In case you missed it, spring practice started yesterday.

There was plenty of non-criminal coverage, too, as Emerson, Estes and Weiszer all turned in good reports on the day.  A few items of note:

  • Health.  Overall, something of a mixed bag, but better than I anticipated.  Gurley looked healthier than expected.  Wilkerson and Marshall went through some non-contact drills and accelerating full-speed and cutting.  Malcolm Mitchell has progressed enough that Richt thinks he could run some routes competitively, and wouldn’t even rule out the possibility of Mitchell facing off against a defender this spring.  On the other hand, Scott-Wesley and Rome didn’t do much of anything.
  • J.J. Green.  He’s moved to cornerback. “He looked pretty natural out there, I thought, as a corner, the couple little spots I saw,” Richt said.  It can’t hurt.
  • Checkgate.  All four of the arrestees practiced yesterday.  “Ready for our first spring practice!” Matthews tweeted at lunchtime.
  • Quarterbacks.  Mason’s the clear-cut number one guy, which is no surprise.  It sounds like there’s still a lot of work to be done with his backups, though.  “Faton is next, and Faton is getting a lot more reps and he’s doing well. You could tell he’s still not 100 percent certain on every single situation, but we pride ourselves at Georgia to try not to waste any plays offensively. In doing so, the quarterback has got to make a lot of decisions at the line of scrimmage according to what he sees defensively. … Brice is certainly a lot farther along than he was a year ago. And you know Jacob, his head is spinning. I can’t imagine how bad his head is spinning right now. He did some good things as he’s trying to learn what to do.”
  • Pruitt the position coach.  Hands on:  “Pruitt was working with both the safeties and the cornerbacks, bringing them together for various, hard-driving drills. It was impressive that Pruitt made sure to identify each player by his first name, walk-on or scholarship guy, and he coached every single one of them through each drill.”
  • Special teams.  Per Richt, the goal is for defensive starters to each be on two special teams units.  That’s different.
  • Position changes.  Other than Johnny O’Neill moving outside, it doesn’t sound like much is new.
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16 responses to “In case you missed it, spring practice started yesterday.

  1. Dawgfan Will

    Nice quote of the day, Senator. Richt’s dry sense of humor tickles me.

  2. Big Shock

    Very happy that spring practice is here. After another slow week in UGA football, I was afraid this maybe temporarily become a UVA basketball blog.

  3. lamontsanford

    “…we pride ourselves at Georgia to try not to waste any plays offensively”–unless it is 3rd and 8 or more. We try and surprise the defense with a draw play–and it works!! 3 times…out of the 600 times we have called it. As a staff, we have no idea why the defenses haven’t caught on yet.

    • uglydawg

      ..and a good morning to you, Sunbeam!

      • lamontsanford

        Those words in that order should never come out of the same coach’s mouth that gives up on a series just because it 3rd and long. Also–aren’t these the same coaches that trotted out a fair catch specialists to recieve punts for the last 5 years?

        Those are both wasted downs.

        But I am excited to see what this year brings–I always am. So good morning to you too!

    • W Cobb Dawg

      The ‘we don’t waste plays’ statement struck me as peculiar too. Says the coach who for 13 years consistently sends his WRs 5 yards down field when its 3rd and 10.

      • I Wanna Red Cup

        The coach who just coached his 11 to set records for scoring and total offense the last two years? The same guy who at Tenn last year lost all of his game plan due to injuries during the game and basically improvised on the spot to get us a win. What a bum. He can’t even make a third down conversion every time we have a third down.

        • lamontsanford

          Who expects a first down every time? I don’t think anyone questioned the results. The choice of words is just ironic. Are you saying that you have never seen them knowingly waste a play–give up on a series? If so we have not been watching the same games.

    • PTC DAWG

      Link? No link?

  4. DawgPhan

    I love that Gurley is healthier than people expected…that is awesome and way better news than I could have hoped for when I got going yesterday.

    • Dawgfan Will

      Marshall as well. It had been so long since I had seen any update on Marshall, I was afraid that we might have some bad news coming soon. Good to see he’s out there practicing.

  5. IMPRESSIVE … Pruitt made sure to identify each player by his first name, walk-on or scholarship guy, and he coached every single one of them through each drill.

    OBLIVIOUS … “Ready for our first spring practice!” Matthews tweeted at lunchtime.