Georgia football offense practice report: Kirby Smart turns up the heat

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Georgia football coach Kirby Smart works closely with his defensive backs in drill work.

ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia football defensive back was crouched and ready to pounce, his eyes squared up with the tight end coming his direction, and then ….

And then Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart —  in a defensive back stance beside Otis Reese — pushed Reese in the direction of Isaac Nauta while providing coaching direction in loud and certain terms on a steamy Monday afternoon.

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Meanwhile, Georgia football offensive coordinator Jim Chaney was on the other side of the line of scrimmage.

Chaney was barking instructions to his tight ends as they worked to beat the defenders in the drill.

It was practice four on Woodruff Practice Field, and the Bulldogs are competing with one another at a ferocious clip, just as Smart promised.

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“We’re not preparing for Austin Peay, we’re not preparing for South Carolina, we’re not preparing for Auburn or anybody else on our schedule, we’re preparing for us right now,” Smart said last Friday.

“We’ve got to do a great job this camp of understanding the areas we’ve got to improve on, and being very demanding and making sure everybody understands the standard that was set last year with the practice habits and the effort and the energy. I really think our players are buying into that.”

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The quarterback situation remains unchanged. Justin Fields and Jake Fromm are splitting first team repetitions.

Riley Ridley and Trey Blount were the first two outside receivers in the rotation. Cal transfer Demetris Robertson, whose eligibility remains in limbo, was with the fourth receivers group.

D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield were the first backs on the field.

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