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Bulldogs in the NFL — Week 16

Week 16 Recap

 

    Patriots 24, Bills 17

    Sony Michel, RB: Michel had 21 carries for 96 yards and caught a 5-yard pass for the Patriots.

    Isaiah Wynn, OL: Wynn played all 73 snaps at left tackle and helped New England accumulate 414 total yards.

    Ben Watson, TE: Watson caught three passes for 15 yards for New England.

    David Andrews, C: Andrews is on the Patriots’ injured reserve list.

    Isaiah McKenzie, WR: McKenzie caught two passes for 11 yards for Buffalo.

 

    Dolphins 38, Bengals 35

    John Jenkins, DL: Jenkins posted two tackles for Miami.

    Reshad Jones, DB: Jones is on the Dolphins’ injured reserve list.

    Jonathan Ledbetter, DL: The Miami rookie is on injured reserve.

    Shawn Williams, DB: Williams led the Bengals with 13 tackles, including a sack, and he registered two quarterback hits.

    Cordy Glenn, OL: Glenn started at left tackle and helped Cincinnati roll up 430 total yards.

    Geno Atkins, DL: Atkins had a quarterback hit for the Bengals. Atkins will represent the AFC in the Pro Bowl.

    A.J. Green, WR: Green is on Cincinnati’s injured reserve list.

    Davin Bellamy, DE: Bellamy is a member of the Bengals’ practice squad.

 

    Giants 41, Redskins 35

    Deandre Baker, DB: Baker led the Giants with 10 tackles, including one for loss.

    Lorenzo Carter, LB: Carter had four tackles, including 1.5 sacks, and four quarterback hits and he defended one pass for New York.

    Alec Ogletree, LB: Ogletree was active for the Giants, but he never entered Sunday’s game due to back spasms.

    Maurice Smith, DB: Smith, who was promoted to the Redskins’ active roster on Dec. 18, logged 17 special teams plays, but he did not record any stats.

 

    Chiefs 26, Bears 3

    Mecole Hardman, WR: Hardman had two kickoff returns for 57 yards and two punt returns for 10 yards for the Chiefs. Among NFL rookies, Hardman ranks fourth in punt return average (9.7), fifth in receiving touchdowns (six), sixth in total touchdowns (six), eighth in kickoff return average (23.5), and 10th in receiving yards (508). Hardman will represent the AFC in the Pro Bowl as a return specialist.

    Leonard Floyd, LB: Floyd posted five tackles for Chicago.

    Javon Wims, WR: Wims hauled in three passes for 26 yards for the Bears.

    Riley Ridley, WR: The Chicago rookie logged three offensive snaps, but he did not have any stats.

    Reggie Davis, WR: Davis is a member of the Bears’ practice squad.

    Roquan Smith, LB: Smith is on the Bears’ injured reserve list.

 

    Ravens 31, Browns 15

    Nick Chubb, RB: Chubb rushed 15 times for 45 yards for the Browns. Chubb is ranked first in the league with 1,453 yards rushing and ninth with eight rushing touchdowns. Chubb will represent the AFC in the Pro Bowl.

 

    Colts 38, Panthers 6

    Justin Houston, DE: Houston had two tackles, including a sack, for the Colts.

    Elijah Holyfield, RB: Holyfield is on the Panthers’ practice squad.

 

    Jets 16, Steelers 10

    Jordan Jenkins, LB: Jenkins posted two tackles for the Jets.

 

    49ers 34, Rams 31

    Todd Gurley, RB: Gurley had 15 carries for 48 yards and two touchdowns. Gurley matched Marshall Faulk for the Rams’ career record in rushing touchdowns with 58. Gurley stands fifth in the NFL with 14 total and 12 rushing touchdowns.

    Natrez Patrick, LB: The Rams rookie was inactive.

 

    Falcons 24, Jaguars 12

    Chris Conley, WR: Conley caught two passes for 56 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown, for the Jaguars.

    Abry Jones, DL: Jones made one tackle for Jacksonville.

    Jayson Stanley, DB: Stanley was added to the Jaguars’ practice squad on Dec. 19.

    Terry Godwin, WR: Jacksonville placed Godwin on the practice squad injured list on Dec. 19.

 

    Raiders 24, Chargers 17

    Thomas Davis, LB: Davis posted five tackles for the Chargers.

 

    Saints 38, Titans 28

    Ben Jones, OL: Jones played all 62 snaps at center and helped the Titans accumulate 397 total yards.

    D’Andre Walker, LB: Walker is on Tennessee’s injured reserve list.

 

    Broncos 27, Lions 17

    John Atkins, DL: Atkins started at defensive tackle, but he did not have any stats.

    Isaac Nauta, TE: The Lions rookie saw action on 22 offensive and special teams plays, but he did not have any stats.

    Matthew Stafford, QB: Stafford is on the Lions’ injured reserve list. Stafford stands third in the NFL in total offense at 303.5 yards per game.

 

    Cardinals 27, Seahawks 13

    Lamont Gaillard, OL: The Cardinals rookie was a healthy scratch.

 

    Week 17 schedule involving Bulldogs (all games on Sunday):

Packers at Lions; Jets at Bills; Dolphins at Patriots; Bears at Vikings; Chargers at Chiefs; Browns at Bengals; Saints at Panthers; Colts at Jaguars; Eagles at Giants; Cardinals at Rams; Titans at Texans; Redskins at Cowboys.

 

    Playoffs Picture:

In the AFC, New England and Kansas City have won their divisions, while Buffalo has clinched a wild card. Tennessee can clinch a wild card with a win Sunday at Houston or losses by Pittsburgh (at Baltimore) and Indianapolis (at Jacksonville). No NFC teams with Bulldogs on the roster will qualify for the playoffs this year. Georgia has had at least one player in the Super Bowl for 18 straight seasons.​

Honors Continue To Roll In For Bulldog Football Players

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 03: during the MLB game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves on September 3, 2019 at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire)

ATHENS, Ga. — A number of Georgia football players have earned Phil Steele All-America and All-Southeastern Conference honors while another has been included as a semifinalist for the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Shaun Alexander Freshman Player of the Year Award.

 

Georgia graduate safety J.R. Reed (Frisco, Texas) and junior left tackle Andrew Thomas (Lithonia, Ga.) have both been named to the Phil Steele All-America First Team while junior tailback D’Andre Swift (Philadelphia, Pa.) and graduate place-kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (Marietta, Ga.) were included as Third Team All-Americans.  In addition, redshirt sophomore tackle Isaiah Wilson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was on the All-America Fourth Team.

 

Phil Steele also included eight Bulldogs on his All-SEC teams.  Swift, Thomas, Reed and Blankenship were named to the First Team; Wilson and senior defensive lineman Tyler Clark (Americus, Ga.) were named to the Second Team; and sophomore center Trey Hill (Warner Robins, Ga.) and junior inside linebacker Monty Rice (Huntsville, Ala.) were named to the Third Team.

