Georgia running back Trevor Etienne (1) runs a drill during spring practice in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, March 14, 2024.

Georgia RB Trevor Etienne faces DUI, other charges

Georgia running back Trevor Etienne faces four misdemenaor charges, including driving under the influence, after his arrest Sunday morning.

According to online records, Etienne posted bonds totaling $1,883 and was released from the Athens-Clarke County Jail at 5:27 a.m., about an hour after he was booked.

He also was charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain lane/improper driving on the road and affixing materials that reduce visibility of windows/windshield.

The DUI charge was labeled as “less safe,” which means he can be convicted even if his blood-alcohol content measures below 0.08 percent.

“We are aware of the charges and are currently in the process of gathering additional information,” a university statement read. “This is a pending legal matter and we will not have further comment at this time.”

Etienne, 19, transferred from Florida after the 2023 season. In 24 games over two seasons with the Gators, he ran for 1,472 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also had 30 receptions for 238 yards and a touchdown.

He is the younger brother of Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne and was projected to start for the Bulldogs when they open the season against Clemson on Aug. 31.

Under Georgia policy, student-athletes convicted of DUI must serve a suspension of at least one game.

This is the latest driving-related issue for Georgia and the first known incident in 2024. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday that at least 15 members of the Bulldogs program were arrested or cited for DUI or speeding last year.

On Jan. 15, 2023, offensive lineman Devin Willock and recruiting department staff member Chandler LeCroy were killed in a crash, with their deaths attributed to both alcohol and speeding.

–Field Level Media

Dec 30, 2023; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Kendall Milton (2) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the 2023 Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

No. 6 Georgia throttles No. 5 Florida State in Orange Bowl rout

Carson Beck passed for two touchdowns in two quarters of action and No. 6 Georgia steamrolled No. 5 Florida State 63-3 on Saturday in a record showing at the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Beck completed 13 of 18 passes for 203 yards before exiting as the Bulldogs won by an Orange Bowl-record 60 points. The previous largest margin of victory was 55 when Alabama routed Syracuse 61-6 on Jan. 1, 1953.

Kendall Milton rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns and Daijun Edwards also ran for two scores as Georgia (13-1) pummeled a previously unbeaten Florida State squad. The Seminoles were missing several key players on both sides of the ball, most of them either declaring for the NFL draft or entering the transfer portal.

Georgia backup quarterback Gunner Stockton was 6-of-10 passing for 96 yards and two scores. Daylen Everette and Malaki Starks had interceptions for the Bulldogs, who have won 46 of their past 48 games.

Freshman Brock Glenn completed 9 of 26 passes for 139 yards and two interceptions in his second straight start for Florida State (13-1). Glenn became the starter after star Jordan Travis broke his leg and Tate Rodemaker sustained a concussion and later entered the portal.

The shellacking ended Florida State’s 19-game winning streak, which was second-longest behind Washington (20).

The Bulldogs rolled up an Orange Bowl-record 673 total yards and limited the Seminoles to 209.

Georgia blew the game open with a 35-point, second-quarter blitz.

Milton scored on a 15-yard run with 4:05 left in the first quarter and tacked on a 5-yard touchdown run three seconds into the second to make it 14-0.

After Ryan Fitzgerald kicked a 22-yard field goal for the Seminoles, Edwards scored on a 15-yard run for the Bulldogs to make it 21-3.

Florida State’s Deuce Spann fumbled away the ensuing kickoff when hit by Chaz Chambliss and Cole Speer recovered for Georgia at the Seminoles’ 27-yard line. On the next play, Ladd McConkey scooted 27 yards on a reverse to give the Bulldogs two touchdowns in 20 seconds and a 25-point advantage with 10:18 left in the half.

Beck threw two touchdowns passes later in the half, first hitting Arian Smith from 12 yards out and then tossing a 2-yarder to Dominic Lovett to make it 42-3 with 24 seconds to go.

Stockton replaced Beck at the outset of the second half and guided Georgia on a 10-play, 75-yard drive. Edwards capped it with a 2-yard run.

Stockton threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Lawson Luckie to make it 56-3 with 2:30 left in the third quarter. He added a 14-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Evans III with 12:10 left in the game.

–Field Level Media

Georgia Bulldogs quarterbacks Carson Beck (15) and quarterback Brock Vandagriff (12) react on the field prior to the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia QB Brock Vandagriff bows out for Kentucky

Quarterback Brock Vandagriff committed to Kentucky as a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility remaining.

A backup to Carson Beck in 2023, Vandagriff will be in the running to replace Devin Leary, a one-year starter who transferred to Kentucky from NC State, as the Wildcats’ starter in 2024.

Vandagriff arrived in Athens as the No. 17 overall recruit in the Class of 2021, per the 247Sports composite.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Georgia native completed 12 of 18 passes for 165 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions while backing up Beck in 2023.

Vandagriff confirmed he was leaving Athens in a farewell to the Bulldogs on Monday.

“Dawg Nation, thank you for the unwavering support over the past 3 years,” Vandagriff posted on X. “I was able to accomplish a huge goal of mine, which is graduating from the University of Georgia.”

