• At SEC media days, the hundreds of media members present voted on who they thought would win the conference, divisions and three teams worth of All-SEC preseason players.
Four Georgia players were named to the preseason first team: Nick Chubb and Isaac Nauta on offense plus Trenton Thompson and Roquan Smith on defense. Isaiah Wynn and Dominick Sanders were named to the second team and Sony Michel and Lorenzo Carter was named to the third team. The media thinks overall that Georgia will win the SEC East while six people thought they would win the conference outright.
• Speaking of Birmingham… Birmingham, England that is. This upcoming week is the British Open at Royal Birkdale in Southport, which is a two-to-three hour drive northeast of Birmingham. The field will include former Georgia golfers Brian Harman, Russell Henley, Kevin Kisner and Bubba Watson. We will have a lot more on The British Open later this week on UGASports.
• There were some former Dawgs who fared well on the PGA Tour this week as Harman (runner-up on the last major) finished tied for tenth place at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois. Harman shot 14 under par by shooting an eagle, 16 birdies and just four bogeys in four days of work. Other former Georgia greats who made the cut in the Land of Lincoln were Watson and Kisner who both finished tied for 44th and Chris Kirk who finished tied for 60th. After shooting a final round 63, Sepp Straka finished tied for 19th at the Utah Championship on the Web.com Tour.
• Bailey Tardy, a rising junior on this upcoming Women’s Golf Team at Georgia just played her third U.S. Open as an amateur. Tardy ended up missing the cut, but shot an impressive two under par in the first round. She struggled in the second round by shooting an 82. In her first round she made three birdies and just one bogey at The Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
• Speaking of impressive feats, Alex Wood became the third different Bulldog to play in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game (last week I told you about the previous two players). Wood came in the top of the fifth inning of the midsummer classic and gave up a run on two hits. If you watched the game you would see that both hits were hits by mere inches. He also recorded outs against some of the best including Salvador Perez, Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge. Once the second half of the season began, Wood continued to dominate. He improved to 11-0 on the season, throwing six innings of shutout ball against the Marlins allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out four. His ERA was lowered to 1.56 and his opponent’s average is now at .173. Wood is scheduled to pitch on Friday against his former team, the Atlanta Braves in Los Angeles. One more win and he will tie his career wins in a season, which he set in 2012 when he split time with the Dodgers and the Braves.
• The night before Wood got his victory, Joshua Fields notched his fifth victory of the season. He is 5-0 this season with a 2.84 ERA. Those numbers are great, but he is currently the second best former Bulldog pitcher on the Dodgers staff.
• Speaking of former Bulldog pitchers… the most recent Bulldog pitcher to get drafted had his first professional victory this week. Andrew Gist pitches for the Hudson Valley Renegades (Class A-Short Season for the Tampa Bay Rays). Gist has pitched five games so far and is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in nine innings of work. His first win came last Thursday as he came in relief to defeat the West Virginia Black Bears.
• What is with former SEC football players playing minor league baseball? Tim Tebow gets all the attention, but two former Bulldogs are trying it as well. First it was Sanders Commings and now it is former signal caller Greyson Lambert. Lambert signed a minor league contract this week with the Texas Rangers hoping to become a pitcher. He last played baseball as a JV player in ninth grade at Wayne County in Jesup.
• In tennis, current Bulldog Emil Reinberg will be playing in the BB&T Atlanta Open later this month at Atlantic Station. He was the 2017 SEC Tournament MVP and he helped Georgia in reaching the semifinals in the NCAA Tournament. Reinberg will be a junior next season. Fellow Bulldog John Isner is in the field as well. Isner has won this tournament three times in the past.
• And finally this former Dawg is getting paid. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope signed a one-year, $18 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. KCP played the previous four seasons with the Detroit Pistons averaging 11.7 points per game. Despite being drafted eighth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, he is fourth in career scoring by players drafted in that particular draft. Check out these numbers…
Most Career Points by Player in 2013 NBA Draft
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