Bulldog Football Holds Second Spring Practice

ATHENS, Ga. — Under cloudless skies with a steady wind and temperatures hovering in the upper 50s, the Georgia football team had its second practice of the spring on Thursday afternoon.

The Bulldogs kicked off the spring on Tuesday with a two and a half hour session.  On Wednesday, all 32 NFL teams sent representatives to Athens to cover the annual Pro Day where 21 former players worked out in preparation for the coming NFL Draft on April 26-28.  The current Bulldogs returned to work at the Woodruff Practice Fields on Thursday with another two and a half hour practice in shorts and helmets.

This marks the second of 15 spring practices for Georgia, including the annual G-Day intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday, April 21.  The Bulldogs will complete their first week of the spring with another session this Saturday afternoon.

It was announced on Thursday that ESPN will televise the G-Day game in Sanford Stadium starting at 4 p.m.  The Red team will face off versus the Black team and admission is free to the annual showdown.  At halftime, fans attending G-Day can expect to be introduced to UGA’s incoming class of 2018 signees.

Prior to the G-Day matchup, lettermen from the program’s past will square off on the field starting at 1:15 p.m.  With expected high demand and temporarily reduced seating due to the construction on the new West End Zone complex, the UGA Athletic Association will be implementing a pass system.  Upon entrance, each fan will receive a commemorative pass with a seating section.  The UGAAA asks that each fan sits in this section to help manage what is expected to be a near-capacity crowd.

Gates 2-9 will be open as usual.  However, Gate 10 (gate under the bridge next to the Tate Center) will be closed due to construction.  To help reduce congestion and further improve ingress flow, please enter on the side of the stadium where each fan’s preferred seating location would be.  Additional pass/entry questions can be directed to facilitysupport@sports.uga.edu.

The Bulldogs begin their 2018 campaign with a home matchup versus Austin Peay on Saturday, Sept. 1.  Georgia will then travel to Columbia, S.C., to open its Southeastern Conference schedule against South Carolina on Sept. 8.

Statements from Georgia LB Roquan Smith and head coach Kirby Smart

“I think back to growing up in Macon County and all the family and community people of my hometown that provided so many opportunities.  The teachers who educated me, the coaches who taught me how to play the games, and those who taught me how to play football all contributed to where I am today. And I can’t believe how fortunate I have been to be part of the Georgia Bulldog family these past three years.  I owe so much to the Athletic Association, our academic staff, student services, and the University faculty and administration for the environment in which I’ve been able to grow.  


“I’m so grateful for my teammates who have always supported me every step of the way.  And no thanks are enough for the coaches and staff who have provided the leadership, inspiration, and tireless hours in helping me develop as a player but also as a man. What we accomplished this year is only the beginning of what’s to come for this program.  I’m proud to be a part of the foundation that Coach Smart is building on and his leadership and direction are going to bring many more great times and memories to the Bulldog Nation.


“As you know this is somewhat of a crossroads for me. I’ve had discussions with coaches and family and a lot of thought and prayer. The decision to leave is not easy but I know it is the right one.  Georgia will always be my school and my home and I sincerely wish all the best to the coaches, staff, and players as they continue to reach higher goals in the years to come.”

                           — Roquan Smith, LB, UGA




 “Words cannot describe how much Roquan has meant to our program.  The accolades he has received are a testimony to his ability as a player.  But he has also demonstrated on and off the field the qualities of a great leader who has commanded the respect of all his teammates as well as our coaching and support staffs.  As the head coach, it’s been a privilege to see him develop as a student-athlete and inspirational leader who has made immeasurable contributions to our team and to the program we are building.  While we will miss him, we wish him all the best and know that great success awaits him at the next level.”

                  — Kirby Smart, Head Football Coach, University of Georgia

Georgia Season Ends in Overtime, Falls to Alabama 26-23 in National Championship

ATLANTA, Ga. – A second-half surge, capped by a 41-yard touchdown in overtime, lifted the Alabama Crimson Tide over the Georgia Bulldogs 26-23 in the National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday night.

