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Ready for war

J.R. Reed is one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s best defensive back.  TONY WALSH/ S TA F F

Matchup between Georgia defense and LSU offense has big implications Nathan Moore Football Beat Writer When No. 4 Georgia and No. 2 LSU face off in the SEC championship game on Saturday, two of the best units in college football will go head-to-head. LSU has the second-highest scoring offense in the Football Bowl Subdivision, averaging almost 49 points per game. Ready to stop them is the Georgia defense, which enters the game as the second-best scoring defense in the country, allowing just over 10 points per game. But the Bulldogs will have their hands full with star quarterback Joe Burrow and a couple of Biletnikoff Award finalists in wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Jordan Jefferson. The Tigers’ high-powered offense has carried them to a perfect 12-0 record. Burrow has flourished under LSU’s new offense implemented by passing game coordinator Joe Brady. The senior quarterback is second in the country in passing yards and passing touchdowns, and he’s the odds-on favorite to claim the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s most outstanding player. But Burrow’s passing ability isn’t the only thing the Georgia defense is preparing for. “He’s so elusive. He doesn’t go down easy,” linebacker Azeez Ojulari said. “He can throw those 50-50 balls. He’s just a great quarterback overall — a Heisman candidate. So, a great quarterback.” Burrow also had praise for Georgia, calling the Bulldogs’ defense one of the two or three best in the country. “They play sound in their scheme,” Burrow said. “You can tell they’re coached very well. So it’s going to be a tall task for us.” As successful as both units have been, neither Georgia’s defense nor LSU’s offense has seen an opponent as good as what it will face in the SEC championship game. Georgia senior safety J.R. Reed said Chase will be a receiver that can cause serious problems for the Bulldogs’ secondary. “He gets a lot of yards after catch,” Reed said. “His catch radius is all over the place.

Joe Burrow set the SEC’s single-season record with 4,366 passing yards record on Nov. 30.  T O N Y

They play sound in their scheme. You can tell they’re coached very well. So it’s going to be a tall task for us.”

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So even when defenders are in good position, he can go up and get the ball. That’s just one of the things that makes him such a great receiver.” As Georgia’s best cover corner, Eric Stokes will likely be matched up with Chase for much of the game, and he knows exactly what he’ll be in for against the nation’s leader in receiving touchdowns. “He’s a 1,000-yard receiver, so you already know,” Stokes said. “He’s a great 50-50 ball player. He always gets open somehow. He’s a bigger body, and he’s got some moves on him.” As if Chase wasn’t enough, the Bulldogs will have to deal with Jefferson as well, who sits just behind Chase within the FBS top five in receiving touchdowns. Both have been go-to targets for Burrow, racking up 2,549 yards between them. The conference title and a shot at the College Football Playoff are on the line. The matchup could be won and lost between Georgia’s defense and Burrow, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and the rest of LSU’s offense. Both units will be ready for the challenge. “You just have to embrace it,” Stokes said. “They’re ready to go to war, too.”

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Depth at running back eases concerns about depleted receiving corps Augusta Stone Assistant Sports Editor

Tyler Simmons (87) caught three passes for 52 receiving yards against Georgia Tech on Nov. 30.  G A B R I ELLA AUDI/ S TA F F

Next man up Georgia’s weakened receiving corps ready to prove itself in SEC championship game Myan Patel Football Beat Writer Georgia football’s power bill might go up to start December. The practice-field lights are shining longer this week. With Lawrence Cager out for the SEC championship game with an ankle injury and George Pickens suspended for the first half after fighting in the Georgia Tech game, senior Tyler Simmons is leading a charge to make sure the depleted receiving corps doesn’t miss a beat. Simmons, along with any other pass catchers who want to join, will stay late and take extra reps with quarterback Jake Fromm to create a rhythmic precision in a Georgia passing game that hasn’t flourished this season. “I feel like [our connection] is getting better,” Simmons said. “Down two receivers … definitely leaves a chance for other receivers to step up and make some plays.” The injured Cager is the only Bulldog receiver to crack the SEC’s top 15 in receiving yards per game. And Pickens is the only one in the SEC’s top 15 for receiving touchdowns. But Simmons has experience. The buzz of the SEC championship game won’t faze him — it’s his third trip to the

conference title game. Although he has never had more than four catch es or 81 receiving yards in a game, Simmons led the Bulldogs against Georgia Tech on Nov. 30 with three catches for 52 receiving yards and one touchdown. That still won’t cut it against LSU. But head coach Kirby Smart is confident in his receiver rotation. Simmons mentioned Matt Landers and Kearis Jackson as players poised for breakout performances. Freshman Dominick Blaylock is second on the team with five touchdown catches. Smart is challenging them to prove they are ready for the big stage. “You’re going to get one-on-one opportunities when you play in our offense because of the run game,” Smart said. “So you have to win your 50-50 opportunities. You have to take advantage of it.” Fromm averages 198.8 passing yards per game, seventh in the SEC. His numbers are partly skewed by a run-first offensive scheme, but inconsistency explains the rest. A consistent target has yet to emerge. Simmons is ready to put himself and the youngsters around him to the test. “It’s up to me to put myself on a higher pedestal and try to bring those young guys with me,” Simmons said. The receivers have been part of an offense which has sometimes failed at creating excitement and explosive plays, two hallmarks of LSU’s offense. Georgia is ready to do the same. “We have a lot of plays we have yet to run,” Simmons said. “But it’s time now to put them on the field and show what we’ve been putting in on the practice field all year.”

