Jake Rowe updates the situation.
… After having the start of workouts delayed by over two weeks, the Bulldogs have been at it for more than two weeks and have one scrimmage under their belt. They conducted their 11th practice on Monday and held their game-like competition on Saturday inside of Sanford Stadium.
As you’d expect, Kirby Smart wasn’t exactly excited about what he saw. He’s always tough to please but he characterized the scrimmage as “sloppy” and said his team looked like one that had missed spring practice. That’s because it’s true and UGA, like so many other programs, is playing catch up for the time being.
The good news for the Bulldogs is that they haven’t had to miss any time. While other ACC, Big12, and SEC programs have been hit with small COVID-19 outbreaks, UGA has been able to avoid it. That has allowed Smart’s team to hold the maximum amount of practices thus far and it’ll get 14 more before traveling to Arkansas on September 26 to open the season.
As an aside, that last point Rowe makes is a good one, especially as a rebuttal to the “no spring practice means Georgia is screwed” crowd. (Just in the past few days we learned Auburn had sixteen players out because of COVID, for example.)
Anyway, reading the tea leaves…
- “No quarterback has separated himself yet but Newman appears to have the leg up after an strong scrimmage on Saturday. Sources indicate he made some nice throws downfield and moved really well in the pocket.” (No doubt that will come as a disappointment to today’s Daily Gator, but I digress.)
- “Based on everything we’ve heard, it’s hard to imagine White getting off to a better start to the preseason. We started hearing good things about him after the Bulldogs’ first padded practice and it hasn’t really slowed down. He had an impressive scrimmage on Saturday. So did Cook, who is the change-of-pace guy and may have his own specific role in the offense.”
- “(Justin) Robinson has impressed since he enrolled early and hasn’t slowed down in preseason practice.”
- “Many Georgia fans are down on Landers after his struggles during the 2019 season but he has impressed in camp thus far. He has developed a level of consistency that had been missing previously…” (“Consistent Matt Landers” has the potential to be the next great GTP meme, methinks.)
- “Hill is the starter at this spot and still has a few kinks to work out. He has to get his snapping issues under control because high snaps killed a handful of Georgia drives a season ago.”
- “Well, thus far Condon has gotten the most reps with the No. 1 offense at right tackle and appears to be trending upward. If we’re being honest, that comes out of nowhere but he doesn’t have anything locked down just yet.”
Between the lines, it sounds like the skill position talent may be sorting itself out a little ahead of schedule, while the o-line is still a work in progress. The good news is that there is still time and talent to work with. What do y’all think?