WATCH: Monty Rice provides more evidence of Georgia football ‘invisible progress’
Monty Rice is typically not a fan of the camera, but the rising Georgia senior captain understands what’s happening now is bigger than his likes and dislikes.
The fact Rice did a selfie video talking about his workout — and calling out his teammates to follow the lead and make sure they are working out too — is another sign of the Bulldogs’ offseason progress.
— Monty Rice (@RiceMonty) March 22, 2020
Defensive coordinator Dan Lanning has noted, when Rice is on the field and speaks, teammates take notice.
Indeed, it was Rice who arrived in New Orleans and told everyone at the airport Georgia would be ready to play, even with some 12 former starters missing.
“There’s a lot of young guys that haven’t gotten to play who will be able to start this game and play a lot of snaps, so they’re ready to go out there and make a case of why they should be playing,” Rice said.
“It will be good to go back out there and make a statement.”
And that’s exactly what Rice and his Georgia football teammates did in a dominating 26-14 win over Baylor, charging out to a 19-0 halftime lead and never looking back.
And now Rice is calling for his teammates to work hard and send some video evidence.
Malik Herring, Azeez Ojulari, Richard LeCounte, Tyson Campbell — “Where you at?” Rice wants to know.
Outside of the short video clips appearing on Twitter, the offseason progress has been mostly invisible.
Of course, you can see the recruiting progress. Georgia picked up its fourth verbal commitment on Monday.
But make no mistake about it, with players like Rice leading the way, Georgia football is moving the proverbial rock.
Sophomore Nolan Smith kicked off the UGA player video movement last week.
Kirby Smart talks about wanting a player-led team, and it’s clearly starting to happen when someone as young as Smith takes the initiative.
Of course, Georgia legend David Pollack saw that coming with Smith, as he discussed with DawgNation last season.
“Nolan Smith is going to be a freak. This dude is freaky Friday,” Pollack said during an SEC Network stop in Athens. “The way he plays the game with his athleticism, with his attitude, that man is a superstar stud.”
Cornerback Eric Stokes, another rising star, followed up with a workout video, too. And then it was Prather Hudson with some ridiculous handstand pushups.
At the root of all the workouts, of course, is Scott Sinclair.
Georgia is fortunate to have continuity at the strength and conditioning coach position, and Sinclair has risen in the ranks to arguably the best in the SEC.
UGA offensive line coach Matt Luke sent out a video recently, too, sharing his family with the DawgNation.
Dawg Nation just wanted to update y’all on what’s happening in the Luke Household! Make sure you do your part! Wash your hands, practice social distancing and Hunker Down! #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/woYARw8yY2
— Matt Luke (@CoachMattLuke) March 23, 2020
That’s the ultimate sign of buy-in for a coach, and another indicator of just what a great hire and perfect fit Luke is for Kirby Smart’s staff.
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