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  • As reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Tim Tucker, Georgia will play Oregon in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game to open the 2022 season. The story: By Tim Tucker ttucker@ajc.com College football teams from near and far – Georgia and Oregon – will meet in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium at the start of the 2022 season. The SEC and Pac-12 teams have signed contracts to play one another in a Chick-fil-A Kickoff game that year, the event’s chief executive said Tuesday. “Both coaches wanted to do it, and we got with the athletic directors and were able to put a deal together,” said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of Peach Bowl Inc, which runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff games. “We are ecstatic about having Georgia and Oregon.” Stokan said Georgia signed a contract Monday to play in the game after Oregon signed earlier. The matchup – set for Sept. 3, 2022 — will mark Georgia’s fourth appearance in Atlanta’s annual season-opening event, following games against Boise State in 2011, North Carolina in 2016 and Virginia in 2020. It will be Oregon’s first appearance in Chick-fil-A Kickoff and just the second by a Pac-12 team, the first being the Washington Huskies’ trip here to play Auburn this year. Georgia and Oregon have met only once in football, with the Bulldogs beating the Ducks 27-16 in 1977 at Sanford Stadium in Athens. After the Chick-fil-A Kickoff reached an agreement early last year on the 2020 game between Georgia and Virginia, UGA coach Kirby Smart expressed interest in pursuing subsequent games as well, Stokan said. “After we got the 2020 game scheduled, Kirby said, ‘Let’s look forward. We’d like to come back as early and as often as we can,’” Stokan recalled. At one time, Georgia and Oregon were scheduled to play a home-and-home series in 2015 and 2016 — the first game in Eugene, Ore., and the second in Athens. But that series, agreed to in 2006, was canceled by mutual agreement after both schools hired new athletic directors in 2010. The athletic directors who canceled the earlier series, Georgia’s Greg McGarity and Oregon’s Rob Mullens, are the same ones who have now agreed to the 2022 game. Unlike a home-and-home series, a one-time matchup in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff means Georgia will be able to play Oregon without having to return the favor with a cross-country trip to Eugene. For Oregon, the marquee game can pay off financially as well as in terms of national exposure. Another attraction of such games is that the College Football Playoff selection committee has emphasized the need for playoff-aspiring teams to strengthen their non-conference schedules. Oregon reached the BCS national championship game at the end of the 2010 season, losing to Auburn, and reached the inaugural College Football Playoff in the 2014 season, losing to Ohio State in the championship game. But the Ducks have gone 4-8 and 7-6 the past two seasons, in that order, and now are on their third head coach in three years, former Alabama assistant Mario Cristobal. Oregon was ranked No. 24 — and Georgia No. 3 —  in the Associated Press preseason poll released Monday. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff started in 2008 and has been held every year since then, making it college football’s longest-running neutral-site season-opening event currently in operation. Ten of the 13 Chick-fil-A Kickoff games played in the past decade have pitted an SEC team vs. an ACC team.  FUTURE CHICK-FIL-A KICKOFF MATCHUPS  Sept. 1, 2018: Auburn vs. Washington Aug. 31, 2019: Alabama vs. Duke Sept. 5, 2020: Florida State vs. West Virginia Sept. 7, 2020: Georgia vs. Virginia Sept. 12, 2020: Auburn vs. North Carolina 2021: Alabama vs. Miami 2021: Louisville vs. Ole Miss Sept. 3, 2022: Georgia vs. Oregon The post BREAKING: Georgia agrees to play Oregon in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2022 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Heavier showers are likely Tuesday thanks to a cold front expected to hit metro Atlanta.    “...We have an approaching cold front that could generate some strong or severe thunderstorms, especially well north and east of the Atlanta area,” Channel 2 Action News Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.  The front, expected to reach metro Atlanta by the afternoon, could produce between 40 and 60 mph winds, small hail and lightning, according to Channel 2.  “As that cold front moves in, we’ll starting to see an increase in the afternoon showers,” Burns said.  Strong showers are likely to enter the region by 3 p.m. with storms tapering off by 6 p.m. Up to an inch of rain is expected to fall on Atlanta.  Temperatures are expected to reach the 80s, with Atlanta’s projected high at 86, according to Channel 2. Commuters can expect lows in the 70s during their drive to work.  In the meantime, Atlanta won’t get a break from showers until mid-week.  “Behind the cold front, much drier air will move in Wednesday and Thursday. With drier air in place, expect some cooler mornings...,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monohan said.  Temperatures should be in the low 60s with some parts in the 50s.  “A little bit more moisture returns Friday into the weekend, enough for an isolated shower or storm chance each day,” Monahan said. Rain chances should be 20 percent that day.  Highs are expected to remain in the 80s the rest of the week. 
