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Tuesday Morning ‘Dawg Bites Is Going Home

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Welcome to Tuesday, Bulldog fans! In case you didn’t know, I spent my formative years in the 80’s (emotional development was thwarted during the same span). As such, I will try to bring you the best** music from this seminal decade that gave us the artificial human heart. I am personally thankful, as my current hardware can’t take many more 4th quarters like we’ve had lately.

Your Georgia Bulldogs will take the short trip to Atlanta to take on the Yellow Jackets at the Georgia Institute of Technology. With Thanksgiving break upon us. many players will have the chance to return home for the holiday, and playing a game so close to home will make it that much easier. Because home is where the heart is, artificial or not. Home is where one can rest, call up memories, and make new ones. Home is our house. And with the recent results at Mark Richt Field, the Flats are defintely our house.

Now on to news and notes of the Georgia Bulldog variety:

The Rodrigo Blankenship SEC Special Teams Player of the Week Award is presented to... (drumroll, please)... RODRIGO BLANKENSHIP. He’s now won the award 6 times, he’s #1 in Georgia history on extra points, #1 in Georgia history total scoring, #2 in SEC history in overall scoring, and leads active FBS in career field goals. Future kickers in Athens will be using the Rodrigo Blankenship Kicking Tee, kicking through the Rodrigo Blankenship Goal Posts, and attend via the Rodrigo Blankenship Scholarship For Corrective and Protective EyeWear.

Heck, they might even rename the Lou Groza award, for which he is a 2019 finalist.

Y’all might remember Deandre Baker won the 2019 Jim Thorpe award as the nation’s best collegiate defensive back. Georgia senior J.R. Reed looks to make it a Bulldog two-peat, being named one of 3 finalists.

2021 prospect Bralyn Oliver has re-opened his recruitment after committing to UGA on August 22. With 2 Thorpe Award finalists in consecutive years, and with a head coach known as a secondary specialist, this does surprise me. But we wish the young man well, no matter his final decision.

Bulldog Coach Kirby Smart held his weekly opponent preview press conference Monday. The Red and Black gives a nice summary of the presser. Here are a few interesting things:

  • Coach Smart said they are focusing on rest and recover for players this late in the season.
  • As in years’ past, Georgia has already been preparing to face Tech in bye weeks.
  • WR Lawrence Cager, DB Eric Stokes, and OL Cade Mays are all dinged up but expected to practice.

The Athens Banner-Herald takes a look at Georgia Tech’s offense this week, primarily the fact that it isn’t a Paul Johnson flexbone triple option. But there are some option characteristics with a mobile quarterback and a roster that didn’t flip in a single off-season.

After Senior Night at the Texas A&M game, a Bulldog fan doesn’t have to look far to see the future of Georgia football. Next year’s stars are already making a name for themselves, and quickly becoming this year’s stars.

The AJC continues it’s spotlight on tracking Bulldog freshmen. 14 of 56 Bulldogs who saw action against the Aggies were true or redshirt freshman.

SDS asks the question that every Georgia fan has been asking all season: is there more offense?

Playing Georgia Tech is one thing. Playing in Atlanta is another. A noon kickoff, yet something else. Having a broadcast crew that contains one Dan Orlovsky? Hhhmmmm. I don’t mind Orlovsky much; he occasionally is well-reasoned and insightful, but he does seem to spout off some questionable statements. I think he is just trying to find his feet as an analyst and make a splash.

We’ll be back throughout the day with more of your Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Week specials. And as always...