Quarterback Jake Fromm excelled as a freshman in the 2017 season, passing for 2,615 yards and completing 62.2 percent of his passes. Running back D’Andre Swift ranked third in rushing yards in 2017 (618) and leads all returning players in that category. Wide receiver Terry Godwin caught 38 passes in 2017, second on the team behind senior Javon Wims. Wide receiver Mecole Hardman caught 25 passes in 2017, ranking third on the team. Wide receiver Riley Ridley caught 14 passes in 2017. He caught six of the 1

Memories of national championship loss are behind Georgia players

It’s hard to imagine easily moving on from a loss as heartbreaking as the 26-23 overtime defeat Georgia suffered at the hands of Alabama in January, but the Bulldogs have done their best to put memories of the national championship game behind them. 

Junior defensive back J.R. Reed recalled Tuesday at SEC Media Days that he felt sick to his stomach at the time of the loss, but said the team shifted its focus to the future the day after watching film. 

Senior wide receiver Terry Godwin echoed Reed’s sentiments, stating that while the Bulldogs know there are things they could have done better against Alabama, the main focus is improving in 2018.

“As a team, we’re not using (the loss) as a motivation or any type of fuel,” Godwin said. “We’re just trying to build off of it.” 

Coach Kirby Smart sees the national championship game as a learning experience and an example to players that “if you do things a certain way, you can get to certain places.” 

But beyond considering the game as a representation of the ultimate final destination, the team has little time or use for reminiscing. 

“We're on to the next year,” Smart said. “We are on to the new recruit. We're on to the next strategy, whether tactical, medical or physical. We're constantly looking for the next edge to get the next edge for next year. It's something we don't have to rehash all of the time.”

Sept. 1 vs. Austin Peay at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs have never played the Governors (an FCS team). Sept. 8 at South Carolina. The Bulldogs and Gamecocks could decide the SEC East in the season’s second week, even if only because it could determine a tiebreaker. Sept. 15 vs. Middle Tennessee at Sanford Stadium. The schools have played once, with Georgia winning 29-10 in 2003. Sept. 22 at Missouri. The Bulldogs have a three-game win streak against the Tigers and have lost once to them. Sept. 29 vs. Te

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