  • City Hall announces dates for public forums on plans for the Lexington Road and Atlanta Highway corridors.    From the Athens-Clarke Co Public Information Office… The Connect Athens steering committees will host their first round of public visioning workshops for Atlanta Highway and Lexington Road on Wednesday, August 29 (Lexington Road) and Thursday, August 30 (Atlanta Highway). Each meeting will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Dougherty Street Government Building Planning Auditorium at 120 West Dougherty Street.  The workshops are open to the public and will combine information about the process with an interactive mapping activity to determine preliminary opportunities for the two corridors being studied. The steering committees encourage the public to register for the workshops on the process website, www.connect-athens.org. Registration is not required, but is requested to help the Planning Team prepare for the events. The visioning meetings are scheduled for: Lexington Road Visioning Workshop Wednesday, August 29 - 6:00-8:00 p.m. Athens-Clarke County Planning Department Auditorium 120 W. Dougherty Street, Athens, GA 30601 Atlanta Highway Visioning Workshop Thursday, August 30 - 6:00-8:00 p.m. Athens-Clarke County Planning Department Auditorium 120 W. Dougherty Street, Athens, GA 30601 The Connect Athens process will develop unique corridor plans for both Atlanta Highway and Lexington Road. The process was initiated through the Athens-Clarke County Planning Department and is being led by committees specific to each corridor. The corridors are each a gateway into Athens and handle thousands of cars daily. These studies will analyze overall mobility conditions for the roads, while also considering conditions and trends outside the right-of-way in terms of land use, housing, and other topics. The process is a unique opportunity to think creatively about the future of the areas and develop logical strategies to improve their efficiency and quality of place. 'The Connect Athens workshops are a unique opportunity to think big about the future of two major thoroughfares in our community,' says Gavin Hassemer, Planner for the Athens-Clarke County Planning Department. 'These are critical paths both in terms of mobility and perception. To craft a plan that is representative, it is important that everyone engages in the process to ensure their ideas are shared and captured.' Each corridor’s planning process is being led by a 12-member steering committee made up of stakeholders and community representatives. A planning team, led by outside consultants Kimley Horn and assisted by Planning NEXT and Ninigret Partners, will facilitate the process and conduct technical analyses. Each planning process is unique, but the team’s intent is to maximize efficiencies of the parallel processes. Following the meetings, the planning team will work with the steering committees to develop an over-arching vision for each corridor and begin to suggest specific action recommendations that emerge from community input and critical evaluation of strategic opportunities. The process will continue through 2018 and include additional opportunities for community engagement. The plans will be finalized in the spring of 2019 and presented to the Mayor and Commission for approval. For more information on the planning processes for the corridors, contact Gavin Hassemer at 706-613-3515 or gavin.hassemer@accgov.com.
  • The University of Georgia will celebrate the life and achievements of Mary Frances Early, the first African American to earn a degree from the University of Georgia, by unveiling her portrait in the Administration Building at a ceremony on Oct. 10, UGA President Jere W. Morehead announced.  The portrait, by artist Richard Wilson, will be installed in The Gordon Jones Gallery of the Administration Building to honor Early, who went on to become the director of music for Atlanta Public Schools and the first African American president of the Georgia Music Educators Association in 1981.  “Mary Frances Early has been a source of inspiration for generations of students across the state of Georgia and beyond,” President Morehead said. “Her portrait will serve as a lasting tribute to her dignified courage and her commitment to educational excellence.” “I am so excited about this portrait,” said Early. “I am deeply humbled and honored, and so grateful to be recognized in this way. It’s really quite a tribute.” The installation of Early’s portrait is part of a series of accolades celebrating her life and career. In January 2018, Early received one of UGA’s highest honors, the President’s Medal. On Sept. 11, the documentary “Mary Frances Early: The Quiet Trailblazer” will premiere in Atlanta. The executive producer and senior researcher of the documentary is Maurice Daniels, dean emeritus at the UGA School of Social Work. Georgia Public Broadcasting also will air the documentary. A native of Atlanta, Early came to UGA in the summer of 1961. Earlier that year, Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes became the first African American students to enroll at UGA. Early had started postgraduate work at the University of Michigan when she transferred to UGA to complete her studies. She became the first African American to earn a degree from the University of Georgia when she graduated on Aug. 16, 1962, with a master’s degree in music education. She returned in 1964 to continue her education, earning a Specialist in Education degree in 1967. Early, who was class valedictorian at Henry McNeal Turner High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Clark Atlanta University in 1957, became a music teacher, a planning and development coordinator, an elementary division curriculum specialist and a music resource teacher at various schools in Atlanta in addition to serving as director of music.  Early retired in 1994 after working for 37 years in public schools. She has since taught at Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University as head of the music department. Columns will feature Early in UGA’s Georgia Groundbreakers series in mid-September. Launched in 2017, the series celebrates innovative and visionary faculty, students, alumni and leaders throughout the history of the University of Georgia—and their profound, enduring impact on Georgia, the nation and the world.
