Monthly G-Cap: February Edition

Monthly G-Cap: February Edition

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Monthly G-Cap: February Edition

The month of February delivered some exciting moments for the Georgia football program, most notably on the recruiting trail.

We will take a look back on this past month of Georgia football in our new monthly segment, the”G-Cap.”

While Georgia fans continued to fight off the hangover sustained from the National Championship heartbreaker, Georgia players and coaches have moved “on to bigger and better things” – (Kirby Smart).

February brought some spurts of excitement for Georgia, however, little news seemed to seep out of Athens. Smart’s main focus, though – securing an elite recruiting class, – was accomplished, as Georgia locked up a historical class which ranks No. 1 in the nation.

As a result of Georgia’s pure domination in December’s early signing period, the first Wednesday in February was not as busy at it has been in previous years. February 7th solidified Georgia’s case for the top class, though. Georgia was able to flip a couple of highly touted prospects and shock the nation on a few others.

As Georgia and its fans were feeling a bit deflated from January 8th’s title game loss, signing day helped to boost the confidence of a devastated fan base and set the program up for success for years to come.

Browse through signing day’s events here

The G-Day Game, which is slated for April 21st, now has a kickoff time of 4:00 P.M. On top of that, ESPN announced that they will be covering the event.

Georgia’s new and improved video board is well underway and will be 30% larger than its previous one. A huge upgrade to a stadium that was lacking a quality video board. Athletic Director Greg McGarity says the new screen will be ready for G-Day.

In mid-February, Georgia announced that the new indoor practice facility will be named after football legend Billy Payne. The official name of the facility will be the William Porter Payne Indoor Athletic Facility.

On February 20th, nearly two months after the completion of the epic Rose Bowl Game between Georgia and Oklahoma, Rose Bowl Stadium cemented the game plaque into its “Court of Champions.”  The Rose Bowl now has a permanent plaque to commemorate Georgia’s 54-48 win over Oklahoma. Sony Michel, Roquan Smith, and Kirby Smart are listed on the plaque.

Beloved Georgia running back Sony Michel wrote a heartfelt letter to his coaches, teammates and fans. Michel discussed the Rose Bowl, the feeling after losing to Alabama, his coping with being a second-stringer to Nick Chubb, etc. If you have not read it yet, I suggest you take a look.

Former Georgia punter Cameron Nizialek, who came to Athens as a graduate transfer from Columbia University of the Ivy League last year, also transcribed a letter to the fans, coaches and his teammates. Nizialek was kind enough to complete an interview with UGA Wire as well, in which he opened up about his lone season as a Georgia Bulldog.

Switching from gridiron to the hardwood…the Georgia basketball team (16-12) had an up and down month, but Fox’s squad is still fighting for a spot in the postseason. The women’s basketball team tied for 2nd in the conference and earned the 3 seed for their tournament.  Georgia’s men’s basketball team will begin their conference tournament next week, but the seeding has not yet been determined.  We will find out Georgia’s seeding by Saturday night, after a senior night battle with the Aggies on Wednesday and a trip to Knoxville, TN on Saturday.

Now to the diamond. Baseball started two weeks ago and Georgia (7-1) earned a 5-0 victory over Wofford on Tuesday.

Georgia’s former stars are headed to the NFL Combine this week in Indianapolis.

Running back Sony Michel has surged up draft boards across the league, receiving praise from NFL scouts. This week’s combine could go a long way in securing Michel an early draft selection.

Stay tuned to UGA Wire throughout March for in-depth analysis on the NFL Combine, Georgia Pro Day, spring practice, recruiting and more!

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