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GEORGIA VS. KENT STATE<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED<br />

IN THIS ISSUE<br />

VOLUME 20 NO. 6<br />

BULLDAWG ILLUSTRATED<br />

THE DAWGS ARE NO. 1 IN BOTH POLLS AND<br />

OSCAR DELP GRABS HIS FIRST CAREER TD!<br />

PHOTO BY: ROB SAYE<br />

years<br />

SPORTS<br />

BULLDOGS TO WATCH | 14<br />

GOLDEN FLASHES TO WATCH | 16<br />

FIVE KEYS | 18<br />

DAWG BONES | 20<br />

A VIEW FROM ... KENT STATE | 22<br />

SOCIAL<br />

GEORGIA GIRLS: MARY LOVETT BECK | 24<br />

UGA VS SOUTH CAROLINA GAMEDAY FAN PHOTOS | 27<br />

BULLDOGS OF THE 4TH ESTATE: JIM MINTER | 38<br />

PROUST: CORKY WARNER | 39<br />

MORE SPORTS<br />

FROM THE FIELD | 42<br />

STATS THAT MATTER | 44<br />

BUTLER’S PLAYERS | 45<br />

JD’S EARLY TOP 15 | 46<br />

OUR TEAM<br />

EDITOR: Vance Leavy<br />

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Cheri Leavy<br />

MULTIMEDIA DIRECTOR: Greg Poole<br />

CHIEF SPORTS CONTRIBUTOR: Jeff Dantzler<br />

ART DIRECTOR: Stacey Nichols<br />

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September 27, 2022<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 6 ISSUE SIX • KENT STATE


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FROM THE<br />

EDITOR<br />

<strong>The</strong> chickens have properly been disposed of, next up is the<br />

opportunity to set the <strong>Georgia</strong> standard even more sky high<br />

VANCE LEAVY<br />

EDITOR IN CHIEF<br />

Well Bulldog fans, things are<br />

certainly off to a tremendous<br />

start with one fourth of the<br />

2022 regular season in the books. <strong>The</strong><br />

Dawgs are 3-0 with the good guys having<br />

scored 130 points and the not-so-good<br />

guys combining for a meek total of 10 points. Holy moly, you can’t<br />

beat those stats.<br />

Nonetheless, borrowing from Rudyard Kipling, both our team<br />

and fan base “must keep their heads about them” because there is<br />

plenty of football remaining.<br />

My intent for this issue’s cover is not to boast about the standard<br />

of <strong>Georgia</strong> football being sky high. Rather it serves as a reminder<br />

that a “standard” is a level of quality or attainment, which can<br />

either be improved upon or lessened by those responsible.<br />

So far our Dawgs’ play has been sky high. What I personally like<br />

best is that no <strong>Georgia</strong> player on the field is taking any plays off.<br />

Zero, Nil, None!<br />

From blocking down the field to making wise decisions on<br />

special teams, Coach Smart truly has his team playing the game<br />

of football the way it is supposed to be played. <strong>The</strong> standard for<br />

the <strong>Georgia</strong> football program demands that on every down.<br />

Now the question is can this 2022 Bulldog unit raise the<br />

standard even higher?<br />

Can I get a hell yeah because I certainly think they can and<br />

this Saturday’s game versus <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> is another valuable<br />

opportunity for this team to continue its quest to adhere to its<br />

standard.<br />

This issue of BI should certainly get you ready.<br />

Traveling over to the Columbia is always a bizarre adventure,<br />

but it was certainly well worth it for the Red and Black faithful<br />

who made the trip. Nothing like seeing the Gamecock fans<br />

pouring out of their stadium at half time. Beginning on page 27,<br />

enjoy the fan photos from the South Carolina game day.<br />

Also, in our social section, you will love the wittiness and<br />

seriousness of Athenian Corky Warner, who is profiled in our<br />

Proust Q&A (page 39). What else would you expect when learning<br />

the quality, tutelage Corky experienced (as a youngster) with “<strong>The</strong><br />

Greatest Bulldog of them All,” Dan Magill.<br />

Equally entertaining is this issue’s <strong>Georgia</strong> Girls feature with<br />

Mary Lovett Beck (pages 24, 25) from Columbus. Her favorite<br />

quote (from her father on family vacations) is an all-timer … “We<br />

ain’t here to get no sleep, lose no weight or save no money.”<br />

Beautiful prose indeed.<br />

Speaking of the power of words, Loran Smith features longtime<br />

“Mr. AJC Everything” Jim Minter in our Bulldogs of the 4th Estate<br />

series (page 38). Loran hits on the high points of Minter’s terrific<br />

career, while lamenting that Minter deserves far more recognition<br />

for his writing prowess.<br />

On the sports front, Jeff Dantzler (page 10) appears to be<br />

accepting the fact of the ever-changing landscape of college<br />

football that lies ahead. His look at the SEC going to pod system<br />

scheduling is certainly intriguing.<br />

Also, in this issue, our student interns look both ahead and back<br />

at the <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> game and what made the South Carolina game<br />

so deliciously lopsided. My, my, it’s certainly wonderful to be a<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> Bulldog these days.<br />

Finally, enjoy these sequence shots by BI’s Greg Poole of Brock<br />

Bowers outstanding catch in the end zone where the <strong>Georgia</strong><br />

section was in Columbia. By the way, the throw by Stetson Bennett<br />

was equally impressive. What a day it was for No. 19 and for No. 13.<br />

Flawless. Can you say two Heisman Trophy candidates please?<br />

Greg Poole’s roots along the <strong>Georgia</strong>/South Carolina line<br />

definitely are on display in his snarky From the Field (page 42).<br />

Like so many fellow Bulldogs, Greg clearly isn’t a fan of the<br />

Gamecocks or going to Columbia, for that matter. Love it!<br />

Next up, <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> on Saturday. See you in Sanford, where the<br />

goal is to set the standard even more sky high. Go Dawgs!!<br />

PHOTOS BY: GREG POOLE


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<strong>The</strong>se last couple of years have<br />