  • With the Georgia Bulldog football team now only eleven days away from the start of a new football season, the Bulldog baseball team begins fall practice: the first practice session was held Monday. More than two dozen returning lettermen are beginning preparations for the 2019 college baseball season, which will begin in February. From UGA Sports Communications…   Georgia welcomes back seven returning starters around the diamond including All-American two-way standout Aaron Schunk (3B/RHP), freshman All-Americans C.J. Smith (LHP/OF) and Mason Meadows (C) plus second team All-SEC first baseman Adam Sasser. Also, Cam Shepherd is back after setting a school record for fielding percentage by a shortstop with a .980 mark last year. On the mound, Georgia returns a dozen pitchers from the 2018 staff that helped the Bulldogs go 39-21 overall (18-12 SEC) and earn a consensus top 25 final national ranking.   The Bulldogs have nine newcomers including seven freshmen, one junior college transfer in Kaden Fowler and one graduate transfer in John Cable. The incoming class features five pitchers including 6-5, 234-pound right-hander Cole Wilcox of Chickamauga, Ga., who was a projected first round draft pick in last June’s Major League Baseball Draft. He went 9-2 with a 1.59 ERA as a senior at Heritage High School. Fowler is a 6-0, 207-pound left-handed hitting All-Conference utility player from El Dorado, Kansas who played the past two seasons at Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kan. Cable is a former All-Sun Belt Conference catcher/first baseman who joins the Bulldogs after graduating from the University of New Orleans with a business degree. A native of Roswell, Ga., the 6-2, 225-pound left-handed hitting Cable missed the 2018 season due to a hamstring injury but hit .349-3-33 in 2017 for the Privateers.   Mark your calendar for Friday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 14 as the Bulldogs will play two exhibition games at Foley Field. The NCAA will allow teams to play a pair of exhibition contests during the fall. The Bulldogs will play host to the University of North Georgia on Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. and UNC Asheville on Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. Admission is free for the exhibitions and the Red and Black Fall World Series. Georgia will conclude practice with its annual Fall Red and Black World Series slated for Nov. 1-3.