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A limited group of wideouts could mean that Georgia reverts to its classic offensive strategy: Run the ball here, run it there, then run it some more. D’Andre Swift leads the Bulldogs in the backfield having already accumulated his second consecutive 1,000-yard season. He has recorded 193 carries for 1,203 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019. But Swift is struggling with an injury. He left the last game against Georgia Tech on Nov. 30 due to a shoulder contusion, but head coach Kirby Smart insists Swift will be ready for the SEC championship game. “It’s tough, but he’s a warrior,” Smart said. “We’re expecting him to be able to go.” Even if Swift isn’t fully healthy, Georgia boasts other tailbacks, such as Brian Herrien, James Cook, Zamir White and Kenny McIntosh. All five have found the end zone this season and give Smart no reason for concern. “[I’m] very confident,” Smart said. “I feel very comfortable about the other guys.”

James Cook had four carries for 30 yards against Georgia Tech on Nov. 30.  G A B R I ELLA AUDI/ S TA F F

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At the end of the 2019 regular season, Georgia’s defense sits atop the SEC in scoring defense, rushing defense, total defense and pass defense efficiency. Head coach Kirby Smart, who was Alabama’s defensive coordinator from 2008 to 2015, sees one stark difference between this year’s unit at Georgia and the others he has coached. “We don’t have natural star power on our defense,” Smart said. “This group plays really hard and well together.” Meet the cast of characters that make up the Bulldogs’ suffocating defense.

RFr. OLB Azeez Ojulari: The Quarterback Hunter Azeez Ojulari doesn’t care if a quarterback is small and speedy or massive and mighty. He’s gunning for him regardless. Ojulari is Georgia’s leading pass rusher and ranks first on the team with 4.5 sacks and 33 quarterback hits. He was glued to Tennessee quarterback Brian Maurer on Oct. 5, sacking him twice and rushing him on 10 occasions. Ojulari has also taken down Florida’s Kyle Trask and helped wrap up Vanderbilt’s Riley Neal, Murray State’s Preston Rice and Arkansas State’s Logan Bonner, hitting his fair share of passers. “I’m good no matter who it is,” Ojulari said on Oct. 28. “Just get the job done [and] we’ll be good.” — Augusta Stone

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RSo. ILB Monty Rice: The General The leader of the defense, Rice has been Georgia’s field general in 2019. He’s the team leader in tackles with 79 total — 24 more than second-place Tae Crowder. The junior from Huntsville, Alabama, hasn’t missed a game this season and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after his 10-tackle performance in the 21-14 victory over Auburn. He’s been an integral part of Georgia’s staunch rush defense that only allowed a single rushing touchdown in the regular season. Smart said on Aug. 27 that Rice has a bright future as the leader of the defense, and Rice’s performance this season has proved Smart correct. — Nathan Moore

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Sr. ILB Tae Crowder: The Success Story Tae Crowder wasn’t supposed to be in this spot. Crowder entered college as a running back, and he has seamlessly made the switch to linebacker. He is second on the team with 55 tackles and was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker. Crowder’s Georgia highlight came on Oct. 5 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The football was jarred loose, and Crowder scooped it up before hustling 60 yards for a touchdown. “It’s a story of perseverance,” Smart said on Nov. 6. “He was a very lightly-recruited kid, as far as I knew. … He has been a really positive success story, and he is a really good kid.” — Myan Patel

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Jr. DB Richard LeCounte: The Rat Trap When Smart first compared Richard LeCounte to a “rat trap” in 2017, it wasn’t supposed to be a compliment. The energetic safety tried to do too much, Smart said. Now LeCounte has harnessed that energy and become one of the linchpins of the defense. For all of Georgia’s strengths on defense, it has struggled to create turnovers, ranking 112th in the country in turnovers gained. That’s where LeCounte steps in. He is first in the SEC with three fumbles recovered. “He doesn’t always play with great eye control or great discipline, but he plays really hard [and] gets after the ball,” Smart said on Nov. 25. — Henry Queen

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Sr. DB J.R. Reed: The Award Collector The accolades have piled up for J.R. Reed in 2019. He’s been named a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s best defender, and a Jim Thorpe Award finalist for the nation’s top defensive back. Reed has been tested this season and passed with flying colors. He’s one of three Georgia defensive players to score a touchdown during the regular season and scooped a fumble for a 14-yard touchdown against Murray State. He has also broken up seven passes and recorded 48 stops. Football runs in Reed’s blood, but he has quickly made a name for himself as a leader in Georgia’s defensive nucleus. — Myan Patel

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RSo. DB Eric Stokes: The Delightful Deflector Eric Stokes routinely gives positive comments on his defense, and he almost always has a smile on his face while he does it. Smart once called him “charismatic.” But the moment he steps on the field, the Bulldogs’ lockdown corner said it all changes. “It’s just a totally different person,” Stokes said on Oct. 29. “Once I get the helmet on, it’s game time.” That intensity has paid off for Stokes, who leads Georgia with eight pass break-ups. Stokes shines especially bright in SEC play, where he accumulated six of his deflections during games against Vanderbilt, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kentucky. — Augusta Stone

