With Georgia’s opener against Clemson a week from Saturday, it‚Äôs now all about getting ready for the Tigers.
‚ÄúFrom this point forward, everything is pointed towards Clemson as far as all the prep work,‚Äù coach Mark Richt said Wednesday night after a dress rehearsal practice.
Questions remain, Richt said, ‚Äúas far as who is playing where and who‚Äôs going to start, what kind of rotation might there be, I don‚Äôt know if we know as much coming out this part of the camp as I would have liked to at this time.‚Äù
Injuries are part of the reason for that, Richt said.
So is youth and inexperience, particularly on defense.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs just not a lot settled at a lot of positions especially on the defensive side of the ball,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm concerned about it, but the dust is going to settle and guys are going to go out there and play ball and we‚Äôll see what they‚Äôre made of.‚Äù
Georgia‚Äôs starting secondary this week included true freshman Dominick Sanders at star nickel back, walk-on safety Aaron Davis and junior college transfer cornerback Shattle Fenteng.
‚ÄúIt will be a trial by fire for a lot of these guys,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôll see how well they handle the pressure of it. Even these practices from this point on, if a guy lines up as a first-teamer tomorrow and spits the bit because of the pressure of being in that position then he may not be in that position by the time we kick off. If we play the game and we get in that game and he doesn‚Äôt respond as well as we hoped then there may be change in the middle of the game or going into the next one.‚Äù