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Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) throws a pass against Arkansas during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Another week of Bulldogs playing: Who's at quarterback?

Sep. 29, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Get ready for another week of the Georgia Bulldogs playing: Who's at quarterback? Heading into a huge Southeastern Conference game between No. 4 Georgia and seventh-ranked Auburn, Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart is again taking a coy approach to who will get the start at the most prominent...

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) throws a pass against Arkansas while offensive lineman Trey Hill (55) blocks during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Bennett helps No. 4 Georgia rally past Arkansas 37-10

Sep. 26, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Stetson Bennett transferred away from Georgia after a freshman year spent far down the depth chart. Back then, in early 2018, he didn’t think he’d ever get a chance to lead his home-state Bulldogs to a win. Things change. Bennett wasn’t expected to play in the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 26, 2019, file photo, Georgia coach Kirby Smart is shown during an NCAA college football spring practice in Athens, Ga. Kirby Smart gives much credit to first-year Arkansas coach Sam Pittman for helping to make No. 4 Georgia an annual contender for the Southeastern Conference championship. Georgia opens its season at Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Pittman’s debut as the Razorbacks coach. Pittman was one of Smart’s top assistants as the Bulldogs’ offensive line coach for four seasons. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

What’s old is new again as No. 4 Georgia opens at Arkansas

Sep. 24, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A nearly month-long postponement to the start of college football in the Southeastern Conference may feel different, but it won’t look much different. Georgia, as has it has been for much of the last decade or so, is projected to finish near the top of one of the best...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 26, 2019, file photo, Georgia coach Kirby Smart is shown during an NCAA college football spring practice in Athens, Ga. Kirby Smart gives much credit to first-year Arkansas coach Sam Pittman for helping to make No. 4 Georgia an annual contender for the Southeastern Conference championship. Georgia opens its season at Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Pittman’s debut as the Razorbacks coach. Pittman was one of Smart’s top assistants as the Bulldogs’ offensive line coach for four seasons. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

Former UGa player says he experienced racism, manipulation

Sep. 23, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Georgia defensive back Otis Reese says he left the school because of racist treatment on campus, and contends that coach Kirby Smart manipulated him to continue playing for the Bulldogs last season after he expressed his intention to transfer. Reese transferred to Mississippi in...

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, Florida head coach Dan Mullen watches his players warm up before an NCAA college football game against Florida State, in Gainesville, Fla. Mullen is still wary about what lies ahead as Florida prepares to open the season at Ole Miss on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. “Obviously, all the COVID stuff makes you anxious,” Mullen said. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

SEC football opens minus big crowds, tailgating, some stars

Sep. 23, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

Southeastern Conference football games won’t have their normal scenes of packed stadiums and partying tailgaters. Gone, too, are some of the league’s best players, including LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and much-anticipated new Georgia quarterback Jamie Newman. In the season of COVID-19,...

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, file photo, new Arkansas NCAA college football head coach Sam Pittman speaks during an introductory news conference in Fayetteville, Ark. Kirby Smart gives much credit to first-year Arkansas coach Sam Pittman for helping to make No. 4 Georgia an annual contender for the Southeastern Conference championship. Georgia opens its season at Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Pittman’s debut as the Razorbacks coach. Pittman was one of Smart’s top assistants as the Bulldogs’ offensive line coach for four seasons. (Charlie Kaijo/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

No. 4 Georgia to be reunited with popular Pittman in opener

Sep. 22, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

Kirby Smart gives much credit to first-year Arkansas coach Sam Pittman for helping to make No. 4 Georgia an annual contender for the Southeastern Conference championship. “He helped build the foundation of what we have now,” Smart said Monday. Smart and his Bulldogs will be reunited with Pittman...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2019, file photo, Georgia coach Kirby Smart, center, talks to his players during a timeout in the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Athens, Ga. There will be much interest in possible changes coming to No. 4 Georgia’s offense with a new quarterback, who is expected to be Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman, and a new coordinator, Todd Monken. Still, Smart’s Bulldogs may lean on their experienced defense in the pandemic-delayed season. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Georgia coach Smart, wife donate $1 million to university

Sep. 17, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart and his wife Mary Beth have committed $1 million to the university for programs supporting social justice and athletes impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as an expansion of the Bulldogs' football facility. The Smarts joined Detroit Lions quarterback...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2018, file photo, then-Southern California quarterback Jt Daniels scrambles with the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UNLV in Los Angeles. Two transfers, Jamie Newman, from Wake Forest, and JT Daniels, from Southern Cal, are names to watch in Georgia’s five-player quarterback competition. Newman may be the favorite as practice started Monday because Daniels is still recovering from a knee injury at USC.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Smart: Georgia's starting QB likely a game-time decision

Sep. 15, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia still hasn’t decided on a new starting quarterback, and coach Kirby Smart said Tuesday he will likely wait until the season opener to reveal who earned the job. JT Daniels, a transfer from Southern Cal who was granted permission by the NCAA to play right away, is the most...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2019, file photo, Georgia coach Kirby Smart, center, talks to his players during a timeout in the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Athens, Ga. There will be much interest in possible changes coming to No. 4 Georgia’s offense with a new quarterback, who is expected to be Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman, and a new coordinator, Todd Monken. Still, Smart’s Bulldogs may lean on their experienced defense in the pandemic-delayed season. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Smart finds no QB clarity in No. 4 Georgia's 2nd scrimmage

Sep. 5, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The second preseason scrimmage for No. 4 Georgia on Saturday provided no clarity to the quarterback competition that continues without a top contender. After Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman announced his decision to opt out on Wednesday, the competition took on a different look. Newman...

File-Wake Forest's Jamie Newman (12) throws a pass during the first half of the Pinstripe Bowl NCAA college football game against Michigan State, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in New York.  Newman, the Wake Forest transfer who was the projected starting quarterback for No. 4 Georgia, is opting out of the 2020 season to prepare for the 2021 NFL draft. Newman announced his decision on his Twitter account on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. He said he made the decision to skip the season “after much prayer and discussion with my family.”(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Georgia QB Newman opting out of season to prepare for draft

Sep. 2, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Jamie Newman, the Wake Forest transfer who was projected to start at quarterback for No. 4 Georgia, is opting out of the season to prepare for the 2021 NFL draft. Newman announced his decision on his Twitter account Wednesday. He said he decided to skip the season “after much...