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Sr. DL Tyler Clark: The Monster Tyler Clark broke out in 2019. To put the cherry on top of his senior season, Clark reached career highs in two different games this year. Against Arkansas State on Sept. 14, he broke his own record with five tackles and 1 1/2 quarterback sacks. In Georgia’s win over Auburn on Nov. 16, Clark reached another career high with two tackles for loss. His most iconic play, however, wasn’t in either of these games. It was his monster hit against South Carolina in second overtime. Clark read the snap and leveled South Carolina’s Rico Dowdle as soon as he got the handoff. The loss of four yards forced the Gamecocks to settle for a field goal. — Anna Glenn Grove

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Jr. DL Malik Herring: The Late Arrival A four-star prospect in the class of 2017, Malik Herring didn’t contribute much to the defense his freshman year, finishing with just seven total tackles. That number ballooned to 23 tackles last season. His coming-out party came against Georgia Tech last season. Herring’s skill set fit the Yellow Jackets’ old triple option offense well, Smart said. This season, Herring is third on the team with 17 quarterback pressures. “He continues to get better,” Smart said on Nov. 19. “He’s got to continue to get better, too, because he hasn’t arrived. ... You can’t rest on what you’ve done in the past. You’ve got to continue to grind.” — Henry Queen

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Highs & lows Analyzing the turning points of Georgia football’s season Anna Glenn Grove Football Beat Writer The winding road of Georgia’s regular season helped motivate it to finish strong enough for a meeting in the SEC championship game with LSU on Dec. 7. “There’s been a lot of turning points that certainly probably cranked the heat up and the pressure up to perform,” head coach Kirby Smart said. “There’s been a lot of good work and improvement throughout the year and some hard-fought battles that I thought helped some young players turn the corner.” Ahead of Georgia’s matchup against LSU, The Red & Black takes a look at the turning points of the Bulldogs’ regular season in 2019.

An offensive stall Georgia started the season by defeating Vanderbilt, Murray State and Arkansas State teams with ease. Despite slow starts against both Notre Dame and Tennessee, Georgia’s offense was able to score enough points to win. Their weaknesses weren’t truly exposed until the South Carolina loss on Oct. 12. Jake Fromm threw 51 passes, the most of any game up until that point. The junior began to show inconsistencies, as he threw three interceptions, his first and only picks of the season. Fromm targeted eight different receivers

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was also the last game in which Georgia did not allow a rushing touchdown. The Bulldogs were the only team up until that point who were able to do so. Now, Georgia is ranked No. 2 in the Football Bowl Subdivision for rushing defense.

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The Florida game was the first answer. Georgia’s mood quickly switched as it brought home a 2417 victory over the No. 6 Gators in Jacksonville on Nov. 2. The Bulldogs used their loss two weeks prior and a bye week to fuel an impressive offensive performance. “That was a hard-earned win against a good football team,” Smart said on Nov. 2. “Credit goes to those kids who played hard and played with grit. So many people doubted, and they never did.” Fromm completed 20 of his 30 pass attempts and racked up 279 passing yards and two touchdowns. Graduate transfer wide receiver Lawrence Cager emerged as Fromm’s top target with seven catches for 132 yards and a touchdown.

After his performance against Florida, Cager looked like the solution to offensive problems. He was Fromm’s go-to target. On Nov. 29, hope turned into heartbreak after Cager announced on his Instagram that he would likely not return this season after suffering an ankle injury in practice the week after the Texas A&M game. Cager is tied with George Pickens for most receptions in the regular season with 33 for 476 yards. Before the ankle injury, Cager dealt with shoulder and rib injuries. Fromm hasn’t completed more than 50% of his passes since Cager’s full-strength performance against Florida. Against LSU, other receivers will have to step up, or the offense could find itself in gridlock yet again.

Defensive peak Georgia’s defense has been consistently impressive throughout the season. The unit has gone about its business game after game and is now receiving national recognition as fourth in the nation for total defense. The defense’s peak performance came against Missouri on Oct. 19. The Bulldogs were writing history after completing their third shutout of the season and the second in a row at home against the Tigers. This had not happened since 1981. The Missouri game

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MORE MAJOR MOMENTS ¼¼ Georgia comes back to beat Notre Dame 23-17 on Sept. 21 ¼¼ Travon Walker sacks Auburn quarterback Bo Nix on fourth down to secure a 21-14 Georgia win on Nov. 16 ¼¼ Georgia puts up more than 27 points for the first time since Oct. 5 in its 52-7 victory over Georgia Tech on Nov. 30


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Richard LeCounte’s path to stardom defined by energy and perseverance

