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If you are accused of a crime, the only thing standing between your freedom and a verdict of "guilty" is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Montgomery, GA.

Those who have been arrested before know that life in the legal system is no laughing matter. Aside from the imminent ramifications of fines and jail time, any goals you have of bettering yourself and advancing your life could be compromised. Without a trusted attorney by your side, you could face a lifetime of embarrassment and poor employment prospects due to a tarnished criminal record.

The good news? Dennis O'Brien and his team of experienced lawyers in Montgomery are ready to clear your name. By retaining the help of a criminal defense attorney early in the legal process, you have a much better chance of securing your freedom and living a life as a productive member of society.

At O'Brien Law Firm PC, our practice was founded to fight for the rights of individuals accused of or charged with a crime. Our team of legal experts is well-equipped to take even the most difficult, contentious cases. From violent felonies to DUI, there is nothing we haven't seen and handled. As a former law enforcement officer, founding attorney Dennis O'Brien knows exactly how much a person can lose if convicted. That's why we work tirelessly to secure a verdict that is favorable for our clients.

Regardless of how serious or minor your case may be, know that we will fight fearlessly on your behalf. You deserve zealous representation - when you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC, you will receive nothing less.

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The O'Brien Law Firm PC Difference

Many of our clients are surprised to discover that founding lawyer Dennis O'Brien was a police officer prior to his criminal defense career. As a former Field Training Officer for the Memphis Police Department, he has over two decades of knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. Dennis truly understands the nuance and complexities involved in a criminal defense case. This rare experience gives Dennis a clear edge in any criminal defense case and gives clients priceless peace of mind when they need it the most. Unlike some criminal defense attorneys in Montgomery, Dennis O'Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Montgomery criminal defense firms will take weekends off or pass along cases to paralegals, Dennis personally reviews each of his cases. There is no case too small or big for O'Brien Law Firm PC. When you hire our firm, you can rest easy knowing that we will be by your side when the going gets tough.

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Drug Cases in Montgomery, GA

When you are charged with a drug crime in Montgomery, it can change your life forever. Georgia imposes very strict punishments for drug offenses. The truth is, it's hard to get your life back on track with a drug charge on your record. Your freedom and way of life could be in the hands of your criminal defense attorney. As such, you need a competent lawyer with years of experience handling drug cases. Leaving your fate in the hands of an incompetent attorney could have long-lasting effects on your family and may result in a conviction.

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Consequences for drug crimes in Montgomery often include:

  • Jail
  • Prison
  • Heavy fines
  • Community service
  • Court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling
  • Probation or parole
  • Permanent criminal record

While the consequences for a drug crime in Georgia are serious, there's reason to be hopeful: O'Brien Law Firm PC is here to fight for you. Remember - being charged with a drug crime is NOT the same thing as being convicted.

Our stellar team has represented many clients facing numerous drug-related charges. While each situation varies, one constant remains the same for clients facing drug charges: a fear of what lies ahead. At O'Brien Law Firm PC our job is to help you overcome the fear of the unknown. We do so by ensuring you understand your charges, the possible outcomes associated with those charges, and the options you need to consider from a criminal defense standpoint.

With more than a decade of experience as Montgomery drug crime attorneys, we have the experience and resources to defend you in court no matter what your charges may be, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy

No matter what charge you are facing, our team has the experience and resources to build a comprehensive defense strategy for your drug case in Montgomery, GA. Without a criminal defense attorney acting as your advocate, you could be facing very harsh penalties. Here are a few punishments you could be facing for drug crimes in Montgomery:

  • Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession
    Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession:

    Having less than a gram (or one milliliter for liquids) of this type of drug results in a prison term of one to three years. Having four grams or milliliter carries a term of one to eight years.

  • Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession
    Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession:

    Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.

  • Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession
    Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession:

    If you have less than two grams or milliliters of this substance, punishments can be between one year and three years. Having up to four grams or milliliters results in a prison sentence of one to eight years.

