Georgia continued preparation for Mississippi State on Wednesday as the team stayed in the indoor athletic facility for the second straight day. The Offense maintained a high level of intensity throughout the two periods the media observed the team. Here are the three big things I noted from Wednesday’s practice.
Wideouts Back to Normal
The wide receiver group seemed back to their usual selves on Wednesday. After a practice full of drops on Tuesday, the group made it a point to try and catch everything. I believe while the media was out there, only one player dropped a pass and that was because it was low. Coach James Coley told the unit early on to “let loose, let loose.” This advice seemed to relax the group which made their catches look effortless.
Every time Javon Wims made a catch Coley would yell “good, good, good.” The senior didn’t drop a pass today and looked strong. The unit worked on third and short drills to make sure they got their tippy toes in bounds. Coley didn’t say much during this drill, so I assume he was happy with how the group performed.
Jake Fromm worked with the offense during the seven-on-seven drill. The drill looked to allow Fromm to see some defensive schemes that Mississippi State will run on Saturday. After the offense finished seven-on-seven, the quarterbacks broke off with the wideouts and threw balls to them as they ran various routes. The rotation of quarterback seemed to go, Fromm, Brice Ramsey, and Jacob Eason. I believe this is the case because of the injury to Eason’s knee and making sure they don’t rush him into anything too quickly.
Eason looked a lot more comfortable with dropbacks on Wednesday than he did earlier in the week. He still wore the brace, but his footwork looked like he was planting harder and he didn’t softly move his feet. Eason’s passes were sharp and hard. He threw bullets out there today and made a beautiful pass to Jayson Stanley that just landed in his pocket.
As for as Fromm, he looked off today. He had some nice throws, but he also had some off throws too. The one drop was because he threw too low and was off balance when he threw it. You could tell when Fromm wasn’t happy with a throw because he would clap his hands together. I saw this a few times today, I just don’t think Wednesday was his day.
Tight Ends and Running Backs
Shane Beamer was very vocal with his tight ends today as they worked on fundamentals. He had the unit work on blocks and pushing a defender back. He told the guys to, “drive, drive, drive,” when they would hit the bag. The unit also worked on getting past a defender when running their pass-catching routes. Beamer praised Nauta and made sure to give him a pat on the back for his hard work.
On the other end of the field, the running backs worked on blocks and cutting drills. Nick Chubb was of course in the first team spot and he just looks ready to run. Sony Michel was behind him, and there didn’t seem to be any hesitation coming from him after he was held out of the Samford game due to an ankle injury. Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift got pats on the head after running the cutting drill. I couldn’t hear what the assistant was saying, but the two perked up with confidence after.
Bits and Pieces:
The Offense ran a high-intensity practice while the media watched. Coaches worked each unit hard and really pushed the guys. The quarterbacks and wideouts synced back up, the running backs look ready to go, and the tight ends worked on blocks. I will note that the offensive line continued to work with the “chute” and getting defenders on their toes. Pittman had choice words for his unit, and they quickly got in line. After three days of high-intensity practice, Georgia looks like they are ready for an SEC battle, and Saturday cannot come fast enough.
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