Fast Five: "They're Fine"

Dawg Post takes a look at the top five areas of interest after Wednesday's practice.

One – Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb each practiced in a green, non-contact jersey on Wednesday afternoon. Earlier we said this was probably just a precautionary measure with the current depth at the tailback position. That prediction served true when Mark Richt spoke with media following the conclusion of the team’s third day of Vanderbilt preparation.

“Probably just the fact that we’re running out of them (running backs),” Richt said. “We’re running out of those dudes.”

The defense didn’t mind the decision for Gurley to go non-contact either.

“The defensive coaches requested it,” Richt said. “Because they want to win.”

No need to worry about Gurley or Chubb, though.

“They’re fine,” Richt said. “They’re fine.”

Chris Conley, Malcolm Mitchell, Jonathon Rumph and Justin Scott-Wesley also wore green jerseys Wednesday.

Two –Mitchell was vocal in Wednesday’s practice. He looks as excited as he should be to be back on the field, preparing for a conference football game – which he hasn’t done in a while. He’s just working on getting in shape.

He and Scott-Wesley are still set to play against Vanderbilt.

“There shouldn’t be any setback tomorrow, but we’ve had some Thursdays where bad things have happened,” Richt said. “But if there’s no setback at all, then I would think they’ll both play and I don’t know for sure how many plays they’ll play, but we’re planning on them playing.”

“All I’m reporting is I think they’re going to play, and hopefully they’ll play well,” Richt said. “How much they play, like I said, I don’t know. I don’t know what kind of stamina they have.”

Three – Defensive backs getting some praise from Jeremy Pruitt?

“I’m hearing a couple more ‘good jobs’ out there than usual,” Richt joked. “But I wouldn’t say it’s an epidemic.”

Georgia’s defense allowed 284 passing yards in its 35-32 win over Tennessee.

“I think we’re getting better,” Richt said. “I really do – little by little.”

Four – Who replaces Sheldon Dawson as backup safety?

At the moment, Richt has a long list of players getting looks at that position: Lucas Redd, Tramel Terry, J.J. Green, Quincy Mauger and Corey Moore.

Five – As timing would have it, Brendan Douglas may get some chances to carry the ball against Vanderbilt – again.

“Nothing different,” Douglas said. “Just going out, working hard and we’ll see what happens on Saturday.”

As a true freshman playing in the place of Gurley, Douglas fumbled and lost a ball on what would have been a game-winning drive at Vanderbilt. Now, with a shoulder injury that will sideline Sony Michel for the Vanderbilt game, Douglas may get a bigger workload, and a chance to replace the memory of his fumble in Nashville.

“I definitely made a big mistake in that game, and it’s something that I guess I want to make up for, but like I said, I’m just gonna work hard this week and get ready for Saturday,” Douglas said. “That’s all I can do.”

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