 

The FWAA also announced its seven semifinalists for the Shaun Alexander Freshman Player of the Year Award, which recognizes the most outstanding freshman player in the FBS ranks.  Redshirt freshman outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari (Marietta, Ga.) was included on the list after tallying a team-high 4.5 sacks for a Bulldog defense that is ranked in the top five nationally in several categories.

 

Bulldog All-America Honors

Junior LT Andrew Thomas – *Associated Press (AP), *Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), *AFCA Coaches, *Sporting News, *Phil Steele, *Sports Illustrated, *Walter Camp, *CBS Sports, *ESPN, *Bleacher Report, ^USA Today, ^Pro Football Focus (PFF)

Graduate PK Rodrigo Blankenship – *USA Today, *AFCA Coaches, *Sports Illustrated, *Walter Camp, *Bleacher Report, *Pro Football Focus (PFF), ^Sporting News, ^Associated Press (AP)

Graduate S J.R. Reed – *Associated Press (AP), *Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), *Phil Steele, *Walter Camp, ^Sporting News, ^USA Today, ^Sports Illustrated, ^AFCA Coaches

Junior OG Solomon Kindley – ^Sports Illustrated

*First Team, ^Second Team

 

The No. 5 Bulldogs (11-2) will face No. 7 Baylor (11-2) in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2020, in New Orleans, La.  ESPN will televise the matchup at 8:45 p.m. ET.

Reed, Thomas Named To FWAA All-America First Team

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia graduate safety J.R. Reed and junior left tackle Andrew Thomas have both been named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-America First Team, according to an announcement on Thursday.

 

Reed, a native of Frisco, Texas, and Thomas, a native of Lithonia, Ga., are two of seven players from the Southeastern Conference named to the First Team.

 

In addition to all being All-SEC First Team selections, this Georgia duo helped lead the Bulldogs to their third straight SEC Eastern Division title, to their third season with at least 11 wins and victories over four top-25 opponents heading into the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

 

Bulldog All-America Honors

Junior LT Andrew Thomas – *Associated Press (AP), *Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), *AFCA Coaches, *Sporting News, *Sports Illustrated, *Walter Camp, *CBS Sports, *ESPN, *Bleacher Report, ^USA Today, ^Pro Football Focus (PFF)

Graduate PK Rodrigo Blankenship – *USA Today, *AFCA Coaches, *Sports Illustrated, *Walter Camp, *Bleacher Report, *Pro Football Focus (PFF), ^Sporting News, ^Associated Press (AP)

Graduate S J.R. Reed – *Associated Press (AP), *Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), *Walter Camp, ^Sporting News, ^USA Today, ^Sports Illustrated, ^AFCA Coaches

Junior OG Solomon Kindley – ^Sports Illustrated

*First Team, ^Second Team

 

The No. 5 Bulldogs (11-2) will face No. 7 Baylor (11-2) in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2020, in New Orleans, La.  ESPN will televise the matchup at 8:45 p.m. ET.

Georgia Football Adds 17 In Early Signing Period On Wednesday

Dec. 18, 2019 GEORGIA FOOTBALL SIGNEES

 

Name                        Pos.   Ht.      Wt.    Hometown High School

Carson Beck             QB       6-4      225     Jacksonville, Fla.     Mandarin HS

Austin Blaske           OL       6-5      280     Bloomingdale, Ga.   South Effingham HS

Warren Brinson       DL       6-4      305     Savannah, Ga.          IMG Academy

Major Burns             DB       6-2      175     Baton Rouge, La.      Madison Prep Acad.

Jermaine Burton     WR      6-0      195     Calabasas, Calif.       Calabasas, Calif.

Jalen Carter              DL       6-3      305     Apopka, Fla.             Apopka HS

Jalen Kimber            DB       6-0      170     Arlington, Tex.          Timberview HS

Chad Lindberg         OL       6-6      315     League City, Tex.     Clear Creek HS

Kendall Milton        RB       6-1      220     Clovis, Calif.              Buchanan HS

Tate Ratledge          OL       6-6      317     Rome, Ga.                  Darlington School

Justin Robinson       WR      6-4      210     Locust Grove, Ga.     Eagle’s Landing

Marcus Rosemy       WR      6-2      195     Pompano Beach, Fla. St. Thomas Aquinas

MJ Sherman              OLB     6-2      235     Baltimore, Md.         St. John’s College HS

Arian Smith              WR      6-0      185     Bradley, Fla.             Lakeland HS

Nazir Stackhouse    DL       6-3      305     Stone Mountain, Ga. Columbia HS

Devin Willock          OL       6-7      350     New Milford, N.J.      Paramus Catholic

Jared Zirkel              PK       6-3      185     Kerrville, Tex.          Tivy HS

 

 

CARSON BECK, QB, 6-4, 225

Jacksonville, Fla., Mandarin HS

High School: Mandarin HS, coached by Bobby Ramsay…invited to the 2019 Elite 11 Finals, the nation’s most prestigious quarterback camp for high school prospects…Joins Georgia  quarterbacks Jake Fromm and D’Wan Mathis, as well as former Bulldogs Aaron Murray, Matthew Stafford, D.J. Shockley and five more Georgia alumni as Elite 11 participants…earned the “Best College Fit” superlative at the event…honored as the 2018 USA Today Florida Offensive Player of the Year…247sports.com composite four-star prospect, #204 prospect nationally and the #8 pro-style quarterback prospect…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, #101 prospect nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #238 prospect nationally, #16 QB (pocket passer) prospect nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, #219 prospect nationally, #10 pro-style QB nationally…as a senior, led the Mustangs to a 7-4 record and completed 136 of 278 passes for 1,843 yards and 20 touchdowns…also ran for 167 yards and six touchdowns…selected to represent Team Driplomats at The Opening 2019 Finals…clocked a 4.40 20-yard shuttle as one of the fastest quarterbacks at The Opening’s regional events…earned Florida’s Mr. Football by leading MHS to its first state title in program history and the second all-time by a Duval County public school…in the game, Beck went 25-of-36 for 329 yards and five touchdown passes, one shy of the FHSAA record in a title game…the team finished 11-4 (4-0 in District 1-8A) on the way to a championship in Florida’s highest classification…named to the 2018 MaxPreps Junior All-American Second Team offense, completing 209 of his 356 attempts for 3,546 passing yards and 39 touchdowns that year…faced Wekiva HS in the regional final but did not square off against Georgia linebacker Rian Davis, who was sidelined with a knee injury…transferred to Mandarin following his first two seasons at Providence School…passed for 994 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore for the Stallions…talented baseball prospect as a first baseman/right-handed pitcher, earning high honorable mention for  the 2019 and 2018 Perfect Game Preseason Underclassmen All-American teams…hit for a .354 average with 22 runs batted in as a sophomore at Providence.

