Wednesday’s first scrimmage was a mixed bag that provided encouragement in some areas and left questions hanging in others. Some observations:
1. The tailback battle is far from over. Richard Samuel had a fine day, but he wasn’t running against the team’s top defenders. He fumbled again (he had this problem last year), which is the quickest way to the bench for a tailback under Mark Richt. And we still don’t know much about where the backs stand in the important pass protection area because as the Bulldogs Blog noted, Richt said “the defense didn’t bring a lot of pressure. You usually have to bring a linebacker or a safety in order for the backs to get involved in the blocking schemes. … We didn’t [bring] much pressure at all.” The bet here is that won’t be the case in Saturday’s scrimmage.
2. The battle of the flags is far from over. Richt has cracked down on penalties during the preseason, pulling players out of drills to do push-ups for infractions. But in the heat of battle Wednesday, the results weren’t all that impressive. “It’s not horrific, but we’re still jumping offsides a bit too often on offense,” Richt said, adding that the offsides calls are “a little bit of a bother right now.”
3. The tight end position will once again be an offensive weapon for the Dogs. Projected starter Aron White didn’t scrimmage but the two true freshmen behind him impressed, with Orson Charles snagging two touchdown catches and Arthur Lynch getting another. “We do have some good-looking receiving tight ends right now,” Richt said.
4. While Georgia has a lot of depth in its offensive line, Richt noted an alarming dropoff from the first unit to the second, which allowed a bunch of sacks and passes batted down. Good thing OL coach Stacy Searels substitutes on a rotating individual basis rather than platooning.