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INSIDER: Georgia Bulldogs' First Practice Observations

August 4, 2022
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ATHENS - Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs are getting ready for the 2022 season, and a matchup with the Oregon Ducks to start the season. We had a look at the first practice of the year... here is what we saw.

The players were not in full pads- just shoulder pads and helmets. 

We have a breakdown of the offense and the defense, but first, my favorite quote from Kirby Smart screaming on the microphone today that is appropriate to share in this story:

“If you have to take your helmet off already, you are soft!” 

Offense

  • Offensive Line (Read Dean Legge’s There's One Simple Question About These Georgia Bulldogs)
    • First Team: Broderick Jones (LT), Devin Willock (LG), Sedrick Van Pran-Granger (C), Tate Ratledge (RG), Warren McClendon (RT)
    • Second Team: Earnest Greene (LT), Xavier Truss (LG), Warren Ericson (C), Dylan Fairchild (RG), Amarius Mims (RT)
      • This is what we saw today. The guards could very well change a little bit, especially at the guard position
    • This certainly is a big group, with a lot of them having significant experience 
  • Running Backs
    • It looked like they were catering towards Kenny McIntosh being the starter
      • They will rotate them all in, regardless
  • A healthy Kendall Milton will be a problem for defenses to deal with
  • Daijun Edwards, as Kirby Smart mentioned today, will get his share of touches
  • In the drills we saw, you couldn’t tell who was higher on the depth chart between freshmen Branson Robinson and Andrew Paul
  • Tight Ends
    • The only one in a non-contact jersey was Brett Siether 
    • Darnell Washington was wearing a right leg/knee sleeve
    • Brock Bowers is noticeably the smallest of the four guys that look to get significant time
      • He looks ready to go after having surgery a few months ago
    • Oscar Delp looks cut
    • Arik Gilbert lined up all over the field. Inside and out. 
  • Wide Receivers
    • They looked healthy
    • This is a group that has dealt with alot of injuries the last couple of seasons
    • Dominick Blaylock looks a lot closer to being Dominick Blaylock 
    • Ladd McConkey and Adonai Mitchell are going to play a big part in this offense
      • They looked like the top-2 guys as far as drills go
  • Pass Catchers in General
    • They are LOADED at wide receiver and tight end.
      • That is all. 
  • Quarterbacks
    • There was not a way to tell what the depth chart order was in the drills we saw but if I had to guess it goes:
    • Stetson Bennett, Carson Beck, Brock Vandagriff, Gunner Stockton
    • Bennett looked comfortable and confident
    • He even looked like he added some muscle in his upper body 

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Defense

  • Defensive Line
    • Mykel Williams looks to be in the rotation, and he looked lean 
    • Kirby Smart talked one-on-one with Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins for about 45 seconds
      • He was not screaming, but just coaching him up
  • Freshman Christen Miller was in a non-contact jersey
  • Who is going to step up next to Jalen Carter
    • Zion Logue, Tryion Ingram-Dawkins, Jonathan Jefferson and Tramel Walthour look like those guys
  • Secondary
    • Hard to tell who the starters were, but Smart said today that he wanted to be able to play six guys out there at once- something he felt they struggled to do last season 
    • Kelee Ringo and Christopher Smith were obvious
    • Nyland Green, Kamari Lassiter and William Poole are fighting to get the most reps opposite of Ringo
    • Dan Jackson, Tykee Smith, Javon Bullard, David Daniel-Sisavahn and Malaki Starks are fighting for time at s
  • Outside Linebackers
    • Nolan Smith is the clear leader- it is go time
    • Chaz Chambliss looked like a starter
    • He was hard to miss
      • Robert Beal as well
  • Inside Linebackers
    • Jamon Dumas-Johnson seems to be the guy
    • Trezman Marshall, Smael Mondon and Jalon Walker all look to rotate with him
 
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