Flipping the script

Henry Queen Sports Editor Richard LeCounte didn’t need gymnastics classes to learn how to do a backflip. He taught himself. His father, Richard LeCounte II, bought a trampoline for his son when was about 6 years old so he could burn off some of his energy. LeCounte spent hours on that trampoline in the backyard of his Riceboro, Georgia, home. “It took a couple of falls for me to learn,” LeCounte said. “Some people might have stopped, but I trust myself. You have to be able to trust yourself to do things like that.” Now a junior safety for the Georgia football team, LeCounte saves his backflips for celebrations after big games such as the 2018 Rose Bowl and Georgia’s win over Florida on Nov. 2. But things haven’t always been as high-flying for LeCounte. With Dominick Sanders and J.R. Reed above him on the depth chart in 2017, the former 5-star safety started only one game his freshman year. Head coach Kirby Smart repeatedly called him a “rat trap” player, which he defined on Aug. 17 as being someone who does “what they want to do instead of what they’re supposed to do.” LeCounte is now the third-leading tackler and a major contributor on a defense that has carried the Bulldogs to their third consecutive SEC championship game appearance. “The thing you know about Richard is he loves football,” Smart said. “There are very few days out there that he does not give you his best, that he does not just enjoy it and love the game. The difference in Richard [between] now and then is he’s bought in more to the understanding of what [he has] to do within this system.”

Growing up fast LeCounte’s dad coached his flag football and basketball games growing up. Dealing with his son’s energy was always a challenge. “To get him to calm down, I would have to make him sit out the game,” LeCounte II said. “I knew that would hurt him more than anything in the world, not being able to compete.” The youngest of six kids, LeCounte usually had someone at home to play around with. He and his older sister Krystal liked to wrestle, LeCounte II said. “It used to frustrate him because he couldn’t beat her or pin her or anything like that when he was growing up,” LeCounte II said. “At the age of 13, Richard realized that he could really challenge his sister.” It was rare for LeCounte not to succeed

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LeCounte was one of the three 5-star Georgia recruits in the 2017 class.  G A B R I ELLA AUDI/ S TA F F

athletically. LeCounte II said his son could competing in track and field after freshman ride a bike without training wheels when he year. was 3 years old. By the time he was 9 years But then LeCounte was invited back for old, LeCounte graduated from flag to tackle one more meet. He loved the high jump, so football. At 12 years old, the track and field coach he led his Youth Baskettold him to give it anothball of America team to er try. a national championship LeCounte cleared 6 over a team from Puerto feet, 4 inches — tied for Rico. second in school history. His talent and person“A n d h e w a s n’ t i n ality made an imprestrack shorts or anysion with Liberty Counthing,” LeCounte II said. ty head football coach “He was in his school Kirk Warner, who met uniform.” LeCounte and his dad LeCounte couldn’t through a mutual friend. stop winning. He helped “Even when I followed Liberty County win a KIRK WARNER, LIBERTY him in the rec league, boys’ basketball state COUNTY HEAD COACH you could tell who Richchampionship over twoard was,” Warner said. time defending champi“People gravitated to on Jonesboro. He scored him. He had that charisma about him at a 20 points in the 58-52 win and played devery young age. He’s taken it into college fense against future Florida State guard with him also.” and McDonald’s All-American M.J. Walker. Naturally, LeCounte did a backflip in cel‘It wasn’t hard to see he was different’ ebration. As a sophomore at Liberty County High On the football field, he didn’t limit himSchool, LeCounte narrowed his focus to self to one position. LeCounte recorded 10 two sports: football and basketball. He tackles on defense and 83 receiving yards quit baseball after eighth grade because on offense in a win over Pierce County to he thought it was too boring and stopped win the region championship in 2016.

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He played some quarterback too. According to MaxPreps, he finished his career with 750 passing yards, 1,683 receiving yards, 1,450 rushing yards and 399 tackles. The scholarship offers poured in. He caught Ohio State’s eye, which watched a liberty county game to scout LeCounte’s friend and current Miami Dolphin’s player Raekwon McMillan. The Buckeyes offered him a scholarship not long after. “It wasn’t hard to see that he was different in those games,” Lecounte II said. “He was making plays on offense and defense and special teams. He never came off the field.”

Pushing LeCounte’s buttons Big-time college football can be a rude awakening. LeCounte was one of the three 5-star Georgia signees in the class of 2017, which also included four-star prospects like Andrew Thomas, Jake Fromm and Monty Rice. For the first time in his life, LeCounte was living somewhere beside Riceboro, which has an estimated population of 768, according to the U.S. Census. LeCounte II and Warner, who played football at Georgia in the late 1980s, tried to prepare him. They knew that Smart didn’t mince words. “He didn’t take it to heart at first,” Le-

Counte II said. “He was willing to grow and learn. That’s the stuff I told him before he went off to college. You don’t know everything. … I got him to understand that to learn anything, you’re going to have to be able to close your mouth and open your ears.” The criticism he heard wasn’t just in person. Smart made it public knowledge. “Sometimes it can be a psychological thing,” Warner said. “Kirby knows how to push his buttons, and evidently it’s worked because it’s made him a better player.” At the beginning of the 2019 season, LeCounte let some of his frustration slip. “He did tell me, ‘Dad, this is my third year. I think I’m ready. Coach shouldn’t have to coach me as hard as he’s been doing over the years because I understand the system now,’” LeCounte II said. “But I told him, ‘Hey, that’s the way your coach coaches, and you just abide by the rules and do what you’re told.’” As the season has progressed, LeCounte has proven his worth. He still has at least one more chance to celebrate with a backflip at Georgia. “Georgia is the underdog,” Warner said. “It’s kind of like [the basketball state championship]. Everybody thought that [Jonesboro would win]. … I have no doubt he’s going to show up for this game.”