Leary is out of eligibility and Beck is expected to return to Georgia in 2024 unless he’s convinced the NFL is an immediate option.

The Bulldogs hold a standing commitment from five-star quarterback Dylan Raiola in Georgia’s celebrated 2024 recruiting class.

–Field Level Media

Georgia tight end Brock Bowers (19) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of a NCAA college football game against Ole Miss in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. Georgia won 52-17.

History at stake as No. 1 Georgia visits No. 18 Tennessee

No. 1 Georgia will try to make history when it visits No. 18 Tennessee in a Southeastern Conference showdown on Saturday afternoon in Knoxville, Tenn.

Georgia (10-0, 7-0) has won a school-record 27 consecutive games since the end of the 2021 campaign. A win this weekend would move the Bulldogs into a tie for the longest winning streak in SEC history, joining Alabama from 1978-80 and 1991-93.

This week, the Bulldogs also jumped Ohio State for the top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings.

“Rare air,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “Those (Alabama teams) are guys I grew up watching as a little kid growing up in Alabama, with my dad being a high school coach.

“A lot of the credit goes to the people that come to this university and play, the players that made those sacrifices, the players who helped win those games. … It’s just all these guys that made sacrifices to do this and make it special.”

Tennessee (7-3, 3-3) would love to spoil the Bulldogs’ dream run. The Volunteers return home to Neyland Stadium, where they have won 14 consecutive games.

The Volunteers fell five spots in the CFP rankings after losing 36-7 to then-No. 14 Missouri on the road last weekend. Tennessee trailed 13-7 at the break and was outscored 23-0 in the second half.

For Volunteers coach Josh Heupel, this week presents an opportunity to erase the ill taste of the loss.

“A lot to learn from,” Heupel said. “At the same time, you’ve got to wash it. Whether you win or lose and you’ve got to move on to the next one. …

“We understand the quality of the opponent that’s coming to town this week. Our guys understand who they are, what they’re about, the way that they’re going to play. It’s going to be a great test for us.”

It has been a one-sided rivalry in recent years. Georgia has won six straight games against Tennessee, which last knocked off the Bulldogs in 2016 in Athens, Ga.

This year’s Georgia squad is led on offense by quarterback Carson Beck, who has passed for 3,022 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. Beck’s top target is tight end Brock Bowers, who returned from injury last week and who leads the team with 44 catches for 601 yards and five touchdowns.

On the ground, Daijun Edwards paces Georgia with 691 rushing yards and 10 scores.

Tennessee quarterback Joe Milton III will try to keep pace with Georgia’s high-potent offense. He has passed for 2,283 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions this season.

Volunteers wideout Squirrel White has a team-high 49 catches for 609 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Jaylen Wright has amassed 848 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

On defense, Georgia has the edge.

The Bulldogs have allowed 289.2 yards per game, which ranks ninth in the nation. The Volunteers have given up 340.6 yards per game, which ranks No. 39.

A fast start helped Georgia in the team’s most recent meeting last year. The Bulldogs jumped to a 24-6 lead at halftime and held on for a 27-13 victory in Athens.

–Field Level Media

Oct 14, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Georgia Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers (19) walks off the field after an injury during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at FirstBank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia TE Brock Bowers injured vs. Vanderbilt

Georgia star tight end Brock Bowers sustained an injury to his lower left leg during the second quarter of Saturday’s game versus Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.

Bowers was injured on a designed run after his leg was twisted awkwardly on a tackle by Vanderbilt safety Savion Riley. He limped off the field and into the medical tent.

Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart briefly spoke to Bowers shortly after the latter was injured on the field.

“He was good. He was in good spirits,” Smart told CBS Sports of his conversation with Bowers. “He’s got a little bit of an ankle sprain at the bottom part of his foot, but he thinks he’ll be fine. They’re gonna go X-ray it and check it out.”

The Mackey Award winner as the nation’s top end last season, Bowers had four catches for 22 yards and two rushes for 11 yards prior to leaving the game. He entered the day with 37 catches for a team-leading 545 yards and four touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Georgia quarterback Carson Beck (15) throws a pass to Georgia tight end Brock Bowers (19) during the second half of a NCAA college football game against UAB in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023.

No. 20 Kentucky seeking rare win at No. 1 Georgia

Top-ranked Georgia seeks to extend its national-best winning streak to 23 consecutive games when it battles No. 20 Kentucky on Saturday in Southeastern Conference play at Athens, Ga.

The Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0 SEC) have beaten the Wildcats (5-0, 2-0) 13 consecutive times since losing 34-27 at home in 2009.

Two-time defending national champion Georgia hasn’t looked as formidable as the past few seasons but is once again the class of the SEC as the regular season nears the midway point.

However, the Bulldogs trailed by 10 points early last weekend before rallying for a 27-20 road win over Auburn. Carson Beck tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Brock Bowers with 2:52 remaining to win it.

While Bowers (30 receptions, 413 yards) is an accomplished star, Beck is quickly making a name for himself as the quarterback who follows two-time national champion Stetson Bennett.