  • Possession of Marijuana
    Possession of Marijuana:

    Those who are in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana are subject to a jail sentence of up to 12 months. Fines may be no more than $1,000. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana can result in a prison term of one to 10 years.

To avoid these life-changing punishments, you must take action now. Contact O'Brien Law Firm today for a consultation about your case.

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Violent Crime Cases in Montgomery, GA

Violent crime offenses in Montgomery typically involve some form of bodily harm to another individual, actions committed against an individual's will, or threatening someone with bodily harm. Aggravated violent offenses are more severe charges and often occur when a violent crime is made more serious due to circumstances like deadly weapons.

Much like serious drug cases, violent crimes create an added layer of negativity that follows the accused for the rest of their life. In these cases, even an accusation is enough to cause irreparable damage to a person's reputation. Those convicted of a violent crime face severe penalties that can include years in a correctional facility.

Common crimes of this nature include but are not limited to:
  • Murder
  • Assault with the intent to murder
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking

When you are accused of any of the above crimes, your freedom hangs in the balance. The outcome of your case will determine whether you leave the courtroom with your freedom intact or stripped away to serve time behind bars. Because the punishments for violent crimes are so extreme, you should be seeking legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney in Montgomery, GA, as soon as possible. As a former police officer with a long record of positive verdicts in violent crime cases, Dennis O'Brien is well equipped to represent you in court.

Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side is the best way to avoid the serious punishments associated with violent crimes. These punishments usually result in prison time if convicted and include:
Forced rape: 20 years
Armed robbery: Up to 20 years
Simple assault: Up to 12 months
Aggravated assault: 10 to 20 years
Aggravated battery: Up to 20 years
Involuntary manslaughter: One to 20 years
Vehicular homicide Up to 15 years
Murder: Life in prison or the death sentence
Zealous Representation Without Judgement

As a former police officer, Dennis O'Brien has seen the toll it takes on a person when charged with a crime. His time in law enforcement allows him to empathize with his clients who desperately need competent representation. Despite being innocent until proven guilty, accusations are scary, and conviction could be a reality. That is why you must work with a trustworthy criminal defense lawyer in Montgomery, GA who will work tirelessly to clear your name.

Clients choose O'Brien Law Firm because we believe in open communication, honesty, and hard work. It is not our job to act as judges for those who have been accused of crimes. Rather, our goal is to find the best defense that allows us to protect our clients' rights and freedoms.

DUI Cases in Montgomery, GA

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common crimes committed in Georgia. Punishments for such a crime can be severe, and for understandable reasons - when a person operates a vehicle while they are intoxicated, they're putting their life and the lives of others at risk.

While DUI is a serious crime that completely upend the accused's life, the earnest desire to end drunk driving can make police officers too eager to catch a person who they believe is under the influence.

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The city of Montgomery, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Montgomery could face:

  • Very expensive fines and fees
  • Loss of license
  • Incarceration

Fortunately, if you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, there is hope. This is particularly true when the accused is administered a breath or blood test for DUI. In fact, cases that involve a breath and/or blood test are beaten daily. When you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC, we will dive deep into your DUI case in Montgomery and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:

  • Was the stop legal? If not, your case could be dismissed
  • Is there enough evidence or probable cause to arrest you? If not, Dennis O'Brien will file a pre-trial motion and will fight hard to have your case dismissed before trial.
  • Did the police read you your implied consent rights? If not, your case could be thrown out. Failure to read implied consent rights to the accused is one of the most common police errors.
  • Were your blood testing records and breathalyzer results maintained? Breath testing comes with inherent weaknesses that can create doubt in a juror's mind.

There are numerous ways to beat a DUI case in Georgia, from unreliable field sobriety tests to inaccurate state-administered breath tests. As a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Montgomery, GA, Dennis O'Brien has the knowledge and experience to expose the state's mistakes and fight for your rights. When you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC your chances of dismissal are greatly increased. When your case is dismissed, you can continue living life without the burden of a criminal record.

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If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Montgomery, GA, don't leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it's too late.

