Georgia's mammoth Ben Cleveland eager to atone for past gaffes

Georgia photo by Perry McIntyre / Georgia fifth-year senior right guard Ben Cleveland is motivated for a strong final season with the Bulldogs after being academically ineligible for January's Sugar Bowl.

Georgia's 26-14 defeat of Baylor in last season's Sugar Bowl was relatively bland compared to other recent postseason showdowns involving the Bulldogs.

It did not contain the heart-stopping excitement of the Rose Bowl victory over Oklahoma after the 2017 season, nor did it involve the surprising ineptitude of the Sugar Bowl loss to Texas the following year. Last season's bowl may be remembered more for who didn't play for coach Kirby Smart, with starting tackles Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson skipping out to focus on their NFL careers, and with running back D'Andre Swift making the trip to New Orleans only to receive one carry.

Another Georgia offensive lineman, right guard Ben Cleveland, couldn't compete against the Bears due to academic ineligibility.