BOWL GAME PREVIEW: Defending champion Georgia ready for challenge of Ohio State in today’s 8 PM Peach Bowl


Game & Broadcast Info

  • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Game
  • Kickoff: Saturday, December 31 – 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (75,000) | Atlanta, Ga.
  • 2022 Records: Georgia 13-0 (8-0 SEC), Ohio State 11-1 (8-1 B10)
  • History: Georgia vs. OSU All-Time Series Results: UGA 1-0
  • 2022 Rankings: Georgia #1 CFP/#1 AP/#1 COACHES, OSU #4 CFP/#4 AP/#3 COACHES
  • TV: Chris Fowler, Play-by-Play, Kirk Herstreit, Analyst Holly Rowe, Laura Rutledge, Sideline
  • Video Stream: ESPN+
  • Radio: WSB AM 750 – Bulldog Network | Affiliates | Scott Howard (PxP), Eric Zeier (Color), DJ Shockley (sideline)
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  • Twitter: #CFAPeachBowl

Top-ranked Georgia will face fourth-ranked Ohio State in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the 2022 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Bulldogs (13-0) will represent the SEC in their third CFP appearance (fifth game) while the Buckeyes (11-1) hail from the Big Ten and will be making their fifth appearance in a CFP contest. The winner of this game advances to the CFP National Championship in Inglewood, Calif., on Jan. 9 against either Michigan or TCU.

The Bulldogs are making their 60th bowl appearance, which ranks second nationally. They will be making a school record 26th consecutive appearance, the nation’s longest active bowl streak. In school history, Georgia owns a 35-21-3 record in bowl games.

Ohio State has played in 53 bowl games, sporting a record of 26-27. Under Ryan Day, the Buckeyes are 2-2 during the postseason, including 1-2 in CFP contests. Last year, Ohio State edged Utah 48-45 in the Rose Bowl Game.

The Bulldogs are 4-2 all-time in Peach Bowl history: Dec. 28, 1973 (Georgia def. #18 Maryland 17-16); Dec. 30, 1989 (Syracuse def. Georgia 19-18); Dec. 30, 1995 (#18 Virginia def. Georgia 34-27); Dec. 31, 1998 (#19 Georgia def. #14 Virginia 35-33); Dec. 30, 2006 (Georgia def. #14 Virginia Tech 31-24); Jan. 1, 2021 (#9 Georgia def. #8 Cincinnati 24-21).

Georgia owns a 1-0 edge in the series with the Buckeyes. The teams met in the 1993 Citrus Bowl in Orlando, and the No. 8 Bulldogs claimed a 21-14 victory over No. 15 OSU to finish 10-2 under Ray Goff. Georgia was led by Doak Walker Award winner Garrison Hearst and quarterback Eric Zeier while the Buckeyes featured Kirk Herbstreit at quarterback and Robert Smith at running back.

Georgia captured the 2022 SEC Championship with a 50-30 win over No. 14 LSU in Atlanta on Dec. 3. The Bulldog senior class has now established a school record for most career victories with a 47-5 mark. That mark included just nine regular season games and a bowl triumph during the COVID-shortened season of 2020. The 2021 Bulldog class that finished their career as national champions tallied a 45-8 mark.

The 2022 season marks the first time Georgia has started a season 13-0. The school record for wins in a season is 14 after Kirby Smart‘s squad accomplished the feat in 2021 en route to a 14-1 season and its first national championship in 41 years.

Top-ranked Georgia and No. 4 Ohio State rank in the top 13 nationally in Scoring Offense (SO) and Scoring Defense (SD). The Bulldogs are 11th in SO (39.2 ppg) and second in SD (12.8). The Buckeyes are second in SO (44.5) and 13th in SD (19.2).


• Seventh season as Georgia coach • 79-15 Career Record • 2021 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS • 2017 CFP national runner-up • 2017 SEC Champions • SEC Eastern Division Champs 2017-19-21 • 2017 George Munger award (National Coach of the Year by Maxwell Club) • SEC Coach of the Year, 2017 & 2021 • Bulldogs have won two Butkus Awards • One Outland Trophy • One Chuck Bednarik Award • One Thorpe Award • One Lou Groza Award • THIRTEEN 1st-team All-Americans • ELEVEN 1st Round NFL Draft picks • FORTY-FIVE NFL Draft Picks overall • A total of 168 players on SEC Academic Honor Rolls, including a high of 35 on the 2021 national championship team

