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SportGeorgia football 2019: Schedule, roster, recruiting and three questions for Bulldogs

01:05  02 april  2019
01:05  02 april  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Is it now or never for Georgia ? The Bulldogs under Kirby Smart have accomplished a lot heading into the 2019 college football season: He got them to the Georgia returns a ton of talent in 2019 — how could it not, with all the bluechip it has recruited in recent years — and that starts with quarterback

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Is it now or never for Georgia?

The Bulldogs under Kirby Smart have accomplished a lot heading into the 2019 college football season: He got them to the 2017 College Football Playoff and 2018 SEC championship game, both of which had national titles on the line. The Bulldogs lost both in heartbreaking fashion to Alabama. They have excellent recruiting classes to fall back on this year, but the Bulldogs still haven't been able to clear that championship hurdle.

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Georgia returns a ton of talent in 2019 — how could it not, with all the bluechip it has recruited in recent years — and that starts with quarterback Jake Fromm and running back D'Andre Swift. But the Bulldogs also lose a lot of talent, including defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter and Jim Thorpe Award winner Deandre Baker. They also come off a disappointing finish to the season after losing to heavy underdog Texas in the Sugar Bowl

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Florida football recruiting 2019 . The Gators pulled in a stellar 2019 class — just Mullen's second in Gainesville. It ranked ninth nationally and fifth in the SEC according to 247Sports' Composite team rankings. Florida secured four top-100 recruits all defensive players, headlined by cornerbacks Chris

The Bulldogs are Sporting News' No. 3 team in our pre-preseason top 25. Is this the year they finally break through under Smart? Here's a closer look at the Bulldogs heading into 2019:

Georgia football schedule 2019

Date Opponent Location
Aug. 31 at Vanderbilt Nashville, Tenn.
Sept. 7 Murray State Athens, Ga.
Sept. 14 Arkansas State Athens, Ga.
Sept. 21 No. 8 Notre Dame Athens, Ga.
Sept. 28 Bye Off
Oct. 5 at Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn.
Oct. 12 South Carolina Athens, Ga.
Oct. 19 Kentucky Athens, Ga.
Oct. 26 Bye Off
Nov. 2 No. 9 Florida Jacksonville, Fla.
Nov. 9 Missouri Athens, Ga.
Nov. 16 at No. 16 Auburn Auburn, Ala.
Nov. 23 No. 11 Texas A&M Athens, Ga.
Nov. 30 at Georgia Tech Atlanta
Dec. 7 SEC championship Atlanta
Bold denotes SEC games

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Ohio State football recruiting 2019 . The Buckeyes had third-ranked recruiting class in the Big Ten and ranked No. 14 class in the nation The Georgia transfer is the favorite to replace record-setting quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting after setting Big Ten

LSU football recruiting 2019 . How tough is recruiting in the SEC? LSU finished with the No. 5 class in the nation, according to 247Sports' Composite team rankings, and still had only the fourth-best class in conference. Not to say the Tigers didn't have an incredible haul. The crown jewel of the Tigers' class

Georgia football recruiting 2019

Smart continued his recruiting tour de fource by hauling in yet another stellar class in 2019, ranked second in the SEC and No. 2 overall, according to 247Sports' Composite team rankings. It is his fourth straight top-six class, and third straight among the top three. This class features five five-star recruits, more than any other team, in defensive end Nolan Smith, the top overall recruit in the class, linebacker Nakobe Dean, center Clay Webb, defensive tackle Travon Walker and receiver George Pickens. All have the talent to get early playing time, but look for Smith and Pickens especially to get an early look.

Georgia football roster 2019

Georgia's 2019 roster can be found here.

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What to watch from Georgia in 2019

1. Who are Fromm's top targets?

Georgia lost Mecole Hardman, Riley Ridley and Isaac Nauta to the NFL and Terry Godwin to graduation. Those four combined for 1,917 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns in 2018. Who steps up in their absence? The likely answer to be Georgia's leading receiver is junior Jeremiah Holloman, who ranked fourth on the team in receiving yards (418) and third in touchdown receptions (five) last season. Don't discount running back D'Andre Swift either; he's an excellent pass-catching back who will be a tremendous asset for Fromm, both rushing and receiving. Apart from that, look for Pickens to get some early playing time. There's a reason the 6-3, 190-pound receiver from Hoover, Ala. was the fourth-ranked receiver in the country.

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Penn State football recruiting 2019 . Five-star linebacker Brandon Smith is the top recruit for the Nittany Lions, which had the No. 2 class in the Big Stevens should be prepared for the starting job, and the schedule is set up for him to get comfortable in that role before facing the toughest part of the

Texas A&M football recruiting 2019 . The Aggies saw a huge jump in their recruiting prowess in Fisher's first full No other team in college football faces a tougher top-heavy schedule than Texas A&M. The Their season ends, however, with consecutive road trips to No. 3 Georgia and No. 7 LSU.

2. How good can Nolan Smith be in Year 1?

Judging from word around the Georgia camp: very good. Smith can wreak havoc in opposing backfields with his 6-3, 235-pound frame. He's strong and athletic enough to do it from a standing position or with his hand in the dirt, too, though it wouldn't be a surprise to see him overcome a slight learning curve in the early goings. Considering that Ledbetter has graduated, there's plenty of room for a guy like Smith to step in immediately. That said, don't discount defensive end Jermaine Johnson, the No. 1 JUCO prospect in 2019, from making a similar impact. Georgia's front seven could be nasty with these two contributing.

3. Can Georgia finally break through?

Georgia has more to overcome this season than the apathetic attitude it displayed in a Sugar Bowl loss to Texas (that shouldn't be a problem anyway in 2019, not with Smart coming out of the Nick Saban camp). The Bulldogs also have a tough schedule that features four teams ranked in Sporting news' pre-preseason top 25: No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 9 Florida, No. 11 Texas A&M and No. 16 Auburn. Notre Dame will be looking for revenge after a close home loss in 2017; Florida looks to be on the move under coach Dan Mullen; Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium is one of the nation's toughest venues; and Jimbo Fisher has the Aggies looking like an SEC West contender already. Get through all of those unscathed, and Georgia likely has to deal wotj Alabama again in the SEC championship game. It's not going to get any easier for Smart and Co. in Year 4, but the Bulldogs at least have the talent to take that challenge on.

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