Georgia continued fall camp Tuesday afternoon in the indoor athletic facility. The Bulldogs wore full pads for the first time this camp as well. Head coach Kirby Smart continued to keep the intensity up, and the coaches yelled and motivated the players. Steve and I break down what we saw from each side of the ball.
Savannah’s Offense Practice Report
The Bulldogs offense continued fundamentals and implemented some red zone work along with the wild dawg formation. With the team being in the indoor facility, I got to focus a lot more on the offensive line and see their progress. However, I did get to see a little of each position.
Sam Pittman’s offensive line finally worked through a drill where I could see who went in what rotation. Now, I cannot verify if these are the ones, two’s and three’s but this is the rotation they worked in during the media time.
The First rotation for the OL:
LT: Andrew Thomas (71)
LG: Kendell Baker (65)
C: Lamont Gaillard (53)
RG: Ben Cleveland (74)
RT: Isaiah Wilson (78)
The second rotation for the OL:
LT: D’Marcus Hayes (78)
LG: Solomon Kindley (66)
C: Warren Ericson (50)
RG: Netori Johnson (72)
RT: Cade Mays (77)
The third rotation for the OL:
LT: Owen Condon (75)
LG: Jamaree Salyer (69)
C: Sean Fogarty (68)
RG: Trey Hill (55)
RT: Justin Shaffer (54)
Pittman worked the unit hard during Tuesday’s practice and yelled at them quite a bit. He demanded them to fix things and wanted things to be perfect. Just like last season, Pittman won’t accept anything less than perfect. Not to mention it’s hard to believe the talent in the three rotations. Georgia’s finally got a fully stocked offensive line, now to teach the freshman what it’s all about at Georgia.
The first thing I want to note is that James Cook worked at quarterback during the Wild Dawg Drill. Smart commented on him during his press conference about his progress thus far this camp.
“He had a pretty good day that day (Saturday) … I would say that day was a little special,” Smart comments. “I mean, when you go back and watch the tape of that practice he had a lot of balls, it just happened that way, it wasn’t like it was by design like it was going to be ‘James Cook Feature Day.’ He had some plays that he hit and he looked really good and he had really good GPS numbers. … I can’t say that’s been every practice, it hasn’t stuck out like that.”
D’Andre Swift took the first rep in the drills, and Zamir White followed. Cook and Elijah Holyfield rotated at the third spot as well. A lot of agility and ball protection work happened during Tuesday’s practice.
I’d like to note that Luke Ford is a MONSTER!!! He’s one the most talented tight end in the group and I would put him right up there with Isaac Nauta. However, the freshman still has a lot to learn. Chaney got him and told him, “LUKE! Get your eyes up when you block!”
Then Chaney told the whole TE group “Someone take that bag and split it open!”
Chaney appears to have this group working on blocking as usual, but they also worked through some route drills.
Wide Receivers and Quarterbacks:
I include these two groups together because when I got to watch them, they worked on red zone scenarios. All the quarterbacks looked sharp today. Jake Fromm and Justin Fields both made nice easy throws to wideouts, and only a few were dropped.
In fact, today’s the first day I saw Tommy Bush and Matt Landers drop a pass. Ahkil Crumpton made some seriously nice grabs today, and his hands have glue in them I think. Demetris Robertson continues to impress, and he looks so much faster in person. Jeremiah Holloman needs to step up this season. He’s got all the things he needs and looks impressive in practice, but he hasn’t shown me much in game situations. I think he should take this year and run with it, and ultimately show teams that he’s a threat.
Steve’s Defense Practice Report:
-You could tell Kirby lost his voice today especially as he yelled at Richard Lecounte saying,”You’re soft man!” As he went half speed through the drill.
-Divaad Wilson is still nursing his knee as he did solo work on the side testing its strength.
-Mel Tucker was the most intense I have ever seen him. Whether it was because it was full pads or not I do not know, but there was a lot of language being used in anger when players were not playing as physical as he wanted them to.
Jay Hayes is coming along in the interior, and I think he is going to replace John Atkins without skipping a beat. Tray Scott is a hands-on coach and demands excellence from all of his players making sure their technique is perfected.
It’s looking like the inside linebackers starters will most likely be Monty Rice and Natrez Patrick, but Juwan Taylor and Tae Crowder are right in the mix. The freshman Quay Walker and Channing Tindall just need to get comfortable learning the system, but they are the two best-built players in this position group. If you are looking for love for Nate McBride and Jaden Hunter, they are playing fine, but the talent is so abundant. It will be hard to see them get considerable playing time.
The outside linebackers are the deepest position on the defense. The new additions of Adam Anderson, Brenton Cox, and Azeez Ojulari is going to be huge as they are freakishly talented and I am really liking what I see from them. Beware of Deandre Walker he is going to terrorize the college football world.
It still seems William Poole and Deangelo Gibbs are the primary guys running the star position at this time. Tyrique McGhee is also getting looks there but is the utility guy in the secondary playing every position. The pads were popping today while the secondary ran drills where they contained the outside forcing the ball carrier inside. Ameer Speed was shaken out of his shoes during the drill left looking lost as he lunged in the opposite direction.