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  • ATHENS — Georgia football tailback D’Andre Swift is ready to carry as much of the load as Kirby Smart puts on him. Swift’s confidence and high expectations quickly became evident in his first meeting with the media since the Bulldogs’ loss in the national championship game appearance. “I have a little bit of hype behind me, so I have to show what I can do,” said Swift, whose name has already popped up among outside contenders for the Heisman Trophy. “I feel like when I get in space, the highlights will come.” RELATED: Former Georgia football star believes D’Andre Swift will elevate run game Swift is perhaps best known for his game-clinching 64-yard touchdown run against Auburn in the SEC Championship Game. One of the 21 players on the Georgia roster who attained a 5-star rating in high school, Swift did that and more last season. Swift averaged an eye-popping 7.6 yards per carry while leading the backfield with 17 catches for 153 yards. Swift said he didn’t mind entering into a crowded backfield last season and playing behind Nick Chubb and Sony Michel last season. “I was never scared of any competition, anywhere I had to go, I was going to compete regardless of where I was at, any school,” Swift said. “So just coming into a role, playing more of the passing game, catching the ball, so I embraced my role.” That role figures to change this season, with Swift the favorite to start and share the majority of carries with junior Elijah Holyfield for the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs. RELATED: Elijah Holyfield wants starting running back job for Georgia football “I’m making sure I’m more conditioned, I know I’ll get more carries, in that aspect,” Swift said. “We have a great group of guys, we’re so deep at the position, when I come out, when Elijah comes out, we’re not going to lose anything at all.” Indeed, Swift compared himself and Holyfield to the Chubb-Michel duo of last season. “I believe we compliment each other real well, two different types of backs, but in a great system,” Swift said. “He does stuff differently, I do stuff differently, kind of like Nick and Sony.” RELATED: Ivy League graduate says Georgia football No. 1  Holyfield was shown breaking a run up the middle of the defense in the first scrimmage, but Swift said he has run between the tackles in fall drills as well. When it was suggested that Holyfield is “Mr. Inside” and he is “Mr. Outside,” Swift quickly rejected the notion. “Not at all,” Swift said. “He can run outside or inside, and I can do the same, so we’ll compliment each other real well.” It seems Swift is ready to prove he can be Mr. Everything, even if Georgia appears intent on continuing to use a committee approach in the backfield. Georgia football RB D’Andre Swift   The post WATCH: Georgia football RB D’Andre Swift says ‘the highlights will come’ appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Here’s a good little bit of trivia to whip out on a fellow Georgia fan: What one game has running back Elijah Holyfield started in his career, if any? If you said none, you’d be wrong. If you said one the SEC Championship Game, you’d be correct. But then there’s another caveat. Holyfield actually doesn’t count that one as a career start. “At fullback I did, not at running back,” Holyfield said of starting alongside Nick Chubb against Auburn last December. “I’m not really a fullback. But any way to get on the field is always good.” To be clear, Holyfield said he hasn’t been working any fullback at all in Georgia’s preseason camp this year. His carries have been 100 percent at running back, and he’s been getting a lot of them. Most of them, in fact, have come with the Bulldogs’ No. 1 offense. At this point, it looks like a dead heat between the junior Holyfield and sophomore D’Andre Swift to get the first start of the season in the backfield for the Bulldogs. Georgia is no longer an I-formation team, so there is neither a fullback nor a tailback distinction anymore. The majority of the offensive snaps come with a single back behind the quarterback, and the competition to be that back is intensely competitive. Swift, the Bulldogs’ third-leading rusher behind Chubb and Sony Michel last year, is generally thought to be the heir apparent as the every-week starter and primary ball-carrier this season. But Holyfield has made that that a tricky assumption. Not only has he had a terrific camp by all accounts and holds seniority over Swift as a junior, but he has also been present and accounted for in every single workout and practice. Swift missed most of spring practice with a groin injury and has gone second behind Holyfield in most of the Bulldogs’ drill work during practices. Too much shouldn’t be read into that, for sure, but Holyfield doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’d like to start for the Bulldogs at some point. Or, to be clear, go first now and then. “As a competitive player, yes, I always like to be the first one on the field,” Holyfield said after Georgia’s practice Tuesday evening. “But, you know, I’ve always been taught, when get the ball, just shine.” Holyfield certainly has made good on that lesson. Thanks to the Bulldogs’ penchant for blowing out opponents, Holyfield actually got a lot of work last season. He played in 13 of their 15 games and got 50 carries for 293 yards while doing so. From that, Holyfield was able to produce quite the highlight reel. Both of