ATHENS — Georgia caught a bit of a break on Saturday. The Bulldogs were able to dodge the rain, which has been scurrying all around Northeast Georgia this weekend and, thanks to the cloud-cover, got some relatively cooler temperatures for mid-August for their second scrimmage of preseason camp at Sanford Stadium.
And this was another critical scrimmage for the Bulldogs, particularly those players still sweating out a spot on the travel roster this fall. Georgia currently has 125 players participating in camp. While probably 100 of those guys will dress for the season opener against Austin Peay in two weeks, only 70 are able to get on the bus for SEC home and road games, and that’s the end goal for pretty much every player in a practice uniform.
Media were allotted only seven minutes of viewing time on Saturday. That’s not much to start with, but especially when this reporter was trying to work on his sports photography skills (you can judge my work herein today). But there were a few rather obvious observations I was able to make, which I’ll list below.
For real insight on what happened during the scrimmage, though, you might do better to contact any friends you have that happen to be members of the “Magill Society.” That’s the name Georgia has given to a group of new donors who get 1.5 points on the dollar toward season tickets for their contributions to the football program. That group is chiefly responsible for roughly $100 million worth of pledges UGA brought in that helped fund the construction of the Payne Indoor Athletic Facility and the West End expansion project at Sanford Stadium.
There were about 1,100 of those folks — not including players’ families — and they were welcomed by Hairy Dawg and the Georgia cheerleaders into the Michael Kahn gate on the club level of Sanford Stadium. You’ll be able to find their extensive reports on their personal social media platforms and under anonymous handles in chatrooms of various fan sites.
Reporters were directed into the service tunnel underneath the East grandstands and then turned loose for 420 seconds of viewing from outside the hedges on the south side of the field before being unceremoniously ushered back out the East end.
Here’s what we saw in that brief span:
- Senior wideout Terry Godwin was on the practice field again, but it appeared unlikely he was actually going to try to compete in the scrimmage. He’s still recovering from a knee injury and, at one point, position coach Cortez Hankton directed him to skip some reps during drill work. Godwin’s situation appears likely to go into the final week of camp before being resolved.
- Fellow wideout Kearis Jackson (hamstring) lo0ked to be full go. Georgia has a lot of wideouts, by the way.
- Inside linebacker Nate McBride was back in action. He’d been out with an “undisclosed injury.”
- Freshman tight end Luke Ford was practicing after missing this past Thursday’s practice. He reportedly suffered a minor injury in a motorcycle accident earlier that day.
- Still missing from action was outside linebacker Robert Beal. Coach Kirby Smart also referred to Beal’s malady as “undisclosed injury.” That’s usually code for concussion, though I am in no way saying that is what I know it to be.
- It looked as though Georgia’s offensive and defensive linemen were all present and accounted for. So were all of the Bulldogs’ running backs, at the outset at least.
That’s all for now. Smart will brief the media after practice later this afternoon and inform the public about some of what happened.