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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: APR 20 Georgia Spring Game Photo by Jeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Got a case of the Mondays?

We can’t help you with that. What we can do is catch you up on the latest in Georgia Bulldog-related news to get your week off to a good start. Here’s what’s going on in Bulldog Nation this morning.

Fall practice continues in Athens, and Bulldawg Illustrated has some observations on how things are going. I would second the observation regarding incoming defensive coordinator Dan Lanning. Everyone who’s watched him raves about him as a teacher and a tactician. While replacing Mel Tucker won’t be easy, I’m excited to see what the new guy can do.

D’Andre Swift says he’s in the best shape of his UGA career and is looking to cement his status as the premier back in the Bulldog rotation. If the reports of James Cook looking bigger and stronger, Zamir White looking confident, and Brian Herrien being ready to go are accurate, we’re once again about to be embarrassed with riches at tailback.

In running back recruiting news, Callaway tailback Tank Bigsby appears set to announce his college decision later this week from among Auburn, Georgia, LSU, and South Carolina. Rumor has it that Georgia is still pursuing Texas back Zach Evans, the top-ranked rusher in the nation. If Bigsby commits elsewhere (keep an eye on Auburn, where he recently visited), it may be a sign that the UGA coaches feel more confident in Evans landing in Athens than many recruiting analysts are.

DawgNation looks at what junior inside linebacker Monty Rice means to the UGA defense. While there’s an incredible amount of talent in that linebacking corps, Rice is the straw that stirs the drink. The 2018 Bulldog defense was observably better with him on the field, both because of his tackling and his ability to quarterback the unit. Keeping Rice healthy would go a long way toward making the 2019 unit a success.

Elsewhere, I’m going to need someone to explain to me why Jeremy Pruitt now looks like a Snapchat mashup of Phil Fulmer and Kyle Chandler. Clear eyes. Bald head. Can’t lose (more than five or six).

Until later...

Go ‘Dawgs!!!