Beck has passed for 1,497 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He has completed 72.1 percent of his throws.

“I’ve seen a lot of resiliency from him,” Bulldogs guard Tate Ratledge said. “When things aren’t necessarily going our way on offense, he’s always uplifting, always encouraging, never really changes. He just keeps a level head and tries to help us push through that with him.”

The Georgia offense received a boost by having Ladd McConkey on the field for the first time this season against Auburn. The wideout who caught 12 scoring receptions over the previous two seasons had four catches for 38 yards against the Tigers.

Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart is hoping McConkey’s health will hold up after he missed four games with a back injury.

“I just know the medical advice we got was to shut him down. We did that,” Smart said. “He feels like he’s recovered. He feels good. He had to progress last week to the point of full speed. It didn’t bother him. The biggest thing for him now is the conditioning level and all.”

The Georgia defense hasn’t been so stout against the run, allowing 113.4 yards per game and 4.0 per carry.

That’s a concern with Kentucky star running back Ray Davis coming off a career-best 280-yard rushing performance in last Saturday’s 33-14 win over then-No. 22 Florida. That ranks third in school history behind Moe Williams (299 in 1995) and Lynn Bowden (284, 2019).

“I didn’t make history, our O-line made history,” Davis said. “We ran for (329 yards), so as a collective unit we made history. But for me, it was just going into another game and hitting holes and things were opening. I just have to see it right.”

Davis scored four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving) against the Gators and feels the offense is just getting cranked up.

“We are evolving and getting better each day,” said Davis, who has 594 rushing yards on the season. “Those (linemen) are getting better. As an offense, we are getting better. We are not going to be content with this performance. We have a lot more left in the tank.”

Smart sure took notice of the performance by Davis.

“He’s an exceptional back. As good a back I’ve seen in a long time,” Smart said. “This guy’s smooth, explosive. He pass protects really well. He protects the ball. He’s aggressive in the way he runs.”

Wildcats quarterback Devin Leary was just 9 of 19 for a season-low 69 yards against the Gators. Leary passed for more than 200 yards in each of Kentucky’s first four games.

Overall, he has completed 57.7 percent of his passes for 1,129 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Sep 16, 2023; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Carson Beck (15) runs past South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Bryan Thomas Jr. (46) during the first half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Georgia seeing red in red zone, up for UAB test

A offensive performance has top-ranked Georgia geared up to generate points when it hosts UAB on Saturday night in Athens, Ga.

The Bulldogs overcame a 14-3 halftime deficit to post a 24-14 victory over visiting South Carolina behind rushing touchdowns from running backs Daijun Edwards and Cash Jones and wideout Dillon Bell.

But issues in the red zone, with and without the ball, have head coach Kirby Smart fired up to fix the shortcomings before the Bulldogs hit the road next week for the first time this season.

Edwards finished with team highs in carries (20) and yards (118) and scored on a 7-yard run. Jones had two carries for 20 yards and added one reception for 11 yards. Bell had seven carries for 23 yards and added a 16-yard reception.

Quarterback Carson Beck connected with nine different receivers and completed 27 of 35 passes for 269 yards in his first Southeastern Conference start. Despite having just 98 yards through the air at halftime — with his longest completion just 11 yards — Beck found his rhythm in the second half and led the Bulldogs (3-0) to their first conference win.

“He did a good job,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said. “He throws the ball downfield well. I thought he got rid of the ball when he had to, made plays with his feet and took off running. I thought Carson did a tremendous job of being the commander of this offense.”

Georgia entered the red zone six times versus South Carolina but only scored three touchdowns.

“Things weren’t working out,” Beck said. “We weren’t executing on all levels. We got down to the red zone two or three times, we just weren’t able to punch it in, which we’ve got to do better at.”

Kicker Peyton Woodring missed two field goals — one was blocked — after making his first attempt of the game, a 31-yarder, on the Bulldogs’ opening drive.

Woodring is 3 of 6 on field goal attempts and has missed two inside the 30-yard line. Attempts from 28 and 43 yards go in the books as misses.

“We’ve seen much better in practice,” Smart said. “We’ve got to do something there.”

UAB (1-2) opened the season with a 35-6 win over North Carolina A&T in the debut of head coach Trent Dilfer. The Blazers, however dropped a 49-35 decision to Georgia Southern and 41-21 setback to Louisiana in subsequent weeks.

Quarterback Jacob Zeno (956 yards and six touchdowns passing, 94 yards rushing and two scores) and wideout Samario Rudolph (14 receptions for 127 yards and a TD) have been the top playmakers on offense.

But UAB has had trouble running the ball and stopping opposing offenses. The Blazers have averaged 125 yards on the ground and are permitting 32 points per game.

If UAB has any chance at pulling an upset in primetime, it will have to get better production in both areas.

“As Blazers, we got to get better at football,” Dilfer said. “We got to get better at coaching. We got to get better at running this building. The challenge only gets greater playing a, not good, but great Georgia team at their place.”

UAB is playing a No. 1-ranked team for the first time in program history. The Bulldogs lead the series 3-0.

–Field Level Media