No spring practice? No big deal.

Stewart Mandel ($$) has Georgia fourth in his current post-spring top 25 rankings, writing in part,

Kirby Smart’s roster is now comprised entirely of top-three recruiting classes, and that doesn’t include Wake Forest grad transfer QB Jamie Newman. The nation’s No. 2 defense last year returns 80 percent of its production, led by LBs Monty Rice and Azeez Ojulari, CB Eric Stokes and S Richard LeCounte. New offensive coordinator Todd Monken inherits playmakers like WR George Pickens and RBs James Cook and Zamir White and a touted if inexperienced O-line…

You know, when you put it that way, that doesn’t sound half bad.

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16 responses to “No spring practice? No big deal.

  1. Maybe Montana is catching on that something special may be happening in Athens.

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  2. 69Dawg

    Well it looks like we are going to back to the 60’s, where the guys return from summer vacation and have two a days until the season kicks off. As long as everybody has the same amount of practice it should make for a sloppy but interesting season.

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  3. dawgtired

    If you have to go into a season where practice reps are limited for every team, it’s nice to have the most talented roster. The opportunities for well coached rosters to trump talented rosters have been reduced.

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  4. Mayor

    News flash!! Georgia is loaded with good players!!

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  5. W Cobb Dawg

    James Cook is a playmaker? Who knew?! Does that make Landers and DRob playmakers too?

    It’ll be interesting to see whether Monken tries to get production out of the returnees named above, or turns to the freshmen and sophomore players (Blaylock, McIntosh, Milton, Rosemy, Burton, McConkey, etc.).

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    • dawgtired

      Two thoughts come to mind.
      Does the limited ‘real’ practice time give an advantage to the incumbent experienced players?
      Or, does the new improved offensive system (if there is one) create a level playing field for all?

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      I think DRob gets a bad rap. He had all-world expectations and part of that was his fault), so he has disappointed some in the actual play. But when I watch replays of games the last couple of years, and we need a third down conversion I am surprised at how he is the guy. Same thing was kind of true with Godwin and Nauta. Not the kind of things that make highlight reels, but really important for the team at the moment.

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      • Admiral Sackbar

        You make a good point. I think in our previous offensive mentality we saw all tools as hammers instead of playing to the strengths of our players. George pickens can make physical plays like catches in traffic and blocks downfield but those are not DRob’s strengths, and yet he was asked to do the same things as Pickens and Cager. If Monken can scheme #16 into space he can have a really good year.

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      • He was accused of not making very hard catches, and never schemed to things that fit him and his body.

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  6. FlyingPeakDawg

    Assuming there is a season, and assuming its shortened, the advantage in the rankings will go to SOS and that probably doesn’t favor SEC schools.

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  7. PTC DAWG

    Does he not know we play Floridah, Bama, AU and Tennessee?

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  8. Texas Dawg

    I like our chances even more with limited practice
    Defense is almost always ahead of offense in the early part of the season and we return a seasoned, deep, veteran top ranked defense that many feel is the best in the country. With limited practice time, pure talent usually wins out since the other team does not have time to put in special schemes or packages. We have an embarrassment of riches when you look at the talent level up and down the roster at all positions. Multiple years of top tier blue chip talent hoarded on both sides of the ball.Even though we are starting a new QB he is not an inexperienced QB and his athleticism will overcome a lot until he has a chance to really settle in. Maybe this is all just wishful thinking, but that’s what this time of year is for (unless you’re a ‘turd fan and then it is just delusional thinking that they do year round).

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  9. ugafidelis

    “…comprised entirely of top three recruiting classes.” Holy smokes. It seems surreal just reading that.

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  10. Russ

    We already know we can go 12-2 with a dysfunctional offense. So that should be the bottom. If Monken can throw in a few wrinkles to take advantage of guys like DRob, Cook and others along with Pickens, Zeus, Milton we will be fine. The only place I see it hurting us is in Tuscaloosa, but that’s okay. We’ll kick their ass in the rematch. Of that, I’m convinced.

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    • Down Island Way

      UGA doesn’t need to win at the bammers house to move into the seccg 2020 (?)…i do believe it would be a huge lift (spiritually/mentally/crootin’/season wise) to be ahead and win after 60 minutes of play, let the seccg be what it is, if played (?)

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