his touchdown runs were worthy to be included, a 12-yarder against Vanderbilt and especially that 39-yard jaunt versus Florida that was punctuated by a dive for the goal-line cone that would’ve been better only if he’d been wearing a cape. In total, Holyfield averaged 5.9 yards a tote. Swift, of course, got more work and averaged more yards a carry (7.6). He also had more TDs, 3 to 2, and got most of his work earlier in games. So the appearance is that Georgia’s coaches like more of what Swift brings to the table. The reality is, they’re different backs and they’re both good with that. “I believe will complement each other real well,” Swift said Tuesday. “Two different types of backs in a great system here.” But both backs insist it’s not as simple as Mr. Inside (Holyfield) versus Mr. Outside (Swift). Each wants to prove they have the all-around games worthy of playing at Running Back U, as they both referred to Georgia. “Not at all,” Swift said. “He does stuff differently, I do stuff differently. It’s like Nick and Sony. … He can run outside and I can do the same inside. We’re going to complement each other real well.” There are other mouths to feed in Georgia’s backfield as well. Junior Brian Herrien has done nothing to downgrade his stock. And everybody on the team — Holyfield and Swift included — have raved about the moves and extra speed that freshman James Cook brings to the group. But it’s one less now that freshman Zamir White has been sidelined with an ACL tear. Swift and Holyfield hated seeing that, as did everybody who roots for Georgia. But they still have their jobs to do and they’re clamoring for more work. “Georgia’s RBU,” Holyfield said. “Our coaches will figure it out and we’ll find a way to make it work. Coach (Dell) McGee does a great job with teaching all of us. Last year when we were behind Sony and Nick, we prepared every week like we were going to play in the game. Now it’s our time and we’re going to be prepared.” The post RB Elijah Holyfield makes it clear he wants to ‘go first’ for Bulldogs appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — It’s hard to suggest the Georgia football run game could take a step forward after the school’s No. 2 and No. 3 all-time rushers moved on. But that’s exactly what former Bulldogs’ quarterback Aaron Murray did on the CBS Sports Network on Sunday. RELATED: Kirby Smart says Georgia football will ‘run the ball at our will’ in 2018 Murray is high on D’Andre Swift and James Cook, and he made the case that because Georgia gas a better supporting cast, it could run the ball more effectively. “Between [Swift],   Cook, the other stable of running backs, [Elijah] Holyfield, and then that offensive line that averages, I don’t know, 6-5, 330 pounds,” Murray said, “those guys along with some great receivers and a veteran quarterback returning, this running game may be better this year just because they have a full package around them.” The Bulldogs ranked No. 9 in the nation last season with 258.4 yards per game and 5.79 yards per attempt. Swift, as Murray alluded, showed great skills in averaging 7.6 yards on his attempts playing third fiddle to Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Chubb finished his career with 4,769 yards, averaging 6.3 per carry, with 48 TD. Michel had 3,613 yards, 6.1 per carry and 39 TD. “We saw it last year. This kid is something special.” @AaronMurray11 thinks the @FootballUGA rushing attack, led by D’Andre Swift, might be even better than last year. pic.twitter.com/iA7UrF3K06 — CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) August 20, 2018 “We saw (Swift) last year, [and] this kid, he’s something special,” Murray said. “He’s elusive, he has the speed, he has the size, the ability catch the ball out of the backfield that’s smooth. He looks like a receiver out there. And then you beats you out to the outside just like he did to Auburn in the SEC Championship Game.” All good points, but quarterback Jake Fromm is a sophomore with experience this season, and he has shown an even better command of the offense. Georgia might feel comfortable putting the ball in the air more often, even if that means dumping off the ball to Swift, Cook, Holyfield or Brian Herrien coming out of the backfield. Georgia football D’Andre Swift highlights   The post WATCH: Former Georgia football star believes Bulldogs run game could step up appeared first on DawgNation.
  • As reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Tim Tucker, Georgia will play Oregon in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game to open the 2022 season. The story: By Tim Tucker ttucker@ajc.com College football teams from near and far – Georgia and Oregon – will meet in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium at the start of the 2022 season. The SEC and Pac-12 teams have signed contracts to play one another in a Chick-fil-A Kickoff game that year, the event’s chief executive said Tuesday. “Both coaches wanted to do it, and we got with the athletic directors and were able to put a deal together,” said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of Peach Bowl Inc, which runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff games. “We are ecstatic about having Georgia and Oregon.” Stokan said Georgia signed a contract Monday to play in the game after Oregon signed earlier. The matchup – set for Sept. 3, 2022 — will mark Georgia’s fourth appearance in Atlanta’s annual season-opening event, following