Despite not playing in G-Day, Demetris Robertson and Zamir White still show progress
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Despite not playing in spring game, Zamir White and Demetris Robertson still show progress
Two of the most talked about offensive weapons on Georgia’s team were on the field for a combined zero plays on G-Day. For different reasons, running back Zamir White and wide receiver Demetris Robertson weren’t able to showcase their skills on Saturday.
It was known that White wasn’t going to see contact this spring. He’s still recovering from his second ACL injury which he suffered last August.
After Georgia’s spring game, Smart gave an update on White and where things stand with his recovery.
“He’s right where he needs to be on course of the schedule for a knee injury,” Smart said “He does individual (drills), he goes out and does blitz pickup and walk throughs, he catches balls. But he doesn’t do competitive contact.”
Robertson meanwhile was expected to play for the Red team(first-team offense) on Saturday. But a last-minute illness kept him out of the game, and thus prevented him from showcasing his talent.
Smart and Georgia teammates have both been complimentary of Robertson and White this spring, especially considering how they’ve dealt with things since last August. Many thought the two former 5-star recruits had the potential to be difference makers on the 2018 team. But White got hurt, and Robertson struggled through a season in where he was never able to crack the wide receiver rotation.
But both players have so far been able to put a trying 2018 behind them. White was able to get back on the practice field and make some form of progress after being limited to street clothes for the 2018 season.
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Teammates, like fellow running back D’Andre Swift, are just as anxious to see the No. 1 running back in the 2018 class back on the field.
“Everybody’s just so happy for him just to get to this point,” Swift said. “He works and rehabs so hard, we just want to see him play football again. We just want to see him back and play football again.”
Swift also praised Robertson earlier this spring, saying he was perhaps Georgia’s most improved player. Smart told ESPN’s Maria Taylor that he was pretty upset about Robertson not playing on Saturday.
“I hate that, because he’s had a good spring and been so competitive,” Smart said.
Robertson should have an easier path to the field this year, given that Terry Godwin, Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley are all off to the NFL. Smart has reiterated time and time again this year that he wants to see more out of his wide receiver group. Robertson could certainly provide that. Though it won’t be a complete picture until the likes of Dominick Blaylock and George Pickens join the picture later this summer.
In some ways, Saturday was a continuation of a disappointment for White and Robertson. But one day or scrimmage should not act cast a pall over their futures with Georgia football.
At some point, White and Robertson are going to have to turn their promise into on-field play. But the time to do that wasn’t Saturday. It’ll come on one of the much more important fall Saturdays when the Bulldogs take on Tennesse, Florida or Notre Dame.
Robertson and White made strides this spring, even if fans didn’t get to see it at G-Day.
Dan Mullen continues to take shots at Georgia
Florida coach Dan Mullen really can’t help himself. It seems like Georgia is living rent-free inside his head.
After it was discovered that he used Florida’s spring game attendance total to troll the Bulldogs, the Florida coach was asked about the incident in front of fans and boosters at the Polk County Gator Club.
Mullen tried at first to play dumb, then proceeded to take another shot at Georgia.
“I had no idea. I don’t even know how they came up with that number, the most random thing ever,” Mullen said. “But everybody started freaking out about it, I guess, until three days later somebody put enough math together to go figure that out.
“Maybe Georgia fans were really so uptight they haven’t won in 39 years they got all uptight and tried to figure it out. But it was pretty random actually, it was pretty funny.”
Look, Georgia fans could get mad at Mullen talking again. It has to be annoying to some that a coach who has lost by a combined score of 67-20 the last two times he’s gone against Georgia continues to try and be a nuisance. It’s clear Mullen wants to try to be the next Steve Spurrier, only with none of the actual humor or winning credentials of Spurrier.
At least the Head Ball Coach was able to beat Georgia when he was taking shots at the school. Mullen is 1-3 all-time as a head coach against Georgia when you combine his time at Mississippi State.
Mullen is only going to continue to take shots at Georgia as the offseason rolls on. Mullen will say something in May and then again in June. You can already bet he’s going to treat his time at SEC Media Days like a stand-up routine.
My best advice is to just ignore Mullen. He’s going to keep trolling Georgia for attention. It’ll distract people from the fact that Kirby Smart has crushed him head-to-head in each of the last two seasons.
And as DawgNation Daily’s Brandon Adams likes to so often point out, it’s been 906 days since Florida has beaten Georgia.
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