Rushing Yards: 222, Nick Chubb vs. #22 UNC (9/3/16)
Rushing TDs: 3, Sony Michel UK (11/18/17); vs. #2 Oklahoma (1/1/18); Daijun Edwards AU (10/8/22)
Longest Rush: 83-TD, D’Andre Swift @ #9 UK (11/3/18)
Passing Yards: 401, JT Daniels MSU (11/21/20)
Passing TDs: 5, Stetson Bennett UAB (9/11/21)
Receiving Yards: 197 (8 rec.), Jermaine Burton MSU (11/21/20)
Receiving TDs: 2, by 7 different Bulldogs multiple times
Longest Pass/TD Pass: 89-TD, S. Bennett to Brock Bowers UAB (9/11/21)
Tackles: 15, Nakobe Dean vs. #8 UF (11/7/20)
Sacks: 3, Trenton Thompson vs. TCU (12/30/16); Azeez Ojulari vs. #8 UC (1/1/21); Channing Tindall @ UT (11/13/21)
TFL: 3, Azeez Ojulari #7 AU (10/3/20); Thompson vs. Nicholls (9/10/16); 3, Azeez Ojulari vs. #8 UC (1/1/21); Channing Tindall @ UT(11/13/21)

came versus #8 UF in 2020) when they register a non-offensive score under Smart. This year, the Bulldogs have had a safety on a blocked punt versus Kent State and Chris Smith ran a blocked field goal back 96 yards for a touchdown versus No. 14 LSU. In 2021, Georgia had six of these scores: Smith’s 74-yd INT return (#3 CU); Jamon Dumas-Johnson’s 20-yd INT return (UAB); Safety (SC); Zamir White 0-yd return of blocked punt (#8 ARK); Nakobe Dean’s 50-yd INT return (UF); Safety (UM); Kelee Ringo’s 79-yd INT return (UA-2).

2016: 12 points in 2 games (KOR, PR); 2017: none; 2018: 12 points in 2 games (PR, Blocked Punt Ret.); 2019: none; 2020: none; 2021: 8 points in 2 games (Blocked Punt Ret.; Safety/Blocked Punt); 2022: 8 points in 2 games (Safety/Blocked Punt; Blocked FG Ret.)
Longest PR For a TD: 82 yards by Isaiah McKenzie vs. Louisiana, 2016
Longest Blocked PR For a TD: 8 yards by Eric Stokes @ Missouri, 2018
Longest KOR For a TD: 43 yards by Terry Godwin @ South Carolina, 2016

Kirby Smart is one of 12 Power 5 head coaches who are leading their alma maters.

The other 11 are: Tom Allen (Indiana, 7th), Mario Cristobal, (Miami-Fla., 1st), Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern, 17th), Mickey Joseph (interim Nebraska, 1st), Mike Gundy (Okla. St., 18th), Jim Harbaugh (Michigan, 8th), Brent Key (interim Ga. Tech 1st), Clark Lea (Vanderbilt, 2nd), Jim Leonhard (interim Wisconsin, 1st) David Shaw (Stanford, 12th) and Jonathan Smith (Oregon St., 5th).

Offensive Coordinator – Quarterbacks Coach – Todd Monken
Fain & Billy Slaughter Co-Defensive Coordinator – Inside Linebackers – Glenn Schumann
Co-Defensive Coordinator – Will Muschamp
Passing Game Coordinator – Wide Receivers – Bryan McClendon
Run Game Coordinator – Running Backs – Dell McGee
Defensive Backs Coach – Fran Brown
Assistant Coach – Tight Ends – Todd Hartley
Offensive Line Coach – Stacy Searels
Assistant Coach – Defensive Line – Tray Scott
Assistant Coach – Outside Linebackers – Chidera Uzo-Diribe

The Bulldogs will feature four new on the field coaches. Bryan McClendon, who won an SEC title with Georgia as a receiver in 2005, returns as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. He most recently held the same spot for Oregon from 2020-21. McClendon was a graduate assistant at UGA in 2007-08 and was the running backs coach from 2009-15. Stacy Searels will be Georgia’s new offensive line coach after serving in the same role for the Bulldogs from 2007-10. He has most recently been North Carolina’s OL coach for the last three years. Another pair of coaches will join UGA for the first time in their careers. Fran Brown was named the defensive backs coach after serving as the secondary coach at Rutgers. Chidera Uzo-Diribe is the Bulldogs’ new outside linebackers coach following a stint in the same position at Texas Christian University.

