ATHENS — A quick update from Sunday’s practice, Georgia’s third of the preseason:
- Don’t read too much into it at this stage, but tight end Jay Rome had to come out of drills and get some attention from trainers due to his troublesome right foot. The junior from Valdosta had off-season foot surgery and actually had been somewhat of a surprise going nearly full tilt in the Bulldogs’ first two practices of camp. He appeared to be going full out again Sunday when he came off the field limping considerably. Head trainer Ron Courson rushed to Rome’s aid, consulted with him briefly, then helped him off to the side of the field. It’ll be after practice before we can find out if there has been any setback, if then. Above is a brief video interview I had with a very upbeat Rome after Saturday’s practice.
- Meanwhile, Rome’s best buddy Malcolm Mitchell was finally spotted for the first time in camp. The big-play wideout was sitting on an aluminum bunch underneath the trainer’s shed watching Sunday’s workout. He did not look like a player who would be getting back anytime soon. Mitchell’s right knee was constricted in a black, metal brace and was covered with a bad of ice. Probably cooling down after an afternoon rehab session.
- It was much hotter on Woodruff Practice Fields today. That was probably welcomed by Georgia’s coaches, who no doubt had some conditioning concerns with the first two workouts taking place in unseasonably cool low-80s temperatures. The Bulldogs were also donning shoulder pads for the first time today, so I wouldn’t be surprised is a couple of players fall out from over-heating this afternoon.
- I’ll be talking to some defensive players after practice this evening. Check the website the rest of the afternoon for updates.
Here’s a quick look at defensive line coach Tracy Rocker working with his charges: