Full Pads But No Tackles for UGA

ATHENS - The first day of full pads of the preseason didn’t include any actual tackling to the ground.

“There have been years when we’ve done that, but we decided not to,” Richt said. “There’s plenty of time to do that. Truthfully if you do a good job of thudding, the technique we use to thud, you really have to move your feet better than if your tackling.”

Georgia is working as many as four units on both offense and defense on different practice fields at the same time.

“We’ve got a lot of guys getting a lot of reps,” Richt said. “That’s a lot of film to watch and a lot of film to review and a lot of installation at this time of the year.”  

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Tim Kimbrough is indeed running with the first team at inside linebacker, Richt confirmed. “He’s getting a lot of reps with the one unit and he’s taking that responsibility seriously.”

Georgia players have black patches on the back of jerseys that is being used to track electronically movement. “What it’s doing is just giving us an idea of the volume of running, how much distance are they traveling, what speed are they traveling, how often do they hit maximum speeds,” Richt said. “You learn about just the volume of work that they’re doing.” Richt said Georgia is still trying to determine how to use the data.

Richt is sporting a goatee this preseason camp. “Yeah, a little bit of a camp beard or goatee,” he said.

USA Today puts out a preseason All-USA high school team. Georgia has two 2016 commitments on the list: quarterback Jacob Eason from Lake Stevens, Wash. and McEachern defensive tackle Julian Rochester.

The team practices again Sunday, but it’s closed to the media and there will be no interviews. Georgia holds its lone two-a-day practice session on Monday.


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