ATHENS — Georgia returned to the practice field on Wednesday, and rather than stretch out the suspense, we’ll spoil it: There didn’t appear to be a consistent order at quarterback.
The media was allowed three periods, and the quarterbacks mixed it up during play polish drills. While freshman Jacob Eason has been getting most of the first-team work lately, head coach Kirby Smart hasn’t said anything about a pecking order or even if it’s been whittled to a two-man race.
Smart is due to address the media after practice. It’s doubtful he’ll go so far as to name a starter, but you never know. Stay tuned.
Some other notes:
- Freshman tailback Elijah Holyfield continues to work on an exercise bike, but he’s due back soon and is also an exception.
- Sophomore cornerback Juwuan Briscoe was in a regular jersey for the first time in a couple weeks. He had been in a black non-tact jersey while he dealt with a minor shoulder injury. Briscoe has been working first team at cornerback.
- Freshman tight end Charlie Woerner was also back in a regular jersey, and participating in practice. Woerner had been dealing with a high ankle sprain.
- Junior nose tackle John Atkins was working in a regular jersey for a second straight practice, after missing a couple weeks with a hyperextended knee.
- Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Sam Madden remains out with an undisclosed injury. So that’s another exception, but Madden had slid to third team.
- With Holyfield out, freshman Brian Herrien was running third in the pecking order during the play polish drill. That was behind Sony Michel, who continues to get a bit more work, though not enough yet to proclaim he’s ready to go. And of course Nick Chubb is still first team.
- Tyler Catalina continued to get first-team work at left tackle, with Isaiah Wynn sliding to left guard and Lamont Gaillard at right guard. But perhaps like Eason getting first-team snaps, it’s a case of catching up the new guy, rather than a sign a job has been decided.
- The second-team defense during the media viewing period included graduate transfer Maurice Smith at nickel back, freshman Mecole Hardman at cornerback, and freshman Julian Rochester on the line. None of that is new.
- One other note: Smart remains very active and hands-on during practice. During the media viewing period alone he tore into a walk-on scout-teamer who wasn’t ready for a drill, but Smart also approached freshman defensive lineman Michail Carter to offer up some positive reinforcement after something he liked from Carter.