After 20 points from the Tide offense in the second half, a wide 36-yard field goal attempt from Alabama kicker Andy Pappanastos in the final seconds of regulation sent the game into Georgia’s second-straight overtime contest of the College Football Playoff.

In overtime, redshirt sophomore kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, who was 3-for-3 in field goals on the game, drilled a 51-yard field goal for the 23-20 Georgia lead. Junior Jonathan Ledbetter and senior Davin Bellamy picked up the sack of the Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for a loss of 16 yards, but on the next play, the freshman hauled a 41-yard pass to a sprinting DeVonta Smith in the end zone to seal the Tide’s national championship.

“I think [Alabama] had a lot of momentum,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said. “I think they had a lot of juice, I think a lot of their guys believed in him. I think our guys were resilient, even with the momentum change. We kept fighting back, made some big, key stops, but even with the stops, couldn’t stop them in the end when we had to, and that’s what you have to do against good teams.”

Georgia recorded 13 wins in the second year of the Smart tenure, which ties the school record for most wins in a season. Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm led the Bulldog offense in the pocket, finishing 16-for-32 for 232 yards with one touchdown. He connected with sophomore Riley Ridley a career-high six times tonight for 82 yards, while senior Sony Michel totaled a team-leading 98 yards on 14 carries.

Junior linebacker Roquan Smith highlighted the Georgia defense with a career-high 13 tackles. In the first half, Georgia blanked Alabama, marking the fourth team this season held scoreless by the Bulldog defense in the first half (Florida, Tennessee, Appalachian State). The Georgia defense allowed only 94 total Alabama yards on 24 plays in the opening frame, forcing four Alabama punts on four offensive possessions after a missed field goal.

As the first quarter winded down, Michel converted two key third-down plays to extend the Georgia drive. On 3rd-and-20, Michel maneuvered the edge of the field, sprinting 26 yards down the sideline for the first down, placing Georgia on the Alabama 26-yard line. Blankenship capped the 14-play, 55-yard drive at the beginning of the second quarter with a 41-yard field goal, and Georgia claimed the 3-0 lead.

Another Alabama three-and-out returned the ball to the Georgia offense, and Fromm directed a 13-play, 70-yard scoring drive. The freshman from Warner Robins, Ga. used four different Georgia receivers in freshman D’andre Swift, Ridley, sophomore Mecole Hardman and senior Javon Wims for a combined 54 receiving yards, completing 4-of-7 passes. A 27-yard field goal from Blankenship provided the 6-0 Bulldog edge.

With 1:19 remaining in the half, the Georgia defense forced Alabama to punt, setting up a Fromm-directed 9-play, 69-yard drive. Michel took the direct snap with seven seconds left and handed the ball to Hardman, who rushed into the end zone for the 1-yard touchdown, the second of his career. The Bulldogs closed the half with a 13-0 advantage.

In the third quarter, Alabama struck first, completing a 7-play, 56-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Tagovailoa to Henry Ruggs III, but Georgia responded on the following possession. At the 6:52 mark in the third quarter, Fromm tossed a career-high 80-yard dime to Hardman downfield, who shook off an Alabama defender to reach the end zone for the 20-7 Georgia edge.

Alabama pieced together a pair of field goals from Pappanastos to cut into the Georgia lead. On 4th-and-4, Tagovailoa found wide receiver Calvin Ridley in the middle of the end zone, followed by a Pappanastos kick, to knot the game at 20, and eventually send the game into overtime.

“This team’s not going anywhere,” Smart said. “The inches are everywhere. The inches that it takes to be a champion, they’re everywhere. They’re in everything. They’re all over the place, and we’ve got to get more inches.”

Dawgtime’s Tidbits (GEORGIA vs Alabama)

Georgia Captains:  Nick Chubb, Isaiah Wynn, Sony Michel, Roquan Smith

Alabama wins the toss and defers.  Georgia will receive first.

