ATHENS — Bob Stoops could be seen at Georgia’s football practice at Monday. Not seen: Reggie Carter, and the pecking order at quarterback.
Stoops, who stepped down as Oklahoma’s coach over the summer, was watching in a tie and sunglasses. He spoke at the Atlanta Touchdown Club earlier in the day, and he and Georgia coach Kirby Smart know each other through coaching circles.
There are parallels between the two: Stoops was an SEC defensive coordinator without head coaching experience when Oklahoma hired him as its coach. Stoops won a national championship in his second season.
So what did Stoops see at Georgia’s practice?
- Carter, the senior inside linebacker, was not out there. Smart said earlier in the day that Carter, who left the win Saturday at Tennessee with an undisclosed injury, had a chance to practice and play this week.
- Solomon Kindley was working with the first team at right guard. Kindley played most of the Tennessee game, though Dyshon Sims started.
- Stoops may have seen a quarterback pecking order, but the media did not in its eight allotted minutes, at least in traditional quarterback drills. For what it’s worth, Jake Fromm was first in a ball security drill. So perhaps don’t look too much into that, unless you believe that Jacob Eason only being “close to 100 percent,” as Smart put it earlier in the day, indicates that Fromm will retain his starting job for a least one more week. And that certainly would be an understandable assumption.
- Freshman offensive lineman Netori Johnson was sitting out with an unknown malady. Johnson has not played this season and appears headed for a redshirt.
- With Trenton Thompson out this week, there is increased opportunity on the defensive line. Three defensive linemen who did not make the trip to Tennessee were all suited up: DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle, Michael Barnett and Justin Young.