag: The official tag for Wednesday, from a Georgia perspective, will be #GeorgiaNSD. Follow along to stay in the loop! 

We look forward to sharing another exciting day with you all!

Welcome, Coach Pruitt

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We tried to sum up how excited we are about the hiring of the new defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt. But you pretty much took care of that for us.

 

Words For Aaron

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The outpouring of support for Aaron Murray has been amazing! Below are some of the tweets that have been sent about the injured senior quarterback.

 

Storify: The aftermath of #UGAvsTENN

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Well, Bulldog Nation, we all lived through the heart attack that was the Tennessee game on Saturday and got to see another win for the Dawgs in the process. Of course we are all keeping the injured Bulldogs in our thoughts as we move forward to Missouri this weekend. In the meantime, below are some of the best tweets captured from the aftermath of Saturday.


#SCvsUGA Social Media Competition

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We're having a friendly social media competition with South Carolina this week, and YOU can help us start things off right! For more, click here, and head to our social media networks to like, share, comment, and retweet! 


#UGAvsCLEM

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Well, Georgia fans, we've waited a long time for this and it's finally here! - tomorrow is the football season opener vs. Clemson! 8 PM on ABC! (you can also listen on the Georgia Sports Network from IMG or on Georgiadogs.com!). All other coverage information and details are likely to be found in our new & improved (& awesome!) GameCenter. To get you even more excited, we've compiled the best tweets heading into the game, and you can check those out here.

And if you're tweeting, please use the hashtag #UGAvsCLEM!

In case you missed any of it, below are a few other cool tidbits from the week. If you're traveling to the game, please be careful and be sure to represent UGA in the way you know we should be! GO DAWGS! 

#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!

#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!

#GeorgiaNSD

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Happy Friday, Bulldog Nation! Just wanted to check in and let you know about the awesome coverage we've got planned for next Wednesday's National Signing Day - the first day of signing period for football, soccer, and track & field. Here's how you can stay connected throughout the day and make sure you're up-to-date on our newest Dawgs!

*GTV live broadcast: The folks at GTV will be producing a LIVE studio broadcast from UGA's Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, which will run from 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m. on georgiadogs.com. Chuck Dowdle and former Bulldog defensive back DJ Jones will host, and will take you through what's happening and updating you on the signees as they come in - including highlight reels on each player! Kevin Copp will also be interviewing soccer head coach Steve Holeman to discuss their signing class - that will happen at 11:30 a.m. And as the GTV team wraps up the day you'll hear exclusively from Coach Richt! All the action is free and available only on Georgiadogs.com.

*Fans will also be able to interact with our georgiadogs.com Internet team and with each other on a live chat also on georgiadogs.com. 

*Our Facebook (Georgia Bulldogs), Twitter (@UGAAthletics), Instagram (ugaathletics), and Google+ (Georgia Bulldogs) pages will include live updates as well, while we right here on Between the Hedges blog will attempt to keep you posted on the behind-the-scenes action as it unfolds on what promises to be a very hectic day around here!

*The official hashtag for the day will be #GeorgiaNSD. Don't forget to use it when tweeting about Signing Day to stay in the conversation!

Hopefully one (or all) of these modes will work for you to follow along with Signing Day as Georgia continues to provide the best coverage in the nation!

As always, GO DAWGS, and we'll see you Wednesday!

Updates from the Dome

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GOOD AFTERNOON BULLDOG NATION! We are live here at the Georgia Dome for today's SEC Championship game between your Bulldogs, and the Alabama Crimson Tide. The winner will earn the right to play Notre Dame in the national championship game. Remember you can watch on CBS or follow live scoring on Georgiadogs.com. As usual, our official Twitter (@UGAAthletics) will be tweeting live updates and we at @UGAHedgesBlog will try to provide as much colorful coverage as possible! Also check us out on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaBulldogs) for photos from today!

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Below is a quick timeline of what's been happening here so far as we tick under the hour mark to kickoff:

Noon: Between The Hedges arrives on scene, finds press box (after much confusion).
1 PM: Checked out SEC Fanfare over at the World Congress Center
2 PM: Team arrives at the field. Heads to locker room. Some players walk around on field, listening to music, throwing ball around.
3 PM: Team emerges from locker room officially to raucous applause from our great fans!
3:15 PM: Georgia Dome plays Bulldog highlight video!

That's it for now. . . reminder to follow us on Twitter @UGAAthletics and @UGAHedgesBlog and be sure to check back later for more!

