ATHENS – The media viewing period of Georgia’s second preseason practice was for around 20 minutes, less than half of Tuesday’s first practice, but there were still a few nuggets to be gleaned. Here we go:
– There were no big names missing from practice, or even little names as far as was apparent. I heard that more than a few players had to cut short their time in Tuesday’s practice because of the heat, and that one player got a migraine. But that player was back out there Wednesday, and I assume that everyone was a bit more prepared for the conditions on Wednesday.
That included Mark Richt, who could be heard yelling out: “I need some Power-Ade, baby!”
– It looked to be Brice Ramsey’s turn to be the first-team quarterback, after Faton Bauta got the honors on the first day. That means Greyson Lambert gets his turn on Thursday. There wasn’t too much to be gleaned from the quarterbacks, other than what we already knew. Lambert, who had a few low-thrown balls on Tuesday, didn’t have any problems during the time I was watching him. Bauta is still good at the quick slants and underneath passes. Ramsey still has the best gun in the bunch, as was evident when he was throwing at the same double-passing drill as Bauta.
– There’s some potential at receiver, if you just look at the body types. Michael Chigbu, wearing the same 82 that Michael Bennett adorned the previous five seasons, is about as tall as Bennett, and has the frame to fill out a bit more. Ditto for Jayson Stanley.
– Speaking of the receivers, sophomore Shakenneth Williams had a bit of a case of the drops during one drill, and freshman Shaquery Wilson couldn’t haul one in as well. Wilson came back and made a nice catch afterwards. On the other end, Isaiah McKenzie and Justin Scott-Wesley looked to be settling in as the top two receivers after Malcolm Mitchell, with Kenneth Towns and Reggie Davis right there too.
– I still would expect to see the tight ends flex out a lot this season, especially Jay Rome and Jeb Blazevich. There was some of that going on in Tuesday’s practice.
– Shattle Fenteng has been reamed out before by Jeremy Pruitt with reporters present, and it happened again on Wednesday. Pruitt didn’t like how Fenteng handled a corner-vs.-receiver drill, aimed at jamming receivers at the line.
“Everyone always wants to know: Why doesn’t Shattle play? Come to practice!” Pruitt shouted, fully aware of a few media members close by.
– Mark Hocke, another Georgia staffer with an Alabama background, also is high-energy. Hocke always seems to be chirping as he moves from drill to drill, low-fiving Malcolm Mitchell after a catch. Well maybe Mitchell had just made a catch, I couldn’t be sure, so Hocke may have just been low-fiving him because he was close by.
– Leonard Floyd is still with the outside linebackers during positional drills. That doesn’t mean he won’t line up at inside linebacker during other drills, as he did on Tuesday.
– Two scouts from the Pittsburgh Steelers were on hand.