Georgia Bulldogs: SEC football

CB Watkins discusses newest SEC offer 

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ESPN Watch List defensive back Nick Watkins (Dallas/Bishop Dunne) understands that the SEC has some of the most talented defensive backs in the country. Of his 23 offers, eight come from the conference that has won every BCS national championship game since 2007.

Big 3: Georgia's 2013 SEC schedule

October, 18, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The SEC office released the conference’s 2013 football schedule Thursday afternoon, and while it is only a one-year setup -- the league hopes to develop a long-term scheduling system for 2014 and beyond -- it does address one of Bulldogs fans’ biggest gripes.

Every other season since 1996, Georgia has played Tennessee and Vanderbilt on consecutive weekends, playing both games in Athens one year and making trips to Knoxville and Nashville on back-to-back weekends the next season. In 2013, the midseason trips to Tennessee are broken up by an Oct. 12 home game against Missouri.

Perhaps the two most-discussed facets of the schedule will be how a scheduling quirk will bring the Bulldogs back to Auburn next year for back-to-back seasons, and that the South Carolina game, which before this season had been Georgia’s SEC opener every season since 1992, moves back to the front of the schedule.

"The 2013 schedule will obviously be very challenging,” UGA athletic director Greg McGarity said in a university release. “Our number one priority throughout this process was to protect our long-standing rivalry game against Auburn, and in order to keep this series intact, it necessitated a return to Auburn in 2013. We will start working on the 2014 rotating SEC schedule this Spring, and we can confirm that Auburn will be returning to Athens in 2014."

Let’s dig into some of the finer points of the Bulldogs’ new league slate:

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Big 3: Bulldogs focused on staying in race 

October, 17, 2012
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Georgia coach Mark Richt used his time on the SEC’s weekly teleconference Wednesday to discuss how the Bulldogs addressed their defensive communication issues during the bye week, the increasing parity within the SEC East and how Georgia hopes to keep itself in the race to defend its division title.

1. Cut back on big plays
Richt said the Bulldogs held a full-contact practice last Wednesday, as they would during spring workouts, so they could work on fundamental tackling skills. The open date also allowed the coaches and players to address the communication issues that have occurred in the secondary -- the culprit in many of the big plays the Bulldogs surrendered in the first half of the season.

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The Mag: Down here

August, 8, 2012
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1939 Oklahoma, 2012 AlabamaAP Photo, US PresswireSEC teams have always known their toughest opponents are one another.

To understand football's place in the South you first have to see it from deep within the heart of Dixie. In "ESPN The Magazine," Southern author and Alabama journalism professor Rick Bragg explains why the SEC's fight for supremacy goes back to the Civil War.

Video: Georgia at SEC media days

July, 19, 2012
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Edward Aschoff and David Ching wrap up Georgia’s appearance at SEC media days.
It has long been a talking point among college football coaches that if you want the best D-linemen, you have to wade into SEC country. Problem is, the SEC can usually keep those kids home. Travis Haney talks to SEC players and coaches Insider about why, year after year, the D-lines of the SEC seem to outpace the rest of college football.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Isaiah Crowell's dismissal certainly drew the most national attention, but his departure continued a steady trend that has become a concern for Georgia coach Mark Richt.

Richt’s program has lost nine players since last preseason to transfers and dismissals, leaving the number of Bulldogs on scholarship in the low 70s -- well below the NCAA limit of 85.

“There’s been more attrition in the last couple years than there’s been since I’ve been at Georgia,” Richt said Thursday morning at SEC media days. “But I think sometimes that happens. We’ll still have plenty of guys to field a team.”

Richt publicly addressed Crowell’s departure for the first time Thursday. Last season’s SEC Freshman of the Year, Crowell was arrested on June 29 on three handgun possession charges -- two of which were felonies -- and Richt dismissed him from the team later in the day.

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Video: SEC media days, Day 3 preview

July, 18, 2012
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We ranked the guys in the trenches on Friday, so now it’s time to take a look at the outside guys on the defensive line.

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Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesSam Montgomery led the Tigers with nine sacks last season.
Below is the way we would rank the top 10 defensive ends in the SEC heading into the 2012 season. One thing to note is that Florida’s Ronald Powell, who plays a hybrid end/linebacker role for the Gators, is not on this list because he’s recovering from ACL surgery and could miss the first part of the season.

Here’s what we came up with:

1. Sam Montgomery, Jr., LSU: The SEC’s most complete defensive end, Montgomery is big enough and explosive enough to stuff the run as well as rush the passer. He had nine sacks last season.

2. Jadeveon Clowney, Soph., South Carolina: His freshman season was just a glimpse. Clowney had eight sacks and five forced fumbles and was playing on talent alone. He’ll be an every-down force in 2012.

3. Barkevious Mingo, Jr., LSU: LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis predicted that Mingo would emerge as the best pass-rusher in the SEC. He’s well on his way after racking up 15 tackles for loss last season.

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While the SEC should rightly be happy with the new playoff format -- it'll get its share of years with two teams in the mix -- evidence shows a playoff in recent years likely would have cut into the conference's BCS title reign. ESPN Insider Brian Fremeau does the math and shows that inclusiveness would be both good and bad for today's top league.

Kamara: 7-on-7s rev up coaches 

June, 12, 2012
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – While ESPN 150 running back Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) is hitting the 7-on-7 tournament circuit, college programs are chasing after him.

“Recruiting is still crazy for me,” Kamara said. “A lot of schools are trying to push a little harder, trying to come up and make it into my top five. Oregon just offered and they are pushing really hard for me. Alabama and Georgia too. So a lot of schools are just trying to impress me right now, showing me a lot of love, sending me hand-written letters from all the coaches.”

Kamara’s postal carrier is getting a workout. Earlier this year, Alabama sent the speedster 105 letters on the same day. Some of his new suitors will need to catch up.

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SEC meetings wrap: Concussions panel

June, 3, 2012
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The Southeastern Conference is taking steps to learn as much as it can about concussions, ultimately hoping to make college sports safer for student-athletes. Read it here.

SEC school presidents, athletic directors back a best-team playoff scenario.

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An Associated Press examination shows SEC athletes draw lighter punishment from the conference for pot smoking than they would if penalized by the NCAA.

Syracuse says it's over-committed and cannot play in the Big East/SEC Challenge.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Coaches and administrators have had this week’s SEC spring meetings circled for months, with hopes of resolving many of the logistical issues related to the league’s expanded membership.

“I’m excited for it to be over,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity joked about the how scheduling has become more complicated in adding Texas A&M and Missouri to the league. “How many times have we talked about it? We’ve talked about it in Phoenix, Nashville, New Orleans. We’ve gone through it and now’s where we can finally put it to rest for hopefully a 12-year period with football.”

If only that were the end of the wrangling.

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With 44 catches for 833 yards and 10 touchdowns, 117 carries for 874 yards and 10 touchdowns, and a couple of interceptions while playing defensive back, there is no denying that ESPN 150 athlete Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) has proved to be one of the more versatile talents in the country. ESPNHS reporter Brandon Parker spoke to Terry about his invitation to The Opening, his commitment to Georgia and his favorite position. In the process, Parker uncovered the fact that Terry's toughness should not be questioned.

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