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  Former Georgia football quarterback Stetson Bennett was arrested on a public intoxication charge Sunday morning in Texas where he's training for Indianapolis Combine workout (Feb. 27-March 4). FYI, drinking is not one of the events at the Combine. Dallas Police responded at about 6:10 a.m. to reports of a man banging on doors in the 1600 block of Tribeca Way, according to information provided to the Athens Banner-Herald by the department's public information office.

When officers arrived, they located the 25-year old Bennett, the two-time national championship starting quarterback for the Bulldogs, and "determined he was intoxicated," police said. Bennett reportedly turned down a chance to play in the Senior Bowl this week in Mobile Ala. NFL Draft Scout rates the undersized Bennett (5-11, 194) No. 199, in area of rounds 5-6. - Athens Daily Banner


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  After Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett won the Manning Award Monday he was more judicious in his remarks than after winning his second consecutive national championship game. It was a fitting honor for the Georgia sixth-year senior who won MVP awards for all four of the College Football Playoff games in which he played the last two seasons. Now in its 19th year, the Manning is the only quarterback award that takes into account candidates' bowl and playoff performances. It honors the accomplishments of Archie and his sons Peyton and Eli.

Bennett was fourth in Heisman voting and considered an NFL longshot at 5-11, 190; rated 199 overall by NFL Draft Scout, in rounds 5-6..."People are going to have their opinions," he said. "My job is to go out there and play football, to get the ball in athletes' hands and do it consistently and play hard and play to win. People can say whatever, I hear it, but I don't really let it bother me." Some think he snubbed fans in the aftermath of his last win. "It was nuts," he said. "Them hating me, me hating them, us falling in love together and coming back, playing football, I mean, it was special. I wouldn't change a single thing. I don't think I'd be here without it being that way. I just hope that everybody who was there and everybody who was with me and everybody I was with knows I appreciate the heck out of it - everything." - Frank Cooney, NFL Draft Scout


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  01/23/23 - Rara ThomasJr/2025, Georgia + More +

  A wide receiver who recently transferred to national champion Georgia from Mississippi State was arrested Monday on felony and misdemeanor charges. Rodarius "Rara" Thomas was booked at around 4 a.m. on a felony charge of false imprisonment and a misdemeanor count of family violence battery, according to Clarke County jail records. He spent more than eight hours in jail before being released on $1,850 bond shortly after noon. Jail records showed the 20-year-old Thomas was arrested by University of Georgia police. No other details were immediately available, and it was not known if Thomas had an attorney who could speak for him. "We are aware of a reported incident involving conduct by one of our student-athletes," the Georgia athletic department said in a statement. "While we are limited in what we can say about the incident, the report is disappointing and not reflective of the high standards we have for our student-athletes on and off the field." The arrest of Thomas was another blow to a Georgia team that won its second second straight national championship with a 65-7 rout of TCU on Jan. 9.

A few hours after a celebratory parade through Athens and a ceremony at Sanford Stadium, offensive lineman Devin Willock and a member of the recruiting staff were killed in an early morning car wreck on Jan. 15. Excessive speed has been cited as one of the causes of the crash, which remains under investigation. Thomas, who is from Eufaula, Alabama, was one of Mississippi State’s leading receivers this past season, with 44 catches for a team-high 626 yards and seven touchdowns. He announced his transfer to Georgia in December. - AP College Football


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  Sedrick Van Pran, a rising senior and fourth-year player from New Orleans, announced Friday afternoon that he plans to return to UGA to play another season for the Bulldogs. Van Pran will be a third-year starter at center, where he earned second-team All-SEC honors this past season. More important, Van Pran was an offensive captain and an intellectual and emotional leader for his unit, which was runner-up to Michigan this past season for the Joe Moore Award, which goes to the nation's top offensive line. The Bulldogs already knew they were going to be without tackles Broderick Jones and Warren McClendon, underclassmen who declared for the NFL draft last week. Van Pran's return gives the Georgia offense a solid foundation in the middle of the line around which to build. - Macon Telegraph

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  Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and a recruiting staff member were killed early Sunday in a car wreck, the school said, just hours after the Bulldogs celebrated their second straight national championship with a parade and ceremony. Two other members of the football program were injured in the crash, which occurred in Athens, south of the Georgia campus. They were not immediately identified, but the school said both were in stable condition. ESPN reported that another offensive lineman, Warren McLendon, was among the injured. The junior announced Saturday he was entering the NFL draft.

