2018 Georgia Bulldogs Football Team
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2018 Georgia Bulldogs Football Team
2018 Georgia Bulldogs football
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SEC Eastern Division champion
Sugar Bowl, L 21-28 vs. Texas
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEast Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 7 (tie)
2018 record11-3 (7-1 SEC)
Head coachKirby Smart (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorJim Chaney (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorMel Tucker (3rd season)
Home stadiumSanford Stadium
(Capacity: 95,723)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7? Georgia x   7 1         11 3  
No. 12 Kentucky   5 3         10 3  
No. 7? Florida   5 3         10 3  
South Carolina   4 4         7 6  
Missouri   4 4         8 5  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Tennessee   2 6         5 7  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 16 Texas A&M   5 3         9 4  
No. 6 LSU   5 3         10 3  
  4 4         8 5  
Auburn   3 5         8 5  
Ole Miss   1 7         5 7  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Alabama 35, Georgia 28
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the University of Georgia during the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs played their home games at Sanford Stadium and competed as members of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. They were led by third-year head coach Kirby Smart.

Georgia entered the 2018 season as defending SEC Champions and the previous season's national runners-up, and they were ranked third in the 2018 preseason AP Poll. The Bulldogs won their first six games by an average margin of victory of 30 points, but suffered their first loss on the road against LSU. The team rebounded with victories over No. 9 Florida and No. 11 Kentucky, and secured their place in the 2018 SEC Championship Game as champions of the East Division. The game was a rematch of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship against West Division champion Alabama, and the results of the games matched as Alabama once again came from behind to win the 2018 match-up. Georgia was left just outside the top four in the final CFP rankings, and they were invited to the Sugar Bowl to play Big 12 Conference runner-up Texas. The Bulldogs were upset by the Longhorns in that game 21-28, and finished the year with a record of 11-3.

The Bulldogs were led on offense by sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm, who finished the year with 2,761 passing yards and 30 passing touchdowns. Fromm finished in second in the conference behind Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa in passing touchdowns and passing efficiency rating (171.3). On the ground, D'Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield each finished with more than 1,000 rushing yards, the second consecutive year that Georgia had two 1,000-yard backs. On defense, cornerback Deandre Baker was a consensus first-team All-American and the recipient of the Jim Thorpe Award.

Previous season

The 2017 Georgia Bulldogs football team finished the regular season 11-1 with the only loss coming on the road to Auburn. Key wins included defeating Notre Dame on the road in week 2. After winning the SEC East, Georgia won its first SEC Championship since 2005, defeating Auburn. Georgia was selected to play in the College Football Playoff for the first time in school history as the #3 seed to face the #2 seed Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl. In an instant classic, Georgia roared back from a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat Oklahoma 54-48 in double overtime, earning its first National Championship game appearance. In the National Championship, Georgia was defeated by Alabama 26-23 in overtime. Georgia finished the season 13-2.

Recruiting

2018 recruiting class

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Justin Fields
QB
Kennesaw, GA Harrison 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 221 lb (100 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 94
Tyson Campbell
CB
Plantation, FL American Heritage 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 181 lb (82 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 91
Zamir White
RB
Laurinburg, NC Scotland 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 205 lb (93 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 89
Jamaree Salyer
OG
Atlanta, GA Pace Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 342 lb (155 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 87
Cade Mays
OT
Knoxville, TN Knoxville Catholic 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 327 lb (148 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 88
Adam Anderson
OLB
Rome, GA Rome 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 214 lb (97 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 85
Brenton Cox
DE
Stockbridge, GA Stockbridge High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 250 lb (110 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 90
Trey Hill
OG
Warner Robins, GA Houston County 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 346 lb (157 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 87
Quay Walker
OLB
Cordele, GA Crisp County 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 236 lb (107 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 85
Otis Reese
OLB
Leesburg, GA Lee County 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 206 lb (93 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 82
Channing Tindall
ILB
Columbia, SC Spring Valley 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 213 lb (97 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 82
James Cook
RB
Miami, FL Miami Central 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 182 lb (83 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 85
Kearis Jackson
WR
Fort Valley, GA Peach County 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 203 lb (92 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 87
Luke Ford
OG
Carterville, IL Carterville 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 245 lb (111 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 85
Azeez Ojulari
OLB
Marietta, GA Marietta 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 222 lb (101 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 81
Warren Ericson
OG
Suwanee, GA North Gwinnett 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 317 lb (144 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 81
Divaad Wilson
CB
Miami, FL Miami Northwestern 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 208 lb (94 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 81
Nadab Joseph
CB
Miami, FL Miami Norland High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 82
Devonte Wyatt
DT
Decatur, GA Hutchinson Community College 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 300 lb (140 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 80
Tommy Bush
WR
Schertz, TX Samuel Clemens High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 85
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1   Rivals: 1  247Sports: 1  ESPN: 1
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

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Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released

SEC media poll

The SEC media poll was released on July 20, 2018, with the Bulldogs predicted to win the SEC East Division.[17]

Media poll (East)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Georgia 1,977 (271)
2 South Carolina 1,535 (8)
3 Florida 1,441 (2)
4 Missouri 1,057
5 Kentucky 874 (1)
6 Tennessee 704 (1)
7 Vanderbilt 392

