Did you see these Georgia football stories from last week?

DawgNation will begin publishing a weekly series curating what we think was some of our best work over the past week. Did you miss them on the first repeat? Well be sure to check them all out now.

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Have you had a good week so far? We hope so.

DawgNation did too. That’s why we’re launching a weekly series for the season that looks back at some of the most read and best received stories from the past week on DawgNation.com.

Did you get to see them all? Do you want another chance on a Sunday? When the rest of the world slows down a bit?

It should become a useful feature with the season kicking off next Saturday against Oregon at Mercedes Benz Stadium.

The first pieces we’d like to highlight are a couple of lines from one of our two reporters on the football beat. Connor Riley felt that Tate Ratledge had an amazing first session getting to know Bulldog’s rhythm and the copy of him discussing how he could help the ‘Dawgs this fall reflects that.

Here’s an excerpt from “Tate Ratledge finds joy again as she pushes to start” from earlier this week.

Riley chose to start with the mane to find out about Ratledge.

Tate Ratledge made that clear Tuesday afternoon. Speaking to reporters, the offensive lineman confidently announced that his mullet would be here to stay for the foreseeable future.

“In high school, I wasn’t allowed to have long hair. Private school, I couldn’t touch the necklace,” said Ratledge, of the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia. “Then I got to college and thought, ‘I’m going to do something with this.’ He had like an awkward phase for six months, but here he is now. I see I’m too into it to cut it now.”

Ratledge also went into detail about how he broke his foot in the season opener against Clemson last fall.

“I looked at Warren McClendon, our tackle in the game, and said, ‘Warren, my foot is broken.’ He was like, ‘Uh, what do you mean?’ Then the next thing I know, they’re announcing a play like they haven’t processed it,” Ratledge said. “So, I had to get up, run a play, and then the next time I had the opportunity, I touched my helmet and went out. That’s how he went down.”

Ratledge didn’t go into the gory details of the injury, just that he was glad the adrenaline that came early on helped him process the pain.

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Tate Ratledge got his first career start against Clemson in the Duke’s Mayo Classic at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.

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Riley’s second piece of merit for the week went to sophomore Kamari Lassiter.

It was another introduction to a new face who will also take on a very important role at cornerback this fall.

Lassiter is likely to have a starting role on the team this fall. Here is an excerpt from that piece that covers his backstory since he moved from Savannah to Tuscaloosa and then to Athens.

By the time the game ended with Smith firing Bryce Young, Georgia had won its first national championship since 1980. Something Lassiter and many other Bulldogs wanted to do as natives of the Peach State.

“That was probably one of the best feelings in the world,” Lassiter said. “Just winning it, for the first time in a long time for all the fans. For me personally, my entire family is from Georgia, so he put a smile on their faces. That is something I will never forget.”

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Did you stay connected to Brandon Adams and DawgNation Daily earlier this week? Adams has a daily live streaming show and podcast that is always a must for Georgia football fans.

Adams curated some meaty topics this week with two shows sure to get DawgNation’s interest.

A warning from Herbstreit about ‘Bama? A bad stat that’s actually good for UGA?

Hey BA, tell us more, man!

DawgNation’s Mike Griffith has been keeping an eye on all things Georgia-Florida for the past week. He was able to provide the site with context and insights culled from an Orlando Sentinel report that delivered some striking comments from Florida athletic management about the future of the game.

Florida AD: Georgia administration ‘seems committed’ to keeping the game in Jacksonville

“My counterpart at the University of Georgia (athletic director Josh Brooks) seems committed to keeping the game in Jacksonville based on our conversations,” Stricklin said in an Orlando Sentinel story this week.

“Because of the tradition and the fact that the schools benefit financially from having the game in Jacksonville, I would be surprised if it ever moved.”

Griffith also provided a timely read on the NFL’s prospects for Georgia’s 2022 roster by discussing some of the early draft projections. Those who feel like the ‘Dawgs have gotten a talent hit after setting a modern-era record with 15 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft need to see their copy.

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There are four Bulldogs projected (for now) to come off the board in the top 20 picks in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Running back Kenny McIntosh also stands out as a first-round pick in the bubble.

That’s a pretty hefty encore for a show that saw five first-round NFL players walk off the board after the national championship a year ago.

DawgNation was also able to share Lawson Luckie’s story on our pages this week. It was a different kind of recruiting piece.

Do you know the true story of why the 4-star legacy TE chose the ‘Dawgs? Why did the phrase “stay home” have so much stronger sentiment behind his decision? Luckie’s choice was influenced by his nine-year-old little brother. Cannon Luckie is unable to move, walk or sit. He weighs only 70 pounds and his caregivers have diagnosed him as functionally blind.

That said, he is the strongest member of the Luckie family. Even with two future college football players living under the same roof.

An excerpt from the story details what it was like to return from a Christmas trip to the beach that was supposed to last a week. They had to take Cannon home with a fever after basically only 18 hours.

“When we got home, he looked at me and said, ‘I have to go to Georgia,’ and said, ‘I can’t have you trying to get to the football game with Cannon,’” Hillary Luckie said, recalling what Lawson said at the time. “Even if it’s like South Carolina. If it’s a night game you’re going to have to stay in a hotel. Cannon will hate that’ and said ‘Georgia is a great school. There’s absolutely no reason why that shouldn’t be my choice.’”

Now her mother doesn’t want that to be the only reason.

“She was sure to keep looking around,” Lawson Luckie said. “She said, ‘I’ll make it work wherever you want to go,’ but Georgia ended up being where I wanted to be.”

Georgia Commit Lawson Luckie, left, poses with her younger brother Cannon (center), her mother Hillary (right), and her middle brother Carter, at their home in Norcross in August. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

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