Bulldogs soar out of spring into offseason

Kirby Smart and the Georgia football program exited G-Day with unmistakable momentum on Saturday.

Smart even referred to himself as an “optimist” after doubling down on the program mission statement.

Javon Bullard: Smart once described Bullard as a stick of dynamite, and his hitting was once again on display when he knocked Brock Bowers out of bounds short of the end zone, in a rare collision of stars.

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Carson Beck: Beck showcased his NFL-calibre arm talent, completing 13 of 18 passes for 211 yards with a TD, leading the team on three consecutive scoring drives to open the game.

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Dominic Lovett: The transfer receiver from Missouri looks a half-step ahead of defenders, running sharp routes and displaying good hands on his 2 catches for 30 yards.

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Brock Vandagriff: Vandagriff’s mobility and ability to throw the ball accurately off the run was on display. The third-year QB had the longest run in the G-Day Game (23 yards) for the second-straight year.

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Lawson Luckie: The freshman tight end had three catches for 48 yards, including a 22-yard grab. Luckie’s toughness is undeniable.

Xavian Sorey: The athletic linebacker capped off a healthy spring session with a game-high seven tackles for the first-team defense, including five solo stops.

Roderick Robinson: The freshman tailback shouldered a load for the second-team offense, carrying 11 times for 42 yards while also catching three passes for 24 yards.

Arian Smith: Perhaps the fastest player in college football, Smith had a 6-yard TD catch and flashed his game-changing speed on a 2-yard TD sweep around the first-team defense.

Damon Wilson: The freshman outside linebacker flashed with two sacks among his four tackles working with the second-team defense.

Joenel Aguero: The hard-hitting freshman had stops for both teams, including one of the best open-field tackles of the afternoon.

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Christen Miller: Any time the head coach offers public praise, it’s a great sign. Miller had a sack and three stops in the G-Day Game.

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Oscar Delp: The sophomore has made progress with his blocking, but he had two uncharacteristic drops.

Malaki Starks: Starks didn’t have any stops, but there was one notable attempt that saw tailback Sevaughn Clark stiff arm and run through him into the end zone.

Rara Thomas: The talented receiver transfer from Mississippi State was limited to special teams play, assumedly because he is still ironing out wrinkles working in a new offense.

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