games against Boise State in 2011, North Carolina in 2016 and Virginia in 2020. It will be Oregon’s first appearance in Chick-fil-A Kickoff and just the second by a Pac-12 team, the first being the Washington Huskies’ trip here to play Auburn this year. Georgia and Oregon have met only once in football, with the Bulldogs beating the Ducks 27-16 in 1977 at Sanford Stadium in Athens. After the Chick-fil-A Kickoff reached an agreement early last year on the 2020 game between Georgia and Virginia, UGA coach Kirby Smart expressed interest in pursuing subsequent games as well, Stokan said. “After we got the 2020 game scheduled, Kirby said, ‘Let’s look forward. We’d like to come back as early and as often as we can,’” Stokan recalled. At one time, Georgia and Oregon were scheduled to play a home-and-home series in 2015 and 2016 — the first game in Eugene, Ore., and the second in Athens. But that series, agreed to in 2006, was canceled by mutual agreement after both schools hired new athletic directors in 2010. The athletic directors who canceled the earlier series, Georgia’s Greg McGarity and Oregon’s Rob Mullens, are the same ones who have now agreed to the 2022 game. Unlike a home-and-home series, a one-time matchup in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff means Georgia will be able to play Oregon without having to return the favor with a cross-country trip to Eugene. For Oregon, the marquee game can pay off financially as well as in terms of national exposure. Another attraction of such games is that the College Football Playoff selection committee has emphasized the need for playoff-aspiring teams to strengthen their non-conference schedules. Oregon reached the BCS national championship game at the end of the 2010 season, losing to Auburn, and reached the inaugural College Football Playoff in the 2014 season, losing to Ohio State in the championship game. But the Ducks have gone 4-8 and 7-6 the past two seasons, in that order, and now are on their third head coach in three years, former Alabama assistant Mario Cristobal. Oregon was ranked No. 24 — and Georgia No. 3 —  in the Associated Press preseason poll released Monday. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff started in 2008 and has been held every year since then, making it college football’s longest-running neutral-site season-opening event currently in operation. Ten of the 13 Chick-fil-A Kickoff games played in the past decade have pitted an SEC team vs. an ACC team.  FUTURE CHICK-FIL-A KICKOFF MATCHUPS  Sept. 1, 2018: Auburn vs. Washington Aug. 31, 2019: Alabama vs. Duke Sept. 5, 2020: Florida State vs. West Virginia Sept. 7, 2020: Georgia vs. Virginia Sept. 12, 2020: Auburn vs. North Carolina 2021: Alabama vs. Miami 2021: Louisville vs. Ole Miss Sept. 3, 2022: Georgia vs. Oregon The post BREAKING: Georgia agrees to play Oregon in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2022 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Welcome to the first installment of a new Georgia football feature on DawgNation. We call it the Cover 4. There are four staffers for DawgNation who cover the team from many different angles: Beat, hybrid roles, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The Cover 4 aim here is simple: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Then share one sentence why to support that informed opinion.    The kickoff topic for the day is one that any football team can get behind. That’s getting better. A Hall of Fame high school football coach in Alabama has built his teams day-by-day by one simple assessment as he walks off the practice field. Did we get better today? He looked for only one percent. That’s the goal of every goal at every level of football with their August practices right now. With that, let’s line up four of our guys to cover the following topic. We will come at you with four takes faster that Georgia junior Mecole Hardman Jr. posts on his social media accounts. Who is the most improved player for 2018? Brandon Adams feels that Richard LeCounte III will be the team’s most improved player for 2018. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation) Brandon Adams : Richard LeCounte III The 1-sentence why:  Kirby wouldn’t be talking about him as much as he does unless he truly believed in his potential. Chip Towers : Walter Grant The 1-sentence why : Sophomore outside linebacker has an upside similar to Leonard Floyd and could provide some answers at inside linebacker and Star. Mike Griffith feels that Riley Ridley will be Georgia’s most improved player for 2018. (Curtis Compton/AJC) Mike Griffith : Riley Ridley The 1-sentence why : Ridley had 8 catches in the 2017 calendar year — he already has 6 in 2018 (January title game). He will get a lot more this season. Jeff Sentell : Julian Rochester Why :  This comes about likely by necessity as the 2018 defense better have an improved Rochester in the trenches.     FAST FIVE: Check out the latest posts from DawgNation:  Own the East: Why Terry Godwin’s return to full speed is essential Good Day UGA: Is the preseason poll a shot in the arm or 100 percent rat poison?  On the Beat with Mike Griffith: Dawgs turn heads in the preseason beauty pageant Why an NFL Hall of Famer from the Ivy League voted Georgia No. 1  Sentell’s Intel: The 5-star DL who clocked a 4.6 at camp for UGA this summer     The post Cover 4 on Georgia football: Who will be the most improved player in 2018? appeared first on DawgNation.