featured more collective change in<br />

college football than the previous<br />

45 seasons combined. No need to<br />

list off the issues, topics and subjects, we<br />

diehards know them all. One of the issues<br />

that is at the top of the list, and always will<br />

be, is the schedule.<br />

In my daily talk show hosting days gone<br />

by, if there was ever a slow afternoon or<br />

morning, my co-hosts and I could always talk<br />

schedule, and the day would go by much<br />

faster. Lots of ideas, lots of chatter. Who<br />

should we play? Intraconference, alliances,<br />

rivalries, should it be uniform across the<br />

board, or leave it to the leagues? Some<br />

conferences play nine game schedules,<br />

some eight. Many a great rivalry has<br />

been lost or put on the backburner (see<br />

Oklahoma-Nebraska and Pitt-West Virginia),<br />

as scheduling talk is obviously so closely<br />

tied with the hot button topic of conference<br />

expansion.<br />

Some true pearls of wisdom surfaced.<br />

Just this past week, the Southeastern<br />

Conference ‘ordered’ both <strong>Georgia</strong> and<br />

Tennessee to do away with their scheduled<br />

home-and-home series with the University of<br />

Oklahoma. <strong>The</strong> Bulldogs were scheduled to<br />

go to Norman next season, while the Sooners<br />

were to visit Athens in 2031. Obviously off<br />

short notice, with hands tied, <strong>Georgia</strong> has<br />

replaced the premium non-conference<br />

matchup with a game at Sanford Stadium<br />

against Ball <strong>State</strong>.<br />

It should be noted that <strong>Georgia</strong> has<br />

historically played a ‘big name’ non<br />

conference foe plus the annual Saturday<br />

after Thanksgiving date with the in-state arch<br />

nemesis Yellow Jackets. For instance, in the<br />

Kirby Smart era, the Bulldogs have played<br />

a home-and-home series with Notre Dame,<br />

and faced off with North Carolina, Clemson<br />

and Oregon in season-opening neutral site<br />

games. It is a huge benefit to play a marquee<br />

game early. It gets the players attention<br />

during preseason camp and you get a much<br />

more honest assessment of legitimately and<br />

realistically how good your team is early. No<br />

matter future scheduling and conference<br />

realignments, etc., not playing Oklahoma<br />

next year is not good for the 2023 Bulldogs.<br />

And Sooners. And college football fans.<br />

Texas is on <strong>Georgia</strong>’s schedule for 2028 and<br />

2029, but with the Sooners and Longhorns<br />

both joining the conference in 2025, that<br />

series will be done away with. Though, who<br />

knows, maybe the two play in those two<br />

seasons anyway.<br />

Which brings us to the topic of how<br />

everything will be laid out in terms of the<br />

schedule in a 16-team SEC? Will there still<br />

be an SEC Championship Game, with the<br />

12-team playoff looming? <strong>The</strong> start dates for<br />

the playoff, which is tripling in size from four,<br />

the total under the current format which was<br />

instituted, has yet to be determined. Will it be<br />

the second Saturday in December? <strong>The</strong> first?<br />

<strong>The</strong> devil is in the details.<br />

Anyways, just sticking to how the SEC<br />

regular season will play out, taking the<br />

matter of a league title tilt and how the<br />

participants would be determined out of the<br />

equation, here is the most likely scenario - a<br />

quartet of four-team divisions, or ‘pods,’ if<br />

you prefer. With a nine-game schedule. <strong>The</strong><br />

10-game conference contest only schedule<br />

of 2020, which the league did a tremendous<br />

job of putting together, opened some eyes<br />

and possibilities.<br />

One thing that almost every fan has<br />

been clamoring for is increased variety of<br />

competition, but all the while holding onto<br />

those traditional rivalries. For instance, since<br />

Texas A&M came into the SEC in 2012, the<br />

Aggies and <strong>Georgia</strong> have played once, a<br />

19-13 Bulldogs victory in Athens in 2013.<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> is scheduled to go to College Station<br />

in 2024. That would mean that the Bulldogs<br />

first trip to A&M would come in the Aggies<br />

13th season of league competition.<br />

So what is likely to happen is that your<br />

team, in this case <strong>Georgia</strong>, would play the<br />

three teams in its ‘pod’ annually, and two<br />

schools from each of the other three for a<br />

total of nine conference games. <strong>The</strong> next<br />

year, in addition to the three intra-’pod’<br />

games, the Bulldogs would play the two<br />

schools from the other three divisions not<br />

played the season prior. It would flip back in<br />

years three and four with alternating home<br />

and away dates. So over a four year period,<br />

every school would be guaranteed to play<br />

everyone else in the league twice, once at<br />

home and once on the road. Of course, the<br />

three other teams in your division would be<br />

played annually.<br />

For example, <strong>Georgia</strong> is in ‘Pod A’ with<br />

Florida, <strong>Kent</strong>ucky and South Carolina. All<br />

three are played every year. We’ll save<br />

Jacksonville/<strong>Georgia</strong>-Florida topic for<br />

another day.<br />

‘Pod B’ - with Bama fans insisting it be<br />

called the ‘Bear’ Bryant Pod - would feature<br />

Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.<br />

‘Pod C’ - Ole Miss, Mississippi <strong>State</strong>, LSU and<br />

Texas A&M.<br />

‘Pod D’ - Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and<br />

Oklahoma.<br />

Over a four year period, for example, for the<br />

six SEC games out of division, here’s how it<br />

would set up:<br />

Year One: Home Alabama, at Auburn, Home<br />

Ole Miss, at Mississippi <strong>State</strong>, Home Arkansas,<br />

at Missouri.<br />

Year Two: Home Tennessee, at Vandy, Home<br />

LSU, at A&M, Home Texas, at Oklahoma.<br />

Year Three: At Alabama, Home Auburn, at<br />

Ole Miss, Home Mississippi <strong>State</strong>, at Arkansas,<br />

Home Missouri.<br />

Year Four: At Tennessee, Home Vandy, at<br />

LSU, Home A&M, at Texas, Home Oklahoma.<br />

And so on.<br />

It will all get sorted out as we all endure<br />

college athletics ever-evolving journey<br />

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GEORGIA VS KENT STATE<br />

GAME TIME: NOON<br />

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GEORGIA VS KENT STATE<br />

BY: JEFF DANTZLER<br />

Top-ranked <strong>Georgia</strong> takes on <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> Saturday at Sanford<br />

Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for high noon Between the<br />

Hedges. <strong>The</strong> Bulldogs come in with a record of 3-0 following<br />

this past Saturday’s 48-7 victory over South Carolina in<br />

Columbia. <strong>The</strong> Golden Flashes are 1-2, rolling past Long <strong>Is</strong>land<br />

University 63-10 at home this past Saturday.<br />

This marks the second ever meeting between the two schools.<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> won the 1998 season-opener over <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> 56-3 in<br />

Athens. One of the captains for Jim Donnan’s Bulldogs that day<br />

and season was senior All-Southeastern Conference safety Kirby<br />

Smart, now in his seventh year as the head coach at his alma<br />

mater.<br />

Since 2017, <strong>Georgia</strong> is 30-1 at Sanford Stadium, with the lone<br />

loss over that stretch coming to South Carolina in 2019, as the<br />

Bulldogs were upset 20-17 in overtime. <strong>The</strong>re would be no<br />

upset by the Gamecocks this season. <strong>Georgia</strong> scored on its first<br />

three possessions, crisp and consistent throughout the game<br />

en route to the 41-point victory. <strong>The</strong> defense was tremendous.<br />

South Carolina scored a touchdown in the final minute of the<br />

game to get on the board.<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> had a much needed break against arguably<br />

