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  • By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day ago

    Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was dismissed from the team on Tuesday due to a violation of team rules.

    Harvey-Clemons was already slated to miss the first three games of 2014 due to a suspension, but coach Mark Richt decided to dismiss the safety permanently this week.

    Harvey-Clemons was regarded as a five-star prospect by in the 2012 signing class. He played in 14 games as a freshman, recording 14 tackles and one pass breakup.

    As a sophomore, Harvey-Clemons was expected to emerge as one of the key players on Georgia’s defense. He missed two games but recorded 66 tackles and one interception.

    Harvey-Clemons has two years of eligibility remaining and could transfer to another FBS school.

  • By Steven Lassan, 3 months 6 days ago

    Jeremy Pruitt was one of the 2013 coaching carousel’s top coordinator hires and was a key piece in Florida State’s national title run. However, he won’t return to Tallahassee in 2014, as Pruitt has been named as the defensive coordinator at Georgia.

    Pruitt is a rising star in the coaching ranks, spending 2007-12 on Alabama’s staff as an assistant under Nick Saban. Prior to his stint with the Crimson Tide, Pruitt worked at Hoover High School in Alabama.

    Despite never working as a coordinator on the college level, Pruitt was hired by Jimbo Fisher to coordinate Florida State’s defense in 2013. The Seminoles had to replace seven starters but finished third nationally in total defense and allowed only 4.09 yards per play.

    Pruitt inherited a lot of talent but did a nice job of blending the Seminoles’ depth and returning players with a new scheme. And it certainly didn’t hurt for Pruitt to have veteran assistants Sal Sunseri and Charles Kelly at his disposal.

    Pruitt will eventually be a head coach in the next few years, but his hire at Georgia is an upgrade over former coordinator Todd Grantham. Although the Bulldogs weren’t awful on defense under Grantham's watch, Pruitt’s work with Florida State should be a good sign for Richt in 2014.

    The coaching cycle isn’t complete, but Richt’s hire of Pruitt might be the best coordinator hire of the offseason.

  • By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago

    Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray suffered a torn ACL in Saturday’s win over Kentucky and will miss the remainder of the 2013 season.

    Prior to his injury, Murray completed 18 of 23 passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns against the Wildcats.

    Hutson Mason is Murray’s backup and completed 13 of 19 throws for 189 yards and one touchdown in relief.

    Murray finishes his Georgia career with 13,166 yards and 121 touchdowns. Murray also threw for at least 3,000 yards in all four of his seasons in Athens.

  • By Athlon Sports, 5 months 4 days ago

    A play that will go down in SEC lore as one of the greatest in college football history. Down by one point and facing a fourth and 18, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall heaved a desperation pass that was deflected by two Georgia defenders into the arms of Tigers receiver Ricardo Lewis for a 73-yard touchdown pass to give Auburn a 43-38 win. The Tigers gave up 21 straight points in the fourth quarter, capped by an Aaron Murray touchdown run that was allowed to stand after video review.

    Thanks to Marshall’s Miracle, Auburn will go into the Iron Bowl against Alabama in two weeks with the SEC West on the line. Here’s the play...

    And here’s the reaction of the Georgia sideline, courtesy of @BrianMFloyd...

  • By Athlon Sports, 5 months 2 weeks ago

    By virtue of the process of elimination, Clint Chelf entered the season as one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the Big 12.

    After the opener, he also had the least firm grip on his starting job when he was replaced by J.W. Walsh. But in the first week of November, Chelf has Oklahoma State in control of its fate in the Big 12 race.

    In his second start since returning to the starting lineup, Chelf accounted for 299 yards of total offense and three total touchdowns in a 52-34 win over Texas Tech to earn Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors.

    In road wins over Iowa State and Texas Tech, Chelf has supervised the first Oklahoma State offense to score 50 points in back-to-back road games. He’s also helped lead the Cowboys to a 7-1 start and a 3-1 start in the Big 12 with games against Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma State his his future.

    Athlon Sports Week 10 National Awards

    National Offensive Player of the Week: Clint Chelf, Oklahoma State
    Chelf may have had the rug pulled out from under him when J.W. Walsh replaced him as the starter in the second game of the season, but the senior is making the most of his return to the lineup. Chelf completed 18 of 34 passes for 211 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the road win over Texas Tech. For the second consecutive game, Chelf produced in the run game with 88 yards and two touchdowns on six carries.