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How unprescribed Adderall poses risks to students Gabriela Miranda Staff Writer During the fall 2018 final exam season, University of Georgia student John Smith said he sold more than 500 Adderall pills to other students. Smith describes the months of November and December as “peak season” for selling the drug.

Editor’s note: John Smith is a fake name used to protect the identity of the student — who spoke with The Red & Black on condition of anonymity — from prosecution by law enforcement or disciplinary action by UGA.

Adderall itself is not one drug but the brand name of a mixture of two synthetic stimulants — amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. The effects of amphetamine stimulants on the body are similar to cocaine, though they last longer, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Adderall was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy in 1996. The FDA has also classified Adderall as a Schedule II federally-controlled drug, which means an acceptable medical use for the drug exists but use of the substance can lead to abuse. “At UGA, it feels like everyone is using Adderall during finals,” Smith said. “It’s become really normalized by students.”

Finals, stress, pills He sold the drug every finals season since 2016. Smith, who has since stopped selling the drug, has seen an increase in demand from former customers and other sellers. “It’s the study drug on campus. People want to have hyperfocus during their exams,” Smith said. “They think this drug can keep them studying for hours on end.”

In high school, Smith resorted to caffeine and energy bars to get through tests and projects. He soon turned to Adderall pills to “survive” final exams. Smith recalls hearing the sound of computer keyboards and study groups talking overnight and witnessing students exchanging pills in the dorm hallways during his freshman year of college.

STUDY DRUG SCOOP ¼¼ Adderall is used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy in 1996 ¼¼ The effects of stimulants like Adderall are similar to cocaine ¼¼ Longterm abuse can result in paranoia, hallucinations, violent behavior, skin disorders, vitamin deficiency and malnutrition

“The atmosphere changed during finals, there’s always so much pressure,” Smith said. “You have to ace your exams at any cost.” While some UGA students abuse Adderall, others are prescribed the drug to combat their ADHD. According to a 2016 survey by the Centers for Disease Control, more than 6 million children had been diagnosed with ADHD.

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Synovus Financial Corporation CEO Kessel D. Stelling Jr. and Director of UGA’s Institute of Higher Education Libby V. Morris will deliver the 2019 fall undergraduate and graduate commencement addresses, respectively. Journalism major Taylor Maggiore will serve as the student speaker for the undergraduate ceremony. The university will award donor Sanford H. Orkin an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Judge Eric Norris denied a request for a 12-month family violence protective order against University of Georgia professor Robert Jeffrey Speakman on Dec. 3 on grounds that the person seeking the order did not provide enough evidence to prove Speakman posed a danger. Speakman was arrested on Nov. 15 for violating a temporary order. As of Nov. 20, Speakman was suspended indefinitely from UGA.

The Georgia volleyball team finished its regular season schedule with a 3-0 win over Alabama on Nov. 27. On Dec. 1, two of its players — Kacie Evans and Meghan Donovan — won regular season SEC awards. Evans earned SEC Freshman of the Year and Donvan was named to the All-SEC team. Evans, Donovan and their teammates will face Cal Poly in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Dec. 6.

T h e G e o r g i a w o m e n’ s basketball team picked up a pair of victories at the Daytona Beach Invitational. The Bulldogs defeated Butler University on Nov. 29 then beat Virginia Tech on Nov. 30. The victory over Virginia Tech marked the Hokies’ first loss of the season. Junior guard Gabby Connally led Georgia with 22 points against Virginia Tech and sank all seven of her free throw attempts.

Normaltown’s long-standing bakery shut its doors for the last time on Nov. 27, but released a cookbook with some of its most iconic dishes in its name. Titled “Secret Handshakes,” the books contains the shop’s everyday recipes from doughnuts to chicken salad sandwiches. Fans who are heartbroken over the loss of the bakery can purchase the book at Avid Bookshop and Treehouse Kid & Craft for $25.

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woman passed out, blamed gluten sensitivity Police were called to Myers Hall after a woman passed out in a bathroom before 3 a.m. on Nov. 24, according to a University of Georgia police report. Two resident assistants met with police and said the woman was unconscious in the bathroom. According to the report, she briefly woke up but started vomiting. When police made contact with the individual, she said she had been drinking but got sick because of a “thyroid problem and gluten sensitivity.” According to the report, the officers determined she was under the legal drinking age. Emergency medical services said she was safe to remain in her dorm room with her roommates. Medical amnesty was granted, according to the report.