{100 Points on 15 TDs, 5 Safeties}
2016: 14 points in three different games (Pick-Six, Fumble Ret., Safety)
2017: 6 points in one game (Fumble Ret.)
2018: 12 points in two different games (Pick-Six, Fumble Ret.)
2019: 18 points in three different games (2 Fumble Ret., 1 Fumble Rec.)
2020: 22 points in four different games (2 Pick-Sixes 1 Fumble Ret., 2 Safeties)
2021: 28 points in six different games (4 Pick-Sixes, 2 Safeties)
2022: none
Longest Pick-Six: 79 yards by Kelee Ringo vs. #1 Alabama, 2022 CFP National Championship
Longest Fumble Ret. For a TD: 64 yards by Tyson Campbell @ Missouri, 2018

Georgia collected its 14th SEC Championship this season, including the second in the Kirby Smart era (2017). The Bulldogs previously have won it in 1942, ’46, ’48, ’59, ’66, ’68, ’76, 1980-82, ’02, ’05 and ’17, which ranks second in the SEC all-time.

The Bulldogs are tied for third nationally with 37 rushing touchdowns (The school record is 42 set in 2017). Eight different Bulldogs have scored a rushing TD this year. Senior RB Kenny McIntosh has a team-leading 10. He had 182 all-purpose yards in the win over Tech. Georgia is averaging 207.0 yards per game and 5.5 yards per carry. In the Bulldogs’ latest victory over No. 14 LSU in the SECCG, junior RB Kendall Milton went for a career-high 113 yards on only eight carries (14.1 avg.) as Georgia torched the Tigers for 255 on the ground.

Georgia’s offensive line features C Sedrick Van Pran (28 consecutive starts), RT Warren McClendon (team high 37 consecutive starts) and RG Tate Ratledge (made 12 of the 13 starts this season) along with LT Broderick Jones (13 consecutive starts) . LG Xavier Truss (started 12 of the 13 games) missed the game versus No. 1 Tennessee due to a toe injury. RSo. Devin Willock got his first career start against the Vols for Truss and then started for Ratledge at Kentucky. The unit is a Joe Moore Award finalist in recognition of being one of the country’s top offensive lines. The versatile Warren Ericson (17 career starts) relieved an injured Ratledge for the final 14 games of 2021. He can play all five spots along the line. Amarius Mims is lining up at either tackle position. They have helped Georgia pile up 39.2 points/game and 491.9 yards/game thus far.

Georgia ran for a season-high 292 yards and six touchdowns in their 42-10 win over Auburn. The Bulldogs averaged 7.5 yards/carry against the Tigers. Georgia’s rushing tally versus Auburn was the most since 2020 against Missouri (316). The six rushing scores were the most for Georgia since the 2018 contest versus UMass.

Senior PK Jack Podlesny leads the SEC and ranks sixth nationally in Scoring (130, 10.0 points/game). Podlesny has made 58 of 69 field goal attempts in his career (84.1 percent) and drilled 170 of 171 PATs. This season, he is 23-of-26 on field goals and a perfect 61-for-61 on PATs. Podlesny’s 344 points ranks sixth best in school history (Kevin Butler is fifth with 353). This season, he is handling kickoffs too and has 60 touchbacks out of 91 kickoffs.

tallied 13 points, including 3-for-3 on field goals with a season-long 50 yarder versus Georgia Tech. During the 33-0 win over Samford, he scored a career-high 15 points, which was the most for a Bulldog since All-American Rodrigo Blankenship scored 17 against Missouri in 2017. Podlesny was 4-of-5 on field goals versus Samford and hit all three of his PATs. Podlesny was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after going 3-for-3 on FGs and hitting all four of his PATs versus KSU and repeated with the honor a week later at Missouri.

Freshman P Brett Thorson, a native of Australia, had a season-long punt of 75 yards versus No. 1 Tennessee. This tied for the 10th longest in school history and tied for the longest since 2009. Thorson’s 75 yarder went out of bounds at the Vols’ 1 yard line. In the win over Auburn, he punted five times for a 41.4 avg. and all five were inside the 20. He has averaged 44.9 this season. The Bulldogs did not punt versus KSU, and that was the first time since the 2018 UMass game. Georgia is ninth nationally for the fewest punts with 33 (second nationally for teams who have played 13 games). The Georgia snappers return in senior Payne Walker (FGs/ PATs) and junior William Mote (punts).

Bennett 27-3 As A Starter at Georgia
Senior Stetson Bennett, a native of Blackshear, Ga., began his career with the Bulldogs as a walk-on in 2017 when he was redshirted. Bennett transferred to Jones College (Miss.) where he started in 2018 and then returned to the Bulldogs on scholarship in 2019. He saw action that season in five games including throwing passes in four of them. In 2020, he started five games and then got the nod in the final 11 contests of the 2021 national championship season and has started every game in 2022.

