Georgia is holding its two-day high school coaching clinic.
So the entire Bulldogs’ fifth spring practice was open to the media on Thursday.
Reporters were asked that no photos or video were shot and the updates didn’t come until after the practice ended.
Practice time for the media had been limited to about 8 to 10 minutes this spring and having an entire practice open is a rarity.
So we got two full hours outside. And the weather, unlike Tuesday, was sunny and in the 60s. I can’t remember ever being out there for as long at a practice.
I jotted down some notes early on:
The starting offensive line had one new wrinkle: redshirt sophomore Greg Pyke replaced Brandon Kublanow at right guard.
The lineup remained the same elsewhere from left to right: John Theus, Mark Beard, David Andrews and Kolton Houston.
Guys in non-contact jerseys: tight end Jay Rome and tailback Keith Marshall. Practicing in green during non-contact was cornerback Reggie Wilkerson. Offensive lineman Watts Dantzler walked down the sideline at one point with a trainer but there was no immediate word what the issue was.
Random comment to a wide receiver from Tony Ball: “You’re being lazy with your eyes.”
Former players and now graduate assistants Christian Robinson and Kelin Johnson were both working on the same field with the DBs.
Here’s a stream of consciousness rundown broken down by periods that varied in length from a couple of minutes to 14 minutes:
Period 4: Safeties Quincy Mauger and Corey Moore were talking during this drill. A good sign for a secondary that had communication issues last season.
“Eyes on the quarterback,” Jeremy Pruitt told Wilkerson.
“Corey, you’re too high,” he told Moore of where he was on the field.
Pruitt showed Moore the steps he was looking for in how to cover on an inside release.
Period 5: This was 3-on-3 drills that got players, coaches and those watching fired up. Some were going crazy.
Cornerback Brendan Langley got an earful from Pruitt: “…be a football player. You’re better than that Branden.”
Noticed a couple of high school coaches at this point getting a dip of chewing tobacco.
“Run your feet on contact,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo told one player.
“Hold on to the damn ball,” he told another.
“Get your head up!” he instructed fullback Taylor Maxey.
There were some extracurriculars between safety Tray Matthews and receiver Blake Tibbs at the end.
Period 6: Wide receivers vs. defensive backs here.
Langley dropped an interception.
Backup quarterback Faton Bauta threw an incomplete pass at the feet of Todd Gurley, but hit Merritt Hall on a screen pass. Bauta then overthrew a receiver but Shaq Wiggins was called for pass interference.
Period 7: A.J. Turman, listed at 6-1, 198, looks the part as a tailback on a run up the middle.
Tracy Rocker, an Auburn man back in the day, is wearing a red visor and red shorts on this day.
Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson works with Keith Marshall and Paris Bostick, both with knee injuries, in some short area running.
Kevin Sherrer, who coaches the sam linebackers and star position, worked with J.J. Green at the star during this drill.
He later helped out with defensive linemen in another drill.
Period 8: Some two-on-two blocking drills. Toby Johnson pushes past Brandon Kublanow. Josh Dawson made his way past an offensive lineman.
Period 9: This was a two-minute period. Mark Richt yelled: “You special teams coaches, get your guys where they’re supposed to go.” Hutson Mason and Faton Bauta worked on their footwork.
Period 10: Tight end Jay Rome isn’t practicing due to a foot injury, but Mason, Bauta and Brice Ramsey all tossed passes in his direction during one drill.
I saw Quincy Mauger, Tray Matthews and Corey Moore among others working with John Lilly on some special teams running drills.
Period 11: Brendan Douglas got a lot work with the first team offense. The defense pretty much stuffed the offense when Douglas was out there. The offensive linemen were challenged.
“We can’t throw it every down,” Bobo said.
They won’t need to when Todd Gurley is in. He broke tackles for an 8-to-10 yard run. He later scored on a run of about 20 yards.
Corey Moore laid into Michael Bennett on one pass play.
Period 12: Bobo and Pruitt could have a contest on who can get after their guys more at practice. It might be a tie.
Jacob Park looked promising for an early enrollee, but he couldn’t connect on one pass. So Richt pulled him aside to offer some pointers.
Quarterback Brice Ramsey connected on a couple of nice passes, including a touchdown pass to Blake Tibbs.
Period 13: More 11-on-11 and no huddle.
Faton Bauta found Jonathan Rumph, who made his share of plays on this day.
Toby Johnson pressured Mason who threw it away.
Period 14: Kelin Johnson congratulated J.J. Green on a good play on a short pass with a pat to the helmet.
The team worked on red zone at the end of practice.
Guess who? Gurley found the pylon for a touchdown. Corey Moore argued that the whistle should have already blown.
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