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7 minutes ago, mike teevee said:

Good for him if true. I think it’s a mistake not coming back next year, but good for him nonetheless 

Agreed... Hope it all works out for him. I think he would have benefitted significantly from one additional year, particularly with the hiccup this year from the off season medical stuff. I think he maxes out at 3rd round, more likely to be in the 4th... if it's later than that, he may be screwed just due to lack of commitment to see if he develops. NFL draft is a weird animal... right place/right time is more important than almost everything else.

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Man I hate to lose Trent but it sounds like his family needs his help with that NFL money. Hard to tell how the draft will go for him but I think he will be just fine once he gets in the league. Can’t wait to see him on Sundays!

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Good luck to TT, his draft stock really dropped this year.  Really an awkward year for him.  He was overshadowed quite a bit late in the season by other lineman.  Hopefully he will show out at the combine and move back toward the top rounds of the draft.

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Yep, could kind of see this one coming very easily. As you said Carter, money is the big motivator, and understandable. That's why it's still very possible we lose Deandre Baker as well. He was raised in the same hood as Devonte Freeman, and we all know how bad Free has talked about that situation. I hope he comes back, but couldn't blame him if he chooses to hurry up and get his family out of that situation.

With Trent, I wont be surprised to see him as a 2nd round draft pick. Assuming he clears the hurdle of this years past offseason stuff during the NFL teams interviews, he's clearly got the talent to be a premier interior pass rusher at the next level.

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Agree with all of the above. Believe 1 more year and he could be a first rounder. 

But totally understand that family is first. 

Good luck TT

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2 hours ago, Carter said:

Man I hate to lose Trent but it sounds like his family needs his help with that NFL money. Hard to tell how the draft will go for him but I think he will be just fine once he gets in the league. Can’t wait to see him on Sundays!

Would love to have had him stay, but good luck to TT in the NFL. 

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The clock is ticking

It is time for underclassmen to declare whether or not they intend to leave school early for the NFL Draft. January 15 is the deadline for players to decide. Junior All-American linebacker Roquan Smith is the first one to watch.

Smith is proving to be an interesting study. According to most draft experts, Smith will be a first-round selection, expected to go with the 15th, 16th or 17th pick. But will he go? At first glance this seems like a no-brainer, but after last year’s decisions by Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Davin Bellamy and Lorenzo Carter to return, Smith may be considering doing the same (although it should be noted none of the other four were projected to go in the first round).

Word is that Smith has renewed his apartment lease for Spring Semester, although a final decision has not been made. He could be just using that as a place to live while he preps for the Draft. We should hear something over the next few days. Should Smith decide to stay, the University is in position to help the Montezuma native acquire an insurance policy to protect against injury and loss of Draft status. There have been murmurs that Smith is considering staying for another season, although I’ll still be surprised if he does. Stay tuned.

Jonathan Ledbetter and Deandre Baker both told reporters in Los Angeles that they intend to return for their senior years. …Center Lamont Gaillard continue to offer "no comment" as to whether he intends to stay or leave.

 
Nadab Joseph was supposed to enroll early but we are told is is holding off for now and will arrive with the rest of the class most likely in June.

Coaching changes

New outside linebackers coach Dan Lanning started his job with the Bulldogs on Tuesday, immediately upon the team’s return from the national championship game.

Lanning replaces Kevin Sherrer, who was hired by Jeremy Pruitt to become the defensive coordinator at Tennessee.

There’s more coaching news to come.

Schools can now add a 10th assistant to their respective staffs, and word is that Kirby Smart will make an announcement soon. It’s been speculated that Smart will turn to Jay Johnson, who spent last year as a quality control coach for offense. Tyson Summers could be added as an analyst.

Smart also has openings for a special teams analyst after Scott Fountain took an assistant job at Mississippi State, while strength coach Scott Sinclair has an opening after assistant Aaron Feld accepted a job to become the head strength coach at Oregon.

This is typically the time of year…

This is the time of year when players undergo any kind of needed surgery to correct any injuries that took place during the course of the season.

Although Georgia does not release such info due to HIPAA laws, don’t be surprised to hear if a player or two having surgery of some sort in the weeks to come. Speaking of injuries, we understand tight end Charlie Woerner suffered a fractured fibula in Georgia’s Rose Bowl win over Oklahoma.

Spring blooms

There are some redshirt freshmen who certainly warrant your attention once spring drills get underway.

We’ll focus on two – right tackle Isaiah Wilson and outside linebacker Robert Beal.

According to offensive line coach Sam Pittman, Wilson will get a long look at right tackle, along with Cade Mays. In Los Angeles, Wilson told UGASports that put his redshirt year to good use, improved his stamina, became much stronger, and feels he’s ready to win the starting job.

Beal is coming off a redshirt year as well. The former Peachtree Ridge standout is expected to receive ample opportunity to earn significant playing time this spring with the graduation of Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy.

Other redshirts to watch include offensive lineman Netori Johnson, along with defensive backs Tray Bishop, Latavious Brini and Eric Stokes.

In case you are wondering…

Natrez Patrick is still part of the Bulldog football program, but there’s been no update from Smart what will happen once the linebacker’s treatment program is complete. We are speculating here, but Patrick will have one more opportunity to get his life squared away and hopefully he can become a contributing member of the team next fall.

As for defensive back Deangelo Gibbs, we’ve not seen hide nor hair of the freshman since shortly before the game at Georgia Tech. Smart has declined to offer any specifics, but like Patrick, Gibbs is still a part of the team. For now.

 

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UGA's redshirt freshman report: Who'll step up in 2018?