The first week of December this year was a monumental one for Bennett, who led Georgia to the SEC Championship on Dec. 3. Not long before he was named the winner of the Burlsworth Trophy (awarded annually to the most outstanding college player who began his career as a walk-on) on Dec. 5, the news was announced that he was one of four finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Bennett is the third Heisman finalist invited to New York joining 1982 Heisman winner Herschel Walker and 1992 running back Garrison Hearst. In addition to Walker, Georgia’s other Heisman winner was 1942 quarterback Frank Sinkwich.

In his Bulldog career, Bennett has won a national championship and an SEC title and is 27-3 as a starter. He has completed 64.8 percent of his passes (560-for-864, 7,726 yards, 59 TDs, 20 INTs).

Bennett is 48-for-60 for 642 yards, six touchdowns, no interceptions and no sacks during wins over No. 11 Oregon and No. 14 LSU in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium this year.

In school history, Georgia is 3-5 all-time against the No. 1 team and Bennett is 2-0. He led Georgia to a victory over No. 1 Alabama in the 2022 CFP National Championship Game and then against top-ranked Tennessee this season.

Currently ranks third nationally among active players in Total Offense Yards Per Play for a career at 8.28, which is on pace for both an SEC and school record (8.30 by Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M; 7.69 by Aaron Murray, Georgia). Current active national leader is C.J. Stroud (9.12, Ohio State) followed by Grayson McCall (8.45, Coastal Carolina).

Most recently, Bennett completed 79 percent of his passes, going 23-for-29 for 274 yards, and threw four touchdown passes against No. 14 LSU in the SECCG. He has tied the school record with 269 completions on the season (Eric Zeier, 1993).

After falling behind for only the second time this season (No. 1 Tennessee 3-0, 10:05 1stQ), Bennett directed an 80-yard touchdown drive that was capped by his 13-yard scamper to the pylon. The Bulldogs would never trail again against the Vols.

Bennett took off for a career-long 64-yard touchdown run during the win over Auburn, giving the Bulldogs a 28-3 edge at the start of the fourth quarter. His scoring scamper was the longest for a Georgia QB since 1976 when Ray Goff flew 73 yards in a 41-0 win at Clemson.

Bennett and Tim Tebow (four) are the only two SEC players since 2004 to have at least four consecutive games with 250 passing yards and one rushing score. Aaron Murray is the only other Bulldog quarterback to have at least 250 passing yards and at least one rushing score in four games overall during a season (2013).

Bennett earned Walter Camp National FBS Offensive Player of the Week and Manning Award National QB of the Week honors while leading No. 3 Georgia to a 49-3 rout of No. 11 Oregon in this season’s opener. He directed the Bulldogs to seven touchdowns on their first seven drives and finished 25 of 31 for a career-high 368 yards and two touchdowns. Bennett also had a 1-yard rushing score against the Ducks. Bennett’s 368 passing yards in the win was the most in a season opener by a Bulldog since 1994 when Eric Zeier tallied 485 yards in a road win over South Carolina.

He ranked fourth nationally in Passing Efficiency (176.7) last year, which broke the school record in that category previously belonging to Aaron Murray (174.8, 2012).

Bennett helped Georgia complete historic 8-0 SEC regular seasons in 2021 and 2022.

During the CFP National Championship Game versus No. 1 Alabama, Bennett finished 17-for-26 passing with 224 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. Trailing 18- 13 with 10:14 left in the game, Bennett directed a four-play, 75-yard scoring drive that gave the Bulldogs a one-point lead at the 8:09 mark (a two-point conversion failed). Georgia never relinquished its lead to collect its first national championship in 41 years. Bennett was named the game’s Offensive MVP as was the case in the CFP Semifinal Orange Bowl victory over Michigan.

Georgia is averaging 39.2 points/game, which is 11th nationally. In the SEC Championship Game victory over #14 LSU, the Bulldogs scored 50 points with 549 yards of offense to help capture the program’s 14th SEC title.

The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 509-166 this season, including 279-70 in the opening half.

The Bulldogs are 69 of 71 in the Red Zone (a national leading 97 percent) this year with 48 touchdowns and 21 field goals.

Georgia jumped out to a 24-6 halftime lead on 306 total yards versus No. 1 Tennessee and eventually posted a 27-13 victory.

Georgia’s offense generated 49 points against No. 11 Oregon in the 2022 season opener. The Bulldogs tallied 571 yards of offense on 62 plays, scoring touchdowns on their first seven possessions. Georgia had a season-high 579 yards of offense vs Vandy.

Georgia’s leading receiver against the Ducks was Kenny McIntosh (9-117- 0). Also of note, WR Ladd McConkey scored receiving and rushing touchdowns in the same game for the second time in his career (@ Vanderbilt, 2021) versus Oregon as WR AD Mitchell also snagged a touchdown catch. McConkey accomplished the feat yet again at Mississippi State this season. Mitchell has been limited to four games in 2022 because of an ankle injury.

