ATHENS — Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, sportscaster Mike Tirico and college football legend Doug Flutie were at Georgia’s football practice today. But you probably clicked on this wanting to know something about the team and the depth chart.
Fine then …
There actually didn’t look to be many chances, as Georgia enters the penultimate week of preseason practice. Especially at the most-watched area on the team.
The offensive line was unchanged from last week, at least as far as the first team: LT Isaiah Wynn, LG Pat Allen, C Lamont Gaillard, RG Solomon Kindley, RT Andrew Thomas.
Now does that mean that will be the starting five for the Appalachian State game? Not necessarily. Georgia is probably still in camp mode right now, rather than the “install” phase, as in the time it starts preparing for the season opener. The install period may not begin until Thursday, Kirby Smart said after Saturday’s scrimmage. So this could still be experimentation stage.
That said, it’s still notable that the first team looks the way it did the end of the previous week. That’s the first time that’s been the case this preseason.
Freshman Isaiah Wilson, meanwhile, appeared to be getting a look at left tackle, and with the second team. Wilson has worked at left guard and right tackle this preseason, so the staff is seeing what the five-star prospect can do at different spots.
Senior Dyshon Sims was working inside, as he continues to move around the line. Sims has worked at practically every position, including center. Smart said Saturday they had to be prepared in case something happened to Gaillard.
As for the secondary, while there was no defensive lineup shown during the media viewing period, freshman Richard LeCounte still looked like he was going first with the safeties. And senior Aaron Davis was still working with the cornerbacks.
A few other quick notes from the media viewing period:
- Quarterback Jacob Eason looked sharp during a slant passing drill. Jake Fromm and Brice Ramsey threw behind their receivers a few times. (Full disclosure: This reporter didn’t get to see every pass thrown during the period.)
- Receivers Tyler Simmons (wrist) and J.J. Holloman (hamstring) appeared to be a full-go.
- Terry Godwin was still working with the outside receivers, with Mecole Hardman and Ahkil Crumpton leading the way in the slot.
- Tirico was watching practice while wearing an NBC shirt. Formerly a college football and NFL play-by-play man – including Monday Night Football for a decade – Tirico was hired by NBC to do a number of roles, including the Olympics.
- Flutie was also watching practice, as he and Tirico prepare to call the Georgia-Notre Dame game on Sept. 9. Flutie is of course famous for his Hail Mary throw that allowed Boston College to knock off Miami in 1984. Flutie then went on to a long pro career in the NFL and CFL.
- Foxworthy, the comedian, was at practice as a guest with the team. Known for his “You Might be a Redneck” riffs, Foxworthy is an Atlanta native who attended Georgia Tech … but did not graduate.