Bulldogs Top Bearcats, 24-21, in Peach Bowl Thriller

Georgia quarterback JT Daniels (18) during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2021. (Photo by Chamberlain Smith)
Georgia tight end Darnell Washington (0) uring the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2021. (Photo by Chamberlain Smith)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Georgia Sports Communications

Jan. 1, 2021

 

ATLANTA – Redshirt sophomore Jack Podlesny’s 53-yard field goal with three seconds remaining completed a remarkable 24-21 comeback victory for the ninth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (8-2, 7-2 SEC) over the eighth-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats (9-1, 6-0 AAC) Friday afternoon at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in front of 15,301 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and an ESPN television audience.

 

Trailing 21-10 entering the fourth quarter, Georgia posted 14 unanswered points in the final period to clinch the largest comeback of head coach Kirby Smart’s tenure in Athens.

 

Podlesny’s kick was the first game-winning field goal for Georgia since Rodrigo Blankenship’s 25-yarder to defeat Kentucky in 2016. It was also the third bowl-winning kick in program history and the longest game winner overall since Kevin Butler’s 60-yard boot against Clemson in 1984. For his efforts, Podlesny was named the Peach Bowl Offensive Player of the Game, becoming just the second place-kicker to earn the honor.

 

Redshirt sophomore quarterback JT Daniels piloted the Bulldogs with 392 yards on 26-for-38 passing with one touchdown and an interception, while sophomore wideout George Pickens notched 135 yards on seven receptions, giving him 100-plus yards in consecutive bowl games.

 

Redshirt sophomore linebacker Azeez Ojulari earned Defensive Player of the Game honors with three sacks and two forced fumbles, tying the school record for sacks in a bowl game. Overall, the Bulldogs tied the school record for team sacks in a bowl with eight, matching the total set against Hawaii in the 2008 Sugar Bowl. Sophomore linebacker Nakobe Dean and junior linebacker Quay Walker led the Bulldogs with seven tackles apiece. Overall, Georgia held Cincinnati to 305 yards on offense, including just 107 in the second half.

 

Both teams’ defenses dominated early in the game, with Georgia punting on its first two possessions, although the second kick from junior Jake Camarda only traveled four yards. Starting on the Georgia 42-yard line, Cincinnati took advantage with the first scoring drive of the afternoon for either side as quarterback Desmond Ridder found receiver Alec Pierce for a 14-yard touchdown with 4:38 remaining in the first quarter.

 

The Bulldogs immediately responded with a diving 51-yard catch from Pickens on the first play of the ensuing drive, followed by a 12-yard rush from redshirt sophomore tailback Zamir White to enter the Bearcats’ red zone. Georgia was unable to convert however as Daniels was intercepted in the end zone by cornerback Coby Bryant, who subsequently lost the ball on a Pickens punch-out and forced Cincinnati to begin its drive at its own 1-yard line.

 

After the Bearcats stalled in their end zone, the Bulldogs started their next drive near midfield and quickly capitalized as freshman tight end Darnell Washington rumbled into Cincinnati territory on a 38-yard catch-and-run. Washington’s gain allowed for Daniels to connect with Pickens on a 16-yard touchdown pass, tying the game just before the end of the first quarter with a 5-play, 44-yard scoring drive.

 

In the second quarter, Cincinnati methodically moved down the field, but a third down incompletion forced a 33-yard field goal attempt from place-kicker Cole Smith that missed wide left. On the very next play, Daniels connected with freshman wideout Arian Smith on a 55-yard pass to the Cincinnati 25-yard line. Nonetheless, the Bearcat defense held the Bulldogs out of the end zone and forced a 37-yard field goal from Podlesny, giving Georgia a 10-7 lead with 3:46 remaining before halftime.

 

Once again, Cincinnati steadily moved the ball, highlighted by a 25-yard third down completion from Ridder to wideout Michael Young. Despite losing left tackle James Hudson to a targeting ejection, Ridder found tight end Josh Whyle for an 11-yard touchdown catch with just six seconds left in the half, moving Cincinnati ahead at the break.

 

The Bearcats carried the momentum into the second half, extending their lead to 21-10 on a 79-yard touchdown run from tailback Jerome Ford on the second play from scrimmage. However, following the scoring run, Cincinnati would only amass 28 yards of offense for the remainder of the afternoon.