 

AUSTIN BLASKE, OL, 6-5, 280

Bloomingdale, Ga., South Effingham HS

High School: South Effingham, coached by Nathan Clark…247Sports.com composite three-star prospect…ranked as the #42 offensive tackle prospect…PrepStar Magazine three-star prospect…rivals.com three-star prospect…ESPN.com three-star prospect…as a senior, helped lead the Mustangs to a 6-5 record and first round appearance in the Class 5A playoffs…played both offensive and defensive line for South Effingham…paved the way for a Mustangs offense that averaged 356.8 yards of offense per game in 2019…also notched 18 tackles, 11 solos and one tackle for loss on the defensive line…named to the 2018 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association South Class 5A All-State First Team offense as a junior…also selected to the All-Region 2-5A First Team offense that season…ranked as the No. 1 wrestler in Class 5A this season according to the Effingham Herald, with an 18-0 record to date in the 285-pound weight class…reached the Class 5A traditional championship match (285-pound), finishing with a 50-18 individual record in his junior campaign.

 

WARREN BRINSON, DL, 6-4, 305

Savannah, Ga., IMG Academy (Fla.)

High School: IMG Academy, coached by Kevin Wright…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #24 defensive tackle nationally, the #42 prospect in Florida and the #254 prospect nationally…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, #342 nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #232 nationally, #19 DL nationally and the #38 prospect from the state of Florida…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked #236 nationally and the #21 defensive lineman nationally…helped lead IMG Academy to a 9-1 record in his 2019 senior season…finished his senior season with 30 total tackles, 15 solo tackles, 6.5 TFLs and three sacks…registered 27 tackles, 16 solo, with seven tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks as a junior alongside Georgia linebacker Nolan Smith…the pair led IMG with 21.5 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks combined…like Smith, a native of Savannah, Georgia, who played his first two seasons at Savannah Christian…arrived there just after Georgia receiver Demetris Robertson graduated…notched 41 total tackles, 18 solo and 23 assists, with three tackles for loss as a sophomore.

 

MAJOR BURNS, DB, 6-2, 175

Baton Rouge, La., Madison Prep Academy

High School: Madison Prep Academy, coached by Landry Williams and Mike Roach…selected to play in the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #11 safety, #155 nationally and the #5 recruit out of the state of Louisiana…ESPN.com four-star recruit, ranked as the #6 cornerback, the #77 prospect nationally and the #4 recruit out of the state of Louisiana…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, ranked #215 nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked #238 nationally and #10 in Louisiana…as a senior, led Madison Prep to a 12-2 overall record and 7-0 record in conference play…helped the Chargers reach the second round of the 2019 LHSAA Class 3A playoffs, notching a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown, three touchdown passes and four catches for 32 yards in a loss to Union Church…averaged more than 35 yards a catch headed into the game…played defensive back, receiver and even quarterback at Madison Prep…made nine tackles and a sack as well as a couple receptions in a nationally-televised ESPNU game against Parkview Baptist…named to the MaxPreps 2019 Preseason Louisiana All-State First Team defense…invited to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta in June…as a junior, he hauled in five touchdown passes at receiver, and made 47 tackles, eight pass breakups and five tackles for loss on defense…also played third base, shortstop and center field for the varsity baseball team at MPA…plays in memory of his father, Tony, who passed away suddenly in July 2018.

 

JERMAINE BURTON, WR, 6-0, 195

Calabasas, Calif., Calabasas HS

High School: Calabasas HS, coached by Chris Claiborne…selected to participate in the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #8 wide receiver nationally, the #52 overall prospect nationally and the #6 prospect from the state of California…PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, ranked as the #41 prospect nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked #110 overall, the #22 WR and #15 in the state of California…helped lead the Coyotes to a 7-3 record, the #18 rank in the state of California and a 3-0 record in league play…named as the No. 9 wide receiver nationally in the preseason by MaxPreps…a rare two-time invite to The Opening Finals, playing for Team Pressure in 2019 and Team Elite in 2018 alongside Georgia’s Nakobe Dean, Clay Webb and Rian Davis…moved to Calabasas HS from IMG Academy after his sophomore year…helped lead the Coyotes to a 10-3 record as a junior…named to the USA Today 2018 All-USA California First Team offense…snagged 40 catches for 863 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 71.9 yards per game and a team-high 21.6 yards per catch…his coach, Chris Claiborne, was a consensus All-American and Butkus Award winner at Southern California in 1998…hauled in 14 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns for a team-high 23.7 yards per catch for IMG in 2017…transferred to IMG Academy following his freshman season, playing his sophomore year with Georgia linebacker Nolan Smith…hails originally from Atlanta, playing at Hapeville Charter as a freshman with Georgia defensive backs William Poole and Christopher Smith…helped lead the Hornets to the Class 2A Final Four, a 10-4 record and an undefeated 6-0 record for the Region 6-2A title…hauled in 15 passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns, averaging a team-high 24.1 yards per catch.

 

JALEN CARTER, DL, 6-4, 305

Apopka, Fla., Apopka HS

High School: Apopka HS, coached by Jeff Rolson…selected to participate in the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ESPN.com four-star prospect, ranked as the #36 prospect nationally, #3 DT nationally and the #5 prospect in Florida…ranked as the #53 prospect nationally, #6 defensive tackle nationally and the #9 prospect in Florida…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, ranked as the #65 prospect nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked as the #143 prospect nationally, #12 DT nationally and the #23 prospect in Florida…played defensive tackle, tight end and punter for Apopka, leading the Blue Darters to a 12-1 record, No. 5 state ranking, and appearance in the FHSAA Class 8A Championship Game in his senior season…ranked as the top prospect in Central Florida on the Orlando Sentinel’s Super60 list…registered 64 total tackles (38 solo and 26 assists) including 12 sacks in his senior campaign…has been compared to former Apopka product and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp…also competed in basketball and weightlifting at Apopka, placing second in the FHSAA Class 2A heavyweight division with a bench press of 395 pounds…played against Georgia linebacker Rian Davis, who is also from Apopka and played at rival Wekiva High School.

 

JALEN KIMBER, DB, 6-0, 170

Arlington, Tex., Timberview HS

High School: Timberview HS, coached by James Brown…selected to play in the 2020 All-American Bowl…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #8 corner back nationally, the #17 prospect in Texas, and the #124 overall prospect nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect, ranked as the #7 CB, #15 in the state, and the #86 nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked as the #25 CB and the #40 prospect in Texas…in his senior season, he recorded 18 tackles and six passes deflected in eight games for the Wolves…named to the All-District 6-5A first team defense…helped lead Timberview to a 5-2 district record, including an 84-0 victory over Sunset…selected to represent Team Savage at The Opening 2019 Finals, where he finished third in the Football Rating Championship with a combine score of 140.01, headlined by a 4.44 time in the 40-yard dash as well as a 4.02 agility shuttle, 42-foot power ball toss and 42-inch vertical leap…as a junior, he racked up 34 tackles (26 solo), three interceptions and six passes defended…he helped lead the Wolves to the region finals of the UIL Conference 5A Division I playoffs, with wins over The Colony and Magnolia West before falling to Highland Park, home of former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford.