The single-vehicle wreck occurred at approximately 2:45 a.m., according to a statement from the Athens-Clarke County police department. The initial investigation found that a Ford Expedition "left the roadway, striking two power poles and several trees," the statement said. The 20-year-old Willock was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old Chandler LeCroy, was transported to a hospital, where she died from her injuries. LeCroy was a recruiting analyst for the Bulldogs. On Saturday, Georgia marked its 65-7 rout of TCU in the national championship game with a parade through town and a ceremony at Sanford Stadium. The joyous mood quickly turned to grief. - AP College Football


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  University of Georgia offensive lineman Warren McClendon was one of two passengers injured in a fatal crash on Saturday night that claimed the lives of 20-year-old Georgia football player Devin Willock and 24-year-old recruitment analyst Chandler LeCroy, according to an article from the Athens Banner-Herald. The car veered off of Barnett Shoals Road and hit two power poles and several trees early Sunday morning.

McClendon was one of two passengers in the car who sustained injuries but remains in stable condition, according to an Athens-Clarke County Police Department press release. McClendon only needed a few stitches in his forehead, according to the article. McClendon declared for the NFL draft on Saturday, just hours after Georgia's national championship celebration took place. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound player has spent four years playing for Georgia, during which he started 37 games on the offensive line. - RedandBlack.com


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  And then there were 12. That's the current number of underclassman personnel losses off of Georgia's 2022 national championship team. There will be more between now and the declaration deadline day for hopeful NFL draftees, which is Monday (Jan. 16). There have been no great surprises so far. Freshman defensive back Jaheim Singletary entering the transfer portal would come close to unexpected. A consensus 4-star signee, with some 5-star ratings, Singletary leaves at a time when there will be some significant openings for playing time in the Bulldogs' secondary. However, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound resident of Jacksonville seemed to have fallen behind Daylen Everette and Nyland Green in the battle for reps behind Kamari Lassiter and Kelee Ringo.

Ringo, a third-year sophomore, is among four Georgia underclassmen who have declared for the NFL draft - so far. Defensive tackle Jalen Carter, tight end Darnell Washington and offensive tackle Broderick Jones, who announced Friday afternoon, also have gone public with their decisions. Third-year sophomore center Sedrick Van Pran and junior offensive tackle Warren McClendon also have earned high pre-draft grades and will have decisions to make before the deadline. The rest of Georgia's underclassman starters appear to be leaning toward returning for next season. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


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  Georgia coach Kirby Smart had a good-natured complaint to fans when celebrating the Bulldogs' back-to-back national championships with a parade and ceremony for the second straight year on Saturday. "You didn't tell me last year we were going back to back. Wow!" said a smiling Smart. Smart referenced a quote from legendary UCLA coach John Wooden when he said winning the second straight national title for the first time in school history was more difficult than ending the Bulldogs' 41-year title drought in 2021.

"Winning takes talent," Smart said before adding, "but to repeat takes character." Saturday's parade led the team to Sanford Stadium, where many fans held up three fingers as they looked ahead to the goal of a threepeat. No team has won three consecutive national championships in the AP poll era, which dates to 1936. "We can't wait to see what lies ahead for this team," Smart said. "This team will have to be hungry because a lot of this team is coming back." - AP College Football


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  Georgia offensive tackle Broderick Jones has announced his intention to forgo next season and turn professional in the football ranks. Jones' move has been expected, as he projects as a first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and could be the first offensive tackle selected. Jones was part of a Georgia offensive line that provided quarterback Stetson Bennett with the best protection in the nation, allowing only nine sacks during the Bulldogs' 15-0 CFP Championship Season. A 6-foot-4, 315-pound lineman from Lithonia, Ga., Jones possesses great footwork and technique. Georgia has a history of churning out NFL Draft picks on its offensive line, with no less than two taken in each of the past three draft classes. - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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  Georgia tight end Darnell Washington, a key piece of the Bulldogs offense in 2022 as they won second consecutive national championship, declared for the 2023 NFL Draft. He announced his decision on Twitter on Thursday and it was viewed by more than 180,000 viewers within hours. Washington, a 6-foot-7, 265-pound tight end, played three seasons at Georgia and saw his role grow each season. He appeared in just four games his freshman year before playing in eight contests as Georgia won the national title in 2021.

He burst into a more prominent role in 2022 while running in tandem with Brock Bowers. Washington hauled in 28 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns in 2022. Washington's combination of size, power, speed and agility make him an extremely intriguing NFL prospect. Washington is raw in the finer points of the tight end position, but he demonstrated his ability to grow his skillset and there's no question he has room to grow into an elite offensive weapon. Where he goes in the 2023 NFL Draft will be interesting to follow. - Darnell Washington's Twitter account


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  Jalen Carter and Kelee Ringo, two major cogs for Georgia football's defense this season in winning a second straight national title, didn't drag out their intentions for 2023 after Monday's 65-7 takedown of TCU. Less than three hours after the game ended, Carter posted on his Twitter account he's declaring for the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-3, 300 pound junior from Apopka, Fla., is viewed as a top five overall pick by many. He had two tackles in his final game with the Bulldogs, giving him 32 in 13 games with 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. He also had 3 sacks last season and was part of a defensive front Monday that limited TCU to a touchdown, had five sacks and 36 yards rushing. - Athens Daily Banner


