ATHENS – Good morning. I’m back over here at the Butts-Mehre football complex for the first two-a-day session of preseason camp. The Bulldogs’ first practice of the day will be in full pads this morning at 9:30 and the second will be this evening at 7:30 p.m. in “shells.” It’s the first of four two-a-day practices will have this month.
Yesterday’s workout was the first in full pads this year and it was an intense. An Oklahoma drill in the early portion of practice proved somewhat climactic as Georgia went back to its installation work and preparing for Saturday’s all-important first scrimmage of the year.
“They did alright,” coach Mark Richt said. “As many reps as we had in practice there were some you are really excited about and some you shake your head. We have potential, but we don’t quite have consistency yet.”
Today’s practices are numbers six and seven of 29 the Bulldogs will have during the preseason. At this point, they’re still in the process of teaching the offensive and defensive schemes to the players. After Saturday’s scrimmage, they’ll start to cull the depth chart and working on putting in the game plan for Clemson.
“We’re trying to install 90 percent of the offense,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “We’ve got 12 days to install but the majority of this stuff gets in in six. You basically throw everything at them and kind of see what sticks. Right now we’re just trying to teach them what to do. We’re two-spotting everything so everybody’s getting reps. We’re evaluating all the film and we’ll sit down closer to the first scrimmage and after and decide who’s going to be where and who we think has a chance to play.”
PRACTICE UPDATE: Just came back inside from the 14-minute viewing period the media was allowed this morning. Some observations …
- CB Shattle Fenteng remained in a green, non-contact jersey and stood on the sideline.
- OLB Leonard Floyd is also in green but is participating in drills.
- WR Chris Conley in green for second day in row but seems to be practicing without any problems.
- ILB Ramik Wilson is not dressed out for the third consecutive day and his situation grows in curiosity. He’s not in green, which indicates an injury situation. We’re talking to head coach Mark Richt after practice so hopefully we’ll get some clarification.
- I could not find TE Jordan Davis on the field. Again, hopefully Richt will be able to provide some answers later.
- TE Jay Rome (foot) continues to work without any obvious limitations in practice.