 

CHAD LINDBERG, OL, 6-6, 315

League City, Tex., Clear Creek HS

High School: Clear Creek HS, coached by Dwayne Lane…selected to participate in the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect, ranked as the #17 offensive tackle nationally, the #26 prospect in Texas, and the #168 prospect nationally…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, ranked No. 115 nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked as the #11 OT, #19 in the state, and #156 nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect, ranked #19 OT, #24 in the state, and #151 nationally…helped lead the Wildcats to the bi-district round of the UIL Conference 6A Division 2 playoffs and a 3-3 record in District 24… earned first-team All-District in three consecutive seasons from sophomore to senior year…selected to participate in the 2020 Polynesian Bowl…also competed in the shot put for the Clear Creek track and field team, tossing a personal record 55 feet, 2 inches as a sophomore…qualified for regionals as a freshman and a junior, finishing ninth in 2019 with a 49’1” mark.

 

KENDALL MILTON, RB, 6-1, 220

Clovis, Calif., Buchanan HS

High School: Buchanan HS, coached by Matt Giordano—a BHS alumnus and former first team All-Pac 10 safety at California-Berkeley who played nine seasons in the NFL with the Colts, Raiders, Rams and others…selected to play in the 2020 All-American Bowl…247sports.com composite four-star prospect, #37 prospect nationally, #6 running back prospect and #4 from the state of California…PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, #24 prospect nationally…rivals.com five-star prospect, #27 prospect nationally, #3 RB nationally and the #4 player from California…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #51 prospect nationally, #8 RB prospect nationally, #5 prospect from California and #10 prospect in the West region…as a senior, led the Bears to a 10-3 overall record and a 4-1 record in CIF Central Section Division I…was named to the 2019 MaxPreps Preseason All-American First Team offense…selected to represent Team Driplomats at The Opening 2019 Finals, earning the “Alpha Dog” award for the showcase’s top running back daily while also clocking a 4.59 time in the 40-yard dash…as a junior, he carried the ball 174 times for 1,337 yards (7.7 yards per carry) and 27 touchdowns…named to the 2018 MaxPreps Preseason Junior All-American First Team offense and earned a second team selection following the season…also tabbed for the USA Today 2018 ALL-USA California First Team offense following his junior campaign…exploded as a sophomore with 175 carries for 1,514 yards (8.7 ypc) and 23 touchdowns along with eight catches for 117 yards and two TDs…had 65 carries for 478 yards and six rushing touchdowns as a freshman…Older brother, Ka’Lonn, played 18 games in two seasons at defensive back for Fresno State (redshirted 2016) and finished his career at Fort Lewis College, registering 41 tackles and nine pass breakups in his senior season…speaks at local schools and youth programs, and once brought Georgia gear and encouragement to a teammate’s younger brother who suffered third-degree burns, according to an article by DawgNation/AJC… nephew to Kevin Hardy, a former Butkus Award winner at Illinois and the No. 2 pick in the 1996 NFL Draft.

 

­TATE RATLEDGE, OL, 6-6, 317

Rome, Ga., Darlington School

High School: Darlington, coached by Tommy Atha…selected to represent the East in the 2020 All-American Bowl…named to the inaugural 2019 Sports Illustrated All-American First Team offense… honored as a 2019 USA Today Preseason All-American First Team selection…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #36 prospect nationally, #3 offensive tackle nationally and the #5 prospect in Georgia…PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, ranked as the #38 prospect nationally…rivals.com five-star prospect, ranked as the #13 prospect nationally, #2 OT nationally and the #3 prospect in Georgia…ESPN.com four-star prospect, ranked as the #75 prospect nationally, #11 OT nationally and #9 in Georgia…played offensive tackle, and previously defensive end and punter, for Darlington, leading the Tigers to a 9-2 record and top seed from Region 6 in the Class A-Private playoffs in senior season…team reached second round and finished ninth in Class A-Private rankings by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC)…2019 AJC Super 11 selection, joining 28 previous Super 11 honorees to play under head coach Kirby Smart at Georgia…named to AJC 2018 All-State Class A-Private First Team offense…named to 2018 USA Today All-USA Georgia Second Team offense…named to 2019 USA Today Preseason All-USA offense…listed at No. 22 in the 2019 USA Today Chosen 25 rankings in the preseason…selected to represent Team IHOP at The Opening 2019 Finals and was named a member of the 2019 Opening Finals Dream Team…named to 2018 and 2017 Rome News-Tribune All-Area Football First Team offense…also competed in basketball and track and field at Darlington…placed third in shot put at 2019 Class A-Private State Championships, after finishing seventh in 2018…father, Dean, played football at Tennessee Tech from 1974-77, earning First Team All-OVC honors in 1977 before a stint in the NFL…Dean now coaches football and track at the Upper School and wrestling at Darlington Middle School…joins Georgia linebacker Adam Anderson as second player on Bulldogs roster from Rome.

 

JUSTIN ROBINSON, WR, 6-4, 210

Locust Grove, Ga., Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy

High School: ELCA, coached by Jonathan Gess…247Sports.com four-star prospect…ranked as the #48 wide receiver nationally, the #293 overall prospect nationally and the #30 prospect in Georgia…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, ranked as the #179 prospect nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked #173 overall, the #32 WR and #21 in the state of Georgia…helped lead the Eagles Landing Christian to a 13-1 record and the GHSA Class A-Private championship, the school’s fourth-straight title…totaled 903 receiving yards and 11 touchdown catches during his senior season, averaging 18.8 yards per reception…named to the 2019 AJC Preseason All-State Class A-Private First Team offense…named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association-North 2018 All-State Class-A First-Team offense…helped lead the Eagles to a 13-1 record and the Class A-Private state title as a junior in 2018, with five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown to steer ELCA to a 44-17 win over Athens Academy in the title game…totaled 748 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns his junior season, averaging 22.0 yards per reception…trained by former Georgia wide receiver Terrence Edwards, who broke the SEC record for total receiving yards (3,093) during his career in Athens.

 

MARCUS ROSEMY, WR, 6-2, 195

Pompano Beach, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas HS

High School: St. Thomas Aquinas HS, coached by Roger Harriott, who earned preseason All-America honors at Villanova and was an all-state selection at Aquinas…selected to participate at the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game…honored as a 2019 USA Today Preseason All-American First Team selection…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #7 wide receiver nationally, the #7 prospect in Florida, and the #41 overall prospect nationally…PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, ranked as the #34 prospect nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked as the #7 WR nationally, the #4 prospect in the state, and the #44 prospect nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect, ranked #4 WR nationally, the #6 player in the state, and the #40  overall prospect…hauled in 27 catches for 467 yards and nine touchdowns to help St. Thomas Aquinas to a perfect 14-0 record and the 2019 FHSAA Class 7A state championship, along with a No. 5 national ranking by MaxPreps (Xcellent 25)…hauled in an 11-yard touchdown catch as the eventual game-winning score and the game-ending interception to seal Aquinas’ 11th football title (tied-most in state history)…hauled in a one-handed grab for a 70-yard touchdown against De La Salle HS on ESPNU, earning the praise of NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown on the broadcast…selected to represent Team Guap at The Opening 2019 Finals…accumulated 858 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior…also competed on the Aquinas track and field team, with personal records of 39 feet, 10 inches in the triple jump and 24.13 in the 200 meters.

