Sorry, folks, I don’t subscribe to any of the local services, so if you want hush-hush talk about who did what in last Saturday’s scrimmage, I’m gonna have to outsource that to DawgOutWest at Dawg Sports. Which I’m happy to do here:
I suspect we’ll all be kept guessing when it comes to the starting quarterback, but here’s some notes from Saturday that (we think) we’re more certain about:
- Freshman phenom Jermaine Burton impressed at wide-receiver and as a punt returner while running with the first-team units. IF Burton can emerge as a legitimate threat that defenses have to respect then it will be massive for the UGA offense. It would keep defenses from throwing extra men at George Pickens, and we all saw what Pickens can do to man coverage during the last few games of the 2019 season.
- James Cook and Zamir White continue to look like the two-headed monster that we’re hoping they’ll be. White has been showing his pre-ACL agility, and coupling that with some powerful finishes to his runs. Unlike his predecessor, Monken doesn’t seem to be perplexed about how to utilize the Swiss Army knife that is Cook. Observers say he’s been getting the ball on passes out of the backfield, lining up in the slot and carrying the ball well. Excuse me while I drool over this thought for a few moments…
Okay, I’m back.
- Darnell Washington continues to get rave reviews, and I continue to tingle with anticipation for my purchase of a black #0 jersey with “BIG O” written on the back.
- Freshman running back Daijun Edwards has been a surprise so far in camp. He might not see a ton of carries in a loaded running back corps, but he’s been flashing speed and power on his carries. Look for him to get some reps on special teams units and wherever else the coaches can get him on the field.
- Running backs Kendall Milton and Kenny McIntosh were in non-contact jerseys for unknown reasons. That makes the emergence of Edwards all the more important.
- Nolan Smith and Jermaine Johnson look to have made “the leap” in the offseason. It will be exciting to watch them rush the passer this fall.
- Lewis Cine looks to be filling the void left by JR Reed nicely.
- Freshman defensive back Jalen Kimber had a pick-6 while working with the first team defense against the first team offense, and senior Safety Richard LeCounte also had an interception
- Jared Zirkel is looking like the heir apparent to our departed King Hot Rod. Folks are speaking highly of his big leg.
- Quay Walker got some first-team reps at inside linebacker alongside Nakobe Dean.
Of all that, while the confirmation that Georgia appears to have running backs again this year is comforting, possibly the biggest news there is Burton’s potential emergence. As DOW notes, the impact of having another legit receiving target can’t be underestimated for this offense. Sure hope it’s sustainable.