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Photos: 2022 Camellia Bowl (Cramton Bowl – Montgomery) – Buffalo Bulls (23) v. Georgia Southern Eagles (21)

Story by: John Zenor – The Associated PressPhotos by: Ed Pugh – Valley Times-News...

Story by: John Zenor – The Associated Press

Photos by: Ed Pugh – Valley Times-News

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Buffalo built a lead with Cole Snyder’s passing and Alex McNulty’s kicking. The Bulls put the Camellia Bowl away with an unrelenting barrage of fourth-quarter runs by Tajay Ahmed for a 23-21 victory over Georgia Southern on Tuesday. Snyder passed for 265 yards and Ahmed took over the final quarter with 14 carries. “This was kind of a small episode of kind of who we’ve been and what our season looked like,” Buffalo coach Maurice Linguist said. “Just tough yards, grind out play after play. And kind of throw a blanket over the scoreboard and just pound the rock, is what we say.” The Bulls (7-6) chewed up the clock with runs from Ahmed on 11 consecutive plays and one pile-pushing final first down. The former walk-on, who was awarded a scholarship in the spring, finished with 27 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. That last first down meant quarterback Kyle Vantrease and Georgia Southern (6-7) couldn’t get the ball back for a final chance against Vantrease’s former team, with whom he spent five years and started 26 games before transferring. “I’ve always believed great quarterbacks provide hope and every game we walked into he provides hope,” first-year Eagles coach Clay Helton said. “If we got that ball back one more time, you just knew that that hope was there.” Snyder, a Rutgers transfer, completed 21 of 38 passes, including a 32-yard touchdown to game MVP Justin Marshall to outduel his predecessor. Quian Williams gained 100 yards on five catches, and Marshall caught 11 passes for 127 yards in what the graduate transfer from Louisville called his best college game. The last catch was Marshall’s biggest, and a replay upheld the on-field call that Marshall’s right foot stayed in bounds. “We all were talking amongst the offense,” he said. “We looked at it one time and I saw it and said that’s definitely a catch. They’re wasting time reviewing it.” Vantrease completed 28 of 45 passes for 352 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Beau Johnson had five catches for 118 yards. It was Buffalo’s third straight bowl win after going 0-3 in bowls. And the victory came after an 0-3 start this season. “They wrote us off. They questioned,” Linguist said. “They weren’t sure if we were going to finish, and then here we are at the end. We got a ring. We’re (bowl) champions.” Buffalo had a cushion thanks to Dylan Powell’s interception and return across midfield in the fourth quarter. Ahmed then carried nine straight times but was stopped on three runs starting from the 2. The Bulls had to settle for a 23-14 lead with McNulty’s third field goal of the second half with 8:38 left. That FG was a school record, No. 49 of his career. Vantrease and Georgia Southern stayed alive with a 13-play, 90-yard drive. On fourth-and-7 from his own territory, Vantrease hit Johnson for a 42-yard gain. Then Jjay McAfee made a grab in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown with 3:38 left. Georgia Southern needed only 26 seconds in the second half to wipe out a 14-6 deficit, thanks to a fumble, Vantrease’s 79-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Thompson and a two-point conversion. “It has been a wonderful ride this season, and I can’t thank our seniors enough for the foundation that they’ve led and laid for this team,” Helton said. “In my opinion, the best is yet to be. Sometimes you fight your guts out and it just doesn’t go your way at the end, and that’s what this team did.”

Eagle Nation Ready to Paint Montgomery Blue

Details for events surrounding Camellia Bowl PURCHASE GAME TICKETS FAN GUIDE (PDF) STATESBORO - Eagle Nation, are you ready to help us turn Montgomery, Alabama, into Eagle Country for the Camellia Bowl? We have your plans covered for both...

Details for events surrounding Camellia Bowl

PURCHASE GAME TICKETS FAN GUIDE (PDF) STATESBORO - Eagle Nation, are you ready to help us turn Montgomery, Alabama, into Eagle Country for the Camellia Bowl? We have your plans covered for both Monday, Dec. 26 and Tuesday, Dec. 27 leading up to kickoff against Buffalo at 11:02 a.m. (Central) on the 27th.

