ATHENS — It looks like Georgia liked what it saw from Ben Cleveland in his starting debut Saturday night.
Cleveland, a redshirt freshman who started at right guard against Kentucky, was back with the first team during the media viewing period of Monday’s practice.
Solomon Kindley, the previous starter who alternated with Cleveland on Saturday, was with the second team.
There were no other apparent changes in the pecking order. Kendall Baker was still the first-team left guard, and Andrew Thomas the starter at right tackle.
Isaiah Wynn, who briefly left the Kentucky game with a shoulder injury, was practicing normally. Wynn said earlier in the day he was fine and good to go and returned to the game Saturday night with no ill effects. Dyshon Sims was working with the second team at left tackle.
Meanwhile, the Georgia defense was doing work to combat the Georgia Tech triple-option offense:
The cornerbacks were going through a cut-blocking drill, where a player mimicked a blocker by hitting the ground in front of the player. The outside linebackers were going through a lateral quickness drill, following a football along the line of scrimmage, while managers stood by with large beanbags that the defenders would have to be aware of and leap over.
Speaking earlier in the day, senior outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter, said he didn’t like cut-blocking but understood it’s what the Yellow Jackets do in their offense.
“You rarely get cut (by other teams). A lot of teams, that’s not a focus of their offensive scheme. But it is a focus for Tech, and that’s what they do. So you just have to prepare for it,” Carter said. “You have to know it’s coming, it’s going to happen. You’re going to get cut block, you just have to play off it and know how to do it.”
No. 7 Georgia (10-1) plays at Georgia Tech (5-5) on Saturday at noon.