Alabama’s Tony Brown picks off Jake Fromm on Georgia’s 3rd play from scrimmage.  Alabama takes over on their own 36 yard line.

After taking over after the interception, Alabama marched the ball  42 yards on 10 plays and was forced to settle for a FG attempt.  Pappanastos missed a 40 yard FG attempt wide left after he forced to kick again after a false start penalty on the Crimson Tide.

After picking up their initial first down on a Terry Godwin reception, Georgia was forced to punt back to Alabama.  Alabama takes over from their own 20 yard line.

After another forced punt from the Georgia defense, the Georgia offense gets the ball back and drives the ball to the Alabama 27 yard line to end the 1st Quarter.  The big play on the drive was a 26 yard run around the right end by Sony Michel on 3rd and 20.  Georgia faces a 3rd and 11 when the 2nd Quarter begins.

End of 1st Quarter:  Georgia 0  Alabama 0

Georgia settles for 41 yard FG after the Tide defense stiffens to put the Bulldogs on top 3-0.  The Bulldogs scoring drive covered 55 yards in 14 plays.

After forcing another Alabama punt, Georgia drives 70 yards on 13 plays and Blankenship connects on a 27 yard FG to put the Bulldogs on top 6-0.

The Tide picked up a first down own their ensuing possession when Hurts pulled it down and ran for 31 yards.  Georgia’s defense forced another punt after Bellamy sacked Hurts for a 6 yard loss.

Georgia again marches the ball on a long drive covering 69 yards on 9 plays capped off by a Mecole Hardman run around left end out of the Wild Dawg alignment.  Georgia leads 13-0.

End of 1st Half:  Georgia 13  Alabama 0

Georgia will kick off to Alabama.

The Georgia defense forces a 3 and out punt on Alabama’s first offensive possession of the 2nd half.  Alabama chose to go with Tua Tagovailoa over Jalen Hurts at QB on their opening possession of the half.

Georgia is unable to muster a first down on its opening possession of the 2nd half and is forced to punt it back to Alabama.

The Tua led Alabama offense marches 56 yards on 7 plays to give the Crimson Tide their first points of the game when Tua connects with Ruggs III on 6 yard slant route for a TD.  The drive was kept alive by a Tua rush on 3rd down.  Georgia 13  Alabama 7

Georgia bounces back quickly when Fromm connects with Mecole Hardman on a 80 yard TD reception to put the Bulldogs up 20-7.

The Bulldogs defense intercepts Tua on the Tide’s following possession to give the ball back to the Georgia offense.  Georgia takes over on the Tide 39 yard line after the interception by Deandre Baker.

Fromm’s pass is picked off Raquan Davis giving the ball back to Alabama at the Georgia 40 yard line.

After giving up a first down, the Bulldogs’ defense stiffens forcing a 43 yard FG by Pappanastos.  Georgia leads 20-10 with 5:15 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

End of 3rd Quarter:  Georgia 20 Alabama 10

Alabama drives 71 yards on 8 plays but were forced to settle for a 30 yard by Pappanastos after the Bulldogs’ defense stiffened in the red zone.  Georgia leads 20-13.




Bulldogs Win Rose Bowl Thriller in 2OT, 54-48

PASADENA, Calif. – A blocked field goal opened the door for a game-winning score in the Georgia Bulldogs’ 54-48 double overtime Rose Bowl victory against the No. 2-seeded Oklahoma Sooners Monday evening at the Rose Bowl Stadium.

Oklahoma offense went first in the second overtime and got to the 10-yard line for a 27-yard field goal attempt. The outstretched hand of senior linebacker Lorenzo Carter blocked the field goal to set the stage for a game-winning score. The second play of Georgia’s series was the game-winner as senior running back Sony Michel got the corner and sprinted 27 yards into the end zone.

