Hope you’ve got that Athletic subscription cranked up, because Seth Emerson ($$) does a good job of reading the tea leaves from players after the first few days of practice to cobble together a few impressions. Considering the beat writers have zero access to those, that’s as good as we’re gonna get for the time being.
The header quote aside, there is some information that Seth gleaned from talking with the players.
The good news is that it appears Todd Monken is on his way to installing the new offense.
Players have been a little more forthcoming about Todd Monken, and what the new offensive coordinator is bringing to the team. Even then, you have to listen closely to find some morsels, because the players aren’t likely to describe the system in detail or new plays that Monken is installing — but it does seem that there may be a lot of those new plays. That’s based on Jackson mentioning the “volume” of the offense, but in an upbeat tone.
… Jackson sounded like things were already pretty far along.
“The offense, the receivers and quarterbacks, running backs and linemen, we have all done a great job up to this point learning the offense,” Jackson said. “Guys are playing fast. We have everybody in the right position to make plays. And coach Monken, I love the way he’s bringing in the offense. He loves to see guys make plays. And if you can make plays, you can play for him.”
The other tidbit worth mentioning is that Matt Luke appears to be remaking the offensive linemen in his own fashion.
The offseason buzz about new O-line coach Matt Luke wanting players a bit slimmer has been confirmed. Salyer dropped weight, and so did junior center Trey Hill, who said he lost about 10-to-15 pounds. Hill said he was inspired in part by Salyer’s weight loss.
“Because I know in the future for (me) my weight is going to be a problem,” Hill said, appearing to mean his football career.
Ericson said the coaches put them at a “specific weight they feel we can play well at.” They also consult with the players and come to a number that’s a goal. And it sounds like those numbers are shared within the group.
“We do make it a kind of competition, see who can get to their weight faster,” Ericson said. “Or if someone’s spiking up or if someone’s getting too low and needs to gain some weight then we kind of get on him. We make it a competition and kind of push each other.”
Ericson said he’s at his prescribed weight and is aiming to stay “as lean and mean” as possible.
It will be interesting to see how that affects Georgia’s run scheme this season.