SEC Championship: Coverage Information

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Hey Bulldog Nation, we're exactly 24 hours from kickoff in the 2012 SEC Football Championship between your Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide. If you're going to the game, we hope you are safe and have a great time, but if you're not going, below are some handy ways you can watch, listen, or follow along to the game as the Dawgs play for a spot in the national championship game!

National television: CBS (check your local listings); CBS will also offer a live web stream here.
Radio: Bulldog Radio Network (list of affiliates is here).
Georgiadogs.com: Listen live with a subscription to GTV by clicking here. Or, live stats can be found here
Satellite radio: SiriusXM channel 91
Social media: 
*Live in-game updates will be provided on Twitter (@UGAAthletics). Our blog account is @UGAHedgesBlog and will be tweeting some behind-the-scenes action as well.
*Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaBulldogs)
*Last but not least, right here on Between the Hedges blog we will be offering an hour-by-hour timeline of what's going on at the stadium beginning in the morning, so STAY TUNED!

As always, GO DAWGS!

Dawgs take over Cincinnati

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Have you ever seen so many Georgia Bulldogs in one NFL city? We haven't! Check out the story below - it's set to run in tomorrow's Georgia Southern football game program, and it features the Bengal Dawgs!

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By Loran Smith

CINCINNATI, Ohio - Paul Brown Stadium, the home of the Cincinnati Bengals, sits stately by the Ohio River, where six former Georgia football players are making a contribution to the central objective of a team that last sniffed a championship in 1988.

         The Bengals are the brainchild of the legendary Paul Brown, whose genius went beyond coaching.  The Bengals were originated by Brown in 1966 but have been a small market club without big-salaried players, which has led them to lowly finishes throughout their recent history.  At Cleveland, Brown and the upstart All-America Football Conference rivaled the National Football League in the forties.  Brown had won four AAFC titles when the Browns merged with the NFL in 1950.  Brown, the classic innovator, proved that he could compete in any league.  The Browns won the NFL title in 1950-54-55 after which their coach was let go by principal owner Art Modell.  Brown went looking for a franchise and settled on Cincinnati as the place he would like to start a team.  The NFL looked with favor on Brown and Cincinnati as a place to locate an NFL franchise.

         In the early seventies, Cincinnati was a perennial playoff team.  Later the Bengals won AFC titles in 1981 and 1988, but lost in the Super Bowl both times to the San Francisco 49ers.

         Brown retired from coaching in 1975 and died in 1991, having turned the team over to his son, Mike, who has had difficulty fielding a contending team.  That began to change when he hired Marvin Lewis to coach the team.   These Bengals have a new mission, which they refer to as "DNO," which means "Destination New Orleans," site of the next Super Bowl. 

"We certainly believe we can get there," Clint Boling, starting offensive guard who was a starter and a letterman for the Bulldogs in 2010.  "We have to believe in ourselves and we do," he said at Paul Brown Stadium following a recent practice.

         In addition to Boling, the Bengal roster includes former Georgia lettermen Dennis Roland (2002-05), Robert Geathers (2001-03), Orson Charles (2009-11), Geno Atkins, (2006-2009) and A.J. Green (2008-10).  Green, the outstanding rookie of a year ago, is one of the most popular athletes in Cincinnati. 

         "We saw what he did at Georgia," Boling said of his former Bulldog teammate, "and we told people when the Bengals signed him that they would be seeing a great NFL receiver.  Some people thought we didn't know what we were talking about, but A.J. showed them what he could do from that first day in training camp.  Everybody is a big fan of his now."

         Roland, who started his NFL career with the Cowboys and then spent two years with the Tampa Bay Bucs, came to Cincinnati in 2008 as a tackle but has often lined up at tight end. 

"If David Pollack hadn't gotten hurt, we might have seven Bulldogs on our roster," Roland laughed.  Roland and Geathers are the old timers of the Bulldog sixsome.  

         Following is a summary of the season for the six players through week 10. With a 4-5 record and having lost four games by 10 points or fewer, the Bengal-Dawgs still believe they have a shot at getting to the playoffs.  They remember what took place last year with the New York Giants.  The Giants were 9-7 in the regular season and won the Super Bowl.

         Geno Atkins, DT:  Started all nine games and leads the league in sacks by an interior defensive lineman with seven and that is tied for third overall among all players; Also tallied 28 tackles.

         Clint Boling, OG: Started all nine games at guard this season.

         Orson Charles, TE:  A backup at tight end, he has seen action in all nine games this season with two starts and has five catches for 70 yards.

         Robert Geathers, DE: Starter at LDE in all nine games with 19 tackles and 3 sacks.

         Dennis Roland, T/G:  Played in all nine games with two starts along the offensive line at tackle, guard and tight end.