    Defensive Player of the Week: Garrison Smith, Georgia
    Smith, a senior defensive end, had the most productive day of his career in a very important game for the Georgia program. The Atlanta native had nine tackles and was credited with 2.5 sacks (for 12 lost yards) in the Bulldogs’ 23-20 win over Florida — their third straight over their rivals from Gainesville. Georgia held the Gators 319 total yards and allowed only one drive that went for more than 50 yards.

    National Freshman of the Week: Tarean Folston, Notre Dame
    Folston gave a major lift to a Notre Dame run game that has struggled all season by rushing for 140 yards and the game-winning touchdown on 18 carries against Navy. Folston is only the second Notre Dame tailback to top the 100-yard mark this season. The rookie from Cocoa, Fla., is also the first Notre Dame freshman to rush for 100 yards since 2007.

    National Coordinator of Week: Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State
    Who else could it be? The No. 1 defense in the nation showed the nation why it might be the only unit in the Big Ten that can stop Ohio State. The Wolverines posted a school-record low of minus-48 yards rushing as Narduzzi dialed up pressure all night long. Michigan State finished with seven sacks, 12 first downs allowed 168 total yards of offense. The 23-point win was the most lopsided victory since 1967 between the two in-state rivals. 

    Athlon Sports Week 10 Conference Awards

    Three things we learned from Florida State’s rout of Miami, plus all the hits and misses of the Week 10 in Athlon Sports’ Three and Out Recap.
    Offense: Devonta Freeman, Florida State
    Defense: Kasim Edebali, Boston College
    Freshman: Jeremy Pruitt, Florida State
    Coordinator: Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh

    Big 12
    Offense: Clint Chelf, Oklahoma State
    Defense: Will Clarke, West Virginia
    Freshman: Daikiel Shorts, West Virginia
    Coordinator: Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State

    Big Ten
    Offense: Philip Nelson, Minnesota
    Defense: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
    Freshman: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
    Coordinator: Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State

    Offense: Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
    Defense: Devon Kennard, USC
    Freshman: Scooby Wright, Arizona
    Coordinator: Clancy Pedergast, USC

    Offense: Tre Mason, Auburn
    Defense: Garrison Smith, Georgia
    Freshman: Kelvin Taylor, Florida
    Coordinator: Mike Bobo, Georgia

  • By Steven Lassan, 6 months 3 days ago

    It’s safe to say college football’s new targeting rules aren’t popular among fans, coaches and players. And after Week 8, there should be no doubters about how ridiculous the penalties actually are. There were a couple of questionable ejections, and the 15-yard penalty that still stands even if the ejection is overturned is ridiculous.

    In perhaps the worst targeting call of 2013, Georgia defensive end Ray Drew was ejected for this hit on Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels.

    Perhaps Drew’s hit was roughing the passer, but in no way should that be a targeting penalty. And the worst part of this play? It was upheld on replay.

    We are all for player safety. But a little common sense is needed with this rule. Unfortunately, college football is stuck with this until the end of the season.

  • By Stephen Schindler, 6 months 1 week ago

    On Sunday, Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday halfback Todd Gurley is "real close" to returning from a sprained left ankle.

  • By Stephen Schindler, 6 months 2 weeks ago

    Georgia running back Todd Gurley missed the Bulldogs' overtime win against Tennessee due an ankle injury suffered the week before against LSU. Mark Richt told reporters that the star running back will likely sit for a second straight week with the ankle injury. Reports indicated that Gurley is just 50/50 at this point in time. This is the latest in a rash of injuries that has plagued Mark Richt's squad. Earlier this week it was announced that RB Keith Marshall and WR Justin Scott-Wesley would miss the remainder of the season with ACL injuries. Georgia will turn to 5-9, 183 pound true freshman RB J.J. Green.

  • By Athlon Sports, 6 months 2 weeks ago

    Week 6 provided college football fans with some of the best catches of the season.

    Georgia’s Chris Conley made this nifty one-handed grab in the first half against Tennessee, which gave the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead.

  • By Steven Lassan, 6 months 3 weeks ago

    Georgia running back Todd Gurley gashed LSU for 73 yards on eight carries in the first half, but the sophomore running back left the game early due to an ankle injury.

    Gurley is not expected to return against the Tigers.

    Backup Keith Marshall is one of the SEC’s best running backs, but the loss of Gurley is huge for Georgia. The sophomore brings more of a physical presence on the ground and is one of the best running backs in the nation.

    It’s uncertain how long Gurley will be out, but reports during the CBS broadcast indicated the injury did not appear to be a long-term issue.