Bulldogs don pads for third practice of spring

ATHENS — Greetings from Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. Just came in from my 10 minutes of allotted viewing time for Georgia’s third practice session of the spring.

Not a lot to glean from it today. First, if you were anywhere in Georgia on Saturday, you know already it was an absolutely gorgeous day. Two, there were tons of recruits in attendance. Sorry, I couldn’t tell you who any of them are, only that there were a bunch and they had a nice spread inside the Nalley Multi-Purpose laid out for them for sometime during the practice.

Out on Woodruff Practice Fields, the Bulldogs had put on pads for the first time. They were in what they call “shells” today, which is shoulder pads and helmets with shorts. So there was a little bit of popping and “thud” going on.

Still no sign of Malcolm Mitchell. The dynamic receiver was out there on the first day on Tuesday and sprinting at full speed. But Mark Richt said later that day that Mitchell experienced soreness in his surgically repaired right knee and was unable to complete that practice. He hasn’t been back out there since.

Mitchell’s fellow “229” mates, tight end Jay Rome (foot) and receiver Justin Scott-Wesley (knee) were not in pads but were running around on the side in green jerseys. Running back Keith Marshall (knee) and cornerback Reggie Wilkerson (knee) were also in green but were padded out and participating in the early-practice drills.

For those wondering, yes, all the players that recently ran into trouble were present and accounted for as well.

So that’s just a brief rundown of what I saw. We’ll visit with Coach Richt and selected offense after practice and I’ll file a practice report online sometime after that with some news and notes.

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