Hail Southern Live – Embassy Suites Lobby Monday, Dec. 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (CT) We're taking over the lobby of the Embassy Suites and turning it into the official headquarters for all Eagles to unite. From 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26, Danny Reed will hold an exclusive Hail Southern Live! to preview the game. Special guests will join Danny on the air as we celebrate a the Eagles' return to postseason. No ticket is required for the event.

Camellia Bowl Pep Rally – Union Station (Riverfront) Monday, Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. (CT) When Hail Southern Live! concludes, start making your way to Union Station, location in Downtown Montgomery for our Camellia Bowl Pep Rally. Join the football team, Southern Pride Marching Band, GUS, Freedom, and the cheerleaders for our pep rally.

No ticket is required and all fans are encouraged to join us for the Pep Rally.

True Blue Tailgate – Patterson Field (Lot K) Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 8:30 a.m. (CT) Join Eagle Nation at the official True Blue Tailgate at Patterson Field in Lot K (across from Cramton Bowl) presented by the Georgia Southern Alumni Association and the Georgia Southern Athletic Foundation. The tailgate begins at 8:30 a.m. A separate ticket is required for admission into the tailgate. Your tailgate ticket will includes food and drink. Food will include Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Grits, Biscuits & Gravy, Pastries & Fruit. Beverages will include Coffee, Water, Coke Products, Beer, Wine, Specialty Cocktails including Bloody Marys, Mimosas & Sunrise Margaritas.

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Eagle Walk - Hall Street Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 8:30 a.m. (CT) As has become a bowl game tradition, Georgia Southern will hold an Eagle Walk to welcome the team into the stadium. The team will leave the hotel at 8:35 a.m. for the short drive to the stadium and fans are asked to be lined up along Hall Street at that time. The busses will drop the team off at Gate 7 on Madison Avenue and the team will walk down Hall Street into the stadium. Let's let all of Montgomery know that this is Eagle Nation!

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Soar to Six Join us in our “Soar to Six” campaign and help us build the Eagles' nest by aiding one of Georgia Southern University's nearly 400 student-athletes in their pursuit of excellence in competition, in the classroom and in life. The Soar to Six campaign will raise our number of donors to the Erk Russell Fund to over 6,000. For as little as $60 a year or $5 a month, you can join the Erk Russell Fund, which benefits scholarships for all 17 athletics programs. Join today and help us “Soar to Six!”

Ohio 2025 QB Ryan Montgomery Will Work out for College Coaches at Two Sessions in January and Ohio State Offers 2025 WR Kamryn Jones

One of Ohio State’s top quarterback targets in the 2025 class will showcase his talents for various college coaches next month.Ohio signal-caller Ryan Montgomery has in-person workouts scheduled for Jan. 19 and Jan. 26, as the rising junior quarterback hopes to give ample opportunity for any coach to watch him throw before the 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback narrows down his top schools before the start of his junior year....

One of Ohio State’s top quarterback targets in the 2025 class will showcase his talents for various college coaches next month.

Ohio signal-caller Ryan Montgomery has in-person workouts scheduled for Jan. 19 and Jan. 26, as the rising junior quarterback hopes to give ample opportunity for any coach to watch him throw before the 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback narrows down his top schools before the start of his junior year.

Ohio State is expected to be among the schools attending at least one of Montgomery’s workouts. Montgomery visited OSU twice this season, including for the season-opening win against Notre Dame and the regular-season finale against Michigan.

“Despite the loss, I enjoyed the visit and the hostile environment in The Shoe for the game,” Montgomery told Eleven Warriors after his visit for the Michigan game. “I got to talk a little bit with coach (Corey) Dennis before the game. I also got to be right next to the quarterbacks during their pregame drills. Every time I visit OSU, I feel more and more of a priority for them. Looking forward to growing my relationship with them.”