         A.J. Green:  Started all nine games and ranks among NFL leaders with 58 receptions for 820 yards and nine touchdowns. Also, Green was named the AFC offensive player of the month for September.

(Photo Credit: Andy Ware, Cincinnati Bengals. L-R: Orson Charles, A.J. Green, Clint Boling, Geno Atkins, Robert Geathers, Dennis Roland).

Pep Rally - with Special Guest!

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The following was just posted on Georgiadogs.com to announce the upcoming Georgia Football pep rally set for this Thursday as the Dawgs prepare to head to Kentucky.


ATHENS, Ga. --- Members of the Georgia football team and head coach Mark Richt will headline a special  "Tailgate with the Team" event Thursday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. at Legion Field on the UGA campus. Admission is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff. A very famous surprise guest will also be present.


The team members will meet and greet students and fans before heading to Lexington Friday for the Georgia vs. Kentucky game. Richt will speak, team members will sign autographs, and there will be an assortment of entertainment and giveaways.


There will be free t-shirts and Fox's Pizza Den will provide their "BIG ONE" -- 30 inch wide pizzas! All giveaways are first come, first served while supplies last.

Georgia-Florida Beach Sweep

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***Editor's Note*** The following was posted on Georgiadogs.com today. Please consider helping out if you plan on attending Georgia-Florida weekend at the end of the month. Let's be responsible for our actions and represent Bulldog Nation well!


Brunswick, Ga. - Brunswick community members and volunteers will gather to "sweep" the beaches of St. Simons Island on the morning of Oct. 27 as football fans head to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Georgia-Florida game. The community cleanup is part of the fifth annual Georgia-Florida Football Weekend Community Beach Sweep.

Between 5,000 and 6,000 football fans will gather on St. Simons Island's East Beach on Oct. 26, an annual tradition that occurs the Friday before the Georgia-Florida football game. In years past, on Saturday morning the beaches have been littered with large amounts of waste--such as Styrofoam coolers, beverage cans and glass bottles--which pose a threat to marine life without cleanup efforts.

College students and football fans are asked to do their part--and to "stash their trash" in the provided beach trash and recycling containers and to refrain from using Styrofoam products, said Lea King-Badyna, a Glynn 4-H Advisory Council member and beach cleanup organizer.

"This year we are concentrating volunteer efforts on Saturday morning of the Georgia-Florida football weekend," she said. "On this high-volume weekend, fans, civic clubs, church groups, youth groups and individuals are all invited and encouraged to come out and help keep our Georgia beaches litter-free. This is an opportunity for community members to make a big difference in preserving a healthy coast."

Beach cleanup volunteers are asked to meet Oct. 27 at 7:30 a.m. at the old Coast Guard Station beach entrance boardwalk on St. Simons Island. Trash bags and gloves will be provided on site. Actual volunteer work time is anticipated at two hours.

The community beach sweep initiative is organized by the Glynn County 4-H Advisory Council in partnership with Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful, Glynn County Parks and Recreation, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division, the UGA Cooperative Extension Office in Glynn County, the UGA Marine Extension Service and Georgia Sea Grant.

For more information or to participate, contact the Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful offices at 912/279-1490.

#Football #Hashtags

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Happy Gameday Eve, Bulldog Nation! Hopefully you're all excited about tomorrow's season opener vs. Buffalo as Georgia is finally about to tee it up Between the Hedges in 2012!

Along those lines we've introduced something new this season that will ideally make your gameday social media experience better when it comes to following the Dawgs! We invite you to join us in using game-specific hashtags on Twitter when tweeting about the Bulldogs. The hashtags will give you a way to continue showing your support on social media, while the new tags will let you see what everyone else is saying about that week's game and join in the conversation! The list of hashtags is here:

Buffalo: #UGAvBUFF
Missouri: #UGAvMIZZ
FAU: #UGAvFAU
Vanderbilt: #UGAvVANDY
Tennessee: #UGAvTENN
S. Carolina: #UGAvSC
Kentucky: #UGAvUK
Florida: #UGAvUF
Ole Miss: #UGAvOM
Auburn: #UGAvAUB
Georgia Southern: #UGAvGSU
Georgia Tech: #UGAvGT

Thanks so much in advance for your support and please let us know by tweeting @UGAHedgesBlog how it goes for you! Try it out today as you start getting excited for tomorrow's game! We'll have updates all day tomorrow on our official UGA account (@UGAAthletics).

As always, GO DAWGS!

Bulldogs get love from the NFL

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Quick little nugget this morning to go with your morning coffee: three former Georgia football players have been singled out by the NFL, including on the league's "Top 10 players under the age of 25." Check out who made the list and read more here!