America’s most treacherous September schedule. <strong>The</strong> Golden<br />

Flashes opened with a 45-20 loss at Washington, and then<br />

fell to Oklahoma 33-3 in Norman. Against LIU, the Golden<br />

Flashes blowout win in the home opener at Dix Stadium was<br />

led by a powerful rushing attack and efficient passing game.<br />

Quarterback Collin Schlee was 10 of 12 for 199 yards and two<br />

touchdowns, and carried four times for 75 yards on the ground.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Golden Flashes amassed 353 yards on the ground. Marquez<br />

Cooper rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns, while Gavin<br />

Garcia ran for 82 yards on nine carries.<br />

A one-time second tier team in the Mid American Conference,<br />

the Golden Flashes have enjoyed a resurgence under Sean<br />

Lewis’s watch. Last season, <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> played in the MAC<br />

Championship Game and earned a berth in the Famous Idaho<br />

Potato Bowl. Lewis is in his fifth year at the helm. He was hired<br />

in 2018 at the age of 32, at the time, the youngest head coach<br />

in college football.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a connection between the two schools, Bulldogs<br />

baseball coach Scott Stricklin played for <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> from 1991 to<br />

1993, and later served as the program’s head coach, leading the<br />

Golden Flashes to the 2012 College World Series.<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 13 ISSUE SIX • KENT STATE


SPORTS<br />

FOOTBALL<br />

BULLDOGS TO WATCH<br />

BY CLAY WATKINS<br />

LADD MCCONKEY (WR #84) - Through three games, McConkey<br />

has 162 yards and two touchdowns. Stetson Bennett has made Ladd<br />

one of his top targets and it is becoming clear that he is one of the<br />

most versatile receivers in the SEC. With the Golden Flashes coming<br />

into town, and AD Mitchell’s health still in question, McConkey could<br />

once again see a significant number of touches against <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

LADD MCCONKEY<br />

WIDE RECEIVER<br />

PHOTO BY: GREG POOLE<br />

DAIJUN EDWARDS<br />

RUNNING BACK<br />

PHOTO BY: GREG POOLE<br />

KAMARI LASSITER<br />

CORNER BACK<br />

PHOTO BY: GREG POOLE<br />

DAIJUN EDWARDS (RB #30) - Expect to see numerous backs<br />

featured as the depth chart will most likely be heavily utilized this<br />

weekend. Edwards had 33 yards on just four caries against South<br />

Carolina. <strong>The</strong> Junior running back from Norman Park is a silent assassin<br />

and should make the most out of his carries this upcoming weekend.<br />

It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise if he found the end-zone for the first<br />

time this season.<br />

SEDRICK VAN PRAN (C #63) - <strong>The</strong> starting center for the Bulldogs<br />

has stepped up as a vocal leader and has cemented this offensive line<br />

as one of the more dominant units in the country. In a game against<br />

an overmatched opponent, it is necessary that the Bulldogs’ leaders<br />

ensure in practice that there is no drop off following an emotional win<br />

in SEC play. <strong>Georgia</strong> would like to work on its run game, which has<br />

not yet been dominant, and Van Pran will lead that effort against the<br />

Golden Flashes.<br />

NOLAN SMITH (OLB #4) - While his stats may not burst off the<br />

page, Smith has done a phenomenal job leading the defense. Smith is a<br />

complete outside linebacker that can rush the passer at an elite level as<br />

well as defend the run exceptionally well. Similar to Van Pran, Smith will<br />

need to set the tone early against the Golden Flashes to continue the<br />

Bulldogs domination on the defensive side of the ball.<br />

KAMARI LASSITER (CB #3) - Lassiter has been flat out<br />

phenomenal this season. While all the talk has been on Keele Ringo,<br />

whose interception sealed <strong>Georgia</strong>’s national championship, Lassiter<br />

has locked up wideouts on the other side of the field. Keele will likely<br />

be a First Team All SEC player. While Lassiter will not get the same<br />

amount of attention as Ringo, the corner from Savannah will continue<br />

to shut down opposing receivers in coverage while hitting significantly<br />

harder than his 6-foot, 180-pound frame would suggest.<br />

XAVIEN SOREY JR. (ILB #18) - <strong>The</strong> 6-3, 214-pound Inside<br />

Linebacker is just a sophomore, however, he has loads of talent.<br />

Throughout the numerous press conferences covered this season,<br />

Sorey has often been praised as the fastest linebacker on the team.<br />

Sorey is a natural talent who has worked his way into getting minutes<br />

in numerous packages, but the young linebacker is a player who should<br />

get more minutes and playing experience against a lesser opponent<br />

like <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

BY JEFF DANTZLER<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> and <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> last met on the gridiron to<br />

open the 1998 season, as Jim Donnan’s Bulldogs,<br />

with Kirby Smart starting at safety, defeated the<br />

Golden Flashes 56-3 in Athens.<br />

Two members of the 1998 Bulldogs football team,<br />

CB/WR Champ Bailey (2019) and DT Richard<br />

Seymour (2022), have recently been inducted into<br />

the Pro Football Hall of Fame.<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong>’s nine appearances in the SEC<br />

Championship Game are the third highest total in<br />

league history, all coming since 2002 - tied with<br />

Alabama for the most in the last 20 years.<br />

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COLLIN SCHLEE (QB #19) - A lot of quarterbacks nowadays are<br />

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pocket, but Schlee is intentionally used as a rushing threat. Until<br />

their Week 3 match up, he led the team in passing and rushing yards,<br />

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QUARTERBACK<br />

PHOTO BY: KENT STATE ATHLETICS<br />

MARQUEZ COOPER<br />

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PHOTO BY: KENT STATE ATHLETICS<br />

MARQUEZ COOPER (RB #1) - At 5’7 Cooper is definitely a<br />

smaller back, but he didn’t let that stop him last year. Coming off an<br />

extremely productive 2021 season, rushing 297 times for 1487 yards,<br />

he’ll be trying his best to prove that last season wasn’t a fluke. He’s off<br />

to a rough start only averaging 3.5 yards per carry, but he’s bound to<br />

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he’s had 51 rush attempts.<br />

