Georgia began preparations for Kentucky Monday afternoon, and it was a gorgeous day outside. The intensity was up yet the team seemed humbled. Players got into The entire team stayed focused and concentrated on the drills. Players got into the drills and hooped and hollered when a rep went right. But there was a lot of fundamental work and comments from the coaches set the tone for the Kentucky week. Below, Steve and I give our takeaways from Monday’s practice report.
Savannah’s Offense Report
— Ben Cleveland was out at practice today dressed out, but I didn’t see him take any reps. He seems to be still limited, but with him being back around the offensive line is a great sign. After he traveled last week to the game and dressed out, its safe to say we will likely see him this weekend he just won’t start, probably.
— Sam Pittman continued to work his guys through combo drills and one-on-one blocks. Then the tight end joined them and continued to work through swing blocks.
— Another thing to note about the OL is Lamont Gaillard. He gets better every single day. In my opinion, he is hands down the best center in the country. Gaillard manhandled his guy in practice today, and he commands leadership on this line.
— Georgia had players from the offense and defense run through various formations that will likely be in this weekends game. The running backs and quarterbacks worked through the drill, and all of a sudden I heard, “WOOOOOOOOO” and Fromm was evidently happy with what happened and had to let everyone know. I love it when they get fired up like that.
— The receivers worked through routes and quick catches. Then Hankton moved to a drill shortly before they joined the quarterbacks where the wideout would run toward a defender but instead of making a move on him, he would go to block the defender. They did two full rotations of that before joining the quarterbacks.
— Both Fromm and Justin Fields looked good today. They were both very accurate except for one pass by Fields. He overthrew J.J. Holloman but it hit him in his hands, he just had to go way up for it.
— Coach Coley yelled at Ahkil Crumpton during the throwing portion of practice, “Hey Crump, that was so much faster than in the game!” Crumpton made a move on the defender and left him in the dust easily catching the pass when it got to him.
Steve’s Defense Report
— Netori Johnson was working with the defensive line for the first time today. It seems like this may be the quickest route to the field for Netori who has seen very limited playing time on the offensive line.
— The ILB and Safeties were working on tackling drills against the scout team today. Kirby is emphasizing tackling and knows that they have a tough test against Benny Snell and the Wildcats Saturday.
— Kirby was explicitly working with the safeties on reading the offensive line and reacting to run/pass plays. Its also going to be crucial for these guys to play disciplined, honest defense and not get sucked into Kentucky’s rushing offense.
— Ameer Speed was not seen at practice today.
— Defensive lineman David Marshall and DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle were still both absent today from practice.