 

Georgia in the NFL Draft

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It was a big weekend for the Bulldogs as the NFL Draft came and went, with SEVEN Georgia players getting taken. That marked the first time since '06 that UGA had seven players drafted, while the total was the second highest among the 12 SEC schools. Overall, the Southeastern Conference led the way with 42 selections (the sixth year in a row that was the case). All 12 schools had at least one player drafted.

Recapping the Georgia picks: Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn was selected in the Second Round of the 2012 NFL Draft on Friday night in New York, selected by the Buffalo Bills with the 41st overall pick as the first three rounds wrapped up on Friday.

Behind Cordy, center Ben Jones, tight end Orson Charles and cornerback/return specialist Brandon Boykin were all selected in the fourth round. Kicker Blair Walsh was picked in the sixth round while offensive lineman Justin Anderson and defensive end DeAngelo Tyson were chosen in the seventh.

Congrats to all of them as they begin their professional careers and continue to represent the University of Georgia and Bulldog Nation well!

Exclusive pre-NFL draft Q&A with Brandon Boykin

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As Georgia letterman Brandon Boykin gears up for tonight's NFL draft, he chatted exclusively with Between The Hedges on his thoughts on the draft, his time at Georgia, and more.

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BtH: Hey Brandon, thanks for talking to us so close to your big day. What've you been up to since last season?

Boykin: I've been training for the combine and draft in Pensacola basically since the season ended. Then there was the Senior Bowl, and since that I've come home to Atlanta and been working out for a couple teams and stuff.

BtH: No break, huh?

Boykin: Yeah, no days off.

BtH: How're you feeling heading into the Draft tomorrow?

Boykin: I'm really excited for it. I'm hoping to go in the first or second round, first day, and that's where a lot of people have me projected, but whenever I'm called I'll be thrilled.

BtH: Going to be a special moment?

Boykin: It's going to be the biggest moment of my life. Playing in the NFL has been my dream since I was a kid. I started playing football when I was 8 or 9, and getting to play in the NFL has always been my goal. And pretty soon I'll be hanging around waiting for my name to get called. It's exciting.

BtH: How do you feel your time and accomplishments at Georgia have prepared you for the next step?

Boykin: It's the thing that got me here. Without it, I wouldn't be in this situation, about to go in the Draft. Being able to play at Georgia and in the SEC prepared me for what I'm ready to face next, being a pro.

BtH: Not to look to far ahead or anything, but what do you see yourself doing in 10 or so years, or after your playing career is over?

Boykin: If I'm fortunate enough to still be playing that'd be awesome, but after that's over I want to get into sports broadcasting. Using the relationships and contacts I make over my career, that's what I want to end up doing.

BtH: I'm sure we'd all love to hear you calling some Bulldog games.

Boykin: That'd be awesome. I'd love to get to do that.

BtH: Thanks again for sitting down to chat. Anything you'd like to say to all the Georgia fans?

Boykin: Just thanks for all the support over the years, I wouldn't be where I am without Georgia.

BtH: Good luck heading into tomorrow. We're all pretty confident you'll make us proud.

The draft begins today. Check Georgiadogs.com's draft board for coverage here

Happy Spring Practice!

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BULLDOG NATION! It's a big day! Just wanted to wish everyone a happy first day of spring practice!! The team gets underway today for the first of its 14 dates leading up to the annual G-Day intrasquad scrimmage Sat., April 14 at 3 p.m.

GO DAWGS!!

Richt meets with media on Monday

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With spring practice set to begin for the Georgia football team next Tuesday (a week from tomorrow) and the annual G-Day spring game set for April 14, which will be here before we know it, head coach Mark Richt sat down to touch base with the media before he heads out of town for his own "spring break" of sorts.

Richt started by talking about the team's somewhat different approach to strength and conditioning for the upcoming season, which includes two new hires in that department. Read about that here.

With Sherman Armstrong, the team is looking to "bolster the speed element," Richt said, as Armstrong has extensive experience working with all types of athletes on speed, strength and quickness. Meanwhile, John Thomas - who comes to Georgia after 20 seasons on the staff at Penn State - will specialize in high intensity training. Richt was pleased with the fact that the team will now be able to offer a diverse approach when it comes to strength and conditioning because the plans can be different for each player. "One size does not fit all" when it comes to strength and conditioning, Richt said.

The head coach also talked about the fact that spring practice is a great time to get back to the fundamentals and work on the little things. He is excited to get to see who is already showing they're ready to play football in the Southeastern Conference, and "which guys are mature enough to get into the ballgame."  