Georgia, seeded No. 3, advances to face the winner of the other CFP semifinal matchup in the CFP National Championship game on Monday, Jan.8, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

“What a game,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said. “What an atmosphere. My heart goes out to the Oklahoma team, because they played their tail off. And so did ours. Nobody ever quit and everybody fought hard. I’m so proud of these kids. The seniors never quit. This is a great university and these kids fought their tail off.”

The Bulldogs amassed 527 total yards with 317 on the ground and 210 through the air. Michel, the offensive player of the game, finished with 181 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while also adding 41 yards on four receptions and a score. Senior back mate Nick Chubb collected 145 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Jake Fromm went 20-of-29 for 210 yards and two touchdowns, while becoming just the second true freshman to start the Rose Bowl game. Fromm’s most frequent target was senior Javon Wims who finished with 73 yards on six catches and a touchdown

Defensively, junior linebacker Roquan Smith collected a team-leading 11 tackles including a key 3rd-down tackle in the first period of overtime and was awarded defensive player of the game. Georgia tallied five sacks with single sacks coming from Jonathan Ledbetter, David Marshall, Tyler Clark and D’Andre Walker. Senior safety Dominick Sanders had a third-quarter interception that led to the Bulldogs’ third touchdown in the second half.

Georgia trailed 31-17 at halftime as the game featured both teams with over 250 total yards of offense and six total touchdowns. Redshirt sophomore placekicker Rodrigo Blankenship drilled a Rose Bowl record 55-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

Storming out of the break, the Bulldogs defense forced a Sooner 3-and-out and then scored on their first play. Nick Chubb fought off multiple would-be tacklers for a 50-yard touchdown run which put him over the 100-yard rushing mark. Sophomore return specialist Mecole Hardman helped set up the favorable field position with a 21-yard punt return.

The equalizer at 31-all came in the last minute of the third quarter when Michel took a 3rd-and-7 handoff 38 yards for his third touchdown of the game. On Oklahoma’s next possession, Sanders intercepted an overthrow by Baker Mayfield and returned it 39 yards to the four-yard line. Two plays later, Georgia obtained its first lead of the game with a 4-yard pass and catch from Fromm to Wims.

Next it was Oklahoma’s turn to tie it as Mayfield found Dimitri Flowers in the back of the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown pass. The score notched it a 38-all with 8:47 left in regulation. The Sooners then recaptured the lead shortly after on a 46-yard scoop-and-score off a Michel fumble.

Trailing by 45-38 with 3:22 left in regulation, Fromm methodically marched the Bulldogs for the game-tying touchdown drive that spanned seven plays and 59 yards. On the drive, Fromm was 3-for-4 passing for 48 yards. A defensive pass interference in the end zone put Georgia at the goal line and Chubb ran it in on a direct snap.

Georgia forced two Oklahoma punts in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter to send the game into extra time and eventually outlasting the Sooners.

Dawgtime’s Tidbits (GEORGIA vs. Oklahoma)

Georgia Captains:  Sony Michel, Roquan Smith, Nick Chubb, Isaiah Wynn

Oklahoma wins the toss and defers.  Georgia will receive the 1st half kickoff.

Oklahoma starts off the scoring after Georgia was forced to punt on the opening possession.  Baker Mayfield capped off the drive by hitting Marquise Brown in the corner of the endzone.  The Oklahoma scoring drive covered 80 yards in six plays.  Mayfield was 4-4 on the drive for 63 yards.  Oklahoma leads 7-0.

The Bulldogs bounce back quickly with score of their own to tie the game.  Fromm leads the Bulldogs on a 6 play drive covering 75 yards.  The drive was keyed by Chubb’s 25 yard run and Sony Michel’s 20 yard run.  The drive was capped off by 13 yard TD pass to Sony Michel.  Georgia 7 Oklahoma 7

The Sooners take their next drive 75 yards in 6 plays.  Rodney Anderson scored on a 9 yard rush after picking up 45 yards on a rush to get the Sooners into scoring position.  Georgia 7 Oklahoma 14 with 6:56 remaining in the 1st quarter.

