G’day, G-Day.

With the news that Malcolm Mitchell is a likely no-show for action on Saturday (and am I the only one who finds it ominous that he’s tweaked his hamstring again?), that sort of puts a damper on the first item on Tyler’s list.  In fact, I’m starting to wonder which players in the secondary are going to play on both sides.  And there’s a similar bummer with his second point of interest, given that Keith Marshall won’t play for the same reason as Mitchell.

The walking wounded won’t keep me away, though.  I’m not the kind of person who’s going to pass up near perfect weather, cold beer, fried chicken and a chance to watch any kind of football activity on a Saturday in Athens.

To riff off Tyler’s list, I’m most curious to see two things.  First, there’s the work in progress, the offensive line.  It’s currently morphed into this:

Offensive line coach Will Friend had a surprise when asked what his No. 1 line would be for the G-Day Game. He said sophomore Kolton Houston would be the starter at right tackle.

“We started working him there a week or two ago and he’s really progressed at that spot the last few days,” Friend said. “He had a really good scrimmage [this past Saturday] and he brings a lot of energy and athleticism to the group.”

Houston had been working almost exclusive at guard while sophomores Watts Dantzler and Austin Long were battling it out at right tackle. Friend said the other starters Saturday include left tackle Kenarious Gates, left guard Dallas Lee, center David Andrews and right guard Chris Burnette.

How cohesive are these guys?  How mobile are the tackles?  Is Andrews’ size going to be a problem?

Speaking of the last question, the other thing I want to learn is how dominant the nose tackles are.  By all accounts, Jenkins and Geathers have been feasting on the offensive line.  How much of that is due to the newbies, and how much to the talent of the big men?

What are you guys hoping to see?

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UPDATE:  Get ‘yer G-Day rosters here.

It looks like it’s the ones vs. the ones.  Given my questions about the offensive line, that’s good.

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21 responses to “G’day, G-Day.

  1. Spence

    I’d like to see the offenses roll down the field and score at will, while the defenses pitch a shut out and don’t allow a first down. Anything less will be unacceptable, and I will call for heads to roll.

  2. 202dawg

    No major injuries

  3. reality

    I agree with the no major injuries. I’m hoping that this new speed guy increases the focus on flexibility and we don’t see so many hammy injuries this year. They should start doing yoga a few times a week for god sake. You would think they would realize that you can’t just work out ton (which tightens your muscles by the way) and not counter that we some hard core stretching.

  4. jryu

    i’m hoping that part of the reason MM is being held out is to keep the cards close to the vest. not showcasing how much he’s progressed in terms of his cover skills and/or route running. wishful thinking..

  5. Rick

    You have to be rooting for more points and a competent running game. We know the defense is solid, so every TD is good news.

  6. reipar

    Looking at that second team offense v. second team defense is scary. While the second team defense may have a suspect secondary I am not sure if Lemay will have more than two seconds to throw between the OL and lack of a running game. Thanks goodness 2 hand touch for the QB or this could get Colt Brennan ugly for him.

  7. Can’t make Athens & can’t catch it on TV (due to family obligations)’.
    Question ?. Will the GDAY GAME be showned on TV at any other time that we already know about?.

    As to the game: The DAWGS Have what it takes at every position. Why all of the negativity?. GO DAWGS.

    • W Cobb Dawg

      Comcast sports has re-played the spring games multiple times in past years. So if you have comcast, no problem because you can watch it ‘on demand’. Or if you don’t have comcast, you can catch replays at a bar that has comcast – just check the comcast replay schedule and tell the bar workers to turn it on.

  8. BulldogBen

    I’ll be over there Saturday and will be hitting up some Trappeze Pub pre-game. (New Wild Heaven “Let There Be Light”, drool)

    I’ll be happy with any resemblence of an offense at this stage with our O-Line. I guess the benefit of having a great D is that our young O-line will get to play against the best and, hopefully, get better in a hurry. (crosses fingers)

  9. Irishdawg

    I’m hoping for lots of UGA coeds to attend.

    • Cojones

      Hoping you’re not married and also attending alone. Sounds like a good deal until that old joke comes up:

      Question: What does a married woman do with her asshole just before she has great sex?

      Answer: She kisses him goodbye and tells him to enjoy the G-Day Game.

      Hope that doesn’t cut into attendance.

  10. Alphadawg

    Dull, Dull, Dull. I hope we keep simple, reward lots of kids with PT and NO injuries. We aren’t gonna really learn anything from a scrimmage anyway. Wish I could be there, I hear the weather is supposed to be perfect. Spring football in Athens a cold beer and a couple taco’s from The Taco Stand sounds like a little slice of heaven.

    I’ve said it here before, I believe the OL will be fine, we need our remaining DBs healthy for the early season, and we need depth to replace those that are leaving. I hope MM and the others starters see very little PT at the spring game.

    • adam

      The weather in Athens the past couple weeks has been beyond perfect. Saturday should be another great one.

  11. Bevo

    “(and am I the only one who finds it ominous that [Mitchell has] tweaked his hamstring again?)”

    I’m concerned about this as well. Mitchell was one of the best players on our team last season as a true freshman. He has time to get better, but I hope the hammy isn’t a recurring theme. Missing him will make a huge difference.

    • Cojones

      Can’t be “concerned” or wring the hands over something I have no control over or can’t do anything about. Players who play hard will have injuries. Don’t know any that haven’t in all D-1 schools. We are good at playing games without some of our “best” players. Happens every game. Can’t get the angst up for injuries to occur in a contact sport. Worrying won’t keep injuries down. Of course, if you want to worry because you think the coaches don’t, then help yourself.

  12. Rebar

    Just hope to see spirit from the youngsters and guidance from the veterans; this year’s team has a chance to be special.

  13. AusDawg85

    I’m looking forward to the Senator finding something we can “blame Bobo” for. Makes for great reading the next day!