Dawg (almost) bites man: Inside an enduring image from Georgia-Auburn rivalry: (ESPN.com, Published Nov. 10, 2016) The 1996 image of Georgia's bulldog mascot Uga nearly biting Auburn receiver Robert Baker is among the most famous photographs from one of college football's oldest rivalries. On the 20-year anniversary of that game -- the first overtime game in SEC history -- I spoke with the photographer who took the picture, the dog's sideline handler and a competitor from the game about their recollections from that infamous moment.
Main attraction in Georgia vs. Southern game might be halftime show: (ESPN.com, Published Sept. 21, 2015) This was a fun story that came about mostly out of curiosity. Knowing the reputation of Southern University's marching band, "The Human Jukebox," I wondered whether Georgia would require that the band make the trip with the football team in its contract for their game at Sanford Stadium. So I requested a copy of the contract and, sure enough, there was a section that included that stipulation.
Dawgs key in Jacobs' recovery: (ESPN.com, Published Nov. 23, 2011) I covered Georgia for nearly a decade and the only time I saw Mark Richt cry was when we sat down in his office and discussed what happened to David Jacobs a decade earlier. Jacobs suffered a stroke after a 2001 practice and nearly died, and had to undergo a grueling rehabilitation process to regain basic physical skills that most of us take for granted. I caught up with him a decade after the incident and wrote two stories on what he is up to now. The second story focused on his speaking to the team in 2011 and inspiring Richt's newer players.
Georgia LB Jake Ganus' trick play results in postgame engagement: (ESPN.com, Published Sept. 22, 2015) Georgia linebacker Jake Ganus had his girlfriend completely fooled when she and their family members were ushered onto the field after a win against South Carolina to celebrate his winning a fictional "Senior of the Week" award. Instead, he proposed to her, adding another happy chapter to his UGA experience after leaving the defunct UAB program.
Leonard Fournette is college football's next phenom: (ESPN.com, Published Aug. 24, 2014) Before he had even played one game in college, LSU running back Leonard Fournette was already a legend in his hometown of New Orleans. His arrival in Baton Rouge was met with an inordinate amount of hype, with even longtime college football pundits speculating that he might contend for a Heisman Trophy as a true freshman.
Landon Collins' mom might require another promise from son: (ESPN.com, Published Dec. 30, 2014) Landon Collins' mother April Justin became a viral sensation when she publicly disapproved of his choosing Alabama over nearby LSU on national television. Collins became an All-American at Alabama and entered the NFL draft shortly after this story published. Justin indicated she would probably support that decision, but she wanted him to pinkie swear that he would complete his degree -- a motherly tactic she also used when she made him promise to do whatever it took to become an impact player at Alabama if she was to approve of his leaving Louisiana.