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Friday ‘Dawg Bites Welcomes Back Friday Night Lights

St. John Bosco vs Mater Dei Prep Football Photo by Scott Varley/MediaNews Group/Torrance Daily Breeze via Getty Images

Gooooood morning Dawg Nation! I love the smell of southeastern high school football in the morning.

Ok, enough references to Vietnam movies. We are one Friday closer to the kickoff of the SEC season, and with that comes several states across the SEC footprint playing high school football. Even cooler is that many schools have moved Senior Day to Week 1 to ensure the seniors get honored. Having personally experienced Friday nights under the lights and knowing how special Senior Day is, today truly is a great day.

Shifting attention to college and the Dawgs, the University of Georgia completed their first day of class yesterday. Many of the classes are virtual, though many faculty members are publicly declaring that teaching should be 100% virtual.

Furthermore on the COVID-19 front, Athens Clark-County has passed an emergency ordinance requiring people to wear masks and face coverings in public places. Everyone, and I mean everyone, needs to be wearing a mask. Protect your neighbor, and help keep college football on schedule for resumption.

On the field, the Dawgs have put on the pads and are hard at work. Jake Rowe of 247Sports has provided insights from the first few days of the practice, and two players who are impressing are Zamir White and Tre’ McKitty. It cannot be understated how important these two are for the offense in 2020. A fully healthy Zamir White could creep into Heisman discussion (current odds are 100/1), and McKitty can open up the passing game and create big mismatches from the TE position.

Looking towards future Dawgs, the 2023 recruiting rankings were recently released and the number one player in the nation resides in Georgia. Lebbeus Overton is a defensive end out of Milton High School, and he is very high on UGA’s wishlist for the 2023 recruiting class.

Off the gridiron, former basketball Dawg Anthony Edwards has a bit more clarity on where he will be playing professionally. The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA Draft Lottery, with the Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Hornets rounding out the top three. It is unlikely Edwards slips outside the first three picks, but if this somehow happens, the Atlanta Hawks do select at six.

Enjoy the weekend everyone. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. And Go Dawgs!!!