 

On the ensuing drive, Georgia slowed its tempo and worked into Cincinnati territory, overcoming third-and-17 with consecutive completions to redshirt sophomore tight end John FitzPatrick and Pickens. Despite the conversion, Daniels fumbled on a first down sack and gave the Bearcats the ball at their own 23-yard line. The Georgia defense stepped up on the following drive, sacking Ridder twice and quickly forcing a punt.

 

Opening with the ball on the Cincinnati 49-yard line, Georgia moved toward the red zone with a pair of offsides penalties, but a stalled drive led to an unsuccessful fourth-and-1 attempt as Daniels’ throw to sophomore wideout Kearis Jackson was broken up.

 

Early in the fourth quarter, Ojulari put Georgia back in the game with a strip-sack of Ridder, recovered by junior linebacker Adam Anderson at the Cincinnati 25-yard line. With renewed confidence, Daniels found FitzPatrick for a 16-yard completion, followed by a 9-yard touchdown run from White. Following a failed two-point attempt, the Bulldogs had cut the deficit to 21-16 with 13:20 to play.

 

On the subsequent drive, a three-and-out from the Georgia defense was negated after Cincinnati punter James Smith picked up a first down on a 9-yard fake punt run, but the Bearcats were unable to exploit the conversion. The Bulldogs appeared to be headed toward regaining the lead with back-to-back long completions to Jackson and Pickens, but a sack-fumble by Daniels forced a 32-yard field goal from Podlesny, bringing the margin to 21-19 following a 6-play, 61-yard sequence.

 

After both teams punted, Cincinnati had an opportunity to run out the clock, but on third-and-2, Ridder’s pass was batted away by sophomore cornerback Tyrique Stevenson and Georgia regained possession. Daniels moved the Bulldogs down the field on an 8-play, 44-yard scoring drive, culminating in Podlesny’s 53-yard field goal to seal the comeback victory. On the final play of the contest, Ojulari added one more sack to his tally, tacking on a safety that set the final margin, bookending the Georgia season with two-point scores.

 

Georgia will next take the field on Saturday, Sept. 4 for a matchup against the Clemson Tigers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

QB Ty Thompson Named All-American Bowl Offensive Player of the Year

The All-American Bowl Selection Committee announced the winner for the All-American Bowl Offensive Player of Year Award, given annually to the top offensive player in the country. Quarterback Ty Thompson (Gilbert, AZ/ Mesquite H.S.) has been named the recipient of the All-American Bowl’s Offensive Player of the Year award.

 

According to 247Sports Thompson is a four-star prospect and the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the nation. During his senior season he threw for 3,171 yards and 31 touchdowns while adding 232 rushing yards and 8 rushing scores. Thompson helped lead Mesquite High School to their second consecutive state championship title. He will be playing college football at the University of Oregon.

 

Past winners of the award are Puka Nacua and D.J. Uiagalelei.

How the Bulldogs in the NFL fared in Week 16

Georgia tight end Charlie Woerner (89) during the Bulldogs' session on the Woodruff Practice Fields in Athens, Ga., on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (Photo by Steven Colquitt)

    Bears 41, Jaguars 17
    John Jenkins, DL: Jenkins had three tackles for Chicago.
    Riley Ridley, WR: Ridley was on the Bears’ inactive list.
    Roquan Smith, LB: Smith registered eight tackles, two interceptions, and a fumble recovery for Chicago. Smith is second in the NFL with 97 solo tackles, fourth in total tackles with 136, and fifth in tackles for loss with 17.
    Javon Wims, WR: Wims saw action on 36 offensive plays and three special teams plays for the Bears, but he did not have any statistics.
    Chris Conley, WR: Conley had three catches for 27 yards for the Jaguars.

    Seahawks 20, Rams 9
    Jayson Stanley, DB: Stanley logged nine special teams plays for Seattle, which clinched the NFC West title, but he did not have any statistics.
    Leonard Floyd, LB: Floyd had seven tackles, including two sacks, for the Rams.
    Natrez Patrick, LB: Patrick logged 18 special teams plays for Los Angeles, but he did not have any statistics.
    J.R. Reed, DB: Reed appeared on 15 special teams plays, registering one tackle, for the Rams.