McConkey is second on the team with 51 catches for 695 yards (13.2 avg.) and five scores. He had a career-long 70-yard touchdown run at Mississippi State. McConkey is also the primary punt returner with 16 for 197 yards, including a career-long 39 yarder versus Georgia Tech.

Georgia’s tight end room features All-American and 2021 Freshman of the Year Brock Bowers, junior Darnell Washington, redshirt sophomore Arik Gilbert and freshman Oscar Delp. Bowers is the 2022 Mackey Award winner.

Bowers, who is also a Rotary Lombardi Award finalist, is the team’s leader with 52 catches for a team high 726 yards and six TDs while Washington has 26 for 417 yards and two scores. Bowers highlighted a career high 154 yards on five catches in the win over Florida and had a 73-yard scoring grab.

Bowers is the only player in the country this season with a rushing TD of at least 75 yards and a receiving TD of at least 75 yards.

Twice in his career Bowers has had two receiving scores and a rushing score in the same game. He did it during the road win at South Carolina and also at Vanderbilt last year. He finished with five catches for 121 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown against the Gamecocks.

Bowers has had six 100-yard receiving games in his career; three of his career TD catches have covered 75+ yards; his first career TD catch covered 89 yards against UAB.

Washington has started 12 of 13 games this year and has been a team captain twice. He caught his third TD of the season versus No. 14 LSU in the SEC Championship Game and also had a two-point conversion grab against the Tigers.

Georgia’s veterans in the backfield are senior Kenny McIntosh and juniors Kendall Milton and Daijun Edwards.

After a career-high 143 yards and a touchdown at Kentucky, McIntosh became the leading rusher. He has 709 yards and a team-leading 10 touchdowns. McIntosh scored a touchdown both rushing and receiving for the first time in his career against Vanderbilt. He had nine catches for 117 yards (both career highs) to go along with five carries for 18 yards and a touchdown during the rout of No. 11 Oregon.

Edwards ranks second on the team with 681 yards for a 5.4 average and has seven touchdowns. During the win over Auburn, he became the first Bulldog RB since Sony Michel in the 2018 Rose Bowl Game to have three rushing TDs in a game.

Edwards provided the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter of the 26-22 win at Missouri on a one-yard rush.

Milton scored both a rushing and a receiving touchdown against No. 11 Oregon for the first time in his career. During the SECCG, Milton went for a career-high 113 yards on only eight carries (14. 1 avg.) to highlight a 255-yard rushing day for Georgia. For the year, he has 533 rushing yards and six TDs.

The Bulldogs rank second nationally in Scoring Defense, giving up just 12.8 points per contest. The defense has posted 26 scoreless quarters, including holding five teams scoreless in the opening half this year.

Georgia has held six teams to a season low in points, including No. 1 Tennessee (13) and No. 11 Oregon (3).

After missing time with a knee injury, junior DL Jalen Carter, a Lombardi Award finalist, has been a force. In the last six games, he has accounted for 24 tackles, 6.5 TFLs, three sacks and a pair of forced fumbles.

Georgia shut down No. 1 Tennessee to the tune of 13 points after the Vols came in averaging a national best 49.4 points per contest. The 13 points was the lowest scored under head coach Josh Heupel. The Vols did not get a touchdown until 4:15 left in the contest. UT was just 2-of-14 on third downs (14 percent).

Georgia posted its second shutout of the year with a 55-0 win over VU. This marked the 10th shutout in the Kirby Smart era (since 2016), the FBS’ most during that span.

Georgia is allowing teams to convert on third downs only 27 percent of the time and that ranks third nationally.

The 2022 Bulldog defense kept No. 3 Oregon to only a field goal in the season opener. This marked the first time Oregon had failed to score a touchdown in a game since 2017. Late in the fourth quarter, Georgia had an impressive goal line stand late that ended at the two yard line following a 19-play, 87-yard drive that lasted 8:47.

Georgia’s first touchdown allowed this year came at South Carolina in game three with 53 seconds remaining in the game.

The Dogs have only allowed five rushing TDs this year (KSU, UF, #1 UT, GT, #14 LSU).

Jamon Dumas-Johnson is the team’s co-leader with 64 tackles, including eight TFL and three sacks. The Butkus Award finalist had one of the six sacks in the win over No. 1 Tennessee. Fellow sophomore ILB Smael Mondon also has 64 stops. Mondon also recorded his first career interception during the win over No. 14 LSU in the SECCG.

