ATHENS — After dispensing with whether Julian Rochester and Chad Clay were at Tuesday’s practice – they were not – there were, believe it or not, other things worth keeping an eye on.
Some observations from Georgia’s second-to-last practice before G-Day:
- Shaquery Wilson was with the tailback during the media viewing period. That’s not a huge shock, as Kirby Smart has said Wilson – normally a receiver – has been getting some work with the tailbacks. But it was the first time during a media viewing period that Wilson was taking reps with the tailbacks. It probably still doesn’t represent anything permanent, as Georgia’s tailback depth is rather thin heading into G-Day, with Nick Moore – himself moved over from fullback to help tailback depth – getting hurt last week. (Moore was in a black jersey, running on the side.)
- Sophomore safety Deandre Baker was shaken up with an apparent left leg injury. He was looked at by head athletic trainer Ron Courson and then walked slowly off on his own power.
- Senior inside linebacker Ryne Rankin was not practicing.
- The defensive line, reeling with injuries, did get a man back, albeit probably not for G-Day. DaQuan Hawkins, who hurt his MCL last week, was at practice, but was in a black non-contact jersey, and was sitting out drills. The d-line is already without Michael Barnett (MCL), and at least two others (Jonathan Ledbetter and Chauncey Rivers) will be suspended for the season opener. Rochester may be too.
- The order of the quarterbacks during the early drills is the same as it’s been all spring: Greyson Lambert, then Brice Ramsey, and then the wunderkind Jacob Eason.
- Davin Bellamy remains the first-team outside linebacker in the team’s pursuit drill, which only uses one outside linebacker. Lorenzo Carter ran with the second team. The first-team defensive line in that drill was Trent Thompson, John Atkins and Ledbetter.
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