Rodrigo Blankenship misses a 48 yard FG attempt wide left on Georgia’s next offensive possession.

End of 1st Quarter:  Georgia 7 Oklahoma 14

Rodney Anderson puts the Sooners on the board again when he rips off 41 yard rush TD capping a 69 yard drive to put the Sooners up 21-7 on the Bulldogs.

Sony Michel puts the Bulldogs on the board quickly when he takes a handoff from Fromm and scampers 75 yards for a TD.  Georgia 14 Oklahoma 21

Oklahoma drives 54 yards on their next possession but Tyler Clark sacks Mayfield on third down to force a 38 yard FG by Austin Siebert to put the Sooners up 24-14 over the Bulldogs.

Oklahoma puts another score on the board when they drive 90 yards on 10 plays and score on a 2 yard TD pass from receiver Ceedee Lamb to Baker Mayfield to convert on 3rd down to put the Sooners up 31-14 on the Bulldogs.

Georgia was able to salvage a FG to close out the 1st Half after Blankenship was able to kick a career long (and Rose Bowl long) 55 yard FG.  The Bulldogs were given a short field after the Sooners elected to kick short after scoring with only 6 seconds left in the 1st Half.

End of 1st Half:  Georgia 17 Oklahoma 31

Oklahoma will receive the 2nd Half kickoff.

The Georgia defense stiffens on OU’s opening possession of the 3rd quarter forcing a Sooners punt.  The Bulldogs strike again on a one play drive when Nick Chubb takes the ball 50 yards to the house on the Bulldogs first offensive snap of the 2nd Half.  Georgia trails 24-31 with 12:25 remaining in the 3rd Quarter.

Sony Michel takes another long one for a TD as he runs to the right on 3rd down for a 38 yard rushing TD.  Riley Ridley had a great downfield block to allow Michel to get in for the TD.  Georgia ties the game 31-31.

End of 3rd Quarter:  Georgia 31 Oklahoma 31

Georgia scores on a 4 yard TD reception by Javon Wims after Dominick Sanders gave the Bulldogs a short field following a Baker Mayfield interception early in the 4th Quarter.  Georgia leads 38-31.

The Sooners score on an 11 yard TD reception by Flowers to tie the game at 38-38 with 8:47 to go in the 4th Quarter.





Georgia Football Returns To Work At Stub Hub Center

(Photo by Steven Colquitt)

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Bulldog football team participated in its third practice session on Friday at the Stub Hub Center in anticipation for its College Football Playoff semifinal matchup.

The third-seeded Bulldogs practiced for 90 minutes in shoulder pads and shorts under sunny skies with temperatures reaching the 80s.  Georgia arrived in Los Angeles Tuesday evening following a brief break for the holidays.

Along with the Friday afternoon practice, the team is visiting Lawry’s The Prime Rib restaurant in Beverly Hills for the annual “Beef Bowl.”

Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, along with the senior outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter, junior inside linebacker Roquan Smith, senior nose guard John Atkins, redshirt sophomore defensive back J.R. Reed and junior defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter, participated in an official press conference for the defense at The L.A. Hotel Downtown on Friday morning.

Tucker directed a defense this season that ranks fourth nationally in Scoring Defense (13.2 points/game) and Total Defense (270.9 yards/game).

“Oklahoma is a spread team committed to the run and that’s what makes them unique,” Tucker said.  “Their run game sets up their play action and they are certainly going to be a challenge for us.  Oklahoma has a multi-dimensional offense.  Our goal will be to do our best to make them one dimensional.”

One of Tucker’s leaders on the Bulldog defense is Roquan Smith.  The Montezuma, Ga., native has racked up a team-high 113 tackles this season, including 10.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.  Smith got a visit before Friday’s practice from the legendary Dick Butkus.  The Pro Football Hall of Famer was meeting Smith in person for the first time since the Bulldog linebacker earned the 2017 Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker in early December.

