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INSIDER: Georgia Bulldogs' Practice Observations

August 29, 2022

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ATHENS - Week 1 is here for Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs.

The season crept up fast, and now we’re here. A date with the Oregon Ducks lies ahead, and Smart does not think the Bulldogs are ready quite yet. They have a few more practices to get it figured out.  

The media viewing period of practice consisted of drills that are even less telling than normal, and there were a lot of players wearing numbers for the purpose of scouting Oregon. 

Today’s practice observations/takeaways:


  • Quarterbacks
  • Running Backs
    • Kenny McIntosh continues to be the leader in drills
      • Smart was very positive about him in today’s press conference
    • Kendall Milton is noticeably huge compared to the other backs
      • You couldn’t tell he’s been dealing with injuries in the bit I saw
    • Branson Robinson
      • Looked good during a blocking drill
      • Had no problem stopping Chaz Chambliss from getting too deep into the backfield
  • Wide Receivers
    • Adonai Mitchell seems like their clearcut no.1 wideout
      • He has been first in every single drill that we’ve been able to see over the last few weeks
    • Kearis Jackson doesn’t looked to be slowed up by his ankle
      • He easily slipped by scout defensive backs
    • Mitchell, Jackson and Ladd McConkey are the “starters”
    • Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, Dominick Blaylock and Jackson Meeks are their “backups”
      • They will be on the field a lot
      • Rosemary-Jacksaint looked smoother on his routes than I am used to seeing from him
    • Mekhi Mews is small, but he may work his way onto the field a little bit this fall
      • He is in that third group with freshmen Dillon Bell and De’Nylon Morrissette 
  • Tight Ends
    • Brock Bowers is the no.1 
      • That has not changed
    • If there is an order behind Bowers, then it is difficult to tell
    • For a while Arik Gilbert looked like the second guy, but the last couple of weeks, Oscar Delp has been ahead of him in every drill
    • Delp has been working with the second-string pass catchers
    • Delp, Bowers, Gilbert and Washington will all see the field a lot
      • Together and by themselves
  • Offensive Line
    • First-team from left to right: Broderick Jones, Xavier Truss, Sedrick Van-Pran Granger, Tate Ratledge, Warren McClendon
    • Second-team from left to right: No. 74 (there was confusion as to who this actually was because of switched numbers), Devin Willock, Warren Ericson, Jared Wilson, Amarius Mims
  • *Defense was a lot harder to have real takeaways about during this particular period*

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  • Defensive Backs
    • Tykee Smith was out there
    • William Poole and Javon Bullard join him as the nickel corners
      • Bullard feels like the starter but I think they are going to shuffle them until they figure it out and Smith is at full health
    • Kelee Ringo and Kamari Lassiter are still the one and two at corner
    • Christopher Smith and Dan Jackson still seem to have a firm hold on their positions, but Malaki Starks is ready to knock on the door
      • He is right there with them in drills
      • AND he is the most athletically gifted (and that is not particularly close)
  • Linebackers
    • Inside
      • Inexperienced but STILL fast
      • One of the biggest concerns is replacing Nakobe Dean, Channing Tindall and Quay Walker and their speed
      • Smael Mondon and Trezman Marshall have that speed
      • Jamon Dumas-Johnson still seems to be their best all-around guy
    • Outside
      • MJ Sherman is the “freakiest”
        • He is physically imposing
        • He showed great side-to-side speed today
      • Nolan Smith and Robert Beal are still the leaders
  • Defensive Line
    • Interior
      • Jalen Carter and Zion Logue will go first
      • The guys after them are Nazir Stackhouse, Jonathan Jefferson and Warren Brinson
    • EDGE
      • Mykel Williams has momentum
        • He is a real threat to take the spot as the starting defensive end
        • He is the quickest and most physically impressive in every drill I've watched of the EDGE guys during fall camp
      • Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins is still first in drills
      • Tramel Walthour is right there with him


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