Finally, exciting news out of the press conference was the announcement that Richt as well as Todd Grantham have signed contract extensions and will be with the Bulldogs for many years to come. Read more about that good news here.

Full video of the press conference is here.

Can't believe spring ball is already almost here! Go Dawgs!

Baseball for a good cause

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By now you've probably heard about/read about/seen Georgia Baseball's exciting walk-off win over Kennesaw State last night at Coolray Stadium in Lawrenceville, but what you might not know about is what else the game was being played for. 

Four-year-old Kasyn Olivadotti - daughter of Georgia's inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti - is currently being treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Atlanta, a condition Kasyn was diagnosed with after Kirk and his family moved to Georgia to take the job last year. The wives of the other Bulldog coaches, in conjunction with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), put on a fundraiser for cancer research in Kasyn's honor, where ALL proceeds from last night's game went toward the "Kasyn Cares Fund" at the Aflac Cancer Center of CHOA.

Kasyn even got to throw out the first pitch before last night's game. How about those red shoes?!

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A big thank you to everyone who helped organize the event and make the day so special for a part of the UGA family. More information on the event and CHOA can be found here

Immortalized

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I have to give credit to my coworker Steve Colquitt for finding this nugget as it is definitely worth sharing! 

According to Georgia Southern's website, a sculptor has been hired to construct a 7.5-foot tall monument of former head coach Erk Russell at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro. Before resurrecting the Eagles' football program, Russell was Georgia's defensive coordinator from 1964 to 1980 and was the architect of some of the Bulldogs' top defensive units in school history. Russell passed away in 2006.

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Richt previews spring practice

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After a busy month that included National Signing Day and a heavy load of recruiting, among other obligations, head football coach Mark Richt met with a selection of the media Thursday in the team meeting room in Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall to discuss the offseason and to preview the upcoming series of spring practices that commence March 20.

Richt fielded questions on all topics, ranging from how to replace three starters on the OL, to the defense, to the new SEC schedule and more.

Read the full report from Richt's press conference here

The Bauerle and Stafford Connection

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First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Georgia head swimming coach Jack Bauerle AND former Bulldogs quarterback Matthew Stafford.

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But aside from their birthday, the two share another connection. Matthew's father, John, was a graduate assistant coach for the Georgia swimming team in the 1970s when Bauerle was a student-athlete. Bauerle is getting his teams ready for next week's SEC Championships in Knoxville, while Stafford, the Detroit Lions' quarterback, recently was chosen as the Comeback Player of the Year by The Associated Press and the Quarterback of the Year by the NFL Alumni Foundation. Limited to just three games due to injuries in 2010, Stafford started all 16 games in 2011 and led the Lions to a playoff berth. He was 421-of-663 for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns in the regular season, then went 28-of-43 for 380 yards and three touchdowns in the playoffs. Stafford became just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 5,000 yards and just the seventh to throw more than 40 touchdowns in a season. He beat out Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and New England's Tom Brady for the NFL Alumni Foundation Quarterback of the Year honor.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TWO 'DAMN GOOD DAWGS!'

Georgia Football in the Super Bowl (again)

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Congratulations to former Bulldog Danny (D.J.) Ware, who helped the New York Giants to their Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots last night! Ware had one reception for eight yards and one carry for six yards in the Giants' 21-17 win.

In each of the last nine seasons, 23 former Georgia football players have helped their teams to the Super Bowl, and the Bulldogs have been represented by at least one former player in each of the last 11 years. A total of 47 former players have played in the Super Bowl capturing 40 wins.

Ware is now a two-time Super Bowl champ (2008, NYG).

Congratulations to Danny and thank you for representing Georgia on the biggest stage!

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Former Bulldog Danny Ware is a two-time Super Bowl champion.

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PHOTO BLOG: Setting the scene

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Good morning, Bulldog Nation! HAPPY NATIONAL SIGNING DAY! If you are following us on Twitter (@UGAAthletics), which you should be for the most up-to-date signing day information, be sure to use the hashtag #GeorgiaNSD to follow all the action as it unfolds.

I thought I would give you a little-behind-the scenes glimpse into what's going on here in Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, though it's not yet 8:00 and the sun isn't fully risen.

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Parking Services keep the peace outside Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall

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As fans start to arrive, they can grab breakfast and coffee on the house!

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The set-up for the GTV live broadcast set to air on Georgiadogs.com

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The early-arriving UGA beat writers. Hard at work as usual.

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And finally, the fax machine! We'll be watching this all day long waiting for those letters!

Well, that's all for now. Stay with us throughout the day! And head on over to the front page of Georgiadogs.com where our GTV live broadcast and the live chat are underway!

GO DAWGS!

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