Pregame observations: Georgia at South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ready for some Sunday college football? Here are pregame notes and observations from Williams-Brice Stadium, as Georgia prepares for a somewhat surreal game at South Carolina.
One more crowd upate
Actually, it’s not that bad a crowd. It’s proven to be late-arriving, and I’d estimate they’re at about 75 percent capacity as kickoff is imminent. Perhaps a bit more than 75 percent.
It still looks like Williams-Brice will be a little more than half-filled today. South Carolina was going to be thrilled with a crowd of more than 50,000. Well, they may get that, but not too much more.
The stands are about one-third filled with 15 minutes left until kickoff, but some fans are still coming in. Traffic outside the stadium, however, is still pretty light.
Last-second personnel notes
And nothing major:
- Rodrigo Blankenship appears to be the main place-kicker again. Marshall Long is the main punter.
- The offensive line saw no starting lineup changes.
- Aaron Davis is a first-team safety, with Quincy Mauger on second team. But expect both to play.
- Chuks Amaechi was with the outside linebackers, after working some at ILB during the week. That was when Reggie Carter was out, but he’s here today.
As for South Carolina’s quarterback …
Both Perry Orth and Brandon McElwain were announced as the starter on the video scoreboard. So … OK.
But most among South Carolina media expect Orth, the senior, to get the start while McElwain, the freshman and dual threat option, plays off the bench.
Third quarterback today is …
Sam Vaughn, again. The walk-on is throwing to receivers with Jacob Eason and Greyson Lambert.
While Brice Ramsey is here, he’s only been holding and punting. Presumably, Ramsey’s hand is still bothering him enough that he can’t throw.
The flags are blowing a bit – not overly strong, but enough that it could affect some kicks. Keep an eye on that.
Two concussion updates
Freshman defensive end David Marshall made the trip, after not suiting up for the Tennessee game because of a concussion. Marshall, who started the Ole Miss game, returned to practice this past week.
Inside linebacker Reggie Carter, who missed practice this week with a concussion, is on the trip. Carter has been part of a three-man rotation at inside linebacker, mostly playing behind Roquan Smith and Natrez Patrick.
Solomon Kindley not on trip
Freshman guard Solomon Kindley is a surprise omission from Georgia’s travel roster. There’s been no word of an injury, but something could have happened in the past few days. Kindley is also from Jacksonville, which was hit by Hurricane Matthew, but his family was inland enough that it was not evacuated as of Friday, according to his mother.
Kindley has been working second team at right guard, and appeared briefly in the Ole Miss game, so he’s not a redshirt candidate.
Brice Ramsey is here
That wasn’t the case for the Ole Miss game. The junior has been dealing with a hand injury, which kept him from making the trip for Oxford, and he didn’t appear in the Tennessee game.
While Ramsey is among the 70 Georgia brought to Columbia, it’s not clear in what capacity: Sam Vaughn, who was the third quarterback in Ramsey’s absence at Ole Miss, is also here. Ramsey, who was only seen with the kicking specialists this week in practice, might just be here as the backup punter.
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