    Chiefs 17, Falcons 14
    Deandre Baker, DB: Baker was on Kansas City’s inactive list.
    Mecole Hardman, WR: Hardman had a 20-yard rush, three catches for 24 yards, four punt returns for 20 yards, and a 21-yard kickoff return for the Chiefs, who clinched the No. 1 seed for the AFC playoffs.
    Todd Gurley, RB: Gurley had four carries for 16 yards and three catches for 34 yards for the Falcons. Gurley is 10th in the NFL with nine rushing touchdowns.

    Bills 38, Patriots 9
    David Andrews, OL: Andrews logged 41 plays at center and helped New England post 201 total yards.
    Sony Michel, RB: Michel had 10 carries for 69 yards for the Patriots.
    Jake Fromm, QB: Fromm was on the Bills’ inactive list.
    Isaiah McKenzie, WR: McKenzie had four catches for 26 yards and two rushes for five yards for Buffalo.

    Jets 23, Browns 16
    Lawrence Cager, WR: Cager was on the Jets’ inactive list.
    Nick Chubb, RB: Chubb had 11 carries for 28 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 38 yards for Cleveland. Chubb is second among NFL running backs with an average yards per carry of 5.4, and he is second overall with 11 runs of 20 yards or more, third with 87.2 rushing yards per game, fifth with 11 rushing touchdowns, and seventh with 959 rushing yards.

    Bengals 37, Texans 31
    A.J. Green, WR: Green had four catches for 64 yards for Cincinnati.
    Shawn Williams, DB: Williams had one tackle as he appeared on 23 special teams plays and five defensive snaps.

    Dolphins 26, Raiders 25
    Solomon Kindley, OL: Kindley was on Miami’s inactive list.

    Buccaneers 47, Lions 7
    Matthew Stafford, QB: Stafford went 2-for-3 for 17 yards for the Lions before exiting with a first-quarter injury.
    D’Andre Swift, RB: Swift had 10 carries for 45 yards and four catches for 25 yards for Detroit.

    Ravens 27, Giants 13
    Tae Crowder, LB: Crowder had eight tackles for New York.
    Andrew Thomas, OL: Thomas played all 64 snaps on offense, helping the Giants accumulate 269 total yards.

    Steelers 28, Colts 24
    Rodrigo Blankenship, PK: Blankenship went 3-for-3 on extra points and nailed a 28-yard field goal for the Colts. He is fourth in the NFL with 30 field goals, fifth with 131 points, and 10th with 41 extra points.
    Justin Houston, DE: Houston had a tackle for loss for Indianapolis.

    Packers 40, Titans 14
    Ben Jones, OL: Jones played 52 snaps at center and helped Tennessee accumulate 260 total yards.

    Panthers 20, Washington 13
    Thomas Davis, LB: Davis was on Washington’s inactive list.

    Practice Squads
    Eagles: Elijah Holyfield, RB
    Jaguars: Cameron Nizialek, P
    Packers: Isaac Nauta, TE
    Rams: Tyrique McGhee, DB
    Ravens: Nick Moore, LS; Eli Wolf, TE
    Texans: Davin Bellamy, LB

    Reserve Lists
    49ers: Charlie Woerner, TE (COVID)
    Bears: Reggie Davis, WR (practice squad injured reserve)
    Bengals: Geno Atkins, DL (injured reserve)
    Cardinals: Lamont Gaillard, OL (Commissioner Exempt List)
    Dolphins: Jonathan Ledbetter, DL (non-football injury)
    Giants: Lorenzo Carter, LB (injured reserve)
    Jaguars: Terry Godwin, WR (COVID); Abry Jones, DL (injured reserve)
    Jets: Jordan Jenkins, LB (injured reserve)
    Lions: John Atkins, DL (COVID opt-out)
    Patriots: Michael Barnett, DL (injured reserve); Isaiah Wynn, OL (injured reserve/designated for return)
    Titans: Isaiah Wilson, OL (non-football injury)​

Georgia’s Eric Stokes Named To CBS Sports/247Sports All-America First Team

Georgia defensive back Eric Stokes (27) during a game against South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC., on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Photo by Tony Walsh)

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia junior defensive back Eric Stokes has been named to the 2020 CBS Sports/247Sports All-America First Team.

