Georgia football players update progress of offense after ‘sloppy’ scrimmage
The Georgia football team held its first scrimmage of the 2020 season. Georgia coach Kirby Smart shared his thoughts on how the team performed on Saturday and he was less than thrilled.
“We looked like a team that didn’t go through spring practice,” Smart said. “We looked like a team that is young at a lot of positions. We were really sloppy, to be honest with you.”
In speaking with some of the Georgia players on Monday, they seemed to have compartmentalized the results of Saturday and moved on to Monday’s practice. And based on the information players provided it seemed to be a better day for both sides of the ball.
“I feel like we got better,” Georgia defensive back Mark Webb said of the scrimmage. “I feel like a lot of people got a lot of chance to make some plays and do things like that we probably couldn’t normally do. I feel like we did good as a defense.”
The Bulldogs were once again in pads on Monday, as they continue to prepare for the season-opener against Arkansas on Sept. 26.
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Given all that Georgia brings back on the defensive side of the ball, much of the focus has been on the offense given the turnover and new faces on that side of the ball. Georgia has to replace a number of key contributors as well as work-in a new offensive coordinator in Todd Monken.
Georgia offensive lineman Owen Condon, who has emerged as a surprise contributor for the Georgia offense, spoke about where things stood on Monday.
“I think we had a good job today being more explosive today,” Condon said. “We had a good day running the ball. Being explosive is just required for a good offense so that is what we always work on everyday.”
Based off what Condon and Smart have said, Georgia is farther along as a running team than compared to where things stand in the passing game. The Bulldogs have already been dealt a blow in that aspect as well, as wide receiver Dominick Blaylock tore his ACL and will miss the season.
George Pickens, Kearis Jackson and Demetris Robertson will have to carry the load as Georgia tries to be more explosive in the passing game while some of the freshman pass catchers get up to speed.
The offensive line is another area under construction, given the Bulldogs must replace both starting offensive tackles, who were taken in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The group has also slimmed down in an attempt to become more athletic this season.
Condon has emerged as a candidate at the right tackle spot and Jamaree Salyer seems like the guy emerging at left tackle.
“We have some great guys that are doing good. It’s a big battle, with Jamaree stepping up,” outside linebacker Jermaine Johnson said. ” He’s been really good and it’s a hard competition. It’s Georgia, it’s the SEC so next man up.
“I think they’re doing a good job of battling and trying to match the intensity in that room that they had last year.”
The offense and defense will have another scrimmage on Saturday as a chance to show their improvements and make up for what Smart called a sloppy first effort.
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