ATHENS — The all-important second (and technically last) scrimmage of Georgia’s preseason was about to kick off on Saturday. There was only 10 percent chance of rain, according to the weather reports.
Well, there was a reason they said 10 percent, and not zero.
The rain began, and what looked like a simple passing shower didn’t pass very quickly. It lasted during the media viewing period, stopped for a bit, then picked up again around 2 p.m., leading to a weather delay. The skies cleared after another 15-20 minutes.
Head coach Kirby Smart is due to address the media afterwards, probably between 3:30-4 p.m. It’s fairly obvious what the main topic will be. It’s also fairly predictable how Smart will address it.
The quarterback competition, by all appearances, is still a three-man race, with freshman Jacob Eason due to get a long look in this scrimmage. Smart did not release stats after last week’s first scrimmage, and likely won’t again. Last week he also didn’t break down the quarterbacks much, saying he had to watch the film, and it wouldn’t be surprising to hear him say that again.
The team is scheduled to take Sunday and Monday off, then returns Tuesday. Smart hasn’t said whether he will name a starter before then, or what his plans might be for any kind of announcement.
There is also supposed to be a third scrimmage a week from Saturday, but that’s referred to as a practice game. The team would like most if not all jobs to be decided by then.
Personnel and injury notes:
- Safety Quincy Mauger (sprained ankle) looked to be a full participant, at least during pre-scrimmage individual drills.
- Nose tackle John Atkins (hyperextended knee) was in a black non-contact jersey.
- So was tailback Sony Michel (broken arm), who didn’t seem likely to participate.
- Tight end Charlie Woerner (sprained ankle) was in uniform and a helmet, but was working by himself on the side during individual drills.