Georgia practice report: Mecole Hardman full time to offense?

Mecole Hardman wearing a red jersey and catching a pass during Tuesday's practice.

ATHENS, Ga. — It’s just the latest sign that Mecole Hardman will end up on offense at Georgia.

Hardman was wearing a red jersey at Georgia’s practice on Tuesday, the first time that’s been seen by the media this spring. Offensive players were red and defensive players wear white.

A rising sophomore, Hardman had been listed as a cornerback since he arrived at Georgia. He has been working increasingly on offense but remained in a white jersey.

Hardman caught several passes from quarterbacks Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm during the viewing period. But Hardman also tripped and fell while running one route, leading receivers coach James Coley to talk to him about the right way to plant and cut on the route.

Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart, who was watching the receivers during part of the media viewing period, planned to address the media after Tuesday’s practice.

A few other notes:

  • Pat Allen was again working at first-team left guard during one drill. Solomon Kindley was still the first-team right guard. Smart has said they would mix and match throughout the spring.
  • Sony Michel was also running routes with the receivers, but he went back to work with the tailbacks. Michel is evidently preparing for a bigger receiving role.
  • Redshirt freshman Chauncey Manac was with the defensive lineman. Manac is still at outside linebacker but appeared to be getting work on plays that he would start on the line.
  • Tyler Simmons, a rising sophomore receiver, had a nice toe-tapping sideline catch.
  • As for the quarterbacks, it’s hard to tell much just from the media viewing period, as they’re just route-running drills. But freshman Jake Fromm’s throws, particularly those towards the sideline, seem to be gaining in accuracy. Jacob Eason did sail one pass, something that troubled him during his freshman year. But his throws were otherwise fairly accurate as well, at least during the media viewing period.
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