Georgia's 2017 recruiting class played a key role in the Bulldogs' success this season. Jake Fromm was the starter at quarterback with Andrew Thomas making 15 starts at right tackle. D'Andre Swift played a key role as did several other players on both sides of the ball and special teams.

 

But what about those 2017 signees who preserved a year of eligibility with a redshirt? Dawgs247 takes a look at each of those players below while using what we've heard and seen to project how they might have an impact in 2018.

OL Isaiah Wilson: This is a big off season for the behemoth tackle. He checks off all the boxes from a physical standpoint and really improved as the season went along while working on scout team. He worked at both left tackle and right tackle during the season and even got some work inside. One of a number of players who'll be in the mix for a starting spot, Wilson has to keep his weight in check this off season and get himself in great shape to potentially win that right tackle job or take a role from someone else. 

2018 Projection: Starting right tackle

 

OL Netori Johnson: Information about Johnson's progression wasn't exactly flowing during the season. He was the last of Georgia's offensive line signees to arrive to campus and it appeared as if that put him behind the others in learning the system. Much like Wilson, he's not missing anything physically and appeared to drop some weight as the season went on. If he can keep that weight off and get in shape, he has the potential to be a dynamic force at guard. Right guard appears to be his best position seeing as how he's not the long, polished pass protector teams like at left guard. Focus and comfort within the scheme will be key this season.

2018 Projection: Reserve right guard

 

OLB Robert Beal: The last of Georgia's 2017 signees to arrive to campus, Beal needed some time to learn the system and had some veterans in front of him. Two of those experienced players are now gone and he'll be counted on to contribute heavily. At 6-foot-4, 245 pounds UGA will want him to put on some weight so he can hold up against the run. He also needs a firm grasp of the system because he's a snap or two away from being an every-down type of contributor. True freshman Brenton Cox is already on campus and he'll push Beal early on. 

2018 Projection: Reserve outside linebacker but part of the rotation

 

DB Tray Bishop: The former high school quarterback battled some injuries during his freshman season but there's no doubting his athletic ability. As a prospect many felt he could sign as a quarterback in the right scheme or play receiver, cornerback or safety. He practiced primarily at safety for Georgia in his redshirt season but could also slide down and work at star. He has a great combination of size and speed but is likely to need at least another year to really grab hold of the system. 

2018 Projection: Reserve safety and special teamer

 

DB Latavious Brini: The Sunshine State native was also at safety in 2017 and he, too, battled some small injuries. We didn't hear much about his development but there's no denying that he has an excellent frame for the position at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds. Like Bishop, he could pitch in at star if needed but the lack of buzz surrounding him in practice seems to indicate that he has some strides to make. 

2018 Projection: Reserve safety and special teamer

 

CB Eric Stokes: In preseason camp it looked as if the speedster from Covington, Ga. might get a look on special teams but he ultimately ended up helping out on the scout team. He's long and extremely fast and guys like that don't grow on trees. Still, you have to wonder when or if his football ability catches up to his ability to cover ground. The off-season weight program will be huge for Stokes as he needs to add mass before he can be a force on special teams. The Bulldogs need corners to step up so he shouldn't be counted out but others appear to be ahead of him at this stage.

2018 Projection: Reserve cornerback and potential special teamer

 

WR Matt Landers: There's always that redshirt freshman who creates a lot of buzz and gets praise from the head coach. For the 2017 class that guy is Landers. Kirby Smart referred to him as a force to be reckoned with when asked about Landers earlier this season. Each week he worked on the scout team and played the role as the opposing team's best receiver. He matched up against the Bulldogs' starting cornerbacks week in and week out and gave them all they could handle. He'll benefit from a full off season in the weight program and could emerge as a major offensive weapon if everything goes well. At 6-foot-5, 195 pounds he's a candidate to fill the void left by Javon Wims. 

2018 Projection: Reserve wide receiver but a part of the rotation

 

OL D'Marcus Hayes: He's not a freshman but he is a 2017 signee who redshirted. The buzz is mixed on Hayes. Early on there was doubt as to whether he would ever make much of an impact. As the season went on you started to hear more buzz that Hayes has some impressive skills at tackle. In a limited one-on-one session viewed by media this fall he showed quick feet and the ability to use his 6-foot-6, 310-pound frame to mirror defensive linemen in pass protection. With Andrew Thomas moving over the left tackle the Bulldogs will be looking for someone to step in at right tackle and Hayes will have a shot. Can he beat out some extremely talented young players for that spot? That remains to be seen.

2018 Projection: Reserve offensive tackle

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Really think Landers and Holloman will be great threats next season. Simmons is going to be good, Hardman will be a junior... and if Ridley can keep playing like he did vs Bama then our passing game will be legit next season without even taking the TEs into consideration (don't think Chaney does anyway).

If we get Roquan back for 2018 then I think we may very well repeat as SEC Champions.

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1 hour ago, Macknsweetjones said:

Hearing the same thing about Roquan coming back...if he does I’ll be shocked 

If Roquan does come back, and Natrez gets his act together and returns for his final season too, then 3 of our 4 starting LB positions will be seniors -- with D'Andre Walker the other senior. A potential weakness would turn into the strength of the defense.

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11 minutes ago, RandomFan said:

If Roquan does come back, and Natrez gets his act together and returns for his final season too, then 3 of our 4 starting LB positions will be seniors -- with D'Andre Walker the other senior. A potential weakness would turn into the strength of the defense.

that would be freaking awesome if we could return 3 linebackers out of 4 positions..  fingers crossed. lol 

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