Georgia has 10 picks on the year and has recovered six fumbles and currently even in turnover margin. Senior S Chris Smith forced one of three turnovers versus No. 14 LSU in the SECCG with his team-leading third interception.

The Bulldogs forced three interceptions during the victory at South Carolina. Starks had his second pick, one that he returned 42 yards, while S Dan Jackson and ILB Trezmen Marshall each had their first INT. Jackson has not played since the Vanderbilt game because of a foot injury.

Both Smith and Starks registered interceptions that eventually turned into 14 points and helped Georgia build a 21-0 lead versus #11 Oregon.

This marked Smith’s fourth career pick and his second in a row in a season- opening game after returning his INT for the game’s only touchdown against No. 3 Clemson in 2021. Smith shared SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors following his performance against Oregon. Smith was a Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist.

Currently, there are five Bulldogs who have blocked a kick/punt in their Georgia career. This season, junior DL Nazir Stackhouse blocked a field goal that was returned 96 yards for a touchdown by teammate Chris Smith in the opening quarter of the SECCG versus No. 14 LSU. In addition, freshman OLB Jalon Walker blocked a punt that resulted in a safety versus Kent State.

Jalen Carter’s blocked field goal against Alabama in the 2022 CFP National Championship Game changed the momentum in the third quarter and ignited the Bulldog offense. The Bulldogs would outscore Alabama 20-9 in the final quarter.

Overall, Georgia blocked five kicks last year including punts against No. 8 Arkansas (Dan Jackson) and Missouri (Nolan Smith), a field goal by Kentucky (Devonte Wyatt, 1st round pick Green Bay) and a PAT (Carter versus Kentucky). Smith was injured in the Florida game and has not played since that contest.

Stetson Bennett (QB): Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, Manning Award Quarterback of the Week, Davey O’Brien Great 8 (vs. #11 UO); Manning Award Stars of the Week, Davey O’Brien Great 8 (@ SC); Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Top 10 QB; Davey O’Brien Class of 2022; SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, Davey O’Brien Great 8, Manning Award Quarterback of the Week (#1 UT); Davey O’Brien Award/Walter Camp National Player of the Year semifinalist; Burlsworth Trophy winner; Heisman Trophy finalist; Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist; Manning Award finalist; SEC Championship Game MVP, Maxwell Award Player of the Week (vs. #14 LSU); All-SEC Second Team

Brock Bowers (TE): SEC Offensive Player of the Week, John Mackey Award TE of the Week, Maxwell Award Weekly Honor Roll (@ SC, KSU); CBS/Sporting News Midseason All-America Team; SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week (vs. UF); Walter Camp National Player of the Year/Maxwell Award/Biletnikoff semifinalist; Rotary Lombardi Award finalist; College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team; All-SEC First Team; John Mackey Award winner; Walter Camp All-American (2nd); Sporting News All-America (2nd)

Jalen Carter (DL): Sporting News Midseason All-America Team; SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week (#1 UT); Lott/Outland Trophy semifinalist; Rotary Lombardi Award finalist; Bednarik Award Honor Roll (@ MSU); All-SEC First Team; Walter Camp All-America (1st); AP All-America (1st); Sporting News All-America (1st); FWAA All-America (1st)

Jamon Dumas-Johnson (ILB): Butkus Award finalist; Sporting News All-America (1st)

Kearis Jackson (WR): Allstate AFCA Good Works Team member (Georgia leads the nation with 22 selections since award’s inception in 1992); Wuerffel Trophy semifinalist; SEC Community Service Team

Kenny McIntosh (RB): Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Week (GT)

Warren McClendon (OL): All-SEC First Team

Ladd McConkey (WR): College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team; All-SEC Second Team

William Mote (SN): All-SEC Second Team

Offensive Line: Joe Moore Award finalist

Jack Podlesny (PK): Lou Groza Award Stars of the Week (SAM); SEC Special Teams Player of the Week (KSU); Campbell Trophy semifinalist; SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, Groza Award Stars of the Week (MU); Groza Award semifinalist; SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, Groza Award Stars of the Week (@ UK); CSC Academic All-District Team; All-SEC First Team; SEC Special Teams Player of the Year

Kelee Ringo (DB): All-SEC Second Team

Branson Robinson (RB): SEC Freshman of the Week (AU)

Chris Smith (DB): SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week (vs. #11 UO); AP/CBS/Sporting News Midseason All-America Team; Jim Thorpe/Chuck Bednarik Award semifinalist; SEC Defensive Player of the Week, Bednarik Award Weekly Honor Roll (vs. UF); Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist; All-SEC First Team; Walter Camp All-American (1st); AP All-America (1st); Sporting News All-America (1st)

