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Wednesday Morning ‘Dawg Bites

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Allow me to bring your attention to two items of good news as you start your day:

  1. You woke up this morning.
  2. You're still not a Tennessee Volunteers Fan.

Bottom line, you’re 2 for 2 already. Congratulations!

To celebrate here’s a selection of carefully curated, artisanal Georgia Bulldog and college football news bound to get your day off to a good start.

As we talked about a little yesterday, Travon Walker was seen barreling down the field on kickoff coverage on Saturday which is, you know, just a little unusual for a 6’6, 290 pound defensive tackle. Walker’s athleticism is off the charts, and it will only be on wider display in the coming years.

Tuesday’s practice saw some interesting personnel moves, including James Cook seeing time at slot receiver (where Kearis Jackson is out with a broken hand), and Quay Walker stepping up in the middle.

Some media types will frown upon Georgia playing an FCS squad this weekend (despite it being part of the nation’s 14th toughest schedule). And fans would certainly be more jazzed for a visit from Texas or Michigan. But Kirby Smart is a proponent of playing FCS schools. I suspect some of Smart’s thoughts have to do with his formative coaching years at Valdosta State, where he saw just how tenuous the existence of some FCS, Division II, and Division III programs can be. Also, fun fact: Murray State head coach Mitch Stewart was the quarterback at VSU when Kirby was on staff there. It’s a small world, after all.

Outside of Athens, if you haven’t already signed up for SB Nation’s Banner Society newsletter I urge you to do so. In the meantime, please read this from Spencer Hall on the Southern University “Human Jukebox” marching band. If you saw them when Southern came to Athens in 2015 (the game in which Devin Gales was so tragically injured), you know exactly how special this group is. Spencer does an outstanding job of explaining some of why that is.

Also, if you haven’t taken a look at it you really should check out this Sports Illustrated piece on LSU’s wild 2016 coaching search. There are cameos by Dana Holgorsen, Mike Leach, and a secret spy sent to evaluate Tom Herman. It’s also a good inside look at how major college coaching searches work, including the leaks, misinformation, and agendas that can reshape the landscape of college football.

Finally, do not let this weekend’s big game distract you from the fact that Tennessee lost at home to Georgia State, and that our own Sam Jones believes that USA Soccer should have been paying attention. Until later...

Go ‘Dawgs!!!