Georgia will hold its first spring scrimmage this morning without starting safety Bacarri Rambo available to go.
The redshirt junior sustained a sprained right MCL earlier this week and is expected to be out for the final two weeks of spring practice.
The knee injury gives Jakar Hamilton and Shawn Williams, competing to start at the safety position left vacant after Alec Ogletree moved to inside linebacker, even more practice work.
Redshirt freshman Marc Deas is the other scholarship safety and cornerback Sanders Commings could be an option if needed at safety.
"You never know when somebody might go down," Hamilton, a senior, said after practice Friday. "That gives an opportunity for me and Shawn to come up and get more plays at the safety position so come gametime, if somebody goes down we don’t have to rely on just one person."
Rambo started all 13 games last season and finished second on the team with 82 tackles.
Hamilton started the first five games last season, but Williams and then Ogletree took the starting spot at safety opposite Rambo.
"Last year, I came out here and I didn’t really know what I was doing," Hamilton said. "This year, I’m into the film more. I’m studying the playbook even more. Now I know what I’m doing. I know the concept of the defense. I get to play faster. I don’t have to think as much and I get to make plays. … Last year around this time, I would say I couldn’t even tell you a cover 4 from a blitz. Now I’m on it."
Taking sides in scrimmage
Passing the midway point of spring practices today, players will receive an important progress report this morning at Sanford Stadium in the first of three scrimmages.
The scrimmage marks the eighth of 15 spring practices, culminating with the G-Day game two weeks from today.
"It’s a game-like experience," outside linebacker Cornelius Washington said. "It’s offense vs. defense, so we’re going to go out as a defense and try to be dominant because that’s what we want to do on Saturdays – go out there and dominate everybody that we play."
Asked Thursday what he’s hoping to get out of the scrimmage, quarterback Aaron Murray quickly replied: "Six touchdowns for the offense. That’s the goal. … I think last year our first scrimmage didn’t go as well as we wanted to, so I think this year we’re going to try to do a little faster start, which will be nice."
Radio deal between Atlanta station, UGA
Georgia now has an official sports talk radio station.
Atlanta’s 680 The Fan signed a multi-year agreement with the Athletic Association and Georgia Sports Properties/ IMG in a sponsorship/ programming arrangement.
While Atlanta’s WSB-750 AM remains the flagship station for the Georgia Bulldog Radio Network, the deal with 680 will bring to the air a 30-minute daytime show three times a week, coverage of Tuesday’s football press conferences and play-by-play of Georgia baseball.
The baseball coverage will start in May and air on 680′s sister station 1230-AM.
680 The Fan’s programming also airs on FM 93.7. The radio station will also promote Georgia’s overall sports programs.
This and that
Georgia’s two-day coaching clinic wrapped up Friday. Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith and former Bulldogs All-American Richard Seymour were among the speakers. … More praise about nose guard Kwame Geathers this week from defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. "I think he’s busting his tail and competing." … Offensive line coach Will Friend said redshirt freshman offensive guard Kolton Houston "has shown some good things" so far in practice. Houston has seen some backup center work.