Tomorrow’s the eighth practice of spring. Marc Weiszer gives us eight takeaways from what’s gone on. Most are unsurprising. But maybe I wasn’t expecting the defense to be quite so dominating against the run as it’s been so far.
According the statistics provided by Richt, there 98 rushing yards on 33 carries in the scrimmage. That’s 2.97 yards per carry. It was more of the same in Thursday’s practice that was entirely open to the media. When Todd Gurley isn’t carrying the ball, no surprise there’s an obvious drop-off.
“He busted a couple on screens, but on the run we were stopping him,” Green said of the scrimmage.
Defensive linemen James DeLoach, Ray Drew, Mike Thornton and John Atkins were credited with five tackles for loss in the scrimmage.
“Chris Mayes had a heck of a day,” Drew said. “The entire segment had a pretty good day.”
Green basically said the same thing.
“It’s way harder to run on them,” he said.
Much of that no doubt should be chalked up to an offensive line that’s still sorting itself out. But you figure early on there should be a fair amount of sloppiness on both sides of the ball, and even more so this spring with a new staff figuring out how to deploy personnel. That there hasn’t been much evidence of that makes you wonder if there really is something to all the happy talk about the defensive line.
All of which probably explains Marc’s next observation.
4. Gurley is getting more work than expected.