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College Football: Week 4 Notre Dame at Georgia

#7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-0) vs #3 Georgia Bulldogs (3-0)

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NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH | INDEPENDENT

Coach: Brian Kelly

Notre Dame Players to watch

*Junior QB Ian Book (6-0/208)

Book is 11-1 since taking over as a starter. He has a 6-0 TD/INT ratio after the first two games of ’19. Last year, he proved to be a better runner than expects and this year, he is the team’s leading rusher with 23 carries of 127 yards. Book’s strength is his pocket presence. Notre Dame averages close to 40 points per game with Book under center. If his OL gives him time, he’ll test the Bulldogs’ secondary.

Senior MLB Asmar Bilal (6-2/227)

Bilal replaces the departed Dru Tranquill in the middle of the Notre Dame defense. Bilal bring an instinctual awareness to the position, along with a physicality desired by HC Brian Kelly. physical presence in the middle. Bilal is second on the team in tackles heading into the Georgia game.

Senior DE Julian Okwara (6-5/240)

There was a lot of talk this off-season about Okwara’s potential to break Justin Tucks season sack record of 13.5. However, Okwara and fellow DE Khalid Kareem are off to a slow start in 2019. Through two games, Okwara and Kareem have combined for just seven tackles, two tackles for a loss and one sack in two games.  If Okwara has dreams of being a first round draft pick, this is the game he needs to show his maple moxie.

*Junior RG Tommy Kraemer (5-11/200)

Kraemer moved over from right tackle to play inside at right guard. His ability to pass protect and keep Book on his feet will be one of the keys to his game. The line has 4 returning starters , with over 60 career starts. So, far the running game hasn’t gotten going, so opening some holes against this Georgia defense and eating up the clock will be part of a successful game plan.

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GEORGIA BULLDOGS | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Kirby Smart

Georgia Players to watch:

*Junior LT Andrew Thomas (6-5/320)

Should Thomas declare after his junior season, he’ll be considered can’t miss first round pick. His ability to keep opposing defensive ends off QB Jake Fromm is this strength. This Georgia OL is one of the best in the country and should make a push at the Joe Moore Award (Nation’s top OL).

*Junior QB Jake Fromm (6-2/220)

Fromm took over from an injured Jason Eason in 2017. The true frosh had a solid season. He played well enough that Eason transferred to Washington State. Last year, Fromm put up another solid season, but was overshadowed in by the emergence of Trevor Lawrence and stellar play of Tua Taguvailoa. Georgia has several tough games on their 2019 schedule, Fromm getting off to a strong start against #7 Notre Dame would be good news for Bulldog fans.

*Junior DE RB D’Andre Swift (5-9/215)

Swift has over 350 yards from scrimmage in his first three games. With the departure of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Swift is Georgia’s bell-cow in 2019. Georgia coach Kirby Smart recently said of Swift, “I think his biggest skill-set is making sure that other people are buying into the principles and values of the organization. … When Swift does that, that has a huge impact on the confidence of our team.” 

Senior RS JR Reed (6-1/195)

Since transferring from Tulsa, Reed has started 32 consecutive games at safety, showing a nose for the football (four interceptions, two fumble returns for touchdowns) and a hard-hitting style that has made him one of the team’s leading tacklers each of the past three seasons.

His father, Jake Reed, played a dozen seasons in the NFL as a receiver for the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. He retired in 2002 with 450 receptions, 6,999 yards and 36 touchdowns.

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Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium – Grass
Sept 21 | Athens, Georgia

Offensive Guards: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked OGs

Lindstrom has shined out at the Senior Bowl.
Photo: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

1. Chris Lindstrom, Boston College, 6-4/308

Lindstom is clearly the best pure guard prospect in this year’s draft. He is really good at dropping his hips and dropping his rear to achor. The majority of time, he keeps his hands inside and delivers a punch with good power. He does all the little stuff right. Don’t be surprised if you hear his name at the end of day one.

2. Yodney Cajuste, West Virginia, 6-5/312

Cajuste has long arms, big hands, and is strong. Has excellent burst off the ball, which shows his background as a high school basketball star. Like Samia, he comes from a pass-happy offense; however, Cajuste doesn’t lose his temper and rarely gets flagged for anything.

3. Dru Samia, Oklahoma, 6-5/305

Is maybe the nastiest player in the draft. Love his passion, but gets called for too many re-active penalties, and some teams might be put off by that. However, he is athletic and agile and has 40+ starts in Oklahoma’s RPO heavy offense – and that will intrigue some teams.

4. Phil Haynes, Wake Forest, 6-4/322

Haynes is one of the strong-powerful inside guys that will help your running game. Four year starter that has only gotten bigger and stronger each year. Team captain. Athletic and durable mauler.

5. Nate Davis, Charlotte, 6-3/316

Davis has started close to 40 games at tackle for Charlotte, but will most likely move inside at the next level. His footwork, technique and mobility are his strengths. He’s got enough talent for coaches to mold him into an every down player.

6. Joshua Miles, Morgan State, 6-5/315

One of the more interesting prospects with a lot of upside. Miles dominated at the lower level, but turned plenty of heads at the East-West Shrine game. A technician with good study habits.

7. Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas, 6-5/306

From Svendborg, Denmark, Froholdt is still learning the nuances of the game. Plays penalty free football. Has played a little center, but mostly right guard. Has good combination of strength and short area quickness.

8. Ryan Bates, Penn State, 6-4/306

Penn State’s Ryan Bates is one of the most athletic guards in this year’s draft class.
Photo: Noelle Haro-Gomez|Public Opinion

Takes his conditioning seriously. Bulked up tremendously since arriving at Penn State. Has played in 37 contests in three years. Not as polished as some other players, but looks to have more upside.

9. Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin, 6-6/309

Wisconsin is a school known for turning out really good offensive linemen. However, this year Benzschawel, Dieter, and Edwards all looked very average in post season events. Yet, the game film should give enough encouragement to teams that Benzschawel possesses enough traits and skills that they could eventually work him into the starting line-up.

10. Michael Dieter, Wisconsin, 6-5/309

Like his teammates, Dieter did little to standout during the post-season. His strength is his versatility, having played every position along the line.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Bobby Evans, Oklahoma, 6-4/312
  2. Tyler Jones, NC State, 6-3/306
  3. Tanner Farmer, Nebraska, 6-3/315
  4. George Asofo-Adjei, Kentucky, 6-4/306
  5. Drew Forbes, SEMO, 6-3/303
  6. Iosua Opeta, Weber State, 6-4/301
  7. Nate Trewyn, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 6-3/313
  8. Brian Wallace, Arkansas, 6-5/326
  9. Nate Herbig, Stanford, 6-3/335
  10. Alex Bars, Notre Dame, 6-6/312
  11. Venzell Boulware, Miami, 6-3/306
  12. Ethan Greenidge, Villanova, 6-4/327
  13. Terronne Prescod, NC State, 6-5/331
  14. Lester Cotton, Alabama, 6-4/325
  15. Bunchy Stallings, Kentucky, 6-3/305
  16. Brandon Knight, Indiana, 6-4/314
  17. Zach Bailey, So. Carolina, 6-5/299
  18. Andre James, UCLA, 6-4/299
  19. Patrick Vahe, Texas, 6-3/325
  20. Lanard Bonner, Arkansas State, 6-3/315

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.