If you sense a certain throw it up against the wall and see what sticks aspect to Georgia’s spring, I can’t say I blame you. Jeremy Pruitt in particular seems to be indulging his inner mad scientist, moving players around like chess pieces.
Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who also coaches the secondary, said it’s all about getting players ready to play multiple positions.
“We’re still searching all the guys,” Pruitt said. “There’s some guys you see at corner, there’s some guys you see at safety. We’re just trying to figure it out.”
As for the depth chart changes, Pruitt said it all depends on the most recent practice.
“We’re trying to give everybody an opportunity,” Pruitt said. “The guys that perform the day before, the guys that get to go with the ones the next day. We have no starters, we’re going off of what kind of production you had the day before.”
And how long will all of this continue?
“Till the freshmen get here,” he said.
Actually, longer than that.
“When they get here, they’ll have an opportunity to compete, just like these other guys. And two weeks into fall camp we’ll get them into spots,” Pruitt said. “Maybe there’ll be some guys this spring that kind of take that step, where you say, Hey I know I can count on him. But right now we’re just a work in progress.”
He’s not alone. Mike Bobo appears to be getting in on the act, too.
“We’ve had our ups and downs, but way too many downs, this spring, in my opinion, ” Bobo said after Thursday’s practice. “We’ve gotta get better. We’re not executing at a standard high enough to win, or beat anybody right now.”
In fact, Bobo went so far as to say incoming freshmen have a great chance to play this fall.
“We’re gonna have to have freshmen play for us this year. Play meaningful minutes. Some of them possibly start,” Bobo said. “Obviously at the tight end position, at the receiver position, at the running back position, and at the O-line. There’s not enough competition at those spots. But you go through that during spring. But we seem at a little bit lower numbers because of the injuries to the guys.”
The difference – and no doubt some of this can be attributed to one side of the staff being new and another part of this to all the injuries to offensive players – in those two quotes is that Pruitt sounds like a guy trying to figure out where best to deploy his talent and Bobo sounds like a coach worried about whether he’s got enough talent to deploy. Those aren’t the tunes we thought we’d hear being warbled this season, but there’s still plenty of time to update the playlist.