Montgomery, the brother of OSU offensive lineman signee Luke Montgomery, also visited Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, Penn State and other schools this fall. OSU offered Montgomery as a freshman, and with Colin Hurley reclassifying to 2024, he remains the only quarterback the Buckeyes have offered in the 2025 class. While the younger Montgomery is approaching his recruitment with an open mind and is considering all schools, he said earlier this fall his older brother continues to court him to Ohio State.

“Yeah, I’d say so,” Ryan said in October when asked if Luke is still adamant about joining him at Ohio State. “He also realizes I’m a completely different person than him and that I’m going to visit as many different places as I can. Especially at the quarterback position because each team is taking one a year and some teams will take one every two years. It’s that important of a position. But ultimately, at the end of the day, he keeps telling me that I know where home is. I’m taking it day by day and enjoying the process.”

A new wide receiver target has appeared on Ohio State’s 2025 recruiting board.

The Buckeyes extended an offer to California prospect Kamryn Jones earlier this month, making him only the fourth wideout OSU has offered in the cycle. Other wideouts offered include Dakorien Moore, Winston Watkins Jr. and Jaime French. Jones received the offer from Ryan Day personally.

After A great conversation with Coach Day ,blessed to receive An offer from Ohio State pic.twitter.com/Q188YzFuJa

— Kamryn Jones (@kthagreatt) December 17, 2022

The Buckeyes were Jones’ ninth Power Five offer, with the other eight consisting of Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisville, Washington, Boston College and Nebraska.

In two games this season for St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California), Jones caught two passes for 80 yards and a touchdown while playing for one of the most star-studded high school programs in the country. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound wideout does not yet hold a composite ranking from 247Sports, but with his recruiting pedigree and size, he figures to be among the nation’s most-coveted recruits in the cycle going forward.

One of Ohio State’s 2023 signees was present for the Buckeyes’ practice at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday. Four-star tight end Jelani Thurman made the 20-mile trek from his hometown of Fairburn, Georgia, to watch his future collegiate team prepare for its upcoming Peach Bowl matchup against Georiga. Sadly, Thurman was not sporting his famous Spider-Man costume, though.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end is expected to be an early enrollee at OSU this winter, but will first play in the Under Armour All-America game on Tuesday. In Thurman’s senior season, he helped lead Langston Hughes (Fairburn, Georgia) to a perfect 15-0 record with 39 catches for 624 yards with 13 receiving touchdowns.

Smart Has Been the Difference in Georgia’s Rise

The Bulldogs are seeking a second straight national championship because their head coach has done a great impersonation of Alabama’s Nick Saban.Atlanta, GA – If Kirby Smart and his team walked into a room full of people not knowing anything about Georgia football, most would figure out the identity of the lead dog from the jump.Sure, he has a round face and is a little bit on the dumpy side, and that school-boy haircut looks to be a home-made job and a bad one at that....

The Bulldogs are seeking a second straight national championship because their head coach has done a great impersonation of Alabama’s Nick Saban.

Atlanta, GA – If Kirby Smart and his team walked into a room full of people not knowing anything about Georgia football, most would figure out the identity of the lead dog from the jump.

Sure, he has a round face and is a little bit on the dumpy side, and that school-boy haircut looks to be a home-made job and a bad one at that.

But, oh, does the man take charge, whether it’s a news conference, practice field or stadium. He leads and teaches ball like nobody’s business.

Smart’s No. 1-ranked Bulldogs (13-0) really have been bloodhounds in tracking down the path to a second straight national championship, and that drive has come from him.

Next up is a date with fourth-seeded Ohio State (11-1) in a College Football Playoff semifinal in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Eve inside space age-like Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The 10-foot-tall question is whether the Buckeyes, a 6 1/2-point underdog, can even give the Bulldogs a game. They are 2-10 all-time against the SEC in bowls and playoff games.

This Georgia team is back in the hunt despite losing an astounding seven players in the first three rounds of the last NFL draft. Four were taken in the first round, including defensive end Travon Walker at No. 1 to Jacksonville.

Defensive tackle Jalen Carter, the leader of this season’s defense, has been predicted to go first or second overall in the 2023 draft.

