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INSIDER: Georgia Bulldogs Spring Practice Observations

March 16, 2023

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ATHENS - Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs are entering this spring with many different question marks than last year. The back-to-back national champions will be without legendary quarterback Stetson Bennett this time around. 

Former offensive coordinator Todd Monken left to return to the NFL, and the Dawgs will be playing with a new starting quarterback in 2023. Who that player is remains to be seen. Whether or not Carson Beck has a lead, Smart said on Tuesday that both he and Brock Vandagriff will get reps with the starters during the spring.

The combination of a new quarterback, and a new and old offensive coordinator in Mike Bobo, is the biggest question to answer heading into this season. How will Georgia’s offense look?

The defense is returning eight starters and a handful of others guys who have played a lot of snaps, but which players are going to fill in for guys like Nolan Smith and Jalen Carter? The offensive line returns four of the five starters from the 2023 College Football Playoff. 

Smart and staff dipped into the transfer portal this offseason, snagging two experienced receivers and a defensive back with promise. 

The media was allotted 16 minutes of Georgia’s second spring practice so… here are my first practice observations for the 2023 seasons:

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  • Quarterbacks
    • Carson Beck was first in drills followed by Brock Vandagriff then Gunner Stockton
    • Beck looks comfortable and confident. He had good body language
    • Beck looked really accurate. He has clear chemistry with Arian Smith
  • Running Backs
    • Daijun Edwards was not participating in drills. I did not see him.
    • Kendall Milton was first followed by Branson Robinson
    • Andrew Paul participated but was wearing a knee brace
  • Wide Receivers
    • Group 1: Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint and Arian Smith on the outside with Ladd McConkey in the slot
    • Group 2: Dillon Bell and C.J. Smith on the outside with Dominic Lovett in the slot
    • Group 3: Jackson Meeks and #13 on the outside with Mekhi Mews in the slot
    • Rara Thomas was in the fourth group 
  • Tight Ends
    • Order on Thursday: Brock Bowers-Oscar Delp-Lawson Luckie-Pearce Spurlin
    • During a ball control drill, Spurlin got into it with #29 which I believe is Gabe Harris. The assistant coaches loved the energy 
    • Spurlin has size but he is no Darnell Washington (who is?)
  • Offensive Line
    • It is hard to tell sometimes when they are doing different drills who the starters are
    • It looked like Earnest Greene will be the left tackle and Amarius Mims will be on the right


  • Outside Linebackers
    • This is one of their most inexperienced positions
    • Chaz Chambliss, Darris Smith, Samuel M’Pemba and Gabe Harris were the first four guys in that group 
  • Cornerbacks
    • Kamari Lassiter is the top guy. Daylen Everette then Nyland Green followed
    • Lassiter was draped on receivers when he was in coverage during drills
  • Safeties
    • Joenel Aguero is a name to keep an eye out for at the safety spot
    • He looks really athletic
  • Inside Linebackers
    • It is hard to tell their rotation from what I saw, but Smael Mondon and Jamon Dumas-Johnson are the starters. Nothing has changed. 
  • Defensive Line
    • There was no particular order for them in drills

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