Nazir Stackhouse (DL): SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (@ UK); All-SEC Second Team

Malaki Starks (DB): The Athletic/Yahoo/On3 Midseason Freshman All-America Team; Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award finalist; SEC Co-Freshman of the Week (#1 UT); Freshman All-SEC; College Football News Freshman All-America First Team

Brett Thorson (P): Freshman All-SEC; College Football News Freshman All-America Third Team

Sedrick Van Pran (OL): All-SEC Second Team

Jalon Walker (ILB): Freshman All-SEC

Darnell Washington (TE): John Mackey Award semifinalist; All-SEC Second Team

Mykel Williams (DL): Freshman All-SEC; College Football News Freshman All-America Third Team


Kirby Smart (Head Coach): Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week (#1 UT); Eddie Robbinson Coach of the Year finalist; SEC Coach of the Year

Todd Monken (OC/QBs): Broyles Award finalist

Chidera Uzo-Diribe (Asst. Coach/OLBs): 2023 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute selection

Senior receiver/returner Kearis Jackson has been named to the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Jackson is one of 11 players from the NCAA FBS selected based on their commitment to community service. Georgia leads the nation in Allstate AFCA Good Works Team honorees with 22 since the award’s inception in 1992, including 17 since 2000. Jackson, a native of Fort Valley, Ga., is one of only two players from the SEC on the FBS 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The SEC leads all conferences with 82 all-time selections.

This past summer, former Georgia defensive lineman Richard Seymour became the latest Bulldog elected to the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played for New England from 2001-08 after being drafted sixth overall. He was a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots and appeared in a fourth Super Bowl. Seymour, a native of Gadsden, S.C., was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and a five-time All-Pro pick. At Georgia, Seymour was an All-American in 2000. Seymour joined Charley Trippi, Fran Tarkenton, Terrell Davis and Champ Bailey as Bulldogs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Bailey is set for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame in December in Las Vegas. An All-American, he logged more than 1,000 snaps on offense, defense and special teams during the 1998 campaign. A Folkston native and also a record-setting track and field athlete during his UGA career, he will be the 16th Georgia player to join the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Bulldogs had six first-time starters on defense in their opener versus No. 11 Oregon: So. ILB Jamon Dumas-Johnson, Fr. DE Mykel Williams, So. ILB Smael Mondon, So. DB Javon Bullard, So. DB Kamari Lassiter, Jr. N Nazir Stackhouse. Williams became just the ninth true freshman starter to make his debut in a season opener in the Kirby Smart era.

Samford: Fr. S Malaki Starks
South Carolina: Fr. WR Dillon Bell, Jr. DL Zion Logue, Sr. DL Tramel Walthour
Missouri: Jr. DB Tykee Smith (first start of his Bulldog career, 18th start of his career after transferring from West Virginia)
Auburn: Junior ILB Rian Davis
#1 Tennessee: RSo. OG Devin Willock

Georgia featured 12 true freshmen in its 2022 opener against No. 11 Oregon after having an NCAA record 15 players selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. A total of 21 true freshmen have played during the 2022 campaign.

During the 2021 season opener, six true freshmen saw action against No. 3 Clemson in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium. In 2021, a total of 24 true freshmen played for the Bulldogs.

#11 Oregon:Nolan SmithKenny McIntoshChristopher SmithSedrick Van Pran
Samford:Zion LogueWarren EricsonMarcus Rosemy-Jacksaint
S. Carolina:Jamon Dumas-JohnsonKearis JacksonWarren McClendon
Kent State:Nolan SmithSedrick Van PranDarnell Washington, Chris Smith
Missouri:Brock Bowers, J. Dumas-Johnson, M. Rosemy-Jacksaint, Dan Jackson
Auburn: J. Dumas-Johnson, K. McIntosh, D. Washington, N. Smith
Vanderbilt: B. Bowers, Z. Logue, W. McClendon, J. Podlesny
Florida:Stetson Bennett, J. Dumas-Johnson, N. Smith, K. McIntosh
#1 Tennessee: J. Dumas-Johnson, K. McIntosh, S. Van Pran, C. Smith
Miss. State:Kamari Lassiter, J. Dumas-Johnson, W. McClendon, L. McConkey
Kentucky: K. Jackson, S. Van Pran, Nazir StackhouseJalen Carter
Georgia Tech: W. McClendon, K. McIntosh, S. Bennett, C. Smith
SECCG-LSU: C. Smith, W. McClendon, S. Van Pran, J. Dumas-Johnson

BIG PLAYS (25 or more yds)
UGA: 7 (Longest: 38-yd pass, Bennett to McIntosh)
#11 ORE: 0