The run of talent never dries up, and neither does the drive to win.

“I think our kids that played last year, a large percentage of them are gone when you look at the roster flip we had, so these kids are hungry,’’ Smart said. “It wasn’t like it was a repeat as you guys call it. It was a new start. And this group just started brand new. And I think they’ve done a good job leading to this point of getting themselves in this position. But it’s not easy to do when your players are all relatively new. These guys weren’t major contributors last year.’’

Northerners might see Smart, 47, as a good, old boy. He was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, and has a southern twang.

But he is, well, very smart with a degree in finance from the University of Georgia. He was an SEC all-academic selection.

“The guy could step out of coaching and take over a corporation and be a CEO and manage it the right way,” Bulldogs assistant Will Muschamp told Seth Emerson of The Athletic.

Retired coach Jim Donnan said Smart’s expertise, of course, is the secondary. He was an All-SEC choice as a senior and had 13 career interceptions as a DB.

But, he said, the man knows all the positions back and forth.

“Very few guys that I know in the 50-some years that I’ve been around it can coach every position,” Donnan told Emerson. “I mean usually a guy is a specialist as a secondary coach or a running back coach, you see that’s his forte. But this guy knows the fundamentals and assignments of every player on the field, including the specialists. That’s a unique talent. I mean, very few have that.”

The enormous task for a team like the Bulldogs to get this far was to fight through the jungle that is the SEC. The conference has dominated the sport since the 1950s.

Last season, the Bulldogs lost to Alabama in the conference championship game. Actually, they were kicked all over Mercedes-Benz Stadium to the tune of 41-24.

They righted themselves by beating Michigan 34-11 in a CFP semifinal and taking down Alabama 33-18 for the title.

“You kicked our ass in the fourth quarter,’’ Saban told Smart at midfield as they shook hands.

That game looked to be a changing of the guard in the SEC.

Saban has won six national championships in the old Bowl Championship Series and CFP. Smart was an associate head coach under him in 2007.

How has Smart been able to do this?

Predecessor Mark Richt was a fine, fine coach with a 10-3 record in bowl games. He won 10 or more games 10 times.

Yet he could never win the big one. He got the Bulldogs into only four major bowls and lost two of them.

“I think it’s just a credit to the organization, the people that work hard to put us in this position,’’ Smart said. “We got so many people, strength staff, the training staff, the administration, the athletic directors. I mean, there’s a lot that goes into this, and everybody’s trying to do the same thing. And, if there are 130 or 140 (support staff) trying to do it, who does it best? And, we’ve got an incredible organization that allows us to be successful. But we have to go out and do it on the field, and the players do that. I’m proud of how hard they’ve worked to do that. It’s not easy.’’

It didn’t take long for Smart to get the Bulldogs running alongside Alabama.

In year two in 2017, the team went 13-2 and lost to, who else, the Crimson Tide 26-23 in the CFP championship game.

In 2018, 2019 and 2020, Georgia was close but failed to get into the CFP.

The breaking down of the door came last season.

Smart has been the same great X’s and O’s coach, but what changed was how he bonded with the players.

“I’ve grown as a coach, as a head coach, from the years I’ve had,’’ he said. “And I value the relationships with the players probably a lot more now than I did when I first started because I worried about too many other things. Now the relationship with the players is the key ingredient for me.’’

He’s also a gem in the living rooms of high school recruits. Georgia is one of the nation’s dynamos in getting signatures on national letters of intent with Alabama and Ohio State.

Veteran columnist Mark Znidar writes the Buckeyes for Press Pros Magazine.com.

This Bulldogs team won’t run on to the field Saturday thinking it merely has to show up to beat the Buckeyes after having had several close calls. A lot of grunting went into victories against, yes, believe it, Kent State (39-22), Missouri (26-22), Tennessee (27-13) and Kentucky (16-6).

