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Unfortunately happy feet =/= help in the kicking game.

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Congrats everyone, we’ve made it past the halfway point. The Georgia Bulldogs will be taking on Vanderbilt on Saturday and here’s the latest news and tidbits to get your day started.

We all knew Jacob Eason would have some growing pains here and there. The game in Columbia was a tough one (I wouldn’t know, I didn’t have power thanks to Hurricane Matthew), but it has given the coaching staff some things to work on with the freshman quarterback. Head coach Kirby Smart said Eason had a case of happy feet against the Gamecocks. It is a detail that has been emphasized this week during practice, and hopefully we’ll see what kind of dividends it pays off against the Commodores.

Dominick Sanders was spotted in a non-contact jersey during practice yesterday. Despite that, he should be ready to go on Saturday. Reggie Carter may also be back in the rotation in the game. He was available against South Carolina if needed an emergency situation, but some extra rest can only be a good thing.

This probably doesn’t come as a surprise, but the Georgia special teams efficiency ranking is No. 126 nationally - only ahead of Louisiana-Monroe and East Carolina, according to ESPN. I won’t begin to say I understand the formula, but just based on the eye test I think we can all agree that things aren’t great. The Bulldogs are just 4-of-9 in field goals this season. That is leading to a higher number of fourth down plays because three points just aren’t a guarantee - in fact, the odds are slightly worse than a tossup right now.

While the legs may not be much to write home about right now, the same can’t be said for the running game. I had a South Carolina fan tell me that it’s unfair that Georgia can kick over a rock and find a 100-yard rusher any given year. The fraternity is strong and I just hope it never ends.

A recent proposal to implement two signing periods, one in June and one in December, is currently on the table. Smart, for his part, is of the belief that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it:

“I think sometimes people sometimes don’t understand what will happen. Nobody really knows what will happen if we decide to have an early signing period. I think there are a lot of ramifications that we can’t foresee.”

‘Til next time... Go ‘Dawgs!