UGA: 4 (Longest: 37-yd pass, Bennett to McConkey)
SAM: 1 (36-yd pass, Crittendon to King)

UGA: #1 UGA: 4 (Longest: 78-yd TD pass, Bennett to Bowers)
USC: 3 (Longest: 46-yd pass, Rattler to Bell)

UGA: 3 (Longest: 75-yd TD run, Bowers)
KENT ST.: 3 (Longest: 56-yd TD pass, Schlee to Walker)

UGA: 6 (Longest: 35-yd rush, Milton)
MIZ: 5 (Longest: 63-yd rush, Schrader)

UGA: 4 (Longest: 64-yd TD rush, Bennett)
AUB: 1 (62-yd TD pass, Ashford to Hunter

UGA: 6 (Longest: 36-yd TD rush, Jones)
VAN: none

UGA: 4 (Longest: 73-yd TD pass, Bennett to Bowers)
UF: 5 (Longest: 78-yd TD pass, Richardson to Henderson)

UGA: 3 (Longest: 52-yd pass, Bennett to Smith)
TENN: 1 (Longest: 28-yd pass, Hooker to Hyatt)

GAME 10:
UGA: 6 (Longest: 70-yd rushing TD, McConkey)
MSU: 5 (Longest: 63-yd punt return TD, Thomas)

GAME 11:
UGA: 3 (Longest: 45-yd INT ret., Ringo)
UK: 4 (Longest: 47-yd pass, Levis to Brown)

GAME 12:
UGA: #1 UGA: 5 (Longest: 83-yd pass, Bennett to McIntosh
GT: 3 (Longest: 41-yd pass, Gibson to Jenkins)

UGA: 4 (Longest: 96-yd BFG, C. Smith)
LSU: 7 (Longest: 59-yd pass, Nussmeier to Nabers)

Georgia is minus-2 in turnover margin. The Bulldogs have 47 points off 13 turnovers. Opponents have 43 points off 15 turnovers.

#11 Oregon: UGA got 14 pts. off 2 TOs; UGA did not have any TOs.
Samford: UGA got 3 pts. off 1 TO; UGA did not have any TOs.
S. Carolina: UGA got 14 pts. off 3 TOs; UGA did not have any TOs.
Kent State: UGA got no pts. off 1 TO; KSU got 3 pts. off 3 TOs.
Missouri: UGA did not force any TOs; MU got 3 pts. off 2 TOs.
Auburn: UGA got no pts. off 1 TO; AU got 3 pts. off 1 TO.
Vanderbilt: GA got 7 off 1 TO; UGA no TOs.
Florida: UGA got no TOs; UF got 10 pts. on 3 TOs
#1 Tennessee: UGA got 3 pts off 2 TOs; UT got 3 pts off 2 TOs
Miss. State: UGA got no TOs; MSU got 7 pts of 2 TOs
Kentucky: UGA got 3 pts off 1 TO; UK got no pts. off 1 TO
Georgia Tech: UGA got 3 pts off 1 TO; GT got 7 pts off 1 TO
SECCG-LSU: UGA 7 pts off 3 TOs; LSU got 7 pts off 1 TO

#11 Oregon: 7-for-7 (7 TDs )
Samford: 7-for-8 (3 TDs, 4 FGs, MFG)
S. Carolina: 5-for-5 (4 TDs, FG)
Kent State: 6-for-6 (3 TDs, 3 FGs)
Missouri: 5-for-5 (2 TDs, 3 FGs)
Auburn: 5-for-5 (5 TDs)
Vanderbilt: 7-for-7 (5 TDs, 2 FGs)
Florida: 4-for-4 (4 TDs)
#1 Tennessee: 4-for-4 (2 TDs, 2 FGs)
Miss. State: 5-for-5 (4 TDs, FG)
Kentucky 4-for-5 (TD, 3 FGs, D)
Georgia Tech 5-for-5 (3 TDs, 2 FGs)
LSU (SECCG)5-for-5 (5 TDs)

#11 Oregon: 1-for-2 (FG, D)
Samford: none
S. Carolina: 1-for-2 (TD, TO)
Kent State: 2-for-2 (TD, FG)
Missouri: 2-for-2 (TD, FG)
Auburn: 1-for-1 (FG)
Vanderbilt: 0-for-1 (MFG)
Florida: 2-for-4 (TD, FG, 2Ds)
#1 Tennessee: 2-for-3 (TD, FG, D)
Miss. State: 3-for-4 (TD, 2 FGs, D)
Kentucky 1-for-3 (TD, INT, D)
Georgia Tech 1-for-1 (TD)
LSU (SECCG) 1-for-3 (TD, D, BFG)