Due to technical difficulties, I haven’t finished watching the replay of the G-Day game, but from what I’ve seen, it looks like the move inside has sat with with early enrollee Natrez Patrick. He’s got a ways to go in pass coverage, okay, but considering all he has is one spring under his belt (and some of that at another position), he definitely looks like a keeper.
Natrez Patrick drew plenty of raves this spring after moving from outside linebacker to inside. So it was no surprise that head coach Mark Richt, when asked after Thursday’s final practice which rookies had stood out, began by naming Patrick.
“He looks like he’s found a home, anyway, there (at inside linebacker),” Richt said, hastening to add: “I’m not saying he’s going to start or anything like that.”
Maybe not, but Patrick sure looks like he will receive plenty of playing time. The freshman early enrollee had eight tackles and a sack on G-Day, and generally looked very active and physical.
“He’s got good instincts,” Richt said. “Sometimes he was just flat out unblocked and made a play in the hold, but he brought the wood. He laid the wood to people. He’ll strike. He’s a pretty good athlete. He’s a pretty sharp kid.”
I wonder if they’ll ask him to drop a little weight, as 259 seems a little on the bulky side for ILB. But I can’t help but get a little excited about the athleticism he and Roquan Smith may eventually bring to the position.
And between Patrick, Amaechi and Ganus, you’d have to say the coaches did a pretty good job evaluating talent in the early enrollee linebackers class, no?