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Man shot near UGA campus, suspects arrested

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Bulldogs in the NFL: NFC South

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UGA three-year fundraising average hits record $235.1 million

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Georgia football ends Alabama’s stretch as preseason favorite to win SEC championship

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Georgia football will enter the 2023 season chasing a three-peat national championship.

It will do so as the clear team to beat in the SEC–something it couldn’t say in 2021 and 2022 when it won it all.

That’s the mantle it carries after being the preseason pick Friday to win the SEC.

The Bulldogs are projected by the media that cover the conference to lift the SEC championship trophy for a second straight year.

It’s the first time Georgia has been picked in the preseason to win the SEC since way back in 2004, Mark Richt’s fourth season.

Alabama has been the choice to win it 11 times since then including each of the last seven seasons.

The Crimson Tide are projected to win the SEC West and play Georgia for the championship in Atlanta on Dec. 2.

“We expect to be good at University of Georgia,” coach Kirby Smart said this week. “We want sustained success. So we have to do that by winning every day. That’s not going to change whether we win it or not this year.”

He was referring to the national title but a shot at the SEC title would come first.

Georgia garnered 181 votes to win the SEC with Alabama second with 62.

Georgia has a 49 percent to win the SEC championship, according to ESPN’s analytics. That’s ahead of Alabama at 41 percent, LSU at 7 and Tennessee at 1.

The Bulldogs were picked to win the East by 265 of 291 voters, ahead of Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Missouri and Vanderbilt. The West order of finish: Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Auburn and Mississippi State. Alabama had 165 votes to win the West while LSU had 117.

Tennessee and coach Josh Heupel are coming for Georgia and the Eastern Division title.

“Coach Heup has preached it every day – win the East,” quarterback Joe Milton told Knox News. “It took some time to believe in that. But we’ve kept hearing Coach Heup preach the word. As we’ve achieved goals in winning – last year and the year before – it just makes everything more believable now.”

Georgia plays at Tennessee on Nov. 18, a game that seems to be the biggest test on what’s an inviting schedule.

The league also announced its preseason All-SEC team. A league-high 11 Georgia players were named to the first team, with five on offense and six on defense.

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British Open champ Brian Harman channeled his inner Kirby Smart: ‘I’m gonna hunt’

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Brian Harman’s convincing victory at the British Open Sunday has given Georgia golf another major champion.

The 36-year old Savannah native said he was inspired by words Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said before last season.

“I was a wreck last night,” Harman said, according to the Golf Channel. “I mean, I’ve been a wreck the whole week. But … I kept thinking about something Kirby Smart said, ‘I’m not gonna be hunted; I’m gonna hunt.'”

Harman joins two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson who won the green jacket in 2012 and 2014 as former Georgia golfers to win a major.

Harman, 36, never let up after holding the lead after the second and third rounds. He entered Sunday with a five-stroke cushion at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England and lifted the Claret Jug after winning by six.

“Dawgs on top! Congrats @harmanbrian,” Smart tweeted after the victory “Let’s celebrate this fall!”

I’ve always kind of — I just always pay attention when really successful people talk,” he said. “There’s always clues there as to how they feel. I’ve always admired the fact that even with all the success that he’s had, it’s all about the next play, the next game, the next week of practice. He knows that the results come because of what you do in the trenches.”

Harman said he’d plan to celebrate later Sunday by drinking a Guinness out of the Claret Jug.

Asked if he’d ever have to pay for a beer in Georgia again, Harman said: “I’ll be buying beers when I go home.”