As I stated last week, I will be writing a weekly column before and after each Georgia game attempting to address the fan base's pressing questions regarding the team. Here is what we learned last week against North Carolina. With Nicholls State coming to town, the Dawgs are essentially approaching a live practice. Ideally, they bury the Colonels early so they can get some of these talented freshman into game action. Below is what should be addressed in Week 2:
-With Sony Michel medically cleared to play, should we expect to see him on the field against a lesser opponent?
It would surprise me to see Michel out on the field, and if he does play, I would not anticipate it being much at all. There is just no need to take a risk before the hardest stint of the schedule. I would expect a very energized #1 when the Dawgs travel to Columbia, Missouri next week.
-What do the Dawgs have in Elijah Holyfield?
The status of the highly touted running back is still uncertain, although he practiced the entire week in a full contact jersey and did not appear to have any limitations. The development of he and Brian Herrien could be the emergence of the Dawgs next great running back duo.
-What is the status of Isaiah Wynn and Chuks Amaechi after minor injuries against UNC?
After speaking with Amaechi on Saturday after the game, he said he had sprained his ankle and was unlikely to play this week. But, he appeared to be full speed during practice. I would not expect him to play much, if at all for precautionary reasons. Wynn appeared to be fine, even though trainers were required twice on the field last Saturday. I would anticipate him to play for as long as the starters play tomorrow.
-Is Jacob Eason the guy moving forward?
Based on the way the offense moved under his command against North Carolina, odds say that Eason will not do anything to jeopardize his starting spot. It is his job moving forward, but he needs to perform to ensure that he keeps it. The leash is not as long as some may think.
-Will we see Mecole Hardman this week in significant action?
Personally, this is what I am most intrigued by this week. Hardman just has a knack for the ball and based on much of the live work I have seen; he is a playmaker. He, Tyrique McGehee, and DeAndre Baker have been rotating at second team cornerback. With those three young guys, Reggie Wilkerson, Mo Smith, Quincy Mauger, Rico McGraw, Dom Sanders, Juwan Briscoe, and Malkom Parrish - this may be one of the deepest secondaries in the SEC and even the country.
Please tune in after the game to see what was answered, what was missed, and what needs to be improved on moving forward.