ATHENS — After a day off, the Georgia football team was back on the practice field early on Tuesday morning. But a few notable names were missing.
Some notes from the media viewing period of practice, starting with injuries, and then going to a few observations:
– Linebackers Leonard Floyd and Tim Kimbrough were not out there. There’s no word on an injury for either of them, and it must be pointed out that this was just a three-period snippet of practice, so conceivably a player could return later. But for now it has to be passed on that these two projected starters were not present.
Update: Based on conversations with teammates, neither Kimbrough or Floyd appears to have anything major.
“Tim’s fine,” fellow inside linebacker Jake Ganus said.
Jordan Jenkins said he wasn’t aware of anything with Floyd, who wasn’t injured when he saw him Monday night.
The team hasn’t announced anything on either player, and it’s not clear whether it will. The next time coach Mark Richt is due to address the media is after Wednesday’s practice.
– Terry Godwin, the freshman receiver, was also missing, but his malady is known. He is dealing with a shoulder injury, which is not severe, a source told the AJC.
Godwin’s injury is a sprain, the source said, and he should return to practice within the next day or so.
– Dyshon Sims, the sophomore offensive lineman, was at practice but was sitting it out, wearing a green jersey and watching on the side. Sims does not appear to have a lower body injury.
– Sophomore linebacker Davin Bellamy was in a green non-contact jersey and on an exercise bike. Whatever his injury is, it appears to be minor.
– Senior defensive lineman James DeLoach is practicing in a green jersey with his left hand heavily wrapped in a club.
Now some non-injury notes:
– Brice Ramsey appeared to be the first-team quarterback for this practice, which may just mean that it’s his turn in the rotation. This marks the seventh practice day, which means each of the three candidates had two turns as the first-teamer. Of course Sunday was a two-a-day as well, so Faton Bauta may have already had his third turn as the first-teamer, and this is Ramsey’s third.
Confused? That’s understandable.
Ramsey continues to look pretty solid, at least during the limited drills that we get to see. Lambert, after a rough start last week, has been throwing some good balls. Bauta is who he is, not the strongest arm but accurate.
– The order of the tailbacks during Tuesday drills: Nick Chubb (obviously), Sony Michel, Keith Marshall, A.J. Turman, Brendan Douglas, Tae Crowder.
– The receivers, especially the freshmen, were being closely watched by Mark Richt … and harshly ridden by Bryan McClendon and Brian Schottenheimer.
Freshman Shaquery Wilson was getting the worst of it, especially after dropping a third straight pass. In this particular drill the receivers are supposed to keep running to a corner after their route, whether they catch it or not, and Schottenheimer was unhappy that Wilson had not done so.
“Shaquery, I’m tired of seeing you loaf and not catch balls, and not walk over to the corner there,” Schottenheimer yelled, adding: “Shaquery, do you see Malcolm Mitchell drop balls and loaf and not go through to the corner?”
On the plus side, sophomore Shakenneth Williams keeps making solid catches while we’re out there. He seems in good position to join Mitchell and Isaiah McKenzie in the top tier, especially with Godwin on the mend, though he should be back soon as well.