DANTE CEPHAS (WR #14) - Cephas earned First Team All-<br />

MAC honors last year catching 82 passes for 1,240 yards and 12<br />

touchdowns. This season he’s caught 14 passes for 244 yards,<br />

averaging 17.4 yards per reception, but regardless of the efficiency,<br />

that’s probably a bit slower than he’d like. Adjusting to a new<br />

quarterback and having two of their first three games against Power<br />

Five opponents hasn’t put him on pace to get totals like last year,<br />

but he’s a proven receiving threat that will demand his fair share of<br />

respect come gameday.<br />

NICO BOLDEN (S #24) - A fifth-year who only started to get<br />

major snaps last season, Bolden is establishing a presence on this<br />

team. He’s a bigger guy at the safety position. Coming in at 6’3, he<br />

attracts physicality and his stats show for that. He leads the team in<br />

tackles with 27 total. With a knack for flying to the ball, it shouldn’t be<br />

too surprising to see him give the Dawgs some trouble.<br />

KHALIB JOHNS (LB #32) - Originally a transfer, Johns has now<br />

earned a role as the field general of this defense. Stats don’t lie, and<br />

the stats say he’s a force to be reckoned with in the intermediate area.<br />

Four sacks, two pass deflections, and 15 total tackles doesn’t sound<br />

too shabby. <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> may look to get him involved in blitz packages<br />

when they’re in need of a play on D.<br />

NICO BOLDEN<br />

SAFTEY<br />

PHOTO BY: KENT STATE ATHLETICS<br />

JOJO EVANS (S #23) - Evans looks like a playmaker back there<br />

in the Golden Flashes’ secondary. In just three games this season,<br />

Evans has amassed two pass deflections and a forced fumble, clearly<br />

displaying the ability to disrupt offensive play. Similarly to Johns, he’s<br />

managed to earn himself a larger role this season and you can see it<br />

in his numbers.<br />

BY JEFF DANTZLER<br />

Pittsburgh Steelers legendary Pro Football Hall of<br />

Fame linebacker Jack Lambert, No. 58 for the Steel<br />

Curtain, played at <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> along with teammates<br />

Nick Saban and Gary Pinkel.<br />

Late, great New York Yankees catcher Thurman Lee<br />

Munson, tragically killed in a plane crash in 1979,<br />

starred at <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> before becoming a seven-time<br />

All-Star for the Bronx Bombers.<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin was a<br />

standout player and coach at <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong>, playing for<br />

the Golden Flashes from 1991-93, and coaching his<br />

alma mater from 2005-2013.<br />

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FIVE KEYS<br />

FOR A DAWGS VICTORY<br />

1RUN DEFENSE - <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> has played one of college football’s toughest<br />

schedules, opening at Washington and then going to Oklahoma. <strong>The</strong> Golden<br />

Flashes have been tough and certainly earned a great deal of respect for<br />

hanging around against these college football bluebloods. Against Washington,<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> ran 39 times for 147 yards, an average of 3.8 per carry. In Norman, <strong>Kent</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong> ran for 12 first downs and 164 yards on 52 carries. Now obviously this is not<br />

a dominating attack, but it’s allowed <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> to run some clock and build some<br />

toughness. Now it’s <strong>Georgia</strong>, and the Bulldogs run defense will be “on notice.” For a<br />

comfortable victory, that stop unit must answer the bell and stuff the run.<br />

2BIG PLAY OFFENSE - <strong>The</strong> modern term is “explosives.” Chunk plays. Both<br />

on the ground and through the air, everyone is looking for those big gainers and<br />

long touchdowns. It can be hard to sustain drives. One miscue, next thing you<br />

know, you’re behind the chains. On the ground, through the air, the Bulldogs would<br />

love to rip off some big plays and a long score or two. That goes for special teams as<br />

well. An overwhelming athletic play can take the wind out of the underdog’s sails.<br />

3KICKING GAME CONQUEST - Turnovers and special teams. That’s how<br />

the door for an upset can be opened. <strong>Georgia</strong> is looking for a sound and clean<br />

performance first, and then the play-making to create separation from one of<br />

the Mid American Conference’s best teams. Depth - more on that below - shows up<br />

on special teams and this is an area where the Bulldogs will look to capitalize and<br />

excel Saturday afternoon.<br />

4DOMINATION WITH DEPTH - That depth will clearly favor <strong>Georgia</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bulldogs would love to take an early lead, create a cushion and get<br />

some critical game snaps for reserves. <strong>Georgia</strong> has had that opportunity this<br />

season, and would love to do it again. Quarterback is the position that gets the<br />

most attention. Who will that next guy be after Stetson Bennett? <strong>The</strong>re are three<br />

talented scholarship underclassmen behind the Bulldogs sixth-year signal caller -<br />

who knows, maybe there’s another walk-on who’s time will come - and there’s no<br />

way to quantify the value of getting those snaps “when the band’s playing.”<br />

5BRING THE ENERGY - It’s a noon game after the huge Southeastern<br />

Conference showdown with the Gamecocks at South Carolina. Next week,<br />

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DAWG BONES OFFENSE: GEORGIA<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> has been the most dominant they have been in years on<br />

the offensive side of the football. Stetson Bennett is only a few<br />

yards away from throwing for over 1,000 yards, and it is only mid-<br />

September. <strong>Georgia</strong>’s tight ends are a nightmare for opponents. On<br />

top of that, <strong>Georgia</strong> is using their running back depth and attacking<br />

the perimeter, giving Todd Monken plenty of play calling options.<br />

DAWG BONES DEFENSE: GEORGIA<br />

Wasn’t there supposed to be defensive drop off this season? <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> standard has been set in stone, and the No. 1 ranked<br />

Dawgs are still showing that they are a force to be reckoned with.<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong>’s goal has always been to hold teams to less than 13 points.<br />

Through three games, the Dawgs have given up one touchdown (in<br />

garbage time) and are averaging conceding only 3.3 points a game.<br />

Could this defense be better than last year’s historic unit?<br />

DAWG BONES SPECIAL TEAMS: GEORGIA<br />

<strong>The</strong> Dawgs’ Special Teams hasn’t missed a beat this season. Jack<br />

Podlesny is 5 of 6 on the year with a 100% extra-point percentage.<br />

Brett Thorson averaged 49.5 yards a punt versus South Carolina<br />

and has proven to be an impressive replacement for current Tampa<br />

Bay Buccaneers’ punter, Jake Camarda. Special Teams has certainly<br />

been an underestimated part of <strong>Georgia</strong>’s team, largely because<br />

they have blown out all of its opponents. <strong>The</strong> Dawgs will have some<br />

close games and will need their stellar kicking game to continue.<br />

DAWG BONES COACHING: GEORGIA<br />

Kirby Smart has led <strong>Georgia</strong> to the No. 1 ranking during the season,<br />

once again. He will be the first to tell you that means absolutely<br />

nothing, but it sure is a testament to the program that he has built.<br />

<strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s head coach, Sean Lewis, has done a fantastic job in his<br />

relatively short time with the Golden Flashes. He plays an explosive<br />

brand of football that has proven successful in the MAC, however,<br />

the elite <strong>Georgia</strong> Bulldogs coaching staff shouldn’t have a problem<br />

game planning for this match up.<br />

DAWG BONES OVERALL: GEORGIA<br />

<strong>The</strong> Dawgs top billing appears well deserved. Without a doubt,<br />

they should absolutely dominant this game on all sides of the ball.<br />

After an inefficient outing in the redzone on offense the last time<br />

the Dawgs played in Sanford Stadium, expect <strong>Georgia</strong> to be hungry<br />

to put up touchdowns and not field goals in the red zone. Expect<br />

a complete performance on Saturday and lots of young players<br />

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BY JEFF DANTZLER<br />

A VIEW FROM ...kent state<br />

Rob Polinsky does a great job with the <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> University broadcasting team. He’s been on the <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

football broadcasts since 2008 and has been the Golden Flashes Play by Play man since 2020. Rob has worked<br />

in radio and sports for 35 years, and is kind enough to give us his insights into Saturday’s game, and on college<br />

football in general. His final answer has some particularly insightful thoughts on the game that we love so dearly.<br />

