The Bulldogs practice was pretty much on par today with a few guys back and a few others missing, but other than that practice seemed to not have too many surprises. We also got a better idea of how the depth chart looks on defense and the offensive line. It’s no surprise that the quarterback depth chart is still a mystery for the most part.
Starting on the offensive side of the ball, I saw some very encouraging things for the Bulldogs. At the running back position, we saw every running back participating in normal running back drills, including Sony Michel and Shaquery Wilson. Having all of the running backs back in the normal rotation is very encouraging because it gives the Bulldogs the hope of having greater depth at a pivotal position. Wilson should be ready to go well before the season opener, but if Michel is able to be available for the opening game, it will be a huge help for sure.
I also got a better idea of the depth chart of the offensive line going three deep into the depth chart. The starters from left to right are: Isaiah Wynn, Dyshon Sims, Brandon Kublanow, Lamont Gaillard, and Greg Pyke. The second team offensive line left to right is as follows: Aulden Bynum, Ben Cleveland, Billy Seward, Solomon Kindley, and Kendall Baker. Finally rounding out the third team rounds out the rest of the offensive line and left to right line up like this: Tyler Catalina, Chris Barnes, Thomas Swilley, Pat Allen, and Sage Hardin.
Now, the defensive side of the ball was a little less encouraging in terms of players missing from practice yesterday. For starters, it was yet another practice with defensive tackle John Atkins missing from the field because of a hyper-extended knee injury, which he has been nursing for the past few days. Also, Natrez Patrick, who is a probable starter at inside linebacker, was not able to participate in normal practice today and spent a lot of time on a stationary bike. On the flip side, I was able to spot Jonathan Ledbetter back at practice for the second time, with the first time being on fan day on Saturday.
With Atkins and Patrick missing from the starting lineup, I saw Roquan Smith take some first team reps and freshman Julian Rochester also got some looks on the first team. The hope this week is that the Bulldogs return to full strength and are able to prepare with a true first team defense with no players missing. The Bulldogs continue to look good in practice as we edge closer and closer to game one.