Preseason All-SEC teams

The Bulldogs had twelve players selected to the preseason all-SEC teams.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 13:40 p.m.No. 22 (FCS) Austin Peay*No. 3ESPNW 45-092,746
September 83:30 p.m.at No. 24 South CarolinaNo. 3CBSW 41-1783,140
September 1512:00 p.m.Middle Tennessee*No. 3
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA
ESPNewsW 49-792,746
September 2212:00 p.m.at MissouriNo. 2ESPNW 43-2958,284
September 293:30 p.m.TennesseeNo. 2
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA (rivalry)
CBSW 38-1292,746
October 67:30 p.m.VanderbiltNo. 2
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA (rivalry)
SECNW 41-1392,746
October 133:30 p.m.at No. 13 LSUNo. 2CBSL 16-36102,321
October 273:30 p.m.vs. No. 9 FloridaNo. 7CBSW 36-1784,463
November 33:30 p.m.at No. 11 KentuckyNo. 6CBSW 34-1763,543
November 107:00 p.m.AuburnNo. 5
ESPNW 27-1095,726
November 174:00 p.m.UMass*No. 5
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA
SECNW 66-2792,556
November 2412:00 p.m.Georgia Tech*No. 5
SECNW 45-2192,746
December 14:00 p.m.vs. No. 1 AlabamaNo. 4CBSL 28-3577,141
January 1, 20198:30 p.m.vs. No. 15 Texas*No. 5ESPNL 21-2871,449
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[18]

Roster

Game summaries

Austin Peay

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 22 (FCS) Governors 0 0 0 0 0
No. 3 Bulldogs 17 21 7 0 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at South Carolina

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 3 Bulldogs 17 3 21 0 41
No. 24 Gamecocks 7 3 0 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
50-18-2 2017 UGA, 24-10

Middle Tennessee

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 0 7 0 0 7
No. 3 Bulldogs 14 28 7 0 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-0 2003 UGA, 29-10

at Missouri

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Bulldogs 7 13 13 10 43
Tigers 7 0 15 7 29
Overall record Last meeting Result
6-1 2017 UGA, 53-28

Tennessee

1 2 3 4 Total
Volunteers 0 0 6 6 12
No. 2 Bulldogs 7 10 7 14 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
22-23-2 2017 UGA, 41-0

Vanderbilt

1 2 3 4 Total
Commodores 3 3 0 7 13
No. 2 Bulldogs 7 14 17 3 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
56-20-2 2017 UGA, 45-14

at LSU

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Bulldogs 0 0 9 7 16
No. 13 Tigers 3 13 3 17 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
13-16-1 2013 UGA, 44-41

Florida

at Kentucky

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 6 Bulldogs 7 7 14 6 34
No. 9 Wildcats 0 3 7 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
56-12-2 2017 UGA, 42-13

Auburn

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 24 Tigers 7 3 0 0 10
No. 5 Bulldogs 3 17 0 7 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
58-56-8 2017 UGA, 28-7

UMass

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 7 6 7 7 27
No. 5 Bulldogs 14 28 17 7 66
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Georgia Tech

1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 7 0 0 14 21
No. 5 Bulldogs 14 24 7 0 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
66-41-5 2017 UGA, 38-7

vs. Alabama (SEC Championship)

SEC Championship Game
1 234Total
• #1 Alabama 0 14714 35
#4 Georgia 7 1470 28
  • Date: December 1
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Game start: 4:11 pm
  • Game attendance: 77,141
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Jamie Erdahl (sideline)
  • Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
25-39-4 2018 L, 23-26 OT

Statistics

Statistics Alabama Georgia
First downs 21 23
Total yards 403 454
Rushes-yards 29-157 39-153
Passing yards 246 301
Passing: Comp-Att-Int 17-34-2 25-40-0
Time of possession 34:30 35:30
Team Category Player Statistics
Alabama Passing
Rushing
Receiving
Georgia Passing
Rushing
Receiving

vs Texas (2019 Sugar Bowl)

1 2 3 4 Total
Longhorns 10 10 0 8 28
Bulldogs 0 7 0 14 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-3 1984 UGA, 10-9

Players drafted into the NFL

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final
AP 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 8 7 6 5 5 5 4 6 7-T
Coaches 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 6 6 5-T 5 5 5 4 6
CFP Not released 6 5 5 5 4 5 Not released

References

  1. ^ "Rivals.com 2018 recruiting team rankings". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "247sports.com 2018 recruiting team rankings". 247sports.com. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "2018 Watch List | Lott IMPACT Trophy | Honoring College Football's Defensive Best". lottimpacttrophy.org. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Rimington Trophy Press Release". May 30, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "2018 Bednarik Award Watch List". July 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "2018 Maxwell Award Watch List". July 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "2018 Doak Walker Award Candidates". July 18, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "2018 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List Released" (PDF). July 20, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Butkus Award - 2018 Collegiate Watchlist". The Butkus Award. July 23, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Names 2018 Preseason Watchlist". July 23, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List". July 24, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "22018 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST UNVEILED". July 24, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Announces 2018 Preseason Watch List". July 25, 2018. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "43 PLAYERS NAMED TO 2018 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST". July 26, 2018. Archived from the original on July 26, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "Wuerffel Trophy Unveils 2018 Watch List". July 26, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Preseason Watch List - 2018 edition of the Ted Hendricks Award" (PDF). August 14, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ http://www.secsports.com/article/24148392/media-predicts-alabama-win-2018-sec-championship
  18. ^ "2018 Georgia Bulldogs Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved 2018.

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