PLAYING ONE OF THE TOUGHEST<br />

SCHEDULES IN THE COUNTRY IN<br />

SEPTEMBER (AT WASHINGTON,<br />

OKLAHOMA AND GEORGIA), DO<br />

YOU THINK KENT STATE WILL BE<br />

PRIMED FOR MAC PLAY?<br />

First thing it is the toughest non conference<br />

schedule they have ever had. Arguably<br />

the toughest anyone has ever had, so it<br />

will either have them primed for MAC play<br />

or if they get physically banged up and<br />

aren’t healthy it could hurt their season.<br />

September will not only take a toll on them<br />

physically but it will be difficult mentally. I<br />

would like their chances more if they had a<br />

bye week before getting into league play.<br />

Time will tell, I might have a better answer<br />

after the season.<br />

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE<br />

TEAM THIS YEAR?<br />

In my opinion the goals are to retain the<br />

wagon wheel (<strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> <strong>vs</strong>. Akron winner)<br />

and win the MAC Championship.<br />

MAKING THE MAC CHAMPIONSHIP<br />

GAME AND PLAYING IN A<br />

BOWL MARKED AN EXCELLENT<br />

ACCOMPLISHMENT LAST YEAR, DO<br />

YOU FEEL THE GOLDEN FLASHES<br />

ARE ON THE RISE IN THE MAC?<br />

I feel the team has been on the rise in the<br />

MAC ever since Sean Lewis arrived as head<br />

coach for the 2018 season. <strong>The</strong> last three<br />

years they haven’t had a losing season and<br />

that’s the first time that has happened since<br />

the early 70s.<br />

WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON<br />

GEORGIA?<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are the defending National Champs<br />

and they are that until someone knocks<br />

them off. My take is after watching some of<br />

the Oregon game is that they might even<br />

be better than last year. <strong>The</strong>y look like a<br />

shoe-in for the CFP this year.<br />

WHAT DOES KENT STATE NEED<br />

TO DO TO BEAT GEORGIA?<br />

KSU would have to play the perfect game<br />

and they would still need a lot of help from<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> to have any chance. Sometimes<br />

in these types of matchups, KSU can hang<br />

around for most of the first quarter and<br />

even first half, but that’s awfully difficult to<br />

do for four quarters.<br />

HAVING ALREADY PLAYED<br />

WASHINGTON AND OKLAHOMA,<br />

IS THERE EXCITEMENT AROUND<br />

THE PROGRAM VISITING<br />

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Of course there’s excitement to come to<br />

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1.


Athens + UGA:<br />

DESCRIBE ATHENS IN FIVE WORDS OR<br />

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4.<br />

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LORAN SMITH<br />

Bulldogs<br />

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Bulldawg Illustrated continues its new series, featuring long-time UGA personalities of the Fourth Estate. <strong>The</strong>re are many who are published authors along<br />

with network television superstars. Our fourth installment spotlights Jim Minter, who is an under appreciated marvel with the pen that has the distinction of<br />

training some of the best writers in our state.<br />

One of the best writer-editor’s in this state has never been<br />

adequately recognized for his work, which is a shame. An<br />

unadulterated shame.<br />

A nonagenarian living peacefully on a small farm in<br />

Fayetteville, Jim Minter is best known for his prose on the sports beat, but<br />

if you ever read his weekly down-home column in the Atlanta Journal-<br />

Constitution a few years back, you would have found it both informative<br />

and delightfully entertaining.<br />

<strong>The</strong> column I remember best was one about his inadvertently leaving<br />

a side door open to his house, which allowed for an unannounced and<br />

unwelcomed entry into his home by some goats. His essay on what<br />

happened, especially when these notorious plunderers found their way<br />

into the dressing room of his wife Anne, was downright hilarious. It<br />

would have turned the heads of Bob Hope’s writers.<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of <strong>Georgia</strong> hosts and administrates “<strong>The</strong> <strong>Georgia</strong> Writers<br />

Hall of Fame,” and the absence of Jim’s name on the rolls is, in my view,<br />

a glaring omission. Some of that has to do with the fact that Jim mostly<br />

wrote sports, but when he found an angle such as a birddog which could<br />

point fish, not even Hemmingway could have been more descriptive.<br />

As an editor, Jim was tough when it was necessary, and he was not<br />

without the resolve and motivation to put the uppity in their place—be it<br />

a politician, a state contractor, a football coach or a bootlegger. However,<br />

he preferred writing stories about birddogs, cane pole fishermen and<br />

those who lived off their acreage, those who would do for others and<br />

those who had affection for the church in the valley by the wildwood. Jim<br />

has always been a John Deere and a Red Man type man.<br />

Another issue with Jim being a full-time writer was the fact that he<br />

also spent time with the administrative side of the newspaper business.<br />

He became the Executive Sports Editor of the AJC sports department<br />

which meant that he ran the sports section. His superiors took note of<br />

his expertise and leadership. He would become managing editor of the<br />

Atlanta Constitution and soon thereafter Executive Editor of the AJC.<br />

When he wasn’t writing stimulating columns and sidebars, with a<br />

poignant flair in his down-home style, he was putting out good-looking<br />

sports sections with crisp and snappy headlines.<br />

He was forever keeping an eye out for talent. It was Minter who kick<br />

started Lewis Grizzard’s career and became the popular columnist’s<br />

biggest promoter and “damn good friend.” It you know anything about<br />

the trials and tribulations of Grizzard’s life, then you could appreciate just<br />

what a “damn good friend,” Jim was to Lewis.<br />

Minter also hired noted political writer Howell Raines, Steve Oney, who<br />

authored an award-winning book on the murder of Mary Phagan, “<strong>The</strong><br />

