I watched the Bulldogs’ offense work during day 21 of fall camp on Wednesday, and I observed the intensity double from Tuesday’s practice for the Georgia football team. That intensity manifested as the offensive players hustled in and to each drill as coaches filled the air with choice words. Here are the three areas that stood out the most.
Jacob Eason took control of the quarterback drills and performed to the high standards that the Georgia coaching expects of him. None of his passes were off while the media watched. The chemistry between him and receivers Javon Wims, Terry Godwin, and Tyler Simmons was evident. Their catches looked effortless, and that is what I like to see. Eason confidence showed through each throw, and it was impressive to watch. He is the leader, and I believe he is finally comfortable with that role.
Freshman Jake Fromm threw well during the two periods and his accuracy improved from what I saw earlier in camp. However, he did throw a couple of high balls to the receivers, but the wide-outs did a good job of adjusting to make the catches. Senior Brice Ramsey had a couple of good balls, but his accuracy was all over the place on Wednesday.
2: Offensive Line:
The offensive line player rotation seemed to be the same that it has been with Isaiah Wynn at left tackle, Pat Allen at left guard, Lamont Gaillar at center, Solomon Kindley at right guard and Andrew Thomas at right tackle. Coach Sam Pittman had the unit do a fundamental leverage drill. Each player lined up against another, and they would explode up at the defender. However, the defender allowed the lineman to push forward with the block without counteracting. Pittman ran the drill where the player pushed up the middle, to the right and left. The drill is to work on their hip rotation, footwork, and leverage.
One of the guys to receive the most praise was freshman Isaiah Wilson. Pittman made a point to say, “Good, Good, Good” to him and commented on his footwork and hips. The freshman looked a lot leaner since the start of camp. He seems to have improved in both his technique as well as his conditioning, and Pittman praised him multiple times.
3: Wide Receivers:
James Coley had many words for his wide receiver group, and not many were appropriate to print here. Evidently, freshman Mark Webb Jr.’s routes were not smooth enough for the coach, and Coley told him to, “flow, Mark, flow.” Head Coach Kirby Smart gave two cents as well on Webb’s effort and threw his visor at the young wideout making him drop a pass. Smart told him to run smoother and let the route flow. It’s clear that the coaches believe that Webb has a lot of potential and are pushing him hard as a result.
However, it wasn’t all negative with the wide out unit. Sophomore Tyler Simmons caught every ball thrown to him, and Coley yelled, “Good Tyler!” Freshman Matt Landers is another guy that just made the drill look easy. His big hands just stuck to every pass and his routes effortless. He nabbed a bullet from Eason out of the air, making it look like he caught a cloud. Something of note is Smart commented on every player’s rep, but Landers. He just nodded at him and moved on to the next guy.
Ahkil Crumpton made an impressive catch and didn’t drop a ball during the media period. A ball that was slightly overthrown, he bobbled it, got hit by the assistant who caused a distraction and still caught the ball. He continues to impress in practices. Crumpton’s speed and sure hands will make him an impact player early on this season in my opinion.
Day 21 of fall camp showed improvement from the offensive line and wideouts. Wilson received high praise from Pittman and Landers received an unspoken praise in a silent nod from Smart. The Bulldogs’ offense seems to have really started to click as everybody is getting on the same page. Nine days until the season starts and it will be interesting to see where this offense goes from here.
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