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What would have everyone been talking about through spring practice right now?

Georgia football: What would have been the talk of spring practices by now?

DawgNation has four staffers who cover Georgia football from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The “Cover 4” concept is: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement on that opinion. 4) Pepper the page with photos for the big picture. For this edition, we discuss what Georgia fans would have been talking about now had COVID-19 not put our way of life on hold. 

DawgNation continues with the “Cover 4” concept. The focus is always a timely look with each of our guys manning the secondary on a pertinent topic.

We’re looking at our now useless Georgia spring practice schedule from earlier this year. It makes us wince. Poof. All of that is gone. But football will return. Someday. Hopefully soon.

That schedule says the 2020 Bulldogs would have been six practices deep into their spring drills after today. What would have DawgNation been talking about right now?

We closed our eyes and imagined what that would have looked like. It resulted in another “Cover 4” discussion of four different aspects of the team.

It was fun to do amidst a time of great renewal for the Georgia program. Well, except for a salty defense which should be the best of the Kirby Smart era in Athens.

The quick in-and-out game remains. The Cover 4 is designed to come out as quick as everyone is to try to maintain their social distancing these days.

What would have been the big Georgia football spring practice storyline right now?

Brandon Adams: Jamie Newman

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How many passes like this would Jamie Newman have tried to zip through the heart of the salty Georgia. defense so far during spring practice? (Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

The “why” from “DawgNation Daily” here: “The quarterback is almost always the biggest story, and this certainly would’ve been the case with Newman. The absence of spring practice only increases our anticipation to see Newman’s debut this fall.”

Mike Griffith: The offensive line

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Mike Griffith feels that the onus of the big spring practice buzz at this time would have centered on the offensive line. (Matt Luke/Georgia football Twitter)

The “why” from “On the Beat” here: “This is the area Kirby Smart is most concerned about, and he’ll say it. There will be discussion about different players lining up in different places, and injury updates.

Connor Riley: Todd, Todd, Todd Monken

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Todd Monken. That’s how Connor Riley sums up the spring practice buzz that should have been the talk of the team right now. (Associated Press)

The “why” from “Good Day UGA” here: “Between Smart and some offensive players, we’d have gotten to hear more about working with the new offensive coordinator and what he brings to the table, as well as the working dynamic with Smart.”

Jeff Sentell: The need for more playmakers at receiver. Again. 

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Kirby Smart would have still been looking at the WR group this spring and wondering how much more explosive that room will get when all the new imports arrive in the summer. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The Intel here: “Kirby Smart made it clear last spring he didn’t have enough playmakers at receiver. He wanted to see what Dominick Blaylock, Lawrence Cager and George Pickens could add to the unit. It would have been the same chorus this year. The only differences between the receivers practicing last spring would have been the subtraction of veterans J.J Holloman and Tyler Simmons and the addition of Pickens and Justin Robinson. The Bulldogs will again await the arrival of Jermaine Burton, Marcus Rosemy, Ladd McConkey and Arian Smith with great anticipation. When they hit the field, that’s when we will get a glimpse of where Monken’s new offense can take Georgia this fall.”


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