Dead Shall Also Rise.” <strong>The</strong>n there was Lee Walburn who became editor<br />

of Atlanta Magazine which was a pace setter in Chamber of Commerce<br />

publications, and Terry Kay, who was such a prolific author that he could<br />

deliver a title monthly for the Book of the Month Club.<br />

While Jim didn’t have time to pursue an angle that might have<br />

brought him a Pulitzer Prize, he was certainly capable. He didn’t write<br />

novels, but he could have. He didn’t team up with legendary superstar<br />

sports figures, but, God knows, he had bushels of contacts and<br />

relationships that could have brought insightful and illuminating coauthored<br />

treatises—if he had.<br />

Jim, perhaps, has a split personality. <strong>The</strong>re is the dedicated, seasoned<br />

and insightful writer and then there is the sentimentalist. He loves riding<br />

his John Deere tractor with a bush hog harrow in tow. He enjoys country<br />

music and following a bird dog is almost equal to being waved through<br />

the Pearly Gates.<br />

I have fished with him and have quail hunted with him. I have drunk Irish<br />

whisky with him while reminiscing about <strong>Georgia</strong> football, the political<br />

characters we have known and the unmatched joy in living in this state<br />

and exploring every one of its 159 counties and meeting some of the most<br />

genuine and respected natives of the Empire <strong>State</strong> of the South.<br />

Jim is a raconteur who has written and trained some of the best writers<br />

in our state. Only a bad back has slowed him down in recent years, but he<br />

still rides his tractor and reads a book a week. He has told stories as well<br />

as any columnist in this state’s history. He just didn’t make a career of it.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Georgia</strong> Writer’s Hall of Fame has inducted Celestine Sibley, a fine<br />

writer so there is a precedent for the inducting newspaper writers. I hold<br />

the view that of the many writers thus far inducted, Jim’s credentials are<br />

as legitimate as anyone whose name is on the roll of inductees. Sadly, he<br />

is a man whose talent has been overlooked. However, it is not too late for<br />

the Hall to make amends.<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 38 ISSUE SIX • KENT STATE


PROUST<br />

Q&A<br />

BY: CAROLINE CHAMPION<br />

WHICH HISTORICAL FIGURE DO YOU MOST<br />

IDENTIFY WITH?<br />

TOMMY E. WARNER, JR.<br />

NAME: Tommy E. Warner, Jr. but most people know me by my<br />

nickname Corky.<br />

FAMILY: Wife: Catherine (Double Dawg 1994, 1998), Sons:<br />

Tommy III (Emory University ‘23), Will (UGA ‘26 ) and Ben (Athens<br />

Academy ‘27 )<br />

HOMETOWN: Athens, <strong>Georgia</strong>.<br />

CURRENT TOWN: Athens, <strong>Georgia</strong>.<br />

WHAT YEARS AT UGA: 1991-1994<br />

SCHOOL/DEGREE: Terry College of Business/ BBA<br />

PROFESSION: Real Estate Development/Property<br />

Management<br />

ACCOLADES: Not sure this is an accolade but I think I hold our<br />

tailgate record for eating the most sausage (45 inches) and the<br />

most chicken nuggets (85) during a tailgate. I was attempting to<br />

eat 100 chicken nuggets but fell short (I should not have had two<br />

bowls of Gumbo during my quest.) Note: sausage consumption<br />

and chicken nugget chomping were at two different tailgates.<br />

WHAT LIFE LESSONS DID YOU LEARN WHILE AT<br />

UGA?<br />

UGA has so much to offer. You get out of it what you put in it. Just<br />

like most other things in life.<br />

WHAT PROFESSOR DID YOU MOST ADMIRE?<br />

Dr. Ramal who taught the History of Rock & Roll. He said we had<br />

to call him Dr. because it cost him $20,000 to get that title. You’ve<br />

got to admire a guy who convinced UGA to pay him to teach<br />

that subject matter. I couldn’t figure out why there were so many<br />

athletes in that class? I also had Dr. Dawn Bennett-Alexander for<br />

Legal Studies. She was a professor who really got my attention.<br />

She was a very powerful and demanding professor in the Terry<br />

College of Business and recently retired after 33 years at UGA.<br />

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST<br />

ACHIEVEMENT?<br />

My family. Parenting is hard work and there is no one I would<br />

rather tackle it with than my wife Catherine. It is always nice to<br />

hear others compliment your children on their kindness and<br />

humility. It feels good to know that some of your lessons have<br />

taken root.<br />

Coach Dan Magill. <strong>The</strong> greatest Bulldog of them all. I was fortunate<br />

enough to spend a lot of time with him while I was growing up. He<br />

was everything: coach, athlete, teacher, raconteur, writer, showman,<br />

inventor. He did it all! Coach Magill made a lot of history and he even<br />

wrote several books to record his accomplishments for perpetuity.<br />

WHO ARE YOUR HEROES IN REAL LIFE?<br />

My Dad. He taught me the values of organization and hard work. He<br />

was a serial entrepreneur. Some of his most notable business ventures<br />

in Athens included Cedric’s Fish & Chips, Popeyes Famous Fried<br />

Chicken, Oscar’s Chicken Fingers & Hamburgers , Take Out Taxi, and<br />

Big League Barbers. He was a great operator of franchise concepts. My<br />

mother also amazed me surviving lung cancer against all odds. She<br />

refused to quit fighting! Big thanks to Dr. Petros Nikolinakos and the<br />

staff at UCBC for all they did to help her win the fight!!<br />

QUOTE TO LIVE BY:<br />

“Sure as you can’t steer a train, you can’t change your fate.”<br />

WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF PERFECT HAPPINESS?<br />

Spending time with my family and friends whether at the beach,<br />

the lake, the mountains or a UGA tailgate!<br />

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MARKED CHARACTERISTIC?<br />

People say that I have a good memory, sometimes too good.<br />

WHAT DO YOU MOST VALUE IN YOUR FRIENDS?<br />

Integrity and Humor.<br />

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT<br />

YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD IT BE?<br />

I wish that I could have more patience both with myself and with<br />

others.<br />

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE WRITERS?<br />

You can’t beat a good prognostication from Leonard Postosties<br />

and his venerable weekly publication Leonard’s Losers. I also like<br />

the Mad Libs guy. Those stories always end up crazy. And I do like<br />

listening to Andrew Rothschild. Someone needs to write down his<br />

tall tales and adventures.<br />

FAVE SOCIAL MEDIA AND WHO TO FOLLOW?<br />

I am not on any social media platforms. If you need to reach me<br />

you can still call me on a landline telephone number. It is the<br />

same phone number that I got in my first Athens apartment, unit<br />

84 at Towne Club on Springdale Street, with my roommates Jay<br />

Ferguson, Zan Banks, and Bobby Mariencheck. My number is<br />

706-543-????. Give me call!<br />

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STATS THAT MATTER PG. 44 | BUTLER’S PLAYERS OF THE GAME PG. 45 | JD’S TOP 15 PG. 46<br />