“We done had some tough wins this year, which makes us different from last year’s team,’’ running back Kenny McIntosh said. “We had to pull out our composure during some games we had to play. This team fought back. This team shows so much connection and resiliency. Just go out there week by week, practicing how we practice and going out there on Saturdays to execute and buy into the game plan and going out there and doing what we do. So, I’d say that’s our advantage, how connected this team is and the composure we have.’’

Offensive left tackle Broderick Jones said that this team’s toughness starts on Tuesday in practice.

“I just believe Bloody Tuesday gives us an advantage,’’ he said. “I ain’t even going to lie. Bloody Tuesday, you know, you just got to come in with this different type of mindset, just ready to maul somebody in practice. Even though he a brother, you know, between those lines, nobody is friends. So, you just got to do what you can to make it out alive. So, you just got to be prepared and be ready. And us going against each other, you know, trying to kill each other out there on Bloody Tuesday, I think it makes the games easier for us.’’

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Louisville LB Monty Montgomery, WR Braden Smith Receive Medical Waivers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Two impactful veterans for the Louisville football program will be returning for one last ride.Redshirt senior middle linebacker Monty Montgomery and senior wide receiver Braden Smith both had medical hardship waivers approved and will be returning for the 2023 season, a school representative tells Louisville Report.Both Montgomery and Smith suffered season-ending knee injuries during the 2021 season. Montgomery suffered a torn right ACL in just the third game of the year vs. UCF, then Smith tore multiple liga...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Two impactful veterans for the Louisville football program will be returning for one last ride.

Redshirt senior middle linebacker Monty Montgomery and senior wide receiver Braden Smith both had medical hardship waivers approved and will be returning for the 2023 season, a school representative tells Louisville Report.

Both Montgomery and Smith suffered season-ending knee injuries during the 2021 season. Montgomery suffered a torn right ACL in just the third game of the year vs. UCF, then Smith tore multiple ligaments in his left knee the next week at Florida State.

This season, Montgomery was a key component in Louisville's success in the front seven. Playing in all 13 games with 12 starts, the 5-foot-11 and 220-pound linebacker collected the second-most tackles on the team with 70, the third-most tackles for loss at 11.0, tied Ashton Gillotte for the third-most sacks with 6.0, and tied Yasir Abdullah for the most forced fumbles with four. He also tallied five quarterback hurries and snagged two interceptions.

Over the past four seasons, the Norcross, Ga. native has been one of Louisville's top sack artists and overall defensive assets. Joining the program in 2019 after spending a season in the JUCO ranks at Hutchinson Community College, he has collected 160 total tackles (96 solo), 23.5 tackles for loss, 15.0 sacks, seven forced fumbles, seven pass deflections and three interceptions in 39 games at UofL.

As for Smith, while he found himself buried beneath Tyler Hudson and Ahmari Huggins-Bruce in terms of production, he was still a regular contributor amongst Louisville's wide receiver corps this past season. He finished with 21 receptions for 215 yards - both of which was fourth on the team - and one receiving touchdown. A staple for the Cardinals in terms of trick plays, he also completed six of his nine pass attempts for 146 yards and a touchdown against then-No. 10 Wake Forest.

Since arriving from Northwest Mississippi Community College prior to the 2020 season, Smith has been a consistent piece in Louisville's wide receiver room. The Flowood, Miss. native has hauled in 59 receptions for 653 yards and two touchdowns in 29 games with Louisville.

Retaining the veterans are huge boosts to both sides of the ball for Louisville. Montgomery and fellow returner Benjamin Perry are likely in line to be the starting linebackers in new defensive coordinator Ron English's 4-2-5 scheme, and Smith will be one of just two wide receivers on Louisville's roster with more than two years of experience with the Cardinals, joining Huggins-Bruce.

Louisville finished the 2022 season with an overall mark of 8-5 (4-4 in ACC), including a 24-7 win in the Fenway Bowl over Cincinnati. The Cardinals hired Jeff Brohm to be their next head coach after Scott Satterfield, ironically, left for the Bearcats in early December.

(Photo of Monty Montgomery: Eric Canha - USA TODAY Sports)

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