Even with two freshmen tailbacks, coach Mark Richt said Georgia’s ball security has been “outstanding” after five practices.
“Very few balls have been fumbled by a back or receiver or tight end,” Richt said. “I can’t really even think of one right now. We’ve had fumbles on QB-center exchange, which is not good.”
Quarterback Aaron Murray named tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall right off the bat when asked which freshmen have impressed him so far. He said “they’re not afraid at all to stick their nose in there. They’re hitting the hole, they’re not bouncing outside and thinking this is high school, where they can bounce outside and use their speed to outrun everyone. They’re pressing the hole and making plays.”
…Georgia practiced for the first time in full pads Monday. Inside linebacker Alec Ogletree is making the most direct hits, Richt said.
…Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Xzavier Ward, returning from an ACL injury, is getting more practice repetitions than Richt expected. “He’s fighting through it,” Richt said. “We know he’s not 100 percent, but we really like him.”
…Receiver Chris Conley said he’s getting work now not only at flanker but in the slot.
…Richt was complimentary of center David Andrews, who appears to be solidifying a starting spot.
…Tight end Jay Rome plans to play basketball again this winter for the Bulldogs. His hoops teammates are on an exhibition tour of Italy. “The guys are sending me pictures,” Rome said. “It looks beautiful.”