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MORE SPORTS<br />

FOOTBALL<br />

FROM THE FIELD<br />

BY GREG POOLE<br />

GEORGIA - 48, SOUTH CAROLINA- 7<br />

PHOTO BY: GREG POOLE<br />

If <strong>Georgia</strong> keeps dominating opponents like they crushed<br />

South Carolina (and their first two victims), I will run out of<br />

superlatives very soon. <strong>The</strong> Gamecocks and their fans, perennial<br />

winners of off-season championships, were unceremoniously<br />

slammed back to reality by a bunch of Dawgs who don’t have<br />

time for pretenders. <strong>Georgia</strong> raided the Chicken House leaving<br />

only scattered bones, feathers and eggshells.<br />

Beating <strong>Georgia</strong> is a dream for Carolina fans, and most years,<br />

that dream becomes a nightmare as the Bulldogs now lead the<br />

series 54-19-2. Carolina thought this season would be different,<br />

with their transfer quarterback trashing Smart’s vaunted pass<br />

defense. <strong>The</strong> Cocks believed their defense would limit <strong>Georgia</strong>’s<br />

offense, precipitating a fourth-quarter shootout that their highlevel<br />

transfer quarterback would win going away. Wrong!<br />

Several media outlets have asked if these Dawgs are better<br />

than the 2021 national champs, but I’m unsure how one<br />

would answer that question. <strong>The</strong> teams are different, and<br />

the competition has changed. However, one thing has not<br />

changed: Kirby Smart and his staff have filled their roster with<br />

some of the nation’s most talented players and turned those<br />

highly-ranked individuals into a team. A team always beats a<br />

collection of individuals … Saturday was a prime example.<br />

Pundits often point to South Carolina’s fan loyalty because<br />

they fill their stadium even when things are not going well. On<br />

the flip side, those same extreme loyalists know how to desert<br />

their team when it becomes apparent that the gambling line<br />

is an optimistic estimate. Whole sections of Williams-Brice<br />

Stadium emptied in the third quarter, including the student<br />

sections.<br />

Empty home stadia are beautiful.<br />

Those loyal South Carolina fans can hurry back to their coops<br />

to cluck away about their fantastic recruits and newfound<br />

coaching excellence until another summer rolls around.<br />

Ripping July from the calendar is the annual signal to emerge<br />

from the shelter of their offseason fantasyland, strutting, and<br />

clucking. However, September follows, and fowl are always on<br />

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A look back at what decided the game<br />

between <strong>Georgia</strong> and South Carolina.<br />

In an electric offensive showing that was<br />

only hindered by veteran quarterback<br />

Stetson Bennett “feeling sick” during the<br />

first half, Kirby Smart and the <strong>Georgia</strong><br />

Bulldogs showed the football world why<br />

they are deserving of their No. 1 status.<br />

After facing off and beating down on<br />

South Carolina in their SEC opener, <strong>Georgia</strong><br />

proved they could get it done against<br />

48-7<br />

opponents within their own conference.<br />

Albeit the Gamecocks don’t necessarily<br />

lie at the top of the food chain around<br />

these parts, beating them in the fashion in<br />

which they did serves as further evidence<br />

that Kirby Smart is building a program<br />

that is made to last. Here are some stats<br />

that proved the difference in the Dawgs<br />

schilacking of the Cocks.<br />

78<br />

Brock Bowers truly is a freak of nature. On<br />

the Bulldogs’ first drive of the second half<br />

against South Carolina, Bennett tossed<br />

one to Bowers to turn what looked to be a<br />

decent gain into a house call. <strong>The</strong> secondyear<br />

tight end shoved a defender to the<br />

ground and outran a couple more to trot<br />

78 yards into the end zone. Bowers had<br />

a similar play against <strong>Georgia</strong> Tech last<br />

season; neither play was a fluke. Plays like<br />

that just happen when you put the ball in<br />

the hands of an elite playmaker.<br />

320<br />

Right when you think you’ve seen it all,<br />

Stetson Bennett will always have another<br />

trick up his sleeve. South Carolina was<br />

essentially Bennett’s “flu game.” Even<br />

though he was retching on the sidelines<br />

during the first half, the former walk-on<br />

turned 2022 CFP National Championship<br />

MVP still 9put up 320 all-purpose yards.<br />

Throwing for only 284 had Bennett a little<br />

short of the 300-yard game that fans were<br />

looking for, but to make up for that Bennett<br />

quietly led the team in rushing yards<br />

having three attempts for 36 yards and a<br />

touchdown. People underestimate his legs.<br />

Bennett doesn’t just possess the ability<br />

to run when needed. It’s a skill he’s been<br />

honing in on this offseason.<br />

9/21<br />

As the offensive identity of this team slowly<br />

comes to form, Ladd McConkey and Brock<br />

Bowers are emerging as <strong>Georgia</strong>’s more<br />

reliable pass catchers (AD Mitchell could<br />

be included too, but he’s injured). Out of<br />

the 21 passes dished out on Saturday, nine<br />

went to this receiving duo. <strong>The</strong>re were<br />

plenty of plays scripted around them. Plays<br />

that were focused on getting the ball in<br />

their hands one way or another. Both of<br />

them had rushing attempts and Bowers<br />

even scored off of his. <strong>The</strong> beauty about<br />

these two guys is that they surpass the<br />

expectations of what a traditional player<br />

at their position is expected to. <strong>The</strong>ir<br />

versatility opens up the offense and gives<br />

play callers more options and in turn, more<br />

opportunities.<br />

320<br />

9<br />

PHOTO BY: GREG POOLE<br />

<strong>The</strong> Dawgs defensive front has only<br />

recorded one sack so far this season. It was<br />

against Samford. Although that stat makes<br />

it look like the <strong>Georgia</strong> is failing to affect<br />

the quarterback, the opposite is true. <strong>The</strong><br />

Dawgs didn’t take dowh the quarterback in<br />

Columbia, but their impact was definitely<br />

still felt. Against South Carolina, <strong>Georgia</strong><br />

recorded nine quarterback hurries forcing<br />

misthrows and ending plays before they<br />

could even begin. <strong>The</strong> fact of the matter<br />

is this defense isn’t focused on sacks.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y’re focused on pressure. If they can<br />

consistently pressure the quarterback,<br />

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said that he wishes they could finish more<br />

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all disappointed in the defensive line’s<br />

production.<br />

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FOOTBALL<br />

KEVIN BUTLER’S PLAYERS OF THE GAME<br />

OFFENSIVE PLAYER<br />

Each week, <strong>Georgia</strong> and Chicago Bears<br />

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— COMPILED BY JEFF DANTZLER<br />

Brock Bowers - I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Brock<br />

from Napa only gets better with time. <strong>The</strong> sophomore from<br />

California keeps doing more amazing things each week. Against<br />

the Gamecocks, in my mind, Brock’ s performance now puts him<br />

on everyone’s Heisman watch. He can run, catch and block like<br />

a superstar. <strong>Georgia</strong> is using him to its advantage and it shows<br />

in his production. Saturday, he recorded five receptions for 121<br />

yards - punctuated by a 78-yard TD sprint. He also had one carry<br />

for a 5-yard touchdown, but his presence really wreaks havoc on<br />

any defense prepared to play the Bulldogs. Look for more Brock<br />

which will rock our opponents’ world.<br />

DEFENSIVE PLAYER<br />

Jamon Dumas - Johnson - the sophomore from Maryland is<br />

playing at a very high level, set by two Butkus winners. Johnson<br />

was on the preseason watch list for the Butkus award and by<br />

seeing his performance in the first three games I understand<br />

why. Saturday’s performance against South Carolina showed his<br />

leadership and his fundamental execution of an inside linebacker.<br />

Jamon recorded six SOLO tackles to lead the defense to a healthy<br />

victory over the Gamecocks. As we get deeper each game,<br />

Johnson’s leadership will enable <strong>Georgia</strong> to march towards the<br />

championship game.<br />

SPECIAL TEAM PLAYER<br />

Ladd McConkey - we are getting used to seeing Ladd have great<br />

performances in each game so far, but we should not forget his<br />

play on special teams. Ladd has brought a calm feeling to the<br />

punt return position. <strong>The</strong> first thing you have to do when the team<br />

punts is to protect the ball. Ladd is as sure handed as anyone<br />

on the team. Not only did he have four receptions for 52 yds<br />

Saturday on offense, but his heads up play on special teams saved<br />

the Bulldogs their possible first turnover of the season. Never<br />

happened - Lad’s smart, hustling play eliminated that mistake,<br />

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FOOTBALL<br />

MORE SPORTS<br />

And here we go into the final weekend of September. After Saturday, the<br />

regular season sadly will be one-third over. A lot of big intra-conference<br />

matchups are on the slate and the playoff talk is constant. <strong>The</strong> PAC-12<br />

had an excellent week, while <strong>Georgia</strong> and Alabama were dominant.<br />

1. GEORGIA - <strong>The</strong> top-ranked defending national<br />

champions were incredible in a 48-7 victory over South<br />

Carolina. <strong>The</strong> 3-0 Bulldogs scored on their first three<br />

possessions and were stifling defensively. <strong>Kent</strong> <strong>State</strong> comes to<br />

Athens Saturday for a nooner.<br />

2. ALABAMA - It was an easy win for Alabama over<br />

Louisiana-Monroe following the thriller with Texas. <strong>The</strong><br />

Crimson Tide is 3-0, with Bryce Young and Will Anderson<br />

leading the way. Now it’s time for SEC play with Vanderbilt coming<br />

to Tuscaloosa.<br />

3. OHIO STATE - <strong>The</strong> Buckeyes took care of Toledo<br />

77-21 Saturday night to make it 3-0. Arkansas <strong>State</strong> and<br />

the Rockets made for a nice appetizer after the season<br />

opening win over Notre Dame. Now Wisconsin comes to town for<br />

the Big Ten opener.<br />

4. USC - <strong>The</strong> Trojans have the skill personnel to be a<br />

threat against any team they play. Southern Cal handled<br />

the always dangerous Fresno <strong>State</strong> Bulldogs 45-17 last<br />

weekend. This Saturday night could be tricky, with the Trojans<br />

heading up to Oregon <strong>State</strong>.<br />

5. ARKANSAS - <strong>The</strong> Razorbacks are 3-0 after a scary<br />

38-27 win over Missouri <strong>State</strong>. <strong>The</strong> Hogs have a nice<br />

resume, having beaten Cincinnati and South Carolina.<br />

Now comes the Aggies in Arlington. Sam Pittman has done a<br />

tremendous job at the Fayetteville helm.<br />

6. CLEMSON - <strong>The</strong> Tigers are 3-0 with wins over the<br />

Yellow Jackets, Furman and Louisiana Tech. Saturday’s<br />

game at Wake Forest will be the Tigers toughest test<br />

yet and figures to have a bearing on who plays for the ACC<br />

Championship.<br />

7. OKLAHOMA - Brent Venables’ Sooners have been<br />

very impressive defensively, giving up just 30 total<br />

points in three games this season. A 49-14 victory over<br />

Nebraska in the old rivalry conjured a few memories. Boomer<br />

Sooner hosts Kansas <strong>State</strong> Saturday.<br />

8. MICHIGAN - <strong>The</strong> Wolverines first three games were<br />

against Colorado <strong>State</strong>, Hawaii and UConn. Now comes<br />

a fourth straight home game for the Big Ten opener, as Maryland<br />

comes to the big house.<br />

9. TENNESSEE - <strong>The</strong> Volunteers are off to a 3-0 start<br />

following the 63-6 blowout of Akron this past Saturday.<br />

Now comes Florida. If it is going to be a great year for<br />

the Vols, a win in Knoxville is badly needed. <strong>The</strong> Gators<br />

have won 16 of the past 17 meetings.<br />

10. KENTUCKY - <strong>The</strong> Wildcats are 3-0 and are still<br />

riding high. An impressive 31-0 win over Youngstown<br />

<strong>State</strong> was an easy follow-up to the stirring victory at<br />

Florida. Northern Illinois visits Lexington Saturday then<br />

comes a trip to Ole Miss and the gauntlet.<br />

11. TEXAS - <strong>The</strong> Longhorns knew that one was<br />

dangerous against the UTSA Roadrunners. But they<br />

survived last Saturday. Now comes a very tough road<br />

trip, as the Longhorns fly to Lubbock to take on the Red<br />

Raiders of Texas Tech.<br />

12. OLE MISS - <strong>The</strong> Rebels put together a complete<br />

performance in a 42-0 victory over the Yellow Jackets<br />

in Atlanta. <strong>The</strong> schedule has been soft, but Ole Miss is<br />

putting up impressive numbers. Ole Miss entertains Tulsa<br />

Saturday in Oxford.<br />

13. OREGON - <strong>The</strong> Ducks are on track under Dan<br />

Lanning’s first year watch. Oregon won one of the<br />

biggest games of the day last weekend, beating BYU<br />

41-20. Bo Nix had an excellent performance. Next up is<br />

Washington <strong>State</strong> in Pullman.<br />

14. BYU - <strong>The</strong> Cougars were dominated in Eugene,<br />

falling to Oregon 41-20. Brigham Young must now<br />

regroup. Next up is Wyoming in Provo in an old WAC<br />

battle. <strong>The</strong> Cowboys are going good following a 17-14<br />

win over Air Force on Friday night.<br />

15. FLORIDA STATE - <strong>The</strong> Seminoles may not look<br />

like their glory days teams of the 1990s, but Florida<br />

<strong>State</strong> is 3-0 with a win over LSU in New Orleans and at<br />

Louisville. Now the ‘Noles will try and make it 2-0 in the<br />

ACC, hosting Boston College Saturday night.<br />

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