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INSIDER: Georgia Bulldogs' Practice Observations

August 18, 2022
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ATHENS - It is go-time for the Georgia Bulldogs . It has been go-time. There are fewer than three weeks until they face off against Oregon.

The Dawgs have been dealing with some injuries in fall camp, but they have stayed relatively healthy.

Kirby Smart was watching the defense for most of the allotted time that the media had at practice, and I spent the majority of my time watching that side of the ball as well. He was coaching up players like Jamon Dumas-Johnson and Trezman Marshall on the microphone.  

There were a few NFL scouts at Georgia’s practice. I also spotted Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley. I suppose he has a lot of free time on his hands. 

Alas, my important observations:

Offense

  • Offensive Line
    • First team left to right: Broderick Jones, Xavier Truss, Sedrick Van Pran-Granger, Jared Wilson (redshirt freshman), Warren McClendon
    • As mentioned last week, they are still figuring out the guard spots, especially with Ratlege’s injury
    • Tate Ratledge was running with the third unit
      • He was NOT in a non-contact jersey 
    • Devin Willock was the second-string left guard
  • Quarterbacks
    • This is the least amount of attention I have ever given them during practice
    • Status quo
    • Stetson Bennett could have been more accurate
  • Running Backs
    • Kendall Milton, who has +10,000 odds to win the Hesiman Trophy this season according to FanDuel, is noticeably bigger than the rest of them
    • Freshmen Branson Robinson and Andrew Paul are getting attention from Dell McGee. 
      • He was giving them each a little extra attention for about 20 seconds
      • Very brief, but looks like they are going to matter
  • Wide Receivers
    • Kearis Jackson is the leader- in terms of experience
      • He was getting the most verbal reactions from the assistant (both positive and negative)
      • He is the veteran
    • Adonai Mitchell and Ladd McConkey are their other first-teamers
  • Tight Ends
    • It is amazing to watch them even in drills
    • So physically dominant
    • The only real negative was that Oscar Delp dropped a very easy pass from Stetson
      • The pass was on the money 
    • Brett Siether is still in a non-contact
      • He was inside stretching

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Defense

  • Defensive Line
    • Jalen Carter and Zion Logue are going to be playing the Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt roles 
    • Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins is going to be playing the Travon Walker role it seems
    • Davis, Wyatt and Walker are NOT easily replaceable, but these are the three players they are focusing on in those spots for 2022
    • Mykel Williams and Nazir Stackhouse followed them in drills
      • I personally think that Mykel Williams is going to play a lot
      • He reminds me a little bit of Travon Walker in that he has freaky athleticism and measurables
  • Inside Linebackers
    • They were rotating between Dumas-Johnson, Marshall, Smael Mondon and Xavian Sorey during drills
  • Outside Linebackers
    • Nolan Smith and Robert Beal were the first-teamers in drills
    • Chaz Chambliss and MJ Sherman followed
  • Nickel/STAR
    • Javon Bullard, William Poole and Tykee Smith did a few drills with the outside linebackers
    • At the moment, those are their designated “STARs”
    • Smith was in a normal uniform
  • Cornerbacks
    • Kelee Ringo and Kamari Lassiter look to be the first team corners
    • Watch out for freshman Daylen Everette
      • He is right there behind Nyland Green
      • Green did not play well last season, so just be on the lookout for that
 
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