Georgia football team will start spring practices March 19

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, shown during last year's G-Day game at Sanford Stadium, will begin his third spring with the Bulldogs on March 19.
photo Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, shown during last year's G-Day game at Sanford Stadium, will begin his third spring with the Bulldogs on March 19.

Georgia's fourth spring under football coach Kirby Smart will begin March 19, the school announced Wednesday.

The Bulldogs will have two new coordinators for the NCAA's 15 allotted workouts, with former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney now serving in the same role at Tennessee and with former defensive coordinator Mel Tucker now the new head coach at Colorado. Each had worked under Smart the past three years, with Smart choosing to replace them by promoting quarterbacks coach James Coley and outside linebackers coach Dan Lanning.

Georgia is coming off an 11-3 season that ended with a heartbreaking loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game and a disappointing defeat to Texas in the Sugar Bowl. The Bulldogs must replace five offensive starters - center Lamont Gaillard, running back Elijah Holyfield, tight end Isaac Nauta, and receivers Terry Godwin and Riley Ridley - and two defensive starters - inside linebacker Juwan Taylor and defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter - from their 28-21 loss to the Longhorns.

Another defensive starter, cornerback Deandre Baker, chose to sit out the Sugar Bowl in order to focus on the NFL draft.

Georgia's pro day is scheduled for March 20, and its annual coaching clinic is March 28-30. Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin, who was Alabama's offensive coordinator during the 2014-15 seasons when Smart was in his final two years as the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator, will be among the guest speakers.

The annual G-Day spring game is at 2 p.m. on April 20, and it will be televised by the SEC Network.

Ty Storey to Hilltoppers

On Wednesday, former Arkansas starting quarterback Ty Storey announced he will transfer to Western Kentucky for his final season of eligibility. Storey entered the NCAA's transfer portal on Jan. 9.

"Looking forward to the next chapter of my career," Storey posted on social media with an accompanying picture of him in a Hilltoppers uniform.

Storey played in 10 games and made nine starts this past season for the Razorbacks, who went 2-10 for the first time in program history. He completed 143 of 250 passes (57.2 percent) for 1,584 yards with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder's 10 interceptions were second-most in the SEC last season behind 14 by South Carolina's Jake Bentley, and his 116.9 efficiency rating was ahead of only Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald (116.8) among the league's starters.

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