 

The Southeastern Conference had a national leading 12 First Team selections and 17 selections overall.

 

Stokes, a native of Covington, Ga., was an Associated Press All-SEC First Team selection and was included on the Coaches All-SEC Second Team.

 

Stokes has started all nine games for the Bulldogs and has served as one of the team’s captains this year.  He has 20 tackles this season, including 14 solo stops, and has a team-leading four interceptions.  Stokes has taken two of those picks back for touchdowns, making him one of five FBS players this season to have a pair of pick-sixes.  He is the third Bulldog all-time to return two interceptions for scores in a season (Jake Scott, Darryl Gamble).

 

The No. 9 Bulldogs (7-2 SEC) take on No. 8 Cincinnati (9-0, 6-0 American Athletic Conference) in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1.  ESPN will televise the game at 12 p.m.

 

Georgia Puts Six On AP All-SEC Teams

ATHENS, Ga. — The Bulldog football team had six players named to the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference teams, including five to the First Team.

 

Georgia offensive lineman Ben Cleveland (74) during the Bulldogs’ session on the Woodruff Practice Fields in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (Photo by Steven Colquitt)

Senior OG Ben Cleveland (Toccoa, Ga.), senior ILB Monty Rice (Huntsville, Ala.), junior DB Eric Stokes (Covington, Ga.), senior S Richard LeCounte (Riceboro, Ga.) and junior P Jake Camarda (Norcross, Ga.) were included on the First Team.

 

Redshirt sophomore OLB Azeez Ojulari (Marietta, Ga.) was named to the Second Team.

 

Camarda was the SEC Coaches Special Teams Player of the Year and on the Coaches All-SEC First Team, according to an announcement earlier this week.

 

In addition, Cleveland was also on the Coaches First Team along with LeCounte.  Junior N Jordan Davis, Ojulari and Stokes were Coaches Second Team selections while redshirt freshman OT Warren McClendon and true freshmen RB Kendall Milton and DL Jalen Carter were included on the Freshman All-SEC squad.

 

The No. 9 Bulldogs (7-2 SEC) take on No. 8 Cincinnati (9-0, 6-0 American Athletic Conference) in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1.  ESPN will televise the game at 12 p.m.

Georgia’s Jake Camarda Named Ray Guy Award Finalist

Georgia punter Jake Camarda (90) warms up before a game against Mississippi State on Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Nov., 21, 2020. (Photo by Chamberlain Smith)

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia junior Jake Camarda has been named one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, which is given to the nation’s top punter.

Earlier in the day, Camarda became the first Bulldog to be named Southeastern Conference Special Teams Player of the Year and to the All-SEC First Team.

Camarda, a native of Norcross, Ga., joins Miami junior Lou Hedley and Georgia Tech senior Pressley Harvin as the award’s three finalists.  Online voting to select the winner runs through Jan. 1, 2021.  The winner will be announced during the virtual Home Depot College Football Awards Show featured on ESPN on Jan. 7 and a Ray Guy Award banquet will be in Augusta later in January.

Former Bulldog Drew Butler, who punted for two different NFL teams for a combined four seasons, won the 2009 Ray Guy Award.  Butler was also a finalist for the Ray Guy in 2010.

Camarda’s punting average of 47.9 would rank second nationally if he had the NCAA minimum of 3.6 punts per game (Camarda is at 3.4 per game).  The Bulldogs’ 42.7 average in Net Punting is ranked seventh nationally.  He has punted 31 times and placed 17 inside the 20 and has 15 that have traveled 50 yards or more.

During opponents’ two punt returns this season, they have only gained a combined two yards.  The two-time 2020 SEC Special Teams Player of the Week is averaging 45.7 for his career.  Butler owns the Bulldog school record at 45.4 for his career.

Camarda is also handling kickoff duties for the Bulldogs.  Georgia is ranked eighth nationally and leads the SEC in Kickoff Return Defense allowing only 16.8 yards per return.  The Bulldogs are also ranked third in the league in Kickoff Coverage (41.3 net average) and fourth in total kickoff yardage (63.5 average).

