With rain falling most of the day in Athens, the field conditions at the Woodruff Practice (natural grass) Fields at Butts-Mehre were too wet, moving practice to the older turf fields below. But that did not keep the Dawgs from getting after it in full pads with just over two weeks before facing Clemson on August 31. There were a few tidbits to pass along, and as always, some photos to get your bulldawg hearts pumping away.
First a few tidbits to pass along. We were able to watch the first three periods of practice. Today we got to watch a little of the offense vs. defense for the first time since the opening day of practice. So while we saw more hitting than usual, it was still mainly in a walk-through, soft contact fashion. That said, today I observed:
Now for the really good stuff!
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First things first: Tray Matthews still in that ugly green.
Connor Norman, who seems to be a leader in the secondary, getting instruction.
Nothing says “football in Athens” like NBA analyst and former Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy and UGA head basketball Coach Mark Fox in the house.
Kennar Johnson (10) working on making a play after an interception.
It got physical at times with the secondary. That’s Brendan Langley (4) mixing it up with Kennar Johnson
Some kickers show off their exercise bike skills. The offensive line was a bit jealous.
The theme of UGA Football, perhaps? Give. Gurley. The. Ball.
The RBs scouting out their competition, the defensive line. They are clearly mocking them.
Tight End Jay Rome was very visibly hurt. Notice his already wrapped up ankle. Not a happy man today.
Zach DeBell appears to have grown a bit.
As has Xzavier Ward (63).
While John Theus’s belly may have shrunk a bit, the rest of him has not.
Blake Tibbs did not want me to take his photograph. Sorry Blake.
There’s that green jersey of Chris Conley mentioned earlier.
And Rantavious Wooten. But we knew that yesterday.
Murray working on his fade route. If only it could have gotten over the Tide D-line last December…..
That green jersey did not seem to slow down Conley. He fully participated today. And looked good.
Justin Scott-Wesley made a nice over-the-shoulder catch.
Tramel Terry did not.
Gurley with his RBs and O-Line. Do not expect a position change.
Check out that club on James DeLoach’s repaired thumb. Advantage perhaps?
Mike Bobo being Mike Bobo.
We got to see some legit contact!!
That’s Brandon Harton toting the rock. He looks quick on the corners.
That’s De’Andre “Moose” Johnson sizing up his next victim.
Despite his wishes, I took another picture of Blake Tibbs. Sorry again, Blake
Because why would I NOT end on another picture of Jeff Van Gundy??
It goes without saying, it is my pleasure helping you cope with the fact that there is still approximately 360 hours until kickoff against Clemson, with these tidbits and photos.
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So Blake Tibbs didn't want to be photographed; any idea why? I had a sense he might have begun to make some noise by now. How does he seem to be progressing? Any chance he will get an opportunity to make some plays this year, or does he appear to need more time to evolve?
The quotes on the pictures are created with a sense of humor. Blake just happened to be making a scowful face at me at the coincidental time I snapped the photo. He may have had no idea I took it.
As far as his progression, he certainly does not seem to be lagging. Coaches have said good things about him thus far, and he certainly adds depth to the position. I would expect him to be a regular in the lineup, but likely not one of the highly targeted. His time will come.
Thank you kind sir! My pleasure as always.