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The big winner from each position group through first 10 Georgia football practices
Quarterback: Stetson Bennett
There are limited options here, and that’s before even considering that freshman quarterback D’Wan Mathis is not fully cleared for contact. So between Jake Fromm and Bennett, we’re going to pick Bennett.
Fromm is clearly still going to be the starter, but Georgia head coach Kirby Smart didn’t mention his name once when he met with the media following Saturday’s scrimmage.
Bennett, on the other hand, got some real praise from Smart.
“I thought Stetson, he executed the offense,” Smart said. “He executed well. He moved around the pocket well. He did some good things. Third-down period, I want to say he went six or seven of eight when it was twos on twos. Converted a lot of third downs.”
Running back: Zamir White
No player has been talked about or had more written about them than White this month. Most of that is due to the fact that no one outside of those on the Georgia football team has really seen what White looks like as he works his way back from his second ACL injury.
But another reason why is because just about every Georgia player has praised White for his performance thus far.
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“I literally remember the first play of this year during camp and he burst through a hole and me, William Poole, all looked at each other like ‘Dang, he was really moving on them,’” cornerback Eric Stokes said.
The Georgia coaching staff will be cautious using White this fall. But the redshirt freshman hasn’t been wearing knee braces during the media viewing periods in practice, which could be a great sign moving forward for his health.
Wide receiver: George Pickens
Even your grandmother who doesn’t have WiFi has probably seen Pickens’ catch from over the weekend. The freshman wide receiver has also gotten a comparison to A.J. Green from junior safety Richard LeCounte.
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Pickens still hasn’t worked his way to the front of the wide receiver line just yet, but his preseason fireworks have made it very clear opposing defenses are going to have to keep an eye on him when he steps on the field.
Tight end: Charlie Woerner
It’s evident the team values Woerner as a leader. He may not have the upside that a White or Pickens does for this team in 2019, but no player on offense will have a high floor than Woerner. Given how James Coley has liked to feature tight ends in the past, he could put up numbers that top what Isaac Nauta did a season ago.
Offensive line: Trey Hill
While much of the offensive line talk focuses on the battle at right guard between Cade Mays and Ben Cleveland, it’s actually the lack of competition at another position that catches our attention.
Not much has been said about Hill this fall, and that seems to be a strong indication things are going very well for the sophomore at center. Hill impressed when he was inserted into the lineup last year, and it looks like that has only continued into August of 2019.
Defensive line: Travon Walker
There are a number of options to go with here. Senior Tyler Clark and junior Malik Herring really seem like they have worked their way onto the first-team unit. Cleveland also added sophomore Jordan Davis is in the best shape of his life. That’s a big compliment, given the concerns about his conditioning during his Georgia career.
It’s actually a player a little further down the depth chart. But it might not take freshman Travon Walker long to rise up to the top of the defensive line. A number of players and coaches have praised Walker’s athletic ability so far this fall.