Hurry up practices

There’s a certain logic to this – if the HUNH generates more plays for an offense in a game, then going hurry up in practice should generate more reps for players.  Which is what it sounds like is happening in the first couple of days of spring practice.

Moore was skeptical when he was told that pretty much every player would get the same amount of reps under the new practice format.

“I didn’t believe him at first,” Moore said. “Sure enough everybody’s getting the same amount of reps. It’s crazy, man, because everything is so fast-paced now. I’m still getting used to it.

If that’s the case, there’s a lot to like about it.  More reps means more data for the coaches to use in evaluating the players.  More reps give the players greater opportunity to grasp what the coaches are teaching.  And it should also foster more competition for playing time.  Plus, it’s a way to get more work in without violating NCAA caps on practice time.

All it takes is better organization than we’ve been used to seeing.

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  1. I don’t know whether to applaud Richt for being open to change or to deride him for taking this long to realize how implementing these types of changes could benefit the team.

    Oh, the complex life of a UGA fan. :)

  2. adam

    And since we’re doing everything with 3 groups simultaneously, Pruitt is able to keep the depth chart very fluid and quickly demote and promote people. Apparently he has been doing so. It’s a great motivating too that coaches effort and generates competition. It’s apparently something he learned at Bama. And it’s brilliant.

    We also are doing it on offense, though I’m not sure the depth chart over there is nearly as fluid. I wish it were, especially on the offensive line. Effort makes a huge difference there and getting 5 guys who will actually play hard on every snap would be great.

  3. Skint

    You wonder why it took Richt so long to figure this out. I guess when no one questions the results, why change. It took a coach who is committed to winning championships to get the head coach’s attention.

    • Hackerdog

      Well, it’s not like he hasn’t been successful. It’s hard to win 10+ games in a year and then decide to change things up. It’s the down years when change happens. Fortunately, UGA hasn’t seen very many.

    • You wonder why it took Richt so long to figure this out.

      Yeah, I understand. I suspect Richt let Grantham run his practices like he wanted, and didn’t interfere. Most coaches do it that way. Not saying right or wrong, or that Richt couldn’t have had input.

      But it sounds like Richt, the way he talked about it, hadn’t given it a whole lot of thought. And I’m not sure about faulting him for that. I know he likes up tempo practices, and ours had gradually lost tempo and some intensity from his earlier years. I had noticed that myself.

      To me, it sounds like a Saban concept, just trying to figure how to be more efficient in practice. And Pruitt brought that with him. I suspect he’s added a few tweaks of his own since he had the year at FSU. He seems like the type.
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  4. Much better organization. It’s all the things you said. Don’t think it has anything to do with HUNH, though it’s certainly helpful for that. It’s about efficiency and reps. But we should be loving it, IMO.

    Yet another sign that Pruitt knows what he’s doing.
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