‘Attack the Day’ as many fans know is one of the team’s mottos. After observing day three of fall camp, I can see why. Head Coach Kirby Smart demands practice to stay at a high level of intensity. The team looked focused and appears to have bought into Smart’s program. If the energy stays at this level for the rest of camp and practice, there might be a new toughest coach in the SEC whose name is not Nick Saban.
Day three marked the first day that Georgia has been able to put shoulder pads on per NCAA practice guidelines and rules. They still wore their shorts, but by Friday they will be in full pads after going through the mandatory acclimation period. During the viewing period, I watched the offense and noticed these three areas.
Jacob Eason looked crisp and clean the little we got to see him throw as we mainly were privy to the QBs going through the hand off drills to the backs. He commanded the drills with leadership and seemed to be comfortable in that role. When we did get to see Eason throw, he threw the ball hard and again, accurately. I did not see a receiver drop a pass. While they transitioned drills, Eason walked with his shoulders showing more confidence than he did last fall.
And what about the other QBs not named Eason? Brice Ramsey and Jake Fromm both seemed to be more accurate today. PWO Stetson Bennett overthrew a few guys. Fromm went second in the handoff drills, Ramsey third, and Bennett last. They all seemed comfortable with the handoffs and focused in on what Coach Jim Chaney told them.
During the media time, I witnessed multiple drills with the wide-outs. Coach James Coley worked on the plant and cut motion during route drills. As the drill progressed junior receiver, Jayson Stanley took a few choppy steps, and Coley yelled at him, “Stop dancing, Jayson.” He wanted Stanley to plant hard then cut, and when he ran through the drill again, Coley seemed pleased with his second effort.
The wide-outs ran a figure eight drill where they ran around two rings and then caught a pass. Coley praised Tyler Simmons, Mark Webb Jr. and Matt Landers on their footwork and quick hands. The line of the day was when Coley said, “Torch your body and put it away!” to the players as they finished the figure eight drill. He said this after Webb Jr. snagged a low throw.
While the media watched practice, head coach Kirby Smart popped in to look at the receivers. He encouraged and pushed Javon Wims to be that leader he wants. Wims vocalized to the other wide-outs to hustle and keep their eyes up while in the drill. The leadership role looked good on the senior Wims, and he seemed to enjoy it.
Kendall Baker received the offensive lineman of the day from me after I observed him during practice. His footwork has improved from last season, and he stayed square throughout the block drill. On one occurrence, Baker almost knocked down the bag holder which made me grin. Baker needs a good season to not get buried in the depth chart behind the influx of new talent from the last two recruiting classes, and just from watching him today, he seems to be on the right track.
Isaiah Wilson and Ben Cleveland continued to take reps behind Dyshon Sims at right tackle. Veteran, Isaiah Wynn took the first rep at left tackle while Andrew Thomas and D’Marcus Hayes split time behind him. Lamont Gillard was the first to go at center and took the majority of the snaps.
A couple of other things to note was Robert Beal practiced with the team. The weather continued to be perfect for practice for the August in the state of Georgia, and the intensity of practice was again sky high. Georgia will go through day four of practice on Thursday where they will go with helmets, shoulder pads, and shorts again.