Red Bests Black For G-Day Win, 25-22

April 22, 2017

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Red Bests Black For G-Day Win, 25-22

Highlights of the 2017 Georgia Bulldog G-Day spring football game where Team Red came away victorious 25-22.

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ATHENS, Ga. — Team Red defeated Team Black by a 25-22 score in front of 66,133 fans at Sanford Stadium in the University of Georgia’s annual G-Day football game to close out spring practice on Saturday afternoon.

A late nine-play drive for the Red team, led by quarterback Jake Fromm, was capped by the decisive 28-yard field goal from Rodrigo Blankenship with just 1:03 remaining in the game to seal the victory for the Red squad.

Fromm finished the game 14-for-23 through the air for 277 yards and two touchdowns. Jacob Eason, the signal-caller for Team Black, went 16-for-36 for 311 yards and two scores. Prather Hudson recorded a game-high 45 yards on the ground, followed closely by Elijah Holyfield and his 41 yards plus a score. Terry Godwin was the game’s leading receiver with 130 yards through the air while Tyler Simmons led the Red squad with 114 receiving yards and a touchdown.

“I’m really excited about our fan base, to have 66,000 people (at G-Day) makes me proud to be a Bulldog.” said Georgia head football coach Kirby Smart. “I know our kids certainly appreciated it and I wanted to thank our fans for that… Overall I was pleased with today. I’m excited about the growth of our team. We saw some players get better throughout the entire spring, so I’m certainly excited for that.”

After a scoreless first quarter, the Black squad opened the second frame with fireworks as Eason connected with Javon Wims for a 47-yard pass to reach the Red seven-yard line. Three plays later, Blankenship split the uprights from 19 yards out to give Black a 3-0 lead and finish off a 15-play, 91-yard drive.

The Red offense countered with touchdowns on its next two drives, cashing in on a 42-yard pass from Fromm to Jeremiah Holloman then a three-yard scamper by Holyfield for its second score to take a 14-3 lead with four minutes remaining in the first half, a lead that was cut to 14-6 on a Blankenship 33-yard field goal at the end of the half.

After a quiet start to the third quarter, Eason once again flashed his arm late in the frame, connecting with Jayson Stanley for a 33-yard strike to reduce the Black’s deficit to 14-13 with 1:30 remaining.

Black claimed the lead with 5:28 remaining in the contest as Blankenship nailed his third field goal of the day from 34 yards out to take a 16-14 lead. After the ensuing kickoff, Fromm connected with Tyler Simmons for a 76-yard quick strike, followed by a two-point conversion on a pass to Holloman, to regain a 22-16 edge in just nine seconds.

The teams then traded scores, with Eason hitting fellow sophomore Charlie Woerner for the tying score on a 36-yard catch-and-run to knot the game at 22 before Fromm led Red to the decisive lead with a nine-play drive capped by a Blankenship 28-yard field goal to give Red a 25-22 win.

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Ledbetter, Herrien, Woerner Highlight Annual UGA Spring Awards

University of Georgia junior defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter of Tucker, Ga., sophomore running back Brian Herrien of Douglasville, Ga., and sophomore tight end Charlie Woerner of Tiger, Ga., have been named the recipients of the Coffee County Hustle Award highlighting the annual spring football award winners.

The awards are given annually at the conclusion of spring practice to recognize improvement, dedication and performance on the field. The Coffee County Hustle Award is given each year to players showing the most desire during spring drills.

For the first time, Bulldog head coach Kirby Smart presented the awards to all of the honorees on the Sanford Stadium field following the G-Day game on April 22.

The of 2016 awards is as follows:

OFFENSE: Most Improved — Solomon Kindley, OL, Jacksonville, Fla.; Elijah Holyfield, TB, College Park, Ga.; Outstanding Walk-On — Sean Fogarty, OL, Savannah, Ga.; Coffee County Hustle Award — Brian Herrien, TB, Douglasville, Ga.; Charlie Woerner, TE, Tiger, Ga.; Hugh Hendrix Award (Player Who Most Strains His Potential) — Terry Godwin, WR, Hogansville, Ga.; Pat Allen, OL, Reisterstown, Md.; Own The Trenches Award — Lamont Gaillard, Jr., Fayetteville, N.C.; Sustainable Force Award — Dyshon Sims, OL, Valdosta, Ga.; Physicality/Headhunter Award — Isaiah Wynn, OL, St. Petersburg, Fla.

DEFENSE: Most Improved — Chauncey Manac, OLB, Fargo, Ga.; J.R. Reed, DB, Frisco, Texas; Outstanding Walk-On — Tim Hill, DB, Atlanta, Ga.; Coffee County Hustle Award — Jonathan Ledbetter, DE, Tucker, Ga.; Hugh Hendrix Award (Player Who Most Strains His Potential) — Tyrique McGhee, DB, Byron, Ga.; Own The Trenches Award — Tyler Clark, DL, Americus, Ga.; Sustainable Focus Award — Reggie Carter, ILB, Snellville, Ga.; Physicality/Headhunter Award — D’Andre Walker, OLB, Fairburn, Ga.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Special Teams Weapon Award — Jarvis Wilson, SS, Tupelo, Miss.; Rashad Roundtree, S, Evans, Ga.

ACADEMICS: Freshmen GPA Award — Josh Moran (4.00), WR, Alpharetta, Ga., Prather Hudson (3.69), TB, Columbus, Ga.; Sophomore GPA Award: Michael Keene (3.97), OLB, Savannah, Ga., Rodrigo Blankenship (3.74), PK, Marietta, Ga.; Junior GPA Award — Jacob Gross (3.87), ILB, Molena, Ga., Jackson Harris (3.76), TE, Columbia, Tenn.; Senior GPA Award — John Courson (4.0), SN, Athens, Ga., Aaron Davis (3.47), DB, Locust Grove, Ga.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Jeb Blazevich, TE, Charlotte, N.C.; Rodrigo Blankenship, PK, Marietta, Ga.; Reggie Carter, ILB, Snellville, Ga.; Michael Chigbu, WR, New Orleans, La.

Passing Leaders
Fromm 14-23 277 2 0
Eason 16-36 311 2 1
Rushing Leaders
Hudson 7 45 0
Holyfield 15 41 1
Herrien 11 18 0
Donald-McIntire 2 15 0
Receiving Leaders
Simmons 5 114 1
Holloman 3 77 1
Hardman 3 62 0
Godwin 5 130 0
Wims 4 98 0
Woerner 1 36 1
Red Black
25 1st Downs 23
4-10 3rd Down Conv. 3-13
6-14 4th Down Conv. 0-0
354 Total Yards 318
15-27-287 Passing 18-38-320
25-67 Rushing 20-(-2)
3-30 Penalties 2-16
2 Turnovers 1
29:23 Possession 30:37

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