If you’re trying to get a feel for where things stand half way through preseason practice, then Seth Emerson’s report today is a must read.
Some of what he reports shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve been following the beat writers – the coaches have settled on a top six on the offensive line, very few members of this year’s recruiting class will redshirt, Malcolm Mitchell’s early season status, the fluid tailback situation, for starters – but there are a few surprising nuggets in there.
- Christian LeMay. It doesn’t sound like the (for now) second-string quarterback has done much to impress either Emerson or the coaches. Perhaps skipping your senior year of high school football probably isn’t the best development strategy.
- Offensive line depth. This isn’t what a Georgia fan wants to hear: “The gap between Dantzler and the next reserve is a wide one right now.” Gulp. Fortunately, Georgia has a track record of healthy offensive lineme… wait, what?
- Receiving corps. It’s not so much that Emerson says anything surprising about it, so much as he reminds us that consistent playmaking with this bunch is still a question mark in Mitchell’s absence. Fair point.
Not to be all gloom and doom here. Because this will pump you up:
Hopefully Georgia fans apprecaite what they’re about to watch in 2012. It’s not just the starters, but the depth is deceivingly good. Consider that a talent like John Taylor will likely have to redshirt at nose tackle. Garrison Smith, who looked good as a starting end late last year, is a second-teamer right now. Christian Robinson and Amarlo Herrera are second-team at inside linebacker. Ray Drew, a five-star recruit two years ago, will have trouble seeing the field.
If the front seven can carry things through the Missouri game, the defense will be fine.