Welcome to your one-stop shop for Georgia football news and takes every Monday through Friday. In this edition, we look at Georgia’s position in the preseason coaches poll, the first use of the indoor practice facility this fall, and how the offensive line is taking shape.
Line ’em up
One of the biggest storylines surrounding Georgia football this preseason is state of the offensive line and how it is projected to shape up this year. At practice Thursday, Seth Emerson of DawgNation got a look at who’s working on the first-team O-line through four days of camp, and it’s pretty much who you’d expect.
The first-team offensive line appears unchanged at this point, which shouldn’t be a surprise. Left to right it’s still Isaiah Wynn, Pat Allen, Lamont Gaillard, Solomon Kindley and Dyshon Sims. But this is just the fourth out of 29 practices, so plenty of time to go.
That list bit may be the most important part of that statement. There’s still a lot of practice time to go before the season kicks off against Appalachian State on Sept. 2. Considering that little separates many of the starters from the backups up front — and that a handful of talented freshmen are only four practices into their college careers — the makeup of the first unit could change throughout the next month.
The spot that’s least likely to see a change, however is left tackle. Wynn is entrenched there despite his size. Gaillard is the odds-on favorite to lock down starting center, although Sims is getting work there. The most likely place we could see a change is on the right side of the line. Everyone has eyes on 5-star true freshman Isaiah Wilson challenging at right tackle. Veteran teammates were impressed by how he moves for a guys who stands 6 feet, 7 inches and weighs 345 pounds. If he’s as talented as billed, he should see plenty of playing time. Ditto that for Netori Johnson at right guard, the most wide-open position on the line.
So don’t get too comfortable with the way the offensive line is lining up right now, because there’s a good chance it’ll look different come Sept. 2.
Staying cool inside
Practice Thursday was a long time coming for Georgia. For the first time this fall — or any fall — the Bulldogs practiced inside, making full use of their indoor practice facility. The players got a needed break from the sun on the fourth day of practice, which should help them stay fresher and practice harder as camp rolls on.
“It’s a pretty cool option,” linebacker Natrez Patrick said, in an unintentional double meaning. “Practice seemed to go smoother. Of course it wasn’t as hot. Everybody’s fresh. I didn’t get as winded, speaking personally. So that’s probably the effects of the indoors.”
“That sun drains you,” Georgia senior linebacker Davin Bellamy said. “And then in camp there are late nights, early mornings, and constantly being in that sun kind of drains you. So I feel like being in the indoor, and not having that factor, allows guys to fly around a lot, and it also allows your body to recover.”
It’s impossible to measure how much energy Georgia players will save by practicing in the shade every couple of days and what effect it will have on their play. But it is possible it could make a big difference as the season wears on.
Georgia football ranked 15th in coaches poll
The preseason USA Today Coaches Poll was released on Thursday, and the nation’s coaches have Georgia in the meaty middle of the Top 25. The Bulldogs are ranked 15th in the inaugural poll of 2017. A handful of Georgia’s opponents made the list, as well, with Auburn (13), Florida (16), and Tennessee (24) each landing in the Top 25.
Georgia football to hold Fan Day on Saturday
Georgia football is holding its second annual Fan Day on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. The event includes an open practice, held at Sanford from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Gates open for fans at 2:30. Fans will then have the opportunity to get autographs from players and Kirby Smart on the field at the conclusion of the two-hour practice. Check here for more info.
Reminder that Fan Day is set for this Saturday.
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