Flag football finale The intramural flag football season came to an end under the lights of Sanford Stadium on Dec. 2. All but one section of the stands remained empty as friends, family and students capitalizing on free popcorn bundled up in near-freezing temperatures to watch four championship games play out Between the Hedges. The first three matchups ended in multiple-touchdown blowouts, but the last game of the night came down to a decisive final play, with the Favre Dollar Footlongs besting Sicko Mode 1312 to secure the men’s Red League championship. Two-time reigning champ for the women’s league, The Doc Dawgs, pulled off the three-peat and joined Mean Machine and the LandSharks as the 2019 IM flag football victors. — William Newlin

¼¼Fight at football game A witness reported a fight at the Georgia-Texas A&M football game at 4:40 p.m. on Nov. 23, according to a UGAPD report. The witness took an officer to the area where the victim said he heard someone yelling profane language about Georgia and quarterback Jake Fromm. According to the report, the victim confronted the man who then “threw a punch at him but missed.” As he walked away, the man grabbed and ripped his poncho.

The officer located the suspect and asked him to speak away from the crowd. The man declined and the officer tried to grab him. The man pulled away and grabbed the officer’s forearm. He was placed in a wrist lock and escorted away, according to the report. The officer believed the man was intoxicated. According to the report, he said the victim “came into his space” but didn’t remember anything else that happened after. The victim did not press charges and the suspect was escorted out of Sanford Stadium. ¼¼Driver

brandishes firearm downtown A man in a truck “brandished a firearm” at another vehicle before parking in front of 40 Watt Club on West Washington Street on Nov. 24 around 2:45 a.m., according to an Athens-Clarke County Police Department report. The responding officer saw the gun in the man’s lap and noticed the man “appeared extremely intoxicated” and smelled of alcohol while he spoke with him, according to the report. When the man moved to touch the gun in his lap, the officer pushed it to the floorboard, “removed” the man from the truck and handcuffed him. The man was arrested on charges disorderly conduct and public intoxication, according to the report.

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At age 12, Jessica Garcia was prescribed Adderall when her parents said she needed to “organize her brain.” Since then, she’s taken two 10-milligram pills a day. Once enrolled at UGA, Garcia asked her doctor to increase her prescribed dosage of Adderall. She did this on account of the “enormous” pressure she felt to focus and study for exams. Garcia said her parents supported the change after noticing how completing coursework and finals was affecting her well-being. Just last month, Garcia’s friend attempted to offer her money in exchange for a week’s supply of her prescribed Adderall. This wasn’t the first offer Garcia’s received, and every time her answer is the same. “I say ‘No’ to people who want to buy my prescribed Adderall,” Garcia said. “It’s my medicine, it’s vital to my day-to-day life. It’s not candy to buy.” On campus, Garcia hears Adderall referred to as a “study drug” or the “A-plus drug,” but said the drug should not be taken lightly, calling it “stifling” and “draining.” She experiences daily side effects including mood swings, loss of appetite and “loses” parts of her personality. Once she turned 18, Garcia attempted to wean off of Adderall — the resulting withdrawal caused severe migraines, cravings and a lack of ability to focus. “Medically, I need Adderall to focus and learn,” Garcia said. “It’s frustrating to see people abusing and taking it lightly.”

Health risks According to the DEA, long-term abuse of Adderall can result in symptoms of schizophrenia, such as paranoia, hallucinations and violent and erratic behavior. “College students use the drug for temporary results but don’t realize the long-lasting side effects of unprescribed Adderall use,” said Dr. Patt Brooks, medical director for The Athens Addiction Recovery Center. The FDA noted reports of sudden deaths, strokes and a higher likelihood of cardiac abnormalities in adults who use the drug at usual doses than in children. Skin

disorders, vitamin deficiency, convulsions and malnutrition are also potential side effects, according to the University of Maryland Center for Substance Abuse Research. “Adderall is made to affect the chemicals in your brain,” Brooks said. “It can be good when prescribed, but it can be very bad when it’s not.” Brooks said the painful phenomenon known as the “Adderall crash” refers to the adverse effects when the drug wears off. The stimulant is prescribed in doses between 5-30 milligrams. After the allotted time, Brooks said he noticed his patients who had abused Adderall complained of severe migraines, signs of depression, loss of appetite and more. An increase in blood pressure and heart rate is seen in Adderall users as well, Brooks said. The FDA reports users can experience “new or worse” aggressive behavior, hostility or bipolar illness. Smith first took Adderall his freshman year. The following year, he was admitted to a rehabilitation cen ter after “incessant” use of the drug led to a dangerously high heart rate. A month later, Smith said he had his stomach pumped after doctors found more than 50 milligrams in his system. The FDA’s maximum recommended dosage is 30 milligrams per day. JOHN SMITH, “ I c o u l d n’ t s t o p , t h e study drug became my everyday drug,” Smith said. “Eventually, no amount was enough.” Brooks said he sees dangerous side effects most commonly with users who are not prescribed the medication. He has advised students to not use any drug not directly prescribed by their doctor — he said any unprescribed drug can damage one’s body.

directed by a doctor. The campaign advises students to take notes and create typical study habits instead of relying on prescription medication for study help. UGA Counseling and Psychiatric Services offers treatment for individuals diagnosed with ADHD if they provide documentation to prove they have the condition. Garcia now receives her medication through CAPS and said the center helped her find the “healthiest” dose. “The university helped me find the right prescription, but they also educated me on not sharing or leaving my pills open for others to find and abuse,” Garcia said.

