BULLDOGS NOTES:

Bulldogs Start The Year On The Road Again Georgia kicks off the 2020 season against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. The Bulldogs opened the 2019 season with an SEC road opponent in Vanderbilt, beating the Commodores 30-6. That was the first time since 1995 that the Bulldogs opened a season with a league foe, and the first time it came on the road since 1994. The 2020 regular season features 10 SEC games, and Georgia will play four at home, five on the road and will serve as the home team in the annual neutral site game with Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. The opener between the Bulldogs and Razorbacks will mark the Division I head coaching debut of Arkansas’ Sam Pittman, who spent the previous four seasons at Georgia, the first three as the offensive line coach and the final year as Associate Head Coach in charge of the offensive line. Pittman is just one of several Razorbacks on staff with Georgia connections. Former Bulldog special teams coach Scott Fountain is the Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator for the Razorbacks. Former Georgia assistant strength coaches Jamil Walker and Ed Ellis are on staff as Walker serves as the team’s head strength coach while Ellis is the senior associate director. Former Bulldog Fernando Velasco serves as the team’s Director of Player Development, while former Bulldog staffer Patrick Doherty is the Director of Football Operations and Jesse Stone is Director of Personnel for the offense. Georgia leads the all-time series with Arkansas by a 10-4 margin. The two programs last met six years ago, when the Bulldogs prevailed 45-32 in Little Rock on Oct. 18, 2014. Their last meeting in Fayetteville occurred in the 2009 season, when Georgia won 52- 41. The first four clashes in the series came in bowl games starting with the 1969 Sugar Bowl, a 16-2 Arkansas win. Also of note, Georgia captured the 2002 SEC Championship with a 30-3 victory over the Razorbacks in Atlanta. Season Openers The Bulldogs are 96-27-3 in season openers including winning 20 of their past 23. Georgia is 4-0 in season openers under Kirby Smart. Last year, the Bulldogs beat Vanderbilt 30-6 in Nashville, Tenn., to kick off their 2019 campaign.

2020 Uniforms Pay Homage To 1980 National Champion Team Georgia will wear red pants in the Sept. 26 season opener at Arkansas. Normally the team would wear its standard “silver britches” for home and away games. The gesture is a tribute to the 1980 Bulldogs, who wore them once that season in the opener against Tennessee. Georgia paired the pants with white jerseys as a road uniform that year. This year is the 40th anniversary of that undefeated national championship season. A commemorative patch is also displayed on the chest. The Bulldogs have not officially worn the red pants since a matchup with South Carolina in 1988. An all-red, specially-issued uniform was used for the 2011 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game versus Boise State 2011. The team also released specially-designed black jerseys that are thought to be in the mix for a game this year as well. Georgia first wore a black jersey as a surprise for the fans during the 2007 Auburn game. The Bulldogs returned in black jerseys in New Orleans for the 2008 Sugar Bowl versus Hawaii later that year. During the 2008 regular season, Georgia took the field in black jerseys during a top-10 matchup with Alabama in Sanford Stadium. Most recently under Kirby Smart, the Bulldogs wore them against Louisiana-Lafayette in 2016. On Deck: Home Opener Versus Auburn For the first time since 1936, Georgia and Auburn will renew the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry outside of the month of November. The Bulldogs play host to the Tigers on Oct. 3 for the home opener. Georgia has won eight of the past 10 meetings and leads the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” 60-56-8.

 

ARKANSAS NOTES:

  • After an extended preseason, the Razorbacks will finally take the beautiful grass field inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 3 p.m. against No. 4 Georgia. • The 2020 schedule will look slightly different than year’s past, as all of Arkansas’ opponents will be comprised of conference opponents. Along with previously scheduled SEC East foes, Missouri and Tennessee, the Hogs will also square off with Georgia and Florida from the Eastern Division. • No one expected head coach Sam Pittman’s first game leading the Razorbacks to be against his previous school in Georgia when he was announced on December 8, 2019. Pittman, who served as assistant head coach/offensive line coach at Arkansas from 2013-15, spent 2016-19 at Georgia in the same role with the O-line and as associate head coach. • It will be the first time since 2014 the Razorbacks and Bulldogs have met on the gridiron and first time in Fayetteville since 2009. Georgia is 10-4 all-time against Arkansas. • The Hogs return a bevy of offensive talent, led by senior running back Rakeem Boyd, junior receiver Mike Woods and sophomore wideouts Treylon Burks and Trey Knox. The quartet accounted for 2,967 (59.9%) of Arkansas’ 4,951 all-purpose yards in 2019. Overall, 3,992, nearly 81%, of the Razorbacks’ yardage is back for the 2020 season. • Arkansas also brings back nine of 16 turnovers on the defensive unit from last season, as well as four of its forced fumbles. Juniors Montaric Brown and Joe Foucha both picked off a pass and recovered a fumble last year. • Among Arkansas’ impressive newcomer group is transfer quarterback Feleipe Franks, a three-year starter at Florida from 2017-19. Before a season-ending injury in 2019, Franks was electric in 2018, throwing for 2,457 yards and 24 touchdowns, while rushing for 350 yards and seven scores. • Overall, the Razorbacks return 13 players on offense and nine on defense who started at least one game last season, including every game starters: Boyd, Greg Brooks Jr., Brown, Ty Clary, Joe Foucha, Bumper Pool, Dalton Wagner and Woods.