Some notes from a Monday morning interview with offensive line coach Mike Sewak:
1. He said offensive tackle Morgan Bailey, who suffered a concussion late last week, was in team meetings Monday and wants to get on the field. He even told Sewak he hopes it is later this week. Ray Beno, who was out Saturday and Monday, is being pushed to return by the fact that Bryan Chamberlain is breathing down his neck.
With Tyler Kidney and Chamberlain working with the first group Saturday and Monday, Nick McRae moved out to right tackle and also tried Trey Braun there. Freshman Chase Roberts has been going at left tackle with the second string.
2. On center Jay Finch: “Jay’s doing well. I think Jay has probably picked it up the fastest and he’s picked up his pace and he’s done a good job of getting his pads low and playing through some tough times.”
3. Omoregie Uzzi had an excellent scrimmage and followed it with a strong Monday morning practice. Uzzi was “down the field six, eight yards throwing (blocks) and trying to chase after safeties on plays. He’s a guy that, when he’s on the field, he practices really hard.”
Having missed spring practice, Uzzi does have some rust to knock off and Sewak is being careful not to overload him physically in practice, keeping him out of some drills.
“I think we’re trying to get what we can out of Omoregie and keep him fresh because when he’s fresh and healthy, he moves around pretty good,” Sewak said.
4. Sewak is still of a mind to give backup guards Braun and Shaquille Mason playing time in place of Will Jackson (whose birthday was Monday) and Uzzi. The same will hold true with the tackles and their backups. Sewak said that Chamberlain is “coming along nicely” and will play this year. His progress over the next three weeks will determine how much he’ll play against Virginia Tech.
5. Sewak said he is seeing the upperclassmen in the group reach out to the younger players more than in the past.
6. An intriguing quote: “I think that I have a couple of tough guys that remain tough even when times are tough. I have a couple of guys who want to be tough guys, who, they’ve got to find out deep down inside what they’re made of.”
I’m not going to try to guess who he’s talking about, except that Uzzi is one of the tough guys. This fits in with what Sewak has said that the players have enough knowledge of the scheme and are hard working, and have to take the next step of being more mentally tough.
Practice notes later.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog