The Sports Inquirer Show: Episode 5 #sportsinquirershow #ncaafootball #nflplayoffs #uga #godawgs #rolltide

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In this edition of the Sports Inquirer Show, we recap the College Football National Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia (0:00-21:00) and the NFL Playoffs (22:00-45:00).

 

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@footballuga Continue Preparing for Crimson Tide

Georgia running back Nick Chubb (27) breaks a tackle during Georgia's game with Auburn on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Athens, Ga. (Photo by Sean Taylor)
Georgia running back Nick Chubb (27) breaks a tackle during Georgia’s game with Auburn on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Athens, Ga. (Photo by Sean Taylor)

Release from Georgia Athletics:

The Georgia Bulldogs worked out for over two hours Tuesday afternoon in preparation for their SEC matchup this Saturday at home against Alabama.

Saturday’s game will be the first regular-season meeting between these two programs since a home-and-home series in the 2007-08 seasons.  It’s also just the sixth meeting between them in the past 20 years, the most recent of which came in the 2012 SEC Championship game.

The irregular nature of this series only adds to the anticipation of this weekend, at least for the fans.  A similar approach by the Georgia players would be counter to any method the Bulldogs have used in preparation for any game thus far, head coach Mark Richt said today.

”Our approach really has been on trying to improve and trying to get our scout teams to simulate everything the best they can and just focus on assignments, focus on technique, focus on effort,” he said.   ”And then obviously focus on academics. So that’s what we’re trying to keep everybody’s mind on:  their jobs, on their business, on their assignments, on their responsibilities and not anything else. And I don’t mind guys getting excited about a game. I like them getting excited about a game, but they have to be able to function well on top of that.”

Senior wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell agrees that one key to Georgia’s success on Saturday will depend on its approaching the game much like the other 11 contests on the Bulldogs’ schedule.  ”I don’t think we should change anything,” he said.  ”I think we should handle it like we handle the majority of the games.  We’re staying focused, making sure we’re prepared for Saturday the same way we did the other couple of weeks. Just come in the building prepared for practice, focus on the schemes that the coaches are setting up and executing.”

Saturday’s game is, however, a special occasion for the lone Alabamian on the Georgia roster.  Senior linebacker Jake Ganus transferred to UGA last year after playing three seasons at UAB.  The Chelsea, Ala., native has made his mark in his short time as a Bulldog, starting in all four games thus far and racking up 19 tackles and an interception.  ”I’m excited,” he said.  ”When I got to UAB, I knew that I’d never get to play against Alabama.  When I signed with Georgia and looked at the schedule and saw that they had Alabama and Auburn on there, I was like ‘that’s awesome for me. I get to play both of my home state schools.’ So that’s cool.  It’s going to come down to having a great week of practice and whoever plays the best on Saturday.”

Seven Bulldogs Named To 2015 Preseason Media Days All-SEC Teams

georgiaRelease from Georgia Athletics:

Highlighted by four on the First Team, Georgia football had seven team members named to the 2015 Preseason Media Days All-Southeastern Conference Teams, according to a league announcement on Friday.

Sophomore tailback Nick Chubb, who was the league-leading vote getter, and senior offensive tackle John Theus were named to the First Team on offense, senior outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins was included on the First Team for defense and senior kicker Marshall Morgan was on the special teams First Team.

The Bulldogs also had a pair of players on the Second Team.  Junior offensive guard Greg Pyke and junior outside linebacker Leonard Floyd were two of the players selected to the Second Team for their respective side of the ball.

In addition, senior receiver Malcolm Mitchell was named to the Third Team offense.

The Bulldogs start their 2015 season versus Louisiana-Monroe in Sanford Stadium at 12 p.m. on Sept. 5.  The SEC Network will televise the matchup.

2015 PRESEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM
(Total points earned in parenthesis)

OFFENSE
First-Team
QB              Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (170)
RB        Nick Chubb, Georgia (189)
RB              Leonard Fournette, LSU (180)
WR              Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (169)
WR              D’haquille Williams, Auburn (154)
TE              Evan Engram, Ole Miss (128)
OL              Cam Robinson, Alabama (167)
OL              Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (159)
OL              Vadal Alexander, LSU (131)
OL               John Theus, Georgia (129)
C               Ryan Kelly, Alabama (144)

Second-Team
QB              Jeremy Johnson, Auburn (89)
RB              Derrick Henry, Alabama (151)
RB              Jonathan Williams, Arkansas (82)
WR              Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina (147)
WR              De’Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State (59)
TE              Hunter Henry, Arkansas (97)
OL              Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M (124)
OL              Dan Skipper, Arkansas (95)
OL              Denver Kirkland, Arkansas (85)
OL               Greg Pyke, Georgia (83)
C               Mike Matthews, Texas A&M (108)

Third-Team
QB              Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee (62)
RB              Alex Collins, Arkansas (80)
RB              Kenyan Drake, Alabama (34)
WR              Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (50)
WR              Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M (39)
TE              O.J. Howard, Alabama (87)
OL              Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas (72)
OL              Alex Kozan, Auburn (69)
OL              Avery Young, Auburn (57)
OL              Brandon Shell, South Carolina (50)
C               Evan Boehm, Missouri (81)

DEFENSE
First-Team
DL              Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (173)
DL              A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama (160)
DL              Myles Garrett, Texas A&M (155)
DL              Carl Lawson, Auburn (131)
LB              Reggie Ragland, Alabama (181)
LB              Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (121)
LB              Curt Maggitt, Tennessee (102)
DB              Vernon Hargreaves, Florida (186)
DB              Cyrus Jones, Alabama (126)
DB               Jonathan Jones, Auburn (122)
DB               Jalen Mills, LSU (118)

Second-Team
DL                Jonathan Bullard, Florida (115)
DL                Derek Barnett, Tennessee (105)
DL                Jonathan Allen, Alabama (99)
DL                Chris Jones, Mississippi State (93)
LB               Kendell Beckwith, LSU (93)
LB                Leonard Floyd, Georgia (92)
LB               Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn (80)
DB              Tony Conner, Ole Miss (117)
DB              Cameron Sutton, Tennessee (115)
DB              Will Redmond, Mississippi State (79)
DB              Tre’Davious White, LSU (61)

Third-Team
DL               Montravius Adams, Auburn (90)
DL               Jarran Reed, Alabama (60)
DL               Davon Godchaux, LSU (40)
DL               Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss (34)
LB               Kris Frost, Auburn (77)
LB               Antonio Morrison, Florida (66)
LB               Kentrell Brothers, Missouri (61)
DB              A.J. Stamps, Kentucky (59)
DB              Eddie Jackson, Alabama (58)
DB               Jamal Adams, LSU (56)
DB               Johnathan Ford, Auburn (52)

SPECIALISTS
First-Team
P               JK Scott, Alabama (161)
PK                Marshall Morgan, Georgia (100)
RS              Speedy Noil, Texas A&M (117)
AP               Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina (112)

Second-Team
P               Drew Kaser, Texas A&M (92)
PK               Elliott Fry, South Carolina (87)
RS               Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina (75)
AP              Leonard Fournette, LSU (85)

Third-Team
P               Jamie Keehn, LSU (52)
PK               Austin MacGinnis, Kentucky (59)
RS               Leonard Fournette, LSU (66)
AP               Speedy Noil, Texas A&M (84)