Your 2021 G-Day primer

Lots of good stuff here about how tomorrow lines up, but the injury list is a little sobering:

RB Kenny McIntosh – Out (Elbow)

WR Dominick Blaylock – Out (Knee)

WR Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint – Out (Ankle)

WR George Pickens – Out (Knee)

TE Ryland Goede – Out (Shoulder)

OL Micah Morris – Out (Shoulder)

DT Julian Rochester – Out (Knee)

LB Trezmen Marshall – Out (Shoulder)

LB Nakobe Dean – Out (Shoulder)

LB MJ Sherman – Out (Shoulder)

WR Jermaine Burton – Doubtful (Knee)

WR Justin Robinson – Questionable (Achilles/ankle)

TE Darnell Washington – Questionable (Undisclosed)

LB Xavian Sorey – Questionable (Foot/Ankle)

WR Arian Smith – Probable (Wrist)

CB Kelee Ringo – Probable (Shoulder)

OL Jamaree Salyer – Probable (Undisclosed)


Barrett Sallee suggests the thing to watch tomorrow is the receiving corps.

Georgia: Who steps up in Pickens’ absence?

Georgia is going to be a chic pick to win the national title this summer, but the ACL injury suffered by wide receiver George Pickens earlier this spring has put the spotlight on a wide receiving corps that doesn’t have a deep threat capable of taking the top off of a defense. To compound the issue, Georgia only has three receivers who have seen meaningful snaps available on Saturday — Demetris Robertson, Kearis Jackson and Arian Smith. I wrote in our staff picks last week that Robertson is one of the most intriguing players in the country, but Jackson actually led the Bulldogs in receiving last year by one yard over Pickens. Somebody has to be “that dude,” and we will get an idea of who Smart has in mind on Saturday. Bottom line, Georgia’s running backs and offensive line should be fine. A wide receiving corps that can pose enough of a threat deep to keep defenses honest could be what makes the Bulldogs a contender instead of a pretender.

I think the suggestion that we’ll get an idea of who Smart has in mind at G-Day is stretching things a bit.  I don’t know that I can recall a receiver who’s won a starting job at G-Day.  That being said, I do think the passing game will get a workout tomorrow, for more than one reason.  The receiver I’m most curious about is true freshman Adonai Mitchell, who’s been getting a fair amount of preseason buzz.  Is that hype, or is there something to it?

On the flip side, is there at least one cornerback who looks like he might be ready to step up and fill some big shoes left by the departure of the three starters from 2020?  Marc Weiszer lists some of the contestants:

Perhaps nowhere is the competition the fiercest as it is at cornerback.

Senior Ameer Speed and redshirt freshman Jalen Kimber are vying for starting jobs along with redshirt freshman Kelee Ringo and true freshmen Nyland Green and Lovasea Carroll.

If not, those rumors that Smart is ready to dip back into the portal for another DB are bound to intensify.



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10 responses to “Your 2021 G-Day primer

  1. gotthepicture

    Kinda feel bad for Goede, seems like he’s spent more days on the DL than not.

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    • RangerRuss

      I sure hope Rochester can get healthy and have a good year. The D can benefit from the depth and the man has earned it. He’s a Damn Good Dawg.

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  2. Barrett Sallee left us with more of his “I have no idea what I’m talking about” takes. I guess he didn’t notice that Jermaine Burton was the guy who was taking the top off defenses last year and that Arian Smith proved late in the year he can run by anyone.

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  3. TN Dawg

    CB seems more and more troublesome just based on the common perception that freshmen are traditionally considered to be a little lacking in physical development and seniors that haven’t seen the field much, typically haven’t done so because they have underperformed.

    Add to the mix that we have now entered the era where the nickel package is basically your base defense, and it’s not two spots we need to fill, but three, and it’s definitely a cause for concern.

    Let’s hope there is an exceptional frosh in the mix.

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  4. Ran A

    Consider the source

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  5. If there was another DB to get we might have gotten him. heh.


    • siskey

      I think that Kirby will be able to scheme around CB at least somewhat. Pruitt did that in 2014 and 2015 and it mostly worked and that was without as highly rated guys playing the position. But if we got an experienced guy to at least shoulder the burden to begin the year while one of the younger guys got up to speed I will not be surprised or complain.

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      • TN Dawg

        I think you are right.

        I see a return to bend but don’t break scheming.

        That works if you can shut things down in the red zone.

        Let’s just hope we don’t see full on breakdowns in the linebackers like we did last year.


  6. Greg

    yep….Adonai Mitchell and Bowers. Thinks the Dawgs will flex Bowers out using him more as a passing threat than on the LOS. Probably have him and Washington both out there at the same time in some sets

    4.5 speed for a TE is moving……just hope he can catch a ball in traffic w/ “the lights on”.

    I have a feeling he will

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