Peak season preparations Each December, Brooks organizes an informational meeting with recovery center staff on how to spot patient dependency on Adderall. He said the signs of dependency are an increase in anxiety levels, vomiting or tremors. According to the FDA, signs of Adderall abuse include insomnia, decreased appetite, hostility and blood pressure. “We watch out for the signs and we try to educate colleges and teachers on them too,” Brooks said. “Sometimes we can’t stop the usage, but we can decrease the abuse.” STUDENT Smith said he weaned himself off of Adderall going into this semester’s finals season, seeking healthier alternatives such as meditation, coffee and tutors. He stopped selling Adderall, but was approached by “dozens” of students in November. Smith recommends those with similar “harsh” experiences with Adderall to tell users and friends about the risks of the drug. He thinks the way to stop Adderall abuse is to open the conversation about its widespread popularity among college students. “It’s a silent struggle people don’t talk about,” Smith said. “This thing we call ‘the study pill’ can ruin your life.”

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READERS CHOICE Best Trivia Hi-Lo Lounge Want to show off your trivia skills? This hot spot located in Normaltown hosts a general trivia night weekly on Tuesdays.

Best New Restaurant El Barrio Located in Five Points, El Barrio offers a variety of chic new twists to your traditional tacos, such as a butternut squash taco or a fried tilapia taco.

Best Brunch and Best Biscuits Mama’s Boy Its common to see a line wrapped around this brunch staple with locals wanting a sweet taste of chocolate cake for breakfast or a mouth-watering biscuit sandwich. The spot has two locations, one on Oconee Street and another at The Falls of Oconee.

Best Classic Athens Spot The Grit A stop which has something for everyone, The Grit has made its mark in the Athens community since the ’90s with its variety of options. The vegetarian and vegan eatery showcases its bakery items and extensive lunch menu.

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Pulaski Heights BBQ Pulled pork, briskets and even ramen are available at the Pulaski Heights restaurant. Other highlights include its hearty, Southern-inspired sides and house-made sauces.

Crackkacino The Jittery Joe’s specialty drink has four shots of espresso, perfect for students pulling all-nighters.

Best Liquor Store Five Points Bottle Shop The store has two locations in Athens — one in Five Points and the other on Atlanta Highway — and carries a wide array of beer, wine and other liquors. Among its selection, customers can find local brands such as Creature Comforts and Terrapin Brewing Co.

Best Yoga Studio M3Yoga Break a sweat with a hot power yoga class or unwind after a stressful week with restorative yoga classes at M3Yoga. The studio opened in 2018 and has quickly become an Athens’ favorite among both students and locals alike.

Best New Exercise Studio

Best Margaritas

Most Looked Forward to Annual Event

Taqueria del Sol Margarita Mondays anyone? The tequila-infused cocktail is the drink of choice at this Mexican restaurant and bar.

AthFest Local bands, food vendors and artisans come together for a three-day music festival that takes over downtown during the summer. The event is sponsored by AthFest Educates, a nonprofit that works to advance music and art education.

Slices at Little Italy After a long night bar-hopping downtown, the neon lights beckon to many Athens residents for a cheap slice to sober up for the night.

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Athena The beer named after the goddess of wisdom is tart and on tap and canned at Creature Comforts. The brew not only has been picked as a favorite by many Athens locals but has also been picked by the god of thunder himself, featured as Thor’s drink of choice in “Avengers Endgame.”

State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA Whether you decide to walk the grounds in the summer or study underneath the trees in the fall as they change to new shade of orange, the grounds are a top-tier spot to stop at while in Athens.

Best Off-Campus Study Spot Walker’s Coffee & Pub Why should anyone have to choose between a coffee or a beer? Why not both? Walker’s Coffee & Pub offers the ambiance of a bar with the option of many different specialty espresso drinks.

Best Update to Campus Dining Athena Mediterranean Kitchen (Tate) Get falafel, gyros and other healthy dishes at this speedy addition to the Market at Tate.

Best Dining Commons The Niche While The Niche is located on the university’s Health Sciences campus, students enjoy the smaller space and customizable grill options. A soft serve machine and other hot dishes are also available.

Best Place to Bring Your Parents Last Resort Grill The popular restaurant was once a music club that hosted artists such as Towns Van Zandt and Jimmy Buffet. The downtown establishment is now known for its Southwestern-inspired dishes and an extensive dessert menu.

Boo-le-Bark An event filled with dogs in costume, the Boole-Bark parade is a perfect opportunity for local pet-owners to bring their furry friends for a day out.

Best Reason to Get Up Early Saturday Morning Athens Farmers Market Bring your reusable bag to the Athens Farmers Market, located at Bishop Park every Saturday morning from 8 a.m.noon. Browse tables of fresh, locally-grown produce and food while other vendors sell homemade items ranging from ceramics to jewelry.

Every year The Red & Black publishes a list of recommendations for enjoying Athens and campus. Over 500 readers cast votes in an online poll and editors looked back on a year of reporting to make their picks.

Ted’s Most Best From pies covered in breakfast essentials to the white rabbit pizza smothered in béchamel sauce and mozzarella, the artisan pizza joint has become a fan-favorite.

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Pure Balance Pilates If you’re looking to burn off those extra holiday calories, try the Baxter Street pilates studio that opened in August this past year. You can try out any of its six different class options and pay a one-time fee or sign up for a monthly class pass.

