Spring, Day 5: The Rundown

ATHENS - Take a look at Dawg Post's rundown of Thursday's Spring football practice.

1. There was a full pads display today for the high school coaches who attended Georgia's fifth Spring football practice and coaches' clinic. Media was allowed to view the entire practice, which consisted of a lot of live scrimmaging between each offensive and defensive units. Players had a little extra time to stand out. On top of all that, it was a physical practice with a lot of energy from Mark Richt, and of course Jeremy Pruitt.

"Coach Pruitt, he's out there getting the right guys out there," Ramik Wilson said. "He's pushing everybody to be their best and he's going to play the best, and that's what we need - competition."

2. A lot of drills went along with the scrimmaging. Todd Gurley stood out to me in those drills. His lateral movement looks great, and he's looking far more comfortable than he has in the past few practices. He even broke off a run against the defense in a live drill which he took to the corner of the end zone for a diving touchdown. He didn't run like someone doubting their ankle.

3. Who else stood out on offense? Jonathon Rumph. Many have anticipated heavy production from the 6-foot-5 receiver, and it looks like he's starting to get the hang of everything. He matched up well during live drills, and showed he could really go up and get the ball. He was making the most of his size advantage over corners today.

4. Players say the energy we saw on the field today is nothing new. In fact, it's always that way, according to Amarlo Herrera.

"It's pretty much the same," Herrera said.

But the moves that led to such energetic and lengthy practice periods have undoubtedly stemmed from the mass defensive coaching changes Georgia made prior to Spring.

"Nobody is sitting around," Herrera said. "Everybody's just constantly moving."

5. Looking back on the young players who made up Georgia's defense last season, no one would argue that having a full Spring to get back to the basics would be a bad thing. While learning a new defensive playbook can often times be challenging for players, it's been a smooth process under Pruitt.

"He's been doing a great job of just like slowing down everything and really teaching us the basics of all the plays that we need to learn and what we're supposed to look at," Quincy Mauger said. "Coach Pruitt, he brings it to the field and sets a clean slate for everybody."

With everyone competing for a starting position under Pruitt, there's no room for complacency.

"It keeps you on your toes," Mauger said. "It keeps you ready to learn the playbook, and the next person up has got to be ready for it."


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