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Georgia DT Jordan Davis and LB D’Andre Walker to be game-time decisions in Sugar Bowl

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Georgia may be down a couple of defensive starters for the Sugar Bowl against Texas on New Years Day. According to head coach Kirby Smart, defensive tackle Jordan Davis and linebacker D’Andre Walker could be game-time decisions for the Bulldogs.

Walker injured his groin in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama at the end of the season. He had missed some practices leading up to the bowl game early on after leaving the SEC Championship Game in the fourth quarter. Walker’s absence would be a tough one for Georgia as he is the team’s leader with 11.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. The senior may still get a chance to play, but it would not be a shock at this point to see him sit out the game whether or not it is his decision with a bright NFL future on the horizon. Davis, a freshman, has 1.5 sacks this season and 25 tackles.

Both players have reportedly been active in practices closer to the Sugar Bowl, but how much they play against a live opponent remains to be seen.

Georgia is already playing without Deandre Baker, who is skipping the Sugar Bowl to focus on the NFL.

Butkus Award names 51 linebackers to 2018 watch list

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College football watch list season resumed Monday with the release of the Butkus Award and Jim Thorpe Award watch lists. The Butkus Award watch list named 51 linebackers to its preseason list, including players from 41 different schools.

This year’s watch list is highlighted by finalists for the 2017 Butkus Award in Devin Bush of Michigan and T.J. Edwards of Wisconsin. Josh Allen of Kentucky and Cameron Smith of USC are also on the list after being a semi-finalist last year. Former high school Butkus Award winners Caleb Kelly of Oklahoma and Dylan Moses of Alabama also were named to the list.

Alabama and Wisconsin lead the nation with three Butkus Award watch list players each. Ryan Connelly and Andrew Van Ginkel join Edwards of Wisconsin and Anfernee Jennings and Mack Wilson of Alabama are also included.

The list will be trimmed down to a list of semi-finalists on October 29 and then down to a smaller list of finalists on November 19. Georgia running back Roquan Smith won the award last year.

2018 Butkus Award Watch List

Curtis Akins, Memphis
Otaro Alaka, Texas A&M
Josh Allen, Kentucky
Jeffrey Allison, Fresno State
Azeez Al-Shaair, Florida Atlantic
Joe Bachie, Michigan State
Markus Bailey, Purdue
Thomas Barber, Minnesota
Bryton Barr, Massachusetts
Tevis Bartlett, Washington
Devin Bush, Michigan
Josh Buss, Montana
Te’von Coney, Notre Dame
Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin
Deshaun Davis, Auburn
Troy Dye, Oregon
Koa Farmer, Penn State
Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
Joe Giles-Harris, Duke
Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas
Porter Gustin, USC
Nate Hall, Northwestern
Terez Hall, Missouri
Terrill Hanks, New Mexico State
Darius Harris, Middle Tennessee
De’Jon Harris, Arkansas
Khalil Hodge, Buffalo
Justin Hollins, Oregon
Oluwaseun Idowu, Pitt
Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
Gary Johnson, Texas
Kendall Joseph, Clemson
Caleb Kelly, Oklahoma
Jordan Kunaszyk, California
Tre Lamar, Clemson
Dylan Moses, Alabama
Bobby Okereke, Stanford
Justin Phillips, Oklahoma State
Germaine Pratt, N.C. State
Shaq Quarterman, Miami
David Reese, Florida
Cameron Smith, USC
Ty Summers, TCU
Jahlani Tavai, Hawaii
Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame
Andrew Van Ginkel, Wisconsin
D’Andre Walker, Georgia
Devin White, LSU
Mack Wilson, Alabama
Juwon Young, Marshall

Report: Georgia WR Isaiah McKenzie allegedly threatened to kill a woman

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File this one under stories Georgia head coach Mark Richt would least like to have to worry about the week his Bulldogs host Alabama. Five Georgia football players have been named in an incident report filed by the Athens-Clarke County Police from Monday night. Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie is accuised of making “terroristic threats or acts” to a female. Safety Dominick Sanders and Jarvis Wilson, linebacker D’Andre Walker and wide receiver Terry Godwin are also all named as witnesses to the incident in question. No charges have been filed at this time, and the investigation is still ongoing.

The reported incident, according to Georgia student newspaper The Red & Black‘s original report, took place Monday night in a Chilli’s restaurant. Per the police report, McKenzie allegedly made a death threat to the unidentified woman. The incident allegedly happened around 10:40 p.m. on Monday.

McKenzie is third on Georgia’s team in receiving with 89 yards on five receptions in four games this season. Godwin is fourth with 76 yards on seven receptions. Sanders is fourth on Georgia’s defense in tackles and Walker has half a sack this season. At this time no suspensions have been announced and Richt has not commente don the situation publicly. There is no indication at this time if any player besides McKenzie is connected to making any threats other than simply being a witness to the alleged incident.

Georgia recruiting efforts adding an artist’s touch

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Every year college football coaches look for some new ways to stand out and make an impression with recruits. In Georgia’s case, perhaps utilizing an impressionistic style is the key.

Mark Richt and his staff are now reportedly sending out portraits of recruits as their latest recruiting tool. The portraits are sketches of the recruit with the left side of their body shown in their high school football uniform and the right side of the image showing what they may look like wearing the colors of the Georgia Bulldogs.

Defensive end D’Andre Walker is one of the players to have received his own likeness through the mail from the football offices in Athens. Linebacker Roquan Smith also received a sketch in the mail.

If nothing else, perhaps it will help sell recruits on the idea of becoming an art major while playing football for Georgia.