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  Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores in the first half as No. 1 Georgia demolished No. 3 TCU 65-7 Monday night to become the first team to win consecutive College Football Playoff national championships. The Bulldogs (15-0) became the first repeat champs since Alabama went back-to-back a decade ago and left no doubt that they have replaced the Crimson Tide as the new bullies on the block. TCU (13-2), the first Cinderella team of the playoff era, never had a chance against the Georgia juggernaut. Unlike Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal, the Bulldogs would not succumb to the Hypnotoads' spell. Georgia turned in one of the all-time beatdowns in a game that decided a national title, reminiscent of Nebraska running over Florida by 38 in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, USC's 36-point rout of Oklahoma in the 2005 Orange Bowl and Alabama's 28-point BCS championship blowout over Notre Dame in 2013.

But this was worse. Too much talent. Too well-coached. Two straight titles for coach Kirby Smart's 'Dawgs. No team has ever scored more points in a national championship game, dating to the beginning of the BCS in 1998. With 13:25 left in the fourth quarter, coach Kirby Smart called timeout in the middle of an offensive drive so Bennett could exit to hero's ovation in the final game of his circuitous college career. He finished 18 for 25 for 304 yards and four touchdown passes. Georgia offensive linemen were snacking on chicken wings on the sideline as the game wound down. Smart is now 81-15 in his first seven seasons at Georgia with two national titles. His mentor, Alabama coach Nick Saban, was 79-15 with three titles in his first seven seasons with the Tide. - Georgia/AP College Football


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  Stetson Bennett walked on at Georgia nearly six years ago at the beginning of the Bulldogs' growth into college football's most dominant program. He walked away early in the fourth quarter Monday night to a standing ovation from thousands of grateful Bulldogs fans during a timeout. While Bennett's unlikely journey traces the path of the Bulldogs' recent past, Brock Bowers epitomizes Georgia's present and future as a powerhouse team stacked with superb talents who have known nothing but championships for two incredible years.

The quarterback's remarkable connection with his tight end was on display throughout the Dawgs' 65-7 demolition of TCU, and that chemistry played a major role in making sure the Bulldogs became champions again. Bowers finished with seven catches for 152 yards and a touchdown from Bennett, including a 22-yard TD catch that firmly shut the door on the Horned Frogs in the third quarter of this epic blowout. - Georgia/AP College Football


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  To a certain extent, it's only fitting that the nearly unimaginable story arc of Stetson Bennett's college football career will conclude some 15 miles from the famed Hollywood sign. Bennett was a bit player as a true freshman walk-on quarterback the last time Georgia came to Southern California for its Rose Bowl game with Oklahoma in the 2017 national semifinals. Now, here he is once again as probably the biggest star on college football's biggest stage-the national championship game against TCU Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET in SoFi Stadium where Bennett will try to lead his team to a second straight national title.

All of which would have seemed preposterous for John Seter back then if someone had told him how this would all have played out. He wouldn't have believed it. "No, in the nicest way," Seter, a scout team quarterback for Georgia back then like Bennett who remains good friends with him, said Friday night by phone. "Yeah, he knew that at the time, too, right then and there. He grew a lot. He continues to grow and he understands that, and I still think he's got a ton more to show." Back in 2017, Bennett famously gave Georgia's defense fits playing the role of Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield in practice in bowl prep. Now, Bennett Monday will be playing in the same stadium that Mayfield now calls home for the Los Angeles Rams. - Athens Daily Banner


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  Jalen Carter admitted to being a little awestruck Saturday. Not necessarily about the big game that he and the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs are getting ready to play in. Just being in California was blowing his mind a little bit. "First time ever," said Carter, an All-American defensive lineman from Florida. "Seeing the palm trees and the hills and mountains with snow on them, that's my first time seeing snow like that. It's the farthest I've been from home." Don't mistake Carter's wide-eyed gaze at the picturesque landscape as distraction. He's fully focused on the task at hand in the College Football Playoff Championship game Monday, which is to slow No. 3 TCU's prolific offense. That didn't go so well the last time Georgia played, when the Bulldogs gave up 467 yards and 41 points to No. 4 Ohio State in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and left Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Dec. 31 with a victory by the skin of their teeth.

Carter himself didn't have the greatest of games. He finished with one tackle and one pass breakup. He spent most of the night chasing quarterback C.J. Stroud and not catching him. Finally, the Bulldogs got it done when they had to. They limited the Buckeyes to three fourth-quarter points for the comeback victory in their national semifinal. "I'd say the defense started out a little rough," Carter said during Georgia's media day at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday morning. "They hit us with some explosive plays coming out. We just had to get everything together and get back connected and do what we worked on. Connection, resiliency, toughness, you know, our traits." Carter and the Bulldogs will have to play even better to slow quarterback Max Duggan and Horned Frogs. It's not that they're better than Ohio State, it's just that they're different. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


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