Two days before preseason practices begin, Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo provided updates today on their respective units.
Here are some quick hitters from each.
First from Pruitt:
–On how his preparation for the season has been impacted by the offseason attrition: “To me, I don’t know. Everybody had a chance to start over. To me, it’s not losses. We’ve got the guys we’ve got and that’s what we’re going to go with. …You really never had them anyway. We’re going to coach the ones we’ve got.”
–Those personnel losses—including Josh Harvey-Clemons, Tray Matthews, Shaq Wiggins and Jonathan Taylor—make Georgia’s depth thinner. Pruitt was asked if he’s comfortable subbing: “Right now, I’m not very comfortable at all. We don’t have many with playing experience. …If it’s 11, it’s 11. If it’s 30, it’s 30.”
–Pruitt had some players over his house to chow down on hambugers, hot dogs and sausage.
“My guys can eat,” he said.
The Bulldogs defensive linemen actually are “moving around better.”
They’ve lost 10 to 15 pounds each, Pruitt said.
Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins, he said, is down 20 pounds to 270.
“He’s moving around much better, Pruitt said.
–Freshman Rico Johnson is playing cornerback at least for now, but Pruitt said Reggie Wilkerson and freshman Dominick Sanders will line up at safety. Junior college transfer Shattle Fenteng will play cornerback.
“It’s sort of a tricky deal,” he said of the newcomers in the secondary. “They wouldn’t be here unless they have talent.”
The question is the maturity they show in picking things up, he said.
Here are some highlights from what Bobo had to say:
–Bobo was upbeat about the injured skill players—tailback Keith Mitchell, receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley and tight end Jay Rome–coming back from injury.
“All the guys look good,” he said. “They’ve got a great mindset. They feel good. All are anxious to get out there and show what they can do. We’ve just got to be careful with all of them when we’re practicing.”
Scott-Wesley, returning from a torn ACL, remains behind the others and may be limited when practices start.
“He is not full speed yet,” Bobo said. “He does look good physically. He’s got his weight in a good place. It will depend on his knee.”
–On the offensive line: “I feel really good about where we are up front. We’ve got some maturity, we’ve got some leadership.”
John Theus will work at left tand right tackle and Kolton Houston at left guard and right tackle. Watts Dantzler is a swing guy at guard and tackle.
–If you’ve seen pictures of freshman tailback Nick Chubb this spring, you won’t be surprised by this.
“Nick is very impressive in the weight room,” Bobo said. “We all knew that coming in.”
–On Rico Johnson: “Rico has gone to defense now. He will start there this fall. We kind of talked about it and put the offensive guys on the board and theirs.”
The defense won out.
“It’s kind of a need,” Bobo said.