 

MJ SHERMAN, OLB, 6-2, 235

Baltimore, Md., St. John’s College HS

High School: St. John’s College HS, coached by Joe Casamento…honored as one of five finalists for the 2019 Butkus Award for the best high school linebacker, which was awarded to Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean in 2018…selected to play in the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game…247sports.com composite five-star prospect, #18 prospect nationally and #2 outside linebacker prospect…PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, #19 prospect nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #18 prospect nationally, #1 OLB prospect nationally, #4 prospect in the East region…rivals.com four-star prospect, #38 prospect nationally, #4 OLB nationally,  #2 player from D.C…as a senior, returned to lead the Cadets to a 7-5 record against a national schedule, with wins over Miami Southridge and Deerfield Beach from Florida as well as nationally-ranked foes in No. 38 DeMatha and No. 9 Good Counsel to claim the top spot in Maryland’s prestigious Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC)… named a preseason first-team All-American at LB by MaxPreps, as well as the No. 6 defensive player in high school football…one of 20 Washington D.C. high school players listed as the best of the area for 2019 by the Washington Post…as a junior, he was named to the 2018 MaxPreps Preseason Junior All-American First Team defense before suffering a season-ending ACL injury…underwent surgery in October 2018 and was cleared in August 2019 according to his Twitter account…selected to represent Team Hype as a rare junior invite to Nike’s The Opening 2018 Finals, where he clocked a 4.53 40-yard dash as the fastest linebacker at the event…named to the USA Today 2017 ALL-USA D.C. First Team defense following his sophomore campaign…notched 51 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one forced fumble and one interception that season…nicknamed “MJ”…St. John’s running backs coach Olandis Gary lettered at Georgia in the 1997 and 1998 seasons, earning captain status his senior year alongside Kirby Smart.

 

ARIAN SMITH, WR, 6-1, 185

Bradley, Fla., Lakeland HS

High School: Lakeland HS, coached by Bill Castle…selected to participate in the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #14 wide receiver nationally, the #72 overall prospect nationally and the #13 prospect in Florida…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #6 wide receiver nationally, #84 overall prospect nationally and #16 prospect in Florida…rivals.com four-star prospect, #29 wide receiver nationally, #153 overall prospect nationally and #27 prospect in Florida…as a senior, helped lead Lakeland to 12 straight wins and a 44.9 point-per-game average before falling in the regional finals of the 2019 FHSAA Class 7A state playoffs…hauled in 19 catches for 382 receiving yards and six touchdowns his senior season, averaging 20.1 yards per reception…competed at the Adidas 7-on-7 National Championship with Team Tampa and was a standout according to 247Sports.com…named the 2018 Small School Defensive Player of the Year by The Ledger his junior season at Mulberry HS before transferring to Lakeland HS for his senior season…converted to wide receiver full-time his senior season, after playing a mix of running back, quarterback, receiver and defensive back at Mulberry…Notched 45 tackles, two interceptions on defense, and ran for 705 yards with eight touchdowns on offense…took 73 carries for 830 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns as a sophomore…world-class sprinter who also competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump for the Mulberry track and field team…won the FHSAA Class 2A state title in the 200 meters and finished in second place in the 100 meters…also won the boys elite 100 meters race at the 2019 Nike Elite Prefontaine Classic.

 

NAZIR STACKHO– USE, DL, 6-3, 305

Stone Mountain, Ga., Columbia HS

High School: Columbia HS, coached by Brian Montgomery…selected to play in the USA Football 2020 International Bowl…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #259 prospect nationally, #25 DT nationally and #29 ranked prospect in Georgia…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, ranked #239 nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked #225 nationally, #19th ranked DT and #24 ranked prospect in Georgia…ESPN.com four-star prospect, ranked #247 nationally, the #20 DT and the #25 prospect in Georgia…helped lead Columbia HS to a 4-1 region record, with four straight wins to earn the No. 2 seed from Region 5-5A…named 2019 Region Defensive Player of the Year…selected to represent Team Trench Mob at The Opening 2019 Finals…transferred to Columbia from Stephenson High School after his junior season…named to the 2018 Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Second Team defense that year…helped lead the Lions to a 9-2 overall record, including an undefeated 7-0 region slate to earn the Region 4-6A title…also earned an honorable mention selection from the AJC…began his high school career at Martin Luther King Jr. HS, where he competed on the varsity football and track and field teams in his first year.

 

DEVIN WILLOCK, OL, 6-7, 350

New Milford, N.J. Paramus Catholic HS

High School: Paramus Catholic HS, coached by Jerry Phillips… 247Sports.com composite three-star prospect…ranked as the #22 prospect from New Jersey…PrepStar Magazine three-star prospect…rivals.com three-star prospect, ranked as the #33 prospect from New Jersey…ESPN.com three-star prospect, ranked as the #39 offensive guard nationally and the #17 prospect in New Jersey…paved the way for a Paladins offense that averaged 202.3 yards per game in 2019…also notched eight tackles and a sack on defense…named to the 2019 Jersey Sports Zone All-Zone Team offense…ranked as the No. 33 prospect on the NJ.com Top 50 list in the preseason…selected to the 2018 Super Football Conference (United Red Division) Second Team defense by league coaches…as a junior, notched 39 tackles and one sack on the defensive line…transferred to Paramus Catholic from New Milford HS following his sophomore season…his uncle and nephews live in nearby Gainesville, Georgia, according to an article by UGASports.com.

 

JARED ZIRKEL, PK, 6-3, 185

Kerrville, Tex., Tivy HS

High School: Tivy HS, coached by David Jones…247Sports.com composite three-star prospect, ranked as the #4 kicker nationally…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, ranked as the #3 PK…ESPN.com three-star prospect, ranked as the #11 PK nationally…rivals.com three-star recruit, ranked as the #3 PK nationally…highest-ranked kicker from the state of Texas…attends the same high school that produced a recent Heisman Trophy winner from the Southeastern Conference in Johnny Manziel…Tivy went 10-2 overall and 7-0 in district play Zirkel’s senior season, averaging 39.9 points per game with 67 total touchdowns (hence the low numbers for Zirkel on field goal attempts)…reached the second round of the Texas Class 5A state playoffs to Calallen…went 61 for 63 on PATs his senior season…chipped in four field goals on six attempts…longest made field goal was from 40 yards his senior season…nailed a 59-yard field goal his junior season to record his career-high, a play recognized as the No. 5 High School Play of the Week by MaxPreps…totaled 73 points his senior season…averaged 41.2 yards on punts with a 64-yard marking his longest….earned selections to the 2018 Kicking World All-American first team as a punter and honorable mention as a kicker…went 3-for-3 on field goals his junior season…recorded a touchback on 49 of 51 kickoffs his junior season…was a perfect 10-for-10 on PATs his junior season…first-team kicker for the 2019-20 Preseason Texas All-State Football team…PrepStar Magazine All-Central Region…committed to Georgia soon after winning the kickoff competition at Georgia’s specialist camp in June…champion of the 2019 Kicking World Austin TX Golden Boot competition…trained by Brent Grablachoff, founder and owner of Kicking World…mother, Trinette, graduated from Georgia and his grandparents live in nearby Gainesville, Georgia, according to an article by the San Antonio Express-News.