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Best Big New Idea in the Arts The tiny ATH gallery The one room gallery opened earlier this year by artist Camille Hayes fills its small space wall-to-wall with local artists. The gallery’s goal is to encompass and showcase one artist, and be a meeting space to convene and discuss each other’s work.

Best Place to Become a Movie Critic Ciné The local movie house hosts an array of critically-acclaimed films and documentaries which would easily please any average film fanatic. Plus, there’s a bar.

Best Nap Spot Myers Quad On a nice, warm day you can often find students taking a nap on the large, green space bounded by Myers, Rutherford and Mary Lyndon Halls.

Most Lit Bar Wonderbar With flashing lights, memorabilia of pop culture characters covering the walls and a list of delectable video game inspired cocktails to choose from, the bar is known for being packed on a weekend night. You can also hear the sounds of vintage Nintendo games being played in the background.

Best Place to Get a Laugh Moonlight Theater Company Laugh aloud in the intimate theater off Pulaski Street at ensemble and one character shows. The theater hosts shows produced and performed by local and out-of-town comedians.

Best Place to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Sweetie Pie by Savie Infused with Asian flavors, owner Savie Arnold’s specialty cakes are inspired by her upbringing in Bangkok. Customizable cakes can be ordered in flavors ranging from almond espresso to green tea.

Best Place to Grab a Baguette Independent Baking Co. Head to the Five Points bakery to pick up freshly made baguettes and sourdough loaves. The small shop has just enough seating for guests to enjoy an espresso and a pain au chocolat or a croissant.

Best Place to Win The Rook & Pawn Face off against your best friends with any of the board game cafe’s array of classic, card, party, trivia and strategy games such as Catan and Codenames.

Most Photogenic Stop Georgia Theatre sign One of the first stops for any tourist is in front of the iconic Georgia Theatre sign. With the whirring lights drawing in visitors and the constant shifting schedule of live music, many decide to take the perfect Instagram picture with the venue’s backdrop.

Best Place to Tap Your Feet 40 Watt Club The music venue, known for hosting rock greats Pylon and R.E.M., continues to draw nationally-known and local artists alike throughout the year.

Best Place to Catch Some Jazz Hendershot’s The coffee and bar venue hosts monthly jazz jams for members of the community to showcase their own talents alongside the house band, Unstarched. Hendershot’s is also known for bringing in touring and local jazz groups and artists.

Best Place to Add to Your Music Collection Wuxtry The independent record store houses an extensive music collection of local artists like the B52’s and musicians currently on the Billboard Top 100. The shop is known for vinyl and was ranked by Rolling Stone as one of its top 25 record shops.

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Culture Heart for helping Anna Thomas Staff Writer Finding the strength to “be brave” and creative in a time of strife is what helped Kimberly Brown-Clark create her own personalized leather accessories shop, Leather and Heart. Brown-Clark started Leather and Heart in 2018 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. After the diagnosis, BrownClark told herself she couldn’t just sit around. So, she created her first piece: a

leather cuff that said “Be Brave.” Brown-Clark chose the phrase because she said she needed encouragement from herself rather than from those around her to battle the disease. Before Brown-Clark’s own diagnosis, her sister, Zelda Corbie, had also been diagnosed with breast cancer. Corbie never victimized herself when it came to cancer, and seeing her sister’s attitude inspired Brown-Clark. “It was from her experience that I said ‘I’m brave, I can do this,’” Brown-Clark said.

Kimberly Brown-Clark created Leather and Heart after being diagnosed with breast cancer, as a way to use creativity to cultivate postivity and strength.  T A Y L O R G E R L A C H / S T A F F

Cancer survivor uses creativity to promote strength

After designing more pieces, Brown- that they’re capable of succeeding. In this Clark decided to put her designs on Etsy. way, the business has shifted from its oriCorbie said it was “slow trucking” in the gins as a coping mechanism to a way to embeginning, but she knew her sister would power others experiencing hardship. succeed. Two of Brown-Clark’s favorite creations “I said, ‘When this blows up, you’ve got to are pieces she’s made for breast cancer surbe ready because it’s going to blow up.’ And vivors like herself. The first piece said “She it did,” Corbie said. believed she could so she did.” The second Once the online shop piece was a present for a took off, Brown-Clark knew customer’s mother-in-law with people “loving on [her] who was a survivor which this hard” it would be imsaid “Don’t be afraid. Just possible for her to fail. believe.” Corbie said her sister has Brown-Clark loves makalways been crafty and driving these pieces because en. She puts “110%” into they hit close to home for everything she does and her. adds a personal touch to “I hope … the person each of her products, Corwearing the jewelry underbie said. stands the meaning behind Through the messagit and knows that I put my es she puts on her pieces, K I M B E R L Y B R O W N heart into creating someBrown-Clark uses her platCLARK, FOUNDER OF thing that’s meaningful for form to tell other women L E A T H E R A N D H E A R T them,” Brown-Clark said.

I put my heart into creating something that’s meaningful for them.

One of the products that Brown-Clark sells are leather cuffs which can be custom ordered or premade.  T A Y L O R G E R L A C H / S T A F F

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