This is not Smith’s first trip to L.A. since he traveled to California several times during his recruitment period.  In fact, Smith enjoys traveling and looks forward to future trips.

“I’ve been to Central and South America and probably enjoyed Honduras more than​ any place I have been,” said Smith.  “There are still some spots I want to visit in this country and Spain and Africa are spots I have always wanted to travel to.”

Smith and his teammates will have one of their more difficult tests of the season as they will try and slow Sooner quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma offense, which leads the nation averaging 583.3 yards per contest.  Mayfield is a former walk-on who won the Heisman Trophy earlier this December.

“It’s always big getting the chance to play against a Heisman Trophy winner,” said Smith.  “I always hear his name and Oklahoma’s name on Sundays when I get to catch up on a little college football recap and it’s amazing what they have done.  I am excited to play against a guy like that.”

Georgia will have daily practices through Saturday before a final walk through on Sunday.  Kickoff for the Georgia-Oklahoma Rose Bowl Game will be Monday, Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. ET and be televised live by ESPN.

Oklahoma Preview

With a resounding 28-7 victory over Auburn in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta, the Bulldogs avenged an earlier season loss to win their 13 SEC football Championship (first since 2005 and trailing only Alabama (26) for most since the league formed in 1933) and earn a spot in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff (“CFP”).  This year’s host site for the first semifinal game will be the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, where the #3-seeded Bulldogs will square off with the #2-seeded Oklahoma Sooners on New Year’s Day.  #1-seeded Clemson faces off with #4-seeded Alabama in the other semifinal game to be played at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, LA, on New Year’s Day.

The Rose Bowl is nicknamed “The Granddaddy of Them All” because it is the oldest bowl game.  It was first played in 1902, and has been played annually since 1916.  Since 1945, it has been the highest attended college football bowl game.  Only 3 SEC teams (Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee) have ever played in the Rose Bowl.

The Bulldogs are making their 53rd overall and 21st consecutive appearance in a bowl game.  Georgia’s bowl record is 30-19-3.  Last season, Georgia registered a 31-23 win over TCU in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.  This season will be Georgia’s first appearance in the CFP and the Bulldogs join Alabama as the only other SEC team to appear in the CFP so far.

Georgia’s trip to California for the Rose Bowl will mark the first time Georgia has played a bowl game in California since Charley Trippi led the Bulldogs to a 9-0 victory over UCLA in the 1943 Rose Bowl.  Furthermore, this year’s Rose Bowl will be the first time Georgia has played a game in California since the Wally Butts coached Bulldogs were defeated 3-10 by the Southern California Trojans in 1960.  The 2018 Rose Bowl will be the first ever meeting between Georgia and Oklahoma.

The University of Oklahoma is located in Norman, OK, and has an enrollment of approximately 31,250 students.  Oklahoma enters the CFP as the #2-seed with a 12-1 record and Big 12 Championship.  Led by first-year head coach Lincoln Riley, the Sooners have won eight in a row and 18 of their last 19 games (only loss coming against Iowa State on Oct. 7 in Norman).  OU won its third straight Big 12 title with a 41-17 victory over TCU in the Big 12 title game.  This will be the Sooners second-ever Rose Bowl.  They defeated Washington State 34-14 in 2003.  Oklahoma will be making its 19th straight bowl appearance.

Oklahoma enters the game with one of the most prolific offenses in college football.  The Sooners offense leads the nation in yards per game averaging over 580 yards per game and is 4th nationally in scoring averaging almost 45 points per game.  The high-powered OU offense is led by senior 3rd year starting quarterback Baker Mayfield.  Baker Mayfield threw for 4,340 yards (2nd nationally) and 41 TDs (2nd nationally) on his way to winning the 2017 Heisman trophy.  This game will be the first time Georgia has played a Heisman trophy winner in a bowl game since Georgia lost to a Tony Dorsett led Pittsburgh Panther team in the 1977 Sugar Bowl.