Bulldogs in the NFL — Week 15 report

Week 15 Recap

 

    Jaguars 20, Raiders 16

    Chris Conley, WR: Conley caught four passes for 49 yards and two touchdowns for the Jaguars.

    Abry Jones, DL: Jones made one tackle for Jacksonville.

    Terry Godwin, WR: Godwin is a member of the Jaguars’ practice squad.

 

    Patriots 34, Bengals 13

    Sony Michel, RB: Michel had 19 carries for 89 yards and caught a 14-yard pass for the Patriots.

    Ben Watson, TE: Watson played 34 offensive snaps for New England, but he did not have any stats.

    Isaiah Wynn, OL: Wynn played all 65 snaps at left tackle and helped New England accumulate 291 total yards.

    David Andrews, C: Andrews is on the Patriots’ injured reserve list.

    Shawn Williams, DB: Williams posted three tackles for Cincinnati.

    Cordy Glenn, OL: Glenn played all 66 snaps at left tackle and helped the Bengals roll up 315 total yards.

    Geno Atkins, DL: Atkins had two tackles for the Bengals.

    A.J. Green, WR: Green was on the Bengals’ inactive list.

    Davin Bellamy, DE: Bellamy is a member of the Bengals’ practice squad.

 

    Giants 36, Dolphins 20

    Deandre Baker, DB: Baker had six tackles and defended two passes for New York.

    Alec Ogletree, LB: Ogletree made three tackles and defended a pass for the Giants.

    Lorenzo Carter, LB: Carter had one tackle and defended one pass for New York.

    John Jenkins, DL: Jenkins posted three tackles for Miami.

    Reshad Jones, DB: Jones is on the Dolphins’ injured reserve list.

    Jonathan Ledbetter, DL: The Miami rookie is on injured reserve.

 

    Chiefs 23, Broncos 3

    Mecole Hardman, WR: Hardman had a 20-yard kickoff return and a 10-yard catch for the Chiefs. Among NFL rookies, Hardman ranks third in punt return average (10.5), fifth in receiving touchdowns (six), sixth in total touchdowns (six), seventh in kickoff return average (23.0), and ninth in receiving yards (508).

 

    Cardinals 38, Browns 24

    Nick Chubb, RB: Chubb rushed 17 times for 127 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 21 yards for the Browns. Chubb is ranked first in the league with 1,408 yards rushing and ninth with eight rushing touchdowns.

    Lamont Gaillard, OL: The Cardinals rookie was a healthy scratch.

 

    Bills 17, Steelers 10

    Isaiah McKenzie, WR: McKenzie played 30 snaps on offense for Buffalo, but he did not have any stats.

 

    Cowboys 44, Rams 21

    Todd Gurley, RB: Gurley had 11 carries for 20 yards and a touchdown and he pulled in three receptions for 18 yards and a score for the Rams. Gurley stands sixth in the NFL with 10 rushing and 12 total touchdowns.

    Natrez Patrick, LB: The Rams rookie logged 17 special teams plays, but he did not have any stats.

 

    Packers 21, Bears 13

    Riley Ridley, WR: The Chicago rookie caught two passes for 10 yards.

    Leonard Floyd, LB: Floyd had a tackle for Chicago.

    Javon Wims, WR: Wims played eight offensive snaps, but he did not have any stats.

    Reggie Davis, WR: Davis was added to the Bears’ practice squad on Dec. 11.

    Roquan Smith, LB: Smith is on the Bears’ injured reserve list.

 

    Buccaneers 38, Lions 17

    John Atkins, DL: Atkins made two tackles for Detroit.

    Isaac Nauta, TE: The Lions rookie hauled in a 10-yard reception.

    Matthew Stafford, QB: Stafford was on the Lions’ inactive list. Stafford stands fourth in the NFL in total offense at 303.5 yards per game.

 

    Texans 24, Titans 21

    Ben Jones, OL: Jones played all 67 snaps at center and helped the Titans accumulate 432 total yards. Jones was chosen last week as one of the 32 finalists for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

    D’Andre Walker, LB: Walker is on Tennessee’s injured reserve list.

 

    Saints 34, Colts 7

    Justin Houston, DE: Houston had two tackles and a quarterback hit for the Colts.

 

    Vikings 39, Chargers 10

    Thomas Davis, LB: Davis posted six tackles for the Chargers.

 

    Ravens 42, Jets 21

    Jordan Jenkins, LB: Jenkins had one tackle for the Jets.

 

    Seahawks 30, Panthers 24

    Ramik Wilson, LB: Wilson was signed by Carolina on Thursday, but he was not active for Sunday’s game.

    Elijah Holyfield, RB: Holyfield is on the Panthers’ practice squad.

 

    Eagles 37, Redskins 27

    Maurice Smith, DB: Smith is a member of the Redskins’ practice squad.

    Week 16 schedule involving Bulldogs

    (Games are on Sunday unless otherwise noted)

​Bills at Patriots, Saturday; Rams at 49ers, Saturday; Bengals at Dolphins; Steelers at Jets; Giants at Redskins; Panthers at Colts; Ravens at Browns; Jaguars at Falcons; Saints at Titans; Raiders at Chargers; Lions at Broncos; Cardinals at Seahawks; Chiefs at Bears.

 

 

Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship Wins Lou Groza Award, Joins Thomas, Reed As All-Americans

Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (98) during the Bulldogs' session on the Woodruff Practice Fields in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. (Photo by Steven Colquitt)

ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia graduate place-kicker Rodrigo Blankenship has been named the winner of the 2019 Lou Groza Award, given to nation’s top place-kicker, at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards held at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Thursday night.

 

In addition, Blankenship and junior left tackle Andrew Thomas, a native of Lithonia, Ga., and graduate safety J.R. Reed, a native of Frisco, Texas, were named to the Walter Camp All-America First Team during the show on Thursday.  This marks the most Bulldogs chosen by the sport’s oldest All-America squad in one year since David Pollack, Boss Bailey and Jon Stinchcomb garnered the honors in 2002.

 

Blankenship topped the other two finalists – Iowa’s Keith Duncan and Washington State’s Blake Mazza – to become the Bulldogs’ first winner of the award.  Blankenship joined Duncan and Mazza at a finalists banquet on Dec. 9 in West Palm Beach, which was hosted by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.

