Georgia football fall practice live updates, injury notes and position battles

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Georgia running back Kenny McIntosh (6) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. (Photo by Mackenzie Miles)
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After completing fall camp, the Bulldogs returned to practice on Tuesday as they shift their attention to the Clemson Tigers. Below are the latest live updates, injury notes and thoughts on some of the key position battles for the 2021 season.

Georgia figures to be one of the top teams in the country entering the 2021 season, as it brings back quarterback JT Daniels along with a number of key contributors from the 2020 team.

The Bulldogs do have some questions though that will need to be answered during the run-up to the first game of the season.

Georgia football fall practice live updates

Tuesday, Aug 24 6 p.m.: After a few days off, the Bulldogs returned to practice in full on Tuesday. We’re set to speak with running back Kenny McIntosh and offensive lineman Warren McClendon shortly.

  • “Our connection is really good in the offensive line room.” -- Warren McClendon on the chemistry of the offensive line.
  • “Having his leadership here is great. Most of the young players call him Unc.” -- Warren McClendon on Julian Rochester.
  • “We haven’t really watched any film on them yet. Just really working on ourselves. They have a pretty good defensive line.” -- Warren McClendon on Clemson.
  • “Every day he comes in and put the work in. He’s getting better every day.” -- Warren McClendon on Tate Ratledge
  • “Coach Luke demands a lot from us. He brings the juice.” -- Warren McClendon
  • “The defense has been improving a lot throughout camp. Being coachable. All that is really adding up and you can see it on the field.” -- Kenny McIntosh on the Georgia defense.
  • “I think it’s a blessing to have a lot of running backs on the field.” -- Kenny McIntosh on the Georgia running back room.
  • “Georgia is really focused on Georgia on the field. We’re not too focused on Clemson and what they can do. The mindset hasn’t really changed.” -- Kenny McIntosh on preparing Clemson.
  • “We all have different running types and I feel like that’s our advantage.”
  • “To go see what you can do out there on the field and adjust to the speed of the game, I feel that was important to me.” -- Kenny McIntosh on playing in blowouts early

There have also been some pictures from the practice that have been uploaded, including images of quarterback JT Daniels, freshman linebacker Xavian Sorey and offensive tackles Broderick Jones and Amarius Mims.

Georgia quarterback JT Daniels (18) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia offensive lineman Broderick Jones (59) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia associate head coach and offensive line coach Matt Luke during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia linebacker Xavian Sorey (18) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia inside linebacker Quay Walker (7) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia offensive lineman Amarius Mims (65) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia defensive back Christopher Smith (29) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia running back Zamir White (3) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia running back Kendall Milton (2) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia running back Kenny McIntosh (6) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia head coach Kirby Smart during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton (7) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia quarterback Brock Vandagriff (12) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia outside linebacker Adam Anderson (19) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia will begin focusing more on Clemson this week, as the Bulldogs have shifted out of camp mode. While there have been a few injuries to this point, head coach Kirby Smart felt good about where the team was at from a health standpoint.

“We don’t have an injury that’s got us out for a long amount of time,” Kirby Smart said on Saturday. “We hope to get all those guys back. Every one of them was day-to-day and some of them you mentioned are practicing now. Each one of them is a different situation, but I expect to be full tilt when Clemson comes, when it comes time to play them. We had more guys healthy today than we did in the last scrimmage. So we’re in good position there.”

Saturday, Aug 21, 3:30 p.m.: Georgia coach Kirby Smart is set to meet with the media shortly to discuss the proceedings.

  • “I thought we had a real productive second scrimmage. We were able to complete the scrimmage. Around 120 snaps for the ones and twos. The offense did a little better job. Good opening drive. Struggled to tackle defensively.” -- Opening statement from Kirby Smart.
  • “We’ve got some communication things we can work on.”
  • “Brini is working there. We’ve got linebackers and dbs working there. We feel pretty good about his play from the bowl game, Brini. (William) Poole has played there as well.
  • “Some of that is dedicated by who the defense is. Some of what they do matters. We’re just trying to figure out who the best football players are.” -- Kirby Smart on the offensive identity.
  • “Now it will become a little more scheme.” -- Smart on the end of camp
  • “Lewis (Cine) is a special talent. When you design a safety, he’s got all the qualities. He’s really a student of the game. He never really learned a scheme or how to play the position. He’s been able to do a lot of different things athletically.” -- Kirby Smart on Lewis Cine
  • “We’re hopeful to get all those guys back soon. We don’t have an injury that a guy is back for a long amount of time. Some of those guys are practicing now. I hope to be full-tilt when Clemson comes. We’re actually in a better spot today than where we were last week.” -- Kirby Smart on injuries.
  • “Shaffer and Tate have primary been the guys at guard. We still have time to determine who the guys are going to be at tackle.” -- Kirby Smart on the offensive line.
  • “DK, Kelee, Ameer and Jalen Kimber bring us the most experience. Kamari (Lassiter) is a bright young player who we have to find a home for to get those guys ready to play.” -- Kirby Smart on the cornerback position.
  • “Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint works so hard day in day out. He’s a really good special teams player. Justin has taken on a really ownership on this team. Arian Smith has missed a little bit of time with a turf toe injury.” -- Kirby Smart on 2020 receivers.
  • “Jermaine and Kearis were both able to practice today. We were pretty much full load today.” -- Kirby Smart on the wide receiver position.
  • “JT for the most part has had pretty good rhythm for the guys. You go play with the guys who were out there.”
  • “He’s competitive. He works his tail off every day. We have to find a way to use his skillset. I think Brock is going to be a really good football player. We’re excited to see what he can do.” -- Kirby Smart on Brock Bowers.
  • “He was a major impact on my life. Coach Bowden was just unbelievable. There was never a moment that you weren’t with him that you didn’t feel special. He was as good as there is. Thoughts are with his family.” -- Kirby Smart on Bobby Bowden.
  • “Both of those guys are talented players and are as advertised. It’s hard to live up to that expectation. They’re having good camps. Amarius has missed some time, where as Broderick has played left and right tackle and is getting better. Amarius has missed some time with lower back spasms, he just needs some time and reps.” -- Kirby Smart on Broderick Jones and Amarius Mims.

We also have some pictures from practice on Saturday.

Georgia running back Kendall Milton (2) during the Bulldogs’ practice scrimmage session in Athens, Ga., on Sat., Aug. 21, 2021. (Photo by Mackenzie Miles)
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Georgia wide receiver Arian Smith (11) during the Bulldogs’ practice scrimmage session in Athens, Ga., on Sat., Aug. 21, 2021. (Photo by Mackenzie Miles)
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