Finally is here!

Preseason practice starts today, and all I can say is that it’s about damned time.  (If you need a real fix, Groo points out that Georgiadogs.com is hosting a live webcast of the first practice.)

Shit’s about to get real.  Questions are about to get answered.

  • Does a quarterback step up and separate himself from the pack before the season opener?
  • And who’s snapping the ball to whoever that may be?
  • Is Keith Marshall a fully functional SEC running back again?
  • Does Trent Thompson live up to the hype?
  • Which of the newbies surpasses the hype and surprises us?
  • Does Georgia have a punting game?  (The Munson question of August, right?)
  • How many changes in the starting secondary does Pruitt run through in a month?
  • How many positions can Leonard Floyd line up at?

You get the idea.  Add your questions in the comments.

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24 responses to “Finally is here!

  1. Rp

    Thompson starts sooner than later. History shows that #1 overall recruits are usually immediate impact players. I expect him to have a solid freshman campaign similar to Nkemdiche at OM.

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  2. Tim

    Who’s going to catch the ball from (Insert QB Name Here)?

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  3. TomReagan

    I’m very excited to see how Michel looks. If he can stay healthy, he’ll have a great season.

    We all know Chubb showed a lot more speed than expected last year, but Michell showed that he’s a much more powerful runner than expected.

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    • Macallanlover

      Good comment. I understand all the excitement over Chubb, he deserves it, but many forget Michel was ahead of him in September. And there are two more quality backs behind those two. A true embarrassment of riches,
      although I am not embarrassed about it at all. I just don’t know how we utilize all that RB talent.

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    • Right. My son and I both noticed that Michel hits hard (my kid played high school LB and notices those things). He sent a couple of guys spinning. Anyone who thinks he’s simply the shifty alternative to Chubb hasn’t paid close attention.

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  4. CannonDawg

    Who are the upperclass leaders that have clearly emerged, or are emerging?

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  5. FtWorthDawg

    I am really interested to see how the Schotty offense is adapted by the team. The last time we had a pro coach come in (uh, James Franklin’s best friend) the experience didn’t play out so well. I also recall hearing the same comments coming out of pre-camp and camp back. “There really isn’t much change”, “We are having no problems picking it up”. I am guessing time will tell but it is a huge concern for me considering how long Bobo has had the reigns.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      “The last time we had a pro coach come in (uh, James Franklin’s best friend) the experience didn’t play out so well.”

      Rocker has done okay transitioning from pro back to college. But you have a legit point of concern.

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    • Joe Schmoe

      Lots of differences between grantham and schotty:
      – schotty was a long term NFL coordinator, not position coach
      – it’s richt’s offense so schotty is fitting in to an established system
      – grantham was hired under duress when many thought richt was one bad season from being canned. Not after support for richt had clearly and more emphatically than ever been put behind him

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  6. Cousin Eddie

    How many fights do Pyke and Theus have with the DL and LBs?

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  7. Irwin R. Fletcher

    Receivers and their injuries…I-Mac, Charlie “Between the” Hegedus, S. Williams, and JSW all were banged up in the Spring. Plus, I don’t have any expectation that Jayson Stanley is ready to go day 1….but I think folks are sleeping on him. I think Goodwin may be outstanding…so I’m not selling him short…but Stanley reminds me a little of Gurley in that he’s coming in with less hype than other recruits but could end up being the best player in the class…at least on Offense.

    That’s the other piece…recruiting at the level they are now, there are a lot of talented young kids who could really make noise…D Line, ILB, CB, and Safety all have freshmen seemingly pushing for playing time. You know how when you watch a great defense like Bama or whoever and they bring in these freshman and sophs to spell All-Americans and you’re like…whoa, that kid is going to be a stud…and then he ends up on all of those preseason lists despite playing a limited role the year before…yeah, that’s the kind of talent base they are trying to recruit and would be a best case scenario anywhere…but may be realistic this year at UGA.

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    • Macallanlover

      Good call, Stanley could be one of those 2-3 young receivers that step up and provide us with that option we just cannot see yet. He is definitely under the radar but UGA stuck with him throughout his injury during his senior year, neither ever waivered. Would be a good story.

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  8. Cojones

    How much will the TEs play towards the team’s success and does Schotty have new plays for them? Who’s better, Rome or Blazevich?

    Who will be our big blockers for the RBs?

    How much will the passing game encompass our RBs downfield and which one will be the favorite target (besides McKenzie)?

    Which QB can best manage the over-the-shoulder pass and timing passes?

    Who will be The Beast on Defense? What will be the extent of Trent’s success in his first year?

    Will our pass D hold up and represent on turnovers to challenge last year’s takeaways?

    Will all the LBs get a chance to show their stuff or will we dilute with numbers of new players?

    Who’s going to catch us when or if we fall? Will we put 55 on Spurrier’s head before he falls?

    How many pundits will rank Tenn ahead of us before we play them just to juice up the hype?

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    • FtWorthDawg

      I imagine the ‘ole ball coach will have his team jacked up when its time to play the Dawgs. He always seem to keep a special place for us in his dungeon.

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    • FtWorthDawg

      …and to me it’s not the “over the shoulder” pass but passes to the “back shoulder” that determine the success of Georgia’s QB.

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  9. WF Dawg

    On how many positions Leonard Floyd can play, according to #9 here, apparently one more: http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/sec-football/10-biggest-storylines-of-fall-camp/

    🙂

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  10. FtWorthDawg

    Can the Eastern division be won by a team that is not backing into it?

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  11. Dawgwood

    Is JSW the same player that helped beat USC and LSU in 2013?

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  12. The Dawg abides

    I for one am estatic that we are starting day one with a full 85 scholarship players, with no physical limitations. Eighty-damn-five. Let that sink in a minute. Now, nearly without question, in two weeks there’s going to be a lot of complaining on here about our training and S&C staff regarding injury prevention. Last preseason I started checking out a random cross- section of practice reports from around the country. So my conclusion is that over the next three weeks, at any given FBS school, there will be 2 -3 concussions, several stingers, 3-5 ankle sprains, and a bevy of pulled hamstrings among skill players. Most mild, some severe enough to limit a player through much of camp. This is just a fact of life when you have 100 plus kids going at it this hard during camp. So please don’t everyone freak out when the hammys start to strain. It happens everywhere. Ron Courson is the best in the business and there’s definitely been an upgrade in S&C. But it sure is nice to start camp with a full 85 instead of 76 or so.

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