 

Georgia’s last finalist for the Groza Award before Blankenship was Blair Walsh in 2009.  Blankenship was a semifinalist in both 2018 and 2017.  He is only the third winner in Southeastern Conference history and the first since Jonathan Nichols of Ole Miss in 2003.

 

Honors had already begun to roll in for Blankenship this season.  The 2019 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American earned one of the National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar Athlete Awards and was a Campbell Trophy finalist earlier this week in New York City.  He was also the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for football this season and was a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy and a semifinalist for Wuerffel Trophy.

 

Blankenship, a native of Marietta, Ga., is the SEC’s second leading scorer this year, averaging 9.2 points per game, and connecting on 25-of-31 field goal attempts and all 198 of his career PATs, including all 44 this year.  He has drilled three 50-yard field goals during his team’s 11-2 mark.  Blankenship is the FBS active leader by 16 with a total of 78 made field goals.  He is UGA’s all-time leading scorer with 432 points, which ranks second all-time in league history.

 

The former walk-on’s school record 198 consecutive PATs ranks second in SEC history.  Thanks in large part to his contribution, Georgia leads the nation with 289 PATs in a row dating back to 2014.

 

In addition to honors for the current Bulldogs, one of Georgia’s greatest legends was honored in Atlanta as Herschel Walker was presented with the NFCAA Contributions to College Football Award for his accomplishments on the field, as well as his work with mental health awareness and the military. Walker was introduced by teammate and 1980 national championship team captain Frank Ros.

 

The No. 5 Bulldogs (11-2) will face No. 7 Baylor (11-2) in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2020, in New Orleans, La.  ESPN will televise the matchup.

2019 All-SEC Football Team Announced

Georgia offensive lineman Andrew Thomas (71)(Photo by Steven Colquitt)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Dec. 10, 2019)—–Ten Southeastern Conference schools placed a member on the 2019 All-SEC Coaches’ Football First Team, as the first and second teams were announced Tuesday. LSU and Alabama led the way with six representatives, while Georgia had four selections, and Florida had three.

 

Thirteen schools were represented on the first and second teams, while 10 institutions had at least two All-SEC selections.

 

The 2019 list includes 14 student-athletes who have made two appearances on the All-SEC Team in their career: Raekwon Davis (Alabama), Albert Okwuegbunam (Missouri), Trey Smith (Tennessee), Andrew Thomas (Georgia), Jerry Jeudy (Alabama), Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama), Grant Delpit (LSU), Braden Mann (Texas A&M), Alex Leatherwood (Alabama), D’Andre Swift (Georgia), Lynn Bowden Jr. (Kentucky), Derrick Brown (Auburn), CJ Henderson (Florida) and Rodrigo Blankenship (Georgia).

 

Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

 

The SEC individual award winners will be released Wednesday and the All-Freshman Team will be announced Thursday.

 

2019 All-SEC Coaches’ Team

 

FIRST TEAM

 

OFFENSE

TE

Kyle Pitts, Florida

 

OL

Andrew Thomas, Georgia

Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama

Alex Leatherwood, Alabama

Trey Smith, Tennessee

 

C

Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU

 

WR

Ja’Marr Chase, LSU

Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

 

QB

Joe Burrow, LSU

 

RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

D’Andre Swift, Georgia

 

AP

Lynn Bowden Jr., Kentucky

 

DEFENSE

 

DL

Derrick Brown, Auburn

Marlon Davidson, Auburn

Jonathan Greenard, Florida

Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

 

LB

Anfernee Jennings, Alabama

K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU

Nick Bolton, Missouri

 

DB

J.R. Reed, Georgia

Grant Delpit, LSU

Xavier McKinney, Alabama

CJ Henderson, Florida

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

PK

Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia

 

P

Braden Mann, Texas A&M

 

RS

Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

 

SECOND TEAM

 

OFFENSE

TE

Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri

 

OL

Logan Stenberg, Kentucky

Adrian Magee, LSU

Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn

Damien Lewis, LSU

 

C

Landon Dickerson, Alabama

 

WR

DeVonta Smith, Alabama

Bryan Edwards, South Carolina

 

QB

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

 

RB

Kylin Hill, Mississippi State

Najee Harris, Alabama

 

AP

Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

 

DEFENSE

 

DL

Raekwon Davis, Alabama

Benito Jones, Ole Miss

Rashard Lawrence, LSU

Tyler Clark, Georgia

 

LB

Daniel Bituli, Tennessee

K.J. Britt, Auburn

Terrell Lewis, Alabama

 

DB

Derek Stingley, LSU

Trevon Diggs, Alabama

Nigel Warrior, Tennessee

Jacoby Stevens, LSU

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

PK

Brent Cimaglia, Tennessee

 

P

Max Duffy, Kentucky

 

RS

*Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss

*Treylon Burks, Arkansas

*Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

*Christian Tutt, Auburn

*Marquez Callaway, Tennessee

Bulldogs in the NFL — Week 14 Recap

Browns 27, Bengals 19

Nick Chubb, RB: Chubb rushed 15 times for 106 yards and caught an 11-yard pass for the Browns. Chubb is ranked first in the league with 1,281 yards rushing and ninth with seven rushing touchdowns.

Shawn Williams, DB: Williams posted six tackles and a quarterback hit for Cincinnati.

Cordy Glenn, OL: Glenn played all 75 snaps at left tackle and helped the Bengals roll up 451 total yards.

Geno Atkins, DL: Atkins had one tackle for the Bengals.

A.J. Green, WR: Green was on the Bengals’ inactive list.

Davin Bellamy, DE: Bellamy is a member of the Bengals’ practice squad.

 

Rams 28, Seahawks 12

Todd Gurley, RB: Gurley had 23 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown and he pulled in four receptions for 34 yards for the Rams. Gurley stands fifth in the NFL with nine rushing touchdowns and seventh with 10 total touchdowns.

Natrez Patrick, LB: The Rams rookie was a healthy scratch.

 

Bears 31, Cowboys 24

Roquan Smith, LB: Smith had two tackles for the Bears on Dallas’ first drive before leaving with a torn pectoral muscle. He was placed on injured reserve on Monday.

Leonard Floyd, LB: Floyd posted a tackle for Chicago.

Riley Ridley, WR: The Chicago rookie made his first NFL catch, a 5-yarder.

Javon Wims, WR: Wims was targeted three times, but he did not have any stats. He left the game in the second quarter with a sprained knee.

 

Jets 22, Dolphins 21

Jordan Jenkins, LB: Jenkins had four tackles, including two sacks, for the Jets.

John Jenkins, DL: Jenkins posted two tackles for Miami.

Reshad Jones, DB: Jones is on the Dolphins’ injured reserve list.

Jonathan Ledbetter, DL: The Miami rookie is on injured reserve.

 

Chargers 45, Jaguars 10

Thomas Davis, LB: Davis posted six tackles for the Chargers.

Abry Jones, DL: Jones made three tackles for Jacksonville.

