Fast Five: Fall Camp, Day 3

ATHENS - Dawg Post takes a look at the top five areas of interest for Georgia's third day of fall camp.

1. On the first day, we reported Jay Rome would be taken out of any drills if his foot injury nagged him at all. On the third day, he was pulled out of a basic throw and catch drill. When Mark Richt met with the media on Friday, he spoke about the players he had who are currently dealing with injuries. Rome was on that list.

Rome missed the final four games of the 2013 with a right foot injury.

I can’t stress enough the fact that what happened today did not look too serious. It’s just the coaching staff following up on its word. If Rome appeared to be in pain, they would pull Rome to the side. That’s exactly what they did, and then Ron Courson took Rome over to a stationary bike where the 6-foot-6, 248-pound junior pedaled the rest of the open viewing period.

2. It was a lot hotter on the Woodruff Practice Fields today than it has been this weekend. It’s starting to feel a little lot more like fall camp. Just about the time Georgia took the field in shorts and shoulder pads, the temperature was at a Sunday high of 89 degrees. That may not sound high in terms of ‘Georgia’ heat, but it was a wakeup call for the Dawgs after the cooler, more comfortable weather conditions of the past two days of practice.

Did that have any effect on how the players performed today? Maybe. After spending some time observing the running backs, quarterbacks and tight ends, only one group appeared to be experiencing any difficulties.

3. I’ve seen the passing game be more consistent. I’ll start with that. It’s nothing to be too concerned about. It’s just one practice, and just the third one of the preseason at that, but both Georgia’s quarterbacks and its receivers have to be more consistent.

Quayvon Hicks had a good day, however. I’d even go as far as to say he had a great day in terms of a fullback learning to be a tight end. At one point, I heard Mike Bobo get pretty excited about Hicks’ performance. He’s on the way up.

North Carolina State transfer Charlie Hegedus may be new to the system, but he’ll have to make some changes to fit in with Georgia’s receiving corps. Quite frankly, he’s just a bit big right now at 6-foot-2, 208 pounds. Give him some time to shape up, and then we’ll be able to see what he can really do.

4. Detric Bing-Dukes had a good day. He’s definitely a heavy hitter. Coming out of Tucker High, the Scout.com three-star prospect at linebacker was known more for his instincts and vision, but speed was (and is) an area for him to improve.

We know he can hit and absorb blocks, but speed and the ability to drop back will be areas for Bing-Dukes to improve. But hey, he’s only been working with the coaching staff for three practices.

5. Jeremy Pruitt has a responsive group. The first day the defensive backs got an earful from the first-year defensive coordinator. They might not have been performing at a high level, or Pruitt could have just been sending a day one message. Today, he didn’t have to say too much.

From what I’ve witnessed, it doesn’t take too long for Pruitt to get his point across.

Nonetheless, the defensive backs had a good day today. The whole defense looks good, and it has for the past three practices. The defense, like Quayvon Hicks, is on the up. The defensive has been the top performer all three days, in my opinion.


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