Currently, Vegas has the Bulldogs as a 2.5 point favorite with a total of 61 for the game. Kickoff time is scheduled for 5:10 PM EST from Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena CA.  The game can be seen ESPN.

West Coast Workout For Bulldogs

LOS ANGELES, CA—–Under sunny skies and temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, the Georgia Bulldogs conducted their first West Coast workout Wednesday at the Stub Hub Center.

The Bulldogs practiced for 90 minutes in jerseys, shorts, shells and helmets as they continue preparations for the upcoming Rose Bowl Game against Oklahoma in a College Football Playoff semifinal.

Georgia arrived in Los Angeles Tuesday evening following a brief break for the holidays. Along with Wednesday’s morning practice, the team visited the Disneyland Resort plus made an appearance at the ESPN Zone in the park.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, along with the four Bulldog captains (seniors Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Isaiah Wynn and junior Roquan Smith), took part in an official Welcome Press Conference at the resort. The group also rode one of the top new attractions, the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout. The elevator ride hurls guests up and down.

“Roquan was next to me on the ride; he squeezed my arm, and as you know, he’s pretty strong,” said Smart. “I think the other three guys were fine, although Sony said he may have eaten a little too much before the ride.”

“We had warm weather out at practice today, and we are pushing the guys a bit,” Smart added. “They were enthusiastic and had good tempo as we work on the offensive and defensive game plan.”

“It’s great to be out here and playing in the Rose Bowl Game, this one is big,” said Michel. “I know the seniors are getting a lot of credit from the media for this season, but it’s the whole team, the younger guys, the freshmen, they helped make it happen, and they deserve credit too.”

“It’s going to be a great matchup on both sides of the ball,” said Wynn on the upcoming Rose Bowl game with the Sooners. “We got back out there at practice because we are treating this as a business trip, and we needed to put the work in today. At the same time, it’s good to have an opportunity to come to Disneyland and step away from football for a few hours and enjoy our time together here as a team.”

Thursday’s schedule will feature a morning press conference involving Bulldog offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and five Bulldogs from the offense at the Rose Bowl Game media hotel. The team will hold an afternoon practice at the Stub Hub Center and then be treated to a show at the Improv Comedy Club.

Georgia will have daily practices through Saturday before a final walk through on Sunday. Kickoff for the Georgia-Oklahoma Rose Bowl Game will be Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at 5 p.m. ET and be televised live by ESPN.

Georgia Continues Postseason Practice

ATHENS, Ga. — The Bulldog football team practiced for the second to last time in Athens on Thursday in preparation for the coming College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game versus Oklahoma.

Georgia will practice once more on Friday before giving the players a couple days off for Christmas.  The Bulldogs will then reconvene and fly to Los Angeles on Dec. 26 to start their preparations for their Jan. 1 game in Pasadena, Calif.

Redshirt sophomore defensive back J.R. Reed grew up in Texas and was familiar with the Sooners then, and has been studying this year’s Oklahoma team as well.

“Growing up, we always knew the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry was a big one and we paid attention to that game every year,” Reed said.  “The Big 12 is known for high-scoring teams and the passing game so this will be a big game for our defense.”

After owning the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class following the first day of the Early Signing Period on Wednesday, the Bulldogs added a talented pair in tight end Luke Ford from Carterville, Ill., and linebacker Channing Tindall from Columbia, S.C., on Thursday.  Reed said winning plays a part in signing up the next batch of Bulldogs.

“Everyone wants to be part of a winner when they come out of high school and choose their college,” said Reed.  “If a guy is on the fence and Georgia is having a year like it’s been having this year, I would definitely think he would pick Georgia with the performance we have had on the field this season.”

The Bulldogs (12-1) face the Sooners (12-1) in the Rose Bowl Game on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.  Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN.