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Blog: Equal opportunity spring practice on tap for Bulldogs

There’s been a lot of talk about how Georgia players will have a chance to impress the new defensive coaching staff this spring.

They certainly will be given every opportunity.

“Every drill we’re doing this spring is going to be two-spotted so everybody’s going to get the same amount of reps, everybody gets the same opportunity,” new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt said. “I think that might be a little different than what was done here in the past, but everybody is going to get the same opportunity.”

That will carry over to the offensive side of the ball as well.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the structure of practice is changing to get players more repetitions “to try to develop some more players. There will be some rotations on a daily basis on who works with ones, who works with twos, who works with threes at every position.”

Consider this another Pruitt effect.

“Jeremy has been at a couple of places where the practices were structured just a little bit different,” coach Mark Richt said.

Richt said he asked Pruitt and Bobo to get together and discuss the practice schedule and any tweaks that may be needed.

Instead of strictly five-minute periods like in the past, there will now will be seven or eight-minute periods or a three-minute period.

Whether these changes will spur more depth remains to be seen.

“Sometimes a guy may hold onto a starting position, but he might have been so much better than the No. 2 guy that he gets 70 or 80 percent of the reps,” Richt said. “Whereas if a No. 2 becomes more adept at what he’s doing, gains more faith from the coaching staff then maybe all of a sudden he’s playing 40 or 45 percent of the snaps and the other guy is only playing 50 or 55 percent or whatever. Usually a second-team guy cuts into a starter’s playing time before he overtakes him. Some starters don’t want to share if they can help it.”

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