Fast Five: Game Week

ATHENS - Dawg Post takes a look at the top five areas of interest from Monday's football practice.

(One) Well Monday definitely wasn’t the hottest day of Georgia’s fall practice. Just prior to the Bulldogs taking the field, it was a hazy 86 degrees on the Woodruff Practice Fields in Athens - the highest temperature of the day.

I don’t have the official eye in the sky, but I can say it was fairly comfortable. These players won’t have a problem with that. However, I highly doubt their eyes are fixated on the sky this week.

(Two) It’s the week college football fans have been waiting for since, well, the BCS National Championship took place in January.

This probably should have been number one. Oh well…I’ve come too far now.

Fear the spear, right? Well, sort of. It’s more like fear the spear ‘til August comes around and another team starts its nationwide domination tour. It’s a new year for college football teams and fans alike.

While the Bulldogs are set to tee it up between the hedges against Clemson on Saturday evening at 5:30, the SEC as a whole kicks off on Thursday night at 6 as No. 21 Texas A&M travels to Columbia to take on No. 9 South Carolina. What will life after Johnny Football entail? Well, you can tune into the SEC Network at the aforementioned time to find out – given your provider carries that channel.

(Three) Just to follow the protocol, I’ll list a few of Georgia’s players who were wearing green, non-contact jerseys during Monday’s practice. First of all, wide out Chris Conley wore a green jersey, but ran through Tony Ball’s drills as usual.

Next, long snappers Nathan Theus and Trent Frix were also wearing green. They were on the field, though.

Leonard Floyd continued to practice in the customary white, full-contact jersey on Monday.

Wide out Malcolm Mitchell was still absent.

(Four) “We have each others’ backs and we love playing the game,” offensive guard Greg Pyke said.

The redshirt sophomore out of Baltimore was speaking of course about his fellow offensive linemen. The offensive line was a spot that had quite a bit of shuffling throughout the spring and fall, but that looks to be settling a bit – at least at right guard.

Pyke is currently ‘the’ guy at that position. It wasn’t given either.

“I’ve been working there since kind of the middle of spring (and) I’ve kind of been working there through the whole summer,” Pyke said. “It definitely wasn’t like ‘you’re the starting guard at the beginning of the summer.’ You still had to work the whole summer practice to get it because I know Coach (Will) Friend was mixing it up. Sometimes I was working with the twos. Sometimes I started getting back with the ones and everything.”

Now the 6-foot-6, 321-pound offensive lineman just has to game plan for Saturday. Pyke appeared in two games last season. Now he’s a starter.

“Luckily I’ve learned the position,” Pyke said. “Now it’s just refining those skills to get ready for Clemson.”

(Five) As an additional note: stay with Dawg Post to keep up with Georgia tomorrow as Mark Richt and select players take the podium to speak with media about the Bulldogs’ upcoming season-opener against Clemson. Richt is set to meet with the media around noon, so just hop on the message boards and see what we’ve got going on.

We’ll have all the coverage here on the site, so check the front page and the message boards often. As usual, just post your questions and either Dean or I will answer them as the day goes along.

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