We had a very brief amount of time to view practice today, and all we got to see was the positional warm-ups. Not overly exciting, but there were still things to note from it.
I watched a lot of the defensive backs today. With what they were doing, it’s hard to say how people performed because it was still early in practice and they hadn’t really gotten the gears moving yet. Despite it being warm-ups, defensive coordinator and DBs coach Mel Tucker treated it like it was the SEC title game, yelling and correcting the smallest of mistakes.
Tucker’s main focus was on wrapping up and following through tackles, something Georgia had issues with during the 2016 season. Another one of the focuses today for the DBs was the pressing at the line and jarring the football out of receivers hands. Also, they spent a lot of time going over and walking through a Cover 1 scheme. Watching the last two practices, it’s hard to tell that both Richard LeCounte III and Deangelo Gibbs are early enrollees. They have obviously picked up this system very quickly, and very well be in the competition for reps with the ones.
Some of the defensive backs were floating around with other position groups. Deandre Baker was practicing with the linebackers during their coverage drills for some reason. And Mecole Hardman was working with the receivers at the start of the media viewing session but went back to the defense pretty quickly.
For the offensive line, Georgia continued to mix-and-match. The left side of the line and center seem to be set as of right now with Isaiah Wynn at LT, Dyshon Sims at LG and Lamont Galliard at C. The right side is where most of the change is happening. On Thursday, Solomon Kindley and Aulden Bynum held the LG and LT, respectively. Today, though, Ben Cleveland and D’Marcus Hayes occupied those spots with the first team.
Lastly, Roquan Smith and Trenton Thompson were running light sprints in the far end zone. Smith was dressed out in full pads but did not participate in any drills. After the sprints. Thompson went to watch the defensive line practice, while Smith rode the bike for the rest of the media viewing session.