ATHENS ― The media usually doesn’t get to see very much at Georgia football practices, especially at this late point in the season, but for whatever reason Tuesday was a bit different.
It wasn’t a long session, but the media was able to see Georgia use what appeared to be its 2-minute offense in good on good. As in the first-team offense vs. the first-team defense, then the second-teamers and third-teamers against each other.
They were quick drives, featuring long passes into the end zone, so it might have been a simulated 2-minute offense. When the first-teamers went against each other, Jake Fromm hit an open Nick Chubb downfield for a touchdown. (The whistle blew almost as soon as Chubb caught it.) The second-team drive ended with Jacob Eason’s pass to the end zone, intended for Trey Blount, being picked off by Mark Webb.
Webb, a freshman, made the move from receiver to defensive back earlier this season, so it’s not surprising he’d have good ball-catching skills.
The third-team offense ended with Brice Ramsey hitting Michael Chigbu in the end zone for a touchdown.
There were no major personnel changes in the lineups:
- Ben Cleveland again was with the first team at right guard, with Solomon Kindley on the second team.
- Natrez Patrick was with the first team at inside linebacker, and Reggie Carter with the second team, which would be a change from the previous couple games. But again, this was just one part of a practice.
The period ended quickly and the team moved quickly into position drills. And again defending the cut block was a big emphasis on defense.
The outside linebackers were going through a particularly intense session in which scout-teamers were hitting the ground to simulate cutting down the outside linebackers. Kevin Sherrer, the position coach, was quite lively in his expressions, let’s say.
Coach Kirby Smart also was watching the group closely, even as he passed by on the way to the defensive backs.
“Real cuts!” Smart yelled out in the direction of the scout-teamers. “Get out there and cut, J.T.!”