It felt just like any other big game on a fall Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
Except this occasion came much earlier in the year. This April day saw the UGA faithful make good on new coach Kirby Smart‘s challenge to fill up the place with 93,000 fans for the spring scrimmage.
The first “Dawgwalk” of the Smart era also did not disappoint. Sony Michel led the way as the first player through the thicket of red and black. Smart gave out a lot of fist bumps. Everyone wanted a pound. The same feeling applied to new offensive line coach Sam Pittman.
This, much like the capacity-and-then-some crowd, was also a new spring tradition, too. UGA had never before held that beloved moment of fan interaction at the spring game.
Nick Chubb, of course, was drenched in affection. That was no surprise, and then maybe neither was the goodwill shown toward Julian Rochester either after his week making headlines.
Freshman quarterback Jacob Eason, who provided the draw for a big chunk of the 93k, caused adult males to act like Tom Brady just walked into the viewfinder of their camera phones.
Check out the action from Saturday’s event in the video above.
G-Day, Georgia’s annual spring football scrimmage, is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Sanford Stadium. Check back here daily for DawgNation’s G-Day coverage brought to you by Georgia United Credit Union.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA football and UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges. Unless otherwise indicated, player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.