If you’re looking for straws to grasp/tea leaves to read from Georgia’s spring, then this comment from Smart about what he observed in the last scrimmage should be food for thought:
Smart said he was “pleased” overall with the scrimmage. He indicated it was a split between the offense and defense: “It was the first scrimmage since I’ve been there that I thought both sides of the ball did some things well. … Neither side really dominated. I can honestly say that. It was a very competitive battle.”
If that’s because the defense is improving, that’s a good sign. Maybe that’s the case, judging from this.
Regarding the defense, he remained happier than he had been the first 3-plus weeks of the spring. Not ecstatic, but things are moving in a better direction. “Thursday was much better. And today, I can’t say that we dominated defensively out there. We certainly made some good plays. There were a lot of good hits, spirits, run to the ball. I mean when you’ve got good backs there’s going to be missed tackles. When you’ve got a quarterback that can make some throws, there are going to be some 1-on-1 battles outside that you just don’t win. But I was just very encouraged how hard they played.”
He’s got first team going against first team, which is my preference, both in the scrimmage and on G-Day. I’d rather see the competition between the two than watch the first stringers beat up on the backups, not to mention it’s got to be a better way to evaluate player improvement.