Georgia football ‘on the hop’ for Scrimmage Two, starters look for vindication

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Georgia football middle linebacker Monty Rice has set the tone for a productive fall camp on defense.

ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart was setting a quick pace on Scrimmage Two day, his voice booming throughout Sanford Stadium via microphone and speakers.

“On the hop!” Smart commanded, leading his team into 7-on-7 drills that served as a warm-up for a more than 120-play scrimmage. The Bulldogs have some fine tuning to finish up before the opening game week arrives.

Georgia, ranked No. 3 in the nation, opens the season at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday against Vanderbilt in Nashville.

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Jake Fromm will enter his third season as the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback. Fromm will need every bit of his experience to help meld an inexperienced receiving corps missing the top four pass catchers from a season ago.

Fromm’s struggles in Scrimmage One were well-documented.

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Teammates said it went beyond the quarterback and throughout the entire first team offense.

Senior tight end Charlie Woerner said last Saturday’s 100-degree heat index contributed to the offensive struggles, suggesting players need to be mentally tougher.

The heat index was 91 degree on this Saturday at the start of the scrimmage, and Fromm, for his part, was throwing darts in the warmups.

Receivers Tommy Bush, Jaylen Johnson and Makiya Tongue had drops in the early part of practice.

Meanwhile, Matt Landers, Demetris Robertson and Tyler Simmons continued to go first in the wide receivers group.

Like the running backs, the receivers rotate, but it appears there’s some semblance of a depth chart based on the consistency the players line up for drills at their positions.

D’Andre Swift, who missed the start of practice on Tuesday, was dressed out for the scrimmage and appeared to be 100 percent.

Smart will likely be asked about Swift’s health following the Saturday practice.

On defense, Azeez Ojulari appears to be holding down the top spot in the outside linebacker rotation and was a partnering will Walter Grant in warmups. Nolan Smith and Adam Anderson were working together behind them along with Robert Beal and Jermaine Johnson.

Monty Rice and Tae Crowder have consistently been the first inside linebackers on the field through drill work, with Channing Tindall and Quay Walker with the twos.

AJC.com reported freshman inside linebacker Nakobe Dean was not spotted at practice, though defensive lineman David Marshall was back on the D-Line after missing a workout earlier this week.

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