ATHENS — There isn’t a picture of it this time, as it came near the end of the media viewing period when photos were not allowed. Not that anyone needed the visual to believe it: Terry Godwin made another nice one-handed catch.
It was early in spring practice Thursday and the Georgia football team was going through pass skeleton drills. Godwin ran deep down the middle of the field and Jake Fromm hurled the football his way. Godwin reached out with his right hand, and only his right hand, grabbing the 40- or 50-yard pass and hauling it in.
There weren’t many oohs and ahs from those who saw it. It’s not exactly a rare occurence anymore.
“I don’t ever think he catches it with two hands,” Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker said last week. “That’s just his thing. That’s what he does.”
It was Baker who was victimized by a leaping one-handed catch by Godwin in a practice earlier this spring, during 11-on-11 drills. The moment was caught on film and later tweeted out by the team. Baker didn’t allow a single touchdown during the 2017 season, but he couldn’t do anything about the Godwin catch.
“When I turned around he was in the air. I was just making sure he didn’t fall down,” Baker said. “He made a spectacular catch. It was one of the best catches I ever saw.”
In case anyone forgot, it was Godwin who made the highlight catch of Georgia’s season last year, the one-handed touchdown grab at Notre Dame.
“With Terry, man, at the end of the day, you just want to give that guy a chance,” Fromm said last week. “He’s going to make something special happen.”
A few other notes from the viewing period of practice Thursday:
- Solomon Kindley was still running with the first team at left guard, with Kendall Baker running with the second team at left tackle. Kirby Smart has said that’s mainly about preparing Baker to be the backup left tackle in case something happens to Andrew Thomas, rather than Kindley moving ahead of Baker for the left guard spot. (Freshman Trey Hill continues to run with the second team at left guard, and 5-star recruit Jamaree Salyer arrives in the summer, so either way there will be plenty of competition there.)
- Jayson Stanley also had a nice one-handed grab during the viewing period. Stanley caught a pass near the sideline and hauled it in.
- Freshman receiver Kearis Jackson showed off some of his speed, outrunning a deep pass so much he had to slow down to catch it.
- Fromm continues to be the most consistent of the two scholarship quarterbacks during the early-practice pass skeleton drills. Justin Fields overthrew Godwin on a deep pass. But Fields does complete most of his passes during the drills.
- ESPN color analyst Todd Blackledge was watching practice.