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Georgia begins national title defense with sweet fade

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ATHENS, Georgia. “The Georgia Bulldogs don’t stop there—and they don’t stop there—they start defending the national college football championship.

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defender Stetson Bennett and several of his teammates cut off a significant portion of their hair before Thursday’s pre-season practice.

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Some undercover footage of Bennett’s sweet withering caused a lot of buzz on social media and apparently signaled that the team was hungry for another title.

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“It goes back to what’s blocking the entrance, blocking,” trainer Kirby Smart said. Lock yourself in camp, block out all the noise and all social media, and really focus on being the best version of yourself. And there were a few guys who, I think, decided to do it through their hair.”

Georgia completes its first national championship since 1980, culminating in the decisive defeat of a dynasty that everyone has been chasing for over a decade, Southeast Conference rival Alabama.

But if anyone expects the Bulldogs to slow down, think again. Smart has received another group of top recruits and continues to preach that his players will be the hunters, not the prey, in the pursuit of a second title.

“We have no reason to be complacent,” said Smart, who was recently rewarded with a 10-year contract extension worth more than $110 million. “I was on the national championship teams that won it all and I was worried about the complacency because a lot of the players came back. We don’t really have that problem.”

Indeed, the Bulldogs have huge gaps to fill after the NFL Draft drew a record 15 players, the most from a single school since the tournament went seven-round almost three decades ago.

Five of those players advanced to the first round – all from Georgia’s formidable defense. End Travon Walker was the top pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars and his Jordan Davis teammates. Key WalkerDevonta Wyatt and Lewis Cinema their names were also named in the first 32 elections.

According to Smart, he has a lot of guys who want to make their mark after seeing others hold on to a lead role.

This is especially true of the defensive line, which was dominated by the giant Davis, surrounded by Wyatt and Travon Walker.

Jalen Carter returns to lead a revamped lineup that faces the seemingly impossible task of replacing three first-round players.

Bring it on, said the nose grab Zion Log, one of those who will carry a much larger load. Despite all the losses, there is still a lot of talent in defense.

“By the way we recruit, man, and the way we work, the guys really want to come in here and be great,” Logue said. “When you have guys who want to come here and actually do the right thing, take the right steps to get back where we want to go, I think we can succeed.”

The Bulldogs will open the season on September 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta with an intriguing game against Oregon, who is now coached by a former Georgia defense coordinator. Dan Lanning.

Smart missed the chance to look ahead.

“The least of my worries is Dan Lanning,” Smart said. “Before that, we have a million battles to go. I don’t even think about Oregon. Our concern is our team.”

Georgia’s offense also has big gaps to fill, but experience is certainly not an issue for a quarterback. To the surprise of many, Bennet missed the chance to end his college career with a national championship. He is back in his sixth college season, looking to continue his already incredible journey from rookie to titled QB.

“The leadership he brings to the game, many years here and experience” – attacking tackle. Warren McClendon said. “He did a lot of reps. He has seen a lot. He helps us get to the right place and where we need to be.”

The Bulldogs are counting on Bennett to play like a veteran.

Even with this fresh new “to do”.



Source: collegefootball.nbcsports.com

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