After Tuesday's practice, head coach Mark Richt addressed the Bulldogs' first two practices of the preseason noting that the team's offseason preparation has been very apparent.
"It's been a very good start," Richt stated. "I think it was very evident that a lot of guys worked very hard physically but also worked hard mentally. A lot of guys made progress from a mental standpoint, so you know they were studying playbooks and improving.
"One guy in particular I want to make mention of is Shawn Williams. Shawn has probably dropped about 10 pounds, and he is much quicker. You can tell he really studied. He is got the attention of our coaching staff, and he's just one example of that. There are a lot of guys who look like they got very serious to where they could compete more."
Richt also said that while the freshmen still have "a long way to go," there have been some freshmen who have caught his eye including offensive lineman Kenarious Gates, quarterback Hutson Mason, safety Alec Ogletree, fullback Alexander Ogletree and cornerback Derek Owens.
In regards to Mason, Richt added that he was another player who clearly put in a great deal of offseason preparation.
"You can tell he studied all summer long," Richt said. "He didn't have a spring to draw from. I will say that Aaron Murray has done a fantastic job of coaching the true freshmen quarterbacks. When they showed up to the meetings, they had a pretty decent working knowledge of what we are trying to do. Hutson has done a nice job of taking in a lot of information and being able to understand things pretty quickly."
Richt also addressed the Bulldogs' defense, "I talked with Coach (Todd) Grantham) just a little bit ago after today's practice, and he's impressed. He said a lot of guys have been studying this summer. As we are installing at a relatively rapid pace, they are doing a good job of staying with it. There's a lot of recall he said, so that's a tribute to our guys. They are serious about wanting to win."