Also of note with national awards, senior Monty Rice was a finalist for the Butkus Award, which is given to the nation’s top linebacker.

The No. 9 Bulldogs (7-2 SEC) take on No. 8 Cincinnati (9-0, 6-0 American Athletic Conference) in Atlanta during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1.  ESPN will televise the game at 12 p.m.

Bulldog Football Earns SEC Player Of The Year Honor, All-SEC Accolades

Georgia defensive back Richard LeCounte (2) during the Bulldogs' game with Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Snyder)

ATHENS, Ga. — Junior punter Jake Camarda has become the first Bulldog to be named the Southeastern Conference Special Teams Player of the Year, according to an announcement following a vote from the league’s coaches on Tuesday.

In addition, nine Bulldogs earned a spot on one of the conference’s All-SEC teams.  Senior OG Ben Cleveland, senior S Richard LeCounte and Camarda were named to the First Team.  Junior N Jordan Davis, redshirt sophomore OLB Azeez Ojulari and junior DB Eric Stokes garnered Second Team honors.  Georgia also had a trio named to the Freshman All-SEC squad including redshirt freshman OT Warren McClendon and true freshmen RB Kendall Milton and DL Jalen Carter.

Camarda, a native of Norcross, Ga., becomes the first Georgia player to garner the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year award since its inception in 2004.  In fact, Camarda is the first special teams player to earn the honor from the league’s Eastern Division since 2015.

Camarda’s punting average of 47.9 would rank second nationally if he had the NCAA minimum of 3.6 punts per game (Camarda is at 3.4 per game).  The Bulldogs’ 42.7 average in Net Punting is ranked seventh nationally.  He has punted 31 times and placed 17 inside the 20 and has 15 that have traveled 50 yards or more.

During opponents’ two punt returns this season, they have only gained a combined two yards.  The two-time 2020 SEC Special Teams Player of the Week is averaging 45.7 for his career.  Butler owns the Bulldog school record at 45.4 for his career.

Camarda is also handling kickoff duties for the Bulldogs.  Georgia is ranked eighth nationally and leads the SEC in Kickoff Return Defense allowing only 16.8 yards per return.  The Bulldogs are also ranked third in the league in Kickoff Coverage (41.3 net average) and fourth in total kickoff yardage (63.5 average).

The No. 9 Bulldogs (7-2 SEC) take on No. 8 Cincinnati (9-0, 6-0 American Athletic Conference) in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1.  ESPN will televise the game at 12 p.m.

SEC Football Bowl Assignments Announced

BIRMNGHAM, Alabama (December 20, 2020) – Twelve Southeastern Conference football teams learned their post-season bowl destinations on Sunday, including No. 1-ranked Alabama which will play No. 4 Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl in Arlington, Texas, on January 1 in a semifinal game for the College Football Playoff. In addition, three other SEC teams will play in the CFP’s New Year’s Six Games.

 

On Sunday, the College Football Playoff committee first selected teams for the national semifinal games, the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl presented by Capital One.  The committee later announced the participants in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Playstation Fiesta Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl and Goodyear Cotton Bowl.

 

In addition to Alabama’s appearance in the CFP Semifinal Game, other New Year’s Six games will feature Texas A&M versus North Carolina in the Orange Bowl, Florida versus Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl and Georgia versus Cincinnati in the Peach Bowl.

 

Next, the VRBO Citrus Bowl selected Auburn from the SEC to play Northwestern of the Big Ten.

 

This marks the seventh year the Conference has assigned league schools to an “SEC Bowl Pool” that includes six postseason games.  The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl in Houston, the TransPerfect Music City Bowl in Nashville, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville and the Outback Bowl in Tampa have been in the SEC Bowl Pool all six years.  This year, the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl joins the SEC Bowl Pool for only the 2020 postseason.

 

For assignment of bowl games, SEC teams were ranked, without regard to divisions, based on winning percentage and after application of tie breakers.  Based upon this ranked order, each team was asked to select its bowl destination based on available remaining bowls.

 

Missouri will play in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl, Ole Miss will play in the Outback Bowl, Kentucky will play in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, Arkansas will play in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, Tennessee will play in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and Mississippi State will play in the Armed Forces Bowl.

 

Following the SEC Bowl Pool, the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl selected South Carolina.

