By the media accounts, the offense had the better of it at yesterday’s scrimmage. I can’t say I’m surprised by that, given the obvious advantage in continuity the offense has at this point in time. In fact, I’d be a lot more worried if I were reading headlines similar to the (admittedly misleading) one the AJ-C currently displays about Georgia Tech’s practice: “Jackets’ defense impressive”.
So what can we take away at this point? Maybe these things:
- Zach Mettenberger. Say what you will about the quarterback competition today – and Richt says he’s comfortable with it – the one thing you have to accept is that Bobo has done a good job of making a functional quarterback out of a kid who looked completely flummoxed at last year’s G-Day game.
- Kris Durham. With three touchdown catches and the praise of A.J. Green, it sounds like his recovery from the shoulder injury that sidelined him last year is a successful one. Given the size of the receiving corps, that’s a fairly big deal.
- Vance Cuff. After watching him get burned repeatedly in his start against Georgia Tech last year, it’s hard to believe that this is the same player A.J. Green talked about yesterday: “He’s getting more aggressive. He has the speed to go with anybody, but he’s getting much better,” Green said. “He’s more slender, tall, and I feel like he can get his hands on you quicker than some of the shorter ones because he has long arms. And he’s just jamming a lot of the receivers at boundary, and he’s been real aggressive.” There are always players that benefit from a change in coaching; maybe Lakatos is giving Cuff the opportunity to shine.
- Offensive line. Richt credited the first team o-line with playing well; A.J. described the play of the linemen as “dominant”.
Needless to say, I’m looking forward to what we’ll see next Saturday.