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Georgia to get WR Terry Godwin, CB Deandre Baker back for another year

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Georgia lost All-American linebacker Roquan Smith and an impactful senior class, but attrition from the 2017 team will not be as bad as it could have been. Wide receiver Terry Godwin and cornerback Deandre Baker announced separately Monday that they will each return for their respective senior seasons.

“I would like to thank The University Georgia for everything they’ve provided me with these past 3 years and the chance of the NFL but after a discuss with me and my family and my coaches I’ve decided to return for my senior year but 2017 was special and so will 2018…. Go Dawgs,” Godwin wrote in an Instagram post.

Wrote Baker in a Twitter post:

“Thank you University of Georgia for giving me the opportunity to capture one of my lifetime goals to become a NFL player. However after discussing this with my family and coaches I decided to return to Georgia to play my senior year. Go Dawgs!”

Godwin is Georgia’s top returning receiver with the loss of senior Javon Wims. He hauled in 38 passes for 639 yards and six touchdowns on the season.

Baker trails only fellow defensive back J.R. Reed as the Bulldogs’ top returning tackler with 44 stops to go with three interceptions and one TFL.

Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Bryce Love among Lombardi Award candidates

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The college football season may be in the books for the 2017 season, bu there is still a piece of hardware to present to one of the sport’s top players from the most recent season. On Monday, the Lombardi Foundation unveiled a list of 21 players named as a candidate for the Lombardi Award for the 2017 season. This year, the award is open to players of any position based on performance, leadership, character and resiliency and the list of candidates includes a number of names you should be familiar with.

2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, Bryce Love, Saquon Barkley, Roquan Smith, and J.T. Barrett are all among the players nominated for the award. The list of 21 candidates will be whittled down to seven finalists by a select panel of award voters this week, and four of those finalists will be invited to the Lombardi Honors presentation for the awarding of the Lombardi Award. The seven initial finalists will be announced this coming Monday, January 22.

Saquon Barkley, Penn State (RB)
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State (QB)
Bradley Chubb, N.C. State (DE)
Tyrell Crosby, Oregon (OT)
DeShon Elliott, Texas (S)
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama (S)
Shaquem Griffin, UCF (LB)
Lamar Jackson, Louisville (QB)
Derwin James, Florida State (S)
Joel Lanning, Iowa State (LB/QB)
Bryce Love, Stanford (RB)
Hercules Mata’afa, Washington State (DE)
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (QB)
Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame (G)
Ed Oliver, Houston (DT)
Da’Ron Payne, Alabama (DT)
Rashaad Penny, San Diego State (RB)
Roquan Smith, Georgia (LB)
Vita Vea, Washington (DT)
James Washington, Oklahoma State (WR)
Christian Wilkins, Clemson (DT)

Alabama’s Jonathan Allen won the award for the 2016 season.

Georgia’s Roquan Smith declares for NFL draft

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Georgia’s defensive star Roquan Smith is turning pro. Smith waited until the final day to declare himself eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft with his decision being finalized on Monday, but his decision to transfer is far from shocking.

Smith was the anchor of Georgia’s defense in 2017, helping to lead the Bulldogs to an SEC championship and a trip to the College Football Playoff national championship. The 2017 Butkus Award winner also was named a Consensus All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year. On top of that, Smith received the SEC Championship Game MVP award. With his stock as high as it could possibly get, Smith made the easy decision to turn pro now and go into the NFL Draft as one of the top defensive prospects on the board.

In a recent post on The Monday Morning Quarterback from Sports IllustratedAlbert Breer suggested Smith might be the first player drafted in the NFL Draft that played in the recent Rose Bowl that also featured Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield. Smith led the SEC with 137 tackles in 15 games this past season (an average of 9.13 tackles per game). Smith also recorded 6.5 sacks and 14.0 TFL during Georgia’s run to the national championship game.

Georgia DT Trent Thompson announces his decision to leave early for NFL Draft

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A month ago, Georgia defensive tackle Trent Thompson took to Instagram to seemingly hint at a likely return to Georgia in 2018. Fast forward to today, and Thompson once again took to Twitter to reveal what his plans are. Thompson is heading off to the NFL.

“After long discussion with my family and coaches I have decided to enter the 2018 NFL Draft,” Thompson said in a statement on his Instagram profile Friday afternoon. “I would like to thank my family, teammates, Coach [Kirby Smart] and the rest of the staff for all of their support the last 3 years.”

A month ago, the idea of returning to play one final season at Georgia felt like a real possibility given his injury woes this past season. That kind of concern may affect his draft outlook, but Thompson will have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in the leadup to the NFL Draft through a possible pro day, the scouting combine, and any additional workouts with interested NFL teams and scouts.

Jacob Eason confirms he’s leaving Georgia

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To where, though, remains unclear at least officially.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Jacob Eason would be leaving Georgia and transferring to Washington. On Friday, the quarterback confirmed the first part of that equation by saying goodbye to the university he’s called home for the past two seasons.

It’s expected that, at some point in the not-too-distant future, either Eason or the Huskies — or both — will make the move to UW official.

Eason was a five-star member of the Bulldogs’ 2016 recruiting class, rated as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country; the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Washington; and the No. 5 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.  As a true freshman, Eason started the final 12 games of the 2016 season after playing well in the opener in place of Greyson Lambert.

He went down with a knee injury in the 2017 opener against Appalachian State.  In stepped Jake Fromm, with the true freshman quarterback helping to lead the Bulldogs to the cusp of its first national championship in nearly four decades.  Touted 2018 prospect Justin Fields was added to the quarterback room as well, helping to trigger Eason’s transfer decision.