Chris Conley, WR: Conley caught a 7-yard pass for the Jaguars.

Terry Godwin, WR: Godwin is a member of the Jaguars’ practice squad.

 

Titans 42, Raiders 21

Ben Jones, OL: Jones played all 62 snaps at center and helped the Titans accumulate 552 total yards.

D’Andre Walker, LB: Walker is on Tennessee’s injured reserve list.

 

Chiefs 23, Patriots 17

Mecole Hardman, WR: Hardman caught a 48-yard touchdown pass, had three kickoffs for 73 yards, and posted three punt returns for 20 yards for the Chiefs. Among NFL rookies, Hardman ranks second in receiving touchdowns (six) and punt return average (12.5), third in total touchdowns (six), seventh in receiving yards (498), and eighth in kickoff return average (23.2).

Sony Michel, RB: Michel had five carries for eight yards and caught a 1-yard pass, all in the first quarter, for the Patriots.

Ben Watson, TE: Watson made a 7-yard reception for the Patriots.

Isaiah Wynn, OL: Wynn played all 67 snaps at left tackle and helped New England accumulate 278 total yards.

David Andrews, C: Andrews is on the Patriots’ injured reserve list.

 

Vikings 20, Lions 7

John Atkins, DL: Atkins had three tackles for Detroit.

Isaac Nauta, TE: The Lions rookie made a 3-yard catch, the first of his NFL career.

Matthew Stafford, QB: Stafford was on the Lions’ inactive list. Stafford stands third in the NFL in total offense at 303.5 yards per game.

 

Ravens 24, Bills 17

Isaiah McKenzie, WR: McKenzie hauled in three passes for 25 yards for the Bills.

 

Buccaneers 38, Colts 35

Justin Houston, DE: Houston had five tackles, including a sack, for the Colts.

 

Eagles 23, Giants 17

Alec Ogletree, LB: Ogletree made nine tackles and had a quarterback hit for the Giants.

Deandre Baker, DB: Baker defended three passes and posted a tackle for New York.

Lorenzo Carter, LB: Carter had one tackle for New York.

 

Steelers 23, Cardinals 17

Lamont Gaillard, OL: The Cardinals rookie was a healthy scratch.

 

Falcons 40, Panthers 20

Elijah Holyfield, RB: Holyfield is on the Panthers’ practice squad.

 

Packers 20, Redskins 15

Maurice Smith, DB: Smith is a member of the Redskins’ practice squad.

 

Week 15 schedule involving Bulldogs

(Games are on Sunday unless otherwise noted)

Jets at Ravens, Thursday; Patriots at Bengals; Buccaneers at Lions; Texans at Titans; Broncos at Chiefs; Dolphins at Giants; Eagles at Redskins; Seahawks at Panthers; Bears at Packers; Vikings at Chargers; Jaguars at Raiders; Browns at Cardinals; Rams at Cowboys; Bills at Steelers; Colts at Saints, Monday.

Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship Earns Academic All-America Honors

Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (98) speaks to members of the media at a press conference on Monday, Oct., 1, 2018. (Photo by Kristin M. Bradshaw)

ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia senior place-kicker Rodrigo Blankenship has garnered CoSIDA Academic All-America honors for the first time in his career, according to an announcement on Monday.

 

Blankenship is the first Georgia player to earn the honor since 2013, which is when quarterback Aaron Murray received his second straight award of this sort.  Blankenship is one of two players from the Southeastern Conference on this year’s First or Second teams for Division I football.

 

The CoSIDA Academic All-America program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.  This marks the 26th Georgia football player to earn Academic All-America distinction.

 

Blankenship’s inclusion on the squad comes after he along with junior quarterback Jake Fromm and junior tailback Prather Hudson were Academic All-District selections in November.

 

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution.

 

Blankenship, a native of Marietta, Ga., has been awarded the National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar Athlete Award and named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and is a finalist for the Campbell Trophy.  He is also a finalist for the Lou Groza Award and Burlsworth Trophy.  Blankenship is tied for second in the league in scoring this year, averaging 9.2 points per game, and has connected on 25-of-31 field goal attempts and all 44 of his PATs.  He has drilled three 50-yard field goals this season.  Blankenship is the FBS active leader by 16 with a total of 78 made field goals.

 

The No. 5 Bulldogs (11-2) will face No. 7 Baylor (11-2) in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2020, in New Orleans, La.  ESPN will televise the matchup.

SEC Football Bowl Assignments Announced

BIRMNGHAM, Alabama (December 8, 2019) – Nine Southeastern Conference football teams learned their post-season bowl destinations on Sunday, including No. 1-ranked LSU which will play No. 4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl on December 28 in a semifinal game for the College Football Playoff.

 

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

 

Georgia will play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on January 1 against Baylor.  In the contracted New Year’s Day game between the SEC and Big 12, the SEC places its conference champion in the Sugar Bowl, or the SEC team that is highest ranked in the CFP standings who is not otherwise selected for the CFP Semifinals.

 

In another CFP New Year’s Six Game involving the SEC, Florida will play Virginia in the Capital One Orange Bowl.

 

Next, the VRBO Citrus Bowl selected Alabama from the SEC to play Michigan.

 

This marks the sixth year the conference has assigned league schools to an “SEC Bowl Pool” that includes the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl in Houston, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville and the Outback Bowl in Tampa.

 

Texas A&M will play a Big 12 opponent in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, Mississippi State will play a Big Ten opponent in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Kentucky will play an ACC opponent in the Belk Bowl, Tennessee will play an ACC opponent in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and Auburn will play a Big Ten opponent in the Outback Bowl.

 

“The SEC Bowl Pool participants are determined after conversations with bowl partners and discussions with school personnel in order to create a lineup of compelling bowl games for our teams and their fans,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “This process, as approved by the institutions of the SEC, provides an opportunity to create intriguing matchups and varying assignments to help prevent repetitive postseason destinations.”

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF BOWLS

 

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Atlanta) – LSU vs. Oklahoma – Dec. 28 – 4 ET / 3 CT – ESPN

Capital One Orange Bowl (Miami) – Florida vs. Virginia – Dec. 30 – 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT – ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl (New Orleans) – Georgia vs. Baylor – Jan. 1 – 8:45 pm ET / 7:45 pm CT – ESPN

 

SEC-AFFILIATED BOWLS:

 

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

 

SEC Bowl Pool:

 

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston) – Texas A&M vs. Big 12 – Dec. 27 – 6:45 pm ET / 5:45 pm CT – ESPN

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville) – Mississippi State vs. ACC – Dec. 30 – 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT – ESPN

Belk Bowl (Charlotte) – Kentucky vs. ACC – Dec. 31 – Noon ET / 11 am CT – ESPN

Outback Bowl (Tampa) – Auburn vs. Big Ten – Jan. 1 – 1 pm ET / Noon CT – ESPN

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (Jacksonville) – Tennessee vs. Big Ten – Jan. 2 – 7 pm ET / 6 pm CT – ESPN