Football Practice Observations – April 16, 2019

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Football Practice Observations – April 16, 2019

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I was back on the offensive practice field today. That reminds me to point out that UGA practices on two separate full-size fields while going through individual unit drills. Of course, that makes it extremely hard to cover the entire practice during a typical 10 minute observation period, and it is impossible if one spends half of the allotted time with one’s eye in a camera lens. That restriction is why I do not try to cover both offense and defense in the same day.

The offense line saw some lineup changes Tuesday. Ben Cleveland was rotating with the first group again, but the bigger news was Jamaree Salyer going with the ones at right tackle, beside Cleveland at guard. With Salyer rotating with the ones, Isaiah Wilson was bounced to the second rotation. Cleveland’s ascension to the ones has moved Case Mays back to the second group. As a reminder, nothing in these changes should be considered permanent. It is far more likely that offensive line coach Sam Pittman is simple experimenting with his depth. I expect the rotations to continue into fall camp before anything approaching a starting five can be determined.

Kirby Smart
Kirby Smart

A reporter who watched the defense told me that Walter Grant was back with his outside linebacker group. This may mean that his days as a running back are over.

Zamir White seems to be running with authority and is make some cuts. If he is ready in September behind what might be Georgia’s best offensive line ever, SEC defenses are going to be in for a shock. White is huge. If he has anything like his old speed and agility, he will be a formidable weapon. The other running backs are going to challenges defenses, as well. This is a good looking group.

It is going to be fun to see 11-on-11 for the first time Saturday at G-Day.

Brian Herrien (35)
Brian Herrien (35)

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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.