A cool thing happened yesterday. Georgia — okay, Kirby Smart — allowed the beat writers covering the team to observe twenty minutes of practice. You may not think that’s much of a big deal, or who needs the media, but let me tell you, as a blogger doing the best he can during the slow time of the offseason, both Smart and the media are deeply appreciated for this. I’ll take whatever I can get.
Off my soapbox, here are a few observations.
First off, look who was there:
— Welcome back Arik Gilbert. The LSU transfer is working with the tight ends after being away from the team for personal reasons last season.
He looks every bit the 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds listed if not more. He caught a short pass over the middle during one drill.
Good for him to make it back. If he’s got wide receiver skills to go with that frame, that’s gonna really be something.
Also of note, the Bulldogs’ first-team offensive line was lining up in position drills as left tackle Broderick Jones, left guard Xavier Truss, center Sedrick Van Pran, right guard Warren Ericson and right tackle Warren McClendon. Second team, at least for the brief viewing period, appeared to be LT Earnest Greene, LG Micah Morris, C Austin Blaske, RG Devin Willock and RT Amarius Mims.
Don’t forget they’ve still got Ratledge to work back into the mix once he returns from his lisfranc injury.
Some good, some not so good news on the injury front:
— Wide receiver Arian Smith was in a black non-contact jersey but was running routes on air and making catches after sustaining a broken leg last season. He hauled in a pass in the end zone from Carson Beck after the redshirt sophomore turned back to make the grab.
— Tykee Smith had a brace on his surgically repaired knee after tearing an ACL last season. The West Virginia transfer DB is out for the spring.
The quarterback order Tuesday was of little surprise: super senior Stetson Bennett took the first reps followed by sophomore Carson Beck and redshirt freshman Brock Vandagriff.
As was Kirby’s post-practice fretting.
In short, Georgia’s gone back to work. When does G-Day get here?