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF BOWLS

 

Rose Bowl presented by Capital One (Arlington) – Alabama vs. Notre Dame – Jan. 1 – 5 pm ET / 4 CT – ESPN

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Atlanta) – Georgia vs. Cincinnati – Jan. 1 – 12:30 pm ET / 11:30 am CT – ESPN

Capital One Orange Bowl (Miami) – Texas A&M vs. North Carolina – Jan. 2 – 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT – ESPN

Goodyear Cotton Bowl (Dallas) – Florida vs. Oklahoma – Dec. 30 – 7:15 pm ET / 6:15 pm CT – ESPN

 

SEC-AFFILIATED BOWLS:

 

VRBO Citrus Bowl (Orlando) – Auburn vs. Northwestern – Jan. 1 – 1 pm ET / Noon CT – ABC

 

SEC Bowl Pool:

Georgia-Cincinnati to play in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

For Immediate Release

Dec. 20, 2020

ATHENS—– The University of Georgia will play Cincinnati of the American Athletic Conference in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021, in Atlanta, the College Football Playoff committee announced Sunday.

Kickoff for the game between the ninth-ranked Bulldogs (7-2) and the eighth-ranked Bearcats (9-0) is scheduled for 12 noon ET and be televised on ESPN. This will be the third all-time meeting between the programs.  The Bulldogs won both previous contests: 35-13 in Cincinnati in 1942 and 31-17 in Athens in 1976.

“The challenges of this season have been many for every team and I’m certainly excited for our team and especially our seniors to have the opportunity to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl which is annually one of the premier New Year’s Six games during the holiday season,” said UGA head coach Kirby Smart.  “This is close to home and a venue we are very familiar with; however, none of our players and only a couple of our coaches have had the opportunity to participate in this game.  We’re also looking forward to the challenge of playing a quality opponent in Cincinnati. Coach Fickell has done a remarkable job with two 11-win seasons the last two years and a perfect season this year.”

       Georgia has made five previous appearances in the Peach Bowl.  Georgia’s last appearance in the Atlanta game was Dec. 30, 2006, when the ‘Dogs defeated Virginia Tech, 31-24. The other four: defeated Maryland, 17-16, on Dec. 28, 1973; lost to Syracuse, 19-18, Dec. 30, 1989; lost to Virginia, 34-27, Dec. 30, 1995; and defeated Virginia, 35-33, Dec. 31, 1998.

       “We are delighted with the selection of our team to represent the
University of Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl,” said UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. “Even though we have played in Atlanta on several occasions, we’ve not had the opportunity to play in this game since 2006.  Even under the circumstances of 2020, it will be a new experience for our players and as many of our fans who are able to attend.  It’s a great opportunity to play in a first class stadium, and we look forward to competing against an undefeated Cincinnati team.”

This will be Georgia’s 57th post-season appearance—fourth most of any team in the country. The Bulldogs’ all-time post-season record is 32-21-3. This is also the 24th consecutive season the Bulldogs have earned a bowl appearance, which ranks as the longest current active streak in the country.

Georgia’s senior class is 43-9 in their career with two bowl wins (Rose, Sugar), three SEC Eastern Division championships, 2017 SEC title, 2017 College Football Playoff national runnerup, and pending trip to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.  The 43 senior class victories is one short of the school record of 44 earned by the 2005 and 2019 classes.

Defensive Back Kamari Lassiter Honored as a 2021 All-American as Part of All-American Bowl Road to the Dome Tour

Defensive Back Kamari Lassiter (Tuscaloosa, Alabama/ American Christian Academy), the University of Georgia commit, was officially honored today as a 2021 All-American during a virtual jersey presentation as part of the fourteenth episode of the Road to the Dome digital series.

 

The episode was released tonight at 8 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports YouTube channel. Additional All-Americans featured in tonight’s episode include Prophet Brown, Jalil Farooq, Jack Sawyer, Jaylin Smith, Kingsley Suamataia, Tyleik Williams, and Ceyair Wright.

 

Having been selected as an All-American in the twenty-first edition of the All-American Bowl, Lassiter will be celebrated as part of a special two-hour “All-American Bowl: Declaration Day” honoring each of this year’s 100 All-Americans on Saturday January 2, on NBC.