Georgia Bulldogs Practice Report: Back to Basics

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Georgia Bulldogs Practice Report: Back to Basics

Kirby Smart encourages junior DE Jonathan Ledbetter during Monday afternoon's football practice.
Kirby Smart encourages junior DE Jonathan Ledbetter during Monday afternoon’s football practice.


In the Georgia Bulldogs practice, there was a definite emphasis on fundamentals and self-improvement as they inch closer and closer to preparing for their matchup with the Oklahoma Sooners in the Rose Bowl.


Many players in interviews this week have said that Oklahoma is not on the team’s mind as of yet, but instead, right now there is a major focus on bettering themselves. That was very apparent in Wednesday’s practice as the Bulldogs seemed to get back to basics.
The offensive line, for the most part, focused on one-on-one blocking and the first two teams held the same lineup that they have for the past few weeks. The mood was very similar to fall camp and it seemed as if they were just trying to focus on having great technique as blockers.
Running backs were working on their cuts while wide receivers seemed to be focused on running through the route tree. Coach Coley was heard giving explicit instructions through routes and the exact execution to have when running each route. The quarterbacks would also switch sides after each rep to gain some comfort throwing to both sides of the field
Overall the offense seemed to really hone in on small details in how they could improve their fundamentals and this mindset was also very apparent with the defense.
For starters, Trenton Thompson was back at practice today and seemed to be practicing at full speed and with no limits. Deangelo Gibbs was not a practice participant and I did not see him anywhere in the indoor practice facility today. Early enrollee Devonte Wyatt was also practicing with the team, but he, of course, will not be eligible to play
All of the defensive groups seemed to be working on certain drills that were fundamental based. I did not get a great look at the linebackers, but the defensive line was focused on staying low, the cornerbacks were working on defending the deep pass and coming up to make a tackle on a short pass, and safeties were working on play recognition and getting to the ball.
Overall, the whole focus on the team seems to be sharpening their skills and improving as a whole before they get ready to game plan for Oklahoma.




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Michael Pope is a Journalism student in the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, with an emphasis in sports. He enjoys covering all sports, especially basketball, football, and baseball.